You May Be Close to Your Miracle!

From the archives of Oral Roberts The lives of the men who held the rope for Saul in Acts 9 were in grave danger. If they had been caught, not only would Saul have been killed, they would have lost their lives also. But they knew they were the only ones holding the rope. The only way Saul―who would change the world with the Gospel message―was going to get out of the city alive was for them to hold that rope. You may be holding the rope for yourself today. Maybe you’re sick, or you’ve gotten some bad news and

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The Tenacity of a Puppy

Lindsay Roberts I once had a little puppy; part Pekingese and part Poodle. He was so persistent! I remember a time when he got hold of an exposed tree root, and I watched him as he pulled on it. I admired his tenacity. I thought, Bless his heart, he thinks he can move that whole tree! Before he was finished, he had that small root pulled right out of the ground. He even pulled the root loose from the tree! Watching him reminded me of when my mother used to say, “Lindsay’s like a puppy to a root.” I’d say,

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Know Jesus

Richard Roberts – Third of three parts Know Jesus. The last story in Luke 18 that tells us how to get our prayers answered is about blind Bartimaeus (vv.35-43). As he sat by the side of the road begging for money, Jesus came by. Bartimaeus cried out to Him, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (v. 38 NIV)! He was saying, “Jesus, I know You’re the Savior, and You can save me from the blindness.” Bartimaeus knew who Jesus was. He cried out, “Lord, I want to see.”And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has

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Faith and Giving

Richard Roberts – Second of three parts Have childlike faith. The third story in Luke 18 that tells us how to get our prayers answered is the story of the little children who went to see Jesus (vv.15-17). Apparently, someone had tried to shoo them away, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Then He declared, “Anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God” (vv. 16-17 NLT). Have you noticed how willing children are to believe you

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A Prayer Road Map

Richard Roberts – First of three parts Would you like to have a “prayer road map” that shows you how to get your prayers answered? Jesus provided such a map in Luke 18. In one dramatic story after another, He shows us the Bible way to get our prayers answered: Have a never-give-up attitude. The first story is about the woman who took her case before an unjust judge (vv. 1-8). He did not want to hear her case, but she kept pestering him and pressuring him until he became so frustrated that he granted her petition just to get

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God Doesn’t Hold Grudges

From the archives of Evelyn Roberts Psalm 103 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It says that God has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him (vv. 10-11 AMPC). Did you ever ask someone for their forgiveness and have them say, “Oh, I’ll forgive you, but I’ll never forget?” We have a hard time forgetting wrongs, but God doesn’t hold grudges. When He forgives us, He

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A Real Page-Turner!

From the archives of Oral Roberts I have read the four Gospels–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–and the book of Acts, hundreds of times. They are the only source of original information about Jesus ever published. It sets my soul aflame to read about Jesus as the Messiah in Matthew, the Wonder-Worker in Mark, the Son of Man in Luke, the Son of God in John, and the Holy Spirit in Acts. Christ is the heart and central theme of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, the entire message revolves around the person and works of Jesus Christ. All things reveal

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‘Lord, Teach Me’

Lindsay Roberts The older I get, the more I realize how much I don’t know. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m willing to pray, “God, teach me Your ways. Help me to have a teachable spirit.” God can teach us when we are moldable and pliable in His hands. I’ve always encouraged my children to have a teachable spirit; to be willing to learn and be corrected. We are teachable when we are willing to listen to godly counsel and accept constructive criticism, when we have a childlike readiness to learn. Let us pray with the psalmist, Show

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A Living Book

Richard Roberts You never reach the place where you have no need to study the Bible. I’ve read the Bible through many times, but I keep finding new things in it that I’ve never read before. It’s the greatest love story, the greatest prose and poetry, the greatest storytelling volume, the greatest piece of nonfiction, with the greatest beginning, and the most climactic ending of any book in history. The Bible is a living book, and when you have the Word of God in you, you’re alive! The best way to get the Word in you is to read it

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Standing on the Word

Lindsay Roberts I remember driving past a billboard once that said, “Isn’t it funny that people believe television but question the Bible?” I thought… That sign is pretty catchy. But it’s more than that. The Word of God is true. The entirety of Your word is truth (Psalm 119:160 NKJV). It is powerful: The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV). Jesus was the Word clothed in flesh: The Word [Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14 NKJV). God spoke the world into existence with His Word: Then God

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