In Houston, faith with works is alive and well

Posted: September 18, 2008 in Above the Fold, Keep it real, Networking, On Your Wall, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture
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Every so often, there is a story that unites a community and destroy all preconceptions about the Church, if only for a while. This is that story – and would you believe, it features Joel Osteen, who could stand to use some good press.

In case you aren’t a big Weather Channel fan, Houston was pummeled by Hurricane Ike causing MILLIONS of people to lose power, property and a slew of personal faith. Just think about it: They were praying for help and protection, and BAM! Ike slams the city and folk have no light… and some, no hope.

Enter two of the largest churches in the Southwest – Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church and Steve Riggle’s Grace Community Church, who filled parking lots with a supply line of free water, MREs (military pre-packaged food), supplies and a truck load of hope. Say what you want about milquetoast pablum. When you put arms, legs and a face on the Word of God, it works every time.

“Our motto has been put supplies in their car, a smile on their faith and hope in their heart, that’s what we’re trying to do,” said church volunteer Jeffrey Lowery. “Hopefully in a month or so this is going to pass and things will get back to normal and we can do better things in the days ahead,” said Joel Osteen.

It may take longer than a month, but you keep putting the Bible into action, and a semblance of normalcy is just why they have been praying. Good on ya’, Pastors.

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