In keeping with the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, Joel Osteen demands excellence and diligence and opposes mediocrity and slothfulness. Many believers wallow in the mire of mediocrity; instead of showing initiative, they oppose Joel’s teachings on the old fashion virtues of profit and industry.
Uninformed Christians accuse Joel of not preaching against sin. The fact is that Joel preaches against sins of the heart, which other ministers tend to ignore. Traditionally, sloth has been regarded as one of the seven deadly or cardinal sins. Few of Joel’s detractors have the energy and smarts that he has to build the Kingdom of God on earth.
Joel’s messages from Lakewood Church in Houston are broadcast world-wide 24/7 via TV and series radio. He has been a best-selling author of books written to encourage men to do great things for God and their fellows. Instead of appreciating his challenging teachings, they demean him by referring to him nor as preacher or pastor, but merely as a “motivational speaker.”
A number of my businessmen friends have told me over the years that they prefer not to hire Christians, because the Christian employee tends to have an entitlement mentality; he thinks that his employer ought to overlook his tardiness and laziness. They expect to be rewarded for their Jesus’ talk more than their productive work. Other Christians are content to be on the dole year after year.
What is behind all the unjust criticism of Joel Osteen? I suspect that Joel’s teachings, personal diligence and success convicts the slackers of their own shortcomings and sins with which they have learned to be content and which they are not interested in changing. The problem is not Joel but their envy of Joel and their lack of faith to do great exploits for God.
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Dictionary.com defines commons sense as “sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training,or the like; normalnative intelligence.”
Engineer and theologian, Harry Conn, used to accuse college students as being “educated away from their common sense.”
Common sense is not usually valued in academia. Students and faculty are fixed on data and the opinion of the experts. To qualify as an expert, one has to have a PhD in a specialized field of knowledge.
In politics you have your “policy wonks,” who never get too far politically as they tend to be boring, like Al Gore and Hillary.
Pundits like to refer to President Trump as a populist. Trump does not call himself a populist. He does describe himself as a believer in and advocate of common sense.
The pundits are often lacking in practical knowledge, which is why they could never imagine a Trump presidency. Trump did not rely on the experts with their endless polling data. He trusted in his instincts.
Alas, even after Trump’s many victories, there are still the “Never Trumpers,” which are mostly the policy wonk types or the ones who think they went to “the best schools.” When will they ever learn?
In appealing to common sense, President Trump is attracting the common man, who responds enthusiastically, because Trump articulates what they intuitive know. But they lack the platform to spread their political beliefs.
Fred Trump used to take his son to his building sights, where the boy learned from his father to value the advice of the working man on sight more than the educated experts in the high office buildings with their abundance of statistics. In learning to value the opinion of the working man over the experts, he saved himself millions of dollars as he built the Trump enterprises.
Prior to my conversion to Christianity, my desire was to be a good liberal. I read John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society and The Industrial State. I remember that his Keynesian economics never made sense to me. I concluded I must not be intelligent enough to understand so I just accepted his views since he was the expert and one of the leading spokesmen for liberalism of the 1960’s.
The Bible, especially the Proverbs, appeals to old fashion virtues like initiative and industry, faith and frugality as the way to affluence. After reading the Bible and studying economists such as Milton Friedman, who pleaded for common sense, I decided that my problem was not lack of intelligence or education. In fact, it was not my problem at all. The problem with liberalism is that it does not make sense. It doesn’t promote prosperity. Capitalism is practical in that it has made Americans the most prosperous people with the most economic freedom in the history of mankind.
After much thought, I have concluded that we need another Punitive Expedition into Mexico such as General John J. Pershing led in 1916 against the Poncho Villa, who had raided Columbus, NM and killed 16 Americans, mostly civilians.
Pershing routed Villa’s forces but failed to capture Villa. Lieutenant George S. Patton was Pershing’s protégé in this border war.
If we allow the mad motley mob of multitudes to reach our border, catch and release laws make it virtually impossible to stop the louses from being released into our general population.
The President should consider drawing a red line a certain distance from the border and not allow the caravan to proceed any closer to our Southern border.
Stop ‘em before they get here!
Do we have another Pershing or Patton in our military?
What should we call the expedition should it become necessary?
After about 15 minutes of preaching at Butler University last Monday, I had no crowd. The police told Bro. Frank that since the lunch break was over, we would not get much attention today. (They were hoping we would leave. Bro Jed was home so it was just the three of us.)
Even though it looked like the police were right because the only people around where the 3 fraternity boys across the street who had brought their stereo to the porch to mock the preaching by blasting Highway to HELL, I commented, that’s what they think. I’m getting a crowd.
I did have some doubts, but preached on in faith. I looked across the street and started calling the fraternity boys out! In a few, three of them marched over to confront me in an intimidating way. The police probably groaned because that was the beginning of a meeting that lasted until 4:30.
In another post I will tell you more of the great things that happened on the day that I ignored the discouraging words, but for now, you’re take away is ignore the “evil report” and step out in faith!! We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!!
Psalm 72 was in my devotional reading today. It is King David’s prayer of blessing upon his son, King Solomon. Our dear President Trump has the same blessing upon him! Notice how David instructs us to pray for our leader! #MAGA
“Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.
There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”
Psalms 72:1-20 KJV
The mother of Trump rallies with “Lovin’ Ted” Cruz will be in Houston tomorrow at the Toyota Center, which seats 18,000. Seventy-five thousand reservations have been made. Ted’s going to bury Beto, the great Hispanic Hope of the Dems.
The media does not cover the Trump rallies as they should, Fox News included. The thousands, who regularly attend these unprecedented political rallies, are usually ignored. The cameras rarely span the gathered multitudes. Usually we just see Trump and the people sitting behind him. The attendees, who stand in line for hours, are seldom interviewed.
As demonstrated in the primaries and general election of 2016, Trump rallies are a much more accurate barometer to predict the outcome than the pre-election polls. Therefore, we can conclude things are looking bad for the Democrats in the Mid-Terms.
The Trump card was drawn by thousands in Nevada. “One-percent” Biden had at the most two hundred draw his card. Biden is merely a deuce. Trump is the King of Hearts. Ted Cruz is the Jack of Hearts. Who knows what other cards Trump is holding? It could be a Royal Flush and he will clean the table both in the Senate and House.
GOD HAS DONE A WONDROUS THING!! He given us Trump, who is the Solomon of our time.
Psalm 72 is King David’s prayer of blessing upon his son, Solomon, who was David’s appointed heir to the throne. Our great President Trump has the same blessing upon him!
Using the vast wealth he and his father accumulated, Solomon built the First Temple in Jerusalem, which is his primary legacy.
Trump got his start as one of the world’s premiere builders with a million-dollar loan from his father. Donald far surpassed his father as a builder by concentrating on building in Manhattan. Trump Tower has become Manhattan’s most noted building.
Like Trump, trade relationships were a focus of Solomon’s administration. He continued his father’s very profitable relationship with the Phoenician king Hiram I of Tyre, who helped him build the Temple. Solomon and Hiram I sent out joint expeditions to the lands of Tarshish and Ophir to engage in the trade of luxury products, importing gold, silver, sandalwood, pearls, ivory, apes and peacocks.
Solomon is considered the wealthiest of the Israelite kings. Trump is the wealthiest president in American history.
Solomon greatly expanded his military strength, especially the cavalry and chariot arms. He founded numerous colonies, some of which doubled as trading posts and military outposts. Trump’s is in the process of strengthening the American military.
Psalm 72: “He (Solomon) shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.”
Trump desires neither to favor the rich nor the poor but he judges all men righteously. Through deregulation and lower taxes, he is enabling commerce to flourish and by new trade deals make America once again the best place in the world to do business and the land of opportunity, while the stock market soars. Thus, the poor will not have to be dependent on government but can learn independence, initiative and industry and thus prosper over the long run. There need not be generations on the dole and doomed to poverty on the Democrat plantation.
“The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.”
The mountains represent lower officials and bureaucrats in the central government. Trump brings peace by draining the Washington swamp of self-serving political hacks. The hills are state and local governments and officials who will learn to follow Trump’s lead, who oversees all by sleeping neither day or night.
“He shall save the Children.”
Trump’s plan for saving children in the womb is to place strict constructionists on the Supreme Court who will if not overturn Roe v Wade will at least return the abortion issue to the states.
“He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”
Trump is a breath of fresh air that Washington has not smelled since the Reagan years. After Reagan, a stench filled Washington, which ascended to heaven. God himself had to intervene to give us Trump, a sweet.
Trump has shown favor to the Church, which should enable the Body of Christ to flourish as Christians catch the vision to Make the Church Great Again.
In the 2020 election, there is no reason why Trump shouldn’t carry every state from sea to shining sea.
“They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.”
The darkest wilderness in America is Academia. Alas, it should be the bearer of civilization and light. Academia’s influence will wain during the Trump Age and the professors will bow to his world vision, in the end not being able to resist his wisdom and common sense. The phony intelligentsia will be eating dirt. Under our businessman president, the entrepreneur, builder and inventor will again receive the greatest praise as it was in “The Gilded Age” of American history.
“Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.”
Despite themselves, leaders on the world stage will pay homage to Trump, as we no longer have a president apologizing for America’s wealth, prosperity and policies, but one who promotes and praises America. These world leaders will all be looking up to Trump. He will not bow to them. Americans bow to no one but God.
“They of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.”
Rebuilding our cities and infrastructure is a key concern of Trump. Solomon constructed great works for the purpose of securing a plentiful supply of water for the city of Jerusalem. Solomon is also rebuilt cities elsewhere in Israel, creating the port of Ezion-Geber, and constructing Palmyra in the wilderness as a commercial depot and military outpost. During Solomon’s reign, Israel enjoyed great commercial prosperity, with extensive traffic being carried on by land with Tyre, Egypt, and Arabia, and by sea with Tarshish, Ophir, and South India.
“His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.”
Millenniums after his reign, Solomon is known as the wisest man of the Ancient World. His administration is still studied and his writings are still read. Anyone, who puts into practice Solomon’s Proverbs, is bound to be successful and fulfill his destiny. Solomon was blessed with wisdom, sound judgment and victory over his enemies.
As Trump remains faithful, his life, political savvy, common sense and leadership abilities will ever be studied. Men will be more inspired by him to accomplish greatness than any other American. Trump’s name itself is prophetic. We are privileged to watch history in the making living in the Era of Trump.
Donald J. Trump is the son of our Founding Fathers, who look down from heaven upon their son as he renews the vision they had for our beloved country.
“The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”
I know of no president in my life-time who has the prayer backing that Trump has. Also, he has arguably the most prayerful VP in the history of the US.
As we hold the president up in prayer and as he remains obedient to his calling, watch these utterances come to pass. Remember, just as there is some hyperbolic prophesies of David concerning Solomon my prayers and prophesies may contain some of the same. David’s prophesies actually look beyond Solomon to the Messianic age and beyond.
Will Trump’s America usher in the second coming of the Lord? I waver between amillennial and post-millennial eschatology. Post-millennialism is the most optimistic view of the future and I am an optimist at heart. And so is Trump. Watch and pray! Trump is preparing the way for the Lord to return and rule and reign on earth. And we shall rule and reign with him. President Trump is showing Christians how to lead