Why was Jesus born in a manger? Because Jesus is the Lamb of God, and lambs are born in mangers.

Friday, August 16, 2013

He's wrong.

Joel Osteen said something that caught my attention in the video I posted a few days ago. He said: "I can't be a blessing to others if I'm poor and broke". In the book of Acts, chapter 3, it is written: 
"One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him".
So yes, we can be poor and still be a blessing to others, if we have the Holy Spirit and we are born again. Jesus himself told us that "A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Anyone else who says otherwise is wrong.


  1. Holy cow! This is the exact passage that our Pastor chose for last Sunday's service.

    And,Joel gives me the creeps....

  2. "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction."
    1 Timothy 6:9