Today We Celebrate One of the Greatest Events in History, the Death of Jesus on the Cross

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(John 3:16)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I have recently read a daily devotional that really has disturbed me as it said it is an insult to God for Christians to ask for forgiveness. Because He died for all our sins (previous and future). So if this is true, how can Christians truly repent?

ANSWER: First, you NEVER read that here. Sadly, in the internet age, there is a plethora of people writing online with ZERO theological training. That is why it is critical to know WHO you are reading. What you read is 100% INCORRECT. In 1 John 1,written to Believers, that we ALL sin. Just because we have confessed our sins, asked forgiveness, repented (turned from our sin), we still need to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness daily…since we ALL sin and fall short of the glory of God. The wonderful thing is we have the assurance from God’s Word we will be forgiven.

Today is the day that we celebrate one of the greatest events in human history, the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross!!! Today is truly a day of rejoicing. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, giving His very life as the one-time perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, we can be forgiven of our sins and reunited with our Lord for eternity. So much of what I deal with each day in this Devotional is to help you walk through this short journey here on earth victoriously while allowing God to use your life for His glory. However, we must never forget that this journey is very short and there is an eternity waiting for us when this life is completed.

I want to focus for a few minutes on this most sacred day to that split second when our life on this earth is finished and we are launched into eternity. Do you have the assurance this very moment that when you take your last breath that you will spend eternity in Heaven?

If the answer to that question is anything but a resounding YES, then let me just share this simple truth with you. You see, our God, our Creator so loved this world, so loved His creation, that He sent His Son, His only Son to be part of this world. Jesus had one mission in this life. It wasn’t to be a great teacher, though He was a great teacher. It wasn’t to be a great prophet, though He was a great prophet. It wasn’t to be a great miracle worker, though He did work many great miracles. No my friend, Jesus came to this world to perform only one job…to die!

You see, the reason it was vital for Jesus to be immaculately conceived and born of a virgin was so that He was not infested with the same problem you and I are born into this life with, sin. Otherwise, the best He could have done was to die for His own sins. Jesus lived on this earth for some 33 years before it was time to complete His work. That work was finished on a hill called Calvary and a cross where He hung, and then died as the perfect one-time sacrifice for the sins of this world. That is why whosoever believes in Jesus shall not perish, but is promised everlasting life!!!

Putting our faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved because it was only Jesus who died for our sins. There are no other ways to be saved, no other roads to God, there are no other plans of salvation!!! This is God’s one and only plan to reconcile His fallen creation back to Himself. This is the only way that you can escape eternity apart from the God who created you in His own image. It is through His grace and by your faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9)!!!

There are many incredible mysteries in the Bible. There are many doctrinal issues that will never be fully understood until we reach Glory. But God made the most important decision of this life very easy and simple to understand. He gave every person on earth the very same opportunity to have their sins washed away and be assured of an eternity in Heaven. That is why we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and why we celebrate Good Friday today.

The most important decision you will make in this life is not who you will marry, or where you will live, or what kind of job you will have. The most important decision you will make in this life is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior by faith. If you have not done that yet, the Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation. I would invite you to go to, http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm . Pray to ask God to open your heart, read the words, pray the prayer, and accept today God’s gift to you this Easter season the gift of everlasting life through His son Jesus.

I love you and care about you deeply. For those of you who already know Christ as your Savior, I would encourage you to forward this email to someone that you know who is lost and without hope this Easter. What better gift to give someone than the opportunity to know Jesus as their Savior and God’s free gift of everlasting life when this journey through life is over. I pray that you will take time today to focus on what Jesus did on that cross some 2,000 years ago. Because of His obedience our sins can be forgiven and we can have everlasting life!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Communion

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(1 Corinthians 11:23-34)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what are your thoughts on the “blood moons,” and is there really going to be a cataclysmic event in Israel as several well known pastors are saying will occur because of this?

ANSWER: I did a full Daily Devotional on this last week, here is the link: ( http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5536 ). Last I checked, the first of the 4 “blood moons” occurred very early Tuesday morning. A wonderful cosmic sight, but nothing more. Of course, those who have compromised themselves hyping this cosmic event as something more that that, will claim any big event in Israel over the next two years is because of the “blood moon,” when in fact, there are ALWAYS big events occurring in Israel and the “blood moons” is simply the latest Y2K, Jesus is returning on this date, hype for those who promote it to sell books and DVDs. Please READ the Daily Devotional on this issue to educate yourself and not fall for the hype!

Communion. Today is what is known as Maundy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper. Communion is that wonderful act of remembering the sacrifice Jesus made as He literally gave His life for the sins of all mankind. There has been much confusion and poor teaching about this wonderful time when a follower of Jesus Christ fulfills the command the Lord gave to His followers to remember Him by partaking of the bread and wine, re-enacting that moment He shared with His disciples in the Upper Room during the Last Supper.

When we’re dealing with anything, our final authority in all matters is not “man-made traditions” but the Bible! The primary scripture that deals with communion is found in Paul’s first letter to the Church of Corinth, in the 11th chapter. This passage refers back to the words of Jesus on the night of the Last Supper with His disciples.

On that night, our Lord broke the bread and said, “This is my body which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” After dinner was over, Jesus took the cup and told His disciples, ” This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” You see, Jesus knew what was about to happen. Jesus knew that in just a few hours He would be going to the cross to shed His precious blood and give His life as the one-time, perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.

What Jesus did that night was give all of those who would follow Him a way of remembering His finished work on the cross. This is Easter or Resurrection week. It’s that time of year Believers worldwide will reflect on the great sacrifice Christ made for us. We remember the Last Supper. We remember that time in the Garden of Gethsemane where he would be betrayed by Judas. We remember his trial before Pontius Pilate. We remember how our Lord was beaten, scourged, mocked, spat upon, and eventually nailed to the cross where He hung and died.

The fact is, we need to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us more than just during the Easter season. That is the wonderful thing about communion. It allows us to take time and reflect, to remember the price Jesus paid for our salvation and the greatest event in human history when God raised Him from the dead on that Sunday!!!

One of the controversies regarding communion is how often a Believer should participate in this act of remembrance. Jesus simply said to do it in remembrance of me, and even used the word “often.” The Bible doesn’t give us a specific time period, once a day, once a week, or once a month. It really becomes an issue each Believer needs to pray about and let the Holy Spirit guide you.

Most churches have communion once a month. I know of some churches who observe communion every week. The Roman Catholic church celebrates communion at every mass. Again, there is no Biblical mandate how often to take communion. My personal belief is that every Believer should take communion at least once a month to never go too many days without remembering the price Christ paid for our salvation.

Another controversial issue surrounding communion is who is supposed to take communion. In most churches, everyone present is invited to take communion. That is WRONG! The Bible is very clear regarding who should and should not take communion. Communion is an act of remembrance for those who placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Communion is not something a nonbeliever should participate in. A nonbeliever has no relationship with Christ, so the observance of communion is a meaningless exercise to that person. The bread and wine that represent the body and blood of Christ have no special significance to a person who has not given their heart and life to the Lord.

I’ve had the honor of preaching many times over the years when communion was being served. I make it clear that communion is a time for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ to examine themselves, repent of their sins and ask God to forgive them of their sins before they partake of the bread and wine. One of the reasons I love communion is that it is the perfect opportunity to allow people who aren’t Believers in Christ to accept the Lord as their Savior by faith.

There’s no better time to give people an invitation to know Jesus than at the time of communion! After making the decision to accept the Lord, they can then partake of the bread and wine and understand the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for them when He shed His blood and gave His life for their sins, so that they might be able to receive God’s gift of everlasting life.

Let me share this with you. You don’t have to be in church to take communion. I’ve taken communion dozen of times in my office or at home. I get a cup with some grape juice to represent Christ’s blood. I’ll take some bread to represent His body. I sit down with my Bible and read some of those great passages in the Gospels about Christ’s crucifixion, and I take communion.

You don’t need a pastor or priest to give you Communion! Communion is an act of remembrance for Believers in Jesus Christ. You don’t need a pastor or priest to stick a wafer or piece of bread in your mouth. You don’t need a pastor or priest to give you a cup of wine or grape juice. You can take communion at home, in your office, anywhere. It’s an act of remembrance each follower of Christ was asked by our Lord to do to remember Him!

It is a time for those followers of Jesus Christ to remember the price He paid for our salvation, why we are able to be the recipients of God’s gift of everlasting life. Yes, it’s a great experience when you are with a body of Believers in a church and you walk up and the pastor gives you the bread and the cup. Yes, it’s wonderful to be able to share that experience in a corporate setting with other Believers.

But you can take communion anywhere, and you don’t need a pastor or priest since this is a time for personal reflection. It’s a time of remembrance. That is why you shouldn’t go more than 30 days without taking communion since it a reminder of what our faith is all about. Jesus Christ went to the cross, gave His body as a one-time sacrifice and shed His blood for the remission of sins. That is something every Believer should never forget and taking communion often is important.

Now, let me share one last issue that pretty much is only an issue in the Roman Catholic Church. It’s the man made tradition of transubstantiation where that church erroneously believes that at the time of communion, the wafer is transformed into the literal Body of Christ and the cup of wine is transformed literally into His blood.

So when a Catholic goes to the altar to take communion from the Priest, they believe they are literally partaking of the body and blood of Christ. Again, it is a man made tradition without any Biblical support. The bread or wafer, the wine or juice, are simply SYMBOLS of the body and blood of Christ, not the literal body and blood of Christ!!!

*Note: To all my Roman Catholic friends. I am VERY aware of the attempts to use certain passages of the Bible to support this man made tradition of the RC Church. So please, don’t send me links and cut&paste postings on why this belief is supported by Scripture, since it clearly is not.

I love you and care about you so much. Communion is an act of remembrance every Believer should do on a regular basis. It is an act only Believers are to participate in. Not children. Not the unsaved person you brought to church. Believers! Communion is an act of remembrance. How can a nonbeliever remember something he or she doesn’t believe in?

Unfortunately most pastors absolutely miss this great opportunity to invite people to come to know Jesus before offering communion. There is no better opportunity in the world to invite someone to know Christ than at the time you are extending an invitation to communion. It gives you the perfect opportunity to explain WHY a person needs Jesus.

I pray today that you will not ever let more than 30 days pass without taking communion. I believe it is a very important part of our faith and spiritual journey. It is the foundation of what our faith is all about. I don’t care if you have been saved 10 minutes or 80 years, all followers of Christ need to reflect and remember what our Lord did for us. Even more important, Christ INSTRUCTED US to do this “oft” in remembrance of Him.

For the Christian, communion is a very holy, somber, special time of reflection both on our life and the sacrifice our Lord made for us. May you be strengthened and challenged each time you partake of the bread and wine, remembering that Jesus gave His very life for us, so how can we do anything less for Him?

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Did You Know that the Masses are Still Calling for Barabbas Over Jesus Today?

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(Mark 6:6-15, Romans 11:2-5)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and so much media coverage surrounding this horrific act of terror, why haven’t you ever mentioned it at all?

ANSWER: Actually, you are wrong. I DID devote an entire Daily Devotional to the event when it happened. Here is the link to that Devotional ( http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5144 )However, I am disgusted that in all the coverage, no media outlet has the guts to tell the truth that this is how Islam has operated around the world for the 1400 yrs it has existed. I am equally disgusted that as sad as it was for those 3 innocent people to lose their life on that day, the media refuses to acknowledge the apx. 4,000 innocent babies murdered in this nation EVERY 24 hours, WITH MUCH OF THAT SAME MEDIA ADVOCATING FOR, PROMOTING, AND CHEERLEADING FOR THIS ACT OF INFANTICIDE!!!

Did you know that the masses are still calling for Barabbas over Jesus today? As we approach the coming special days ahead, we will read some of those great passages in the Bible about the events of what we now call Palm Sunday through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus. One of the events that took place soon after Jesus was seized by the Romans was Pilate allowing the masses to vote for either Jesus or a criminal named Barabbas to be released as was custom during the Passover.

Pilate felt certain the people would ask for Jesus to be released, thus allowing him to escape being used by the Jewish religious leaders to put Jesus to death. After all, the crime Jesus was guilty of was stating that He was God, a non-violent theological debate that he really wanted no part of. Barabbas on the other hand was a violent revolutionary working to overthrow Rome. However, when Pilate gave the people their choice, Jesus or Barabbas, they cried out for Barrabas!

My friend, whether you understand this or not, the people today are still crying out for Barabbas. They have rejected Christ, His Truth, and in open rebellion to Almighty God are calling for sin so they can live in opposition to God and His Truth. Our society today has chosen to promote the agenda of satan while rejecting Christ and the Truth of God’s Word.

I can’t even begin to tell you how heavy my heart has been about this nation, the world we live in, and so many people dying every day and spending eternity in hell. The fact is, this nation and world could be looking forward each day to God’s blessings, instead of awaiting His soon coming wrath and judgment. So many people die each day and end up in hell, when many of them would have accepted Jesus as their Savior and been spending eternity in Heaven if someone had only told them how to be saved. I have spent much of the past 6 years on my face before the Lord, asking for His guidance in fulfilling the ultimate plan and purpose for His work here at Liveprayer

In the Bible, we read about the REMNANT. No matter how evil and wicked the children of Israel became, God always had a remnant of the faithful who refused to bow their knee to Baal. Throughout the ages, God has always had a remnant. Despite the spiritual freefall this nation is in due to its’ gross sin and wickedness, God still has a remnant today who refuses to bow down to the false gods and idols of this world, and have remained faithful to the Lord.

In the Bible, we read about the religious institutions that became corrupt, were mostly about money, had become part of the spiritually bankrupt culture due to compromise and worldly motivations, and their leaders who lived a life of luxury off of the sacrifce of the people they were supposed to be guiding spiritually. Isn’t it amazing that in the year 2014 nothing has really changed? Most mainline denominations have bought into the perverted liberal theology of the day that accepts many sins and opposes Biblical Truth. They have embraced ecumenicalism, laying aside the absolutes of the Bible to fellowship with the cults and false religions of the world.

Other churches have bought into the man-made marketing plans of our day like the seeker movement, the purpose driven church, the emerging church, and the prosperity gospel. So called Christian leaders sell out the Gospel for their own benefits. Many preachers think they are celebrities and use the sacrifices of the people they minister to to live like the ruler of a small nation. Is it any wonder why our nation is in spritual freefall when the very institution God created to lead our culture and the people to the Lord, has allowed itself to become part of this sinful and rebellious landscape?

Sadly, in the Bible, other than the prophet warning the people, the remnant was quiet never heard from until AFTER God’s wrath and punishment rained down upon the children of Israel. It was ultimately the remnant that led their nation back to God and His Truth during that time of punishment, and helped re-establish the worship of Almighty God and following His Truth in the aftermath.

I don’t believe that the remnant needs to remain silent and sit back while our nation experiences the wrath and judgment of Almighty God. I believe that if the remnant will rise up with one voice, we can see God’s hand of judgment stayed for a season. However, we have no time left. As I told you in November of 2007 years ago, we would see God’s wrath and judgment begin to fall on our nation very visibly starting in 2008, and we have. Believe me when I tell you the current economic crisis has only just begun. We have a true enemy of God leading our nation as President. This is only the start of God’s judgment on this land. We must act now!

This can not be a movement led by a mere man of flesh and blood, but must be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Works of men are little more than fiefdoms, and we already have thousands of them in Christendom which is a major reason why the church has virtually no influence over our culture. This has got to be a movement of the remnant, God’s true and faithful followers. Those in the remnant refuse to bow their knee to the gods of this world, their goals and desires are heavenly and not earthly, and they seek to use their God-given gifts and talents to serve and glorify Him.

As for Liveprayer, God has uniquely positioned this end-days ministry to be a catalyst to rally and lead His remnant, to sound the trump of warning, in the marketplace and help guide His remnant to lead this nation back to God and His Truth for a season. It is amazing what God can do with only a few who are completely and unconditionally sold out to Him! In just 15 years, Liveprayer, one small work of God operated out of the back of a used car lot, has literally impacted tens of millions of lives worldwide through the Internet and secular media, responded to over 100 million emails for prayer, have over 8 million praise reports archived, and seen over 800,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Liveprayer has refused to get involved in the politics the big-time Christian ministries become ensnared in, stayed true to our mission to reach out to the lost and hurting masses in the marketplace despite knowing the road to comfort and prosperity in the minsitry is paved through the Christian media, and has never compromised the Gospel and God’s Truth found in the Bible regardless the personal consequences to myself or that it caused many key donors to stop supporting God’s work here. When I die it is God, no man, who I will stand before, just like you and every other man will!

Today, I am looking for just 7,000 who refuse to bow their knee to Baal and will go to their death faithfully serving the Lord. We have set up a special web page for “The Remnant” at: http://www.liveprayer.com/remnant.cfm . Please take a minute and go there, read what being part of the remnant means, and take your stand with others who over the years have committed to be one of the 7,000 who will make up the remnant in these last days!

The fact is, every person has gifts and talents God has bestowed upon them. Some have more than others, but everyone has something God has blessed them to be able to do. It is time for the remnant to rise up where God has planted you and take your stand for Him! Where you live, where you work or go to school, where you shop, where you recreate, none of that is by accident. God has placed you in strategic places in these last days to be His voice. Pray, seek the face of the Lord, ask Him for courage and boldness, and use your life to serve and glorify Him as He opens the doors, while without shame proclaiming to all he brings into your life that Jesus is their only hope and only answer!

I am also asking those 7,000 who become part of the remnant to pray about making a sacrifce of $300 between now and the end of March to God’s work here at Liveprayer. God has opened the doors for Liveprayer to have a visible and prominent voice in the mainstream media. It is a needed and critical voice that will give one voice to all in the remnant as we take on the lies of satan and stand for Biblical Truth in the marketplace, something NOBODY is doing on a national secular media stage. Again, having a strong unified voice is the key for the remnant to be successful in helping to turn this nation back to God and His Truth while leading lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. It will be the sacrifce of those in the remnant, the sacrifce of their time, talent, and treasure, that will give us the tools we need to see victory!

I love you and care about you so much. While this nation calls for Barabbas, there is still a faithful remnant calling for Jesus! There is NO EXCUSE we still slaughter 4,000 babies in this nation every day. There is NO EXCUSE we have men marrying men and women marrying women in this nation. The is NO EXCUSE for the proliferation of porn and gambling. There is NO EXCUSE that the media puts out the unfiltered garbage it does 24/7. THERE IS NO EXCUSE THAT SATAN IS ABLE TO INFLUENCE THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE MASSES 24/7 WITHOUT ANY OPPOSITION!

Today, I echo the challenge Elijah issued to the people of his day on Mt. Carmel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Here is the reality of where we are at today. We have forsaken God for the false gods and idols of the world. The leader of our nation is no friend of God. The economy is not going to get better anytime soon, it is going to get worse. The heart of our society, marriage and the family, has been decimated. We are in all out rebellion to God and evil operates virtually unopposed throughout this nation and world. Our nation and this world is overdue the wrath and judgment of God for our gross wickedness. Now is the hour for the remnant to rise up and be heard before it is too late. Our time is up and we are currently operating on God’s grace and mercy at this point.

THE FACT IS, WE CAN SEE POSITIVE MOVEMENT IN THE SPIRITUAL COURSE OF THIS NATION, A TRUE CHANGE IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF THIS NATION IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WE HAVE THE TOOLS, GOD HAS THE PEOPLE (HIS REMNANT), AND THE FUNDS NECESSARY ARE MINISCULE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT THE WORLD SPENDS TO LEAD SOULS TO HELL. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO STAND FOR THE LORD AS THE REMNANT HAS ALWAYS STOOD. MAY HISTORY SHOW WE WERE FAITHFUL!

LIVEPRAYER WILL LEAD THE REMNANT AND ESTABLISH OUR POWERFUL VOICE FOR GOD’S TRUTH IN THE MARKETPLACE TO CALL OUR NATION AND THE WORLD TO REPENTANCE AND THE LOST TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. IT WILL BECOME A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE TRUE REMNANT AND MOBILIZE THE FAITHFUL TO WIN VICTORIES OVER THE SOCIAL ISSUES OF OUR DAY AND LEAD THE LOST TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! TIME IS RUNNING OUT, THE HOUR IS UPON US, IT IS TIME TO ACT AND ACT DECISIVELY!!! WILL YOU BE PART OF GOD’S REMNANT???

My question for you today is simply this. Who will you call for, Barabbas or Jesus? To call for Jesus and take your stand with others who have made the commitment to the Lord as part of “The Remnant,” go to:
http://www.liveprayer.com/remnant.cfm

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

God’s Wrath Upon this Nation is Imminent

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(1 Timothy 4:13,16, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2 Timothy 2:15, Titus 2:1, 10, Jude 3, Mark 16:15)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I heard this week about a new “church” in Atlanta called the “National Church of Bey.” It is a “church” that worships the singer Beyonce. Is this a sign that the end is near?

ANSWER: Anyone reading the Biblical passages detailing the signs of the “last days,” knows we are clearly living in the last days! Sadly, men have bowed to worship other men and women since virtually the beginning of human history 6,000 years ago. So as blasphemous as it is, it is nothing new. Unfortunately, Beyonce has yet to denounce this “church, ” while her husband Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, is publicly supporting a black supremacist group known as the “Five Percenters,” also called the “white devils.”

While this nation, more critical the Christian community, continues to be distracted, God’s judgment is falling and His ultimate wrath and punishment upon this nation is imminent! Two weeks ago today I shared a powerful warning and wake-up call to Christians who as a whole are so spiritually weak and Biblically illiterate due to 4 decades of a declining church. The decline of the church is because of its’ compromise of the Scriptures and gutless pastors who have lost all vision for training and quipping the saints and reaching the lost and hurting with the Gospel! Granted not all churches and pastors, but the VAST MAJORITY, especially an overwhelming percentage of those who have been blessed with a large platform but choose to use it to build their own kingdom instead of God’s!!!

If you missed that critical word, please read it at:
http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5529

What are the latest distractions occupying the little time most Christians pay attention to spiritual things? Wasting precious time and effort on the most recent Christian hype designed to separate you from your money, the “blood moons,” satan “masquerading as an angel of light” in the form of satanic cult member Glenn Beck, and the latest book about a person who “died” and claims to have gone to heaven/hell that has been made into a movie coming out this week to coincide with the Easter holiday.

As I am writing this Devotional late Monday (4/14) afternoon, 10 hours before the first of 4 “blood moons” over the next two years, San Antonio pastor and Christian TV “star” John Hagee is all over the media. Hagee is not offering help to the hurting through prayer or sharing the Gospel message so those who have denied faith in Jesus have the opportunity to escape an etenrity in hell, but is doing what all Christian “stars” do…HYPING AN OBSCURE PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE TO SELL BOOKS!!!

Last week I warned you about the “blood moon” hype,” using passages of the Bible out of context to get people to buy a book or DVD. If you missed it, please read it at: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5536

Hagee smells HUGE DOLLARS and is all in on this one, putting himself in the company of those like Family Radio’s Harold Camping. Unlike Camping who claimed to know something only God knows, the exact date when Jesus will return, Hagee will have two full years to take every event that occurs in the world and claim it is because of the “blood moons!” Of course, this issue really concerns a major event in Israel, and I challenge you to go online daily and read any of the Israeli newspapers, since major events happen in Israel ALL THE TIME!!!

Like those who waited over and over throughout the years for Jesus to return on a specific date, those looking for a worldwide catastrophe on Y2K, in addition to all of the other warnings Bible prophecy preachers issue on a regular basis in order to sell their latest book or DVD, nothing will be happening because of the “blood moons” other than Hagee and others exploiting this cosmic wonder pocketing millions of dollars for his newest mansion, private jet, or Bentley for his son. That money, of course, will come from hyping people who will buy his books, give to his ministry, all because on his “predictions” that make him little more than a “Christian fortune teller!”

Glenn Beck, the cult member Hagee sold out the faith for years ago like a modern day Judas to help perpetuate Beck’s lie he is a Christian in order to make millions of dollars off of Biblically illiterate Christians, has now taken the mask off. How many Christians who give Beck money for ANYTHING, know that virtually everything he promotes has a MORMON tie? This Millennial Choir he has been hyping was founded by and is generating huge profits for…MORMONS. Most of his advertisers like Ancestry.com, the books he promotes (other than those from high-profile Christians who lie that Beck is a Christian so they can sell their books to his audience) such as author Chris Stuart…are MORMONS!

Cliven Bundy, the rancher who had the run-in this past week with the BLM…is a MORMON. Beck had to massage Bundy’s story during the two hours he was on Beck’s radio program Monday in order for Beck to re-write the fact that there were armed militia who had come from many different states preparing to have a shoot-out with the government agents. It was obvious the government agents were also ready for a shoot-out since they had a large contingent of armed agents along with snipers, commenting that the militia better have made their “funeral plans.” It was only after news surfaced Senate Majority Leader… MORMON Harry Reid was involved in the attempt to take Bundy’s land due to a solar field deal he had with the Chinese, that the Federal Government backed down!

I have warned people about this tool of satan Glenn Beck for nearly a decade, LONG before most ever heard of him, just like for over a decade I have tried to warn people about the advancement of the radical homosexual agenda and gay marriage, Oprah, cotton-candy Joel and the rest of the compromisers like Warren and the Christian TV’s prosperity pimps, WITH ALL WARNINGS TURNING OUT TO BE 100% EXACTLY AS I WARNED!

Beck has finally taken off his mask as he read on his national radio program Monday from the Mormon cult’s Doctrine and Covenants! The con-artist, racist, pedophile, polygamist, murdering founder of Beck’s satanic cult, Joey Smith, wrote the Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants, the three writings that Beck and his fellow cult members believe supercede what they believe is a flawed and incomplete book…THE BIBLE!!!

The last current distraction is the release this week of the movie, “Heaven in Real,” made from the book of the same title that has sold over 12 million copies since it came out in 2006. “Heaven is Real” is the latest book from someone who “died” and claims to have visited Heaven or Hell before they came back to life. This book and now movie, has drawn much attention since the person who “died” was Colton Burpo, at the time the 4-year-old son of a Nebraska pastor, Todd Burpo.

The movie coming out this week was produced by trinity-denier, senior pastor of Dallas’ The Potters House TD Jakes, who has been involved in many Hollywood projects over the years. The book’s main writer was Lynn Vincent, a best-selling author who works at the New York Times. Colton’s father compiled his son’s account of Heaven over several YEARS, and embellished the account as time went on.

The Bible clearly says in Ecclesiastes 9:5 that the dead no longer have part of this life any longer. I am not going to take the time to go detail by detail of what young Burpo claims and refute it Biblically. However, if you read the accounts of these various people like Burpo who claim to have “died” and went to Heaven or Hell, you can find contradiction after contradiction to the little we know of Heaven and Hell from what the Bible teaches, which is OUR FINAL AUTHORITY IN ALL MATTERS!!!

I have dealt with these “visions” of Heaven and Hell from people who have “died” in the past. The fact is, NONE OF THEM WERE EVER REALLY DEAD! Until your brain stops functioning, you are not dead!!! In NONE of these various books about going to Heaven of Hell did the author EVER become “brain dead!” The fact is, our finite minds that we currently possess have NO ABILITY to comprehend or remotely put into words what Heaven and Hell will be like since we will be in a totally different state of existence once this life is over!!!

I love and care about you so much. Please save the emails asking me why I have to rain on everyone’s parade and can’t just “get along.” THAT IS THE PROBLEM! Too many pastors and supposed Christian leaders are more interested in “getting along” than attacking the issues that are leading this nation to receive God’s wrath and judgment, since it makes it easier for people to like you and of course, TO RAISE MONEY! I refuse to live in fantasy land like everything is OK as long as the money is rolling in, which is sadly the measuring stick most churches and ministries use, when I see this nation in spiritual freefall and OVERDUE the wrath and judgment of God!

Paul was constantly battling the false teachings and doctrines that crept into the early church. PLEASE READ ALL OF THE ANCHOR VERSES FOR TODAY!!! The early church had to deal with the religious con-artists of their day looking to cash in on the Gospel and the power of God, such as Simon the Magician in the Book of Acts, just like we have to deal with those same types of people today! In their drive for money, we have people today who easily distract Christians from the hard spiritual issues of our day that must be dealt with if we are to escape the wrath and judgment of Almighty God.

Over 22 yrs of ministry, 15 years of Liveprayer.com and 10 years of Liveprayer TV, I have kept my eyes focused on the prize and refuse to fall for the never-ending distractions that have sidetracked so many pastors and Christian leaders, and thus Christians! Trust me, it is easier to focus on the latest “shiny thing,” than the hard work of reaching the lost and hurting, ministering to their needs, sharing the Gospel message to give those without Jesus a chance to be saved, and helping to bring God’s people together as one to lead this nation back to Him and His Truth. That has been my every heartbeat and breath for the past 7 years, and with Liveprayer.com and Liveprayer TV fully in place, NOW is our time to act before it is too late!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Why a Christian Should Celebrate Easter (Resurrection Day)

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(Matthew 28:1-8)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, our family is down sizing our home and purchasing a smaller one. Do we tithe on the sale of our house or the difference between the two or what?

ANSWER: Giving is NOT a formula since 100% of what we have is God’s, entrusted to us for this season of life to be good stewards over. You should pray, seek the Lord what HE wants you to tithe on these transactions, let the Holy Spirit guide you, and than be obedient as you give your gift with joy, a heart of thanksgiving, and as an act of worship!

Every year at this time, I get inundated with emails that read like doctrinal dissertations on why a Christian should NOT celebrate Easter. They mostly come from cults, but also from some Christian groups, primarily Messianic congregations that in recent years have been hijacked by Gentiles and preach and teach a very legalistic doctrine focused solely on the Old Testament. For the record, Passover is a Jewish Feast and NOT a Christian celebration. Jesus became the “perfect one-time sacrifice” for the sins of mankind.

These groups make arguments about the pagan roots of Easter, the evils of Easter eggs, the satanic nature of the Easter bunny, and many other reasons why a Christian should not celebrate Easter. To those people I have only one thing to say, “You have sadly missed the point of this special time of year!!!”

Listen, everyone knows that the word Easter is not in the Bible (actually Easter is in the KJV, but is an incorrect translation of the Greek word that should say Passover) and originates from the pagan goddess Eostre. Do we stop using the names for the days of the week and months of the year because they also have pagan roots?

I have yet to meet anyone who worshiped an Easter egg, only ate them. If you are old enough to be able to read this, you are old enough to know that there is no Easter Bunny. These are simply symbols that the world uses in regard to this holiday. There is only ONE REASON a Christian celebrates Easter, and that is to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

One easy solution to those offended by the word “Easter” is to simply call Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day!

Christians SHOULD celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! It is right and good that we take time each year to remember this blessed event. It is a well-documented, historical event chronicled in all four Gospels and supported by the historians of that day. It is easily the GREATEST EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY! Think about it. God Himself, the Creator of the heavens and earth, came to this earth as a mere man to live with His creation.

He came as a baby, born of a virgin in a humble manger in an obscure little town. He would grow up to die on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. Three days after His death, God would raise Him from the dead as a sign to this lost and unbelieving world that He was exactly who He claimed to be-the SON OF GOD!!! His life would literally transform the lives of every man, woman, and child for the rest of human history. THAT is why we celebrate Easter. THAT is why, as Christians, we MUST celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that most people who say not to celebrate Easter mean well and are trying to live their lives in a way pleasing and acceptable to God. But they have missed the point of Easter. Easter is about only one thing, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus.

It is one of those times of the year that we gather with family and friends and share our faith in Christ. Easter is also VERY BIBLICAL. All four Gospels gives us the account of the very first Easter. Now, some 2,000 years later, we will set aside time this Sunday to celebrate the day that God raised our Lord from the dead.

I pray today that you will never forget what Easter is really about and why we celebrate this day. Of course, anything that the world gets involved with becomes perverted. The world has taken this sacred time of the year and turned it into a time of commerce. We must never allow ourselves to get so caught up in the commercialism of the Easter season, to forget what it is about . . . a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. THAT is what Easter is really about, and THAT is why, as Christians, we MUST celebrate the greatest event in human history!

Prepare to have a most blessed and special Resurrection Day this coming Sunday!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

During Easter Everyone Who Professes to Believe in God Goes to Church

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(Hebrews 10:25)

***ASK BILL: I am saved, and I know that I know I am going to Heaven when God says it is time. However, what is this intimate walk with God, and what is this relationship concept?

ANSWER: The intimate walk with God is our daily relationship with the Lord. That happens through reading the Word, praying, and simply fellowshipping with the Lord throughout the day. Our relationship with the Lord is like any other. The more time we invest in that relationship, the stronger it gets, the more special it becomes. If we truly love the Lord, we desire to simply be with Him like we desire to be with anyone else we love in this life.

During the upcoming Easter season, it is one of the two times a year that almost everyone who even professes to believe in God goes to church. Of course, the other is Christmas. I thought that this would give me an opportunity to address something that I deal with in the prayer requests I receive daily here at Liveprayer, and that is, how important it is to go to church. Not just on the special holidays, but to be actually part of a fellowship of believers all year long.

Let me make this point perfectly clear up front. Going to church and belonging to a body of believers IS NOT AN OPTION. Read today’s scripture from Hebrews. This is God telling you NOT to stop meeting together. Even in the early church this had become a problem. Never forget my friend, the church is NOT a man-made idea, it is a God-made idea. This is another way God has provided for His children to remain strong, and live productive, victorious lives. Trust me, over my years in ministry I have heard every rationale for not going to church that there is and the only one that is valid is when you are physically unable to attend. By the way, sleeping in does not count as physically unable to attend. Not going to church is living in rebellion to God’s will for your life.

The reason God has made this part of our life with Him is, to stay on track. So, there are several basic things that we MUST do. We MUST pray and we MUST read the Bible every day. We also MUST be part of a fellowship because it is in that fellowship we are spiritually fed and nurtured. It is in that fellowship we make friends with other believers. It is in that fellowship we usually find ways to serve the Lord. It is in that fellowship we grow spiritually!!!

Before you say it, let me. There is not, never has been, and never will be a perfect church because a church is made up of imperfect people from the pastor on down. That is a fact. For those of you looking for a church home, the best advice that I can give you is to pray, find a place where the Word of God is preached in an uncompromising way, and find a place that is not operating in contradiction to the Bible (example: A church that promotes an unscriptural lifestyle such as homosexuality or a church that does not accept the basic tenets of faith such as the virgin birth, who Jesus is, and the work on the cross). Find a place where you feel that you can grow spiritually as well as serve the Lord.

I have found that after preaching in over 500 churches of every denomination, that the key to a great church is the shepherd, the pastor. I have so much respect for those God has called to be pastors. I honestly prayed that God would never call me to pastor a church. It is one of the most difficult jobs in the Kingdom. However, it is important to find a true shepherd as described in John Chapter 10.

I am praying today that during this Easter season, you will come under great conviction about becoming part of a fellowship if you are not already. It is important to your life and relationship with the Lord. You will never grow spiritually without this being part of your life. It is impossible. It is also a reason that many are struggling in their life. I realize that some of you have been hurt in the past by a church. DO NOT let your past experiences get in the way. That is a ploy of satan who wants you out there all alone so that you are an easy target. There is safety in numbers.

As I normally do, I am going to let you pray about this. One thing that I realized early in my ministry is that I cannot force someone to do anything. God didn’t make us that way. He gave us the free will to make our own decisions. My job is to tell you what the Word says, what God wants from your life, and how you can become all that He has raised you up to be. Like in everything, there are basics. Without doing the basics, it just doesn’t work. Going to church and being part of a local fellowship are just two of the basics that is critical to your spiritual health. I am praying in earnest that this message is finding fertile ground in the hearts that need to hear these words today. Make it a part of your life not just on Christmas and Easter but part of each week.

I love you and care about you so much. I am praying for you and trusting God that those who are not a part of a church, will make that commitment today. Remember, it is not an option but something that God requires. If you need a church home, let me encourage you to become part of the LivePrayer Church. In just a few months, it has become the world’s online cathedral, with over 10,000 joining our service each week. Each week the service is posted at 12:01 EDT and is up all week so you can worship on whatever day, whatever time is convenient to you.

For our special PALM SUNDAY service and message, you can access the LivePrayer Church by going to: http://www.liveprayerchurch.com

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Babies – A Precious Gift from God

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(Genesis 33:5; Psalms 127:3; Proverbs 17:6; Deuteronomy 6:7)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I heard the Israelites are building bomb shelters and getting gas masks. Should we here in the US worry about this and do the same?

ANSWER: Sadly, Israel has always had to be prepared for war since the country is surrounded by those who would love to see it wiped off the face of the earth. I don’t see any scenario where we have to be taking such precautions, since our demise will come without any foreign armies ever firing a shot or stepping on US soil. If we don’t repent and turn back to God and His Truth, God’s wrath and judgment will continue to rain down upon us.

While death is a sad part of this human experience we all have to deal with throughout our journey and one day face ourselves, today I want to deal with the other end of that spectrum, when life begins. One of the great joys I have each day is receiving emails from people excited that they are going to have a child. It is one of those special moments in a person’s life that crescendos less than a year later with the birth of that precious baby. It has been an honor and privilege to pray for so many babies still in the womb and in a few months receive a picture of one of those babies that is truly a gift from God.

Having a child is one of the greatest responsibilities a person has during this lifetime. Raising that child is without a doubt the most important ministry a parent will ever have. The Bible claims in 1 Timothy 5:8 that if you don’t take care of your relatives, especially those in your family you have denied the faith and are worse than an infidel or unbeliever. There are no exceptions to this verse. It doesn’t say, unless you are a pastor. It doesn’t say, unless you are the head of a major company. It doesn’t say, unless you are too busy helping other people. The Word of God is clear that the number one responsibility of a parent is to your family after your rleationship with the Lord. EVERYTHING else in your life is is less important.

I want every parent to take a moment right now, pray, and ask God if your spouse and children are truly the number one priority in your life after your relationship with Christ. If not, NOW is the time to make whatever changes that need to be made to insure they are!

For every man and woman that is reading this today that is expecting a child, I want to encourage you to start praying over your child even now while that baby is still in the womb. Pray health over your baby. Pray protection over your baby. Pray God’s blessings over your baby. Pray that your baby will have a heart that yearns for Jesus. Even after that baby is born, you need to be praying over your baby everyday. God has entrusted this life into your care. Prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God. Never in your life will you be more tested and more dependant upon the Lord than in raising your child.

As your child begins to get older, teaching that child how to pray, reading the Word of God to your child, making sure your child is in church every week, are all ways to follow God’s Word and raise that child in the admonition of the Lord. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAISING YOUR CHILD IN THE FAITH AND WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” The greatest thing you will ever do for your child is to lay a foundation of faith in Christ and God’s Word in their life!

Listen moms and dads. As your child gets older they will begin to make their own decisions. At some point, you won’t be able to make their choices for them. That is why laying that foundation of faith is so critical. Let me make sure you understand something. You are NOT responsible for the decisions they make. Just like your mother and father were not responsible for the decisions you made, you are not responsible for the decisions your children will make.

That is why those early years are so critical, since what they learn in those early years will help to shape the choices they make as they get older. Know that even if they turn from the Lord at some point, when times get difficult it is that spiritual foundation you helped lay in their life that will sustain them. Just like the prodigal son made some horrible decisions, when he hit rock bottom he knew to “go home” to his father.

Let me speak for a minute directly to those who have had the pain of losing a child before you were able to give birth, as well as those who have had a baby or child die. Let me remind you the Bible tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. That means each day is a gift from God whether we are in the womb, 2 months old, 5 years old, 15, 40, or 90 years old. We will never fully understand why God chooses to allow someone to die when they do.

However, the greatest desire and goal of any parent should be for their child to know Christ as their Savior and have the assurance of everlasting life. For those who have lost a baby in the womb or a baby or young child, you can be assured that your baby or child is forever with the Lord. The only thing that will send a person to hell is rejecting Christ as their Savior and since your baby or child never had that opportunity, they are with the Lord for eternity.

Also, I know that many of you are in tears today because you so desperately want a child and for reasons only God knows, you have not been able to conceive. Again, why your prayers have not been answered is something only God knows for certain, but let me encourage you to continue to pray for a child, knowing that with God ALL things are possible.

We have too many testimonies both from God’s Word and from so many people of how God allowed them to conceive later in life after many years of not having any children. Also, never forget that God may have a special calling on your life to be a mom or dad to a child by adoption. There are so many children who have been given up for adoption who need Godly parents, and God may be calling you to have a child by adoption.

I love you and care about you so much. There is nothing more exciting in life than finding out that you are going to have a child, going through those months of preparing for the birth of your child, and then that incredible day you will never forget as long as you live when your baby is born. Of course, that is also the start of the most important job you will ever have in this life, raising your child. Let me close today with a special prayer of blessing for your baby, whether this baby is still in the womb or recently born, and for you to be the Godly parents God has called you to be.

“Father, I pray today for those precious babies who are still in the womb. I pray oh Lord that you will touch these precious lives and make their bodies healthy, their minds sharp, and their hearts tender towards the Lord. I pray oh Lord that you will bring forth these precious babies from the womb in your perfect timing and that these babies will grow and mature into mighty men and women of God should Jesus tarry in His return. For those babies and children, I pray oh Lord that you will protect them from the evils of this dark world. I pray oh Lord that they will be raised in the admonition of the Lord, in the strength of your Word, and become great men and women of God to lead your people in these last days. Father, I lift up the moms and dads of these children. Give them your strength, your wisdom, your discernment as they raise their children in the ways of the Lord. I pray oh Lord that you will guide them and help them to be the Godly moms and dads to their children you have called them to be. Bless their homes oh Lord, let the Sprit of the living God be present and make their home and lives great beacons of light in this lost and dying world I pray blessings on these babies and children, blessings on these moms and dads in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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