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  • Optimistic Outlook Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Dec 28, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 7,446 views

    When we rely on the promises of God, we can look ahead with confidence; we can look up with commitment; and we can look around with compassion.

    John Ortberg, in his book If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, cites a medical study in which 122 men who had suffered their first heart attack were evaluated on their degree of hopefulness and pessimism: “Of the 25 most pessimistic men, 21 had died eight ...read more

  • Reasons To Be An Optimist Series

    Contributed by Scott Chambers on May 7, 2013
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,450 views

    This is the tenth message in a series over the first five chapters of the book of Romans. This message examines the reasons that the Gospel gives us for being optimistic.

    By definition an optimist is one that expects the best possible outcome of any given situation. Most of us would have to admit that we have a lot of difficulty remaining optimistic. Paul presented an argument that on the surface seems to leave us very little room for being optimistic. In fact, Paul ...read more

  • Optimistic Outlook Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Dec 27, 2017
    based on 4 ratings
     | 7,970 views

    When you rely on the promises of God, you can look ahead with confidence, look up with commitment, and look around with compassion.

    John Ortberg, in his book If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, cites a medical study in which 122 men who had suffered their first heart attack were evaluated on their degree of hopefulness and pessimism: “Of the 25 most pessimistic men, 21 had died eight years later. Of ...read more

  • Realistically Optimistic

    Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Dec 30, 2019
     | 2,180 views

    According to Statista, a leading survey company, in 2013, 50% of adult Americans considered themselves optimistic. As we get ready to step into the new year, let's see if we can do something to shift our thinking to being realistically optimistic more often.

    REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC According to Statista, a leading survey company, in 2013, 50% of adult Americans considered themselves optimistic. Only 4% identified as pessimists and 43% said they were somewhere in between. 3% declined to identify as anything. I'm interested to know how often those ...read more

  • Optimist Vs. Pessimist

    Contributed by Ovidiu Radulescu on Jul 29, 2003
    based on 200 ratings
     | 19,156 views

    The optimist says: “My cup runs over, what a blessing!” The pessimist says: “My cup runs over: what a mess!” We need both… And you know, most times the pessimist and the optimist are right. Both of them are right. The difference is that the optimist tries

    Let me ask you a question: it’s an embarrassing question but here in the church is the place we can say anything... Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Maybe the person who sit closest to you, and who know you the best, can answer the best. None of us like to be labeled as pessimist, right? And ...read more

  • Developing A Personality Of An Optimist Series

    Contributed by Michael Greer on Jan 6, 2003
    based on 70 ratings
     | 8,259 views

    Learning to face the future Being prepared, with Couarge, and hope.

    Developing A Personality of An Optimist. Deuteronomy 31:1-8 (Sunday January 5,2003) Intro: When it comes to the subject of dealing with the future we know that nothing is certain. Consider these comments on the future: Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it ...read more

  • Being Optimistic In A Pessimistic World

    Contributed by Ray Scott on Aug 7, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 11,437 views

    We live in a negative world. The Bible is full of positives. In the parable of the Prodigal Son & the Elder Brother, we see both optimism & pessimism.

    “Being Optimistic In A Pessimistic World” INTRODUCTION: There are many books on POSITIVE THINKING. The book “The Power Of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale was required reading when I was a student at Trinity College. There are all kinds of “helps” out there to help us maintain a ...read more

  • Why I Am An Optimist

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Nov 23, 2003
    based on 81 ratings
     | 3,132 views

    1. I serve a God who is in control. 2. I stand on the promises of God. 3. I will outlive this world.

    There have been several things in the news lately that have caused concern for Christians and other people who have a sense of morality and values. One has been the alarming victories the radical homosexual cause has had in our courts and the effect it is sure to have on our families. It now ...read more

  • Why We Can Be An Optimist This 2017

    Contributed by Manny Salva Cruz on Jan 9, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,887 views

    You can look pessimistically this New Year or you can look optimistically. We must choose to be optimistic. Our outlook will determine our ultimate destiny.

    WHY I AM AN OPTIMIST THIS 2017 INTRODUCTION: Happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to 2017. A bright new year is ahead of us. I wonder if you have the same feeling or outlook in this year as I do. Many years ago, former President Reagan in his news conference at the start of the new year ...read more

  • Two Post Resurrection Appearances Of Jesus In Jn 20

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Apr 2, 2016
     | 4,757 views

    God treats us an individuals and knows our specific needs just as he did with MAry, Peter and Thomas and the unnamed disciples of Jn 20

    Story: There were once two identical twins. They were alike in every way but one. One was a hope-filled optimist, Peter who only ever saw the bright side of life. The other, Thomas was a dark pessimist, who only ever saw the down side in every situation. The parents were so worried ...read more

  • Pessimistic, Optimistic Or Realistic? Living With An Authentic Spirit Series

    Contributed by Dean Courtier on Aug 8, 2012
    based on 6 ratings
     | 9,148 views

    The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The optimist says the glass is half full. The realist knows there is water in the glass. Who are you?

    Pessimistic, Optimistic or Realistic? Living with an Authentic Spirit Which of these words would you use to describe yourself? Pessimist / Optimist / Realist Which would you use to describe yourself? The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The optimist says the glass is half ...read more

  • Taking The Limits Off Of God Series

    Contributed by Charles Jones on Jun 27, 2012
    based on 7 ratings
     | 43,137 views

    A positive attitude enables a man to break new and higher grounds and position himself where he wants to be. A negative attitude makes one to rot in a place with the spirit of complaining and despair rule.

    TAKING THE LIMITS OFF OF GOD NUMBER 23:19 Many are not able to achieve success and greatness in all of life endeavors because of the several barriers before them. People talk about breakthroughs showing that there are forces and things limiting them, so they want the mighty power of God to ...read more

  • Grapes, Giants, Grasshoppers And God

    Contributed by Denny Feasby on Jan 26, 2005
    based on 67 ratings
     | 7,857 views

    In life there are optimists and pessimists. Optimists focus on what can be; possibilities, opportunities, and potential. Pessimists on the other hand tend to focus on problems, obstacles and potential doom. Optimists tend to operate by faith not by sigh

    Grapes, Giants, Grasshoppers and God Num 13:1-4, 23-33 Intro: This month makes the 200rth anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In May 1804 President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to search out a possible route to the Pacific Ocean. Jefferson, ...read more

  • Wage A Winning War For Life Part 3

    Contributed by Eyriche Cortez on Oct 16, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 5,993 views

    To face the challenges of life, we are to live overcoming, optimistic and obedient lives.

    Unless we are soldiers, we have no idea how intense a battle can get except by what we see on CNN. Let us watch a portion of the movie “Gladiator” by Russell Crowe so we can visualize the spiritual armor that God gave us. [Watch the opening battle scene in “Gladiator”] Your battles in life are ...read more

  • The Temptation Of Pessimism

    Contributed by Douglas Phillips on Sep 10, 2015
     | 2,657 views

    This was a two week Bible Study on how to be optimistic in a pessimistic world

    THE TEMPTATION OF PESSIMISM MATTHEW 11:2-6 IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY EASY TO FALL INTO THE TRAP OF PESSIMISM IN OUR WORLD. THE NUMBER OF EVIL THINGS IN THE WORLD CONTINUES TO INCREASE, AND AS IT DOES WE MAY FALL INTO THE TRAP OF SAYING “THAT’S JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE, AND WE ...read more