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Pastor & Father Of 9 Dies Of COVID-19 Complications Days After Celebrating Recovery


Pastor David Ford dies of COVID-19 complications
David Ford, a beloved Michigan pastor, longtime UPS driver and father of nine who friends say shared an inspiring testimony about beating the new coronavirus, died Tuesday of complications from the disease. He was 59.

Ford, who led the Friendship House of Prayer in Lansing for several years, is now being mourned by his family and many in his community like Lansing Mayor Andy Schor who had already began celebrating his recovery.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Pastor Ford of Friendship House of Prayer. He was a wonderful friend to me and the city of Lansing. I spoke with him just last week and he shared an incredible story as a survivor of COIVD-19. The passing of Pastor Ford is a tremendous loss to the church, to me personally as a friend and to the city of Lansing. My thoughts are with him, his family, his friends and his congregation during this difficult time,” Schor said in a statement on Facebook Thursday.

Schor further told WILX that Ford’s survivor story was quite exceptional.”

“He was telling me he was on a ventilator, breathing fire, in bad shape and laying on ice, but he was able to come through it,” the mayor said. “He wanted to share his story so people will know what it was like to battle this virus and not lose faith.”

Bishop David Maxwell, a ministry colleague, told news station WILX that the late pastor had tested positive for the coronavirus in late March and was admitted to Beaumont Hospital for seven days. He started feeling better and was subsequently discharged to go home.

“He was excited, as ever, looking forward to preaching the Gospel and thankful to be home,” Maxwell said.

On Sunday, however, Ford preached from his home about the resurrection in what would be his final sermon.

Ford’s family told WILX that the pastor started feeling ill again and quickly died.

“It was shocking. I was sad, I was angry, I was upset that my friend who was a leader in Lansing succumbed to this after surviving,” Schor said.

The Lansing mayor remembered Ford’s messages as uplifting.

“You always really felt good about yourself after his service,” he said. “It was loud, fun, informative, and serious.”

Maxwell called him “extraordinary.”

“He was an extraordinary person, a lovable person who harbored no ill will to anyone. His smile was contagious,” the bishop recalled. “His imprint on the hearts and minds in the landscape of our community has not ended. It will continue to go on.”

Ford’s cousin, JoAnn Bell, noted on Facebook that he “was really somebody.”

“Please pray for David’s Wife Cassandra Ford and the Entire Ford Family ……….Our Cousin Pastor David Ford made his Transition yesterday to be with the Lord, he surely earned his wings a long time ago, …however, we just wasn’t ready for him to leave us so soon,” she noted Wednesday. “If you really knew Pastor David Ford, you couldn’t help but LOVE HIM AS WHO HE WAS…. and how he loved the Lord, his wife, his children, and his family and church family, & friends. He could really sing and play that piano/ organ, and preaching under the anointing of God. He was really somebody. Please lift his wife up in prayer as she loved her husband tremendously! My heart is broke into pieces!”

Parishioner Sylvia Hatcher noted on his obituary page Friday that he was “a great pastor.”

“Pastor David Ford was the most gentle, kind, loving person that I’ve known. He was a great pastor and I will miss him very much. He did a lot for the community and he loved the Friendship House of Prayer Baptist Church family. I love him and I will never forget him. My sincere condolences to Cassandra, Davona and the entire Ford family,” she wrote.

Cassandra Ford said even though she was “devastated” by her husband’s death, “I know God is still in control and that is the only this I can hold on to.”

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Can We Actually Speak Things into Existence?

When God created the heavens and the earth he did so by speaking. He said let there be and there was. God in his great power literally spoke the world into existence. He spoke into what was void and empty. From that came this beautiful world that we see all around us.

The question I want to pose to you is, has God passed this same power and authority to you and I? Can you really speak things into existence? There are scriptures that seem to support this point of view so let’s analyze some of those so we can find the answer to this question.


Let’s be clear: your words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. That’s right, your words can speak life and encouragement to a person’s soul. They can also be discouraging words, shooting holes in people’s ambition and bringing death to their dreams.

Words Are Powerful

On a positive note, consider all the people who have been inspired by someone telling them a word of encouragement. I remember having a conversation with my pastor and I was telling him about a book I was writing. The first words out of his mouth were “how can I help you?” Those five words were a source of motivation and encouragement to me. They really inspired me and helped me to get the book done.

Understand that your words have power

But is there a limit to that power?
A Commonly Misquoted Scripture
In some Christian circles, you may hear people say “speak those things that are not as though they are.” Usually this is said with great faith – with the thought of bringing something that you want to pass. Let me be clear, I am not trying to discredit anyone’s faith. I have no interest in doing that because I believe people who say this truly believe. The problem is the quote of the verse is incomplete. Here is the full verse in Romans 4:17:

“(as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;” (NKJV).

(For context, the father of many nations to which Paul is referring is Abraham.)

What you notice in this verse is that there is someone who can call to being things that do not exist, as though they do. That person is God. Though your words are powerful and can have tremendous impact in people’s lives, your words alone do not have the power to call things that do not exist into being. That right and power is only reserved for God alone.

Your responsibility is to let your faith be in the God who calls things into existence and not in your own ability to do that. In other words, be like Abraham. God told him he would give him a son in his old age. Abraham believed what God said, even though it took 25 years. Because Abraham believed God, what God said came to pass in Abraham’s life. Let your faith not be in your own words, let your faith be in God’s word. Here is what we know about God’s word:

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

Trusting God’s word is the greatest guarantee that you will ever have in your life.

But Didn’t Jesus Say…
Listen to the words of Mark 11:23:

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (emphasis added).

When we look at this verse, we seem to have the same conundrum. What you see again is the power of your words. Does Jesus really mean that all it takes is for you to speak to a mountain and as long as you believe, that mountain will move? It appears on the surface that your words alone are being given the ability to have mountain-moving power. Before you make that final analysis, let’s consider the full context. Look at Mark 11:22:

“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God.’”

With the full context, we can now put this whole thought together. What I want you to focus on is what the object of your faith is. Is it your words or is it God? The object of your faith must be God. The power in faith is not faith itself – it is the object of that faith. It is faith in God that makes the impossible possible. Here is what Tony Evans said about this in The Tony Evans Bible Commentary:

“The most important aspect of faith, then, is the worthiness of its object. You must be trusting in the right thing. You can place tremendous faith in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus but you’ll be disappointed. If, however, you have true, vibrant faith in the God of the Bible, you have spiritual authority to access divine power.”

The result of mountain-moving faith is not coming just from “what” you say. The result of mountain-moving faith is coming from “who” you are believing in. Believe God and believe his word, for that gives you access to his divine power. It is that power alone that will move the mountains and change the situations in your life.

What Do You Do Now?

I want to encourage you to speak. Know for certain that life and death are in the power of your tongue, so speak. Speak words of encouragement, life and hope to those around you. Speak God’s promises over your life. Speak to yourself and remind yourself who you are in Christ. Speak and encourage yourself in the Lord. Speak the word of God into your situations. Speak to the mountains and challenges in your life and don’t doubt that they will move.

However, in the speaking, remember to put your faith not in the words you speak, because that is not where the power comes from. Put your faith in God who has promised to bring his word to pass. This is the true source of your power. Let your faith be solely in God and his word because we know that his word will accomplish the purpose for which it was sent.

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Former Satanist, Prostitute And Drug Addict Turns Preacher Of Christ

Former Satanist, Prostitute And Drug Addict Turns Preacher Of Christ.

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Sister Jennifer cried out to God and He responded with forgiveness and new life. She now works with a couple Churches in New Orleans and preaches outside the only abortion clinic in New Orleans.

She gave details of what happens inside many of those bars on Bourbon Street and how politicians, judges and police are involved in sex acts within certain buildings of the French Quarter. What a testimony to now stand with us against the very streets she worked on and just for record when she preached on Bourbon Street she mainly addressed the women walking.

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Coronavirus: Paul’s Secret Spiritual Warfare Weapon(how to win any pandemic)

Paul’s Secret Spiritual Warfare Weapon


Spiritual warfare is a way of life for me. I am careful to put my armor on, stay alert to the spirit realm, and walk as close to the Holy Spirit as I possibly can. Still, there are seasons where the battle rages and I grow weary. There are times when I need reinforcements in the face of surging enemies that are intent on killing me, stealing what is rightfully mine and destroying my family and ministry.

Although I’ve long understood the need for intercessors, an email from a general in the faith this week—and an expert in spiritual warfare—reminded me of just how important prayer partners are. After asking about the warfare against me after my book, Jezebel’s Puppets

The email read:
“With the undoing of moral restraint in our nation and the intimidating nature of Jezebel against those who speak against it, I was wondering how you were doing. … I know a few folks who have taken a strong public stand against this spirit who subsequently experienced some added battle. I just wanted to make sure you have folks praying for you. … The biggest factor is to have intercessors who can pray for you regularly and also spontaneously. Part of the Ephesians 6 dress code is where Paul adds, ‘And pray for me.’ He knew all the mechanics of warfare, but he also knew he personally needed prayer.”

A Revelation of Reinforcements
Let’s look at these Scriptures first hand. Paul exhorted the church at Ephesus—and really all believers—to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

“Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:11)

That’s where many spiritual warriors stop. But it’s not where Paul the apostle stopped. He had another weapon against the wiles of the wicked one. And he had reinforcements that were making intercession for him from Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the Earth. He didn’t just hope they might pray when the Holy Spirit brought him to mind—he petitioned for their prayers.

Prayer Against Spiritual Warfare
Once we get past the whole armor of God and personal prayer challenge, we see Paul the apostle reaching out for spiritual warriors to join his intercessory prayer team: “Pray for me, that the power to speak may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.” (Eph. 6:19)

Paul asked for prayer for God to provide an opportunity to speak, be heard and spread the gospel message clearly (Col. 4:3-4); that people would accept his message and believers would accept his God-given wisdom (2 Thess. 3:1-2); for deliverance from the Jews (Rom. 15:30); for deliverance from challenging circumstances and prison (2 Cor. 1:11; Phil. 1:19, Philemon 1:22); that he could see in person those to whom he was writing (Rom. 1:8; 1 Thess. 3:10).

Final Words: Spiritual Warfare
Of course, we know that Paul returned the favor and prayed for his spiritual sons, co-laborers, churches and even his enemies. Prayer is a partnership. You need prayer, your family needs prayer—and the leaders in the body who are out there fighting devils, equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, and preaching the gospel need your prayers. I need your prayers. So I ask, as Paul did, pray for me.

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Coronavirus: ‘We Do Not Grieve Like Those Who Have No Hope,’ Mike Pence Says



Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said the faith of millions of Americans during the Easter season is a source of hope amidst an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Pence made the remarks during the daily briefing from President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force.

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“In the wake of more than 1.9 million tests, we see more than 400,000 Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus, and sadly, we’ve lost more than 14,000,” Pence said. “We grieve. But as the Good Book says, we do not grieve like those who have no hope. In this very special week, I know that the faith of millions of Americans is a comfort to them.”

Trump, too, referenced the Easter holiday.

“This is a holy week, when religious believers across the nation will observe Passover, Good Friday and Easter,” Trump said. “Millions of Jewish families begin Passover at sundown tonight, a sacred, unbroken tradition that traces back to the ancient land of Egypt. And on Sunday, we celebrate our beautiful, wonderful Easter, which we all look forward to. And we’re going to have many Easters together in churches in the future.”

America, he said, is “getting much closer” to defeating the virus and “getting our country back to the way it was.”

Trump and Pence spoke to about 10,000 religious leaders Wednesday in an off-the-record conference call “to thank them for raising the spirits of our people during these very difficult days,” Trump said.

“While we may be physically apart, we can use this time to pray, to reflect, and to focus on our personal relationship with God,” Trump said.

Although a transcript of the conference call was not released, NBC News reported that Trump told the religious leaders, “We’re going to beat this plague.”

“We’re going to beat this virus and we’re going to beat it soon,” Trump said. “We’re going to get our country back.”

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Focus On Prayer, Grow In Personal Relationship With God: Trump Urges Americans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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United States President Donald J. Trump with Vice President Mike Pence

“On this Good Friday, Christians from all around the world remember the suffering and death upon the cross of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Trump said at the briefing at the White House. “At Easter Sunday, we will celebrate His glorious resurrection.”
Trump said as people won’t be able to “gather together with one another as we normally would on Easter,” they can “use this sacred time to focus on prayer, reflection, and growing in our personal relationship with God. So important.”

He continued, “I ask all Americans to pray that God will heal our nation; to bring comfort to those who are grieving; to give strength to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers; to restore health to the sick; and to renew the hope in every person who is suffering. Our nation will come through like never before.”

Trump assured that the U.S. death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic will be “substantially less” than the last week’s projection of 100,000.

The president acknowledged that “many families” have prayed “for me and for my family.” He said, “your prayers are felt, and I am forever grateful.”

Trump thanked “our great Vice President (Mike Pence) and his wonderful wife, who we all know very well, Karen, for the incredible job they do and for their service not only to the country but for their service to God.”

Trump quoted Prophet Isaiah, “Darkness covers the Earth…but the Lord rises upon you, and His glory appears over you…For the Lord will be your everlasting light.”

As America “battles the invisible enemy,” he continued, “we reaffirm that Americans believe in the power of prayer. We give thanks for the majesty of creation and for the gift of eternal life. And we place our trust in the hands of Almighty God.”

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Hundreds Circle Round Georgia Hospital To Pray Against Coronavirus

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“We’re called to be the hands and feet of Christ – and that’s exactly what we did today. We bombarded heaven with our prayers.”

People of faith throughout Georgia are finding unique ways to gather and pray for hospital workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic – and they’re following social distancing guidelines while doing it.

In Cartersville, Ga., hundreds gathered in their cars around the Cartersville Medical Center last Thursday to pray for the nurses and doctors. They tuned their radios to 91.7 FM, a local Christian station that plays worship songs.

Georgia is one of the epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak.

“I know people personally here that have been tested with the coronavirus. And one of our church members passed due to the coronavirus,” participant Jennifer Hyde told Atlanta’s Fox 5.

God you’re still working in the midst of all of this!

“We’re called to be the hands and feet of Christ – and that’s exactly what we did today. We bombarded heaven with our prayers,” he told Atlanta’s 11 Alive. “… It’s just been a blessing.”

Hospital workers appreciated the prayers. Several workers stood on top of the hospital building, arms outstretched in worship, as popular Christian song ‘Way Maker’ played on the radio. Other workers stood on the lawn.

Cartersville Medical Center in Bartow County wrote in a Facebook post that hundreds of people joined the prayer circle to raise the spirits of hospital staff and patients who are battling COVID-19.

“They are putting their lives at risk,” participant Lisa Shryock said, holding a sign reading, “Thank you. Praying for you.”

Michelle Anderson, who has worked at the hospital for 26 years, told Fox 5 she has “never been more proud to work here.”

“The community outpouring today is unbelievable,” she said.

As cars filled the hospital parking lot, people sat inside their vehicles and tuned their radios to hear prayer and music.

Camden McGill, who helped organize the event, said she is ready for the pandemic to end.

“It’s hit close to home, a lot of people have been affected by this, we’re just ready to see it go,” she said.

Staff members waved to everyone from the hospital’s rooftop, then sang the popular Christian song “Way Maker.”

Cartersville isn’t the only Georgia community to form an automobile prayer circle.


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Missionary Danny Jones Family Recovering Well After Testing Positive Of Coronavirus, Praise God

Missionary Danny Jones, His Wife Rachel And 3 Children
Missionary Danny Jones, His Wife Rachel And 3 Children
Bro. Danny Jones, Missionary to Thailand at Westwood Missionary Baptist Church who was in critical condition after testing positive from COVID-19, is recovering well from the virus.

Danny’s whole family was also seriously sick as his wife Rachel and three daughters contacted the virus, but thank God, the whole family is strong and rescovering very well.

Charlie R Ellison, a Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church and Chaplain at Deer Park Police Department, in an earlier post, shared Missionary Jones’ condition on his Facebook timeline, where he said that the missionary’s condition worsened to the point he has been hospitalized.

Charlie also revealed that Bro. Danny’s whole family was seriously sick as his wife Rachel and three daughters have contacted the virus as well, hence, asking for prayers from around the world for the healing of this precious brother.

Danny Jones was the first in his family to test positive for coronavirus after returning from a trip to Israel in the middle of March.

Missionary Danny Jones was the co-leader of a March trip to Israel. The Westwood Missionary Baptist Church member didn’t think he’d get COVID-19 when he embarked on the trip March 8,

“Please take this seriously,” Jones said. “I’m going to spend a very long time just thinking about how I could have stayed away from my family and not given it to them.”

Jones was also been diagnosed with pneumonia and has been running a fever for 24 days, but he felt well enough to speak with 8 On Your Side through Zoom Friday night to thank everyone who has prayed for his family and to emphasize the need to not underestimate the virus.

“I would say that just a couple days ago I couldn’t do this interview,” Jones said.

The symptoms started for the member of the Westwood Missionary Baptist Church in Winter Haven when he got home on March 18 from the Holy Land.

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“Upset stomach, diarrhea, a low grade fever, which eventually spiked to 103 or a little bit more, the body aches and pains, extreme headaches mainly caused by the coughing,” Jones said listing his symptoms.

Jones said he doesn’t know exactly how he contracted COVID-19 during his flights through New York back to Florida, but he quickly learned the virus is highly contagious.

“My oldest daughter was never in the same room that I was in, but in the same household and I gave it to her somehow or another,” Jones said.

His wife of 21 years, Rachel, and their three daughters ages 10, 13 and 16 have all tested positive.

“My kids spend most of their days in bed really weak, just taking a few steps just completely tires us out,” Jones said.

Missionary Danny Jones Family
Jones told 8 On Your Side he’s grateful for the care he received while hospitalized for five days with low oxygen levels.

“I could see fear on people’s faces as I went into the hospital but through all that the nurses and doctors would come into the isolation ward and treat me,” Jones said.

He recalled a conversation with a doctor who visited his hospital bed.

“She said I’m a believer first, a doctor second and I want to pray with you for your and your family,” Jones said.

The Jones’ family story has been shared on their church Facebook page and around the world.
“We’ve been getting thousands of messages every single day from countries all over the world people that are telling us that they’re praying for us,” Jones said.

Jones said his youngest daughter had to be hospitalized for dehydration, but the three of them are starting to feel a little better. He added his wife still has a fever, too.

“I’ve literally coughed until I passed out a couple times,” he added.

Through his family’s fight with coronavirus, Jones has relied on his faith.

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The family’s pastor has dropped off medications and members of their church have delivered hot meals and they plan to do that again on Easter Sunday.

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REASONS WHY MY PRAYERS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED

There are certain requirements we must fulfill before God will listen to our prayers.

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We Must Belong to God.

“There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1Timothy 2:5). Because Jesus is the mediator between us and God, we must give Him our total allegiance.

Before I yielded the control of my life to Jesus Christ, I would pray, but I was never sure if God was listening or would answer. After I asked Him to be the Lord of my life, I had confidence that God was hearing and answering my prayers.

We Must Pray to God the Father in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ.

Only the name of Jesus Christ gives us credibility with the Father — not our education, our wealth or poverty, our church, our background or our position — only Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).

Sometimes I use my husband’s name, or my church, or my work to gain credibility with people I meet. But only Jesus’ name gives us credibility with the Father.

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We Must have a Clean Heart.

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had known of any sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened to me.”

It is very important to keep a clean heart before God. Someone said, “I ‘fess them as I does them, I don’t bunch them.” Don’t wait until you go to church or a crisis arises in your life to confess your sins to God. As soon as you become aware of an attitude or action that is displeasing to God, admit that it is wrong and thank God for His forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We Must have a Forgiving Spirit.

In Mark 11:25, Jesus says, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven my forgive your transgressions.”

Jesus makes it very clear that we can’t carry anger, hatred, or bitterness in our hearts toward anyone if we expect God to forgive us and/or hear our prayers.

We must Pray in Faith.

Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, “And everything you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

The very fact that you are asking God for your needs demonstrates your faith.

The answers come every time, but not always in the way we expect. There are times when God answers prayer as soon as we pray. Other times we have to wait for them to be answered. Sometimes is answer is “No”, like all good parents, He gives us what is good for us, but not what is harmful to us, but He always listens and answers.

If you want to be sure God is listening to your prayers, consider if you have ever asked Jesus Christ into your life, you can do so right now by submitting to him with a simple but powerful prayer.

“Lord Jesus, I want you to listen and answer my prayers, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING AND CONFESSING JESUS CHRIST.