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Update – May 19, 2020

Beautiful Savior to Resume In-Person Worship

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beautiful Savior’s leadership has operated by balancing the following principles: 

  • Our desire and God’s command to gather around his Word. (Hebrews 10:23-24)
  • Our desire and God’s command to show care and concern for our neighbor’s spiritual and physical health. (Luke 10:25-37, Exodus 20:13)
  • Our desire and God’s command to honor and respect our government and leaders. (Romans 13:1-5)

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently released the “Back on Track Indiana” Plan. With this plan revised recommendations were made available for religious institutions. These recommendations commend those churches, like Beautiful Savior, that voluntarily moved to offer ministry remotely. It noted the following, “In Governor Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home orders, religious entities, groups, and facilities have been deemed “essential.” Both the United States Constitution and the Indiana Constitution protect the right of Hoosiers to worship and freely exercise their religion.”

As public and commercial entities are “re-opened” in the following weeks, Beautiful Savior will also “re-expand” our continuing ministry to include in-person worship. As we do so, we will implement practices offered by the Revised Guidance for Places of Worship. We plan to move forward in connection with the stages of Indiana’s Back on Track plan. You can find more information about these plans here:    

In this policy document, we share our timeline and the health and safety practices we plan to implement for the protection of all worshippers and the safety of our greater La Porte community. Both the practices and timeline may be adjusted as necessary according to data and guidance from medical professionals, our local, and state governments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Timeline for Resuming In-Person Worship

Back on Track Indiana provides that beginning May 24th, “Social gatherings of up to 100 people may take place following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidelines.” This serves as our benchmark for resuming in-person worship. We will closely monitor guidance from our state and local governments, and shift our time-table accordingly if any changes occur.

May 31st – In-Person Worship will resume for those who are comfortable attending worship. Live streams will continue. There will not be Bible Study or Sunday School, and time of fellowship will be limited. In-person worship from this date forward will conform to the policies and procedures described below. Beautiful Savior will communicate any adjustments made to these policies and procedures.

Please note the following:

  • People 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions are encouraged to remain home, and limit their exposure. The (CDC) states that the following are at a higher risk:
    • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, including:
      • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
      • People who have serious heart conditions
      • People who are immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease
  • Face coverings are recommended.
  • Social distancing guidelines from the CDC (maintaining 6 feet of space) are to be followed.

Health and Safety Practices to Be Implemented

We have carefully crafted a plan for resuming in-person worship services that includes practices to guard and protect the health and safety of all attendees. We believe these practices are reasonable, effective, and allow us to serve many in corporate worship, spiritual growth, and outreach. We will provide a welcoming, safe environment through their implementation. Signage will remind attendees of these practices.

General Practices:

  • We ask those with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been in recent contact with someone who has been tested for and diagnosed with COVID-19 refrain from in-person worship and worship from home using the live stream option.
  • Facial coverings are recommended.
  • We will implement non-contact greetings. (No hugs, handshakes, or high fives.) 
  • Most interior doors will be propped open to avoid high contact of door handles.
  • Greeters wearing masks and gloves will open main entrances for attendees.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available at the main entrance, as well as near the entrance to the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. 
  • Seating areas will be marked to maintain social distancing. Alternating rows will be closed.
  • All hymnals, Bibles, and pens will be removed from seating areas.
  • Worship folders and connection cards will not be handed out. The worship presentation projected on our main screen will include all service items.
  • The offering will not be collected by passing the plate. We encourage givers to make use of online giving. An offering plate will be available by the entryway to the sanctuary for those who desire to give by cash or check. Thank you for your support of our ministry.
  • To assist our cleaning volunteers, and ensure proper disinfecting, the parent’s room will be closed. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to nursing mothers and families with young children.
  • We request RSVP’s for in-person worship for any who will attend from our sister congregations that have not yet resumed in-person worship.
  • Overflow seating will be placed in the fellowship hall, spaced so that social distancing can be maintained. Service items will be projected and service audio provided in the fellowship hall.
  • ●      Children’s Messages:
    • Children will sit at designated positions on the front floor, maintaining 6ft of social distance. Siblings will sit together.
  • Dismissal
    • Following worship attendees will be dismissed from the rear of the sanctuary, moving forward, this will be followed by any seated in the overflow area in the fellowship hall.
    • There will not be a formal time of fellowship. Those who desire to converse are asked to move outside and maintain social distancing practices.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

  • Volunteer crews will clean the entire facility following worship. We have developed a thorough cleaning and disinfecting checklist.
  • High-contact surfaces will be disinfected thoroughly.
  • Volunteer crews will also clean and disinfect prior to worship.


Beautiful Savior recognizes that some will not feel comfortable attending in-person worship services yet. All worship services will be live streamed for those who desire to worship online. We encourage all individuals and families to consider their best opportunity to engage in worship during this challenging time. Beautiful Savior remains a La Porte County family founded on, and growing in, the truth of God’s Word; sharing the love of our Beautiful Savior.

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10 For 10 Coming to Beautiful Savior


“All the church ever talks about is money!”

You’ve heard it before. You may even have said it before. Let’s take that statement to task. It’s simply not true. It is true that we’ve spent three to four weeks in worship each year on a significant stewardship emphasis to encourage regular, consistent, generous offerings at Beautiful Savior. It is true that our leadership seeks to be transparent about our congregation’s financial health in our quarterly updates. Yet, that statement above is misleading: God desires so much more than our money! He wants us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we could love God that way, money would not be an issue.

Frankly, we are again in serious need of an honest discussion about our love for God and how it is reflected in our use of his blessing of money—earning, spending, saving, and giving. Our congregation has enjoyed the blessing of subsidy funding from our church body for 20 years, but this significant blessing is no more. As a result, the budget that supports the wonderful ministry we carry out in La Porte anticipates $35,000 of red ink. Graphs of our monthly offerings show varying hills and deep valleys that cannot currently support such ministry.

Spoiler alert: You will hear biblical preaching on the stewardship of treasures this fall at Beautiful Savior. Late in September, we will challenge our Beautiful Savior family to give a tithe (10%) OR to increase the proportion of what they are giving for their weekly offerings for a period of ten weeks. Why this challenge? Our generous giving is one way in which faith-filled hearts respond to the riches of Christ and show the honor, love, and gratitude we have for what Christ has done. Giving is an act of worship. That’s the only reason collect offerings.

The practice of tithing (giving 10%) is at least as old as Abraham (Genesis 14:20). In Old Testament Israel, tithing was commanded by law. In the New Testament Church, tithing—along with all other methods of giving—is inspired by the gospel of Christ. Many Christians, free from compulsion, tithe as an exercise of their faith. Does God have the ability to keep us safe, warm and well-fed without 10% of our income? If we share an even greater proportion? Faith relishes the challenge. The Spirit is up to the task!

How is it possible to give as generously as a tithe– or more– and  do so freely and joyfully? Christ’s love empowers his poeple. It flows freely from Christ “who loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). Generosity to God is a response to Christ’s willing sacrifice for us.

Tithing serves New Testament Christians as a benchmark for proportionate giving. The Apostle Paul said, “…each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). As New Testament Christians, tithing is a practice to be engaged in freely rather than a requirement to be met legally. Some of us are already in this spiritual habit. Inspired by God’s grace, we may seek to give more, more often, or more creatively. For others, tithing will be a big step and a significant test of faith. For still others, life-issues known to God may make a tithe currently unreachable. What about an extra percent, or two, or three? No matter where we are on the “giving spectrum,” this is true: Our trust in God’s goodness is well-placed!

“Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us to Him be glory in all the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”

Ephesiasn 3:20-21

You will receive several mailings, devotional pieces, and a commitment packet over the next four months as part of our 10 for 10 Stewardship Emphasis. Receive them in the spirit they are offered: As an opportunity to grow in faith and in the grace of giving. Study them. Think about them. Pray through them. They will help keep our stewardship emphasis centered in Christ and the cross as we seek to avoid financial quick-fixes and gimmicks!

May the Lord of the Church richly bless our Beautiful Savior family as we seek to excel in the grace of giving!

In Christ,

Beautiful Savior’s Leadership Team

Brad Minnick, Patrick Wheeland, Barry Younggreen, Carl Rowe, Tom Klosowski, Brian Larson, Pastor Kevin Boushek

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Encouraging Words…For Guilt

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God’s Encouraging Word…

When I am Burdened with Guilt

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.

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Truths From the Bible – Sing for Joy


Sing For Joy

Jason Rosewell

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

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Truths from the Bible – All Struggle

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“I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”

Did you recognize the quote?  If you had to guess who said it, who would you choose?  A strung-out addict who has had her children removed from her home? The locked-up, orange-suited prisoner whose weathered faced betrays a heart bombarded by depression and guilt?  The honored pastor of a local church?

What about yourself? Do you struggle with thoughts that depress you and steal joy from your life?  Are you ashamed of how selfish you can be and how little you have really loved those closest to you?  Do you become anxious and overwhelmed when you consider how others perceive you and what their estimations of your worth would be? Do you sometimes wonder if you are wretched? Do those thoughts keep you from exploring and engaging in a church?  Do they make you feel as if you don’t belong there?

The quote is from nearly 2000 years ago. It was said by a man named Paul, an inspirational and instrumental leader of the earliest Christian churches. It has been echoed by the confessions of many Christians since. Right before he said that, Paul explained what else he knew about himself: “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.”

Yes, even Christians struggle with depressing thoughts, guilt over their failures to love, and the fearful knowledge that their worth is tarnished by wrong.  Yes, even Christians stumble and do things their hearts, made new through Jesus, don’t want to do. It frustrates them too!  Yet, Paul asked an important question, one that Christians also ask: “Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

To that there is an answer full of good news! “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Though we struggle each day, each day God forgives because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice that was complete payment for all our wrongs. When God brings people to faith in Christ, he covers them with Christ’s forgiveness and counts them as completely holy – right with him. He creates in them a new heart that loves him and wants to walk in his ways. As we live in this life, the old, sinful self we have carried around since birth clings with tenacity and desires to do what is evil. It fights against the good desires of the new heart God creates within us. Even though you struggle now, you can look forward to when Jesus will come and take you to be with him in heaven. Then there will be no depressing thoughts, no shame and guilt, no anxiety over your worth – not around you nor inside of you.

If you struggle now, keep asking the question to which you God has given an incredible answer: “Who will rescue me from this body of death?” Jesus Christ is your Savior.  Jesus Christ has covered you with his mercy and forgiveness. If you struggle now, find a place filled with those who also struggle, but cling to that wonderful answer.  Find a group who put their trust fully in Jesus Christ and give thanks to God for his gift.


I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. … What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! – Romans 7:18-19, 24-25

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Truths from the Bible – Purpose Filled Living

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Your life matters. You live, breathe, think, and read these words right now for a reason. Life is not to be boring or meaningless, but filled with significance and value. Life filled with purpose is not just for the super-successful and highly important in society’s estimation. God almighty doesn’t just look after those who have accomplished great feats or those placed in high positions of leadership. He cares for everyone. He provides for all. From the macro to the micro level, he has declared his love for the world. That is why your life has purpose; God loves you.  He loves you, not because you are so deserving, but because his love flows from grace.

God demonstrated his grace when he saved you through your Savior, Jesus Christ. He saved you from every time you lived with no greater purpose than to please your own selfish heart.  He saved you from every time a lack of clear purpose caused you to be lazy, unproductive, and a burden on others.  He saved you from any and every failure to actualize the good, upright, and honest person God created you to be.  Jesus’ perfect life counts for you. He suffered and died as your substitute. His rising from the grave means you will rise from the grave. He has saved you for all eternity – that is a grand a great thing! Does he not also have great purpose for you in this life – the lesser thing? Yes! God says he has recreated you to do the very things he himself will place before you in your life. With every task and responsibility God has given your life purpose.

There is purpose in the mother who cares for her newborn and the father who teaches his son to double-knot his shoelaces. There is purpose in children who obey, just as there is purpose for the soldier who follows orders, the citizen who respects leaders, and the employee who goes to work.

Even your average day has purpose, for God has equipped and called you for each task of life. He does not intend life to be mundane mediocrity. Life is not meant to be compartmentalized into the significant and the insignificant pieces. Instead, God wants you to see his purpose for you as the fiber seamlessly woven through the fabric of your entire life.

You have important purpose in life. Primarily, it is to know God’s love for you through Jesus. Motivated by his love, you can willingly follow his lead through life and lovingly serve the people he brings into your life.  That’s living with real purpose!

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

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Our Savior: From the World

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Overcome to be Thankful

It is November! Maybe you are still knee deep in collected, colorful, wrapped, hardened sugar and chocolate.  Maybe the carved rind of the large orange pumpkin is still holding up.  Maybe the outfit that won first prize for best non-traditional superhero still hangs proudly in your closet.  Maybe crazy, half-used makeup containers still litter your bathroom vanity counter, but November turns our eyes to Thanksgiving…and turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, melted marshmallow covered yams and more.  The name of the holiday implies that you have things for which you give thanks.

Do you? Or, as you think about that, are you reminded of the daily battles you face?  Do you struggle?  Are there days you feel under siege on all sides.  Family problems? Health issues?  Haunting mistakes from the past you regret but cannot change? Do you feel you have much more trouble than opportunities for thanksgiving?

Jesus once said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Is that a simplistic and ignorant claim from Jesus? How could he possibly hope to cover all the potential issues that could come up in your life, in mine, in the lives of the whole wide world?! How can people you trust a promise that was made 2,000 years ago?

Jesus didn’t talk about overcoming the world by healing diseases or mending broken relationships, although there were times he did just that. He spoke of something far more important than health issues, relationship problems, or regrets from the past. Jesus promised to break and overcome the cause of all suffering and all trouble in this world. Jesus spoke of his victory over sin. Sin is the root cause behind all pain and heartache. Sin is to fall short of living well and good.  It is when we fail morally, ethically, or in any way.  It is to put ourselves first when we know deep down someone else should occupy that spot. Sin totally sets you against the God who gives all good things.  Sin robs you of life, joy, and true thankfulness.  Jesus overcame sin.  He overturned its dramatic consequences.  He overcame every trouble of this world that we will face.  He overcame when he died to it on the cross and then rose in triumph over the very cause of his death.

Now you can overcome the world too – by putting ourselves aside and placing our trust and reliance in Jesus. He leads us through the hardest of times and finally will take us home to his world—the kingdom of heaven he has prepared for all who believe in him. When you know that Jesus overcame, you can be thankful. You can be thankful even if and when you face trouble because you can look beyond the trouble and see Jesus who has overcome.

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

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Our Savior: From Satan

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The Horror is Real

Do you have your costume yet?  Is your house decorated with spiders, webbing, bones, skulls, ghosts and more? Halloween is coming.  Whether or not you dive all into the day, some people do.  Among the costumes, there are some truly scary looking ones.  Of course, there are the red suits, horns, tails, and pitchforks of the demons and Satan himself. Some will be crafted for children. Some sized for adults will include makeup fit for a horror film. As much as we like to have a little fun around this time of year with horror, terror, and devils, there is truth behind the masks.

The devil is real. He is a former angel who fell from God’s grace. He is called Satan, which means “adversary.” He has one goal. He literally wants to “give you hell.” He stands as a prosecutor before the judgment seat of God. He dissects your character flaws; pride, anger, greed, and lust. He’s convincing and convicting. Though he is the “father of lies,” he doesn’t lie about this. You can’t deny what he says about you. You have no rebuttal to make. It appears his case work will bring the eternal sentence of hell for you.

Yet, Satan does not have the last word. Jesus Christ came to your defense. Jesus’ mission was to defeat the devil and put an end to his evil work. Jesus did not just hinder, slow down or frustrate the devil. He came to destroy him in the most unlikely way – by his death on the cross.  All of the devils’ accusations against are taken away because Jesus forgave all of your sins on the cross.  The devil can no longer successfully accuse you before God.

Since he no longer can accuse you before God, he accuses you directly.  The devil comes to you to remind you of your failures and disappointments.  He will dig up the shameful acts fo your life. He will use them to convince you God would never forgive that. Know that this is his last resort.

The victory is already won! The victory belongs to Jesus. Put your trust in him. By faith, his victory belongs to you. Resist the devil’s temptations and he will flee from you.

We can turn some scary things into good-humored fun at Halloween. On a much deeper level, we can mock the devil who tries to bring true terror into our lives.  We can mock him because Jesus died for you so that the devil cannot have his wicked way with you.

Learn more about all that Jesus has done for you. You’re invited to join Beautiful Savior in worship of Jesus at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.

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Our Savior: From Ourselves

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Celebrate the Right Labor

Matthew Maguire and Peter McGuire. Do you recognize those names? Unless they are your great grandfather, I wouldn’t expect you to. They are the two people, long dead, yet still fighting on the pages of history journals for the coveted acclaim as the founder of Labor Day.  Yes, that holiday that we celebrate this month and gives us the long weekend – perhaps we so desperately need.  Then again, maybe you have to work this Labor Day anyway.  Still, both Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and Matthew Maguire, secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York in 1882, are given credit for proposing this holiday to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” (Taken from the Department of Labor website:

No matter who really started the holiday it is intended to pay tribute to the “contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” And in that, it is a very American holiday.  We are certainly a nation that prides itself on putting our mind to a task, working incredibly hard, and achieving that goal. That’s a good thing most of the time.

“I can do it all by myself!” If you have children, you have heard these words. It’s even an attitude we want them to obtain and practice.  You want them to become independent. You want them to work. “I can do it all by myself!”  You say it too. You complete the project at work by yourself to receive the raise or promotion.  You work tirelessly on your backyard landscape so you can enjoy the crisp Autumn evenings.

Still, there is one realm in which you cannot say, “I can do it all by myself.”  That is in the realm of your relationship with God. God’s expectations are far greater than your boss’s or even your own.  God’s expectations are perfection and holiness because he is perfect and holy. To stand on our own in his eternal presence would require nothing less. We can be good workers, parents, siblings, and people, but unless we are perfect, we can’t do it “all by myself.”

But we don’t have to do it ourselves! God tells us in his Word that we have been saved by grace – undeserved love! The love of a mother or father for their child, that sees them putting on their shoe all wrong, but still finds pride and joy in them. We all are undeserving. Still, God deeply loved us. He sent Jesus to open the way to heaven.

When it comes to the eternal prosperity of your soul, you have someone’s labor and contributions to celebrate. Not your own, but Jesus’.  Jesus is the one who opens heaven. He lived a perfect, righteous, and completely god-pleasing life. Then he sacrificed his innocent life in our place for all of our failings and imperfections. Now, through Jesus, we are perfectly right before God, all because we didn’t do it ourselves. Jesus did it for us!

Thank Jesus for this wonderful gift! He is your Savior who did it all for you!

Join us at Beautiful Savior to learn more about everything Jesus has done for you.

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The Savior by Faith

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The Savior by Faith

June ushers in warmer weather. We hope. School is out and summer begins in earnest. Will you get outside and enjoy the warm temperatures? Do you plan to do any swimming? Our gracious neighbor has a pool she opens to us. We’re planning to hit the sands of the beach along Lake Michigan. My two-year-old Son has discovered the fun of sprinklers in the grass. In the summertime heat, people love to get wet.

Followers of Jesus get wet too, when they are baptized, but it is not just for fun. Baptism is a wonderful gift of God. Water is applied and words are spoken as Jesus commanded: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). When those words and the water are combined like this, according to Jesus’ promise, baptism take place, which is a miracle of supernatural power. Through baptism, God’s incredible power is at work to take away the rebellion and disgrace that leaves you broken and cut out from his family. Baptism makes you a child of God and a member of his family.

Baptism isn’t just a magic act. The incredible transformation of heart birthed in baptism continues as you grow closer to God for the confidence and joy of life with him both now and forever. That growth is found in the message of the Bible as it guides the journey of life and refreshes when we grow tired, sapped, sore, and exhausted. The Bible is the “living water” (John 4:10) that Jesus gives us. Much more refreshing than any pool or beach or sprinkler! It quenches our thirst for belonging, for truth, and for peace – all found in Jesus, our Savior.

I hope you are excited about the gift of summer – relaxing on your deck, in the yard, at the pool, or on the beach. I also hope you know the gift of Jesus – a gift that lasts forever; a gift given in baptism and God’s Word.

Come and share with us the joy of being members of God’s family.


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