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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/21/2014 2:02:14 PM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
    Email ^ | 11/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Press Through Today's Scripture “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Mark, chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The doctors gave her no hope. But, she heard that Jesus was coming through her town. Something deep on the inside said to her, “This is your season. This is your time to get well.” In the natural, when she saw all the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/20/2014 5:06:34 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Ignore the Critics Today's Scripture “When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him.” (Acts 11:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time, Jesus was in the temple. It was on the Sabbath, their day of rest. He saw a man with a withered hand. Jesus simply said, “Stretch forth your hand,” and immediately, the man was healed. The religious leaders, the Pharisees, were there and didn’t like Jesus. Even though He did something great, they ridiculed Him for doing it on the Sabbath, the day of rest. No matter what you do, some people...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/19/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be Still and Know Today's Scripture “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God...’ ” (Psalm 46:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/18/2014 3:57:05 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 11/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Like a Flood Today's Scripture “...When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by life. You get a bad report, unexpected news, or someone you trusted wrongs you. What does God do? He doesn’t sit back and think, “Too bad. Sorry your life is so difficult.” No, when the enemy comes in like a flood, God raises up a barrier. In other words, that injustice, that bad break, that...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/17/2014 3:48:49 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Each Day is a Gift Today's Scripture “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. The little things try to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesn’t go your way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause you to lose focus if you let it. We have to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/14/2014 3:34:56 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    Fix Your Gaze Today's Scripture “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” (Proverbs 4:25, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What are you looking at today? Not in the natural, but with your spiritual eyes. In other words, what is in the forefront of your mind and heart? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past? In the natural, you will move in the direction that your eyes are looking. In the spiritual, it works the same way. Whatever you focus your mind and heart on,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/13/2014 4:10:46 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/13/14 | Joel Osteen
    Flourish Like a Palm Tree Today's Scripture “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree...” (Psalm 92:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger. See, the reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/12/2014 2:50:01 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Build on the Rock Today's Scripture “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge...” (Psalm 18:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you go through difficulty in life, one of the ways to keep the right perspective is to take a moment to look back over your life and remember what God has done for you. Remember how He made a way when you didn’t see a way. Remember how He opened doors that should have never opened. Remember how He put you in just...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/11/2014 5:03:54 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    Still Standing Today's Scripture “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Psalm 40:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us. Maybe a divorce or bad break should have taken you down, but look — you’re still standing! That addiction, that partying lifestyle should have killed you, but because of a praying loved one, you’re still standing and becoming freer. Or, maybe you lost a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/10/2014 4:30:59 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    When the Storms Come Today's Scripture "The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”" (Matthew 7:25, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all go through difficulties and things we don't understand. It's easy to get discouraged and think, “Why am I having these problems?” The scripture says, “Rain falls on the just and the unjust.” No matter how good a person you are; no matter how much you honor God, you are going to have some rain. Jesus...
  • Joel Osteen targeted by Westboro Baptist Church, protests at Lakewood Church

    11/10/2014 7:20:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    examiner.com ^ | November 9, 2014
    Joel Osteen might be focused on positivity and prosperity, but folks coming to hear his sermon on Sunday had to drive to Lakewood Church seeing some pretty negative signs. Members of the Westboro Baptist church were seen along the roads to the church and the signs they were waving at the drivers were very inflammatory. According to KHOU on Sunday, the Westboro Baptist church members shouted their message through bullhorns surprising the congregation members who call Lakewood Church their home.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/07/2014 3:18:37 PM PST · by Vision · 13 replies
    Email ^ | 11/7/14 | Joel Osteen
    Good Ground that Produces Today's Scripture “Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Matthew 13:8, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, there are many kinds of seeds we can sow, but do you know what produces the best crop? The seed of God’s Word planted on the soil of our hearts. The more of the Word you take into your heart, the more abundant the harvest will be. Our job, as believers, is to make sure...
  • Victoria Osteen in new TV special "Women of the Bible"

    11/07/2014 5:05:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    chron.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen will take part in a new TV special focusing on the Bible's most famous female figures, according to Variety. Stories of prominent biblical women will be blended with interviews with contemporary women in faith. Victoria Osteen will take part alongside Christine Caine and Priscilla Shirer, who co-founded Going Beyond Ministries. Eva Rodriguez from the Latino Evangenlical Women's Association, Kay Warren of Saddleback church and Bible teacher Joyce Meyer will also take part. Producer Roma Downey said the special will shed light on some little known facts about the Bible's heroines.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 6, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/06/2014 5:17:54 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/6/14 | Joel Osteen
    Look beneath the Surface Today's Scripture “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” (John 7:24, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You may have heard that it takes six seconds to make a first impression. Most people don’t realize how many times they look at someone and instantly decide if they’re going to like them or not. The scripture says that man looks at the outward appearance of others while God looks at the heart. Now you might be thinking, “Of course, God looks at the heart. He’s God. How am I supposed to look at...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 5, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/05/2014 4:09:00 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 11/5/14 | Joel Osteen
    Set the Blessing in Motion Today's Scripture “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God is a god of abundance! He wants to pour out His abundance on you until you are so full that you are running over with His goodness. Notice how this verse starts. It says, “Give, and it will be given to you.” That’s because your giving sets...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/04/2014 3:59:19 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 11/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    Now I Can See Today's Scripture “ ‘I don’t know whether he is a sinner,’ the man replied. ‘But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!’ ” (John 9:25, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time, Jesus healed a blind man, and the religious crowd got upset. They started arguing over why he was healed, how he was healed, and who was to blame for him being blind in the first place! They were hounding the man with questions. Finally, the man said, “Listen, guys. You all are confusing me. I can’t answer...
  • Joel Osteen Praises Obama as a Christian

    11/04/2014 10:39:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 91 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Tim Brown
    There are still self-professed "Christians" who continue to promote the heresies and unbiblical teachings of Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria.... ....My friends, Joel Osteen is in the position he is in because the professed Church has not called people like him out and dealt with him biblically. It's time the people of God start dealing with false teachers in a biblical manner.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/03/2014 3:40:58 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 11/3/14 | Joel Osteen
    Nothing Wasted Today's Scripture “When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ ” (John 6:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Bible tells of a time when Jesus fed a crowd of five thousand with only five loaves and two fishes. He blessed it and multiplied it. That day, everyone had more than enough to eat, and there were still twelve baskets full of bread and fish left over. That’s because we serve a God of abundance! Then Jesus told the...
  • Joel Osteen: Not the Pastor America Needs, but the Pastor We Deserve

    11/01/2014 6:38:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 01, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Let’s begin with a pop quiz. If I told you a well-known public figure did the following: Repeatedly denies the main focus of the Gospel.Consistently watered down and distorted Biblical teaching.Believes the purpose of human life is to glorify yourself and not God. Which side would you say such a person is on? A. HeavenB. Hell The “person” in question here is none other than Joel Osteen, otherwise known as “America’s Pastor.” Pastor of what exactly is open to interpretation, depending on the prevailing winds of pop culture and what helps pad the bank account at the time. It’s been said the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 31, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/31/2014 5:28:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 9 replies
    Email ^ | 10/31/14 | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture “Do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.” (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in...
  • Farrah Abraham reads Joel Osteen when she's not selling her adult novelties

    10/31/2014 7:35:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 115 replies
    Chron.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | John Boyd
    Apparently, "Teen Mom" star/stripper Farrah Abraham's recent trip to Houston's Lakewood Church had an impact. The reality star turned porn star was spotted in a Texas airport this week reading a copy of Lakewood pastor Joel Osteen's bestsellilng book "You Can, You Will."
  • Joel Osteen: Origins & Errors of His Teaching (a Film by Keith Thompson)

    10/31/2014 7:11:40 AM PDT · by fishtank · 107 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/user/KeithTruth ^ | 4-26-11 | Keith Thompson
    This video was made by Keith Thompson http://www.youtube.com/user/KeithTruth Are Joel Osteen's teachings Biblical? Are they in line with ancient church belief? What does he teach and where do his views come from? This documentary is the most comprehensive video refutation and expose of Joel Osteen that exists. Feel free to upload this video to your channel and share it with anyone deceived into prosperity teachings. www.KeithTruth.com
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/30/2014 3:47:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Different Spirit Today's Scripture “But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.” (Numbers 14:24, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in scripture, Moses sent 12 men to spy out the Promised Land. The people of Israel were camped right next door and excited about possessing the land. But after 40 days, ten of the men came back with a negative report. They said, “Moses, there are giants in the land,...
  • Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up?

    10/30/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 74 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10-28-14 | Jesse Broadt
    Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up? October 28, 2014 Joel Osteen, Pastor of the biggest congregation in America, Lakewood Church, appears to be an Obama fan, despite the fact that Obama's agenda goes against everything true Christians believe. Those of us who are intelligent and observant were not really surprised, as we have known for a long time that Osteen's “I'm okay, you're okay” milk toast sermons are far from Bible-based and do not reflect in any way the beliefs of his father, John Osteen, who started Lakewood Church and preached the uncompromising message of Christ for multiple...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/29/2014 3:47:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 14 replies
    Email ^ | 10/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Love Gives Today's Scripture “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever thought about how love affects giving? Someone once said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Love prompts us to give of ourselves, our time, abilities and resources. The Bible tells us that God is love, and the world will know that we are His followers by the love we show. Giving is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/28/2014 5:16:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 7 replies
    Email ^ | 10/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Overcome with Good Today's Scripture “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture says, “We overcome evil with good.” In other words, when somebody’s rude or inconsiderate, don’t sink down to their level. Don’t be rude and inconsiderate back to them. No, if you are going to rise higher, if you are going to overcome, you have to do just the opposite. You have to show kindness, grace and mercy. It isn’t always easy; in fact, it’s almost never easy. It takes a lot of...
  • JOEL OSTEEN: "OBAMA IS A CHRISTIAN, DOING A GOOD JOB"

    10/28/2014 4:38:00 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 225 replies
    wucnews.com ^ | October 27, 2014
    Is this man on drugs or something... Charismatic mega Church prosperity teacher Joel Osteen brands the US President as «A good Christian, who is doing a good job in a difficult time. Joel Osteen and his wife These questions came to mind while watching Joel Osteen and his lovely wife, Victoria, on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last week. King pointed out that many Americans are still confused about Obama’s religion and asked, «Does it matter?» «Well, it matters to me,« said Osteen. «It matters to me that I know he loves the Lord, and I think it’s important that he...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/27/2014 3:42:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 10/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    Good Medicine Today's Scripture “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Throughout life, there will always be something that will try to take our joy. If it’s not a grumpy sales person, it’s a family member aggravating you, traffic is backed up, your flight is delayed, or your spouse is taking too long. Don’t go the next 20 years allowing the same people and the same circumstances to frustrate you. Change your approach. What’s upsetting you now doesn’t have to upset you anymore....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/24/2014 2:52:22 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    With Your Whole Heart Today's Scripture “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...” (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing. That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. That’s why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when you’re doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, don’t...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/23/2014 5:53:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    Greater Than the Past Today's Scripture "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the LORD Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace…" (Haggai 2:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day where God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God’s goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you haven’t seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you’ve seen! The scripture...
  • January 4, 2010 Houston Mayoral Inauguration (2010 Transcript of Joel Osteen's Invocation Prayer)

    10/23/2014 3:41:03 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/4/2010 | Chitra Divakaruni
    Transcript of Joel Osteen's invocation prayer over Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, who was inaugurated as mayor of Houston. She is the first openly gay mayor of the city: FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME TO COME TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CELEBRATE YOUR GOODNESS AND THE GREAT CITY WE LIVE IN, AND THE NEW LEADERSHIP WITHIN OUR CITY. LORD, WE ASK YOU FOR WISDOM FOR ALL OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. LORD, WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL GUIDE THEM, DIRECT THEM, THAT YOU WILL HELP THEM MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR OUR CITY. LORD WE JUST PRAY FOR YOUR STRENGTH...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/22/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    Know Who You Are Today's Scripture "If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." (1 Corinthians 12: 17-18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?”...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/21/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 10/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sharpen Your Skills Today's Scripture "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…" (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when we stop learning, we stop growing. When we stop growing, we stop living. What are you doing to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/20/2014 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Satisfies You Today's Scripture "They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." (Psalm 37:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow God’s commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people. God always shows Himself strong on behalf...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/17/2014 5:22:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Greatness of His Favor Today's Scripture “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us...raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4–7, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Oftentimes, people set their focus on what God has done in the past — how He parted the Red Sea or stopped the sun for Joshua or fed...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/16/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    Where Strength and Joy Are Found Today's Scripture “Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.” (1 Chronicles 16:27, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need more strength and joy in your life? The Bible tells us that in God’s presence, there is fullness of joy — the most abundant and complete! And when you have His joy, you have His supernatural strength. There’s nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength and joy of the Lord. Notice this verse says that strength...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/15/2014 3:13:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Answer the Door Today's Scripture “...Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture says that joy comes in the morning. When you wake up each morning, God sends you a special delivery of joy. It comes knocking at your door. When you get up in faith and make the declaration that “this is going to be a good day,” do you know what you just did? You just answered the door. You just received the gift of joy that God sent to you. The problem...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/14/2014 5:09:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    Get Your Joy Back Today's Scripture “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” (1 Peter 1:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If the circumstances of life have taken away your joy, today is the day to get it back. You weren’t meant to live this life feeling drained, depressed and down. God wants you to be excited about your future and learn to enjoy each and every day. If you don’t make the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/13/2014 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 10/13/14 | Joel Osteen
    Set the Tone Today's Scripture “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.” (Psalm 34:1, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you think about? What’s the first thing you say? Do you set the tone for success, favor and blessing? Yesterday may have had some hardships or some difficulties, but it’s a new day. We should be on the lookout for God’s blessings. The scripture tells us that the darker it gets in the world, the brighter it’s going to be...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/10/2014 3:35:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Deep Waters Today's Scripture “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You are equipped with everything you need to fulfill your passion and purpose in this life! Everything you need is on the inside of you — like deep waters. You draw those deep things out when you stay open and humble before the Lord. You draw those things out when you are submitted to His Word. That’s what makes you a person of understanding. Proverbs also tells us that...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/09/2014 4:05:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Restores Your Soul Today's Scripture “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul...” (Psalm 23:1–3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to restore your soul. What does that mean? Your soul is your mind, will and emotions. You are a three-part being: you have a spirit — that’s the part of you that lives for eternity, you have a soul, and you live in a body while you’re here on earth. Your...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/08/2014 6:09:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    Open Windows Today's Scripture “Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you today! But, you have to do your part of this verse. Your part...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/07/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 10/7/14 | Joel Osteen
    Heaven’s Currency Today's Scripture “And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural realm, we exchange money for the things we want and need. But in the spiritual realm, faith is what we exchange. The Bible tells us that when you pray, have faith, and you will receive it. Faith moves mountains. Faith pleases God. Faith is what opens spiritual doors. What is faith? It’s believing in God and His goodness. It’s knowing that He is a rewarder of those who...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 6, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/06/2014 4:32:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 8 replies
    Email ^ | 10/6/14 | Joel Osteen
    Know His Kindness Today's Scripture “...God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural, when we’ve wronged someone, sometimes it’s easier to avoid them than to face potential rejection. People unconsciously do the same thing to God. They think He’s mad at them or disappointed in them or that He is waiting to punish them because of their past sins and mistakes. But God isn’t like that. He’s not mad at you; He’s madly in love with you! He won’t reject anyone who comes to Him! He’s...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/03/2014 5:44:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Appointments of Divine Favor Today's Scripture “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” (Ephesians 2:10, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God has already prepared paths for you to take in your future! When God laid out the plan for your life, He lined up the right people, the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 2, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/02/2014 5:08:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
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    The Time of Favor Today's Scripture "...I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Now is the time of God’s favor! Not next week, not next month, not 20 years from now. No, now is the time God wants to amaze you with His goodness and overwhelm you with His love. Too often we think, “Something great is coming in my future. I know God is going to be good to me.” But, we also need to realize that God wants...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/01/2014 3:35:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 10/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Growing Strong through Praise Today's Scripture "No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God." (Romans 4:20 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that when you praise, you are putting your faith in action? And just as putting your physical body into action will make it grow strong, putting your faith in action through prayer, worship and thanksgiving will make it to grow strong, too! Notice what this verse says about Abraham: No...
  • Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie?

    09/30/2014 8:53:32 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
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    he other day I ate some rather extraordinary Thai food for lunch and, on my way out, grabbed a fortune cookie. I cracked it open and read a silly little proverb meant to inspire, I suppose. I wish it had said “Brisk uphill walk after all-you-can-eat Thai is a bad idea.” Never mind. As I waddled my way home, regretting that last bowl of curry (so delicious…), I thought “This fortune sounds like something Joel Osteen would say.” And then it struck me—there is very little difference between Joel and those fortune cookies (except that the cookies are delicious, of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/30/2014 5:16:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 9/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    Send it Today Today's Scripture “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.” (Psalm 118:24–25, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, David said, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” We quote this verse often, but the next verse is very interesting. He goes on to pray, “Oh, Lord, I beseech You, send prosperity now.” He could have said, “Send it tomorrow. Send it next week....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/29/2014 5:01:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
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    Faith of a Child Today's Scripture “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Think about the faith of a child. They believe whatever they are told. They have a constant expectancy in their hearts. They keep on asking for what they desire and believe they will receive it! Scripture says that we must become like little children in our faith. What does that mean? That means we need to have complete reliance on God. We need to...