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The Power of Favor 14 | Chapter 4.1

by Glenn on April 28, 2020

I return, tentatively, to The Power of Favor by Joel Osteen. I’m finding it’s a book that is interesting to think about, but doesn’t relate well to life. It’s actually a little infuriating right now. Part of that may simply (…)

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The Power of Favor 13 | Chapter 3.5

by Glenn on April 20, 2020

I pick up in Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor on page 43 of Chapter 3, a section titled “Vertical Favor.” Osteen presents another quick outline of a Biblical narrative, the story of Elijah meeting Elisha. The idea is that (…)

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The Power of Favor 12 | Chapter 3.4

by Glenn on April 14, 2020

There’s an abrupt shift in The Power of Favor from the use of Ruth to explore “Favor Connections” to go back in time to Aaron, the brother of Moses and the first high priest. Joel Osteen writes, “In the Scripture, (…)

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The Power of Favor 11 | Chapter 3.3 More Misappropriation of Ruth

by Glenn on April 7, 2020

Continuing in Chapter 3 of Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor. The author had told an abbreviated version of the story of Ruth to illustrate the point being made in this chapter about the importance of “Favor Connections.” If you (…)

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The Power of Favor 10 | Chapter 3.2 “Riffing on Ruth”

by Glenn on March 31, 2020

Following a dramatic shift from what God is going to do (Chapter 1) to what we as individuals need to do (Chapter 2 and more here in Chapter 3), Joel Osteen in The Power of Favor turns to the story (…)

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The Power of Favor 9 | 3.1 An Abrupt Shift

by Glenn on March 27, 2020

Chapter 3 opens with a story of when Joel Osteen in his teenage years was pulled over by the police “for driving too fast.” When the officer saw Osteen’s name on the license, “he asked if I was related to (…)

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The Power of Favor 8 | 2.2 Where are we?

by Glenn on March 24, 2020

In his most recent podcast, a “12 Rules for Life Lecture” from Australia, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson talked about how his Biblical lectures had been received. He reflected on spending three hours talking about just the first line of the (…)

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The Power of Favor 7 | 2.1

by Glenn on March 23, 2020

So far, The Power of Favor by Joel Osteen is  a mixed bag. On the one hand, you can only marvel at the machinery of it all.  Joel Osteen isn’t an author so much as a brand and enterprise. He (…)

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The Power of Favor 6 | 1.5

by Glenn on March 23, 2020

The most obvious thing about Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor is it’s conversational tone. The author is writing directly to you the reader. He uses simple words. The Power of Favor is no academic treatise. You don’t have to (…)

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The Power of Favor 5 | 1.4

by Glenn on March 9, 2020

Joel Osteen is a New York Times Bestselling author, which means at least one of his books has sold really well. I was and am curious about this and so I’m reading The Power of Favor and engaging with it (…)

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The Power of Favor 4 | 1.3

by Glenn on March 4, 2020

This is a continuing engagement with The Power of Favor by Joel Osteen. The first Biblical illustration in this book was Noah. He was a person who “found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” The trick is that literally (…)

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The Power of Favor 3 | 1.2

by Glenn on March 3, 2020

A few weeks ago I began writing a dialogue with Joel Osteen’s The Power of Favor. Osteen is a “#1 New York Times Bestselling Author.” I was curious about his books. His church is incredibly well-attended. He is on television. (…)

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