To fully know and love God, Christians need to shed their misconceptions and view Him as their father, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Thursday devotional that while the Old Testament rarely describes God as being a father, this changes after Jesus is sent down from Heaven to save humanity.
After this event, God is described as a father much more frequently, and this designation "[explodes] all the stereotypes" about God. more >>
Being a "born again Christian" means you have been adopted into God's family, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who heads the popular Saddleback Church in Southern California, wrote in his daily devotional on Tuesday that there are two ways to enter into God's family: you can either be born into his family, or adopted into it through a "born again" conversion.
The megachurch pastor cites Roman law, which allowed parents to disown their biological children, but prevented them from disowning their adopted children. more >>
Having an attitude of gratitude shapes your relationships and your outlook on life, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who serves as senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his devotional on Friday, "The More Grateful You Are the Happier You Are," that Christians should follow the teaching of Paul in Philippians 1:3, when he says: "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God," (NLT, second edition).
"This simple truth is the foundation of good relationships." more >>
Believing that there is only one perfect marriage match for each person in the world, and that a marriage can survive solely on love, are two major misconceptions prevalent among Christians today, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of the 25,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, said in his "Daily Hope" bog post on Thursday that one of the most common misconceptions about marriage is that there is only one person for every person in the entire world.
Not only is this belief unbiblical, it's also purely illogical, Warren explains: "If there were only one right person for everybody in the world, it would only take one person to make a wrong decision and break the chain for everybody else." more >>
For a successful marriage, God encourages us to avoid emotionally unhealthy people at all costs, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, one of the largest evangelical churches in the United States, wrote in his May 20 devotional "Emotional Health Creates Relational Wealth" that there are several guidelines given to believers by God to ensure that His people will not wed an emotionally unhealthy person.
It is important to avoid such people because "study after study has shown that 80 percent of all separations and divorce happen because one or both of the partners are emotionally unhealthy," Warren explains. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California is urging Christians in the area to visit on May 19 for a special "once in a lifetime" event that will showcase biblical artifacts from The Museum of the Bible.
"When the museum opens in Washington D.C. in 2017, it will be among the largest most technologically advanced in the world. The Museum of the Bible team and I will be hosting this one night only event at Saddleback, to share sneak peeks of some of the incredible artifacts they have assembled and provide an insider's presentation on the museum before it opens," Warren wrote in a Facebook message on Tuesday.
Construction on the Museum in question, spearheaded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, began back in February 2015, and is set to open in 2017. more >>