Category Archives: Joel Osteen

Every day is NOT a great day

Do we now live in cultures that encourage unrealistic expectations of uninterrupted happiness? I find it troubling when the Church strains to paint everything in such positive terms that believers are shocked and perhaps disillusioned by trials and suffering. Continue reading

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Hot tub religion

“As I sat there savoring hot tubness, cracking small jokes and adjusting to the feel of being bubble over from all angles, it struck me that the hot tub is the perfect symbol of the modern route in religion. The … Continue reading

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Teach this truth to new believers

Discipline is an unavoidable part of God’s plan for spiritual transformation. Christian discipleship should teaching about the fact that, “The Lord disciplines those he loves.” Some Christians are not experiencing spiritual growth because they don’t understand this truth.  ___ A failure to … Continue reading

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Appeal to Joel Osteen — “Love people by teaching them the whole truth”

Listening to Osteen makes me think of the State song of Kansas – ”Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam where the Deer and the Antelope play; Where never is heard a discouraging word, And the sky is not clouded all day.”

Who wouldn’t want a life like this? No discouraging words or cloud filled days! Continue reading

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Misunderstanding the ways of God

Here’s a truth we can’t afford to ignore, misunderstand or underestimate: “The Lord disciplines those He loves.” Discipline is part of God’s plan for spiritual transformation – for all of His children. If you’ve known the Lord for any length of … Continue reading

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Love your neighbor AND yourself?

  How do you feel about yourself? How’s your self-esteem? Do you have a good self-image? Several decades ago, answers to these questions became the prominent concerns in education, psychotherapy, counseling and parenting. “Feeling good about ourselves” one writer suggested, … Continue reading

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What do we know about Jesus Christ?

It’s an indisputable fact of history that there existed in the first century a man identified as Jesus of Nazareth. We possess detailed accounts of his birth, life, contemporaries, and his death. We know when he lived– 5/6 BC through … Continue reading

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