By Kenneth W. Hagin
It takes more than horsepower to win an auto race. Drivers also need skill, knowledge, and the determination to stay in the race. And those who attended Kenneth W. Hagin’s A Call to Arms 2009 Men’s Conference heard continual reminders that these same qualities are vital to winning in life.
More than a thousand men gathered in November at RHEMA Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for the three-day conference. This year’s theme, “Refuse to Lose!” echoed Rev. Hagin’s lifelong motto, “I cannot be defeated, and I will not quit!” And from his opening message, he and other speakers exhorted the men to stay in the battle to live for God and do things His way. Finances, sexual temptation, marriage, family, work, prayer, faith, growing closer to God . . . workshops and general sessions dealt head-on with these topics and others.
High-energy praise and worship began every general session. During Friday morning’s session, Gerald Brooks explained two aspects of the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of Christians: the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit coming upon believers. Friday evening, Mark Hankins urged the men to meditate in God’s Word to keep it abiding in their hearts.
But A Call to Arms 2009 didn’t address just the responsibility side of manhood. Sprint cars from Hagin Racing were parked on the platform throughout the event. And during a special workshop, NASCAR driver Blake Koch answered men’s questions about auto racing. A NASCAR race car, a luxury sports car, and other vehicles on
display drew plenty of attention. Special bonus sessions presented at a nearby sporting goods store offered tips and ideas for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor sports and activities. And there was plenty of good food and fellowship.
The conference ended Saturday morning with a Communion service led by Rev. Hagin. The men who attended A Call to Arms 2009 left challenged but encouraged to “refuse to lose” in their walk with the Lord.