Joel Osteen "Becoming A Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day" Part 1
When people hear the name Joel Osteen they motivational speaker, preacher, televangelist, writer, mega church pastor, and countless other things. Their are many ministers who are jealous of his successes. Others don't like his style of preaching because he doesn't use much scripture or mention, sin or hell. Yet others see his style as a new age preacher with a positive message.
If you have never heard of Joel Osteen he is an author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Your Best Life Now. Joel Osteen is the pastor of a new generation. Called by many "America's new voice of hope," Joel has been recognized as the most influential Christian in America by Church Report magazine and one of the 10 Most Fascinating People by Barbara Walters. Joel Osteen reaches a huge audience in the United States and across the globe. Tens of millions of people in more than a hundred nations are inspired through his weekly television broadcast worldwide, his New York Times best selling books, his sold-out international speaking tours and his weekly pod top-ten podcasts. Joel and his wife Victoria, are the Pastors of America's largest Church - Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. You can visit his website at http://www.joelosteen.com/. It will take you also to Lakewood Church in Houston.
I love the way Joel Osteen preaches very positive and upbeat. He delivers very encouraging messages to believers to live their lives in a positive way make a difference for the kingdom by the way they look at life and share their faith with those around them. When I come home from Sunday's I turn on turn on the television at 10:00 p.m. and feast upon his encouraging words. Yes, he doesn't talk much about sin, hell, quote scripture left and right like others may. He has a different approach and style. He has a different gift. I remember listening to him while in the hospital and being brought to tears through his words as I was so encouraged to keep on fighting and holding on to God's strength and hope.
I bought his first book, "Your Best Life Now" and thought it was a great book for improving your life.
The new book by Osteen, "Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day"
As I critique his book I look at it with an open mind and hope you do as well.
I will share with you things I agree and disagree with and would like your discussion as well.
In the introduction Joel says, "What does it mean to be a better you? First, you understand that God wants you to become all that He created you to be. Second, it is imperative that you realize that God will do His part, but you must do your part as well." I agree with this statement so many Christians sit back and wait for God to act in their lives and bless their lives without any effort. We must do are part (now not in the sense of legalistic view how ever, but as James 2:26, says "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead). To become a better you, you must:
1. Keep pressing forward ( I agree with this statement because it is found in Philippians 3:12-ff & Hebrews 12:1-3.)
2. Be positive towards yourself (I agree with this statement we need to remember that we were created in the image of God Genesis 1:26).
3. Develop better relationships (I agree with this point because it is based on 1 Corinthians 15:33 Bad company corrupts good character.")
4. Form better habits (As Christians we are to change the way we live and change our habits.
5. Embrace the place where you are ( I don't know if I agree with this one or not. I know God loves me right where I am. Nothing can separate me from the love that is in Christ Jesus according to Romans 8, but I am still thinking on this point).
6.Develop your inner life. (As far as Christians Paul says in Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, life by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." As a Christian perspective I would disagree with this point of develop your inner life).
7. Stay passionate about life (As far as Christians go we need to stay passionate about he Christian life.).
In The first Chapter on page 3 and 4, then I will end the discussion for today here with this thought for discussion. Osteen states, "He's a progressive God, and He wants every generation to be increasing in happiness, success and significance. No matter where we are in life, God has more in store. He never wants us to quit growing. We should always be reaching for new heights in our abilities, in our spiritual walk, in our finances, careers, and personal relationships. We all have areas where we come up higher. We may have achieved a certain level of success, but there are always new challenges, other mountains to climb. There are new dreams and goals that we can pursue."
What does this say about contentment? Is it okay to be content where you are in life? Do you think Joel is right? Do you think God wants us to keep growing in our faith? What about our finances, careers, and personal relationships? Is God a progressive God? For those that have read this book what did you think? Was it a help? Was it a blessing? Has Joel Osteen been a blessing to your life? Is it easy for ministers to be jealous of others successes such as Joels and Lakewood Church? Has anyone ever been to Lakewood Church what did you think? What did you think of the introduction and critique so far?
Part 2 to come soon.
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