Our True Identity

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September 3, 2017. We don’t want to hear bad news, especially if it involves sacrifice. In today’s Gospel, Jesus had bad news for his disciples. Peter did not understand and became a stumbling block to Jesus’ mission. But Peter’s true identity had yet to be revealed. What should our identity be? Pastor Penny challenges us to reexamine deeply held values and swallow our pride. As our self-made identity becomes whittled away by tragedy and our experiences, we discover our true identity, given to us by God.

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