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Recent Devotionals

He is Risen – Perspective

Read John 20:11-18 (NLT)

“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked [Mary].
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked [Mary]. John 20:13,15 (NLT)

When I’m stuck in my perspective, and am confronted with people who can look at my situation from God’s perspective, the two won’t match up, and I have a chance to recognize the difference and see the bigger perspective.
How often are you stuck trying to work things out on your own, instead of searching the Word of God, or consulting other faithful Christians who might have a God-perspective on your situation? Believe that it’s not something wrong with God, but something going on with you, that there is something stopping you from recognizing the presence of God in your midst. Let Jason encourage you to get past your limited perspective and return to God’s mission for you.

All Things New – A New Commandment

As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:31-35

Many people today, even Christians, are not comfortable or receptive to the idea of “commandment.” Yet Jesus (our Lord and King) commands us to love one another. We don’t (or even can’t) do this perfectly, but when we fall short, we need to see that as sin and repent of it. As we grow closer to Christ, the Holy Spirit will work more and more often through us, so that our loving words and actions “prove to the world that we are [Jesus’] disciples.”

Upcoming Events

Chicago Hope Church

Chicago Hope Church is our new church plant in the city of Chicago. Our mission is to connect people in Chicago and beyond in real loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, with each other in contagious Christian community, and with their calling of servanthood in the world.

We are partnering with Chicago Hope Academy to bring our mission of hope and the message of the Gospel to students, families and the surrounding community. We invite you to be a part of growing disciples for Jesus. For more information visit our website at chicagohopechurch.org.

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!