Joel Osteen urges crowd to ‘stay in the game’

Joel Osteen presented his “A Night of Hope” spiritual event Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor, chinton@opubco.com Modified: September 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm •  Published: September 29, 2012
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A televangelist and pastor of one of America’s largest church congregations shared spiritual principles and a message of hope Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.

The Rev. Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, presented “A Night of Hope,” a mix of music and a series of mini sermonettes leading up to a message urging believers to “stay in the game.”

Osteen appeared jovial and upbeat, which is his trademark style. He told the estimated crowd of about 10,000 that his wife Victoria was ill and did not make the trip to Oklahoma City. However, the couple’s children Alexandra and Jonathan appeared on stage with their father, with Alexandra singing several songs and her brother accompanying her on guitar.

Osteen’s mother Dodie Osteen, 78, drew cheers from the crowd when she shared her faith testimony of being healed from liver cancer 31 years ago, though doctors gave her only weeks to live after making the diagnosis.

“Don’t you be satisfied until you get what you need from Jesus,” she said.

Several Oklahoma City area ministers prayed for the audience and the city after Osteen’s mother left the stage. The pastors and their churches included the Rev. Charles Martin with Integrity Voices of Victory, the Rev. Shon Burchett at Eastpointe Church, the Rev. Herbert Cooper with People’s Church, the Rev. Robert Gonzales with Oasis Center Church and the Rev. Kirk Pankratz with Church of the Harvest.