// John Grunewald
DURING THE MID-1980s, Kenneth E. Hagin held prayer meetings at Rooker Memorial Auditorium on the Rhema USA campus. He often told those present to stretch their hands toward the large maps of the world's continents that covered the walls of the room and pray for those nations. During one season of time, Brother Hagin always had us pray for Europe.
Little did my wife, Michelle, and I know that God planted a seed in our hearts then. It was the beginning of a vision—something He was going to have us do. We didn't know what it meant or what to do with it. We just knew that there was something big in our hearts about Europe.
For years we helped anybody we knew who was going there. However they needed help, we'd lend a hand. We often prayed about going to Europe, but we always had a check in our spirits. For a long time we thought God wanted us to stay in the U.S. and help from here. It was 13 years before we finally got the release to travel to Europe. And within six months of that trip, we moved to Germany.
// Kenneth W. Hagin
SOME CHRISTIANS don't realize they are three-part beings. You are a spirit; you have a soul; and you live in a body. When you are born again, your spirit is recreated. To grow in Christ, your mind must be renewed with the Word of God (Rom. 12:2).
What, then, are you to do with your body—the house you live in (2 Cor. 5:1)? Remember, your body is not who you really are. Your spirit is the real you.
Most Christians don't live like they are spirit beings. They seem unaware that the Spirit of Almighty God lives in them. Many allow their bodies to control the way they live.
It shouldn't be that way. A Christian who lives according to his physical senses will run into trouble. He won't be able to accurately listen to his heart and follow the Holy Spirit's leading.
A Call to Arms 2015
HUNDREDS OF GODLY MEN gathered on the Rhema USA campus in November to hone their faith, be built up in the Lord, and live above any attack of the devil. Speakers at Kenneth W. Hagin's A Call to Arms Men's Conference aimed to strengthen, challenge, and encourage those who attended. They left refreshed and better equipped to enforce the victory Jesus has already won for them. A Call to Arms 2016 will be held November 3–5. Be there!
// Craig W. Hagin
AT ONE TIME or another, everyone faces struggles in life. We all have unexpected things happen. This shouldn't come as a surprise, because we see in John 10:10 that "the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy."
Whenever adversity strikes, we can find help and inspiration in the Bible story of David and Goliath. We can look at how David won his battle against Goliath, follow the same principles, and come out on top in any situation we face.
At that time David was a young shepherd boy who tended his family's sheep. His encounter with Goliath was no doubt the biggest battle he had faced up to that point.
Jesse, David's father, had given David food to take to his brothers who had joined King Saul on the battlefield. When David got to the front lines, he heard Goliath, a huge Philistine soldier, taunting the Israelite army.
// Kenneth W. Hagin
Are You Ready to Receive?
We all face a choice. We can be satisfied where we are, or we can choose to move to a new experience with God. We are still His people, no matter which direction we take. But we are the ones who decide whether we will enjoy all of His blessings.
I know that sometimes it can seem as if there is no way out of our situation. But look at what Second Corinthians 6:2 (NEB) says: "The hour of favour has now come; now, I say, has the day of deliverance dawned." The dawn of a new day is here! Dawn means a new beginning. Dawn means the old darkness has faded away and the light of a new day has come. We can rise from the darkness that we've been in—the darkness of hardships, trials, tribulation, and all the other difficulties the devil is throwing at us. We can enter that new day!