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Brian Simo is a race car driver, and most of you have probably never heard of him. However there is one thing about him with which you are probably familiar. In 1985 he created the "No Fear" clothing line and found an idea that appealed to many Americans.

We have a lot of respect for bravery and for those who are willing to take challenging risks. But when does "No Fear" really mean "Darn Fool"? Last week a woman fell to her death on a very steep day hike at Yosemite National Park. The hike does not require any special expertise, but it is challenging, and it should never be attempted if there is any chance of rain. The granite dome becomes very slick and dangerous in rainy weather. Still many hikers attempt the climb ill-prepared, over confident of their skills and of the weather conditions.

Today's Gospel lesson teaches us that "No Fear" is not just a decal or a T-shirt. It is not just a spirited hope of getting lucky. It is not at all about taking foolish risks. The real "No Fear" lifestyle is found in those, who like the Apostle Peter would say to Jesus, "Lord, Save me!"

(From a sermon by Michael Walther, Lord, Save Me!, 8/8/2011)

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