Before a crowd of 25,000 women at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Bishop T.D. Jakes opened up the first day of his annual "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" conference by saying that it is important that a faith in God be coupled with a belief in oneself.
"There are two aspects of faith that are critical for you to make it through this world," said Jakes, who is the lead pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter's House in Dallas. "Number one, you have to believe in God. If you don't believe in God there are some things for which there is no answer, no rationale, and no comfort. People will become sort of being what you need when you need it. You will spend the rest of your life searching through people who are just as broken as you are trying how to get it together. You must believe in God.
"But I'm going to tell you something tonight. Believing in God is not enough because I also want to remind you that the Bible said the demons believe and tremble. The second area of belief is critical and this is an area where even Christian believers are often attacked," he continued. more >>
While an estimated 60 million people turned to the TV to watch the presidential debate Wednesday night, millions more joined the live water cooler conversation on Twitter. In the Christian community, the best known Christian leaders appeared to mostly stay away from tweeting their thoughts on the debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
However, some pastors and ministry leaders did take the opportunity to chime in. Here are just some of the comments made on Twitter during and shortly after the debate:
"I have always assumed Mormons to be non-violent, but Romney just kicked Obama's butt on national TV. Obama seemed uninterested." – Kurt Johnston, youth pastor more >>
Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, announced in August that she would be divorcing her NFL linebacker husband Robert Henson, and is now speaking about how she is overcoming the tough times associated with the split.
Jakes, 24-year-old who leads the Women's Ministry at The Potter's House in Dallas, first broke the news of her divorce on her personal blog, www.sarahdhenson.com.
"I have built my ministry and identity around being the best wife and a mother I can be. For quite sometime I have tried to steer through some serious troubles at home," Henson wrote on her personal website, www.sarahdhenson.com. "As much as I wanted my marriage to last, it cannot." more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes of the 30,000-member Dallas, Texas megachurch The Potter's House is hosting the 20th anniversary of his popular women's conference "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" which is expected to bring together more than 25,000 women from all over the world.
The event will take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on October 4-6, 2012, and will feature several prominent church speakers besides Jakes, including his wife, First Lady Serita Jakes, Pastor Sheryl Brady, the campus pastor of The Potter's House of North Dallas, best-selling author and speaker Dr. Cindy Trimm of Trimm International, and Pastor Paula White, one of the most popular women preachers in America.
The annual three-day conference will feature discussion on women's role in society, and will teach women "how they can use their strengths, gifts and abilities to overcome any obstacle to transform their lives in a positive and exciting way," a press release states. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes is a jack of all trades and is recognized in all of them. He is known as the senior pastor of the 30,000-member Dallas-based church, The Potter's House, the New York Times best-selling author of Let It Go, the producer of the hit comedy "Jumping the Broom," and the founder of a Grammy award-winning Dexterity Sounds label.
His diverse circle of friends reflects his wide-ranging career: Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Pastor Paula White, Tyler Perry, and Chaka Khan. In the midst of it all, he still finds time to send love tweets to his wife and support relief efforts at his church.
Last week, Jakes was the guest of honor at a big celebration in Dallas to mark his 35th anniversary of ministry, 55th birthday, 30th wedding anniversary, and 15th anniversary of The Potter's House. more >>
DALLAS — Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated his 35th anniversary of ministry Friday with surprise tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Pastor Paula White and Chaka Khan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Celebrities and Christian leaders honored the black minister as a "spiritual leader" and "prophetic voice."
Oprah Winfrey was the first major surprise guest of the "Triumphant Journey" event celebrating Jakes' service as a pastor, family man, global leader, author and his work in entertainment. The details of the program were kept secret so that the Potter's House founding pastor wouldn't know who would be appearing.
During her tribute, Oprah described Bishop Jakes as a one-of-a-kind person, saying she grew up in the church since she was 8 but had never encountered someone like Bishop Jakes in all her life. more >>