Taking God’s Truth to the Lost

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(Isaiah 55:11)

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

Taking God’s Truth to the lost. Last June, I did a 30 minute interview on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” the highest rated radio program in the Tampa market ( 11 radio market in the nation). I am certain most people have never heard of the man born Todd Clem, who legally changed his name to Bubba the Love Sponge years ago as he gained notoriety as a shock jock in the mold of Howard Stern. Like Stern, Bubba was a major player in the world of radio, working for numerous stations in major markets like Chicago, Orlando and Tampa, syndicating his programs over the years on stations all over the country.

Also like Stern, he was eventually fired for his outrageous stunts and crossing the FCC line regarding filthy language and ended up on Howard’s Sirius satellite radio channel. In addition to his program on Sirius, Bubba was recently was hired to do a morning program in Tampa that within months has become the highest rated radio program in the market. Sex, filth, and appealing to the lowest common denominator attracts an audience and sells.

The fact is, at the end of the year 2008 with the major percentage of two full generations having never gone to church, in a culture that has rejected Biblical Truth, the Sterns and Bubbas of the world are having more success than ever with their vile x-rated formats. What was once programming for a niche market has sadly become programming to the mainstream. Even with the FCC still in place, what was once looked at as outrageous and graphic is now considered normative. The fact is, what shock jocks used to do to get attention is now considered tame. There is a whole new generation of listeners who have grown up with in-your-face sexuality and every kind of debauchery that makes the radio shtick of someone like Bubba actually appeal to a large audience.

Not much surprises me any more, so I wasn’t shocked at the number of people who chastised and lambasted me for going on Bubba’s radio program, just like they did last year when I was on with Stern. I was told not to cast my pearls before swine, that I had no business being on such a vile and filthy program, that I was wasting my time talking to a man who has cast his lot with satan, that I would only embarrass Christ by associating with such a person, and on and on. These are the same people who still don’t understand why all I do on the Internet and through broadcasting is geared to reach the lost and hurting masses outside the four walls of the church.

What these people forget or never understood in the first place, is that it is to the Sterns and Bubbas of the world and those who listen to them that we have been COMMANDED to take the Gospel. These are the very people God has called us to reach out to with His Truth and the hope of Jesus Christ. What these people with no vision also never understood is that while I was happy to get a chance to witness to Bubba, his on-air cohorts, and the behind the scenes production team, it was his listeners I was looking to reach!

Let me be very blunt with you. I would rather have 30 minutes on Bubba’s program or Stern’s program, reaching their listeners, than preach to a stadium or arena full of people bussed in by the local churches. I am just being honest with you. The people in that stadium or arena will love the message I bring, give a great offering, and buy whatever resources I sell. In appearing with Bubba, the message and me personally will be ridiculed and scorned, there is certainly nobody who is going to give us any money, but it is to THOSE lost and hurting masses living without Christ and heading for the fires of hell that I live to reach each day!

I had no illusions about what the interview would be like, the filthy and very personal nature it would take, the foul language, since that is what Bubba’s program is all about. He has made millions of dollars by appealing to the lowest common denominator in men and women, reducing everything to sex. His program is about glorifying lives in complete rebellion to God and His Word. My conversation with Bubba and his on-air cohorts was actually like the typical call I get every night on the Liveprayer TV program. Bubba and his people, the vast majority who listen to him, are simply people who live their lives void of God’s Truth since that would force them to be accountable to God and live by a higher standard.

PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYONE, NOR DO THEY WANT TO BE TOLD HOW TO LIVE!

It will be instructive for many in the Liveprayer family to hear this interview. After much prayer, I purposely did not edit the interview, leaving the coarse language in since people need to hear what much of the world finds acceptable conversation. There are too many who live sheltered lives, without fully comprehending that there are more people who believe like Bubba than believe like they do!

In dealing every day with the lost and hurting outside the four walls of the church, people who love the Lord must understand this is where the vast majority of people in this nation and around the world live their lives. They barely acknowledge, if at all, the existence of Gold. They thoroughly reject the Absolute Truth of Gods’ Word. The fact is, everyone has a family member, friend, or co-worker like this. Because they have rejected God’s Word they also have rejected Jesus Christ and whether they understand it or not, are gong to die one day and spend eternity in hell!

***LISTEN TO MY 30 MIN. INTERVIEW WITH “BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE” AT: http://www.liveprayer.com/bubba.cfm

This is why I preach to you all the time that we MUST get out of the comfort zone of our churches, quit doing nothing but preaching to ourselves, and get bold and aggressive in taking the message of Christ’s love to these lost and hurting masses. Bubba takes his message of debauchery and rebellion to God to the masses every day. He has no shame, no fear, and is bold and aggressive in marketing his rebellion to God while influencing millions of lives to also live in rebellion to God and His Truth.

*I ask you this question often. If a person who serves satan like Bubba can lead the masses to hell, why can’t those of us who serve God lead those same masses to an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ? The answer is simple. Bubba stops at nothing to reach the masses with his lies, while we do nothing to reach those same masses with the Truth! Pray about that statement today!!!

I love you and care about you so much. In the 48 hours after appearing on Bubba’s program, we received a little over 300 emails from his listeners. 40% were from people who agreed with Bubba’s worldview and sent in profanity laden, hate-filled rhetoric emails . However, the other 60% were people legitimately reaching out for prayer and help. They were hurting, dealing with the problems of life, and very appreciative someone was there to pray for them and give them a word of hope and encouragement. When people are hurting, going thru a difficult time, that is when they are open to prayer and open to the Gospel. That is why just being there and available is so critical.

That June morning, tens of thousands of people heard God’s Truth and the fact Jesus loves them and He is the only way to be saved. Pray for them as the seeds have been planted in their lives that there is hope and answers if they will turn to the Lord. Please pray for Bubba, his on-air cohorts, the people who work behind the scenes on his program. The same Jesus who died for you and me, died for them as well. Bubba the Love Sponge may be a radio icon to his listeners for the few years he is alive, but he will sadly find out when he dies there is only one Savior, His name is Jesus, and He is the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD!!!

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

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Let Me Share Some Insights with You that I have Found to be True in My Life

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(Deuteronomy 29:9; 2 Chronicles 31:21)

Let me share some insights with you that I have found to be true in my life and I am sure you have found in your own life. It is in our failures that we learn life’s most important lessons and grow. Nobody wants to fail, but the only person who has never failed is someone who has never tried. Failure is part of life. It is something we all have to experience from time to time. The key, however, is how do you respond when you fail? How do you respond when life doesn’t go as you planned?

Winning, losing, succeeding, failing, these are all concepts that we begin to learn as children. Playing games is something all children do, and quickly we learn there are winners and losers. During our childhood we try many things, music, sports, different hobbies. Again, we quickly learn the joy of succeeding in the things we do and that empty feeling when we fail. While it is important to keep winning and success in perspective and learn how to do both with humility, it is even more important to learn how to handle defeat and failure, as well as the lessons they can teach us.

The first lesson in losing, in failing, is to take personal responsibility and not blame other people or anything else. Having spent 31 months of my life in Federal Prison, having ministered these past 18 yrs to tens of thousands of men and women who are incarcerated, I can tell you the biggest problem I see with people in prison is the refusal to take personal responsibility for the choices that put them in prison. Most people you talk to who are in prison will tell you they are there because of what this person or that person said or did. They are not willing to accept responsibility that they are there because of the choices THEY MADE. A person who is in prison will never be able to move forward and turn their life around until they are ready to accept personal responsibility for THEIR choices.

Whenever we lose or fail, it is always easy to sit back and make excuses. Some of those excuses may even be valid. However, rather than investing the time and energy into finding excuses why we lost or failed, it is far more productive to look at the role WE played in our loss or failure. You learn nothing by blaming someone else or making excuses. When you sit down and are honest to look at yourself, at the choices you made that contributed to your loss or failure, then you are able to learn from the mistakes you made and hopefully not repeat them in the future. We can all learn much from our losses and failures in life if we will simply be honest with ourselves and take the time to analyze our thoughts and actions so we can identify what we did wrong.

The second lesson in losing, in failing, is to not let our loss or failure paralyze us from trying again. Some people become so devastated by losing, by failing, that they simply refuse to try again. My friend, losing and failing are part of life. As I said earlier, the only people I have met who have never lost or failed are people who have never tried. You can’t be afraid of losing or failure. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody likes to fail. However, you will never win unless you also lose and you will never succeed unless you also fail. Rather than being paralyzed by losing and failing, let them motivate you. Learn from your losses and failures so that you don’t repeat the mistakes and poor choices you made that led to them. Instead of losing and failing making you weak, they can make you strong.

*LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME SINCE THIS IS A POWERFUL THOUGHT. INSTEAD OF LOSING AND FAILING MAKING YOU WEAK, LOSING AND FAILING CAN MAKE YOU STRONG!

The third lesson in losing, in failing is this, THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH GOD! In the process of serving the Lord, we will always have times and experiences when we feel in our flesh that we have failed, that we have let the Lord down. That is a lie from the pits of hell! THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH GOD! You can’t fail when you are serving the Lord. The only way you can fail is to NOT serve Him! God uses our obedience and faithfulness in ways we will never see or understand until we get to Glory. The reality is, when we are yielded to the Lord, God uses our lives to do incredible things that we never even realize.

As a matter of fact, I submit that the greatest things you will ever do for God you don’t even know you did them until you get to Heaven. Those are the things you do each day simply by being obedient and faithful . God will give us a little feedback along the way since He knows our flesh is weak and needs encouragement. However, the vast majority of what God does in and through our lives we will never fully comprehend in this life. Don’t forget, our job isn’t to know everything that is going on, it is simply to be obedient and faithful. God can use a willing and yielded vessel!

I love you and care about you so much. Losing and failing are simply part of this life. Things often don’t go as we planned. THAT IS LIFE! How we respond to losing, to failing, when things don’t go as we planned is the key. Never forget, God is on the throne. He doesn’t take naps, or go to the bathroom, or take a break to eat a sandwich. God is on His throne at all times and nothing happens apart from God allowing it to happen. The vast majority of the time we lose or fail is because of the choices we made. God gave us free will, and God allows us to make the choices that lead to our losing or failing. Again, the key is how do we respond when we lose or fail.

Your first response should be prayer. Pray for God to open your heart, give you wisdom, and show you why you lost or failed. Than, you need to pray for God to give you the strength to overcome your disappointment in losing or failing, and help you to move forward. Lastly, you need to seek the Lord to guide you so that you don’t make those same poor choices again. Listen to me carefully. God doesn’t abandon you when you lose or fail. You are not alone. He is there with you each moment, so reach out and allow HIM to comfort you and give you His peace. God is with you in the good times and bad, through victory and defeat, through success and failure.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will speak to your heart today through these words. If you have suffered some defeats in your life recently, if you have failed, know that I am here and praying for you. Losing and failing are part of life. Don’t let your defeats or failures keep you from moving forward. Life goes on. Sit down and learn from your losses, learn from your failures, and work to insure you don’t make those mistakes again. Let me share a secret with you today. As long as you know Jesus as your Savior you can never lose or fail and if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, you can never win or succeed. One more time, say it out loud slowly, “As long as I know Jesus as my Savior I can never lose or fail and if I don’t know Jesus as my Savior, I can never win or succeed!”

My friend, as long as you know Jesus, no matter what may happen, no matter what the setbacks in life you may experience along your journey, no matter what your defeats or your failures may be, you will always win and be successful! YOU ARE ALWAYS A WINNER AND A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF JESUS!!!

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

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

My Annual New Year’s Resolution Message

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(Matthew 24:35)

A great tradition here at Liveprayer is my annual New Year’s resolution message. This the 10th year I have had the honor of sharing this special message, and tens of thousands of people have taken my challenge and read the Bible cover to cover in a year, something less than 10% of people who profess to be Christians have ever done. Have you? If not, I am praying that you will make this YOUR New Year’s resolution for 2009!

Having preached to several hundred thousand people in evangelistic meetings in churches of all denominations throughout the country, having ministered to millions via television and radio through the years, and having prayed for and intimately counseled thousands and thousands of people over my 18 years of ministry…I would have to say the biggest problem I have encountered with Believers is the vast majority have never read the instruction manual!!!

Statistical research shows that less than 10% of professing Christians have ever read the entire Bible. The church as a whole is Biblically illiterate! From time to time in my Devotional I will give my opinion on an issue and I am very careful to always let you know when it is Bill Keller’s opinion. Most of the time I just let God’s words speak for themselves. There is not one issue, one thing we deal with in everyday life that is not covered in the Bible.

How many people are in terrible marriages where one spouse is a nonbeliever. Do you think God admonished us to “not be unequally yoked” for nothing? How about those dealing with horrible illnesses because they abused themselves over the years with alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and food. Does God not tell us our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit? How many families are ripped apart by bitterness and hatred when the Bible commands us to “have love one for another,” to “forgive as Christ has forgiven you,” and to “love your enemies.” I have to be honest. In many cases it is not as much rebellion towards God as it is complete ignorance of God’s Word.

Like many men, I get a new electronic toy and the first thing I do is open the box, toss the instructions to the side, and start “putting it together.” Usually after a period of time when it is not working or I have broken something, I grab the instructions and put it together correctly. How much easier would it have been if I had done that first. It is the same in our walk with God. Many people claim they can’t hear God. God may be talking to you and you can’t hear Him because you don’t know what to be listening for. The Bible is one way that God speaks to us. If you want to hear God, just read the Book.

I know that those who get this Devotional each day are of above average intelligence which is why I am very direct and to the point. I share things knowing that you are smart enough to understand what God expects you to do, I don’t have to paint a picture. So if you ever listened to me at all, listen to what I am going to say to you now. This applies to everyone, even those that may have read the Bible cover to cover 100 times.

***It takes an individual of average reading ability 90 hours to read the entire Bible. That is one hour a day for 3 months, or one half hour a day for 6 months, or 15 minutes a day for 12 months. Most people make New Year’s resolutions. Here is one for you with eternal rewards and will be more valuable than losing 10 pounds that you will just put back on. Carve out one hour, 30 minutes, or 15 minutes every day starting January 1st and start reading at Genesis 1:1. One hour, 30 minutes, or 15 minutes, you choose. I suggest that for those 90 days, or 6 months, or the next 12 months, you get up that amount of time earlier than normal and do it the very first thing. Trust me, God will give you the strength you need during the day. Losing a little sleep will not kill you. Quite the opposite. It will save you 100 times that in lost sleep over the years from problems caused because you didn’t take time to read the instruction book.

( If you would like to listen to the “Walk thru the Bible in a year” via the telephone, the phone number is: 1-727.342.5672 )

Now listen, I understand that some of the Old Testament can be dry. The Jewish laws, the genealogy of kings, some of the prophetic books can be very confusing and at times boring. Plug on. Don’t get discouraged because you don’t understand everything you are reading. Having read the Bible cover to cover many, many, many times, each time is a new experience for me. You might have accepted this challenge before. This message is still for you! DO IT AGAIN! YOU CAN NEVER GET TOO MUCH OF GOD’S WORD!!!

WARNING: I am not the Bible answer man so don’t start flooding me with questions. I’ll pray for you anytime, but I cannot handle thousands of Bible questions. I do suggest though you keep a notepad of questions and talk them over with your pastor.

Trust me when I tell you, reading the Bible cover to cover will change your life. You will see things you never thought were in the Bible. You will see God’s warnings and promises to help you through tough times. Most of all, you will start to understand how God thinks. How can you please God if you don’t understand how He thinks? He knows you are not a mind reader. That is one reason He gave you the Bible so you could begin to understand what God expects from your life.

I promise you the time you spend reading the Bible cover to cover will be the most important time of your life. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of what I am challenging you to do. Start at the very beginning. That way you can see God from the creation of our world, to the very end. It is better than any book or movie you have ever read or seen.

The Bible is our final authority for all matters concerning this life. In this day of being politically correct, accepting everyone’s beliefs and ideas, we are in the mess we are morally and spiritually because we have gotten away from the black and white truth of God’s Word. We have no one to blame but ourselves. In this day of instant gratification, drive thru food, cell phones, fax machines, email, Federal Express, jet travel, we want what we want now and refuse to wait.

We have become lazy which is why we don’t take the time to read the Bible. I guarantee you that you will spend 90 hours plus in front of the television, the computer, with the newspaper, or doing something else that you enjoy. I am not saying quit living and enjoying your life. What I am saying is that you have the time, it is only a matter of whether this is a big enough priority for you to take the time.

I love you, care about you, and my heart breaks every day as I read the thousands of prayer requests I receive. How much heartache and pain could have been avoided if people would have only read the Book and followed the instructions. You cannot believe how much sense this life makes when you are living under the direction of God’s Word. As I say often, our way does not work, God’s way does!

I will be praying that the Lord really opens your heart and conviction floods you right now as you read these words. I can’t force you to do it, you have to want to do it. I will be praying and trusting the Holy Spirit to move on your heart to take this challenge, even now as you read these words. This will be the best New Year’s resolution you will ever make.

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

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How Many Pastors Never Give Those They Preach to an Inviation to Accept Jesus Christ

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(Ezekiel 33:8; 2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; John 14:6)

How many pastors NEVER give those they preach to an invitation to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? Today, I must address what to me is the biggest problem in the church today, since it goes to the root of the church’s greatest responsibility and that is to bring the lost to faith in Jesus Christ. I realize the church is to spiritually feed its members, to equip the saints for service, to be a place where Believers can find fellowship with other Believers, and where most followers of Christ serve Him. However, without question the most important job of the church is to reach out to the lost and hurting and to help lead people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of their sins, and God’s free gift of everlasting life through faith in His Son!

This is a message that percolated for several years now, and finally reached the boiling point in January of 2006 during the various services held in memory of President Gerald Ford. While those memorial services for President Ford led me to finally bring this word to you, its genesis was in the daily contact I have with thousands and thousands of people all over this nation and around the world, the first hand knowledge I have of tens of thousands of churches, and the spiritual malpractice well over 50% of pastors commit each and every Sunday.

Having started my public ministry in the great city of Chicago in 1992, I studied in great detail the life and ministry of D.L. Moody. One of my great honors early in my ministry was to preach on several occasions to the students at the Moody Bible Institute and preach a mid-week service at the great Moody Memorial Church. One of the events that greatly impacted the life and ministry of Moody was the night of the Chicago fire. It was Sunday night, October 8, 1871, and as Moody finished his sermon, he told the crowd who had gathered to hear him preach to evaluate their relationship with Christ and return next week to make their decisions for Him. That crowd never gathered since during the night the building they were meeting in was consumed by the fire and it would be months before they would find a new place to hold their services.

Moody would never again make the grievous mistake of sending home those who came to hear him preach without giving them an invitation to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Bible proclaims that TODAY is the day of salvation. The Bible teaches that tomorrow is promised to NONE of us. Moody was haunted by the question, how many people who would have been moved by the Holy Sprit to walk the aisle and give their life to Christ on that infamous October night, never did so and died in their sins, lost for all eternity?

Dwight L. Moody would not even recognize the vast majority of “pastors” today. Men, and now women, who preach a watered down message, using secular books for their references rather than the Bible. “Pastors” who stand in the pulpits of America and refuse to even deal with sin since it might offend people. The ones who make a mockery of Christ by condoning, accepting, and even glorifying gross sins like homosexuality and the slaughter of innocent babies. And what I am certain would break Moody’s heart, “pastors” who preach Sunday after Sunday and NEVER give an invitation for those they are preaching to, to accept Jesus as their Savior by faith.

During the first 3 yrs of my public ministry, I preached in over 500 churches all over the nation. All types of denominations, racial and ethnic make-ups, churches with thousands and churches with less than 20. It was during those years I had my first insight into how many churches rarely, if ever gave those who gathered on Sunday an opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior by faith. Over these past 9+ years of Liveprayer, in dealing with literally tens of thousands of people first hand, thousands upon thousands of churches all over this country and around the world, I would not hesitate to estimate that in well over 50% of churches, those who gather are NEVER given the invitation to ask Jesus into their heart and life by faith and become born again…NEVER!

I remember watching much of the memorial services held at various churches for President Reagan back in June of 2004, and then in January ’06, watching all of the various memorial series held for President Ford. I heard one “pastor” after another speaking, waiting for just one, just one, to at least have the guts to tell those listening what Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There was one who actually did cite that passage, but had the audacity to leave off, “No one comes to the Father except through me,” I am sure afraid of offending someone in the audience. How offended will those people be when they die without Jesus and are spending eternity in hell because some gutless “pastor” refused to tell them the Truth?

I gave up hope long ago on seeing even one of these “pastors” with the world watching on these special occasions, actually doing what God has called them to do and sharing the Gospel. Simply telling the people that if you die without Jesus you will be lost for all eternity. My goodness, you have the “pastor” of the largest church in the nation who goes on television often and actually brags that he doesn’t talk about sin and refuses to answer the most basic question of the Christian faith which is that faith in Jesus is the ONLY way men can be saved and those who choose to reject Him will be in hell. These men dishonor Christ and the Bible clearly says those who have taken on the mantle of leadership will be held to a much higher standard. God will hold them accountable one day.

This problem in the pastorate has all unfolded over the past 40 years. Most of the mainline denominations began to require their pastors to have a seminary education, but they did not state which seminaries. As the nation began to rebel against all authority in the mid ’60s, that included rebelling against God and the Truth of His Word. Liberal seminaries popped up that denied the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. Men no longer needed to be “called” by God, but simply complete the required education. I am convinced there is a percentage, larger than you might think, of “pastors” in this nation who are not even saved!

Once you reject the authority of the Bible, it opened the door to women “pastors,” “pastors” who condone sins like homosexually and abortion, “pastors” who quoted secular books as well as books used by the false religions of the world more than the Bible, “pastors” who refuse to deal with sin, and “pastors” who have never given an altar call or led a lost soul to faith in Christ in their life!

You also have “pastors” like Joel Osteen who have never even been to Bible college! It is no wonder he has no grasp of theology. He majored in broadcasting in college and ran his father’s television ministry until taking over as “pastor” after his father’s death. Being a pastor is not like running the family business. You can’t simply wake up one day and decide to be a pastor, though sadly many do. Let me ask you a question. Would you want someone operating on your heart who has never been to medical school, but simply woke up one day and decided they wanted to be a heart surgeon? OF COURSE NOT! Yet people put their eternal souls in the hands of “pastors” every day who have never even taken a Bible college class!

Listen, I am not saying you have to have the alphabet following your name to be qualified to pastor a church. However, if you have truly been called, God will guide you to the formal theological training you need to at least properly preach and teach His Word. There is so much more that goes into it, but you have to have at least a basic theological education from a legitimate Bible school that holds the Bible to be God’s inspired inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth, and our final authority in all matters.

Anyone who answers the call of God to preach His Word has the fundamental responsibility of preaching the Gospel and leading the lost to faith in Jesus Christ. A pastor who ends a service without giving an invitation to accept Christ to those he is preaching to is committing spiritual malpractice, and as one of God’s watchmen, God WILL hold them accountable for those who die and spend eternity in hell because they refused to tell them how to be saved!

I love you and care about you so much. I am going to make a very bold statement right now. If you are going to a church where you rarely, or even worse, never, hear your pastor give people the invitation to ask Christ into their hearts and lives, you need to confront your pastor why not. There is NO reason not to. It is his job. In fact, it is probably the most basic and fundamental part of his job. If he did nothing else but that, he would be fulfilling God’s calling on his life. You need to hear his explanation for why he refuses to obey God, and then you need do pray if that is really the church God wants you and your family to be part of.

Also, the next time you are in church, look around you. Look at the people around you and ask yourself how many of those people are NOT Believers, who have never given their heart and life to Christ by faith. Ask yourself how many of those people will die and spend eternity in hell for their rejection of Christ. Pray for them to hear the Gospel clearly presented. Pray for them to allow the Holy Sprit to open their heart to God’s love for them. Pray for them to surrender their life to Christ by faith and be saved

Lastly, if your pastor is one of these pastors who never gives an invitation at the end of his service, forward this Devotional to him, or her, and pray they come under conviction. I already know I am going to take TONS of heat for this message. That is OK. I have to be obedient to God. I am almost certain you have NEVER heard a message like this before and never will again. People are too afraid to say what needs to be said. I can’t stay silent because the eternal souls of men are at stake.

Those God has called and given the honor to preach, can be used by Him to bring many lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. That won’t happen by accident, it won’t happen by putting on a great performance, it won’t happen by tricking them, and it won’t happen because you made them feel good. The only way a person will get saved is if you love them enough to share with them the simplicity of the Gospel They need to admit they are a sinner and need a Savior and that Christ’s loves them unconditionally and wants to have an eternal relationship with them.

It is the job of ALL Believers in Christ to share the Gospel with the lost. However, there is NO EXCUSE for any pastor to hold any type of service and not give those who attend the opportunity to ask Christ into their heart and life by faith and be saved!

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

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The False Religion of Islam

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(John 14:6)

The false religion of Islam, and the courage to tell 1 billion people that they are going to hell. Like all false religions and cults, it has a human founder. Islam was born out of the rebellious heart and mind of a man named Muhammad, a Mecca businessman that lived from 570-632 a.d. Muhammad claimed to be a prophet like those in the Old Testament and wrote his “revelations” down in a book called the Qur’an. In reading the Qur’an, it becomes clear that it is nothing but Mohammad’s warped philosophy of life based on his rebellion to the one true God of the Bible, and is little more than a poor imitation of the Old Testament.

THE QUR’AN IS NOTHING BUT A WORK OF FICTION THAT IS NO MORE INSPIRED THAN HARRY POTTER OR A HARLEQUIN ROMANCE NOVEL!!!

What confuses many people about the false religion of Islam is their god who they call “allah.” This happens because people who are either theologically ignorant or trying to be politically correct, speak of the God of the Bible and allah as if they are the same person. Let me make certain you understand something very clear, allah and the God of the Bible are NOT the same person!!! If you study the attributes of the God of the Bible and the attributes of the allah of Islam, it is crystal clear that these are two entirely different entities. There is only ONE GOD, that is the God of the Bible. The allah of Islam is nothing but a creation out of the imagination of Muhammad, no different than Mickey Mouse who was a creation out of the imagination of Walt Disney!!!

The bottom line is that all men are sinners. We are born in the sin we inherited from Adam, we sin throughout our life, and even the Bible tells us that we have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. My friend, it is that sin that separates us from a Holy God. But God in His infinite love for us, made a way for His fallen creation to be reconciled back into an everlasting relationship with Him. He did that by sending Jesus Christ to die for the sins of all mankind. Those who follow the false religion of Islam claim that Jesus was a great prophet but deny His deity. Jesus was THE Prophet, but more important, He was THE SON OF GOD!

Muhammad was nothing but a false prophet, a mere man who lived and died like you and I. He was born with the same sin that you and I are born with. That is why faith in Mohammad cannot save you. It was JESUS who God sent to this earth in an immaculate way to be born without the sin we inherited from Adam. It was Jesus who lived a sinless life so that He could go to a cross 2,000 years ago and give His live as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. That is why it is only faith in JESUS that can save you!!! At that moment when this life is over and we stand before God there is only ONE question He will ask us, DO YOU KNOW JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR BY FAITH?

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that those people around the world who have put their faith in Muhammad and the false religion of Islam will open their hearts and turn from that lie and to the Truth found in God’s Word, coming to know Jesus Christ by faith as their Lord and Savoir.

I can assure you that as long as I have breath, I will continue to proclaim to this lost and dying world that there is only one name by which men can be saved, and that is the name of Jesus. Buddha can’t save you, Muhammad can’t save you, the false god of Joe Smith and the Mormon cult can’t save you, the false god of Charles Taze Russell and the Jehovah Witnesses cult can’t save you, the false god of Mary Baker Eddy and the Christian Science cult can’t save you, the fantasies of L. Ron Hubbard and the Scientologist cult can’t save you, no my friend, there is only ONE WAY to be saved and that is by faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone!!!

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

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Bible is God’s Inspired, Inerrant Word Representing Absolute Truth

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(Psalm 119:89, 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 1:16)

The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters because it works! What I share with you each day as I deal with what is happening in our world as well as our personal lives are not my thoughts, or my ideas, or my opinions, but God’s. I deal with everything from what is referred to as a “Biblical worldview.” What I share with you each day is literally coming right out of the Bible. I don’t wake up in the morning and simply write down what I think because the fact is, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what I think and it doesn’t matter what you think, it only matters what God thinks! Of course you and I both have the free will to think and believe whatever we want, but Truth isn’t what we decide it to be, it is what God says it is!

You see my friend, we aren’t perfect. We are simply frail flesh and blood. We sin. We make mistakes. We are wrong. God on the other hand IS perfect. He is NEVER wrong! God is right 100% of the time! Because we are sinners, that is why we need a Savior. The whole reason Jesus went to the cross was to be that one-time perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. So when we confess our sins to the Lord, by faith ask Him to forgive us and come to live in our hearts, we become His follower. As His follower, that means we also follow His Word. Jesus said, ‘If you love me you will obey me.” That means the Bible. A follower of Jesus is automatically a follower of His Word!

Over the past 2000 years, people have debated the Bible ad nauseam. I could sit here today and make an historical and archeological argument for why the Bible is really God’s Word. I could sit here today and make a theological argument for why the Bible is really God’s Word. But today, I want to use this time together to make the strongest case there is for why the Bible is really God’s Word. When I tell you, many of you will shake your head and think what I have shared is not a very good reason. However, I want you to listen to me since what I am going to tell you is by far the strongest and greatest argument of all to prove the Bible truly is God’s Word. The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters…because it works!!!

What does that mean? The Bible is God’s instruction manual for man, both during this life and for all eternity. Think of the Bible like any other instruction manual. When you buy a new toy for your child or cell phone, there is always an instruction manual. If you take the time and effort to read the instruction manual and then follow it, guess what? The toy will be assembled properly and work! The cell phone with all of the incredible features the new phones of today have will work! The Bible is God’s instruction manual for life, and if you read it and follow what it says, life works!

You can start from almost the very beginning of life. There are lots of instructions in the Bible for children and young adults. The Word talks about children obeying their parents, honoring their mother and father. The Bible gives basic lessons of life that every child should learn like “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and “treat others like you want to be treated,” and “be kind to others,” These are all foundational life lessons every child needs to learn that makes life work.

As you become an adult, most look to get married. The Bible has MUCH to say about this stage of life. It warns us to not be “unequally yoked with a non-believer.” This is critical since your faith in Christ is the most important thing in your life and if you can’t share that with the person you have committed to spend the rest of your life with, there is no real foundation to your relationship. So when you marry someone who shares your faith in Christ, the two of you can build on that foundation together during all of the years God blesses you with. The Bible says much about husband and wives. It instructs husbands to love their wives like Christ loves the church. It instructs women to be submissive to their husbands. It clearly lays out the roles a man and woman are to play in life. Again, following God’s Word can make marriage the incredible blessing and gift from God He intended it to be. It works!

The Bible also has lots of clear instruction when it comes to sex. Sex is actually a very simple subject. It is a gift from God to be enjoyed by a man and woman in the bonds of marriage. Period! ALL sex outside of marriage is a perversion. Pretty clear and pretty simple isn’t it? Just think if you actually followed the Bible on this issue. First of all, you are never going to have sex of any kind until you are married, and then the only person you will ever have sex with is the one God gave you to spend the rest of your life with. Guess what? That automatically eliminates all of the emotional, physical, and mental drama from your life that accompanies the sexual relationships people have outside of marriage. With each person you have sex of any kind with, you are giving a part of yourself to that person. Engaging in such intimacy is a physical, emotional, and mental investment with someone you have no commitment to.

Of course, when you follow the Bible and never have sex until you get married and are only having sex with your spouse and your spouse is only having sex with you, there is no such thing as a sexually transmitted disease. There is also no such thing as abortion. First, since you are both followers of Christ, killing your baby is NEVER an option. Since you never have sex until you are married, there is no such thing as a child out of wedlock. Having children is not looked at as a curse but as a blessing! Children are the natural byproduct, the fruit of marriage. They are something a husband and wife look forward to and rejoice over. In addition, when it is only you and your spouse having sex, you don’t fall into the many sexual perversions. Do you see how much pain and heartache, drama and even death is avoided when we follow the Bible?

By following God’s Word out in the business world, employees will be “working as unto the Lord,” and employers will treat their employees fair and just. Businesses won’t cheat their customers and customers won’t try to take advantage of businesses. The Bible works!

The Bible not only works in all of the real day-to-day issues of life, but it also works in our spiritual lives as well. The promises in God’s Word are true! When we sin, 1 John 1:9 is true when it tells us to confess our sins and God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. When life gets difficult, Jesus told us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. He told us to give Him our burdens and take His yoke because it is light. God promised that He would never put on us more than we can bear, and that He would never leave us nor forsake us. What tremendous comfort we can take from the promises in God’s Word because they are true and they work!

I love you and care about you so much. I could have easily made a case for the Bible being the Word of God by going through the historical record of how the Bible came to be. It is fascinating. I could have also easily made a case for the Bible being the Word of God by breaking it down theologically. But today, I wanted to make the strongest case there is for the Bible being God’s Word, and that is because it works.

It isn’t just a book of good ideas on how to live. It is THE instructional manual for man that God wrote so we wouldn’t have to try to figure this life out for ourselves. How many times have you tried to put together a toy for your child or operated a new electronic gadget without looking at the instruction manual? When did you finally pick up the instruction manual? We both know that answer, after you broke what you were trying to put together, or you put it together and it didn’t work! Sounds like lots of lives who have never taken the time or effort to read the Bible doesn’t it?

The great thing about the Bible is that it doesn’t just deal with your life now, it also is your instructional manual for eternity. It tell us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It says, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It also says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” You see, it not only works during our brief journey through life, but it works for all eternity as well!

The bottom line is God gave you free will. You are free to believe whatever you want. You can believe the Bible or reject it. That is up to you. However, I want you to know that there is only one Truth. It isn’t what you want it to be, or what I want it to be, it is what God says it is! God said it in the pages of the Book He wrote, the Bible. The greatest case I can make for the Bible being God’s inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters is….. IT WORKS!!!

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

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

CHRISTMAS DAY

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CHRISTMAS DAY!!!

(John 3:16)

The greatest gift you can give anyone this Christmas are the words of everlasting life. Forward this to someone that you know who is lost, and pray that God will open their hearts to receive HIS gift to the world… JESUS CHRIST!

Today is the day we celebrate the greatest gift ever given. We celebrate today the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God’s gift to the world. Today is truly a day of rejoicing. Because of this gift from God, we can be forgiven of our sins and reunited with our Creator 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 and productively. But we must never forget that our time here is very brief and there is an eternity waiting for us when this journey is complete. I want to focus for just a minute on this most blessed day, to that split second when our life on this earth is finished and we are launched into eternity. Do you this day have the assurance that when your life is complete, your eternity is going to be spent 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 with only one job…to die.

You see, the reason it was vital for Jesus to be immaculately conceived by God and born of a virgin was so that He was not infected with the same problem you and I were born into this life with….sin. Otherwise, the best He could have done was 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 cross on the hill called Calvary where He hung and then died as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of this world.

That is why, whosoever believes in Jesus, shall not perish for eternity, but have everlasting life! Believing in Jesus is the only way to be saved because it was Jesus who died and was sacrificed for our sins. There are no other ways to be saved, no other roads back 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 you can escape eternity apart from the God who created you in His own image. It is through His grace and by faith in Jesus Christ!

There are many incredible mysteries in the Bible. There are many doctrinal issues that will never be fully understood until we are in Heaven. But God made the most important decision of this life very easy and simple to understand. He gave every one the opportunity to have their sins washed away and be assured of an eternity in Heaven.

That is why we celebrate Christmas today! That is why we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The most important decision you will make in this life is not who you will marry, where you will live, 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.

If you have not done that yet, the Bible says that today is the day of salvation. I would invite you to go to my website, http://www.liveprayer.com and click on the button that says PLAN OF SALVATION (direct link: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.html ). Read those words, pray that prayer, and accept today God’s gift to you this Christmas, the gift of 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 you know who is lost and without hope this Christmas. What better present to give someone than the opportunity to know Jesus as their Savior.

I pray today that you will take time out of the busy day of travel, visiting friends and family, to focus on the gift God has given to us in His son Jesus. He gave His very best gift to us, which is why I will continue to encourage you to give your very best everyday to Him.

May you and your family have a most blessed celebration of our Lord’s birth!

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

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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