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I read in the September 2007 Charisma Magazine a story from Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner’s memorial that was incredible. Before Jim and Tammy launched the PTL Club in 1974, they were the founding members of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club. The couple later moved to California and helped Paul and Jan Crouch launch Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973, but left in a cloud of hurt feelings.

Last year Paul Crouch went through a supermarket line and saw in a Tabloid Magazine that Tammy was dying. He bought it and took it home and called his Mom, and said, “We have to make it right with Tammy Faye before she dies.” She was on their show for the first time in 30 years last year, and went on three more times. What is incredible is that national church leaders allowed a disagreement to keep them from speaking for 30 years, and only impending death caused them to make a move. If the leaders act like this what about the people? Don’t allow disagreements with fellow believers to divide you.