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The breakfast cereal. The new car.  College. Career path. Whether the choice is big or small, how do you choose?  On what will you base your choice? You want the best, the most reliable, consistent, and fulfilling option. So maybe it’s hard to imagine that God would ever choose you.

Maybe you are all too aware that your life is riddled with poor choices and decisions. Maybe you feel your weaknesses and inconsistencies are too hard to hide. Maybe you don’t care, but it doesn’t matter.  God has chosen you, because that is who he is and what he does.  His choice is based on his own undeserved love.

He has chosen you to be led by the Son whom he chose to be your Savior.  When you follow him you will discover that you have been chosen to be blessed and glorified, to show radical love, and to choose others.

Join us as we celebrate that we are God’s chosen.   

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April 2015

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Gloria in Excelsis

by Pastor Boushek

God’s mercy has been received. Forgiveness has been announced. God’s people respond with thanksgiving and praise: “Glory to God in the highest!”

The Gloria In Excelsis is the next standard part of the liturgical worship service usually followed at Beautiful Savior.  It is exactly as it sounds; a song of magnificent praise for our magnificent and glorious God. Our song borrows language from those angels who first announced the birth of Jesus.  It was so much more than a birth announcement.  It was a declaration that God had kept his promises, he had sent a Savior, and he had restored peace between himself and mankind. Swept up in the incredible mystery of God’s love which they proclaimed, the angels burst into jubilant song and praised God:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Every time we gather to worship our God and hear his Word, our Savior Jesus is central to our focus. So we also sing out the praise of God, knowing that he saw his greatest glory in what he did for us.  While there are many versions of this song, and the lyrics change between them, they all focus on God’s glory as it is displayed to us; God’s glory displayed in his awesome work of creation; God’s glory displayed in Jesus, the Son of God, who is the Lamb of God who has taken away our sin; God’s glory displayed as Jesus sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us on a daily basis, God’s glory displayed in each person of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

How appropriate as we celebrate Jesus death, and his incredible resurrection, that we resume our great songs praising God’s glory. Before Jesus entered into the last week of his life, he said,

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” (John 12:23)

What greater glory can we think of than Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead? He made his glory known as he declared his victory over the grave; a victory he also shares with us.  Each and every day we can rest in God’s glory, because his glory has become ours.  We can trust in his promises, we can know that we too will join him in glory:

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20-21

Your citizenship is in heaven, and there you will receive a crown of glory that will never fade, spoil, or perish. May that increase your joy this month as you sing out the glory of God.

“Gloria In Excelsis”

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June 2014

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The Lord of Glory

Lately I have noticed several people have gotten work done on the trees on their property. That sight caused me to consider those trees.  Trees are incredible!  They are strong, grow so tall, and are beautiful in the spring!  Most trees don’t really belong to anyone.  They grew from wildly scattered seeds, hundreds, and even thousands of years ago.  Except in a few cases, we can’t claim them as the work of our hands.  Those beautiful trees, and everything in our world, are the work of someone’s hands: God’s. Psalm 24 marvels at this fact with us:

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.

Everything we see in all of creation, all of the beauty that is bursting forth at the seams as the weather warms, belongs to our Lord.  Each and every one of us also belongs to God.  That may not always seem to be the case.  Time upon time the people of our world, and their actions, do seem to belong to the Lord.  Time upon time, we ourselves, and our actions, have not belonged to our Lord.  Rather, on too many occasions (and a single occasion is too many), our actions have opposed our God and we have destroyed the beauty he intended for our world and for our relationship with him.

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…

If we were to ask those questions, we know we would not meet the expectations.  We have not had clean hands or a pure heart. Yet, we know of one who was able to ascend that hill; who was able to stand in God’s holy place; who had completely clean hands and a completely pure heart: Jesus. Yet, Jesus took everything he was and everything he had and he gave it up for us.  He gave his life on the cross to vindicate us and to rescue us.  He gave his life on the cross for our sins and to be our Savior.

He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

Know what Jesus has done for you and rejoice!  Know what Jesus has done for you and look to him as your mighty and powerful God, the king of Glory! Be lifted up! Not only is your God the God who created strong, majestic, beautiful trees, along with all creation, but he is your own Savior, the King of Glory.

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty—he is the King of glory.

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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