Richard Duane "Rick" Warren is an American evangelical Christian minister and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States.
He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including his guide to church ministry and evangelism, The Purpose Driven Church, which has spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies, making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.
Warren holds conservative theological views. While holding traditional evangelical views on social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and stem-cell research, Warren has called on churches worldwide to also focus their efforts on fighting poverty and disease, expanding educational opportunities for the marginalized, and caring for the environment.
The Bible says that all people, not just believers, possess part of the image of God; that is why murder and abortion are wrong.
God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your career.
Change always starts in your mind. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act.
Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
God uses his Word, people and circumstances to mold us. All three are indispensable for character development. God's word provides the truth we need to grow, God's people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment we need to grow.
Remember that your character is the sum total of your habits.
Every problem is a character-building opportunity, and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building spiritual muscle and moral fiber.
God continually tests peoples character, faith, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty.
God has a purpose behind every problem. He uses circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible.
God's ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.
God is far more interested in what you are than who you are.
What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.
For instance, God teaches us to love by putting some unlovely people around us. It takes no character to love people who are lovely and loving to you.
Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature.
Love leaves legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth.
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
God made every one of us a sexual being, and that is good. Attraction and arousal are the natural, spontaneous, God-given responses to physical beauty, while lust is a deliberate act of the will.
God's mercy to us is the motivation for showing mercy to others. Remember, you will never be asked to forgive someone else more than God has forgiven you.