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Successful Life

Secrets to a Successful Life

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Successful LifeWhat does it take to be successful?  Books, DVDs, magazines, and life coaches are committed to the answer for that question.  Do they truly have an answer?  God’s book, filled with his message for our lives, gives us an answer we can rely on.

Join Beautiful Savior in July and August for our worship series as we explore the secrets to a successful life.


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Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me Study

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Come Follow MeCome Follow Me is a movie that depicts what it means to follow Jesus.  This movie is based on the Bible and recounts the experiences of one of Jesus’ most prominent followers, Peter.

Peter had doubts and fears, shame and burdens, but Jesus assured Peter of his loving forgiveness. Peter was a faithful follower of Jesus through Jesus’ own power and promise – the same promise Jesus has for you.

Please join us as we examine the themes you will discover in Come Follow Me.

Details:

  • Discussion-based studies of Come Follow Me
  • Sundays, May 4th – 25th 2014, at 10:45am
  • DVD’s available as our gift to you.

These studies will focus on the following segments of the film:

May 4th – In the Upper Room (Download Study Guide)
May 11th – The Denial (Download Study Guide)
May 18th – At the Sea of Galilee (Download Study Guide)
May 25th – A New Future (Dowload Study Guide)

We hope that you will be able to join us!

Your children would be invited to join our Sunday school classrooms during this time. We also invite you to join us in worship at 9:30am on those Sundays.

Watch the trailer!


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Battlefields

Battlefields Series

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 Battlefields

Ever since the fall into sin, a battle has been fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil.  During the season of Lent, we follow Christ as he willingly takes up that battle as our substitute.  We will visit the various battlefields where this war has been fought – from the desert, to a watering well, to our own graves.  In each field of  battle Jesus conquers for us.

Sunday Mornings at 9:30am

March 9th – April 6th 2014


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February 2014

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Above the Competition

by Pastor Kevin Boushek

The 22nd winter Olympic games begin this month in Sochi, Russia.  Thousands of well-trained, developed athletes from countries all over the world will gather to compete for bronze, silver, gold, and, maybe more importantly, the glory of victory. While the athletes will all be comfortable and cozy in the Olympic village, and may even develop close friendships with one another, as soon as they are out on the snow-covered slopes or in the ice arenas, they will compete against each other with ferocity, determination, and the will to beat out everyone else.

Can you imagine that competitiveness? What if you found out tomorrow that you would compete at the Olympics?  Would you be, if only slightly, overwhelmed by the sheer number of your opponents – not to mention the level of strength and skill they possess, likely far superior to yours? Undoubtedly so.

Does your life ever feel like you’ve been dropped into a fierce competition without any proper training? Does is ever feel worse?  As if an overwhelming number of people and things were not simply competition, but fierce enemies with the desire to drag you to your death?

Then you have felt like David, who wrote:

O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” (Psalm 3:1-2)

We feel enemies rise up all around us.  Sometimes those enemies are other people who want to see us fall and fail; who seem bent on destroying our reputation.  More often the enemies that rise against us are the familiar enemies of Satan and his bag of tricks and temptations – or even worse: the enemies that rise up within ourselves; selfish ambition, jealousy, anger, laziness, despair, and depression.  David knew all these too, but he had a place to turn:

But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. (Psalm 3:3-5)

Imagine the competition now. The Lord is your shield; he protects you.  The Lord lifts you up.  The Lord answers your cries and your prayers.  The Lord sustains you.  There is no one who can compete against your Lord.  There is no enemy who can fight him off – not even Satan, sin, or death.  Jesus was the ultimate victor and champion over them all.  Jesus is your Lord who competes for you.

Olympians compete to find themselves on a pedestal and granted a medal.  Your Lord has already given you far more in Jesus.  Through Jesus he has bestowed on you the glory of complete victory and has lifted you up above the competition.

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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September 2013

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Follow the Leader

The last week of August marked a significant milestone in American history. Fifty years ago on August 28th, 1963 the civil rights March on Washington took place, during which Martin Luther King Jr. presented his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The March was an impressive feat.  Over 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. That took organization. That took planning. That took leadership. Not only was leadership important for organizing and maintaining a peaceful march, leadership was also necessary to encourage the people who gathered and give them direction.  It took leadership to rally those 250,000 people.

Leadership is critical to accomplishment.  Without leadership things quickly fall apart, so we look for leaders to emerge in our lives whom we can follow.  There might be any number of people we would look to as a personal role model, mentor, or leader, but isn’t there one person who must be our leader?  Isn’t there one person whom we need to follow? Isn’t it Jesus?

Jesus asks us to follow him.  Jesus asks us to keep him as the leader of our life. When we do that we simply recognize the truth:  “God placed all things under [Christ’s] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”  Without Jesus our lives would be in chaos and confusion because of our sin, but Jesus has removed that sin and offered us life in his name. Jesus demonstrated his leadership by laying down his life for his sheep. Now his leadership assures us that he watches over all things for our good.  His leadership guides us, encourages us, and strengthens us throughout life’s weary way.

Leadership is also important for Christians when they gather as the church. In Hebrews chapter thirteen God’s inspired writer notes that importance when he writes, “Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”  Whenever a discussion of leadership comes up, a discussion of leadership qualities usually follows.  Notice the qualities mentioned in that verse.  Leaders speak the Word of God.  Leaders live an exemplary life.  Leaders demonstrate strong faith.  In consideration of those qualities, it’s obvious Christian leadership flows from following the leader – Jesus.

Leadership doesn’t always have to bring 250,000 people to gather for a march. When leadership is carried out as we follow our leader, Christ, it often may take on more subtle, but no less important, forms.  Parents are leaders when they teach their children the truths of God’s Word and love them.  A friend becomes a leader to us when we struggle with life’s difficulties and they stay by our side and offer words of comfort and encouragement. As you follow your leader, Jesus, note the examples of Christian leadership around you and look for the opportunities to be a leader.

Reflection:

List the qualities you seek in a leader.

Does your list change in any way when you consider Christian leadership?

What comforts can you expect knowing Christ is your leader?

What challenges can you expect knowing Christ is your leader?

Write a prayer asking God to help and strengthen you when you have the opportunity to be a leader.


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Grow in the Knowledge of Christ

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Grow in ChristPeter addresses his second letter recorded in the Bible to those who have received a precious faith.  He then proceeds to wish his audience grace and peace in abundance through the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Peter’s words are also addressed to you. You too have God’s grace.  You too have God’s peace.  You too have received something incredibly precious from the hand of our God.  With that precious gift you have you can now grow exponentially.  You can grow exponentially as you grow in the knowledge of Christ.

Kick off your own spiritual growth and join the family of Beautiful Savior from September 8 – September 29, Sunday mornings following worship, as we study 2 Peter and grow!

Check here for the study guides during those weeks.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4


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Jesus Cautions the Christian Series

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Caution

Not peace, but division? Living everyday in humility? A narrow door, difficult to find, difficult to enter?  Carrying a cross?

Will you follow Jesus? These are what you can expect. Will anyone dare to step into that life?  Can anyone be ready for this experience?  Why would anyone subject themselves to this difficulty?  Only through Jesus.  Only by his encouragement, his strength, and his promises of grace to us.

Jesus cautions us, so we are ready to stand firm and be confident in Jesus, even in difficulty.

Join Beautiful Savior for worship from August 18th through September 8th to listen to the words of caution from Jesus and also his words of encouragement.

Sunday Worship: 9:30 am


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