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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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin also attended the event.

Joel Osteen told those gathered to shake off their worries and distractions and think instead of the gift from God that each day represents.

“I believe tonight we’re all going to reboot our emotional, our spiritual computers,” he said.

Working from Isaiah 60:1, Osteen told the crowd they should continue to do God’s will and fulfill His purpose for their lives, even during the tough times that inevitably come. He said it’s easy to be passionate about life when things are going well, but easy to take detours of self-pity and unforgiveness when trouble comes.

He said the Lord has plans for believers after their troubles, so people should continue to help others and refuse to dwell on hurts as they move forward with their life.

“After the break up, after the disappointment, after the set back, God has an ‘after this’ coming for you,” he said.

He said he has conducted about 120 “A Night of Hope” presentations in arenas all across the country, but Friday’s event was his first in Oklahoma City.