First the Santa Rosa Fire and now the Santa Roseburg Oregon fire!

First it was the Santa Rosa Fire now it’s the Santa Roseburg Fire!

Tonight I am in the Jacoby Auditorium on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon.  Last night a holy fire broke out.  So many souls came forward that it filled the vast stage!  Then massive number were healed.  What was startling was how the audience showed similar traits to the fire that is falling in Santa Rosa.

Thanks to Pastor Kel at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church in Santa Rosa I learned a firefighting term.  It is called Area Ignition.  Turns out Kel was a fight fighter for 28 years.  Area ignition: Ignition of several individual fires throughout an area, either simultaneously or in rapid succession, and so spaced that they add to and influence the main body of the fire to produce a hot, fast-spreading fire condition. Also called simultaneous ignition.

Imagine a bunch of fires converging to became a massive unstoppable fire, a fire so hot that the air itself ignites fires!

Area ignition is what happened here last night.  I told the people that Roseburg is the only meeting I did not cancel during the Santa Rosa Revival.  Then I described the ongoing miracle in Santa Rosa.  That is when area ignition took place!  The fire of God jumped on the people and they reached out to take the Kingdom by force.

It was the same fire, the same intense words of knowledge of the Holy Spirit and the same demonstrations of crippled limbs leaping and running. The same explosions of praise and shouting as bodies transform from being diseased to being miraculously healed.  Again and again God proved Himself mighty to these people.

For a moment I wondered if the key to revival is work with a Pastor with a celebrity “Larry” name in a city with the word “rose” in it.  The wonderful man of God here who put this outreach in Roseburg together is named Larry Gatlin.  Of course you know pastor Larry King who hosts the revival in Santa Rosa.  I think I even saw Larry Gatlin on the Larry King show years ago!

Seriously, I am sitting here preparing for tonight and knowing that a healing army is scouring this region for the sick, addicted and lost.  They are coming expecting.  We have over 1100 seats to fill and after last night, I do not doubt  anything that these people can do!

No matter what happens tonight one thing is certain:  God is pouring out His Spirit up and down the West Coast and I believe that soon all of these fires will converge and send a firestorm across North America.

I am going to race back to Santa Rosa to begin week 9 of the Santa Rosa Fire at Living Word Family Church.  I know that this is going to be the most powerful week of my life.  Hallelujah.

Will revivals like Santa Rosa go national?



Many have asked and I wanted to give you a thoughtful answer.  Will the Santa Rosa Fire go national.

Let me begin by saying that God knows how to incite reckless abandon on the part of sinners.  It is unmistakable when it happens.   

Matthew 11: 12 says, “The Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” Jesus cited this verse as an explanation for the panic of righteousness that John the Baptist touched off.  Some historians estimate that John drew 120,000 Judeans into the Kingdom!  Even more surprising was that he did it with a hard message of repentance.

No matter what you call it, the common factor is a moral vacuum violently filled.  First Samuel 3:1 says, “The word of the Lord was rare in those days and there was no open revelation.”

It is ironic that these times of refreshing occur when morals are lowest and the idea of holiness is most far-fetched.

Activist judges and liberal leaders have starved America of God!  Rather than create a society that is immune, they have inadvertently created a voracious appetite for the Holy Spirit. Watch out when the banquet hall of revival opens. There will be a feeding frenzy!


The Fourth Turning, an American Prophecy, by William Strauss and Neil Howe is an unlikely source to confirm this miracle.  These mainstream sociologists came out and said, “At the end of a century Americans reach a point where all of their ideals and hopes are used up and they decide to party before doomsday.  In the next decade, they will collapse into either anarchy or religious fervor.  The indicators point toward a return to faith.”

I believe that Santa Rosa and many other cities will soon enjoy a blaze of revival and soon those seperate fires will join into on gigantic national fire!  Here are my reasons:

1. Reason number one is that America is over the top in rejecting God.

 This is suspiciously supernatural!  Why are anti-God forces fighting so hard to extinguish something they do not believe exists?  Why is it open season on the people of God?   Shakespeare said, “The lady protests too much, me thinks!”  This was the overreaction of Saul of Tarsus.  He railed against the Church even as he approached his inevitable collision with Christ on the Damascus Road!

2.  Reason number two is youth displaying a healthy rebellion against the Baby Boomers.

Studies show that radical parents are causing conservative children.  There is a trend away from drugs and casual sex.  Many are starting to ask questions that make liberals queasy.  “Can you tell me where God is?  Why is Harry Potter, the Koran and Lesbian material available on campus but not the Bible?”  Do not think for one moment that liberals will be  able to calm our kids down or get them to change the subject!

3. Christians have grown weary of their mega church.  Here and now, I am pleading with my brothers and sisters in leadership to abandon the marketing mentality.  We have tried so hard to be relevant that we are neglecting the things that make us relevant now: moral clarity, signs and wonders and spontaneous worship.

The public has grown beyond its fling with seminars and the “Starbucks” atmosphere.  Masses are forming like waves at sea.  They yearn for genuine revelation not artificial stimulation.  Preachers, I say this in love…lose the psychobabble!  Emotional well being is a passé subject.  People do not want enablement they want equipment!  They see themselves as soldiers not one nation under therapy!  Our meetings need to be boisterous and miraculous.

Our mood must change to one of anticipation.   It is no longer time to beg for revival but time to plead for mercy that we will be ready for the one that is nearly upon us!  

God has not just decided to visit America again; He means to make it the biggest outpouring ever.  Each one of us must…and I mean MUST, start to walk around with our heads up and ears open because it could start at any moment!  This means we surrender schedule, tradition, and routine.  We have to be ready at any moment to run to the glory zone!  If we move fast enough, we may even get there before this stampeding generation arrives.



What happened tonight in the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa.

Here is what happened tonight.   Bear in mind that I cannot do justice to this singular event in one blog so I will do it in two parts.  First of all, we had a turn away crowd.  The seats filled up at 6:40 then the lobby was filled and then people just gave up trying to get in.

This was a night that God made a stunning statement to Santa Rosa.  We were in the building that was once a church.  It is a painful tale that I related to you yesterday.  This outpouring, happening in this building spoke volumes to the Christian community and the general population of Santa Rosa.

The worship team led by R.C. Carrillo was amazing.  They were pouring gasoline on a bonfire.  The people sang their hearts out and built a presence of God that was so thick you could barely stand. 

After  5 songs took the pulpit and spoke about destiny.  The atmosphere was supercharged with conviction and the reality of God.  Never in all my ministry have I seen souls react to the call to Christ like tonight.  They came to the front of the building almost immediately.

Then the miracles broke out.  Entire rows were being healed.  Every once in a while Jesus would order me to call out a healing in the audience.  When it did happen, the results were startling to all of us. 

One of the most outstanding healings of tonight happened to a woman that was incapacitated by so many diseases it took several minutes to name them all.  While they were being named, a man out in the lobby who knew this woman well was exclaiming to one of our staff how frighteningly accurate the word was. 

When I first saw this woman attempt to stand up, my heart sank because she struggled greatly just to stand.  Then the Faith of God arose within me and I ordered her to walk.  The whole audience let out a mighty roar of praise as she took off around the hall with no pain or restriction.

Her miracle touched off a chain reaction and soon healings were popping all over the building.  Wave after wave of healing came over the people. 

Before the night ended we announced that we would start week 9 of the Santa Rosa Fire on Monday night August 20th.  

When the worship team sang the Jesus Culture song Stirring Up Deep, Deep Wells it was the perfect description of this night.  After a long wait, all of the promises of God over many years are coming to pass…we have indeed stirred up a deep, deep well!

Will tonight fulfill prophecy in Santa Rosa?

Today I am overcome with expectancy.  Tonight will be a historic rally for the Santa Rosa Fire.  To many, this meeting tonight is a fulfillment of prophecy and the start of a mighty work of reconciliation and vindication for the Body of Christ.  Let me explain:

In 1979 there was a heartbreaking scandal in Santa Rosa that turned one of the most beautiful church buildings in America into a secular performing arts center.  Various local pastors have told me how thousands of Christians were scattered by this tragedy and many are still wandering.

That property is now the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.   Many of the most famous acts in the world have performed on this stage.  Many people know it as the last place where comedian George Carlin recorded a show.

Tuesday was the first time that I walked into this building since preaching there as a kid.  Memories flooded back to me, some glorious and some very painful.  My spirit felt strange and deep impulses.  This grand facility with its amazing location was still radiating with the faith, vision and love of the people who sacrificed to build it.  It was as if the building itself was crying out to once again be a place of miracles!

There are saints from this great work who have never lost their fervor for God.  They have interceded for decades for the very fire that is falling on Santa Rosa right now.   Many have also received prophetic promises that this building would once again be used of God in a mighty way.

Is this the night that these prophecies are fulfilled?  Only God knows.  What I do know, is that Jesus is the only reason we are in this building tonight.  Every step that led to this night is Jesus.  He is the force the wisdom and the power that put the Santa Rosa Fire together.  My passion, my job, my mission is to stay out of His way.   Tonight will be all about Him.

The evangelist who walks on the stage tonight will be full of the fear of God knowing that he has nothing whatsoever to boast of in this unspeakable miracle that is about to hit Santa Rosa.

A few nights ago, I asked for those in the audience who had been healed during this revival to stand.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that nearly half of the entire audience stood to declare that they had been healed.  I mention this because God’s healing power has come to stay and continues to be a hallmark of this visitation.

Healing is what this fire is all about!  Tonight they are coming from everywhere for perhaps the greatest healing this region has seen.  A healing of hearts that will forget the past and reach for a fresh vision for not only Santa Rosa but for America.  I cannot wait to tell you about tonight!

Last night was the greatest night of all.


I hope that you are sitting down.  Last night somehow did the impossible.  What it did is go beyond all other nights.  No doubt we are taxing our credibility by saying that each night just keeps getting better but the fact is that each has gotten better.   We had the largest Tuesday night ever, we had one of the largest, if not the largest response at the altar.

The whole room crackled with faith.  The people did not just expect miracles they expected to see Jesus Himself. 

If you compare this group with any other that I have ministered to, the difference would be their gratitude for what God is doing among them.  They treasure each night as if it were the last.  They are in the lobby of the church waiting for loved ones to arrive, pacing anxiously and hoping that seats will remain.


It is their attitude toward the chairs that is truly awe inspiring.  They realize that something can happen in these seats that is indescribable!  A chair in a church is more valuable than any lifeboat or hospital bed!   A body can be healed, an addiction can be broken, a lost soul can be saved.  An empty chair in a church is more tragic than an empty hospital bed during an epidemic! 

Again, the altars are overflowing with souls wanting to be saved.  Again we are carried in worship to the heavens.  Again, we feel that something so amazing is about to happen that we sit awestruck by the presence of Almighty God!

A  striking feature of the people in Santa Rosa is their immediate response to the work of the Holy Spirit.  Their faith reminds me of Mark 2:4 which says, “And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.”   These people would have torn the roof off to get to Jesus.  Entire rows would begin to weep with expectation and reach out to God without pride or hesitation. 

In all, the flow of power lasted nearly two hours and seemed to leave no one untouched.  Just when it felt safe to leave another earth shaking word came forth.  A woman had come to this meeting from central Oregon because she was dying of cancer.  She and her husband came by faith and sat in the back expecting a miracle.

God revealed that he was a pastor who was so sick that he had to close his church. He struggled to come and sit in the service. He sat in the back just hanging on to his last morsel of hope. I knew nothing about him and suddenly the words began tumbling out of my mouth. I ran through the litany of diseases that were destroying him. In the name of Jesus he stood and walked for the first time in forever.  He started slow and then simply electrified the audience by running and leaping.

Now this fire rages on and will not stop until it consumes the whole region!


It is now an international phenomenon.


It is now an international phenomenon

Last night the depth of the flow of God was so intense that we lost sight of shore.  We have waded into the greatest manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit that I can remember.   The crowd stood en masse to receive their healing of diabetes.  As this flow intensified, hearts were healed along with every major organ of the body.

This is the first time in my ministry that I can remember watching people healed in rapid fire succession as Jesus passed by.  He went through the lines of people and touched their every need.  I would give almost anything for you to have been there in person to hear the people cry out as their bodies were relieved of pain, growths, and every malady you could imagine.

You have to appreciate that all of this happened after we had already had an amazing service.  Many had already given their lives to Jesus.  We had already been drenched by intense worship.  We could have stopped right there and then.  However, the Spirit of God wanted to bless and release hurting bodies.   People were not just getting into a swoon; God was slamming them to the ground.   There was literally no time for an usher to catch them before they crashed to the floor.  No one was injured!

I made one more futile attempt to close the service when God led me to a woman near the aisle.  The Spirit of God allowed me to see a complete and detailed picture of her condition.  It was her entire right side that needed healing.  Her face, neck, shoulder arm hip knee and ankle were ravaged and she could barely stand let alone walk.  This is when the most explosive power we have witnessed in these meetings hit her.   She left us for another dimension and was gloriously weeping and laughing.  Her drenching went on and on until we simply had to go on with the meeting and leave her in God’s hands.

The Santa Rosa Fire is now an international phenomenon.  Calls are coming to the church from everywhere asking all kinds of questions about hotels and directions and to ask for prayer for someone they love.  The internet has now carried the news of this miracle to many nations and people from all over the world are keeping close watch of the revival.   The building radiates with the Glory of God and remains there all day and night.   From all appearances, this is only the beginning of the Santa Rosa Fire and no one but God knows how big this is going to get!

Two amazing letters about the Santa Rosa Fire

I can’t stay away! I cannot opt for anything else. The presense of God, times of refreshing worship the blessed activity of TheHoly Spirit! To watch people being met at their point of need, tears flow, faces change, straight up power encounters. How could anyone want to be any place else?
There are so many great things happening in Gods economy as these meetings continue. For me, I am in personal renewal…I don’t how you could be a regular attendee @ these gatherings and not be impacted. Also the harvest of souls every
Night is thrilling! Pages are being added to the Lambs book of life! My wife and I,
As well as our congregation will continue, to attend, support and promote what God is clearly doing. Don’t wait any long dive in this is truly a sweet time and devine appointment. Blessed, hungry and grateful Pastors Kel & Mary Slater
Lighthouse Foursquare Church Santa Rosa, CA.


Pastor Larry & Pastor Jan,


It’s incredible how my life has supernaturally changed within the last six weeks. When people see me they are surprised at how well I am walking, no cane needed, no limp and to think just four short months ago I had a complete hip replacement. As we went along

in the revival every time I was in the service I felt a warm blanket of indescribable warmth come upon me. People were being healed of so many diseases that at night my thoughts were consumed of the glorious blessings happening right next to me ~ it was difficult to sleep because I was processing so much, I would look up the scriptures, I’d put my name in them making them my own. But the night of July 31 changed everything! Mario was talking about Psalm 34:6 and how the man cried out…. He cried out, so I cried out…. Then I was “healed”! When Mario began with “This is something that you have dealt with since your childhood” I about lost it! This super incredible heat

melted my stress that I have covered up for so many years ~ it just released. I could not stop crying and to be honest didn’t even hear everything he was saying, my spirit heard and felt every word…. This incredible sob overtook me, years and years of

stress released in a moment I call it a “suddenly” ! I felt light, very light, and elated beyond words. No longer did I worry about the what ifs, because I knew I was completely changed. I had the peace that surpasses all understanding… There are things that healed deep in my soul that no one would every be able to comprehend because they didn’t know what was happening. Stress is a killer that manifests in our bodies as dis-ease. No one knew about my gall bladder that went gangrene and how close to death I was six years ago, now my pancreas is healed…. Then the circulation in my legs making my right foot swell, all these things and more are completely healed. Will the enemy come and try to attack my body to make me question my healing? Of course he already has, but, I just say NO, I am healed in the name of Jesus! When I received my blood test results this morning it just reconfirmed how healed I am…. Perfect, the doctor said everything was perfect. Not one trace of anything in my blood. I could make you a laundry list of issues I had going on but then I would have to write a book. There isn’t anyone or anything that could make me question or bring about unbelief. And if someone try’s I will do as Mario said, get up and walk away! Glory to God!!!!!




An open letter to all of my friends about the Santa Rosa Fire.


Unforgettable images from the Santa Rosa Fire.

There comes a time when you must admit that God has taken over.  That  time is now in Santa Rosa.  Nothing can be more subjective than the word revival.  Few words evoke more controversy and opinion that the subject of revival.  So here is where I say call it what you like but no one who has a fair mind can deny that something beyond human explanation has made itself at home in Santa Rosa. 

This week my name does not appear on any advertising.  This may not always be the case, but we never have done that for vanity but simply to let people know who is preaching.  But for now, it is not necessary.  Again, this is not some act of humility but of recognition.  I recognize that this wonderful thing is now its own advertisement.  I rejoice that we have reached that level of power that  abides and overrules human planning.

The presence, and the glory linger, not only in the cooperating churches, but you sense it over the city.  A mighty yet tender influence is softening hearts and tending them toward the things of God.  Ask anyone who knows Santa Rosa well and they can tell you that the response to witnessing and invitations is dramatically changed.







Each night now there is a perceivable moment when God’s power enters the room for healing.  It is not worked up and comes without warning.  Words of knowledge come with laser accuracy and destroy unbelief.  


The power and fire is hitting all ages and backgrounds.  Many are returning each night with stunning reports of confirmed miracles.

Each time that He, the Holy Spirit has come it has stayed just a little longer.  We are all expecting a night when His manifestation will hold us in the building all night!



In the darkest time for America and especially California, God has chosen to bring this drenching invasion of His Love, Power and Goodness.  Tonight we begin again.  This time we will go 5 straight nights and finish in the Wells Fargo Center.  To Jesus be all glory and honor.


The fire has now spread to the Dream House in Martinez. 

Last night the people overflowed the Dream House in the first of two services called A Time for Fire.  Before we knew this became more than a theme for a conference…it was reality!  The time was now and the fire was present.

Whatever God is doing in Santa Rosa has indeed spread to Martinez!

No one should have been surprised because all of the elements of fire were present.  The reports from Santa Rosa were overwhelming.  The worship led by Michael and Angela Pinkston elevated everyone to heaven.  And then the message by Sean Smith ignited a passion for revival that was unquenchable.  He took the words God gave him and sent them off to war!

First came the worship.  Michael and Angela attacked the songs and refused to let up until a thick cloud of God’s amazing presences flooded the Dream House.  We did realize that we had stood for 45 minutes.  Time stood still as wave after of worship took possession of each heart.

During the preaching the people made the decision.  Revival, true revival in our time is not optional but mandatory for the survival of the American way of life.  Young and old alike were overcome by the flaming conviction and presence of God.  Decisions for a lifetime were made in this room.  The Holy Spirit infused us with power to made commitments of the highest order.

When Sean made the point that voices were ordering us to be quiet and accept the new America that the antichristian forces are building and we can no longer let it go without divine anger and outrage, the place erupted with a holy roar.

Then came a sense of victory unlike anything ever felt in this house.  We wondered if God would hold us here all night!  If what we felt and saw in this room this night is any indication of what Jesus is doing in other parts of our nation then Satan is toast.  More tomorrow.


The Sword of Goliath

Something very urgent happens today in Martinez CA.   Not far from us there was a big fire at the Standard Oil Refinery.  It did a lot of damage and has left local residents enraged.  However, another fire will be deliberately started today.

Before we get to that let’s talk about the sword of Goliath.  This was one amazing weapon.  It was without equal, and for years it spelled instant death to anyone who faced it in battle.  The giant was not just big, he was agile and lightning fast for a nine and a half foot man.

This sword came back into David’s life at a strategic moment.  He was on the run.  King Saul was hell bent on killing David.  1 Samuel 19:8,9 says, “ And David said to Ahimelech, “Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.”  9 So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here.”  And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

This sword did not reappear in David’s life by coincidence.  It was perfectly timed to encourage him in an hour of need.   Holding the sword gave him a flashback to his real identity.  He was not a fugitive, he was an anointed giant killer.  The same God that preserved him from lions, bears, and giants would keep him from the hand of Saul.  That was the message that this gleaming weapon sent to him.

Notice how Ahimelech and David said very different things about the same sword.  Ahimelech said that this was the only weapon available.  David said it was also the best weapon available.

Revival is like the sword of Goliath.  There is nothing like it.  Nothing can alter the disaster of a nation like moral awakening.  Nothing comes close to revival for its power to convert, disciple and launch mighty warriors of God.  Revival infuses even while it defuses.  It imparts, ignites, and flows with irresistible power to awaken right desires in diseased souls.

However, Ahimelech was also right.  There was no other weapon available.  Revival is not just the best thing, it is now the only thing.  The time of regular religion is over.  The fantasy that some slick marketing campaign with make a difference in America is pathetic.  The soul of this nation has but one cure.  The impending disaster of Washington and Wall Street has not other cure now but revival.  Revival is not longer optional…not when a nation is at stake.

Revival is such a matter of life and death that every minister who is not actively pursuing it may soon be labeled a traitor.

The Fire in Santa Rosa rages on to its 8th week this Sunday night.  This is glorious but it is also life and death.  It has come, along with many other fires breaking out in America, at just the right moment.  The fire of God reminds that we are not baby sitters but giant killers.  We are in the world, and more specifically, we are in America for just such a time as this!

Pursuing revival must not be a wispy aspiration for preachers, it is beyond urgent.  It is not just the best thing it is now the only thing!

Please join us tonight at 7:15 and tomorrow at 5PM for a Special Conference: A TIME FOR FIRE at Dream House in Martinez.