Although the book of Acts is often called “The Acts of the Apostles,” it could just as easily be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the real star of the show. Jesus promises his followers that they will not be left alone even after his ascension because he will be present with them through the Holy Spirit. … As we read in Acts 2, the promised Holy Spirit comes and fills all the believers, an experience that continues for believers to this day. Throughout Acts we see the presence, power, and work of the Holy Spirit on display as ordinary people are transformed and empowered in extraordinary ways.
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”
—John 20:20-23 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Thank you, God, for the power you have given us through the Holy Spirit.
Empower us to live as
faithful disciples of Jesus. In Jesus’ name,
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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