4 Things we must do now that we are illegal

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4 Things the Church must do now that we are illegal

By Mario Murillo

Yes,  we are now illegal.  Bobby Jindal is right.  He said, “’The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. This decision will pave the way for an all-out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.’ “

So what do we do now that the Supreme Court overruled our freedom of speech and freedom of worship?  These verses give us the answer:

“But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” – Acts 14:2-3

This model says, “stand your ground, push back on the poisoning of minds and let God confirm His message through us with miracles.  To get to this level, we must take these 4 steps.

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1.Do nothing without prayer: When leaders from the underground church in China toured America they said, “It is amazing what you have been able to do without the Holy Spirit.”

Let us begin by repenting of our greatest mistake.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church, grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

In every generation hell belches out a new weapon of mass destruction.  Heaven is neither passive nor taken by surprise.  God creates a weapon of choice by the anointing.  Then He seeks that one who will take up that weapon in the Name of Jesus and thrust it into the heart of darkness.

The American death march that culminated in legalized gay marriage did not surprise the Holy Spirit.  He already knew and is driving us to prayer for an effective counter-attack.   He will create a new breed for this new need.

It is all summed up in the words of Samuel to Saul: 1 Samuel 10:6-7, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.”

Waiting on God for power is the highest duty of a preacher.  Prayer must saturate us before we go forth. Those who believe that God must instantly honor our prayers are deluded by modern church entitlement.   We must seek, utterly convinced that power is coming, but at the same time brutally committed to wait as long as it takes.

However, as you will now see, we dare abuse prayer or wait to act when God speaks.

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2. After you pray and hear from God, obey!   Numbers 22: 18-19, Says, “Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19 Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.’”

Balaam acted noble but greed was in his heart.  He totally contradicts himself.  First he says, “Keep your money, God said No.”  Then he asks the money people to spend the night to see if God changes His mind.

The classic reaction to my blogs on America’s disaster is, “All we need to do is pray.”  Nobody believes in the power of prayer more than I do.  However, there is a widespread abuse of prayer.  Prayer is being used as an excuse for delay, remain silent, and escape.

The key to the Lord’s Prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Prayer is going to give you direction.  If you pray until you get the direction you like you have the spirit of Balaam.

This abuse of prayer even hit Moses.  He knew what he was supposed to lead the people through the Red Sea.  God got angry!  Exodus 14:15 says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’”

Disobedience is a prime reason we have lost this generation.   Many were told what to do about the nation and simply ignored it.  Intercession has even become a substitute for soul-winning.

God has been offering wisdom, direction, and power during the entire Obama regime.  We are at the point of destruction because few leaders have listened and obeyed.

If God sees that you want no part of the warfare, that you refuse to touch the unlovely, and you simply do not want to deal with your local human tragedy, then He will skip over you to find the burning one.

God anoints people to speak truth to power.  How can someone think they are a prophet if they refuse to rebuke the King?

Dear Pastor, do you know where you stand on abortion, same-sex marriage and this frenzy to erase Christianity in America…or, are you still praying about it?

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3. Ignore the accusations of hate: When Christians address gay marriage they often begin with a disclaimer: “I am not trying to be hateful.” Quit wasting time with misnomers. There is no widespread hatred of gays in the church.  The hate is not coming from us, it is coming at us!  The slander, smearing, obscene language, and death threats are spewing out of radical feminists, and gay activists, not Christians. 

Simply speak the truth in love.  Do not apologize or condemn.  Offending people is unavoidable.   Save your energy, tell it straight and leave the results in God’s hands.

4. We must make way for signs and wonders. They are the only way we will get our message across.

The miracles of Jesus not only continue today, they must accelerate.  The phrase, “speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands,”  speaks loud and clear to our time.

There are churches that oppose the supernatural and there are those that abuse the supernatural.  My opinion on miracles is sandwiched between two extremes.   My reverence for the gifts of the Spirit compels me to seek balance.

Those who have banned miracles and those who binge on emotionalism must both repent.  We need meetings where people see the power of God confirming our message.

History teaches us something important: When the Word of God is summarily rejected and immorality has spiked, the Holy Spirit has more than met the challenge with increased power to preach and towering miracles to confirm the message.

Finally, all four of these actions are summed up in the reality that we are at war.  We did not pick this fight but, by God, we are going to finish it.

The most dangerous phrase in America

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The most dangerous phrase in America

By Mario Murillo

Nine innocent people are killed in church for their race!?  It is evil, sickening and demands maximum outrage.

But outrage is the issue with America…we cannot find the right kind of outrage.  “Reverend” Sharpton and white supremacists have the absolute wrong kind of outrage.  If all you can do is foment and incite, you’re just another hater.   Something this heinous demands a deeper look.

America, you are drowning in hate and Satan is laughing.  He knows how effective hatred is.  “Inflame in them hate over a perceived injustice and drive them to insane acts of violence.”

When a black man murders a cop, Satan laughs.  When a cop murders an unarmed black man, Satan laughs.  Both crimes are on his side.  Both evils advance his purpose.

When Dlyann Roof let a woman live so his message of hate could get out, his words to her were, “I have to do it. You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to go.”

Recently a man robbed a store in Philadelphia and said, “I am sorry to do this but I have to feed my family.”  His was a far lesser crime with the same root cause.

Have you discovered the most dangerous phrase in America?  It is the words, “I can’t help myself.”

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Bruce Jenner cannot help but become a woman.  Rachel Dolezal can’t help but become a black woman.  Islamists cannot help but kill for Allah.  And Dylann Roof says I have to do this.  “Right and wrong don’t matter anymore, I have to do this.”

“Do this for the greater good,” is the other lie that Satan uses on us.  Look at Harvard University.  Her name is Sandra Korn. She is a senior at Harvard and columnist for the Harvard Crimson.  She believes that free speech is a threat to the Liberal agenda.

In a recent column, Korn unambiguously insisted that the university should stop guaranteeing professors and students the right to hold controversial views and pursue research that challenges liberalism. “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals?” asked Korn in her column.   Sandra Korn can’t help it; she has to silence the opposition.

How can I compare Sandra Korn to Dylann Root?  She wants research destroyed that undermines her goals.  She is a book burner.  Heinrich Heine, the German poet, said, “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.”

We must see hatred for the colorless, asexual, unpolitical monster that it is.  And the first examination for hate must be self-examination.

If we can see nothing wrong with our group and everything wrong with the other group, we keep hate alive.  Satan laughs because his agenda lives to destroy another day.

Justice cannot be known let alone achieved without God.  Christian, you have a choice. You can see this as a dark hour or as a shining moment for the Gospel.

We are constantly barraged for our stands on morality. But a moral stand is a belief in power.   It says, “I cannot help myself, but God will help me.  I do not have to yield to any urge that is beneath my dignity as a child of the King.”

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We must push back against the lies against our faith.  The Gospel is not a crutch; it is an engine that drives us to right choices.  And, as I seem to recall, Jesus got rid of crutches, he didn’t hand them out.

No place in America embodies the devastating impact of the phrase “I can’t help myself” like Flint Michigan.  Here is an American city left to die because General Motors and the Unions could not compromise.   Both of these groups used the good people of Flint as a bat to beat each other to death.  GM and the Union survived, but the city did not.  They abandoned Flint because they couldn’t help it.

A minister friend asked me, “Why are you going to Flint?  Didn’t you just come out of a grueling 5 day crusade in Yuba City?”  Not only this, he wanted to know if it was dangerous to go because of this devastating tragedy in Charleston.

My answer was immediate… I asked him if he could think of a better place or a better time for the miracles of Jesus to appear.

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WHEN PASTORS TRADE FLEETING GLORY FOR TRUE RICHES

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WHEN PASTORS TRADE FLEETING GLORY FOR TRUE RICHES

By Mario Murillo

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. And a slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”      -Epilogue from the movie Patton.

If only we could hire that slave to stand in the pulpits beside celebrity pastors and whisper, “The glory of a big, powerless church is fleeting. It is vanity to win first prize for fastest growing church and lose a nation in the process.”

While churches tickle the ears of the crowd, our government grinds away at freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Talk about fleeting glory…what will you do with your mega ministry when it is banned?

The miracle in Yuba City happened because two churches, realizing the utter urgency of a moral awakening in this hour, joined forces.  That is the simple truth!

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The Bridge of Yuba City led by Jim and Kristine Carpenter and Church of Glad Tidings led by Dave and Cheryl Bryan rejected conventional wisdom and acted according to the Kingdom of God.

Have you ever heard of two churches cancelling their Sunday Morning services in order to make a public stand for Christ?  That kind of unselfish love breaks the power of Satan over a region.  However, today, it is roundly rejected as foolishness.

When Pastors Dave and Cheryl Bryan chose to do this, it was a major sacrifice. It takes every last drop of faith to keep a church strong in the Yuba City/Marysville area. They did not make this decision because it was convenient or even practical.  It was a sacrifice based on a passion for God to heal our land.

When Jim and Kristine Carpenter turned their church into an army of workers for Living Proof, there was not a thought toward gaining new members.  They wanted to take new ground for the Kingdom of God.

Let me open my heart wide on the subject of true pastors.  A true pastor pours blood, sweat and tears into a work for God.   Today an honest work for the Lord is often battered, broken and diminished.

Local government diminishes them. The community leaders tell them that schools are off limits.  They want to know your stand on gay marriage.  They hint that you will be penalized for your stand.  Suddenly use permits are hard to get and neighborhoods want you to stay away.

Then, like adding salt to a wound, it stings a true man and woman of God to see large crowds and big money pour effortlessly into religious businesses that hide the Gospel.

It breaks the heart of a true pastor to watch sheep drawn away into a spiritual country club that dumbs down believers and condones immorality.

A vessel of God can feel punished for keeping their integrity.  King David said, “Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.” Psalm 73:13, 14.

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The crowds and the signs and wonders appearing in Yuba City are Living Proof that you get true riches when you hold on to your integrity.

There is one amazing thing that is about to happen.  Pastors will soon see that by seeking to please God rather than man they will gain a massive army that is low maintenance and high impact.

One day God asked Solomon what he wanted.  Solomon asked for wisdom instead of wealth and power.  1 Kings 1:10, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: ‘Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.’”

Pastors Dave and Cheryl Bryan and Jim and Kristine Carpenter have asked for true riches, not fleeting glory.  And God is going to give them everything else besides.

Click on these links  thebridgeofyubacity.com   and  churchofgladtidings.com to know more about these wonderful churches.

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This man

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” –Dr. Martin Luther King. 

Today we see the opposite of Dr. King’s dream.  We cannot judge the character of Barrack Obama because of the color of his skin.  You are not allowed to judge his character. 

In this final blog on Barrack Obama I will address his character, explain why this is my last blog on Obama and in the process issue a solemn warning to the Church of Jesus Christ in the United States.

In 2007 I began warning people about this man and laid out in glaring detail the calamity that is now our reality.  Many rejected me as a veritable madman for saying that one day America would look exactly the way she looks right now.  We are divided, we are poor, we are hated in the world and we are about to lose forever our power to get back everything that Obama stole from our children’s future.

In 2011, the blogs began.  No one but God knows the price that I have paid for writing these blogs.  When I began, not one preacher that I knew was willing to publicly oppose Barack Obama. 

I knew what this man was the first time I laid eyes on him.  He set off a universal alarm in my spirit that forced me to change the way I relate to politicians.  With Obama’s arrival a misty blanket of deception fell over the nation.   Suddenly, the American public was dull to common sense and lost their ability to state the obvious.  

Look into this man’s eyes and what do you see?   You see a sinister pathological smugness and indifference to truth.  He does not even attempt to put a spin on his debacles; he simply changes the subject and then orders us to consider only what he says next.  

Obama does and says things on a daily basis that would end anyone else’s career. He slept through the murders of innocent Americans in Benghazi.  He used the NSA to spy on Americans. He turned the IRS into a tool for his reelection. Because of this and ten thousand other crimes, he makes Richard Nixon look like Dudley Do-Right.

The media put a force field around him.  It never confronts him about his lies or wonders about what he does in secret.  No meaningful questions are permitted.  Any line of questioning that would undermine his messianic narrative is taboo. No wonder this man believes he is accountable to no one. 

He is laying the groundwork for a world without America.  What is America?  America is a firewall against tyranny.  North Korea, Russia, China and Iran cannot take over the world until America is weak.  This man Obama has, in 6 short years, weakened America more than all previous presidents combined.   

He has crushed us under debt, he has us at each other’s throats, and he promotes thugs and demotes righteous leaders.  The White House is staffed with all of the competence and wisdom of a banana republic.

I will not be surprised if this man tries to invent a civil disorder just so he can stay in office.

However, I believe that his ability to lie, cheat, steal and injure with impunity is also fueled by the supernatural.

That misty blanket of deception that came on America is supernatural. 

The widespread silence of American pastors is supernatural. 

The moral grogginess of Americans is as if we’ve all been drugged supernaturally.

It is supernatural that the church cannot come together to answer the threat of this man. 

It is supernatural that the church cannot galvanize against this man for the way he has turned on Israel in such an insulting and demeaning way.  This alone proves his Antichrist spirit.

It is supernatural how Americans are not outraged by Obama’s preference for Islam.  

It is supernatural that America can turn a blind eye to the world wide martyrdom of Christians.  This man could not even call the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded, Christians.

It is supernatural that for the first time in our history the 3 most popular American pastors refuse to preach on repentance, the Cross, the Blood, the inerrancy of the Bible and the existence of hell.

It is supernatural that there are those who continue to support Barrack Obama and yet call themselves Christians. Since the teachings of Christ and the policies of this man are in perfect opposition to each other, why do they bother to call themselves Christians?   Only the supernatural allows you to host such a contradiction in your mind.

It is the supernatural spirit of Antichrist that has allowed the illogical, the absurd and the inconceivable to feel normal.

And it is the supernatural power of God that has released me from writing about this man.  When I began no one stood with me. Now many voices are speaking out.  I pass this baton gladly.

Oh don’t think for a minute that I will stop exposing sin.  I will now turn my attention to the public that is deceived and groping in darkness.  I will preach revival and repentance like never before.

My energy will now go to preaching about the higher power that darkness cannot stand.  I will however, remain a loving irritant in the side of pastors.  

America can be brought out of this coma.  God can send a divine desperation into the hearts of millions.  That is now my unswerving mission…not this man.

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P.S. When you think of  the 21 who were martyred by Islamic Terrorists what kind of Christians are they?  Here is a worship service.

I need you to own this opportunity to save our nation

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I need you to own this opportunity to save our nation

By Mario Murillo

If there was an opportunity to restore America and leave one nation under God  for our children and our grandchildren would you take that opportunity? 

But how can we imagine any opportunity while we watch the nation go up in flames?  We are engulfed in lawlessness, racial hatred, and decadence. Images of rioting and looting cover the nation.  Instead of turning to God in our disaster our citizens casts Him away.  Our elected officials squander precious time obsessed by things that do not matter.

How can we imagine any opportunity while Christian leaders are throwing their hands up saying that it is impossible to rescue America?  Some even employ Bible prophecy to insist that America must be destroyed so we can have an antichrist, one world government, and hence the Second Coming of Christ.

Blinded and choked by the smoke of chaos outside the church and by defeatism inside the church how can anyone see any opportunity?

But what if there was a glimmer of hope?  What if in all the twisted rubble there was a chance to make a real difference?   What if there was something we could do?

At this point, I am not even asking you to imagine a solution for America.  I am asking “if there was a real opportunity, would you take it?” 

Not long ago I returned from a ministry trip.  I opened my front door, and dropped my luggage.  I became keenly aware that I had just done something for the very last time in my life.

There was something that I could never do again and I will never do it again…to do it again will at best shorten my life and at worse, it will take my like.  Never again could I be a part of a regular church meeting.

In that moment, everything I had ever done for Christ was being lumped into one seed and was about to be put in the ground to die. From that point on, Mario Murillo Ministries had to become an unimpaired vessel of healing to the nation.  Whatever personal sacrifice that it would require and whatever rejection it might bring became irrelevant.

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Now I had to let God expose these false assumptions:  

America cannot be saved.  Joel 2: 13, 14 say, “So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him?”

The words “Who knows” jumped out at me!  Since God relents from doing harm who are you and who am I to say America is finished?  Who knows but God?

When the disciples wanted destruction Jesus rebuked them.  Luke 9: 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”

Habakkuk “3:2 shows us how to pray; “O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.”  We should be trying for mercy not destruction!

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Americans are too sophisticated to sit and hear the Gospel.  Yes, this is the most complicated and easily offended culture ever.  It is virtually impossible to even know what to say to them.  However, we have no excuse because Jesus Himself promised in Luke 21: 15 “I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”

James 1:5 promises us we can ask for that wisdom, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

I asked and I received wisdom!  That is part of the great opportunity that I want you to own.

Mario Murillo Ministries cannot stay where it has been.  It is time for us to make radical changes because the crisis demands it and God has ordered it.

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  Here is our danger and our opportunity.

Our danger: Mario Murillo Ministries is in danger of losing its life if we remain where we are at this time.  America is too far gone for regular meetings in regular places.  We are too far gone to have any more regular meetings in regular places.  What is killing us is threefold:

  1. Limiting our outreaches to church buildings. This has never been a good way for a soul winning ministry to change a nation. To continue to do this will only break my spirit and ultimately take my life.  For my family’s sake I refuse to do this anymore. The only time that I feel healthy is when I walk out of a meeting where the masses have been saved and healed.
  2. Interrupting our invasions at key moments because we have to go back to churches for needed offerings. To make a meaningful dent into this present darkness we must have an uninterrupted flow of supernatural outreach.  In short, our ministry must turn into a movement and the only way to do that is to let momentum build in city after city.
  3. We have not had a chance to show what our team can really do. We want unchurched audiences to experience our event done our way. We must be the creative force behind every moment of a Living Proof Event.

The public should not be forced to choose between Christian events that are either frozen or freaky.  There is no rule that says a soul winning event should be a boring, powerless, apology tour that blunts the gifts of the Spirit.  On the other hand, there is no excuse for a hyper emotional meltdown that blesses self-indulgent believers but leaves outsiders rolling their eyes.

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Why can’t we have order and freedom? In describing manifestations of the Holy Spirit Paul said “Let all things be done decently and in order.” – 1 Corinthians 14:40.

Likewise, we believe that worship music does not have to be a carnal concert or mindless repetition.  Let music be anointed to touch the hearts of outsiders.

We are finally in a position to be able to present to the unchurched public a very unique kind of experience in our meetings.  It has taken years to get here but God has done it! 

We need a onetime infusion of money that will release us to finally and fully present Living Proof to America. I am asking for $100,000.  It is not a random amount it is a prayerfully discerned amount.  It represents a gift that will take us to the level where we can attack without interruption and present the Gospel without restriction.

This is not a lot of money in today’s world.  In many organizations this would not make a dent but with this gift we can launch a full scale attack.

Mario Murillo Ministries is in a life and death situation.  We have already shut down business as usual.  We are going to change our ministry even before the money gets here. We cannot wait until it is affordable to win America, we are going now.

If just 200 people responded to this letter we can meet our goal.  I have prayed for people to be moved to give a onetime gift in these 5 amounts:  $5,000, $2500, $1,000, $500, and $250. 

I am so certain that those core of partners are about to change our ministry forever that I am planning a commemorative wall of honor to inscribe the names of those who gave at this critical moment in our history.  You can put your name or the name of someone you love on a wall that will always be remembered as the heroes who carried us into our future.

Let me say one last thing to you.

Every day something good about America is erased.  It is going to take more than cozy talks to reverse our moral avalanche.  The sickness of our nation calls for something unlike anything we have seen so far.

We cannot keep doing what we are doing…that is the inescapable truth.  When it comes to Satan in America, the Church must quit taking a dull knife to a gun fight.

Here is an important point: Any ministry that operates without the weapons of the Holy Spirit is just spinning its wheels.  Nothing can stand against the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

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Would you please consider giving a thousand dollars?  Maybe you are that one person who would give a $5,000 gift because God restored your finances and blessed you abundantly.  Maybe $250 is a big step of faith for you but is one that you want to take.

We are calling gifts of $5,000, $1,000, $500, or $250 FOUNDER’S GIFTS because they are laying the foundation for our greatest outreaches ever. We will inscribe their name or the name of a loved one on our Wall of Remembrance and Honor. But remember, no matter what you give it will take us toward our goal of $100,000.

Maybe you meant to give more to the Gospel this year but did not get around to it.  By clicking below you will be directed to our donation page and if you give by this Thursday it can be credited to your 2014 income taxes.  

Click here to give a gift to save a nation!   http://mariomurillo.net/contact-us/

Hey preacher… Stop entertaining, consoling and informing…and start converting Americans.

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Hey preacher! Stop entertaining, consoling and informing…and start converting Americans.

The first thing you are taught in public speaking is to know your audience.  If I were to tell you what secular Americans are really like (something that we work and pray hard at knowing) many ministers and Christians would vehemently disagree.  That is because they do not know their audience; let alone how to preach to that audience.

They assume (subconsciously) that Americans do not want Christ and the best we can do is draw from an ever decreasing pool of already converted people. This fact is clearly seen in our sermons and conversations.  We have taken to continually talking to ourselves because we believe that no one else wants to hear it.

Christianspeak: We speak a language all our own, a language that no one understands but our little group.  We talk about walking in favor, prophetic words, soul ties, generational curses, binding, loosing, soaking, carrying until we sound like beings from other worlds.

The biggest reason that we do not know how to reach our audience is that we do not understand who our audience is.  Your audience is the unchurched.

It is my great honor to reintroduce you to two things: your audience and your competition.

Our audience: Look in their eyes and you will see what they are actually like.  It is the same look that people had in the Soviet Union at the peak of communism in the 1960’s.  It is a catatonic, going through the motions, drinking, taking drugs, waiting on a check from the government kind of stare.

They are not nearly as mad at God as you suppose.  Outwardly, they repeat what they hear from party officials. Inside, they harbor a hope that what the Bible says is actually true.  The preaching they hear discourages them because pastors sound like they don’t believe in the Bible either.  They think we are fakes but they deeply wish that we were not.

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Our competition: As long as pastors believe that other churches are their competition we will get nowhere.  Here is our real competition:

-Government when it acts as if it is the American church.  When Government says “believe in us and we will take care of you” they have replaced the church.

-Hollywood and the music industry when they tell youth through film and lyric what their values should be what their opinions should be and what they should be mad about.

-Higher education when it blasts God and punishes faith.

So what should we do?  We should determine to convert America to Christ.  If it means less emotional binges, intellectual coffee klatches and soothing mass therapy services…so be it!

What it does not mean is compromise!  Believe it or not Americans do not wish us to stop being fervent. They are not really thrown off when we raise our hands or even when we speak in tongues or operate in the miraculous.  They tune us out when we seem like we are into ourselves and oblivious to their needs.

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So what must we preach today?  The answer comes to us today from an angel that visited a jail cell.  Acts 5: 17- 20 says, Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.  But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

The Church is threatened by the mass arrest of all the apostles.  It becomes an occasion for God to recalibrate and refocus their preaching. Just what we need today!  the Angel gave them 3 mandates in a single phrase: “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

1.Take a stand. There is no confusion about what the Angel is asking the men of God to do.  He is telling them to stake their claim in their nation.  This is not just a physical act; it is also moral and spiritual. We must take a stand against Satan’s agenda for America and we must take a stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We take a stand because we belong in the national conversation.  America has a drug, divorce, suicide, anger, and atheism problem.  Our voice needs to be heard because we carry the most immediate and effective cure for everything that is hurting America.  The Angel is reinforcing to the disciples that their message is valid and urgent.

2. Take your stand in the temple courts in other words go to the center of the city.Ours is not an obscure message that should be whispered in the secret places of society.  The temple courts were the heart of Jerusalem.  The Angel is blatantly instructing them to raise their voice in the very center of their culture.

In that same way we must go where the people are and where the biggest lies are being told.  The angel gave them an exact location to take their stand and that location spoke volumes to the Apostles.  God is serious about making a difference in the culture.

3. Tell all of the words of this life.What a scathing rebuke that is to popular Christianity.  While Christian celebrities scurry to and fro to find buzzwords to replace the core doctrines of the Bible, here is an Angel telling the disciples that they must tell all the words of life.  They cannot leave out a single benefit or demand of the message of Jesus Christ.

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How right that Angel was.  There is life in those words.  There is life in the blood of Christ, the cross and the resurrection.  There is life in them so amazing that no mountain of eloquence or cunningly devised sermon can begin to match.

Brave the offense of the Cross in your preaching and watch the power of the resurrection released! Soon the supernatural life of God will overtake our preaching, create miracles in people that infinitely surpass the results of popular preaching.  Society would not care about the demands in our message because of the changes they would see in their own souls, minds and bodies.

That is how we convert America.

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