Rejoice No Matter What
// Kenneth W. Hagin
Our circumstances are constantly changing. As we are caught in these changes, it can be easy to get in fear rather than faith. But it doesn't matter how bad things get—God is still God. He does not change (Mal. 3:6). Even when things get tough, He's still on the throne. And that's why we need to rejoice in spite of what we're going through.
Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV) says, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." Verse 19 in The Message translation says, "Counting on God's Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength."
// Kenneth W. Hagin
At times we all face seemingly impossible situations and we don't know how things can be turned around. But in the life of Abraham, we can see how his faith made the impossible possible. As we follow his example, we can use our faith to move any mountain we face.
Abraham was old when God promised to make him into a great nation. At that time it seemed impossible that his wife,
Sarah, could have a child. But 15 to 25 years later, she bore their son, Isaac. Scripture tells us that Abraham never once doubted God during that time.
A TIME TO CELEBRATE AND REJOICE
LATIN AMERICA. From the towering Andes mountain range to the winding Amazon River, it is an area teeming with history and rich cultural traditions. But it is also an area filled with people. These people are the reason that Rhema Bible Training College campuses are strategically placed across the region.
At the end of May, Kenneth and Lynette Hagin visited Rhema campuses across Latin America. They stopped in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. In 14 days, they traveled 12,441 air miles, spent 30 hours in the aircraft, crossed three time zones, underwent 13 customs inspections, and ministered around 17 times. Here are some of the exciting things that happened in each location. (Rhema is truly exploding around the world!)
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
The mind can be a powerful ally or an awesome enemy. The trouble so many of us experience in life is in our minds—we let our thoughts run wild! If we want to live peaceful lives, we must guard our minds and control our thought lives. We must do something about it!
Of course, we live in a negative society. If it's not bad news, it's usually not considered newsworthy. If you listen to the news
reports for very long, you might not even want to leave your house!
A Call to Arms Men's Conference Speaker Highlight
MY WIFE AND I have triplets—three boys who just turned 14. So pray for us. They are great young men. They just love to eat. We literally have to hide food. Recently my sons discovered the movie Forrest Gump. I happened to walk into the room where they were watching it just as Forrest's mother said to him, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get." I couldn't help myself. I quickly said, "Pause it!" And then I told them,
Rhema College Weekend Instructor Highlight
he greatest battle I've fought hasn't been with financial needs or sickness and disease. The greatest battle I have fought has been to maintain my hold on Christ as my everything. Why? Because the tendency is for us to substitute something else for Christ. It could be our confession of the Word, our prayer life, or reading the Bible. Those things are good, but when we begin to substitute them for what Christ has already done, we're getting into trouble.
//KENNETH E. HAGIN
Some things that folks attribute to the devil are really nothing more than works of the flesh. It is important to realize that everything that's wrong in life is not directly the work of an evil spirit.
When the Bible talks about keeping the flesh under the dominion of the spirit, too many times folks think that only refers to keeping sexual desires under control. Well, it's true you'll have to keep your body under subjection in that area. But did you ever notice what else the Bible lists as works of the flesh or the old-man nature?
SPECIAL REPORT: MISSIONS
After 35 years in ministry, 74-year-old Kathie Fleming is still going strong. "I've come to the decision," she says, "that I'm not going to retire. I feel so good. I believe the life of God is so big in us that it keeps us young!"
Traveling 45,000 miles a year wasn't something Kathie planned on doing after graduating from Rhema Bible Training College in 1979 with her husband, Dave. The Flemings first worked in local churches. In 1981, when an opportunity to pioneer a church in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, opened up, they jumped on it.
However, eight short years after the church started, Dave was diagnosed with advanced renal cell carcinoma. Kathie's world was suddenly rocked when a few weeks later, he died.
An Unforgettable Patriotic Celebration
More than 60,000 people came out to Rockets Over Rhema
this year to celebrate America's freedom. The festivities opened with an original patriotic musical, Route 66: The Red, White, and Blue Tour, staged in the Rhema Bible Church auditorium. The audience followed the adventures of three musical acts "touring" America by bus in the 1950s. Toes tapped along as the cast sang songs honoring the United States and sharing a bit of its history. The cast and their audience made several stops along the historic highway. One was at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, marking America's western expansion. Another was at a Civil War cemetery to honor the brave soldiers who fought in that terrible conflict.
// 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)