IT’S NOT TRUMP THEY ARE GOING AFTER…IT’S YOU.

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You will not about read this in any Christian magazine.  The radical left has declared a very unusual kind of war on us—a war that Christian leaders will not admit and are totally unprepared to fight.

The Trump victory has inflamed the left so much that they totally rejecting the election and disregarding the rule of law.  Here is what you may already know:

Fake news: NBC poured 400 million dollars into Buzz Feed.  Buzz Feed released fake news that portrayed Trump as a pervert in Russia.  Only Trump was never there and the entire incident was made up to destroy his reputation.

CNN reacted to this in an underhanded way that allowed the narrative to spread while feigning journalistic innocence.

Fake boycotts:  Pop singers who were never invited to the inauguration claimed to boycott it.  Black celebrities like Steve Harvey were eviscerated just for meeting with Trump.  40 Democratic leaders are boycotting the event.

Fake California revolution:  Behaving as if America had been taken over in a coup, California has declared itself a sanctuary state for the resistance.  They have hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to fight all Trump legislation.  California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is moving for impeachment.   Trump is not even in office yet!

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Fake Obama peaceful transference of power:  Equally despicable is Obama.  Obama is filled with rage about Trump.  He is frantically using his pen to lay as many landmines as possible for Trump.  He releasing cop killers, terrorists, and traitors—a rogue’s gallery that has but one thing in common—they hate America.

However, all this pales before the news I am about to share with you.  What you must understand—the thing you must get—is, they are not going after Trump—they are going after you.  I am talking about 80% of all Evangelicals and 63 million voters.

They are not calling Trump a racist—they are calling you a racist.  They are not saying Trump hates Gays, Mexicans, and Muslim immigrants—they are saying you do.

According to them: Voting for Trump makes us totally despicable racists and haters who must have our rights revoked.

The 4-alarm leftist hissy fit is only the opening act.  Expect strikes, violent demonstrations, and a towering litany of acts of “civil disobedience.”

Obama is not going away—He will lead the charge.  His true mission to undermine America will kick in now that he is no longer restrained by the presidency.  He will lead a confederation of movie stars, politicians, billionaires, Muslim leaders and minions in the United Nations.

Trump legislation will be throttled at every turn.  The media will launch a withering nonstop assault on every word he says.

As I said, they are not going after Trump they are going after you and me.  If this is true how then should we prepare?  Here are my heartfelt convictions of what we must do now.

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  1. Don’t let them bully you, learn from history.   It is 1776 all over again. British rule then is very much like leftist rulers now.  Loyalists joined British forces in oppressing the colonists and told them that their elected officials were not valid.

The leftist elites are not British monarchs or red coats but they are telling us what we can and cannot believe.  They are seizing our rights.  T.V. Networks and billion dollar companies are working to overrule a free and fair election.

The challenge of the church today is the same as it was in 1776.  Revolutionary war Christians understood that they could not be on the sidelines as their rights were being destroyed.   Their call was to stand with the freedom fighters.

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  1. We must fight with the weapons of God! Thank God, we are not waging physical war but we are fighting a spiritual war. To fight, we must pray and speak the Word of God.  We cannot afford to listen to those who say we should not speak out against Islam, immorality or far left totalitarianism.

Some ask “won’t this make us look unloving and turn lost souls off to the Gospel?”  On the contrary, when we speak out with the power of the Holy Spirit it will shatter the strong delusion that is pervading our society.

Moreover, the early colonists knew they were building a nation that would be a lighthouse of the Gospel to the world.  The iron curtain that these celebrities and media tyrants are ringing down on us will silence the Gospel and leave Israel at the mercy of all her enemies.

  1. Build on prophecy: If you believe that Trump is a miracle that is a type of King Cyrus then act like it! Seize this divine opportunity to stand with policies that best reflect our values.

With the very same breath that we call Satan a liar…we must call falsehood out!  Preachers all over America must ring the bell of liberty in their pulpits by calling out the intellectual frauds who would remove our freedom.

They are not harmless actors and singers, they agents of tyranny that are not coming after Trump they are coming after you…but if God be for you who can be against you?

The Impossibility Factor

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The Impossibility Factor: Revivals are always  impossible until they happen

Mario Murillo

Revival has never looked more impossible in America.  The thing is that really doesn’t mean anything. Revivals are always impossible until they happen.

Revival struck London through John Wesley when it was impossible.   One out every seven houses in London was a house of prostitution.  More people were attending séances than church.  Nearly 100,000 children lived like animals.  The London times had not mentioned Christmas for decades…not even once.

Revival came anyway and England became the world’s missionary leader.

Revival struck Kentucky when it was unthinkable.  This was the most lawless state in the union.  There was no police.  Every criminal on the run headed for Kentucky.  Murder, rape, and alcoholism were pandemic.  Revival flipped Kentucky so violently that it became the most zealously Christian state in America.

The early twentieth century was a far more skeptical era than today.  The blush of Darwinism and Marxism was so feverish that it was a foregone conclusion that Christianity would go away altogether. Scientists declared the age of reason and solemnly assured us that religion would be gone by the 1920s.

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Imagine in that atmosphere, if you were to have said in 1906, “a one eyed black man is going to rent a dingy horse livery on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles and start a movement that will engulf nearly 600 million people worldwide.”  The men in white would have been sent for you.

As I said in a recent post: We have so many wrong ideas about millennials and we have so much ignorance about Azusa Street!

We hear preachers say “millennials” ainsert 3re too skeptical and cannot handle Bible doctrine.  That is so wrong.   Did you know that Darwin and Karl Marx were more popular at the time of the Azusa Street Revival than he is today?  In fact, fundamentalism was organized at that time to stem the tide of atheism, Marxism, and a worldwide rejection of the Bible.

God’s remedy for the dark, disbelieving early 20th Century was to pour out His Spirit.   And that is the answer for today!

The point is that revivals are impossible until they happen.   Focus on the evil and you will feel despair.  Concentrate on the inherent unstoppable nature of past revivals and you will seek revival correctly.

You should also know what the church was preaching in those darkest moments before awakenings began.  Pulpits were filled with pessimists who instead of rebuking the despair joined in the chorus.  They declared the day of revival to be over!  Even that did not stop God.

How is it that revival can strike without warning in the most unpromising times and grow in the hardest soil?  The answer is that when darkness is intense we tend look at the wrong indicators.  It’s not that there are no warnings of revival it is simply that we do not know them when we see them because fear is so loud.insert 2

Look at today.  Do you see any signs of revival?  Most would say absolutely not.  They would say all of the same things that people have said before every outpouring of God.   The times are too evil.

That is the argument today.  We legalized gay marriage, drugs and we toy with Islam.  Our leaders are loons that are finding the best ways to drive us into extinction.  Churches are closing and 1,000 ministers are leaving the ministry every month.  You know the rest because you have heard a hundred times.

Atheists are boasting that the whole world in general is becoming secular and anti-supernatural.  The facts are just the opposite.  It is a very religious world, far more religious than it was 50 years ago.

Consider these statistics from sociologist Rodney Stark:

— 81 percent claim to belong to an organized religious faith, and most of the rest report engaging in religious activities such as prayer or making offerings to the gods in various “folk religion” temples.

— 74 percent say religion is an important part of their daily lives.

— 50 percent report they have attended a place of worship or religious service in the past seven days.

-In very few nations do as many as five percent claim to be atheists, and only in China, Vietnam, and South Korea do they exceed 20 percent.

-Furthermore, in every nook and cranny left by organized faiths, all manner of unconventional spiritual and mystical practices are booming. There are more occult healers than medical doctors in Russia, 38 percent of the French believe in astrology, 35 percent of the Swiss agree that “some fortune tellers really can foresee the future,” and nearly everyone in Japan is careful to have their new car blessed by a Shinto priest.

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Another sign is the evil of people itself.   For example, Saul of Tarsus was at the peak of his terrorism when he was violently converted. What no one but God knew was the growing desperation inside of this soon to be Paul the Apostle.   Societies are often at their worst right before revival.

What we do not want to do is miss revival when it hits!

Dark times can absorb our faith in the power of God.  Many believers find themselves in a condition that is truly worse than they ever imagined.  Pangs of fear grip men of God who were once lions in the pulpit.  We invent doctrines that fit our disappointment.  We build ministries based on our lowered expectations.

You need a healthy respect for the power of dark times to rob us of faith.  It has happened to the best of us.

500 people saw Jesus Christ ascend into the clouds.  Think about that.  In the face of such absolute proof that Jesus was the Son of God, how could they ever doubt?

As He ascended he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Surely they would wait…right?  Astonishingly, only 120 were still waiting in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.  How is it possible in the face of so great an assurance that they would falter and abandon their posts?

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Their world was filled with sudden terror from a wicked king, oppression from religious leaders, and tyranny from the Roman occupiers.  Their daily grind absorbed their zeal for the promises of God.

Do not be like the 380 people who missed one of the greatest moments in history.  Here are two things that you need to confess and say to your spirit so that you will not leave the upper room.

  1. Either it was always true or it was never true. Times do not alter truth. A lack of money does not change God’s word about prosperity.  Sickness does not nullify the fact of God’s healing power.  The evil of men does not overrule the supremacy of Christ.   If God promised you something, these dark times cannot stop their fulfillment.
  2. This will be like one of them. 1 Samuel 17: 4 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

youth revivalIt is easy to say that evil is more intense and sophisticated than ever before.  Neither Saul, nor Israel had ever faced anything like Goliath before.  David said that it did not matter; this new threat would have the same outcome as all of the old threats.

Jesus is telling us to wait for the power that is about to break out no matter what.   Does revival look totally impossible to you?  Don’t worry, they all look that way until they happen.

SOMETHING IS RISING OVER RENO

SOMETHING IS RISING OVER RENO

The outside world holds on to a myth that Reno is a dusty back alley overrun by alcoholics and drug addicts.  Some locals don’t mind this myth if it will keep the population from exploding.   However the secret has gotten out that Reno is the future.

Companies like Tesla, Apple, Amazon and other bulwarks of Silicon Valley have done their homework and realize this. They also know that there is a quality of life… of family life that improves every day. That is why they have relocated major operations to Reno.    

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However there is something else about Reno that we wanted you to know.  On March 30, 31 an extraordinary gathering of Christians will take place in Reno called the LIVING PROOF WORLD CONVENTION.   It all began when Evangelist Mario Murillo felt compelled to move his ministry to Reno.  Here he explains his move:

“This is where the vision will have room to breathe.  This is where we will build the fresh approach to a timeless message. In this place, we will develop signs and wonders Crusades, send out evangelists and dig a well of uninterrupted intercessory prayer for an American Awakening.

We will not make a flashy entrance or present ourselves as some kind of cure to the city.  We are soldiers on assignment and we want to find our place in what Jesus is already doing here, and come alongside those who will receive us.

We are not here to replace but to replenish existing outreaches here.  We will not barge in or force ourselves on anyone but we will extend a humble hand of friendship, help and the opportunity to see revival.

We will grow deep roots in Reno; however our target is the United States.   This is our staging area to choose targets cities for LIVING PROOF.”

LIVING PROOF has this simple message to the unchurched culture of America: “Trade an evening of your life for a touch from God that can last a lifetime.  Come if you need healing.  Bring someone you love who needs a miracle.  Come because we have living proof of God’s love and power in our time.”

The LIVING PROOF WORLD CONVENTION marks the official launch of this nationwide crusade.  However, this convention is much more than that.

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This is why we want to invite you to two historic days of the Living Proof World Convention. The theme of this convention is The Power and the Plan to save America. 

Everyone knows that America is in dire need of a supernatural awakening.  The power and the plan for such a miracle must come from the Holy Spirit.  He has the only plan and the only power that will work.

We are surrounded by prophetic words that promise a massive harvest but what will touch off the explosion that will sweep millions into the Kingdom?  And how would we function during such a miracle?

We are certain that He has shown a plan and a path to power that we want to share with you.

Many preachers are desperate to break out of molds that are holding back their effectiveness. It is our deepest desire that this world convention ignite fires of momentum for continual harvest in every ministry that comes to this event.

There is a growing consensus that we have plumbed the depths of personal blessing, and we have been taught to death.    What we need now is for all of what we have been taught to be set on fire and to have it blaze forth into national repentance, healing and blessing.

Our conviction: The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

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Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to put on the full armor of God’s power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  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.

Here are some urgent final statements.  Pray and ask God if you are to be a part of this groundbreaking event.  Act boldly and do not let fear stop you from coming.   God will make a way if you are truly serious about having power in these end times.

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“Join Mechelle and me for the Renovation of your life and ministry.”  -Mario Murillo

The Living Proof World Convention has one simple goal:  To restore the roar of the American Church.

The Living Proof World Convention will be held at the Boomtown hotel and Casino in Reno in just a few weeks: March 30 and 31.    There is no registration fee for the convention but you must register. 

To register call us now at 775 432 1665 OR CLICK HERE NOW TO INSTANTLY REGISTER ONLINE:       http://mariomurillo.net/living-proof-world-convention/

P.S  Call (775) 345-6000 to get a very special room rate at the Boomtown hotel.  Use the rate code SLPWC

What we mean by Living Proof

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This is where the vision will have room to breathe.  This is where we will build the fresh approach to a timeless message. In this place, we will develop signs and wonders Crusades, send out evangelists and dig a well of uninterrupted intercessory prayer for an American Awakening.

We will not make a flashy entrance or present ourselves as some kind of cure to the city.  We are soldiers on assignment and we want to find our place in what Jesus is already doing here, and come alongside those who will receive us.

We are not here to replace but to replenish existing outreaches here.  We will not barge in or force ourselves on anyone but we will extend a humble hand of friendship, help and the opportunity to see revival.

We will grow deep roots in Reno; however our target is the United States.   This is our staging area to choose targets cities for LIVING PROOF.

There is no way that this will be easy!  Paul said, “A great and effectual door is open unto me but there are many adversaries.” There is no way that we think this will be easy or that the enemy will welcome us with open arms! We have only the promise of blood, sweat and tears.

God knows why we have come here and our adversary knows why we have come here.  The crusade to spare America from doom grows more urgent each day.  We are running out of time.  In many ways I feel that I got to Reno in the nick of time.

That is why I am reaching out to you in this blog for special prayer.  Your prayers mean more to me that anything else you can do right now.

P.S. I want to invite you to our World Convention in Reno where you can be ignited to take back American and you can witness the official launch of Living Proof.  You can call us a 775 432 1665.

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The church in America has been struck by an iceberg.  Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers.  We cannot go on this way.  There must be an answer.

What if we had a convention designed to confront the threat against the American Church?  What if we had a convention that brushed aside all of the frills and distractions and instead focused on receiving power and fresh direction?

The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

It is our conviction that there is a life available, set apart in prayer that only goes out to serve at the direct command of God.  That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.

Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to operate in gifts of power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  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.

As important as the day of Pentecost was to the Book of Acts Church, the outpouring that happened two chapters later was equally crucial.  Pentecost proved that God could pour out His Spirit on the Earth.  The miracle in Acts 4 proved God could do it again.

Join us in the mountains with the firm conviction that God can and will do it again.

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Please make your plans now to be at the Living Proof World Convention.  We are gathering in Reno in the Boomtown Hotel and Casino.  This site was carefully chosen because it is a much more peaceful setting than the downtown strip plus there is  plenty of easy free parking.

The convention is free but you must register to attend the Living Proof World Convention, 

Plus, we can get you hotel rooms for amazing prices.   For a regular room the convention price is…get this $25 a night.  In their new North Tower a larger room is only $40!   Let us give you the special code to reserve these amazing rates.

Click here to be a part of this historic event :   http://mariomurillo.net/contact-us/

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The odd joys of government lunacy

The odd joys of government lunacy

Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country.

This year, for example, we learned that California’s legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex.

They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.”

Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an individual is hesitant, confused, uncertain.”

A severely moral California high school principal prohibited the football booster club from raising money by selling donated Chick-fil-A meals because this company opposed same-sex marriage.

The school superintendent approved the ban because “we value inclusivity and diversity.” Up to a point.

At a Washington state community college, invitations to a “happy hour” celebrating diversity and combating racism said white people were not invited.

At Broward College near Miami, a conservative who was asking students if they agreed that “big government sucks” was told by a campus security guard that she must take her question to the campus “free-speech area.”

She got off lightly: The federal government has distributed to local police, including those of some colleges and school districts, more than 600 surplus MRAP (mine-resistant ambush-protected) armored vehicles designed for Iraq and Afghanistan.

The federal government, which has Tomahawk cruise missiles and Apache and Lakota helicopters, used the code name “Geronimo” in the attack that killed Osama bin Laden but objected to the name of the Washington Redskins.

The Department of Homeland Security, unsleepingly vigilant, raided a Kansas City shop to stop sales of panties emblazoned with unauthorized Royals logos.

A US Forest Service article on safe marshmallow-toasting did not neglect to nag us: It suggested fruit rather than chocolate in s’mores. The droll Orange County Register wondered, “Why not replace the marshmallow with a Brussels sprout?”

The federal government’s food police began cracking down on schools’ fundraising bake sales: Step away from those brownies and put your hands on a fruit cup.

Niagara County, NY, spent $700,000 of its Tobacco Master Settlement Money not on fighting smoking but on golf course equipment.

In Seattle, the Freedom Socialist Party, which favors a $20-an-hour minimum wage, advertised a job opening for a Web developer to be paid $13 an hour.

Joe Biden was off by 160,839 when citing the number of people killed in the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado. He said 161,000. But the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed optimism about “the nation of Africa.”

Barack Obama explained the Keystone XL pipeline: “It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else.

“That doesn’t have an impact on US gas prices.” Someone very patient should try to explain to him that prices of petroleum are set by a global market.

Hamlet: “Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?”

Polonius: “By the mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed.”

Hamlet: “Methinks it is like a weasel.”

Polonius: “It is backed like a weasel.”

Hamlet: “Or like a whale?”

Polonius: “Very like a whale.”

Fortunately, Polonius was not among the Colorado Springs second-graders invited to use their imaginations in seeing shapes in clouds. Kody Smith said one looked like a gun. So a behavior report was filed against the 8-year-old.

A South Carolina high school student was arrested and suspended after having written a story about killing a dinosaur with a gun.

“The Great Immensity,” a climate-change musical financed by $700,000 from the National Science Foundation, quickly closed.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, perhaps planning for wars with small carbon footprints, fretted that global warming “could threaten many of our training activities.”

Alarmed by reports that global warming will cause a 4-foot rise in sea levels, California Gov. Jerry Brown warned that “Los Angeles’ airport’s going to be underwater.” It is more than 120 feet above sea level.

Because everything confirms the theory of impending catastrophic global warming, in 2005 Hurricane Katrina was called a harbinger of increasingly violent weather caused by . . . well, you know.

Today, Louisianans are thankful that this was the ninth consecutive hurricane season without a major hurricane landfall.

White House in Denial: President Obama Is Costing Democrats Control of the Senate

White House in Denial: President Obama Is Costing Democrats Control of the Senate

The administration insists that vulnerable Democrats should have supported him more. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

October 29, 2014 White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they’re using their own fantasies to do it. They’re starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post‘s Karen Tumulty, “He doesn’t think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there.”

This is pure delusion: Obama is the main reason Republicans are well-positioned to win control of the upper chamber next Tuesday. And Democrats’ biggest strategic mistake in this election is that most candidates didn’t run away far and fast enough. Given the president’s rock-bottom approval numbers in the many Republican-friendly Senate states that Democrats needed to win—as well as the reality of a worsening political environment for the party as early as last winter—that distance was a downright necessity. But a host of Senate candidates failed to create it, and the party is likely to pay the price in Senate seats.

Some candidates bought the White House’s view that the president’s problems were temporary, or only a problem in the most conservative of states. Others naively thought they could pivot away from the president’s problems in hope of individualizing the races and focusing on their challengers’ vulnerabilities. Several understood that moving to the center could risk alienating a base that they needed to turn out, given the party’s much-vaunted Bannock Street ground game. But as the candidates win only weak support from outside the most committed Democrats, those assumptions deserve to be reevaluated. Now, more than ever, it’s clear that individual Democrats could use some clear brand separation from President Obama.

In the traditional swing states such as Colorado and New Hampshire, Sens. Mark Udall and Jeanne Shaheen didn’t think they’d have to break with Obama all that much. After all, they presumed, the Republican Party’s brand was in even worse shape than the president’s.

And in the conservative states held by Democrats, senators tried to have it both ways without telegraphing their differences starkly enough. Simply calling for unspecified fixes to a deeply unpopular health care law, for example, wasn’t sufficient to keep enough disaffected white voters on their side. And while most red-state Democrats tweaked the president for delaying construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, those in the Senate were telegraphing their impotence by not being able to persuade the president otherwise.

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An outright rebuke of President Obama wouldn’t have been viable in several Republican states, such as Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina, where high turnout among African-American voters is a necessity for Democrats to hang onto the seats. But in ruby-red states where white voters make up a sizable share of the population, Democrats should have been doing their best Joe Manchin impersonations early on.

In Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes was a fresh face who wasn’t burdened by controversial votes in Congress. She benefited by running against Mitch McConnell, whose personal ratings were weak and who faced problems on his right flank, spending all spring fighting off a tea-party primary challenger. But Grimes prioritized appealing to the Democrats’ deep-pocketed donor class above winning over disaffected up-for-grabs voters in her home state. It would have been a defensible strategy, if the political environment in 2014 was more favorable for Democrats. After all, she was one of the Democrats’ most successful fundraisers, and she became a national party star overnight. But her attempts to appease both the party base and more-conservative voters in her state has become painfully awkward. On coal, an issue that’s a political no-brainer in Kentucky, Grimes spent far too much time trying to forge a middle ground between the base and her constituents. McConnell actually lost eastern Kentucky’s coal country to a wealthy Democratic businessman in 2008; that same region could comprise his margin of victory in 2014.

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In Arkansas, Pryor seemed content to rely on his strong family name and sharp attacks against Rep. Tom Cotton’s very conservative voting record as a substitute for actively challenging the president. Obama’s approval ratings are as poor in Arkansas as anywhere in the country. And Pryor began the race ahead, hoping to translate his personal likability into votes. But he’s been caught in his own pretzels when asked about the president’s performance on key issues, most recently fumbling a basic question on how he’d grade Obama’s handling of the Ebola crisis.

Even in bellwether Colorado, Udall’s playbook of attacking Gardner almost exclusively on abortion rights and contraception has demonstrated its limits. He boasted a bipartisan brand that he forged in his first Senate race in 2008, but he’s squandered it with a deeply negative campaign. He entered the race with the ability to make a persuasive case over his independence: He’s run to the president’s left on criticizing NSA surveillance and immigration reform. If he was more assertive on energy issues—unequivocally backing the Keystone pipeline and being more outspoken in support of fracking—he could’ve played more to the center-right voters, as well.

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But Udall’s reluctance to distance himself from Obama hasn’t helped in a state where the president’s approval numbers have cratered since his last election. By focusing on wedge issues, the freshman senator has cocooned himself as the candidate of the liberal base, and given himself little credibility to distance himself from the president. When Udall said that the last person the White House “want[s] to see coming is me” at a September debate, he was received with laughter. But if he had played his cards differently, it didn’t have to be that way.

To be sure, in a nationalized election, even those who break from an unpopular president often fall victim to his political problems. The biggest victims in the 2010 wave election were House Democrats in conservative districts, most of whom voted against the president’s health care law. Their opposition did little to help them. But in Senate races, where candidates’ personal brands play a bigger role, there’s more opportunity to create space. Manchin, after all, comfortably prevailed in West Virginia in 2010 after (literally) shooting the president’s cap-and-trade legislation. Rep. John Barrow of Georgia may survive yet another tough election, thanks to a savvy ad campaign branding himself as a uniquely conservative Democrat. But few of the red-state Democrats on the ballot this year have even attempted the Manchin/Barrow approach. (Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska comes closest, and he looks to be in the best shape of the bunch.)

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This year’s midterms are shaping up to be a referendum on President Obama’s management, giving anxious voters an opportunity to express their frustration about everything from the president’s handling of health care, growing terrorism threats, an Ebola scare, and a broken immigration system, among others. It’s far from an election about nothing. Democrats should have recognized that the president was falling out of favor with the public and inoculated themselves a long time ago. Instead, many bought the White House’s spin, and are at risk of going down with a sinking ship.

THE HUNGER FLAMES

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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The Hunger Flames  

By  Mario Murillo

The last 72 hours in Los Banos changed my life even to the point of redefining revival for me.   Why we are continuing the meetings in Los Banos? The better question is “how could we stop?”

Tuesday night said it loud and clear.   We asked a question that we always ask: “If you know that you have received a physical healing tonight please stand and give God glory.  Nearly half of the entire packed house jumped to their feet to glorify God.   That is amazing but even more amazing the harvest of souls.  The front was jammed with seekers finding Christ.  In fact, it was the largest harvest of souls. 

The night that should have been the final night showed us why it could not be the final night. The tide was still rising…and not by a little but by a lot.  What on earth keeps fueling the flames of revival here?  I know what it is…HUNGER!

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It was the in the way people ask people to come to the meetings and they are suddenly saying “yes.” Martha wrote me: “My friend accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I have been talking to her for years here at work and last night she took the step of Faith and stood up and walk down to the alter to pray! To God be the Glory!!!!”

This is not an isolated case.  The reports are coming from all directions about sons, daughters, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, coworkers, classmates and even enemies who are suddenly willing to give themselves to Christ after resisting for years.

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It is in the way that people respond to the moving of the Holy Spirit to receive miracles.  There is no need to cajole the audience into obeying God.  The ravenously receive.  They forcefully reach out and take what Jesus is giving out.

 

It is in the way that they worship and sing.  They are pulling heaven down upon themselves. They are boisterous, they are expressive but there is not a hint of freakish behavior just true love and yearning for Christ.

These are HUNGER FLAMES! Here is a movement that is hunger based, hunger driven and hunger protected.  It is the hunger that is fueling the flames of revival.  You cannot stop an army that is hungry for God for all of the right reasons.

However it is a hunger for Christ Himself.  They love the gifts of power but they love Jesus more. They want Him and they want more of Him.

Are you thinking of coming to Los Banos?  Prepare for a personal surprise: you will be encouraged.  We are a war weary, sin sick nation.  We are battered by headlines and an unrelenting storm of bad news.   Walk into this meeting and it all drifts away.  Hope replaces dread, and bold faith overcomes fear, and many forgotten feelings of peace are restored like a surprise visit from a long lost friend.

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