God Can Reach and Save Terrorists, Former Terrorist-in-Training Explains on TBN’s Praise the Lord Program

Ed Smith is the dynamic, successful pastor of Zoe Christian Fellowship in Whittier, California. But before God got a hold of his life, Ed was an angry young man who dreamed of being involved in a terrorist revolution to take over America.

“I was a typical, urban, African-American young man, lost, without a father,” recalled Pastor Ed. “I had every reason to hate and blame other people for my problems.”

Becoming involved in a government program designed to help young gang members find their way, Pastor Ed said that instead, the program was used to train him and other young men as would-be terrorists in a hoped-for revolution to take over America. “The program taught us hate, and I became what I would describe as an urban terrorist,” he said. “We were waiting for the revolution to take place.”

But in the midst of his hate, God broke into Ed’s life. “When I went to college I was searching for truth,” he said. “I wanted my life to count for something. And the truth I found was Jesus. When I received Christ, it totally changed my life.”

Recalling that his salvation happened during the Charismatic movement of the 1970s, when many Christians were praying for a move of God on the nation, Pastor Ed challenged that America — and the world — is poised for a similar move of God, if Christians will commit to praying.

“The same situation exists today, with anger, terrorism, and unrest rising around the nation and world, bringing fear and uncertainty,” he said. “But God wants to bring faith. And if God’s people begin to humble themselves and pray, God will heal this nation and this world, and raise up leaders — even men like I was, confused, angry, on the wrong track — who will follow God with all of their hearts.”

Watch this astounding and moving video of a man who was poised to terrorize America, until God arrested him and gave him something to live for!

Pastor Steve Green on TBN’s “Praise the Lord”: God Is Raising up Youth for His Kingdom’s Purpose

Pastor Steve Green of More Than Conquerors Faith Church in Birmingham, Alabama has a heart for young people today. Speaking recently on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” ministry and talk show Pastor Green recalled that as a youth God called David into a role that he was destined to fulfill. Walking into the camp of the Israelite army, he saw the giant Goliath challenging God’s people and wondered how King Saul and the others could let him get away with it.

Pastor Green recounted that David walked down to a brook and selected five smooth stones, “and out of those stones he takes something that looks like nothing and brings victory for God’s people by killing this giant who is defying God. And he is able to do what Saul could not do, and what his own brothers could not do.”

Pastor Green said that today God is calling a generation of young people who in the natural look like they don’t have what it takes to be victorious in this world, “and he is equipping them to be His men and women for this day and age.”

He noted that just like the Philistines were trying to take Judah, which belonged to God (1 Samuel 17), today the enemy is trying to steal the hearts and minds of young people, who belong to God.

Watch this powerful video and see how God is raising up young people for His purposes.

Samuel Rodriguez on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” Show: “Jesus Does Great Things With Broken Pieces”

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez had a special message on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” program for people who have gone through periods of brokenness. “The process of breaking that God does in each one of us will lead us to His best for our lives,” he said. “He will never leave us broken. He will always bring us back to wholeness and purpose.”

He emphasized that “Jesus does great things with broken pieces. If you have been through a season of brokenness and the circumstances around you have left you in shambles and pieces, if you’ve been betrayed, if someone has done you harm — in short, if you are broken right now, you are not disqualified. You see, it’s not about what we do for Him, but about what He did for us.”

What that means is that if you’ve been through the toughest season of your life, if you’ve been broken, if you dream has been shattered, if your family has been attacked — listen to me, you have not been disqualified. Jesus does wonderful things with broken pieces and broken people.”

This is a video worth seeing several times — to get its message deep in your spirit.

Gospel Music Artist Amber Nelon Thompson Talks About the Ups and Downs of Being a Christian Musician

Amber Nelon Thompson grew up in Southern Gospel Music. As the granddaughter of Southern Gospel legend Rex Nelon, she was immersed in the music industry from a young age. When the Rex Nelon Singers transitioned into The Nelons, Amber eventually found herself filling in when a female singer was missing, and when she was thirteen she became a full-time member of the group.

Amber joined another well-known Gospel singer, Jason Crabb, on a special Nashville edition of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” show, where they talked about the ups and downs of the music business.

Asked by Jason Crabb what she tells a young person who asks how to get into Christian music, Amber explained: “My advice to them is to really seek God to make sure that is what He wants them to do, because a lot of people think that singing full time is going to be so much fun, but when you really get into it and the hard times come, that fun turns to real work.”

Watch this enlightening video featuring two well-known names in Gospel music talking about the privilege God has given them to share His message through song. And CLICK HERE to watch the entire TBN “Praise the Lord” segment with Amber Nelon Thompson. The segment begins at 28 minutes.

Terry and Sharon Bell Talk About Embracing Mercy for a Rebellious Child

Terry and Sharon Bell pastor a dynamic church in Louisiana where hurting people are made whole through Christ. But when their own son became entangled in a lifestyle of drugs and sin from which he could not get free, these two parents and pastors really learned what it means to love with the love of Christ.

“When I started coming into the ministry and was elected pastor, some of our friends told us that we had to cut our son out of our lives or he would ruing our ministry,” recalled Pastor Terry on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” show. “And I said, ‘I can’t do that. He’s my son. God gave him to me. If I can write off my son, then Jesus can write me off. If Jesus can extend mercy to me for what I’ve done in my life, then I’ve got to give mercy to my son.’”

Watch this moving TBN video that demonstrates how we must minister to others — including our own children — who need God’s touch.