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TODAY’S WORD, THOUGHT AND PRAYER FOR VICTORY From Joel Osteen “You’ve Struggled Long Enough”

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. -Exodus 14:14

All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage — a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. He’ll try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you can’t get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you.

Maybe you’ve been living with a yoke your whole life. It’s been passed down to you. Maybe you don’t realize it. You can’t seem to get ahead. You’re struggling in your marriage. Your children won’t do what’s right. Low self-esteem, that’s all you’ve known. But God said to the Israelites, “I have seen the affliction of My people, and I am coming down to deliver them.” God sees every yoke, every unfair situation, everything that you struggle with. He doesn’t just sit back and say, “Well, too bad.” No, He says, “I’m coming down to do something about it.” You don’t have to worry. The yoke destroyer is on the way. God is saying, “I’m coming down to put an end to that struggle. I’m shifting things in your favor. I’m delivering you from addictions. I’m removing the burden and setting you free to walk into the fullness of your destiny.”

Father, thank You for fighting my battles. Thank You for delivering me from all my enemies. I will stand and see Your goodness and praise You for Your faithfulness in Jesus’ name. Amen.

TODAY’S WORD, THOUGHT AND PRAYER FOR VICTORY From Joel Osteen “The Yoke Destroyer”

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. -Isaiah 10:27

A yoke is something that is put around the neck of an ox to help control the animal. It limits its movement. If the ox starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an ox is very powerful, this small yoke keeps it from doing what it wants to do.

Some people don’t realize today that they’re living with a yoke around their neck. They wonder why they can’t get ahead or why everything is a struggle. It’s because of the yokes that are dragging them down. Negative words that were spoken over you can become a yoke. Every time you start to step out, you hear that voice, that parent, that coach saying, “You’re not that talented; you don’t have what it takes.” It plays again and again. Eventually, you shrink back. That’s a yoke.

Today, know that God’s burden-moving, yoke-destroying power will set you free! Call on Him and let Him set you free from every bondage of the past. Choose to forgive and release the yoke of bitterness. Don’t go around being burdened any longer. Study His Word and let His anointing set you free to live in total victory!

Father, thank You for destroying every yoke off of my life. I choose to surrender every hurt and pain of the past to You. I choose Your Word which is life to my soul. Thank You for Your anointing at work in my life to destroy every yoke and set me free in Jesus’ name! Amen.

2014 Pittsburgh Fifty Finest Gala (Part 2)

On August 14th, 2014, Robert Hester Entertainment/Photography had the great honor of photographing the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s Pittsburgh 50 Finest Gala at the Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh for the fifth consecutive year!

The 2014 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Honorees Are:

Laura Judge

Christina Alvino

Richard Katz

Paul Athanas

Jessica Kennedy

Matt Belanger

Crystal Kiray

Jennifer Belavic

Samantha Kormanik

Brittany Bellovich

Morgan Lesoski

Nick Bonacci

Devon Lyons

Jason Brahim

Donnie Miller

Tricia Brungo

Rachel Morris

LaRaine Burda

Riean Norman

Mark Cogley

Evan Perilstein

Harvey “Frzy” Daniels

Gina Rendina

Michelle DeBlasio

Timothy Rosato

Dustin Defebo

Jason Sample

Katelyn DiCristofano

Allison Saras

Linda Ferraro

Piyush Seth

Jordan Feucht

Damaris Shaw

Jacob George

Heather Shiwarski

Anthony Giaramita

Bryan Stefanik

Jen Grippo

Amy Taylor

Sarah Mae Gross

David Todd

Alihan Hanoglu

Steven Volas

Robert Hickox

Jodi Ward

Vanessa Inks

Gary White

Bill Isbir

Michelle Wright

Wayman Jones

If you’d like to purchase individual photos, and/or a CD of the 2014 Pittsburgh 50 Finest Gala to be purchased, please email RHE at: roberthesterentertainment@hotmail.com

Please check out more photos from this year’s 50 Finest Gala on RHE’s pages on Facebook and Google Plus.

2014 Pittsburgh Fifty Finest Gala (Part 1)

On August 14th, 2014, Robert Hester Entertainment/Photography had the great honor of photographing the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s Pittsburgh 50 Finest Gala at the Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh for the fourth consecutive year!

The 2014 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Honorees Are:

Laura Judge

Christina Alvino

Richard Katz

Paul Athanas

Jessica Kennedy

Matt Belanger

Crystal Kiray

Jennifer Belavic

Samantha Kormanik

Brittany Bellovich

Morgan Lesoski

Nick Bonacci

Devon Lyons

Jason Brahim

Donnie Miller

Tricia Brungo

Rachel Morris

LaRaine Burda

Riean Norman

Mark Cogley

Evan Perilstein

Harvey “Frzy” Daniels

Gina Rendina

Michelle DeBlasio

Timothy Rosato

Dustin Defebo

Jason Sample

Katelyn DiCristofano

Allison Saras

Linda Ferraro

Piyush Seth

Jordan Feucht

Damaris Shaw

Jacob George

Heather Shiwarski

Anthony Giaramita

Bryan Stefanik

Jen Grippo

Amy Taylor

Sarah Mae Gross

David Todd

Alihan Hanoglu

Steven Volas

Robert Hickox

Jodi Ward

Vanessa Inks

Gary White

Bill Isbir

Michelle Wright

Wayman Jones

If you’d like to purchase individual photos, and/or a CD of the 2014 Pittsburgh 50 Finest Gala to be purchased, please email RHE at: roberthesterentertainment@hotmail.com

TODAY’S WORD, THOUGHT AND PRAYER FOR VICTORY From Joel Osteen “Greatness In The Midst Of Criticism”

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. -Matthew 5:44

If you’re going to do anything great in life, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent or a great leader, not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and co-workers will celebrate you, but that’s not the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favor, somebody will get jealous. Somebody will start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. If you focus on making everyone around you happy, you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.

Friend, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race, be great anyway.

Greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll see the dreams and desires that He placed in your heart come to pass!

Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to rise higher in this life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

SUNDAY’S WORD, THOUGHT AND PRAYER FOR VICTORY From Joel Osteen “Strength In Dependency”

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -2 Corinthians 12:9

We all have areas where we need to come up higher. Perhaps you’ve struggled with a certain area year after year. Instead of getting down on yourself or trying to find solutions on the internet, maybe it’s time to pray and say, “God, I need Your help. I’m asking for Your strength.”

When you humble yourself and admit that you cannot do it on your own, that’s when God can enter the scene. That’s when He can turn it around. A lot of times we think of dependency in a negative light, but dependency on God is not a weakness; it’s a strength. It enables you to tap into His power. When we yield our weakness, that’s when God shows up the strongest. But when we don’t turn to God, really, that’s a sign of pride. We’re saying, “God, I don’t really need You to help me run my life. I’m doing okay. I’ve got it all figured out.” God will step back and let us do it on our own.

Today, what is holding you back? Surrender it to God. Let Him do His perfect work. Find strength in your dependency on Him.

Father, today I surrender all to You. Search my heart and mind. Show me if there is any area where I am trying to lean on my own strength. I choose today to trust and rely on You knowing that Your strength is perfect in my weakness in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Welcome to weekend number three of the DOUG days of Summer! And…… Robert Hester Entertainment, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, welcomes you to the second edition of Digging With Doug Oster during this years DOUG days of Summer!

This week, the world’s best gardening supergenius, will talk with a fellow Pittsburgh gardener named Sue Bodziach, who named her garden for her German Shepherd dog,  Athena.

So let’s keep the good times of this summer rolling with the third D.W.D. of the DOUG days of Summer! And let’s keep the good times of this summer rolling by saying six magic words that will forever put the DOUG days of Summer into our hearts, and the heart of Dougie O’s……….. TEACH ME HOW-TO….. DOUGIE O!!!!!!!

TODAY’S WORD, THOUGHT AND PRAYER FOR VICTORY From Joel Osteen “Unlimited Supply”

And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe…. -Ephesians 1:19

If someone had a thousand gallons of water to give you but you only had a one-gallon container, you wouldn’t be able to receive what they had for you. The problem would not be with the supply; it would be with your ability to receive. If you would get rid of the small container and get something larger, then you could receive so much more.

It’s the same way with God. You may think, “The economy is too down. I could never afford that house I really want. My business will never expand. I don’t have the funding. I don’t have the people behind me.” No, you’ve got to get rid of that one-gallon bucket. Get rid of that small container. The God we serve is a big God! He has an ocean, an unlimited supply. Jesus said, “According to your faith it will be done unto you.” It’s not according to God. God has all the power, all the resources in the world. It’s according to what we believe. Today, increase your capacity to receive. Enlarge your thinking by meditating on the Word of God. Praise Him and magnify Him because with God, all things are possible, and He has an unlimited supply!

Father, thank You for Your unlimited supply of everything I need in this life. I open my heart to You; I choose to take the limits off. Increase me so that I can receive every blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

TODAY’S WORD, THOUGHT AND PRAYER FOR VICTORY From Joel Osteen “New Thinking, New Living”

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins. -Mark 2:22

Are you ready for increase? Are you ready to go to the next level, spiritually, physically and emotionally? Many times, people hear that God has more in store and something resonates on the inside. Their spirit comes into agreement with God, but oftentimes, their natural mind will be bombarded with doubt. Thoughts will come like, “It’s not going to happen for you. You’re not going to have a great year. You know what the economy is like.” Or, “You’re never going to get well. You saw what the medical report said.” “You’re never going to get married. You’ve been single so long.”

Those are old wineskins; the old way of thinking that you have to get rid of. This is a new season. What’s happened in the past is over and done. You may have been through some disappointments; you may have tried and failed, or things didn’t work out. That’s okay. God is still on the throne. It’s time to get a new vision for your life. It’s time for new thinking. You can’t move forward with old mindsets. Let go of the old and embrace the new so you can receive all of the blessings God has in store for you!

Father, today I choose to release old thinking, old habits and anything that would keep me from Your best. Strengthen me by Your Spirit so that I can live in faith and embrace the new life You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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