Quotes by: T. D. Jakes

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T. D. Jakes
Personal details
Birth name Thomas Dexter Jakes
Born (1957-06-09) June 9, 1957 (age 59)
South Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Residence Dallas, Texas
Spouse Serita Jamison (m. 1981)
Children Sarah Jakes, Jermaine Jakes, Cora Jakes, Jamar Jakes, Thomas Jakes, Jr.
Occupation Pastor, author, filmmaker, talk show host

My first church had seven members in it, and I have to remember, the rent was $225 a month and I worked for Union Carbide and took the check I made from work to pay for the rent to keep the church open.
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I actually grew up playing the piano in the church and was deeply involved in music ministry.
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Children are not unforgiving. You can punish them and they will hug you in a few minutes.
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I don't think that you can let the storms of life overwhelm you. When you do that, you are no better than the craziness that caused you to be under attack.
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I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.
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I'm for people bettering themselves, no matter who they are and where they are, doing all they can to be all they can be.
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There are no college courses to build up self-esteem or high school or elementary school. If you don't get those values at a early age, nurtured in your home, you don't get them.
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I chose to present myself as one who comes from among the people, and I can be touched by their pain because I have my own.
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I think most people who get into their 50s reassess what made sense and what didn't make sense.
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There is nothing I'm any more passionate than empowering the next generation.
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I was raised in the Baptist church... but I didn't really have a real committed experience with Christ until my father died.
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But I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles. I think that my tests became my testimonies.
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So though there are many things I would have done differently, I submit to God's sovereignty and His purpose in my life and I thank Him that He brought me the way He brought me and gave me what He gave me when He thought I could handle it.
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I think that my preaching style and many of my ideas and ideals about faith are based in both Pentecostal and Baptist background.
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When my father died, I had a real experience with Christ, a real conversion with Christ and I had it in a Oneness church.
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As a Christian, Christ died so that we will have eternal life in Him in Heaven. What it looks like doesn't matter, what it smells like doesn't matter, as long as Christ is there it will be Heaven to me.
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If you learn how to forgive others for not being strong, then people can learn how to forgive you for your own issues.
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I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.
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We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it's absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.
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We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
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Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe.
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We develop our propensity to forgive or not to forgive by what we see illustrated at the early ages of our development.
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