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The Greatest Gift Cost the Giver Everything

By Rick Warren — Dec 23, 2017

“Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin” (Romans 3:24-25 The Message).

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Everlasting Joy

By Tripp Prince

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God Empowers Us for a Life of Service
By Rick Warren — Dec 17, 2017

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing” (Ephesians 2:10 NCV).

There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.
The worst thing you can do is live simply for today and live for yourself. God did not put you on Earth to live for yourself. He created you to be like Christ.

We know that Christ came to Earth to do two things: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give ...

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God Can Use Our Spirit-Controlled Desires to Direct Us
By Rick Warren — Nov 21, 2017

“It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13 NIV).
When we want God’s direction for our lives, we should get our desires out of the way so that we can honestly say, “God, I’m willing to go either way — whatever you want is what I want.”

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Then we say, “God, help me to know what you want by giving me a desire one way or the other.” Some people don’t want to do that, because they think if they desire something, then God must be against it. That’s not true. God can use our Spirit-controlled desires to direct us. Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (NIV). If you’re really trying to do what’s right in God’s eyes, then your desires are going to be in line.

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How to Live Intentionally

By Shana Schutte

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV

There are times in all of our lives when we know there is something we need to do. We need to start taking better care of our bodies. We need to make more time for our loved ones. We need to give up a bad habit or complete a particular work project.,

But, have you noticed that often, right alongside the knowing that we need to do a particular something, there is a resistance to do the thing we need to do?

Maybe we resist doing what’s right because we are afraid of the outcome, af...

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By Rick Warren — Nov 19, 2017

“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you” (John 14:26 GNT).


In order to understand how prayer works, you must understand that God speaks two ways. He speaks generally — the Word of God to everyone — and that is called logos. He also speaks personally to individuals through his Word, and that’s rhema. That’s one way God answers your prayer.
How does God speak to us personally?

Scripture says it’s the Holy Spirit’s duty to take the Bible and show us how it applies to us personally:“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teac...

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Can You Keep a Secret?

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS

October 5, 2017

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Proverbs 11:13 (NIV)
You’re hanging out with friends. Sharing a meal, sharing your lives. Someone’s name comes up. Someone who isn’t there.

A comment is made. “Have you seen ______?” Then another. “Well, I heard ______.”Once people realize you know the person they’re talking about better than anyone else at the table, heads turn in your direction. Faces look at you expectantly. What happens next depends on how willing you are to honor today’s key verse from Proverbs and the One who wrote it.We often think of gossip as a verb — something we do. But here it’s a ...

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Successful Learning Starts by Immersing in God’s Word


By Rick Warren — Oct 5, 2017

“Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed” (Joshua 1:8 GW).
To really excel in whatever you’re learning (whether it’s a new skill, a new theory, or about a new person), you must first steep yourself in God’s Word.

I chose the word steep intentionally. Do you know what it means to steep a tea bag? You take a tea bag out, dunk it in hot water, and bounce it up and down. You can’t do that quickly. You won’t have any tea. You need to do it slowly. When you do that, you extract all of the flavor out of that tea bag.You need to do the same...

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Every Storm Is a School, Every Trial a Teacher

By Rick Warren — Sep 21, 2017

“This small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble” (2 Corinthians 4:17 GNT).


When we go through difficulties in life, the first thing we often try to do is blame somebody else. But it doesn’t matter where your problem came from — God still has a purpose for it in your life. Even when you do stupid things, God can use it. Even when other people hurt you intentionally, he can use it. Even when the Devil plans bad things for your life, God can bring good out of it.


God’s purpose is greater than your problems and your pain. He has a plan! You need to look past the temporary pain and look instead at the long-term benefit in your life.

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September 21, 2017

“The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:37a (NLT)


Of all the wonderful stories in the Bible, the story of David and Goliath remains one of my favorites. Just imagining David — a young boy — loading a small stone into a sling and stepping onto a battlefield (knowing he was going to face a giant) bolsters my sometimes-fragile faith.

Can’t you just picture David as he stepped out in front of enemies and critics? Can you hear the naysayers?By earthly standards, David was woefully unprepared to engage Goliath. The Bible says Goliath was over nine feet tall and covered in more than 125 pounds of armor. Not exactly a fair fig...

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