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Did you miss our recent conference call with Sharon Daugherty? You can listen to our touching conversation with the pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Okla., by clicking here.

Along with her late husband, Billy Joe Daugherty, pastor Sharon founded Victory in 1981. Victory, which has a membership of 17,000, has planted more than 1,000 International Victory Bible Institutes in 98 countries.

The day after Billy Joe died on Nov. 29, 2009, pastor Sharon heard the Lord, "Philippians 1:21: 'For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.' Billy Joe lived for Me and now he is dead. He has gained, but you are still alive on earth and your life does not stop."

"The enemy wants to paralyze churches and ministries," pastor Sharon, who was married to Billy Joe for 36 years, shared during the conference call. "He wants us to be in a position of fear and moving backward, instead of forward. ... Yes, I had emotions at that time, but I didn't let my emotions direct me.

"I made a decision that I would be led by God," she added. "I confessed 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.' It (her husband's death) didn't shake my faith in God."

Click here to read pastor Sharon's article on "Leading Through Loss" in the September-October issue of Ministry Today magazine, now available.

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