Pastor Joel Osteen has been quoted as saying that the Sandy Hook Tragedy is “a ‘Wake Up Call’ for Americans” as he joins prominent Christian leaders who seek to find answers to this act of violence.
Joel Osteen’s Quotes On Death at Sandy Hook
The Lakewood Church pastor recently spoke about how to move forward from the Dec. 14 tragedy, saying that in a roundabout way, he believes the tragedy “teaches us to prioritize what’s important in our lives.”
“There is no guarantee of tomorrow, I wish there was, but it makes us all realize, even as a nation, how fragile life really is, and every day are we taking time to tell the people we love how much we love them and taking the time for what matters most,” Osteen told Entertainment Tonight in a Dec. 17 interview.
“We can take this, as a nation, to say, ‘you know what, here’s a wake up call, are we taking time for those closest to us?’”
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Are you making the most of every day? Do you wake up each day with a clear direction for your life? Do you know exactly where you are going and what you want to accomplish? If you are to reach your full potential, you need to discover God’s purpose for your life and determine your priorities. In this series, “Living a Focused Life,” Pastor Joel Osteen will give you new insight to help you discover God’s plan and unique purpose for your life. Don’t let your physical, mental and emotional energy become so diffused that you miss God’s promises for you. Learn how to focus your efforts in order to achieve results and harness the incredible power of the potential God has placed inside you.
I would like to share an incredible story of the power of forgiveness with you. And the best part is, this same power is available to all of us today, the “mighty power that raised Christ from the dead” (Ephesians 1:19–20, TLB). This power is yours because Jesus Christ arose from the tomb on that first Easter morning!
Nothing is more amazing or significant than the power displayed at the Resurrection. This is what separates our faith from any other on earth. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins on the cross. He lived a perfect and sinless life and gave it as a sacrifice for your sins and mine. And when all hope seemed to be gone He miraculously came to life again. What this means is:
When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior we are completely forgiven … for anything … for everything … forever!
The story begins with a boy when he was only 14 years old. His father was abusive and eventually the relationship erupted into a terrible fight. When it was all over the dad kicked his son out of the house.
That night all alone, this young boy was devastated, discouraged — his life seemed shattered. He had no place to go, and he finally decided that life just wasn’t worth living. So, having lost all hope and having no one to turn to, he went to a big bridge and prepared to jump.
We all have times when we wake up in the morning and feel the blahs and blues; we don’t feel very excited. But just because we feel those emotions doesn’t mean we have to stay there and give in to them; we can shake it off and move forward in faith relying on God’s strength.
A great example of someone in the Bible who had a lot of experience in shaking off negative emotions is David. He had to fight being moody, and he was the King of Israel. He had all kinds of opportunity, power and position. He was wealthy, and yet, he still struggled with being depressed and discouraged. That tells me that having to choose to rule over negative feelings is something every person has to deal with. Don’t think you’re alone if you feel this way. Turn to God and His hope. Don’t think, “If I just had more money, if I had a better job, if I had a different spouse, then I’d be in a good mood, Joel. Then I wouldn’t have to deal with these feelings.” No, you may think that, but every person has to fight the temptation to just give in and live by how we feel.
I love what David did; he talked to himself. He said,“Why are you cast down, oh, my soul? Hope in the Lord.”
That’s Psalm 42. He was saying in everyday language, “David, what are you doing in a bad mood? Stop looking at your problems and start looking at your God.” That tells me that true joy is found only in God, when you take your eyes off of how you feel and your circumstances and place them on God and His Word.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is talk to ourselves and speak scripture over our lives. When you’re tempted to be in a bad mood, go look in the mirror and say, “Listen here, self. You need to cheer up. Get your joy back, get your peace back. I’m not going to live this day defeated.” You have to stay on the offensive. Don’t wait until you’ve been down for three days before you decide to do something about it. The moment you feel that discouragement trying to come on you, rise up and say, “No, I’m not going there.” You wake up in the morning and feel the blahs, you say, “Nope, that’s not for me. This is going to be a good day. It’s the day the Lord has made.”
About ‘Every Day A Friday – How To Be Happier 7 Days A Week’
Discover the secret to living each day to the fullest!
Joel Osteen Sermons in ‘EVERY DAY A FRIDAY‘ offers encouragement, spiritual guidance and practical advice on how to find joy and happiness in every day of the week, every day of your life.
Whatever challenges you may face, whatever circumstances are weighing you down; you can choose to rejoice in the moment. Learn these core principles to true happiness, and how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that we all experience at five o’clock on Friday, and to give control of your life to Him so that you can find fulfilment in His plans for you! – Joel Osteen Sermons
For many, the Christmas season can be filled with distractions and anxiety rather than the joy and peace it is supposed to bring.
In The Christmas Spirit, his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring stories of family and friends celebrating Christmas traditions that will help readers return to the essence of the holiday by practicing the principles taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate that day.
With these stories, Joel reminds us all of what is truly important in life. Filled with humorous and compelling holiday memories from Joel’s family and friends, this heartwarming collection will inspire and amuse readers while enhancing their faith in God’s goodness and eternal wisdom.
This review from Joel Osteen Sermons is on Joel Osteen’s book ‘Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day‘
One of the great pleasures of this book for me was to re-read many of my favorite sermons by Pastor Joel Osteen. No matter how many times I’ve listened to a sermon that’s included here, the Holy Spirit helped me to draw new meaning from reading it in Become a Better You.
Another great benefit was to see the structure that Pastor Osteen used to organize these sermons relative to one another. Just by seeing that structure and thinking about it after finishing the book, I better understood the process of sanctification (the way that Christian believers go about becoming more like Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit). Continue reading →
There are likely only a small number of North Americans who wouldn’t find Joel Osteen’s face familiar if shown a photograph of him. Seen beaming at book buyers from the covers of a number of best-selling inspirational/motivational hybrids, Osteen is perhaps best known for his #1 New York Times bestseller, Your Best Life Now.
Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year is a collection of daily micro-devotions — each two to three paragraphs in length — which are based upon Osteen’s previous work.
I have been a Christian all my life and became born-again at the age of 7, from that moment on I have listened to a number of pastors preaching the word of God in their own unique way but none of them has made me feel as uplifted as Joel Osteen’s sermons do, about being a Christian. There are many adversaries that come with being a Christian and there is an abundance of evidence for it but Joel preaches about God’s love for us and explains the secrets to overcoming obstacles, even life-threatening ones. His sermons always leave me with a sense of peace and an expandable insight on how to live my everyday life for God while going through setbacks and disappointments.
In addition, what gets me most about Joel Osteen’s sermons is his capacity to be real. When he speaks, he speaks from the heart. He does not just put up a warm front for his audience, he is as warm and loving in person and I believe that, that is what makes him labelled as “The most influential Christian in America” by The Church Report in 2006 and in the same year, led him to being featured as one of the “10 most fascinating people of 2006.” Continue reading →