TD Jakes Narrowly Avoids Disaster

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes says a last-minute change of plans saved him from being killed in a natural gas explosion at his home.

Jakes told thousands at Sunday's service at his church - The Potter House - that he would have been getting dressed near the blast last week had he not suddenly had the feeling he should call off a planned meeting.

Instead, he wasn't anywhere close to the blast centered in a sunroom of his house in Fort Worth. No one was injured

Fire Department Lt. Kent Worley said Sunday that investigators ruled the blast accidental. He said the sunroom had a gas-fired pool heater and a large gas-fired barbecue grill.

Jakes praised God for keeping him safe and described his situation as "inconvenient, but alive."

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  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jul 25, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    Alright hanging out, you take care of yourself too.
  • by hanging out on Jul 24, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Dude you is right. I do give credit to that honest soul. But first I had to thank the lord for answering my prayers. Doggone shame bout that time you feeling you wasted. And I'm thinking you was faithful and prayerful for that long you oughta have more than one bible lying around your house. Lemme guess, I'm thinking next you be telling me you gave 'em all away and you ain't got access to anymore. God bless you friend I really do pray he heals your hurts. Cause I'm believing the more you be backlashing and all that stuff posting them horrible comments pharoah be coming to mind. The heart of yours be getting harder and harder with each post. Dude you take care of yourself you hear.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    You're wrong. I was extremely deep in my faith for almost 10 years. I put more time and energy into the Bible, praying and youth group than I'd like to admit. And it was all a waste of my time. Is asking for a Bible to be delivered to me selfish? It sounds very unselfish to me, it would be saving a soul from eternal hell. Good for you getting your rings back, but I really think you should give credit to the one who really returned them: the honest person.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    Dude honestly I ain't never really had to wait a real long time when I pray for something. I just believe he's really gonna do what I ask. And I don't never ask for really selfish things ceptin maybe if you wanna count those rings. But they was real special to me both given to me by very special people.
  • by hanging out on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    I'm thinking it's good to have you back, dude. Howdy. In that particular I'm still neutral. But I'm thinking as the way most discussions go we sorta kinda moved on. And, by the way, I still ain't so sure bout that earth age thing. But I reckon I can wait for the answer. I'm patient. I'm thinking if you was all that deep into your faith then you woulda been getting some prayers answered. I'm thinking everyone that Jesus was able to do miracles for they came to him and they had faith believing he was gonna get it done. dude, in my bible that's what it says it takes. Looky here I went outta town to a meeting a place an I left some rather expensive jewelry behind. I prayed Lord please let the person that finds them rings be honest and turn them in. Dude, you ain't never gonna guess what happened. I'm thinking maybe you will but it was such a blessing to get them back. I'm thinking for me that was a miracle.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2009 at 02:34 AM
    Oh so God won't answer anyone with 'unbelief' and he won't answer anyone who is praying for someone with 'unbelief'. That sounds like a good explaination. But the thing is I used to be very active in the Christian faith but I still didn't get most of what I prayed for. Weird. Also it's cool how God is answering your prayers so quickly. I mean just a couple weeks ago you were neutral, you weren't on my side or Christian side. Now all of a sudden you are graced by miracles from God. That's pretty cool of God maybe he can do that for me too. I wish you well too my friendly fiend.
  • by hanging out on Jul 22, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    I'm feeling right sorry for you dude cause ain't nothing you can say can ever make me believe that. Maybe your prayer (mind you) I say your prayer oughta be "help my unbelief". I had an amazing week of experiencing God's goodness through prayers. Rightfully to be called miracles but I'm thinking that is cause I don't really have no unbelief. I'm thinking I could pray all day long for you and ain't nothing gonna happen. Cause you is right you done thrown faith to the side. I'll always be wishing you well.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    Well, I asked a church-goer friend of mine to pray for my request. She told me her and 3 others prayed. I did not get the 3 evangelists and the Bible we all asked for. I'm a little disappointed, I was hoping that maybe there is a God who wants to give me eternal life with him. *sigh* Oh well, it seems as though the Bible lies about prayer.
  • by hanging out on Jul 22, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    Hey, dude, are you there? How you been doing? I'm hoping everything in your world has gone good. I gots to head out hope to talk to you later.
  • by GBHB on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    Hanging Out-you are quite the funny guy lol I am glad you are back. You bring flavor to the bbq.

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