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That sinking feeling!

Everyone who has been baptized has, like Peter, stepped out in faith.  We take vows, we promise to give our life to Jesus, we accept the right hand of fellowship extended out towards us.  And we walk in faith into the rest of our life.

But all of us know the sinking feeling; the loss of purpose, the loss of meaning, the fears that wring our soul in the night.  We forget what Jesus looks like, we think we are alone.  We know the sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach; we can’t stomach our life sometimes because we have lost heart.   When Jesus sees the disciples holding on for dear life in the storm-tossed boat, he calls out, “Take heart, it is I!”

Peter steps out in faith, sinks in the water, and is rescued by Jesus.  Remember that later Peter becomes one of the greatest leaders in the early church.  Maybe this story is included in the gospels to remind us that if Peter himself had doubts and sinking feelings, we can too; Jesus can save us too, if we call on his name.

These past months and weeks have been pretty grim as far as world events are concerned; nuclear disaster, famine for millions, civilized cities breaking into riots and mayhem, economic disaster looming as debts overwhelm countries.  It’s easy to have a sinking feeling, to lose heart; are we calling on Jesus?

This week’s prayer: In our sinking moments, Jesus, help us to keep our eyes fixed on you.

 

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I doubt it

It’s cool to doubt.  Everywhere you go you see the attitude of scepticism, distrust and suspicion.  The last thing we want to be considered is naïve.  We are people of the world!  We doubt, therefore we are.

We doubt what we hear about, and we even doubt what we see.  Some people still doubt whether human beings walked on the moon.  Even though the pictures would seem to prove it, some would say it’s a vast conspiracy theory.  Other people believe certain authorities, but not others.  We’ve just gone through a federal election, and I haven’t met one person who has said, “I believe that candidate!”  We live in an age of doubt.

Churches, and other religious institutions, are by definition, counter cultural because they are houses of faith.  Faith in God, faith in Allah, faith in something or someone divine.  What does it mean to be faithful, faith-filled, faith-centred?  This Sunday we will be looking at Thomas.  If you had to name one word to describe the disciple Thomas what would it be?

Did you come up with the word “Doubting”?  Hopefully by the end of my sermon, you’ll know a little bit more about “Faithful Thomas”.  See you there!

This week’s prayer:  I doubt it, we doubt it, the world doubts.  We live in a doubty time in our doubty world.  Show us, Lord, what it means to be faithful.  We believe, help our unbelief!

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