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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.

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Recent Devotionals

Life in the Spirit – Humility – Service 5

Luke 18:9-14 (NLT) Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
As we think about God serving the world through us, it’s very important to remember that all the good we do is God’s doing. We must remain humble like the tax collector, knowing there is nothing good in ourselves. When God shows up and does something amazing through us, remember to give God all the credit and glory.

Life in the Spirit – Being Served – Service 4

John 13:3-7, 12-17 “Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“Do you understand what I was doing? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you’re right, because that’s what I am, and since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their masters, nor is the messenger more important that the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”
Most of us are much more comfortable being the person who serves rather than the person being served. Being served puts us in a position of need, and often our pride rebels against that, just as Peter’s did. Unless we embrace the reality that we need to be served by God, and by God through people every day, then we won’t be built up, we won’t be completed into the masterpiece that God is trying to be us into. Only in this way can we learn to daily let God live in and through us as a servant as he serves the world through us.

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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.