Do you want to be restored? Our world is broken. Injustice abounds. Whether on the news, at work, in our family or among our friends we face challenges. We want to restore you to face those challenges. Here are 5 powerful reasons to restore yourself this weekend.
Reason #1: Lament – a call for justice in troubled times
The polarization which exist in communities and families around issues of justice is significant. Built within every person is a desire for justice. We yearn for justice because we were created by a God of justice. When things are sideways, our soul aches. That aching should call us to lament.
Dr. Soong Chan Rah is a national speaker, author, professor and friend. His book on Prophetic Lament is highly relevant for our lives today. If you feel this tension please join us this Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm at Judson University. We have special one day pricing available. Your soul yearns for justice. Join the justice cry. Register now or come Friday. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Reason #2: Restore yourself through Worship
We were created to worship. Many lament conditions in our country, community and homes, but we move forward through worship. We serve a risen Savior who sits on a throne of justice (Ps. 89:14) and rules with a scepter of justice (Ps. 45:6). Together, we lift our voices and hands to the Holy One who empowers us to do justice.
You could watch TV reruns Friday night or do yard work Saturday morning, but why not join with others who care about justice in worship. If you can’t come Friday, the conference opens at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, June 8. Join us for worship. Registration opens at 8:30 am or register online now.
Reason #3: Restore yourself through Education
One of the best weapons against injustice is knowledge. Injustice thrives in the darkness. It does not want us to see what is happening in our back yard. Injustice twist facts and separates us from people. Come together to learn from national and international experts.
Gracie Travis-Murphree is from Honduras. Hear her speak on her just released book, Journey to Justice, finding God and Destiny in Dark Places, Saturday morning and join her workshop on justice in developing countries Saturday afternoon. Roger Simmons teaches large companies on the cost of cultural competency. Join him Friday afternoon at 3:00 to learn how to destroy barriers that divide us over race, ethnicity and culture. Chris Mallette is a national leader in violence reduction. Learn specific methods being effectively used in Chicago and elsewhere by individuals and the church to reduce violence.
Workshops will equip you to better understand human trafficking, immigration, elder care issues, leadership, legal ministry and more. If you are a lawyer and still need ethics CLE or general CLE, this is the perfect place to get those hours. Visit the conference page for full information and registration.
Reason #4: Make New Friends
No one does justice alone. We were designed for community. You are part of the body of Christ made up of many members. Get to know them. Across the country others care about God’s heart for justice. They volunteer to see clients restored. Come meet them.
This last weekend we opened at Maple Park on the South Side of Chicago. Justice is a family affair. The pastor pictured far left brought his son who hung out with the daughter of two volunteer attorneys. Bring your family. Come be part of God’s justice with your family and the extended gospel justice initiative family. Register now.
Reason #5: Be Inspired
We all need inspiration to remind us why justice matters. Inspiration breathes new life into our work. Don’t miss my friend Alvin Bibbs on Saturday after lunch. Alvin grew up in Cabrini Green back in the day when that meant a high risk of danger. Alvin was shot several times. More than once he could have died, but God had a plan. As a young man a visiting preacher placed his hand on young Alvin’s large afro and told him he was going to be a preacher. Alvin would become the first Black preacher at Willow Creek Church. He would go on to lead many amazing justice ministries empowered by the words of that visiting preacher – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bring friends or family. Come lament,worship, learn, meet new friends and be inspired. We look forward to seeing you Friday and Saturday at Judson University.