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Read 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26.

  1. Transition and new growth can bring about change.

  2. Change can make us grow anxious

  3. Read Luke 2:41-52.

  4. Mary is anxiously searching for Jesus.

  5. Jesus’ reply: Why have you been searching for me (at all)?
We get anxious and we suffer a lot of pain because we try to hold on to projects and identities of our own.

We have a choice: we can grow anxious or we can grow into our identity.

Read Colossians 3:12-17.

What gives us our identity? Are we defined by the things of Christ just as he is defined by the things of his Father?

Chris Benjamin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Morning Sermon, 31 December 2006

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