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“Easter Everyday!” Series

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Without Easter we wouldn’t have any hope, any joy, or any life, but with Easter we have it all.  Join the family of Beautiful Savior to see how you can enjoy Easter every day of your life. Start on Easter Sunday, March 31st, and stick with us as we focus on the every day impact Easter makes for us!

Sunday March 31 – His Cross.  His Crown. Our Victory!

Sunrise Service – 7AM
Easter Reception – 8:15AM
Celebration Service – 9:30AM
 

Sunday April 7 – 9:30AM – Easter Everyday

“By Faith Not By Sight”

 

Sunday April 14 – 9:30AM – Easter Everyday

“Jesus’ Power Guarantees”

Special Worship music by the MLHS Festival Singers

Guest Preacher – Pastor Tom Schneider

 

Sunday April 21 – 9:30AM – Easter Everyday

“Life Under Our Shepherd”

 

Sunday April 28 – 9:30AM – Easter Everyday

“New Command of Love”

 

Sunday May 5 – 9:30AM – Easter Everyday

“Peace From the Counselor”

 

We hope you will be able to join us!


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His Cross. His Crown. Our Victory!

Easter Worship 2013

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His Cross. His Crown. Our Victory.

Easter Sunday morning is a morning filled with magnificence.  Just as the sun rises on a new day, our Beautiful Savior, Jesus, rose again to life.  Celebrate the victory God won for us! Regardless of your past, regardless of your circumstances, God wants you to know the joy of Easter.  Join us as we celebrate that joy.

Sunrise Service – 7:00am

Easter Reception – 8:15am

Celebration Service – 9:00am


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I need more…Good News

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We live in frazzled and frustrated times. Turn on the nightly news. So frequently we are given reports of events that have devastated property and lives, are told about individuals that have deviated from law and order, and hear of stories that dampen our spirits. On a regular basis, most of the news is not good news, and a depressed sigh first finds solace in the silence of a turned-off television.

Turns out, though, that we don’t have to turn on a TV to know that. We don’t even need to be near it. As our consciences rerun the past, we see where our own deviations have had a devastating impact and, as a direct result, our spirits are dampened and depressed. That’s the “news” we know by nature. That’s God’s Law on sinful hearts, and that’s why stricken hearts crave more good news.

The calm to the craving is not attained by turning off; we get it by tuning in. The answer is not in blocking out God’s Word or dulling our consciences by making excuses. The solution is found in what God’s good news says to every individual—even to you and to me. The calm, the promise, the solution is the message of the gospel! Hearts are calmed at the message of Christ for us! It’s in that message the Apostle Paul, a very real sinner, would have sinners take comfort and confidence. He lifts our eyes and our hearts to the grace of the cross: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst” (1 Timothy 1:16).

Craving more good news? Forgiven sinner, tune in to the Savior who carried your every sin! See him in his Word! Tune in to the gospel—God’s good news that quiets sin’s accusations! Hear that saving message! Beloved child of God, tune in to the trustworthy message of the Bible and let your heart sigh with thanksgiving. Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus came to save you! That’s the good news! Crave it. Enjoy it.  And stay tuned in!

Stay tuned in by joining Beautiful Savior for worship.


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March 2013

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Easter…in March?!

The other day I handed out an invitation to Easter worship.  The invitee thanked me and then said, “Wait!  When is Easter this year?”

“March 31st,” I replied. “It’s early.”

“Yeah! Easter is supposed to be April’s holiday,” she said.

Easter is early this year, isn’t it?  Did you know it’s not even the earliest it can be? Easter can fall as early as March 22. Of course, the last time it did was in 1818 and it won’t happen again until 2285.  I don’t have any delusions I will be around to celebrate it then, but that’s okay.  While the date may change, the celebration is always the same. On Easter we celebrate the day of our Savior’s resurrection to life.  We celebrate his victory over sin and Satan – the victory he won for you.

Easter may be the most important day of all time.  In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul expresses the extreme importance of Easter:

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)

Without Easter we would still be stuck in our sins.  Without Easter we would not have the assurance that Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins was accepted by God.  Without Easter we wouldn’t have any hope, any joy, or any life, but Jesus did rise from the dead. After he had suffered our pain and our punishment for our sin, he rose again for our life – to give us new life.  Because of Easter you can join Paul as he expresses the amazing and joyful truth Easter provides:

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

Easter isn’t just an April holiday.  It isn’t just a March holiday.  Easter is an every-day holiday.  Celebrate Christ’s resurrection every day because through Christ’s resurrection you know you have new life; you know you will rise after your death; you know you will be brought into glory because of what Jesus did for you.  Celebrate Easter with Beautiful Savior on March 31st, and on every Sunday of the year.  Celebrate Easter in your own life every single day by giving thanks to God that you have victory in Christ Jesus!

The Sundays following Easter will begin a 5 week series on Easter as an everyday celebration!

 

Special Services

Easter is not the only special day we celebrate and remember this month.  Join the family of Beautiful Savior for these other worship opportunities:

SUNDAY MARCH 24TH – PALM SUNDAY – 9:30AM

On Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into the royal city of Jerusalem.  We see him enter as a king, but this is the beginning of the week that would close with his immense suffering and death.  We join in singing Hosannas to him on this Palm Sunday, knowing he truly is our king.  Join us for worship and our Palm Sunday procession of palm branches. The children of our Sunday School will also lift their voices in a song of praise to our Savior.

THURSDAY MARCH 28TH – MAUNDY THURSDAY – 7:00PM

On the night on which he was betrayed Jesus took bread, gave thanks and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat.  This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  We remember the evening of Jesus’ betrayal and the night on which he instituted the Lord’s Supper with a solemn service.  Join us for a service in which we will remember the words of Jesus’ last will and testament.  Lord’s Supper will be offered in this evening service.

FRIDAY MARCH 29TH – GOOD FRIDAY
SERVICE OF THE CROSS – 3:00PM
SERVICE OF DARKNESS – 7:00PM

Jesus died on Good Friday. How can the day of death be called good?  Jesus died to rescue us.  He died so that we might have life.  Join the family of Beautiful Savior as we stand before Jesus’ cross and thank him that he gave his life for us. His Cross.  His Crown. Our Victory!

SUNDAY MARCH 31ST – EASTER SUNDAY
SUNRISE SERVICE – 7:00AM
EASTER RECEPTION – 8:15AM
CELEBRATION SERVICE – 9:30AM

Easter Sunday morning is a morning filled with magnificence.  Just as the sun rises on a new day, our Beautiful Savior Jesus rose again to life.  Celebrate the victory God won for us! Regardless of your past, regardless of your circumstances, God wants you to know the joy of Easter.  Join us as we celebrate that joy. His Cross.  His Crown.  Our Victory!

 

Easter Eggs

Team Reach has been busy organizing for a great community outreach event.  On March 23rd, Beautiful Savior will host a community Easter Egg Hunt.  Team Reach needs your help to ensure this event is a success.  Please look over the sign-up sheets to see how you might be able to help this event both with donations and volunteer service.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the family of Beautiful Savior to reach out to our community, share the love of Jesus, and invite families back to hear more about their Beautiful Savior.  Please consider offering your time and donations for the Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 23rd.


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Lessons from Job

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Could you lose it all and bounce right back?  Could anyone lose it all and bounce right back?  What about that guy named Job? Study a fascinating book in the Bible: the book of Job.  See how the account of Job’s life connects with your life and with Christ.

Download the study guides for our Lessons from Job Bible Study below.

Character Sketch – JobCharacter Sketch – GodCharacter Sketch – Satan
Character Sketch – EliphazCharacter Sketch – Bildad Character Sketch – Zophar
Lesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3
Lesson 4Lesson 5Lesson 6
Lesson 7Lesson 8

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Friendship Effect

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Download the lesson guides from our Friendship Effect Bible Study here.

1 Concern4 Strength
2 Criticism5 Communication
3 Trust6 Character

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Hearts in Envelope

February 2013

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Perfect Love?

However, you have experienced this kind of love in your life.  This kind of love, this perfect love, has been poured out lavishly upon you by God your heavenly Father.  He poured out this love on you as the blood of his Son Jesus Christ spilled for you.  God’s patience lasted, through Jesus.  God’s just anger was stayed by Jesus.  Jesus did not boast in pride, but in humility made his way to the cross for you.  The only red in God’s record book is the blood of Christ that has covered each one of us. God’s love persevered through hell for you.

Will the love bug be catching you later this month? Will you have cards written, chocolates bought, flowers wrapped, and a table reserved? To put it bluntly, are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

On Valentine’s Day we like to celebrate love.  We do that in cute ways as our children give their classmates those punch out Valentine’s cards based on the latest Disney movie, comic book characters, or princesses complete with the red and pink wrapped candies.  As we get older, V-day becomes a little more serious, and we maybe take advantage of the aura of Valentine’s as we ask someone out on that first date. Valentine’s Day might even lose some of its significance the older we get, but whenever it comes around we do seem to pay a little more attention to “love.”

In 1 Corinthians 13 the apostle Paul talks about love:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

How does the love we show measure up to that description?  Sadly, whether it is on Valentine’s Day or throughout the rest of the year, that kind of love is hard for us to maintain.  Our patience can only go so far.  The boiling pot of envy is hard to cover. Sometimes we just have to boast about our accomplishments, and our record books have numerous red checkmarks against others.  Sometimes our trust and hope fail.  We so often fail to demonstrate this love, because sin stains the love we try to show.

Interestingly enough, this year Valentine’s Day falls one day after Ash Wednesday.  The first thing to come to your mind on Ash Wednesday may not be love, but think about it a little bit.  As we recognize our deep seeded sins, we also turn to recognize God’s deep-welled love, the love that led to our forgiveness.

 Reflection:

1) How might you use Valentine’s Day to talk to your children, or a friend, about God’s incredible love for them?

2) How might you use Ash Wednesday to talk to your children, or a friend, about God’s incredible love for them?

3) Based on your answers above, write a prayer asking God to open up opportunities in your life to share his amazing love.

Lent?

What is “Lent”?  Lent is the traditional term we use for the period of 40 days that lead up to Easter.  In the Christian Calendar it is a season of preparation.  We prepare to celebrate Jesus resurrection on Easter Sunday morning, as we contemplate why he was in the grave in the first place.  Often Lent focuses on the pain and suffering Jesus’ endured on our behalf and for our sins.

Some Christians have a tradition of “giving up” something for Lent.  While this may not be a bad practice, and can lead us to concentrate on Jesus more, it is not a demand that God makes of us.  Our Sunday morning services in Lent will focus on different things that God does call us to give up so that we may see him more clearly.

During Lent, we will also hold special devotional services on  Wednesday evenings.  Various pastor from our nearby sister congregations will lead these services.  It will be a great opportunity to hear someone other than Pastor Boushek. Please join us for these midweek opportunities.  The services will be at 6:15pm.  A soup and salad fellowship meal will be offered prior to these services at 5:30pm. Please note that there will not be a meal prior to the Ash Wednesday service on February 13th.


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