Joel Osteen is the pastor at Lakewood Church in Texas. More than 25,000 people attend his weekend service and his television broadcast reaches more than 200 million households in the US.  This sermon is titled, “Go After The Prodigals” on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Osteen’s summary of the message is this:

James 5:19-20 says, “If you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction…” (The Message) We all know people who used to be strong in their faith, who were excited about God and their life. But somewhere along the way, they got off course or experienced a disappointment – maybe a sickness, a divorce or a loss, and now they’re discouraged and have checked out of life. God is counting on us to reach out to them in love and compassion. Who is discouraged, struggling, going through a rough patch? Can you call them? Visit them? Email them? When people know you care, you can be the catalyst that turns their life around for good and sees their faith restored.

Following is a short video excerpt from Osteen’s message. You can listen to the sermon in its entirety on his website. After listening, take the quiz and share your thoughts below.

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Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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