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Bishop T.D. Jakes has gained millions of followers and a multimillion dollar spiritual enterprise through his global teachings and preachings. The author, businessman and preacher we see today continues to prove those early critics—who thought he wouldn’t make it as a preacher because of his lisp-wrong.
He is the epitome of a man who can balance work, family and carry on the word of God. We salute Jakes with a look at his most memorable moments.
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A sampling of the crowd who joined in the festivities. “We have brought together what we think are the best representation of people who not only capture the excitement of this conference, but who truly epitomize the essence of this international event,” said Bishop Jakes.
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More than 100,000 people came out to attend MegaFest International. Bishop Jakes and The Potter’s House continue their strong desire to help the people of Africa by building places of refuge for children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Swaziland.
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Primpin’ ain’t easy, but Sarah makes it look that way as Daddy and Mommy Jakes and the hairstylist help to make sure she’s flawless.
“My father picked out my dress,” said Sarah. “He was on a business trip in New York, and called me and told me he had found a dress. I was so nervous and called my mom. My dad doesn’t know how to work his cell phone that well, but he took a picture of it and sent it to me. When he brought the dress, it fit perfectly. I absolutely love it!”
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Jakes and his son-in-law Robert enjoy the festivities and some alone time as official family members.
“My wish for my son-in-law is that God will vest him with the fortitude to reach his dreams,” said Jakes, “and the daily secretion of love that makes a man support and cherish his new family, providing them with all they need that will let them know they have been loved by a good man.”
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Jakes and wife Serita enjoy the moment as Tyler Perry toasts the Hensons.
Perry’s toast drew laughter and hearty cheers. “Before my father proposed to my mother, he had to ask my grandparents’ permission. My grandmother never looked at him, but proceeded to pull out her razor and skin an apple as he spoke before she told him, ‘You see my daughter? She doesn’t have a scar on her. If you don’t want her, bring her back the way you got her, ya hear?’ Now, Robert, I don’t know if the Bishop carries a razor, but you see where this is going, right?” Perry joked. “No, seriously, I want you both to know that every day might not be a great day, but every day is a God day, and as long as you keep Him first in your lives, you’ll be all right.”
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Not only was Bishop Jakes a writer of the film “Not Easily Broken,” but the famed author and spiritual leader also made a cameo appearance. He and his wife portrayed business tycoons in the movie. The movie is now on DVD.
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Pastor Jakes has been hosting the ManPower Conference for the last 15 years. It’s his way of encouraging men to build strong marriages, pursue their dreams, increase their confidence and take on community responsibilities.
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Bishop T.D. Jakes has graced the cover of Time Magazine as “America’s Best Preacher” and has been distinguished as one of the nation’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals.” But that never stops him from continuing to connect personally with the people of the congregation.
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A sampling of the crowd who joined in the festivities at MegFest. “We have brought together what we think are the best representation of people who not only capture the excitement of this conference, but who truly epitomize the essence of this international event,” said Bishop Jakes.
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