Monday, April 30, 2007

Some Quotes from Joel Osteen


1. Joel Osteen-(born March 5, 1963, in Houston, Texas) is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, North America’s largest and fastest growing church averaging more than 42,000 attendees at weekly services. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Your Best Life Now,and his television ministry is the most watched inspirational program in America.

2. Took over Dad’s ministry in 1999: John said, “It's God's will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It's God's will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt. It's God's will for you to live in health and not in sickness all the days of your life.”

3. Osteen quotes:

a) Osteen’s upbeat style is deliberate and authentic. ‘Make church relevant,’ he says. ‘Give them something to be able to take away. I find today people are not looking for theology. There’s a place for it, [But] in your everyday life you need to know how to live.
b) "It's not a churchy feel," Osteen, 40, said. "We don't have crosses up there. We believe in all that, but I like to take the barriers down that have kept people from coming. A lot of people who come now are people that haven't been to church in 20 to 30 years."
c) "I think for years there's been a lot of hellfire and damnation. You go to church to figure out what you're doing wrong and you leave feeling bad like you're not going to make it," Osteen said. "We believe in focusing on the goodness of God."
d) Interview with Larry King: KING: “What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all? OSTEEN: “You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know ...KING: “If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?OSTEEN: “Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person's heart. ... I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:3-4- For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Snow-out in baseball? Come on!


On Monday, my family (my brother and dad drove up from Indiana to Cleveland) and I were supposed to see the Indians play the Seattle Mariners. For the 4th straight day, it was postponed due to snow. Now, who ever heard of a baseball game getting canceled due to snow? Come on! But, with all things, some good came out of it. Our family went to the IX Center instead, and a good time was had by all. And, sometime in May or June, we will try again to see the Indians. Hopefully, the weather will be better.

Easter in Cleveland!


Living in Cleveland now for over 3 years, I have learned to expect anything. But, having snow on Easter was a new experience. I say that even after living in Montana for 4 years. Nevertheless, what a joy it was to celebrate with all the faithful the Resurrection of Christ from the dead, snow or no snow! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!