The Children\'s Chapel

Excitement at the Temple Gate
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

lame beggar healed

Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian | Greek

Children\'s Chapel

Someone on crutches Michael was grumpy. He had the cast on his leg for five weeks already. This was r-e-a-l-l-y boring! He couldn't run races with the other boys. He couldn't play ball. He couldn't ride his bicycle. He couldn't do anything but sit and watch while everybody else had fun. He would be SO glad to get this awful cast off and get back to normal.

Only one more week to go….

Boy in tree Finally the big day came. Michael's parents helped him into the car. They were on their way to see the doctor to have the cast removed. Michael was so excited to get that big heavy thing off of his leg. He was so anxious to climb the big tree again.

Just as the doctor removed the last piece of the cast, Michael jumped up with glee. He bounced around the room like a hopping kangaroo. Finally he would be able to run and play and have fun with all the other boys again. It seemed like the very best day of his whole life!

Children\'s Chapel

As Peter and John were walking toward the gate of the temple to go inside they saw a man sitting right beside the gate Peter and John were the best of friends. They walked around town together. They ate meals together. They went fishing together. Wherever they were, you can be sure they were side by side. So it should come as no surprise that when it was time for prayer, they went to the temple together.

As Peter and John were walking toward the gate of the temple to go inside, they saw a man sitting right beside the gate. As they moved closer they noticed that the man was crippled. He could not walk.

Now this was not the first time the crippled man sat there. His friends brought him to the temple every single day so he could ask people for money. Since he couldn't get a job or work, he was hoping the kind people who were going into the temple to worship God would see him and have compassion on him and give him money so he would be able to have food and other necessary things.

The lame man asked for money The man saw Peter and John and as usual, he asked for money. “Please, do you have some money you could give me? I really, really need money. Don't you even have a nickel?”

Well, our friends, Peter and John, looked down at the man, and they felt sorry for him, and wished they had some money they could give him, but...they DIDN'T. They told the man, “Look at us!” The man looked up in eagerness, expecting to be given money. He had no idea what an unusual day THIS was going to be!

Imagine his dismay when Peter and John said, “We don't have any money!”

Imagine his surprise when they said, “We want to give you something better than money!”

He thought about that. He was quite confused. After all, what could be BETTER than money?

Children\'s Chapel

Immediately his feet and anklebones received strength Then he heard Peter say something very strange. “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

“Walk? Who? ME? They expect me to WALK? I have NEVER walked! I was never able to learn to walk! From the time I was a wee child, I have always wanted to walk. Now they are telling me to just get up and walk. How can THAT be? Can it really happen? Will I really be able to walk? Hmmm…. Should I try? Or should I ignore them and just sit here?” All these thoughts flew through the man's mind in just a few seconds.

Before he even knew what was happening, Peter reached down, took him by the right hand, and lifted him up. IMMEDIATELY his feet and anklebones received strength. He couldn't believe what was happening! His feet were actually HOLDING HIM UP! He JUMPED up, he STOOD up, and he WALKED around. He went into the temple for the first time in his life. This was SO exciting! He was WALKING and JUMPING for the first time in his life. He was PRAISING God because of the amazing thing that had just happened to him.

Peter immediately started preaching to the crowd All the people saw him WALKING and JUMPING and PRAISING God. They knew it was the man that had been crippled that had sat outside the gate of the temple for many years begging for money. They recognized him and they were full of surprise and wonder at what had happened to him. How could such a thing BE?

The people started running toward Peter and John. They thought Peter and John had done a great miracle and they wanted them to do MORE miracles.

Peter immediately started preaching to the crowd. “STOP! STOP!” he yelled. "Why are you so surprised about this? Why are you looking at us? WE did not perform this miracle. WE did not make this man able to walk! Are you surprised that God can do this? GOD did the miracle! Give GOD all the praise for His wonderful work!”

Children\'s Chapel


Remember to pray to Jesus for healing when you are sick. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still heals today.


1. What could be better than money?
2. Who healed the crippled man?


“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17).


What was wrong with the man who asked Peter and John for money? Do you think money was what he really needed to solve his problem? Why not? What about you? Do you have a problem or do you have something bothering you? Would you like God to help you solve it, or do you know someone else who needs God's help? Who will get the glory when the problem is solved?

[After discussion:] The Bible says that God is able to do far more than we could ever imagine, dream, hope or pray for. Can you trust Jesus to know best how to fix things that make you sad? Pray believing He will help you with what you really need in such a way that it will bring glory to Him Who is the best Gift one could ever receive.


Dog and boy praying beside bed

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving and
caring for me. Help me remember that the
best gifts always come from You. Thank
You for sending Jesus to be my Savior.
That is the very best gift of all.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Acts 3:1-12

Children\'s Chapel

Something to color

Beginner Coloring Page (online)
Color the Bible Verse (online)
Excitement at the Temple Gate Coloring Page (online)
Color the Bible Book 4 - Matthew-Acts

Action Bible Coloring Book
Coloring Through the Bible (online)
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Stories Kids Love Coloring Book (ages 2 to 4)
Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages for Elementary Kids

God Loves You Coloring Book:
A Read-aloud Coloring Book About God's Plan for Salvation

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book
My Gospel Story by Colors--Activity Book
My Jumbo Bible Story Coloring Book
The Super-Sized Book of Bible Coloring & Art
The Super-Sized Book of Bible Verse Coloring Pages
Children's Bible Coloring Books


Jigsaw Puzzle (online)
Crossword Puzzle (online)
Crossword Puzzle (printable)
Fill-in-the-Blanks (online)
Guess the Words (online)
Jigsaw Puzzle (printable)
Jigsaw Puzzle (online)
Spot the Differences (online)
Test (online)
Word Scramble (online)
Word Scramble (printable)
Word Search (online)
Worksheet (online)

Best Book of Bible Activities
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Bingo (online)
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Christian and educational toys
Crossword Books
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Sticker Books
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles


Lame Man Cup Puppet Craft (online)
Peter and the Lame Man Bible Craft (online)

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible Craft Videos (online)
Crafting the Word of God (online)

Easy-to-Make Bible Crafts PDF for Kids
& Digital Album Download [PDF Download]

Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Hot Crafts for Cool Kids pdf download
Maker-ific WOWS! (ages 8-12): 54 Surprising Bible Crafts

More! Bible Crafts on a Shoe String Budget:
Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes

(Reproducible: Ages 5-10)

Puppet Crafts For Kids (online)


Silver and Gold Have I None (Song #13: Cedarmont Bible Singalong Collection)

Peter and John Song (online)
Silver and Gold Have I None (songsheet)

100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
150 All-Time Favorite Veggietunes
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids

Platinum Bible Collection of Classic Christian Songs on DVD
The Bible in a Minute (online)

25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Children's Music

Boy reading a book

Peter and John and the Beggar (for younger children) (online)
The Crippled Beggar Who Received a Wonderful Gift (for teens) (online)
The Miracle in These Hands (online)
The Man at the Beautiful Gate (for older children) (online)
The Story Of The Man At The Beautiful Gate (online)

Beginner's Bible
Beginner's Bible for Little Ones
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Children's Books
Early Reader's Bible
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Spanish Children's Books

365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible

CDs and Videos

Acts of the Apostles - Audiobook on CD (Your Story Hour)
The Bible Comes Alive, Your Story Hour Volume 5, Audiobook on CD (Your Story Hour)
Gideon Films: Peter Heals a Lame Beggar (online)
God's Power Changes Everything! (watch online)
Greatest Heroes: The Apostles DVD
LifeKids: Peter and John Heal a Man (online)
Peter and John (listen online)
Peter and John Heal A Lame Man (online)
Peter Heals a Lame Beggar (watch online)
ShareFaith: Peter Heals the Lame Beggar (online)
Visual Bible: The Book of Acts (watch online)

All the Shows, Volume 1: 1993-1999
Do You Wonder Why? (online)
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (online)
Read and Share DVD Bible
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs

Resources For Parents and Teachers

Free Bible Images for Excitement at the Temple Gate (online)
Object Lesson (online)
Peter and John Heal a Lame Man activities (online)
The Temple, Laminated Wall Chart

Free Bible story images (online)
801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Bible for Children in 232 languages (online)
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Match Game
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick
Children's Sermon (online)
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer (online)

FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries,
churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide

52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos (online)
God's Servants Teach Me

God's Wisdom for Little Boys:
Character-Building Fun from Proverbs

Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
How to Make Bible Characters from Milk Cartons (online)
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles

Leading Little Ones to God:
A Child's Book of Bible Teachings

Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Activities (online)
Memory Verse Resources
My Jumbo Bible Story Coloring Book
Object Talks
Opening Prayer (online)
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Review Activities for Bible Lessons (online)
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Sunday School Songs: Lyrics and Tunes (online)
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Beginner's Bible Curriculum Kit
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit

The Humongous Book of Bible Skits
for Children's Ministry

Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

Children's resources (online)

Children\'s Chapel


Copyright © 2022 by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

You may NOT re-post this Bible story.
However, you may freely link to it,
provided visitors can see our web address
when they click on the link.

Free Bible Stories!

To receive a new Bible story each week, enter your e-mail address under “Subscribe…” at

You will be sent a message requesting confirmation of your subscription request.
IMPORTANT! YOU MUST REPLY to this confirmation request to activate your subscription to this list.

Copyright © 2022 -

Pictures Courtesy of Free Bible Images


Last updated September 10, 2022

Next page

Welcome!/ What's Here/ Bible Stories/ E-Mail Us/ Around the Piano/ 4 Things
Events/ Children's Chapel/ Adult Chapel/ Missing Link/ Links/ Resources