John 5:5, 8, and 9
(5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. (8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. (9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
Bishop Thomas Dexter (T. D.) Jakes was born in South Charleston, West Virginia. Feeling a call to ministry as a young man, Jakes enrolled in West Virginia State University and began preaching part-time in local churches and later dropped out of the university. He took a job at the local Union Carbide and continued preaching part-time. During this time, he met his future wife, Serita Jamison. The couple married in 1981. In 1982, Jakes became the pastor of the Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith in Montgomery, West Virginia; a small independent Pentecostal church with about ten members. Over the next few years, the church grew, drawing an integrated congregation that helped increase Jakes' renown as a speaker and pastor. He moved the church twice: from Montgomery to Smithers and then to his birth town of South Charleston, where the congregation grew from about 100 members to over 300. During this time, he began a radio ministry “The Master's Plan” that ran from 1982-1985. He also became acquainted with Bishop Sherman Watkins, the founder of the Higher Ground Always Abounding Assembly (an association of over 200 Pentecostal churches). Bishop Watkins ordained Jakes as a minister of the Higher Ground Assembly and encouraged him to start a church in the Charleston Area. Jakes also used this time to continue his education by studying through correspondence courses from Friends University. Jakes completed a B. A. and M.A. in 1990.
After the 1990 move to Charleston and as his congregation grew, T. D. Jakes began to focus on the spiritual needs of the women in his church who had been abandoned and abused in their lives. He began a Sunday school class for them, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed," in which he encouraged the women to use their past pain as a foundation for new growth. He later started a similar class for men, which he called "Manpower." In 1993, Jakes self-published his first book by writing about his experiences working with the women of his congregation. Woman, Thou Art Loosed would become Jakes' signature work and a national religious bestseller. He also began a new television ministry, Get Ready, which aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
His ministry continued to expand, prompting the founding of the T. D. Jakes Ministries organization to oversee his work beyond the church itself. He continued to write and publish books to spread his message of spiritual healing to new audiences. In 1994, he held the first of what would become a series of conferences for ministers and their spouses, "When Shepherds Bleed."
As his fame and his conferences outgrew his Charleston facilities, Jakes looked to expand his ministry. In July of 1996, he bought a building on 34 acres in South Dallas and moved fifty people with him; his wife, Serita, their five children, close relatives, and staff members. He renamed the building “The Potter’s House.” Jakes liked the idea of operating out of a progressive and diverse city like Dallas, TX. Yet he ultimately attributes the move to someone beyond himself. “The honest to goodness truth, is that God led me here.” Bishop Jakes said in 1998 to TexasMonthly.com.
Since the move, Bishop Jakes’ ministry has grown in an amazing way. The Potter's House’s auditorium sat 5,000 people when it first opened. The campus has grown to a congregation over 30,000 members. It also offers ministries to homeless people, prisoners, prostitutes, AIDS victims and substance abusers. Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among EBONY’s Power100 and is the winner of several prestigious awards including BET Honors, Stellar Award, NAACP Image Award, Keeper of the Dream Award and McDonald’s 365Black Award for his humanitarian efforts. His worldwide impact is also felt through high profile conference series such as MegaFest which recently drew more than 75,000 participants and an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, and the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership.
Bishop T.D. Jakes has two daughters who are accepting their call to ministry and willingly following in their father’s footsteps. Sarah Jakes-Roberts is a businesswoman, writer and media personality. In 2014, she released a memoir titled “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life.” In this book, Sarah Jakes-Roberts shared her story with a rarely seen transparency and people gravitated to her because of her transparency. She also serves as the senior editor of eMotions, an online magazine under T.D. Jakes Enterprises that is designed to embrace, empower and educate women. Alongside her husband, Sarah pastors a dynamic community of artists and professionals in Hollywood, CA.
Cora Jakes-Coleman is a preacher, author and passionate businesswoman. In 2015, she released her first book titled “Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life.” In this book, Cora shared her inspirational story of spiritual growth to set the stage for this life-changing message. “Faithing It” is not about pretending away yours problems, but it’s about facing circumstances with confidence because you see them measured next to the chain-breaking and miracle working power of God. Cora Jakes-Coleman is also the Executive Director of Destiny House Children’s Ministry of The Potter’s House of Dallas which increased by over 300% under her leadership.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
In the Bible, it talks about how Abram (who later will be named Abraham) heard from the Lord. The Lord told Abram to leave his country, relatives and family then go to a land that the Lord will show him. If Abram followed the Lord’s instructions, He will bless Abram so much that his children and children’s children will become great and successful. The Lord also promised to make Abram famous and wealthy enough that he will be able to bless others. The Lord will also bless the ones who bless Abram and curse the ones who put a curse on Abram. With obedience, Abram left the city of Haran and went to the city of Canaan with his wife, nephew and all the other people who were a part of their supporting team. From that point on, everyone who was connected to Abram was blessed because of Abram.
You can read this part of the story in GENESIS 12: 1-3 but we encourage you to read the entire book of GENESIS in the Bible, so you can see for yourself how the Lord blessed Abraham and his entire family bloodline because Abraham was obedient to His voice.
Doesn’t this sound very familiar to someone in our day and age? Let talk about Bishop T.D. Jakes.