Millions are a captive audience on Easter. Will the preachers say what they need to say? Experts say no. They claim the euphoria of having a crowd will dull the edge of truth. They claim that someone who has been a motivational speaker all year won’t suddenly become a spiritual reformer.
If they’re right, Easter will be the greatest missed opportunity of the church year. What needs to be said? I will brave an answer, not out of arrogance, but out of a broken heart. I would shed the typical formality and begin this way:
This morning I need to explain how our nation flipped so suddenly, and began calling evil good, and good evil. This also happened on the day Jesus died. Pilate was doing everything he could to free Jesus…when things took a dark turn.
Pilate told the crowd he would give them a choice to release a prisoner. He was certain they would free Jesus.
Many in that crowd heard Jesus teach and their souls were lifted to heaven. Some gained freedom from their dark past. Some in that mob had been healed or their children were healed.
Nevertheless, a demon-driven change came over the people to get Jesus on the cross. Those who cried “hosanna he that comes in the name of the Lord.” Now scream, “crucify him, crucify him!”
But it is not enough for them to condemn the innocent; they must also release the criminal. Having called good evil, they must not call evil good. Who was their choice? In Matthew 27:16 Barabbas is called a “notorious prisoner.” In Mark 15:7, echoed in Luke 23:19, he was “in prison with the rebels who had committed murder.
Those same evil spirits have fueled the change that has come over our nation. Many of our citizens have now gone against all of their former values.
It was not God’s will for the disciples to defeat the mob and save Jesus from the cross. However, now that He won, we have the right and responsibility to do it.
So, I ask you why then—why are we letting them destroy everything that made us great? Why do we passively sit back and watch a movement—that claims to be working for justice—create even more injustice?
They make railing accusations: “you are a woman without a mind—you are man without a soul—you don’t deserve to live because of who you voted for. Even though you are law abiding, we will take what you have because someone else abused what you have. My need for self-expression outweighs your right to be a child.”
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just lose our freedom of religion and speech?
How can we remain silent about the great evil in our nation, on the very day we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil? He did not just win, He devastated demonic power.
I am not talking about politics…I am talking about evil. I am talking about evil your children will live under. I am talking about evil that will make it impossible to preach the Gospel in our nation. We should ignore this?
Jesus did not just die for our sins—He died to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
I will go so far as to say that victory over evil is the central theme of the Easter story. The resurrection of Jesus was an attack that disarmed Satan. Colossians 2; 15 “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
It is the calling of the church to enforce the power of the Cross, and the Resurrection, on the works of Satan. This is what it’s all about. Today—above all days—we must realize it!
God is looking for people who will rise up, based on the authority won on Easter, and declare to the powers and principalities in heavenly places, “you must take your filthy hands off of our nation!”
I would tell the relatives and guests that becoming a Christian means forsaking all to follow Christ…and by doing so, they would receive power—power unlike anything they had ever experienced before.
Since Easter was an explosion—celebrating it should also be an explosion! If only we would repent. Then we could truly celebrate. If only the people of God would surrender on Easter. The power of the resurrection would overtake us. Great shouts of Hosanna, tears of joy would overwhelm us. And an inward fire to rise up to change our nation. Hallelujah!
Let today be the day the song is not just words: “There is power in the Name of Jesus, to break every chain. There’s an army rising up to break every chain.”
Should a preacher be an outspoken critic of government and politicians? Should soul winners take sides the political arena? When I first began doing it, the unanimous verdict was no. Now let me tell you an amazing story…
In 2011, I knew the greatest threat to America and the Gospel was going to come from Washington D.C. and Sacramento CA. The Holy Spirit led me to begin a blog and arm people with truth and Scriptural knowledge to combat the iron curtain that I saw coming down on our nation.
You would not believe the threats I got. Not just from left wing wackos, but from Christians. Church folk thought I was violating my calling and the left wingers said they were going to sick the IRS on me. Some leaders I really trusted blasted me for even thinking of doing this.
Seeking God about doing this blog, put me through unimaginable torment. I had to be sure I was right. My heroes, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Kathyrn Kuhlman, and David Wilkerson would have struggled with my decision. Then something really important dawned on me: Preachers must discern the times they live in.
Everyone one of my heroes did just that. They did things that had never been done before and they were brutally criticized for it. David Wilkerson for being photographed at a criminal trial for delinquents, Oral for going on television, Kathyrn for being a woman preacher…all of them broke new ground.
Then God gave me understanding of the time I lived in, and the ground I had to break. Let me explain it this way: say you are barbecuing in your back yard. There’s a fence between you and your neighbor. One day, after years of peaceful coexistence, your neighbor jumps the fence, and with a crazed look, charges your wife. He means harm. What do you do? Tell yourself it is unloving to attack the crazed neighbor?
Obama jumped the fence and went after the church. Now, the left never stays in their own yard. They continually attack our freedom of religion, and speech. Then I heard a life-changing phrase in my spirit: Christianity will survive without America, but America will never survive without Christianity. Now I knew my mission was to help spare America from disaster.
I also concluded that my spiritual heroes lived in an era when the church was respected, and there was civil discourse between political parties. I needed models of preachers who preached at the dawn of tyranny in their nation. I needed Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Hitler’s Germany and Watchman Nee in Mao’s china. It became undeniable what I had to do. I had total peace and confidence and began writing. However, my anxiety was only beginning.
In the first month, May 2011, only 58 people read it, by the end of the year only 2,200 people had read it. The enemy laughed at me, and told me it was a miserable failure, and the only thing I had done was to close the doors of churches. Somehow I kept trying.
The blog didn’t just face rejection from the church, it was going against the headwinds of technology. America’s attention span was shrinking fast. Experts told me I had no hope of success because no one reads long articles. If I wanted to be heard, I had to do short snappy videos. The Holy Spirit said no. I had to write the blog. Often, they’d be over a thousand words. Somehow, against all odds, I held on.
Now it was 2012 and something amazing started. By December, 300,000 people read the blog. Not only that, preachers took heart from my posts and began to boldly proclaim truth and speak out. Some of my harshest critics admitted they attacked me out of their own fear to speak out. The foundation of a new understanding, began to emerge. It turned into a groundswell.
Everywhere I traveled, people would come up to me, and tell me how much the blog meant to them. Copies appeared in the most surprising places. The heads of a large denomination gave it to their executives. It was quoted on television, radio, referred to in books, read from pulpits and even mentioned in Washington. Since then, it has been viewed in 224 nations and territories. Then at midnight last night it happened…
The blog reached 3 million views. Think of that! 3 million people have read it! This little blog, which had no chance of surviving is now the mouse that roared. Thank you to all my regular readers—some who have stood with me since the beginning—for doing something historic! And, the best is yet to come.
The only way it succeeded was because God was in it. He is the only reason it broke through all the barriers. All the glory goes to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
The bombshell admission came last week on MSNBC. New York uber-liberal Donny Deutsch said, “Trump will be re-elected in 2020 by a landslide.” That—while amazing—is not the bomb. It’s what he said next: “That’s why Trump must be removed from office now.”
As Wayne Allyn Root put it: “Donny revealed what liberals are all thinking, deep down. Trump is a lock for re-election by a wide margin. As Deutsch admitted, that’s why he must be stopped now.
Crazed liberals scream for his removal … impeachment … even assassination. Because they know Trump is succeeding. He is effective, he is erasing Barack Obama and he is fundamentally changing America back to a conservative, capitalist nation. They know they can’t stop him at the ballot box, so they have decided they have to stop him any other way they can — even resorting to violence, conspiracy and sedition.”
Did you see the words, violence, conspiracy, sedition…even assassination?
This explains everything. It explains why CNN sent reporters to Thailand to interview prostitutes who “may have dirt on Trump.” It explains why Hillary is not being investigated for Russian collusion. It shows why the left will stop at nothing to get him out now.
Last December my spirit was deeply disturbed. I sought relief in intercession. My thoughts turned toward the President. I wrote this to our partners in late December: “A massive disruption, is planned within the next 90 days. There will be a major move against the president by both Democrats and Republicans. In short, you will see the most vicious assaults—on our freedoms, our faith, and our children—you have ever seen.” Those 90 days are up March 24th—the day of a massive march for gun control.
What I didn’t know is why the left lost its mind. Now I do. It is the certain reelection of Donald Trump. It is hideous to think what they might do. It is disgusting that they don’t care if Trump makes life better for Americans—that’s how deranged they truly are. But there is a positive to this.
Gideon asked God for one last sign he would defeat the Midianites. It came from the last source he expected: The enemy. God told Gideon to sneak into the camp of the Midianites—an army as many as the sand of the seashore in number. He arrived at the right tent in time to hear this: Judges 7: 13 “Gideon crept up to one of the tents just as a man inside had wakened from a nightmare and was telling his tent-mate about it.
“I had this strange dream,” he was saying, “and there was this huge loaf of barley bread that came tumbling down into our camp. It hit our tent and knocked it flat!” 14 The other soldier replied, “Your dream can mean only one thing! Gideon, the son of Joash, the Israeli, is going to come and massacre all the allied forces of Midian!” 15 When Gideon heard the dream and the interpretation, all he could do was just stand there worshiping God! Then he returned to his men and shouted, ‘Get up! For the Lord is going to use you to conquer all the vast armies of Midian!’”
Beloved, the enemy is admitting reelection. We should rejoice but we should also be interceding for our president to be protected form whatever is coming. Now you know what is going on and how to pray.
The enemies of Trump suffer from short term memory loss. They salivate every time he goes through a crisis. “This is it. He’s finished.” How many times must I tell you—he thrives on crisis—he wins when he loses—he has a resilience not of this earth. Stop pinning your hopes on his demise; it’s a spin class in futility. Here are 5 reasons why.
5 REASONS NOT TO WORRY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP
By Mario Murillo
He will not be impeached. He will not even be censured. The next four years and more are his. Hate me, laugh at me, despise my writing…it does not matter, he will survive.
To all who support Trump, there are 5 reasons for you not to worry. I am not even going to get spiritual about it. I am not going to give you a glassy stare, feign some prophetic moment, and speak in a breathy tone. Just the facts.
1. The poll numbers are skewed against him. Scientists have shown that when people have a favorite candidate who is attacked by the press they go silent. They still support the person, they just won’t tell you. Many, many more than we hear about still support Trump.
Moreover, Americans have a deep sense of fair play. They go for the underdog. Our people see the flagrant, wanton and disgraceful attacks on Trump by the media. They are giving him a break for that. They also understand his rookie mistakes, he is not a politician… we didn’t want a politician, remember?
Here’s the tragic part for his haters…his base still believes he loves America and wants to make her great again.
2. It’s the economy, oh thou lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind. Unemployment is at a 16-year low, and the consumer sentiment levels are at near record highs. When all the background noise settles, and the voter, with a good paying job, stands before the lever to vote—the thought of returning to an Obama economy will horrify.
3. He has plenty of time to win back those who have turned against him. Listen to Jake Novak senior editor at CNBC: “Both party establishments still need a vote-getting leader and President Trump already has the White House leadership role they covet. He has enormous executive power at his fingertips and the ability to win over some doubters with even the smallest backtracking like his recent ousting of Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon, or just the passage of time.”
4. The other side still looks way worse. Two men trapped in the woods are suddenly charged by a bear. One man takes off barefoot the other stops to put on his shoes. The runner asks why are you doing that? The other replies, I only need to be faster than you.
Chuck Schumer annoys his base, let alone the rest of us. Elizabeth Warren is a shrill throated hater of the white middle-class worker. Bernie Sanders’ economy from Mars plays well only because pot has been legalized on campus. Maxine Waters is a VOTE FOR TRUMP machine. Nancy Pelosi is, well, Nancy Pelosi.
5. Millions are praying for our nation. I do not agree with everything Trump does. If he asked me I would have some strong words on certain things. What I cannot deny are these things:
He put a conservative in the Supreme Court. He stands with Israel. He is against abortion. He wants to remove the hideous Johnson Amendment that took away freedom of speech from preachers. He wants to secure the border. He is working to stop other nations from abusing us and harming us.
Thoughtful believers see past the fog. They see what I see, they are praying for his protection, for wisdom and for God’s favor. Those prayers will be answered.
Who am I to say this last part? Mr. President, shake off the distractions and remember the message that put you in the White House. Keep on making America Great Again. The rest will take care of itself.
My soul surveyed the nation. I took in the entire national crisis and prayed “What is the best thing to do now?”
THE BEST THING TO DO NOW
By Mario Murillo
(Preached at Bethel Church Redding Sunday March 19th 6 PM service.)
I stand before you tonight on the heels of a great dealing of God—perhaps the greatest dealing of God besides my conversion. God said, “Raise $1 Million—choose 10 cities—invest the money in those cities for a specific outreach and I will start a youth movement.” The ten cities had to be places that are open wounds.
This mandate led to a personal revelation that I am sharing here for the first time. My soul surveyed the nation. I took in the entire national crisis and prayed “What is the best thing to do now?”
There are many candidates for the title of best thing to do.
Unity is a great choice. Healing the division in the Body of Christ is a great choice for best thing. No matter where I go, people have an issue. The Body is so entrenched in their own camps.
Wouldn’t it be a powerful thing if all of the camps in the Body of Christ would realize that their theology is incomplete and find common ground to pool strength and hit the nation with a tsunami of compassion?
Another great choice is anointed worship music. Music gets in where sermons cannot. Music is the only art form that bypasses the brain on its way to the heart. We saw it with Andrae Crouch, Hosanna integrity, Hillsong, and the Bethel music that has gone global from this very room.
The right choice must be prayer. How could anyone consider anything to be above the power of prayer and the urgency of prayer?
The fact that none of these is what I feel in my spirit is the best thing to do now. So if none of these worthy candidates is the best…what is?
To find out we must first ask, “what does now look like?” Now we have a divided and often lukewarm American church—a church that is long on experience and ignorant of scripture.
Now let’s look outside the church walls: We have an entire generation raised without church. Judges 2:10 says, “Judges 2:10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.”
That—thanks to our universities—is our current problem. Our classrooms create easily offended, intolerant, fearful students. They hate free speech if it disagrees with them. They believe violence should be applied to silence an opposing viewpoint. Their credo is now: With sticks and stones I’ll break your bones because your words have hurt me.”
They are the generation that can end America. I call them generation fatal.
Liberalism run amok has unleashed a spirit of violence and lawlessness. I said in a recent blog: “America is the only nation in history where those who control the money, the airwaves, the press, and the universities, fancy themselves an underground resistance.
We are supposed to believe ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Hollywood, every Ivy League school, plus the Democratic Party have been driven into underground revolutionary bunkers. We have come to a sad and inexplicable madness where the “Freedom Fighters” are fighting against, well, freedom. The anti-fascists are the fascists. In the name of liberation, they are taking dead aim at the Bill of Rights…not just some of it—but all of it.”
This is what now looks like. Now is pandemic drug addiction. Now is a crime wave that has reduced inner cities into killing fields. Now is tyranny in the news media. Now is duly elected president under siege. I am not here to burst your blessing bubble but:
-If we refuse to see it because we think it betrays our view of the goodness of God, we can’t obey God for a solution. We have lost our nation by default.
-If we let a cheapened view of grace weaken our holy resolve and fire.
-If we turn retreat into victory with spiritual self-entitlement…we are not only in sin but we will have to apologize the millions of oppressed Christians around the world.
So what is the best thing we can do now? It is what I learned one night after having tried everything to reach a riot-torn intellectual bastion called Berkeley.
MARIO MURILLO PREACHING ON THE BERKELEY CAMPUS OCTOBER 4TH 2014
Having tried all of the aforementioned candidates for best thing to do I went on campus late one night. God was trying to give me the answer but I wouldn’t listen. I did not know that death awaited me.
It was a dark night on Sproul Plaza. I approached a flower child, thinking this was easy pickings. As I witnessed to him a 6 foot 5-inch behemoth grabbed me and proceeded to choke me. Murder was in his eyes. It was demonic. Intellectual debate was useless against this monster.
Instantly I knew where I was wrong and what to do. It was as I was having the life choked out of me that I discovered the truth that I am going to relate to you. The power of God—out of mercy—gave me wisdom and boldness.
Somebody else took over my body—words, not of me tumbled from my lips. I ordered him to take his hands off of me. I ordered him to back off. He did. As he did, he stopped staring at me. He gazed at something behind me. It was way taller than him. He looked startled. I ran.
As I sprinted home a verse kept roaring in my soul: “not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord.” The best thing that could ever happen—the best thing for me to do—was to allow the power of God to collide with the power of Satan in a public place.
Thus began our Saturday Nights of Miracles. Miracles blasted U.C. Berkeley open. We even broke through to use the coveted Pauley Ballroom.
Miracles sustained for 10 years and now I must tell you—by the numbers—the best thing to do now:
-The best thing to do now is to break the lie that the miracles that happen in Asia, Africa, and Latin America cannot happen here. Just as He raises the dead in plain view and multiplies food and water there—it can happen here. The best thing is to break the glass ceiling we have created for miracles in America.
-Living Proof is the name of our crusades because it will take miracles to the mainstream of American culture.
From every angle our best move now is to be totally grateful for every miracle God has done and be totally starved to see more and greater miracles and to see them where they matter.
Now let me show you from different angles the absolute proof that this is our best move now.
The greatest Christian intellectual who ever lived had just seen—while arguing on Mars Hill in Athens—the futility of debating intellectual culture. On his trek from there to Corinth a conviction was emblazoned in his soul. Notice what he said:
1 Corinthians 2: And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 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.
Miracles put a deep foundation in new converts: What I hope will hit you is this: Our best move now is to but a supernatural foundation in new converts—a foundation that cannot be destroyed by a professor, gang leader or a politician.
Miracles force anti-God government to back off: Acts 4: 14 “And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. “
When the greatest mind the church ever produced concluded that nothing was to be compared to the miracles of Jesus when combating a perverse culture, it should settle it for us.
These are the miracles that will ignite unity: Acts 3:11 Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.
New songs: Psalm 96: 1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
Prayer: Now I want you to get ready to pray. Not just any prayer—but the prayer that Peter prayed that let loose a gusher of signs and wonders: Acts 4: 29 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
Miracles are best for neutralizing persecution and the overreach of government. When Peter left the council who ordered the church not to speak he knew what his best move was. It is also our best move against the political correctness that has morphed into blatant tyranny.
Note that one thing he wanted was a special boldness. His precise plea reads like this: Give me the special boldness that comes while you do signs and wonders.
This is the best thing we can do now. It will crush the ramparts of Satanic power that are killing our country.
Finally, do you think I am being idealistic and naïve? Do you not see that the prime directive of Christ for those charged with spreading His Gospel was exactly what I say we need to do? Jesus said, John 14: 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Let’s retrace our steps to a childlike hunger and desperation—only this time let it be with an irrefutable passion to let miracles–undeniable confirmed miracles flow in the mainstream of American culture.
America is the only nation in history where those who control the money, the airwaves, the press, and the universities, fancy themselves an underground resistance.
WAKE UP! THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME I HAVE EVER KNOWN
by Mario Murillo
America is the only nation in history where those who control the money, the airwaves, the press, and the universities, fancy themselves an underground resistance.
We are supposed to believe ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Hollywood, every Ivy League school, plus the Democratic Party have been driven into revolutionary bunkers by Donald Trump.
We have come to a sad and inexplicable madness where the “Freedom Fighters” are fighting against, well, freedom. The anti-fascists are the fascists. In the name of liberation, they are taking dead aim at the Bill of Rights…not just some of it—but all of it. They are the AICLF: The Already In Control Liberation Front. They have redefined reality.
Here are but a few of the other realities they have redefined:
Journalism: In what universe, can you award a hack like Jorge Ramos—who openly admits that fighting Trump means you get to tell lies—who is a blue-eyed blond with alabaster skin but says he is nonwhite—the Walter Cronkite award for Journalism. What’s next? Janet Napolitano wins Miss America?
Hate: It’s hate to stop terrorists from coming to America. It’s hate to want a border to keep murders, rapists and drugs out our neighborhoods. It’s hate when a young girl doesn’t want a naked boy in the women’s locker room.
But most of all, it is hate to have an opinion that disagrees with theirs. This takes us to the next alternative reality.
Self-Defense: Words are now a physical attack. If you say something they disagree with, it’s the same as punching them. So, when they shut down a rally by beating people, setting buildings on fire and terrorizing crowds—the way they did in Berkeley—it is not rioting… it is self-defense.
Organizers of the anti-Milo Yiannopoulos demonstration at UC Berkeley that ended in $100,000 worth of window-breaking chaos declared it a “stunningly successful” protest — one they’ll happily repeat if the right-wing provocateur tries to return to campus.
“We are happy with the results,” said UC Berkeley Law School alumnus Ronald Cruz of the group By Any Means Necessary., or BAMN. “We were able to meet Mr. Yiannopoulos’ fascist message with massive resistance.”
An estimated 150 “black bloc” anarchists attacked police with rocks and fireworks and used barricades to smash windows at the student union Feb. 1, forcing the cancellation of Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
“We are not affiliated with them, but were united in shutting down the Milo event,” Cruz said.
“Everyone played a part,” he said. “Some engaged in breaking windows — others held signs and made sure that the fascists and the police did not attack anyone.
“This was self-defense,” Cruz said. “Windows can be replaced. People can’t be.”
And this is not the view of a fringe element on the left. Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s son woody was one of 50 who descended on peaceful Trump supporters with fireworks, smoke bombs and fists. Tim Kaine referred to his son’s actions as “peaceful protest.”
Jake Curtis in his article for The Federalist said: “The actual tactics of the Minnesota resistors were not what made the events of last weekend so frightening. To be sure, they were by no means peaceful or respectful of Trump supporters’ rights to express their views. It’s that the extreme tactics are no longer relegated to the fringes of the Left’s resistance movement.
Wake up! We just entered the most dangerous time I’ve ever known. Don’t respond by telling me God has this all under control. If He had this all under control, He would not have ordered us to pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
You cannot pray the Lord’s Prayer without expecting marching orders. You cannot utter those sacred words and then enter a pulpit with Pablum that denies the danger your congregation faces.
God is looking for those who will obey His plan to save America. If we do not pray with fervent heat—if we do not stand with our president, then we better prepare for a darkness beyond words for our children.
While the danger is new the answer is not new—it is timeless. When hell belches out a new weapon of mass damnation—heaven is not passive! God seeks those who will rise up in the Name of Jesus and thrust the spear of anointed righteousness into the heart of darkness.
We’ve already had one great miracle…now let’s get the next big miracle. The alternative is too terrible to imagine.