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This is the first of three BIMI World magazines to be published during 2017. I wanted to use this opportunity to introduce you to our theme for this year—Focusing On Things Not Seen. It is easy to focus on the things that can be seen with our physical eyes. However, the Bible exhorts us to look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). But how can we truly focus on things that are not seen? First, it is extremely important for us to focus on the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 states that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The word substance carries the idea of a support or a foundation. Faith allows us to live expectantly with a confident assurance that rests firmly on the Word of God. The evidence mentioned in Hebrews 11:1 is the absolute proof of those things that are not seen. Faith allows us to see what God says as a concrete truth rather than an abstract idea. Therefore, when God says something is going to happen in the future, faith is the evidence that considers that future promise a present reality. The result of focusing on the evidence is obedient action. This truth is proven by the lives of the men and women of faith listed in Hebrews 11. When God gave them a promise, they could actually “see” the fulfillment through their eyes of faith. As they focused on the evidence of things not seen, they obeyed God although they could not see with physical eyes the things God had prepared for them. Second, it is imperative that we focus on the eternal rather than the temporal. It is natural for human beings to concentrate on the cares of this life. Nonetheless, Scripture continually reminds us our highest priorities are to be those things that have eternal value. At the top of that list should be the eternal souls of mankind. In 2 Corinthians 4:3–4, Paul emphasizes the sobering reality that the Gospel is not seen by those who are lost. He reminds us that if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto