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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of people have lined up a few blocks
from the White House for a chance to meet the Rev. Joel Osteen,
whose 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston is the nation's
Osteen signed copies of his new book "Every Day a Friday" and said he'll return to Washington during election season next April for a stadium event called "America's Night of Hope."
He said, "We're going to be praying for our nation and just believing good things for everybody."
People in the autograph line told him and his wife Victoria Osteen how their ministry had helped get them through tough times.
The relentlessly positive preacher said he wants everyone to know that God is "on our side, He's got a great plan for us and even if we've made mistakes or have big challenges in front of us, He can help us to overcome."
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