This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday. The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor "cradles" in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to "stick together."
And that message has indeed stuck with Jakes throughout the years, as he writes in the op-ed, "That gentle reproof has always underscored my intuitive understanding of family."
Since Jakes' father, Ernest Jakes, Sr., had already passed, his mother's death meant the pastor and his siblings had become orphans. In the touching tribute, Jakes expresses his thankfulness for family as he writes, "I am thankful for the gift of family that pays itself forward with each generation. As I have freely received love, I am able to give freely." more >>
Indiana Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church was talking with his college roommate, Pastor Kenneth Wagner, on the telephone as his wife, Amanda, lay dying after an attack during a home invasion two weeks ago.
Wagner, who is pastor of United Church in Delaware, is first mentioned in the affidavit of probable cause against Amanda's suspected killer, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21. A copy of the document was shared with The Christian Post by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday.
On the morning of Nov. 10, when his 28-year-old wife was fatally shot in the head, arm and back, Blackburn told detectives that he left his home at about 6 a.m. to go to the L.A. Fitness gym located at 4015 Shore Drive in Indianapolis. more >>
A Tennessee congregation blessed a working mother of three on Sunday when they presented her with a $1,400 as tip for delivering 10 pizzas to their children's Bible study.
Audrey Martin, a single mother of three children younger than 5, recently lost her apartment and has been working for Domino's pizza in Rocky Top for about four months. Although Martin was not scheduled to work on Sunday, she went into work just to help out and wound up encountering a "miracle moment."
Martin was assigned to deliver an order of 10 pizzas to the Covenant Life Church for their children's Bible study. Upon entering the church, Martin was asked by the church's pastor, Rev. Tony McAfee, to come up onto the sanctuary stage during the adult service. more >>
With his father-in-law by his side, Amanda Blackburn's grieving widower, Davey, reacted just like Jesus on the cross to his wife's alleged killers Wednesday when he declared "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing."
A copy of the affidavit of probable cause against Amanda's suspected killer, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21, released Monday by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, painted an agonizing picture of what Pastor Blackburn's wife suffered on the morning of Nov. 10 while he was away at the gym.
The autopsy conducted on Amanda on Nov. 12 revealed: "(She) sustained a gunshot wound to the back of her head. She also had a gunshot wound to the lower left arm which traveled up to her biceps. She also had a through and through gunshot wound which entered and exited her upper back." more >>
Two days before his pregnant wife Amanda was fatally shot in the head in their matrimonial home two weeks ago, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn preached an eerie message on using worship as a weapon to get through "situations that we can't handle."
"We call this buzzword worship a lot but we don't really know exactly what it means. And so we wanted to help you understand that worship ultimately is not a moment when we sit in a service and we sing. Worship is essentially what controls you. What controls you is what you worship and so worship is a 24/7 lifestyle lived out not just on Sunday but Monday through Sunday every single day 24/7," said Blackburn in the nearly hour-long message recorded on Nov. 8 and posted to YouTube on Nov. 19.
"We all come upon situations that we can't handle, that are too big, too painful, too daunting for us to overcome. In these times, the only answer is to put our eyes on God and let worship be our weapon against whatever opposes us," the description of the video noted. more >>
The city of Newark plans to honor the Rev. Ron Christian, who was found dead last month inside his office at the Christian Love Baptist megachurch in Irvington, New Jersey, by renaming a street after him.
The Newark Municipal Council has voted unanimously to dedicate a street to the late pastor, and will be asking his family to select the location, according to NJ.com.
Earlier this month, about 2,000 mourners gathered at the memorial held in Newark for the 51-year-old pastor, a former heroin addict and convict who turned to Christ after he was released from prison in 1997. more >>