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Let’s play… Oprah or Osteen?

These quotes were taken either from Joel Osteen’s blockbuster bestseller “Your Best Life Now” (and the accompanying study guide) or Marcia Z. Nelson’s insightful analysis of Oprah’s philosophy in her book, “The Gospel According to Oprah.”  See if you can guess if the pastor of the largest church in the US or America’s favorite guru uttered a particular quote.

1.  The first step to living at your full potential is to enlarge your vision.

2.  If you develop a vision of victory, success, health, abundance, joy, peace and happiness, nothing on earth will be able to hold these things from you.

3.  Live your best life.

4.  You must concieve it in your heart and mind before you can receive it.

5.  I have been beyond blessed.

6.  Every day I pass the front of my house, I sing, “Jesus Loves Me.”

7.  Thank you.  Two words that can make miracles

8.  We have to conceive it on the inside before we’re ever going to receive it on the outside.

9.  Today is the only day we have.  We can’t do anything about the past, and we don’t know what the future holds.  But we can live at our full potential right now.

10.  The expression of your feelings is like magic.

[Todd's note:  I don't find this particularly funny as in ha-ha funny... it's actually rather sad.  That said... take the quiz, and let me know how you do.  The answers will be below...]

ANSWER KEY:

Joel Osteen’s quotes are 1,2,4,8, and 9
Oprah’s quotes are 3,5,6,7 and 10

How’d you do?



11 Responses to “ “Let’s play… Oprah or Osteen?”

  1. Daniel Davis says:

    I got 6 out 10 right.

  2. You bet it is sad. We have become our own god(s). I went 5 out of 10.

  3. David says:

    Come on. How am I going to get any work done if you keep posting this stuff?

  4. Melody says:

    I only got one (#9) wrong. And I think it’s sad that he states we don’t know what will happen in the future. True we don’t know ALL that will happen in the future, but we know WHO holds the future.

  5. davepatchin says:

    I only got 4 right, but don’t pay much attention to either of them. Clearly I am unable to distinguish two messages.

  6. Patrick says:

    Check these additions out. Which ones did Oprah say and which ones did Osteen say. Before you look at the answers play along and see how you do.

    1. “We need some reiteration of some basic things because just hearing them articulating vision with faith and force encourages people…”

    2. “When our appreciation comes from God, we can start loving people, sharing the ways both God and we appreciate them.”

    3. “We were created to grow things, to cultivate things, to build things, to make them as big and as deep and as wide as possible.”

    4. “The peace God gives has to be received and applied in our lives. If we lay hold of the promise of the very peace of Christ, we will have calm, untroubled hearts, regardless of external circumstances.”

    5. “God desires to “show…prove…demonstrate…point out…represent…display…reveal… drive home” the hopefulness of our future.”

    See how you did. Who made those quotable statements?

    1. John Piper http://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/john-piper-pastors-articulate-your-vision-again-1108.asp

    2. Mark Driscoll http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/24903.Mark_Driscoll

    3. Matt Chandler http://www.wacmm.com/Matt_Chandler_-_On_Men.pdf

    4. John MacArthur http://www.gty.org/resources/positions/P21/the-gift-of-peace

    5. John Piper http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/does-god-really-want-you-to-be-encouraged

    I love a good old fashion witch-hunt don’t you? And for the record I respect and honor all the people above. I just think the attitudes of all involved in this thread reek with a disingenuous spirit. Just sayin.

  7. Tim says:

    I don’t usually get caught up in commenting on these things but in a moment of weakness I can’t resist. I hope that no one ever takes my sermon manuscripts and make judgements about me based on selected, un-contextualized quotes.

  8. SuSu says:

    Joel Osteen teaches half truths in the name of God. He once said that David slayed the giant because he believed he could. He did not share that David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
    We must know theWord ofGod so we will not be deceived by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

  9. Patrick says:

    Check these additions out. Which ones did Oprah say and which ones did Osteen say. Before you look at the answers play along and see how you do.

    1. “…just hearing (people) articulating vision with faith and force encourages people…”

    2. “When our appreciation comes from God, we can start loving people, sharing the ways both God and we appreciate them.”

    3. “We were created to grow things, to cultivate things, to build things, to make them as big and as deep and as wide as possible.”

    4. “The peace God gives has to be received and applied in our lives. If we lay hold of the promise of the very peace of Christ, we will have calm, untroubled hearts, regardless of external circumstances.”

    5. “God desires to “show…prove…demonstrate…point out…represent…display…reveal… drive home” the hopefulness of our future.”

    See how you did. Who made those quotable statements?

    1. John Piper http://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/john-piper-pastors-articulate-your-vision-again-1108.asp

    2. Mark Driscoll http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/24903.Mark_Driscoll

    3. Matt Chandler http://www.wacmm.com/Matt_Chandler_-_On_Men.pdf

    4. John MacArthur http://www.gty.org/resources/positions/P21/the-gift-of-peace

    5. John Piper http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/does-god-really-want-you-to-be-encouraged

    I love a good old fashion witch-hunt don’t you? And for the record I respect and honor all the people above. I just think the attitudes of all involved in this thread reek with a disingenuous spirit. Just sayin.

  10. Ray says:

    I got 8 of 10. I’m listen to Joel often and I’ve never heard his use magic. Lol.

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