Affluenza among Christian leaders

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Affluenza among Christian leaders

By Mario Murillo 

Something crazy is happening to high profile Christian leaders.  They are saying and doing things that are bizarre and in some cases tragic. I refuse to name names.  The mission of this missive is not to embarrass any leader or to make myself look holier than them…and it is most certainly not an attack on God’s promises to prosper us.

Here is a list of things said and done recently that prove something has gone very bad.

-“God has told me…when our Carolina Panthers win the Super Bowl, a time of major revival, awakening, moves of God are going to break out in America,” – Famous Pastor.  Well…now that they lost 24-10 is national revival impossible?

-“I need to get my wife her own jet.  Sometimes she wants to leave meetings before I do.”- Another famous pastor.

-I walked into a restaurant where the entire worship team of a famous revival church was bellied up to the bar sucking down cocktails.  This church also is fine with their women leaders dressing scantily: “we were now reaching a global culture and this look helps us relate.”   The alcohol is part of their new found revelation of grace.

-A very famous Spirit-filled female pastor stands with her husband and tells their congregation that Christian couples should watch porn together to strengthen their marriage.

-The daily broadcast of one preacher and his guest explaining how they needed private jets since they can’t communicate to God in commercial jets and it protects the anointing of God on their life. And one says: “because in this doped filled world … and you get in a long tube with a bunch of demons…it”s deadly”. And the other one chimes in …”and it works on your heart, it really does”.

-Silent night was given a cringe-worthy (well, you just had to see it) makeover by a global Church.  When the video went viral…a mainstream Christian magazine gave an equally cringe-worthy defense “they were showing how King Herod would do silent night…they did it the right way later in the show.”

-The most popular gospel artist of today suddenly leaves the church after making millions off of Christians… The former “Jesus Freak” is advocating that Jesus is as fake as the tooth fairy… Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. What? Yes! It’s true, as he admits “The concept of religion as we know it is a lie”.

These are all cases of affluenza and they have all happened in the space of a few months. 

Affluenza came on the scene recently when Ethan Anthony Couch’s attorneys used it as a defense for murder.  Ethan–a teenager, was guilty of four counts of intoxication manslaughter, for recklessly driving drunk on June 15, 2013, in Burleson, Texas. He was illegally driving on a restricted license and speeding, lost control, plowed into a group of people. Four people were killed in the collision; two passengers in Couch’s truck suffered serious bodily injury and a total of nine people were injured.

The formal definition of affluenza is:  the unhealthy and unwelcome psychological and social effects of affluence regarded especially as a widespread societal problem: such as: feelings of guilt, lack of motivation, and social isolation experienced by wealthy people  Anastasia Toufexis Editor in Chief of Psychology Today coined the term “Affluenza” in 1988.

Affluenza strikes a Christian leader who has too much time, wealth, technology at their disposal. It warps common sense and herds them into foolishness and in its worst form…self-destruction.   Here is what it looks like

Affluenza makes them blurt out heresy:   The sheer volume of material they must produce along with the continual need to hold people’s attention is a breeding ground for heresy.

One affluenzed leader diminished the Bible:  “Why do we trust in a book that the early Christians did not have more than in the Spirit that they did have?”  I promise you he doesn’t really believe this—in the heat of the moment and in the need to dazzle his audience—he just blurted it out.  Problem is it made into a book that is widely circulated and influences young fertile minds.

Affluenza makes sustaining popularity a priority over telling the truth.  Just as the newly rich athlete is insecure about his money and behaves in an irrational manner so these leaders suddenly display unstable pulpit and mood swings.   They say and do the things they think will keep their business afloat.

Affluenza puts them in a bubble.  They are detached from reality and have no clue of how they look and sound.  They are often surrounded by people who will not confront their aberrant behavior.

Affluenza gives them strange priorities and urgencies.  Think about it…we are about to lose our country.  America has sunk into unprecedented debauchery.  Many Christians face financial crisis.  2015 saw more persecution of Christians worldwide that any year in the modern era.   Does any of this subject enter their pulpits?  Do they see who what they say may hurt and confuse?  Does it move them to break before God?

Both for Ethan Couch and preachers, affluenza is not an excuse—it is an onerous moral failure.  For vessels called of God it is both inexcusable and disastrous.

Listen carefully: The consequence of a sin is amplified by the time, place and circumstances in which it is committed.    Probably the most compelling example of this in the Bible is 2 Kings: 5.   After Naaman was healed of leprosy he offered riches to Elisha the prophet.  The prophet refused his gifts.  Verse 20 says, “Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.”  He indeed went and got the riches and hid them.

Verse 25 says, “When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”  “Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered.  26 But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves? 27 Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.”

If you get nothing else from this message get this:  Against the backdrop of America’s doom…is this the time for silly prophecies?  Is this the time for fictional doctrines, prescribing porn, drunkenness and flaunting obscene lifestyles?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN IF SHE WINS

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4 THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN IF SHE WINS

By Mario Murillo

In the last election 6 million born again Christians voted for Obama.   There has been no awakening—no Biblical correction in this group.  There is no reason to think that they will not vote Democratic again.  There are no words vehement enough to warn you…the church must stop Hillary.   Whatever petty doctrines that divide us are meaningless compared to the Clinton threat.

It does not take a prophet to predict that Hillary will do irreparable harm.  That omen is well documented by a shipload of scandals, criminal acts and an endless trail of lies.    No sane person believes that she will automatically reverse course and be a decent competent president.

Hillary will destroy America with stunning finality.   For anyone pining to see the demise of America…Hillary is the ideal next step.  She is Obama 3.0…and something worse.

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How she is worse is seen in a simple comparison.  Obama is a malice-driven ideologue.  His passion is to dismantle the United States.  His hate for America, Christianity and Israel informs every policy.

Hillary is not an ideologue.  There are no code, any manifesto or core beliefs with this one.   She lusts for power.  She will say and do anything in order to hold on to power.  Even her marital martyrdom to a serial adulterer is all for show to keep her in the game.

If she is elected president there are 4 things that will happen.  There is no maybe in this—these 4 things are guaranteed to take place.

 Economic collapse: She will continue secular progressive bloodletting.  She will increase addiction to government handouts.   We are nearing $20 trillion in debt.  Under her influence we will reach economic critical mass:  a debt we can never pay off.  America’s standard of living will never recover.

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Moral nuclear winter:   Islam and immorality will enjoy widespread appeal as despair overtakes the nation.    The rights of Churches, Christian hospitals and colleges will be wiped out.  Free speech will evaporate.  Believers will be unable to move up in corporations or will be fired for their faith.    She will also abandon Israel with the same heartless ease that she abandoned the Americans in Benghazi.

Violence and death will overtake our children:   Discard morals—throw God out—honor debauchery and you will turn entire urban areas into killing fields.  The disregard that Obama engendered toward police will become outright rejection of law and order under Hillary.  Crimes will not be reported.  Guns will be confiscated leaving the average citizen utterly helpless.

She will also import criminals and terrorists.  Obama opened the borders—she will open the floodgates.  The cops will be hog-tied and violent offenders will avoid prosecution.

We will lose our Constitution:  Hillary has already boasted that she will exceed Barack Obama’s use of executive orders.  She will add justices to the Supreme Court that favor her mission to sidestep the constitution of the United States when it interferes with her ambitions.    She has repeatedly said that she wants to rewrite parts of the Constitution.

If she wins—historians will not ask “how did Barack Obama get elected” or even “how on earth did they reelect him?”  They will ask: “Why did they guarantee the death of the nation by electing Hillary Clinton?”

Republicans release actual Iowa votes. Democrats refuse.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is introduced by Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner on Oct. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is introduced by Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner on Oct. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Iowa Democratic party chair who is refusing to release raw vote totals from Monday’s state caucuses is a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter who donated to the politician’s various campaigns and who reportedly drives a Buick with the license plate “HRC 2016.”

Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire has shot down calls to review vote tallies from Monday’s contest despite Clinton’s razor-thin win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The former secretary of state squeaked by the democratic socialist, hauling in 49.9 percent of state delegate equivalents versus Sanders’ 49.6 percent.

The Clinton campaign claimed complete victory in the caucuses on Tuesday despite the close vote. But others, including the Sanders campaign, are questioning the outcome, citing paperwork irregularities and coin flips that awarded county delegates in some precincts.

In a column published in the Des Moines Register on Thursday, the paper’s editorial board called Monday’s caucuses a “debacle” and said that a complete audit was in order.

“First of all, the results were too close not to do a complete audit of results,” reads the article, entitled “Something smells in the Democratic party.”

“Two-tenths of 1 percent separated Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. A caucus should not be confused with an election, but it’s worth noting that much larger margins trigger automatic recounts in other states,” the editorial reads.

The paper called on McGuire, who once ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor, to embrace transparency by releasing raw vote totals.

“So her path forward is clear: Work with all the campaigns to audit results. Break silly party tradition and release the raw vote totals. Provide a list of each precinct coin flip and its outcome, as well as other information sought by the Register. Be transparent,” the editors write, noting that the Sanders campaign is reviewing precinct tallies and claims to have found irregularities.

 

But McGuire, the former president of Meridian Health, has so far resisted calls for a review of the vote.

“The answer is that we had all three camps in the tabulation room last night to address any grievances brought forward, and we went over any discrepancies. These are the final results,” she told the Register.

There’s plenty of reason to question McGuire’s objectivity, however.

A Daily Caller analysis of federal campaign finance records shows that McGuire has contributed $7,139 to Clinton’s campaigns over the years. On Dec. 29, 2008 she donated to Hill PAC, a political action committee set up for Clinton. On Sept. 30, 2007 McGuire gave $2,300 to Clinton’s presidential campaign. She donated $588.80 to the campaign on June 27, 2007. And on June 7, 2005, McGuire gave $4,000 to Clinton’s Senate campaign.

According to a 2007 New York Times article, McGuire hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at her Des Moines home.

Besides the financial ties, McGuire is close to Clinton in other ways. In 2007 she was appointed to the Women’s Leadership Council for Team Hillary, a group of 250 women whose goal was to help Clinton reach the White House. She also served as Iowa co-chairwoman on Clinton’s campaign during that election.

McGuire, who claimed that she would be objective when she took over the Iowa Democratic party last year, has also reportedly put her affection for Clinton on public display. According to a 2014 Des Moines Register article, the former physician drives a Buick with a license plate that reads: “HRC 2016.”

McGuire did not return a request for comment. Nor did the Sanders campaign.

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Des Moines Register calls for audit of Iowa results: ‘Something smells in the Democratic Party’

By ELIZA COLLINS 02/04/16 12:02 PM EST
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In a strongly worded editorial on Thursday, The Des Moines Register called on the Iowa Democratic Party to move quickly to prove that Monday’s results are correct.
The piece titled “Editorial: Something smells in the Democratic Party,” starts out: “Once again the world is laughing at Iowa.”
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“Once again the world is laughing at Iowa.”

It gets sharper from there. “What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy,” the DMR reads. “The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
The editorial cites Clinton’s razor-thin victory as too close “not to do a complete audit of results.”
The newspaper editorial also said there were too many opportunities for error to arise.
“Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” the editorial reads. “Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.”

The editorial cites Clinton’s razor-thin victory as too close “not to do a complete audit of results.”

The editorial ends by calling on the state’s Democratic Party to “work with all the campaigns to audit results. Break silly party tradition and release the raw vote totals. Provide a list of each precinct coin flip and its outcome, as well as other information sought by the Register. Be transparent.”

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY RELEASES CERTIFIED ELECTION RESULTS.  

DES MOINES – The Iowa GOP released fully certified caucus results today, including the final delegate allocation.

1. Ted Cruz – 51,666
2. Donald Trump – 45,429
3. Marco Rubio – 43,228
4. Ben Carson – 17,394
5. Rand Paul – 8,481
6. Jeb Bush – 5,238
7. Carly Fiorina – 3,485
8. John Kasich – 3,474
9. Mike Huckabee – 3,345
10. Chris Christie – 3,284
11. Rick Santorum – 1,779
12. Other – 117
13. Jim Gilmore – 12
GRAND TOTAL – 186,932

Process

The initial reporting process on February 1st was followed by an official certification process, relying on paper forms filled out, signed, and submitted to the Iowa GOP by each precinct chair. This process took more than two weeks in 2012, but through additional training and staff, we have cut certification time to under 48 hours. This final certified tally determines delegate apportionment.

Delegate Apportionment

Based on caucus results, and only if more than one candidate is placed into nomination at the Republican National Committee’s National Convention, Iowa will cast its 30 delegates accordingly:

Ted Cruz – 8
Donald Trump – 7
Marco Rubio – 7
Ben Carson – 3
Rand Paul – 1
Jeb Bush – 1
Carly Fiorina – 1
John Kasich – 1
Mike Huckabee – 1
Chris Christie – 0
Rick Santorum – 0
Jim Gilmore – 0

 

 

Border agent: ‘We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether’

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Border agent: ‘We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether’

By PAUL BEDARD (@SECRETSBEDARD) • 2/4/16 10:04 AM

U.S. Officials Overwhelmed With Thousands of Migrant Kids During Surge…
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In a shocking reversal of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order them to appear at deportation hearings, essentially a license to stay in the United States, a key agent testified Thursday.

What’s more, the stand down order includes a requirement that the whereabouts of illegals released are not to be tracked.

“We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” suggested agent Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

Testifying on the two-year border surge of immigrant youths, Judd said the policy shift was prompted by Obama administration “embarrassment” that just over half of illegals ordered to appear in court actually do.
“The willful failure to show up for court appearances by persons that were arrested and released by the Border Patrol has become an extreme embarrassment for the Department of Homeland Security. It has been so embarrassing that DHS and the U.S. attorney’s office has come up with a new policy,” he testified before the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

Migrants ride on top of a northern bound train toward the US-Mexico border in Ixtepec, in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, Thursday, March 10, 2011. The Mexican Senate approved last Feb. 24 a bill offering undocumented migrants greater rights, while stripping out controversial proposals to toughen enforcement measures. Migrants crossing Mexico to get to the U.S. have increasingly become targets of criminal gangs who kidnap them to obtain ransom money. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

 

The biggest change: Undocumented immigrants are no longer given a “notice to appear” order, because they simply ignore them. Judd said that border agents jokingly refer to the NTAs as “notices to disappear.”

He said the the new policy “makes mandatory the release, without an NTA, of any person arrested by the Border Patrol for being in the country illegally, as long as they do not have a previous felony arrest conviction and as long as they claim to have been continuously in the United States since January of 2014. The operative word in this policy is ‘claim.’ The policy does not require the person to prove they have been here which is the same burden placed on them during deportation proceedings. Instead, it simply requires them to claim to have been here since January of 2014.”

But even then, he added, the agency has been told not to track the illegals.

“Not only do we release these individuals that by law are subject to removal proceedings, we do it without any means of tracking their whereabouts. Agents believe this exploitable policy was set in place because DHS was embarrassed at the sheer number of those who choose not to follow the law by showing up for their court appearances. In essence, we pull these persons out of the shadows and into the light just to release them right back to those same shadows from whence they came,” he said.
The go free policy, he said, has prompted thousands of Latinos to cross the border, and among them are hundreds of criminal foot soldiers, according to other testimony.

“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions. There are little or no consequences for breaking the laws and that fact is well known in other countries. If government agencies like DHS or CBP are allowed to bypass Congress by legislating through policy, we might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” Judd concluded.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

THE ONE CONVENTION YOU MUST ATTEND THIS YEAR

Why Wait?  Register instantly by clicking here   http://mariomurillo.org/living-proof-world-convention/

 

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THE ONE CONVENTION YOU MUST ATTEND THIS YEAR

By Mario Murillo

Before a great awakening there is usually a rude awakening.  The church in America has been struck by an iceberg.  Over one thousand preachers a month leave the ministry.  Persecution threatens jobs, social standing and even our very life.  Even our children now face suspension for sharing their faith…this is the new America.  Without an unprecedented supernatural intervention America is finished.

Talk is cheap.  Ranting and raving about what is wrong with America is a placebo—a sugar pill that does nothing about the disease that will soon—without a miracle—kill America.   I am in the unshakable grip of a conviction that I must take drastic action… so I am calling for an emergency meeting.

I am calling you to three days of drenching from Heaven that will transform you into an effective weapon.    How can our Living Proof World Convention possibly deliver on such a promise?  The answer lies in three powerful elements: PURITY, PRAYER AND POWER.   You will be convicted but not condemned.  You will receive joy unspeakable but not mindless emotion. You will gain direction but not manipulation.  You will obtain encouragement that lasts, insight that works and power that overcomes evil.  You will embrace reformation, not mindless information.

To achieve this lofty goal I summed up all the courage I had—and then some—to ask two men to join me for this emergency meeting.

Todd White copyTodd White: He has an incredible message of love and purity that rivets the attention of both young and old.  You do not simply come away from his ministry transformed. You find yourself falling madly in love with God and overflowing with compassion to reach people.

Lou Engle:  You know his CALL to America.  You know what he is doing to fill the Los Angeles Coliseum this April.  No preacher in America understands prayer like this man.  No one lives intercession more passionately.  No other person carries the authority to activate the Body of Christ in revival prayer like this mighty vessel of God.Lou Engle (2) copy

Mario Murillo:  I will surrender to the Holy Spirit to lead a Saturday Morning demonstration of the healing power of God.  Many will be bringing the sick to receive a miracle.

All three of us will direct you to a tangible revival—a true reformation of American Culture.

The American Church will not be turned around by supermen or superwomen but by supernatural men and women. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Spirit can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

The kind of Christian America needs now is free of all distraction and ineffectiveness—a life that goes forth only by the direct command of God.  That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.  Come and be part of a historic gathering—a direct attempt to join God in a crusade to take back America.

There is no registration fee for this event but you must register.  We have room for only 2,000 people and already, without advertising, 1,200 people have registered.  However, if you act in response to this message you will not be disappointed.   I cannot overstate how important it is that you act now.  And we have made it easy for you to hold your reservation for this convention.

Why Wait?  Register instantly by clicking here   http://mariomurillo.org/living-proof-world-convention/

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will there be child care?/ Can I bring my children?

A:  We are asking that parents please use their best judgment when deciding to bring their children or not.  Any child that will be sitting in their own chair must be registered  We will not be providing traditional child care although we will have a room for parents to stay with their children if they cannot sit through the whole service.

Q: What is the speaker schedule?

A: Todd White Thursday 7 PM/ Friday 10AM.    Lou Engle Friday at 7PM.  Mario Murillo Saturday 10 AM

Q: What time do the doors open?

A. Thursday the doors open at 5:30PM.  Friday at 9 AM/6 PM and Saturday Morning at 9 AM.

Q: Are there any hotels you recommend?

A: We are not recommending hotels but there are many in the area in all prices ranges.

Q: What is the nearest airport?

A. The church is 34 miles from Hobby Airport (HOU)  and is 26 miles from George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)

To know more call us at 775 432 1665 

YOU HAD TO BE THERE

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You Had to Be There 

By Mario Murillo

February 2, 2016

Sunday night, January 31st, Faith and Wisdom Church, Branson Missouri: She came will multiple ailments—especially in her shoulders—but what she did next will burn in our memories forever.  More on this in a moment…

The last 48 hours will be bracketed in American history by two events.  As Iowa caucused to elect a president—Branson was crowning Christ King of America.  Only time will tell which of the two will have the greatest impact on the destiny of our nation.

Every revival has its critics.  Naysayers vowed that a 2 month break in Branson would douse the flames of revival.  Instead, the fire got hotter—the people pressed in deeper and signs and wonders emerged with greater force.

Even I had my dark night of the soul before I returned to Branson.  God used John Davis to encourage me with a powerful word of how the people were still excited and waiting for the next level of the Branson Outbreak!

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But even before these meetings began there were omens.  People felt an irresistible urge to travel to Branson at a time of year when the city virtually closes down.   Leaders came from Los Angeles and one prominent missionary arrived from the Ukraine.  A holy voice was inviting people from all regions and walks of life.  Some were told they would be revolutionized, others were given promises of healing, still others could not tell you why they were pulled to this place.

Friday night: felt like a reunion of long lost friends and yet it felt as if there was no break in the action.  My message declared the need for EXTRAVAGANT ASKING.  The verse of the hour was John 16: 23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”   The mandate of God was simple:  Compared to what you should ask of Me…you have asked nothing!

Dino copySaturday morning:  Ron McIntosh preached a timeless call to true revival and the urgency of admitting we are all gifts and ministries in this miracle.  As Jovita Shepphard and the worship team began singing “There is power in the name of Jesus.”  Undiluted Glory drenched the people.  They discarded doubt—ignored their own needs—and wholly embraced their role as soldiers.  Never—and I mean never—have a people sung the phrase THERE’S AN ARMY RISING UP where I was overcome with the reality that an army indeed was rising up.

Sunday Morning:  Pastor Gary McSpadden stoked the flames of revival even higher by declaring to Faith and Wisdom church “We are now a revival church!”  This was a rhema word…for as he spoke it the presence of God invaded the house.  People hit the floor, bodies were healed…you could feel the plans of Satan being foiled and the Kingdom of God overtaking Branson.

Sunday Night:  The house of God filled with people and a crackling expectancy filled the air.  A rare and beautiful mixture of excitement and reverence overcame us all.   The worship team from Faith and Wisdom took the lead and sang as I have never heard them before.

 

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Then Dino came to the piano.   We had a program but it was about to go up in flames.  As he played, a churning glory filled the room.  The music had a startling impact on the people.   As Dino neared the end of the song people spontaneously began to cheer.  Dino looked at me and said “Mario, people are being healed now!”  Truer words were never spoken—indeed a cluster of healings manifested simultaneously in all parts of the auditorium.   Soon we witnessed spines, hearts, ears, every limb, and cancer and well, the list seemed to go on and on.

The woman I mentioned at the beginning came will multiple ailments—especially in her shoulders—but what she did next will burn in our memories forever.   She raised both her arms to heaven.  Her new shoulders refused to let her lower her arms.  (We have all raised our arms and felt the fatigue and pain after a few minutes.)  Now listen:  She held her arms aloft for almost 40 minutes.  She had a heavenly gaze…if you permit me—I will tell you she seemed to be in a trance.

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I was reminded of Moses holding the rod of God over the battle.   Aaron and Hur helped Moses keep his arms up—in this case the Holy Spirit was doing it.   The entire time that here hand was raised the miracles kept coming.  She was not healing the people…Jesus was.

Lost souls came to Christ…they had gotten best kind of Soul Winning Sermon you could get.  “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” -1 Corinthians 2: 4

How can I do justice to what happened in the last 48 hours?  I cannot…you had to be there

P.S. The miracle in Branson shows no sign of letting up!  I return to Branson on Sunday 6 PM February 28th!

Donald Trump Solidifies Lead Over GOP Rivals in First States to Vote

NEW YORK - MAY 10: Donald Trump attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the at American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Solidifies Lead Over GOP Rivals in First States to Vote

He is ahead in Iowa and up by double-digit margins in New Hampshire and South Carolina, a new poll finds; Democrats could see roller-coaster ride in first contests

Donald Trump announced that he will not participate in Thursday’s GOP debate. How will this decision impact his campaign?

Donald Trump is dominating the GOP presidential field in the first three states to vote in the 2016 campaign, including in Iowa where he has extinguished the lead once held by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist Poll finds.

In New Hampshire and South Carolina, Mr. Trump leads by double-digit margins. In all three states he is the first choice of more than 30% of people likely to vote in the Republican primaries or caucuses.

“Trump is positioned to run the house in these first three states,” said Lee M. Miringoff,director of the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion. “His supporters are committed and plan to turn out.”

The poll suggests Mr. Cruz will be his strongest competitor even if the senator has lost ground in Iowa. Mr. Cruz now stands in second place in all three states including New Hampshire, a place that doesn’t typically favor Republicans with his kind of conservative profile.

Among Democrats, the poll points to a roller-coaster ride through the three early-voting states. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont remain deadlocked in Iowa; Mr. Sanders has opened a commanding 57%-38% lead in New Hampshire; in South Carolina, Mrs. Clinton enjoys an even wider 64%-27% spread.

The polls demonstrate that Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton remain their party’s front-runners. While Mrs. Clinton has a rougher road than Mr. Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina gives her a “firewall,” Mr. Miringoff said.

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