Category Archives: thoughts by Rick Warren

The Truth Will Set You Free

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your … Continue reading

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Exchange Your Panic for God’s Peace

It’s hard to think of another time during the year when our lives are more rushed than the holidays. We hit the holiday parties, visit the relatives, buy gifts, and basically run ourselves ragged. Continue reading

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God is a Consistent Father

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 You can count on God. He’s dependable, reliable. He is worthy of your trust. Continue reading

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God is Close

“The Lord is near to all who call on him” Psalm 145:18a God is not as far away as the furthest star. He’s as close as your next heartbeat. He’s right there with you every moment. Continue reading

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Broken Heart? The Lord is Close

Everybody has had their heart broken in some way — maybe by disappointment, fear, shame, rejection, or ridicule. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 Read the rest Continue reading

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What is the Antidote for Loneliness?

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 Continue reading

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Not Trusting God Leads to Stress

What are you tempted to trust in rather than God? How does a lack of trust in God lead to stress in your life? Look at the areas of stress in your life. What do they reveal about your trust in God? How can you change that? Continue reading

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How Do Gentleness and Humility Reduce Stress?

Gentleness and humility. The two things we think we don’t need in life are the two things that reduce stress in our lives. Continue reading

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Only God Can De-Stress Your Soul

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 (RSV). When you’re stressed out, how do you typically unwind? How do you de-stress when you’re exhausted and overloaded? Maybe you go … Continue reading

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Your Life is Shaped by Your Thoughts

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” Proverbs 4:23 God is far more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstances. Continue reading

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Loving Difficult People

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 One of the most important skills we can develop as we walk with Christ is knowing how to love troublemakers. Continue reading

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If You Want to Change, Start with Your Thinking

“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” Ephesians 4:23  (NLT, 2ndedition). Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change the way we think. The … Continue reading

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How Gentleness Calms Conflict

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) Have you noticed that human beings have a tendency to mimic the emotions of people across from us? The reason we do this is … Continue reading

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Remember the Best; Forget the Rest

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3 (NIV) What do you remember about people? Continue reading

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How to Have Lasting Change in Your Life

you want to have lasting change in your life, you need to refocus your mind. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by… Continue reading

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