Church only opens doors when the collection plate can be passed
Our hearts break as we see the damage and destruction in our city. Please join us in helping Houston recover. Visit ✔ @JoelOsteen
My friend say: hypocrite!! Lining your own pockets is disgusting.
FYI for Texas folk who have damage to their homes and businesses because of Hurricane Harvey
Joel Osteen Confirms Church Did Not Flood, But What About the Photos?
They're already begging
Joel Osteen’s Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Often referred to as a megachurch,
his ministry’s home is the former home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets and his sermons are broadcast to millions of faithful each week.
He also has his own station on Sirius XM satellite radio, on which listeners can hear him preach 24 hours a day.
1. Osteen Was Slammed on Social Media for Not Donating Money to Help People in Houston Following Hurricane Harvey.
2. Osteen Used to Earn $200,000 Per Year from the Ministry
Osteen is a celebrity pastor. He took over as pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for his dad, John Osteen,
who died suddenly back in 1999. Joel Osteen’s congregation has grown from 5,000 to 43,000 over the years, which is pretty impressive.
His sermons are televised all over the world, and while that sounds like it would translate to big bucks,
Osteen actually gave up his church salary of $200,000 per year back in 2005. So,
how does Osteen make the majority of his money? He has been fortunate enough to have wild success with his books.
In addition he has calendars, daybooks, and other items to his name that help him earn a living.
3. Osteen Makes the Majority of His Money from His Books
His first book, Your Best Life Now became a New York Times best-seller.
The book is about becoming who you truly believe you are.
“I am what I am today because of what I believed about myself yesterday.
And I will be tomorrow what I’m believing about myself right now.
God sees us as more than conquerors, able to fulfill our destiny.
We need to see ourselves through the eyes of our Creator,” he writes.
His second book, Become A Better You, has earned him over $13 million,
according to Celebrity Net Worth. In this book, Osteen gives a few tips to help people discover their “purpose and destiny.”
The site adds that Osteen’s book deals and things related to those (i.e. book tours) have made him about $55 million per year.
4. Osteen & His Wife Live in a $10.5 Million Mansion
Maybe this mega church conman could also house thousands of victims in his obscene mansion as well?
Osteen lives in a 17,000-foot mansion in River Oaks, Texas, with his wife, Victoria,
and their children. According to Newsmax, the home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms,
three elevators, five fireplaces, a pool house, and a guest house.
Back in 2010, Culture Map reported that Osteen still owned his home in Tanglewood,
which was valued at $2.9 million. At the time, the report claimed that Osteen was selling a vacant lot next to his former home.
The half-acre property had been listed for $1.1 million.
5. Osteen Doesn’t Feel He Should Apologize for His Wealth
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her show, Next Chapter, Osteen was very clear about his wealth and not apologizing for it.
“It’s interesting how, you know what? People usually know who’s sincere and who’s not over time and I think that’s
— we don’t ask for money and people send in millions of dollars to help us keep the broadcast on the air,”
Osteen told Winfrey. In that interview, Osteen also confirmed that the majority of his salary comes from his books.
“We don’t take a salary from the ministry…it comes from books and other things like that,” he said.
Winfrey asked if Osteen “makes any apologies” for his “grand piano.”
“I really don’t, Oprah. We just feel like this is God’s blessings. You know, we’re big givers,
we live what we preach, we’ve given millions of dollars.
And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a nice place to live and being blessed,” he said.
Thank you "ATREVIDA" FROM AUSTIN TEXAS.
Our hearts break as we see the damage and destruction in our city.
Please join us in helping Houston recover.
Joel Osteen Says Megachurch Didn’t Open Earlier Because Houston ‘Didn’t Ask’
He is a goddamn CHURCH.
You shouldn't have to be *asked* to open your doors for people in need,
or you should stop pretending to be a religious institution.
There have been numerous rumors surrounding Lakewood Church in Houston,
Since that time, several photos and videos of the church
has been posted on social media.
Some people claim that the church did not suffer any flooding
and that the areas around the outside of the church prove
that the water levels didn’t get very high and that the church managed
to stay dry inside despite the severe weather.
You can see a couple of these photos and a video below.
Joel Osteen’s Church Issues Statement After Getting Backlash for Not Opening Doors to Hurricane Victims
Pastor Joel Osteen can’t seem to get his story straight about why he didn’t offer his 16,800-seat megachurch
in Houston as a shelter sooner for those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
During an appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” show Wednesday,
the head of Lakewood Church said its doors have “always been open.”
Minutes later, he appeared to reverse course and admit that the church hadn’t initially
encouraged victims to seek shelter there.
“If people were here, they’d realize there were safety issues,”
Osteen said during the TV appearance. “We were just being precautious,
but the main thing is the city didn’t ask us to become a shelter then.”
Houston-based celebrity pastor Joel Osteen is coming under fire on
Twitter for not opening up the doors to his Church for storm victims to take shelter.
Osteen — pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church —
has kept the doors closed even though pictures on
Twitter appear to show that the Church escaped the brunt of the storm.
Lakewood Church — which was formerly an NBA arena called The Summit,
home to the Houston Rockets — holds 16,800 people.
Lakewood Church posted on Facebook Sunday writing,
"Dear Houstonians! Lakewood Church is inaccessible due to severe flooding!"
The post received backlash on social media when photos were
posted that seemed to contradict those claims. The church,
home to one of the largest congregations in the country,
says its doors are now open and receiving anyone who needs shelter.
Osteen joined "CBS This Morning" from Houston to address the controversy and discuss
what his church is doing to help the city
Following claims from around the internet that Lakewood Church,
and its leader, Joel Osteen, weren't doing anything
for the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey,
the organization spoke out Monday night to try and set the record straight.
Two media giants, the New York Post and New York Daily News,
gave credence to angry Twitter users and other media personalities
questioning the megachurch for not opening its doors to people
forced from their homes from flooding.
Don Iloff, spokesman for Lakewood, told Chron.com late Monday
that the church has never been closed during Harvey and staff was instructed
to aid anyone who came to their doors looking for help.
"It's not our unwillingness, it's just practicality. It's been a safety issue for us,"
Iloff said, adding that Harvey's heavy rainfall almost spilled over Lakewood's
floodgate this past weekend. "Lakewood Church has a heart for this city."
None of that is true. There was flooding – if we didn't have our floodgates out back here, it was within one foot. This building flooded in 2001.
Osteen's comment stands in contrast to a church Facebook post and a since-deleted Instagram remark by Lakewood associate pastor John Gray,
who said flooded highways had made the church inaccessible. A spokeswoman for Osteen didn't immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.
Damage to a hotel in Victoria.
Destroyed houses in Rockport.
A burnt-out house that caught fire after Hurricane Harvey hit Corpus Christi.
Family disappear, nearly floods his truck as Hurricane Harvey comes ashore in Corpus Christi. Minutes later, high winds blew off the camper carrying all of his belongings.
Thank you LA PELIGROZA FROM HUSTON TEXAS.
Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America. It is bordered by Colombia on the west, Brazil on the south, Guyana on the east, and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east. Venezuela covers 916,445 km² and has over 31 million people. The country has extremely high biodiversity, with habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rain-forest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.
Yellow stands for the riches of the land
Blue represents the courage of Venezuela's people and Venezuela's independence from Spain
Red symbolizes the blood shed in Venezuela's struggle for independence
Eight stars represent the eight provinces in Venezuela that united in the war of independence
Coat of Arms
Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro: ‘We don’t carry the yellow star of David ... we carry red hearts.’
And Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warned that Venezuela "stands on the brink of disaster."
"Nicolas Maduro's government must stop before it is too late," he said.
However, old allies Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia stood by Maduro, who shrugged off mass protests and a previous round of US sanctions on some of his officials to see through the election.
Cuba, Venezuela's closest ally, charged that "a well-organised international operation was under way, led from Washington, with the support of the OAS chief, aimed at silencing the voice of the Venezuelan people, and forcing them into submission with attacks and economic sanctions."
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Italia: “Refugiados” cortan las calles y atacan a los peatones
por estar 45 minutos con el agua cortada.
Authorities made 12 arrests and conducted exhaustive searches across an East London
neighborhood Sunday after a rampage that left seven dead,
dozens more injured and once again brought chaos and fear to the streets of America's closest European ally.
Three suspected terrorists also were killed in Saturday night's attack,
and 21 of the 48 injured remained in critical condition late Sunday.
The attack at iconic London Bridge and a nearby market was the third terrorist
strike in Britain in less than three months.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks,
the SITE intelligence group said Sunday.
Eyewitnesses said they heard the men shout "this is for Allah,” British media reported.
"It is time to say enough is enough," Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday.
She called for tougher measures to contain Islamic extremism,
saying the recent attacks are not directly linked, but “terrorism breeds terrorism.”
“They are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred,
sows division and promotes sectarianism,” she said.
“It is an ideology that claims our Western values and freedom,
democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam."
May also called for international agreements to regulate cyberspace
and deny terrorism the "safe space it needs to breed."
Twitter and Google were among major tech firms issuing statements saying
they were working to deny terrorists an online voice.
Police said a van plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge,
then drove to the nearby Borough Market where the attackers went on a stabbing rampage.
Armed officers confronted three suspects,
who police said were wearing "hoax" suicide vests, at the market.
Mark Rowley, head of counterterrorism for Metropolitan Police,
said eight officers firing about 50 shots killed all three attackers.
One member of the public suffered a gunshot wound,
but the injuries were not believed to be critical, he said.
"The situation these officers were confronted with was critical,
a matter of life and death," Rowley said. "Three armed men,
wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, had already attacked and killed members
of the public and had to be stopped immediately."
Rowley lauded the courage of officers who ran toward the attack as it unfolded.
"I am humbled by the bravery of an officer who will rush toward a potential suicide bomber
thinking only of protecting others," he said.
Counterterrorism police units made the arrests Sunday during a sweep
in the suburban community of Barking,
and more homes in the area were being searched, Rowley said.
The alleged connection to the attack was not revealed.
Rowley said investigators were working to learn more about the attackers,
their connections and whether they were assisted by others not at the scene.
"We will work relentlessly to establish the facts," he said.
Some of the 48 wounded and taken to local hospitals had life-threatening injuries,
and 36 remained hospitalized late Sunday, police said. Among them was a British
Transport Police officer in stable condition after showing
"enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene
and rushed to help," Chief Constable Paul Crowther said".
An off-duty London police officer also was injured.
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Wishing you a warm and wonderful week!
Historic figures have homes to visit for posterity;
the Lord of history left no home.
Luminaries leave libraries and write their memoirs;
He left one book, penned by ordinary people.
Deliverers speak of winning through might and conquest;
He spoke of a place in the heart.
Good Wednesday everyone home return of the sun.
Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture
In the 1950s young kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs,
cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term
---the generation gap.
In the 1960s, young-kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest---church, state,
and parents were all called into question and found wanting.
Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, young-kids lost their love.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion....
It made for a lonely world.
Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot
everything there was to know about love,
and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, young-kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by
the horror of a nuclear nightmare,
large and growing numbers of this generation
stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s young-kids lost their power to reason.
It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated
words beginning with self.
Less and less were they taught the very basics of language,
truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality
of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, young-kids woke up and found out
that somewhere in the midst of all this change,
they had lost their imagination.
Violence and perversion entertained them
till none could talk of killing innocents since.
As children who died in bombing of Manchester.
And the WORLD.
These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear,
today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences,
and if that were not bad enough,
we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off
the restraints religion had imposed upon them.
It is not just that they ask we accept,
but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.
The great man who it seems would be true, who knows.
We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.
Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.
Sabían que cuando Einstein.
daba alguna conferencia en las numerosas universidades de USA,
la pregunta recurrente que le hacían los estudiantes era:
-¿Cree Ud. en Dios?
Y él siempre respondía:
-Creo en el Dios de Spinoza.
El que no había leído a Spinoza se quedaba en las mismas…
Espero que esta joyita de la historia, les sirva tanto como a mi.
RodrigoBaruch de Spinoza, fue un filósofo Holandés
considerado uno de los tres grandes
racionalistas de la filosofía del siglo XVII,
junto con el francés Descartes.
Aquí algo de él.
Este es el Dios o Naturaleza de Spinoza:
Dios hubiera dicho:
"Deja ya de estar rezando y dándote golpes en el pecho!
Lo que quiero que hagas es que salgas al mundo a disfrutar de tu vida.
Quiero que goces, que cantes, que te diviertas y que disfrutes
de todo lo que he hecho para ti.
¡Deja ya de ir a esos templos lúgubres, obscuros y fríos
que tú mismo construiste y que dices que son mi casa.
Mi casa está en las montañas, en los bosques,
los ríos, los lagos, las playas.
Ahí es en donde vivo y ahí expreso mi amor por ti.
Deja ya de culparme de tu vida miserable;
yo nunca te dije que había nada mal en ti o que eras un pecador,
o que tu sexualidad fuera algo malo.
El sexo es un regalo que te he dado y con el
que puedes expresar tu amor, tu éxtasis, tu alegría.
Así que no me culpes a mí por todo lo que te han hecho creer.
Deja ya de estar leyendo supuestas escrituras sagradas
que nada tienen que ver conmigo.
Si no puedes leerme en un amanecer, en un paisaje,
en la mirada de tus amigos, en los ojos de tu hijito...
¡No me encontrarás en ningún libro!
Confía en mí y deja de pedirme.
¿Me vas a decir a mí como hacer mi trabajo?
Deja de tenerme tanto miedo.
Yo no te juzgo, ni te crítico, ni me enojo,
ni me molesto, ni castigo. Yo soy puro amor.
Deja de pedirme perdón, no hay nada que perdonar.
Si yo te hice... yo te llené de pasiones, de limitaciones,
de placeres, de sentimientos, de necesidades,
de incoherencias... de libre albedrío
¿Cómo puedo culparte si respondes a algo que yo puse en ti?
¿Cómo puedo castigarte por ser como eres,
si yo soy el que te hice?
¿Crees que podría yo crear un lugar para quemar
a todos mis hijos que se porten mal,
por el resto de la eternidad?
¿Qué clase de dios puede hacer eso?
Olvídate de cualquier tipo de mandamientos,
de cualquier tipo de leyes; esas son artimañas
para manipularte, para controlarte,
que sólo crean culpa en ti.
Respeta a tus semejantes
y no hagas lo que no quieras para ti.
Lo único que te pido es que pongas atención en tu vida,
que tu estado de alerta sea tu guía.
Amado mío, esta vida no es una prueba,
ni un escalón, ni un paso en el camino, ni un ensayo,
ni un preludio hacia el paraíso.
Esta vida es lo único que hay aquí y ahora
y lo único que necesitas.
Te he hecho absolutamente libre,
no hay premios ni castigos, no hay pecados ni virtudes,
nadie lleva un marcador, nadie lleva un registro.
Eres absolutamente libre para crear
en tu vida un cielo o un infierno.
No te podría decir si hay algo después de esta vida,
pero te puedo dar un consejo.
Vive como si no lo hubiera.
Como si esta fuera tu única oportunidad de
disfrutar, de amar, de existir.
Así, si no hay nada,
pues habrás disfrutado de la oportunidad que te di.
Y si lo hay, ten por seguro que no te voy a preguntar
si te portaste bien o mal, te voy a preguntar ¿Te gustó?...
¿Te divertiste? ¿Qué fue lo que más disfrutaste?
Deja de creer en mí; creer es suponer,
Yo no quiero que creas en mí, quiero que me sientas en ti.
Quiero que me sientas en ti cuando besas a tu amada,
cuando arropas a tu hijita, cuando acaricias a tu perro,
cuando te bañas en el mar.
Deja de alabarme, ¿Qué clase de Dios ególatra crees que soy?
Me aburre que me alaben, me harta que me agradezcan.
¿Te sientes agradecido? Demuéstralo cuidando de ti,
de tu salud, de tus relaciones, del mundo.
¿Te sientes mirado, sobrecogido?...
¡Expresa tu alegría! Esa es la forma de alabarme.
Deja de complicarte las cosas y de repetir como perico
lo que te han enseñado acerca de mí.
Lo único seguro es que estás aquí, que estás vivo,
que este mundo está lleno de maravillas.
¿Para qué necesitas más milagros? ¿Para qué tantas explicaciones?
No me busques afuera, no me encontrarás.
BUSCAME DENTRO..... AHI ESTOY, LATIENDO EN TI.
Búscame dentro... ahí estoy, latiendo en ti".