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Defeating temptation- Part 2

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2013

Rick Warren continues his presentation of the 4 keys to defeating temptation in Chapter 27 of The Purpose Driven Life.  The second key is discussed today. 2.  Reveal your struggle to a godly friend or support group.   As we journey toward healing and revitalization of our calling, we need at least one person with whom […]

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Defeating temptation- Part 1

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2013

In Chapter 27 of The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren presents 4 Biblical keys to defeating temptation.  The first key is discussed today (author’s keys in bold type). 1.  Refocus your attention on something else.   Rick begins by stating that nowhere in the Bible are we told to “resist temptation”.  However, we are told the […]

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Overcoming temptation

By Dave Henning / April 4, 2013

As Pastor Rick Warren concludes Chapter 26 of The Purpose Driven Life, he offers 3 specific steps to take in overcoming temptation. 1.  Refuse to be intimidated.   Rick notes that temptation is a normal part of being human and living in a fallen world.  While we can’t keep the Devil from offering his half-truths and […]

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Satan’s predictability

By Dave Henning / April 3, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren notes in Chapter 26 of The Purpose Driven Life that Satan’s strategies and tricks follow a predictable pattern, one he’s used since Creation.  This pattern consists of 4 steps: 1.  Desire–  Satan identifies a sinful or legitmate, normal desire in us.  Often these temptations take the form of shortcuts, a quick “fix” […]

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The stepping-stone of temptation

By Dave Henning / April 2, 2013

“My temptations have been my masters in divinity.”- Martin Luther In Chapter 26 (“Growing Through Temptation”) of The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren states that on our path to spiritual maturity, even temptation may be a stepping-stone rather than a stumbling block.  Temptation gives us the opportunity to do the right thing just as […]

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Mirroring Jesus’ reflection

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2013

In Chapter 25 of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren relates the story of a silversmith who was asked how he knew when the silver was pure.  He replied, “When I see my reflection in it.”   Similarly, when we have been refined by trials and respond as Jesus would, people will see Jesus’ reflection in […]

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Transformed by trouble

By Dave Henning / March 31, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren begins Chapter 25 (“Transformed by Trouble”) of The Purpose Driven Life with the observation that life is a series of problems, as much as we might wish otherwise.  Although not all of our problems will be big, all of them are significant in God’s growth process.  In fact, during our darkest days […]

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Becoming like Christ

By Dave Henning / March 30, 2013

In Chapter 22 of The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren states that God’s ultimate goal for our lives is character development, not comfort.   God wants us to become more godly than god-like.  Anytime we forget that character is one of God’s purposes for our life, our circumstances will frustrate us.  Adversity has the tendency […]

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The best expression of love

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren concludes Chapter 16 of The Purpose Driven Life by asserting that your time is the greatest gift you can give someone.  The essence of love is how much we give of ourselves, not what we do or provide for others.   Focused attention is the most desired gift of love.  When we concentrate so intently on […]

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Three important truths about love

By Dave Henning / March 28, 2013

In Chapter 16 (“What Matters Most”) of The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren states that we develop the skill of loving through regular, close fellowship with other believers.  At time those believers will be irritating, imperfect , frustrating people.  They may even be the people directly or indirectly responsible for our downsizing.  Rick give […]

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Staying connected with God

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren concludes Chapter 12 (“When God Seems Distant”) of The Purpose Driven Life by discussing 4 ways we can stay connected with God during a “crisis without communication”, keeping our eyes on Jesus even when they’re filled with tears (author’s words are in bold type): 1.  Tell God exactly how you feel.   Pour […]

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When God seems distant

By Dave Henning / March 25, 2013

In Chapter 14 of The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren notes that the deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of our pain or adversity and loving Him when He seems distant.  Human friendships often are tested by separation and silence.  Phillip Yancey applies this concept to our relationship with God in […]

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