Category Archives: thoughts by Rick Warren

Your Life is Shaped by Your Thoughts

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 (TEV) God is far more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstances. We want God to take away all of the problems, pain, sorrow, … Continue reading

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How Difficulty Can Make You Better, not Bitter

“Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.’” Acts 27:31 (NIV) Life is not fair. You will have problems, difficulties, and hurts that will make you better or bitter. … Continue reading

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Can God Love You More Than He Does Now?

“I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.” Psalm 89:2 (TEV) Human love wears out; that’s why we have so many divorces. I know a lot of people who … Continue reading

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God Grows Us One Step at a Time

“So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to — the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put … Continue reading

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Four Benefits to Admitting Your Mistakes

“Admit your faults to one other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16a (TLB) There’s a secret ingredient that builds community faster than anything else: admitting our mistakes. But why in the world would … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Relax in God’s Grace

“Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace.” Hebrews 12:15a (NCV) How do you learn to “R.E.L.A.X.” in the liberating grace of God? Realize nobody’s perfect. Psalm 119:96 says, “Nothing is perfect except your words” (LB). What society … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Distractions Keep You from Your Best

“Get wisdom; develop good judgment.” Proverbs 4:5a (NLT) One of the most important tests we all face as we try to achieve what God has called us to do is cultural distractions. Can you relate to losing your focus because … Continue reading

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To Hear God, Get Near God

“It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 (TEV) You say, “I want to trust God, but I don’t hear him.” You don’t hear God when your mind is filled with a thousand … Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift of Love is Attention

“Give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (NCV) The Bible says in Galatians 6:10, “Give special attention to those who are in the family of believers” (NCV). So why do people in the … Continue reading

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Pride Destroys, Humility Builds Up

“Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” Philippians 2:3b (NCV) Pride destroys relationships. It shows up in a lot of different ways, like criticism, competition, stubbornness, and superficiality. The problem with pride is it’s self-deceiving. Everybody … Continue reading

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Only God Can Provide

“Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” Romans 8:32 (TLB) The major cause of stress in your life is worry. You … Continue reading

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Jesus Turns Your ‘Hopeless End’ into ‘Endless Hope’

“This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us … and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver … Continue reading

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Do Your Work Well and Don’t Compare

 “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.” Galatians 6:4 (CEV) Satan will try to steal your joy of service in two ways: by tempting you to … Continue reading

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You are God’s Masterpiece

“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) The reason you have value is because of what God says about … Continue reading

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God Looks at You Through Eyes of Grace

“Don’t treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”  Galatians 2:21 (NLT) The Bible says in John 1:17, “The law was … Continue reading

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