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a. If, as a Christian, you have been dismissed as stupid by your science teacher and/or your peers for holding to a Creationist view of the world, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

b. If, as a Christian, your former friends change the vocabulary and tone of their discussion when you walk into the room, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

c. If, as a Christian, you are misunderstood and emotionally, mentally or physically mistreated by your unbelieving husband or wife, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

d. If, as a Christian, you are irritated or agonizing over the little derisive comments your parents make about your conversion to Christianity, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

e. If, as a Christian, you are misunderstood by your heathen employer and/or colleagues for your honesty and integrity, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

f. If, as a Christian, you struggle to maintain your virginal purity while your boyfriend or girlfriend is pressuring you to give it up or get lost, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

g. If, as a Christian, you are channel-surfing the television and feel guilty about choosing any one of the programs on your 70-plus channel cable system, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

h. If, as a Christian, you have doubts about your salvation because of unwelcome mistreatment that has come because of your faith, then you know what it feels like to be left out.

Transition: If you are living through, or have lived through any one of these circumstances, you know the pain and anxiety that comes with them. However, there is hope and encouragement for you. A positive present and an unimaginable, sensational future awaits you. This morning, the Big Idea of this sermon is that when, as a Christian you feel left out of this world, the good news is that you are still locked into God.