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  • Being Optimistic In A Pessimistic World

    Contributed by Ray Scott on Aug 8, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 7,691 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

  • Overcoming Pessimistic And Complacent Opinions

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 8, 2006
    based on 39 ratings
     | 6,879 views

    A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I’m just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can’t read, I can’t write and they won’t let me talk!"

    Overcoming Pessimistic and Complacent Opinions (Zeph. 3:16,17) "The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty. He will save. He will rejoice over you with love. He will rest in His love. He will shout over you with singing." OPINIONS On the first day of school, a first-grader handed ...read more

  • Optimist Vs. Pessimist

    Contributed by Ovidiu Radulescu on Jul 30, 2003
    based on 200 ratings
     | 16,705 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

  • Hebrews- Part 6- " There Has To Be A Pony In Here Somewhere" Series

    Contributed by Randy Edwards on Aug 20, 2016
     | 2,662 views

    Part 6 of our Hebrews study- Optimist or Pessimist in Christ?

    Hebrews – Encouragement for a life of Faith Part 6 “There has to be a pony in here somewhere” Hebrews 6:18-19 Have you ever stopped to consider the difference between an optimist and a pessimist? There was a research team at a college who received a grant to study just ...read more

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

    Contributed by Dean Courtier on Aug 8, 2012
    based on 6 ratings
     | 6,850 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

  • "Thomas Twin Didymus”

    Contributed by Ken Harris on Apr 19, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,032 views

    The purpose of this sermon is to inspire the hearers to affirm to others that believers are often inclined to look at life through the eyes of gloom, and need VISUAL EVIDENCE before accepting CHRIST at His Word.

    19 April 2009 Second Sunday of Easter U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris Fortress Chapel Contingency Operation Site (C.O.S.) Sykes Tall-afar, Iraq BIG IDEA: Believers are often inclined to look upon life with the eyes of gloom and need VISUAL PROOF before accepting CHRIST at His ...read more

  • Unshakeable Confidence Series

    Contributed by Brian Atwood on Sep 18, 2009
    based on 15 ratings
     | 8,843 views

    How to effectively deal with insecurity, difficult tasks and pessimists.

    We’re in the pre-series "Getting Ready for Something More." Last time we saw Nehemiah, a Jew living in exile in the foreign land of Persia, serving as the king’s cupbearer, the person who tested the food and drink served to the king to make sure it wasn’t poisoned. He had received a ...read more

  • Proper Perspective

    Contributed by Ed Wood on Feb 8, 2003
    based on 144 ratings
     | 12,694 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

  • The Temptation Of Pessimism

    Contributed by Douglas Phillips on Sep 10, 2015
     | 1,505 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

  • Grapes, Giants, Grasshoppers And God

    Contributed by Denny Feasby on Jan 26, 2005
    based on 67 ratings
     | 5,923 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

  • Prayer And The Cynical

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Mar 25, 2010
     | 1,318 views

    Prayer emphasis fall 1987: common wisdom is that we will never change, and the cynic believes that. Like Koheleth we can lose hope for everything. But the Christ who will come gives us hope, life, companionship, and is at work in all things for change a

    One of the rules you learn when you study the discipline of marriage counseling is that you must try to help young people preparing for marriage to know at least this much: that whatever he or she is now, they will be more of it in fifty years. Whatever he or she is now, they will be more of it in ...read more

  • Why We Can Be An Optimist This 2017

    Contributed by Manny Salva Cruz on Jan 10, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,302 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

  • How God Turns Things Around For Our Good

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Feb 21, 2003
    based on 74 ratings
     | 37,537 views

    Too many people live with a feeling of fatalistic pessimism that adversely affects their thinking, emotions and behavior. The Lord has a way of turning around the most difficult situations for our good. Pessimists think their circumstances are the worst p

    1. Too many people live with a feeling of fatalistic pessimism that adversely affects their thinking, emotions and behavior. The Lord has a way of turning around the most difficult situations for our good. Pessimists think their circumstances are the worst possible because they believe that ...read more

  • Strength Out Of Weakness

    Contributed by Dean Courtier on Dec 14, 2004
    based on 105 ratings
     | 8,791 views

    Often the world considers trouble to be a terrible intruder into life. For many people the problems of life are viewed as nothing more than minus factors. But the Christian perspective of trouble is not pessimistic. Paul experienced a thorn in the flesh,

    Title: Strength Out of Weakness Text: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Cor. 12:9). Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians ...read more

  • Hope

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Jan 1, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,559 views

    As Christians we can see the world physically decaying and spiritually degenerating with this sin. However, we do not need to be pessimistic, because we have a blessed hope. Brighter days indeed lie ahead for the whole creation.

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: A number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the affect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water, and found that within an hour they had all ...read more