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Where does that leave all the poor struggling Christian business men and women in the audience who are not doing so well financially? Isn't the strength of Christ good for them too? Again we must ask about the Christian athletes who are not so talented and did not win any medals. They also trained and tried their hardest but they either lost or never even qualified. Where was the strength of Christ for them? Certainly many of them had as much faith in the promise of Philippians 4:13 as the winning Christian athlete. [ 14 ] […] Joel Osteen and Norman Vincent Peale An October 21, 2005 article By Tatiana Morales on CBS refers to an appearance Osteen made on The Early Show on which co-anchor Harry Smith ..."compared Osteen's preaching to Norman Vincent Peale 's, and Osteen agreed". "It's amazing," Osteen said. "I was preaching two or three years when someone gave me one of his books. I was going to say, 'He thinks like me.' I think like him. It seems like it's the same base there. God is on our side and if you think right, I believe, like Norman Vincent Peale did, that your life follows your thoughts. You get up negative, oppressive, you're day will go that way." [ 16 ] Now that is one thing Joel that you got right. You do think like and he are on the same page. And it is no wonder. Both your doctrines derive from exactly the same source and the "same base". As the author of the book of Ecclesiastes said, "There is nothing new under the sun". Satan pulls down an old dusty heresy from off the shelf, gives it a spit shine, ties a red bow on top and hands it back to man with a flourish. And man? ... Man just swallows it hook, line and sinker. So let’s first take a look at the timeline. Joel Osteen succeeded his father as pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999. Prior to this he had apparently only preached once in his life... the week before his father's death. [ 17 ]. Osteen says he had only been preaching for two or three years when some gave him a copy of one of Norman Vincent Peale's books, which would be around 2001 0r 2002. Osteen's first book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential , was released in October 2004, just two or three short years after he read Peale's book. Additionally, Osteen uses exactly the same words used by Norman Vincent Peale, who in turn got the expression from Napoleon Hill , who got the expression from his imaginary Council of seven men. Norman Vincent Peale and Napoleon Hill Not only does Norman Vincent Peale 's The Power of Positive Thinking , display an unmistakable resemblance to the philosophies of Napoleon Hill , but he even used one of Hill's hallmark expressions... conceive and believe which was the in turn used by Osteen. The wording in all three of the books is identical "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe , it can achieve." [Napoleon Hill and Clement W Stone, Think and Grow Rich ] "What the mind can conceive and believe , and the heart desire, you can achieve." [ Norman Vincent Peale , Positive Imaging: The Powerful Way to Change Your Life ] "... the first step to living at your full potential is to enlarge your vision... you must start looking at life
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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