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Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

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Thank God For Generational Blessings

posted by joel

We can all look back through our family lines and see how our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and others in our family history have affected our lives. Sometimes people see negative things that have been passed down, but the blessing of […]

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Another Chance

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I’ve talked to a lot of people over the years that really get down on themselves because of the mistakes they have made in the past. They don’t think they deserve God’s goodness. They think they’ve gone too far. But […]

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Healing For Your Family

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There’s a couple I know who have a son, and for many years, he was on the wrong course. He was raised in a great environment, but for some reason, he got involved with the wrong crowd, got into drugs, […]

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Turn The Page

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A while back, I met a sharp young couple with three small children from New Orleans. They had lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. The house that they had worked so hard for was swept away along with their furniture, possessions […]

The Ultimate Victory

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In one of our services at Lakewood, Danny Gokey, who previously sang on American Idol, told us about how his wife was born with a heart condition. They did everything they knew in the natural. They prayed that she would […]

Power For A Reason

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Scripture tells us that our words contain the power of life and death. You have the power to speak life into your home and into the people around you, and you were given that power for a reason. The people […]

Do You Have Pin-sized Vision?

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Years ago, Victoria and I found two acres of property that we really wanted to buy so we could build a house on it. It was a beautiful, desirable piece of property close to the city. God has blessed us […]

He Won’t Let You Down

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A few years ago, I saw a report on the news about a teenage girl who had driven her car into some high water on a flooded street. She ended up stranded in her car. The water was rising unusually […]

Letters From Dad

posted by joel

My friend, Mark Shriver, has a new book coming out on Tuesday called, A Good Man. The book is about his father, Sargent Shriver, who was an American statesman and activist. Among his many accomplishments, he was the driving force […]

In The Midst Of Life’s Challenges

posted by joel

All through the scripture, there are examples of people who were in great need, but then the favor of God turned it around. For example, in Genesis 6, Noah was facing the greatest challenge of his life. The Earth was […]

Dare To Believe

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I have a friend who is a medical doctor. Late one night years ago, he was driving down the freeway on his way home. He came upon an accident and stopped to see if he could help. Sadly, it was […]

Prayers That Avail Much

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Scripture tells us that the fervent prayers of the righteous avail much. Fervent prayer is heart-filled, it’s faith-filled, and it’s love-filled. I believe that a praying mother gives us a wonderful example of what it means to pray fervently. I […]

Coming Your Way

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There’s a young man I know with a beautiful family. He was working at his job, being his best each day and always keeping a good attitude, but there wasn’t any room for growth at that company and no opportunity […]

Are You Really Alive?

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A couple of years ago, I was watching the news when Captain Sullenberger successfully landed a jet airplane in the Hudson River. All 155 passengers survived. It’s known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” A reporter asked one of the […]

The Place of New Provision

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Change is one of the most difficult things that we all face but change is inevitable. Mark Twain said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” One reason people don’t like change is because they get comfortable […]

When the Brook Dries Up

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In 1 Kings 17, God told the prophet Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and ravens would feed him there. So, Elijah went to the brook Cherith and had provision week after week. He didn’t have to go get […]

How Do You See God!

posted by joel

There are many different ways that people see God. Some people see Him as a God who is far off, way out there, untouchable, somewhere in the universe. Some people see Him in a very formal way where they have […]

Dig a Ditch

posted by joel

In second Kings chapter three, scripture talks about a time when the people were in a serious drought, and there was no sign of relief anywhere in sight. They lived in a valley that didn’t get much rain to begin […]

Adding To Your Life

posted by joel

In scripture, there is a man by the name of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a good man. He was a leader who loved and honored God and stood for righteousness. He led the people with integrity. In the prime of his […]

He’ll Turn Things Around

posted by joel

A couple of years ago, I was at an amusement park with our two children. We were waiting in a very long line for a popular ride. At first, it was a single-file line, but when we got closer to […]

Nothing Can Keep a Praiser Down!

posted by joel

One of our faithful church members is a gentleman named Freddie Lamb. Freddie always has a smile on his face; he is always full of faith and joy. I see him at church all the time. Back in the 1990’s, […]

What’s Between You and Your Destiny?

posted by joel

In the Bible, when Joshua and the people of Israel were headed toward the Promised Land, right in the middle of their path was a huge obstacle—the city of Jericho. Jericho was a large, fortified city. It had huge walls […]

Igniting on the Inside

posted by joel

There is a young lady I know who is very creative. She puts on major programs for different organizations to empower women. She’s known for being very innovative and always on the cutting edge. But she told me that for […]

Before You Were Born

posted by joel

Have you ever heard a parent say, “We weren’t expecting this child; they were a surprise,” or “they were an accident?” Well, that child may have been a surprise to the parents, but they were not a surprise to Almighty […]

A Permanent Place of Provision

posted by joel

I want to tell you a story about a young lady in our church. She is a single parent, a hard worker, and a faithful volunteer. She’s always done her best to provide a living for her family, but always […]

Your Mistakes Don’t Cancel Your Destiny

posted by joel

Back in Bible days, if you would have asked Jacob “Who are you?” he would have said, “I’m a cheater. I’m a deceiver. I’m a liar.” But really, that’s not who he is, that’s what he did. We’ve all done […]

After the Ups and Downs

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In Genesis, the Bible tells us about Jacob’s son, Joseph. As a young man, he was wearing a coat of many colors given to him by his father. He had God’s favor. His life was good. He was on an […]

Favor Through Relationships

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Did you know that God will bless you through your relationships? He will pour out His favor on you by using the people in your life. He’ll use your friends, family, coworkers, and even your spouse. It says in Proverbs […]

Bible 360

posted by joel

If you watch our weekly program, you’ve noticed that at the beginning of each service, we raise our Bibles and declare, “This is my Bible, I have what it says I have; I can do what is says I can […]

Made for More

posted by joel

In life, we all experience setbacks and disappointments. We all have times when things don’t go the way we planned. If we’re not careful, those negative experiences can attach themselves to us, weigh us down and hold us back. We […]

Just Get Back Up!

posted by joel

When things aren’t happening on your timetable, when you don’t see anything changing, are you tempted to get complacent or quit trying? I have a friend who struggled with an addiction for a long time, many years. In high school, […]

Don’t Get it Backwards

posted by joel

What are you seeking in this New Year? What are your highest priorities? So many people make their lists and fill their days trying to make things happen. Or, they seek after something newer, bigger or better. Of course, I’m […]

Open Up!

posted by joel

Psalm 81:10 says, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” As we enter the new year, ask yourself, “Do I have my mouth open wide for this year?” In other words, what are you expecting? What are you […]

T.G.I.T.!

posted by joel

Did you know studies show that people are actually happier on Friday? That’s because we’re looking forward to the weekend. We change our mindsets and decide to focus on the good things ahead. Quite simply, we decide to enjoy our […]

There’s Always Another Seed

posted by joel

Everyone has experienced disappointments in this life. Sometimes they are small and easy to get over. Other times, they are severe and can completely debilitate you if you let them. In the Bible, Adam and Eve went through a great […]

Who Owes You?

posted by joel

Everyone has had unfair things happen to them. We’ve all been wronged, hurt and rejected. Some wounds cut deeper than others, but when all is said and done, we have a choice to make. When someone wrongs you, they are […]

Handfuls of Purpose

posted by joel

Scripture talks about a woman named Ruth. She had been through a lot of heartache and pain. Her husband had been killed in a battle. Now her mother-in-law, Naomi, was moving away to a different city. Ruth decided to go […]

Release The Blessing

posted by joel

A while back, I heard a story about a young girl in the second grade who had a cleft lip. It made her lip a little bit crooked, and her smile was somewhat awkward. Because she was different from the […]

Let Those Doors Close

posted by joel

Years ago, I walked into a government building. There were two sets of double doors about 15 feet apart. They were both automatic doors. In order for the second set of doors to open, you had to let the first […]

He’ll Turn Things Around

posted by joel

A couple of years ago, I was at an amusement park with our two children. We were waiting in a very long line for a popular ride. At first, it was a single-file line, but when we got closer to […]

Just Keep Singing

posted by joel

A while back, I heard an amazing story about a five-year-old boy named Michael. His mother found out that she was pregnant with a little girl and Michael was so excited. He could not wait to see his baby sister! […]

Do You Need A Pill Or A Joke?

posted by joel

“The opposite of play isn’t work; it’s depression,” says Dr. Stuart Brown, Psychiatrist and founder of the National Institute of Play. He became interested in the effects of laughter and play on people’s lives back in 1966 when the Governor […]

Whose Business Are You In?

posted by joel

In my book, Every Day a Friday, I talk about simple, practical changes that you can make in your day-to-day living so that you can set yourself up to really enjoy every single day the way God intends. One of […]

The Gift of Goodbye!

posted by joel

All of us, at times, will have people who leave our lives for one reason or another. Beyond your family and the commitment of marriage, there are some relationships that are meant for just a season. It may be something […]

The Men Who Knew Too Much

posted by joel

One time, Jesus was on the beach and saw a group of fishermen putting away their empty fishing nets. They had been out all night. Jesus walked over to them and asked if He could borrow their boat so He […]

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It's Time For Some "First Times"
One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, "Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?" I kind of laughed and said, "Why wouldn't we want to pray that God would help you make an A?" She said, "Oh, all I

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Standing In The Place of Power
We all have times when things come against us. Times when we feel cheated, mistreated, wronged or taken advantage of. Maybe you're facing a difficulty today and you're not exactly sure how to handle it. If we look to the Word, we see that Jesus set a powerful example for us to follow. Here He was

posted 8:51:40am Aug. 17, 2012 | read full post »

What To Wear Today
If you're like me, when you wake up in the morning, you start thinking about your day—where you'll be going, who you'll be seeing, and what the weather will be like. Then you go to your closet and choose something to wear that will work for all those different scenarios. But there's one thing that

posted 8:48:46am Aug. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Stay On Winning Side
Right before Jesus was arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of his disciples, Peter. He said, "Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight." But Peter loved Jesus and refused to believe it, "No way! I would never deny You. I'll stand by You 'til the end!" Sure enou

posted 8:46:54am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Thank God For Generational Blessings
We can all look back through our family lines and see how our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and others in our family history have affected our lives. Sometimes people see negative things that have been passed down, but the blessing of God is passed down as well. In fact, Exodus 20:6 says

posted 8:37:39am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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