The process of becoming spiritually mature doesn't include shortcuts, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published on Monday, Warren focused on the issue of spiritual maturity, referencing Philippians 1:6: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns," reads the verse.
Warren compared the path of spiritual maturity to that of physical maturity, noting that it can take time for a believer to surrender all of their life to Jesus. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren urges Christians to guard against falling prey to Satan's trap of procrastination and discouragement, which only leads to people delaying or giving up on their mission in life.
In his daily devotional on Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life encouraged believers not to give up in a message based on Galatians 6:9.
Christians should place their trust in God to guide them through all of life's most difficult decisions, says megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Wednesday, the head of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, shared a verse from Psalm 23, commonly known as the "Shepherd's Psalm."
"He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake," reads verse 3b of the notable Bible chapter, as rendered by the New International Version. more >>
When God makes spiritual changes in one's life they often occur gradually, not instantly, says Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren.
"The Holy Spirit will make changes in your life far beyond anything you thought possible, but they're not going to happen overnight," says Warren in a recent installment of Pastor Rick's Daily Hope.
Warren explains that when Saddleback Church began its "Decade of Destiny" he prayed that with the help of the Holy Spirit and through the Word of God, as well as help from small groups, the church would become more Christ-like over the decade to come. more >>
People often want to change themselves, but what they need to do first is change the way they think, says Saddleback Church Senior Pastor Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Thursday, Warren addressed the issue of repentance and how it requires not only a change in action, but also thinking.
Specifically, Warren quoted from Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 23: "Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes." more >>
California State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that he will be dropping a provision from a bill that critics warned would have curbed the religious exemption rights of private schools.
Senator Lara recently introduced Senate Bill 1146, which among other things would have made it easier for LGBT students of religious colleges to sue the schools for upholding traditional Christian teachings on gender and sexuality.
In a statement published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Lara explained that while he supports protecting LGBT students of religious schools, he is aware that certain "unintended consequences" may come from his bill. more >>