Why am I standing next to this empty wheelchair?

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Ironically, not long ago I preached a sermon about how we should all hate to see an empty chair in a church.  Here is the one great exception to that: An empty wheelchair!

At some point back about 11 months ago it became known as the Santa Rosa Fire; a family of God breathing believers  with a from several churches with a simple passion for more of Jesus.  Nobody can credit the continuing ignition of this revival in Santa Rosa to any one man or congregation.

When I agreed to return last night for the one year anniversary of this FIRE I was concerned about nostalgia.  I did not want to try to recreate something Jesus did before.  I told them that I did not want to Twist Again Like We Did Last Summer.”

One thing we did revisit was the miracle of the man paralyzed 38 years who waited by the pool of Bethesda in John 5.  A simple but mighty truth overcame us all.  By healing the man without an angel stirring the water and by doing it on the Sabbath day Jesus destroyed two religious abuses in one fell swoop.

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Satan yearns to attach a superstition to any simple truth and fog it with side issues.  When form and ritual overwhelm the original goal we see silly things.  The Pharisees sought loopholes and hilariously ended up working hard at resting on the Sabbath.

We can all see the modern versions of this.  We all believe in angels, gold dust, feathers, soaking and even shaking under the power but it is so easy to forget Jesus Himself.  When any of these acts become an end in themselves or a means to the end we lose something priceless.   Jesus is the means and the end!

Miracles do the most immediate and widespread damage to Satan.  This is why he labors more in this arena than any other.  His constant aim is to pervert the simplicity of healing:  By adding emotionalism and superstition, he able to discredit the glorious weapon of healing.

I have no illusions about the limits of my preaching.  What happened next in the meeting could never be credited to oratory:  Jesus came and began to heal people in the audience.  It happened effortlessly and freely.  Jesus prevailed over every method and approach to healing and simply removed disease.

I walked to the back of the hall and the lady in the wheelchair caught my eye.  I could see the epic struggle in her heart.  She strained to see all of the other healings and wanted desperately for it to be her turn. 

The next time that I walked by her the struggle had subsided; she now had the look of someone simply waiting on Jesus.   That faith, the miracle which only Jesus can impart began to emanate in her soul.

Back in the pulpit, I turned to survey the audience and we were all startled to see her up out of the wheelchair.  Stutter steps turned into a forceful stride.  After one lap she was not content with power walking so she began to run!   Bedlam!

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Here is the message of this miracle to you:  Jesus has not changed!  When we let Him dominate our crisis miracles overtake us.  Every last drop of trouble you face can be surrendered to His care.

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Do You See the Chains?

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Do You See the Chains? 

Philippians 1:14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

Paul was in chains because of Christ. This ignited boldness in the church.  It was when they saw the chains that it all became clear. What needed to be done became clear.  What needed to be said became clear.   The thought of their beloved apostle in chains… unchained them!

Let me ask you a question.  Do you see the chains?   Can you see basic rights removed and false rights created? Have you watched churches threatened by the IRS and local governments that want to exile congregations out of the American life?   Are you watching tax payer money used to advance an anti-God agenda?  Do you see the chains?

As you read this our government expands its ban on free speech and freedom of worship in the United States.  I know that a statement like that can seem unreal but let me assure you it is not.

Protests halted an outreach with Tim Tebow at First Baptist Church in Dallas simply because that church taught that homosexuality is a sin!  How could anyone have imagined a day when sermons could be censored or banned as hate speech simply because they upheld the Word of God?

Washington D.C. has declared war on Christian evangelists.  Many of them on television do not want to say anything about this.  Let me ask you again: Do you see the chain?

We must see the chains and become bold!  How do I know that bold preaching will work?  I know it will work because the Word of God has never returned void!  I know because it is only a minority of radicals in politics, Hollywood, unions and the media that are making all the noise. The vast majority of Americans want truth!

I know because as you read this a cluster of revivals are breaking out in the region surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area.  Think of that!  In the bastion of liberalism, youth are turning to Christ because God is confirming His Word with signs, wonders and miracles!  Not only here, but fires continue to burn in our nationwide outreaches.

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If there is one truth that I tried to drive home in the main article it is this:  IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE ARE HATED THAT WE DO NOT PREACH THE TRUTH, IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT PREACH THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE HATED.

The Body of Christ has the combination that America needs right now.  We have the soldiers, we have the message, we have the opportunity and we have the anointing!  Only one thing is needed, the ammunition of boldness to strike the church to take the fight to the heart of darkness in the Name of Jesus!

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I cannot impress upon you the urgency of registering to be alerted on these blogs.  We fully expect Obama to seize more control of Facebook.  Facebook is in the tank because they just got billions of dollars in tax break.  See the documentation for this in a coming blog.

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

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Was this the greatest night of miracles I have ever seen?

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Before I say anything else, I want to remind you of what I have seen.  I have seen little Paul get up and walk in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, I have seen Barbara in Seattle restored from the neck down to walk and jump.  I have Warren in Baltimore come out of a body brace.  I have seen Delma who was blind receive her sight in Oakland but I have never seen anything quite as overpowering as the mass miracle that took place last night in Santa Rosa.

How powerful was it?  The staff was ruined.  All of us sat rehearsing the events of the night until the very wee hours of the morning.  All of us admitted that we had never seen anything approaching this before.  Pastor Kel from the Lighthouse walked up to me and with a firm handshake and a deep look into my eyes says, “Mario, I was here for the entire 15 weeks of the Santa Rosa Fire and this was by far the most powerful night of all.”

We live in a time when ministry is so intense, discouraging and combative that even the Pope resigns!  We are in a season of despair that is swallowing the up our young and wiping out an entire generation.  Santa Rosa sits in the vortex of the socialist, secular progressive mind set, a mentality that has zero use for God or the Bible. 

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Yet, for all of this, the Holy Spirit sends such a drenching as I have never experienced.  He Himself sent a presence that nullified the threats of our time, removed any doubt of the power of the Gospel to prevail in any culture at any time, regardless of how dark or doubtful it is.

Mario who got healed and of what?  My answer is simply more questions, who didn’t get healed and what didn’t get healed?  The best way to describe it is to imagine that the entire complex of Living Word Family Church suddenly morphed into a space ship that gently lifted up out of the fear, evil and heartache of this life and landed in a place of profound peace, joy and power.

It was as if God had altered the temperament of the people to handle such glory.  As one weaving, swaying being of compassion people reached out to others and with holy hands brought the miracle the most pain wracked bodies.  A testimony service would have been futile.  At the very least would it have taken all night!

I kept thinking about the souls that met Jesus at the beginning of the meeting.  I laughed inside because they would go home assuming this was the way church always was!  How gloriously messed up they are now for anything less than the GLORY!

In the coming days I will relate to you more of the details of this single night.  For now rejoice and take heart that God is on the move.  He has heard our cry.  Last night Jesus made a statement by fire.  No way will America go down without the most amazing intervention of God!

Now we are preparing to return to the Friedman Events Center in Santa Rosa for Good Friday March 29th!

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The fire has flared up again Santa Rosa. Last night boggled my mind.

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The fire has flared up again Santa Rosa.  Last night boggled my mind.

 

Standing in front of the people, experiencing the worship from R. C. and Lauri Carillo, see the crowd embrace the Holy Spirit’s work was gloriously eerie!  It was as if the meetings of the Santa Rosa Fire Had never stopped.  WE LITERALLY CONTINUED RIGHT FROM WHERE WE LEFT OFF!

The crowd was ready.  The souls who needed Christ were ready.  Without hesitating I called them out of darkness.  It was as we had seen so many times before; they effortlessly flowed to the front to receive eternal life!  Once again the front of Living Word Family Church was filled with seekers.

Once the harvest of souls was safely led into the prayer room I had every intention of preaching but healing power simply overtook us.  The first miracle was staggering.  A young woman came to the meeting with terminal cancer and her disease was precisely what God told me to say.  Before we knew it a group surrounded her like a ring of fire and attacked the cancer in the power of God.

Then the Holy Spirit jumped on another section igniting miracles in bones, joints, lungs, kidneys, livers and everything and seemingly anything that Got in HIS way!  Near the back on the aisle stood a man who had come forward and had just returned to his seat.  It became clear by the Spirit that he need a creative miracle in his legs.  Ordered to stand he obliged.  Instantly like the man at the gate Beautiful he took off demonstrating his miracle.

Another wave struck after that and more people began to report how they noticed dramatic changed in their bodies.  Fiery praise rose to God and the people started to lay hands on each other unleashing yet another barrage of miracles.

Intense joy swallowed fear and sadness.  The thick presence of God spoke loud and clear that the 15 weeks were not a fluke and that God was working to sweep all of Sonoma County into this mighty visitation of God!

Even as I write this the crowd is making its way to tonight’s meeting.  They are bringing the hopeless cases knowing full well why they are not hopeless.  They are corralling the unbelievers, the skeptics, and all for whom Christ died.  Everything in me says that tonight will be even greater if not the greatest night ever!insert-ad

How this blog will change.

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This blog has blasted off in a way we did not expect.  It has ignited a passion of a massive number of people for revival and reformation in the United States.  Like all weapons in the hands of God it must be refined.  Some things about this blog will change and some will not.  Let me begin with what will not change:

1. Despite the opinions of a few of my peers I will continue to speak out against the agenda of the White House.

Some believers think it is not our place to hold the president accountable for his actions and to limit all comments about him to prayer.  We respectfully disagree because while I believe prayer comes first, obedience comes next.  A central part of my calling is to speak out against evil.

We wish we did not have to speak out!  Many times, I  have envied Billy Graham, Oral Roberts and Kathryn Kuhlman, not for their considerable anointing but because their times did have the open threat from government.  As a matter of fact, No evangelists in American History have ever faced such open hostility.

Obama invents rights and redefines hate.  He does this to plow under anything that stands in the way of his plan to fundamentally remake America. Here are two examples out of a thousand I could cite:

A. Obama turned contraceptives into a “basic right,” to justify plowing under religious freedom.   Obama said, ““No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom’.” When and how did contraceptives become “a basic right?”   This invented right is how he can force Christian organizations to go against their conscience by buying and offering contraceptives to female employees.   This is but the first step in the elimination of religious freedom.

B.  Ministers have always opposed Gay marriage on moral grounds.  Today it is called hate.  How did it become hate?  By framing it as hatred Obama was able to bully many pastors to leave their Bible out of the pulpit and out of the voting booth.   Will it soon be considered hate for a minister of the Gospel to refuse to conduct a gay wedding?

He will apply this “basic rights” tactic to justify control of energy, guns, wealth distribution, and most of all to sidestep the American Constitution.

We did not pick this fight.  It came to us.  I am convinced that the White House jumped into our yard, to use its power to invalidate Christianity in America.  This is the most openly anti-Bible administration in American history. We will speak out. Silence in the face of this evil agenda is in itself evil.

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2. This blog will work much harder to present solutions and not just problems. This will mean less blogs since we will not just be reporting events but also analyzing and presenting answers and encouragement.

I remain convinced of a coming national revival.  I do not see end time prophecy as one sided.  The last days are a mixture of setbacks and opportunity.   This is no time to hunker down and hide.  Each blog will endeavor to end with a constructive reaction to evil.

It is also a part of our mission to obey 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

It is our hope that every day we can arm the people of God with answers to this dark and challenging time.

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3.  We are also going to use this vehicle to encourage revival and to report revival.  We want to provide you with details of great miracles and breakthroughs as they happen.

Tonight I am preparing for a return to Santa Rosa.  I have not been in the Santa Rosa Fire since last October but I rejoice in its ongoing momentum and look forward to 3 great services there.

Finally, thank you to all who made this blog an unqualified success!

I have a message from God to You about Your Place in Saving America.

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I have a word from the Lord for you!  I know that because even as I am writing this to you my hand is shaking from the current of His power.  I am sitting here preparing to preach tonight in Martinez California.  Then it hit me that I was supposed to get this out to you right away.

Here is the fire that is overtaking my spirit.  Here is the word of the Lord to you.  Push away doubt, fear and apology.   Reject limits, lies and threats.  Today God will reveal your place in Saving America.  Jesus has targeted you for special ops! 

I am sitting here staring at the title for my message tonight:  Your place in saving America.

It begins with specific questions.  What would a revival in the San Francisco Bay Area look like?  In this bastion of liberalism, in this matrix of technology and social networking how would God do it?

These are the questions I will ask and answer tonight!  However, these truths apply no matter where you live!

1. Prophecy trumps policy:  The most urgent step you can take right now is to review the prophetic promises God has made to you.   Caesar Augustus felt powerful but he was manipulated by the prophetic when he ordered the world to register in their hometowns.  He had an echo of power because the real power was using him to get Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

Our Caesar Augustus is Barrack Obama.  Sorry if it offends but he is a tyrant on a binge to reshape America.  He is punishing what he perceives is the arrogance and greed of our nation.  He wants to erode everything that makes us exceptional and get us to fall into line with the other nations of the world.   His agenda beyond that is shrouded in mystery and darkness.

How could Augustus have known that one day his throne in Rome would fall to the Nazarene?  In the same way let every anti-God agent in America heed my warning.  Not only is God not done with the Church and our nation, He has not yet begun to fight!

The prophecies about you are greater than the policies that try to control you!  Tonight it will be my thrill to stand and remind those in Northern California of the prophecy that was given to me by none other than Bob Dylan the folk and rock legend himself!   Moments before he called me on the phone God said, “I will pour out of my Spirit on San Francisco.”   Minutes later Bob is on the phone to me and he asks, “Did God tell you He was going to pour out His Spirit on San Francisco Mario?  Well, He is.”   There are no words to describe the power I felt.   Since then amazing miracles have happened by seizing that promise but the best is yet to come!

2. Relevant, essential and supernatural:  1 Corinthians 14: 24 “But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.” Paul asks us, “What kind of impact to you want to have on the outside world?  We think that we are a universe away from revival but in fact, as dark as it may seem and as entrenched as evil looks, Satan’s hold is fragile and tenuous.

Relevant essential miracles overtake the narrative.  No matter how angry people are about rights, policies, liberal and conservative issues, the arrival of miracles stops debate.  It changes the conversation from race, drugs, guns and every other hot button issue to one about the Grace, Mercy, Goodness and Power of Jesus Christ.

God can instantly create things that were not there before and suddenly make the Church essential to those who wanted nothing to do with God!  God instantly created a hunger on the day of Pentecost!  The men in the crowd cried out to Peter, “what should we do?!  He can write new songs that will pierce a jagged generation!  He can impart new methods that

You may feel out of place with much of the religious world right now.  All that means is that you are meant for another place of service altogether.  If you have tried on the armor of Church tradition and it does not fit is because you are a new breed.  You are strangely normal and supernaturally appropriate to this moment when God breaks out in a shocking and irresistible way!

Check out this video about the ARC  

For those of you in Northern California area who want to hear this message live tonight:

7: 15 PM   The ARC 1015 Estudillo Street

Martinez CA 94553 Call 925 300 3007

Messages to Hitler: You have done your worst now we will do our best!

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It is a forgotten but important part of history.  Winston Churchill would sent insults to Hitler.  Churchill understood that Adolf Hitler could not resist reading any message he got from Churchill.    One night after an especially terrible bombing on London, Churchill  sent this message to Hitler: “You have done your worst, now we will do our best.”   Mr. Churchill’s taunts were also widely known to the British people and it ignited a will to fight.

Beloved, we need to learn a secret from this legendary leader.   2012 was a year that Satan did his worst.  Now let’s make 2013 that year that God does His best through us!

Yes, Modern problems are now supernatural. To hold a family together today requires supernatural help.  To keep one’s sanity in the dizzying pace of today demands an emotional foundation that is superhuman.  Some will think that their problems are so deep that they have run off the map of the Bible.

Now for the defiant news: This can be the greatest year of your life.  Despite all the bad news and the threatening conditions you can do things this year that you never thought were possible. This is no hollow boast. My bold confession is based on a spiritual law!  When evil does its worst, God will do His best.  Let me demonstrate: When Pharaoh raged Moses appeared. When Goliath roared David came forth.  When the world seemed hopelessly locked in the grip of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel leveled him with prophetic authority. Ruth and Boaz, the greatest love story of the Old Testament came in the darkness of the time of the Judges. Isaac obtained a hundredfold harvest in the midst of a grinding drought.  When the New Testament Church seemed doomed, their chief persecutor, Saul of Tarsus became Paul the Apostle.

 God will make special grace, power and miracles available at this time.   Here is your promise: Isaiah 60:1-5, “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.”

The real threat is that you would be deceived into small plans when you are supposed to have big ones.  We always enlarge the threat of failure and diminish the damage of not trying.  Regret is the real cancer of life.  When you look back on your life, you hardly ever regret trying something that was seemingly impossible.  What brings us pain are those memories of lost opportunity and the gnawing feeling of what might have been if we had just tried one more time.

Heaven wants expression.  Our heart must not just mouth the words, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” our life must match it with plans that are born from prayer and we must act on those plans with fierce boldness!

Taking the Church from Sesame Street to Azusa Street.

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Taking the Church from Sesame Street to Azusa Street.

I was going to call this letter Taking the Church from Denial to Self-Denial.  The reason that didn’t fit is because I believe that a vast number of God’s people are practicing self-denial and love Jesus with all of their hearts.

Our crisis does not come from rank and file believers but from an elite group that hold sway over what we hear and what we are told to believe both within and without the church.

Taking a pulse of the real people of God was an illuminating moment for me.  Here are the two most overpowering issues that are on the minds of most Christians but are not on the mind of many of their leaders:

1.  The fix is in. They believe that he nation that you and I grew up in is gone.  They believe that the republic that was founded in 1776 by the Declaration of Independence, the nation that was based upon the Constitution was removed on November 6th.

Their question is this: Unless the system is rigged how could a man with such vacuous credentials, failed policies, and zero executive skills be back in the White House.  His performance in the debate, the Benghazi cover up, the unemployment rate and the economy are all disasters.  Anyone of these, by themselves would have cost a candidate the election in the real America.  But in the new America, all three of these and a hundred added outrages are not enough to stop the agenda.

Millions of Christians agree with Matt Damon who said this about Washington, ““I don’t think I said anything a lot of people weren’t thinking. It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.”  This is now true of both parties.  Neither one of them will make any meaningful changes.

There are many Church leaders in denial over this.  For reasons that I will not judge, they are content to keep going as if nothing had happened. You can attack the Christians who believe that we are no longer a nation under the Constitution.  You can call them kooks and you can falsely console yourself that it is some conspiracy theory but it changes nothing.

Leaders who alienate Christians who believe their nation has been unlawfully seized do so at their own peril.  Their numbers are far greater than you think and their inner fire is intensifying.

If you read this and say, “I don’t want to hear it because I do not know what the answer is,” it changes nothing about what you and your children will face if there is no moral reversal.

2. They believe that answer for America is supernatural not political.  Leaders heed this warning, if it applies:  While you might enjoy the soufflé of temporary success and the flattery of the carnal believers who reward your diluted message and your slick programs there is something else going on out in the pews.  People want fire.  They yearn for a plan that they know is born of the Holy Spirit.  They know that God needs to attack our nation’s heart with conviction; conviction that unborn life matters, the Bible is not just a book and America is not some secular accident but one nation under God.

These people do not want a theocracy.  They do not want preachers running the country!  They only want the church to be restored as the conscience of the nation and the firewall of truth that will give fair and just leaders for our nation.

Label them radicals, call them names, and dismiss them from the pulpit but saying things like, “their ways are not our ways”, but this seething growing mass of Spirit-filled people will not back down and they will find revival with or without you.

If you ask my advice:  Announce this Sunday that you are leading the people off of Sesame Street and to Azusa Street.  It will be painful and you will lose some but what you pay now will be nothing compared to what you will pay later.

Our only hope now is revival but it is a great hope!  You can ignite a fire that will join other fires and it can sweep this nation.

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.

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