1 Let Jesus Heal People Through You If we re going to effectively conduct the Anointing of Jesus to heal the sick we must refuse to fear. We must simply believe. Kenneth Copeland
2 If you re a true believer, there have been times when you ve longed to lay your hands on sick people and see them recover. Times when you ve experienced a surge of compassion for someone stricken with a debilitating disease. Times when you yearned to touch them and say, Be healed, in Jesus Name. The reason is simple. Deep in your heart, you know you ve been called to do that. Your spirit understands, even if your intellect does not, that as a believer you ve been divinely commissioned to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. You ve been called to follow Jesus and He healed the sick time and time again. That was a big part of the work He did when He was on the earth. Before He left He delegated that work. And He delegated it not just to ordained ministers or special full-time apostles and evangelists but to every single Christian. He passed His ministry on to all believers when He said: He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father ( John 14:12). B Y K E N N E T H C O P E L A N D
3 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17-18 Believers Who Haven t Believed In light of that scripture, we have to wonder why so few Christians are effectively laying hands on the sick these days. Why aren t more people being healed in Jesus Name? Because for the most part we haven t met the one condition Jesus mentioned when He gave us those instructions: We haven t believed. I can almost hear feathers ruffling in righteous indignation. Why, how can you say that, Brother Copeland? Every Christian believes in Jesus. All of us who are truly born-again children of God have put our faith in Him as our personal Savior and Lord. Yes, thank God, we have and that s done a lot of good things for us. It s taken us off the road to hell, for instance, and headed us toward heaven. It s gotten us forgiveness of sin and peace in our hearts. But it hasn t turned us into the heavenly ambassadors of healing Jesus intended us to be. For that to happen, we have to do more than simply believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We must believe the full message that He preached. The message He preached practically everywhere He went. The message He delivered in the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth when, as Luke 4 tells us: as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (verses 16-19). Jesus was and is the Son of God. But notice that s not what He preached there in Nazareth. He preached that He was anointed. He preached that the power of God was on Him to bring healing, deliverance, restoration of sight and liberty to people in every area of their lives. He preached that He was anointed to make them whole spiritually, physically, financially and socially. He didn t just preach that once or twice. He preached it consistently. He preached it repeatedly, everywhere He went. That s why, after Jesus had been crucified and resurrected, Peter delivered that same message to the Gentiles gathered at Cornelius house by proclaiming: The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:36-38). The Real Gospel Message Peter didn t just tell those folks that Jesus is the Son of God who came to forgive their sins. Peter told them that Jesus came preaching peace. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom and it means nothing missing, nothing broken. Peter also said, as Jesus did in Luke 4, that Jesus was anointed with the power of the Holy Ghost to heal all who were oppressed of the devil. Combine those thoughts and you ll see what the real, true gospel message actually is. It s that Jesus is anointed with the power of God to replace whatever is missing in your life and fix whatever the devil has broken in your spirit, soul and body! The primary reason healings are in such short supply in the Church today is because most Christians haven t believed that message much less preached it! They ve believed untrue things such as: God uses sickness to teach people something; miracles passed away with the apostles; or you never know what God s going to do. Jesus didn t say anything like that! He understood F E B R U A R Y 0 6 BVOV 3
4 Love always. Fear not. Then step out in faith and boldly tell others about the Anointing of Jesus, and lay hands on the next sick person the Holy Spirit leads you to. clearly that the devil not God is the author of sickness. The devil not God is the source of problems. He believed and boldly told them that the anointing of God that was on Him would do exactly what Isaiah 10:27 said it would do: remove the burdens and destroy the yokes the devil had used to oppress them. If we re going to lay hands on the sick and see them recover we have to believe and preach that too! Jesus Is Anointed and So Are You What s more, we must believe that we re anointed with that same anointing of Jesus. I know that s a staggering thought but the Bible clearly tells us it s true. It tells us we re in Him, He s in us, and we are operating in His Name. It says, the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, (1 John 2:27) and as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). If you find it difficult to wrap your mind around that, think about it this way. When you were born again you became part of the Body of Christ. The word Christ actually means the Anointed One. Therefore you became a part of Jesus own anointing. You became an anointed cell in His anointed Body. Scientists have learned that every cell in a human body carries within it that person s complete DNA the genetic imprint of all that person s attributes and characteristics. Every one of your cells contains a little version of you. In the same way, as a believer you have God s DNA in your spirit. You Salvation Prayer Jesus If you do not know as your Savior & Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord! Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved and 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 (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9). You said my salvation would be the result of Your Holy Spirit giving me new birth by coming to live in me (John 3:5-6, 15-16; Romans 8:9-11) and that if I would ask, You would fill me with Your Spirit and give me the ability to speak with other tongues (Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4). I take You at Your Word. I confess that Jesus is Lord. And I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. Thank You for coming into my heart, for giving me Your Holy Spirit as You have promised, and for being Lord over my life. Amen. If you have just prayed this prayer, please contact us and let us know of your decision. We have a free Salvation Package we would like to send you to help you begin your new life in Jesus! Simply write and ask for offer #50801, check the circle on the response form in the center of this magazine or call have the anointed DNA of Jesus Himself inside of you. For you to minister that anointing to other people you must believe that, because faith is what connects us and those we re laying hands on to the anointing. The woman with the issue of blood who reached out by faith and touched Jesus, proved that. Jesus didn t even know she was there. He never intentionally released the healing anointing to her. But when she touched Him in faith, the anointing within Him began to flow. It went out of Jesus and into her. Daughter, He said to her when He realized what she had done, thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 8:48). Love Always and Fear Not Yeah, I know all that s true, you might say, but I m just afraid it won t work for me. I m afraid I ll lay hands on somebody and they won t get anything. If you re afraid, they probably won t get anything because just like faith connects us to the anointing, fear blocks the anointing. That s why right after the woman with the issue of blood was healed, Jesus turned around to Jairus who had just been told his daughter was dead and said, Be not afraid, only believe (verse 50). Essentially Jesus was saying to Jairus, If you yield to fear there s not going to be much I can do for your daughter. So don t give in to it. Keep believing instead. If we re going to effectively conduct 4 BVOV F E B R U A R Y 0 6
5 the Anointing of Jesus to heal the sick, we must follow those same instructions. We must refuse to fear. We must simply believe. How do we do that? By walking in love. The Bible tells us, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear (1 John 4:18). In addition, 1 Corinthians 12:31 tells us love is the most excellent way to operate in the power gifts of the Holy Spirit such as healing. It s easy to see why that s true. When we re occupied with loving other people, we aren t afraid of anything because we aren t thinking of ourselves we re thinking of them. We re not concerned with what they ll say about us if they don t get an immediate manifestation of healing. We re too wrapped up in wanting to be a blessing to them to be concerned about that. When we re loving folks, our faith (which conducts the anointing) flows at high tide because faith works by love! (See Galatians 5:6.) So love always. Fear not. Then step out in faith and fulfill the commission Jesus gave you in Mark 16. Boldly tell others about the Anointing of Jesus. Lay hands on the next sick person the Holy Spirit leads you to. Don t quench the desire God has put within you but stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:6-7). Get out there and lay hands on the sick and let Jesus heal people through you! VICTORY You are Anointed to Heal! Jesus wants to heal people through you and we ve put together a package that can help you start ministering to those you love. In the Anointed to Heal Package, you ll receive: For You The Power of the Anointing this 2-CD/2-Tape set by Kenneth Copeland will inspire and challenge you to release the anointing that is in you now! For a Friend Healing Scriptures The powerful healing scriptures read by Kenneth Copeland on this CD/Tape will help the listener stir up faith for healing. You Are Healed pamphlet God wants His children well, and this pamphlet gives you the promises to stand on and the steps to take. Order the Anointed to Heal Package today. It s a great way to let Jesus heal someone through you! Anointed to Heal Package CD R78 #B Anointed to Heal Package Tape R41 #B See response form for ordering information.
6 Seek Love and Stop Strife Seek Love Overlook the Offense The most hazardous weapon the devil uses against us is also the foremost enemy of love. I m talking about STRIFE. In order to walk in God s wisdom and keep the door of your life closed to the devil, you must guard diligently against strife and seek diligently to love others. Gloria Copeland Strife means vigorous or bitter conflict, discord and antagonism; to quarrel, struggle or clash; competition; rivalry. This dangerous sin is an open door to the devil. It gives him license to bring confusion and evil into our lives.! The Bible tells us how to avoid strife: He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends (Proverbs 17:9, The Amplified Bible).! So what is the answer to avoiding strife? Well, most importantly, you are to yield to love. If you want peace in your life, give peace to others. Walk in love. Be quick to forgive and overlook an offense. Don t repeat matters that cause strife.! We can also avoid strife through forgiveness: Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense (Proverbs 19:11, The Amplified Bible).! You know, the devil will always try to make us think the way the world thinks. The world says, If someone mistreats or insults you, the only macho response is to give him one right between the eyes! BY GLORIA COPELAND
7 Treat the temptation to gossip and stir up strife as you would a poisonous snake. Turn your back and run the other way, because in the eyes of God, participating in strife is one of the most serious of sins. That s because the devil operates and thrives on strife, since strife gives him an open door. The Bible says that where there is strife, there is also confusion and every evil work ( James 3:16). Satan likes that kind of atmosphere. It breeds evil. The devil tries to cause us to think like the world thinks. He wants us to believe that we have to defend ourselves when we are insulted. He wants us to think, I m going to get the last word. I ll give that guy a piece of my mind! But no one needs a piece of your mind. You should keep all you have! The Bible says it is to your glory to overlook an offense. It also says you have good sense when you restrain your anger. Actually, insults won t hurt you if you don t partake of them if you refuse to allow them into your spirit. You can forgive the person and go on peacefully, knowing that you just exhibited wisdom. Not only did you respond in wisdom, but you are still free from the trap of the devil. Love Stops Strife Before It Breaks Out Let s look at another important key to getting rid of strife: The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out (Proverbs 17:14, The Amplified Bible). You will never have a happy home if you don t resist strife. You see, Satan wants to stop your faith from working, so he ll try to slip in the back way and trick you into opening the door of your life to him. Getting you into strife gives him a way in. Strife may seem to start out small, but really there is no such thing as insignificant strife. Strife left unchecked will flood your life like an ugly torrent. The enemy likes to bring you an opportunity to get into a conflict with someone, because he knows that the moment you step into strife he can gain mastery over you. He uses strife to interrupt the flow of love in your life. And once he s gotten you out of love, then he can cancel out your faith because faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). Love is our commandment. Jesus said, This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you ( John 15:12). So if you want to walk in the power and blessing of God, don t open the door to the devil through strife. You have to make up your mind, I am putting strife out of my house and out of my life! This is the way you do it: At the very first hint of strife, stop it. Don t let someone pull you into an argument. Instead, walk in love and forgiveness and stop contention before it becomes worse (Proverbs 17:14, The Amplified Bible). It takes two people to get into strife, and you can decide not to get into it! You don t have to fit the description of the person in Proverbs 17:19: He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt (The Amplified Bible). So when you recognize a situation that sparks feelings of aggravation, jealousy or strife within you, just look at that situation through the eyes of God and talk to it. Say, I refuse to allow this situation to bring strife into my life. I yield to the forces of love and joy within me. No Place for Strife in a Loving Home Proverbs 17:1 (The Amplified Bible) gives you more insight into the danger of strife in your home: Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife. The home is one of Satan s biggest targets. He continually tries to disrupt families by causing strife and division in your homes. Your family is a powerful force for God when you re all in agreement with one another. That s why it s so important to stay out of strife and walk in love at home. Oddly enough, home is often the most difficult place to be loving! I think the reason for that is we don t have our guard up when we re at home. We re not worried about our reputation. We re not trying to impress anyone. At home, we relax and nothing stops us from being selfish except our commitment to walk in the love of God. But don t be fooled into thinking that it doesn t matter how you act at home. It matters a great deal. In fact, years ago the Lord said this to me, If you allow Satan to stop you with strife at your front door, you ll be no threat to him anywhere else. Love Prevents Strife Among Brothers Let me warn you that as soon as you start putting strife out of your home, the devil will pressure you even harder to get into strife somewhere else at work, at church just anywhere will work for him. He ll provoke someone to be rude to you or hurt your feelings. Or he ll make sure you find out F E B R U A R Y 0 6 BVOV 7
8 about other believers mistakes, then try to convince you to talk about their mistakes to others. We must remember Paul s words, But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another (1 Thessalonians 4:9). When the enemy presents you with that opportunity, turn him down fast! Treat that temptation to gossip and stir up strife as you would a poisonous snake. Turn your back and run the other way, because in the eyes of God, participating in strife is one of the most serious of sins. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous (1 Peter 3:8). Stay away from strife. Ask God to reveal to you if you ve entered into strife even inadvertently. He may remind you of a time you passed along some gossip about someone else or criticized the pastor. If He does, repent and make a decision to be more conscious of avoiding that strife in the future. Born to Walk in Love When Ken and I first received the revelation of the danger of strife, we realized that if we wanted to walk in the full measure of God s blessings, we would have to stay out of strife. We wouldn t be able to argue with people or fight back when people criticized or wronged us. We d have to respond in love. So we made up our minds to put strife out of our family. We made up our minds to keep it out of our ministry. We absolutely refused to operate in strife. And we determined that if we did mess up and exchange harsh words, we would be quick to repent and keep the devil from gaining a foothold in our lives. If you want to walk in God s love and keep the door of your life closed to the devil, that s the kind of decision you ll have to make, too. So guard diligently against strife. Make the commitment to keep strife out of your life. See to it that your prayers prevail by staying in harmony with your family members as well as others. The moment you slip up and get into strife, make it right. Go to the other person and say, Please forgive me. I love you. I don t want to be in strife with you. Then tell the Lord, Father, I repent of strife. I refuse to be a person of strife. I choose to walk in love. You may have to repent quite a bit at first if you ve developed habits that must be changed. But don t get disgusted with yourself and give up. Just keep acting on the Word. Stop strife and yield to love! The love of God has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5). You are born of God to walk in His love. VICTORY Walk in the Way of Wisdom The book of Proverbs contains an abundance of spiritual wisdom for those who want to fulfill God s will. But sometimes finding and understanding that wisdom can be difficult. Gloria Copeland shows how to unlock the secrets of one of the Bible s most famous books and leads you step by step through rich, powerful scriptures filled with wisdom. Hidden Treasures paperback R79 #B See response form for ordering information.
9 KCM Making a Difference Through Ministry, Materials and Prayers I had just opened my Bible and was about to pray Psalm 27 when the BVOV magazine with Gloria s article on God s goodness came through the food slot on my door. Tears started to flow. You see, in 2001 my oldest brother had a heart attack and a stroke and is now in a convalescent home. This particular Psalm is one God had given me to stand on in believing for his complete restoration and healing. Every time I get the BVOV magazine there is a specific confirmation from the Almighty! I have no words to express what your ministry and materials books, Bibles and Partner Letters, not to mention your prayer team and their dedication to fervent prayer have meant in my life. I m sure countless others both incarcerated and at liberty feel the same way. Make no mistake, there are more children of God, and more of them filled with the Holy Ghost, because of your ministry. T.B. Nevada GoodNeWS Gazette te Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee. Psalm 31:19 I Finally Get It! The Word became alive in me and changed my life at the 2005 Branson Victory Campaign my first campaign, but not my last. It has been such a pleasure to sit under the anointing of your teaching. As you told us how you wrote Jesus Is Lord on everything (even your shoes) it sparked a fire in me. The teaching about loving the Lord and loving our neighbor has changed my life. I finally get it. It is so simple, but so profound. This Victory Campaign has helped me go from head knowledge of the Word to heart knowledge with revelation and relationship. Thank God for His Word and for your ministry. B.J. Lamie Dover, Ark. Spina Bifida Bows to the Name of Jesus February 2004, my daughter had a miscarriage. By September she was expecting again. Just before Thanksgiving her obstetrician said the baby had spina bifida. I did not receive that report! I cried out to God, the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus I claimed healing for the baby and increased faith for my daughter. KCM has ministered I called TBN and KCM. My daughter ordered to my soul and spirit Gloria s healing tapes and scriptures. We stood on for years. them, and our faith in God. When we went for her December checkup there was no indication of additional fluid buildup on the brain. There was also a covering over the spine. We continued to stand on the Word of God. We prayed and listened to the tapes and read the healing scripture booklet. God blessed us with a healthy, beautiful baby girl. She had surgery to close a small opening less than an inch long at the base of her spine and to place a shunt in her head. She was released to go home nine days after her birth. At her two-week checkup the doctors said she s doing fine. Praise God! She is such a blessing and miracle. I thank God for your ministry. KCM has ministered to my soul and spirit for years. I thank God for your commitment to Him, and for your obedience to His Word. Carol Becton North Carolina
10 Marriage Restored I want to give all honor and glory to the Lord for returning my husband to me after we had been separated for 1½ years. Without the Lord s strength and comfort, I would not have stayed the course. He taught me patience, perseverance, wisdom and compassion. Ultimately, He has and does continue to teach me how to forgive others of their sins as He has forgiven mine. S.H. Qatar God Gave Me the Desire of My Heart God had given me a dream of receiving a godly husband and wonderful marriage with us being called together in ministry. In June 1986, I was led to pray the prayer of faith for a godly mate. Later, God specifically told me to become your Partner. I sent in a prayer request to your ministry prayer team to agree with me for a godly mate. For 18 years I stood on Mark 11:24, refusing to be moved from it or to start dating. I fed my faith with tapes, books and videos as God prepared me. June 2004 marked the 18th year of my faith stand, and I was resisting weariness big time, yet I knew my due season was coming into view and I knew my due season I would not give up. In July was coming into view 2004, I received my BVOV and I would not give up. magazine. The Spirit had me reread the entire singles article. As I sat at my kitchen table, I reread the word that Gloria said: God has the perfect person for each of you! Suddenly, a breakthrough, a floodgate of tears of joy and laughter came out of me! All weariness was gone. Ten days later, I had a visitation of the Lord, telling me to get ready because my time of manifestation had come! Two days after that I was getting ready to leave after church when a man walked over and asked me for prayer. We had been sitting on opposite sides of the sanctuary for years! Eight months later, on our wedding day, April 2, 2005, Anthony and I are standing in our dream! Glory to God. Carol Cardinale Buffalo, N.Y. Covenant Provides Protection Since I started praying the prayer from Kellie s book Protecting Your Family in Dangerous Times, I have experienced the power of that covenant. October 2, 2004, when I arrived home from work, my husband was already home standing around drinking with his friends after working on our car. My daughter was in front of our flat, and I was standing in the doorway. Her 14-month-old son was sitting in the pram outside, next to the door. My husband got into the car to park it and almost drove into my neighbor s car, but turned sharply and came straight for us. Lord, what is he doing? I wondered. As the car came crashing into the building, I jumped back into the flat. I had completely forgotten that my grandson was outside in his pram exactly where the car came down. My daughter screamed and I looked to see the baby was crushed between the car and the wall. People were hysterical. All I said was, Help me move the car. When I took him in my arms I was thanking and praising God. I did not know if anything was wrong, but I knew the God I serve is El Shaddai. We rushed him to the hospital where the doctor examined him and took X-rays. Praise God there was no damage not one bone broken. Two weeks later, my husband stopped drinking! The following month, the same daughter and two friends were robbed at gunpoint. They were not harmed. My daughter knows her authority in Christ, and although she had wandered away for a little while, before the robbery she had recommitted her life to the Lord. L.F. South Africa Praise God there was no damage not one bone broken.
11 BELIEVER S VO I C E O F VIC T O R Y BRO ADC A S T C ALENDAR FEBRUARY Kenneth Copeland Gloria Copeland Terri Copeland Pearsons SUNDAY BROADCAST 5 Kenneth Copeland Defining Your Life by Love Find out how to define your life by love and how to let love be your guide in all situations. DAILY BROADCAST 6 Mon 7 Tue 8 Wed 9 Thu 10 Fri Praying Effectively! Terri Copeland Pearsons will teach you how to pray with purpose and get results. Join her each day as she covers a key principle for powerful prayer. 12 Gloria Copeland Taking Steps Toward the Master Plan Understand why it s vitally important to research and seek God in order to discover the Master Plan for your life. Gloria shares how to use your faith to connect with that plan Praying With Authority! Terri Copeland Pearsons is back for another week of powerful prayer. Learn how to pray from your position of authority because you are seated in heavenly places. 19 Kenneth and Gloria Copeland There Is Power in Partnership Join Kenneth and Gloria for a special partnership broadcast, as they celebrate you their Partners and Friends. You ll learn the biblical importance of partnership and how it affects your everyday life. 26 Gloria Copeland Seeking God First Learn the importance of seeking God first and what the word seek really means. Gloria shares that if you want to connect to God s Master Plan, you must seek Him continually Partnership Matters Don t miss a broadcast with Kenneth and Gloria Copeland this week as they teach on the power of partnership. When you join your faith with KCM, something explodes in the spirit realm. Find out your covenant rights as a believer and discover the privileges of partnership Get Your Daily Dose of Faith Take time out of your busy day to get into the Word of God and build your faith with these exciting broadcasts. One word from God can change your life forever don t miss out on your word today! Tune in to the BVOV broadcast Monday through Friday and on Sunday each week at Watch the BVOV broadcast again and again! Order your audio or video copies of the BVOV broadcast now by using the form in the center of this magazine. cassette Daily broadcast (one week) R39 Sunday broadcast R12 video Daily broadcast (one week) R69 Sunday broadcast R39 CD (audio) Daily broadcast (one week) R59 Sunday broadcast R29 BELIEVER S VOICE OF VICTORY VOLUME 33 NUMBER 12 December 2005 BELIEVER S VOICE OF VICTORY is published monthly by Eagle Mountain International Church Inc./Kenneth Copeland Ministries Inc., a nonprofit corporation, Fort Worth, Texas Kenneth Copeland Ministries Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. BELIEVER S VOICE OF VICTORY and the logo on the back page are registered trademarks of Eagle Mountain International Church Inc./Kenneth Copeland Ministries Inc., in the United States and international countries where BELIEVER S VOICE OF VICTORY circulates. Printing and distribution costs are paid for by donations from KCM Partners and Friends. Printed in South Africa by Bakwena Print Solutions. For a free subscription write to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Fort Worth, TX or sign up online at Because all BELIEVER S VOICE OF VICTORY issues are preplanned, we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts. Partner Development Manager/Kelly Weekly Publishing Manager/Glenda Bunkofske Managing Editor/Kim Culp Editors/Deborah Ide Barbara Morley Writers/Karen Adlong Darlene Breed Rick Bunkofske Christopher Maselli Gena Maselli Don Turner Editorial Assistants/Eileen Hooley Melissa Johnson Proofreaders/John Caccomo Jean De Long Michelle Harris Senior Designer/Michael Augustat Advertising Coordinator/Joy Hoekstra Production Coordinator/Lynette Lundy Type Coordinator/Joyce Glasgow
12 Angling for Heaven Al Lindner bent over his son s bed and kissed him goodnight. As the 4-year-old looked up at his dad with wistful eyes, Al steeled himself for the plea that would cause his heart to knock like an outboard motor running on bad gasoline. Dad, can I hear you pray? Troy asked. Al would do anything for his son. He would give his very life to protect him. But Troy persisted in asking the one thing that Al couldn t do. Dad says his prayers when he s alone, Al answered, turning out Troy s light. How could a 4-year-old kid make a man feel so confused and uncomfortable? Al wasn t a confused, uncomfortable kind of guy. He d always known what he wanted, and gone after it with dogged determination. As a boy growing up in Chicago, he d spent many summers at his grandmother s summer cabin on Grindstone Lake in Wisconsin, where he whiled away the long summer days fishing. By the time he was 11, Al had declared with unwavering faith that he would make a living fishing. by Melanie Hemry
13 As soon as he cast John 3:16, I took the bait. I dropped to my knees, repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life. His parents didn t dissuade him, nor did they explain that in those days you couldn t earn a living fishing. Instead, every birthday and Christmas they bought Al the best fishing tackle available. When he was 16, Al entered a Musky Derby and won. For the first time in his life, he got paid for fishing. Hooked on fishing, he never looked back. When Al served in Vietnam, while other soldiers read their New Testaments he studied Lucas on Bass. His fishing books were as marked and annotated as other men s Bibles. After Vietnam, Al and his brother, Ron, decided to pursue their dream. In late August 1967, they moved to Brainerd, Minn., where there were 430 lakes within a 40-mile radius, and the Mississippi River ran right through town. Al and Ron could spend the rest of their lives fishing those waters and never plumb their depths. The brothers became fishing guides and started Lindy Tackle, which eventually grew to be one of the largest tackle companies in the industry. They also quickly became experts in the field, and even hosted a television fishing show called The Facts of Fishing. Al fished the Bassmaster Professional Tournament circuit, and both he and Ron spoke at sports shows and produced their own magazine, In-Fisherman. Soon, they added other magazines: Walleye Insider; Catfish Insider; and special, one-time issues on various subjects like Ice Fishing. And they hosted a radio program five times a week. Together, the brothers developed the F + L + P = S (Fish + Location + Presentation = Success) formula, which many refer to as the algebra of angling. A Different Formula Al had always understood the formula for success, but when his brother, sister-in-law, wife and two sons all became born-again Christians, he d been left out of the equation by his own free will. He d been at home reading a fishing magazine when his wife, Mary, said, Guess what, Honey? What? Al asked, looking up. I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life today! Al blinked as he assimilated the information. That s kind of a good thing, he thought. Mary and the kids need to be in church. Not that he needed it. He d been raised in the Catholic church and decided at a young age that church just wasn t his thing. Al, what do you think about us saying prayers with the boys before they go to bed each night? Mary had asked soon after. Each night the family knelt at Troy s bedside to pray first Troy, then Shawn and finally Mary prayed. Each time, Al dodged prayer. The truth was that Al Lindner couldn t find the formula for faith. One night after prayer, Al sighed as he started up the stairs in the dark, still house. Dad, would you snuggle me? Troy asked groggily. Al smiled as he crawled into bed beside his son, gathering him to his chest. Mom and Shawn are in bed and nobody s here but us, Troy said softly. Could I hear you pray now? Al walked to the bathroom, quietly shut the door and wept. Taking the Bait I couldn t figure out what was happening in my world, Al recalls. When Mary put our boys in a private school, I hadn t realized that it was a Christian school. It was through the relationships and activities surrounding the school that Mary and the boys had found Christ. From that point on, I felt confused and out of sync. Two days after Troy begged me to pray with him, the pastor from the kids school dropped by for a cup of coffee and to talk about fishing. As soon as he cast John 3:16, I took the bait. I dropped to my knees, repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life, Al recalls. I was 37 years old and had never understood anything about God. I opened the Bible and felt on fire. I was like a sponge absorbing God s Word. Since I had no spiritual baggage, I just accepted what I read at face value. When I heard about the Holy Spirit, I said, Let s go! Probably the biggest change came in our prayer time. I not only prayed with the boys, but Mary and I decided to pray together daily. It was life-changing for us. Taking a Stand In-Fisherman magazine was 8 years old and still struggling financially. Like most small publishers, Al and Ron had tried to get alcohol and tobacco ads, but those companies had not wanted to invest in a magazine with a small circulation. Four months after Al gave his life to the Lord, he was surprised to find an order for an alcohol ad to be placed in the magazine. The ad was tastefully done, F E B R U A R Y 0 6 BVOV 13
14 yet for some reason it didn t sit right with Al. That night I pondered the difference between ads, Al recalls. If I cut out alcohol and cigarettes, what about chewing tobacco? How did bikinis fit into our new morality? If I didn t accept the revenue from the alcohol and tobacco companies, would we ever expand our market? How did these decisions sit with the Christian fish symbol we d put on our logo? I read Proverbs 16:3, Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. We d committed our lives to the Lord, and when we used the fish symbol, we d committed our business to Him as well. That scripture gave me the answer. We made a hard and fast rule not to accept any alcohol or tobacco ads. The Best Friend You ll Ever Have! God wants to be your best friend and He can be once you learn to keep your eyes on Him. Just like brothers Al and Ron Lindner discovered the benefits of Friendship With God, you can too with this teaching series and study guide from Kenneth Copeland. This special package includes Al and Ron Lindner s book First Light on the Water, in which they share some of the fishing experiences God used to shape and direct their lives. It s their story of lessons learned on and off the water and how faith guides them. You ll also receive a handsome Fearless Faith cap embroidered with Kenneth Copeland s, Al Lindner s and John Copeland s signatures. Friendship With God Package CD R406 #B Friendship With God Package Tape R306 #B See response form for ordering information. as seen on TV Fishers of Men The salesmen in the advertising department were severely disappointed. The next day one of the men stepped into Al s office. Al, you re a hypocrite, he said. You drink, yet you ve made a corporate policy against advertising those products. Hypocrite. The word hit Al hard. Is that what he d become? Ron had been delivered from alcoholism when he was born again, but Al had never had a problem with alcohol. He drank an occasional beer or glass of wine, or at least he did until that word from the salesman was hurled at him. From that moment on, Al never picked up a drink again. Al and Ron fully expected their advertising decision to cost them a lot of money, and they were willing to take the financial hit and the criticism. Over the next few months, they were stunned to see lucrative ads from various products flow into their business. Instead of dwindling finances, the Lord blessed the business and caused it to prosper. With a voice in every form of media, Al and Ron became outspoken about their faith. They bought a campground and held Fishers of Men retreats bringing hundreds into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They gave their testimonies at sport fishing events. They even shared their faith on television and radio, using the new formula they had discovered: Faith + Love + Presentation = Salvation. It was an algebraic equation that worked powerfully. It shook the gates of hell and hell fought back. Ice Angel It was late afternoon the day before Thanksgiving when Al, Shawn and Troy left home to trudge onto frozen Perch Lake nearby. While Shawn and Troy played with their friends, Al chiseled a hole in the ice to catch some bluegills for dinner. The fish began biting almost immediately. After a while the kids got cold and headed home. Alone in icy silence, Al sighed in deep
15 contentment. God has been so good to me, he thought. With plenty of fish, Al headed home. In the bay in front of his house, he suddenly stopped midstride. Something s wrong. Without taking another step, Al used his chisel to tap the ice in front of him. The ice cracked, splitting a 3-foot hole in the frozen surface. Al s fall into the frigid water was swift, slowed only when his elbow hit solid ice on the way down, dislocating his shoulder. There was no one around to hear the quiet splash as he sank into more than 8 feet of freezing water. Al Lindner s world went blank. Like a wrinkle in time, in the next instant Al found himself on top of the ice, kneeling, wet and shivering beside the gaping hole. He supported himself with his left hand. His right arm dangled uselessly. Rolling his shoulder back into place with a sickening jolt of agony, Al stood and looked around. Who pulled me out of the water? He was alone in the dusk. No devil in hell could withstand the promise of Psalm 91, which vibrated with life in that frozen, barren place. He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Fishing Tales Although Al and Ron Lindner have now sold Lindy Tackle and their publications, they still cast the Word of God to a sea of lost humanity every day. We film 26 new segments a year for television, Al explains. Four years ago the Lord told me to end every television show with an inspirational message. The other day, two men stopped me for my autograph. They shared how much they liked the program, and then one of the men said, But that God stuff at the end needs to be left in church. I said, God is not boxed up inside four walls of a building waiting for you to visit. He s present in every area of life even on the water. As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-19 (New International Version) The Lord is especially present at first light, which is why Al and Ron wrote an inspirational book for fishermen, First Light on the Water: Lessons on Life From Al and Ron Lindner. It s no surprise that, like Jesus, they draw many of their lessons from fishing experiences. It s also no surprise that when Al s pastor asked him to bring his boat for a fishing expedition with Kenneth and John Copeland, he quickly agreed. He figured a trip like that would be a fisherman s paradise. Once thing s for sure, the men would have plenty to talk about. They re all angling for heaven. VICTORY Editor s Note: For more information on First Light on the Water, go to anglingedge.com and click on Inspirational. That s Partnership! Jesus is still calling people like fisherman brothers Al and Ron Lindner to lay aside the things of the world and follow Him to be His Partners. At Kenneth Copeland Ministries, we depend on our Partners to help us share the good news from God s Word. Our goal is to use every available voice to spread His message around the world. And with your prayers and support, we re more effective together than we could ever be alone. If you would like to become a Partner with Partners, in the days Kenneth Copeland Ministries, or would like to find ahead, please send us out more about partnership, just check the box on your testimonies we the response form in the center of this magazine, would like to hear about call or visit God the glorious things God is has great things in store for you! doing in and through you!
16 Azusa Street the Outpouring begins And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17) There are no human superstars in this story. Mention Azusa Street and most believers envision a mighty, supernatural outpouring of God Himself. Many have never even heard the names of those who were at the heart of it. When God began moving supernaturally in Los Angeles, it wasn t in the mainline churches or among well-known preachers of the day. And He didn t just touch one ethnic group or financial class. A small, humble group was handpicked by God Himself to put His plan in motion. Indeed, He chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise that no flesh should glory in his presence (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). William J. Seymour When God planned this pivotal move, He chose as its leader William J. Seymour, the son of former black slaves from Louisiana. Born May 2, 1870, Seymour grew up in church and, as a youth, experienced dreams and visions. He taught himself by reading the Bible. He found his hope in God, who is no respecter of persons regardless of class or color. He came to realize that only in Christ
17 can anyone receive true liberation. In that day of racial chaos, few blacks ventured north. But by the time Seymour was 25, he was working as a waiter in Indianapolis. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, which had an outreach to all classes of people. As race relations in the city deteriorated, he moved on to Cincinnati. There he joined a holiness group called the Evening Light Saints, which promoted unity, both among Christians and races. It was a time of challenge and change for Seymour. Miraculously he survived smallpox, which left him blind in one eye. He then felt compelled to answer the call to the ministry. After being ordained, he began to travel as an evangelist. Eventually he made his home in Houston, Texas, where he had family and a friend, Lucy Farrow, who pastored a black holiness church. Farrow faithfully attended meetings in Houston that were held by Rev. Charles Parham, from Kansas. Parham had become well-known for teaching that speaking in tongues was Bible evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. His Houston meetings were attended by all races, and even reported on in the newspapers. When the Parhams returned home to Kansas, Farrow went to work for them. In her absence, she turned her church over to William Seymour. During Farrow s time with the Parhams, she received the Baptism and spoke in tongues. Her account of these experiences caught Seymour s attention. When Parham later opened a Bible school in Houston, Seymour became one of his students. At that time, it was against the law for blacks and whites to share a classroom, so Seymour listened from the hallway outside. Although he had not yet spoken in tongues, Seymour accepted the message and began preaching it himself. The Divine Call In January 1906, Seymour was invited to preach at a small holiness mission in Los Angeles. He saw this as a divine call. His first message included Acts 2:4, as he declared that tongues was proof a person had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. The pastor rejected this doctrine as radical and padlocked the door so Seymour could not preach there again. Subsequently, a family named Lee opened their home to Seymour and he began leading prayer meetings and teaching there. But he was soon forced to endure a hostile cross-examination by a group of elders. Through it all, he refused to get in strife. Seymour later held prayer meetings at the home of Richard and Ruth Asberry at 214 Bonnie Brae St. Most of those attending were poor blacks. As word about the meetings spread, a handful of white seekers from area churches joined the group. The spiritual atmosphere in Los Angeles was already saturated with the prayers of those who for years had been seeking a move of God. Many believed it was time, and that Los Angeles was the place for a major outpouring. For a month the small group of people on Bonnie Brae Street, who hungered for more of God, prayed hours each day for the true Baptism in the Holy Spirit. When the longed-for breakthrough didn t come, Seymour arranged to bring Farrow from Houston to assist him. Her stirring testimony about her own experience with speaking in tongues bolstered the group s faith. They determined to fast and pray until they had the same experience. Breakthrough! On April 9, 1906, Mr. Lee asked Seymour to come and pray for his healing. Lee was immediately healed. Seymour then prayed for him to receive the Baptism in The spiritual atmosphere in Los Angeles was already saturated with the prayers of those who for years had been seeking a move of God. Many believed it was time, and that Los Angeles was the place for a major outpouring. the Holy Spirit, and Lee spoke in tongues! When the two gave their testimony at the meeting on Bonnie Brae Street that evening, six or seven others began speaking in tongues. Jennie Moore, who would later become Seymour s wife, began singing in tongues and playing the piano. She had never played piano before then. The entire neighborhood was witness to the strange happenings that day, as some ran outside preaching and F E B R U A R Y 0 6 BVOV 17
18 speaking in tongues. The meeting went for three days. Swelling crowds pressed to get close to the house, causing the porch to collapse. God was drawing people from every culture and class. Many had experiences with God salvations, healings, falling under the power or being baptized in the Holy Spirit. By the end of the three-day meeting, Seymour himself had also finally received the Baptism with tongues. As the crowds continued to grow, it was clear that a larger meeting place would be needed. An abandoned building in Los Angeles black ghetto, at 312 Azusa St. formerly an old church, later a ramshackle stable was the place God chose to continue His move. Like another birth in a lowly stable, who could have imagined how this humble beginning was about to change the future of the Church and, in fact, the world! VICTORY Tuesday-Friday, April Los Angeles Convention Center Four days of ministry opportunities: Praise and worship Workshops Bible study Historical site tours Many more activities around the city! Saturday, April 29 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Two Great Gatherings! International Centennial Assembly (1-5 p.m.) This assembly will open with a dramatic procession of spirit-filled believers from around the world, carrying their flags and dressed in their national attire. Following that, the assembly will focus on three areas: remembering the rich history of the Pentecostal Movement, lifting up the present move of the Spirit and looking to the future of the Movement with an emphasis on prayer for personal and corporate revival and renewal. International Youth Convocation (7-10 p.m.) Young people will be forever changed as they are challenged to fulfill God s purpose for their lives. A specific call will be made for those willing to commit themselves as living sacrifices to the cause of the gospel. Then a massive anointing service will launch this army of young warriors into the next century of Pentecostal witness. Centennial Office P.O. Box Los Angeles, CA (213) For more information, log on to or call (213)
19 It Has Finally Come to Pass! Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth. Isaiah 58: is the Year of Total Fulfillment and great things are already happening! Over the past several years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, their staff and Partners have been believing God for a Cessna Citation X for Kenneth Copeland Ministries. It s a plane the Copelands will be able to use in fulfilling their call to take the Word of God to the world from the top to the bottom and all the way around! At 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2005, the initial deposit was made and the order signed for Citation X #240. The plane will be delivered the first week of March 2006! It will be put into service immediately as Kenneth and Gloria travel around the world preaching the victorious message that Jesus Is Lord! And that s what it s all about souls! When God tells Brother Copeland to travel somewhere and minister, he can To find out more about the Citation X and to see the jet in action, visit travel immediately there will be nothing to stand in the way. We will be able to hold more meetings and go more places places we couldn t go before, reaching people we couldn t reach before. As the world s fastest mid-sized corporate jet, the Citation X can make the flight between Los Angeles and New York City in just over four hours. Certified to fly as high as 51,000 feet, it can reach 43,000 feet in 30 minutes, and fly 3,430 nautical miles without refueling. The bottom line? The Citation X is a tool to help Kenneth Copeland Ministries reach more people, in more places together with YOU! We say thank You, Lord, for Your amazing grace that brought this plane to Kenneth Copeland Ministries! And thank you, Partners, for your faithfulness to pray and give and believe for this day! You are a vital part of everything we do, so let s all join together right now and shout the VICTORY! JESUS IS LORD!
20 Living THE LOVE BY GLORIA C OPELAND THE LOVE... It s No Impossible Dream Many people claim to know God. But they are being robbed of the kind of relationship Jesus really wants with them. They can quote long passages of Scripture and some have even spent years in seminary studying the Bible. They are deceived, thinking: I pray and read the Word every day. I think that means I m abiding in Jesus. They do not understand what abiding really is. As important as reading, meditating and listening to God s Word are, those things alone do not qualify you as one who abides. To be a true abider you must not only hear the Word, you must also act on it. Abiding is obeying. As Jesus said: