Meaningful Message! This message is well worth a listen and may be of particular interest to those of us who have reached the "halftime" of our earthly existence. (That is, middle age...) But no matter what your age, certainly it is worthwhile to pause and assess your daily walk before the Lord. Is the life you have lived and are living one that will count for eternity? Perhaps you've wasted years, or have not produced the spiritual fruit you desire. It's never to late to trust in God to work through you. As Dr. Olson says, God is not impressed by what we do for Him, rather He is impressed by what He does for us. An interesting contrast is offered in the sermon of two popular and wealthy businessmen who reached the top of their industries. One lived a life that counted for eternity, the other did not. What will it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul? Nothing. What will it profit a man who lives his earthly life by God's grace bearing spiritual fruit? Everything! When we seek His will, God will produce in us a life that counts for eternity.
Great Sermon! Thanks Pastor Brown for this timely message on the apostasy of Joel Osteen, our leading purveyor of the heretical prosperity gospel. As you point out,his appearance on the Larry King show was an embarrassment, as was his paper-thin effort at damage control afterwards. While Osteen may be a likeable and cordial fellow, his unbiblical teaching of happiness and prosperity for this life (and only this life) is a most dangerous deception as the secular world may consider his popular messages which only tickle itching ears as representative of the true Christian message. He refuses to deal with sin, biblical salvation, and oneâ€™s eternal destiny, and isnâ€™t that the message people need to hear about? I wish more preachers here in America would voice their opposition to the mega-church prosperity movement, and have the courage to preach against the false doctrines the permeate the landscape in these days!