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58a5fa3a17d75.image13-year-old Josh Darrow of Virginia Beach was stumped on how to answer the $250,000 question on the hit TV game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

Darrow had no lifelines left and said he has “no clue” for the answer to the question: “Before ultimately finding a permanent home in America, many Pilgrims took refuge in Leiden, located in which country?”

After a few minutes of debate, Josh decided to walk away. He decided to keep the $100,000 instead of risking an incorrect answer. While Darrow did predict the right answer, the Netherlands, he is not upset about his decision.

In his last appearance on three episodes of the show, Josh thanked all his teachers for their support and told the audience “studying has paid off.”

Liz Harris, co-executive producer, said Josh was smart and charming.

Josh’s mom said he’s an avid reader, trivia buff, a member of his academic challenge team at Old Donation School, a Boy Scout – and he takes piano lessons. It is quite a resume for a young teen.

“Josh had a contagious energy,” Harris said. “He played the game skillfully and is a contestant who, I can assure you, will never be forgotten.”

Why won’t he be forgotten? Well, the young teen is doing something honorable with his winnings.

Josh is donating a portion of his prize money to Virginia Beach City Public Schools Beach Bags program. The program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students that might otherwise go hungry during weekends or school breaks.

Since the program was founded in 2009, more than 51,000 bags have been distributed. During the 2015-16 school year alone, more than 13,000 Beach Bags were provided to some of the neediest students. The Beach Bags program is funded entirely through donations by generous community members, such as Josh, and local area business, student organizations and schools. Volunteers then go to help assemble the bags each week.

At such a young age, it is inspiring to see a young man willing to donate a portion of his large earnings to the community that helped raise him. While he didn’t win the $1 million, he won the hearts of those who watched him and the children that will benefit from his donations.

Josh will invest the rest of his money in a college fund.

“Others can inspire you, but ultimately the only thing that empowers you is what lies within you and learning how to better utilize what you’ve been given,” Bishop T.D. Jakes explained in the book Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive.

Here is your opportunity to tap into this power and unleash your potential.

Jakes is bringing more than a powerhouse of conferences with MegaFest–he’s proposing a new way of life for us to live. The best-author and entrepreneur will be offering the popular conferences of Woman Thou Art Loosed (WTAL) and ManPower during the four-day event. The Woman Thou Are Loosed conference will be “uniting with women from around the globe in one of the most inspirational and uplifting conferences created for women from all walks of life,” the MegaFest website shared.

Guys, there is something great for you as well in ManPower. This popular gathering is calling all “men to take off the masks society has forced them to wear as a result of their circumstances and experiences, and talk about the situations and struggles that affect the lives of all men.”

Sound life-transforming? Well, the largest faith and family multi-day festival in the United States is.

But the adults are not the only ones encouraged in living a new way of life—MegaKidz will empower your kiddos to live a life on purpose as well.

MegaKidz powered by Destiny World and MegaYouth by Fire Code will feature age-appropriate entertainment and informative sessions for your kids to enjoy.

While the children are having fun and learning, parents will enjoy an all-star lineup of speakers that will include Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes. Pastor Joseph Prince of Singapore’s New Creation Church, Pastor Sheryl Brady, John Gray, JJ Hairston, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Bishop Jacqueline E. McCullough and Dr. Shane Perry will speak during the events. Additionally, the format will feature transformative sessions and practical workshops that will aid would-be business owners and help people live healthier lives.

For those passionate about film and entertainment this year, the MegaFest International Faith & Family Film Festival will feature first-rate screenings of Hollywood films, where the stars of those films will hold an insightful Q&A session. Since its inception, the MegaFest International Faith & Family Film Festival has attracted big names like actress Jennifer Hudson, comedian Tyler Perry, actor Blair Underwood and talk-show legend Oprah Winfrey over the years.

Jakes wrote in Healing the Wounds of the Past that we need to let go and move forward. Sometimes in life, you need to be reminded that you don’t have to live a mundane existence. “When you begin to realize that your past does not necessarily dictate the outcome of your future, then you can release the hurt. It is impossible to inhale new air until you exhale the old,” wrote Jakes, who held the first MegaFest in Atlanta in 2004. You can catch the positive, but to get started you need to let go of the past. Perhaps, MegaFest can be the catalyst for you to encounter independence from the past.

“We’ve got concerts that they can come out and enjoy; we’ve got empowerment sessions and they can strengthen themselves and their career, so it’s one-stop shopping,” Jakes explained to the Christian Post. “We’ve got something for all ages — teenagers, young adults. And particularly with so many single parents today, to have your values reinforced in your kids right before they take off to school, that’s a good thing.”

Experience is defined as the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you. We are all searching to have an experience in our lives that will transform it. Most of the time we are just wishing things will change, but put little action behind it. MegaFest 2017 can be part one of the piece to your puzzle in Dallas, Texas on June 28th through July 1. There is a reason that people are attending every year. God has a purpose for each of us and He is equipping the body to advance the Kingdom. This could be your vehicle to get there.

If you are looking for a fun-filled family experience or you just need to be invigorated, add MegaFest to your calendar. Why? Because we all need dynamic experiences that will help carve out a new path towards hope. This newly discovered path may lead us to a new journey in Christ or invite us to recommit our lives to Him. We all want life-altering experiences for the better.

This could be your time to embrace an awe-inspiring experience. Grab a hold of this opportunity and gather with others to be encouraged. You may even discover your purpose. See you in Dallas, TX in June!

For more information regarding T.D. Jakes MegaFest, please visit:

2925f08“Move from a life of comfort to significance.” — Michael Phillips

Businessman Michael Phillips was the owner and Chief Operating Officer for one of the fastest growing IT firms in the United States when he decided to walk away from it all after he heard a calling from God.

In June of 2012, Michael left his business and gave his truck away to a stranger in a donut store parking lot. He said that this was the day his “all in” journey began.

Michael launched the All In Movement in 2013, which focuses on reigniting and refreshing the hearts of Christians across America to live “all in” for God. Michael is now sharing his journey through a book titled, Just Choose, which focuses on helping people understand how to live with impractical faith in a practical world.

“I thought I was happy, but it wasn’t until I went ‘all in’ that real life began,” says Michael. “Millions of people know deep down inside that they aren’t quite where they’re supposed to be. They know God has a purpose for their life, but they aren’t sure how to pursue it. The goal of the book is to help every person understand who they are, why God specifically created them, and how to live their life in response to that.”

Michael never wanted to write a book, but then God started telling him to ‘write it down’ so he kept a journal of the ups and downs and lessons learned.

“I believe God had me write the book to solicit a choice from every Christian in America,” says Michael. “It’s time to be ‘all in’ or all out, but there is no more in between.”

David_CassidyDavid Cassidy, the 66-year-old singer and actor, has announced that he is battling dementia.

Cassidy came to fame with his role as Keith Partridge in the hit ’70s TV show “The Partridge Family,” playing the eldest of five children. He began touring the world as a singer and had hit songs such as “I Think I Love You.” At the time, his fan club was bigger than Elvis and the Beatles. Teenage girls flocked to his concerts screaming.

He continued to perform for half a century. Over the past weekend, however, Cassidy was performing in California when he struggled to remember lyrics to his songs.

The star told People magazine that dementia runs in his family and it has effected both his grandfather and his mother.

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he said to People, regarding the disease.

Cassidy’s mother, Actress Evelyn Ward, died in 2012 at the age of 89 after suffering from Alzheimer’s-related dementia. He was very outspoken about his mother’s battle with dementia.

“To watch someone who raised you, who was so vibrant, to watch them lose their mind and disappear is arguably the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced,” he said.
Cassidy said his diagnosis means he will take a step back from touring. He wants to focus on himself and family without any distractions.
“I want to focus on what I am … I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”