I am at a total loss for words to describe the California catastrophe.  I was to preach Sunday in Marysville CA at the Bridge with our dear friends Jim and Kristine Carpenter.  Marysville is 48 miles south of Paradise CA where the Camp Fire, as it is now called, began.

By the time we reached Roseville it was clear there would be no meeting.  An air quality condition purple means you can’t be outside.  For the few minutes we were outside, it became frightening.

The New York Times 3,000 miles away said this: PARADISE, Calif. — The inferno that ravaged the wooded town of Paradise in northern California became the deadliest wildfire in the state’s modern history on Monday when officials said they had discovered the remains of 13 more people, bringing the death toll to 42.

The Butte County sheriff, Kory L. Honea, has said more than 200 people remain missing in and around the town, which sits in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and was popular with retirees.

“My sincere hope is that I don’t have to come here each night and report a higher and higher number,” Sheriff Honea said at a news conference Monday night.

The fire, which continues to rage in the hills and ravines east of the city of Chico, is also the most destructive fire in California history, with more than 7,100 structures destroyed, most of them homes.”

My wife and I know Paradise CA.  I have preached there.  It is gone.  Totally destroyed.

Then there’s the Woolsey fire burning in Los Angeles.170,000 people have evacuated.

There’s this chilling shot from space that shows the smoke from LA is about to meet the smoke from Northern California out at sea.

Many in this state are losing hope. They have lost houses they worked for all their lives, they have lost beloved pets, and they have lost loved ones—a loss that never goes away.

Everywhere you look there is a dazed stare.  People wondering after drought and massive floods, and now apocalyptic fires, each one bigger and deadlier than the last.  When Santa Rosa burned, when the Lake fire came, then Redding, then Santa Barbara, then Paradise, then Los Angeles.  What on earth is going on? What can this all mean?

One thing it does not mean is politics. Please don’t talk about environmentalists or global warming.  If you do it simply means there is nothing that can take your mind off of politics—I mean if this can’t, nothing can.

The body of Christ stands at a door of opportunity.  I am reminded of another time in California history.

It’s 1906 in Los Angeles. William Seymore agrees to rent a dingy horse stable at 312 Azusa Street for $7 a month and begins revival meetings. A movement springs out those meetings. Today, it claims 650 million followers.

Wikipedia says “It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906 and continued until roughly 1915. The revival was characterized by spiritual experiences accompanied with testimonies of physical healing miracles, worship services and speaking in tongues. The participants were criticized by some secular media and Christian theologians for behaviors considered to be outrageous and unorthodox, especially at the time. Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century.”

9 days after the Azusa Street revival began, an earthquake destroys San Francisco.  It topples 24,000 buildings. 200,000 residents are instantly homeless.  More than 3,000 people are killed.

People believe it’s the end of the world.  400 miles to the south in the Azusa Street mission people believe Jesus is about to return.  It gripped them with soul-winning fervor.  They papered Los Angeles with pamphlets because the whole city felt conviction. They took trains to San Francisco to minister to the victims of the quake.

That is exactly what we are seeing come out of Bethel Church in Redding.  Their Global response team has raced into action.  Many other ministries are also focused on expressing healing at this time.

They have it right. An awesome opportunity to express Christ has come!  Let’s do it my fellow West Coast believers!

Mechelle and I are grieving for everyone who has been devastated by these fires.  We are also praying that minds will turn toward the eternal.  God please bless and comfort California today.


  1. Love the way your mind, thoughts & intentions work Mario. I’m prayerful with you & many today.
    As I watched and listened yesterday to the horrible news about Paradise CA, my heart and eyes burst into tears. What a beautiful little hamlet town I remember as a child, visiting my grandparents there and some of our relatives who called Paradise their home. I looked up (at 10 years old) and all I could see around me were huge gorgeous trees, the atmosphere was like paradise to me and the people pleasant and happy with smiles & warmth on their faces. I recall the wooded scent that filled the air and I wanted to stay in Paradise. What is happening to Calif. is truly heart breaking.🙏

  2. Yes, I’m agreeing with you in prayer. I believe what the devil meant for evil WILL turn out for good. Praying that eyes will be opened to the LOVE that GOD has for them. That they will turn to the LORD with all their heart and see the salvation of their soul. Praying that everyone will see that we need a Saviour, healer and deliverer, that only JESUS provides. Praying that for our whole Country.

  3. I visited Bethel Last Summer and now after I visit it in the car fire broke out I realized that it is a spiritual battle the devil can’t stand that Bethel is doing such a great work in that area standing in prayer with all the other Christians Chico Community Church is also awesome Mario my husband and I went and saw you every night for 6 weeks at Cathedral of Faith many years ago

  4. Paradise CA is our home and our home church Jubilee in Paradise was destroyed along with our pastors home. We have lived in St. Louis, ministering for the last 18 years and on July 1, 2018 God asked, “Are you willing to move back to Paradise?” We said yes, and so began our plans to move back to work along side our pastors. We ministered in the building that is gone on October 28. Our hearts are grieved, but God will bring revival through this and we are doing everything we can to get there as soon as we can. Please keep praying. Thank you. God will restore 7 fold all that has been lost and stolen.

    1. My heart breaks for you. I thought we had it bad in Sevier Co, TN 2 years ago with the fires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, but it could absolutely not compare to this. When we were going through it, it really brought to mind what Ya’ll go through in CA and I had a better understanding. Unless you go through this, nobody can understand just how awful it can be. BUT THIS, I can’t even begin to imagine. God was good and brought rain to help the firefighters for us and put it out. I keep praying for rain for CA. I hope it works. You do have people everywhere praying. That’s all we can do.

  5. Thank you we are with you in the prayer of agreement 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼💯💥

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  6. It’s being said that these fires are being lit deliberately by those who want the Government funds to come to them in spite of the fact that the sanctuary cities are not receiving what they think is due them and the citizens are beside themselves because they do not want those sanctuary cities and they see through the corruption at the top. So sad but I agree…..what the enemy plans for evil, our God can completely flip this around to where the devils will wish they had not touched California.

  7. Thank you, a soul came to the Lord last night. He was a very good friend to me and you know him also. Praise God for your posts. Psalm 91

  8. Its amazing how the whole town was destroyed. Really heartbreaking. I have many friends there over the years of ministry. In fact was just there three weeks ago for ministry in a conference. I just saw this again with three other ministers who preached and yet never prayed for one person? The first man I prayed for was swept into Glory convulsing under the power for at least ten minutes. Got up his eye had opened and the miracle had started. I am a huge fan of Mario! We all know he just tells it like it is. I would call this meeting a form of religion denying the power therein. The full counsel of God must be demonstrated, healed, saved and delivered. God bless these people that are displaced and may the Peace of God reign on them.

  9. God brought to mind yesterday to me: “do not call this a conspiracy. I have been getting thoughts of the Illuminatti using geo weather engineering to destroy America to kill people so they can be around after it is all over, being protected by their money and shelters underground. They are making no rain out in California and too much rain on the east coast, both terrible and destructive. But the focus acnnot be that, which is why God says that, It makes us too upset and angry. EVEN THOUGH WE DO NEED TO PRAY ABOUT THAT AND FIGHT IT WITH SPIRITUAL WARFARE. But mostly we need to pray for souls that may be going to die in these fires that Jesus will appear to all of them before they die and save their souls, taking them to heaven in a a rapture of their own! In Jesus name. Love the Sierras very much. heart breaking to the max.

  10. Even if we cannot be there in person to be able to help, we Can pray and pray hard! Prayer knows no distance or bounds. Our God is omnipresent… Lord Send your Angels to encamp round about our firefighters and first responders… to all those who are reaching out as your hand and feet to give compassion and comfort! Let your Blood cover them and keep them safe! In Jesus Might Name. Amen

  11. Amen my brother in Christ. My dad used to talk about the Azusa revival. We in Arizona are praying. Betty & John Arthurs

    On Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 12:33 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “I am at a total loss for words to describe > the California catastrophe. I was to preach Sunday in Marysville CA at the > Bridge with our dear friends Jim and Kristine Carpenter. Marysville is 48 > miles south of Paradise CA where the Camp Fire, as it is now ” >

  12. Prayers for California are greatly needed! Thank you, Mario, for this call to pray and serve however God leads. This is another opportunity to show God’s love in action. Love you, your family, and your ministry.

  13. Mario,
    We would love you to come to Chico. My wife and I have a new ministry here. We use to do ministry in Seattle together. We have been praying for your support and involvement in this area. Our home is right below where it got stopped from entering Chico, the first containment. My wife family all lost homes in Paradise and Magalia so we are seeing many opportunities for revival. Pray for us please. Contact us if you desire.

  14. I pray for these people who have lost everything every morning. I hope many are not discouraged and lose faith. May our Lord give them strength to overcome this catastrophe.

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