You can choose your friends but you can’t pick your family.
Though they are the closest people to us, related by blood and more, family relationships can sometimes be the most challenging of our lives. They can have the opportunity to be those with the greatest rewards. In this series, we will gain God’s perspective on how to navigate through the complexities of family life today. No matter what your family looks like for real, God can get it on a path towards ideal.
Please join us for this worship series that runs from May 13 – June 17, Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, 2018. Worship services are held at 9:30am.
On Easter we came alive to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. We can continue to come alive to the power of his resurrection for our own lives as we realize the new identity he has given us.
I am the vine; you are the branches.
Jesus said these words about us. We are branches connected to this life-giving vine. During this worship series, we will explore the confidence and comfort we have as Jesus’ resurrection power flows in and through us. The words of 1 John will guide us as we grow in our knowledge of Jesus’ promises and power.
Megan’s past weighed heavily on her conscience. She lived under a soul-crushing conviction that the death of her nine-year-old daughter was the way God paid her back for her terrible life choices.
Nick resigned to live the rest of his life in despair. His wife had begged him to get help for his alcoholism through their entire marriage. Now she was gone and so was any opportunity to make up for the time he had lost because he was a lousy husband and father. It was too late.
Johnny’s head hung low as he dissolved into tears. When he looked up, he asked, “What kind of person would steal from his own family?” He knew the answer. That’s why he sobbed.
Do you feel guilt? Does it hit you like a wrecking ball when you are confronted with the horrifying truth of how much damage and pain you’ve caused? Does it leave you hopeless because you are faced with the fact that you’re never going to be the person you know you should be? That if there is a God who is holy and perfect and expects the same of his people, then you are a failure and you don’t deserve anything good from him?
You should know something about all those people mentioned above. They all found relief from guilt. They found it in the only place it can be found—in that holy, perfect God who pledges, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
You might think your sins and weaknesses define you. They don’t. Not in God’s eyes. You know how you highlight a phrase and then hit “delete” when you are editing a document? God did that with your sins, that is, all your mistakes and your failures to be kind and love others. He not only doesn’t see them anymore, he doesn’t even remember them. He doesn’t recall the worst things you’ve done or your habitual failings. Your sins not only don’t define you to God, they don’t condemn you to his punishment either.
How is that possible? God loved you with a love so amazing that he charged his Son, Jesus, with your sins and punished him in your place. All of the ways you have sinned or ever will sin have been paid for. They are not on your record or clinging to your identity anymore.
Believe it. In Jesus, you can live unburdened by guilt and with a joyful freedom of forgiveness.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Invites the Community to the “Come Alive” Holy Week Series
Everyone in the community is invited to attend Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for Easter Sunday worship at 9:30AM, April 1st.
This season is a time of celebration, and everyone is welcome to join us. More than 2,000 years ago, God’s plan of redemption altered the world forever. We will focus on the significance of Jesus’ life and death, and what his journey means for our own today. We need not look down in fear or defeat, but hold our heads high, focus on the cross, and come alive to the ultimate sacrifice. We can look with incredible joy, focus on the resurrection, and come alive to Jesus’ incredible power.
Easter Sunday will be packed with relevant worship and a hopeful message of victory and strength. A gift will be offered to all visitors. At 10:45AM following worship, a brunch will be hosted to meet people, make connections, and start new friendships – all are welcome to attend. This is the perfect opportunity for families throughout the community to come together to celebrate this special season.
Maundy Thursday Worship – Thursday, March 29th at 7:00pm.
Good Friday Worship – Friday, March 30th at 7:00pm.
Easter Sunday Worship – Sunday, April 1st at 9:30am.
Beautiful Savior is located at 3628 W. JOHNSON RD. in LA PORTE. For more information call 219-363-6164.
People are passionate. They are passionate about sports, whether to vaccinate or not, politics; blue or red, conservative or liberal. People are passionate about colas, coffee, and country. Our most serious passions tend to divide us, yet a closer look at our lives demonstrates that our struggles, questions, and fears are shared. We are more alike than we realize, not only in our faults and failures, but also in our need for a Savior. Jesus, that savior, was passionate about us. His passion for us became passion suffered in our place to free us. That’s something worth being passionate about.
In this worship series, we will take a look at the people of Jesus’ passion nearly 2000 years ago. We might feel so far removed from those individuals we can’t imagine we share anything in common, but their struggles, questions, fears, and temptations are contemporary.=
What can we learn about these people of the passion? What can we learn from them? What will they teach us about ourselves and our own struggles in faith? During the 40 days leading up to Easter, we will take a closer look at these people of the passion, and we just might see each other too.
This season discover how you too are among the people of the passion – Jesus’ passionate love for you.
Begins Ash Wednesday, February 14th, at 6:30pm
Then continues on Sundays, February 18 – Mar 25, at 9:30am
For millennia this world has been locked in a cosmic battle waged between the forces of evil and the forces of good; the servants of light and the servants of darkness.
No, this is not the opening line to the next Marvel movie release. This is a description of the world which you inhabit. You also play a role in this cosmic battle. How is the war going?
Does darkness prevail? The news cycle barely breaks from the last outburst of violence and another tragedy of bomb, blade, or bullet breaks our hearts. Or perhaps our hearts are shattered enough by the darkness that has invaded your own life – marriage crumbles, addictions grow, relationships tear apart.
Yes, the battle between good and evil seems to wage with ever greater force, but one event changed the course of that battle for all time. A baby was born. Laid to rest in a manger. Not just any baby, this baby was the light of the world. He came into the world on the first Christmas, and we’ve celebrated this arrival every year since. The light of Jesus Christ shines into the darkness of our world and the darkness will not overcome it. Light shall reign.
This Christmas join us to discover the hope, peace, and confidence Jesus brings and to know that Light Shall Reign forever.
Candlelight Worship – 6:30pm
There will not be Sunday morning worship on December 24th.
Celebration Worship – 9:30am
Worship series continues on Sundays, December 31 – February 11 at 9:30am.
As you look at your life, what do you see? Do you see any reason for joy? Any reason for a sense of purpose? Any reason for comfort?
That may depend on where you look. Contemporary life and events seem to make it hard to see such vital things. Perhaps we begin to think that no one sees them in their life. Maybe no eye has seen purpose, or joy, or comfort in a long time.
Yet, if you look in the right place, your eyes will see what they otherwise wouldn’t. They will see no other God but the very one who has created you with incredible purpose; who has formed you with his very own hands to lead a fulfilled life of joy and comfort.
This God, the all-powerful deity ruling over heaven and earth, did something no eye had ever seen until he did it. He sent his only Son to live and die for you. He sent his only Son to take the weakness and suffering and mistakes of your life into his own, so that you could enjoy freedom from them. He sent his only Son to forgive you. Prepare to see him in all his glory this Christmas. Prepare as you join us leading up to Christmas.
To see this God is to know that there is no other. No eye has seen any other God, any other comfort, and any other joy than what is found in him. Let’s seen him.
Series runs on Sundays, December 3 – December 17, at 9:30am
500 years ago God used a monk named Martin Luther to spark a revolution that would take over the church and the world. Yet, at the heart of this significant historical event is the simple message God has for people. Not only does this simple message change the world, but it changes your own heart. It is the simple message that you are saved by scripture, by faith, by grace, and by Christ – alone.
Join us as we explore four pillars of what it truly means to be a Lutheran and why that might be vitally important for you.
Do you like to sing? I don’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to audition for American Idol or form your own band, but do you like to sing along with the radio? Do you sing while you work in the garden or garage? Do you sing your favorite songs with girlfriends, or on karaoke night, or during the 7th inning stretch? Do you like to sing when you’re in the shower?
We love to sing for a lot of reasons: The joy it brings, the love of which it reminds, the sorrow and tears it calms, and sometimes the fear it quiets and stills.
At Beautiful Savior Church, we sing. We feel we have the best reason to sing; the reason given in the Bible: “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
The world is constantly changing, making our lives uncertain. Which life experience has brought change and uncertainty to you lately? Culture, the future, security, economy, jobs, politics, your family? Sometimes those changes are more than what is comfortable. No matter the changes around you and no matter the uncertainty of your life, there is one thing that is certain, one thing that will not change, one person you can always depend on: The Rock of your salvation.
Salvation is the word the Bible uses for God’s rescuing us from the consequences of our deviation from God and his will. We don’t give God the respect of which he alone is worthy. We second guess how God deals with us and this world. We don’t show God the love he deserves. On our list of priorities he is second, or third, or four hundred fortieth. Is there really any reason God shouldn’t reject and punish us?
Instead of dishing out what we deserve, God chose to rescue us by sending his Son to suffer our rejection and punishment. Jesus is the Rock of our salvation. God’s decision and resultant action are unmovable and unchangeable history. The Rock of salvation will not shift position or change his mind. Your rescue is rock solid.
So we sing to the Rock of our salvation. We sing for joy because God has forgiven us. We sing songs about his sure promises to chase away our fears and heal our wounded hearts. We sing to express our love to God who will never stop loving us.
Go ahead and sing to the Rock of your salvation. If you would like company singing to the Lord, come and worship with us. We’re not ready to try out for American Idol either, but we like to sing for all the best reasons.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:1-2