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Superpower

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The blockbusters have hit the big screen. Capes. Masks. Ripping muscles. Body armor. Witty one-liners. Such are the signs of our superheroes with superpowers. Fictions captivate our minds and imaginations, as these heroes face insurmountable odds yet overcome. Their strength and tenacity amazes. Their grit and determination motivates. Their comedy in the face of tragedy lifts our spirits.

Our superheroes with their superpowers give us hope. The hope that there is strength beyond what we can muster. Hope that people can see others in need and intervene. Hope that this world can be a better place. Hope that in the end good can conquer evil, but then we step out of the movie theater or turn off the TV. Perhaps we are left wondering if such hopes are foolish.

Such hopes are not foolish, but they are found in fact, not fiction. Join us as we see Jesus is the hero we need, with the superpower to strengthen us.

This worship series runs from June 24 – July 22, 2018.

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I need more…Satisfaction!

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“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.”

Do you recognize that quotation?  Do you relate to that quotation? It sounds simple enough: Somehow find the ability to lean back in your hammock on your day off and say, “What a satisfying life this is!”

But what if your expectations for satisfaction are too high? What if they are unrealistic? What if they are wrong?  What if they only pivot around yourself and your own ego?

What if you never find that satisfaction you seek?

Then you know how the person felt who wrote that quote.  His name was Solomon and he wrote a book about his search for satisfaction.  He couldn’t find it either, except when he looked for his satisfaction in his God.

The Bible says about God, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). Do you believe that?  What about this: The Apostle Paul told a young pastor, “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8). Is that truly satisfaction – simple food and clothing and contentment? How can you be truly satisfied with that?

Which is worth more – simple satisfaction or sublime satisfaction?  Which type of satisfaction do you seek?

What satisfaction do you deserve?

When God sought satisfaction from us we left him empty.  Our lives have never lived up to the expectations of our God.  God had every right to be dissatisfied with us, and to let us know in no uncertain terms.  Instead, God sent his Son to completely satisfy everything he expected – both a perfect life and the punishment and penalty that needed to be paid for all the times we let God down.  Jesus paid that price on the cross.  Jesus gave us a reason to be completely satisfied.

Satisfaction in our lives does not come because of what we do but because of what God does. He takes care of us…body and soul. He feeds us. He sent Jesus to rescue us from his great dissatisfaction over our sin, and in Jesus we receive that sublime satisfaction we seek.  We receive the love, kindness, and comfort of our amazing God. We know his promises are sure and certain.  He promises to be with us.  He promises to bless the work of our hands. He promises that whatever we do for him will not be in vain.

“[God] who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

Be satisfied—truly satisfied—in Jesus!


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Glass Jar

I need more…Strength!

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Glass JarAfter several attempts of twisting and tapping, the lid just wouldn’t budge. “Honey, can you open this for me?” Her teenage son, eager to flex his muscles, opened the jar and handed it back to his mother.

Life is sometimes like that jar, isn’t it? Sometimes we just don’t have the strength we need to tackle what’s in front of us. Not the strength it takes to move a piano or to change a flat tire, but the strength we need to raise our children or to stay married to someone who is so difficult to live with. We need the strength it takes to go to work and deal with people who are rude, inconsiderate and lazy, or to walk to the mailbox and open the bills we’ll have difficulty paying.

I need more strength!

Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth…He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

What should we do when we need more strength? Hand that jar over to the Lord. He has all the strength we need and so much more. After all, he is the One who created the earth and everything in it. More than that, this strong, wise, loving God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. The all-powerful God came in human weakness to rescue us from sin and death. He was condemned and crucified. Weakness, right? No! Strength! Jesus used his strength to remain on that cross until every last sin of ours had been paid for. His empty tomb proves it. “Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Death has been defeated! The guilt of sin before God has been removed! By trusting in Jesus, life in heaven is waiting for us.

Need more strength? The One who created the earth has it. The One who died and rose for you has it. He is the One who gives us the strength to face each day with fresh confidence. Find that strength in his Word. And then be ready to soar. Be ready to soar on eagles’ wings with renewed strength! Be ready to soar on eagles’ wings through every challenge of life! Be ready to soar on eagles’ wings to the home that Jesus has prepared for you in heaven!

Visit Beautiful Savior to learn more about the strength we find for life in God’s Word.


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