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We as a church believe that when we turn our lives over to Christ, we become a new creation and in a very real sense, the old “self” has passed away. But the qualifier to this, that each of us knows well, is that our old ways, habits, and personality faults linger on, sometimes in powerful ways that seem counter to our belief that we are now “new.” What does it really mean to be new in Christ? If I am new in Christ, why don’t I feel or act new? What can I do about the baggage that seems to keep me from being a new person? This message examines key Scriptures dealing with the fact that sanctification is ongoing, not instantaneous.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus is comforting his disciples but also giving them a warning. He is letting them know that there are people in this world who will not always agree with them or even like them. As a matter of fact, Jesus tells us that the world will hate us. That’s pretty harsh - and a little discouraging. But we will see that Jesus’ love will never fail and he will always be there for us.
Unanswered prayers is perhaps the most troublesome of all disappointments that we face as Christians. Does God care? What are some reasons why God does not answer our prayers? In this sermon we will study how Jesus responds to such troublesome question. We will also listen to Paul the Apostle's sharing about his own struggle with unanswered prayer and how he grows stronger through this process. Towards the end of the sermon, Pastor Albert shared a song and the video can be found here: http://youtu.be/PURyo-50GGM
“God's ways are good - we know that. Most of us believe that being educated in his ways is the best, but the hard part - the asterisk clause - is that it involves suffering. When you feel like quitting and dropping out of God's education, the book of Hebrews gives us a lot of great reasons to hang in there.”