Christmas with Rick
In the early days, Saddleback helped start the Nehemiah Project, a program to help seminary students become church planters. His encouragement helped me to leave the church I had planted and and start a journey that would focus on training planters, and eventually pastors. I am not sure I would have done it without his encouragement.
Rick has been a friend at some key moments. He gave away all his resources to my students and provided resources and training at important times. When I was struggling with a decision a couple of years ago, he prayed with me and encouraged me. His name has been on several of my books and projects and I am honored he would lend his name. And, as he has become one of the leading evangelicals in the world, I have still found him humble and gracious-- and more concerned with others than with himself.
It is amazing to see how God is using Rick and Saddleback today.
I prayed for him last week as they had an important planning meeting at Saddleback and Purpose Driven.
I will pray again this week as God has given Saddleback some incredible opportunities, including these listed in a recent email:
-14 Christmas services at Saddleback
-Fox News will broadcast "Christmas with Rick Warren" multiple times on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
-The US Armed Forces Network will broadcast "The Purpose of Christmas" (last year's Saddleback service) for all troops around the world to watch.
-All Wal-Marts and Sam's Club are broadcasting "The Meaning of Christmas" a message by me, along with Christmas carols by the Salvation Army, on all their in-store TV screens.
-Good Morning America is broadcasting our roundtable about "The Good News of Christmas" on Christmas Day.
It All Starts with God.
It's not about you.