How you think about life and others determines most of your actions and directs your interactions with others. If we truly want to develop a optimistic Spirit-filled life we must adjust our thinking and our actions. Paul's "good-news" perspective in a "bad news" world can produce the fruit and joy we all desire and are designed to produce.
The Case for Christian Optimism
Christian life is not to be lived in a vacuum. We face the world with a comprehensive realism understanding that there is more to life than "meets the eye". The letter of Philippians was not written in a vacuum either. There are very real people who experienced the gospel and grace of God from whom we can learn to live joyfully. Learn with us.
Grace for These Last Days
We can thank God for the heritage of the courageous men and women of the Reformation era (1517-1650). We appreciate their sacrifices and stand for truth, but we must face up to their failings and learn from their mistakes. They of all people, would not want us to perpetuate flawed beliefs or practices.