(WXYZ) - Time is a word that has a deeper meaning to Pastor Jerry Allen Jackson and his wife, Deborah.
It was the focus of his sermon Sunday at Abundant Life Ministries in Ypslanti. We're told at some point Pastor Jerry suddenly slumped.
"He just went totally out and I'm like panicking like what is going on," said Deborah.
Five registered nurses inside the church went to work on the pastor who they say had no pulse or heartbeat.
The whole congregation began praying for him while CPR was performed. The news was sent out to other churches and they began praying.
Within minutes--a miracle.
"Then i sat up and then I asked for the mic. 'Amen, and I told them 'praise God… I told you God will give you more time," said Pastor Jerry.
Paramedics took him to the hospital -- at first it was believed he had a heart attack.
But now, Pastor Jerry says they don't know what caused his heart to stop for minutes. He says he doesn't need a reason, he says he knows why it did.
"Everybody's trying to rationalize and figure it out," said Pastor Jerry. "I know because the message was God will give you more time. So he just used me as an illustration as I will give you more time."
The pastor plans to take a break next Sunday and return the following Sunday better than ever.