Joel Olsteen is 56 years old, has written over 45 books, and has over 10 million viewers in the USA, with millions more out of country, with a church that holds nearly as many as the conference center. He does this every week.
Mormon church is 190 years old, has less than 5 million active world wide, less than 100K watch conference which it pulls together twice a year.
If you wanna measure truth by success, Joel's church is way more true.
I'm not a theologian or a great bible student by any means but I think I would have remembered a book of "Joel" existing.
I saw a quote from the book of Joel on line and it looked as out of place to me as if they'd had a book of "Jeff". It's right there and I could be mistaken but it seems like it's new.
This is mostly for those of us who are PIMO or POMO on conscientious grounds, due to the disparities between WT's teachings/practices and what we can see to be true in the Bible/what we know about Jehovah. But for those of us who have rejected any form of God, of course you are welcome to read this and I would love to hear your thoughts!
Just a quick preface about where I'm at mentally: I have been completely torn apart and felt like Neo in the Matrix. My entire reality was shattered by the CSA issues and all the lies/mind control by the WT that I've been researching. But based on things outside of that, I was still 60/40 about Jehovah himself. I've had ongoing issues with my supposed PIMI best friends, and coupled with my reality being shattered, it drove me to borderline (or maybe it was total) hysteria. After a bad argument with one of those PIMIs, I contemplated jumping off a bridge. I was a total wreck, screaming and uncontrollably bawling in my car. I then started saying out loud "Jehovah, if you're FUCKING there you need to give me a sign right now", as I was driving toward the bridge. Then a seemingly uncanny feeling of peace came over me. I've never had this happen before. You know when you're bawling, can't breath, and there's that tightness in your chest, pounding in your head, it never just goes away, it lingers for sometimes hours. But this time, after I said that out loud, it was like the tightness and everything was just lifted out of me. Any desire of jumping off that bridge was reversed as well. I stood on the bridge for close to an hour, TRYING to get those negative feeling back, but I was unable. I could only think of the "peace of God that excels all thought". I've tried writing it off as some kind of mental placebo, but I really can't shake the feeling that it wasn't just mental. I'm maybe 75/25 about God now, and have yet to tell my therapist about that. Maybe he'll have psychological insight on it.
I've always felt it was strange that jws would bash ancient Israel so hard. Ive always felt that we were exactly the same. Told to be good, loving, spiritually clean and truthful but constantly not doing that as an organization. And as Israel was allowed to become apostate so often, as far as burning their children in Baal ceremonies, why would God's people today be immune to such corruption?
Seeing the "new light" from Annual Meeting about Joel, I started reading back over that book to get a sense of it WT's BS, and honestly i... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am really interested in the different kinds of agriculture and the impacts they have on the environment and society. Also I love cooking and am open to more academic books!
Here’s a summary of the book, “The Little Book That Beats The Market” by Joel Greenblatt, a hedge fund manager, investor, writer and professor, most notably known for Magic Formula Investing - an investment strategy he outlines in this book
Right off the bat, Joel Greenblatt, the author let’s you know that most professional investors and money managers are not going to help you beat the market. You can try going with a money manager, but most of them are only trained to sell you a particular investment product. You can try going with a mutual fund, but trying to pick mutual funds that will outperform the market is like having a monkey throw darts on a list of stocks. It involves quite a bit of luck (also cleaning equipment if the monkey chooses to fling poop instead of darts). If you are one of those rich farts that uses gold bars as bookmarks, you can try going with a hedge fund but the 2-20 fee structure will kill your returns. And if you are a middle-income fart that uses regular bookmarks as bookmarks, you can try going with an index fund but they will only give you the market’s average return minus taxes and costs.
If you want to beat the market, you’re going to have to do it yourself. How can you do that? By finding out what companies are worth and then trying to buy them for less than that. And that’s the essence of value investing, bottled in one small sentence.
Sure, you can save your money by sticking it under a mattress. But it’s not going to grow. In fact, it’s going to lose value due to inflation. You can grow your money by sticking it in a bank. The bank will take your money and lend it to companies. The bank will give you a small interest rate and make coffins full of fat stacks in the process. Or you can bypass the bank and lend your money directly to companies by buying bonds, make those fat stacks yourself. Your money or investment will grow at a higher interest rate, but that also comes with a higher risk of losing your money. So what is a risk-free investment? Well, the safest investment in the world is the 10-Year Bond issued by the US Government. So any investment worth your time must give you a higher interest rate than the 10-Year US Bond. Since the interest rate on the 10-Year US Bond is what investors in the market are demanding for a risk-free investment, therefore it follows that an investment with risk must yield higher than that.
If you haven’t rage quit this window by now, you’re in luck. Because the author suggests that... keep reading on reddit ➡
Long time deadhead. Got on the bus in 1978. I just finished the book. It was fascinating. Yea Phil and Jill are painted as demanding and selfish but overall they are treated fairly in the book. I found it interesting that Phil demanded to read Bill's book which he finished but was not released yet. Phil would not agree to doing Fare thee Well unless he got a chance to read what Bill wrote. I had no idea that Bobby had such an alcohol problem. I think the huge success of Phil and Friends really went to Phil's head. He and Jill felt Phil was the Grateful Dead. Jill had to gall to complain about Phil not getting enough video closeups at the Santa Clara Fare thee well. Jill does play the Yoko part in the book. A huge problem was she managed Phil and wanted to manage the Dead/Further tours. All the crew and other band members saw was a woman that served them breakfast as a waitress and chaffed at her authority. It all started before Jerry died with the Rex Foundation. Phil wanted Jill on the board, the band said no and Phil never forgot that.
Overall I really enjoyed the book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Nice deals. Had both on my wishlist for a while.
Fare The Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip
Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America
Just read Renegade (Spiral Wars Book 1) by Joel Shepherd after a recommendation in a recent thread here and loved it.
Really reminds me of CJ Cherryh Alliance/Union books like Merchanters Luck, Downbelow Station. Also shades of Mote in Gods Eye.
Plenty of weird aliens, space hulks, ships on the edge of survival, no anti-gravity stuff just a sprinkle of FTL, ancient vanished powerful races leaving mysterious monuments, all the good stuff! Well written and cracks along.
Seems to be self-published, which normally I avoid like the plague, but I didn't realise until after I finished.
Now for the next one!
Their relationship is definitely one of the reasons for why this game is one of my favorites and I loved watching it develop. Does anyone have recommendations on any movies or book that have that kind of father-daughter type of element? It doesn't have to be zombie or post apocalyptic.
Full article by Andrew Sharp for SI: https://www.si.com/nba/2020/02/28/jimmy-butler-miami-heat-nba-biggest-surprise
>One rumor Butler would like to dispel is the idea that he left Philadelphia because of tension with Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. “I didn’t have a problem with either one of them,” he says. “Still talk to those dudes. I wish them the absolute best. A career of great health, make as much money as you can, win as many championships as you can. I did not have a problem with any of those guys. It just didn’t work the way that we wanted it to work. That’s life. Not everything pans out the way you want it to pan out. But you learn and you move on from it.”
>Butler isn’t interested in elaborating on what, exactly, didn’t work. Likewise, asked whether he would still be in Philadelphia if the Sixers had offered him a five-year, $190 million contract in July, he says, “Nobody knows what was offered and what was said. You only know what the media told you.”
>What’s indisputable is that he’s in Miami seven months later—and the Heat have a better record than the 76ers.
In the video from this clip, interview on the court after the game. Embiid was asked about the Dudley incident.
This shit talk is great, but once again the Sixers won on the court. Game 5 in philly with their home crowd will certainly be interesting.
He goes on, "They played harder than everybody else — period. Every single guy on their squad did all the little things they had to do to win. It was a lesson that we needed to learn as a team, and I think we’re still learning it"
I felt as bad for Embiid as I felt as happy for Kawhi and the raptors squad and when he cried in the hallway I couldn't help but realize how much the game meant to him.
Source to the full article: http://projects.theplayerstribune.com/joel-embiid-the-only-way-is-through/p/1
“I had a nice little spiel for Joel Embiid. But nah after his reactions after last night’s game I kinda felt bad for the guy. You could tell he’s a kid, you know he’s really upset, but by any means, nobody on the team liked the antics or anything that he was doing, and you know sometimes it’s like win gracefully and lose gracefully, but he’s an emotional player, and you could tell he’s still a very young kid. It’s a learning lesson. He’ll learn from it and he’ll build from it”
> Joel Embiid mentions he called Shaquille O'Neal yesterday. "He thought I was mad at him. I was like, 'nah.' I understand what he was saying. I've had a down year so far. I just wanted to talk to him. I've been kind of frustrated."
> More Embiid on Shaq: "He was just telling me, 'be aggressive, you're the guy. Go out there and just dominate.' Him and Charles, whatever they say, I think it was good for me." Embiid think he can be more aggressive. He noted how he was behind the arc too much.
> Embiid mentioned Game 2 of the 2018 Playoffs against Boston was the loudest environment he had ever been in. "It was loud then and my ears were popping. That's the loudest I've ever been in an arena. They've got great fans. They talk a lot of trash. I like that." - Embiid.
From the Zach Lowe podcast with JoJo and Josh Richardson
> I mean, I'm not talking trash ever again, allegedly, maybe, I don't know... yeah I'm done with all of that I just want to play basketball. Well that's what I'm saying now but we're gonna see if I hold up
spotify link https://open.spotify.com/episode/1kTsDb6ge7OGYSAhzwliCz
I, for one, will truly miss the trash talking of Joel if he really is gonna give it up.