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Faith at 110 Stories – Philippe Petit

Yesterday at Eastbrook Church, I concluded our series “Risky Faith.” There was so much profound conversation happening around the church about what God is speaking to us as individuals and as a church, that I was truly moved.

I told the story yesterday of Philippe Petit, a French acrobat and high-wire artist. In the early 1970s, he heard about the construction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. When he saw a picture of their design, it was like he heard a voice calling him to do something startling and risky.

After six years of planning, on August 7th, 1974, Petit and his friends secretly rode a freight elevator 104 stories up into the newly constructed twin towers of the World Trade Center. After stretching a ¾” metal cable across the 200 foot span between the towers, Petit illegally stepped out for a high wire act like no other. With the winds blowing, Philippe Petit was 110 stories – a quarter of a mile – above the sidewalks of Manhattan.

He walked the wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers. He sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head. After this spell-binding display, Petit was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released.

Risky faith looks a bit like that. We hear a voice calling us to action. We respond. And then we step out. It may seem startling and risky, but we will do whatever Jesus says.

Here is a trailer for a movie, entitled Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit’s risky steps as a high wire walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974:

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Discipleship, Eastbrook

 

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Walk on the Waves (Risky Faith 3)

This weekend at Eastbrook, I finished up our series “Risky Faith” with a message entitled “Walk on the Waves” from Matthew 14:22-33.

The main point of the message is that Jesus is the Lord over all and we grow to know Him more as we take steps of risky faith like Peter.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Ordinary Offerings (discussion questions)

The following discussion questions accompany my message this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Ordinary Offerings” on the faith of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the most important gift that you’ve ever given to someone else in your life? Why was it so important?
  2. We continue our series, “Risky Faith,” this week with a focus on Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. We will look at 1 Samuel 1:1-28. Read that portion of Scripture out loud. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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Ordinary Offerings (Risky Faith 2)

I continued our series “Risky Faith” this weekend at Eastbrook with a message on Hannah from 1 Samuel 1 called “Ordinary Offerings.” The main point of the message is that risky faith begins in our ordinary circumstances when we see God do extraordinary things with His presence and power.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Step Out (Risky Faith 1)

This weekend at Eastbrook, I began our new series “Risky Faith” with a message about stepping out in faith. The message was from Joshua 1:1-11.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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