Hi everyone and blessings to all!
What an incredible journey walking with God has been over the past "forty three" years and counting. Its interesting how God's amazing grace and faithfulness only shines brighter the longer the walk! Now to be granted the privilege of sharing my thoughts and insights through the written word is the icing on the cake. To say the road has always been smooth would be untrue, although looking back at all my ups and downs I have learned to embrace the past without regrets as much valued learning seasons in my life. When God gives purpose to our past, our past forfeits its debilitating sting. I pray that my writings fulfill that purpose!
Namref H. Tims
on June 06, 2017 :
This is a food --- oops I meant : This is a good read but perhaps it is food...spiritiual food as well.
The one thing I hoped for was more specificity. For instance: I am on the books as a member of Lakewood Church in Houston. I,however, have not been present in church for over 3 years, although I do watch on TV.
Joel Osteen is one of the ministers who is often described as preaching "prosperity gospel". It seems Bill was reluctant to give actual names. Not sure if it is because of fear of reprisal or fear of making a mistake in judgment.
For me : the jury is out , at least for Joel Osteen. It is hard to determine exactly how much of a church's resources go toward helping the less fortunate. Barring fraud, the church's books are pretty much closed to the general public ( as far as I can determine). I see the Lakewood ministry reaching out to countries in Africa. I see them advertise from time to time on TV about local projects.
Yet, it is still hard to determine how much of the wealth they receive through donation is distributed to the poor and less fortunate.
As for Joel Osteen, I saw one article where his net worth was estimated at over 40 million. Of course, there are some with net worths much higher.
But is Osteen and others truly hypocrites?
Of course there is the saying about the Camel passing through the eye of a needle.
Yet, the Bible talks about prosperity as well. It seems there are a number of Holy Men who were prosperous. KIng David, Solomon.
Those two men ( Kings) Holy Men were filthy rich. Yet for one of them wealth was perhaps not his greatest sin. Yes Bill-- as you know King David sent a man to the front line so that he would be killed -- and King David could then possess his wife.
So for me -- for Joel Osteen ( my pastor at least nominally) the jury is still out.
Over -all I enjoyed reading this mini book. As always, Bill gives a lot of good information, insight and inspiration.
(review of free book)