Mid March Letter
Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord and Savior, who always causes us to triumph in Him (2 Corinthians 2:14).
I have been reading in John chapter 11…the most amazing passage of what Jesus did for Lazarus when He raised him from the dead. As I saw the glory, power, and authority of our Lord in action, it reminded me of what He can do for us and for that which seems to be dead or dying in our lives.
Let me show you what I mean.
First, Lazarus was dead…not just sick, but dead. His body was in a tomb surrounded by his mourning family and friends, but he could not hear them. He was totally unaware that Jesus was on the scene.
Sometimes the situation you are in makes you feel so closed off, so alone, that you may not even be aware of the presence of the Lord. But He is always with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). The righteous person may have many troubles, BUT the Lord delivers him out of them all (Psalm 34:19).
Next, notice that Lazarus’s body was decayed. According to his sister, Martha, he had been dead long enough for the decaying process to set it. The Bible says Lazarus had been dead for four days.
You may be facing a situation that’s more than just over and dead. It may have been dead a long time…so long that you think it could never come back to life and be turned around for God’s glory.
And if that wasn’t enough, Lazarus was doomed. His family had done all they knew to do for him. Lazarus was dead and gone. It seemed there was nothing to do anymore but mourn.
Now, had this been any other cemetery, I would have agreed with them. But this time, there was one major difference… JESUS WAS THERE! Lazarus’s friends and family may have been ready to leave their brother and friend in the grave forever… But Jesus wasn’t!
You may have given up, but God hasn’t! There is still time for the miracle you need!
You see, when it looked like all hope was gone, the Lord Jesus came to the place where Lazarus lay in darkness and CHANGED EVERYTHING. Notice that Jesus called him by name…crying into that dark tomb, “Lazarus, come forth.”
Jesus knows YOUR name too. He knows who you are, where you live, and what you are going through at this moment. He never forgets about you. NEVER!
Jesus told Lazarus what to do… He commanded him to “Come forth!” He spoke LIFE…Even though the situation looked irreversible, He told Mary and Martha, “Your brother will live again” (John 11:23). And if you and I will look to Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith, He will speak into our lives and show us what to do also.
That’s the life-transforming, delivering power of Jesus! Just as His call brought Lazarus out of death and darkness, so can His call to us bring us out of the dead situations we have faced or perhaps are facing now.
Look at the miraculous change Lazarus experienced… dead four days, but now alive and able to reenter his life. But even though he had been raised by the command of Jesus, there was something else that had to be done… something else that had to be removed…
You see, Lazarus was still bound up in the grave clothes in which they buried him. Jesus said, “Take off the bindings.” Since he was no longer dead, he didn’t need to be bound up anymore, for he had been DELIVERED from death and all its bondage!
Maybe you need to change your attitude and look up instead of being cast down… Right now can be YOUR time to cast off the grave cloths of despair, disappointment, depression, disillusionment, and other things that have come against you. Maybe you need to adjust your thinking and begin believing that there is no situation too big for God to handle…just as He promises in His Word… For with God, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE (Luke 1:37).
After the grave clothes had been removed, Jesus also commanded the “napkin”—the cloth covering—to be removed from Lazarus’s face. Suddenly, the light of day flooded his eyes and he could see!
Partner, maybe it is time to take off the “covering”…the things that limit your faith…so that with your spiritual eyes, you can see what God wants to do through YOU.
Now, four days after being sealed up in a grave, Lazarus was alive again and seated at the table with Jesus.
I believe with all my heart that God wants to bring a miracle into those seemingly dead situations that we all face from time to time. And the good news is that the Lord is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). If He can do it for Lazarus, He can do it for you and me.
Now, in just a few weeks, it will be Easter Sunday. Easter represents God’s resurrection power in our lives. It is the right time for us all to get unstuck…to come out of the rut…to take off the grave clothes. Yes, it’s time to get unwrapped from those things that Satan has used to bind us up and keep us from serving God with our whole heart and receiving the things He has for us.
I get reports every day from partners telling me about the miracles they are receiving because they are releasing their faith over their seemingly impossible situations. What God is doing for them, He can do for YOU. I believe the Lord is ready to resurrect some things in YOUR life…
But He’s waiting for you to do YOUR PART…reaching out in faith to Him, not giving up until you receive what you need. That’s what I mean when I say it is time to take the covering off of our faith so that we can fully obey the Lord and see His mighty, life-giving hands touch us with His power and glory.
Now, when I need a miracle, I plant a seed as a point of contact against my need. Do you have a hope or dream that has been lost and buried? That’s why I’m encouraging you to make an ACT of your faith by making an ACT of your giving right now… Plant an Easter resurrection seed unto the Lord and expect Him to multiply it back to you in the way you need it most.
Yes, it is time to sow a special Easter love gift unto the Lord. So I am asking you to do it right now while it is on your heart. Just use the prayer sheet I have enclosed along with this letter.
I also want to pray with you about those seemingly dead situations you have faced and perhaps are facing now. So be sure to tell me your needs on the prayer sheet, so I can lay my hands on your prayer requests and pray for God’s miracle touch in your life. YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN YOUR SITUATION! The Lord cares about what happens in your life…and so do I.
Remember, Easter will be here soon, so get your answer to this letter and prayer requests and special Easter love gift back to me just as quickly as you can.
And when you do, also notice that I have a special offer for you for any Seed-Faith gift that I believe will help you build your faith, be encouraged, and kick start that “resurrection” you need! It’s my faith-building CD of scriptures and testimonies, Encouraging Words of Hope and Life. I know it will bless you mightily, so be sure to let me know you want it, and I’ll send it to you for any seed-faith gift.
I will be waiting to hear from you!
Your partner for miracles,
P.S. I want to help you ACT on your faith daily so God can begin to RESURRECT the seemingly dead things in your life… That’s why Lindsay and I made the CD, Encouraging Words of Hope and Life. It’s filled with scriptures to help build your faith in God’s goodness and His miracle-working power. Faith comes by hearing His Word over and over and allowing it to penetrate your spirit. That’s why a CD like Encouraging Words of Hope and Life is so effective. It’s a great way to remind yourself daily of God’s good plans for you. We’ve had so many partners receive miracles while listening to it that I want to get it into your hands too! Be sure to request your CD when you send in your prayer requests and your seed-faith gift!
Salad In A Jar
Whatever you like in a vegetable salad or have on hand. Some suggestions:
- Grape tomatoes
- Sugar snap peas
- Green and/or red peppers
Layer the ingredients in a large canning jar and put the lid on tight. It will keep very nicely overnight in the fridge. These ingredients can be added to spinach leaves or lettuce of your choice and topped with your favorite dressing. If you have some leftover chicken, you could toss it in with a little olive oil and seasoning in a hot wok, and you have stir fry.
This is a quick and easy thing to do for a picnic or a BBQ. It also makes a really fun and colorful gift for a housewarming or to take to someone who is sick.
It seems everywhere you look, there is some sort of instability…instability in governments… in financial markets…in the job market… Instability can be seen all around us.
Then, there is instability in people. Have you ever noticed how sometimes when you count on people, they let you down? People make lousy sources, don’t they? But we know Who our true Source is…
The truth is, there is only ONE who will never leave you nor forsake you… only ONE who will never let you down…our faithful Lord, Jesus Christ!
It’s funny. Sometimes you’re up, and sometimes you’re down. Sometimes you feel like you are on top, and sometimes you feel like you are on the bottom. Sometimes you feel you’re the head, and sometimes you feel you’re the tail.
I’m writing this special letter to you because I have great news to encourage you in unstable times… God is faithful to help us when we release our faith to Him and trust Him, no matter what life may throw in our path.
Just like us, there were many people in the Bible who experienced ups and downs… Just look at Joseph. Talk about dysfunctional…
His father, Jacob, had children by several wives, which caused jealousy and competition in the home. Joseph’s mother died when he was very young. Jacob favored Joseph over his other sons, so he gave him a beautiful multicolored coat, causing great anger and contempt among his brothers.
In Genesis 37, we read that Joseph began having unusual dreams, including a dream in which his brothers all bowed down to him. But rather than loving their brother and listening to his dreams, they grew even more jealous and bitter. They rejected his dreams and hated him so much that they threw him into a pit, then sold him into slavery and told their father he had been killed by a wild animal.
And if slavery was not bad enough, Joseph was bought by Potiphar, a powerful Egyptian, who put him in charge of his household. But God was with Joseph, and he became a successful man with God’s favor, even in difficult circumstances! It seemed that although he was a slave, Joseph’s seed-sowing and working hard got him promotion after promotion.
Then something happened…a terrible setback. He was accused of trying to rape Potiphar’s wife. Now, listen… Joseph was innocent. In fact, Potiphar’s wife made the advances, and Joseph ran the other way. But feeling jilted by his refusals, she falsely accused him…and Joseph wound up in prison.
What do you do when you’ve done nothing wrong, yet you get accused of things you didn’t do? I’m sure you probably know how that feels. I know I do. What’s worse is when even good people believe the lies and accusations against you, and you are powerless to convince them of the real story and real truth.
When these things happen, it’s easy to get bitter. I’m sure Joseph faced that. Here he was, prospering even though he was a slave. God’s hand was on him. And then he ended up in prison when he had committed no crime! Now, I’m sure to him it must have looked like all was lost, and he would waste away in the prison.
Is that how you feel? Are you going through similar circumstances? Do you feel like you’re locked away in a prison of fear, worry, sickness, disease, doubt, dread, discouragement, despair, financial loss, or something else?
How did Joseph keep his sanity? How did he keep from becoming angry at God and becoming filled with hate in the crazy, unstable world in which he was living? I’ll tell you how.
He refused to get bitter. Instead, he got better. The Bible says, “The Lord was with Joseph (in the prison) and gave him favor… Whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper” (Genesis 39:21).
Now, here’s a powerful lesson for you and me. Be sure to read this next part very carefully!
While in prison, Joseph kept moving forward by once again working hard and even becoming the number-one model prisoner. He also kept planting his seed and believing that everything God had shown him in his dreams would come to pass. God had given Joseph the ability to be a blessing by interpreting dreams. And he interpreted several of the other prisoners’ dreams as a way of sowing into their lives. Soon, the word began to spread.
Partner, when you sow good seed into people’s lives and into ministries, the word begins to spread that God is faithful and good!
Then one day, Pharaoh the king had a disturbing dream that none of his counselors and wise men could interpret. Someone told Pharaoh there was a man named Joseph who could interpret dreams. When Pharaoh told Joseph his dream, Joseph was able to give the king its meaning.
Pharaoh was so pleased to be forewarned about the seven plentiful years followed by the seven years of famine that he released Joseph from prison and promoted him to be prime minister and to administer the seven years of gathering up food stores in order to be prepared for the seven years of famine.
Wow! Just look what God can do in our lives when we are obedient and sow our seeds of faith to Him.
So, for seven years, Joseph oversaw the plentiful harvests of grain and other things so that food could be stored up. And when the seven years of famine came, there was plenty. Soon, word reached his brothers… “There’s food in Egypt… enough for all to share…” (Genesis 42:1–2).
Now, watch this… When his brothers showed up, they had to bow before the prime minister before they could buy food. They didn’t recognize Joseph as their own brother.
You see, after all this time, God had a man in Joseph to stand in the gap for his family as well as for his people, Israel. God not only brought the dreams of so many years before into reality, but Joseph’s love for his own brothers, who had been so cruel, caused him to be totally restored to his family.
Now, what does this story say to you and me? It says that no matter what the devil tries to do, we must remember that God has not fallen off the throne. He is still God, and He never gives up…not on you, and not on me, either.
Once again, Joseph had a secret weapon…his seed. When he sowed into the other prisoners and interpreted their dreams, God could multiply it back to him and cause his dreams to come true. I’ll tell you, there’s nothing as powerful as a seed, especially when you sow it. Believe me, I’ve never said anything more powerful.
In the midst of everything you’re going through, if you’ll be like Joseph… if you refuse to be resentful…if you’ll work “as unto the Lord” and sow unto Him… Then you’ll put yourself in a position to receive a mighty harvest from Him. Remember, the head of the prison saw, just like Potiphar, that the Lord was with Joseph and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper! That’s how Joseph kept getting promoted, even in unstable, unfair circumstances!
Now, I want you to pay particular attention to your prayer sheet. Just look at the sheaves of wheat. Those sheaves represent harvest. I’m talking about the harvest God has for us as we sow unto Him.
Take your prayer sheet and hold it in your hands. Visualize the harvest you can receive when you plant your seeds unto the Lord. Once you have a picture of harvest time in your spirit, write down your biggest prayer needs and put your best seed-faith gift in the envelope I’ve enclosed.
Pray over it all as you seal it up, releasing your faith to God for your harvest to come…and then send your prayer sheet and seed back to me just as soon as you can. I’ll be waiting to hold your prayer needs in my hands and lift them up to the Lord in prayer. Then I will expect God to multiply each seed sown back to you in exactly the way you need it.
I can just picture Joseph standing with his brothers and his father, Jacob, finally and fully restored. Now, that’s a harvest! And I can picture you receiving great miracles from the Lord as a result of your seed sown, just as Joseph did!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Your partner for miracles,
PS. If you haven’t yet done so, I really encourage you to get my father Oral Roberts’ classic book Christ in Every Book of the Bible—back in print for the first time in many years. I believe this powerful book will help you see Jesus as your ever-present Source in every area of your life…right now! You’ll see Jesus in every book of the Bible… His personality…His character… His nature… and who He is to you. I hope you request your copy today.
Mid February Letter
As I shared with you at the beginning of the year, the Lord has shown me that 2015 will be the Year of the Open Door for this ministry and for our faithful partners like you. Already, I have been receiving testimonies of how God is bringing miracles and open doors into people’s lives…
Brian from Pennsylvania shared this with me recently… I just received a raise on my job through my wife’s prayers in faith and agreement with your ministry. It is truly a godsend, as my health insurance for my family is going up significantly. Thank you for always being there when my wife calls. I have seen countless miraculous results, through the years, when my wife sows seed into the good soil of your ministry.
God also opened a door for Naomi from North Carolina, who contacted me for prayer for her son and then shared this praise report after prayer… I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group to agree in prayer for my grandson, who needed a job. He had been out of work for a very long time and was completely out of options. But after prayer, God opened up an opportunity. My grandson got a job the very next week, and he is doing well at this new job.
Praise God for His goodness! And I’m praying for Him to open doors for you too in 2015…
Some months ago, Lindsay and I were talking about some of the life-changing sermons my dad, Oral Roberts, used to preach during the height of his healing crusade days…sermons like David and Goliath: The Magnificent Challenge… Samson and Delilah: The Battle of Champions…and You Can’t Go Under for Going Over.
But the sermon that was probably his best and most loved and requested was the Fourth Man in the Fiery Furnace, which included who Jesus is in all 66 books in the Bible. The sermon was centered around the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who along with thousands of others had been taken captive to Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar.
When Nebuchadnezzar built a golden image of himself and made the people bow down and worship him as a god, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused. They knew that God’s Word would not allow them to worship any graven image.
When they refused, Nebuchadnezzar threatened them with being thrown alive into a burning fiery furnace. He told them if they refused to bow, they would burn.
But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow, and they told the king that they had a God who was able, and even if they were thrown into the furnace, their God would deliver them. Full of rage, Nebuchadnezzar had them bound and threw them in.
After a moment or two, I’m sure he expected to see their bodies engulfed in flames. Instead, when he looked in, he was astonished. He said to his captains and soldiers and advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men into the furnace, and weren’t they bound?”
“Yes,” they replied.
“Look,” he said, “I see four men, and they’re loosed and walking around. And the fourth man looks like the son of God.”
At this high point of the sermon, my dad would ask the question, “Who is this fourth man?” Then he would begin to give a powerful word of who Jesus is in all 66 books of the Bible. Yes, the essence, character, nature, and personality of Jesus our Lord and Savior can be seen in every book of the Word of God.
After growing up hearing my dad preach this landmark message and remembering the tremendous response from the people, I felt it was time for me to begin to preach this message myself, including sharing who Jesus is in every book of the Bible.
As I have been preaching it and wherever I have preached it, there has been a very strong and powerful response from the people. I recently preached it on Benny Hinn’s television program. Wow! What a response we received from that.
Well, something unusual has happened that I believe is for YOU…
You probably know how close my wife, Lindsay, was to my dad. He never referred to her as a daughter-in-law. Instead, he called her a daughter. In fact, he referred to her as a daughter of Israel.
Now, the unusual thing is, Lindsay found a book written by my father back in 1965. It’s been out of print for many, many years. And guess what the title is? Christ in Every Book of the Bible!
This book takes you from Genesis to Malachi in the Old Testament, and Matthew to Revelation in the New Testament. It comes right out of his Fourth Man sermon, giving you the essence, character, personality, and nature of Jesus throughout every book in the Bible.
This message is timeless. And Lindsay said, “Richard, we’ve got to reprint this book and get it into the hands of as many of our partners as possible.” I tell you, it’s like a brand-new book. A whole generation of people are alive now who weren’t alive in 1965 to read it and study it.
Partner, are you walking through a fiery situation right now?
I believe this book is a life-changer. IF YOU READ ONLY ONE BOOK THIS YEAR, THIS IS THE ONE. For any seed-gift into this healing ministry, I’ll quickly send you a copy. I really believe it’s going to bless you, bless you, bless you in a powerful and mighty way.
As you read it, you will see Jesus in Genesis as the Seed of the Woman, and you’ll be able to see the essence of Jesus all the way back in the Garden of Eden and how He would crush the serpent’s head. You’ll see Jesus in Nehemiah as the Rebuilder of the Broken-Down Walls of Human Lives… and you’ll thrill to see how the Lord can rebuild the things that have been broken down in our lives.
You’ll see Jesus in Psalms as the Lord our Shepherd, and you’ll see how Jesus is the Shepherd of our lives and how He laid down His life for His sheep.
You’ll see Him in Isaiah as the Prince of Peace, and you’ll hear Jesus saying, “My peace I leave you…Not the kind the world gives, but my peace, the kind that passes all understanding” (John 14:27).
You’ll see Jesus in Matthew as the Messiah, in Mark as the Wonder Worker, in Luke as the Son of Man, and in John as the Son of God. You’ll see His miracles literally jump up off the pages.
And when you get to Acts, you’ll see Jesus as the Blessed Holy Spirit. You’ll see Him working through the lives of the disciples and early believers… And you’ll see how He wants to work through YOUR life.
You’ll see Jesus in the writings of Paul the Apostle, as he characterizes the teachings of the Lord for us today through the book of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and so on.
You’ll see Jesus as the Great Physician in the book of James. In 1 and 2 Peter, you’ll see Him through the stripes He took on His back for your healing and mine. Then in Revelation, you’ll see Him rising up as King of kings and Lord of lords.
I’ll tell you, this just may be the most exciting book I’ve ever read. It’s a book that can really get inside you and live in you. For any seed-faith gift into this healing ministry, I’ll quickly send it to you. Just indicate that you want it by checking off the box on the prayer sheet.
And be sure to send me your prayer requests so that I can hold them in my hands and pray. I want to agree with you, according to God’s Word and will, for your needs to be met by His glorious riches in Christ Jesus…the One who cares for you more than you may realize (Philippians 4:19).
I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Your partner for miracles,
PS. PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS OFFER… I urge you to get the book Christ in Every Book of the Bible. I believe it will really be a blessing to you because it will help you see Jesus not just as your Lord in heaven, but as your ever-present Source of help and provision in every area of your life here…right now!
Jordan’s Homemade Face Oil
- Vessel (to hold oils)
- Avocado oil
- Sweet Almond oil
- Castor oil
Caprese Salad on a Stick
- 8 cocktail picks or small skewers
- 8 fresh basil leaves
- 8 grape tomatoes
- 8 small fresh mozzarella balls
- Sun-dried tomatoes, sliced in half or small pieces
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Take a grape tomato and roll a fresh basil leaf around it, securing with the toothpick or skewer.
- Add a ball of fresh mozzarella and a slice of sun-dried tomato.
- Assemble all the sticks, then drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
Lavender Bath Salts
- 4 cups Epsom Salts
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 3/4 cup Coarse Sea Salt
- Essential oils of your choice (I’m using Lavender)
Mix and store in an airtight container
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella block
- 1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Fresh basil
- Salt & pepper
- In a medium sized pan, bring 1 cup water and ½ cup quinoa to a rolling boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer on LOW until all of the water is absorbed. This should take anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes. *Cooking the quinoa on low is extremely important. If it simmers on a hotter flame, the water will absorb too quickly and the quinoa will turn out hard.
- Cool the cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for at least an hour before preparing the salad.
- To prepare the salad, slice grape tomatoes in half (hot dog way) and cut the block of fresh mozzarella into bite size pieces. Mix together.
- Add the chopped basil and cooked quinoa and give the salad a toss. Next, drizzle on the olive oil and season with a little salt/pepper to taste.
- Give your salad a final toss and serve cool or at room temperature.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200° C).
- Grease a 12-cup muffin/cupcake tin or line tin with muffin/cupcake liners.
- Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
- Place vegetable oil into a 1-cup measuring cup, adding the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.
- Mix this with the flour mixture.
- Fold in blueberries.
- Fill muffin cups right to the top and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
- To make Crumb Topping: Mix together sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon.
- Mix with fork and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done.