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But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. – Acts 8:12 (NIV) Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible The Bible tells us that God spoke creation into existence, so it should be no surprise that God still speaks to us through preaching the good news of the kingdom of God. There is so much power in the preached words of God that it can change unbelief to belief, it can change our allegiance from darkness to light and it can change the very course of our lives.

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1 Sarah R = "Context of this verse: 9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw."
2 Sarah R = "Genesis 1:3 "And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.""
3 Sarah R = "Romans 10:13-15  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”"