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  • The Scriptures drive home images of transience to remind us that our stay on this planet is briefer than most of us are inclined to think.\n\nIt is better to know things as they are than to believe things as they seem. This is realism.\n\nBut there is more to life than what we presently see.\nOur longing for more than this world can offer is not merely a dream.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • Only Theism offers genuine hope beyond the grave, since the first predicts annihilation, and the second, reincarnation. Instead, Scriptures teach resurrection.\n
  • A paradigm is a way of seeing based on implicit or explicit rules that shape one’s perspective. A paradigm shift takes place when the rules or boundaries change, so that we no longer see things from the same perspective; when the rules change, our way of seeing is altered.\n
  • Most celebrated paradigm shift: The Copernican revolution in astronomy.\n\nPtolemaic worldview of a geocentric (earth-centered) system was held for over 1400 years, despite observations to the contrary. Instead of questioning the paradigm, astronomers invented complicated theoris of epicycles to explain why some planets appeared to stop, go backward for a while, and then resume their original direction.\n7 Spheres travelled around the Earth, with each sphere containing a planet, plus angels and demonic beings watching humans.\n
  • Heliocentric (sun-centered) Copernican view of the universe.\nCoperinicus’ breakthrough was the realization that all of these planetary observations make perfect sense by switching from a geocentric to heliocentric view of the sun and planets. That is, we do not live in a terrestrial system but a solar system.\n\nCopernicus published his views posthumously because he realized that this radical shift would meet with a hostile response, especially by those in the religious establishment.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
  • We can live as if this world is all there is, or we can view our earthly existence as a brief pilgrimage designed to prepare us for eternity.\n\nThose who adopt a temporal paradigm treat the temporal as though it were eternal and the eternal as though it were temporal.\n
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  • Prospero, a magician who rules an enchanted island, is the protagonist of Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. When Prospero addresses his guest Ferdinand in the fourth act, it is as though Shakespeare himself, nearing the end of his life, reflects directly through his character.\n\nAt the end of the play, Prospero gives up his magic and turns his thoughts to the grave. Just so, the playwright would create no more works on the stage of life; reflecting on the brevity of earthly existence, he \n
  • Prospero, a magician who rules an enchanted island, is the protagonist of Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. When Prospero addresses his guest Ferdinand in the fourth act, it is as though Shakespeare himself, nearing the end of his life, reflects directly through his character.\n\nAt the end of the play, Prospero gives up his magic and turns his thoughts to the grave. Just so, the playwright would create no more works on the stage of life; reflecting on the brevity of earthly existence, he \n
  • Prospero, a magician who rules an enchanted island, is the protagonist of Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. When Prospero addresses his guest Ferdinand in the fourth act, it is as though Shakespeare himself, nearing the end of his life, reflects directly through his character.\n\nAt the end of the play, Prospero gives up his magic and turns his thoughts to the grave. Just so, the playwright would create no more works on the stage of life; reflecting on the brevity of earthly existence, he \n
  • Shakespeare’s quote from The Tempest is consistent with the biblical vision of the fiery consumption of all human attainments on the day of God.\n\nDoomed star Eta Carinae has a mass approximately 150 times greater than the sun and is about 4 million times brighter. It is over 10,000 light years away and prone to violent outbursts. The rapidly expanding shell was ejected from its last outburst in 1841, and is moving outward at more than 2 million mph, The star is one of stellar astronomy’s great mysteries.\n
  • If we examine the heart’s deepest longings, it becomes evident that these aspirations cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world. There is insufficient time, opportunity, and energy even to scratch the surface of our deep-seated hopes and dreams.\n
  • If we examine the heart’s deepest longings, it becomes evident that these aspirations cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world. There is insufficient time, opportunity, and energy even to scratch the surface of our deep-seated hopes and dreams.\n
  • If we examine the heart’s deepest longings, it becomes evident that these aspirations cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world. There is insufficient time, opportunity, and energy even to scratch the surface of our deep-seated hopes and dreams.\n
  • If we examine the heart’s deepest longings, it becomes evident that these aspirations cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world. There is insufficient time, opportunity, and energy even to scratch the surface of our deep-seated hopes and dreams.\n
  • If we examine the heart’s deepest longings, it becomes evident that these aspirations cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world. There is insufficient time, opportunity, and energy even to scratch the surface of our deep-seated hopes and dreams.\n
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  • As we discover the decline of our capacities and the increase of our responsibilities, we realize with clarity and force that we will not be able to fulfill many of our earthly hopes and dreams. This can be traumatic for those whose expectations are limited to this planet, but for believers whose hope is in the character and promises of God, it can be a powerful reminder to transfer their affections to their only true home, the kingdom of heaven.\n
  • As we discover the decline of our capacities and the increase of our responsibilities, we realize with clarity and force that we will not be able to fulfill many of our earthly hopes and dreams. This can be traumatic for those whose expectations are limited to this planet, but for believers whose hope is in the character and promises of God, it can be a powerful reminder to transfer their affections to their only true home, the kingdom of heaven.\n
  • As we discover the decline of our capacities and the increase of our responsibilities, we realize with clarity and force that we will not be able to fulfill many of our earthly hopes and dreams. This can be traumatic for those whose expectations are limited to this planet, but for believers whose hope is in the character and promises of God, it can be a powerful reminder to transfer their affections to their only true home, the kingdom of heaven.\n
  • As we discover the decline of our capacities and the increase of our responsibilities, we realize with clarity and force that we will not be able to fulfill many of our earthly hopes and dreams. This can be traumatic for those whose expectations are limited to this planet, but for believers whose hope is in the character and promises of God, it can be a powerful reminder to transfer their affections to their only true home, the kingdom of heaven.\n
  • As we discover the decline of our capacities and the increase of our responsibilities, we realize with clarity and force that we will not be able to fulfill many of our earthly hopes and dreams. This can be traumatic for those whose expectations are limited to this planet, but for believers whose hope is in the character and promises of God, it can be a powerful reminder to transfer their affections to their only true home, the kingdom of heaven.\n
  • As we discover the decline of our capacities and the increase of our responsibilities, we realize with clarity and force that we will not be able to fulfill many of our earthly hopes and dreams. This can be traumatic for those whose expectations are limited to this planet, but for believers whose hope is in the character and promises of God, it can be a powerful reminder to transfer their affections to their only true home, the kingdom of heaven.\n
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  • Our value system becomes confused when we invest more of our thought and concern in things that are doomed to disappear than in that which will endure forever.\n\nThis view is one of the richest in the entire world in terms of the wealth represented in this photo.\n
  • Our value system becomes confused when we invest more of our thought and concern in things that are doomed to disappear than in that which will endure forever.\n\nThis view is one of the richest in the entire world in terms of the wealth represented in this photo.\n
  • Our value system becomes confused when we invest more of our thought and concern in things that are doomed to disappear than in that which will endure forever.\n\nThis view is one of the richest in the entire world in terms of the wealth represented in this photo.\n
  • Our value system becomes confused when we invest more of our thought and concern in things that are doomed to disappear than in that which will endure forever.\n\nThis view is one of the richest in the entire world in terms of the wealth represented in this photo.\n
  • Our value system becomes confused when we invest more of our thought and concern in things that are doomed to disappear than in that which will endure forever.\n\nThis view is one of the richest in the entire world in terms of the wealth represented in this photo.\n
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  • Does this mean that we should be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good? On the contrary, when people become heavenly minded, they treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment.\n
  • Does this mean that we should be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good? On the contrary, when people become heavenly minded, they treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment.\n
  • Does this mean that we should be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good? On the contrary, when people become heavenly minded, they treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment.\n
  • Does this mean that we should be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good? On the contrary, when people become heavenly minded, they treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment.\n
  • Does this mean that we should be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good? On the contrary, when people become heavenly minded, they treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment.\n
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  • Most of us have squandered more money and time on toys and diversions than we would like to admit.\n
  • Most of us have squandered more money and time on toys and diversions than we would like to admit.\n
  • Most of us have squandered more money and time on toys and diversions than we would like to admit.\n
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  • World vs. Word\n
  • World vs. Word\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
  • World promotes pleasure as an end in itself.\nWord promotes knowing God as greatest pleasure of all.\n\nWorld exalts recognition and approval of people.\nWord exhorts us to desire the approval of God. (Gal.1:10)\n\nWorld tells us to pursue fame and popularity.\nWord calls us to emulate the servanthood of Christ.\n\nWorld raises wealth and status as a standard of success, security, and identity.\nWord elevates the standard of integrity and character. (Jer. 45:5)\n\nWorld drives us to amass power over people and circumstances.\nWord tells us to walk humbly before our God (1 Pe.5:6-7)\n\nPeople THINK they want pleasure, recognition, popularity, status, and power. but the pursuit of these things leads to emptiness, delusion, and foolishness. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11), and our deepest desires are fulfillment(love, joy, peace), reality (that which does not fade away), and wisdom (skill in living).\n
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  • 1. All things have been created by Him and for Him (Col.1:16), and we exist to serve God and not to persuade God to serve us. In essence, the Lord’s repeated message to us in Scripture is “I am God, and you are not.”\n\n2. Since we were created for relationship with the Author of every good thing, we can have no higher purpose than to grow in the knowledge of God, and by his grace and power, to become increasingly like Him.\n\n3. Since the Bible was inspired by the living God, we would be wise to learn, understand, experience, and apply its precepts and principles. The Scriptures reveal that our brief earthly sojourn is designed to prepare us for eternal citizenship in heaven. Thus it would be the heart of folly to become entangled and enmeshed in that which is “highly esteemed among men” but is detestable in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15).\n\n4. We can expect to be pulled again and again toward the temporal and away from the eternal, because the truths of Scripture are countercultural. whenever we are lured away from obedience and service into disobedience and selfishness, it is because we have deceived into thinking that we know better than God what is best for us or that God is not in control.\n
  • 1. All things have been created by Him and for Him (Col.1:16), and we exist to serve God and not to persuade God to serve us. In essence, the Lord’s repeated message to us in Scripture is “I am God, and you are not.”\n\n2. Since we were created for relationship with the Author of every good thing, we can have no higher purpose than to grow in the knowledge of God, and by his grace and power, to become increasingly like Him.\n\n3. Since the Bible was inspired by the living God, we would be wise to learn, understand, experience, and apply its precepts and principles. The Scriptures reveal that our brief earthly sojourn is designed to prepare us for eternal citizenship in heaven. Thus it would be the heart of folly to become entangled and enmeshed in that which is “highly esteemed among men” but is detestable in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15).\n\n4. We can expect to be pulled again and again toward the temporal and away from the eternal, because the truths of Scripture are countercultural. whenever we are lured away from obedience and service into disobedience and selfishness, it is because we have deceived into thinking that we know better than God what is best for us or that God is not in control.\n
  • 1. All things have been created by Him and for Him (Col.1:16), and we exist to serve God and not to persuade God to serve us. In essence, the Lord’s repeated message to us in Scripture is “I am God, and you are not.”\n\n2. Since we were created for relationship with the Author of every good thing, we can have no higher purpose than to grow in the knowledge of God, and by his grace and power, to become increasingly like Him.\n\n3. Since the Bible was inspired by the living God, we would be wise to learn, understand, experience, and apply its precepts and principles. The Scriptures reveal that our brief earthly sojourn is designed to prepare us for eternal citizenship in heaven. Thus it would be the heart of folly to become entangled and enmeshed in that which is “highly esteemed among men” but is detestable in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15).\n\n4. We can expect to be pulled again and again toward the temporal and away from the eternal, because the truths of Scripture are countercultural. whenever we are lured away from obedience and service into disobedience and selfishness, it is because we have deceived into thinking that we know better than God what is best for us or that God is not in control.\n
  • 1. All things have been created by Him and for Him (Col.1:16), and we exist to serve God and not to persuade God to serve us. In essence, the Lord’s repeated message to us in Scripture is “I am God, and you are not.”\n\n2. Since we were created for relationship with the Author of every good thing, we can have no higher purpose than to grow in the knowledge of God, and by his grace and power, to become increasingly like Him.\n\n3. Since the Bible was inspired by the living God, we would be wise to learn, understand, experience, and apply its precepts and principles. The Scriptures reveal that our brief earthly sojourn is designed to prepare us for eternal citizenship in heaven. Thus it would be the heart of folly to become entangled and enmeshed in that which is “highly esteemed among men” but is detestable in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15).\n\n4. We can expect to be pulled again and again toward the temporal and away from the eternal, because the truths of Scripture are countercultural. whenever we are lured away from obedience and service into disobedience and selfishness, it is because we have deceived into thinking that we know better than God what is best for us or that God is not in control.\n
  • If our priorities shape our practice, then our practice will reveal our priorities. If our practice does not include such elements as an ongoing renewal of the mind through consistent time in Scripture, a committment to cultivating growing intimacy with\n
  • If our priorities shape our practice, then our practice will reveal our priorities. If our practice does not include such elements as an ongoing renewal of the mind through consistent time in Scripture, a committment to cultivating growing intimacy with\n
  • If our priorities shape our practice, then our practice will reveal our priorities. If our practice does not include such elements as an ongoing renewal of the mind through consistent time in Scripture, a committment to cultivating growing intimacy with\n
  • If our priorities shape our practice, then our practice will reveal our priorities. If our practice does not include such elements as an ongoing renewal of the mind through consistent time in Scripture, a committment to cultivating growing intimacy with\n
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  • Paradigm Spirituality

    1. 1. Paradigm SpiritualityCultivating an Eternal versus a Temporal Perspective Dr. Kenneth Boa and Bill Ibsen
    2. 2. Overview
    3. 3. Overview• Life is a journey, but where are we going?
    4. 4. Overview• Life is a journey, but where are we going?• Can we trust God?
    5. 5. Life Is a Journey,but Where Are We Going?
    6. 6. Grasping Life’s Brevity
    7. 7. Grasping Life’s Brevity“You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
    8. 8. Grasping Life’s Brevity“You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while andthen vanishes away.” James 4:14
    9. 9. Biblical Realism and Hope
    10. 10. Biblical Realism and Hope• “The statistics on death are impressive. One out of one dies.” George Bernard Shaw
    11. 11. Three Dominant Worldviews
    12. 12. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism
    13. 13. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age
    14. 14. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism
    15. 15. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age TheismOrigin
    16. 16. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age TheismOriginPurpose
    17. 17. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism OriginPurposeDestiny
    18. 18. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Origin Time & ChancePurposeDestiny
    19. 19. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Origin Time & ChancePurpose Survival, AutonomyDestiny
    20. 20. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Origin Time & ChancePurpose Survival, Autonomy PhysicalDestiny Annihilation
    21. 21. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Impersonal Origin Time & Chance AgencyPurpose Survival, Autonomy PhysicalDestiny Annihilation
    22. 22. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Impersonal Origin Time & Chance AgencyPurpose Survival, Self- Autonomy Actualization PhysicalDestiny Annihilation
    23. 23. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Impersonal Origin Time & Chance AgencyPurpose Survival, Self- Autonomy Actualization Physical AbsorptionDestiny Annihilation (Spiritual Annihilation)
    24. 24. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Impersonal Origin Time & Chance Agency Personal CreatorPurpose Survival, Self- Autonomy Actualization Physical AbsorptionDestiny Annihilation (Spiritual Annihilation)
    25. 25. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Impersonal Origin Time & Chance Agency Personal CreatorPurpose Survival, Self- Relationships Autonomy Actualization (Other-centered) Physical AbsorptionDestiny Annihilation (Spiritual Annihilation)
    26. 26. Three Dominant Worldviews Humanism New Age Theism Impersonal + Impersonal Origin Time & Chance Agency Personal CreatorPurpose Survival, Self- Relationships Autonomy Actualization (Other-centered) Physical Absorption UnboundedDestiny Annihilation (Spiritual Relational Life Annihilation)
    27. 27. Paradigm: A Way of Seeing
    28. 28. Ptolemaic(Geocentric) View
    29. 29. Copernican(Heliocentric) View
    30. 30. Competing Paradigms
    31. 31. Competing Paradigms Temporal
    32. 32. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal
    33. 33. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal Here & Now & Now Future
    34. 34. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal Here & Now & Now Future
    35. 35. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal Here & Now & Now Future Tangible Intangible
    36. 36. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal Here & Now & Now Future Tangible Intangible
    37. 37. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal Here & Now & Now Future Tangible Intangible Cultural Biblical
    38. 38. Competing Paradigms Temporal Eternal Here & Now & Now Future Tangible Intangible Cultural Biblical
    39. 39. Eternal Perspective
    40. 40. Eternal Perspective “All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessedthat they were strangers and exiles on earth” Heb. 11:13
    41. 41. “A Short and Fevered Rehearsal”
    42. 42. “A Short and Fevered Rehearsal”Our revels are now ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air;
    43. 43. “A Short and Fevered Rehearsal” Our revels are now ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
    44. 44. “A Short and Fevered Rehearsal” Our revels are now ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. Shakespeare, The Tempest
    45. 45. The End of the World Doomed star Eta Carinae
    46. 46. The End of the World“But the day of the Lord will comelike a thief, in which the heavenswill pass away with a roar and theelements will be destroyed withintense heat, and the earth and itsworks will be burned up. “ 2 Peter 3:10 Doomed star Eta Carinae
    47. 47. Deepest Longings of the Heart
    48. 48. Deepest Longings of the Heart• Cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world.
    49. 49. Deepest Longings of the Heart• Cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world.• There is simply not enough:
    50. 50. Deepest Longings of the Heart• Cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world.• There is simply not enough: • Time
    51. 51. Deepest Longings of the Heart• Cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world.• There is simply not enough: • Time • Opportunity
    52. 52. Deepest Longings of the Heart• Cannot be satisfied by any of the offerings of this transitory world.• There is simply not enough: • Time • Opportunity • Energy
    53. 53. “Life is a short and fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to give.Just when we appear to have attained some proficiency we are forced to lay our instruments down.
    54. 54. “Life is a short and fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to give.Just when we appear to have attained some proficiency we are forced to lay our instruments down. There is simply not time enough to think, to become, to perform what the constitution of our natures indicate we are capable of.”
    55. 55. “Life is a short and fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to give.Just when we appear to have attained some proficiency we are forced to lay our instruments down. There is simply not time enough to think, to become, to perform what the constitution of our natures indicate we are capable of.” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
    56. 56. Experiencing Our Mortality
    57. 57. Experiencing Our Mortality• Few people attain this wisdom early in life
    58. 58. Experiencing Our Mortality• Few people attain this wisdom early in life• Midlife crisis often brings our mortality into focus
    59. 59. Experiencing Our Mortality• Few people attain this wisdom early in life• Midlife crisis often brings our mortality into focus • Decline of capacity + increase of responsibility
    60. 60. Experiencing Our Mortality• Few people attain this wisdom early in life• Midlife crisis often brings our mortality into focus • Decline of capacity + increase of responsibility • Realization of our inability to fulfill our many hopes and dreams
    61. 61. Experiencing Our Mortality• Few people attain this wisdom early in life• Midlife crisis often brings our mortality into focus • Decline of capacity + increase of responsibility • Realization of our inability to fulfill our many hopes and dreams • Traumatic
    62. 62. Experiencing Our Mortality• Few people attain this wisdom early in life• Midlife crisis often brings our mortality into focus • Decline of capacity + increase of responsibility • Realization of our inability to fulfill our many hopes and dreams • Traumatic• Reminder to transfer my affections and ambitions
    63. 63. “How completely satisfyingto turn from our limitations to a God who has none.
    64. 64. “How completely satisfyingto turn from our limitations to a God who has none.Eternal years lie in His heart.
    65. 65. “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the richesof limitless time and endless years .”
    66. 66. “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the richesof limitless time and endless years .” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
    67. 67. Responsibilities and Pressures of This World
    68. 68. Responsibilities and Pressures of This World• Clamor for our attention
    69. 69. Responsibilities and Pressures of This World• Clamor for our attention• Squeeze our inner lives
    70. 70. Responsibilities and Pressures of This World• Clamor for our attention• Squeeze our inner lives• Starve our souls
    71. 71. Responsibilities and Pressures of This World• Clamor for our attention• Squeeze our inner lives• Starve our souls • Lose sight of the eternal
    72. 72. Responsibilities and Pressures of This World• Clamor for our attention• Squeeze our inner lives• Starve our souls • Lose sight of the eternal • Focus on the temporal
    73. 73. Loving This World
    74. 74. Loving This World “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.
    75. 75. Loving This World “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world,the love of the Father is not in him.
    76. 76. Loving This World “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world,the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life,
    77. 77. Loving This World “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world,the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
    78. 78. Loving This World “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
    79. 79. The Precious Present
    80. 80. The Precious Present• Heavenly mindedness:
    81. 81. The Precious Present• Heavenly mindedness: • Treasures passing opportunities
    82. 82. The Precious Present• Heavenly mindedness: • Treasures passing opportunities • Alive to the present moment
    83. 83. The Precious Present• Heavenly mindedness: • Treasures passing opportunities • Alive to the present moment • Not overwhelmed with the problems of life
    84. 84. The Precious Present• Heavenly mindedness: • Treasures passing opportunities • Alive to the present moment • Not overwhelmed with the problems of life • Savors blessings and joys otherwise overlooked
    85. 85. Present Opportunities
    86. 86. Present Opportunities• “Be most careful then how you conduct yourselves: Like sensible men, not like simpletons. Use the present opportunity to the full, for these are evil days.” Eph. 5:15-17 NEB
    87. 87. What Would You Have Changed?
    88. 88. What Would You Have Changed?• Reflect more
    89. 89. What Would You Have Changed?• Reflect more• Risk more
    90. 90. What Would You Have Changed?• Reflect more• Risk more• Do more things that last
    91. 91. Can We Trust God?
    92. 92. The Risk of Letting Loose
    93. 93. The Risk of Letting Loose• Taught to clamor after and control
    94. 94. The Risk of Letting Loose• Taught to clamor after and control• Uncomfortable & Unnatural
    95. 95. The Risk of Letting Loose• Taught to clamor after and control• Uncomfortable & Unnatural • Treasure the invisible over the visible
    96. 96. The Risk of Letting Loose• Taught to clamor after and control• Uncomfortable & Unnatural • Treasure the invisible over the visible • Promises of God over promises of the World
    97. 97. The Risk of Letting Loose• Taught to clamor after and control• Uncomfortable & Unnatural • Treasure the invisible over the visible • Promises of God over promises of the World • Future fulfillment over immediate
    98. 98. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective
    99. 99. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective• Down/Up (Heb. 2:9-10)
    100. 100. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective• Down/Up (Heb. 2:9-10)• Last/First (Mt. 19:30)
    101. 101. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective• Down/Up (Heb. 2:9-10)• Last/First (Mt. 19:30)• Save/Lose (Mk. 8:35)
    102. 102. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective• Down/Up (Heb. 2:9-10)• Last/First (Mt. 19:30)• Save/Lose (Mk. 8:35)• Serve/Greatness (Heb. 5:7-9)
    103. 103. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective
    104. 104. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective • Empty/Full (Phil. 2:6-11)
    105. 105. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective • Empty/Full (Phil. 2:6-11) • Let Loose/Embrace (Lk. 9:22-26; 46-48)
    106. 106. Paradoxical Eternal Perspective • Empty/Full (Phil. 2:6-11) • Let Loose/Embrace (Lk. 9:22-26; 46-48) • Give/Receive (Lk. 6:38)
    107. 107. Two Rival Value Systems
    108. 108. Wisdom of the World
    109. 109. Wisdom of the World• This world is all there is
    110. 110. Wisdom of the World• This world is all there is• Goal of Life:
    111. 111. Wisdom of the World• This world is all there is• Goal of Life: • Maximize your pleasure
    112. 112. Wisdom of the World• This world is all there is• Goal of Life: • Maximize your pleasure • Minimize your pain
    113. 113. Wisdom of the World• This world is all there is• Goal of Life: • Maximize your pleasure • Minimize your pain• Get all you can, can all you get, poison the rest
    114. 114. Wisdom of the Word
    115. 115. Wisdom of the Word• We are immortal creatures
    116. 116. Wisdom of the Word• We are immortal creatures• Our brief life is incomparable with our future eternal existence
    117. 117. Two Rival Value Systems
    118. 118. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL
    119. 119. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL
    120. 120. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing God
    121. 121. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing God
    122. 122. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God
    123. 123. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God
    124. 124. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity Servanthood
    125. 125. Two Rival Value SystemsTEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity Servanthood
    126. 126. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character
    127. 127. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character
    128. 128. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility
    129. 129. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility
    130. 130. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility
    131. 131. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility
    132. 132. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility Emptiness Fulfillment
    133. 133. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility Emptiness Fulfillment
    134. 134. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility Emptiness Fulfillment Delusion Reality
    135. 135. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility Emptiness Fulfillment Delusion Reality
    136. 136. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility Emptiness Fulfillment Delusion Reality Foolishness Wisdom
    137. 137. Two Rival Value Systems TEMPORAL ETERNAL Pleasure Knowing GodRecognition of Approval of God Popularity ServanthoodWealth & Status Integrity & Character Power Humility Emptiness Fulfillment Delusion Reality Foolishness Wisdom
    138. 138. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective
    139. 139. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective
    140. 140. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective• “God is there, and He is not silent” Francis Schaeffer
    141. 141. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective• “God is there, and He is not silent” Francis Schaeffer• Everything should flow from our basic presuppositions
    142. 142. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective• “God is there, and He is not silent” Francis Schaeffer• Everything should flow from our basic presuppositions• Everyone has a worldview
    143. 143. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective• “God is there, and He is not silent” Francis Schaeffer• Everything should flow from our basic presuppositions• Everyone has a worldview • Few are aware of it
    144. 144. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective• “God is there, and He is not silent” Francis Schaeffer• Everything should flow from our basic presuppositions• Everyone has a worldview • Few are aware of it • Less have considered the logical implications
    145. 145. Our Presuppositions Shape Our Perspective• “God is there, and He is not silent” Francis Schaeffer• Everything should flow from our basic presuppositions• Everyone has a worldview • Few are aware of it • Less have considered the logical implications • Even less have compared implications to their practice
    146. 146. The Implications of Our Assumptions
    147. 147. The Implications of Our Assumptions• Life is about God; not about us
    148. 148. The Implications of Our Assumptions• Life is about God; not about us• No higher purpose than to become like Him
    149. 149. The Implications of Our Assumptions• Life is about God; not about us• No higher purpose than to become like Him• We must learn, understand, experience, and apply God’s communication
    150. 150. The Implications of Our Assumptions• Life is about God; not about us• No higher purpose than to become like Him• We must learn, understand, experience, and apply God’s communication• Expect to be constantly pulled toward the temporal, rather than the eternal
    151. 151. Presuppositions
    152. 152. Presuppositions Perspective
    153. 153. Presuppositions Perspective Priorities
    154. 154. Presuppositions Perspective Priorities Practice
    155. 155. Priorities Aligned with Scripture?
    156. 156. Priorities Aligned with Scripture?• Ongoing renewal of the mind through Scripture
    157. 157. Priorities Aligned with Scripture?• Ongoing renewal of the mind through Scripture• Commitment to cultivating growing intimacy with God through prayer
    158. 158. Priorities Aligned with Scripture?• Ongoing renewal of the mind through Scripture• Commitment to cultivating growing intimacy with God through prayer• Sensitivity to God-given opportunities to love and serve
    159. 159. Priorities Aligned with Scripture?• Ongoing renewal of the mind through Scripture• Commitment to cultivating growing intimacy with God through prayer• Sensitivity to God-given opportunities to love and serve • Believers
    160. 160. Priorities Aligned with Scripture?• Ongoing renewal of the mind through Scripture• Commitment to cultivating growing intimacy with God through prayer• Sensitivity to God-given opportunities to love and serve • Believers • Unbelievers
    161. 161. Last Things First
    162. 162. Last Things First• “Write your obituary now and see if it will play well in heaven”
    163. 163. Last Things First• “Write your obituary now and see if it will play well in heaven”• “What are you taking under your arm to the ultimate show and tell?”
    164. 164. Treasuring the Unseen
    165. 165. Treasuring the Unseen• “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no man can work...” John 9:4
    166. 166. Treasuring the Unseen• “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no man can work...” John 9:4• “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people...” Gal. 6:10a
    167. 167. Treasuring the Unseen• “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no man can work...” John 9:4• “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people...” Gal. 6:10a• “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of your time, because the days are evil...” Eph. 5:15-16
    168. 168. The End
    169. 169. Reflections Ministries Resources
    170. 170. Reflections Ministries ResourcesReflections - A free monthly teaching letter
    171. 171. Reflections Ministries ResourcesReflections - A free monthly teaching letterReflectionsMinistries.org website - DailyGrowth email and free text and audioresources
    172. 172. KENBOA.ORG KenBoa.org ken_boa Kenneth Boa

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