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Rev E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome, if it is your first visit to the site. I trust that you will enjoy reading and noting the contents and benefit enormously from the material presented. If you visit often, thank you very much. It gives me some pleasure to know that what is presented is being of service to you to bless others.

If you will look at the left hand side of the page you will see and note, select category. Place your cursor there and it will give you a list of many categories on this site. Click on any subject and it will provide much material relating to the subject. It is a library of contents that has been placed on the site for over three years. There is much material for you to see, note and use as desired.

I have been a Christian minister for over fifty years and now in my retirement am engaged in encouraging all who are in the later stage of life still to be active for the Lord in releasing the spiritual potential still waiting to be released with much blessing. God’s will for us is that we shall be possessed by divine zeal and usefulness. May we who lead others have such a passion and commitment.

A PROPHETIC WORD JUST FOR YOU TODAY

Divine happiness is to be your lot and experience today and as you personally and dynamically relate to the Lord, His joy and delight will be your possession. There is nothing that thrills Him more than seeing you radiantly happy with true happiness. Because your sins have been forgiven and cleansed you now have a wholesome and unique accord with Him as Father. He gives His prophetic word into your being that is full of glorious promises that impart incredible expectancy and hope. His guidance and providence in meeting all your needs is a source of delight and so is answered prayer. There is the blessed certainty of the future eternally, a home in heaven, the prospect of His eternal Fatherhood and the Lordship of Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, plus the fellowship of other sons of God and even angels. Things could not be better, so, BE HAPPY IN THE LORD!!!!

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WE NEED TO TAKE

AT GOD HIS WORD!

The most important message I can ever share with people is that God loves them and has good plans for them through life in Christ. We all need to have a revelation about God’s love for us, because until we do, we’ll struggle to have true, lasting love, joy and peace in our everyday lives.

The world is full of wounded, heartbroken people, who have been mistreated or abused in some way. And they’re pretending to be OK, desperately hope in other people will think they’ve got it all together.

The truth is, none of us is perfect, and we all go through hard times and get hurt by someone or something. It’s amazing the things people can do to others, but it has helped me to understand that hurting people hurt people. And many times when people abuse others, they are acting out of their own pain, so it goes on from generation to generation.

But I have good news: if you’ve been hurt in the past, you don’t have to spend your life being miserable, angry, bitter, resentful or full of self-pity, hurting others. Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can receive complete healing in your soul, your mind, will and emotions. God can restore your life and make you just as if it never happened.

I know what it’s like to hurt so much you don’t think you can stand it anymore and you don’t have hope for a better future. For most of my childhood, my father abused me and growing up I never knew what it was like to feel safe, secure and loved. As a result, I became an angry, suspicious, critical, judgmental adult. When I left home at 18, I thought I was leaving my problems behind me, but I came to realise there were many problems in my soul that were left over from the abuse in my childhood. I desperately needed the healing love of God to restore my life!

Isaiah 61:1-3 says Jesus came ‘to preach good tidings to the poor… to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn… to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’.

Thank God for his Word and his promise to heal the broken-hearted, comfort those who mourn and set the captives free! Now, I’m not going to tell you it’s easy to go through the healing process; it takes time, diligence in studying the Word, and lots of prayer to walk out the healing that is yours by virtue of the blood of Christ.

But as believers in Jesus, we have the authority of his name to overcome sin and access the power of God in our lives. And the promises of God belong to anyone who is born again!

When we come into a relationship with Christ, a divine exchange happens. He takes our sin and the messes in our lives and gives us his righteousness, peace and joy. All we have to do is give up our ashes and receive God’s beauty. A good place to start is admitting you need God’s help. It’s OK to not be OK —God helps the humble! We need to let God take us apart before we fall apart and then put us back together again. We need to pray, “l love

you, Lord, and I appreciate my salvation, but I am a mess! I want the truth in your Word to set me free from deception and the bondage of sin and pain in my soul. Please help me… open my eyes in any area where I am deceived and teach me your truth.”

Then we need to commit ourselves to study the Word and grow in our faith in Christ. As we renew our minds according to the Word, we will trust God more completely and believe what he says more than what others say about us or to us, more than our feelings, and more than our circumstances. That’s when we live in his beauty…filled with his love, free from the prison of our past, and healed in our soul.

I want to encourage you today to humble yourself before God and take him at his Word. He loves you more than you can comprehend, and he wants you to be free to walk in his good plans for your life.

Take time every day to study his Word, pray and cast your cares on him because he cares about you and wants what is best for you. When you do, you’ll find that life becomes a beautiful, wonderful, amazing journey!

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Rev E. Anderson

FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD    

Reading   Galatians 2  

Text   v20

Introduction

Paul brings forth a rather dynamic declaration as he states where he now stands in the outworking of his Christian life and faith –v20, and it strongly indicates and gives the lead as to the position that each subsequent Christian should also take and express.

Paul underscores in this verse the secret of dynamic living. He points out, in a definite way, the source and mainspring of powerful, inspired and triumphant Christian life and experience. There was a deep burden and concern on his part for the Christian believers situated in the province of Galatia because of their shift from the truth. There was a subtle departure from the dynamic life and power that was to be found in the gospel of Je­sus Christ. They were beginning to miss out on the great thrust and throb and thrill of Christian living.

The letter is directed at the fact that they were falling to a legal way of living. The believers were allow­ing themselves to become subject to a bond­age to the law that only spelled defeat and disaster. Such could and would take all blessing, drive and success out of life. The Christian message stands supremely for a new law of life and for a new way of living and is divorced completely from a legalistic way of life.

He shows from his own life and exper­ience that he had been set free from this kind of existence, and his free­dom came through Jesus Christ and His gos­pel. There is a living under a fresh reve­lation, inspiration and motivation. He had been a very strict legalist prior to Christian conversion, but since that con­version, everything had dynamically changed. He thinks lives and moves under a different understanding and propulsion. The old life and the old life-style have gone because he is on to that which is infinitely better and su­perior in Jesus Christ. He is completely dead to the former way of living, according to the law by the strength of the old self. It was a powerless way of living, anyhow.

He makes known a paradoxical truth – “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me… “. What he is saying is that there has been a death to the old nature and life through association with Jesus Christ in crucifixion, and there is the emergence of a new self under the inspiration of the dynam­ic life of Christ. The life of Christ within him has the power and ability to produce a be­tter and greater life and a way of life. The old has been written off and out and there is the writing in of something superior. It is not an improvement or development upon the old; it is a brand new life with a brand new way of living.

“Christianity is the revelation of the dyna­mism of Jesus Christ within the life. There can be no substitute for Him. Nothing and no-one can take His place.”

The life of Christ in the believer is manifested by the faith of Christ. It is not only living under the resi­dency and presidency of a new Person, Jesus Christ, it means living and acting under a new principle of life… ‘the faith of the Son of God…’. Here we are informed of the secret of the successful life of Christ. What was it that made His life altogether dominant and triumphant? Relationship with Christ in the truest sense produces this all essential dynamic in the Christian believer. One cannot be fully identified with Him without receiving this all-important asset for effective living. There is a new-found conviction, confidence and compulsion that rules, dictates and leads, into a life of fullness and fulfillment. What the law could not do; Christ does!

What was the faith of the Son of God? In asking and answering the question one discovers the attitude and activity of Jesus Christ and we see how we are to live. By what assurance and confidence did He live and work? His life-style was one of simple yet incredible faith.

1/. HE EXPECTED THE REVELATION OF GOD’S WILL IN HIS LIFE AND WORK

The Son of God sought to live out His life on earth in a positive and productive manner and this was to be as He acted in accord in relationship with His Father. He had to show implicit and explicit trust in Him from a human standpoint. He submitted Himself to the Father and from that place of submission lived and acted in accordance with the principle of faith. This meant looking to His Father for His mind, understanding, consent and will in all things. It meant living a day at a time and seeking for guidance with respect to every day. The prophetic word gives some insight here – Isaiah 50:4, 5.

He believed that the Father would communicate the things that He required to know so that he could fulfill His Father’s desire and design for life. He had to look with a sense of expectation to God the Father for His word and direction so that He might achieve heaven’s purposes. There was great grounds for assurance because of what is prophetically written – see Matthew’s Gospel. He was God’s human Servant on earth and it was the inspired word that had been spoken by the prophets and it was vital that He should be in the place of revelation and understanding so that He be properly and perfectly acquainted with what was required. His faith had to be expressed in this fundamental area.

He had to put Himself into the place where He could receive divine illumination to mind and heart. God the Father would reveal but it demanded that that the Son of Man be switched on and tuned in through faith if He was to receive clear inspiration and .direction. The emphasis on prayer in the life of Christ and its association with faith makes known that He gave Himself to seeking and possessing what the Father willed to convey. His protracted seasons of waiting on God the Father teach us that He was anxious to understand the Father’s mind at all times. Note what took place before the selection of the apostolic band – Luke 6:12, 13. Prayers of faith proceeded from Him to the highest throne and He received the essential information necessary.

He was sure of the divine knowledge that flowed into His mind. In His ministry He spoke with such conviction that made it obvious His words were not His own – John 17:8, 14; 7:15-17, 46. He had absolute faith in the words that He spoke because He was utterly assured of where the revelation and communication came from. Real living flows under the daily dynamic of the Father’s input of inspired revelation. One can speak as being in the know because one is ‘in the know’.

He acted in agreement with what was conveyed in the revelation. There was no escaping from the full demands of what was made known. His faith in God the Father and His word led Him to a state of obedience to it. The word of revelation outlined His life and its program and the ultimate of it, which was the Cross. He moved to accomplish the design of the Father in faith – Luke 9:51; 22:39-41; John 12:27; 13:1. Paul revealed that he could accept the path of suffering in faith because it was in total agreement with God’s plan.

“What’s on the other side of your obedience?” – Martin L. Steel

2/. HE EXPECTED THE REVELATION OF GOD’S POWER IN HIS LIFE AND WORK

The faith of the Son of Cod is also related to its attitude to power and to its exer­cise. There is a showing within His own words concerning His mind and action with regard to exertion and labour, thus setting the pattern for Christendom – c.f. Jn.5. l9, 30.

There is the rejection of all self ability and energy by Jesus Christ in His conviction and commitment of faith. All self-labour and exertion is renounced and turned from. He refused to look to self for a demonstration of work and works. There is a most staggering and humble confession on the part of Jesus Christ.   He admits that He will not look to any resources within Himself to live, act and work.

The problem with man is in this area. The idea and prevailing attitude of self-sufficiency and adequacy turns away from dependency upon a greater supply of strength and might. Self-reliance on one’s ability is a sinful feature of life in relation to man.

Christ would not be tempted and drawn into seeking to live under self-drive and power. He would not seek to please Himself in this direction. Though He, above all men that ever lived, looked to have justifiable reasons for doing so, He would not be led astray or deviated in the slightest.

There was sheer dependency upon the Father for a constant supply of His might, strength and energy. He desired to do not only the works of the Father but to do them under His power and dynamic. He turned and looked to the Father to perform and carry out the divine operations in the Father’s Name, giving credit and honour to Him.

It is impressive to note that He waited for the right hour to be initiated into the ministry and to receive the great aid of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 3:13-17. He was led by the Spirit to contest the evil one by His wisdom and energy – Matthew 4 and His works afterwards among the people were under the vital energizing of the Spirit of God – Matthew 12: 24-28. Nothing was ever merely attempted; it was directed and propelled by this heavenly person. No service or ministry to any man or situation was under the impulse of self for self, but under the influence of this gracious Presence. As the Son of God He relied upon the Holy Spirit to do His work and achieve the things that needed to be wrought out. The Spirit of God was quite capable of accomplishing quietly and powerfully the supernatural things in and through Him as long as He relied in faith upon the divine leadings and workings. In principle and practice He would perform through divine strength alone.

The Christian life is intended to be lived under the dynamic of the Holy Spirit. We receive the presence, inspiration and dynamism through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, input and ministry – Galatians 3:2, 3, and that through faith in His presence and operations we henceforth live and work. Paul was a man of the Spirit and whose life, ministry and mission were under this power that creates the faith of the son of God.

There is a difference between our faith and the faith of the Lord Jesus. The faith of the Lord Jesus is needed. We must change faith from time to time. Your faith may get to a place where it wavers. The faith of Christ never wavers. When you have His faith, the thing is finished. When you have that faith, you will never look at things as they are. You will see the things of nature give way to the things of the Spirit; you will see the temporal swal­lowed up in the eternal.

I was at a camp meeting in Cazadero, California, several years ago, and a remarkable thing happened. A man came who was stone deaf. I prayed for him, and I knew that God had healed him. Then came the test. He would always move his chair up to the platform, and every time I got up to speak, he would get up as close as he could and strain his ears to catch what I had to say.

The devil said, “It isn’t done.” I declared, “It is done.”

This went on for three weeks, and then the mani­festation came. He could hear distinctly from sixty yards away. When his ears were opened, he thought it was so great that he had to stop the meeting and tell everybody about it. I met him in Oakland recently, and he was hearing perfectly. Smith Wigglesworth

3/ HE EXPECTED THE REVELATION OF THE FATHER’S VINDICATION ON HIS LIFE AND WORK

The adoption of this principle of living, as far as Paul was concerned, had its great rewards and abiding results. He had good reason for believing and knowing such, because of the ‘faith of the Son of Cod ‘. In the case of Jesus Christ, such a life and way of life had produced permanent, eternal results. The vindication of God the Father rested upon Him. The faith of the Son of God looked simply and surely to Father’s ap­probation. He was not to be disappoint­ed

in life. Twice there came the voice of divine approval upon Him which signified the Father’s pleasure union in life and work – Matthew 3:17; 17:5. Publicly and amongst a private company the accolade of God the Father was given. It was an approval of the principle and attitude that had been evidenced by His Son. For Christ that was enough for Him in life. It was more im­portant to Him than all the approved sayings and opinions of men. The was to receive such appro­val not because He had lived according to the law, but because of complete love, trust and dependence on the Father.

 at death. The faith of the Son of God was rewarded in His time of dying be­cause creation itself bore witness and testimony to Him – Luke.23.44, 45, and with a significant act in the temple of God – Matthew .27.51. What attestation to the faith of God’s Son! His faith con­quered death and God the Father attested the faith of His Son by raising Him from the dead – Acts 2.32; Romans 1:4. God the Fa­ther in combined operation with the Holy Spi­rit gave a glorious attestation to Christ the Son of God by raising trim from among the dead. His faith was not disappointed regarding eternity. The vindication of the faith of the Son of God is to be noted in His eternal, exalted position – Ephesians l.19 – 2:3. His faith just let God do all the promoting and honouring and it paid off. Works of law and sheer self-labour and endeavour can never bring any worthwhile acceptance or divine promotion. The faith of the Son of God allowed the Father to do all the programming and promoting.

CONCLUSION

There are three major things that every Christian believer and worker must be absolutely sure of:

  • There has been and is a dying to self and sin in relationship with Christ.
  • There is a making sure that Christ is indwelling within and ruling both life and work as Lord.
  • There is the government of everything on the principle and procedure of the faith of Christ.
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THE DIVINE SHEPHERD

Zechariah 11

One of the principal ministries to be known and exercised within that of God’s ancient people was that of a shepherd. God’s people were likened to a flock of

sheep. It can be readily understood because one of the main vocational factors was that of the shepherding. There were an abundance of sheep and sheepfolds and this called for people who knew how to tend sheep efficiently and successfully. The same could be said on the spiritual front. They had known some very great and good shepherds, namely Moses and David. At the time of Zechariah he could foresee what was going to occur down the line, the appearance of shepherd/leaders who did not care about the Flock of God and they are branded evil shepherds. However, he speaks prophetically of one who

would stand out in Israel’s history in a unique way and give details regarding Him. The prophecy can only refer to Jesus Christ.

1/. HE STOOD IN CONTRAST TO THE EVIL SHEPHERDS AND EXPOSED THEM – vv4-7

Regrettably Israel had been beset with leaders that simply fleeced the flock to their own end. They had never sought to care, feed and look truly after the Lord’s elect but had used and abused them to their own advantage. They were not genuinely interested in the good of the people but the looking after their own interests. Really, the people were like sheep without a shepherd. Christ came and exposed the falseness of these leaders in His day and they didn’t like it. In contrast, He went after winning and wooing the nation to Jehovah in caring for them in a magnificent manner.

2/. HE REVOKES THE DIVINE COVENANT THAT GOD HAD MADE WITH THIS PEOPLE- vv8-11

The time came however when a decision had to be made. There was an animosity and hatred towards Him in spite of all the good done. He had definitely tried and showed the heart of God when He said: “How often I would have gathered you.” Israel failed to respond to the previous prophets and now were to turn away from the greatest Shepherd of all. The Lord makes a definite decision to break covenant with this people. They are to be rejected and be in a position of lost identity and dignity and present destiny. What could have been was lost and it was to become a nation of wanderers without a divine leader.

3/. HE PAYS A PRICE FOR THE ROLE THAT HE FULFILLED – vv12-14

Israel rejected Christ and had Him done away in crucifixion. He was to be sold

for ‘thirty pieces of silver’ and the amount ‘thrown to the potters in the Temple.’ From that moment the covenant was broken and it was carried through to the Cross. Thankfully a New Covenant of greater worth was being established and He was to become the Great and Good Shepherd on a greater scale.

4/. HE MAKES THE WAY FOR ANOTHER FALSE SHEPHERD TO ASSUME LEADERSHIP -vv15-17

Since that time, Israel has been exposed to worthless shepherding and it will not be rectified until the Messiah returns to manifest His grace.

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Rev. Billy Graham

CHOICE

“Who is the man who fears the Lord, Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose “—Psalm 25:12

Some people resist the idea of a choice of any sort. They don’t want to be called “narrow.” But Jesus taught that there are two roads, and you have to choose which road you will take.

There are two masters, and you have to choose which master you are going to serve?

There is not a day that we do not have a chance to choose between the devil’s clever promises and God’s sure Word.

From the beginning of time until the present moment, man’s ungodly quest for power, his determination to use his gift of free choice for his own selfish ends, has brought him to the brink of doom.

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Rev. E. Anderson

GOD’S COVERING

Taken From All About Prayer

I Cover You  “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). 

My waters cover the earth, and majestic mountains rise up out of the sea, declaring My strength, My glory. The skies and heavens are spread out like a canopy over the earth, and so I cover you this day, this moment. The winds move at My command. The rivers and seas are held within their banks at My word. All things are held together within bounds by My power. I am the beginning and the end of all things (Revelation 21:6).

Nothing is hidden from Me, and all is held in the palm of My hand (Hebrews 4:13). Every molecule has My attention. How much more, then, do you have My heart and affectionate attention? All the beauty surrounding you was made as a gift, a habitation in which to dwell and experience My splendid love for you.  In light of this, the circumstances you are experiencing are but drops in the sea of My capabilities. I am a mountain of strength in your day of trouble, in the midst of your sea.

Minor setbacks do not dismay Me in any way, even though they seem larger than life to you. They are wonderful tools in My hand to teach you, if you will let Me. I use them as opportunities to instruct, removing the enemy’s plan to discourage you from the way I have chosen for you to walk. At the same time, you experience My grace and mercy, thereby seeing My salvation in your circumstances; a two-fold purpose is being accomplished. You are put on the right path, and our relationship grows deeper as you see Me moving on your behalf. It deepens the knowledge of My love for you in your own heart. Don’t be dismayed at any minor setback. I will use them for your advantage. Turning things for the good is what I do. I use it to clear your path of all obstacles and distractions.

In the process, your confidence will grow as you discover you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). We make a good team, you and I.  You have grown, you know. If this had happened even months ago, your dismay would have been great. Circumstances and situations have taught you well under the guidance and protection of My hand. I am so proud of you.  Look up, and see the heavens. Look around, and absorb the beauty surrounding your life. They are My declaration of love and capability for you. As the waters cover the earth My child so I cover you.

Prayer

My heart sings at Your words. I thank You for working in this circumstance and for the valuable lessons I have learned. As I look up at the heavens, I can sense Your smile over my life. All that the enemy meant for discouragement, You have turned into encouragement. Where I have thought evil in this circumstance, I ask for forgiveness, and I choose to speak blessing. Thank you for drawing me closer to Your heart of love. I receive mercy and grace in my time of need. You are faithful, loving, and true. I anticipate the abundant harvest arising out of my obedience to Your instructions. I rest under Your covering of intimate affection, receiving, and giving love. I love you. Amen. 

Reflect and Journal

  • Since God is big enough to cover the whole earth and in fact the universe, how does this put your life’s issues in perspective?
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ADVERSITY

The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things which belong to adversity are to be admired.   Seneca

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. Winston Churchill

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. Heaven prepares good men with crosses. Ben ]ohnson

Adversity is often the window of opportunity for change. Few people or organizations want to change when there is prosperity and peace. Major changes are often precipitated by necessity. Leith Anderson

God loves us in good times and bad . . . but he is even more real in our lives when we are having tough times. Job Gibbs

All the wrong people are against it, so it must be right. James Carville

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Rev. Granville Oral Robert

Granville Oral Roberts (January 24, 1918 – December 15, 2009 was an American Methodist-Pentecostal televangelist and a Christian charismatic. He founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University.

As one of the most well-known and controversial American religious leaders of the 20th century, Roberts preached a form of Christianity he called seed-faith. His ministries reached millions of followers worldwide spanning a period of over six decades. His healing ministry and bringing American Pentecostalism into the mainstream had the most impact, but he also pioneered TV evangelism and laid the foundations of the prosperity gospel and abundant life teachings.

EARLY LIFE

Roberts was born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, the fifth and youngest child of the Reverend Ellis Melvin Roberts and Claudius Priscilla Roberts (née Irwin) (d. 1974). According to an interview on Larry King Live, Irwin was of Cherokee descent. Roberts was a card-carrying member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Roberts began life in poverty and nearly died of tuberculosis at age 17. After finishing high school, Roberts studied for two years each at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips University. In 1938 he married a preacher’s daughter, Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.

Roberts became a travelling faith healer after ending his college studies without a degree. According to a TIME Magazine profile of 1972, Roberts originally made a name for himself with a large mobile tent “that sat 3,000 on metal folding chairs” where “he shouted at petitioners who did not respond to his healing.”

MINISTRY AND UNIVERSITY

1947 came as a turning point. Up until that time Roberts had struggled as a part-time preacher in Oklahoma. But at the age of 29 Roberts claims he picked up his Bible and it fell open at the Third Epistle of John where verse two read: “I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Roberts decided immediately that it was all right to be rich. The next day, he said, he bought a Buick and God appeared, he said, telling him to heal the sick.

Roberts resigned his pastoral ministry with the Pentecostal Holiness Church to found Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (OREA). He conducted evangelistic and faith healing crusades across America and around the world, including claiming he could raise the dead. Thousands of sick people would wait in line to stand before Oral Roberts so he could pray for them. He appeared as a guest speaker for hundreds of national and international meetings and conventions. Through the years, he conducted more than 300 crusades on six continents, and personally laid hands in prayer on more than 2 million people. He also ran direct mail campaigns of seed-faith, which appealed to poor Americans, often from ethnic minorities. At its peak in the early 1980s, Roberts was the leader of a $120 million-a-year organization employing 2,300 people. This spanned not only a university but also a medical school and hospital as well as buildings on 50 acres (200,000 m2) south of Tulsa valued at $500 million. Another part of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, the Abundant Life Prayer Group (ALPG), was founded in 1958.

In 1963, he founded Oral Roberts University (ORU)[1] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, stating he was obeying a command from God. The university was chartered during 1963 and received its first students in 1965. Students were required to sign an honour code pledging not to drink, smoke, or engage in premarital sexual activities. The Prayer Tower, opened in 1967, is located at the centre of the campus.

Roberts was a pioneer televangelist, and attracted a vast viewership. He began broadcasting by radio in 1947, and began broadcasting his revivals by television in 1954. His television ministry continued with The Abundant Life program reaching 80% of the United States by 1957, and quarterly Prime Time Specials from 1969 through 1980. In 1996, he founded Golden Eagle Broadcasting.

On 17 March 1968, Roberts and his wife were received as members of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Dr. Finis Crutchfield, then pastor. The United Methodist Church offered more leniency in doctrinal and moral issues than the Pentecostalism. This granted Roberts some leeway, as it was expected that the strictness of the Pentecostal tradition may have impeded his rise in popularity. Before Roberts’ switch to Methodism, Crutchfield arranged a meeting between Roberts and Bishop William Angie Smith, at which the Bishop told Roberts, “We need you, but we need the Holy Spirit more than we need you and we’ve got to have the Holy Spirit in the Methodist Church.” Roberts became an elder in the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. From 1968 through 1987, Roberts was a member of the United Methodist Church’s ministry.

Roberts had a vast impact on the Protestant community. According to one authority, in conservative Protestant culture, his ministry had a worldwide impact second only to Billy Graham. His divine healing ministry called for prayer to heal the whole person — body, mind and spirit.[27] Many labelled him a faith healer, but he rejected this with the comment: “God heals — I don’t.” He played a major role in bringing American Pentecostal Christianity into the mainstream. Even though Roberts was often associated with the prosperity gospel and the faith movement because of his close doctrinal and personal ties with Word-Faith teachers, his abundant life teachings did not fully identify him with that movement.

In 1977, Roberts claimed to have had a vision from a 900-foot-tall Jesus who told him to build City of Faith Medical and Research Centre, and the hospital would be a success. In 1980, Roberts said he had a vision which encouraged him to continue the construction of his City of Faith Medical and Research Centre in Oklahoma, which opened in 1981. At the time, it was among the largest health facilities of its kind in the world and was intended to merge prayer and medicine in the healing process. The City of Faith operated for only eight years before closing in late 1989, but the importance of treating the whole person – spirit, mind, and body – was conveyed to many medical professionals. The Orthopaedic Hospital of Oklahoma still operates on its premises. In 1983 Roberts said Jesus had appeared to him in person and commissioned him to find a cure for cancer.

Roberts’ fundraising was controversial. In January 1987, during a fundraising drive, Roberts announced to a television audience that unless he raised $8 million by that March, God would “call him home.” However, the year before on Easter he had told a gathering at the Dallas Convention Centre that God had instructed him to raise the money “by the end of the year” or he would die.

Regardless of this new March deadline and the fact that he was still $4.5 million short of his goal,[40] some were fearful that he was referring to suicide, given the impassioned pleas and tears that accompanied his statement. He raised $9.1 million.[41] Later that year, he announced that God had raised the dead through Roberts’ ministry.[42] Some of Roberts’ fundraising letters were written by Gene Ewing, who headed a business writing donation letters for other evangelicals such as Don Stewart and Robert Tilton.

Roberts maintained his love of finery and one obituary claimed that even when times become hard, “he continued to wear his Italian silk suits, diamond rings and gold bracelets – airbrushed out by his staff on publicity pictures”.

He stirred up controversy when Time reported in 1987 that his son Richard Roberts claimed that he had seen his father raise a child from the dead. That year, the Bloom County comic strip recast its character Bill the Cat as a satirized televangelist, “Fundamentally Oral Bill.” In 1987 Time stated that he was “re-emphasizing faith healing and [is] reaching for his old-time constituency.” However, his income continued to decrease (from $88 million in 1980 to $55 million in 1986, according to the Tulsa Tribune) and his largely vacant City of Faith Medical Centre continued to lose money.

Even though Roberts’ prosperous lifestyle, unorthodox fund-raising techniques, and the expanse of his organizations raised criticism and controversy, there was no credible evidence of malfeasance while he was in charge, he did not have sex-and-money scandals like some other televangelists, and he was not named among the six prosperity teachers in the financial investigations launched by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) in 2007. The Oklahoma Senate adopted a resolution honouring the life of Oral Roberts, and he accepted this honour in 2009 at the age of 91, seven months before his death. The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) elected Roberts to the OAB Hall of Fame one month before his death.

PERSONAL LIFE

Roberts was married to Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock (1917 -2005) for 66 years from December 25, 1938 until her death from a fall at the age of 8. Their daughter Rebecca Nash died in an airplane crash on February 11, 1977 with her husband, businessman Marshall Nash. Their elder son, Ronald Roberts, committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart on 10 June 1982, five months after receiving a court order to undergo counselling at a drug treatment centre and six months after coming out as gay. The other two Roberts children are son Richard an evangelist and former president of Oral Roberts University (ORU), and daughter Roberta Potts, an attorney.

Oral Roberts died on December 15, 2009 at the age of 91. He had been “semi-retired” and living in Newport Beach, California. According to a 1987 article in the The New York Review of Books by Martin Gardner, the “most accurate and best documented [biography] is Oral Roberts: An American Life, an objective study by David Edwin Harrell Jr., a historian at Auburn University. Two out-of-print books take a more critical stance: James Morris’ The Preachers (St. Martin’s Press, 1973) and Jerry Sholes’ Give Me That Prime-Time Religion (Hawthorn, 1979).”

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Rev. E. Anderson

LIVE TILL YOU DIE

Taken from Word for Today

Deuteronomy 34:7 NIV

DON’T LISTEN to those who tell you you’re ‘too old’. God’s promise is, ‘They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh…’ (Psalms 92:14 NIV). For 20 to 30 years the century plant stands six feet tall and produces no flowers. Then in one year, without warning, a new bud sprouts. The bud, which resembles a tree- trunk-sized asparagus spear, shoots into the sky at the fantastic rate of seven inches per day, and reaches an eventual height of 20 to 40 feet Then it crowns itself with several clumps of yellowish blossoms that last almost a month.

Some of God’s oldest are among His finest! The older, mellower Abraham was

wiser than the brash, younger one. Caleb was still defeating giants and climbing mountains at 85. Anna, an elderly widow, didn‘t just pray for the Messiah; her vision kept her alive until He came ln his nineties, imprisoned on the of Patmos, John wrote the Book of Revelation. Jesus said If you cling to life on your you ll lose it (Luke 17 33 TM) You can approach life in two ways protect it or pursue it.

When the voice of safety says Build a fire in hearth and stay in where its warm the faith says ‘Build a fire in your soul then and pursue your vision with a passion’. Asked why he was still studying Greek at 94 Wendell Holmes replied My good sir its or never!’ What matters is not the years in life but the life in your years So, live till you die!

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Rev. Rick Warren

LOVE IS TACTFUL, NOT JUST TRUTHFUL

“A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is” – (Proverbs 16:21 TEV)

Have you noticed how many difficult people there are in the world? Do you feel like you have to deal with most of them some days?

You know what rude acts bug me the most? People who call me and then say, “Who is this?” People who honk their horns in traffic jams. People who cheat in the 10-items-or-less grocery line. People who steal your parking spot.

The list goes on, and I’m sure you can relate. So, how should we respond in love to difficult people?

Proverbs 16:21 says, “A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is” (TEV).

The more pleasant you are, the more persuasive you are. And, you’re never persuasive when you’re abrasive. Nagging doesn’t work.

The way you say something determines the way it’s received. If you say something offensively, it’s going to be received defensively. That’s why love is all about your words. Love is truthful, but it is also tactful.

Tact and tone always go together. It matters the way you say something, not just what you say. You can say something very difficult for someone to hear, but if you say it in the right tone — a loving tone — it will be received much better.

A loving response to a difficult person requires you to be pleasant and tactful. If you want to be below that difficult person, attack him. If you want to be even with him, get even with him. But if you want to respond the way Jesus would, show that person love with the words you say and the way you say them.

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You may have heard the saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Do you think the best response to a difficult person is ever to just walk away? Why or why not?

What would you need to change about your attitude to be known as a “wise, mature person”?

What does it mean to be tactful?

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