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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/17/2014 6:36:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sunday is Coming Today's Scripture “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter season, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood earlier. It...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/16/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    It is Finished Today's Scripture “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria It’s interesting that the last thing Jesus said on the cross was “it is finished.” It certainly looked like the end. It looked like it was over. But I believe that wasn’t just a statement of fact; it was a statement of faith. He was saying to His Father, “I’ve done My part. I’ve fulfilled My destiny....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/15/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Victory over Sin and Death Today's Scripture “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria This coming weekend, we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So much happened at Calvary’s cross over two thousand years ago; but ultimately, Jesus overcame sin and death so that we could have abundant life. Because of Jesus, we have victory over anything that would try to hold us back! No matter what bondage, fear, stronghold, sin or addiction has held...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/14/2014 5:24:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Same Spirit Today's Scripture “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside of you. That’s the same Spirit and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection power can bring...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/11/2014 6:18:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Abundance Today's Scripture “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap...” (Luke 6:38, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our 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! But, notice how today’s verse starts. It says, “Give and it will be given to you.” That’s because your giving sets the blessing of God into motion in your life. When you give, you plant a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/10/2014 5:59:13 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Now Faith Today's Scripture “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you hungry for more of God in your life today? The scripture tells us that faith opens the door for Him to move on our behalf. Faith is what pleases Him. It gives substance to the things we hope for and makes them tangible. We’ve all been given a measure of faith, but it’s up to each of us to put it into action. Notice today’s verse starts by saying,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/09/2014 5:00:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 4/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Can God See Your Faith? Today's Scripture “And when he saw their faith...” (Luke 5:20, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you know what moves the hand of God? This may surprise you, but God is not moved by complaining and self-pity. He’s not even moved by our needs. Yes, He is concerned about our needs; and yes, He wants to meet our needs, but we have to do our part and invite Him to work in our lives by exercising our faith. When Jesus walked the earth, oftentimes right before He healed someone, the Bible says,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/08/2014 5:50:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/8/14 | 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 - April 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/07/2014 6:34:22 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/7/14 | Joel Osteen
    Today is Your Day! Today's Scripture “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A lot of times, it can be easier to have faith for the future. We believe “one day” we’ll get a good break. “One day” we’ll feel better. “One day” the problem will turn around. If we’re not careful, we’re always putting our faith off, believing that in the future something good is going to happen. But, true faith is always in the present. God is called “the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/28/2014 5:29:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 3/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Good and Spacious Land Today's Scripture “So I have come down to rescue them...and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land...” (Exodus 3:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice in today’s verse that God did not say He would bring His people into a small land; a little place, tight or crowded. No, receive this into your spirit: Just as God brought the children of Israel into a good and spacious land, so He will do the same for you! He wants to take you to the land of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/27/2014 4:57:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    Provision in the Wilderness Today's Scripture “I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” (Isaiah 41:18, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There’s a lady in our church who is a single mom. Her family has gone through a lot of struggles. For years, she was barely making it, but every Sunday she and her two sons would be at Lakewood. She stayed faithful during her “wilderness” season because she knew she was headed to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/26/2014 5:19:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Increase in Unexpected Ways Today's Scripture And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When the Israelites were in the desert, God fed them with manna from heaven. It was miraculous provision; yet, they got tired of eating the same thing every day. They said, “Moses, we want some meat to eat out here.” Moses thought, “That’s impossible. Meat out here in the desert?” That’s steak for some two...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/25/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    According to His Riches Today's Scripture “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Scripture says God will supply our needs “according to His riches.” So often we look at our situations and think, “I’ll never get ahead. I’m so far in debt, I’ll never get out.” No, His blessing is not according to what you have; it’s according to what He has. The good news is that God owns it all. One touch of God’s favor can blast...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/24/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 3/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    Just Passing Through Today's Scripture “...He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you in the land of “Just Enough?” Your needs are supplied. You’re grateful, but there’s nothing extra, nothing to accomplish your dreams. God is saying, “I did not breathe My life into you to live in the land of Barely Enough. I didn’t create you to live in the land of Just Enough.” Those are seasons. Those are tests. They are not permanent. Don’t put your stakes down. You are just passing through!...
  • Reward increased for information leading to arrests in Lakewood Church theft

    03/22/2014 10:58:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Mar 21 2014 | Kimberly O'Neal
    HOUSTON - Lakewood Church and Crime Stoppers have increased the reward to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the recent break-ins and theft. The crime was reported on March 10 around 8:30 a.m. by a church staff member. Investigators believe the theft at the church in the 3700 block of the Southwest Freeway happened between 2:30 p.m. on March 9 and 8:30 a.m. on March 10. The thief or thieves took cash, checks and credit card vouchers. If anyone has information about the theft, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Lakewood Church says it...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/21/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Moving to a New Land Today's Scripture “And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham...” (Exodus 6:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Scripture, the Israelites had been in slavery for many years. That was the land of “Barely Enough.” They were just enduring, surviving, barely making it through. One day God brought them out of slavery and took them into the desert. That was the land of “Just Enough.” Their needs were supplied but nothing extra. It says their clothes didn’t wear out for 40 years. They...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/20/2014 5:19:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Delights in Your Prosperity Today's Scripture “...let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ ” (Psalm 35:27, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God desires that you be blessed and prosperous. He desires that you be so blessed that you can turn around and be a blessing everywhere you go! He wants you to have so much peace, so much joy, so much victory that when other people get around you, it spills over onto them! Don’t let yourself have a barely-get-by mentality. Jesus came so that...
  • Osteenification and What it Portends

    03/20/2014 4:50:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    Patheos ^ | Hank Hanegraaff
    Virtually every morning I try to catch up on news and sports while running on my treadmill. Often the running (mostly walking) is accompanied by the vigorous exercise of my remote. Recently, I flipped into an interview involving Singaporean mega-pastor Joseph Prince. The more I tuned in, the faster my heart rate. Disregard for the meaning and context of Scripture was simply breathtaking. It all led up to taking a shower and beginning work on a book now titled The Osteenification of American Christianity. Why Osteenification? Because Joel Osteen is the prime provocateur of a seductive brand of American Christianity...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/19/2014 3:52:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 3/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Cup Runs Over Today's Scripture “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5 NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God’s dream for your life is that you would be blessed in such a way that you could be a blessing to others. David said, “My cup runs over.” God is an overflow God. But here’s the key: you can’t go around thinking thoughts of lack, not enough, or struggle and expect to have abundance. If you’ve been under pressure for a long...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/18/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Year of Abundance Today's Scripture " 'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.' " (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What are you planning for this year? Are you planning this year according to the news reports, or are you planning this year according to the Word of God? It's good to be informed about what's happening in the world, but remember, God is not limited by what we see in the natural....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/17/2014 3:59:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Plan Will Stand Today's Scripture “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel — that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God is strategic. He has laid out an exact plan for our lives right down to the smallest details. He knows the people you need to meet in order to fulfill your destiny. He knows who is going to give you a good break and who is going to put in a good word for you. He knows when someone is going to need to be there to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/14/2014 3:23:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    Shift into High Gear Today's Scripture “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We’re living in a day where God is speeding things up. What should have taken you a lifetime to accomplish, God is going to do in a fraction of the time because you honor Him. God is going to give you breaks that you didn’t deserve. He is going to bring the right...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/13/2014 4:57:43 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 3/13/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Divine Shift Today's Scripture “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.” (Psalm 37:23, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I have a friend who never really liked his supervisor. Nobody at the company did. This supervisor was very hard to get along with and condescending. He had been a source of frustration year after year. It looked like he could be at the company for 20 or 30 years. My friend has a good attitude, but deep down he thought, “This is going to be a pain to put up with...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/12/2014 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Don't Be Intimidated Today's Scripture Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies... Philippians 1:28, NLT. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria With God on your side, there is no reason to be intimidated by your enemies. You don’t have to be intimidated by cancer. It’s no match for your God. Sickness cannot keep you from your destiny. God has you in the palm of His hand. Nothing can snatch you away. If it’s not your time to go, you’re not going to go. Don’t be intimidated by that financial problem. Don’t be intimidated by what somebody said...
  • $600K Taken From Safe at Osteen's Megachurch [Prosperity Gospel?]

    03/11/2014 8:44:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 11, 2014
    <p>Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country.</p> <p>Police spokesman Kese Smith said Tuesday $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.</p>
  • Church tithes stolen from Lakewood

    03/11/2014 10:58:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    chron.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Updated: March 11, 2014 12:31pm | By Craig Hlavaty |
    Thousands of dollars in cash and checks - along with written credit card information – were stolen from Houston's Lakewood Church on Sunday, according to an email sent by church leaders to members on Monday. Houston's KRIV-TV is reported that the total amount was somewhere around $600,000, although church officials have said that the money in the safe had not yet been counted. Church leaders said they are not sure how that dollar amount was reached. Someone broke into the church's safe Sunday evening, taking cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, the church statement to members said....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/11/2014 5:18:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 3/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    You Won’t Get Stuck! Today's Scripture “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” (Isaiah 10:27, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I read something interesting about a spider. We’ve all seen how a spider spins a web in order to catch an insect. That web is filled with a sticky substance so that when an insect comes in contact with it, it not only gets tangled in the web, but...
  • $600K in Donations Stolen from Joel Osteen’s Mega-Church [LISTEN]

    03/11/2014 8:45:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    news92am ^ | staff
    Lakewood Church is dealing with a violation of the Ten Commandments after the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Thou shalt not steal.” But someone did. Lakewood Church has sent out a notice that donations collected at services Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, were stolen. And, they advise anyone who gave by check or credit card to watch their bank accounts very carefully and report any suspicious activity.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/10/2014 4:31:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Make the First Move Today's Scripture “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, when something doesn’t go the way we expect, we make the mistake of telling ourselves, “It’s not fair. It’s not right. When that changes, when it improves, then I’ll have a better attitude.” No, you’ve got to make the first move. You do your part and God will do His part. Quit worrying about God changing another person, and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/07/2014 6:54:31 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/7/14 | Joel Osteen
    Growing Through Difficulty Today's Scripture “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold...” (1 Peter 1:7, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One thing we have to realize is that God is not going to deliver us from every difficulty. He is not going to keep us from every challenge. If He did, we would never grow. The Scripture says, “Our faith is tried in the fire of affliction.” When you’re in a tough time, that’s an opportunity for your faith to shine. Anybody can get negative...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 6, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/06/2014 5:29:51 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/6/14 | Joel Osteen
    You Were Not an Accident Today's Scripture “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God knew you before you were even born. What an amazing thought! He saw your unformed substance and said, “I have a purpose for this life. I have good plans for them!” Then He breathed His life into you and sent you through your mother and father. They may have had issues, but that doesn’t have to stop you from becoming all that God intended for you to be. You have been handpicked...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 5, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/05/2014 4:19:27 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/5/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Future isn’t Defined by Your Past Today's Scripture “...If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I heard somebody say, “Don’t let your heredity stop your destiny.” In other words, don’t let the way somebody treated you, or what they did or didn’t give you keep you from pressing forward and becoming all that God has created you to be. The people who raised you may have had addictions, but that doesn’t have to be your future. You can be the one to break that negative cycle....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/04/2014 5:41:02 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    What God Calls You Today's Scripture “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.’ ” (Judges 6:12, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Scripture, God called Gideon a mighty man of fearless courage. Now Gideon looked around and said, “God couldn’t be talking about me. I come from the poorest family. I’m the least one in my Father’s house.” Gideon saw himself as weak, defeated and not able. But God saw him as strong, confident and more than a conqueror. The question...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    03/03/2014 3:04:29 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 3/3/14 | Joel Osteen
    Who’s Your Daddy? Today's Scripture “...the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ ” (Romans 8:15, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There used to be a billboard that asked the question, “Who’s the father?” It was advertising DNA testing. They can take a child’s DNA and test another person’s DNA to see if it matches in order to scientifically prove if two people are related. Out of the billions of people on earth, the chances of your DNA matching someone that’s not your family is so small that...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/28/2014 5:47:42 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Spiritual DNA Today's Scripture “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” (Romans 8:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever really considered your spiritual DNA? Your Heavenly Father spoke worlds into existence. He flung stars into space. He painted every sunrise. He designed every flower. He made man out of dust and breathed life into him. Now here’s the key: He is not just the Creator of the universe. He is not just the all-powerful God. He is your Heavenly Father. You have His DNA. Imagine what...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/27/2014 6:00:48 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Heavenly Heritage Today's Scripture “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, we all have negative things that happen to us. We go through situations that are unfair. I know people who were raised in an unhealthy environment. Their parents had issues, and now it’s making life much more difficult on them. But here is the truth: when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/26/2014 6:09:50 PM PST · by Vision · 11 replies
    Email ^ | 2/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Created for Greatness Today's Scripture “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria It’s easy to go through life thinking that we’re average; we’re ordinary. “There’s nothing special about me. I’m just one of the six billion people on earth.” No, when God created you, He put a part of Himself in you. You could say that you have the DNA of Almighty God. You are destined to do great things, destined to leave your mark...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/25/2014 5:58:12 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 2/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    Winning the Respect of Others Today's Scripture “So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders...” (1 Thessalonians 4:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When others look at your life, what do they see? Does your daily life win the respect of others? As believers, we are Christ’s representatives in the earth. We are called to a higher standard. The way we live our lives should bring glory to God the Father. Notice this verse doesn’t say, “Go out of your way to do something major so that everyone will respect you.” It doesn’t say,...
  • [ Spoof site - Satire ] September 3, 2009 From the Archives: Joel Osteen Reads the Gospels for the F

    02/25/2014 4:33:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    The Talking Mirror ^ | September 3, 2009 | By conor
    Last Thursday Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood “Church” in Houston, Texas revealed to the world that he had recently read the Gospels for the first time during a segment of the MTV Special True Life: I’m Joel Osteen. “Ya know, I decided it was about time I toughed it through all four Gospels. They’re super long but I mean, I am a pastor, right?” Osteen said laughingly in his charming Texan accent. The author of Your Best Life Now, a theological dissertation concerning the Biblical hermeneutic of success, was shocked at the lack of material prosperity present in the...
  • Joel Osteen purchases Catholicism in time for Easter

    02/25/2014 9:45:51 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 65 replies
    Derf Magazine ^ | 02/25/2014
    LAKEWOOD, TX - Joel Osteen Ministries announced this week it has finalized its purchase of the entire Catholic religion which includes all assets, facilities, employees, and intellectual property. The purchase was accomplished using revenues received from corporate sponsors, member donations, and Osteen's book sales. Osteen announced the purchase to his followers at the Lakewood Church during his weekly nationally televised service saying, "Please join me in welcoming our Catholic brothers and sisters with open arms. A purchase of this magnitude takes tremendous resources so I ask you to help us fund this wonderful acquisition by calling the 800 number at...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/24/2014 5:38:28 PM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
    Email ^ | 2/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Story Ends in Victory Today's Scripture “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In difficult times, you have to remind yourself that nothing is a surprise to Almighty God. He’s not up in the heavens scratching His head, saying, “Oh, man, he got laid off. That messed up everything.” “Oh, she was diagnosed with cancer.” “Joseph was thrown into a pit.” “Joel lost his father. Now what am...
  • Joel Osteen's $10.5 Million Mansion

    02/21/2014 6:03:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 134 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 18, 2013 | Alecia MacKenzie ,
    Full Title: Joel Osteen's $10.5 Million Mansion, Cross-Less Church and Other Surprising Facts About the Mega-Pastor Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and the bestselling author of books like Your Best Life Now and I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, has been dubbed "the smiling preacher" due to his toothy smile and upbeat attitude. Here are a few facts about Pastor Osteen and his ministry you might not know. 1. Joel Osteen Met Victoria Osteen in a Jewelry Store Pastor Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen met in 1985 when he went to a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/21/2014 4:59:47 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 2/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    You Can Handle It! Today's Scripture “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me...” (Isaiah 27:5, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Isaiah said, “Take hold of His strength.” When you make this declaration, “I can handle it,” that’s not just being positive. You’re taking hold of strength. When you say it, you’re getting stronger. That’s why the scripture says, “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ” If you’re always talking about the problem saying, “I can’t stand this job.” “This professor is so difficult. I’ll never pass his course.” “My...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/20/2014 4:20:17 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Daily Benefits Today's Scripture “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits...” (Psalm 68:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you live a life that honors God, when you obey His Word and you’re a person of excellence and integrity, the scripture says that God’s blessings will chase you down and overtake you. You won’t be able to outrun the good things of God. He daily loads us with benefits! People get confused sometimes and think they have to go chasing after the blessings. But really, when you chase after God each and every day,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/19/2014 6:06:19 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Victor’s Mentality Today's Scripture “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, Paul went through hard times. How did he come through? He wasn’t complaining, living in self-pity or despair. No, he shook off that defeated mindset and chose to have a vision of victory. This is what we have to do, too! Remember, you’re not a weakling. You’re not lacking. The most powerful force in the universe is breathing in your direction. Every morning you need to remind yourself, “I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/18/2014 6:23:33 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Let Your Love Grow Today's Scripture "We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing." (2 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God’s desire is to see you grow and increase in every area of your life—especially in your love for others. That’s because love is the greatest thing, and it is all that matters in eternity. At the end of the day, at the end of our lives here on...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/17/2014 4:46:08 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    Put Your Love into Action Today's Scripture “If anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth...” (1 John 3:17–18, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I’ve heard it said that you can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Notice this verse tells us that love isn’t just about...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 14, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/14/2014 5:54:15 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    I Can Today's Scripture “...With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When was the last time you declared out loud “I can”? It’s not something people think to do every day. In fact, most people tend to magnify their limitations. They focus on their shortcomings. But scripture makes it plain: all things are possible to those who believe. That’s right! It is possible to see your dreams fulfilled. It is possible to overcome that obstacle. It is possible to climb to new heights. It is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 13, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/13/2014 4:11:17 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
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    Talk to Yourself the Right Way Today's Scripture “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, Paul had been through a lot of trials. He had been shipwrecked, spent the night on an open sea, and gone days without food. He was falsely accused, beaten with rods, and thrown into prison. If anyone had a right, at least in the natural, to be negative, bitter or complain, it would have been Paul. But his attitude was, “I can handle it. I am ready for and equal...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    02/12/2014 5:32:05 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
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    You Can Handle It! Today's Scripture “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all go through challenges, disappointments and unfair situations. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and think, “This is too much. I can’t deal with this illness. I can’t handle this difficult child.” Or, “I can’t...