Why I'm An Optimist (2 of 4) by Larry Osborne

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Why I'm An Optimist (2 of 4)
Series: The Optimism Factor
Dr. Larry Osborne
Mark 4:26-34 and Matthew 16:13-18

THE ULTIMATE OXYMORON:
Matthew 6:27-34/ Ecclesiastes 7:10

- A Christian pessimist!

- Beware of. . .

- The crisis du jour

- 20/200 hindsight

TWO PARABLES and A PROMISE:
Mark 4:26-34 and Matthew 16:13-18

- God's kingdom will grow on its own.

- Don't judge the end of God's work by the beginning.

- Satan is the one under attack!

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OPTIMIST and AN OSTRICH:

- An ostrich lives in denial.
Isaiah 5:20

- An optimist lives by faith!
Hebrews 11:6/ Revelation 21:1-5/ Habakkuk 3:16-19/ Romans 8:31-39

HOT TIPS and PRACTICAL ADVICE:
2 Timothy 4:1-20/ Luke 10:17-20

- Don't be afraid to call bad things bad.

- Be careful not to catastrophize.

- Never forget life's biggest problem.

COMMUNION
1. The ultimate reason for our optimism is God's gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. God's desire is that we live a life of hope, no matter what our circumstances are, because we are living our life through and for Jesus. It's all possible because of Jesus' death for our sins, enabling us to have a relationship with a holy and perfect God. This is why we, as Christians, celebrate the Lord's Supper!

As preparation for Communion with your group, read 1 Peter 1:17-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; and Hebrews 12:28 reflecting on the Last Supper and what Jesus has done for you personally.



2. Take a moment and wri ...


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