Thursday, January 2, 2014


Psalm 42:5  ". . . hope thou in God . . ."

I call Joel Osteen, the pastor of Lakeland Church in Houston, Texas, my Sunday preacher.  There are a number of reasons why I choose to get my weekly sermon from a television evangelist.  For one thing, it costs too much money to buy gas to get to a location where I can find my exact denomination.  But mostly, it's because with Joel Osteen, we get a continual message of hope.  No hell and brimstone messages from him.  We hear about a loving God.

We hear "take the chains off of God" and let him work his miracles.  Believe and have hope.  Dream big.  Don't pray for a C in one course.  Ask God for A's in all courses.  Then study and voila, miracles from God will occur. And Joel continually reminds us to stay in the faith . . . stay in the faith . . .

So, people have been hoping, praying, working hard to stay in the faith for a number of years now.  They listen to this pastor say that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.  We are made in God's own image, no less.  And when it takes a while for our hopes and dreams to be realized, he reminds us that God's timing is perfect.  When it is time for us to fulfill His will in our lives we will have whatever skills and means we need. 

I don't know about you, but I am staying in the faith and believing God who not only allows hope, but follows up hope with miraculous victories.

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