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Learn to Love God’s Family - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - June 26, 2021

  • 2021 Jun 26

Learn to Love God’s Family
By Rick Warren

“I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” Matthew 16:18 (NLT)

Only the church will last forever.

There are many things we wish would last forever. But the Bible tells us nothing else is going to last. No business is going to last forever. No government is going to last forever. No nation is going to last forever. Only the church is going to last forever.

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (NLT). The church is the most magnificent idea God or any human being ever thought up.

The entire universe was created for God’s family. What’s God’s family called? The church.

The church is not a building. The church is the family of God. God wanted a family, so he decided to create the entire universe—just so he could create Earth, just so he could create human beings, just so we could have the free choice to choose or reject him. He knew that some of us would choose to love him back, and he’s going to take those of us who do to heaven to be part of his family forever.

What does this mean for you if you are already in God’s family? It means that since we’re all going to live together forever, we better learn to get along. While you’re here on Earth, you must love the family of God.

That’s right. It’s not enough just to love God. You must love the church. You want to know how much God loves the church? He died for it. Anybody who says, “I love Jesus, but I don’t need the church” doesn’t get it. That person is an immature believer. A lot of people use the church but don’t love it.

Do you love the church? Or do you just use the church?

Christ died for the church. He wants us to learn to love and lean on every believer in the body of Christ, because we need each other. When we love and serve the church and work together to fulfill God’s mission in the world, we get a taste of heaven and a deeper understanding of God’s love.

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the lords prayer childrens book daily hope rick warren october 2021 offerBuild a Firm Foundation of Prayer in the Next Generation!

“Perhaps the most important role you can play in the life of a child is teaching them to trust God through prayer. It’s the key to living with hope.” —Pastor Rick

That’s why it’s so important to strengthen the hope of kids by introducing them to Jesus’ model for prayer at an early age. And we’re excited to help you do that with Pastor Rick’s children’s book, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness.

Filled with thoughtful insights from Pastor Rick as well as stunning illustrations from award-winning artist, Richard Jesse Watson, this book brings the poetic scripture from the King James Version alive for readers young and old. It’s sure to become a meaningful bedtime ritual, a treasured memory, and by God’s grace, a legacy that bears good fruit for generations to come.

This book is a perfect way to share the beauty and richness of The Lord’s Prayer with the children the Lord has placed in your life. And it’s our thanks for your gift below to help Daily Hope take the Good News to more people everywhere. So please request a copy for yourself or a friend today, and thanks for your generosity!

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This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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