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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 – Parent/Relative – Fellowship 4

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (NIV)
We all have a relational network we come from. How can we be faithful in these relationships? We have all been parented by someone, and some of us have been blessed with the opportunity to parent, and the responsibility of parenting the next generation. The way to do this is raise children in the will of God, to train
them to love and fear God in all they do. God wants us to be engaged with our families—parents, children, relatives—in ways that build them up in Christ, and not tear them down. Grow in your own discipleship, and as you grow in the Lord, God will reproduce who you are into the next generation.

Life in the Spirit – Inner Circle – Fellowship 3

Matthew 17:1-3 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. (NIV)
Mark 14:32-34 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter and James and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (NLT)
The inner circle of three is the most intensive form of covenant community in our lives. Jesus had this in Peter, James, and John. At the transfiguration, and again in Gethsemane, as well as numerous other times, Jesus focuses on these three to teach and share with, and so modeling how we should life as well. This type of close friendship, sharing successes and failures, hopes and fears, confidence and doubt, is one of the ways God speaks into our lives, and speaks through us into the lives of others.

LSN Blog

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...
Coaches Corner August 2016
Follow The Light Into Courageous Leadership This past month, several of our Life Spring Network and LUKE team members had the privilege of attending a leadership conference called the Global Leadership Summit. Over two days, we heard a wide variety of stories and songs from all over the world...

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