First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress preached at a private service for President-elect Trump and his family on Friday, shortly before Trump is to take the oath of office.
About 300 people attended the private event, including Trump’s family and Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family. Trump’s inauguration organizers chose Jeffress to preach, said Rev. Luis León, rector of St. John’s Episcopal.
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On Fox News on Thursday night, Jeffress said his sermon centers on Nehemiah, a Trump-like figure from the Hebrew Bible, who helped rebuild Jerusalem in the 5th century BC, in part by mounting a defensive wall around the city.
“I’m going to use Nehemiah’s story as an example of why God blesses leaders,” Jeffress said, “and I want it to be a tremendous encouragement to our great new president and vice president.”