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  • Osteen talks with NPR about Muslims visiting Lakewood Church and the faith revolution

    07/14/2015 8:28:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2015 | Craig Hlavaty
    Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen recently said in an interview with NPR that some of his best-selling books are popular in Islamic countries and that some Muslims have even attended Lakewood services. He chalks it all up to Houston’s diversity and his weekly messages from the pulpit. He was asked by Hobson about his views on immigration reform. “I’m probably more on the side of mercy than the side of the stricter things,” Osteen said. When it came to attracting those of the Muslim faith, Osteen says that it’s likely his universal message is attracting not only them but many...
  • 'That's not my calling': Joel Osteen on why he's mum on hot issues such as gay union

    07/06/2015 6:07:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 107 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 03 July 2015 | Czarina Ong
    While American evangelists such as Franklin Graham and Rick Warren are not afraid of speaking on sensitive topics such as same-sex marriage, abortion, or political strife, Joel Osteen prefers not to discuss those while at the pulpit, saying those topics often "turn people off." During a recent interview with WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program, Osteen said everybody has his or her own calling, but tackling politically controversial issues is not something that he has been called out to do. "I have friends who are very political. They're pastors and that's what their thing is. But I think sometimes, in...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Six arrested at Houston's Lakewood Church after heckling senior pastor Joel Osteen

    06/29/2015 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 103 replies
    Christian Exam ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Kimberly Pennington
    Six people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass Sunday after heckling Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church. Houston's ABC News Affiliate reports the disruption began following the praise and worship. "The praise and worship was good. His wife had just delivered a quick message. And the moment he started to preach, somebody gets up and they yell, 'Joel Osteen,' you're a liar,'" said Anwar Richardson who posted a video to Twitter of one of the arrests. Richardson, his wife, and son were visiting from Austin, Texas. With thoughts of the June 17 shooting at Charleston, South Carolina's Mother Emanuel...
  • Was Anyone At Lakewood Church Today due to the Disruption? (News only, no disparaging remarks)

    06/28/2015 12:17:54 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 55 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/28/15 | Self
    I've been a member of Lakewood for the last 7 years (& a Christian for almost 50 years) but I wasn't there today. There were hecklers but that's all I know. If anyone knows what happened please share. Again, news only, no disparaging remarks please. Thanks.
  • Texas Televangelist Joel Osteen Spreads Message Of Tolerance During Visit To Bay Area

    06/17/2015 1:51:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 61 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 06/15/2015 | CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Televangelist Joel Osteen was preaching tolerance on a visit to San Francisco on Monday. Osteen said his ministry is about uplifting people and letting people find their own journey. Osteen’s acceptance of the LGBT community puts him at odds with some of his fellow Christian teleevangelists such as Franklin Graham.
  • Who Is Watching Joel?

    02/28/2015 3:37:49 PM PST · by Gamecock · 117 replies
    The Riddleblog ^ | February 26, 2015 | Kim Riddlebarger
    Who is watching Joel Osteen? Not I! But he does amaze me. How can he preach on the exact same topic every Sunday--"God wants me to be better"--and, yet make it seem different? When it comes to Christian media, and who accesses it, the numbers are revealing. Who Is Watching TV or Listening to Christian Radio? Only 8% of Americans admit to watching Christian television regularly--I'll bet the demographics here are interesting. Probably older women with blue hair, who live below the Mason-Dixon line, and east of Mississippi. 24% watch Christian TV "sometimes," 27% "rarely," and 40% "never." Christian radio...
  • Prosperity Gospel: Are Rich People More Likely to Go to Heaven Than Poor People?

    02/26/2015 8:21:21 AM PST · by pinochet · 58 replies
    Like many Freepers, I was raised in a Christian denomination that did not teach the Prosperity Gospel (PG). In the last few years, I have tried to make sense of the prosperity teachings, and it is possible that I may not fully understand them. But I will explain the PG teachings as best as I am able to understand them. The Prosperity Gospel teaches that rich people are rich, because they engage in the behavior that God approves of, and this means that rich people are blessed by God. But poor people are poor, because they engage in behavior that...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 2/8 7-11pm est

    02/08/2015 2:39:11 PM PST · by Vision · 17 replies
    WAMU ^ | 2/8/15 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo *tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.Official OTR blog of "The Big Broadcast" thread:
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1/11 7-11pm est

    01/11/2015 2:02:32 PM PST · by Vision · 28 replies
    WAMU ^ | 1/11/15 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo *tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.Official OTR blog of "The Big Broadcast" thread:
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 1, 2014]

    01/01/2015 1:58:04 PM PST · by Vision · 13 replies
    Let Us Keep to the Point " "…my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death." —Philippians 1:20 " My Utmost for His Highest. “…my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed….” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1/4 7-11pm est

    01/04/2015 2:48:07 PM PST · by Vision · 32 replies
    WAMU ^ | 1/4/15 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo *tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.Official OTR blog of "The Big Broadcast" thread:
  • Why The Prosperity Gospel Is The Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

    01/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 01/27/2015 | Nicholas McDonald, Associate Pastor at Carlisle Congregational Church
    I have a confession.  When I was in college, I read a book by a prominent megachurch pastor. The author told me to live like a child of God. He told me God wanted to bless me. He also mentioned that if I only believed, God would give me the nicest house in the neighborhood. That seemed to make sense. The author explained that he once wanted the nicest house in the neighborhood, and God gave it to him. Here was a man with evidence. Not only did he have the story about the house, and other anecdotes, he also had a very nice set of white...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    01/01/2015 2:07:17 PM PST · by Vision · 265 replies
    Email ^ | 1/1/15 | Joel Osteen
    Just do it! Today's Scripture “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (I Chronicles 28:20, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Fear not. That is the message David had for his son, Solomon. For many years, David wanted to build a temple for the Lord. But God told Him that specific job belonged to his son,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 31, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/31/2014 10:51:34 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 12/31/14 | Joel Osteen
    Praising in the Midnight Hour Today's Scripture “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:25–26, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Paul and Silas were put in jail for spreading good news. It wasn’t fair. They were beaten with rods without a trial. It was unjust. As they sat in the prison, bloody, bruised and uncomfortable,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/30/2014 2:50:07 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    Let Go of What Didn’t Work Out Today's Scripture “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.” (Psalm 131:1, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When things happen in your life that you don’t plan, do you find yourself trying to reason it all out, or looking for a place to file it all in your mind? What happens when you can’t find a “file” to put it in? What if you can’t make sense of it all? Here’s the answer:...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/29/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Let Him Order Your Steps Today's Scripture “...nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Like most people at this time of year, you are probably thinking about some pretty big dreams and goals. That’s great. We should. But no matter what has happened in the past or what you’re dreaming for in the future, why don’t you let your New Year’s prayer be, “God, not my will, but Yours be done.” Maybe you’ve gone through a disappointment. You don’t understand it. You could easily be bitter and give up...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/23/2014 1:12:22 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Lord is with You Today's Scripture “...O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! ...” (Luke 1:28, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You are favored today, and the Lord is with you! What does it mean to be favored by God? It means you have an advantage for success. You have God’s supernatural power to do what He’s called you to do. You have God’s power at work; you have God’s power at home; you have God’s power in your relationships — you are empowered to accomplish everything you need to today! Receive...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/22/2014 2:56:13 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    God with Us Today's Scripture “Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, Jesus was called by many names according to His attributes. In today’s verse, He is called Emmanuel, which means God with us. He’s not far away; He’s looking down on us; He is closer than the air we breathe. That means you never have to be alone or feel afraid. You never have to wonder where...
  • Mother, son robbed at gunpoint outside Lakewood Church (Osteen Dome)

    11/23/2014 5:15:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    click2houston ^ | Nov 20 2014 | Ryan Korsgard
    When Ellie Spivey and her 30-year-old son left Lakewood Church on Wednesday night, they had nothing but positive thoughts. They have attended the church on the Southwest Freeway for 13 months since the Spivey family moved to Houston from Florida. “I noticed that he had a gun and it was right here," said Russ Spivey. He and his mom were getting into their Jeep parked in a parking lot on the south side of the Southwest Freeway at Edloe Street. He told Local 2, “There was a black weapon, a gun pointed at my mother and she was fighting for...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/19/2014 4:38:35 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Prospering in Everything Today's Scripture “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” (Psalm 1:3, NRSV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful. In the Bible, the Word of God is compared to...
  • Joel Osteen, Gosh . . .

    12/17/2014 4:32:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 201 replies ^ | December 17, 2014 | David Mills
    Not a shock: megachurch celebrity tv star preacher Joel Osteen doesn’t know the Bible, reports the clever and energetic Tristyn Bloom of The Daily Caller. (The story’s several weeks old but I just saw it so pass it on for those of you who hadn’t.)In a Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/18/2014 5:15:26 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Go to the Place of Blessing Today's Scripture “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.” (1 Kings 17:3, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the scripture, the prophet Elijah was living in a certain city. God said to him, “Leave this place and go down to the brook Cherith for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” When he got to the brook, every morning just like clockwork, the ravens brought him food. He had his provision; a prepared blessing. Here’s the key....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/17/2014 4:25:12 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Not Limited by Your Limitations Today's Scripture "Is anything too hard for the LORD? …" Genesis 18:14, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If you could see what God has stored up for you, the people you’re going to meet, the places you’re going to go, the good breaks that are going to find you, you would be amazed. It’s going to be the surpassing greatness of God's favor. But too often, we make excuses. We come up with reasons why this is not going to happen for us. “Well, that sounds good, but I don’t...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/16/2014 4:21:10 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    Favor is Looking for You Today's Scripture "Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to bring you to a place of abundance! A land filled with favor, opportunity, good health and great relationships. You may not be there yet, but don't worry. Your blessing is on the way. David said in Psalm 31, “God has blessings stored up for those that love the Lord.” There are businesses stored up for you that God wants to release. There is promotion...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/15/2014 5:11:27 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Good Land Today's Scripture “For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land — a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills.” (Deuteronomy 8:7, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God has a place prepared for you just like He prepared a place for His people in scripture. Notice that in this place God has prepared, there is no shortage — no shortage of resources, no shortage of opportunities, no shortage of creativity, of friendships, of joy and peace. In the good land, you will lack no...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 12, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/12/2014 5:18:51 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/12/14 | Joel Osteen
    Change Your Mind Today's Scripture "Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2 AMP Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you have behaviors in your life that you want to change? Maybe it’s a habit, a bad attitude, or even negative thoughts. No matter what you may want to change in your life, you have to start by changing your mind. You have to change your thinking so that your thoughts are in line with God’s thoughts. When you make the decision to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/11/2014 4:08:20 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    What Are You Considering? Today's Scripture "And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body…he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform." Romans 4:19-21 NKJV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Abraham had many obstacles coming against the promise of God in his life. God told him that he would be “the father of many nations.” Abraham was over 90 years old before he ever saw that promise...
  • Deputies: Osteen woman stalking mother made over 500 calls (FL)

    12/11/2014 12:04:24 PM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies ^ | December 8, 2014 | Patricio G. Balona
    An Osteen woman who Volusia deputies said used to abuse her mother violated an injunction against her by making more than 500 telephone calls to her deputies said. That is not counting at least 12 times that Kimberly Skinner, 23, tried to visit her mother, investigators said. On Sunday alone, Skinner called her mother 22 times, deputies said. Skinner, charged with aggravated stalking and violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence, was being held without bail Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail. According to the mother, Shirley Sharon, 60, since the injunction was served Jan. 22, “her daughter...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/10/2014 5:04:36 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 12/14/14 | Joel Osteen
    Eternal Glory Today's Scripture “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Troubles and trials are only temporary! In fact, this verse tells us they are momentary. Compared with eternity, our troubles won’t last long at all! When you stand strong in faith during the difficult times, you are building faith in your life and also achieving eternal glory. If you are in the middle of tough times today, look to God. The Bible says that He is the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/09/2014 4:15:22 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Receive Grace Today's Scripture “It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations.” (Romans 1:5 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you want to see more of God’s favor in your life? Receive His grace. Grace is God’s favor, but it’s also His supernatural empowerment. When you have God’s grace and favor, it enables you to accomplish more and be more effective both in your own life and in building the kingdom of God....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/08/2014 5:14:43 PM PST · by Vision · 28 replies
    Email ^ | 12/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    Prepared Blessings Today's Scripture “You prepare a table before me...” (Psalm 23:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When God laid out the plan for your life, He lined up the right people, the right breaks and the right opportunities. He has blessings that have your name on them. If you will stay in faith and keep honoring God, one day you will come in to what already belongs to you. It’s a prepared blessing! Think about Adam and Eve in the garden. God took the first five days and created the heavens, the earth, the sky, the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 5, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/05/2014 4:34:40 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 12/5/14 | Joel Osteen
    Content in Your Own Race Today's Scripture “...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...” (Hebrews 12:1–2, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria It’s easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us when we see someone who’s more talented, better looking or has more gifts. Instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes, we feel inferior and think, “I’ve got to catch up to them.” The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it’s...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/04/2014 4:15:03 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 12/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Time Has Already Been Set Today's Scripture “My times are in your hands...” (Psalm 31:15, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, oftentimes we are waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. When things aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it’s easy to get frustrated. But you have to realize, the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass. God has a set time for your opportunity. There is a set...
  • Prosperity Preaching Is Not Christian (Osteen)

    11/05/2014 5:18:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 147 replies
    DFW Catholic ^ | 11.5.2014 | Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
    Pastor Joel Osteen’s TV ad announcing his new show on Sirius Radio begins with the promise, “We can have victory every single day.” Next come scenes of his pastoral team on stage during a church service, followed by a long shot of the congregation that looks as if it was filmed in the Super Bowl with every seat filled. (He reportedly has the largest congregation in the United States.) Finally, he comes back on screen and declares to the audience, “There is a power in you greater than any power that comes against you.”After seeing the ad for about the...
  • Pastor Joel Osteen to Oprah: "I Can't Be A Big Blessing To People If I'm Poor & Broke"

    11/21/2014 10:33:31 AM PST · by Gamecock · 89 replies ^ | Jan 09, 2012 | Greg Hengler
    I don't know where or how to begin, so since Townhall is a secular website with many Christian viewers, I will simply post a couple pieces of scripture--one for each comment, although there are multiple choice Bible verses contrasting what Osteen personally believes: OSTEEN: "I don't know who would say that you're not supposed to, you know, leave your children better than they were before." GOD: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother'--which is the first commandment with a promise--'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy...
  • How to win friends and wealth the Osteen way!

    11/21/2014 8:11:46 PM PST · by longhorn too · 101 replies
    Just a few moments ago I had a post promptly pulled because of being a little risqué with the Osteen Daily Devotional. I hope this one manages to stay afloat for more than a few minutes. If it is pulled I would like to know why. Anyway, for anyone who would like a good laugh try this you tube.
  • Joel Osteen and Family Feud

    12/02/2014 5:47:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | Aug.24, 2012 | James Gilmore
    On Friday, July 13, 2012, Joel Osteen made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio. Fourteen thousand people filed into Quicken Loans Arena that evening to take in “A Night of Hope.” I had no desire to attend, but I did want to head downtown and do something outside the gathering as an act of quiet personal protest. For weeks prior to the event, I pondered what to do. So one night, to find some inspiration, I tuned in the weekly broadcast from Lakewood Church. When channel-surfing I will sometimes briefly watch Osteen, but on this occasion I committed myself to watching...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 3, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/03/2014 3:42:43 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 12/3/14 | Joel Osteen
    Get Your Joy Back! Today's Scripture “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that it is God’s will for you to be joyful always? He wants you to be happy and carefree. He wants you to love your life no matter what your circumstances look like. In fact, when you have joy in the midst of difficult circumstances, that is evidence that you have faith and trust that God will bring you through. Joy...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 2, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/02/2014 5:19:29 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Email ^ | 12/2/14 | Joel Osteen
    Hidden in Him Today's Scripture “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What a wonderful promise we have that when we seek God, when we serve Him with our whole hearts, He will hide us in His shelter. That means you can be so connected to Father God that you are untouchable and invisible to the enemy! You are hidden in Him! No matter what...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/01/2014 5:34:34 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Remain in Him Today's Scripture “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, we all have ups and downs. This time of year can be especially trying for some. There are seasons that are more difficult when our character is being developed and our faith in God is being strengthened. Sometimes it can feel like you are taking two steps forward and three steps backward. If we’re not careful, we’ll start thinking that life...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/28/2014 8:48:40 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Focus on What You Have Today's Scripture “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.” (Ecclesiastes 5:18, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture talks about how God has given us the power to enjoy what is allotted to us. That simply means another person doesn’t have the power to enjoy your life. You may have more...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/27/2014 7:22:46 AM PST · by Vision · 12 replies
    Email ^ | 11/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    We Thank God for You! Today's Scripture "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a day to remember the goodness of God in our land and to thank Him...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/26/2014 10:01:39 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    This is the Will of God for You Today's Scripture “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today wonder what God’s will is for their lives. Oftentimes, they look for big things, signs and supernatural events. But really, God’s will for us unfolds each and every day as we obey Him and serve Him with a thankful heart. When you wake up every morning with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, you just took a step toward your...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/25/2014 2:25:31 PM PST · by Vision · 10 replies
    Email ^ | 11/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way to Enter Today's Scripture “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What an amazing privilege we have to enter boldly into His throne of grace. We serve a personal God who desires a relationship with us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that today’s verse tells us that we shouldn’t just come to Him any old way. We shouldn’t come empty-handed to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/24/2014 5:13:57 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
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    It’s no Surprise to God Today's Scripture “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, we all experience things that are unexpected. But when something unplanned happens, we have to realize that it’s no surprise to God. Maybe you are dealing with some sort of loss. It hit you unexpectedly. You could be discouraged and overwhelmed and say, “I can’t believe this is happening.” No,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/21/2014 2:02:14 PM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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...