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LUKE Ministry

LUKE (Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion) Ministry is a Chicago urban renewal initiative. The goal is to partner with Lutheran congregations in urban Chicago and unite them in building holistic, transformational disciple-making communities who are living on mission with God through Word and Sacrament ministry.

Visit LUKE's website to learn more about this amazing ministry!

Recent Devotionals

Life in the Spirit – The Heart of Worship – Worship 4

Life in the Spirit – The Heart of Worship
Luke 6:43-45 [Jesus speaking] “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
Dependence on God is the good seed that produces good fruit. True worship counts the cost, and goes ahead anyway. And Jesus commends those who worship Him “all-out” in this way.

Life in the Spirit – Ready to Obey – Worship 3

Life in the Spirit – Ready to Obey
Matthew 14: 24-33
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. (NLT)

When we see God do miraculous things, it reminds us that He is God and we are not, and it moves us to worship Him. Peter knows that he can only walk on water if Jesus wills it. He also knows the key to this dynamic is being ready to obey.
As God enables us to do powerful and miraculous things, it is essential that we remember that God is doing the work, and that we trust Him to give us the strength to carry out His will.
Willingness to obey comes before actual obedience. Each day ask yourself “What is my willingness to obey?” Then prepare your mind, your heart, your will to obey God’s leading.

LSN Blog

Coaches Corner October 2016
Identity Crisis Averted This past weekend in worship, our Pastor asked us how we label ourselves.  The first thing that came to my mind was “blessing.”  So, I was somewhat surprised when the congregation’s answers went general, and then negative.  They started speaking labels like: ...
Coaches Corner September 2016
Count the Cost of Weekend “Worship” We, as Christians, believe that the Holy Spirit empowers and enables us to be devoted to Christ and His cause. This should be normal for every believer, and involves living life as God’s holy church and worshiping HIM with our lives. We do this personally...

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