// Kenneth W. Hagin
THROUGH A STORY in Acts chapter 9, I believe you will see that God not only performed healings through Jesus' ministry—HE ALSO HEALS TODAY THROUGH HIS PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE HIS WORD.
Acts 9:32–35 relates details of Peter's encounter with a man named Aeneas. Let's look for a moment at this man's condition. He was paralyzed and in a helpless, deplorable state. Possibly the doctors of his day had done all they could for him. BUT WHEN SOMETHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH MEN, IT'S STILL POSSIBLE WITH GOD (Luke 18:27).
IN RESPONSE to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the U.S. began a large-scale military activation. Joe Hernandez, a 20-year-old Marine reservist, had just started his studies at Rhema Bible Training College. Only two months into his schooling, he was called to active duty in Desert Storm.
When Joe arrived in the Middle East, his unit formed a perimeter boundary around Kuwait City. Working in the scorching, 100-degree heat, Joe was positioned in a foxhole. His post was in the middle of smelly, rotten garbage in the city's landfill!
Joe was a relatively young Christian then. Before coming to Jesus, he was addicted to drugs and alcohol. As a teenager and even as a child, he constantly lashed out at everyone and was quick to pick fights. In 1989, only a year before being deployed to Kuwait, Joe gave his life to the Lord at a Kenneth E. Hagin crusade in Anaheim, California.
// Brian McCallum
IN SECOND CORINTHIANS 5:9 (NKJV), the Apostle Paul wrote that he and his fellow workers made it their goal to live, speak, and act in a manner that was well-pleasing to God. THEIR LIFESTYLE REVOLVED AROUND BRINGING GLORY TO HIS KINGDOM. Verse 10 of that same chapter tells us why: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (NKJV).
One day when we stand before Jesus, we will be either well-pleasing to Him or a disappointment. Our works will either be made of heavenly things and valuable, or they will be carnal and of no value.
// Lynette Hagin
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
—Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
ANOTHER YEAR has come and gone, and we have now entered 2016. As I reflect on last year, I'm reminded of a song written by Andraé Crouch. The words of the chorus are, "Through it all, through it all, Oh I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God. Through it all, through it all, Oh I've learned to depend upon His Word."*
// Lynette Hagin
EVERY YEAR many people set aside a special time, usually around the first of the year, to take inventory of their personal lives. First, they carefully examine all the projects from last year's to-do list that they didn't finish. Then they formulate their New Year's resolutions for the coming year. They're saying, in essence, "It's a new day and a new year. I'm going to do some new things!"
Taking inventory is a powerful way to help us get a fresh, new start in life. But in my own experience, there have been other times besides the beginning of the year when I've asked the Lord to help me take inventory. For example, I've taken inventory of my life when my prayers don't seem to be answered or when things are just not working right for me.