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March 2014

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Drama, Drama, Drama

Do you enjoy drama? Are you a “drama queen” or “king”? Maybe you aren’t, but the idea of drama seems to be welcomed and expected today, doesn’t it? The entertainment industry thrives on our desire for more and more drama: more twists, more turns, more cliff-hangers. We import drama into our everyday conversations as we overemphasize the details of our most recent dining experience, or the other drivers on the expressway, or our children’s teachers, or the dating adventures among our circle of friends. Drama is all around us.

Then real drama comes crashing down on our own lives and we have a problem. We can’t handle actual drama. When drama hits home it is no longer welcome. When drama hits home it can be annoying, frustrating, saddening, maddening, or downright depressing. Too much drama crushes us like a ton of bricks and leave us feeling helpless and alone. King David knew what real drama felt like. Listen to what he writes in Psalm 6:

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.

I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

It’s hard to say what drama had entered David’s life when he wrote these words. We know there were agonizing moments in his life: when he understood the crushing guilt of his sins with Bathsheba; when the child of that adulterous relationship perished; when one of his adult sons rebelled against him and tried to snatch his kingdom. Whatever the drama was, it was severe. He felt it go deep into his body – all the way to his bones. He was worn out from all his groaning. His sobs and tears had drenched both his bed and his couch. He couldn’t keep his eyes open because they swelled from those tears. Have you ever felt like David did?

Then keep reading.

David turned to God. God doesn’t mess around with drama. He has always had one, straightforward plan in mind. Perhaps we see incredible drama in that plan: who would have thought God would send his only Son to redeem us from the dramatically damaging effects of our sins? Who would have thought God would die on a cross? Who would write the story-line so captivating? Who would expect Jesus to burst forth from the grave, alive? God did. God sent his only Son. He died. He rose. God did that for you. Do you think he will listen when drama hits home?

…the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

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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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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