Archive for December 17th, 2009

Oral Roberts

December 17, 2009

Oral Roberts died Tuesday December 15, 2009.  He had an impact on me that has profoundly influenced my approach to ministry.

I never heard him preach.

I have never read one of his books.

I visited Oral Roberts University back in the late seventies, with a gospel group of which I was a member.  I remember the symbol of three hands and forearms that were joined together in a triangle.  The meaning of the symbol was explained by our guide.  It represented the hand of the doctor, the hand of a person praying, and the hand of God.   All three worked together to bring healing to an individual life.

I have always remembered that symbol, and, after over twenty years in ministry, I still believe it expresses well my own approach.  Pray, seek medical attention, and pray again; because ultimately all healing is a gift from God, whether it comes through a supernatural act, or the use of medical treatments.

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