A trembling kid kneels by his bed in Santa Barbara and prays. A pile of papers is on the floor beside him. They are why he prays so fervently. This teenager will attempt to do what only attorneys should do.
He is filling out forms to become a ministry incorporated in California, and legally recognized by the IRS. He is asking the Holy Spirit to direct each answer he places on those daunting legal forms. Finally, he mails them. And yeah, that was me.
It feels like a moment ago when I—still shaking with insecurity—dropped those forms into the mail box. I remember choking back fear. Had I just done something terribly wrong? Had I opened myself up to federal prosecution?
Months passed. Then there was a letter from the IRS. Have you ever gotten a letter that you were dying to open and yet terrified to open? I stared at that envelope a long time. It felt like a Christmas present from your worst enemy.
I took it somewhere private and slowly opened it. I risked one eye. I read it out loud. We were approved by California and the Federal Government. Wow! That was 50 years ago!
Thus began an astounding journey that can rival anything in the Book of Acts. It began with my work with Mike and Pat Reed who led the University Christian Center at UCSB. The walk of faith took me to the heights of glory and depths of sorrow. I would rejoice in towering miracles of salvation and healing. I would endure many a personal Gethsemane. There would be times, I would soar with joy, and times of despair where I couldn’t find my next breath. Nevertheless, through glory and rejection we stand today as a growing force for God in America.
Now comes the big part: That was 50 years ago. My breaking news for you is quite simple:
IT’S OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY! 2018 IS OUR YEAR OF GOLDEN JUBILEE. WE ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE ALL YEAR LONG!
Our first celebration is a city-wide miracle crusade in Toledo Ohio January 27,28th. We have huge history in Toledo. In 1994, I was preaching in a tent in LA. Sunlight and so many warm bodies made the tent a hot house. Then the evening breeze would drop the temperature dramatically. I would sweat while preaching and then start shivering when I was done. This gave me severe bronchitis.
Now, I was scheduled to go to Toledo where there was early snow and freezing temperatures seemed insane. I called Pastor Tony Scott that Thursday and asked to be excused. He graciously agreed. Then he had the audacity to call back and tell me God wanted me to come anyway. Tony Scott is bodacious. One reason we are lifelong friends is that he prays, hears from God, and obeys—no matter what.
I was flabbergasted. No way could I go to Toledo. But I couldn’t shake Tony’s words. Soon I was on a jet, breaking every personal rule of travel, choking back coughs for hours.
The same God that moved Tony, spoke to me, “I will heal you before you preach in Toledo.” That miracle came Sunday morning.
What happened next is engraved in the history of Toledo, Ohio. What never should have happened became a city-wide miracle. It impacted tens of thousands of people for the next 18 months. The revival—dubbed Holy Toledo—drew crowds of 4,500 people. But now comes our greatest outreach ever in Toledo.
Join us January 27th, and 28th for our Golden Jubilee Miracle Crusade in Toledo At the Church on Strayer.
Next comes our World Convention in Ontario California March 8,9,10, 11th. At Faith Life Center 3778 Milliken/ Hamner Ave Eastvale, CA 91752
This will be our greatest convention ever. It features young vessels of God who are rising in our nation in this critical hour. No one who attends this outpouring of fire will ever be the same. See the video and click here on to register right away!
Las Vegas Nevada! March 25-30 our tent will be up in Las Vegas. This is the first Living Proof Tent Crusade of 2018 with other explosive outreaches to be announced.
Please contact us in you want to be involved with Las Vegas. Call us at 775 238 3473 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We are calling on the army of God to pray and work with us to win the lost and heal the sick in Las Vegas.
A GIANT P.S. FROM MMM
As Mario has told you we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee all year. Here is even more breaking news for 2018