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A Night Of Hope w/ Joel Osteen

JoelOsteen2This is a long overdue post – a write-up from an event that I attended this past summer – a latergram, if you will…haha!  Over the summer, I attended Joel Osteen’s “Night of Hope” at Yankee Stadium.  My church, Every Nation NYC, is a supporter of Joel, and because of this event, I became familiar with his sermons, books, and message…of hope!  I’m a fan – and took copious notes as he spoke to us that night at Yankee Stadium.  Here is what I managed to capture from the night.  Keep in mind that these are in note-taking format – just phrases and bullet-points, but powerful and straight from God’s mouth to Joel’s ears to these notes!
  • Start each day with faith.  Say, “Thank you for another day, Lord!”  The right perspective sets you up for a positive day.
  • Your tape – many psychologists call it an internal dialogue – if it’s negative, you’ll never get to your potential
  • Start each day fresh.  Forgive people from yesterday, forgive the mistakes from yesterday, forgive yourself.
  • God can use anybody and any situation.  Abraham was old, Moses stuttered, Thomas doubted, Mariam gossiped, Zaccheaus was short, Lazarus was dead.  What’s your excuse?!  (this last one got a good laugh from the audience ;))
  • When Joel’s mom was sick and given only weeks to live, she posted up pictures all over her house of herself – getting married, riding horses, being healthy and happy.  At that time, looking in the mirror gave her a vision of death, so she put up the pictures of life.  So see yourself accomplishing your dreams – use the power of vision.
  • Sometimes, God will take you away from the fire but sometimes, God will make you fireproof and take you through the fire.  His hedge of protection is that he’s made you fireproof.  All that will burn off are your limitations.
  • Quit worrying about what isn’t; it wasn’t meant to be.
  • Praise precedes the victory
  • It’s easy to have a good attitude when you’re on the mountaintop
  • Shout before the walls come down
  • Your darkest hour can be your brightest hour
JoelOsteen5Story of his father passing
  • Joel shared about his father passing and how devastating it was for him to lose his father and for the church to lose their pastor.  Joel never wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, but he was thrust into the role and found himself carrying out his father’s dreams of expanding the church until they now occupy the Compaq center in Texas!
  • God’s dream for your life is so much bigger
  • Call out the seeds of greatness
  • Re: the Word-I am what it says I am, I can do what it says I can do
JoelOsteen3 Manure in fertilizer
  • The things that stink in your life, the stinky stuff, works for you.  You can’t get through life without fertilizer.  God wouldn’t have allowed it if it wasn’t meant to be used for your advantage.  The more stink, the more fertilizer.  Quit complaining about the fertilizer.  Remember it is fertilizer, it can propel you into your destiny.  There’s promotion in that stink.  Embrace the stink.  If you’ve had a lot of stink, it means God has a huge destiny for you.  Think of the difficult people as fertilizer for you.
  • Why are some victors and others victims?
  • Don’t just go through it, grow through it
  • Winning is in your DNA
  • Ditch to prison all the way to the palace.  You’re destined to live in the palace.  These aren’t the ends-don’t get comfortable in the pit, get your fire back.  Your story ends in the palace.
  • David used the sword of Goliath to defeat Saul, the same exact swords that were meant to defeat you, you will use towards victory.
  • Rummaging through garbage for hours.  God can make music out of trash.  He can take the very thing meant to defeat you and use it to promote you.  The injustice, trash, mistakes, stink, etc will be used.
I do wish that I could elaborate on more of this, but all I’ve got are these notes and pictures of myself at the event 😉  These are all words of life, however, and great reminders for all of us.  I hope you got somethin’ out of it and I’d certainly recommend attending 2015’s Night of Hope!JoelOsteen6

There is power…in Christian Women In Media

Megan Alexander, oftentimes seen on “Inside Edition” stood before us last night at the Christian Women in Media Dinner and did not begin spouting news stories or “stories from the front lines” or behind-the-scenes gossip.  No.  She got up and quoted 1 Peter 3:15: “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  but do this with gentleness and respect…”  She brought us back to her humble beginnings in San Antonio, where she had to first make a decision as to whether or not she was going to be “Megan Alexander, the Christian, or Megan Alexander, the fun, quirky, hip tv host of “Good Day, S.A.!”  She decided that she was going to be Megan Alexander, the Christian, and never looked back.  She struck the balance between thriving in a secular industry and striving inspired by God. Megan gave us homework, as well.  “Do good work,” she said.  She went on to explain that especially in New York City, where the sharpest minds are, it is essential to be able to hold your own.  And she doesn’t believe it’s the case that Christians are not welcome in the industry, but rather that they are not “in the mix,” and so she instructed us to us to get in the decision-making chairs, get in the meetings, and be in the rooms where things are happening.  In addition, she stressed the importance of building long-lasting relationships.  “See relationships as ends in themselves,” she offered, noting the radicalism of that in a city where everyone wants something from someone.
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She encouraged us to fight.  “When you’re proud and you know that something is right, fight for it.”  Alexander fought for a pastor to be featured on “Good Day S.A.” and ended up having a hand in one of the show’s highest-rated episodes.  She fought for an interviewee’s testimony that included mention of God because she knew that it was crucial to the story…and for a greater purpose.  Her final message to us was to “master our crafts” because we can “preach the gospel, and use words when necessary.” Last night was incredibly encouraging because in a room full of producers and reporters and hosts and writers and singers and creatives in the media industry, we shared the ultimate bond: love for God.  And so, in every success story, credit was given to Him.  In every piece of advice, reference was given to seeking God’s guidance.  Punctuating every powerful moment was a sealing prayer.  It was like a networking party where everyone worked for the company, God Inc! I’m a devour-er of inspirational information, whether I have to read it, hear it, attend it, or travel to the Himalayas for it, I always have an appetite and aspiration for greatness.  And to be around women who possessed greatness in the industry as well as in God was awe-inspiring.  I took away from last night that God and media can not only co-exist, but are actually complimentary!