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Key Word Study: Perseverance Acts 5:12-42
     We at our church just finished the first of what I hope to be several OCLOC ministry days, occurring no less than quarterly and preferably monthly or if need be more often. OCLOC stands for Our Church Loves Our Community. The lesson we learn from the early church is that they not only loved their church (Acts 2) but they also loved their community, even when the community didn't love them (at all!).  In Acts 5:12-42, we see that it wasn’t just Peter and John preaching, teaching and reaching their community, but now it was all of the apostles who were teaching about Christ. Imagine the boldness it took to be put in prison, miraculously released and then to go back to the same temple all over again.  The Key Word of perseverance is all over the latter part of Acts 5.  As  a result of their love and perseverance despite opposition, the community held the apostles in high esteem (see Acts 5:13).       Despite the opposition, Simon Peter did not…