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"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 1984)
As I thought about the upcoming Christmas holidays and all that is involved in getting ready for the season, the words kind and kindness came to mind. I have endeavored to live by those words. Even so, I realized that in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it can be easy for each of us to neglect this fruit of the Spirit that the Bible encourages us to practice.
//Special Report: A Year in Review
Kenneth W. Hagin often says,
"The natural and the supernatural coming together make an explosive force for God." And 2013 has provided great opportunities for Kenneth Hagin Ministries to help people . . . both spiritually and naturally.
Motivated by Love
"One way to minister is to touch a life that's in need," says Craig W. Hagin. And a string of tornadoes ripping through central Oklahoma in May left plenty of needy lives. Craig and his wife, Mia, searched tirelessly in remote, hard-to-reach areas for people who were largely ignored after the storms.
Every Christmas, billions of greeting cards are sent out around the world. But did you know that long before printing companies introduced their first cards, God sent out a Christmas greeting for the world to hear?
It was the original Christmas card . . . sent by God, delivered by angels:
" 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David A SAVIOR, who is CHRIST THE LORD' " (Luke 2:10–11 NKJV).
It was a message of hope—
hope for happiness . . .
hope for help.
//Special Report Missions
"We've introduced the Gospel to [the people there]," says Jeanne, "and it's changed their society."
Nighttime comes early in Panama's Darien jungle. The triple-canopy rainforest refuses to let twilight cast its shadows on the thick carpet of plants and leaves on the jungle floor. By six o'clock, it's pitch-black. There was a time in the Darien when darkness welcomed the sound of witch doctors' drumbeats. Night after night their hypnotic rhythms resonated throughout what some call "the darkest jungle." "The presence of the devil was so strong then," says Jeanne Cook. "You could just feel him breathing down your back."
For 33 years Dennis and Jeanne Cook, 1980 RBTC USA graduates, have made the Darien their home. Today, it's no longer a haven of witchcraft. "We've introduced the Gospel to [the people there]," says Jeanne, "and it's changed their society."
There are believers today who are holding unforgiveness in their hearts, and some don't even realize it! They can't get over certain situations in their past, and because of that, they can't move forward in life.
In Philippians 3:13–14 (NKJV), the Apostle Paul said, "One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
"Forgetting those things which are behind . . ." How many of us would say, "Easier said than done!" But we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us! We can get over that situation and get over ourselves.