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August 21, 2023

Welcoming Freshman

Christian Union Universities' Fall Campaigns Begin

By Erin Conner

Christian Union has established undergraduate ministries at nine of America's most highly influential undergraduate institutions (and also at Harvard Law). The ministry plans and executes intensive freshman welcoming campaigns at the start of each academic year. Research indicates that the first few weeks of students’ lives, as they transition from high school to college, can be critical for establishing foundations for future success.

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August 18, 2023

An Incredible, Beautiful Journey

Christian Union's National Fast Concludes

By chuck Hetlzer

Christian Union America’s most recent national fast came to an end Monday, August 14, 2023. 5,175 Christians across the nation signed up to seek God in prayer, fasting, and repentance, along with a special emphasis on taking in massive amounts of Scripture.

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June 19, 2023

Shepherd the Flock of God That is Among You

A Devotional

By rev. Jeffrey walsh, ministry director, christian Union lux

So, I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:1-4 

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May 23, 2023

The Lion And The Lamb

The Dual Identity of Jesus


By Sheri Casali, Ministry Fellow, CU Gloria


The passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting there. And making a whip out of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen.  And He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.  And He told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade”. His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” – John 2:13-17 

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May 16, 2023

A Father’s Discipline

Admonishing One Another In Christ


By Don Weiss, Ministry Director, CU Gloria

I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 4:14-15 

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November 2, 2022

To The Uttermost

How Jesus Keeps Us Day By Day

By Anne Kerhoulas

In the Christian life, we need Scripture that grounds us firmly in the truth of Christ and our union and communion with him. Hebrews 7:25 is one such verse that roots and establishes us in the unshakeable love of Jesus and his ongoing work of interceding on our behalf. 

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September 14, 2022

Repenting of Malice

How Hatred Poisons Community and Steals Our Joy

By Qwynn Gross

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. – Ephesians 4:31

When time is given to fast and pray for matters relating to our nation, our families, and ourselves, it should also be a time of reflection and repentance for sin, specifically for the sin of malice.

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September 6, 2022

A Cold Day in Eden

The Unity of The Triune God Is Our Hope

By Chris Coppernoll

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  – Romans 15:5-7

The temperature dropped in Eden when the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord walking in the cool of the day, and hid among the trees. By taking a bite of the forbidden fruit, they'd torn the bond with their Creator apart and hid because they knew what they'd done was wrong. The couple's act of hiding brought their sin out into plain sight. Now, there would be no more walking with God in the cool of the day, only the cold reminiscence of their innocence lost. 

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August 22, 2022

Repenting of Rivalry

Rivalry in the Body of Christ Dishonors the Lord

By Chuck Hetzler, PhD, Director, CU Day and Night

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?  – 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

All jealousy, pride, rivalry, and division must be repented of and put at the foot of the cross or Christian Unity will not be achieved. 

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June 9, 2022

The Spiritual Summer Vacation: Recentering on Christ

Rest, Solitude, and Holding Fast to God's Promises

By Anne Kerhoulas, STAFF WRITER

The semester winds down, celebrations, endings, farewells, and fatigue sweep us into the early summer days. June always felt like a surprise. The summer had arrived. But the flash flood of the semester left me cleaned out, leaves and branches in my hair, and trying to reorient myself to where I had landed. 

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January 28, 2022

Day and Night Fast Unites 4,500 Americans to Seek God for Revival

Participants Share Powerful Testimonies

By Chuck Hetzler, Director of CU Day & Night


God has a word for every nation. That’s why 4,500 American Christians joined Christian Union Day and Night’s fourteen-day fast on January 3-16, 2022. 

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September 24, 2021

What Does it Mean to Earnestly Seek the Lord?

Hope for Restless Souls

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you. — Psalm 63:1

What does it mean to “earnestly” seek the Lord? According to Oxford Languages, the adverb earnestlymeans “with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.”

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February 19, 2021

Deny Yourself and Take Up Your Cross

Three Biblical Reasons to Fast 

By Dr. Chuck Hetzler

Twenty-first century American Christianity is not known for self-denial. Most of the American church’s marketing mirrors the world’s. The church sells good-looks, fashion, and personal happiness. No doubt, following Jesus makes your life better, but true discipleship promises hardship and absolute surrender along the way. 

And He said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

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October 12, 2020

"The Most Important Habit" by Fady Ghobrial

Christian Union Gloria (Harvard College)

Christian Union Ministry Fellow, Fady Ghobrial, encourages and equips Harvard students as they seek for practical ways to improve their prayer lives.

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September 16, 2020

Social Distancing from Sin 

Christian Union Day and Night

by justin woyak

Editor’s Note: The following devotional was written to help Christians think about and respond biblically to the crisis of COVID-19. In March, Christian Union Day and Night organized a nationwide, 40-day initiative of prayer, fasting, and repentance to address the coronavirus pandemic, supported by daily devotionals.


But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 

—2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)


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June 17, 2020

Seeking Christ in Crisis

A Freshman’s Perspective 

by katherine wang, harvard ’23

As one who has followed the growth of COVID-19 from its beginnings to its spread across the globe, I have been consumed with worry for relatives living in hot spots, disturbed by empty shelves in grocery stores and the impact on our economy, and grieved by people ridiculing the power of prayer on my social media feeds. This pandemic seems anything but light or momentary. It is difficult to see past our afflictions when we are in the midst of them, but when I take a moment to consider this pandemic in light of eternity, I have realized three things.

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June 5, 2020

Coronavirus and Christ

‘Behold the Kindness and Severity of God’ 

by john piper 

It matters little what we think about the coronavirus. But it matters forever what God thinks. He is not silent about what He thinks. Scarcely a page in the Bible is irrelevant for this crisis.

Our voice is grass. His is granite. “The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Peter 1:24–25). His words in Scripture “cannot be broken” (John 10:35). What he says is “true, and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:9). Listening to God, and believing him, is like building your house on a rock, not sand (Matthew 7:24).

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April 26, 2020

COVID-19: Evening Devotional for Day 40

Dear Friends,

​Our 40-day initiative of prayer, fasting, and repentance comes to a close today. Thank you so much for having joined me and several thousand Christians across America as we turned to the Lord with a repentant heart, asking God for mercy and healing in the face of this pandemic.

Sensing that there is still a great need for spiritual encouragement during this crisis, we will continue to send you devotional videos every day at 5:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern for some days to come. I hope you will find them beneficial. Though this special 40 Day initiative has ended, let's keep crying out to God in humility, and let's continue to seek Him day and night during this very trying time in our nation's history.  We are desirous that Christians and non-Christians alike repent of sins, draw near to God, and experience great outpourings of His Holy Spirit. 

Trusting Him for a Great Awakening,

Matt Bennett, Founder and CEO, Christian Union

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April 26, 2020

COVID-19: Morning Devotional for Day 40

Do the Work of an Evangelist

Sunday, April 26, 2020


Chuck Hetzler, Ph.D., has a diverse background as a biblical scholar, worship leader, and pastor. He served as Christian Union’s first Teaching Fellow at Princeton University and later directed its ministry in New York City. Chuck earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently pastors Bethesda Grace Church in Manhattan.

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April 25, 2020

COVID-19: Evening Devotional for Day 39

Repent of Our Two Evils

Saturday, April 25, 2020


Matt Bennett is founder and CEO of Christian Union, a Christian leadership development organization. A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He resides in New York City.

The Book of Jeremiah has more references to the word pestilence—20 times—than any other book in the Bible. It's referenced 52 times in the Old and New Testaments, but the greatest concentration is in Jeremiah, and then secondly, Ezekiel. And so this book has a lot to say about what we're dealing with, with the coronavirus, this worldwide pandemic. And we should look to Jeremiah to see what messages God may have for us today.

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