Remembering Oral Roberts
It's been one year since Oral Roberts University's founder, first president, and chancellor, Granville Oral Roberts, exchanged life on earth for the joys of heaven. Not a day goes by that we don't reflect on something he said ("Something GOOD is going to happen to you!") or something he accomplished (the 263-acre ORU campus with its 20 buildings and more than 3,000 students, not to mention 37,000-plus alumni).
There are no words to express how much we miss him, how much we owe him, or how much we love him still. ORU is his enduring legacy...and that includes every student and alumnus who eagerly pursued a whole-person education in preparation for ministry in every person's world.
Below are comments that were posted to our websites from people all over the world in tribute to Chancelor Oral Roberts.
Those memorial gifts given in Oral Roberts honor will be applied to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program at Oral Roberts University. Click here to make a gift.
My biggest fight with Oral Roberts was in a farmer’s field in Kenya. We had been filming a mission project in the searing heat near the equator. In those days, even portable video cameras were big, and I was lugging it around shooting segments with Oral in a village, and in the plowed field surrounding it. Hour after hour we filmed, and finally Oral had enough. He looked at me in the eye and said, “I can’t do it anymore. I’m done.” He was in his late 60′s then, and I could see the sweat through his shirt, and his mouth was so parched, he could hardly speak. But I knew we had one more segment to film, so I stood my ground. “Oral, we have to finish” I barked back. “Nope, it’s over,” he grumbled. I blocked his way out of the field, and it started to get ugly. His wife Evelyn stepped between us and said, “Boys, let’s not argue here. We can work this out.” We stared at each other. I finally said, “Listen Oral, we only have one more segment. I know you’re tired, but I’ve been carrying around this camera all day, and if I can do it, YOU can do it. There was an awkward pause. He saw that I was soaked in sweat and exhausted. He took the challenge. Finally, he said, “OK. If YOU can do it, I can do it.” We finished the shoot and went home. Earlier in the day, someone took a photo of Oral and I together in front of a village hut, and I had it framed. Oral asked to sign it, and he wrote on the picture: “If YOU can do it, I can do it. – Your friend, Oral Roberts 1988.” It still hangs in my office today.
posted by Phil Cooke on Friday, December 31, 2010 3:36:03 PM
Oral Roberts was an amazing man of God. I heard him speak February of 2008 before the dedication of the prayer room. Every word he spoke was saturated with Gods power and wisdom. I am honored to have heard him. I am a senior in high school and I can't wait to be a student at ORU this upcoming fall; to join the outstanding legacy that he started. He has inspired my dreams that the Lord has given me and has sparked my passion for ORU even after his passing. He was a great man and I can't wait to meet him in Heaven.
posted by Mallory Miller on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 11:16:45 AM
May God remember Oral Roberts like He remembers King David. RM
posted by Robert MacHale on Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:38:42 PM
No doubt,this man has fulfilled destiny in grandstyle! His life and achievements speak volume after him, especially the testimony of transformed lives...As I take step to have my postgraduate study in his University, I believe his dream of raising men to take His Master(JESUS) to extreme end of the world will further receive a boost...ADIEU,FAITHFUL ORAL,ENTER THOU INTO THE JOY OF THY LORD...
posted by Shokunbi Matthew Oluwafemi on Monday, April 19, 2010 9:50:14 AM
I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour in 1974 after reading the "The Miracle Book" by Oral Roberts. I always considered Oral Roberts as my spiritual father. I grew up listening to his programs on the radio in Jamaica, reading his books, and requesting his prayers. Although I never met him personally, he has truly influenced my life (especially during my teenage and young adulthood).
posted by Yvette Stupart on Saturday, March 13, 2010 8:18:51 PM
He inpacted my life greatly. The question is how will we continue to teach this generation Oral Robetrs greatness and vision?
posted by Melody King on Friday, February 12, 2010 7:58:55 AM
My heart is still hurting for our loss of Dr. Roberts. Our loss, is Heavens gain. ORU has meant so much personally, to our family over the years. Our children have grown up loving Oral Roberts. Our oldest daughter and her husband are alumni and our son is a current student at ORU. He taught us Seed Faith and so much more. He set the example we follow today. May the Holy Spirit continue to comfort Dr. Robert's family and may ORU continue to shine!
posted by Pastor Tom Sutherland on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:46:27 AM
Thank You Lord for the obedience and ministry of Oral Roberts and that his obedience sparked the lives of many on earth. His life will continue to lead others to pray, listen, hear, and obey The Holy Spirit's guidance. Please excuse the typographical errors in my previous posts. The corrections are: "Daugherty", and "truisms". Thank you.
posted by Kathy Shenkle on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:45:07 PM
Another appropriate quote is that of Anglican evangelist John Wesley, "The world is my parish". It applies to ORU students going out into "everyman's world" as lights of Christ. You may recognize John Wesley as the founder of Methodist small groups that later formed the Methodist Church.
posted by Kathy Shenkle, M.Div., ORU, 2002 on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:29:37 PM
“Make no little plans here.” is the wording on the, now-famous sign on his desk pictured in his ORU obituary. "Something GOOD is going to happen to you" is another great memorable slogan of his. Both of these trusisms are based in Scripture and 2010+ years of Christian doctrine and Church liturgy. As it says about Our Only Lord God in The Mass, "... from Whom All Good Things Come." Hallelujah and Amen. O.R.U. alumni have a special prayer team in Heaven (The Church Triumphant): Evelyn (May 2005) and Oral Roberts (Dec 2009), and Billy Joe Daughterty (Nov 2009). Remember that "a threefold cord cannot be broken", so how strong those prayers are -- as strong as those of The Holy Family trio: Our Lord-Jesus, Our Holy Mother-Mary and our foster-father-Joseph! Blessings and Holy Hugs to all!
posted by Kathy Shenkle, M.Div. (summer 2002) on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:21:55 PM
"Raise up your students to hear my voice. To go were My Light is seen dim, were My voice is heard small and My healing power is not known, even to the undermost bounds of the earth. There work will exceed yours and in this I am well pleased." This command majorly applies to me. I am one of those students that God had on His mind. I am called to this mandate.This God's Vision is my calling.
posted by Portia on Sunday, January 10, 2010 2:24:11 PM
I never met Oral Roberts but he played a big role in my becoming a Christian. When I was 16, I got a hold of several copies of his monthly magazine. I read and re-read them several times...especially the articles about how we could have a personal relationship with Jesus and know His love. God used these to awaken a hunger in me and draw me to Himself. I've always been grateful to God for Oral Roberts and how He used him in my life.
posted by Kathy Rogers on Saturday, January 9, 2010 1:56:29 PM
The world has lost a great evangelist, but heaven has gain a great reward. I wept when i first read Chancellor Oral Roberts biography. A book that was signed by him when he visited my country, Bahamas, at Dr. Myles Munroe's Ministry. His words "Lord i will never take your gold or your glory" has always remained with me and kept me on the right part with God. I can not wait to meet this man of God in person when i get to heaven
posted by Tonya K. Clarke on Thursday, January 7, 2010 1:37:29 PM
This was the greatest Christian General of the century alongside his good friend Billy Graham.As a youth in the 80's, i stumbled across his bokk the miracle ofseed faith, and my life has never been the same again. His messages were so inspiring, I reckoned that if this poor stammering indian boy could achieve so much, so could I. Tears in my heart turned to victory as I read his books. And how I loved the oneness he had with Evelyn Roberts. Words fail me to explain my feelings to Oral Roberts. What a humble man. Never called himself Bishop and things like those despite being more than qualified. The only surviving revival preacher from the voice of healing revivals of the 1940's. Christianity will never be the same again because of you, Oral Roberts. Richard, Kenya is waiting for you. Tony Washika, Kenya.
posted by Tony Washika on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 5:08:47 AM
One of the great lights that shone my way as a young christian. I read "The Miracle of Seed Faith" when I was 13/14 years of age...it was the foundation for a life of faith, strenght to go thru the many challenges I faced in my teens. I will never forget. Thank you Oral!
posted by Obukohwo Pedro on Monday, January 4, 2010 8:04:22 AM
I have met Dr. Oral at the ORU University Open House Chapel Service 1985. He preached on the Seven Blessings in Tithing,(Mal.3). I have been a Partner since 1959 and now I have the oppotunity to be a DMin track student. Dr. Oral Robert's life and ministry has impacted my life and ministry in a wonderful way, especially in Seed Faith Giving and Receiving, The Holy Spirit in the Now Course and The Supernatural Power of Praying in Tongues with Interpretation, The 4th Man Sermon, etc. What A Powerful and Dynamic Hero of Faith! We will let his work, life, ministrey and legacy continue. A Big KUDOS to his Beloved wife Sister Evelyn, who walked beside him all the way. God Bless Robert, Roberta and the rest of his family, and All WE his extended family to carry on for him.
posted by Rev. Edna B. Simpson on Sunday, January 3, 2010 7:46:01 AM
Oral Roberts has really imparted my life in so many ways. l did not know him personally but his faith, life and what he preached really affected me. l came to know God in an intimate way by his TV program in the 1970's in Ghana. He was very generous to many believers in Africa Ghana by sending us free ministry books on Faith, Giving and receiving and many more. l became born-again and a minister of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ because of his ministry. He has many years be my example. May he rest in peace rejoicing in the Master Lord Jesus's presence, for in His presence there is fulness of joy forevermore..! God bless all his family, Ministry and may his works follow him. Amen!
posted by Rev. Peter Clement on Thursday, December 31, 2009 5:47:54 AM
If there is anybody the books of Father Oral Robert has made impact in his life, I think I am that person. His books were practical and personnal in my life that I shall live never to forget him through his books. I srongly believe he has fought the good fight and has finished his course in life. What is left is his reward in heaven. Minister Igbe, Ndubuisi, from Nigeria.
posted by Min Igbe, Ndubuisi on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 3:32:27 PM
Oral Roberts was a very precious man of God. I'm disappointed the secular media didn't talk about his death more. As a kid I appreciated his Sunday morning programs and his prime time specials. In old age he seemed as precious as ever. I'm glad Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn and Billy Graham appreciated him also. I find myself bothered and saddened that he's actually gone. I trust his soul is in heaven rejoicing with his lovely wife Evelyn.
posted by Stephen Harris on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 1:57:50 PM
God Bless the Oral Roberts Family. From the time my granma sat me on the floor to watch Oral roberts with her when was a child of 3 years old, I loved this man of God. I learned the word from him and how to read and enjoy the Bible from him.I learned how to pray for people and lay hands on them and have faith that God would heal them. I love Oral Roberts. When my middle son ran up the steps to tell me that he had passed, I naturally weeped out loud because i was awakened from my sleep by my son, he knew how important this man was to me.I always told my sons he was my first spiritual father , which in itself was something for a woman of color to tell the 3 sons.My prayers go out to the family the university. Kimberlee Bagdon Pittsburgh,Pa.
posted by Kimberlee bagdon on Sunday, December 27, 2009 12:50:33 AM
I love the man and his ministry. I have followed his ministry since the late 50's or early 60's. I have been his partner and my oldest son graduated from ORU in 1991. Our family have been guests at ORU for seminars and other events. I'm praising GOD for his servant. God is such a good GOD. GOD bless Oral's family.
posted by Jack and Mardell Morrison on Saturday, December 26, 2009 7:13:02 PM
I first met Oral Roberts at a tent revival in Anaheim,CA when I was only 13. Then I had the pleasure of meeting him and his beautiful wife Evelyn at my hospital in Newport Beach,CA where I work. How I thank God for that opportunity. I truly loved them both. They were the most humble 2 people in ministry and otherwise on the face of this earth showing God's love to everyone the met. Welcome home thy good and faithful servant Oral! Praying for Richard and Roberta also. May God sustain them!
posted by Karen on Saturday, December 26, 2009 4:21:46 PM
God Bless Oral Roberts and his family. He was a true example of service and humility and dedication to God.
posted by Gabriel Roland on Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:53:22 PM
I ALWAYS ENJOYED THE SPECIAL TV PROGRAMS THAT ORU TELEVISED FOR EASTER AND OTHER HOLIDAYS IN THE 1970'S. THEY WERE ALWAYS WONDERFUL AND UPLIFTING.
posted by FRAN BAGWELL on Saturday, December 26, 2009 12:52:14 PM
TO RICHARD, AND ROBERTA, BLESSED IS HE WHO DIES BY GODS HAND, OF OLD AGE, WHOSE PORTION IS ETERNAL LIFE, AND WITH HIS HIDDEN TREASURE HE FILLED HIS STOMACH,SATISFIED HIM WITH CHILDREN TO LEAVE THE ABUNDANCE TO THEIR OFFSPRING.THE ALMIGHTY GIRDED ORAL WITH STRENGTH,MADE HIS WAY FAUTLESS,HIS FEET LIKE HINDS,TRAINED HIS HANDS FOR WAR,AND HEALING,HIS ARMS TO BEND A BOW OF BRONZE, AND HE GAVE HIM THE SHIELD OF SALVATION. HE WILL ARISE IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD. MAY YOU HOLD TO THIS AND BE COMFORTED. ALL MY LOVE, ROBIN K. MILAN CHARTIN, (SISTER,FORMER STUDENT, AND DICIPLE)NOW A JEW LIVING IN ISRAEL
posted by SARAHRIVKAH CHARTIN on Thursday, December 24, 2009 4:13:12 AM
Oral was faithful to the task God gave him. He was not perfect, but God does not call the perfect, only the faithful. I will always be thankful for the ministry of Oral Roberts. He serves as great example for us all to work in God's Kingdom to the best of our abilities and to leave the victory to God. He persevered though the opposition of both friend and foe, as well as his own mistakes, to keep his eye on the vision. May we be faithful to continue the vision that God started with Oral Roberts.
posted by Randall LeBlanc on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:31:34 PM
The Whole World needed Oral Roberts,he was sent by God to help people to return to God or to stay with God. His Legacy continues through his family and the University.As he said"Something Good is going to happen to you"And God is a Good God.
posted by Joann on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:55:09 AM
I remember a story of President Roberts from one of his many crusades years ago. It was always understood that, after breakfast the team would leave him alone in his motel room to pray and prepare for the evening service. On this particular occasion, by the time chairman Bob DeWeese came to pick him up, Oral had the room a mess. Clothes were scattered in every direction. In a hurry, they left the room that way and headed off for the crusade. The meeting that night was a glorious success. However when Oral returned to the room he found the cleaning lady with her arms full of clothes. Placing the clothes into Oral's arms, she snorted "Preacher, you're making my life miserable!" Minutes later Bob DeWeese came back into the room to find Oral crying. "Bob" he said "I just realized how important the little things are."
posted by Howie Gardner on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:03:42 PM
First of all,I would to give thanks to our Heavenly Father,for everything which He did, which is doing and which He will continue doing in our lives, for to Him only belong glory, honour and adoration forever and ever amen.I also thank my Father for an opportunity ,He gave to me,to know brother Oral Roberts.Brother Oral was a man of good heart,loving heart and caring heart,thank God for this. I am going to miss my brother in this planet for a while, I know is in good,good hands,the place he always desire to be,but soon and very soon I will meet him in other side of the river, "Yes, shall we gather at the river,the beautiful, beautiful river,gather with the Saints at the river, that flow form the Throne of God." May your soul rest in peace with your Lord Jesus Christ.Amen
posted by Joyce Alphonce on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:39:15 PM
Brother Roberts planted a seed in the Native American communities of SW Oklahoma when my grandfather attended one of the healing services and saw a man healed of deafness. I was privileged to graduate from ORU many years later.
posted by April Yeahquo Johnson on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 12:36:40 PM
I am so exicted for Bro. Oral Roberts as he reaps his rewards of a lifetime of working for God. I know Richard and Lindsey are sad but excited too. Oral Roberts will be missed. I grew up in Canada watching Oral Roberts Ministry on TV. My mom always watched his program. Now that I live in Tulsa and have met some of the family members you know the impact of this man on their lives. I am so happy to be able to know that faith in God works, God still heals and grants miracles. I have wintessed many of these during the past year. I can honestly say I learned how through the ministry of Oral Roberts. God bless the family at this time. Lindsey, you know I pray for you daily you mighty woman of God.
posted by Ellen Carroll on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:02:22 AM
Brother Roberts ministry and life were such a great witness to me in my spiritual growth. My heart was always touched by his unwaivering faithfulness, commitment and obedience to bring God's message of healing to the world. Now that he is done sowing seeds, it's our time to water them and see God bring the increase. I'm struck by this final vision: the Lord is holding brother Roberts in his arms today saying "well done my good and faithful servant, well done".
posted by William Napoleone on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:58:09 AM
Oral Roberts was truly one of God's Generals. I thank God for Chancellor Roberts obedience to the Lord. My daughter graduated from ORU. As the scripture reads, on Orals praying hands at the main entrance,my daughter truly grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. She met and married a young man she graduated with from ORU. What a great beginning for both of them! An anointing imparted that has equipped them for a wonderful future in the Lord. My heartfelt sympathy goes to the Roberts family but we rejoice in knowing that we will all be reunited in Glory!
posted by Joyce Schneider on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 1:55:25 AM
Oral Roberts was truly a General and a Leader among leaders in the body of Christ. My condolences to the Roberts entire family, during this time of grief. All my life I watched as this mighty man of God, allowed God himself use Brother Oral to change the face of Christianity in America and then the world. As Brother Oral has now gone on to glory and spending his days with His lovely wife Evelyn and Our Lord Jesus. Brother Richard Roberts no will walk in the anointing of His father & carry on his legend. Amen. Pastor Owen A. Ward Sr. Melbourne, Fl.
posted by Pastor Owen A. Ward Sr. on Monday, December 21, 2009 10:32:38 PM
Oral Roberts is remembered by me as a small child. I watched him on television with my mother and family. I always loved to here him on the tv because he always sounded so sincere about his love for God and that is what impressed my about him. I will truely miss him and look forward to seeing him again in Glory. My condolenses to the family.
posted by Victoria Boltin on Monday, December 21, 2009 10:07:52 PM
Oral was able to really move people with his devotion to God and he was truely speaking with the Gift of The Holy Spirit. God Bless you all.
posted by Dorothy on Monday, December 21, 2009 9:17:37 PM
My brother and I always watched for many years. Oral was a great man. Richard you are helping people just as your father did. God Bless you and your family.
posted by Ida on Monday, December 21, 2009 9:14:29 PM
I believe that Oral Roberts truly was one of the great pillars of the Christian faith. My attendance at ORU and exposure to his teachings truly blessed my life.
posted by Stanley Johnson ORU alum on Monday, December 21, 2009 8:59:12 PM
I am grateful for my time and ORU and saddened the world did not understand the man. I wrote a more lengthy tribute to Pres. Roberts, should you like to read it. http://janewayneinmontana.blogspot.com We who encountered this man of God were truly better for it.
posted by Linda Trimmer -Annalora on Monday, December 21, 2009 4:39:26 PM
Richard and Roberta, I first saw Oral Roberts on our black and white TV in the 50's as a young boy. I am the same age as you, Richard...60. My mother would make my brother and I turn off the TV when your Dad came on...she thought he was a fanatic. But when she left the room, my brother and I would turn the TV back on to Oral. We were drawn to what your Dad had to say and his ministry, as very young boys. My brother and I were the first to get saved in our family and for many years were the only ones saved and baptized in the Holy Ghost...we, too, were Methodists. I have served God (as well as my brother) through these many years and, now, my (our) daughters had the opportunity to attend and graduate from ORU and one son-in-law. Thank God for your Dad, Oral Roberts. The seed of his ministry changed our lives. And, yes, my Mother did finally walk the aisle at the Mabee Center and was gloriously saved at the age of 85! She is now in heaven and I am sure is, personally, thanking your Dad for being obedient to the voice of God.
posted by Phil & Sally Yust on Monday, December 21, 2009 4:30:48 PM
It was my honor to be a student at ORU (1981-85,87) and later graduate in 1988 with a theology degree. Upon my arrival, Richard Roberts met with students and explained that it was a “privilege and not a right to attend ORU” and I agreed with that. The first time I met President Roberts was during a chapel service. I came in looking for a good seat, but it appeared that the chapel was full. An usher noticed me looking around and asked if I wanted “the best seat in the house.” Naturally, it was on the front row sitting right in front of President Roberts. Well, I was so close that sometimes I noticed he was looking over at me. That alone made me kind of nervous and it was a little difficult to concentrate on what was being said by the chaplain. As soon as the service seemed over, he quickly jumped out of his chair, went over and grabbed the microphone and came down some little stairs to where I was sitting. He pointed to me (and others) and said: “Hop up! I want you five sitting right here to stand up.” He then held the microphone right in front of me and asked: “What did you hear him say?” He was referring to the message that day which, fortunately, I had been trying to paying attention to, but I was so nervous now! I think I started shaking some. Here was Oral Roberts suddenly standing right beside me with a microphone in front of thousands! That usher wasn’t kidding, right? He seemed so tall and bigger than life. I said something he thought was funny and the crowd laughed when he did. After that, everybody wanted to hang around me and be my friend. I was always distracted from whatever I was doing or thinking when President Roberts was nearby. Like many others, I had adopted him as my spiritual grandfather and while many took the liberty of calling him “Oral,” I always addressed him as “President Roberts” and I took every opportunity to be with him. I was inwardly hoping that what he had would somehow rub off on me. Thankfully, I think some of it did. Through the years, I would have many opportunities to pray with and talk to him briefly about all sorts of topics and during the time I spent at ORU, Oral planted seeds in my life that I have harvested as a continual crop since. I still have two bibles that he sent to me with his personal thoughts and signatures written inside by his own hand. The last time I spoke to him was after chapel on November 18, 1987 in the Mabee Center when he posed for a picture with me. I asked him how I would know God’s voice and he quickly remarked: “You’ll know.” And with a final smile he turned and left. Today, I just want to say - Oral, thanks for everything. Thanks for being a role model and spiritual father to me. Thanks for building ORU and for bringing such incredible people together there. I’m still learning from you.
posted by David Burl Morris, Oral Roberts University Graduate (1988) from High Point, NC on Monday, December 21, 2009 4:22:42 PM
I am not an alumni of his great university, but of his tent ministry back in the early 50's in St.Louis, Mo.. My grandparents raised me due to my serious illnesses, and the Doctors had given up and said there was nothing they could do. Granma and Grandpa believed that Oral Roberts through God could and would heal me and here I am today 57 years old, thanks to my Father in heaven and Oral Roberts. I grew up and listened to Oral Roberts and he has once again saved my life and gave me eternal life with my Father Jesus Christ. So that is twice or two times Oral Roberts not only saved my life, but gave me life for eternity. I send my deepest Sympathies to all whom this great man touched, as we all will surely miss him and are saddened to have lost his presence here doing what only he could do, but we know we will meet up with him again, and that he is with our Lord continuing to serve. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and close friends as well, God Bless You All. Rejoice in his memory !
posted by Cynthia L.Ogle Hollingsworth on Monday, December 21, 2009 3:36:22 PM
Today we celebrate the Life and Legacy of a true general of the faith! I remember attending Oral Roberts University when he was the president. What a kind and gentle spirit. I recall him coming to the Athletic Center while the Titans Basketball team was practicing and he set right next to me, and I remember being speechless. I shall forever be greatful for the expereince and impartation I recieved from this mighty ministry. Sir, Well done thou good and faithful servant, you may now rest from your labor. Condolences to the entire Roberts family and ORU student body.
posted by Pastor Keith Vincent -Nashville on Monday, December 21, 2009 2:03:19 PM
I am one of Oral Roberts' great nieces and had the amazing pleasure of meeting him for the first time in 1999 at his niece's/my Grandmother's funeral. Uncle Oral was one of the kindest and generous people I have ever met. He spent time with each of the family members he had yet to meet, as well as those he knew very well to give us all strength during such a difficult loss. Uncle Oral was a great man, who did a lot of good for many people throughout his life time and will continue to do so from heaven.
posted by Megan Schnaible on Monday, December 21, 2009 12:38:55 PM
I am sixty eight years. My mom went to a tent Crusade in Billings Montana. In service she found Jesus. Since then our whole family has experienced Christ.I have preached for fifty years in many countries and across the U.S.as an Evangelist and Pastor as have family mewmbers. THANK GOD for ORAL!!!
posted by Eddie Stedtfeld on Monday, December 21, 2009 12:11:13 PM
May The Lord be with The Roberts family during these times of grief. My condolences are with all who loved this Man of God. He will be truly missed and loved by many always.
posted by Owen Ward Sr. on Monday, December 21, 2009 11:11:31 AM
Very sorry to hear of the homegoing of Bro. Oral. He was a special man & I know he is having a wonderful Christmas in Heaven with his beautiful wife Evelyn. May God Bless you all with special memories & His Peace & give you all a hug at this sad time. God Bless. Keep Trusting Jesus. Love & Prayers, Gary W. Holmes,II of Elkton, MD. & Family
posted by Gary W. Holmes, II & Family, Elkton, MD. on Monday, December 21, 2009 10:52:51 AM
We are deeply sadden to learn of Pastor, teacher,healer and friend to many passing, I thank you, God for Oral Roberts, I know your Son, The Lord Jesus Christ better because of his early tv ministry. I love the song ;"Something Good is going to happen to You". their theme song for years.To his family and University you all Stay in the middle of the lane now and hold his work in deep respect of God and oral's labor,keep it holy and true to the Lord and he will direct your furture, well beyond the 2070. Amen
posted by WalterleeGeorge Gates on Monday, December 21, 2009 10:45:06 AM
As an elementary student, I watched the TV show and wrote him letters believing that he wrote me back and sent me plaques and prayer cloths just for me. And I dreamed of attending ORU. Thank you, Chancellor Roberts. Thank you for listening and obeying the Lord's call. My faith became rooted and grounded while I studied to receive a BA and MA at the university. What a wonderful priviledge to have been part of God's University. What a tremendous responsibility we as graduates have, to fulfill our part of God's call. What a joyous homecoming there must be for such a faithful servant.
posted by Tanja (Organ) Wallace '84 & '97 on Monday, December 21, 2009 10:32:13 AM
I am a prospective student to Oral Roberts University for spring 2010. I was struck with shock and utmost dilemma when I read the announcement of the death of great Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts was a major influence in the twenty first century.I have really admired him all these years. He has been a mentor to me all these years through his books. I don't think I will ever forget him. I was patiently waiting to see eye to eye with him when I am admitted to Oral Roberts University this coming January 2010. But I believe we will have enough time to talk when we meet at the other side of life. May his soul rest in perfect peace in the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ. I am from Ghana. when
posted by IMMANUEL GABRIEL on Monday, December 21, 2009 10:04:41 AM
Our Spiritual Grand Pa,an obedient servant of the Most High, has gone to meet with the Saviour that he loved here on earth, your wisdom, faith and anointing remain with us here , we love you so much. Rest in perfect peace-One of God's GENERAL
posted by Michael ALUKO- Nigeria on Monday, December 21, 2009 6:23:37 AM
God's Mercy, Grace and Blessings during this time... Trust the "Jesus" that Oral so loved... just simply TRUST JESUS!!!
posted by Marilyn Patton on Monday, December 21, 2009 4:59:41 AM
I salute the memory of Oral Roberts. God has him now. God used him here. We are praying for the entire family.
posted by Calvin on Monday, December 21, 2009 1:18:25 AM
I am from Sri Lanka. My cousin Suan Lai Chyi attend ORU first(1981). I followed and my brother Lai Ching (1989)and sister Mimi (1990) and also my wife Carol (1998) attended ORU. ORU gave me a head start in life. The years at ORU are the most valuable and formative years in my life. Without ORU's support non of us would be what we are today. I worked as a student manager at the Mabee Center kitchen and prepared food for Oral and his Ministry. Oral always greeted me and remembered me and asked "How is your family in Sri Lanka" I admired and respected Oral for his humility. I am indebted to this great man. Sun Lai Yung (1988)
posted by Sun Lai Yung on Monday, December 21, 2009 12:44:17 AM
i used to watch Oral Roberts on tv in Sierra Leone, West Africa since the early 1980's. sometime around 1989 or so, i had such terrible tonsils that i could not talk and had to be admitted in hospital. The doctors did all they could and my tonsils would not open up. i called the ORU prayer line and asked that a prayer cloth be sent to me. i waited in faith, the prayer cloth arrived while still in hospital. i followed the instructions to lay the cloth on my throat and prayed the prayers in obedience, i was healed completely. not only did i get the immediate healing, but i have never again suffered from that illness. I am now in the USA and i deeply miss Oral Roberts. i always wanted to meet him. i feel so sad right now but i know that he has done his best, now we as believers must do the rest. Rest in Peace Oral
posted by Pastor Matilda Kamara on Sunday, December 20, 2009 5:19:33 PM
This is a video of Revival ministry, the Holy Spirit and Pastor Ricardo Rodriguez, pass them all and veanlo, publiquenlo masivamiente by facebook God bless ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxv90iQVGPo
posted by hopeheal on Sunday, December 20, 2009 4:40:43 PM
Now he has all the answers to all the questions. What a great time to celebrate.
posted by c on Sunday, December 20, 2009 4:25:01 PM
I have always respected Oral Roberts, and my time at ORU has profoundly affected my life and ministry. As one little light for HIM, my husband and I have lived, ministered and worked in Germany for 20 years. It is wonderful that ORU is continuing to train its students to take God's light into dark places.
posted by Joy Miller Marx, graduate of ORU in 1982 on Sunday, December 20, 2009 2:24:29 PM
Thanks to President Roberts, I was drawn into a personal relationship with Jesus. As a student at ORU, he taught about the Holy Spirit and my eyes were open on how to accept Christ into my heart. I thank God I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with such a man of God.
posted by Kyle Avery on Sunday, December 20, 2009 1:46:29 PM
Today I lost a man that I was extremely privileged to call a friend as a young, impressionable man in college. Even though I haven’t seen or spoken to him in almost 25 years, to this day he is one of the most admired men I have ever met. He was like a Father to me in college, and a hero ever since. If I could only accomplish, in my life, but a small fraction of what this one single man has, I would have immeasurable treasures. If I could positively inspire in my life, but a small fraction, the number of people that this one individual has, I would still impact millions. He was a friend, a mentor, an inspiration and he was a hero to me. To this day, I still have my Mothers copy of “A Daily Guide to Miracles” It is marked with notes and tears from my Mother. It even has prayers she wrote for me to always keep my faith and “believe in miracles” This man instilled in me the faith to believe what I didn’t see, what I couldn’t hear and what I couldn’t understand. He taught me to trust and to always “believe in a miracle”. Words simply cannot describe what an impact this man has had on my life. I assure you that I would not be the man I am today if not for what this man invested into me and millions of other young students at a place called Oral Roberts University. Today I thank God for a man named Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts was one of the brilliant spiritual lights of the 20th century and a giant of the Christian faith. At the core of his legacy is a great university that bears his name. Like millions worldwide, I am mourning his passing and am grateful for his visionary life and contributions. Please join me in prayer for the Roberts family.
posted by Barry Rogers on Sunday, December 20, 2009 10:39:03 AM
As an ORU alumnus, I am eternally grateful to my heavenly Fahter for the day that He prompted me to enroll at ORU. Chancellor Roberts' legacy of "make no small plans here;" his healing ministry; his wholistic view of humanity; hunger to see people transformed by going into each person's world to win the lost at any cost, have all impacted me in a tremendous way. Therefore his legacy lives on in my ministry and the work that I do. I give God thanks for His life and ministry and convey my condolences to his family, friends, loved ones, students,supporters faculty and staff. We rejoice in the life that he has lived along with the great cloud of witnesses that have cheered him on and have welcomed Him to his eternal rest with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May his soul rest in perpetual peace.
posted by Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis on Sunday, December 20, 2009 10:34:01 AM
Thank you Oral Roberts: As a high school graduate, the Lord came upon me and called me to go to ORU. My parents agreed and sent me. I majored in Biology in preparation for medical school. After graduation I experienced a supernatural call to the ministry. Years later while living and ministering in Europe, I questioned the Lord about why I didn't go directly into the ministry, and instead had to go through four years of what looked like an expensive detour. The Lord's answer was forceful and immediate. "What did I tell Oral?" God said to me. Instantly I knew......"Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is seen dim, My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased." God further said to me, "I called you to ORU not for biology. I called you so you would be a fulfillment of my call upon Oral Roberts." Now years later I am living and ministering in the Middle East, a really dark place today. God's words still shake me and make me much more aware of who Oral was to God, and what his life was really all about....am I am eternally grateful.
posted by Larry Jones class of '74 on Sunday, December 20, 2009 7:46:28 AM
I am a graduate of Oral Roberts University, class of 1980. Chancellor Roberts is with the Lord and I am rejoicing at his homegoing and praying that his family receive God's peace at this time.
posted by Marybeth Zurzolo on Sunday, December 20, 2009 2:00:13 AM
HE FINISHED HIS COURSE! HALLELUJAH!
posted by LOUVENIA DUNCAN on Saturday, December 19, 2009 11:50:36 PM
During the 70s and early 80s I went to two denominational churches that did not believe that healing is for today. They taught things that were not in agreement with the Bible. I would show passages in the Bible that were not in agreement with what was being taught. I was basically told that those Bible passages didn’t really mean what they said. In the summer of 1982 I came across Oral Roberts’ TV show and started watching. I discovered that Oral preached right in line with the Word of God. Everything inside me just screamed “Finally! Somebody who agrees with what the Bible says!” It was my pleasure to come to Tulsa in 1991 and attend ORU. It treasure my 5 years at ORU. It was a joy to be there in the chapel services to hear Oral preach. It was in an ORU chapel service when I discovered what God’s call on my life really is. Thank you Oral for being true to the Lord, and to His calling on your life, and of course to His Word. Thank you for the legacy that you have left us. Thank you.
posted by Tammy Porter - class of 96 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 7:07:12 PM
Dear Brother Robert you have done the best and glorious job in deed, not in USA but for the hole worled I am from africa a country that never heard Gospel Eritrea but through your anointed books of hope and faith your teaching and God's miracle in your life helped me to became a preacher and pastor by God's grace. Thank you
posted by Dan on Saturday, December 19, 2009 6:41:51 PM
Brother Roberts, May he be welcomed with open arms and celebration in the Kingdom of Heaven. I am so very grateful for his service and devotion to God. May I have the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear him strongly and gently speak to me as He did Brother Roberts. May we continue establishing a legacy of reaching those which God loves with the message of love, grace and forgiveness; in every man's world. To the students, staff, and faculty, keep his memory strong as you develop into the wonderful Body and Bride of Christ that Bro. Roberts envisioned each of us to become. Peace and grace to the Roberts family and loved ones.
posted by Durwood R Snead, Jr. on Saturday, December 19, 2009 6:29:59 PM
Brother Roberts, the rock, the pillar. You have been such a source of strength for me. I am eternally thankful and grateful for you.
posted by Zoe K. D. Lee on Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:50:59 PM
I grew up in Tulsa and never wanted to go to ORU. When I finally did end up at ORU my junior year I was delighted. The factulty and education I received was above par. I have gone on to law school now and far exceed my classmates, because of the strong foundation and study habits I learned at ORU. I know that ORU has a lot of "crazy" rules, or at least they seem that way to outsiders, but those rules build character. I am saddened to see Oral go on to heaven, but I rejoice in knowing that he is with his maker.
posted by Miriam Sweetin on Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:01:36 PM
I really enjoyed my education there. The Lord gave me such a desire to go to school at Oral Roberts University when I moved to Tulsa years ago when I was very young. But because of things happening all around me, it looked impossible. But God kept the "fire" burnng and opened the doors that made it possible. Oral Roberts must have been doing something right with God or God would not have performed so many miracles in order for me to be able to go to school there. When I saw God open doors and performed so many miracles in my life, it drew me so much closer to Him and made my life more fruitful. Only a school that is planted by God and is in complete line with His plan for my life would God make possible fo me to go to. Oral Roberts obviously was working with God's plan. Many miracles continued to happen as I went to shaool there. This has made a significant change in my life and I will never forget it; to God be the glory.
posted by Elizabeth Tichacek- 96 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:41:48 PM
As a member of the ORU class of '70 I was struck by Oral's genuine openness to others and his refusal to be too easily defined politically or religiously. At chapel and in his tv specials he included as his guests a number of people whom other evangelicals and charismatics might be uncomfortable hosting. Oral seemed to be warm and gracious to all of them, never putting any of them on the spot. Although Oral expressed with great passion his accountability before God, God to him did not seem to be a God of wrath or of severe judgment. Oral communicated to us those words from a favorite song, "God is a good God." Perhaps best of all for me, Oral let us know that God was concerned with "the whole man": God wants to get the life of heaven into us now just as much as he wants to get us into heaven. And now, by the grace and mercy of God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--he is now enjoying the presence of God along with all others who have been, and will be, faithful to Jesus Christ.
posted by David Cressman, DMin, ORU '89 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:34:51 PM
I remember watching Mr. Roberts on b&w tv when he was doing his tent meetings as a child. I thought wow...what miracler are being done by this man...when all along it was God working through him. I will never forget Mr. Roberts in the early days. There was a connection there because he use to studder real bad and I did too. But God healed us both of studdering, that was years and years ago. Now your home where you belong...I bet you and dad Hagen are talkin up a storm.
posted by Lynne W. on Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:28:39 PM
Chancellor Roberts message of Seed Faith changed my life forever! I have practice these principles since listening to him teach them at ORU and right up to this time in my life. His standard of excellence has guided my life as a student at ORU and in every aspect of my life since leaving ORU. He will remain apart of my life as long as I live! I have shared his Seed Faith Principles with everyone I met since leaving ORU these fourteen years. I am honored to have sat under his teaching and experienced his standard of leadership. I thank God for his life and ministry, for without him I donot think I would have achieved what I have today. As Chancellor Roberts provided an opportunity for me to realize my dream of higher education and the rest is history. I am forever greatful! I will continue his message of the Gospel and endeavor to affect change in my generation like he did in his. I know God his already rewarded him in Heaven. He has run his race and finished his leg of the race and his legacy will live on for generation to come! My prayers are with his family and ORU. Love Judy.
posted by Judy L Simmons Class of 1995 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 1:11:29 PM
A Man Who Knows His Position While serving in the Cabinet I attended a White House Luncheon attended by a large number of America’s religious leaders. There were Roman Catholic priests, Bishops and Cardinals, Greek Orthodox Priests, Rabbis, Methodist leaders, Presbyterian leaders plus all the other known leaders of religion in the nation. Of course, the easily recognized ones were there, like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Bill Bright and the head of the Southern Baptist convention. Those of us ‘in the know’, always smiled at how easy it was to get attention and a crowd at the White House. All you had to do was have the White House telephone operator call and say to the recipient, “The President would like you to ___________.” With that one sentence the captains of industry, the leaders of the labor unions, and the governors of the states would drop what they were doing, change their schedules and come to Washington or where ever the president asked. They all said something to the effect, “When the President calls you have a duty to _______.” As I sat in that luncheon, I looked over the crowd and thought even religious leaders are driven by the desire to be known and to be seen in places of power. Power seems to be an alluring force that few can resist. It has been my achilles heel. I, too, was thrilled to be there. I “worked the crowd” before and after the luncheon. I liked meeting the religious leaders of the nation. I already knew many of the political leaders. As I took inventory of who I had seen and with whom I had visited, I realized that the one big name I had not seen was Oral Roberts. When I returned to my office I placed a call to our friend and the President of the university where our kids were attending. When Oral came to the phone I explained that I had just come from the luncheon with all the religious leaders and had missed him. I told him that I could secure for him an invitation to the next such event and that I would like to see him included in such activities. (In my opinion, if there ever was a person deserving recognition as a religious leader it was Oral Roberts.) Oral responded, “Jim, I received the invitation. God has not called me to that type of ministry.” And, he changed the subject. He started talking about something else. I was stunned. Here was a man who did not seek the acclaim of the powerful or the mighty. He did not need to be seen or acknowledged by political or other religious leaders. He was content to be used of God, in what ever capacity God called him. He knew his position in Christ. He was a humble man and thus powerful. I admire and honor Oral Roberts.
posted by James G. Watt former Sec of the Interior for Reagan on Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:51:01 AM
Oral Roberts could easily be considered to be (along with Billy Graham) one of the most legendary preachers of 20th century America. I was a little Baptist girl who transferred to Oral Roberts University in the 1980 and learned about God's gifts of the Spirit, which are still alive today. Attending ORU revolutionized my life, changing it forever. I love what the University did for me, and what Oral's huge faith did for mine. ORU is a very special place! I also met my husband at there, and we have been involved in ministry ourselves, for years. I am so grateful for President Roberts and his life-long ministry, and he will be missed. God bless his family at this time, but may his legacy live on forever.
posted by Sheila Ninowski on Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:04:21 AM
Thank you very much for the seed faith principle.This has totally revolutionalized our lives.You are now with the Lord.
posted by gram on Saturday, December 19, 2009 9:45:29 AM
ORAL ROBERTS, God bless you for what you have done in this world. You have touched so many lifes and also fulfilled the purpose of your life. You have had a great impact on my life. I thank God that I came to ORU! I will also live to fulfill my purpose. Thank you and enjoy christmas with the angels, GOD, Evelyn, Bill Joe and all your great freinds in heaven. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
posted by Philipa on Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:00:26 AM
Well, President Roberts (for that's how we knew him) got home. Safe and sound. My life was changed at ORU. From Holy Spirit in the Now as an undergrad to seeing patients at the City of Faith as a medical student...I am not the same because of my foundations from ORU. I have moved on and away from Tulsa in these last years, but remain a kingdom girl - praying for my patients in my small family practice in Ohio; raising my sons with my husband - also an ORU and ORUSOM grad. Ever thankful for the heritage that Chancellor Oral Roberts established. We send our fondest and most respectful regards.
posted by Anne McPherren Smith Stover, MD on Saturday, December 19, 2009 7:56:20 AM
I only applied to one college, ORU. I chose ORU because of the vision of Oral Roberts for a Whole Man Education. I felt the call of God on my life to serve Him as wife of a fulltime minister of the gospel. I needed to know how to live a life wholly dedicated to Christ in every area while still being fruitful in a secular society. My education at ORU modeled for me how to truly be salt and light in this world. My prayers and love go out to the Roberts family. Because of Oral's vision and obedience, everyone in my family is a graduate of ORU, '78, '81, '06, '08. I am eternally grateful for Oral Roberts.
posted by Sharon Bunting Davis on Saturday, December 19, 2009 7:42:27 AM
God sent me to Oral Roberts University and I graduated in 1996 with a degree in Christian Counseling. Those years changed my spiritual life. I am presently pursuing my doctorate and it's all because God gave Oral Roberts the vision to build a university. I so thank God for him hearing and obeying. His messages still reverberate in my spirit. Izola Wineglass Jones
posted by Izola Wineglass Jones on Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:26:03 AM
I am deeply thankful for and indebted to the obedience of Oral Roberts. My prayers and sympathy are with the Roberts family. "O God, who by the resurrection of your Son Jesus destroyed death, grant your servant Oral Roberts the joy of your eternal presence."
posted by Jim Hart. '81 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:16:22 AM
Well, now he knows the Truth Face to face. I've had nothing but compassion and forgiveness for him for quite some time. Rest in Peace, vita mutator, non tollitor.
posted by Bill on Friday, December 18, 2009 11:01:57 PM
I remember watching Oral Roberts on TV back in the early 70's. Then my oldest sister and my other older sister went to ORU. So, of course, I went there as well. I loved ORU. From the time I first saw the TV show in the 70's and heard the song, "Something Good is Going to Happen to You" to the time that I graduated from ORU in 1985. You could just feel that peace, the kind that only the Lord can give. Pres. Oral Roberts was the BEST!
posted by Stacey Cooper on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:28:43 PM
Brother Oral, You preached the word; You were instant in season, out of season; you reproved, rebuked, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. As you knew the time has come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; You knew that they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But we will watch in all things, we will endure afflictions, we will do the work of evangelist, We need to make full proof of our ministries and individual callings. For you are now offered, and the time of your departure has come. You have fought a good fight, you have finished your course, you have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give you: and not to you only, but unto all us also that love his appearing. Adieu Brother Oral. We will see you shortly!
posted by Leon Oguh on Friday, December 18, 2009 8:01:26 PM
While I was at ORU, Chancellor (then President) Roberts had a major impact on my life. He put the truths of scripture into easily remembered phrases such as: "Something good is going to happen to you", "Expect a miracle!", "Breakthrough from heaven in '77"(for us old-timers), and "God won't be late in '78". He reminded me daily that God is greater than anything I will ever face. If Oral Roberts thought having successors was a key of having success, he made it. Thousands of us are working full-time for Jesus, with power, because of the ministry and obedience of this wonderful man. What a party there must have been in Heaven when he walked in the gate!
posted by Bill Meenk (1982) on Friday, December 18, 2009 7:47:15 PM
A wonderfully caring, great man has gone. Though I had the pleasure of participating in many partners meetings and the honor of sitting under him in person for "Holy Spirit in the Now" classes, I shall most remember him for coming into the cafeteria, asking to sit down with us and listening intently - not only to what we were discussing, but also what the Lord was telling him about us. He might have asked one or two questions, but his beautiful eyes showed the care he had for all of us - his lambs. Then, with a great bear hug, he would quietly go his way. It was this true humility which spoke volumes - a man who knew the great power of God and flowed in it, but realized it was God and not him; a man who never forgot his humble roots nor the heart of a small town pastor. He will be greatly missed. Yet, he lives in the many lives he has forever changed.
posted by Tina - class of 1978 on Friday, December 18, 2009 6:58:14 PM
Dispite the doubting of the world, dispite the ridicule of scoffers, and dispite the evil spoken of him, Oral Roberts obeyed the voice of God and carried out God's charge upon this earth. I will forever be grateful for the charge to Go Into Every Man's World. I am especially grateful for the Roberts family sharing their ministry, their marriage relationship and their practical walk of faith with us. What a mentor, what a Christian, what a legacy of love, thankyou!
posted by Patty Jacobsen, ORU Grad 2003 (M.A.) on Friday, December 18, 2009 6:18:49 PM
I am an 1987 Graduate of the School of Theology and Missions. Oral Roberts has been such a deep part of my walk with the LORD. God gave us, who have been touched by his life, a great gift of HIS Calling and sending. He was obedient to the end and surley has heard the Words of our Saviour say..."well done thou good and faithfull servant enter thou into the joy your LORD." I will treasure the memories and guard the faith delivered....
posted by Don Goodwin on Friday, December 18, 2009 6:14:04 PM
Just last week I learned of the death of President Oral Roberts, who apparently died at the age of 91 after a fall and a bout with Pneumonia. Last Thanksgiving he sat with his all his children and told them that he was ready to go and unbeknownst to him his wish was granted. I attended his University, so named after him, from 1981-1985. And while I only met the man twice I feel deeply indebted to him for the impact he had on my life. I saw him the last time at his 90th birthday celebration and at that time he said he was on his last journey in life. He was successful in starting up a state- of- the- art dental school in 1978 where just 4 years later I would be accepted to earn my dental degree. It is not merely the degree that I gained there but much more. It was because of his teachings of the Whole Man Concept...Mind, Body, and Spirit that I have built such a focus on those parts of my life. I have also incorporated many of those areas in my practice and encourage both our team and patients to participate in them. Oral taught me the power of prayer and healing as well. He commanded us to leave his University in Tulsa , Oklahoma and take the message of Christ and his resurrection to remote parts of the world…”where His voice is heard small”. I have been able to travel to remote parts of Jamaica, Russia and the Amazon Jungle to do just that. On one occasion in Jamaica I followed the instructions of Oral and layed my hands upon a deaf teenager. And within seconds her hearing was restored. The power of Christ should never be underestimated. And I thank President Roberts for forever changing my life.
posted by Douglas Daniels on Friday, December 18, 2009 6:13:20 PM
I am blessed to have known Oral and proud to be a graduate of ORU. OR had a genuine love for God, his wife and family and ORU and it's students. I had the opportunity one morning in early 1974 to walk across campus with him on the way to class and it was like we had been long time friends; he will be greatly missed at ORU but we will enjoy seeing him again in heaven someday; God Bless Oral and ORU!
posted by Thomas M. Carr on Friday, December 18, 2009 5:58:14 PM
I am a '09 graduate of Oral Roberts University. I remember when Chancellor Roberts came down in 2007 when things were changing at ORU. Every time he would get on the mic he would always start out by saying " Something good is going to happen today." I have been blessed by his teachings, books, and attending the University. I want to thank God for Chancellor Roberts' obedience to what God called him to you.
posted by Justina Houpe, Atl, Ga on Friday, December 18, 2009 5:54:02 PM
I was fortunate to be a charter member and one of the first graduates of the O.W. Coburn School of Law. Chancellor Roberts touched my life in so many ways. The education I received at the University is the very foundation for my practice of law. I still have the bible Chancellor Roberts gave me when I graduated. While his death saddens me I know that he is resting in our Father's arms.
posted by Leyser Q. Morris-Hayes on Friday, December 18, 2009 5:36:06 PM
Chancellor Oral Roberts. Wow! What a great impact this man and his vision has made on me and the world. His life prints are indelibly written on my heart and in my Spirit. When I came to ORU in 1999 as I was driving across highway 40 and getting closer to Tulsa and the ORU campus I felt an increase in the presence of God. I knew I was on the right road. As time continued, I pressed and continued to "make no small plans here (ORU)." I am going into every man's world. I am going where God's voice is heard small. I am taking God's healing power to the nations. One of my greatest mentors is now with the LORD and with his "darling wife Evelyn." Chancellor Roberts (Apostle) I miss you and you have done a great work and it is continuing through ORU staff and alumni. We mustn't come down. I am crying tears of both sadness because I will miss your godly spirit and tears of joy because you are where we all would like to be when our time comes.
posted by Daisy Yvonne Shotwell on Friday, December 18, 2009 5:30:38 PM
Chancellor Roberts, I haven't the words to describe how my time at ORU changed my life. I'm not sure such words exist. So I will just say thank you - for everything.
posted by C. Nicholas Fossett, Esq. - Class of 1995 on Friday, December 18, 2009 4:48:49 PM
Oral Roberts has always had a special place in my heart and he still does. The seed he planted has born great fruit in my life and in the world. Thanks be to God.
posted by Denise Rogers on Friday, December 18, 2009 4:19:09 PM
Oral Roberts was a man who preached about the Holy Spirit and His Ministry. I find it fitting that He should be received into Glory during the Christmas season and the Jewish festival of lights. The candles remind us of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. I heard the song "I'll be Home for Christmas" recently; Oral is Home for Christmas this year. What a wonderful reunion with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Merry Christmas, Oral and may the Lord give you His Perfect Joy forevermore.
posted by Marietta Alexander on Friday, December 18, 2009 3:43:06 PM
Aside from my own parents no one person has impacted my life more than Oral Roberts. I am still compelled by the charge to go where God's light shines dim and his power is not known. I know great rewards await Oral Roberts. I am proud to be a part of the Oral Roberts University Family. I pray that his family and friends will be comforted by the comfort that only God can provide. Love, Suzanne Estrella(Webb) Class of 1988
posted by Suzanne Estrella on Friday, December 18, 2009 3:40:29 PM
Thank you, President Roberts, for obeying the Lord with your whole life and founding such a great university that I had the privilege of graduating from in 1974. My time at ORU has given me a great foundation for my life. The world will miss him but he is now at his great reward.
posted by Judy Gourley on Friday, December 18, 2009 2:13:16 PM
BROTHER ROBERTS, we thank God for your life, obedience to the Lord, and fulfilling the call of God. Your BOOKS and the ABUNDANT LIFE MAGAZINE were instrumental in my young Christian life. I practiced SEED-FAITH and reaped the benefits. I met my wife at a Layman's Seminar at ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY, attended school there, and taught there. My three children attended there. Two married ORU graduates. My wife worked there, and my two daughters and son-in-law work there now. The PRAYER GARDENS are a favorite places to seek the Lord, and I've called the PRAYER TOWER when in need. I once worked for a business located in the CITY OF FAITH and our church held its services in the MABEE CENTER. The Lord placed me in Afghanistan for several years as part of the VISION to "Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is small and My healing power is now known, to go even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours and in this I am well pleased". To say your work and ministry have impacted our lives is an understatement; an intertwining is more like it. We rejoice in your homecoming to THE FOURTH MAN.
posted by Neal B on Friday, December 18, 2009 2:08:32 PM
As a senior in 1983 I was having a late lunch in the cafeteria one day when the President suddenly appeared and asked me if he could sit and eat with me. We had lunch together and it was like we were just friends. That next chapel service I prayed that God would truly allow me to go where His light is seen dim and His voice is heard small. Over a 26 year career in education I have worked with many young people needing Jesus and I always remember the day I had lunch with the President of ORU. Brett Smith, Class of 82
posted by Brett K. Smith on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:44:12 PM
As a 1989 graduate of ORU I had the opportunity to experience the minitry of President Roberts growing up in Louisiana and seeing his ministry on television and then as a student. Thank You Bro. Roberts for the message you presented to the World. Your faithfulness to the call impacted my life and the life of millions around the world. When I arrived on campus in 1986, I remeber sitting in a meeting regarding the summer missions program, and at that time a call and hunger for the nations was birthed into my heart. I always knew I wanted to help others and so pursued a degree in Social Work and Counseling. But, that day and throughout the next three years a desire to go to the four corners was birthed and because of the faithfulness of this ministry I am fulfilling that mandate. To the Family I send my sincerest condolescenes and thank you as well for all you have given to the cause of Christ. We will continue to take Christ's healing power to the nations of the earth. Thank you for giving to the Lord I am a life that was changed...
posted by Jackie Myles on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:36:43 PM
As a young boy in the late 60's, I used to watch reruns of his miracle services from the 50s and was fascinated with the power of God flowing through him. I also connected with him emotionally because he was put down and ostracized and still became somebody. As a child I was treated that way so I figured if OR could overcome with the power of God, so could I. Later in my teens I became a Christian and in my twenties I attended ORU, toured with music ministry groups, appeared on television crusades and did things most never do in a lifetime. He prayed for me one time after chapel and shortly after God brought my wife to me another student at ORU. We are now in full time music evangelistic ministry with our 4 children and my 16 year old Samuel preaches. None of this would not have happened if it were not for his influence on my early childhood. I am thankful for his obedience and faithfulness to God in not giving up when everything was against him. If he had, I may not have the family and ministry that I have now.
posted by Ken McCray on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:28:33 PM
I have two great memories about Chancellor Roberts' that constantly leave a mark on my life, even though I never personally met him. I remember all the nights while I attended in the 90 when I would just lie on the ground and look up at the Praying Hands. I would hear God encourage me that He can use anyone who is willing and obedient, just as Oral Roberts was. I always walked away so full of life and ready to follow God where He led. My second memory came in chapel services that He would visit. The OOOOOOvation that burst through the crowd was amazing. He was respected and loved by all the students, and when He spoke, we listened. Oral Roberts was anointed by God, and we were fortunate enough to stand in the presence of a true father of our faith.
posted by Daniel Tichota on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:28:13 PM
No one in Contemporary Christianity has impacted and influeced my life for Christ more than Oral Roberts. I came to the University as an eighteen year old boy, and a desire to serve God. I have had a special love and respect in my heart for him for all of these years. On 12-06-09 my dear mother went to be with the Lord, and I had the honor of presiding over her funeral service on 12-14-09. While speaking, I mentioned what an infuence Brother Roberts has been to me from a boy,and that my mothers favorite book, besides the Bible, was,"Christ in every book of the Bible," by Brother Roberts. This was a gift that I gave her, when I returned home from ORU. He was a true Champion of the Faith, and a God called Leader of the church of Christ.He is a Man of God, that will never be forgotten.
posted by Robert Fortunato on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:22:39 PM
As a 1977 graduate of ORU, I am grateful for the education I received and have used in establishing a Christian school for the Deaf and Deafblind in BogotĂˇ, Colombia, South America. Oral Roberts' faithfulness encouraged me many times during difficult moments and his writings have been a help to me over these 27 years in Colombia. May his vision be fulfilled as we carry the message of the Cross to the nations!
posted by Patti V. Jones on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:14:45 PM
I have always been very proud of the fact that I shared in the legacy of ORU for two short years in my young adult life. The experiences I had while a student have followed me ever since. Praise God for a man like Oral Roberts! I had the privilege to attend ORU while he was president where he was a constant source of support and inspiration to us students. Thank you, Oral, for giving your life to us! What a party must be taking place in heaven at this moment!
posted by Cyndi (Clark) Hemingway, Columbiaville, MI on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:12:59 PM
I was introduced to Chancellor Oral Roberts' ministry through the faith of my mother. On a cross country trip to California in 1975, she insisted that one of the stops would be at ORU. It was one of the highlights of our trip. We prayed in the Prayer Tower and took a tour of the campus. Years later, I attended a service that Oral Roberts held in Baltimore, MD. Our prayers are going out for the Roberts' family and the ORU family as well! We must continue to pray for our nation that as a people we will return to God. Another hero has gone on to be with the Lord!
posted by Stephanie Anderson on Friday, December 18, 2009 12:07:09 PM
Thank you Chancellor Roberts, for running the race without compromise; holding fast to what you knew was truth; always obeying the voice of the Lord to the best of your ability. Your passionate heart for the lost and your love for the students at ORU impacted me so much as a new Christian in 1984. As alumni parents, we now pass on the legacy to our first son who will attend next year and will come with the fire of the Holy Spirit and a heart to pray for revival. You will always be remembered in our hearts and your example will be passed on to future generations.
posted by Tracy and Lori Jackson on Friday, December 18, 2009 12:01:55 PM
I received a B.A. degree from Oral Roberts University in 1975.Next to receiving Christ as my Lord and Savior,Oral Roberts University was another milestone for my wife and I. With out Oral and the Professors at the university I would not be where I am today; a Methodist pastor,and Chaplain in the United States Air Force. I thank God and all who He placed in my life to accomplished this difficult task,especially Dr.Roberts and Richard his anointed son.I was not an A student,but thanks to the University I received a solid foundation to go out into the world and be a light for God.Oral and the University and all the professors help make this a great journey. And it continues to be a wonderful teaching for both my wife and myself and many others. We lost our son a little over a year ago by self affliction, the most devastating tragedy that can ever happen to a family. The teachings received from Oral Roberts University and from many others and especially God's Word we are able to be of help to many.It is hard but God is always there.We will miss a great man of God, no one will never know the impact this positive faithful man of God had on so many people. He will never be forgotten. AMEN
posted by Joe W. Heaton on Friday, December 18, 2009 11:25:31 AM
I remember Chancellor Oral Roberts one day said at an ORU chapel that God revealed to him that he was not the first one called to his ministry, that someone else had been called to it and passed on it. Well, Brother Roberts thank you for being faithful, now receive your reward! This former ORU student thanks you for your vision, tenacity, and love for souls. See you in heaven.
posted by Kim Markland on Friday, December 18, 2009 11:10:02 AM
As a graduate who remembers Oral Roberts since early childhood (even though raised in a Southern Baptist home), I always appreciated the fact that Oral stayed "on-message" that God is a GOOD God, that we were to "Expect a Miracle" and that no matter how difficult times are, "Something GOOD is going to happen to YOU!" I am so thankful I had the opportunity to study at ORU and learn to both "hear" and "go." I hope Larry Dalton was on Heaven's piano as Oral walked in the gate to welcome him home. I have a feeling that Heaven was particularly festive that day :-)
posted by Jeff McKissack on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:59:27 AM
I thank God for the way he works through the lives of men such as Chancellor Roberts. I was blessed to be able to attend ORU and met my wife there. It amazes me to think that a person who never personally met me could have had such an impact on my life.
posted by Bob Molby on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:55:20 AM
As a graduate of ORU(1976) what I remember most of Oral Roberts were two things: one was his tender love towards his wife, Evelyn. He showed great respect for her opinions and was careful to give her the opportunity to voice them. The second was the unwavering belief, even in the midst of great tragedy, that "God is a good God". This persevering assurance in the Almighty is a great legacy for us all.
posted by Julie (Van Loan) Stewart on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:54:30 AM
I honor Oral Roberts for his example of faith and faithfulness. I thank God for his life and his contribution to the whole church, as well as to my life and that of other alumni. I was privileged to be a co-worker as a faculty member. Now I count it an honor to be on the board of reference for the university bearing his name. These words from Hebrews 13:7-8 are fitting: "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (ESV)
posted by Arden C. Autry on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:52:40 AM
Oral Roberts has left us all with a rare and enduring spiritual legacy. God powerfully used this man to release faith into the earth and to stir the hearts of countless people. As a graduate of the university that bears his name, I am forever grateful to the Lord for the work He did in Brother Roberts' life. His departure is faith's final triumph.
posted by Dr. John Meade on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:44:45 AM
My first personal encounter with Rev. Roberts was in front of the disciplinary committee my freshman year at ORU. Two other guys were in trouble with me for having a boxing match in the athletic dorm while the basketball team was playing a road game. Chaplain Stamps was there at the fight also. I think he got in trouble with us. The men's dorm won the boxing match 3 to 2. Our heavy weight fighter saved the day for us. Evidently the athletes had been told not to do any fighting but we didn't know that. When brother Roberts walked into the room, before he ever sat down, he said, "do you realize I can send you boys home (expelled) with out even talking to you." Needless to say he had our attention. Thank God he didn't send us home. Another special encounter I had with Rev.Roberts was getting to pray for patients at the City of Faith with him. Brother Roberts was one of a kind, giant for God who made an impact on so many lives. When I came to ORU in 1968 I was headed in the wrong direction. By the end of my junior year ORU helped me turn my life around. I am truly gratefull for ORU, Roberta Roberts Potts, all the faculty at ORU and especially for Rev. Roberts. Thank God he was an obedient servant. Class of 72 & 80
posted by david wakefield on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:44:38 AM
As a child growing up in Pennsylvania, I would see Oral Roberts's program every Sunday morning as we got ready for church. By the time I was in 6th grade I had decided I wanted to attend ORU, as we had watched it being built on the TV program each week. Not only did I receive my bachelor's degree from ORU, but I also went on to teach in the English Dept. for a number of years. I have a deep love and respect for Oral Roberts, his family, and the mission and ministry of his life. My life is forever connected to the university and this ministry, and I have carried it on into "every man's world."
posted by Laura (Gwinner) Krohn on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:32:30 AM
Oral was a true man of God. There aren't many left from his generation anymore who have had such high standards in doing the work of the Lord and holding the kind of integrity his ministry has held to all these years. Men like Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, and Oral Roberts continued to serve God even when their health failed them and it is a beautiful thing to see men like these who were raised up in their youth and faithful in their old age. I hope the younger generation can look up to these evangelists in times when good men will be hard to find.
posted by Rafael on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:30:41 AM
As an alpha student at ORU I was privileged to attend a college perfectly suited for me and my particular needs. My thanks are to Oral, faculty and staff for helping me to get the push I needed to accomplish the goals God had for me.
posted by Blanton Seward on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:18:02 AM
Chacellor Roberts profoundly affected the lives of all who knew him. His teachings on healing and the Holy Spirit now have been integrated into our thinking. His insights were truly unique. My life was never the same after attending and graduating from ORU.
posted by Jerry Dixon on Friday, December 18, 2009 10:13:28 AM
My name is Dave Mallender from Soul Winners UK and I am so gateful for the inspiration of Oral Roberts and also the many spiritual children he has, many who are in church ministry, many are anointed shopkeepers, bank managers, policemen, doctors, cleaners etc all all with a desire to preach the gospel and see God's glory. See you there Oral.
posted by Dave Mallender on Friday, December 18, 2009 9:27:09 AM
Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. I thank God for authoring such a great faith in brother Oral. Many people, including myself, have been inspired by the faith that God placed in him. He continually touched the hem of Jesus's garment knowing that Jesus came to give him life in the full.
posted by Dave on Friday, December 18, 2009 8:28:03 AM
I was once making fun of Oral Roberts(watching him on TV). When he said "JESUS wants to heal you" I slapped my hand on my heart(I had rhumatic fever, an enlarged heart and a very large hole in my heart that caused a loud mummer). Right about then my MOM placed her hand on my head and we let Mr.Roberts pray for me. Doctors had told my MOM that I would not live to see 33 yrs.The healing came in steps. I am 63 yrs. old and plan on many more. I love to tell this.
posted by Anita M. Wright on Friday, December 18, 2009 3:02:04 AM
Before coming to Minot, ND for a healing crusade, Oral Roberts sent a man ahead of him who held a Sunday night service at the Church of God. I had not yet met Jesus as my Saviour, but that night I attended church, the Holy Spirit got ahold of me. Jesus became so REAL. My mother wrote often to the ministry and, I know, received strength from their prayers. I've watched Oral often on TV - PTL and with Benny Hinn. SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU - I praise God for his life and thank Him that He sent Oral to North Dakota and had our paths cross.
posted by Carolyn on Friday, December 18, 2009 1:43:56 AM
Our prayers are with the Roberts Family and for ORU. We will miss Dr. Roberts, but we are also grateful for the ministry of this great man! My mother was miraculously healed of tuberculosis in 56 when my grandmother requested that Bro. Roberts come and pray for her daughter. He came and laid hands on her and she was healed. The doctor was saved after seeing the xrays of the new lungs! I was born in 1970 and answered the call to ministry in 1989 and I pastor a great church in Fort Worth, TX! Thank you Bro. Roberts, I cannot wait until we meet in Heaven!
posted by Rev. H. D. Munoz on Thursday, December 17, 2009 10:55:33 PM
I am honor to attend Oral Roberts University. I thank the Lord for raising man like Oral Roberts. You will be missed but he party just got started in Heaven. Thank you so much.
posted by Maria on Thursday, December 17, 2009 10:18:39 PM
Oral Roberts received much criticism for some of the things he said and did. But, as a student there in the late 80s I was invited into his home for dinner. He and Evelyn were such humble people. They were gracious, warm, loving,and very personal. There was no pretense and their home was nice, but a very average home by most standards. He was more approachable than most pastors of churches I've attended in my lifetime. I really believe he was a good man. Just a regular person...who allowed God to use him to do great things for the Kingdom of God. Our modern church can trace so much back to what God started in his ministry. His life should inspire us all to step out and do the things we think are impossible. He died at age 91, and I think Psalm 91 is a beautiful Psalm for his life.
posted by Ruth Barclay on Thursday, December 17, 2009 8:26:47 PM
When I was 14 years old, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at an Oral Roberts healing crusade in a tent in Anaheim, CA--that was in 1955. I remember my Grandfather stood in the healing line, for Rev. Roberts to lay his hand on him for God's healing touch. So, I am grateful to him for having that healing service that day because Jesus is still my Savior and my Lord for the last 54 years! What rewards in heaven he will have for his faithfulness to God!
posted by Carol Harwood on Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:39:06 PM
God's faithful ambassador, Chancellor Oral Roberts, will be greatly missed by family and friends, and the Christian community by and large, and yet I know that precious in the sight of the Lord is the death, and now union with Him, of this dear saint. Brother Oral's legacy to the world, and contribution to the Kindom of Heaven and the entire world will remain with the multitudes he has touched forever. We love and stand in support of you and the ministry until the faithful return of our Lord.
posted by LaVonne and LaShawn Washington and family on Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:19:50 PM
Thanks Bro Oral for unveiling the precious principle of Seed-Faith.
posted by Steven Ong on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:58:29 PM
It is amazing how one many impacted so many of our lives for good. I am the President and General Manager of one of the largest Christian radio stations in the country - KSBJ, Houston, Texas. I wouldn't be in this position if not for the vision of Oral Roberts. His passion for the media ministry is the reason why I attended and graduated from ORU. I managed the campus radio station at ORU and had a chance through the audio tech crew to work with him. He was always very kind to us who worked with him behind the scenes. I will always respect that he was a man who relentlessly pursued what he beleived God wanted him to do. May I and all of us be like that.
posted by Tim McDermott (Class of 82) on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:36:34 PM
In the 50s when I was 4 or 5, I used to sit on my grandma's lap and we would watch Oral's tent crusades. She was paralyzed from the waist down. We would raise our hands and pray for healing. I would lay my hands on my dollies and say "heal!" 50 years later healings began to happen when I laid hands on people. I've always had great respect and affection for Oral Roberts and his whole family. What an awesome life, and awesome servant of God, and what an awesome homegoing! I miss him, and I thank God for this dear servant.
posted by Carol Pietz, Fresno CA on Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:24:01 PM
Thank Thee Lord for Oral Roberts!
posted by Deena Rose on Thursday, December 17, 2009 3:40:50 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Oral Roberts family- I know his great work and dedication to our Lord Jesus Christ will continue.
posted by Lisa W on Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:52:27 PM
I celebrate & honor the life of dear Chancellor Oral Roberts! What an amazing giant in the faith! I am truly blessed that he heard God's voice & in obedience raised up a wonderful university so that I may be equipped spiritually and academically to go into every man's world! I'm truly honored to serve on staff and continue my graduate degree at a university where we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ! I appreciate that I can, in the words of Chancellor Oral himself, “Get my learning and keep my burning!” We will take the baton & run the race with the unction of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God's Word! Thank you Chancellor Oral for humbly serving the Lord wholeheartedly and pouring yourself out to serve people. To the alumni, current student body, and to the many prospective students: Let’s passionately pursue God, “Make no little plans”, and stand confident knowing His promises will be fulfilled in and through our lives. ˇSiguimos adelante con Dios!
posted by Valerie Castillo on Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:14:06 PM
We are so blessed in such an appointed time as this to have heard the revelation of the word of God that the Lord imparted to Oral Roberts. His message of faith, healing, seed-time and harvest! "God is good!" To have been taught to receive the positive, faith filled expectation that, "something good is going to happen to you today!" To hear teachings of prophets that have followed in Oral Roberts footsteps like Billy Joe Daugherty and Kenneth Copeland and many more. The first few line of a song by Keith Moore remind me of Brother Oral Roberts in heaven today. "Oh,oh safe am I in the tower on high, so secure from the storms below. Safe am I in the tower on high, sheltered under his wings of love." I am grateful for Oral Roberts obediance to the calling of God on his life. What a bountiful harvest, Oral Roberts has reaped!
posted by Belinda Camp on Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:04:10 PM
I was in the 4th graduating class (1972) and saw the university grow from 800 students in '68 and 1600 in '72. I have always been thankful for my ORU experience. Although it was not perfect, it did provide the foundation for my life since then. I last saw President Roberts and Evelyn at the Christian Booksellers Association in Anaheim in 2002. He was just releasing a new book. Our family's best wishes to Richard and Roberta and the rest of the family during this time of loss.
posted by Paul Palmer on Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:05:19 PM
I was accepted into Oral Roberts University a few years ago but, never attended. I really regret it even more so now that I didn’t have the (Honor) of meeting Chancellor Oral Roberts. What a great man of God! He will be truly missed and yet, he made wonderful contributions to this world and for the Kingdom of God. Blessing and comfort to his family.♥
posted by Evette Stokes on Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:53:05 PM
What a great mighty man of God,he will be sadly missed by so many of us,when I heard the news I thought back just on last week he was on Benny Hinn inspiring me once again. My heart is sad but also happy.My prayers are with the family. The General has gone home to be with his Bride.
posted by Tundra Lamar on Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:31:43 PM
Our prayers go out to the Roberts family. He touched so many lives through ministry. God Bless your wonderful family. He will be missed but is rejoicing now in heaven with Jesus!!!!
posted by Heather Waldenville on Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:18:28 PM
Ecc 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: Ecc 3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; Blessed be the Name of our Lord. I have watched Oral Roberts for many years and His love and service to the Lord was such an encouragement to me. He will be dearly missed here, but I know that on arrival he no doubt heard those words...Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: Glory in His Holy Presence Oral. Isa 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.
posted by Debbie Gardiner on Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:29:13 PM
Chancellor Oral Roberts has impacted my life in such a powerful way even though I never met him personally. My grandparents believed in his ministry so much, they prayed my way to ORU even though, at first, my intentions were not to attend the univeristy. Throughout my time as a student and now as an employee of the university, I have always been reminded of Oral Roberts' declaration: to pass on the baton to his students that their works may be greater than his own. To me that was always a daunting responsibility considering everything this great man has done and will continue to do through the many lives he has touched. In deep respect during his visits to the campus, every student would stand and shout "O" with arms lifted high in the shape of an "O". It was a beautiful thing to see! He had such a heart from people- to bless and heal them despite their present circumstances. His legacy will continue to live on through Oral Roberts University.
posted by Sarah J. Henley on Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:25:00 AM
We shall dearly miss a great man of God who has inspired many from America to down hear in Africa. To the family of Dr. Oral may the lord uphold you through this period. Shalom
posted by Musasizi Daniel on Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:06:09 PM
To the family of Oral Roberts: You will be missed. I became familiar with Oral Roberts through Kenneth Copeland Ministries. I have been richly blessed with His insight and teachings of the Gospel. The work of the Holy Spirit and the miracle of healing in his life. What an honor to have been acquainted with such wisdom. May you all know the peace that Jesus gave you during this time. Grace and Mercy to you and your family.
posted by Lucia Williams on Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:51:22 AM
Oral Roberts one of the Greatest men of the christian faith It hurts that he is no longer with us but as the bible says "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." I just want to say to you Oral Roberts you have fought the good fight and your reward in heaven has been truly earned!! YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED!!!
posted by Joshua Williams on Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:00:03 AM
In 1954 or 1955 Oral Roberts on on T.V. in Mountain View,California. He was preaching the word of God from a tent meeting. My Grandmother was watching and was telling me what he was talking about. At the time I was 3 or 4 years old. She told me there are many men out there who talk about God, but always believe Him( Orals Roberts) because He tells the truth. My Grandmother was from Portugal and was Catholic but became a Christian from watching Oral Roberts on T.V. in the '50. Richard Roberts years and years later gave a word and it was to me. It was about my seed never begging bread. That night i Came to the Lord. I will always remember Oral Roberts and His Son as well. And pass on How These Men of God lead us to the Lord. Absent from the body present before the Lord! (Richards word for me was in 1978 on the T.V. program.) God Bless all of you who loved Oral Roberts. You will be in my prayers always.
posted by gloria tuazon on Thursday, December 17, 2009 10:52:39 AM
Make no little plans.....is an excellent mantra. Oral was a wonderful man - his work does and will inspire for generations to come. His faith and vision serve as an example - of what we can do for our Lord and others - if we are brave enough to try.
posted by J. Penix on Thursday, December 17, 2009 10:28:42 AM
my prayers our with the roberts family at this time of the loss of oral roberts who recently went home to be with the lord will be greatly missed but he is in a better place we will live to see him one day the roberts family is in our daily prayers at this time may god bless you all for your loss and may god always strength to endure and go on in him may god always lift you up yours in christian love always jerry and cheryl mcbride
posted by jerry and cheryl mcbride on Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:52:13 AM
I am a 1988 graduate of ORU. My life and ministry were deeply impacted by Oral's teachings, influence, and life. I am a better christian and minister because of the power of the Holy Spirit that I experienced on campus. I am grateful for the times I got to meet him on campus. I am grateful for the many times I got to hear him preach in the chapel services. I consider him a spiritual father in my life and I will miss him dearly.
posted by Paul Thornton on Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:50:29 AM
hi thanks for obeying the call of god on your life even tho you got that sickness you still went on with the call of god you were a strong man of god and of faith your life and ministry was such a blesing and encouragement to me and my husband in our life we both will finish and fullfill our call of god and ministry on our life you will be greatly missed and you will be loved alot by us and everyone else we love you but god god loves you more your legacy will go on in your memory thanks again love ya always in your rememberance cheryl and jerry mcbride
posted by cheryl and jerry mcbride on Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:43:36 AM
THANK YOU ORAL FOR OBEYING GOD TO BUILD THE UNIVERSITY FROM TANZANIA TO TULSA OKLAHOMA, ORAL ROBERTS WAS NOT ONLY A GIANT OF FAITH BUT ALSO A FATHER TO MANY OF US. AFTER MY FIRST SEMESTER IN l980, ORAL AND EVELYN BECAME LIKE PARENTS. ON SPECIAL OCCASION, EVELYN GAVE ME GIFTS, WHEN I GOT CHILDREN SHE GAVE ME SOME OF HER GRAND CHILDREN'S CLOTHES. SEVERAL TIMES ORAL CALLED ME TO SPEAK OR SAY SOMETHING WITHOUT NOTICE. WHEN I MOVED AWAY,WE KEPT IN TOUCH AND THEY SENT ME PERSONAL NOTES. FOUR OF US HAD LUNCH NEAR HER HOME IN CALIFORNIA. TWO WEEKS BEFORE SHE PASSED WE SPOKE BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO AFRICA ON MISSION. ON MY RETURN I CALLED RUTH ROOKS (ORAL SECRETARY) TO FIND HOW ORAL WAS DOING! IT IS A GREAT LOSS FOR THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THE WORLD HAVE LOST A GREAT MAN. I WILL FOREVER BE THANKFUL FOR THEIR LIVES AND FOR GIVING ME EDUCATION TO MAKE IMPACT IN NATIONS FOR GOD'S GLORY. ABOVE ALL, I PRAISE GOD FOR GIVING ME FAVOUR TO KNOW HIS SERVANTS ORAL & EVELYN ROBERTS WHO WERE TRUE FRIENDS. MAY GOD STRENGTHEN THE ENTIRE FAMILY. WE KNOW HE HAS GONE IN PEACE KNOWING THE UNIVERSITY IS IN GOOD HANDS. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS
posted by Dr. Nicku Kyungu Mordi on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:53:02 AM
Brother Roberts impacted my life and I am born again through his influence especially the books he wrote. We find comfort in knowing that he is with the Lord.
posted by Rachel Mathale from South Africa on Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:17:02 AM
You are now in heaven with the Lord . Ntumba Family from London , England
posted by N Ntumba on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:50:35 AM
We are now in Heaven with the Lord . N. Ntumba Family ( Brigdget , Ruth , Ben , Vicky , Jerry ) from London , England
posted by N.Ntumba on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:47:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1ec-lYps Oh How Abba Daddy loveees us to send us place the Light of Christ in such a vessel as Oral Roberts who would love the world so much that he would lay down his life for his friends! Thank you Roberts family for sharing your Husband, your Dad, your Grandpa, your heartbeat of God's Word on this earth! There are pieces of Christ's life inside of me thanks to Oral & all of you coming after him with your feet shod with the gospel of peace! I am so thankful that I can pass that on to my generations and the world!
posted by Judi Piburn on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:12:37 AM
A great man of God has passed away, or rather taken the next step, a step to an eternity with the Lord he served in such a wonderful way. There are a lot of us that have been touched and blessed by the work of Oral Roberts. Thank you for obeying the Lord. Thank you for the university you founded! Thank you! -ORU student at the Livets Ord College/Campus (LOU) in Uppsala, Sweden.
posted by Richard A. Svensson on Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:07:54 AM
My life has been greatly touched, inspired and influenced by this great man of faith and this ministry. The Mantel that God put on Oral Roberts has always been in my heart and now thanks to the life of Oral Roberts its my time to advance what he started and has given me a new name to launch me into it "Joshua" I will arrive in Arkansas on the 21st Dec, what uncanny timing, or God's perfect plan
posted by Trevor Brammah, England on Thursday, December 17, 2009 4:54:26 AM
I want to give honor where honor is due. My daughter, Sarah Grace Kyser was able to come out of NICU July of 2004 I feel because of the "Seed Faith" teaching of Oral Roberts. I deeply regret not being able to meet this Great Man of God in person. I have testified everywhere about what happened when my daughter was born and how deliverance came in the nick of time. Oh, the rewards... WE LOVE YOU,ORAL THANKS FOR OBEYING GOD!!!
posted by KENNETH KYSER on Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:13:31 AM
Oh how you are loved by so many...I know.. The Lord met you with arms wide open...smiling at His Good and Faithful servant home at last. I'm sure the angels and the saints that went before ... were running to greet you with family and friends out in front:) What a great inheritance must be laid up for you. those of us who are still here will pray and comfort your loved ones...and the Lord will give the Grace they need to walk thru the grief of losing you. I'll fly away oh Glory...I'll fly away I remember you singing that so many times... and "Yesterday...you did...Praise Be to God" Love to All..Comfort and Blessing in this time but let us all celebrate for a true Man of God... is now with his Lord - Amen and Amen. Marcia Bichard Gastonia, NC Those
posted by MARCIA BICHARD on Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:52:33 AM
May the peace of God Be With Pastor Oral Roberts family during this time of lost, he was truly a Great man of God.I will keep the family lifted up in prayer.
posted by Nora Fozard on Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:18:49 AM
Ive always admired Pastor Oral Roberts,May the peace of God be with his family during this time of the lost of a great man of God.
posted by on Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:15:05 AM
I have so many memories as a child attending his tent meetings with my grandparents. My late grandfather was also a tent evangelist. I met Oral's parents when I was a child with my grandparents. I admire this family and Know that Oral is present with The Lord right now. Hs ministry has always been a blessing in my life and through Richard and Linsay it will continue to be. I thank God for the priviledge of having grown up believing and knowing that our God can do all things except fail ! Oral Roberts ministry has always been a big part of my life. Thank God fo this TRUE man of God ! I know he an Evelyn are rejoicing before God right now ! Glory To God !
posted by Ruth Anne on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:53:04 PM
God blessed us with a mighty general of faith, who shook the nations with God’s faith. We now have the responsibility, to carry on the passion that Dr. Oral Roberts preached. God is faithful and He is confirming his word with signs and wonders. The best is yet to come for ORU and the Body of Christ. We pray that God will comfort the ORU staff and the Roberts family. He kept the faith and finished his race. My prayer tonight is, God raise up mighty generals to shake the nations as your servant Oral Roberts did. Amen.
posted by Minister Roger West on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:36:42 PM
The world has lost a great man of faith who dared to believe the promises of God for his life. He was a living testimony to what God can do through someone who surrenders all to him.His work will live on in each ORU student and continue to win souls for the Kingdom OF God. He gave us hope in telling us that God was a Good God who cared about our daily needs. He showed the world that God still does heal and wants his children well. The mantle has been passed to a new generation.
posted by James M. Meola on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:27:40 PM
As a Christian, I have never shared most of Oral's beliefs, but nevertheless, I have had immense respect for the man. I still remember, like yesterday, his signature tune, "Something Good Is Going To Happen To You" sung on his TV show, which I grew to like. He did accomplish a lot. It is an end of an era.
posted by J. Garner on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:06:45 PM
We had just lost another hero of Faith. But we will never forget what made him a hero of Faith. His legacy still lives on. Thank God for such a man. Our prayers are with the family and love ones, not forgetting the many lives he had reached through his ministry.
posted by F. W. Opeta on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:35:22 PM
Good night Daddy Roberts ... we shall see you again. what you have left behind are empowered destinies. You are a Major General in God's army . We know you are not dead but have only been transfered unto eternal peace .Please rest well Sir . We love you and we will never forget you.Rest in the Bossom of your Father.
posted by Ayomide Oluwajinmi on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:23:34 PM
GOD Bless, well done good and faithful servant.
posted by Ryan on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:32:04 PM
I THANK BROTHER ROBERTS FOR HIS ZEAL AND LOVE FOR JESUS AND THE GOSPEL! BRO. ROBERTS HAD A TREMENDOUS ROLE IN MY LIFE CONCERNING MY FATHER. MY FATHER BECAME BORN AGAIN AT AN ORAL ROBERTS TENT MEETING IN BALTIMORE MD - WHEN HE WAS 20 YEARS OLD IN 1943! GLORY TO GOD! THANK YOU, BRO. ROBERTS FOR SPREADING THE GOSPEL!
posted by John Bruce & Marilyn Biesel on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:17:09 PM
I was indeed shocked to hear the news of Pastor Oral Robert's death yesterday. As a young teenage Christian growing up in Benin City, Nigeria, I had the privilege of hearing about this great man of God through my senior pastor, late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of Church of God Mission. Although I never got to meet him, I met his son, Richard in Nigeria and have been awesomely blessed by his ministry, messages and publications in my ministry. I will never forget the slogan, "God is good" and the song, "Something good is going to happen to you" which became almost an anthem in our church in Nigeria. It's heartening to know that Oral Robert fought the good fight, and finished the race, and kept the faith. A crown of righteousness awaits him from the Lord. Adeiu my beloved brother. You have left us a challenge to take the Gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. We shall keep the flag flying.
posted by Felix Emovon on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:49:57 PM
A proud soldier has finished the Good Fight of FAITH!!! Glory be to God. I always think of Oral Roberts when I read James' words saying, "Show me your faith without your works and I will show you mine by my works!" People can say what they want about Oral, but he has the works to show that his faith worked, just look at ORU. Well done thou good and faithful servant, enjoy your rewards! Love your brother in Christ, Danny Bunn
posted by Danny Bunn on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:35:35 PM
After my father passed away in 1958 from a car accident in California. My mother and 5 children, I being the youngest returned to Tulsa to live. My mother's parents (my grandparents) J.L. Willing lived here and my Aunt and Uncle who were contractors built us a home to come home to after our father's death! My mother starting working for Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in 1958, she worked for them for 25 years and retired from there. So we literally grew up knowing and hearing about Oral and Evelyn our whole lives. I started working for Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in 1980 and worked there for three years. I answered Oral's and Richard's mail everyday! I especially liked the saying God is a good God and Something good is going to happen to you. I have utmost respect for Oral Roberts and what he stood for, I know that his legacy will go on. Heaven has a Wonderful Servant up there now, and he is seeing all of his loved ones. Praise God!!!
posted by Linda Cupps on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:20:55 PM
I will greatly miss Oral Roberts. Even though I am a Alumni of ORU I will be making my donations to the Oral Roberts Ministries like I have always done for 50 years. I love the Roberts family very much more that I love ORU.
posted by PPEJ on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:22:21 PM
I love Oral Roberts and his family, but I also would ask the Roberts family permission before I did anything because after all no one is related to them. He was not there family. He is Richard and Roberta family. Iam very disappointed that they are doing this. As an Alumni I would respect the Roberts family no matter what. As always they are doing something without the Roberts family permission. I am sure that no one has the Roberts family permission to do what they are doing with them asking for donations. The only ones that should be asking for donations is Oral Roberts Ministries not ORU they are not apart of the Roberts Family any more. And that is the way they want it.
posted by PPEJ on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:11:21 PM
Sometime in 1955 I had the opportunity to see Dr. Roberts of TV. I even remember the text he chose that night, even though only five years old. He spoke on 2 Kings 6:1-6, I know because I went out back and preached it myself as best I could being five! During that service I gave my life to the Lord and prayed to be like Dr. Roberts when I grew up. I listened to him several more times that season. Was filled with the Holy Spirit in a field after listening to one of his messages. His shoes leave a large "footprint" everyone of them filled with love. When I began my public ministry sixteen years later, the first to receive a healing was my little Gramma who had supported his ministry from the early days. The Lord spoke to me years later that his legacy of anointing had come on my ministry as well. Per Psalm 133 that the anointing comes down from the head. Though throuch some small measure, I feel like one of his sons in the faith! We pray and believe for continued blessing on the Roberts Family.
posted by Pastor Johnny Tucker on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 4:28:23 PM
I grew up, watching Pastor Roberts, service on Sunday mornings as my mother prepared dinner before going to Sunday School and Sundays services on Long Island, NY. If memory serves me correct it was channel 9. How can I forget the song "Something Good Is Going To Happen To You" I LOVED that song and as we know something good has happened to Pastor Roberts, he will spend Christmas with the Christmas Gift Jesus himself this season. I know the Christan family is missing Pastor Roberts, but I believe if he had a choice he would not come back and spend this Christmas with us. I believe he has heard "WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT"! My heard rejoices to know without doubt he is with The Lord, and one day soon all who believe that Jesus is the son of God and came to this earth and died for our sins will soon see Pastor Roberts again!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Joyce Miller on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:58:29 PM
God Bless Bro. Oral Roberts, he has impacted my life for yrs, I still listen to the sermon "the 4th man", most likely the most powerful sermon I have ever heard preached. Blessing and Gods speed to Dr. Mark, the Roberts family and the great ORU.
posted by Rev. Kerry on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 4:02:37 PM
Oral Roberts reshaped the focus of my husband (who is now with the Lord), my self, my son & daughter's lives with his teaching of 'Seed-time & Harvest'. We spent years travelling through many parts of Australia showing his 16mm films of the great tent crusades. Many here in Australia found Christ as Saviour and were healed through his ministry - His legacy for Christ will ever live on. He was a 'spiritual giant' for Jesus Christ. In loving memory of a great man of God & his wife Evelyn
posted by Olive Reekie on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:10:55 PM
To Dr.Roberts who was truly my Spritual Grandfather.Had a trmendous Impact on my life and Ministry.Without his Spiritual Influence.Terry Austin Ministries International would'nt exist today.
posted by ApostleBishopPastorTarranceDarmonAustinSr(TerryAustin)TerryAustinMinistriesInternational on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:10:49 PM
Daddy Roberts,Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am a life that has changed. Because of you I was able to graduate from theoretical faith 101 and joined the advance class of Practical Faith 202. May your soul rest in peace
posted by Marcia Livingston on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:25:58 PM
Brother Roberts blessed my life and my family's lives in so many ways, at so many times with his books, letters, tv appearances. He meant so much to us and I feel a great loss in his passing, though I know it is all rejoicing for him right now. My prayers are with his family.
posted by Sue on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:21:25 PM
My prayers to all at ORU and the Family , I love you all and grieve with you at your loss . In my heart I know he would not want us to grieve HE'S Home ! He would want us to celebrate his life by keeping the torch going ! So I say everyone reading this we have been passed the torch now so let US all run with it. We can do this lets make him proud . Granmateri
posted by Teresa Sexton on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:15:34 PM
In his succeses we learn what God can do with a willing vessel and in his weaknesses and failures we learn that God does not call the qualified but qualifies the called. My condolences to all who knew him.
posted by Joel O. Obura, Kenya. on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:16:17 PM
Papa Oral, your legacy will live in all of us. We will fulfill the vision and pass the baton for the next generation. Isn't heaven amazing? ORU will move forward into it's new day. The harvest is here and the Kingdom is near. Lets keep on running ORU!
posted by ORU Student on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:16:38 PM
My prayers and fond wishes to the Roberts family in their time of lost.
posted by Kevin L. Bernard on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:17:13 PM
I was taken back to the early days of ORU by Mary Lou Camp's email. I remember Mary Lou as one of the cheerleaders when I was at ORU. She's right. O.R. (as we called him!) and Evelyn were so approachable. Many times Evelyn would say they felt just like they were parents to all of us who were far away from our parents. They held Bible studies and parties in their home, had lunch with us, attended the basketball games, and O.R. walked the campus, talked to us, made us welcome even in his office. I feel like I felt when my own Dad passed away...happy he's at home, but how we'll miss him!!
posted by Charlie on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:03:54 PM
I admired Oral Roberts for his complete willingness to do his best to obey his Lord. His accomplishments are only proof of the excellency of Christ. He was a vessel, a very willing vessel. He accomplished what God called him to do and now it is reward time. The reward is to see his Lord and Savior. I also feel that his wife was just an beautiful example of a Godly wife. She was a beautiful gift to him, and she fulfilled that role with such grace and beauty. I've never met either one, but I admire them as pioneers of the gospel, and their devotion to each other as husband and wife. In this day of so much divorce in the church, Evelyn and Oral were examples of what God intended a marriage to be. God bless all those who loved him, we have lost a great man of faith!
posted by irene adamson on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:57:52 PM
How awesome it is to belong to Jesus!! I am looking forward to the day when I see my saviour face to face and when I am reunited with my husband who went home in Jan 2009. In the mean time Saints lets get busy winning the lost and showing the LOVE OF GOD!!! We have been taught well by this great man.
posted by Pierre Robinson on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:33:24 PM
I really touched by the news about passing away of this great man of God who serve the Lord in his entire life. However; I appreciate his vision and the unfolding services of ORU in our generation. I share the vision of Oral Robert as a student of ORU from Ethiopia (Africa), though I am living in Sweden. Dawit A. Sahile - Sweden
posted by Dawit A. Sahile on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:20:02 PM
I am not a graduate of ORU, but someone who truly admired Oral Roberts. He lived an amazing life; the lives he touched and changed for the glory of God. His tent services that are telecasted still today move me every time, and are still just as powerful now as they were then. As he would say "SOMETHING GOOOOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU"
posted by Janine Anderson-Gaalswyk on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:18:54 PM
Is Richard going to be allowed on campus to talk at his dad's service?
posted by Lee Brown on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:12:07 PM
The christian world and the world at large has truly lost a modern day 20th&21st century "Moses", who led a major movement in the body of christ using the medium of television. Although he endured his moments of ridicule, and being misunderstood..he soldiered on just like the General he was in Gods army. Although i did not graduate from ORU, the foundation that i learned through the rigid rules, and constant faitbased gatherings,from 1983-1986 helped me through adulthood, and other personal challenges,,not to mention the lifelong friends I made at ORU. President/chancellor Roberts will live on through out the entire world, in every walk of life because his students, alumni will take Gods healing power where the light is dim, and be hearing Gods voice..which was his decree. He left a renown legacy to forever be cherished..and I hope Hollywood get busy and lets do a full length powerful movie on this great trailblazer. Now, Oral, you have laid down your burdens, down by the riverside, to study war no more..and in the words of the apostle paul.."I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith and I have finished my course"..and with one of our old Baptist church cliche's, "Good bye Oral, take your rest, we all loved you but God loved you best".
posted by Joseph Haynes on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:05:16 PM
I was blessed to be able to attend ORU when Chancellor Roberts was the President. During Freshman Orientation, he spoke personally to the incoming Freshman class for several evenings. President Roberts was very insistent that the Freshmen class knew why the University was founded and that it was based on prayer and the Holy Spirit. He gave us his life story and emphasized over and over to us that he was just a man called by God and he obeyed. He expressed such humility to the class when he told so many stories how he had failed God. President Roberts wanted us to realize that it is all about Jesus. We are human but God can use us beyond anything we can ever imagine if we trust Him and obey. It was a common sight to see President Roberts and his wonderful dear wife, Evelyn, walk in the student cafeteria, go through the line like everyone else, and then plop their trays down on a table with students, usually students they did not know already. He was so personable and seemed to so enjoy talking to students. I remember once when as an ORU Titan cheerleader, I stopped President Roberts and Evelyn on campus as they were walking near me. I related to him how several people had spoken to me at a recent away basketball game where the cheerleaders had been able to go. Each person wanted me to give him a special message of how much he and his ministry meant to them. When I finished, President Roberts said very firmly but with love in his voice, "Don't look down when you are talking to me! (I had not been aware I was doing so!) Look me in the eyes! I am just like you! I am just a man, no more!" I was so impacted by that experience. My father, retired from the Air Force, flew Dr. Roberts to some tent meetings when I was in high school. My father would come back home and relate the great stories and conversations that President Roberts had with him while flying. Oral Roberts University has made an indelible mark on my life; it is my worldview. I am eternally blessed to have known a great man of God and so thankful Oral Roberts listened to God and obeyed!
posted by Marye Lou Camp on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:47:06 PM
i am greatly saddened by the passing of the beloved Oral Roberts. He has touched my life from early childhood. He was truly one of God's messengers sent to us to impart the knowledge and the love of God and to direct us in the path which we as children of God should travel. My heart and heartfelt pray go out to the surviving family and friends of the magnificent ICON which was deposited into our lives but for a short while. He will truly be missed..
posted by Florence Newbill on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:59:38 PM
I too was immediately saddened at hearing of the death of Oral Roberts, but the Spirit quickened me to 'grieve not'. Praise God for the obedience of Brother Roberts. What a great God we have. Thank you God for your blessings and promises. Ruth, WI
posted by Ruth on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:15:16 PM
I was saddened to hear of Chancellor Roberts' passing and also full of joy and thanksgiving that God the Father, our Savior Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit used his life to call up a generation of leaders for Christ's service. I fondly recall my days at ORU from 1977 until my graduation in 1981. My graduating class was named the City of Faith graduating class since we started at the University when the ground was broken and graduated when the project was completed. I will always remember Chancellor Roberts, his darling wife Evelyn, and the University family & friends for the impact they all had upon my life. My heartfelt condolences to the Roberts and extended family.
posted by Jeff Curtiss, Ph.D. on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:55:14 AM
We will all miss The Great Oral Roberts. No one will replace him in our spiritual lives as a unifying factor. We will miss him immensely. He is in the presence of the Almighty and I am sure his home in heaven is also made up of shining gold, just like the buildings of ORU! He is rejoicing to be with Evelyn and our Lord Jesus Christ! Rev. Dr. Samuel A. George, Philadelphia Pentecostal Church of Pakistan Karachi, PAKISTAN
posted by Rev. Dr. Samuel A. George on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:44:14 AM
Our prayer go to the Roberts family. For we know Dr. Oral Roberts is with his loving wife and the Lord this day. But he will be miss a great deal here on earth for he touch so many lives including ours. Love in Christ Jesus,
posted by Mrs. Karen Lee Reese on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:32:46 AM
God Bless Oral Roberts' soul! I first saw Oral Roberts when my mother was looking at "Something Good Is going To Happen To You!" I believed in the call of the Lord on Oral Roberts' life.He contributed in instilling God's Word in me by television.Thank You! You truly were one of the "Fathers Of The Faith!"while here on earth.Now you are with "Our Lord,Jesus Christ! How happy you must be!!!
posted by Sherrice Thompson on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:30:35 AM
Roberts Family and Entire ORU Family. As an alumni of ORU I could say it was a true honor to go to ORU and for a brief moment to meet Oral Roberts as well as Richard and Lindsey. Mr. Roberts was a great man of God,one who was quick to respond to God's voice and diligent in following Christ. He provide an example to all of us in is character, spiritual walk, and faith. He edured through many trials and kept his eyes on Christ through all of it. It was a great privilege to be a part of the generation that witness the miracleous works of God through Oral Roberts. As with many of my fellow alumni we are going to continue the call and vision first given to Oral Roberts but then passed on to many. I'm so happy that he stands with a magnitude of angels and saints before the Almighty God that he will get to share and worship for eternity. God bless you Roberts Family, and Praise God he's home. Peace in Christ!
posted by Lynn on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:25:22 AM
Just saw news of Chancellor Roberts and immediately began to fell sorrow and shock. Instantly the Holy Spirit stopped me and let know I should not sorrow for he is where his job took him. We may miss him but he is not lost. We know exactly where Chancellor Roberts is and it is our job to make sure we join him and walk the streets of Glory with Chancellor Roberts. My prayers are with the family to lift them up.
posted by Carolyn Lyles on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:20:55 AM
My prayers and thoughts are with the Roberts family and ministry. He ,Dr. Roberts finished his course and suggested a winner to be the 3rd president of ORU in Dr. Mark Rutland and his wonderful wife. I know this man as a assoc.pastor with Dr. Walker with the Mt. Paran Church of Atlanta. Ga. in the past.Dr. Rutland is a man of contrite heart by the touch of Jesus and His wife is right in there with him in the faith with a world view of inteligence whipped by the Holy Spirit. They will take ORU far with God's help ,the staff,and the students and supporters. Thank you Oral for hearing God's voice before you went home and sharing it with the leadership of ORU. Thank you God for sending Dr. Roberts to us. Psalm 27
posted by Norman Gibson on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:09:41 AM
I've just been accepted into ORU, and I've always wanted to meet Oral Roberts. He was 91 years old and that is a great age to die. It was time for him to go. He's done what he had to do. We've gotta do what we have to do.
posted by Tammy on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:22:17 AM
A man is known for his fruits. Chancellor Roberts has made a big difference and impact in literally millions of lives -- from well known like Kenneth Copeland to millions of Christ disciples currently faithfully serving their callings. You have made a big difference in my life and also my family and the many generations to come. Well done, good and faithful servant. Your job is done & now enjoy the presence of our Glorious God! The fruits of your labor will be known for many generations to come.
posted by Michael Goh on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:13:35 AM
I am so grateful to Chancellor Roberts for obeying God and build a university which touched my life.I pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to the Roberts family during this time. One thing for certain he is with his Creator now
posted by Shadreck on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:14:57 AM
Richard, Lindsey, and Family, God through Evangelist Oral Roberts touched my life some years before the year of 1985 and I have not been the same since then. He was a mentor for me. I call him my father in ministry. His letters, sermons, books, tapes, etc. inspired and encouraged me to accept the call of God on my life. May the Roberts family keep the faith and have more than enough of the strength of God as we rejoice with you in this Blessed Homegoing.
posted by Tomilper Streater on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:43:13 AM
Even though I have been a Christian since I was 12 years old, I had never heard of Oral Roberts. One day while washing the dishes, I heard a man speak on Kenneth Copeland's program. Captivated, I stopped everything and walked over to the TV to watch and listen as the Lord's presence filled the atmosphere. As one student put it, I have met Kings and Presidents, but none carry the Presence that Oral Roberts does. It's a blessing and honor to have My son as a freshman at ORU. I believe he is one of many called, as God told Oral Roberts, to "Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is seen dim, My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased." Yes, it will continue because of your obedience. I wish I had met you. I can say with all my heart I love you and thank you for such a legacy!
posted by Mrs. Virginia Piccinich on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:13:27 AM
Oral Roberts was a mighty man of God who inspired young men and women through ORU to truly "GO INTO EVERY MAN'S WORLD". He truly listened to the heart of God when he started Oral Roberts University and his contributions will continue to impact young men and women for God for years to come!!
posted by on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:46:34 AM
It was Oral Roberts books that led me to question the faith I had developed by attending church and led me to a place called Calvary where my life was eternally changed. He and Evelyn will always remain high on the list of my heroes and I look forward to that day certain when we will meet again.
posted by Sherwood MacRae on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:45:21 AM
We as Pakistani people have felt so sorry to hear the news of Oral passing away, we have been blessed by his productions and publication, he was the man who impacted nations, may God console his family and friend and fill the gap.
posted by Ps Anwar Younas on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:47:12 AM
I'll never forget attending a seminar at ORU many years ago (seeing the prayer tower was such a thrill)... in the early 1980s... Bro. Roberts teachings were wonderful, the music was 'heavenly' and I still have some of the books I brought home - he gave away hundreds of books that weekend. What a glorious time they must all be having in heaven today. It comforts me to know he is with Jesus and again with his darling wife, Evelyn. I know my friends, Doris and Tommy that I've been missing for 3 years were the first ones in line to greet him!
posted by Becky on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:33:14 AM
Billy joe and Oral are probably wanting to send this message conveyed in this poem: I'm Spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this Year I see the countless Christmas trees, Around the world below. With tiny lights, like heaven's stars, Reflecting on the snow. The sight is so spectacular, Please wipe away that tear. For I'm spending Christmas, With Jesus Christ this year. I hear the many Christmas songs, That people hold so dear. But the sounds of music can't compare, With the Christmas choir up here. For I have no words to tell you, The joy their voices bring. For it is beyond description, To hear the angels sing. I can't tell you of the splendor, Or the peace here in this place. Can you just imagine Christmas, With our Savior, face to face? I'll ask Him to light your spirit, As I tell Him of your love. So then pray one for another, As I lift you eyes above. Please let your hearts be joyful, And let your spirit sing. For I'm Spending Christmas in Heaven, And I'm walking with the King. ~© Wanda Bencke
posted by JR on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:42:42 AM
I was blessed to have attended and graduated from ORU in 1984. I thank God for his vision to build this University, for his life, for his love to God and the ministry; my life was marked for life to be the best that I can be for God and for the ones that I can be a witness to. I thank God for Oral and his family, I am praying for the family in the midst of this temporary separation. We will be missed, we love you. Esilda Silva Froste-(Essy) and family-Miami,Florida
posted by Esilda Silva Froste on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:24:48 AM
Myprayersarewith you.WhenI heardthatbro. Robertshadgonehome.My firstthoughtwasHe's withGod andEvelyn. Mymoma wasapartnertill shewenthomeandnever gottomeet him butwhen he walked through the gatesshe got to meethimandrejoicein his homecoming.
posted by MarilynColebank on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:18:18 AM
In the year 2000 our family made the trip of a lifetime to visit the ORU campus and attend the International Charismatic Bible Ministries annual event there. My son Scott was eleven years old at the time. The power of God was so evident at the ORU campus. My husband Scott and I decided that my son would go to this university and now Scott is almost finished with a Minor in Business at ORU and after that he will continue with a Major in Mass Media Communications through ORU. Thank you Oral Roberts family for taking action in your faith and starting Oral Roberts University in the beautiful Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are grateful that the ORU alumni, current, and future students, family and friends, can partake in glorifying God through the time we spent at ORU. Oral Roberts was a true man of God. I always looked forward to hearing his wisdom on the Benny Hinn show and the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast too.
posted by Carole Neve on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:57:06 AM
There was only one Oral Roberts - he was a beautiful person and my sincerest condolences go to his family. I know they are going to miss him, but he is with his Lord and Saviour, which is far better.
posted by Dorothy Spridgeon on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:12:56 AM
I was privileged to attend Oral Roberts University and accepted Jesus Christ in 1976 as a freshman in the prayerline of President Oral Roberts. Here was a man that loved God but also loved people. President Roberts would walk the track at the Aerobics Center and treat students like family. He was always ready to shoot hoops with anyone. He was the real deal. We saw a man that lived what he preached day in and day out and shared his knowledge and revelation with all of us in Chapel many many times over the years. I loved him while I was at ORU but thanked God for all his teaching many times in my own life years later. Today President Roberts, you are face to face with the risen Christ. I thank God for you and I thank you for your obedience. We will be seeing you soon.
posted by Cathy Kaczynski Staats on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:56:49 AM
My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Oral Roberts and to all of those associated with him. I never met the man, but I always thought of his as I do the Rev. Billy Graham, a true servant of GOD. He was a man of great stature in the spiritual world. He was a man of honor, much like the Rev. Graham. I was saddened to hear of his departure from this life, but he has gone to a better place.
posted by Pat on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:43:02 AM
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father, Oral Roberts.
posted by Roberta Smith on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:36:06 AM
I owe more than my heart can bear to Chancellor Roberts. At the risk of sounding selfish, if it were not for his obedience to building God a university, my life (and millions of others) would have been inconceivably different. I would not have met my bride of 28+ years, with whom we have our two precious daughters, who would have never had the opportunity of life (and that more abundantly). In addition, I would not have had the unmatched treasure of meeting some amazing friends, several of whom dare call me their friend. Thank you so much Lord for allowing me the privilege of experiencing one man’s, Oral Roberts, obedience and seeing what a difference one life can make for Your kingdom.
posted by John Cherry on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:32:35 AM
WHY aren't your comments moderated? Most people are coming to mourn the passing of a man of God, not to read and become upset by the foolish ranting of critics. As Christians, we already have to deal with people criticizing our faith regularly. Allowing trolls ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet) ) to come and inflate the comments of the university's founder's memorial article with inflammatory nonsense to provoke us, while we're are trying to share our sincere condolences is unprofessional and insulting to your actual site's audience and Oral's legacy. I'm amazed and so disappointed.
posted by Nicholas on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:17:45 AM
Blessings of PEACE be to the Roberts family at this time of loss and celebration. Was it not the birth of Christ that Oral proclaimed? If one walks through this life and makes no attempt to change his world, is he valued any more than the sands of the oceans edge? I shall not judge this man, but admire the courage it took to do what he did.
posted by Floyd Allen Fraley on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:15:38 AM
To the comment about the possiblity of no Jerry Savelle, or Kenneth Copeland because of Oral Roberts, how true that statement really is. What a life Oral lived. I can only imagine the rewards he must be getting for his faithful work here on the earth. So happy for him to get to be with his wife, daughter, son, grandson, parents, and countless others who he's touched or responsible for getting saved. It's more of a celebration to me than having sorrow or sadness with Oral Roberts passing. He lived a good long life. He did so much for God and so much for people. Thank God for all the work he did. He was a tremendous blessing to millions upon millions.
posted by Roger Biver on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:15:10 AM
Brother Roberts, isn't Heavenly reward awesome!? You are loved!
posted by Dexter Sullivan, SA President on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:20:51 AM
Oral Roberts...man of faith, man of God. Rest in peace.
posted by Michelle Levermore on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:19:02 AM
ANOTHER SOILDER HAS GONE HOME. HE HAS FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT AND NOW IS GONE HOME TO HIS REWARD. TO THE FAMILY, THERE IS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CAN NOT HEAL.
posted by DENISE RIGBY on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:15:45 AM
Thanks to the ministry and the faithfulness of Oral Roberts. 9 years ago, when my own father was sick with a brain tumor, Oral phoned him and prayed with him personally- which was a blessing to my father - who loved and supported Oral Roberts and was a Partner for years. Three graduates from ORU (and counting- as now, their kids are on the path to graduate from this school) in my extended and immediate family and I attended there for two and a half years.
posted by D Braugh on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:14:08 AM
If it wasn't for Oral Roberts there may not be a Kenneth Copeland or a Jerry Savelle. These men of God have made a difference in the World. Thank You Lord for giving us Oral Roberts for the time that you did. I will rejoice because that is where his heart was ( With the Lord ) Until we meet face to face in heaven We Love you Oral
posted by Rebecca Legaspi-Hunter on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:05:54 AM
what a blessing he was on this earth. God's peace to his family.
posted by Ann Cooper on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:10:11 AM
It's been a blessing being part of the ORU family. It surely breaks my heart to hear that a great man of God has finally gone home. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. We know that Chancellor Roberts is certainly rejoicing in the presence of His Creator, the Almighty God.You have inspired many. You were a man that learned to hear from God and you knew how to obey Him even when it didn't seem popular. You were truly a role model and a mentor to millions in the faith. Heaven has again gained another gem. Adieu Pa Roberts! We are missing you already.
posted by Pastor Tope Adegbamigbe on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:50:23 AM
My father introduced me to the Oral Roberts tent meetings when I was a little girl in the '50s. My father followed his ministry through the years. My father died Jan '08 and I believe he probably was on the welcome committee there in Heaven! Thank you Bro. Roberts for your faithfulness to God and leaving such a great Christian legacy. Our prayers for the family.
posted by Sharon Raines on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:43:48 AM
While we spent time in different "branches" of Christianity, I am thankful for his passion, his call for unity, and his immense love for people. Brian Jones www.BrianJones.com
posted by Brian Jones on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:32:13 AM
dear richard, lindsey, and girls, i was so sorry to hear of oral's passing. we know he is with our Lord and evelyn and other family that has passed before him. i know that brings peace, but the void will be great and time helps. it must be an honor to have had such a great man as a father, father-in-law and grandfather. he will be truly missed, his wisdom and insight, and oohhh what a sweet, kind countenance he carried. i send you a hug and know that i am praying that The Lord mend your heart until you get to see him again (which won't be long.) that is what keeps us all hanging on when others go before us, Our Blessed Hope is what separates us from the ones who don't have The One. Thank God for His plan that covers us all. i can just picture your mom and dad together holding hands as they walk in heaven like young sweethearts again. just like he lives, his legacy lives on. i love you guys, mary jane anderson lakeland, florida
posted by mary jane anderson on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:12:37 AM
I am so blessed by Brother Roberts' ministry, his obedience, his courage and his steadfastness in the faith. His legacy will continue for generations, if the Lord tarries. What a privilege we've had!
posted by Ginny LaCour on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:28:54 AM
Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Brother Oral Roberts for always obeying the Holy Spirit! God needs you in Heaven!!!!!!!!!Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!
posted by Laura Prado on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:25:48 AM
I was privileged back in 2000 at Spirit Life Bible College in Irvine, California to be chosen (because I had a truck) to go to Oral Roberts home within Newport Beach, California with two other gentlemen to pick up some furniture and other items that were being donated to our school. We were met by Mrs. Evelyn Roberts, who greeted us with open arms outside their house. And as you glanced at the front of the house, you could see Oral Roberts sitting at a little kitchen table in the sun reading his Bible, studying. It was amazing seeing that, a man of God that had a legacy, was retired from his work, but still sitting at his kitchen table in the sun reading his Bible.
posted by Valerie Jenrette on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:35:11 AM
With deep sympathy for the family and friends of Dr. Oral Roberts, and gratitude to God for a life well lived. His words always stirred my heart but what a joy it always was to see him on the screen, finishing well. I pray that there will be room at ORU someday for his descendants.
posted by Lucy on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:20:34 AM
I read his book "Seeing the Invisible doing the Impossible" and my life has never been the same. O Oral, great General of the faith, the Best of the last, fly in the spirit and look down with a smile "You Did Very Well", I pledge to help carry the flame to my generation inspired by your faithfulness till the end. Sleep well dear mentor and join the heavenly Choir. You have Overcome!
posted by Pastor Bankole Olubamise, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:16:54 AM
Dear Richard and family - I recently completed a class on the Holy Spirit in the Now at a distant campus of ORU. What a blessing it was to read the teachings of Chancellor Roberts on the Holy Spirit and to refresh my understanding of the Holy Spirit. I have been a Christian for 38 years. Chancellor Roberts ministry touched the lives of thousands, as well as mine. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and your family. I rejoice along with you at his entering into glory and finally coming face to face with the Jesus he dearly loved!
posted by Pauline Buncie on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:12:01 AM
Thank you Oral Roberts, I can only imagine!!!!
posted by Sergio Cavazos on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:15:03 AM
We rejoice with The Roberts Family as they celebrate the homegoing of one of the Generals of Faith. We also pray as you will miss him tremendously so will the rest of the household of God.
posted by Daphine Davis on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:59:06 AM
I pray for peace to all the family. To me this man took a step and God used that step of faith for His glory. We could all use that lesson from God - just a step with God in whatever direction He leads you. To those who love God and love Mr. Roberts - peace. I pray God teaches us to love one another as He loves us. Take in no bitterness from any comments against our Lord or Mr. Roberts. "Forgive us our trespass as we forgive those who trespass against us". The Lord can fight for Himself with Holy anger - no bitterness. Keep Love, peace and recover your Joy in the Lord. God Bless Scott Cooper
posted by Scott Cooper on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:51:41 AM
If you would have asked me four years ago where I was going to attend college, I would have told you either "I don't know" or "the University of Miami." Back in 2005, I was a recent graduate of the Bermuda College and I had no idea where I was going to further my academic career. Three of my mentors, on three separate ocassions, suggested I check out this school called Oral Roberts University. As a young, naive Bermudian girl, I neither knew who Oral Roberts was nor where his university was located. I certainly knew nothing about Tulsa, OK. As soon as I read the brochures that were sent to me and the vision of Oral Roberts, I knew that ORU was the place for me. These past four years have been by far the best years of my life. I could never have imagined the impartation I have received by being a student at ORU. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of and byproduct of Oral Roberts' vision. Oh, the joy Oral Roberts must have experienced in seeing the vision come to pass. I'm sure his reward in heaven is great and I bless God that he has finished his race. Now, we, his students, have been commissioned to carry on his works and to do even greater works...for in this God is well pleased!!
posted by Estina Francis on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:47:16 AM
I was healed in one of Dr. Roberts' meetings in Augusta, Ga. in 1964. His ministry has had a deep impact on the lives of my grandmother, parents, sister, and myself for as long as I can remember. His books and sermons encouraged us to have faith in God and to believe in miracles. My best known and most awarded song I have written to date, "Roses Will Bloom Again" was inspired by his sermon of the same title. "Roses Will Bloom Again" was a phrase my parents latched onto and was a bright ray of hope in their lives. They said it often. Hence, the song. Dr. Roberts was controversial, human of course, nevertheless triumphant in life and in death. I pause in mourning, but rejoice to know he is with his beloved Evelyn, other loved ones, and most of all his Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
posted by Marcia Henry on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:41:02 AM
I grew up watching Chancellor Roberts on television in Brooklyn, New York. This is a difficult passing for me. It is like losing a close family member. However, having a personal relationship with Jesus, I await the day to meet the Father face to face and shake hands with my loved ones and Chancellor Roberts. Unitl then, I will fight the good fight of faith! God Bless You Chancellor Roberts! My prayers are with the Family and the Univeristy Family.
posted by Lynnette Rochester on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:49:52 AM
Speaking as an alumnus of ORU, and yet one of the multitudes who will have mixed "feelings" about this sad news. Oral Roberts was but a man, not a "saint," one all too subject to the temptations of our fallen humanity, the misuse of gifts given. To be sure, as Lee Braxton noted on ORU's dedication day back in 1967, the "spark of heaven" once fell upon Oral, in founding a University dedicated to a healing vision, for taking God's touch to a hurting world, all of it. It remains a magnificent, wondrous ideal to be sure, a work still in progress. May the new leadership go on renewing that original vision. May it also not flinch from honest examination of tragic mistakes that were made, of the "culture of fear" that for far too long was the hallmark of ORU, of remembering, and yes honoring, those who dared to love God more than man, even if it meant being cast out and brutalizes.... Much healing still needed. Oral Roberts was an original, and I am profoundly grateful for the education I received at ORU, for the vision planted in us.... Yet our "founder" was just a man, and nothing without God.
posted by William on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:31:04 AM
I just want say thanks for all of the times you shared God's heart to others. As a child my hindu grandfather would put your show on because he believed you knew God. That made a great impact in my life. I now minister the word of God through the power of Jesus Christ. My prayers and thoughts are with your family Indira Persad
posted by Indira Persad on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:33:19 AM
What an amazing man of God, what an amazing vision, and what amazing faith it took to see it through... we are sad he is gone, but as an ORU graduate and a missionary in Honduras, I know that his legacy lives on. I have no doubt he was received with open arms in heaven yesterday... what a glorious homecoming that must have been! I believe he helped raise up quite possibly the last generation of Christians who will preach the gospel. We will go, Chancellor Roberts, where God's light is seen dim, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth, until Jesus comes again.
posted by Melissa Walter Bautista on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:27:28 AM
We love you Oral. We Praise God for your life and the legacy you have left for us. Heaven is Rejoicing now. THE GENERAL IS HOME! He was a Father of Faith and we thank God for his life. Praise God! We also know that God will continue to do greater things through and with his family and we have you in our prayers. God Bless You.
posted by Pastors Chris & Renee Hart - Victory Chapel in Georgia on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:24:55 AM
Oral ran a good race and has now finished his course... What a great man of God, who had great faith. Memories of you eating with us in the cafateria, sitting with us during a baskeball game and speaking during chapel, flood my mind. Your love, encouragement and wisdom will never be forgotten.
posted by Sherraine Chaney on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:14:12 AM
We love all that you have done furthering the gospel and reaching the world. We will see you in Heaven.
posted by Mary Bernstein on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:17:49 AM
I live in London,in the United Kingdom and I just read online that Papa Roberts had passed. Its ironic but on Sunday my pastor preached a message titled Expect a Miracle and on Monday night the Holy Spirit led me to Papa Roberts biography Expect A Miracle.I had the book sitting on my bookshelf and had not read it for years.Little did I know that Papa Roberts would pass this week. Reading it ignited fresh fire in my bones to do all I can for the Lord & impact my world with the gospel. He has left such a GREAT legacy and only eternity will reveal the true extent of all the lives he touched for the gospel.Papa Roberts you will be trully missed. Thanks for your obedience to GOD.
posted by Anima on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:01:20 AM
An evangelistic, apostolic general and spiritual giant has finished his course well. I affectionately called Chancellor Roberts granddaddy Oral. I am so very thankful for the wonderful occasion to be a student in his final live class in the fall of 1988. Toward the end of his presidency, I was blessed to sit with him and hear pearls of wisdom before basketball practice in the early 1990’s. He shared his heart and intentional strategy for reaching the lost through athletics. He also shared his efforts to make a difference in racial equality in the body of Christ and at ORU. Through his tent meetings in the turbulent south he insisted that whites and black be permitted to worship together. Blacks and whites controversially came together under the big tent and many came to Christ, were healed, delivered and set free. To God be the glory! He hated empty seats. I had the privilege of filling one of those empty seats during an upper division healing class he taught to about eight of us. It was a prophetic moment and invitation. Make no little plans here! What about the famous gold chain and his right pinkie ring? Success without a successor is failure. Seed-Faith changed my life. I have had several and continue to Expect more, that is Miracles. I need one right NOW. I planted a seed of time, talent and treasures and I expect God to honor His word and make me a blessing. I have had the privilege to earn two masters degrees and working on a doctorate, teach, coach and begin my Higher Education administrative career at ORU. Why, because the man of God and his team obeyed the voice of God and built a University. I was inspired by His life and I am deeply saddened yet inspired by his death to finish well. Finally, Dr. Roberts was a controversial and misunderstood man who was a pioneer, change agent and transformative cross-generational figure. He believed the principles of the gospel never changed but methods did. How do I know he finished his course well? He courageously did what He could to secure the future legacy of ORU, and he fulfilled his mandate to “Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased”. How do I know he finished his course well? Even at 91 he demonstrated the principles he taught by adopting new methods. He became my friend on face book last month. That was the icing on the cake for me. Right to the end, he changed his method and I had a chance to thank him on face book for impacting my life so profoundly. What a man! I hope in his death people will appreciate him more for his effort to obey our God. My prayers and thoughts are with the Roberts and ORU family. God Bless you Oral. Rest in peace you fought the good fight of faith and you finished well!
posted by Velda Turnley class of 92,93 and 201... on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:47:15 AM
I read with a shock yesterday about the call to glory of our beloved Spiritual fatheron the internet. He has fought a good fight of faith. He has just gone to rest with the LORD. He's positively affected hudreds of thousands of souls on this planet earth.May his soul rest in perfect peace.
posted by Erastus, Samson A. From Nigeria on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:19:33 AM
I am here in Tulsa and I want to thank Oral and Evelyn for all they have done. I have followed you for 60 years. We will miss you all.
posted by Dorthy Whittle on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:46:32 AM
Praise be to God. I still expect a miracle.
posted by Stephen Roberts on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:35:22 AM
"I am holding you up in my hand to God" was what he wrote in my Bible when I graduated in 1987. Everytime I think of President Oral Roberts, it is with a smile. I will always appreciate Oral and his 'darling' wife Evelyn for obeying God. My prayers at this time of his homecall, is that our (ORU Alumni)work will PLEASE God. He has finished his race and got a standing ovation for a job well-done.
posted by Gloria from Nigeria , ORU Class of '87 on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 6:00:09 AM
Although I never listened to his teachings; his ministry has made an impact in my life thru the teachings of my Pastor. Pastor Oral Roberts cleared the forest for so many Pastors I myself is greatful for the work he has done.
posted by LaSharon in Maryland on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:58:28 AM
Leadership does not come without its critics, praises, challenges and victories. Yesterday as I learned of Oral Roberts passing, I paused to consider the difference ORU has made in my life. On of my most prominent memories: an Oral Roberts sermon in 1976. The message of that sermon: "Roses will bloom again." Faced with medically challenging news as a teenager, but already a committed to Christ, it was Oral's ministry that encouraged me to trust that God heals, that He uniquely created me and that our Lord wanted me whole. Oral's sermon lead me to ORU! The focus on being a whole man . . . body, mind, spirit . . . challenged me. God's scripture, learning to really worship and attending ORU made a huge POSITIVE difference in my life. While at ORU, I was humbled to be ORU's first female student body president and because of that I had some one-on-one contact with Oral and with Evelyn. They were just regular folk on a mission to do God's work and they so wanted ORU graduates to be lifechangers and light in a dark world. In September, I traveled to France with three of my closest friends: all ORU graduates. Since college, I have faced many challenges but I have never walked alone because Jesus is with me . . . always. Celebrate Oral's homecoming and encourage others to look past the man Oral and toward what His ministry pointed to: the power of life when surrendered to our Lord. Thank you President Roberts for acting and committing to a vision to build a university to raise up students to hear God's calling and be lifechangers in the midst of a dark and confused world!
posted by Sandy Roten Maccioli on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:33:45 AM
My father grew up in an atheist home. Oral Roberts was the only preacher he would listen to. I would sit with him on Sunday mornings and watch Rev. Roberts' on his thirty minute television show. Now I sit and watch Oral Roberts' beloved Kenneth Copeland.
posted by Rita Saunders on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:21:47 AM
When all is said and done, Father God is our judge and Oral Roberts will have faced Him already with all his crowns to place at His feet. May He grant us the time to do half what Oral achieved in his lifetime, our faithfullness and his will be nothing compared to His continuing faithfullness to us. I may have moved away from Oral Roberts theology and approach but when all is done we will all stand simply before Him, I trust He was able to say, "Well done good and faithful servant."
posted by Chris on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:14:42 AM
A great man, a true man of God has gone to his home in Glory. I loved listening to his teaching and saw Christ shine through his face on tv. He had a special walk and presence of Christ. He will be deeply missed in the flesh, but we'll see him again. To his children, and grandchildren - may you be strong in your faith and stand worthy of the heritage and legacy he leaves in your precious hands.
posted by Sonia Thomas Melb Australia on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 4:42:26 AM
Moses needs to find God. Coming to ORU changed my life and turned me in the right direction. Anyone that has something bad to say about the University simply dosen't know what it is about. Thank you Mr Roberts, you will be missed.
posted by Joe Gheraldi on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 4:38:39 AM
I am so, so sorry for you loss. But just like Billy Joe it is heaven's gain. I came into knowing about ORU back when the skepics were so against this man of God. I never quite bought their hate. I waited and prayed and watched. It became clear to me to be 'weary' of the skeptics. your ministry has held fast and stayed strong. You 'all' work hard and in this time of grief I pray you find peace and rest in our Lord's arms.
posted by Gail Medwid on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:54:34 AM
I began my Christian walk through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, so I was from a different stream. When I did come to the "pentecostal" aspect of it, it seemed to me that there were very little "men of Character." I have been in five or six movements and I can count on my hand the number of true "men of Integrity" and "men of great character," that I would want to "follow as they follow Christ." Dr. Roberts was one of those. I use to hear him every year, at the International Charismatic Bible Ministry conferences, for maybe ten years, or so. The only thing that I ever witnessed was "integrity" and "great character" from this man, as he shared with other ministers. And every thing that I saw and heard was contrary to all that I had heard about him. Dr. Roberts, instilled a great "Faith" in me, that there were still great men of God, who had refused to "compromise" their integrity. I was in a prayer room tonight, talking to Jesus and relating to Dr. Roberts, how much he had "blessed" me. Through Jesus, I believe that I heard Oral ask me to do something for him. He asked me "to not criticise his son." When I told the Lord to tell Oral, that I would promise not to do that. I heard the words, "all of my sons," meaning his "spiritual sons," as well. You see, I have been guilty of criticising some of these other "Televangelists" that preach prosperity and live ridiculously lavish life styles. I am going to try not to criticize, as I have been, by making it "personal."
posted by John Colwell on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:31:41 AM
What ever those in the world may say about President Roberts its ok, they have no idea. For those of us blessed and fortunate to attend and/or graduate from ORU during his time there, we knew the real Oral and we saw the fruits of his genuine heart and love for people and his love for us, his students. He used to tell us just before going home for Christmas vacation some fatherly advice about representing Jesus to our families and to the world. To this day, I can still see his smile as I walked past him with my diploma in hand and he looked up and smiled at me like a proud father. Hundreds of his kids graduated that day and went into the world where the light of God was dim. What a blessing to know our sweet Oral Roberts is now in the arms of Jesus and with his Darling Wife Evelyn, as he used to always call her. Oral, of course you will be missed, thats what us mortals do but you live on in our hearts and one day we will all join you in that circle around the throne of God that will NOT be broken.
posted by G. Chism on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:43:07 AM
You touched my heart about 40 years ago and I have been in love with the Jesus in you ever since. Tonight when I heard of your passing, my heart broke, but truly SOMETHING GOOD HAS HAPPENED TO YOU!!
posted by Ruth Somers on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:08:22 AM
Thank You Chancellor Oral Roberts for your dedication to the world. You gave so much love, guildance, courage, understanding to so many through the power of GODS leading. You will be missed, but we are so full of joy for you on your First Day in HEAVEN. JOY-LOVE-PEACE TO Richard and Lindsey Roberts and The Roberts Family. You are in our prayers. With Great Sympathy Rev. Richard A Zugschwert and Shirley A Zugschwert and Family.
posted by Richard and Shirley Zugschwert on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:19:39 AM
As one of the original 305 students of ORU in 1965, I was deeply sadened to hear of Oral's passing today. He has been a spirtual father to me and many other students over the years. However, Iam happy to know that he is now receiving his rich reward in Heaven. My prayers and condolences are with the Robert's family and all of the students to whom he has meant so much.
posted by Richard Anderson on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:29:13 AM
Thank You Chancellor Oral Roberts for your dedication to the world. You gave so much love, guildance, courage, understanding to so many through the power of GODS leading. You will be missed, but we are so full of joy for you on your First Day in HEAVEN. JOY-LOVE-PEACE TO Richard and Lindsey Roberts and The Roberts Family. Blessings You are in our prayers. With Great Sympathy Rev. Richard A Zugschwert and Shirley A Zugschwert
posted by Richard and Shirley on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:19:39 AM
God bless you Chancellor Roberts. You have been a blessing to countless of lives. Thank you for the years of dedication to serve God and his people. You were truly a Spirtual Giant that God power flowed through to touch lives around the globe. You will truly be missed but not forgotten. God has called you home to rest from your laboring to announce to you, "Well done". Minister James Philpot -Atlanta, Ga.
posted by James Philpot on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:17:49 AM
May we truly remember this mighty hero of that faith for his works towards the Kingdom of God. Sure, he had his faults but don't we all? Let's concentrate on the ministry that this mighty man had and all the souls that he helped to win for the Lord.
posted by T. White on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:22:04 AM
May God continue to use the life's work of Dr. Roberts to touch the world for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a man of vision and love who wanted to do his best for God. I am thankful for his courage. God bless the Roberts' family and ministries and may you know His peace in the days ahead.
posted by David on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:19:53 AM
Mr. Roberts is not dead! He's in the other room with Jesus. Celebrate!
posted by Rob from Canada on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:55:50 AM
I was saddened to hear of Chancellor Roberts' passing and also full of joy and thanksgiving that God the Father, our Savior Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit used his life to call up a generation of leaders for Christ's service. I fondly recall my days at ORU from 1977 until my graduation in 1981. My graduating class was named the City of Faith graduating class since we started at the University when the ground was broken and graduated when the project was completed. I will always remember Chancellor Roberts, his darling wife Evelyn, and the University family & friends for the impact they all had upon my life. My heartfelt condolences to the Roberts and extended family.
posted by Jeff Curtiss, Ph.D. on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 11:21:24 PM
BACK IN THE 60'S MY COLD HARD HEARTED GRANDFATHER WAS SAVED BY LISTENING TO ORAL ON RADIO, THIS CHANGE IN HIM HAD A TREMENDOUS EFFECT ON MY LIFE AND I HAVE BEEN A FOLLOWER EVER SINCE. HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED BUT I KNOW HE'S WHERE HE WANTS TO BE.I PRAY I GET TO SEE HIM IN HEAVEN
posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:55:24 PM
Oral Roberts ran the race well.Now may we as well. Thank you Oral for teaching faith when it was not popular. Even though many refused it, there were those of us who lived by it. Even though we meet for one time,I thank God for that time. I love you sir and will miss you greatly
posted by Dr Michael Anthony on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:49:15 PM
I wanted so bad to sit and meet with Oral Roberts, although I never got that chance I was able to learn his story and sit at his virtual feet and gleam. I thank you for everything that you have taught me and my friends of ORU. This is definitely a ripped in the wave pool of my heart. To the Roberts family, my prayers, and praise that God was ready for His son. With the most love and respect.
posted by Christopher E Ruth on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:42:50 PM
I am so grateful and thankful that I was able to be in the presence of a man after God's own heart. When I heard Oral Roberts speak for the first time I could hear the anointing and power of God in his voice. My hope is that we will continue to "preach where the light is dim, and go into the uttermost parts of the earth"
posted by Destiney Lewis on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:39:45 PM
Thank you Oral Roberts for saying "yes" to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You have been a true blessing in my life and I thank God for the life you lived and the legacy that you have left behind. We celebrate your life and Praise the Lord for your service in His Kingdom!
posted by Robin on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:36:28 PM
A great man of God died today, and he will be sorely missed. I was fortunate to have graduated from ORU in 1975, but not only that, I was blessed to have known him and his "darling wife Evelyn" personally. My life and my faith were forever changed due to Oral's influence on my life. Surely, there was a great homecoming in heaven today!
posted by Sarah (Heilbroner) Wiley on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:29:52 PM
I thank God for Oral Roberts and his step of faith to build ORU. Because of my years at ORU my life will forever be marked by what can happen when a man believes God and takes a stand on His word. God bless you Oral - thanks for modeling Jesus to us!
posted by Don Erehart 84 graduate on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:29:23 PM
God has finally called Oral Roberts home after a long, productive, successful, and blessed life of 91 years! He was a giant of the Christian faith, and his great ministry has reached millions of people worldwide. I have known about ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma for several years, and have even followed their basketball team off and on, especially when they are able to get into the NCAAs! Oral Roberts was really on track when preaching from the Word of God and from his own expericences in life. He will be greatly missed! Oral Roberts and Billy Graham both started their ministries pretty much at the same time, and I consider both of them to be great men of God for our time! My prayers, condolences, and sympathy goes to the entire Oral Roberts family, friends, his church ministry family, his worldwide ministry family, and to all of the students, staff, faculty of ORU. You all were greatly blessed to be under and with a beautiful Christian person! GBU, Chari Mercier :) St. Pete, FL
posted by Chari Mercier on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:18:00 PM
I struggle for words. Oral Roberts was a beacon of light and spiritual mentor to millions. As a student the most memorable time was in Chapel. I will ever remember him singing in 1984: I was lost and undone without God or His Son....when He reached down His hand and healed me. I still see and hear it in my minds eye. I can still smell the trees as I walked through the Prayer Garden to the LRC on that Saturday morning where I would begin to read Seed Faith for the first time. "And their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased." That work does go on Chancellor Roberts. Through the hand of God in the last couple of years it is now poised to go on until Jesus comes. My tears are of joyous sorrow.
posted by Mark A. Cole on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:00:04 PM
Brother Oral was a great inspiration to me. When everyone was critical and against him he still loved everyone. I am encouraged to press on and finish the call God has upon my life and Oral Roberts helped me believe that miracles are possible.
posted by Clayton Phillips on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:17:12 PM
Oral Roberts went home to the Lord today... He stood for the word of God in key issues- healing, faith, and honor of God...even though he encountered opposition. He led a generation to know the power of God and go into all the world to preach the gospel. How the Lord loves you...and says "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord" We salute you Oral...thank you for your labor of love on behalf of the brethren. Posted on my facebook.
posted by Nora Obrecht on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:00:15 PM
Oral Roberts' obedience changed my life. Because of his obedience to God in founding ORU, my parents met. He has greatly impacted my life and the life of my family.
posted by Sarah on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 9:58:45 PM
I remember as a freshman every time Oral would come to chapel, there was always a standing ovation of people making a big 'O' with their arms... I always loved to hear him speak... He will be missed...
posted by Christopher Milligan on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 9:08:16 PM