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February 12, 2020
America's Crisis of Contempt; Set Aside Time to Draw Near to God; A Decade in Review: Marital Norms Erode; On Prayer and Providence; Marriage and Ministry and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
— Matthew 5:43-45

January 30, 2020

Power Evangelism Part II

As we enter into a new decade, we are excited to announce that Ken Fish of Kingdom Fire Ministries will be in midtown Manhattan this March to do the second part of his Power Evangelism series and you're invited! This conference builds upon last year's message on Personal Evangelism where Ken gave us tools to lead people to Christ by developing our story of Jesus. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn and grow in your faith for God's Kingdom and His glory through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Dates and Times 

Friday, March 6, 2020; 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020; 9:30am - 11:00pm

Studio Arte
256 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Click here to register.

January 29, 2020
Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times; This is Devotion to Prayer; A Hidden Life is a Faith-Based Masterpiece; On the Public Reading of Scripture; Soaping the Slippery Slope; When Satan Takes the High Road, We Take the Low Road and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
— 1 Timothy 4:13

January 29, 2020

Stand Firm and Take Action

Wednesday, January 29

He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, 
but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
- Daniel 11:32 (ESV)

This passage refers to Antiochus IV who dominated Judah for a period in the 2nd century BC, forbidding Jews to worship God as the law prescribes, and desecrating the temple. All who refused were put to death. It was an incredibly difficult and dark time for those who loved the LORD and sought to be faithful to Him. America has had its ups and downs spiritually but has never seen anything like what the Jews experienced at that time, and there’s no guarantee that this won’t happen in America at some point. This is why we fast!  To seek favor, forgiveness, and blessing from God so that He will have mercy on the nation and bring increased freedom and blessing.

January 28, 2020

Resolve to be Undefiled

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.
- Daniel 1:8

Daniel was just a teenager when taken as an exile to Babylon and inducted into the King’s service. He was no doubt scared and resigned to the fact that he would probably never see his homeland again. Yet his faith in God was extraordinary, even as He and his devout friends started to learn the literature of their adopted homeland and began preparation and training to serve the king in the administrative state. As the book of Daniel reveals, young Daniel would grow in skill and stature assuming a very high role in the kingdom in his later years. Yet, from the very beginning, he would not compromise his walk with the LORD.

January 27, 2020

Honoring God at All Costs

Monday, January 27, 2020

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
- Daniel 3:161-8 (ESV)

Fearless. Brazen. Reckless. Foolhardy. How else might we describe Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Faced with the prospect of death by fiery furnace for not bowing to the golden idol made by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, the three Jewish men refused to compromise their worship of God. Furthermore, they didn’t plead for leniency. They didn’t run and hide, either. In fact, they boldly and unapologetically defied the powerful king, declared their allegiance to God, stated their faith in His ability to save them, and made known that nothing--not even death--could stop them from honoring God’s law.

January 26, 2020

Set Aside Time to Draw Near to God

Sunday, January 26

In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.  I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Daniel 10:2-3

By grace we are living in the precious gift of time. Yet, as fleeting as it is slow, time is also the one commodity that is taken for granted by too many of us until it’s too late. The reality is, we appropriate and squander time in different ways, but within the same measure of 24 hours we each prove what we value most by what we do with our time; we prove where our allegiance is by how we allot our time; and, we prove where our true affections are by how we steward our time. Which means, as individual Christians, who love God sincerely, there is always time to draw near to God.

January 25, 2020

Prevailing Prayer

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
Daniel 9:3 (ESV)

Charles Finney defined prevailing prayer as prayer which secures an answer. Daniel, who lived in constant prayer and communion with God, exemplified prevailing prayer. In an Old Testament book saturated with prayer, Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9 deserves special attention for believers wanting to better understand the process of prevailing in prayer. Giving Daniel 9 high praise in his 1884 book specifically on Prevailing Prayer, D.L. Moody called this "one of the best chapters on prayer in the whole Bible."

January 24, 2020

Citizens of an Everlasting Kingdom

Friday, January 24, 2020

"I saw in the night visions, 
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
   there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
   and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
   and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
   should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
   which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
   that shall not be destroyed.
— Daniel 7:13-14

You signed up for this fast because you have a heart for God’s glory in our nation. Like you, I am fasting these ten days because my soul longs for America to return to God. I want to see millions of my fellow citizens discover the pearl of great price and the name of Jesus lifted high above all names. We yearn for God’s righteousness to guide our government, our schools, our media, our entertainment, and on and on. Our spirits faint within us when we see the degrading effects of the decline of Christian influence on our society. Have mercy on us, O Lord!

January 23, 2020

This is Devotion to Prayer

Thursday, January 23, 2020

When Darius became king over Babylon and its vast empire, he acted as one might expect a prudent ruler to do: he “set over the kingdom 120 satraps [i.e., provincial governors], to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials … to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss” (Dan 6:1–2, ESV). Among these officials, Daniel became the most distinguished—noted for the “excellent spirit” in him—and Darius intended to appoint him as his prime minister (v. 3).

January 22, 2020

None Can Stay God's Hand

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,  and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
- Daniel 4:34-35 ( ESV)

January 21, 2020

Revelation of God’s Presence

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Daniel answered the king and said, ‘No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.
- Daniel 2:27-28 (ESV)

An impossible task: tell the king his dream. Any clues? None. Any context? Not really. All right, go! 


But God. God does something. He reveals to Daniel the king’s dream, and in so doing Daniel’s life is saved. Pagan wisemen are saved. Death was foretold by Nebuchadnezzar. But God brought life. But God. Possibly the two greatest words in all of Scripture. In Ephesians 2, the Apostle Paul writes “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins…” An impossible situation. Death. The end. Yet Paul continues: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ.” Life! Hope! God’s grace in Christ Jesus!

January 20, 2020

How to Find the God of Wisdom and Might

Monday, January 20, 2020

To you, O God of my fathers,
    I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
    and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
    for you have made known to us the king's matter.”
— Daniel 2:23 (ESV)

Daniel was guided by a deep-seated conviction, a belief that “God is the rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). This exiled Hebrew knew unequivocally that God opens to those who knock, He reveals to those who seek, He answers those who ask.

January 20, 2020

Monday, January 20 - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Join fellow Christians across America in a ten-day fast (fasting from food). Participants will follow the example of men and women of Scripture who humbled themselves and sought the Lord through fasting. Our country needs the spiritual renewal that only God can bring. May He hear our cry and answer!

Starting Monday, January 20, 2020, participants will seek God through the biblical practice of fasting. You may choose to fast from all foods for the entire ten days—drinking only liquids—or you may choose to fast one or two meals each day. For some, health limitations will require a different type of fast (see fasting resources). However God leads you, we are thrilled to have you be a part.

January 17, 2020

CU New York Forum with Dr. Os Guinness

January 17, 2020

January 16, 2020
Join Me and Believers from Across America for a Ten-Day Fast; Where Do We Stand on Abortion?; His Sister Was Sex-Trafficked for 6 Years — Here’s How He’s Devoted His Life to Fighting It; C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert; Tolkien’s Deadly Dragons; China Sentences Pastor Wang Yi to Nine Years in Prison and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.
— 1 Chronicles 16:25

January 7, 2020
Yale students are seeking to change the moral, cultural, and political landscape surrounding abortion on their campus and beyond. 

Vita et Veritas

By Luke Brown, Dartmouth ’18


Yale students are seeking to change the moral, cultural, and political landscape surrounding abortion on their campus and beyond. 


Through Vita et Veritas, a pro-life conference in its seventh year, the student organizers from Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) aimed to provide a venue for thoughtful, productive, and nonpartisan discussion of the abortion issue and its broader implications for scholars, activists, and students. CLAY members “believe the right to life is fundamental, and we design our conference to help and inspire others to advocate for the lives of the unborn,” according to its website.

January 2, 2020

Princeton Students Lead National March for Life 

By Jon Garaffa, Princeton ’20


On Friday, January 18, students from Princeton University were at the forefront of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., an annual rally aiming to protest peacefully the practice and legality of abortion in the United States. The rally started in 1974 and takes places annually near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision of the Supreme Court to decriminalize abortion.


This year, students from Princeton Pro-Life led the march, chanting in the front row as they proceeded through the city. Many Princeton students had come to the march in previous years. “It was really different to be able to march in the front and see all the people we were leading,” stated Allie Burton ’17, who served as past vice president of Princeton Pro-Life and made her third trip back to D.C. this year. “Personally, it was a very special moment for me when we marched past the Supreme Court.” Ally Cavazos ’19, the president emerita of Princeton Pro-Life, gave a speech to the crowd to fit the pro-science theme of the March for 2019: “Unique from Day One.”

January 1, 2020

January 20 - January 29, 2020


“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.” - Daniel 1:8

Who can stand against the living God when He chooses to act? No matter where our culture is currently, everything will change in a heartbeat when the God of the nations acts - and He acts when His people rise up, repent of sins, pray and fast and seek His face. What could be better than joining with so many others across the U.S. to fight in the spiritual realms through prayer and fasting?

December 31, 2019
The Sexual State; Fast with Believers Across America; Ten Questions for the New Year; When Passion Leads to Burnout; Last Chance to Make an End of the Year Gift and more, in this issue of Christian Union's bi-monthly email brief.
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Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.
— Haggai 1:5

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