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People look at the future in three different ways. Some say everything will stay the same. This view states that everything has always been much the same as it is now. Reincarnation probably fits this view. Life doesn’t actually have an end, but just goes on and on in an endless loop. Others say that everything will get better. This view claims that people and our world are progressing. As people improve or evolve or get educated, they’ll figure out ways to

Expectancy characterizes our spiritual journey. Abraham expected God to fulfill his promise to bless him and all peoples on earth through him (Genesis 12:1-3). When God tested him in offering Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham held on to God’s promise, even expecting God to raise Isaac from the dead if necessary (Hebrews 11:17-19). David, in his youth, expected God’s power to overcome the giant Goliath who stood before him. The Lord had rescued David from the paw of a lion and the

The Christian life is a seeking life. As God’s people seek after God, they are energized, permeated, and controlled by God’s Spirit. The apostle Paul commands us to be continuously “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). When we think of the word “filled”, we might think merely of filling an empty container. Yet the intended picture is much richer. Like the wind filling the sails of a sailboat, the Holy Spirit propels us forward. We are carried along not merely by our own

“But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that” (1 Corinthians 7:7). These spiritual gifts are above and beyond our natural abilities or the exercise of grace gifts that all Christians exercise, such as, faith or wisdom. Many Christ followers don’t seem to be aware that these gifts are available to them. Perhaps out of fear they are hesitant to activate the spiritual gifts God has given to them. One way to illustrate spiritual gifts

John D. Rockefeller made this observation: “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” Regarding Olympic athletes, Beth Daley added: “How fast someone runs, swims or rows; how high or long they jump; how accurately they hit a target; how well they balance; or how much weight they can lift depends to a significant extent on where they focus their attention.” The prophet Ezekiel wrote about a time when God’s

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