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ST. LUKE LUTHERAN JACKSON, MICHIGAN

 

ST. LUKE LUTHERAN CHURCH

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JESUS LOVES ME LEARNING CENTER 

3501 Morrill Road, Jackson, Michigan 49201

517-782-0114 · Fax: 517-782-4577

St. Luke Lutheran Church has been planted by God to give the people of Jackson County  what they need most -- the message of free and full forgiveness through Jesus Christ. That good news is at the heart of everything that happens here.

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WORSHIP SERVICES

Sunday 9am

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Wednesday 7pm

(same service as the following Sunday)

 

 

 

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Today's Devotion
» Devotion - January 31, 2015

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

1 Corinthians 1:10


In 1516 Thomas More wrote his classic work Utopia. He described an ideal place set in the New World. People shared equally in most roles. Their mutual work provided food, clothing and other needs for the community.

In Utopia no one held property or goods for themselves. No one put locks on their doors. Everyone enjoyed free healthcare and other benefits. Residents of Utopia enjoyed many rights and freedoms rarely granted to the common people of Europe in 1516.

Can such a world exist? We use the word “utopia” to describe an unrealistic vision of perfection unattainable in this world. In fact, Thomas More made up the word “utopia” from the Greek words meaning “no place.”

But the apostle Paul expresses a “utopian” idea for the Christians in Corinth. He appeals to them through Jesus Christ to come to full agreement by removing all divisions, achieving a perfect unity in mind and thought.

What was he thinking? He was thinking, as God’s people do, that nothing is impossible with God. He believed that Jesus Christ could forge a solid agreement in a fractured congregation. He trusted that unity came as a gift of God.

Miracles follow Jesus. He was born of the virgin Mary. He lived every moment of his life without sin. He healed the sick, raised the dead, drove out demons and stopped storms. He conquered the sin of the world by his death on the cross. He overcame death by rising from his grave.

What miracle did Jesus accomplish in Corinth? In Paul’s second letter to the church he writes, “I am happy because your sorrow led you to repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:9).  They repented. They trusted in God’s mercy through Jesus Christ. Fruits of repentance led them to complete the unity in mind and thought Paul wanted them to have.

Jesus provides more than utopia. He works miracles.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, grant me a spirit of agreement and unity with those who gather together in your name. Use your power to bring my mind and thought in unity with yours. Amen.

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