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Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
In 1994, Rick Warren released his book, "The Purpose Driven Church." That book has received both high accolades as well as harsh criticisms. If you have not read the book and would like to, we have several copies in the church office which we will loan you so that you can read it for yourself. Quite honestly, Rick Warren didn't invent the concept of being "Purpose Driven", as I have said many times, "Jesus did that." He came to save that which was/is lost. He came with the purpose of redeeming sinful man.
In 2002, Dr. Warren released his follow-up book entitled, "The Purpose Driven Life." This was a 40 day devotional book which many church families went through 'together' because the attempt was to 'help people discover what they were here on earth for.' When I went to PDL, I could see the need for corporate approach to bring Biblical balance to the study. However, these devotions struck at the very heart of the USA CULTURE as sales indicated.
Chapter one is entitled, "It all starts with God" and the first scripture listed is Colossians 1:16 (Message), "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him."
This is followed by a statement from atheist Bertrand Russell and says, "Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless."
Then Rick gives no pleasantries and no small talk. He writes, "It's not about You." I haven't figured out how he got away with that because that strikes at the heart of this culture.
Everybody here KNOWS that we live in a "meistic" culture. It is "all about ME." The main letter in the alphabet seems to be "I!" It's what I want, what I like, and what I must have.
To objectively reflect on this phenomenon is realize who normally has this "I" problem. It is children. We don't have to teach our children t ...
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