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Get power from the Holy Spirit

Monday Luke 24:45-49 (NRSV)
Then [Jesus] opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

Jesus told his disciples they were to tell all the nations about repentance and forgiveness in his name. Two thousand years later, that task still isn’t finished. Jesus said the way to accomplish it was to receive power from the Holy Spirit.

This is a good week to ask for more power from the Holy Spirit.

What are some ways this week that you will let the nations know about repentance and forgiveness in Jesus’ name?

What are some things you want to do in the future to let the nations know about repentance and forgiveness in Jesus’ name?

Tuesday Luke 7:36-39 (NRSV)
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him--that she is a sinner."

Jesus accepts everyone, including Pharisees (who think they are righteous) and people the Pharisees dislike (because they are so sinful). No matter where you fall on the spectrum, Jesus accepts you.

Who are some people that Jesus accepts that you think he shouldn’t hang out with?

What will you do about your attitude?

Wednesday Luke 7:40-50 (NRSV)
Jesus spoke up and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." "Teacher," he replied, "Speak." "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?" Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt." And Jesus said to him, "You have judged rightly."

Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."

Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

The forgiveness we are to proclaim is radical and without measure. It includes the woman at Simon’s house who was aware of her many sins. It includes Simon, who wrongly judged the woman’s display of gratitude and affection. It includes the other Pharisees, who taught that only God could forgive. It includes you. And it includes the people of every nation, even people that have not heard about God’s love for them.

In Jesus’ story, the first debtor owed two month’s wages and the second debtor owed ten times that. Both were forgiven outright.

Who is on your heart to make sure they know the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins?

La Jolla Lutheran Church sign: Get power from the Holy SpiritThursday Luke 17:1-5 (NRSV)
Jesus said to his disciples, "Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive." The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

Sometimes people sin or see others sin and they think, “That’s not that big a deal.” They’re wrong. Sin has devastating (and often hidden) consequences.

But it’s just as easy to err on the other side of what Jesus said – to say “that was so horrible I’ll never forgive you” or “I’ll never forgive myself for doing that.”

What sins do you need to stop doing?

What sins do you need to forgive?

Friday / Saturday Psalm 51:10-12 (NRSV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

For Monday: The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

For Tuesday through Friday: Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.


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