Rick Warren

Born: January 28, 1954

Occupation: Pastor

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When God wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight, but when He wants to make a giant oak, He takes a hundred years. Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be...

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the moment you stop learning, you stop leading.

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We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven.

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Anytime you feel jealous or envious, you reject your uniqueness. It's a criticism of God's plan for you.

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Building friendships with people from dissimilar backgrounds and diverse perspectives will make you wiser and more creative.

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Where the grass is greener, the water bill is bigger.

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Every time you make a bad choice, it becomes harder to make a good one.

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Having authority implies accountability. If you reject the blame for failures under your watch, people reject your leadership.

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What's true or right is NEVER determined by popularity or polls. The right thing is often unpopular since it's harder to do.

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Taking risks in older age is more courageous because you have more to lose. When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.

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Leadership starts with understanding responsibility, not ability. Leadership is a Stewardship, not a show.

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Leadership is neither showmanship nor dictatorship. Leadership is a stewardship and a partnership.

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If you try to serve people, it impresses them. If you try to impress people it irritates them.

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When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back.Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time

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Being successful and fulfilling your lifes purpose are not at all the same thing; You can reach all your personal goals, become a raving success by the worlds standard and still miss your purpose in this...

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It is never too late to start growing.

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Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go.

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Remember that your character is the sum total of your habits.

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God is far more interested in what you are than who you are.

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Every time you defeat a temptation, you become more like Jesus!

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What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it.

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God's purpose is greater than our problems, our pain and even our sin.

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There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose.

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The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short-term thinking.

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Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and trust from God.

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Christlikeness is your eventual destination, but your journey will last a lifetime.

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Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.

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At most, you will live a hundred years on earth, but you will spend forever in eternity.

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Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors for your decisions.

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Life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not using him for your own purpose.

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Your commitments can develop you or destroy you, but either way, they will define you.

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Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature.

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Because God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love.

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Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason.

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If others don't use their gifts, you get cheated, and if you don;t use your gifts, they get cheated.

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There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss and no loss without pain.

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At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you.

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The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life's purpose: Ask God.

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Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love.

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To make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths: First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, earth is only a temporary residence. You won't be here long, so don't...

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The bible says that all people, not just believers, possess part of the image of God; that is why murder and abortion are wrong.

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Your net worth is not the same thing as your self-worth. Your value is not based on your valuables.

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God uses his Word, people and circumstances to mold us. All three are indispensable for character development. God's word provides the truth we need to grow, God's people provide the support we need to...

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Significance in life doesn’t come from status, because you can always find somebody who’s got more than you. It doesn’t come from sex. It doesn’t come from salary. It comes from serving.

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God's ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.

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He (God) usually prefers to work through people rather than perform miracles, so that we will depend on each other for fellowship.

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God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your career.

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Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a lifestyle. The core of that lifestyle is thinking of others, as Jesus did, instead of ourselves.

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What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.

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Much of what happens in our world is evil and bad, but God specializes in bringing good out of it.

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Every problem is a character-building opportunity, and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building spiritual muscle and moral fiber.

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The next sentence is one of the most important spiritual truths you will ever learn: God develops the fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you're tempted...

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Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest; humility grows when we refuse to be prideful; and endurance develops every time you reject the temptation to give up.

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A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will grow a great church.

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The goal of 'The Purpose Driven Life' is to help people develop a heart for the world.

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The ground we have in common with unbelievers is not the Bible, but our common needs, hurts, and interests as human beings. You cannot start with a text expecting the unchurched to be fascinated by it....

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You must match your music to the kind of people God wants your church to reach.... The music you use 'positions' your church in your community. It defines who you are.... It will determine the kind of...

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Every small group has at least one 'difficult' person in it. If you don't immediately recognize who that person is -- it's probably you!

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We're not in control but we do have a greater hope and we do have a source of joy that isn't based on our circumstances.

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I'd rather have all my questions unanswered and walk with God than not walk with God and have all my questions answered.

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God knows what it’s like to lose a son,

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You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by...

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I was trying to point out I'm not opposed to gays having their partnership. I'm opposed to gays using theterm marriage for their relationship.

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I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.

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The greatest gift God gave us is also our greatest curse, which is the free will. We are made in God's image, the Bible says, which means we have the ability to love him or not love him, to reject him...

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I'm looking for a second reformation. The first reformation of the church 500 years ago was about beliefs. This one is going to be about behavior. The first one was about creeds. This one is going to be...

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The most common way Jesus comes into our lives is through a broken heart.

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We discover that meaning and purpose only when we make God the reference point of our lives.

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Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.

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I've always said the shoes must never tell the foot how big to be.

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The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point—ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like What do I...

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We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better.

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You also know you’re surrendered when you don’t react to criticism and rush to defend yourself. Surrendered hearts show up best in relationships. You don’t edge others out, you don’t demand your...

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Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others.

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Time is your most precious gift, because you only have a set amount of it.

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Surrender . . .sacrificing my life or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed

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Don't worry about what you don't have if you do have faith!

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If it grows on a plant, it's healthy. If it's made in a plant, don't eat it.

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You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. ... Long before you were conceived by your parents,...

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Behind every successful child is an adult who believed in him.

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The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It's focused attention.

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If your activities don't match your priorities, you are wasting your life.

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We may not always finish what we start but God always finishes what He starts.

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If you aren't serving, you're just existing, because life is meant for ministry.

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Most of the time, it's your thinking, not your talent, that holds you back.

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God's LOVE is Like an Ocean; You can See its Beginning, but not its end.

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If you prayed as much as you complain and quarrel, you'd have a lot less to argue about and much more peace of mind.

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Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It's a journey of discovery - there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.

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Will we fulfill God's purpose, or will we shrink back and live a comfortable, self-centered life?

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The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You'll feel more patient and less pressured.

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There's nothing in your life you can't learn from, if you respond with the right attitude.

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A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.

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He created the church to meet your five deepest needs: a purpose to live for, people to live with, principles to live by, a profession to live out, and power to live on. There is no other place on earth...

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Many believe it is possible to be a "good Christian" without joining (or even attending) a local church, but God would strongly disagree.

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Servants think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation. They enjoy helping people, meeting needs, and doing ministry.

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In God's eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully, expecting their...

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Patience is a form of faith. It says, "I trust God. I believe that God is bigger than this problem."

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Faith is choosing and believing God's dream for your life. Nothing starts happening in your life until you start dreaming. God gave you the ability to dream, to create, to imagine.

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Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they're gone. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but...

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America was built on rugged individualism, and today that has evolved into a culture of narcissism. But God didn't create you to live for you. If you want to follow Jesus, you have to put aside your selfish...

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Your abilities are the map to God's will for your life. It points the direction. When you know what you're good at, then you can know what God wants you to do with your life.

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God doesn't intend for you to handle all the pain and stress in your life by yourself. We were wired for each other. We need each other.

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Jesus is knocking at your door. Take hold of the better life by letting him into your life. Make him the boss of your life. It'll change everything.

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Every church is flawed. Still, you'd better learn to love it since it's the only group Jesus said he's taking to Heaven.

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It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your...

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The love of Jesus Christ covers your sins, and it also gives you the power to let other people off the hook. You've been forgiven, and you can forgive others.

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To begin loving people today, we must close the door on the past. And that cannot happen without forgiveness! Forgive those who have hurt you - for your sake, not because they deserve it.

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If there was more courting in marriage, there'd be fewer marriages in court. Date your mate. Today.

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We don't praise God to feel good, but to do good.

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Kindness always starts with noticing the needs and hurts of others.

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One day it's all going to be clear. It's all going to make sense. You're going to be able to say, "So that's why God allowed that in my life!" Until then, God wants you to trust him.

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What is your assurance of salvation? The promise of God's Word. If God says it, that settles it, because God cannot lie. You can trust the promise of God's Word.

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You were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it. God wants you to give something back.

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Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past....

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Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things!

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If you have felt hopeless, hold on! Wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose.

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A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.

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Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever.

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Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to keep His promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary.

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If not to God, you will surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, to money, to resentment, to fear, or to your own pride, lusts, or ego. You were designed to worship God and if you fail to worship...

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Familiarity breeds complacency.

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Life minus love equals zero.

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It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters.

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Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.

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Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want. It is not rudeness.

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Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time? One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It’s what enables us to grow. Remember, earth is not heaven!

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God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to equip you for ministry to others.

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Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.

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The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it – that’s how we learn.

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The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve.

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Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.

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If you want God to bless you and use you greatly, you must be willing to walk with a limp the rest of your life, because God uses weak people.

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The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

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When we place our faith in Christ, God becomes our Father, we become his children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the church becomes our spiritual family. The family of God includes...

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Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. I don't know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone.

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Many people, especially men, feel it is an admission of weakness to ask for help or to express a need. But there is absolutely no shame in needing others.

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There's much you can't change, but there's something important you can change: you.

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We have a choice of focusing on our problems or focusing on God, who holds the solution.

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God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

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Happy moments, PRAISE GOD Difficult moments, SEEK GOD Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD Painful moments, TRUST GOD Every moment, THANK GOD

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When the Bible speaks of God's love for us and the kind of love we are to have for him and for other people, the word is always apage, signifying a commitment to act.

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God's Word is your owner's manual for life. It contains principles for health, finance, marriage, other relationships, business, and much more.

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If what I do pleases God, it is always the right thing to do, and I can stop worrying about everyone else's reactions. This dramatically simplifies life.

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The church that doesn't want to grow is saying to the world, "go to hell."

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God teaches us to love by putting some unlovely people around us.

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We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God's purposes by ourselves.

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Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life.

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Even through such simple acts as telling the truth, being kind, and encouraging others, we bring a smile to God's face.

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Your spiritual family is even more important than our physical family because it will last forever.

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If you want to know why you were jplaced on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.

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Because every day of your life was written on God's calendar before you were born, everything that happens to you has spiritual significance.

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People are always more encouraged when we share how God's grace helped us in weakness than when we brag about our strengths.

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If you are facing trouble right now, don't ask, "Why me?" Instead ask, "What do you want me to learn?" Then trust God and keep on doing what's right.

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You don't bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you.

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Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God.

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Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved, or insecure, remember to who you belong.

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We receive God's grace by humbly admitting that we need it.

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God uses the opposite situation of each fruit to allow us a choice. You can't claim to be good if you have never been tempted to be bad.

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Nothing else you do will ever matter as much as helping people establish an eternal relationship with God.

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When pressure builds up, don't panic. Pray! Prayer is a tremendous stress reliever. It can be your safety valve.

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As long as you pretend to be self-sufficient, you short-circuit God's power in your life. You need to admit your inadequacy and say, "God, I can't handle this!"

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Jesus specialized in menial tasks that everyone else tried to avoid: washing feet, helping children, fixing breakfast, and serving lepers. Nothing was beneath him, because he came to serve.

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Christians ought to have a reputation for being the most dependable people at work. They are always aware of who their true boss is.

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When you have a major loss in your life, the first thing you need to do is tell God exactly how you feel.

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Your past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus.

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One of the ways we reflect God's love and bring him glory is to accept each other just as he accepts us. This means we accept others' quirks and look past their faults in order to see a person created...

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You've got a lot to look forward to in Heaven. Compared to what's in store for you in Heaven, your current pain and problems are petty.

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Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. If someone hurts you repeatedly, you are commanded by God to forgive...

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The secret of endurance is to remember that your pain is temporary but your reward will be eternal.

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When you feel abandoned by God yet continue to trust him in spite of your feelings, you worship him in the deepest way.

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There are many pitfalls in the marathon of life. But regardless of what you go through, you can count on God's sustaining grace.

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We are all called to fulfill God's five purposed for our lives: to worship, to fellowship, to grow like Christ, to serve, and to be on mission with God in the world.

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Christians can be positive even in a negative situation because we know God has a purpose for allowing that problem.

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We are not saved by good works; we are saved for good works. The Christian lifestyle is to be a lifestyle of goodness.

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Only in hindsight do we understand how God intended a problem for good.

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Salvation is not a religion. It's not rules or regulations or rituals. Salvation is a relationship. That relationship doesn't begin when you get to Heaven; it begins here on Earth.

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The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God's view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment.

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Without implementation, all of our Bible studies are worthless.

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Start today by practicing constant conversation with God and continual mediation on his Word. Prayer lets you speak to God; mediation lets God speak to you.

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Unconditional love will turn a loser into a winner. You have no idea how many times your heavenly Father has wanted to reach out and grasp you in his arms when you felt like you blew it!

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Any time you get serious about using your life the way God wants you to use it, there are going to be people who oppose it.

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The only reason you can love God or anybody else is because God first loved you. And he showed that love by sending Jesus Christ to Earth to die for you.

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Life is not fair, but one day God's going to settle the score. He's going to right the wrongs. So, who can get better justice - you or God?

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The fact is, you can say you love God and sing that you trust God and put him first, but your checkbook is where you can show just how much God's grace means to you.

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Receiving, reading, researching, remembering, and reflecting on the Word of God are all useless if we fail to put what we learn into practice.

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Ever feel like God is a million miles away? The truth is, he's not. Whatever struggle you're going through, you can rest assured you're not alone. You have God in your corner.

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If you are serious about changing your life, you are going to have to get into the Bible. You need to read it, study it, memorize it, meditate on it, and apply it.

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Your spiritual family is even more important than your physical family because it will last forever. Our families on Earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken...

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Get honest with God, and your focus will shift from just seeing your problems - no matter how overwhelming they seem - to the grace of God.

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Biblical convictions are essential for spiritual growth and maturity. What is ironic today is that people often have strong convictions about weak issues (football, fashion, etc.) while having weak convictions...

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God wants to produce the character of Christ in our lives because he knows that the more we become like him, the more fulfilled we will be.

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Knowing you're a child of the creator of the universe changes everything.

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Worry is focused thinking on something negative. Meditation is doing the same thing only focusing on God's word instead of your problem.

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We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be!

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Maturity is produced through relationships and community.

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After learning to love God (worship), learning to love others is the second purpose of your life.

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Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days - when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when your out of options, when the pain is great - and you...

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A person without conviction is a weak, jellyfish type of individual who mindlessly follows the crowd.

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God didnt put you on earth just to read about what others do. He made you TO DO some things others will want to read about!

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While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow.

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It’s not just what you eat that matters, it’s what eats you. You can have all the right macrobiotics and organic food, but if your body is filled with resentment, worry, fear, lust, guilt, anger, bitterness,...

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We become whatever we are committed to

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While it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others.

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We are only fully alive when we're helping others

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When you use your life for God's glory, everything you do can become an act of worship

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As Christians we’re called to belong, not just to believe. We are not meant to live lone-ranger lives; instead, we are to belong to Christ’s family and be members of his body.

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The most essential quality for leadership is not perfection but credibility. People must be able to trust you.

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I believe that you measure the health or strength of a church by its sending capacity rather than its seating capacity.

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Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren't rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.

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God's Word is not meant just to inform you, but to transform you.

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Growing marriages aren't determined by how much you have in common but by how graciously you deal with your differences.

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I don't personally have enough faith to be an atheist.

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The test of your worldview is not how you act in the good times. The test of your worldview is how you act at the funeral. Having been through literally hundreds if not thousands of funerals: ... It makes...

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Love leaves legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth.

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Limited faith, limited future. Unlimited faith, unlimited future.

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The fact is, ministry is too unpredictable to be motivated by security. It’s too unprofitable to be motivated by money. It’s too demanding to be motivated by pleasure, and it’s too criticized to...

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The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.

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Jesus has not promised to build your ministry; he has promised to build his church.

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Willpower can produce short-term change, but it creates constant internal stress because you haven't dealt with the root cause.

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Never let an impossible situation intimidate you. Let it motivate you - to pray more, trust more, expect more.

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Pride builds walls between people, humility builds bridges.

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Rick Warren

Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test... You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and...

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Rick Warren

The more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be.

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Rick Warren

The only way to always be relevant is to focus on what's eternal. Everything in style will soon be out of style.

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Rick Warren

God is not just the starting point of your life; he is the source of it.

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Rick Warren

Paul says that as Christians we can rejoice even in tough times because we have hope and because we know that God is working in our lives.

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Rick Warren

Be grateful for who you are and whatever you have. Everything you have is a gift from God.

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Rick Warren

Your spiritual gifts were not given for your own benefit but for the benefit of others, just as other people were given gifts for your benefit.

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Rick Warren

In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about. Wisdom is learning that truth sooner rather than later.

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Rick Warren

The problem is that tolerant has changed its meaning. It used to mean 'I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect. Today, tolerant means - 'you must approve of everything I do.'...

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Rick Warren

Worry is a waste of energy. It cant change the past. It cant control the future. It only makes today miserable

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Rick Warren

Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God's pleasure, if you do it with an attitude of praise.

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Rick Warren

God does not want you to become a God; he wants you to become godly - taking on his values, attitudes, and character.

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Rick Warren

Humility is not denying your strengths, humility is being honest about your weaknesses.

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Rick Warren

Not everything in this life has a happy ending, but this life is not the end of the story.

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Rick Warren

The greatest detriment to tomorrow's success, is today's success.

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Rick Warren

If you have ever said, "I didn't get anything out of worship today," you worshiped for the wrong reason. Worship isn't for you. It's for God.

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Rick Warren

Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions.

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Rick Warren

The ultimate test of faith is not how loudly you praise God in happy times but how deeply you trust him in dark times.

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Rick Warren

You cannot fulfil God's purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.

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Rick Warren

Because God is with you all the time, no place is any closer to God than the place where you are right now.

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Rick Warren

You are as close to God as you choose to be.

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Rick Warren

You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time.

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Rick Warren

Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make the changes God wants to make in our lives.... We allow Christ to live through us... through the choices we make. We choose to do the right thing in situations...

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Rick Warren

Lasting love extends grace. No relationship will make it without grace. The Bible tells us that this is part of love. You're not going to have a relationship unless you have forgiveness, mercy, patience,...

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Rick Warren

Let me tell you how worthwhile you are. You are infinitely valuable to God. First, God created you. Second, Jesus died for you. Third, he puts his Spirit within you. Fourth, he wants you to be with him...

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Rick Warren

Surrender is not the best way to live; it is the only way to live. Nothing else works.

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Rick Warren

God wants to use you to make a difference in His world. He wants to work through you. What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived.

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Rick Warren

Without the grace of Jesus: a hopeless end. With the grace of Jesus: an endless hope.

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Rick Warren

What you BECOME on earth matters far more than what you DO. You're taking your character to heaven, not your career.

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Rick Warren

Even a broken tree can bear fruit

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Rick Warren

The Bible isn't meant to just inform us, it is meant to transform us. 40 Days in the Word will teach you how to be not just a hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word!

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Rick Warren

Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don't follow discouraged leaders. They follow those...

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Rick Warren

At first opposites attract. Then opposites attack.

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Rick Warren

A disciple is one who thinks, feels and acts like Jesus Christ. It is being conformed to the image of Christ as Romans 8:28-29 states-that God's No.1 purpose in our lives is to make us like Jesus.

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Rick Warren

If God only used perfect people, He would have no one to use.

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Rick Warren

To fulfill your mission will require that you abandon your agenda and accept God’s agenda for your life.

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Rick Warren

Jesus measured greatness in terms of service not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.

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Rick Warren

Delays are as much a part of God plan as answered prayers. God wants you to trust him.

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Rick Warren

Everybody's got a worldview. Everybody's betting their life on something. ... You just better know why you're betting what you're betting on.

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Rick Warren

Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment.

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Rick Warren

Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.

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Rick Warren

Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.

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Rick Warren

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.Life just has to go on!

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Rick Warren

Great opportunities are often disguised as small acts of service.

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Rick Warren

Hiding your hurt only intensifies it. Problems grow in the dark and only become bigger and bigger, but when exposed to the light of truth, they shrink. You are only as sick as your secrets. So take off...

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Rick Warren

Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems.

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Rick Warren

Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege,...

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Rick Warren

Keep your hope in the Lord and your eyes focused on the hope of Heaven, not just on the here and now.

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Rick Warren

You may have done some really nifty things in life, but if you think they're going to get you into Heaven, forget it. The only way any of us are going to get in is by receiving God's gift of grace, which...

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Rick Warren

When God is at the center of your life, you Worship, when He's not, you Worry.

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Rick Warren

Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them.

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Rick Warren

The books that have helped me most are the ones I reacted to, not just read

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Rick Warren

I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity: Jesus I believe in you and I receive you.

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Rick Warren

I'm not getting to heaven on my integrity. I'm not getting to heaven on my goodness.

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Rick Warren

Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.

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Rick Warren

You can use your time to build bridges or walls.The latter is not only unChristlike, it limits impact & creates loneliness.

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Rick Warren

If you give it to God, He transforms your test into a testimony, your mess into a message, and your misery into a ministry.

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Rick Warren

Real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you - your relationship with God.

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Rick Warren

Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose.

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Rick Warren

Everytime you forgive you disappoint the devil.

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Rick Warren

God has a purpose behind every problem. He uses circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible.

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Rick Warren

Then Jesus changed the situation. When he paid for our sins on the cross, the veil in the temple that symbolized our separation from God was split from top to bottom, indicating that direct access to God...

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Rick Warren

If you are a member of a small group or class, I urge you to make a group covenant that includes the nine characteristics of biblical fellowship: We will share our true feelings (authenticity), forgive...

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Rick Warren

People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers.

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Rick Warren

Unkind people need your kindness the most. They advertise their pain.

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Rick Warren

In all my travels, I've never seen a country's population more determined to forgive, and to build and succeed than in Rwanda.

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Rick Warren

Leaders don't do what they WANT to do;they do whatever is necessary.

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Rick Warren

Absolutely nothing will revitalize a discouraged church faster than rediscovering it's purpose.

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Rick Warren

Faith in Jesus must be personal but it cannot be private.

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Rick Warren

Only you can be you. God designed each of us so there would be no duplication in the world. No one has the exact same mix of factors that make you unique. That means no one else on earth will ever be able...

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Rick Warren

Don't' call it a failure, call it an education. Some of us are very educated.

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Rick Warren

Stop listening for a voice and start looking for a verse. He's already spoken.

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Rick Warren

What gives me the most hope every day is God's grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.

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Rick Warren

God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'

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Rick Warren

You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.

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Rick Warren

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came to have my past forgiven, you get a purpose for living and a home in Heaven.

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Rick Warren

Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God.

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Rick Warren

And you know, when you've experienced grace and you feel like you've been forgiven, you're a lot more forgiving of other people. You're a lot more gracious to others.

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Rick Warren

You never know God is all you need until God is all you have.

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Rick Warren

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you're available.

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Rick Warren

If you're alive, there's a purpose for your life.

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Rick Warren

There are illegitimate parents, but I don't believe there are any illegitimate children.

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Rick Warren

I happen to agree with many of the liberal emphasis on compassion, justice and equality. I just disagree that it's the government's role to provide everything.

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Rick Warren

You can like somebody without agreeing with all of their policies.

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Rick Warren

I serve a higher power, Jesus Christ. I make no apologies in saying that.

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Rick Warren

So I would say God hates war, but God loves every soldier.

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Rick Warren

What surprises me most about God is that the creator of the universe should want a relationship with me.

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Rick Warren

God is love. He didn't need us. But he wanted us.

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Rick Warren

The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.

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Rick Warren

We're a nation of laws, but the good thing about America, is that laws reside in the people and people can change the laws.

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Rick Warren

I just think the Internet has made us ruder.

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Rick Warren

Most of us want to have enough... good works to get into heaven, but enough bad works to be fun.

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Rick Warren

The church must always show compassion, always.

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Rick Warren

Well actually I don't think it's a bunch of bad things that send us to hell. I think it is rejection of God's grace.

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Rick Warren

You're not really ready to live unless you know what you're willing to die for.

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Rick Warren

History shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it.

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Rick Warren

I believe in the separation of church and state, but I do not believe in the separation of politics from religion.

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Rick Warren

I can't imagine God not allowing my dog into heaven.

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Rick Warren

But dogs, which have no ability to sin nor moral conscience, do not have an ability to reject Jesus.

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Rick Warren

The Bible tells us that there are some things worth fighting for. In fact, the Bible says there's some things worth dying for.

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Rick Warren

In the Old Testament, it says that if you have the power to do something good, then you have to do it. You're not to avoid helping somebody in their time of need.

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Rick Warren

I'm not a policymaker, I'm not a pundit. In fact, I don't have any interest in it. It's not on my agenda.

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Rick Warren

Law is downstream from culture. By the time you make a law about something, you're reacting, not acting. I'd rather shape the culture.

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Rick Warren

That's the big difference between Christianity and other religions. The difference between Works and Grace or Do and Done.

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Rick Warren

The actual number of atheists is quite small outside of Europe and Manhattan.

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Rick Warren

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal.

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Rick Warren

During the next 90 days, people are going to be more open to the Gospel than in years. It is God's responsibility to make people receptive; it is our responsibility to sow the seed.

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Rick Warren

Well, in the first place, military service, they don't call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation.

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Rick Warren

Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution. It is unrealistic to expect everyone to agree about everything. Reconciliation focuses on the relationship, while resolution focuses on the problem. When we focus...

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Rick Warren

If someone broke your heart it doesn't mean you should build a wall around it and quit loving. Redirect your love.

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Rick Warren

Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth.

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Rick Warren

To become a master communicator: shut your mouth & listen first.

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Rick Warren

God loves to bring good out of bad. He loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections. Every obstacle is an opportunity. Every problem has potential. Every crisis is an opportunity for ministry. Every hurt...

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Rick Warren

The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.

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Rick Warren

Patience puts up with those you'd like to put down

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Rick Warren

Blessed are the uncool; for they shall be happy without needing the approval of others.

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Rick Warren

Failure isn't a character quality. It's just an event. How you respond to failure is your character.

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Rick Warren

I'd rather live dangerously for Jesus than exist safely for people's approval.

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Rick Warren

The purpose of influence is to "speak up for those who have no influence." (Pr.31:8) It's not about you.

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Rick Warren

Satan tries to limit your praying because he knows your praying will limit him.

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Rick Warren

Marriage doesn't create problems. It reveals them. You bring unresolved stuff into it.

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Rick Warren

Racism is stupid. It’s an insult to God, arrogantly implying that God goofed-up when he chose to make us all different.

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Rick Warren

Character is never built in a classroom; it is built in the circumstances of life.

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Rick Warren

The problem with most American churches is that they teach too much and don't do enough.

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Rick Warren

Little people belittle people. Great people make people feel great.

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Rick Warren

In deep pain, people don't need logic, advice, encouragement, or even Scripture. They just need you to show up and shut up.

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Rick Warren

Doing the easy thing makes you popular. Doing the hard thing makes you a leader.

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Rick Warren

You'll find success in life when you stop trying to include God in your plans and Instead ask God to include you in His.

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Rick Warren

God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don't run after them.

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Rick Warren

Wearing a mask wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be what you know you aren't.

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Rick Warren

Great leaders genuinely care for and love the people they lead more than they love leading itself.

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Rick Warren

While you're waiting, God's working.

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Rick Warren

For God to mend your broken heart you must give him ALL the pieces. You can't hold any back.

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Rick Warren

God will never love you any less or more than he does right now because his love is based on who he IS,not what you've done.

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Rick Warren

Never be impressed with charisma. Look for character.

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Rick Warren

We often miss hearing God's voice simply because we aren't paying attention.

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Rick Warren

While we wait for God to work for us, God is waiting to work through us.

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Rick Warren

It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.

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Rick Warren

Let your broken heart create an open heart

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Rick Warren

What matters in life is not so much what happens to us, but what happens in us

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Rick Warren

I want to change my circumstances. God wants to change me.

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Rick Warren

If you don't know how to do it, get around someone else who does.

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Rick Warren

The deepest level of worship is praising God inspite of pain, trusting Him during a trial, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.

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Rick Warren

If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity....

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Rick Warren

When you feel nothing, God is teaching you to live by faith.

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Rick Warren

You do not grow stronger by accident - you grow stronger by intention.

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Rick Warren

A godly man is never threatened by the gifts of a godly woman.

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Rick Warren

The first step to becoming what God made you to be is to stop worrying about what others want you to be.

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Rick Warren

You won't step on other's toes if you imagine yourself in their shoes.

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Rick Warren

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they...

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Rick Warren

Pain is the fuel of passion - it energizes us with an intensity to change that we don't normally possess.

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Rick Warren

You don't have to be famous to be great.

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Rick Warren

It takes no courage to say or do what's popular.

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Rick Warren

Longing for the ideal while criticizing the real is evidence of immaturity. On the other hand, settling for the real without striving for the ideal is complacency. Maturity is living with the tension.

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Rick Warren

People aren't things to be molded; they are lives to be unfolded. And that's what true leaders do. They unfold the lives of others and help them reach their God-given potential.

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Rick Warren

If you prayed as much as you worry, you'd have nothing to worry about.

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Rick Warren

It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity or popular success, as the world defines it. The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance, and faithfulness...

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Rick Warren

The key to friendship with God, he said, is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do.

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Rick Warren

In Eden, worship was not an event to attend, but a perpetual attitude.

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Rick Warren

God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.

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Rick Warren

Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, and vulnerability is the pathway to intimacy.

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Rick Warren

God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He's working on you, too.

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Rick Warren

We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.

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Rick Warren

In 30 years of travel and training leaders -164 nations - I've never met anyone who didn't need massive doses of love.

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Rick Warren

In 35 yrs of leading I've been afraid at every major step but I DID IT ANYWAY since I REFUSE let fear run my life.

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Rick Warren

You'll never do anything creative, innovative or world changing if you fear criticism. Pioneers are easy targets for arrows!

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Rick Warren

All leaders are learners. The moment you stop learning, you stop leading. I learn as much as I can, from as many as I can, as often as I can.

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Rick Warren

Many people allow their need for other people's approval to control their lives. They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.

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Rick Warren

You weren't put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.

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Rick Warren

God made every one of us a sexual being, and that is good. Attraction and arousal are the natural, spontaneous, God-given responses to physical beauty, while lust is a deliberate act of the will.

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Rick Warren

Relationships are always worth restoring.

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Rick Warren

You must begin with God.

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Rick Warren

You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.

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Rick Warren

You didn't create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for.

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Rick Warren

You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Rick Warren

God never does anything accidentally...

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Rick Warren

Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.

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Rick Warren

The way you see your life shapes your life.

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Rick Warren

As long as you do things for God, you are a Hall of Famer in heaven's list.

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Rick Warren

Life is a gift... Life is a test... Life is temporary assignment....

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Rick Warren

Every temptation is an offer to doubt God's love and wisdom.

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Rick Warren

God's mercy to us is the motivation for showing mercy to others. Remember, you will never be asked to forgive someone else more than God has forgiven you.

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Rick Warren

Many people are reluctant to show mercy because they don't understand the difference between trust and forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Trust has to do with future behavior.

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Rick Warren

Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and out future is secured.

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Rick Warren

Living for God's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.

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Rick Warren

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

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Rick Warren

Real life begins by committing yourself completely to Jesus Christ.

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Rick Warren

The smile of God is the goal of your life.

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Rick Warren

Never confuse activity with productivity.

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Rick Warren

Self worth and net worth are not the same.

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Rick Warren

Don't waste your pain; use it to help others.

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Rick Warren

God specializes in giving people a fresh start.

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Rick Warren

A non-serving Christian is a contradiction in terms.

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Rick Warren

Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal.

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Rick Warren

Resentment always hurts you more than the person you resent.

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Rick Warren

Temptation always starts in your mind, not in circumstances.

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Rick Warren

The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.

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Rick Warren

You can't make a life without making mistakes. Relax and learn something

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Rick Warren

Between this day and the next you will give your life to something. The decision on what that will be will shape your destiny.

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Rick Warren

The instructor is always silent when the test is given... ...When God is silent in your life... You are being tested.

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Rick Warren

Our hope is not in the man we put in the White House but in the Man we put on the Cross.

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Rick Warren

When Jesus started His ministry, the very first thing He did was form a small group.

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Rick Warren

In pain, I'd rather walk with Jesus with all of my questions, than walk by myself with all the answers.

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Rick Warren

If you always feel comfortable reading God's Word, you're either not reading ALL of it, or you aren't letting it sink in.

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Rick Warren

Worship isn't an event to attend & watch. It's a lifestyle to be lived.

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Rick Warren

There is an entire generation who was too young to read 'The Purpose Driven Life' 10 years ago but are now asking the critical question, 'What on earth am I here for?'

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Rick Warren

Worry is the warning light that shows I’ve stopped looking to God to meet my needs.

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Rick Warren

Leadership is learned, earned, and discerned. You develop it. It's based on trust and credibility. Others see it in you. You can't demand it.

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Rick Warren

There's a Grand Designer behind everything. Your life is not a result of random chance, fate, or luck. There is a master plan. History is His story. God is pulling the strings.

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Rick Warren

To change your world, you must change your words. It's the rudder (James 3:4-5) of your life.

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Rick Warren

Spiritual emptiness is a universal disease.

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Rick Warren

Every church needs to grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through through worship, and larger through evangelism.

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Rick Warren

A church must grow larger and smaller at the same time. Larger through worship and smaller through small groups.

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Rick Warren

In God's garden of Grace, even broken trees bear fruit.

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Rick Warren

When you win, don't swagger. When you lose, don't sulk.

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Rick Warren

Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make.

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Rick Warren

Never use prayer as an excuse to procrastinate doing what you already know is the right thing to do.

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Rick Warren

Great opportunities may come once in a lifetime, but small opportunities surround us every day.

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Rick Warren

Your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.

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Rick Warren

The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act.

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Rick Warren

God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time.

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Rick Warren

Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.

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Rick Warren

When God gives, he holds nothing back.

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Rick Warren

We receive from God, then we give to others.

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Rick Warren

You can't grow strong without resistance.

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