FIVE PROVEN WAYS TO WIN SOULS IN CALIFORNIA

Jesus called His Father, the ‘Lord of the harvest.’ “…when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”” (Matthew 9:36-38)

Those words tell us a lot. It tells us that God the Father is leading the charge to win souls.  We then join Him in the harvest. It is a good reminder to us never to be intimidated by California culture. Yes, there is hostility, perversion, and hardness of heart. But none of that is a match for God.

Satan does not want you to believe there is a harvest in California—a vast harvest. If we only knew how many people God has right now on the verge of being converted to Christ, it would truly shock us all!

Here are five proven ways to win souls in California.

1. Be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The Baptism of the Holy Spirit was given, first and foremost, as a gift to empower soul winning. Every other benefit, while glorious, is secondary. The primary reason for this gift is: power to be a witness.

The Baptism will put wise words within you and boldness to speak those words. You may think you are too shy to witness. You may find it impossible to picture yourself sharing your faith. But the Holy Spirit will rise within you and make you a powerful and effective soul winner. Consider the difference the Baptism of the Holy Spirit made in Peter. He went from a man who was so afraid, to the point that he denied Christ three times, to a man who was as bold as a lion and who converted thousands on the day of Pentecost.

2. Write a short summary of your testimony. Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives unto death.” The most effective weapon you will ever use to win souls is your own account of how Jesus saved you. Memorize it. Make it a habit to refer to it often.

E. Stanley Jones was the Billy Graham of his day. He developed a debate forum where atheists and intellectuals were challenged to face off with Christians. Often he would not divulge who was going to defend the Faith before these prominent atheists. Then he would introduce his team: new converts. Time and time again the intellectuals would be stymied by the simple power of a changed life. No matter what they threw at these new believers, they would get the same answer back, “All I know is, once I was lost, but now I am found.” That is your edge!

We have all been told we need ‘ice breakers’ and deep theological statements in order to witness. Not true! What we need, and what the hurting soul needs is the simple story of your transformation.

3. Identify your harvest field. A better name for this is your circle of influence. These are people you deal with in your everyday life. They are hairstylists, waiters in your favorite restaurant, classmates, friends, and even family.

They know you. They have seen you on your good days and on your bad days. They already know what you believe, and they respect you. While it’s true that the whole world is our mission field, this is your primary harvest field.

It won’t be strange if the subject of your walk with Jesus comes up. This will happen because they have been watching your life. They can tell a difference between how you respond to problems, and what problems do to them. This is why we must live what we preach. They see the power of Christ in how we handle a crisis.

It is inevitable that an opportunity to share your miracle will present itself.

4. Reap the ripe harvest. Don’t argue with fools or angry people. It is a total waste of time and worse. Mark Twain said, “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

The Bible says it this way: “Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.” (Proverbs 26:4)

Why waste your time trying to convince someone who only wants to fight? Especially when you are surrounded by people overwhelmed by their life and who have great anxiety about the future. They are asking deep questions. That is a harvest ready to be picked.

But there is another gigantic reason to discern the harvest, and it’s in the following two verses.

Joel 28, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh…”

John 16:8, “And when (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…”

The first verse tells us something wonderful came upon all of humanity on the Day of Pentecost. The second verse describes what the Spirit Who fell on them is doing in them. Every human being is under the influence of the Holy Spirit. That influence is convicting them of sin, and warning them of the disaster of living their life without God.

How wonderful to realize that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit makes you the perfect voice to someone who is already under His influence.

5. Don’t just invite them to a meeting—bring them.

Here is exactly how we instruct people to bring souls to our Tent: Don’t just invite people—ask them to come with you. Pick them up and drive them to the tent. Buy them a meal either before or after the crusade. If it is before, it is a wonderful chance to brief them on what they are about to experience. Tell them they will hear a message that will encourage them and give them inner peace. Tell them that they will see a demonstration of the power of God that will confirm that what they are hearing is real and that it is the truth.  Or if you choose to go out afterwards, it is an outstanding opportunity to reflect on what happened during the meeting.

I work hard to enforce the atmosphere God wants in the Tent. Our theme verse is this: “Nevertheless, they stayed there a long time, preaching boldly, and the Lord proved their message was from Him by giving them power to do great miracles.” (Acts 14:3)

We don’t do fire tunnels, inner healing, personal prophecy, or marathon worship. Is it because we want a harmless user-friendly service? Not at all! You will see prophecy in the Tent that causes the hearers to be convicted of their sins. They will fall to their knees and “worship God, declaring that God is truly among you” (see 1 Cor. 14:25). There will be messages in tongues and interpretation. We do cast out demons. There will be instantaneous healings and addictions will vanish.

Can you guess the difference? Everything we do in the Tent is to show the lost soul that they are loved and that the power of God is real.

The bottom line is that we must win the lost in California. We have no excuse for not doing so, because the harvest is indeed ripe. Along with our regular worship we need services that are unselfish. You aren’t serious about winning the lost if there is no deliberate plan to get them there. You aren’t serious about winning souls if you make outsiders sit through 90 minutes of a single phrase like, “Open the floodgates of heaven.” You aren’t serious about winning souls if your meeting is strictly for saints to get a deeper buzz than ever before.

I challenge you to try the things I have written about in this blog. Just under the surface, California contains the largest harvest in America!

I SUPPORT TRUMP BECAUSE I WANT TO WIN SOULS

The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are masterpieces of freedom and equality. But they are something else: they are the foundation of the fairest system of religious freedom in history—a system that allows me to preach the Gospel.

There are many compelling reasons to support Trump: The Supreme Court, the unborn, national defense, and of course our economy. But the plain truth is that I must support whoever is trying to protect my freedom to preach the Gospel and I must oppose those who are trying to destroy it, because, bottom line, I want to win souls.

I do not want to restrict other religions; I simply want the freedom to tell the best story mankind has ever heard. When the Gospel is proclaimed, its superiority over all other religions and philosophies becomes self-evident.

Show me proof that Trump is a threat to winning souls, and I will stop supporting him. If you could show me proof that the Democrat Party is not trying to silence the Gospel, then I would stop attacking their policies.

If you could show me that it is Trump and not the Democrats who are going after religious freedom, I would change my tactics.

If you could answer these simple questions, I would instantly alter course:

  • Who regularly attacks the Bible? Who is censoring the Gospel on social media and wishes to do much more? Who has declared that preaching against sin is a hate crime? Who champions Islam and attacks Christians and Jews?
  • Which party’s candidates for President proudly state they they can be Christian and at the same time live a lifestyle the Bible calls immoral?
  • Who tries to put Christians out of business because they give to Christian organizations? Who, if they had their way, would make it impossible for me to rent land for tent crusades? (Those in power in California have told me that I have only a little time left before I must alter my message or be silenced.)
  • Who is ordering Christian public school teachers to call a 5 year old boy a girl in front of all the other children, if that is what that boy prefers?

My passion is to win souls. Show me how voting for a Democrat protects my right to do that.

And now, to my brothers and sisters in Christ who favor the Left over Trump because of your passion for social justice for illegal immigrants, transsexuals, and those on the fringes of society: Are you not buying into a half-cure? Are you not condemning them to a lifetime of dependency on government?

When you align yourself with George Soros—and worse, when you take his money—are you not aiding and abetting a false cure? Are you not a puppet in a final act that will remove freedom to preach the Gospel?

Show me any way that a confederation of Evangelicals and Leftists ends well. 

When will the oppressed ever be set free by being placed in a godless socialist institution and cared for by a cold government bureaucracy?  Isn’t socialism Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? The addict who gets free needles is still an addict. The homeless who get token assistance remain homeless.  Only after they are born again are they free indeed.

Now let me address those of you who love Jesus but find Trump crude. We had a smooth and refined President for eight years who dismantled religious freedom and could not hide his hostility toward the Bible. I am not looking for impeccable manners—I only want to win souls.

If you want to win souls why would you attack the only candidate defending the Gospel?  And why would you empower the avowed enemies of soul winning?

And finally, did you notice that I didn’t attend—along with the galaxy of Evangelical celebrities—the Trump rally in Miami? Why? Because I only want to win souls. I don’t need a photo-op with Trump. I only need a President who will protect my freedom to preach the Gospel. That’s my unwavering goal.

I do not write blogs to win favor with the President. Even if I were invited to a state dinner I would only attend out of my love and respect for Trump. But I’d be out of there in a flash. I couldn’t get out of my tux and back into street clothes fast enough—to get back to the only thing I want to do: Win souls.

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I find it quite ironic: Kanye West has turned his concerts into a mission while the church has turned its mission into a concert. He is winning souls, but getting criticized by believers who won’t win souls.

Is Kanye’s conversion real? Are his motives pure? Does he really know Christ? One honest look at the American church makes these questions seem bizarre. These are the very questions the American church should be asking itself, not Kanye.

It reminds me of the time the disciples got all territorial about anyone outside their group doing ministry:  “John answered Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.’” (Mark 9:38-40)

America is littered with religious centers that have permitted masses to worship without repenting—to believe they are saved without being converted.  Whole congregations are living in outright sin but they are hearing from the pulpit: “if you confess your sins, you offend God’s grace.” And we are worried about Mr. West?

Some are wondering if Kanye is building an empire in the name of Jesus for personal gain.  Whoa!  That question could be leveled at many celebrity preachers…maybe even your favorite.  We are surrounded by Carnal Christian Centers built entirely on marketing, smoke and mirrors, who want to question Kanye’s substance.

But the excuse for fearing Kanye West’s potential insincerity is dismissed by Paul the Apostle himself: 15, “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.  18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” (Phil. 1:15-18)

Any soul that sincerely reaches out to Christ in these rallies will be touched by salvation. Christ is being preached!  Woodrow Wilson said, “The proof that the Gospel is divine is the preaching it has survived.” And it will most certainly survive this.

Now I want to address one final danger: the danger of rejecting a modern Saul of Tarsus. The early church made that mistake, but thank God they recovered before it was too late. I am not so sure the American church knows what is good for it.  Just look at how many Christians refused to vote for Donald Trump even as he was fiercely battling on behalf of Christians and supporting Israel.

Jesus said, “You did not know the hour of your visitation.” Another translation said, “You did not know when God came to help you.” What if God is sending help, but we keep hypocritically sniffing at His help?  When Jerusalem rejected Paul, the result was a disaster.

God keeps on placing strange packages at our door. This is because when God saves America from self-destructing, no one else will get the glory.  I for one welcome God’s help, and that of everyone He sends.

Kanye West

I find it quite ironic: Kanye West has turned his concerts into a mission while the church has turned its mission into a concert. He is winning souls, but getting criticized by believers who won’t win souls.

Is Kanye’s conversion real? Are his motives pure? Does he really know Christ? One honest look at the American church makes these questions seem bizarre. These are the very questions the American church should be asking itself, not Kanye.

It reminds me of the time the disciples got all territorial about anyone outside their group doing ministry:  “John answered Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.’” (Mark 9:38-40)

America is littered with religious centers that have permitted masses to worship without repenting—to believe they are saved without being converted.  Whole congregations are living in outright sin but they are hearing from the pulpit: “if you confess your sins, you offend God’s grace.” And we are worried about Mr. West?

Some are wondering if Kanye is building an empire in the name of Jesus for personal gain.  Whoa!  That question could be leveled at many celebrity preachers…maybe even your favorite.  We are surrounded by Carnal Christian Centers built entirely on marketing, smoke and mirrors, who want to question Kanye’s substance.

But the excuse for fearing Kanye West’s potential insincerity is dismissed by Paul the Apostle himself: 15, “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.  18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” (Phil. 1:15-18)

Any soul that sincerely reaches out to Christ in these rallies will be touched by salvation. Christ is being preached!  Woodrow Wilson said, “The proof that the Gospel is divine is the preaching it has survived.” And it will most certainly survive this.

Now I want to address one final danger: the danger of rejecting a modern Saul of Tarsus. The early church made that mistake, but thank God they recovered before it was too late. I am not so sure the American church knows what is good for it.  Just look at how many Christians refused to vote for Donald Trump even as he was fiercely battling on behalf of Christians and supporting Israel.

Jesus said, “You did not know the hour of your visitation.” Another translation said, “You did not know when God came to help you.” What if God is sending help, but we keep hypocritically sniffing at His help?  When Jerusalem rejected Paul, the result was a disaster.

God keeps on placing strange packages at our door. This is because when God saves America from self-destructing, no one else will get the glory.  I for one welcome God’s help, and that of everyone He sends.

This letter from Scott Hinkle really nails it.

An open letter to Contemporary American Evangelists- (myself included)

By Scott Hinkle

 

The office of evangelist is an equally important part of the Ephesians 4:11 & 12 listing of 5-fold ministry gifts. There most certainly is a legitimate role of an evangelist to the church in stirring, equipping for evangelism, etc.
Yet it must be clearly understood, the great distinctive to the gift /office of evangelist is that they are called to be the voice to the lost declaring the gospel & calling them to Christ.
The other Ep.4:11 offices are church oriented being both inward and infrastructure focused.
The evangelist should be focused upon the outside world at large where the unsaved and unchurched live.
If that be true, why then is there amongst some evangelists a seemingly inordinate amount of energy spent in complaining about a perceived lack of recognition by other church leaders? As if other church leaders determine the call of God.
Would the effort and energy be better invested prayerfully and even creatively looking for ways to invade the darkness outside the four walls of church buildings instead of concentrating and at times whining about what is perceived as a lack of acknowledgement from peers? Or does the contemporary version of American evangelist seek validation by being invited to preach primarily in Christian gatherings or to be put another way— fish in bathtubs?
The great evangelists of history – both old and new- risked venturing into deep waters and at times unsafe stormy seas to be fishers of men.
Would not those be great models to follow after if our hearts truly were consumed with a passion to make Christ known to the least and fully lost men, women and children of our times? This necessitates leaving the safe harbor of “church-dom” and to quote the great missionary evangelist T.L. Osborn going “out where the sinners are.”
This letter does not come from a critical spirit but from a soul crying out on behalf of a broken culture and dying world. The darkness of our era is desperate for the light of Christ.
Now, more than ever, there must be another great awakening.
This is a call to not only raise the bar higher for evangelists but to extend a challenge to drastically expand the horizons of our perspective, vision and practice.
Grace to all sharing Good News.
A co-laborer and fellow servant,
Scott Hinkle

 

P.S From Mario Murillo:  I have known Scott and Nancy Hinkle for over 40 years. They have not asked me to do this and they had no idea I would…but, this is excellent ground for your seed. To give to this worthy ministry click on the link below. God Bless you!

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RENO EXPLODES WITH MIRACLES

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RENO EXPLODES WITH MIRACLES

 

By Mario Murillo

After 48 years of seeing miracles I am still ill at ease telling others about it.  Only Jesus should be featured.  He alone is responsible for the astounding event that I am about to relate to you.

When Jesus described her to me it sounded as if her body had declared war on itself.   I still didn’t know who she was.  What I did know is that she suffered in secret—she had pain in virtually every part of her body.  A nameless predator was destroying her.

The Holy Spirit held off revealing her identity until I was fully informed.  When the list of her agonies was revealed to this unworthy servant, He ordered me to describe it in detail.

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Then I knew who she was!  I asked her to come and stand in the center aisle.   “You are in excruciating pain in your head, eyes, neck, shoulders, spine, arms, fingers, hips, legs, feet and toes.  On top of all of this, you have one leg that is precisely ¾ of an inch shorter than the other.  Your entire right side has been thrown off.”

I asked her to confirm the exact accuracy of this word by raising her hand and waving it at the audience.  She raised both hands and frantically waved them in the air.  I asked her to walk to test her miracle.  She did not walk she ran—she sprinted!  Thankfully, we caught that moment on camera.

I assumed—like everyone else—that she would stop when she got to the front.  Instead she flew up onstage and gave me a hug.  Every joint muscle, never, and ligament was resurrected in her body!

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To the eternal glory of God…I tell you skepticism and unbelief met a premature death.  I declared the Gospel to an audience thunderstruck by the Glory of God.  They came from everywhere to declare their unconditional surrender to the King of Kings.

What is happening in Reno is real—scary real.  However, this fire broke out—very inconveniently—on Valentine’s Day.  Our staff was spent.  We came home to rest from months of Holy Spirit awakening in many cities—especially Branson, where we had seen an outpouring continue from August until January.

Not only would we not rest…the power, miracles, and salvations increased!  We are fully operating on supernatural strength.

The next night was even more intense.  The house was packed!  The crowd had doubled in just 3 days.  A well-known athlete came because a friend—who needed healing—asked him to join her.  He agreed but warned her that he believed it was all a fraud.

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Again, God has mercy on His unworthy servant.  I picked him out and asked him to put his hand on his friend’s spine.  She was healed!

He was one of the first to come to Christ.  After the service, he was all over the place; letting people know it was real.  he had experienced LIVING PROOF.

The biggest explosion of praise came when I announced the unimaginable:  WE ARE GOING ON NEXT WEEK IN THIS ERUPTION IN RENO!   THE MEETINGS CONTINUE NEXT SUNDAY, MONDAY AND TUESDAY!

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Hey preacher… Stop entertaining, consoling and informing…and start converting Americans.

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Hey preacher! Stop entertaining, consoling and informing…and start converting Americans.

The first thing you are taught in public speaking is to know your audience.  If I were to tell you what secular Americans are really like (something that we work and pray hard at knowing) many ministers and Christians would vehemently disagree.  That is because they do not know their audience; let alone how to preach to that audience.

They assume (subconsciously) that Americans do not want Christ and the best we can do is draw from an ever decreasing pool of already converted people. This fact is clearly seen in our sermons and conversations.  We have taken to continually talking to ourselves because we believe that no one else wants to hear it.

Christianspeak: We speak a language all our own, a language that no one understands but our little group.  We talk about walking in favor, prophetic words, soul ties, generational curses, binding, loosing, soaking, carrying until we sound like beings from other worlds.

The biggest reason that we do not know how to reach our audience is that we do not understand who our audience is.  Your audience is the unchurched.

It is my great honor to reintroduce you to two things: your audience and your competition.

Our audience: Look in their eyes and you will see what they are actually like.  It is the same look that people had in the Soviet Union at the peak of communism in the 1960’s.  It is a catatonic, going through the motions, drinking, taking drugs, waiting on a check from the government kind of stare.

They are not nearly as mad at God as you suppose.  Outwardly, they repeat what they hear from party officials. Inside, they harbor a hope that what the Bible says is actually true.  The preaching they hear discourages them because pastors sound like they don’t believe in the Bible either.  They think we are fakes but they deeply wish that we were not.

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Our competition: As long as pastors believe that other churches are their competition we will get nowhere.  Here is our real competition:

-Government when it acts as if it is the American church.  When Government says “believe in us and we will take care of you” they have replaced the church.

-Hollywood and the music industry when they tell youth through film and lyric what their values should be what their opinions should be and what they should be mad about.

-Higher education when it blasts God and punishes faith.

So what should we do?  We should determine to convert America to Christ.  If it means less emotional binges, intellectual coffee klatches and soothing mass therapy services…so be it!

What it does not mean is compromise!  Believe it or not Americans do not wish us to stop being fervent. They are not really thrown off when we raise our hands or even when we speak in tongues or operate in the miraculous.  They tune us out when we seem like we are into ourselves and oblivious to their needs.

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So what must we preach today?  The answer comes to us today from an angel that visited a jail cell.  Acts 5: 17- 20 says, Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.  But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

The Church is threatened by the mass arrest of all the apostles.  It becomes an occasion for God to recalibrate and refocus their preaching. Just what we need today!  the Angel gave them 3 mandates in a single phrase: “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

1.Take a stand. There is no confusion about what the Angel is asking the men of God to do.  He is telling them to stake their claim in their nation.  This is not just a physical act; it is also moral and spiritual. We must take a stand against Satan’s agenda for America and we must take a stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We take a stand because we belong in the national conversation.  America has a drug, divorce, suicide, anger, and atheism problem.  Our voice needs to be heard because we carry the most immediate and effective cure for everything that is hurting America.  The Angel is reinforcing to the disciples that their message is valid and urgent.

2. Take your stand in the temple courts in other words go to the center of the city.Ours is not an obscure message that should be whispered in the secret places of society.  The temple courts were the heart of Jerusalem.  The Angel is blatantly instructing them to raise their voice in the very center of their culture.

In that same way we must go where the people are and where the biggest lies are being told.  The angel gave them an exact location to take their stand and that location spoke volumes to the Apostles.  God is serious about making a difference in the culture.

3. Tell all of the words of this life.What a scathing rebuke that is to popular Christianity.  While Christian celebrities scurry to and fro to find buzzwords to replace the core doctrines of the Bible, here is an Angel telling the disciples that they must tell all the words of life.  They cannot leave out a single benefit or demand of the message of Jesus Christ.

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How right that Angel was.  There is life in those words.  There is life in the blood of Christ, the cross and the resurrection.  There is life in them so amazing that no mountain of eloquence or cunningly devised sermon can begin to match.

Brave the offense of the Cross in your preaching and watch the power of the resurrection released! Soon the supernatural life of God will overtake our preaching, create miracles in people that infinitely surpass the results of popular preaching.  Society would not care about the demands in our message because of the changes they would see in their own souls, minds and bodies.

That is how we convert America.

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THE MOST SHOCKING THING THAT ANYONE HAS EVER SAID TO ME.

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In this blog I am going to tell you the most shocking thing that anyone ever said to me. You may notice that I have not blogged in several weeks but the silence has not been because of compromise or fear. I have stayed away from the blog… to prayerfully recalibrate its goals and its direction.

I took a look back to the very beginning of this blog and assessed its direction in prayer. While I do not recant any of the things I have written it is clear that Christ is requiring of me a higher level of effectiveness in communicating.

The most urgent balance that God is asking me to maintain has to do with winning souls in our nation. My entire foray into the political arena was solely because of my passion to win souls.

I have always suspected that the greatest threat to evangelism in the United States is coming from the White House.  This is not a leadership that is inspired by values but is driven by its animosities.  Something had to be said and something still needs to be said about how our nation’s leader has targeted the gospel of Jesus Christ.

That is why, you will continue to hear vital insights to how your faith is under assault, how God is asking you to take action, and the great hope that we still have for America to be one nation under God.

When the Holy Spirit led me to begin blogging and to convey to you my audience the justifiable alarm that I felt over the loss of our freedoms the cancerous relationship between media and the White House I received a mixture of praise and condemnation unlike any I had experienced in my entire ministry.

Take a close look around you and you will notice that many Christian leaders are now speaking out against our government that were formerly afraid to do so.  The failure of this administration and its animosity toward Christian values is so blatantly clear to all that even the most squeamish pastor is now reevaluating their silence.

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There are two things we have not yet done in this blog: one is to ask you to partner with us to win souls across the United States and the other is to ask for your fervent prayer support as we lay the groundwork for a massive invasion of souls in 9 West Coast Cities starting tonight.

It was the most shocking thing that anyone has ever said to me.  What made it even more shocking is the person who said it to me.  He is a man that I trust with my life.  He is one of the greatest soul winners in history.  He is a man that has weathered our nation’s worst storms in the last 60 years of ministry. He is man whose name you would immediately recognize.

“Mario, you are facing the worst time in American history for soul winning.”  Those words hit me like the proverbial Mack truck.  He could tell that he had gotten my attention.  Then he put in a nutshell his sobering case for why crusading for souls in America today is worse than ever before:

The White House is obsessed with a worship of government.  They have such an irrational reliance on a higher power that it paralyzes all debate and consideration of cures outside of their god.

Government worship has brought rampant apathy, a lackadaisical work ethic, and an incurable sense of entitlement.  Our $17 trillion debt was born out of this blind faith.

This God of government is a jealous God that will do anything to stay in power.  This beast  will make and enforce laws against any threat to its existence.

It sees the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the single greatest threat to its power and is in full fury to ban it altogether. It uses the issue of contraceptives to remove religious freedom, the IRS to target preachers who oppose abortion and defend traditional marriage. It intends to abuse hate crime laws to silence people of faith, religious groups, clergy, and those who support traditional moral values. This is why it passed more laws in the last 5 years to hinder or ban soul winning than in the previous 237 years.

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2. The entertainment industry’s war on Christians: Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that most Americans hold dear?  Why does the entertainment industry attack religion, glorify brutality, undermine the family, and deride patriotism?

Hollywood has broken faith with its public, creating movies, television, and popular music that exacerbate every serious social problem we face, from teenage pregnancies to violence in the streets.

3. Rampant apostasy in the church. Even old-line Christian denominations are modernizing their doctrine, bending the curve to accept things that are forbidden in the Bible.  Hypergrace and new age hybrids of the Gospel downplay hell and the great commission.

4. Abuse of end time prophecy in the church. Many Christians see no point to winning souls because they believe that the events of today are a part of God’s plan for the end of the world.

Let all who believe America is doomed read this: God had just pronounced judgment on Israel when these surprising words came from Joel 2: 12-14 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.  Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him? The most powerful words to me are “Who knows.”  Who knows if it is too late for America?  Who knows if God may not have mercy on us one more time?

There is the horrifying picture.  At the very moment in history when America’s survival rests solely on repenting and returning to Christ, soul winners get a soul crushing double whammy: persecution from without and betrayal from within.

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Then the spiritual general then said to me “The Gospel is supernatural.  The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church.  God has declared that ‘His word will not return void.’  These times are so bad that they are good.  It is at a time like that that God pours out His Spirit.  Then he gave me a grave stare and said, “But Mario, time is running out and whatever you are going to do you have to do it now!”

And you know what? That is exactly what we are going to do. In the worst time ever for soul winning, we are going to mount the biggest West Coast outreach in our history.  We cannot afford it, sleepy churches will not join us, and the hordes of hell will oppose it.  We will rent arenas beyond our budget, wade into hellholes where we are hated and preach a message that experts say no one wants to hear.  Because of all of this, we expect amazing results.

We are convicted by the words of Jonathan who said, “Come; let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” -1 Samuel 14:6

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Am I right about you? I have sent this letter to only an elite group of people.  You got this letter because I believe that you love America and lost souls. I must test that belief and our friendship.  In a different time and place I would not be so bold with you.   I am asking you for a one time gift at the end of the year to fill our war chest.  I am asking you to give perhaps the largest gift you have ever given to this or any ministry.

Astonishing, isn’t it? America has fallen so far, so fast.  This ministry has no choice now; we must empty our accounts, marshal every available soldier and charge into the harvest. Maybe you cannot go with me but your gift of love can.  Your extra bold gift will buy us the precious tools to win souls, and lock in the venues where miracles will overflow. You will have a part in every life that is saved!

Maybe you meant to give more this year. Maybe you haven’t given to this ministry in a long time.  No matter what, make this your courageous stand against the destruction of America.

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Living Proof West Coast

Sunday March 20th   

Bethel Church  933 College View Dr, Redding, CA 96003

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  (530) 246-6000

Sunday and Monday April 3 and 4   

Church of Jesus Christ Spirit Filled  

3175 Goldy Way, Sparks, NV 89434

Sunday 10:30 am/ 6:00pm

Monday 7:00pm

(775) 358-2842

Saturday April 9th

Azusa Now by The Call

Los Angeles Coliseum

3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037 All day, gates open at 6am

424-362-5523

Sunday April 17th

Explosion by Star of David Church

520 W Virginia St, San Jose, CA 95125

6:00pm

(408) 808-1443

Tuesday April 19th

209 Awakening

700 N Union Rd

Manteca, California

6:30pm

(209) 479-4182

Sunday May 1st 9 AM

The Bridge of Yuba City

424 Epley Dr.  Yuba City, CA 95991

(530) 674-0400 

Sunday May 1st 6pm 

The Church of Glad Tidings 1179 Eager Rd, Live Oak, CA 95953

Phone:(530) 671-3160

Monday and Tuesday May 2 and 3 7 PM 

The Bridge of Yuba City

Wednesday May 4th

First Assembly of God Church

4472 Snook Ave, Clearlake, CA 95422

(707) 994-3122

7pm

Friday May 13th

Christ Cathedral Church

2301 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93304

(661) 834-3311

7pm

Sunday May 15th

Harvest Christian Center

130 3rd St, Turlock, CA 95380

(209) 667-5683

9am/10am/11am/6pm

http://bit.ly/MMDonation

 

 

This is what revival looks like.

This is what revival looks like.

Last night the Santa Rosa Fire reignited.   Starting week 5 was uncharted waters for Mario Murillo Ministries. When we drove up to Living Word Family Church we had no idea of what to expect.  I had nagging questions in my spirit.  Would the crowds still come after all of this time?  Was it just a fad, a flare up of emotion, and not true revival fire?

Whatever doubts I had were completely erased as I pulled into the crowded parking lot.  People were charging into the building.  Boisterous singing was spilling out to the neighborhood.  It was a house filled with hearts on fire.

Pastor Larry King welcomed the people and then the worship team form Vertical Call Church led by Steve Peleo took us to heaven.  From the moment we began to sing, it was evident that this event no longer belonged to any man.  This is now divine property and there is no going back.

A supernatural cooperation exists here that should be a rebuke to cities were Pastors are guilty of turf wars.  This cooperation has already produced fruit.  The churches who are involved are reporting that their attendance is up and the people are on fire.

My message last night came from Romans 8: 32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”  “I asked the people what would be harder for you to see your child die or for you to die yourself?  Now you can feel the heart of God the Father and His astounding and unspeakable love for us.”

Then I told them how mighty those 4 simple words are, “how will He not?  In light of the sacrifice that is beyond words, how can we think He will not heal, save, provide and protect?   This truth had an immediate impact on lost souls.

I called souls to Christ. We had the largest response of these meetings!  

Andrea came forward to meet Jesus.  Later as she was walking back into the sanctuary, she was describing her need for healing to the head counselor.   No sooner did she sit down than by Spirit I was ordered to have her stand and then proceeded to list the very same diseases that she had just related to the leader.  She was overcome by the power of God and declared that she had no more pain!

Tonight the miracle continues and we cannot predict what is going to happen.  All we do know is that Christ commands this meeting and He will control the night!

Hunger but no Games: Week 4 the most Explosive Yet.

Hunger but no Games:  Why Week 4 of the Santa Rosa Fire will be the most Explosive Yet.

Mario Murillo Ministries begins its fourth week of the Santa Rosa Fire.  How did we make the decision to continue these meetings?  In this case, the decision was made for us on Wednesday night, July 11.

I can count on one hand the number of times in my life that I have seen so real, so innocent, so passionate, and so deep a hunger in people.  The people by acclamation roared their approval of adding these next 4 nights.  They are not tired, bored or spent, they are possessed of a seemingly unlimited appetite for more of Jesus.  .  No one can manufacture the excitement and heartfelt love in these people.

The hunger is not just in the people.  Pastors have wept at the altar of God and now have welded their hearts to this moment of awakening with an insatiable yearning for revival.  This week we will partner with several Churches and pastors who are of one heart to see true revival.

Then something else happened:  God demonstrated His Hunger to Bless!  Heaven shouted its approval of the added nights by demonstrating miracles of healing.  Jesus revealed why one of His names is Wonderful.  Words of knowledge popped that had no filler or guessing.  God healed instantly and undeniably.  The reports continue to pile in and in turn fuel even greater hunger in all of us.

These are not games but a sacred, and strategic series of meetings.  They have a far greater implication than any of us know.  There is a message burning in our hearts about the Santa Rosa Fire:

1. Fire is hungry!  Fire consumes and the Word of God tells us that our God is a consuming fire.  This explains the ever increasing appetite in the people.  Again, this is hunger but these are not games.

2. Revival is not an improved version of what we had before.  We cannot ever go back to what we were before.  It is something entirely new and unlike anything we have experienced before.  This must be clearly understood until there is no inkling or threat of returning to “normal.”

3. You only get one meeting to be a spectator.  After your first visit, you are a soldier. There is a concerted push to equip everyone for spiritual warfare against all of the works of the devil.  The focus each night is greater dependency on the Holy Spirit; a clearer understanding of the authority we have in Christ and the deep responsibility we have to express that to all who are oppressed of Satan.

Tonight, the Kingdom of God will expand into regions held by demons for centuries.  Of this we have no doubt.  The family of God in Northern California has a clear moment.  The time for regular religion has ceased.  It is being swallowed up by fire; true and hungry fire!