Can a man who lost his way make it back . . . in one piece? He lost his church, his home, his reputation, but kept his wife and life, because His God kept him. Now, after years of rising out of deep despair, David Loveless and his wife, Caron, have emerged as Oswald Chambers…

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Are you overwhelmed? A lot of us are! What if I told you God wanted to give you pleasure in your pain. Would you think I was crazy? Actually, it would mean you were believing the Word of God, more than what you were seeing or feeling. That’s what Paul the Apostle did! He endorsed…

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Want to add more joy to your life? Sprinkle in a little faith! Faith is the miraculous, eternal ingredient that activates supernatural joy in each of our lives. Whereas happiness waits to see what’s going to happen, joy blissfully opens its arms to every moment and says, “God, I can’t wait to see how this…

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Do you feel like your life has been shattered? If so, there’s only one cure. It’s a three-letter word: Joy! You could describe joy as “a deep sense of inner satisfaction that comes from seeing our lives from God’s perspective, and responding properly to the challenges and suffering of life.” The Bible says our lives…

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Are you struggling receiving an emotional healing for some part of your past? There were years growing up that were so dark and hopeless, if I focused on them, they’d smother any possibility of being at peace today. That’s why, when we spend our lives dwelling on yesterday, we shouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow seems…

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Are you in the middle of a storm? Do you feel overwhelmed? It’s important that we understand the value of the storms of life, and how to unpack why God allows them. Meteorologists say that, on the ground, every storm feels the same coming in—whether it brings two inches of snow or two feet. So,…

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Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” So, when does our suffering produce a positive change in us? We only grow through the challenges of life when…

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One of the most knowledgeable men I know, Mountain Mike Shreve, once told me, “Heavy winters bring more bountiful summers.” Hmm? So, the harder the winter . . . the more fruitful the summer! WOW! That’s quite a revelation. We all love Spring flowers and Summer fruit, but it’s the dying of Fall and the…

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I don’t know what’s best for me—never have and never will. I don’t even know enough to have a strong personal preference. So, spending my life wishing things would work out is an enormous waste of my time. The smartest thingI can do… is to remain neutral: no bias, fully flexible, and yielding only to…

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Are you at peace with your life? It’s an elusive goal that all of us are in pursuit of. True peace only comes from one Person: God Himself…the Prince of Peace. Scripture says, “While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them…” In fact, peace, without the holiness…

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Ok! This may be a hard pill for you to swallow. But, once you wash it down, it will make your life infinitely better. Would it surprise you if I said: the part of each of us that wishes things would get better is not our friend. Actually, it could be our enemy! I have…

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Everyone wants to be happy. But happiness is more about a state of mind than having things work out. A man in his 90’s lost his wife of 60 years. Checking into a nursing home, an attendant described his new room to him. The old man replied, “I love it.” The attendant laughed and said,…

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What teaches us the most in life? The answer may upset you. But, if you can receive it, I believe it will bless you. Malcolm Muggeridge, the famous British journalist and author, wrote near the end of his life, “Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed…

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Are you living the abundant life Jesus promised? It’s not some overstated promise, it’s God’s will for each of our lives. If we are genuinely following Jesus and allowing His Spirit and Word to wash our hearts and minds every day, we can live victorious, resurrected lives. So, will you know if this is taking…

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Are you resisting the gift of pain? That’s right…the gift of pain! Why do we second-guess the perfect plans of an all-wise Creator? Many times, it’s our shallow understanding that causes us to miss the point and purpose of our challenges. All that happens then is we needlessly repeat the learning process that was tailor-made…

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Are you preparing for the luxury liner or the life boat? Are you betting your future on the fleeting comforts of the cruise ship or the guaranteed safety of a tiny boat? The luxury liner will sink. Only those taking refuge in the lifeboat will be spared. Everything that can be shaken will be, until our lives, as God intended are…

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Years of compromise have left much of the Church powerless; a shell of her potential. Having loved lesser gods, she entangled her heart, pursuing meaningless pleasures. Bound by the cares of this life, divine opportunities are squandered. Who will rescue us from this half hearted slumber? God is calling the Elijah’s of this day to move in power.…

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A cultural storm of epic proportions is brewing. It is a perfect storm. The convergence of many storms into one giant storm. No one will be spared. It will engulf the whole Earth. So there will be nowhere to hide, no safe corner other than the Chief Cornerstone. No peaceful place, besides the Prince of Peace.

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Leave Familiar For Fabulous In the Old Testament, the Israelites camped in the wilderness wherever the cloud over the tabernacle stopped. When the cloud moved, they moved. I have found this to be true in my own spiritual life, The cloud of God‘s presence has directed my life and caused me at times to leave…

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What if we determined that happiness was dependent upon what was happening to us, but joy was a decision we could make? What if we were committed to be joyful in everything, no matter what challenges we faced. The Bible says, “Give thanks, for this is the will of God.” And, “Rejoice evermore!” Are these…

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It’s the second most difficult thing for Francis to talk about, next to aborting two of his children. How pornography has threatened his life since he as a young man. He remembers finding pornographic pictures in dumpsters or along the side of a road. Whenever he had access to it, it affected him, jaded him,…

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Many of us wake up and go to sleep believing, “I don’t have enough!” It’s a struggle all of us face. And yet, life is not based on having a super abundance. It’s all about a Kingdom Principle called The Seed Principle. The issue is: do you have the right seed that you are sowing in order…

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When an opportunity came for Francis to go to the nation of Pakistan, he prayed about it, and God said, “Go!” Pakistan is one of the five most dangerous places for Christians on the planet, next to North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya. Then comes Pakistan. Even Iran and Iraq are safer. He left on his 71st birthday, with…

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In 1857, America was in trouble. Corruption in business and politics was rampant. People were addicted to gambling and greed. Immorality and the occult dominated many people’s lives. There was widespread atheism, agnosticism, apathy and indifference to God. If there was ever a time when a revival was needed, it was then at this bleak…

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General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, taught his officers both men and women, to fight fear with faith. When a threatening mob covered an officer’s jacket with spit because of his commitment to follow Jesus, William Booth encouraged him. “Don’t rub it off. It’s a metal.” Since 1865, the Salvation Army’s mission…

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What would it take for Christian leaders in your city to be wholeheartedly united? What would happen if a pastor in your city was murdered and his body was dumped at the steps of City Hall? Would anyone care? You bet they would. And at that paradigm shifting moment, if a senior leader from one…

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If a pastor or leader is desiring to see God move in a supernatural way, they are involved in spiritual warfare. The enemy of their soul will not give up ground unless there is focused understanding that we are in a life and death spiritual battle. An intercessory team is the key to his safety and accomplishing…

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“Unlikely Friendships” Require Intentionality – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17) All of the seemingly “Unlikely Friendships” on this video required courage, commitment, significant effort, ears that were open to listen, and hearts that were willing to, at times, forgive and try again.…

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When Francis’ father died, though his picture was placed on the front page of the New York Times, he died empty, having never answered life’s three most basic questions. The same questions each of us ask ourselves everyday: Am I enough? Do I have enough? Have I done enough? Am I enough? Is fed by…

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One of the greatest challenges facing this generation is solving the riddle of spirit and truth. Jesus told us clearly it would be, when He said, “But the time is coming–indeed it’s here now–when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23, NLT) How critical is it for each of…

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Smartsville, California is located right next door to the northern California gold rush towns of Timbuctoo and Rough and Ready. In the early 1970s, it had a booming population of 200. It was there in late 1971, six months prior to my arrival, that a band of newly converted hippies purchased the rundown Smartsville Hotel…

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In 2014, 30 regional Christian leaders from Sacramento, CA embark don a Journey to Mosaic (J2M) throughout California. It was a four‐day experiential ethnic immersion bus trip exploring historical and present‐day injustices and challenges in our multiethnic society. It unpacked portions of the African‐American, Asian-American, and Hispanic‐American experience. The goal was to provide a safe…

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Sacramento, California’s Christian history has seen a world-renowned 1849 Gold Rush, which ultimately brought caring pastors to serve the thousands who showed up searching for treasure. One hundred and twenty years later, a Jesus Movement saw thousands of young people get saved. Over the next few decades, mega-churches brought the gospel to multiplied thousands, and…

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All of us are running after something. We each chase what we hope is better than what we have. What will last . . . fulfill . . . change us . . . free us. But is what we pursue real or an illusion? A miracle or a mirage? Will it complete us or strip us of hope? Do…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I may not be the man I want to be; I may not be the man I ought to be; I may not be the man I could be; I may not be the man I can be; but praise God, I’m not the man I once was.”  We…

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Six, multi-ethnic leaders from the Sacramento region (Bishop Sherwood Carthen, Pastors Joy Johnson, Alex Vaiz, Eva Rodriquez, Scott Hagan, and Francis Anfuso) dialogue about what is needed for God’s people to come together as one. Jesus prayed in John 17:21, “…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in…

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My mother was an intercessor. She stood alone, calling out for the broken lives of her husband, children and hundreds more. Facing many challenges in her young life, she was driven to the only One who could help a young wife with an unfaithful, yet gifted, husband. She shared her dilemma with her father. He…

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Would you worship with us? Would you stand with us? Would you walk with us? Would you link arms with us? If we did not agree on every political issue in God’s Kingdom? Don’t we have more in common than our differences? If we attended different places of worship.  Can we still pray together. If I ask you to walk a mile…

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Nothing just happens. Rain doesn’t fall from a clear sky. There’s a cause and effect for everything. God looks for someone willing to stand for Jesus, to separate from the sleepy pack…to usher in His Spirit. Scripture states, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.“ As…

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Revival! What does it mean? There are many misconceptions about this word. Is revival a morbid experience for hyper-melancholies, or an over-used advertisement describing nothing more that spiritual excess? Neither one! True revival is a move of God. It’s God pouring Himself out upon His people so that we may be revived enough for the lost to…

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In 2014, 30 regional Christian leaders from Sacramento, CA embark don a Journey to Mosaic (J2M) throughout California. It was a four‐day experiential ethnic immersion bus trip exploring historical and present‐day injustices and challenges in our multiethnic society. It unpacked portions of the African‐American, Asian-American, and Hispanic‐American experience. The goal was to provide a safe…

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City Awards Banquets began for police officers and fire fighters serving in Roseville, California in 1999, two years before the 9/11 attack took place in 2001. They have continued every year since, except during the COVID-19 virus crisis of 2020. Firefighters and police officers are still giving their lives in serving their communities, and so an evening…

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Jesus said, “May Your Kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Jesus was Heaven coming to earth. God is still sending heaven. The Holy Spirit came to Earth to bring an eternal deposit of Heaven. The revelation of being “perfectly positioned” gave us a glimpse of how to live: Heaven…

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What are considered the greatest revivals of all time….who were the revivalists at the forefront of these extraordinary moves of God….and what exceptional graces, found first in the life of Jesus, did they model so passionately that the church in their day was transformed and millions of lost souls were saved? Do the answers to these questions hold a key to unlocking strategies that could in some way help unleash an outpouring of God’s Spirit in our day?



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You can’t see who a person really is until they’re knocked down. Their response when things are going well, is deceiving. But when they fall on their face, you see who they really are. It was the middle of the Great Depression. Americans were struggling under the weight of economic heart. Many were unemployed. James J. Braddock…

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On September 11, 2001, an invisible enemy attacked our nation. The wickedness of the crime and its heart wrenching loss of life brought us to our knees. We will never forget it. That night, our church was filled with hundreds of shaken people praying, crying out to God, asking for His mercy and protection. Many…

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Nothing just happens. Rain doesn’t fall from a clear sky. There’s a cause and effect for everything. God looks for someone willing to stand for Jesus, to separate from the sleepy pack…to usher in His Spirit. Scripture states, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed…

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It’s been called the Greatest Survival Story of all time. In late 1914, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail with a 27 man crew, many of whom had responded to the following recruitment news. “Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return, doubtful. Honor and recognition in…

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Pastor Lance Hahn said, “I asked an African-American brother of mine what the problems were in America today. And he began to explain it to me. I watched his whole body change. I watched his emotions rise up. I watched him begin to tear up, and I felt, ‘Why is there divide between me and…

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Arthur Wallis described revival as “…Divine intervention…It is God revealing Himself to man in awesome holiness and irresistible power. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord…working in extraordinary power on saint and sinner.”[1] When we study revivals throughout history, the first and best accounts come from…

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D. L. Moody was one of two million Americans saved in the 1857 Prayer Meeting Revival. During his lifetime, he led hundreds of thousands of people to Jesus. His love for prayer and souls was a testament of his relationship with God. At one point, Moody had the largest Sunday school in America, with over 1,000 children…

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Where do these hostile thoughts come from? Thes painful memories so unresolved? Why do they besiege me? How can I find refuge? My mind is battered by conversations that never end. Run away emotions, assault at will; a plague of doubt. Foreign armies invade my inner life. Bottle wars, self hatred, depression, a legion of lies batter territorial spirits seek to possess all…

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He’s been called the Father of Modern Revivalism. Charles Finney is considered by some to have had the most lasting results. Ten years after one revival in the early 19th century, 80% of the many thousands who made commitments to Christ were still faithful followers of Jesus. His salvation was no less spectacular. 

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A astrophysicist gives a poetic assessment of how a godless Universe came into existence, followed by a Francis expressing the biblical model. It’s entertaining, and yet startling. That such a knowledgeable man could believe that the unfathomable Universe could come from chaos, as opposed to the mind and heart of a Almighty Creator.

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Francis surprises, Suzie, his beautiful wife of 40 years, by singing his emotional wedding song, “Suzie, I Won’t Fail You!”, at a Rock church service on their 40th anniversary. Their twin daughters, son-in-laws, and seven grand-children are all present. It is a moving tribute to the bride of his youth.

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Francis surprises, Suzie, his beautiful wife of 35 years, by singing his emotional wedding song, “Suzie, I Won’t Fail You!”, at a Rock church service on their 35th anniversary. Their twin daughters, son-in-laws, and a few grand-children are all present. It is a moving tribute to the bride of his youth.

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Trust is the main event. When we see God in a new way we’re able to face life’s challenges and live a victorious life; as victors, not victims. I want to be more committed to trusting God than clinging to my little idea of what I think should take place in my life.

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This is one of those messages that you can hear and dismiss, or you can hear it and say, “Maybe there’s something to this. Perhaps it’s the filter that I’ve been looking for. Maybe it’s the reason why my days turn out the way they do, and my life’s turning out the way it is.”…

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Have the jolts of disappointment outclassed the successes in your life. At a point of significant failure and setback, Francis had a revelation from God that changed him. It was so contrary to his thinking, that when he first read it, he thought is was a typo. Then, when he realized it wasn’t a mistake,…

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