textbox center God has given us eyes not that we may look wantonly, but that, admiring his handiwork, we may worship the Creator. St. John Chrysostom
textbox center The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body is full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. Matthew 6:22-23
textbox center Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
textbox center …the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB
textbox center The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding…” Mark 4:11-12
textbox center 1.God wants us to be perceptive. 2.Wisdom and discernment will be what we need most in 2012. 3.We need to read the Word more than we need to eat. 4.What to listen for and look for in 2012.
textbox center Ears that hear (what to listen for in 2012) 1.Truth, written Word, Logos. 2.Instruction. 3.The voice of God, prophetic word, rhema. 4.Sighs and cries of both God and the suffering world. 5.Warnings, admonishments, correction, reproofs.
textbox center Eyes that see (what to look for in 2012) 1.Positive trends 2.Negative trends 3.Signs, symbols 4.Hurt 5.Opportunity
textbox center 12 Spiritual Trends in 2012 1.Record numbers of Christians will be martyrs. 2.The Asian Church will take the lead in missionary ventures. 3.The Arab Spring will thaw resistance to the gospel. 4.North America increasingly will be viewed as a needy mission field.
textbox center 12 Spiritual Trends in 2012 5.The debate over approving homosexuality will take center stage. 6.America will experience a church-growth renaissance. 7.The economic downturn in the US will actually be good for the church. 8.Look for a radical reformation to occur in charismatic and Pentecostal churches.
textbox center 12 Spiritual Trends in 2012 9.Denominations will be redefined. 10.Many mega-churches will stop trying to grow bigger and they will instead branch out. 11.Disasters will continue, but Christians will often be the first responders. 12.Expect a supernatural surprise.