Some Thoughts on Doubt

Some thoughts on doubt from the Cafe article 10 Ways to Doubt Faithfully:

1. RELAX. Even when you don’t believe in God, God believes in you. This isn’t just my wishful thinking: this is what happens in Scripture to faithful doubters. Sarah laughed at the absurdity of God promising to give her a son, and Isaac was born. After the crucifixion, Jesus appeared to show his hands and side to a doubtful Thomas. Paul doubted Christianity so much that he worked to stamp it out; God called him to build the church. Doubt doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you. It could, however, mean that God is calling you.

2. ASK THE QUESTIONS. What’s bothering you? Say it out loud. Jesus says in John’s gospel, “The truth will make you free.” The doubts that tear us apart are often the ones we carry alone for fear of judgment. Speaking your doubt can provide some perspective, and give you a sense of where to go next. Is it head doubt? Chances are good that theologians have been puzzling over the same questions. Is it heart doubt? Remember the man who cried from his heart, for the sake of his son, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” Cry out, and you’ll likely find you’re not alone.

3. TALK TO GOD. You don’t have to work out all your doubts before you come to God. You don’t even have to be sure whether God is there. When I pray, I often wonder whether I’m just talking to myself. But I listen, and wait; and there are times when I distinctly feel heard, or when a response pops into my head that is partly me and partly not me. It could be my imagination—but it could also be the Spirit of the living God.

4. TALK TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST. This could be a pastor, mentor or friend, sharing the kind of conversation that unburdens your heart and helps you navigate your thoughts. It could also include spending time with the writings of other faithful doubters—like C.S. Lewis, who moved from atheism to Christian faith, or Mother Teresa, who discussed her doubt at length in a collection of private letters. The “holy conversations” of my life have rarely produced easy answers, but that’s where I have most sensed God’s real presence.

5. READ THE BIBLE. Faith and doubt stories abound! Throughout the Bible, God works with and through human doubt in powerful ways.

6. REMEMBER GRACE. Martin Luther cautioned that even belief—our mental assent to religious propositions—can turn into “work” we think we need to do to earn God’s acceptance. Modern Christianity can also leave us with the impression that it’s our job to squelch doubt and achieve a perfect faith. But grace promises us that God accepts, loves and forgives us by choice, not because our rock-solid faith unlocks God’s heart.

7. RE-DEFINE “FAITH.” If faith is trust and not just belief, you can trust God in the midst of doubt. Do you cross the street when you get a “WALK” sign? Do you know for sure the cars will stop for you? Congratulations. You have faith. Human life is a daily exercise in trust, as we stake our lives on things we can’t prove or verify: like love, meaning, and hope. Human beings may struggle with belief, but we are wired for faith!

8. PRACTICE FAITH. Try it out: live and love like you know for sure that God loves you unconditionally and calls you to love your neighbors. Sometimes, it’s in the living of faith that we find it; and either way, you probably won’t regret letting love guide you.

9. ACCEPT MYSTERY. We can’t, and won’t, understand all things until we meet God face to face. That doesn’t mean they’re not real.

10. “RINSE AND REPEAT.” When Luther felt doubtful, he would shout, “I am baptized!” Find some water: at the baptismal font in your local congregation, in a stream or a snowdrift, or from your sink. If you’ve been baptized, drip some water over your hands or head and remember: you’ve been rinsed in God’s promise, and it doesn’t wear off! If you haven’t been baptized, see step #1: maybe the doubt in your life is a holy nudge to explore faith, and to consider joining the ranks of faithful, doubting Christians.

More About Us! Spring 2015

Spring Semester is in full swing! We’ve updated our About Us information to reflect some of this year’s changes. Hope you will join us!

WPFSS

We meet Monday nights at 6pm in the Student Union for bible study and conversation. Occasionally, we meet at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Hwy 107 — less than 5 minutes from campus–same day and time. These location shifts, along with other announcements are posted on our Facebook Page. Join us!

Many students worship with us on Sunday mornings as well. Worship begins at 11am Here’s a Map so you can find us! Turn right out of the campus onto Highway 107 and drive about 1.5 miles. We are on the right. Need a ride? Call or email us ahead of time and we can help! 828.586.2084

Explode Your Bible

Explode your bible …. Or something like that. It is a really great way to turn your bible into a highly accessible and useable bible.

Grab your colored stickers and get to exploding! Check it out here.

Not only will doing this make your copy of the bible more readily accessible when you’re looking for something,  it will also make you even more familiar with where some very significant passages are in scripture.

Welcome Back!

Well, we’ve got a great year ahead full of lots of fun and fellowship…. and of course food, too!
Tonight is dinner and Bible Study, so come on over to Shepherd of the Hills at 6:30pm.
Need directions? We’re about 2 miles from campus. Go out the main entrance to WCU and turn right, going towards Sylva. We’re on the right before you get to the intersection at Ingles.
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Hope to see you there!

Wonderful Year!

Thanks to all the LCM members for a wonderful year! Wishing you all a blessed summer vacation and looking forward to seeing all of you again in the fall! Send us updates on what you all are doing–we’d love to hear from you!

In the mean time, enjoy this slide show from this year’s prom!

 

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Spring 2013 schedule

Hi everyone! Here’s what the schedule looks like for this semester:

Feb. 11th- Worship (it’s also the Quadrennial Review!!)
Feb. 18th- Game night
Feb. 25th- Bible Study
Mar. 4th- Worship
Mar. 11th- Game night at Pastor Rosemary’s house
Mar. 18th- Bible Study
Mar. 25th- NO MEETING because of spring break! Enjoy the time at home!
April 1st- Worship (No Joke!)
April 8th- Movie night
April 15th- Movie Bible study
April 22nd- Worship (Nominate Officers for the 2013-2014 school year)
April 29th- Cook out! (Vote on officers for the 2013-2014 school year)

Other special events we’re doing include:

Feb. 16th and March 16th- WCU Open House
April 6th- Lewis Rathbun center

April 20th- LCM Prom