DALLAS, Texas-Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors at the 43,000 member Lakewood Church in Houston, shared their inspirational message of forgiveness and empowerment at T.D. Jakes' MegaFest on Friday. Osteen said he accepted Jakes' invitation to speak at the festival because it's important for Christians to unite, build family memories, and to be encouraged to fulfill their destinies.
"I think it's strengthening the bonds in our family," Osteen told The Christian Post. "Bishop Jakes is so good about talking about letting go of the things that are holding you back, and starting fresh and anew. Events like these help us to grow together as a family."
The best-selling author and megachurch pastor delivered his core message of letting go of the past, moving forward and encouraging people to believe that God has great plans for their lives. Osteen said his aim is to let people know that God wants the best for them, and when believers honor Him, "God will take you places that you never dreamed of." more >>
DALLAS, Texas — Oprah Winfrey held two episode tapings of her Emmy Award-winning program "Oprah's Lifeclass" on Thursday during T.D. Jakes' three-day MegaFest festival that will broadcast on the OWN network during the first two weeks of September.
Oprah invited Jakes back to her lifeclass to talk about the millions of sons and daughters who are growing up without a father in their life, and to share the steps families can take to heal old wounds and restore their fractured relationships. There were many "aha! moments" for the queen of television who surmised that women are incapable of fulfilling the role of a father, regardless of how hard they try or how much they believe that they can.
"The truth is that you can't be a father and a mother," Oprah said. more >>
DALLAS, Texas— Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and CEO of MegaFest 2013 spoke with The Christian Post at the kickoff of the three-day inspirational festival about the importance of having a personal relationship with God. Jakes also explained why adults need to step up and set the example of making their Christian faith the foundation for the family to depend on through all of life's tragedies and disagreements.
The following is an edited transcript of that interview.
Why is it important for people to have a relationship with God, so they can then have a stronger connection and better understanding of those who are around them? more >>
DALLAS, Texas – Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and CEO of MegaFest 2013 was joined by the Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings on Wednesday for a press conference to kickoff the three-day inspirational festival that the popular megachurch pastor says will be a "celebration of relationships."
More than 50,000 people from 40 countries are in "Big D" for MegaFest that begins Thursday morning with a taping of two episodes of "Oprah's Lifeclass" in which she and Jakes will tackle the issue of emotional and spiritual healing for the millions of children who are growing up in fatherless households.
Speaking about healing and the purpose of MegaFest, Jakes quoted from part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech that he gave 50 years ago during the March on Washington, and said it was King's dream that everyone would work together and unite together. Jakes commented that the message exemplifies the spirit of MegaFest, which is to bring together people from all walks of life, culture, ethnicity, background and political ideology. more >>
Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson is going to perform at TD Jakes' MegaFest family festival in Dallas, Texas, on Aug 31, and answer questions about "Winnie Mandela," the Jakes-presented biopic on the life of Nelson Mandela's former wife, in which she stars in.
Hudson will perform at the Women of Purpose concert as part of Megafest, Dallas News reported, alongside other artists such as Toni Braxton, Holly Robinson Peete, Babyface, Brandy, Mary Mary and Kim Burrell. Actor and comedian Steve Harvey will host the show.
MegaFest is going to bring together some of the biggest faith leaders in America, including Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church and Creflo Dollar of World Changers International Church, as well as notable figures such as Oprah Winfrey, who will host one of her Lifeclass shows and talk with Jakes during Megafest. more >>
Production has begun in Canada for the screen adaptation of Todd Burpo's best-selling book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, which chronicles the near death experience that reportedly brought a 3-year-old boy face-to-face with Jesus Christ.
Filming started last week in Winnipeg, Manitoba, under Director Randall Wallace, who wrote the Academy Award-winning film "Braveheart" and directed "We Were Soldiers," "Secretariat," and "The Man in the Iron Mask." T.D. Jakes, pastor at the Potter's House in Dallas, best-selling author and producer of the movie "Jumping the Broom," adds his weight to the film as a producer.
In 2003, 3-year-old Colton Burpo nearly died after his appendix burst. While in surgery, he reportedly went to heaven and saw Jesus. "It wasn't until four months after we got out of the hospital that we finally listened to our son," Todd explained, in a 2011 interview that has received over 13 million hits on Youtube. more >>