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When Jesus looked at Peter He looked past his rough exterior, his rash behavior, and “low” social status. What Jesus saw instead was an apostle. A man of great stature, importance, and humility. Peter saw himself as an average fisherman, but Jesus saw Peter the Apostle. Jesus called the apostle out of the fisherman. Sometimes we look at ourselves, as Peter did, and all we see is our faults and short comings. All the things we think disqualify us. Yet, it would seem to Jesus that what we think disqualifies us is exactly what makes us qualified. Jon reminded of us of this truth through the story of Gideon in Judges 7. It is the very fact that the vessels, the clay pots (us), needed to be broken in order for the light to shine through. An echo of this is found when Paul says, “But the Lord said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, then my power is made perfect in you.” So, I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Steve and Liz Beck were kind and vulnerable enough to share their story of weakness and strength from the NorthGate stage. They shared about their struggles in marriage and how their marriage almost ended in divorce. However, God intervened in a series of ways to bring their marriage back together. One of the ways that God worked was though a handful of people at NorthGate that stood by to fight for their future. These people saw “apostles” in Liz and Steve, while all they saw in themselves was “fishermen”. They shared their story of being broken and having God be their strength. Jon concluded by reflecting on how he saw the Beck home be transformed into a kingdom home, one that exemplified love, honor, and respect.