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'Christmas to Me Doesn't Mean a Baby in a Manger'

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In the early 1980s, Kenneth E. Hagin and his son, Kenneth W. Hagin, discussed
the meaning of Christmas during a television taping. The following has been adapted from that conversation.

Kenneth W. It seems that many people keep Jesus as a baby in a manger. They don't simply commemorate His birthday on Christmas. We celebrate our birthdays, and we don't try to keep our children babies. Why is it that some want to keep the Son of God a baby in a manger?

Kenneth E. I really think it may be a subtle device the devil created to have people worship a baby. The second chapter of Luke tells how Joseph and Mary went to the Temple to have the child circumcised and present offerings according to Jewish custom.

But the end of the chapter skips over the first 12 years of Jesus' life. We see Joseph and Mary going up to Jerusalem again, only this time Jesus is 12 years of age. We see Him discussing spiritual matters with teachers in the Temple. Scripture then skips over His life until He begins His ministry.

The four Gospels were not written to tell us about Jesus' birth, and we shouldn't stop there, because if Jesus was just born and that was the end of it, we wouldn't have the Good News.

Christmas to me doesn't mean a baby in a manger. Yes, we keep the traditional day of His birth, but we should think beyond that. He isn't just a man—He is the Son of God.
The four Gospels contain the story of Jesus' birth, His life, His ministry, what He did, what He said, and finally, His death.

WOF Text5It wasn't Jesus' birth that saved us; it was his death—and not only that He died, but also that He was raised from the dead. You can't be saved just believing that Jesus died. You also must believe that God raised Him from the dead.

Kenneth W. That's right.

Kenneth E. Paul said in Romans 10:9, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Of course, we should see the overall view of God's plan of redemption, including that when Jesus was born, He took upon Himself a body. But that's just the beginning of that plan.

That plan of redemption had to be consummated in His death, burial, resurrection, and seating at the right hand of the Father, where He now is and where He ever liveth to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25).

When I think of the Christmas story, I think of the whole plan of redemption. I don't just think of a baby in a manger.

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Kindle the Flame 2018: Reflect. Renew. Rekindle.

Womens Conference Kindle the FlameLynette Hagin's Kindle the Flame® Women's Conference — keeps getting better and better!

For three days, nearly 1,500 women sporting gold KTF bags gathered on the Rhema USA campus in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Ladies from around the world came to reflect, renew, and rekindle in the light of God's Spirit and the mirror of His Word.

Each session was filled with excitement, energy, and expectancy as the speakers shared powerful messages of truth and transparency. Those at the conference were challenged to be authentic, unedited, prayer-filled reflections of who God says they are supposed to be—whole, clean, restored, and transformed women of love and light.

Make plans now to attend  on the Rhema USA campus.

Kindle the Flame Speaker Highlights

"If we're going to be all that God called us to be, we have to look in the mirror. We must take the masks off and see ourselves for who we really are." // Lynette Hagin

"Here's my challenge: (1) Walk back into your world and be unedited. Be the real you. (2) Bear each other's burdens (Gal. 6:2). Simply love others as God loves us." // Denise Hagin Burns

"The price to save families wasn't casual. Jesus' blood paid for families to be restored. But the blood must be applied to have its effect." // Patsy Cameneti

"Heaven is on a tour of accelerated restoration. God wants to heal you from your past to bring you into the fullness of who God called you to be." // Jen Tringale

"When you can't hear the song [in your life], start singing. Praise takes you from being self-centered to God-centered, from problem-centered to promise-centered." // Jill Donovan

"The issues that flow out of you directly result from what you are feeding on. That's why it is vitally important to renew your mind." // Marci Glisson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men's Conference: Where Men Answer the Call

Article CTA 18A Call to Arms Men's Conference, November 1–3, 2018

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Review of 2017 Conference:

Kenneth W. Hagin opened A Call to Arms Men's Conference with a strong exhortation for men to see themselves as champions. It was a powerful time of bonding, brotherhood, and breakthrough. For three days in November, men listened to messages on their identity in Christ, the power of praise and humility, and enduring to the end. The weak left strong, the sick left healed, and men were transformed from the inside out. They were equipped and empowered to be everything God called them to be in today's world. Mark your calendars for A Call to Arms 2018, November 1–3.

CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE

// KENNETH W. HAGIN

The devil tries to challenge us on our identity as men and who we are in Christ. If he is successful in doing this, Satan has inroads into our lives. We must be willing to fight for our identity and for what belongs to us. Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV) says, "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

If we're going to win against the devil, we have to be fighters. Some men may not be a natural fighter. But God will help them. Everybody likes a great victory, but there is never a great victory without a great battle. Jesus faced a tremendous battle when He went to the cross and redeemed mankind from the enemy. He triumphed over all the power of the enemy. Jesus was the last man standing, and His victory is our victory.

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Men's Conference: It's Not Too Late!

Article CTA 3A Call to Arms —discover the greatness that lies within you!

Kenneth W. Hagin's A Call to Arms Men's Conference happens this Thursday—Saturday, November 1—3, on the Rhema USA campus in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Register online through Tuesday, October 30th and then starting Thursday, November 1nd at 3:00 PM, men can register at the door! Onsite registration is located in the West Lobby of the Rhema Bible Church Auditorium.

Speakers this year include Rev. Hagin and his son, Craig W. Hagin,and special guest speakers Jeff Bardel, Mike Cameneti, Roy Coggeshall, and Earl Glisson.

In each session, the speakers will share practical knowledge and godly wisdom on issues that matter to men. There will also be great worship and time to hang out with the guys. The conference is a perfect time to get away, let go of stress, and hear from God. Don't miss it!


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Reflect. Renew. Rekindle.

Article KTF 3Kindle the Flame® Women's Conference: Reflect. Renew. Rekindle.

Join us on the Rhema USA campus September 27–29, 2018!

Lynette Hagin's Kindle the Flame® Women's Conference is one of a kind! This unique conference draws women from around the world. The 2018 event will focus on time to reflect, renew, and rekindle in God's presence.

Speakers this year include Lynette Hagin, Denise Hagin Burns, Patsy Cameneti, Jill Donovan (founder of Rustic Cuff and author of The Kindness Effect), Marci Glisson, and Jen Tringale. Their inspirational messages along with powerful times in worship, sisterhood, and connection with God will be life changing!

"Together my mom and I get to minister to ladies from around the world. My desire is that they are refreshed spiritually and get that boost for the rest of the year. It blesses me to see them enjoy KTF and see their lives change." —Denise Hagin Burns

For more details, visit rhema.org/ktf or call 1-866-312-0972.

Don't forget the early bird discount ends September 15!