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  • Optimistic Outlook Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Dec 28, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,193 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

  • Why I Am An Optimist

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Nov 26, 2003
    based on 81 ratings
     | 1,942 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

  • Being Optimistic In A Pessimistic World

    Contributed by Ray Scott on Aug 8, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 7,712 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

  • Optimist Vs. Pessimist

    Contributed by Ovidiu Radulescu on Jul 30, 2003
    based on 200 ratings
     | 16,710 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 7, 2003
    based on 70 ratings
     | 6,383 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

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

    Contributed by Dean Courtier on Aug 8, 2012
    based on 6 ratings
     | 6,872 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

  • Grapes, Giants, Grasshoppers And God

    Contributed by Denny Feasby on Jan 26, 2005
    based on 67 ratings
     | 5,964 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

  • Proper Perspective

    Contributed by Ed Wood on Feb 8, 2003
    based on 144 ratings
     | 12,741 views

    This is a sermon on how we preceive things. Are we optimistic or pessimistic?

    PROPER PERSPECTIVE Philippians 4:4-9 INTRO: ILLUS: Here you see a glass (use a glass as a visual). Is it half empty, or is it half full? It all depends on your perspective, on how you see the glass. ILLUS: Two shoe salesman were sent to Africa. One sent a telegram home that said: “Get me ...read more

  • Wage A Winning War For Life Part 3

    Contributed by Eyriche Cortez on Oct 18, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 5,205 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

  • Taking The Limits Off Of God Series

    Contributed by Charles Jones on Jun 29, 2012
    based on 7 ratings
     | 31,045 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

  • The Resurrection - The Real Reason For Hope And Optimism

    Contributed by Don Schultz on Mar 27, 2002
    based on 243 ratings
     | 13,064 views

    What makes you hopeful and optimistic? Only one thing really works, and here it is.

    John 20:10-18: THE RESURRECTION: THE REAL REASON FOR HOPE AND OPTIMISM This past week there was a major earthquake in Afghanistan – the death toll is pretty high, and it continues to rise. Earthquakes always mean trouble. But not always. On Easter morning, the Bible tells us that there ...read more

  • What Hope Is All About Series

    Contributed by Dan Borchert on Sep 26, 2004
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,135 views

    What exactly is hope. I hope something that we can rely on or is hope just some optimistic thinking, why do we have hope?

    Romans 8:18-30 Getting on the Same Page as God about what Hope is all about Introduction A. We have become an inpatient world B. Think about it, how many people have looked at the Microwave and said “hurry up I am hungry” C. How many people have complained how slow fast food is D. How many ...read more

  • Four Spiritual Checks - #3 The Necessity Of Future-Mindedness Series

    Contributed by Mark Thornton on Oct 3, 2001
    based on 69 ratings
     | 4,556 views

    This is the third in a series that studies Paul’s Trustworthy Sayings. This one demonstrates the difference that a hope-filled, optimistic attitude can make in our lives.

    INTRODUCTION. Many of you know that I am an avid reader. I consistently have at least two or three books on the go. Some books I read here in my office and usually deal with church, ministry, or worship-related issues -- to help me develop as a pastor. The books I read at home are generally ...read more

  • Reality Check

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Apr 30, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,945 views

    Adherence to the Bible will teach us neither to be overly optimistic nor overly negative about human nature, but will give us both hope and harmony. Thus we must be serious Bible students.

    Twenty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped out of that lunar module and set foot where no person had ever gone before, on the surface of the moon. "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." We were fascinated, and we still are. Nothing like that had ever been done; nothing quite like ...read more

  • A New Tomorrow

    Contributed by Chris Surber on May 3, 2007
    based on 21 ratings
     | 2,396 views

    Be something far greater than an optimist. Be a faith filled doer of the will of God… do not wait for things to improve; improve them… do not wait for a new tomorrow… fill your heart with faith... and bring a new tomorrow into being.

    “A New Tomorrow” Revelation 21:1-6 Introduction They have a saying in Vienna, Austria: “The situation is hopeless, but not serious.” It’s an interesting contradiction in terms. Yet life is truly a mixture of optimism and pessimism, of hope and despair, of sunshine and shadow. Sometimes the ...read more