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The Stories of Us

The Stories of Us

Sermon #2: Rediscovering the Parables of Jesus - Our Foundations
July 19, 2015
A farm girl was on her way to the market with a basket full of eggs that she collected that very morning. Walking along, she starts day dreaming about how eggs, if left alone, may grow into chickens one day. She could then sell the more valuable chickens at the market, and use the money to buy a beautiful dress that will turn the boys' heads. So, becoming lost in her fantasy, she begins practicing how she'll toss her head to pretend she isn't interested in the boys who are ogling her pretty dress, and when she does, the eggs fall out of the basket and break.
The moral: don't count your chickens before they hatch.

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    The Stories of Us

    The Stories of Us

    Sermon #1: The Compassionate Employer - Matthew 20
    July 12, 2015
    As the poet Rukeyser declares, “The universe is made of stories, not just atoms.” The scientists among us might have a different insight, and as they offer their rebuttal, you just might hear them say, “let me tell you a story of the nature of the universe.” Why? Because stories are the connections, the glue that binds us together to a shared experience, a shared understanding.

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    Sermon #10: Discernment & Prayer
    July 5, 2015
    This morning we wrap our 10-week journey with Simon Peter. We aren’t done telling his story, and I want to revisit him soon. I hope you have learned something about the Art of Being Yourself over these past 10 weeks. I pray that you have been encouraged by Peter’s story. I pray that you see and accept the invitation from Jesus to join him by going through the narrow gate, leaving behind whatever it is you are holding onto for safety and security and trusting God for what’s next.

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    Sermon #9: Failure before Restoration
    June 28, 2015
    For the past eight weeks, we have been hanging out with Simon, who later becomes Peter, as our guide as he reveals to us what it means to trust ourselves with and to God. Simon Peter has a lot to teach us about the art of being yourself.

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    Sermon #8: You are Fierce with Reality
    June 21, 2015
    Last week, we caught up with Simon Peter as he took a step of faith by following Jesus into the unknown. Before Simon Peter gets out of the boat, I would have loved to ask him a couple of questions. I would have loved to know what Simon Peter knew about himself at this point? Perhaps he would have shared his great joy in finally finding the Messiah, someone who was full of hope and faith, who would rescue his people from their suffering.

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    Sermon #7: Lord, Save me!
    June 14, 2015
    The story of the people of Israel is the story of a people on the edge of hope. When your options are limited, and you find yourself stuck, overwhelmed, and crying out for help without a clear answer on the way, what do you do? You activate whatever measure of hope and faith you have to keep your head above the crashing waves. For the people of God, there are two basic reactions to painful situations: we cry out to God for help or we cry out to God to right a wrong. After continued prayer, seemingly without answer, out cries often turn to lament. This is acknowledgement that God is wanted and desperately needed to intervene on our behalf.

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