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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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