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The Hope of Easter

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Easter 2019 at Beautiful Savior

Hope is a beautiful word and a powerful force, but our hopes aren’t always realized.

Our hopes aren’t always realized.

Discover a hope that won’t disappoint – the Hope of Easter. Experience the good news of love, a new start, and the promise of eternal life – all connected to a world-changing event that brings hope.

Join us at Beautiful Savior for vibrant worship, an inspirational message, and a place for your family to discover The Hope of Easter

Easter Sunday

April 21st, 2019

9:30am

Series Continues Through June 2nd.


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Jesus Is…The Prince of Peace

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JesusAre you ready for the frenzy? By now, we all know that it’s coming. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means turkeys to carve, tables to set, guestrooms to prepare—the list seems endless. And when that’s all said and done, what is waiting for us?

Christmas!

That means presents to buy, trees to trim, cookies to decorate—an even longer list than Thanksgiving’s! At times, all of the frenzy surrounding the holiday schedules of November and December may make us look passed it all, hoping for what follows: relaxing, calming, peace.

Peace. The Bible talks it too. Only when the Bible talks about peace, it refers to something far greater than a little rest and relaxation after a frantic holiday season. It refers to peace with God.

Do you have that? Do you have peace with God? Do you want that? Then the bigger question becomes: Can you have that? Is it even possible for unholy, imperfect people to have peace with a holy and perfect God? God himself demands that if we are to have peace with him, we must be holy and perfect just like he is.

You do have peace with God. Not because this article will provide a three-step, fool-proof method to holiness and perfection, but because there is one who has been holy and perfect in your place. His name is Jesus; the one Isaiah so aptly calls the “Prince of Peace.” Through his perfect life and innocent death, Jesus removed every single chink and notch and stain and blemish that ruined us and our hopes of holiness, and he gave you his perfection. In doing so, the Prince of Peace has given you exactly what your holy and perfect God demands. Trust in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and know you have peace with God as your personal possession forever.

May his peace bring you peace during the hustle and bustle and frenzy of the holiday season.  May his peace grant you the peace to enjoy those holidays – as you give thanks to God and celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called…Prince of Peace.”

– Isaiah


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July 2014

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Celebrate Independence!

Tensions flared in Ukraine.  Crimea was annexed by Russia.  The tension isn’t over, but it has almost faded away in the minds of many Americans.  It has faded, because now we are focused on the crisis in Iraq, even if only because it has driven our gas prices through the roof and has burned holes in our pockets.  We may live in relative peace in our own country, but we are not completely naïve about the state of our world.  There is war.  There is violence.  There is hatred.  As we celebrate Independence Day we do reflect on the privilege and gift that independence is.  We understand the importance of the relative peace we enjoy, because it is fragile.  IT could easily go away, and that is a scary thought.

We can have a confidence that goes beyond the strength of our armed forces.  We can join with the Sons of Korah, who wrote:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

God is our refuge.  Always.  God is the one to whom we can turn, when anyone or anything threatens our peace.  God is the one to whom we can turn when any fear attacks us.

 Therefore we will not fear, thought he earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is no certainty apart from our God.  We can search for certainty in science or morals or ethics or the economy, but deep down we understand that type of certainty is but a wisp of smoke.  We can search for certainty in treaties and alliances, but they can and will be broken.  Yet there is certainty in our God:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

Even when..

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

            We do not fear because…

The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

The Psalm continues in verses 8 as we are beckoned to “…come and see the works of the LORD..” There are many works of our God that point us to his power, his might, and his strength, but there is one that demonstrates all of that and his incredible love for us.  We have seen how God carried out his plan of rescue and redemptions through his Son Jesus Christ.  It was on the cross as sin was consumed and at the grave as death was swallowed up in victory that a true and eternal peace was shown to this world.

It is in Jesus that we see our God’s strength of love.  It is in Jesus that we can always be confident of the peace God brings to us:

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth… ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Beautiful Savior’s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms.  These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on God’s Word.


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