How Sunday Morning Will Save or Destroy America.

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How Sunday Morning Will Save or Destroy America.

In the last several days, two Sunday morning services have been the site of  massive train wrecks that have devastated the cause of Christ in America.  However, yesterday I witnessed the epic power of a Sunday Morning Service in Houston.  Before I share my experience yesterday consider this:

“We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. “They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for who they love is a sin. Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them as they fully are.”  These words came from the lips of Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of Washington’s National Cathedral, in a recent Sunday sermon.

Consider that the Pastor of what we consider our national church not only codified homosexuality, he flipped the script and accused those who stand for Biblical righteousness of sinning.  Peter LaBarbera said it best: “Obviously, ‘hating’ homosexuals or being so fearful that you fail to offer the hope of the gospel to people caught up in homosexual sin is wrong, but that’s not what Hall is talking about here. He is ‘redefining Christianity’ and sin itself in a way that flips the truth of the Word of God on its head. … The danger is that this new heretical ‘sin-affirming Christianity’ is spreading in the evangelical Church.”

The harm done by this is laid out by Jennifer LeClaire from Charisma Magazine: “Consider the significance of his words in the context of the setting in which he preached them. The National Cathedral’s vision is to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in churches, reconciliation among faiths and compassion in our world. The funerals of 21 presidents and the inaugurations of five presidents of the United States have been held there. The fact that Hall stood in such a place and uttered such words is more than telling about the spiritual state of our nation.”

Meanwhile on the opposite coast John MacArthur used his Sunday Morning pulpit to declare war on 550 million Pentecostals worldwide saying that they are all going to hell. John’s teachings are heard by millions and this influence makes this especially disturbing.

In just two Sunday services incalculable damage had been done by both extremes.  However, just as much damage, if not more, is inflicted every Sunday in Churches all over America.

One million Americans left their church this year but many did not leave because they backslid.   They left because of a ravenous desire for more.  They want more intense worship, more messages that will arm them to take a city.  They want more of the presence of God. They want public calls for sinners to repent and come to God and they want more of the moving of the Spirit in power!  The number one complaint that they have with their church is that they cannot feel the presence of God.

Nevertheless, there are many Churches that prove to us that Sunday Morning can be an awesome weapon for America’s restoration.  I call these Ground Zero Churches…to be continued.

Later today I am going to give you part two of this message.

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A Nation that is Beyond Words. By Mario Murillo

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A Nation that is Beyond Words.  By Mario Murillo

There are still some who believe that America can be talked into Christ.  However, a growing number believe that America is now beyond words.  I agree wholeheartedly.

It is never safe to describe the “mood of America.  No matter how hard you try, you will generalize. My take is that America is pagan, addicted, digitally distracted, angry, depressed and skeptical.

While that description sounds like I cannot find much good in Americans the radical opposite is the case.  I believe Americans are still the best in the important categories of faith, generosity, and courage.  The current condition of Americans is a matter of what is assaulting their senses and the toxic condition of their leaders.

America was paganized by a media tsunami of filth, the tyranny of secular progressives and the silence of the Shepherds. If I had more time and room I would elaborate on those factors.  Americans are weary from financial burdens.  They are overmedicated by misguided doctors and laser guided drug dealers. They are bitterly divided by politics.  Finally, they are saddened by the general defeatism of our nation and worst of all, feel no hope for the future and no longer believe what anybody says. In short, they are in a condition that is beyond words.

What do we do now?  There is a clue in something Billy Graham once said.  When a reporter accused him of setting the Church back 50 years Billy said, “I was trying to set it back 2,000 years!” In the year 34 AD the world lived in a similar swampland of despair, perversion and anger.  Christianity emerged from that morass.  But how did she do it?

The church verified the resurrection of Christ with signs, wonders, and miracles.  The church embodied the gospel with their infectious joy, the irresistible love for each other, and their golden service to the poor and downtrodden.  These things provided the Christian clout.  This is why Saint Francis, who ministered to the poor and operated in gifts of divine healing said, “By all means preach the Gospel and if necessary use words.”

What we need today is what I call The Blatant Attempt.  The blatant attempt is drawing a line in the sand that alerts the public and defies Satan. It consists of three clear steps.

1. A highly public and powerful invitation: We have been guilty of asking people to attend things that are not compelling and do not stir the heart. Moreover, we have feared to make that invitation a matter of public knowledge.  We must invite people to encounters with the power of God.  We must spell out the possibilities of the event for those who suffer.  Consider the fact that when people brought the lame, the blind and leper to Christ there must have been a conversation about what could happen if they came to the event!  That kind of expectation is a must in a blatant attempt.

2. We must alter the service to meet the challenge: Nothing is worse than selfish Christians. Dismantling a church service in order to make room for divine intervention is a must.  Clinging to business as usual demonstrates our ignorance about how desperate things really are!  The new meeting must include fasting and intercession.  The new meeting must include a format that allows the Holy Spirit to express His full authority.

3. Contend for the continuation: When the Glory blasts through keep going!  There should be no return to normal, this is the new normal.  Trust God for strategies that maintain the fire and channel the fire into a sustainable way of life.

This is precisely what we are doing at New Life Church in Houston this weekend.  These three rallies are a blatant attempt to declare the Gospel that is beyond words.  All of my sensors are screaming that this will be one of the greatest demonstrations of healing power that I have seen in my entire ministry.

I am pleading with all of those who are within driving distance of Houston to bring the sick, the broken hearted, the addicted and wounded believers for not just a meeting, but a collision with Christ!

Tomorrow Sunday October 20th at 10:30AM/ 6PM and Monday October 21st at 7PM

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BRINGING LIVING PROOF TO HOUSTON

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Mario Murillo Ministries is bringing LIVING PROOF TO HOUSTON.  The very same torrent of power that you have heard me report from the West Coast is coming to Houston tomorrow.  Never have my instructions been clearer for an outreach; never has my expectancy been greater for an event.

Why do you call your outreaches Living Proof?  Because we are about to lose our nation to a generation that has no clue that God is real let alone what He has done for America.  Judges 2:10 says “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.”

Why is Houston such a key?  Houston will likely be the largest city on earth someday.  Every day it expands and the city is annexing land far out into the prairie. But there is another key here.  Houston is home to lukewarm Christianity and user friendly faith.

However, there is a great turmoil in the soul of many believers.  Life and world events have grown too intense for regular religion.  Young and old alike are groping in the dark seeking a fiery experience with God and power to defeat fear and addiction.

1 Samuel 10: 6, 7 Says, “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.”

I am coming to Houston with those words burning in my heart.  The multiple threats against our way of life and our faith have created a singular occasion.  This is an occasion for epic courage and action.  No preacher can risk entering a pulpit unprepared now.  No ministry can afford to just have meetings anymore.  No vessel of God can dare face a day without fervent prevailing prayer.

When I step into the pulpit of New Life Church I will be hanging my very life on the promise that the Spirit of God will fall in great force and wide impact.  LIVING PROOF CANNOT BE JUST A TITLE BUT AN INESCAPABLE REALITY!

Here are 4 imperatives that I want to leave with you today with the deep hope that September 8, 2013 will be a day that sparked fires of holy love all over America!

1. The Holy Spirit will change you from what you are now into what you need to be for the task.  The crisis itself is a sign that fresh fire, new gifts of power and strategy will flow from the throne of God!

2. When these signs occur: Read the signs of this time and be ready to move with them.

3. Do what the occasion demands.  Do not do what has been done before.  Do not do what is trendy now.  Do not do what human wisdom recommends.  Do what the occasion demands.

4. See the threat and ask for the boldness that comes from signs wonders and miracles.  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.”

I am extending a heartfelt call to all of you in the Houston Area to join us for LIVING PROOF FOR HOUSTON.  Tell those you know and love that they can trade one day of their life for a lifetime of power from the hand of God!

LIVING PROOF FOR HOUSTON SEPTEMBER 8TH    

10:30AM AND A MIRACLE RALLY AT 6PM                                                                                             

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