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Prominent Christian leaders reflected on the legacy of healing evangelist Oral Roberts by describing him as "a man of God" and a pioneer in televangelism and healing ministry.
Evangelist Billy Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston
Missions leader David Shibley, founder of Global Advance
When I was in high school I was privileged to meet Oral Roberts and know his family. In my first visit to their home, a copy of Oswald Chambers’ classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest was on the coffee table. That describes his life and peerless evangelistic ministry. Oral Roberts was his utmost for His highest.
Healing evangelist Benny Hinn
Through the years I have often thought of the standard he has set for so many ministers and believers to follow, and on this day of his glorious home-going, it is once again a time for all of us to reflect even more upon his tremendous impact. God overshadowed his life, even before he entered the world at 11 a.m., January 24, 1918, in Pontotoc County, Okla. What a journey he made in his 91 years as he traveled around the world as a true pioneer for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Only heaven will reveal how many hearts he has pointed toward heaven, how many homes have been revolutionized through his seed-faith teaching, and how many ears have heard his faith-filled phrase, "Expect a miracle!" God has used him to open doors that were once considered closed to the miracle-working power of the gospel, and wherever I travel, I have been ever thankful for the trail he blazed.
I ask all my partners to be in prayer for his family during these days of bereavement. And while we join his loved ones in mourning the loss of this great trailblazer of the faith, we also celebrate his reunion in heaven with his beloved wife, Evelyn, other family members, the hosts who accepted our Lord Jesus as Savior, and most importantly, with the Lord Himself, whom our brother in Christ served so faithfully during his memorable lifetime!
Oral Roberts University Board Chair Mart Green
Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas
Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch
This was major news for the little town of Rapid City, as Dr. Roberts was the preeminent healing evangelist of that day. I invited him to be a guest on my news program, which he graciously accepted. Little did I know that 25 years later our paths would once again cross as Jan and I had the joy and privilege of interviewing Dr. Roberts for the first of many times on the Praise the Lord program.
We will always be grateful for Dr. Roberts’ enthusiasm and support for TBN, and will forever treasure the messages of inspiration he gave to Jan and me personally as he encouraged us to expand the vision and outreach of TBN to reach the whole wide world. His prayers and wisdom helped strengthen our faith in times of trial and difficulty. We shared his sorrow when his sweet wife, Evely, went home to be with the Lord a few years ago, and were blessed to see that he still had the desire to continue sharing the message God gave to him until his assignment was finished.
Now, his day of graduation has arrived, and Jan and I rejoice that he is in the presence of Jesus enjoying the rich rewards of a life spent in faithful service to our Savior. We will miss his wonderful smile, encouraging words and precious prayers. He cannot be replaced, but he will always remain with us through his spiritual legacy and powerful, life-changing messages of faith and healing.
Apostle Frederick K. C. Price, founder of Crenshaw Christian Center
CHARISMA NAMES NEW EDITOR, EXPANDS PRINT AND ONLINE OFFERINGS
With new leadership, the magazine for Spirit-filled believers redesigns print version and increases online presence
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LAKE MARY, FL (March 18, 2010) — Charisma, the leading periodical for Spirit-filled believers worldwide, has named a new editor as part of a multifaceted initiative to better serve readers with a redesigned print magazine, expanded digital editions and a new smartphone application.
Marcus Yoars, who has served as editor of Ministry Today for the last three years, is only the third editor of Charisma in the magazine’s 35-year history of reaching the charismatic/Pentecostal/Spirit-filled community. Yoars, 34, has been in the publishing industry for more than 15 years, including serving as an editor for Thomas Nelson, LifeWay and Focus on the Family. Born and raised on the missionary field in Hong Kong, he is a graduate of Auburn University.
Yoars fills the post vacated by award-winning journalist J. Lee Grady, who resigned in January to focus on international ministry after 11 years as editor of Charisma. Grady will continue as a contributing editor to the magazine.
“We see this transition as very strategic,” says Steve Strang, founding editor of Charisma and president of Strang Communications. “Marcus is a great leader and editor and represents a new generation. He's proven he understands the shift magazines must make from print to include digital."
Starting with the May issue, Charisma will have a new design, a new slogan (“Life in the Spirit”) and enhanced content that still includes what the magazine is known for: compelling stories, practical teaching, commentary and news about "what the Holy Spirit is doing around the world."
“It’s a new day for Charisma,” Yoars says. “We’ve been preaching that around the Strang offices for months, but it’s exciting to finally see things taking shape as we transition into a new Charisma starting in May. Lee Grady did a phenomenal job of further establishing the magazine as a hub in the Spirit-filled community, and I plan to continue that ongoing conversation with longtime readers and critics alike. It just might look a little different and take place in some new vehicles.”
Strang says the magazine has a renewed commitment to reach the masses with new technology, and this is already being proven with several online ventures launching in May. Charisma’s expanded digital magazine will offer readers exclusive content such as videos, podcasts, music, photo galleries and other resources tailored for the Spirit-filled believer. In addition to its print subscribers, this redesigned version of the May issue will go to 300,000 digital readers.
Charisma will also launch in May a new smartphone application that allows mobile-phone users to read breaking news, entertainment reviews, feature stories and more. The app, which is among the first provided by a Christian magazine, will be free and will allow users to better connect with the magazine’s newly organized Web site, charismamag.com.
Charisma was founded in 1975 amid the growing charismatic movement, but the dynamics of the movement have changed, Strang says. The new shift will help the magazine better serve its readers, reach a younger market and more effectively serve the global church with a strong online presence.
Says Strang: “Although the look of Charisma will change, its mission remains the same: to serve God by serving the Spirit-filled community.”
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Click on the links below to view the latest news coverage of Haiti.
The following ministries are providing disaster relief and/or medical assistance in the aftermath of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12, leaving tens of thousands dead and untold numbers buried in the rubble.
Photo courtesy of Haiti-based Love a Child
Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood is asking the denomination's 12,400 churches to receive an offering Sunday, Jan. 17, to support relief efforts in Haiti.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are working with Samaritan's Purse teams in Haiti. The Billy Graham World Emergency Fund provides disaster relief support, prayer and hope to those affected by natural disasters.
Campus Crusade for Christ/ Global Aid Network (GAiN) Before the earthquake, the Global Aid Network (GAiN) sent a container of food and shoes to Haiti in case of a disaster. The ministry plans to ship more supplies in the coming days.
Christ for the Nations is partnering with teams in Haiti to distribute aid, and offer counseling and prayer, food and water, medication and bandages, blankets, temporary shelters and clothing.
Christian Aid Mission is working with indigenous missions ministries in Haiti to help earthquake victims rebuild their lives. After providing medical attention, the ministry will support long-term rebuilding efforts. Contributions should be designated 120-DIS.
Christian Blind Mission International has worked in Haiti for 30 years and is joining with its partners to provide shelter, blankets, clothing, food, water and medical care.
Christian Broadcasting Network / Operation Blessing International teams have been in the quake zone since Jan. 13 developing relief efforts.
Christian Relief Fund provides money for food, blankets, shelter and medical help for victims of famines and disasters.
Christian World Outreach has been working in Haiti for 30 years, offering medical care, a children's feeding program and women's training center. The ministry will ship a container filled with relief supplies, medical equipment, gently used clothing, blankets, hygiene items and water.Compassion International's Disaster Relief Fund provides food, clothing and basic supplies to sponsored children and their families.
Convoy of Hope, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, provides disaster relief around the world by building supply lines and sponsoring outreaches to the poor.
Danita's Children/ Hope for Haiti Children's Home in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, cares for 75 orphans in the Hope for Haiti Children's Center and more than 500 students in its school. The ministry is encouraging people to contribute to its shelter fund to help provide clothing and food for an anticipated influx of children whose parents died in the quake.
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has compiled a list of member organizations that are reaching out to hurricane victims.
FAME - Fellowship of Associates of Medical Evangelism provides medical evangelism around the globe.
FIRE International has more than 180 missionaries around the world, and supports humanitarian projects, orphanage and children's home projects, building and land projects and schools.
Food for the Hungry staff are on the ground in Haiti, and an Emergency Response Unit and nearby Dominican Republic staff are mobilizing to help meet immediate needs for food, water and shelter.
HaitiOne unites churches and aid organizations in Haiti to holistically meet needs. It is distributing 1.5 million meals to earthquake victims and serving as the staging area for Operation Blessing, Samaritian's Purse and other groups providing food, medical help and other assistance.
HCJB Global has sent an Emergency Medical Response team to Haiti to provide medical help at a hospital 20 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.
Heaven's Family is working in Haiti and around the world to care for widows and orphans, meet pressing needs, and equip Christian leaders with tools for the harvest.
Hope Builders International partners with ministries based in Port-au-Prince to distribute food, clothing and basic supplies, as well as offer counseling and prayer. Partner ministries will provide ongoing assistance in Haiti.
Joyce Meyer Ministries Through its Hand of Hope missions group, Joyce Meyer Ministries is partnering with Haiti-based Love A Child to provide immediate short-term assistance, relief and aid to the earthquake victims.
Living Water International teams are on the ground in Haiti to help restore clean water.
Love a Child Orphanage in Fond Parisien, Haiti, just outside Port-au-Prince, survived the earthquake with no casualties and is caring for victims at its Jesus Healing Center. The ministry also is packing relief supplies to help those near the epicenter of the earthquake.MAP International is assembling an emergency relief response team to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. It already has contacted medical teams in Haiti who are treating the injured.
Mercy Ships helps send medical missions teams to impoverished nations around the world. It is currently developing a strategy to assist relief efforts in Haiti.Mission Aviation Fellowship delivers aid and assistance to needy people in remote areas. One of its indigenous staff is missing in Haiti and feared dead, but the ministry is keeping a team of key staff members in the nation to coordinate relief efforts.
New Directions International is partnering with Haitian churches to help them distribute food, water, medical care and temporary shelter in their communities.
Missionary Ventures International has established a relief fund and will be sending supplies, teams and financial support through field coordinators and pastors in Haiti.Operation Mobilization works in more than 110 nations and is currently working with Haitian churches to provide emergency relief.
Partners International has been working in the areas hit hardest by the earthquake through a partnership with a church-planting and community-development ministry in Haiti.
The Salvation Army is mobilizing staff and resources to assist with relief efforts in Haiti.
Samaritan's Purse teams arrived in Haiti a day after the quake struck, and is providing rolls of plastic emergency shelter material, hygiene kits, and water purification kits, among other relief supplies.
Somebody Cares America is providing food, water, medical care and chaplaincy services to earthquake survivors through partnerships with Haitian churches.
Water Missions International is sending water-treatment systems to Haiti that can supply clean water for 5,000 people each day.
World Emergency Relief provides food, clothing and medical supplies to help needy children and their families.
World Vision has 370 staff in Haiti that is rushing emergency supplies such food, clean water, blankets, and tents to earthquake survivors.
World Relief is assisting local churches in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area to provide relief and other emergency assistance.
World Water Relief is working to determine the need for clean water specifically for hospitals and triage centers, as well as for broad community access around Haiti.
No institution in the culture is facing more intense persecution than the family. Not only are the incidences of divorce, infidelity and abuse on the rise, but social engineers are relentless in their efforts to dismantle the traditional family.
It’s crucial that we pray for this vital and foundational unit of society. God’s Word makes it clear that families play a central role in disseminating the tenets of our faith to the next generation. Loving homes model virtues such as sacrifice, patience and unconditional love to a watching world, and committed marriages exemplify Christ’s devotion to His Church. Indeed, the family holds a special place in God’s heart.
Please pray for the family to be preserved as the Lord intended the marital union of one man and one woman devoted to each other and to raising the children in their home to be responsible, caring adults. Also keep in mind our elected leaders and the members of our judicial system as they consider proposed legislation and various court cases related to marriage and the family. This is one of the most crucial matters facing our nation, and it’s imperative that God’s people remain diligent in intercession for these concerns.
Use these scriptures to pray that families will follow godly principles.
- Joshua 24:15
- Psalm 127:3-5
- Ephesians 5:21
- Mark 3:25
- Proverbs 22:6
While we often associate the word church with our locale of worship, Scripture takes a much broader view. The Church, ultimately, refers to the body of Christian believers around the world. The Lord is passionate for His Church, His bride. From the dawn of time, God’s purposes have centered around revealing His glory through His people and securing our eternity with Him.
As those who guide and disciple the Church, today’s pastors and other Christian leaders face a vast and unprecedented array of pressures. While God has blessed His people with many godly ministers, these shepherds need our prayer support. As they strive to remain obedient to Christ, ask the Lord to provide them with strength and avenues of accountability so that they may maintain steadfastness in their vital callings. Down through the ages Christians have grieved over the tragedy of pastors who have succumbed to moral failure. Such circumstances seem all too frequent in our day and age. Pastoral families experience many unique stresses, too, and they can be overlooked even though their support role is crucial. Intercede for them, also, as they seek to faithfully come alongside their loved ones.
Meanwhile, the Christian community as a whole must struggle to be faithful amidst an “unbelieving and perverse generation” (Matthew 17:17). Our culture is rife with ideologies and activities that run contrary to biblical precepts, and believers must be increasingly “counter-cultural” in order to stay faithful to their convictions. Clearly, the body of Christ needs intercession as never before.
Pray for the Lord to spark a revival throughout our nation, protect the witness of our pastors, and continue to sanctify and purify Christians around the world. We know that the spiritual condition of homes, communities and countries often points back to the believers within those regions. That being the case, it’s all the more important that we strive after righteousness, corporately as well as individually.
Here are scriptures to use to pray for unity and boldness in proclaiming God’s Word.
The goals, content and approach of modern-day education have changed dramatically from the schooling children received when our nation was first conceived. Formal, public education was just taking shape at that time as the newly formed government took responsibility for helping parents with this aspect of their children’s upbringing. With the 1635 founding of America’s first public school, the Boston Latin School, biblical faith was unapologetically woven into classroom teaching. Many teachers were local pastors, and a reverence for the Almighty and His precepts was viewed as an integral part of true knowledge.
Today’s schools are a far cry from those early classrooms. The influence of postmodern thought has left its mark on 21st-century education, introducing concepts such as pluralism, “tolerance,” and the rejection of absolute truth. While the textbooks used in colonial days promoted a faith-based worldview, today’s curricula are replete with materials that accept and, in some cases, even condone immoral activities and lifestyles. Meanwhile, revisionist teachings about our country’s founding remove any reference to the Christian underpinnings that have long set our nation apart and helped it thrive.
With this type of atmosphere pervading our classrooms, it’s especially critical that we pray for our nation’s public school teachers, administrators and students. Ask the Lord to raise up a new generation of dedicated educators who will commit themselves not only to an honest, accurate presentation of all subject matter, but who will also serve as positive role models for their students. In addition, let’s not forget to uphold our local school boards in prayer as they make decisions about the various curricula that are used across the country.
Use these scriptures to pray for safety, morally sound instruction and wholesome environments.
Today’s business leaders hold a great deal of sway in our society. America has long celebrated the entrepreneurial spirit of men and women who have launched innovative and successful companies. In generations past, honest and generous CEOs were rewarded with loyal employees, customers and clients. In recent years, however, greater numbers of large corporations are becoming characterized by deception, greed, and even fraudulent activity.
In this climate, executives with strong ethics are especially deserving of our recognition and patronage. A great way to encourage such business leaders is to support Marketplace Chaplains USA, a group that positions chaplains in companies across the country. Also, continue praying that God will provide corporate America with business leaders who are committed to conducting themselves honorably.
Here are scriptures to use to pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace.
The media is unquestionably one of the most powerful and influential voices in our culture. Journalism used to be a simple matter of reporting the facts and, where there was controversy, presenting both sides of the story. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. From the top national networks to local newspapers, we are faced with the challenge of sorting through commentary and conjecture in order to get to the truth.
Meanwhile, throughout the entertainment industry, the heroes of pop culture model vices such as materialism, promiscuity, substance abuse and violence. Professional athletes, once some of our nation’s most revered and reliable role models, now watch many of their fellow players regularly fall into public disgrace.
Those of us determined to be discerning are constantly faced with the task of wading through the media’s often biased and immoral offerings to find wholesome and acceptable alternatives for ourselves and our families. Specifically, we need to recognize and reject the errant messages of popular culture that run counter to the Judeo-Christian system of values.
We encourage you to make our nation’s journalists a subject of prayer. Ask the Lord to provide the television, radio and print mediums with staff members and executives who are committed to accuracy and integrity.
We must also remember to intercede on behalf of the actors, musicians and athletes our young people seek to emulate. Pray that more of Hollywood’s celebrities will be worthy of our respect and admiration. And as you watch your favorite sport, ask the Lord to strengthen and embolden any Christians on the team or coaching staff. Nothing is too difficult for God and though the industry often seems unprincipled, we know the Lord is able to use the media to accomplish His purposes.
Here are scriptures to use to pray for truth and morality to be presented.
In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on our own soil, the American people have realized that the face of war is forever changed. No longer can we think of combat being fought solely on faraway shores. We must acknowledge that many of the United States’ enemies are among us, even as others plot against us from afar.
With this sobering reality in mind, pray for the courageous troops who are actively serving our country each day not only at bases around the world, but also here within our borders. Our soldiers daily place themselves in harm’s way in order to defend the way of life we hold dear, and they desperately need our prayer support. Their families should be remembered as well. These individuals often make significant sacrifices as they endure long separations, frequent moves and other challenges inherent to military service.
As the heroic men and women in our armed services secure our liberty both at home and abroad, pray the Lord’s protection will go before them. In addition, lift up the chaplains stationed around the world, along with the Christian servicemen who unofficially fulfill a role of spiritual leadership. Ask that these believers would faithfully represent Christ among their comrades-in-arms.
Please don’t forget to pray also for those who have lost a loved one in battle. These grieving families have paid the ultimate price, and we must ask that God’s comfort would be upon them in a special way.
Finally, pray that our media’s accounts of U.S. military actions are relayed fairly and impartially. Our troops are deserving of their fellow Americans’ gratitude and respect, and accurate reporting can play an important role in rallying the American people around our brave servicemen.
Pray for divine protection and guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military chaplains and loved ones at home.
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Our Founding Fathers established a nearly foolproof system of government; its checks and balances are among the most noteworthy aspects of our republic. Our executive, legislative, and judicial branches, when functioning as they were designed, champion our liberties and prevent our government from becoming tyrannical and oppressive. By and large, however, the American people are sadly uninformed about democratic principles and their role in safeguarding our freedoms. What’s more, the clearly defined lines between the three branches of government are becoming blurred and United States citizens are paying the price.We must continue to pray that God protects our way of life, asking that He would embed men and women in office who are committed to serving their constituents with integrity. We must remain in prayer for our elections, beseeching God to prompt our fellow citizens to become involved in this process. Voting is both a duty and a privilege, and the outcomes of our political races are critical in determining the future course of our nation.
May God’s hand of wisdom and guidance remain upon each segment of our society, and through His Spirit, may believers be inspired to “pray continually” (I Thessalonians 5:17). We are assured that the Almighty hears our petitions. As people from coast to coast lift their voices in prayer, repentance and humility, we simply cannot underestimate how the Lord will respond. Let us together come before His throne with these words on our lips and in our hearts, “God bless America!”
Here are scriptures to use to pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.