Francis Crowd Surfing Out At His Retirement 10/7/18

After pastoring The Rock of Roseville church for 21 years, Francis retires a few months shy of his 70th birthday. He invites a packed house of 500 of his friends and family to celebrate. As the evening closes, he surprises everyone, puts the pulpit on its side, and crowd surfs…

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1857 Prayer Meeting Revival

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…

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Mocker Becomes One of Histories Greats – George Whitefield Story

As a boy, he was a self confessed liar, thief, and a gambler, addicted to cursing, foolishness, and fantasy. In his teens, he would mock local preachers, even storming into a church service, trying to break it up. George Whitfield was barely 15 years old when he tended bar for…

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William Booth & the Salvation Army

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…

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The Smartsville Revival

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…

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Leadership Roles That Spearhead Revival

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…

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Joy and Tears in Revival

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…

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Greatest Revival of All Time

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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God Loves America 9/11/01

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…

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The Greatest Survival Story of All Time

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,…

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Eight Old Testament Revivals

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…

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D. L. Moody Rescues Little Girl

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…

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Revivalist Charles Finney’s Salvation

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…

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Francis Sings Wedding Song to Suzie on 40th Anniversary

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 Sings Wedding Song to Suzie on 35th Anniversary

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…

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