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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Rick Warren's Higher Purpose
Rick Warren knows it’s not about him.

Because of this, it wasn’t a stretch for the pastor to begin The Purpose Driven Life with the now-famous line: “It’s not about you.” Indeed, as author of the No. 1 best-selling hardback book in American history other than the Bible, he’s reaped enormous rewards. Yet he’s also used that wealth to further God’s kingdom rather than his own.

First, reimbursed his Saddleback Church for his salary since day one; and for years, he has since “reverse tithed,” which means he gives 90 percent and lives on 10 percent. Rather than neglect his church, as many pastors tend to do, he remains very much hands on—and that was obvious the day I visited Saddleback’s main campus in Lake Forest, Calif., a few months ago. That day, Rick preached an inspiring message and then baptized about 50 people after the service.

He remain’s a pastor’s pastor, which is why I invited him to be guest editor of our January-February issue of Ministry Today magazine on knowing your life purpose. In a day when scandal among clergy is far too common, Rick is a shining example of what can be accomplished when a man knows his purpose in life. I hope you’re inspired as you read the articles in the January-February MT issue—either in print or online. In addition, we want to do our part to enlist your participation and thousands of others’ in his PEACE Plan to:

Plant faith communities

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Fire in My Bones
A Word for 2013: Cry Out for a Youth Awakening
Please don’t judge—pray instead. God can orchestrate a miraculous turnaround in our nation.

What is God saying as we enter 2013? Many Christians have a gloomy outlook.
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How to Interpret Dreams and Visions
Is God speaking to you in the night? Here’s how you can make sense of these often cryptic messages.
The Plumb Line
Don’t Let the Spirit of Sanballat Distract You
When God called me to build the house of prayer, I knew it would come with opposition. I’ll admit, I never thought it would play out with literal Sanballats.
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Spiritual Growth
7 Characteristics of the End-time Praying Church
The end-time role of the praying and worshipping church

Right now, all across the earth, the Holy Spirit is raising up a worship-based prayer movement that will culminate in the second coming of our King, Jesus.
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PBS Series Depicts American Abolitionists as Fired by Faith
Marathon Ministry Turns Couch Potatoes Into Runners
Victory Christian Center Argues Mother Can’t Claim Financial Damages for Rape
Supreme Court Denies Anti-abortion Group's Appeal Over PAC Status
Chaplains Help Newtown Find 'New Normal'
National Campaign Promotes Adoption as Abortion Alternative
French Muslims Join Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage
Church of England to Allow Celibate Gay Bishops
Russian Orthodox Church Head Urges Followers to Adopt Children
Pope: Church Must Stand Firm Against 'Intolerant Agnosticism'
New Decree in Vietnam Restricts Religious Freedom
Church Planter on Mission to Save India
God’s Prophetic Promises Make Israel Highly Favored
Don't Let Sanballat Distract You
Prophetic Word: My Hand is Moving Across Your Nation in a Miraculous Way
What's Right and Wrong With American Christianity
Fiscal Cliff Deal is No 'Deal' for Working Families
A Word for 2013: Cry Out for a Youth Awakening
Illinois Legislators Warned About Same-Sex Marriage Act
House Republicans Balk at 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal
Hours From 'Fiscal Cliff, Washington Still Awaits Deal
Conservative Leaders' Open Letter to House, Senate Republicans
Sen. Jim DeMint Resigns to Run Conservative Group
White House, Congress Talk as 'Fiscal Cliff' Nears
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