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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

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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    Sermon #6: Lose Yourself, Find Yourself
    June 7, 2015
    We picked Simon as the central figure in this series because he’s one of the only fully formed characters in the Gospels apart from Jesus himself. Simon has a lot to teach us about the art of being yourself.

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    Sermon #5: Reclaiming our Divine Image in the Company of the Other
    May 31, 2015
    Last week as we closed Luke 5, we evaluated Simon’s worldview collision with Jesus. Gripped by shame and fear, we look in on Simon’s decision to leave everything behind, to surrender, and to follow Jesus into life. This was a real choice that Simon made, as Jesus reflected the Divine Mirror, Simon saw someone who had decided to completely trust himself to God, to completely and freely give up everything.

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