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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 – Sacrifice – Service 2

Matthew 20:17-19 (NLT) As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”
Service involves sacrifice. It involves emptying ourselves so that God can do something through us. As God makes us new creations, that includes our being like Jesus while He lived here on earth, and, among other things, not serving the god of comfort. What does it mean for you to count the cost, and then pick up your cross and serve Him today?

Life in the Spirit – God in Us – Service 1

Matthew 16:24-28 (NLT) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”
When our motivation for service is to be a good person by serving others in our own strength, we can easily drift into religion. True service is when we let God serve through us, putting the emphasis more on Christ and less on us. This is the path of faith, where we think about God (not ourselves) building us up, where we think about God serving the world through us.

LSN Blog

Coaches Corner February 2017
What Journey Are You On? This past week, I had the privilege of traveling to Phoenix for the Best Practices Conference at Christ Church.  Over 2000 churchgoing believers attend this conference for fellowship, rest, celebration, education and inspiration.  In many keynote, breakout and even...
Coaches Corner January 2017
Recalibrate…Good Times!  C’mon! January is a common month for us to make resolutions toward change.  We often search ourselves to determine priorities for change, and many of these resolutions seek to change the outside of us by what we do:  eat better, exercise more, spend less money, help...

Upcoming Events

Disciple Making Summit

June 16, 2017 – June 17, 2017

This annual summit experience is designed to help you and your leadership team continue to sharpen yourselves as disciple-makers who are carrying out our Lord’s Great Commission.