THE CALIFORNIA CATASTROPHE

I am at a total loss for words to describe the California catastrophe.  I was to preach Sunday in Marysville CA at the Bridge with our dear friends Jim and Kristine Carpenter.  Marysville is 48 miles south of Paradise CA where the Camp Fire, as it is now called, began.

By the time we reached Roseville it was clear there would be no meeting.  An air quality condition purple means you can’t be outside.  For the few minutes we were outside, it became frightening.

The New York Times 3,000 miles away said this: PARADISE, Calif. — The inferno that ravaged the wooded town of Paradise in northern California became the deadliest wildfire in the state’s modern history on Monday when officials said they had discovered the remains of 13 more people, bringing the death toll to 42.

The Butte County sheriff, Kory L. Honea, has said more than 200 people remain missing in and around the town, which sits in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and was popular with retirees.

“My sincere hope is that I don’t have to come here each night and report a higher and higher number,” Sheriff Honea said at a news conference Monday night.

The fire, which continues to rage in the hills and ravines east of the city of Chico, is also the most destructive fire in California history, with more than 7,100 structures destroyed, most of them homes.”

My wife and I know Paradise CA.  I have preached there.  It is gone.  Totally destroyed.

Then there’s the Woolsey fire burning in Los Angeles.170,000 people have evacuated.

There’s this chilling shot from space that shows the smoke from LA is about to meet the smoke from Northern California out at sea.

Many in this state are losing hope. They have lost houses they worked for all their lives, they have lost beloved pets, and they have lost loved ones—a loss that never goes away.

Everywhere you look there is a dazed stare.  People wondering after drought and massive floods, and now apocalyptic fires, each one bigger and deadlier than the last.  When Santa Rosa burned, when the Lake fire came, then Redding, then Santa Barbara, then Paradise, then Los Angeles.  What on earth is going on? What can this all mean?

One thing it does not mean is politics. Please don’t talk about environmentalists or global warming.  If you do it simply means there is nothing that can take your mind off of politics—I mean if this can’t, nothing can.

The body of Christ stands at a door of opportunity.  I am reminded of another time in California history.

It’s 1906 in Los Angeles. William Seymore agrees to rent a dingy horse stable at 312 Azusa Street for $7 a month and begins revival meetings. A movement springs out those meetings. Today, it claims 650 million followers.

Wikipedia says “It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906 and continued until roughly 1915. The revival was characterized by spiritual experiences accompanied with testimonies of physical healing miracles, worship services and speaking in tongues. The participants were criticized by some secular media and Christian theologians for behaviors considered to be outrageous and unorthodox, especially at the time. Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century.”

9 days after the Azusa Street revival began, an earthquake destroys San Francisco.  It topples 24,000 buildings. 200,000 residents are instantly homeless.  More than 3,000 people are killed.

People believe it’s the end of the world.  400 miles to the south in the Azusa Street mission people believe Jesus is about to return.  It gripped them with soul-winning fervor.  They papered Los Angeles with pamphlets because the whole city felt conviction. They took trains to San Francisco to minister to the victims of the quake.

That is exactly what we are seeing come out of Bethel Church in Redding.  Their Global response team has raced into action.  Many other ministries are also focused on expressing healing at this time.

They have it right. An awesome opportunity to express Christ has come!  Let’s do it my fellow West Coast believers!

Mechelle and I are grieving for everyone who has been devastated by these fires.  We are also praying that minds will turn toward the eternal.  God please bless and comfort California today.

A NEW PRAYER ALERT FOR MARIO MURILLO

This is a new prayer alert.  We are asking prayer for Mario Murillo.  We are facing a fresh challenge.  As we have reported to you, he was improving, but something happened two days ago.
The pain reappeared—not by any accident, but mysteriously—even though Mario followed a strict regimen required for recovery.  The cause is unknown to doctors but not to God.  That is why we are appealing to all of the friends of this ministry for fervent prayer.  We need a miracle.
We will never give glory to the enemy but we do recognize when he attacks.  Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2: 18: “We wanted to come to you—I, Paul, tried over and over again—and Satan stopped us.”
This is a vicious attack to stop soul winning.  In this dark time for our nation, Satan is fully aware of the historic doors to win the lost that have opened to Mario Murillo Ministries.  Just as our voice was about to heard, he attacked.
We are asking for you to pray specifically.  Mario is keen on finding the root cause of his condition so that he can prevent it in the future.  If it is to be through a doctor—pray, we find the right doctor.  We need a physician who is not focused on injections and surgery but on a wider understanding of the spine and hip.
Ask for an instantaneous healing so that God may be glorified in the immediate restoration of our momentum to win the lost.
We need special prayer for Mechelle Murillo.  The constant care of her husband can be exhausting.  We do not need the evil one to create anymore health issues.  Pray for her strength.  Pray protection over her.  Pray she is able to rest.
Ministries that preach the Gospel with signs and wonders are often hesitant to report illness.  That has never been Mario’s style.  He believes in total transparency.  If you can trust us to tell you the truth about attacks, you can also trust us when we tell you about miracles.  After all, we are in a war and the Bible says, “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
Mario’s spirit is not broken.  In fact, this attack is building a fire in his soul to take even greater vengeance on the devil by winning even more souls and seeing more miracles of healing.
Your prayers are far more urgent than you know.  Paul said, “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” –    Philippians 1:19.   Through your prayers knitted with ours, we shall see a miracle.  Thank you for praying and for sharing this alert with others.  God bless you!  -MMM

UPDATE: YOU TAKE THE VICTORIES GOD GIVES YOU

You take the victories God gives you.  My primary care physician thought I had bursitis of the hip.  “I am referring you to a sports medicine doctor to get a cortisone shot and you will feel better fast.”  

So I went.  Something bothered the next doctor. Why wasn’t I feeling pain when he pushed on the hip joint.  But went he bent the leg outward I screamed. “This feels more like a stress fracture.”  That meant 6 weeks of lying immobile and then rehab.  So much for our World Convention.

He takes X-rays.  X-rays can’t see many stress fractures.  This one didn’t.  “You need a cat-scan.”

Two more days of night and day pain.  My wife and assistant take me  in the car with seat almost flat.  Wheelchairs and crutches increase my pain.  I must walk slowly with my arm on somebody.

Mechelle goes in the hospital while we wait in the car.  She explains to the front desk that I cannot stand or sit.  I can only lie down. The front desk manager assures her I can walk directly to the cat-scan table.  However, some devil got on her.  When I finally made it inside seconds away from collapsing with pain.  She insisted rudely that more signatures are required. 

I dove to the floor in front of everybody.  Somehow, doing that speeds things up. The two nicest nurses came to my rescue.  I am on the hard table gritting my teeth during the scan and finally it is over. We go home with still no relief.

Someone suggested in a Facebook comment that I repent.  Believe me, lying there in the dead of night with no position that relieves the agony—you repent of everything.  I even repented for my ancestors—whoever they are.

Back to the sports medicine doctor with the cat-scan results.  He looks and looks and says there is no fracture.  That was yesterday.  Where did it go?  Was it there and the prayers of so many were answered?  That would not surprise me. You take the victories God gives you and build on that.

He kept telling me this is good news.  I can get a cortisone shot now.  So give it to me! He can’t, he doesn’t have an ultra-sound machine.  I am thinking,  that’s why I was sent here in the first place!

“I am referring you to a doctor who is a specialist in these things.”  Code for “we don’t know what’s wrong with you.”  Back to square one.

I can walk better.  There are even times now where the pain subsides to a dull ache.  There you have it.  You take the victories God gives you.  You worship Him.  You thank Him.  

Mechelle and I want to thank the host of people who took time to tell us they are praying.  As I said before…there is no version of this where the enemy wins.

SPECIAL PRAYER ALERT

I am in a situation that is rare for me.  After much prayer I knew a statement had to be made.  Most of all, I am making it because it seemed good to the Holy Spirit. This is a special prayer alert to all of our family, friends and partners.  Here’s what happened:
After standing for 4 crusade services back to back—some lasting 3 hours—I felt a strange, and growing tinge of pain in my left leg. After a long flight home it became excruciating.  It centralized around the hip.
My doctor says it is most likely a stress fracture.  That would mean 4-6 weeks of being flat on my back, followed by physical therapy.  However, part of the problem still remains a mystery. 
I told you this is rare because, in 50 years of preaching, I have been blessed with unusual strength in the most strenuous of schedules. I have flown 6 million miles on American Airlines—not including many other airlines.
This is when the devil tries to play with your mind.  I have already missed two precious events—events that meant a lot to me and our mission.  I was to be at Bethel Church in Redding and then at TBN.

Now let me make my strong confession to this crisis, I confess:
There is no version of this where the enemy wins.  I am standing in the confidence that the same power that is so richly present in our meetings will now overshadow me through your prayers. 
I will either spend the time learning new lessons, writing, and getting closer to my beloved Jesus.  Or, I will rise and walk Jesus’ name. In either case, the devil loses big time.  I have peace that I came by this condition honestly— stomping on the devil’s head. 
Your prayers mean everything to me just now.  I want to go so far as to ask you to pray for these specific things:
Prayer for Mechelle: Most of all, I must ask special prayer for my wife who is caring for me during this ordeal.  She is working so hard to manage so many things.  Please pray for strength and for protection of her health.
Healing:  Not so much because I want to be out of pain but because I need to get back to the work of the Lord.
Protection of our momentum:  We are on the cusp of winning untold numbers of young at risk souls.  Beginning in Las Vegas, we believe, we will see a harvest not seen since the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s.  Oh how the devil hates that!
Pray for my staff.  They are swamped by the dizzying changes and all of the potential chaos that can come in these situations.
Finally, missing events costs us vital support but we have always trusted God as our source.  I am most concerned for those around me because I know the warfare this incident has unleashed.   My confession is that combined with your prayers, we will have everything we need and the work will be even stronger than ever.
Please leave word that you are praying.  Your note will strengthen my wife, family and staff.
I close with these words from Paul: “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…Philippians 1:12

WHY WE HAVE HOPE FOR AMERICA

Let us tell you why we have hope for America.  As ministers of the Gospel we must take stands that are not popular.  Often, we must warn, correct, and give out bad news.  There is no way around the fact that many things threaten our faith and our freedom.  But there is also hope—hope for America.

We see the mighty hand of God working in wondrous ways—even in this dark time.  When we pray, we feel the fierce love of God for America.  We can hear Him saying, “hold on, I have not yet begun to fight for America.”  We see signs that encourage our faith.  We refuse to let anything steal our joy as we travel this great nation for Christ.  Let us give you the reasons for our hope.

Something supernatural is in our soil.  Michael Medved has identified 16 times America should have been destroyed but was spared at the last moment.  However, it is the way America was saved that is mind-boggling.  Relief literally came out of nowhere.Our hope is that God finishes what He starts.  He established this nation with an impossible victory over Britain.  He has repeated His acts of sovereign mercy again, and again.  Even when things looked much worse than today—and we didn’t deserve it—God turned circumstances in our favor and turned our hearts back to Him.  That is our hope.

Millions are praying for revival.  If Abraham’s math is correct, God would have saved Sodom and Gomorrah if just 12 righteous were found.  Despite the widespread number of lukewarm believers and watered-down preaching—there is a vibrant core of Christians who are claiming our nation through fervent intercession.  In fact, Daniel stood alone in prayer and fasting and forced the heart of King Cyrus to release Israel.  Millions are praying.  That corporate cry is not being ignored.

Extremes in the media and other anti-God agencies are backfiring.  The bias against God has been in the media for decades. The difference now is the towering overreach—the blatant bias—the deranged hatred is so intense they can’t hide it.  Time was, they could shape public opinion and call it news.  In their current melt down, they report banalities and keep reporting them even after they are proven false.  The audience looks on with shock and pity and asks, “where is the truth?”

The young are turning to Christ. The great vacuum created by leftist ideology leaves young souls groping for new life.  We see young souls coming forward from all over the tent.  They come quickly, they come forcefully, they come for nothing less than Jesus.   They dispel the lies Satan is saying about this generation.  When it comes to young people, it doesn’t take long for a small fire to grow into a widespread movement.

Signs, wonders and miracles are appearing in convincing scriptural order.  Miracles are not new.  Healings have been with us all along.  The difference now is they are being demonstrated in greater measure and with stronger Bible based preaching.  This makes them more contagious to the lost and more devastating to the enemy.

There you have it…our great hope for America.  There is no denying it will be a hard battle.  But if God be for us who can be against us?  God bless you, Mario and Mechelle Murillo

Christmas dinner in San Francisco with Mario and Mechelle Murillo

Mechelle and I are bringing back a beloved tradition.  For years, in different cities across America, we would gather partners, and friends to have a Christmas Dinner together.

Our partners looked forward all year to these wonderful dinners.  We celebrated Christmas—the way Christmas should be celebrated—with wonderful music, unforgettable fellowship, a sumptuous dinner, and a powerful vision for winning souls in the New Year.

This year there will only be one of these dinners.  It will be in San Francisco! 

Here are the details:  Saturday December 9th at 7 PM at the beautiful Marriott Waterfront near the San Francisco Airport. 

The tickets cost $50 per person.  But right now, you can get them for only $25 by using the special link below.  The link will direct you to an easy-to-use page to order your tickets.

I promise you—you will be making a Christmas memory that will last a lifetime.  We could sure use a joyous break from the stresses of this time.

This is going to be an exciting reunion, wonderful fellowship over dinner and a chance for Mechelle and I to greet you personally.

Do not be disappointed.  Space is limited.  Order your tickets as soon as you finish reading this!

It will mean so much to Mechelle and me to be able to celebrate Christmas with you.

REMEMBER, IT’S SATURDAY DECEMBER 9TH 7 PM AT THE WATERFRONT MARRIOTT AT SFO.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL US AT 775 238 3473

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