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Summary: As we live our lives with a sense of the eternal, it empowers us to live for the purposes of God.

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Birds tend to have- limited vision- Eagle can see up to five miles and beyond. While many birds migrate- eagle stays in their territory, year after year. They are very dependable- will remain in their territory even when a storm approaches. Other birds fly in fear while the eagle catches the wind and rises above the storm. God is looking for people of vision who can see w/their spiritual eyes, catch the wind of God’s Spirit, rise above their fears/unbelief. He is looking for men/women, like the eagle, who are dependable, focused, fearless when it comes to their God given purpose. From Eagle Vision and Dependability by Christi Harken, Contributed by: Paul Fritz

Introduction

2008 is now history and 2009 is opening up before us.

How would you rate 2008 on a scale from 1 to 10?

What would be your criteria for determining whether it was a good year of a bad year?

For many- 2008- a difficult year- filled w/adversities.

One thing we can say …

God is good and God is real regardless of our difficulties or the circumstances in our lives.

You and I serve a great God and a good God.

Jas 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. NASU

Thoughts on 2009- God is saying/doing/expecting.

2009: A year of purpose

Living with purpose

Living with forethought

Living thoughtfully, not haphazardly where we are pushed along in the river of everyday life

Purpose- something that one hopes or intends to accomplish.

Thesaurus- other words w/similar meaning- determination, resolve, intent, aim.

Three thoughts for 2009

1. Live purposefully

Life is not an accident.

Man did not evolve from some series of events.

Man was created by God, an intelligent Creator.

God created man to have significance and purpose.

It is important that we learn to live with a sense of the eternal in our hearts.

Live thoughtfully, mindful that we are significant to God and He has a purpose for each of us to fulfill.

Eph 5:15-16 AMP

15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

It is time for the church to allow God to bring us into a much deeper level of spiritual maturity/stability.

This will happen as we live with a sense that we have been created by God for great things.

Viktor Frankl- Austrian psychologist- survived death camps of Nazi Germany. Frankl was determined to know why some survived and some did not. Looked at several factors- health, vitality, family, survival skills, intelligence. He concluded- none of these factors was primarily responsible. Single most significant factor- was a sense of future vision- the conviction that they had a mission to perform, some important work left to do. Survivors of POW camps- Vietnam reported similar experiences: a compelling, future-oriented vision was the primary force that kept many of them alive." (Stephen Covey, First Things First, Contributed by: Joel Smith)


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