Why God is Enraged by Dead Church Services

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Why Dead Church Meetings Enrage God.

I believe in hell because Jesus believes in hell.  It is my opinion that a preacher who does not believe in hell is as useless and traitorous as a life guard who cannot swim.  However this blog is not a rant against preachers but about one of the most life altering moments for my preaching and ministry.  It was the day I saw why God is enraged by dead Church meetings.

It happened because I was utterly and totally revolutionized by a simple question.  Why would God ever place the fate of a lost soul in the hands of a dead meeting?  Consider that the average American will give church but one shot!  Think of that, we have a single chance to make an eternal impression.  That fact burns a hole in my heart!   Yes, I speak out against our government in blogs because I am a preacher and a patriot.  However, in the soul winning pulpit I will have none of that only the Gospel unleashed with all of the passion imaginable.

I never began praying for the sick because of glory or promotion.  It was only because of souls.  I looked in the Bible and saw the double power of miracles to convince the lost and to produce mighty converts.   This is why Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2: 4,5 “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.”

I am writing this to you today Saturday March 2, 2013 as I am preparing for a meeting in the San Francisco Area called LIVING PROOF.   People are coming for genuine miracles today at 5PM in Martinez CA.  We meet at the ARC located at 1015 Estudillo Street Martinez CA 94553.  You can call us at 925 300 3007.  It is calling LIVING PROOF SIMPLY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE OFFER LOST SOULS!

The rage God feels for a dead church meeting is clear.  To Him, this is the lowest form of disregard for lost souls.  It is tolerated because the leadership doesn’t care, the people have beaten down the vision or they are all in denial and do not even notice that nothing happens when they meet.

The idea of shutting down the operation until the Holy Spirit regains control strikes terror in the hearts of many leaders.  Yet, this is inescapably and exactly what they must do.  Whatever tither is lost, whatever deacon or board member is offended, and whatever financial setback may come, there is nothing more terrible than to allow the ultimate missed opportunity.

In this spiritual nuclear winter of America it becomes even more urgent that we take whatever steps are necessary to have the meeting God wants and not the one that just happens out of routine.  I am on my face right now pleading for the kind of event that leaves the hurting soul helpless before the Glory and stunned before the proof of God’s love in Jesus Christ!

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Yuba City: Another fire breaks out in Northern California.

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Try to read this blog in a quiet place because I really want what I have to say today to sink into your spirit.  It is common and often overblown to hear the term revival on Facebook.  It is easy to trumpet some event in its infant stage as revival.  There is also a widespread tendency to hype something into being a revival just to gather the curious.   I solemnly assure you that this report is none of the above.

God has hit Yuba City.  This enclave north of Sacramento California is already in the throes of a new kind of visitation.  When drug addicts knock on the door of the church asking to be saved, when people are saved and healed in parking lots of department stores, when people effortlessly worship for hours and time seems to stand still, when youth take control of a church and bring their parents to Christ, when limbs find instant life and cancer vanishes, when a crowd is transformed from a congregation into a seething, boiling army of compassion and outreach, you no longer have the luxury of calling it a good meeting or a momentary thrill.

This one blindsided me!  I don’t even have pictures for you yet.  I am glad that I do not have pictures because that tends to immediately categorize this as a cliché media event.  This has a significance that cannot be ignored and must not be stereo typed.  I really want to impress upon you my   motivation in writing to you. I want you to be encouraged by what is happening and at the same time I want to protect the purity and innocence of this new fire in Yuba City.

Jim and Christine Carpenter lead The Bridge Church in Yuba City.  After sudden growth they were forced to convert an industrial granary into a mighty center of the Glory of God.  In ten days they transformed this industrial building into an outreach wonder.

They invited me knowing full well that I no longer do multi-night meetings that have a predetermined end and are not open to extending.  They share my passion for mighty events that deeply alter a community.  I can tell you for a fact that this time the fire broke out before I got here!  I walked into the GLORY.

There is a greater significance to this than we know because Yuba City now becomes a part of a ring of fire over Northern California that we have faithfully reported to you.

A quick look at my schedule shows the explosive nature of these outbreaks over Northern California.  Tonight I will speak at the Bridge as the fire continues at 7PM.  Tomorrow Saturday February 23rd at 5PM we begin our first Living Proof Rally at the ARC in Martinez. Tuesday February 26th I am in Manteca for the 209 REVIVAL.  Then I return to Yuba City for the continuation of this amazing outpouring.  On top of all of this, we will return to Santa Rosa on Good Friday March 29th in the Friedman Event Center.

If you are coming to the Bridge tonight get there early.  Be sure to bring those who do not know Christ or need healing.  Be prepared for an unfiltered collision with the Glory and power of God.  This is one of those occasions where words cannot do justice you simply have to be there.

Stay tuned for more from Yuba City!

7 PM tonight at The Bridge of Yuba City​                          

​424 Epley Dr.​

Yuba City, CA 95991

Call (530) 674-0400

or click below for more information

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Have you heard the news? By Mario Murillo

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Have you heard the news?  You should be boiling, raging mad at all your leaders today.

Anger is almost never good.  It is a destructive trait that is roundly condemned by the Bible except for one single form of anger.  Anger can destroy relationships, opportunities, and blessings as fast as a raging fire.  While this is true about anger, there is a place for divine anger, in the heart of God’s vessels.

1 Samuel 11: 6 “Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused.”   We need the Spirit of God to come on Pastors, Prophets, Apostles, Teachers, Evangelists and every American who names the name of Jesus to rage against the certain disaster of Obama’s lies.   The recovery will not come under debt.  Jobs are not coming with his policies!  Wake up!

Here is the news that the Holy Spirit needs to use on everyone child of God who reads this.  Our leaders, both Democrat and Republican are guilty of crimes against our children.  Obama, the Democrats and the Republicans have the blood of all future Americans (if there are any) on their hands.

Last night we heard a speech that was the biggest bag of lies and misstatements since the 1920’s.  Nancy Pelosi who does not know how to parse words as well as Obama said it best, “we do not have a spending problem.”  Obama danced around the issues last night like Lady GaGa.  He used smoke mirrors, hipness and mindless emotion to tell us that we will get out of debt by spending more, spending wildly, and spending all we can.  Under the banner of equality he is leading us into slavery.

You should be furious over the destruction of this country by Democrats like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and gutless Republicans who are not only complicit, but even now are still afraid to speak out about it!

Is there a solution to the cancer of debt that Washington has heaped on America?  Is there a solution to the lap dog complicity of the Republican Party?  Yes there is but it will take your soul getting the news that this is a time for collective outrage against what I know is a demonic destruction of the nation.

Your individual voice is greater than you know.  Today we must scream out for justice and truth in this nation.   Today, while we still can we must rebuke this madness!  At the very least, you will sleep at night knowing you were not silent during these atrocities, and that when this is all over, you were innocent of going along with the great lie.

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Mark Levin BLASTS both Democrats and gutless Republicans for the destruction of this country

“You should view these politicians with the deepest contempt you can possibly imagine. What they are doing to this country, what they are doing to our finances – there is not a criminal in any federal prison, state prison, city or county jail, with respect to financial crimes of any sort who collectively could have done the kind of damage that Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and YES, willing, timid, gutless Republicans have done to this country! To your future, to your children and your grandchildren! What they are doing is with malice and with forethought….

What the h— does the Democrat party stand for today? The destruction of America? And what the h— does the Republican party stand for today? To sit there with their thumbs in their mouths while it’s going on?

Any politician with an ounce of common sense should be getting on any soap box imaginable and screaming from the top of their lungs that these policies are destroying America!”

 

Final note from Mario:  IF YOU KEEP SILENT  Esther 4:14 says: “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

I cannot make it any clearer.  Obama has singled out the church for her undoing.  He will fail.  Right now there are those that have the clear call of God on their life for this exact time and this exact crisis.  Mordecai is speaking to many who are reading this blog right now just as truly as he did to Esther.

Pastor, do you really believe you are to remain silent still?  What did Esther do when she got the news?  Leaders of Christ, do you actually believe you should be talking about everything else except what needs to be said right now?

God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.  No one need fear this time.  No vessel of the Most High should tremble.   Get the news about our nation’s destruction and then get the might, wisdom and power to do something while there is still time!

Mario’s message in Shreveport Saturday Night

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Summary of tonight’s message:  Losing America for all of the Wrong Reasons.

By Mario Murillo

Tonight,  my heart breaks for the disastrous state of my country.  Given the dysfunction of Washington and the arrogance that pervades it, it would be easy to blame it all on the ruling party.  However, that would not be a fair analysis.  There is something else that is terribly, terribly wrong.

This message is for every church in America.  It is the story of two men who never should have met.  We are talking about two men who had one chance in a billion of ever meeting!   However,when they did meet it changed the world.

Here is the back story:  King David got his first warning in 1 Samuel 25 about revenge.  Nabal insulted him and David vowed to kill every male in Nabal’s family.  Abigail, Nabal’s wife heard of the threat and intervened.  She brought David food and reminded David that he was blessed because he only fought God’s battles.  This saved David from committing murder.

In 1Samuel 29, David is tempted again to seek revenge but this time against his nation Israel.  This time the Philistines themselves stop him.

In 1 Samuel 30, we see that by going out with the Philistines, David left Ziglag his home village unguarded.  Amalekite raiders burn Ziglag and take David’s family and all of his men’s families.

In desperation, David rides out to seek the raiders.  He happens upon a slave who was left to die by the Amalekites.  David gives him water and food.  This slave takes David to the men who stole his family.   David fights a valiant and decisive battle recovering all with more besides.

Here are my points:

1. These two men should never have met.  By meeting they saved each other and Israel.   The American church can recover everything she lost including American Exceptionalism by going out and rescuing the slaves.  The American Church is stuck not knowing which way to go. We have to drop what we are doing; even the most precious programs, and go after those that no one wants.  We must rescue them, feed them, and heal them.

In doing this, we will see God transform the slaves of the evil one into an army that can lead the Church to a great awakening.

2.  Everyone who is reading this is listening to me has already had someone come into your life in an unexplainable way.  They are not a person you should have met. You don’t even need to go out and find them; they are already in your life.  You cannot explain how they got there!

We do not even need to be bold or articulate.  These desperate souls wait for a word of hope.  We have held up that word too long.  We cannot afford to waste any more opportunities.

3. We cannot justify wasting our resources on each other.  We have preached to each other too much. The fantastic worship in our churches should be directed at the dying slaves! We must not waste time with belligerent scoffers.  We must focus on those crying out for help!

David almost died on the wrong battlefield.  He nearly committed the greatest waste of talent and wisdom in history!  We too face the threat of being distracted with counterfeit purposes.  We must speak out and rescue dying slaves.

“Your backslidden friends and family will now start returning to their first love and your lost loved ones will turn to Me”

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It has been my duty to warn you of the tragic events involving Obama, our Congress and international governments.  It is also my duty to report good new!  Here is the amazing prediction I was just ordered to make about the next few months.  Your backslidden loved ones are starting to return to their first love and lost souls are coming to Christ!

I am writing you from home where I am getting ready to head to Yuba City where we will start a historic set of revival meetings at THE BRIDGE this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   A mighty move of God has broken out here even before the meetings have begun!   They are expecting record crowds, a great harvest and the mighty miracles of healing.  I have no doubt that I will be giving you updates about this major event each day.

As I was preparing for Yuba City HIS VOICE hit me like a Mack Truck:  “Your backslidden friends and family will now start returning to their first love  and your lost loved ones will turn to Me”  Immediately I was directed to the Bible. Two sets of verses ignited in my soul.

“1 Samuel 14:21 Moreover, the Hebrews who were with the Philistines before that time, who went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.”

Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. 4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.5 Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

1 Samuel 14 records what has to be the greatest example of supernatural victory in the history of warfare.  They were essentially boys. There were only two of them!  Nevertheless, they attacked a host of one million men. The kicker is that they began with only one sword between them.  Their audacity touched off an earthquake.  First this temblor shook King Saul and his timid soldiers back into the courage they should have had in the first place.  Then it unified the Jews who were hiding in the rocks and the thickets all around the land.  God even sent a physical earthquake to crown their courage!  A vast army turned and ran for their lives!  However, there is something that happened in this battle that is so important that I had to drop everything and write you this letter.

One verse in this story of Jonathan and his armor bearer jumped off the page.  1 Samuel 14:21 says “Moreover, the Hebrews who were with the Philistines before that time, who went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.” I realized that these were Jews who had defected to the Philistines.  Suddenly, they tore off the uniform of the Philistines and started fighting for Israel.  They returned to their first love.

Instantly, I began to grieve over our loved ones who used to serve God but are now lost.  I thought of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and old friends.  Some are following perverse lifestyles.  Others are just cold and indifferent to the things of God.  I am personally aware of thousands in my generation who were ablaze with revival in the Jesus movement who today are far from God!

God is forcefully quickening me.  Suddenly I know that we are on the verge of seeing loved ones who have fallen away restored to their first love.  We are about to see families unified.  Backsliders are going to get out of godless graves, overwhelming addictions and deep bitterness.   They are going to come from everywhere and break before God and violently repent and serve the Lord with all of their hearts! It is so real to me that right now I can barely hold back the waves of intercession that are crashing in my spirit!

Not only backsliders but lost loved ones will be hit by a strange force from the Holy Spirit.  Perhaps it is because the intense misery of today will wake them up.  I do not know, but one thing I do know,  I know the voice that spoke these things to me!

God is going to use crisis, blessing, surprise visitations and even angels to get the job done!  In the next few months expect to hear of sudden changes of hearts and minds toward God.  The ones you love are about to hear the words of Jesus in Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works!”  In fact, I believe that it has already started and if you know of cases of these miracles please comment on them.

The worst attacks of Satan I have ever heard of are striking God’s people right now. Here is what you do.

 

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 The letters in my mail bag   lately have shaken me to my core. These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of.  More of you than ever are locked in the battle of your life.  With breathtaking suddenness, Satan has stripped people of everything but their soul.

Dear Friend,

I read your letters.  It is a cherished part of my ministry. Yes my prime directive is to “Preach the Gospel to this generation with ever increasing effectiveness”, but there is another urgent calling on my life.  I am called to our partners. You are an important part of my calling.

Our main intercessors have been involved with MMM for over 30 years! We rarely talk about it, but we have watched your children grow up, wept with you over your losses, fought for marriages and rejoiced in your victories.  We have helped some of you find a home church, a college for your kids and even jobs!

Some are surprised when I answer their letters, emails and phone calls personally.  As a matter of fact, as the ministry grew, I was advised many times to turn this part of my ministry over to others because I was so busy. Those that know me well know that I will never stop pastoring our partners.

Your letter is important because we can pray over your need.  They are just as important because they let me know how the enemy operates.  It is impossible to answer every letter.  This is why I work hard to make Fresh Fire a personal letter that answers the needs I read about in your prayer requests. Yes, Fresh Fire is a window to our work worldwide and a vital source of love gifts to win souls but to me it is so much more than that!

The letters in my mail bag lately have shaken me to my core. These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of.  More of you than ever are locked in the battle of your life.  With breathtaking suddenness, Satan has stripped people of everything but their soul.

I took your letters, my Bible and a deeply burdened heart to prayer.  I asked the Lord to open my understanding.  I asked Jesus to rise up and rebuke the devourer. What you are about to read emerged from that time of prayer.

When my understanding was opened I saw something strange. This new attack is like a dragon with three heads.  I want to warn you that you may see yourself in the portrait that I am about to paint.  Be prayerful over this letter. God wants to use it to identify your attack and to arm you to slay it.  This letter will not spell the end of attacks on you but it will give you the divine edge you need right now! Remember, these attacks are not reported by weak or carnal Christians, but by warriors of God on the front line!

Here are the three heads of the dragon.  The first attack I see is like a poisonous bite, the second is like suffocating squeeze and the last is like claws tearing lives apart.  This is the trifecta of tribulation!

1. The serpent’s bite.  You feel toxic. Something has bitten you.  You feel that you are gradually losing control of your body and mind.  Your heart races and fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You jump from one solution to another trying to get the upper hand but all the while feeling that something outside you has taken control of your life.  You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you.  You find yourself alone and crying and unable to explain your emotions to even your closest friend.  The people you love are drifting away.  You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread.  You feel helpless to make important decisions. You sense disaster is just around the corner.

2. The serpent’s squeeze.  This attack is sudden and crippling. Something came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. Your crisis is mummifying you.  You want to run but you cannot move.  You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you.  This attack often strikes at a time when all is going well.  It feels as if everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and there is no way out.  You cannot breathe.  The point of this attack is panic.  The enemy wants you to do something rash.  The devil wants you to abandon your place in God.  He wants to do permanent damage.

3. The serpent’s claws:  This attack is designed to tear people apart.

For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements that should be settled easily escalate into name calling, abuse of power, and end in incurable breaches.  Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters.  Churches are splitting over inane issues.  Children are turning on their parents without provocation or prior history of problems. Friends who once walked together suddenly become worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction. A disgusting wave of believer on believer hatred is spreading.

Yes, these three shocking attacks are everywhere.  Not a day passes where I do not hear of each and everyone.  From all quarters I am getting desperate prayer requests.  People say, “Please pray I am so down I cannot get out of bed,” or “I am drowning in fear,” or “I do not know what is going on, friends and family are tearing each other apart!”

There is not doubt that we must take drastic action!  We must not panic or cave into the trap of Satan.  We must not forget our God and the power of His word.  So please take a deep breath and listen to this strategy to neutralize your Satanic attack!

The word react kept coming back to me again and again.  The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.” Victory and defeat are not decided by what happens to me. I choose the result. It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT!  Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T.   An acronym for: Remember Enforce Abandon Continue Train. Here is a 5 step strategy to stop these vicious new attacks and launch a withering counterattack!

Remember!  You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles.  Psalm 20 “some trust in chariots but we will remember the Lord our God.”You must remember your God.  Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”  You must remember who you are and what your future is. Abigail reminded David that he was a king and to judge himself against 1Sam:25:29 his future.  Finally Paul said, in Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us!”   The thing you want to do most now is to get relief from the pain of raging storm.  The devil would gladly give you peace.  You simply have to give up on what you were born to do.

Enforce! Things are not what they seem.  You know that Satan is the master of disguise.  If you leave it to Lucifer to define your reality defeat is certain. The devil relies on your weakness of mind to keep the lie going.  Our enemy kills through special effects.  Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster.  He cannot kill you but he can get you to kill yourself through a fatal panic attack.  (insert Luke 21) It is up to you to impose reality on the evil one.  He must know that he cannot win. He must suffer the results of 2 Corin 10:4. You must put your foot where it rightfully belongs; on the small of his neck!  No matter how out of control your crisis feels the truth is that God is in control and you are His einforcer!

Abandon:  In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you.  2Tim 2:24 (insert).  You may want something bad to happen to someone else.  You may be fantasizing about a destructive relationship.  You may be entertaining suicidal images.  You cannot hold these and gain victory.  Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity.  There may be someone that is no longer supposed to be in your life. As T.D. Jakes said, “their part of the story is over, let them go.”

Continue: You were doing something that forced the devil to attack you.  Some harbor the illusion that Satan will let up if we stop doing what riled him up in the first place.  The opposite is true.  You must redouble your efforts to do whatever you did that made Satan mad.  If you cave in, it will embolden him to do this to you again.  On the other hand, if you press on, it will show him that future attacks are futile.  The secret to your victory is to declare your intention to do more than you did before.  Look at Peter.  He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus.

What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29 “Lord Behold their threats and grant unto your servants boldness that we may preach your word while You stretch forth your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy Child Jesus.”

At the moment that you least want to you must get up and rage against the dragon.  He must understand that you are not going to back down, back up or back out of your marriage, ministry, family, career and your life.  Figure out what it is that you were doing that this dragon hated most.  Tell him you will to do it again, do it more and better do it than ever.  The humiliation that Satan hurled at me through the pastor’s lunch only forged a deeper determination to get workers to win souls.

Train:  Yes, you will see victory.  However, victory is no time to let up. It is the scourge of our flesh that we do not like to get ready for future attacks.  Our flesh takes no thought for intense prayer or setting in place a strategy for future attacks.  George Barna said that the majority of pastors today preach motivational sermons but they do not teach strategy.  When Paul said in 2Cor 2:11 (insert) he was training the Corinthians to fight and to be ready for the next fight.

When General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet,” he was talking about the urgency of training.  Spirit-filled bravado is useless unless it is backed up by a life that is an educated bullet.

After every attack every believer needs to go through a debriefing! Now is the time to ask urgent questions. What did you learn from your last attack?  What were the mistakes and pitfalls you will avoid next time?  What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?

So here is the bottom-line.  You are not crazy.  Your attacks are vicious, intense, and completely unfair.  The essence of your crisis is supernatural. This is why your counterattack must be supernatural! These 5 steps are not human wisdom, or soothing psycho-gooblygook.  You can rest in the power of God and the Word of God for victory if you will REACT!!

Portland Oregon: The grand prize for the anti-Christian movement or for a revival.

Portland Oregon: The grand prize for the anti-Christian movement or revival.

You know that there is an invisible war in America.  It is raging with great intensity.  On the one side is the Body of Christ pressing into neglected truth, forgotten power and seeking to restore America to one nation under God.

On the other side is a strange confederation of atheists, socialists, secular progressives and Islam (85% of Muslims voted for Obama), hell bent on removing all things Christian. How a group that wants gay marriage, legalized drugs and no God found common ground with a religion that subjugates women and executes gays is strange.

Have you noticed how tedious the atheists are right now?  I have reported to you about their legal actions against Manger scenes, Charlie Brown and even Mother Teresa. (See our blogs)  But this is just a tiny fraction of the thousands of legal actions they are pursuing in their giddy frenzy.

However, the really big prize continues to elude the Pro Gay Obama Anti-Christian/Israel movement in America.  They still cannot seem to look normal and normal is the trophy.  The love the term “New Normal”

Try as they will to be MAINSTREAM, Atheists still come off like the annoying kid in the back of the classroom.  Islam still looks like…well; Islam… and parents are still queasy when two men drop off their “child” at school.  Most Americans still see the new normal as nothing but the old abnormal.

San Francisco was thought to be the prize, a city that could be a winsome community of radicals.  This backfired of course.  San Francisco became nothing but activism. San Francisco does not inspire, it polarizes.

Enter Portland Oregon.   Ah, here lies the treasure. Portland: a place where radical can look nice. Here at last is a place with the potential to neatly package radicalism as normal.

There is a small problem however.  Deep under the soil of Portland are wells of revival.  That God has a troubling habit of falling on this city, is a very inconvenient truth for atheists.

-The Spirit fell upon rugged, fiercely independent pioneers in the early logging camps throughout the 1800s. This pattern has been repeated with several movements of God  

-In the early 1900s, businesses shut down in Portland from noon till 2PM so the people could go to the churches and pray. 

Of course many dismiss this as a simpler time when people were more religious and conservative.  Not true.  Darwinism was in full flower and Marxism was a global fascination.  A great skepticism swept the world and scientists were more outspoken against the Bible then than now.

Mario Murillo Ministries also has a stake in the spiritual landscape of Portland. We have watched towering miracles come in our outreaches there since the early 1980s.

But on Tuesday Night November 20th it all came flooding back to me.  You would think that I would be used to it by now.  After all that we had seen in Clearlake, Santa Rosa, and Chanute Kansas, it would almost be impossible for me to use terms like “the greatest fire yet.”  However, that is precisely what this was.

These photos demonstrate how deeply God hit the people.  Entire sections came under an irresistible blanket of healing.  The people did not have a selfish agenda.  They want to take the revival to the city.  Many pastors were present to drink deeply of the living water and be ignited.

I felt a great earthquake under my feet.   The people got lost in the firestorm of revival.   Something truly amazing is unfolding in this City.   God has done a very singular work in the hearts of Senior Pastors Joel & Robbin Hjertstedt here at Destiny to lead this movement of the Holy Spirit.

What happens now?  We are all in a wonderful state of helplessness.  We wait on God for what to do next.  One thing is for God knows the plans of the anti-Christian forces and He has plans of His own.  More soon.

http://www.destinycf.org/    Click here to learn more about  Destiny Christian Fellowship

The fire of God on Portland Oregon

I certainly hope you are sitting down.  The great and famous city of Portland Oregon has a new challenge.  God has fallen here in an unprecedented manner.  For the first time in over 45 years of preaching I can accurately say that there were so many healings tonight that we were not able to count them.

I am not exaggerating.  The intensity of this meeting, the outright force of God’s presence was irresistible, overwhelming, earth shaking, and undeniable.   Truly something was born tonight that is not going to go away anytime soon.  God has set His mark on the Rose City and none of us can truly tell the magnitude of this single meeting.

Destiny Christian Fellowship, led by Senior Pastor Joel & Robbin Hjertstedt is an apostolic, young and vibrant church that is comprised of an amazing group of people from many different denominations, ethnic backgrounds, and spheres of influence.   Their mission is to passionately touch Heaven, and significantly change earth by releasing and sending people throughout their region to be an influence in all the major areas of our culture, from education, to government, media, arts and entertainment, family, business, and religion.It is no wonder that Jesus fell the way He did tonight.

Tonight I preached a message entitled Fire is the answer.  I began by telling them about the Stockdale paradox.  Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy.  Stockdale was the highest-ranking naval officer held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He was awarded 26 personal combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars.

When Collins asked Stockdale, “Who didn’t make it out?” Stockdale said, “Oh, that’s easy. The optimists.”

“The optimists … the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. They’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”

Stockdale said, “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

Then I showed how Moses epitomized the Stockdale Paradox.  The brutal fact was that an 80 year sheepherder cannot go to Egypt and liberate 2.5 million slaves.

Exodus 3: 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

It was the fire that changed Moses.  So today as  we face the erosion of our freedom of worship, and so many other rights it looks impossible.   But God is able to restore the American church through that very same fire!

At the end of the preaching the blanket of healing fell immediately. Entire sections were being healed.  Again and again the glory would fall and heal another and another.  God simply took a broom and swept away disease.  The healings were coming so fast that we simply do not know how many healings took place.

We also made an appeal for lost souls.  They listened intently, and responded instantly

I am writing this as fast as I can to get the news to you that Portland is now the next outpouring of fire!  This one is big, real big and there is no way that it will not overflow and begin to transform this ultra-liberal city!  Stay tuned much more news of the way.

 

Why Chanute? And why now?

Why is this happening now?  Because the presidential election was a tragedy for America.  It has released a deep division and heartache in many of God’s people.  Many wonder if we will ever see righteous government again.  In the midst of this darkness comes a message from heaven to a nation.  It is not coming from a great metroplex of influence but from a small town in the dead center of the nation.  “I am still God and I will not let America go down without a fight!”

This is the reality that I am walking in as I roam this small Kansas town.  There is something divine and unstoppable.  God has drawn a line in the soul of the nation.  God is giving  America the Elijah Challenge:  LET HE WHO IS GOD ANSWER BY FIRE!

I am writing you today with a heart full of awe over the events in Chanute Kansas.  I am watching heaven invade earth.  There is an explosive significance to this mighty move of God on so many levels.

First of all it is significant because it proves that God can do it again.  You cannot imagine the number of people who wondered if the revival in Clearlake California was a fluke.   Even when we moved on and saw an even greater manifestation of the GLORY in Santa Rosa, people tried to dismiss it again as just a coincidence.

Now we have proof that is very hard to ignore.  We are in heartland of America and the Spirit is falling without measure.   It has expanded beyond the walls of Living Word Assembly to become the subject on people’s lips all over the region.

The gets dark early now and you can see the picture of people arriving early and waiting for the doors to open.  The worship team, who rushed here straight from work, is frantically trying to finish rehearsal so that they can let the people in from the cold.

As the crowd pours in the faith rises till it becomes an infectious fervor.  They are here to see Jesus.  It is just like in the Bible when the crowds flocked to wherever they heard He was.

The worship explodes and the people are swept up into an irresistible passion to exalt Jesus Christ.  They hold nothing back!  They clap like thunder and they roar like lions.   Is there anything more glorious than the people of God lost in an unconfined, unified chorus of praise?

I have always believed that true worship is the best soul winning weapon.  It removes the sinner’s protection.  It envelopes them in the presence of God and removes fear, anger and doubt.  Such was the case now.  I called them forward and they came from all over the building.  Some came to rededicate some were backslidden.  However, this was not just rededication or just backsliders coming home, it was lost souls!  How I thank God for souls saved!

After this, silly Satan tried to drop a blanket on unbelief on some who had just come to watch.    The Holy Spirit obliterated it with the mighty gifts of His power.  When God would pick out someone in the audience and read their mail, doubt fled.  When pain and agony vanished on these healed ones, the countenance on doubters changed.

On came the miracles in waves of love and power.  Just as glorious as the miracles, was the reaction of the people to each person who was healed.  They rejoiced with them, they cried with them and they glorified the HEALER!

You can see this man at the moment of his healing.  He heard the word about his shoulders and his feet. Now came the moment of truth.  At the command of God, he shots his hands into the air and God inserted two new shoulders in him.  The look of a miracle is unmistakable in his eye.

There are too many miracles to fit into this blog.  It is enough that God is making his stand in this chosen part of the nation.  Let us all believe for miracles of fire to breakout in every city.  Fire that will melt chains, reverse Godless public policy in the name of Jesus!

Chanute is being hit hard by the Holy Ghost!

Here is what it looks like when Jesus decides to visit a city.  As you can see the people are standing in the cold waiting for the doors to open.  I was told that they could feel the power of God outside the building.  Families were standing together full of expectation of Christ bringing miracles to the City of Chanute.  

It has been my experience that when God wants to embrace an entire community that you feel it in the air outside of church buildings.  Taking a closer look at these people I could see as they drove me up that they would brave the cold gladly for what was going to happen inside.

From the first note of worship it was undeniable that miracles were in the air.  The greatest miracle happened first. The people responded to the preaching and I had to immediately make the altar appeal because the people were ready.  The souls came forward effortlessly.  It was a glorious sight to see them stretch all the way across the front of the building.

Now faith began to take on muscle as people in every section of the house began to believe for their miracle.   My eyes were riveted to a lady in the center second row.  God mercifully revealed the full extent of her injuries in her spine and hip.  There was a 6 inch slant in her hip and serve distortion of her spine.  I ordered her husband to place his hand on her spine and he began to scream, “I feel her bones moving in my hand!”  Can you imagine the shouts of joy when the crowd saw her walk normally?!

The flow of miracles extended to a Catholic lady who gave her heart to Jesus that night.  She was sitting in the back when Jesus told me to say, “You have three people in your family who are battling illness right now.”  She grabs her friend beside her and screams, “how does he know, how does he know!?”  Then the power hits her and God creates one more, mighty woman of God!

The people shouted, sang, reached out and grasped the miracles, the fire and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit!   It was so intense that I wondered if any of us were going to get to go home that night!  They left knowing that this is more real than anything they had experienced in the city before.

Today the phones lit up and messages came in from Texas, California and Florida.  This is indeed going to explode and I am imploring all of you to pray!  If you live anywhere near here or know those that  do please come and be apart of a great living miracle in our time.