God Removes His Hand from the United States

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(1 Samuel 8:1-21)

AS WE MARK THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, THIS IS THE PERFECT DAY TO REMIND YOU OF WHAT I WROTE THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION. IT IS SOBERING TO READ WORDS I SHARED WITH YOU 6 MONTHS AGO, AND HOW EVERYTHING I WROTE HAVE COME TRUE IN THESE FIRST 100 DAYS. IF YOU NEED TO BE REMINDED OF HOW BAD THIS NATION NEEDS TO TURN BACK TO GOD, LET THIS MESSAGE TODAY BE THAT REMINDER!!!

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” 1 Samuel 8:6-9

The LORD answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” 1 Samuel 8:21

(from November 5, 2008)

God removes His hand from the United States, it is now time to act! With the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the next President of the United States, yesterday marked a watershed day spiritually for this nation. For decades now, this country has been operating in rebellion to God and His Truth. We legally slaughter 4,000 babies every day. We have made a mockery of God’s Holy Institution of Marriage. God’s plan for the family has been decimated. We have totally given ourselves over to the lusts of the flesh and the pleasures of this temporal world. We have bowed down to and worshipped every false god and idol created in rebellion to the God of the Bible.

Out of our rebellion to God, the people have now elected a man to lead this nation who is a staunch supporter of legalized infanticide. Speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, Senator Obama said, “The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that I’d do.” President Obama will repay the support of those in the baby killing industry by insuring abortion on demand at any stage of the pregnancy, and through executive orders, he will wipe out any progress individual states have made in trying to ban abortions in their state. As President, he will elect judges to the US Supreme Court who will insure Roe vs. Wade is never overturned, as well as activist judges to the Federal Courts who will rule on the side of death in any abortion cases.

President Obama is also a great friend to the homosexual community and will be a champion of their radical agenda. President Obama will make it easy for gay couples to adopt children. I remember years ago warning people in my Daily Devotional that the homosexual community was targeting your children. People said I was over reacting. Today, an entire generation of children has grown up being brainwashed that being gay is normal and acceptable. They are being indoctrinated as young as kindergarten that there is nothing wrong with this choice of deviant sex. Again, through executive orders he will wipe out any gains made by various states to insure gay marriage will quickly spread across the nation, and the judges he appoints will help the radical gay agenda to move forward.

Today, the people of Israel should be very concerned. Over these past 60 years, they could always count on the full and total support from the United States government. No longer. It is bad enough we have had numerous Presidents now trying to make peace by giving away part of the land God gave to the children of Israel to those who want to see the Jewish people wiped off the face of the globe. Under President Obama, Israel will no longer have a friend in Washington that they can count on. Sadly for this nation, Genesis 12:3 that promises God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel is still in effect.

The truly sick fact is this will all be done by a man who will professes to be a Christian. Despite supporting the killing of innocent babies, the agenda and special rights of those who choose to commit acts of homosexuality, and believing the universalistic lie that everyone will get to Heaven regardless what they believe, President Obama proclaims to be a Christian. I have told you for the past few years that the biggest problem in Christianity, is the ever growing group of people who make up the Christian left. These are people who call themselves Christians, yet don’t hold the Bible to represent Absolute Truth.

This liberal group that President Obama is part of, focuses on a social Gospel, things like world hunger, AIDs in Africa, and climate issues to name a few. These are noble causes Christians need to be involved in, but you can’t just ignore issues like abortion and marriage like they don’t exist. Most in the Christian left are a byproduct of this seeker/purpose driven/emerging church/liberal mainline denomination generation that lays down the absolutes of the Bible to attract warm bodies. It has flourished due to the gutless pastors who refuse to lead and preach a watered down, feel good, ear tickling message void of hard Truth so nobody is offended.

The nation has had Presidents before who were no friend of God and we didn’t crumble spiritually. That is because there was still a vibrant remnant of true followers of Christ. Today, we have the better percentage of two full generations who have never been to church. So many churches today do little or no evangelism. Over the past 40 years, that remnant of true followers has dwindled down considerably as older saints have gone to be with the Lord and haven’t been replaced.

The effect of Obama’s election is that it will empower those who oppose the work of God. Those who serve satan will be bolder and more aggressive than ever. They will be targeting like never before, true followers of Christ. Spiritual crack dealers like Oprah who peddle New Age garbage are ok. Those who promote cults like Mormonism, the JWs, Scientology, Kaballah, and others are ok. The false religions like Islam, Buddhists, and others are ok. Those in the Christian left with their social agenda are ok.

Their target will be zeroed in on those who believe, preach, and teach the Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters. They will be out to destroy true followers of Jesus Christ. This will come in many forms, such as laws to call the Bible hate speech as other countries have already done. For the first time, real and tangible persecution is going to be felt by those who refuse to compromise the Truth of the Bible and preach the Gospel.

The end result is that people are no longer going to be able to stand in the middle. The election of President Barack Hussein Obama is going to finally force people to take a stand. You are either a follower of Christ, which means you are also a follower of His Word, or you are not. Jesus said you can’t serve two masters. Elijah told the people on Mt. Carmel to CHOOSE who you will serve. My friend, it is now time to choose. If you going to follow Jesus, it is time to act!

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that very few can “hear” what I am saying today. They woke up in their bed this morning and it seems like just another day. I can empathize with the frustration of the Old Testament prophets as they warned the people of God’s coming wrath and most of the people simply ignored them or wrote them off as kooks. Yesterday, God’s hand came off this nation. True followers of Jesus Christ no longer have the luxury of sitting back and doing nothing. Silence is not an option any more. We must take our stand now, or we will no longer have that opportunity. We have the only true answer for this nation and for the souls of men. It is time to boldly and without shame or compromise declare that answer!

As I was praying over all of this the other night, before going to sleep I was flipping through the stations and I stopped at TBN. On the eve of the election, with the spiritual course of our nation hanging in the balance, I expected to see true men of God preaching great messages of repentance and a turning back to God. Sadly, these people are as lost as the sons of Eli or Samuel. What were they doing? Having a telethon, raising money by promising people if they sent them money all of their financial problems would be solved. It was like watching the fiddler play while Rome burned !

For those who have been following Liveprayer, you know in the Spring God gave me a vision for this nation. In July, I launched the Jonah Project. The Lord gave me this vision and the Holy Spirit guided me to set up this vehicle for exactly where we are at today. The Jonah Project is the plan from God to bring together the true followers of Christ at this moment in human history, to call this nation to repentance, to turn back to God and Biblical Truth, and to help lead the lost to faith in Jesus Christ while taking a bold and visible stand on the social issues of our day.

Let me encourage you today to become part of the Jonah Project. You can go to the Jonah Project homepage at http://www.liveprayer.com/jonah/ , watch the vision video, and sign up to be part of this great last days move of God. My friend, this is the only hope for our nation and for each soul. There is only one answer, JESUS!!!

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

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Sex + teens = destroyed lives

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(Genesis 2:24, 29:20)

Sex+teens=destroyed lives!!! A few weekends ago, just minutes from the Liveprayer offices was a tragic episode that involved a high school boy and three high school girls. This boy began dating a girl and she soon become pregnant. In the midst of her pregnancy, he dumped her for another girl. As you can imagine, there were several altercations between the first girl who was pregnant and the new girlfriend.

Soon, he took a third girl and began seeing her along with the second girl. Those two girls also were involved in several incidents in which the police were called. In the meantime, the first girl had her baby. Late on a Friday night, the third girl lured the second girl to her neighborhood and upon arrival, took a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the chest. She died. The girl who stabbed her is in country jail facing murder charges.

One young girl is now raising a baby all alone. One young girl is dead. One young girl is going to spend the majority of her life, if not all of it, in prison. One young man at the center of all of this tragedy is not only a father but directly involved in all of this horror and there is no possible way his life will ever be normal. Four teens. Four damaged and destroyed lives!!!

A relationship between a man and woman is NOT a game! It is a serious, life-changing business. I wish what happened right down the street from Liveprayer was an isolated incident, but it is not. Every day, approximately 5,000 of the 40,000 prayer requests I receive at Liveprayer are from young adults 18 and under, and the vast majority of them are dealing with the issue of relationships. Let me say right up front, I personally feel that a young man and woman should WAIT until after High School to start dating.

Dating, having a relationship with someone of the opposite sex, should be for the purpose of finding your partner for life. A 12, 13, even 16 or 17 year old, is RARELY equipped or ready to be thinking about marriage. So they enter into a relationship solely based on feelings they don’t understand or have under control yet, and for every reason BUT marriage. I realize that MTV and all of the garbage on TV targeting a young adult audience glorifies teen relationships. EVER SEEN A GODLY TEEN RELATIONSHIP ON T.V.? As Christians, we are to live UP to the standards of God, not DOWN to the standards of this sinful world!

Here are the two problems. First, in EVERY relationship you have, you give a piece of yourself away. By the time you finally get married, after say 3 to 10 relationships, that is how much LESS of you the one you are committing to spend your life with will get. The second problem is that going in and out of relationships means each new one becomes less special, breaking up becomes easier each time you do it, and you develop a mindset that you eventually take into marriage that makes it easy to get divorced when things don’t go as you hoped. Marriage becomes little more than a legal date.

I get flooded with emails every time I mention about young adults waiting until after high school to date. They pour in from young men and women, 13, 14, 15, 16 years old who tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about. They are in “love.” Getting involved in a relationship unlocks our emotions. It sets off things inside of us that have incredible power over us to the extent we don’t act or think rationally. We become consumed. Mature, experienced people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s often destroy their very lives by letting these emotions rule them. What chance does an inexperienced teen have? None! The results of these teen romances range from hurt feelings, all the way to death, and everything in between.

I get emails daily from young adults who have diseases they will carry with them the rest of their life, have had children that obviously dramatically altered their life, as well as those who made the unfortunate choice to have an abortion and are now dealing with the consequences of that choice. I get emails daily from young men and women who have broken up and are contemplating suicide, can’t eat or sleep, or simply have no desire to do anything. The fact is, God gave you free will to make choices.

To choose to enter into a serious boyfriend/girlfriend relationship before you are out of high school is a BAD CHOICE and can dramatically change your life forever. By the way, there is nothing magical about being out of High School. It is simply one major “life hurdle” out of the way that is part of the foundation of your life. There is PLENTY of time after High School to start dating.

Even though this is not even a debatable issue, because it is such a problem, let me quickly address it. There is absolutely NO situation when sex outside of marriage is acceptable to God. NONE. ZERO. There is a Biblical word fornication. It literally means any sex outside of marriage. Any boyfriend or girlfriend that is willing to have sex before marriage is NOT the person God has chosen for your life. It is simply not acceptable. Don’t play games in this area!

I get emails all the time asking how far can you go? Jesus said if you lust in your heart you have already committed adultery. If you have to ask how far you can go, you are already too far. Once you allow lust into your heart, God says you have already sinned. Let that be your standard to judge by since it is impossible to engage in ANY act that wasn’t already birthed in your heart. The physical act is simply the manifestation of the sin already committed in your heart.

Having said that, let me talk to you about the two most important elements of a relationship should you be thinking of marriage. The first is God’s warning found in 2 Corinthians 6:14 to NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED. I have done entire Devotionals on this issue. It is a warning from God to protect you. Choosing to ignore this warning is no different than deciding to run a stop sign. You are asking for serious problems. I cannot even begin to tell you how many emails I get from men and women daily who ignored this warning and are now dealing with the consequences. Consequences, by the way, that have literally changed their lives. The person you enter into a relationship MUST also be a Christian and actually living their life for Christ.

The second is the foundation on which you build your relationship. If you do not have a spiritual foundation to your relationship, how can you expect your marriage to survive the storms that come in every relationship? It is exactly like the story Jesus told at the end of Matthew Chapter 7. The marriage built on a spiritual foundation is like the house built on a rock. The marriage built on any other foundation is like the house built on the sand. My friend, again, let me reiterate. God gave everyone free will to make choices. You can do what you want with your life. My only purpose today is to help you make wise, informed choices about things that will affect the outcome of your life.

I love you and care about you so much. I can’t even begin to tell you how my heart is broken today, reading email after email of how people’s lives have been decimated by these teen romances. The fact is, so much of the heartache, pain, and tragedy many have lived through could have been avoided if they had simply listened to God. When you are having relationships without even understanding what is going on in the world, when you are engaging in sex outside of marriage, you are simply NEVER going to know the peace, joy, and abundance that this life can offer when you do it God’s way!

The other problem is, so many of God’s children end up battling with the domestic issues. They are of little service to the Lord. Never forget, that is our purpose in this life, to serve and glorify Him with our lives. The enemy gets us so distracted handling the consequences of our rebellion, that we have little time or energy left to serve Him. Please read, and reread these words today. Commit them to your heart. I realize how strong emotions can be, and how they can cloud your judgment. That is why the more focused you are on what God’s plan is, the less chance you will have of compromising and getting into trouble.

The bottom line to these words today is this. Do it your way, and it will never work out as God intended. Do it God’s way and it works. Life is NOT something to dread, but something to embrace and enjoy. The choice is yours. I will be praying as you make the choice God is asking you to make. Is it a guarantee that if you wait until after high school to start dating, find a spouse who is saved and living for the Lord, build a spiritual foundation together, that your marriage will not end in divorce? No! Sin can creep into people’s lives and satan loves nothing more than to destroy a marriage. But I can promise you that the odds of you making it are 1,000 times better.

A relationship between a man and woman is NOT a game! It is a serious, life-changing business. A relationship God’s way can be the most beautiful and rewarding experience you can ever imagine!

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

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

Calling yourself a Christian doesn’t make you a Christian

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(Matthew 7:21-23)

Calling yourself a Christian doesn’t make you a Christian! Last Monday night, I spoke at the local chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. This is the group whose national leader is Barry Lynn, a true tool of satan who is a former ACLU operative that spends his life trying to stop those true men and women of God who share His Truth in the marketplace. He has gone after many high-profile Christian leaders over the years, including me, using the IRS to try and remove the tax exemption from Godly ministries he disagrees with.

I have debated Lynn many times, so it was strange that the local group would ask me to speak, but I readily agreed. I arrived at the church where they were meeting, and walked into the foyer to find rainbow flags promoting gay pride. A gentleman greeted me and his first words upon seeing me were, “Is that a Bible?” I knew this was going to be an interesting evening when upon walking into a church, my first interaction with someone was asking me if the book I was carrying was a Bible!

The fact was, the 30 people or so who attended were all middle age to older. I have no doubt they were all respectable members of the community. They seemed to be very decent, kind people. They were a great representation of the vast majority of the people who make up our communities. Despite a belief in God, calling themselves Christians, they all believed there was nothing wrong with the sin of homosexuality, that a woman should be able to do whatever she wants “with her body,” and that the Bible is NOT God’s Word, but a book written by men.

THE POINT I WANT YOU TO HEAR LOUD AND CLEAR TODAY IS THAT THIS GROUP IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THIS NATION THAT ARE IN THE PEWS OF CHURCHES EVERY SUNDAY!!! I AM NOT EVEN TALKING TODAY ABOUT THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH, BUT INSIDE THE CHURCH!!!

In case you have been sleeping, there is a new group of people in our nation who call themselves the “religious left.” This is a relatively new term so you may not be familiar with it. That is why I felt it was so critical to take the time today to ensure you not only understood what it means, but who actually makes up this new group of people. Forty years ago, this group didn’t even exist. They have actually evolved and grown tremendously over the past decade.

The “religious left” is made up of people who identify themselves as Christians and hold strong religious beliefs as well as sharing left-wing ideals. Obviously, this group has risen up in opposition to those who have been tagged the “religious right” or the “Christian right.” The “Christian right” is that group of Bible-believing Christians who are politically active and seek to elect to office those candidates who hold to Biblical values on the key spiritual issues of our day that are also political issues.

These would be issues like abortion and life-related matters, gay marriage, family issues, the proliferation of the pornography industry, and the drive to remove God from the public square. Those in the “religious left” actually take an anti-Biblical position on these issues and are also heavily involved in the ecumenical movement, environmental issues, opposing war for any reason, world hunger, and social issues like healthcare, welfare, and education.

There is nothing wrong with pursing these noble social issues.Believers should be more involved on those fronts. The problem with this group is their anti-Biblical position on the key spiritual issues of our day and their involvement in these ecumenical movements that require you to set aside the Absolute Truths of the Bible.

I refuse to try and judge their heart, that is something only God can and will do. However, I have every right to judge them on their actions in accordance with God’s Word. How can you say you are a person of faith, yet vote to support the legalized slaughter of over 4,000 innocent babies every day? How can you say you are a person of faith, yet vote to redefine God’s Holy Institution of Marriage? How can you say you are a person of faith, yet support special rights for people who have chosen to engage in perverted sex acts God calls an abomination, including their ability to adopt children into their deviant lifestyle?

I guess the real question becomes, what is their faith really in? It is inconsistent to say you are person of faith yet continually take a stand in complete opposition to God’s Word. Jesus said that if you love Me, you will obey Me. That means His Word. Of course, those in the “religious left” has been born out of the liberal “churches” of our day who make a mockery of Christ as they operate in open rebellion to the Truth of the Bible while claiming to be followers of Christ.

They support the legalized slaughter of babies, redefining marriage to include men with men and women with women, perverting the family by bringing children into homes with homosexual parents, and embrace ecumenical fellowships with all of the cults and false religions of the world. They deny the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, have rejected God’s Word for the Absolute Truth it represents, and have bought into the lie of the world that there are “many roads that lead to God.” These are the people who make up the “religious left!”

I love you and care about you so much. It is beyond me how a person can consider themselves a Christian, which means they are a follower of Christ and automatically a follower of His Word, yet take a public position in complete opposition to that Word. You better wake up, since this is the largest growing segment of Christendom, this apostate group who calls themselves Christians but go to churches who operate in complete rebellion to Christ and the Bible.

This is the group that is Biblically illiterate since they don’t even believe the Bible to be true. They are the politically-correct crowd who has bought the lie a woman has the right to kill her baby. They are the group who lambasts those who speak out against the sin of homosexuality, calling them names like “intolerant” and “hateful.” They call themselves Christians, but support the things Christ and the Bible condemn.

Pray for these people since you can’t call yourself a follower of Christ, yet stand on the opposite side of Christ on so many issues. Truth is not what we want it to be, it is what God says it is. We don’t have the luxury of giving our heart and life to Christ and then live any way we want. A true follower of Christ is a follower of His Word. Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

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

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

The Family Guy Cartoon Aired an Episode Titled I Dream of Jesus

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(Matthew 27:27-31)

No outrage because we simply don’t care. A few months ago, the disgusting FOX cartoon “The Family Guy” that airs in prime time on Sunday nights and targets children and families, aired an episode titled, “I Dream of Jesus.” The sad reality is, many people, I am sure even some Christians, will find this mocking portrayal of our Lord humorous. I have no doubt I will get flooded with emails from people saying, “lighten up, it is just a cartoon.” That is the whole point of this Devotional today. There is no outrage because the fact is, we simply don’t care that our Lord and Savior is mocked, demeaned, and blasphemed, and turned into a joke!

I have told you for years about NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch, a man who has made his multi-billion dollar fortune by selling sleaze to the general public guised as news. It makes me laugh how many Christians love FOX News that is also owned by this sleaze merchant. If this blasphemy of Christ had been done on NBC or some “sleazy website,” you can bet Bill O’Reilly would have done a segment on this program. It would have been a segment on Hannity and Colmes, Fox and Friends, and all of their programs. But since it was their own company putting out this blasphemy of Jesus…SILENCE!

As I sat and watched this blasphemous depiction of our Lord, let me tell you exactly what I was thinking. I thought, Lord, let the fire and brimstone rain out of the heavens on this wicked nation. Pour out your wrath and judge this rebellious people. I am dead serious. Why should God continue to withhold His wrath any longer. We legally slaughter 4,000 innocent babies every 24 hours. We make a mockery of God’s Holy Institution of Marriage. We live in complete and total rebellion to God’s Word. We blaspheme Jesus who came to save this world. We literally spit in the face of God every minute of every day. We deserve His wrath and punishment!

One year ago the stock market was at 14,000. Today it is around 8,000. That is a 35% loss in one year! Apx. 10 TRILLION dollars has been lost in the past 18 months. For those who have been part of the Liveprayer family for at least the past couple of years, you will remember I kept telling you to be prepared for 2008, it would a year of great upheaval and one like we have never experienced before, a year of great change.

It was early in 2008 I shared with you a word on how God could easily use the economy as a form of His judgment on this nation and made that case. Well, here we are, and while tens of millions of people are hurting, feeling the pain of this economic meltdown we are living through, men are creating cartoons for a prime time network program geared to children and families mocking and blaspheming Jesus.

The amazing thing is, we are so blinded by our sin, we don’t even understand how much trouble we are in. There is only one hope, one answer, and that is Jesus. Yet, instead of falling on our faces and begging Christ to forgive us for our gross sins and wickedness, we blaspheme Him in a cartoon, turning the only hope for this world and for each person into a joke. We are not only a sinful, wicked, and pathetic people, we are also very stupid people. That is like if you were drowning and there was one person with a life raft to rescue you. Instead of crying out to that person for help, you curse him and tell him to get lost.

Am I being too sensitive? Am I being so rigid that I have missed the humor in this depiction of Jesus? NO! I guarantee you that the geniuses at FOX would never, EVER, dare to depict Mohammed in this way. The FOX studios would be bombed if they did. Every Muslim group would be holding press conferences in outrage. Fatwas would be issued against Murdoch. No, they would never dare blaspheme Mohammed in this way, but Jesus, no problem because they know gutless Christians will sit back and take it. They know that there are no Christian leaders with a large platform who have the guts to speak out. I am certain they never even thought twice about it, and those who created this filth probably had a great laugh. I assure you they won’t be laughing when they take their last breath and are standing before God!

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that I might as well be talking to a brick wall today. The fact is most people, even Christians, could care less. Some days I think I should just shut off all of the servers, take my Bible, and go lay out on the beach and enjoy the few days left before God’s judgment falls on this nation. However, I wake up each day and my commitment to Christ forces me to come to my office and do everything I can that day to warn the people, bring the hope of Christ to the hurting, and tell the lost that without Jesus they will perish for all eternity. I am a bondservant to the Lord Jesus Christ and I have no choice but to serve Him. It is what I have given my life to do.

All I can do today is to pray for each person reading these words today. Pray that the Lord will move on your heart to no longer sit back and simply accept the way this world blasphemes our Lord and mocks our faith. Speak up. Quit sitting back in silence. If the world is so bold to speak up and slam our faith, we should be that much bolder in defending our faith. WE ARE RIGHT! WE HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF! WE HAVE THE TRUTH ON OUR SIDE!

May the Lord give you this day a spirit of boldness as you take your stand for Him and share His Truth with those you meet each day. It is blasphemy to reduce Jesus to a cartoon character to be laughed at and ridiculed. It is no different than what the Roman guards did to Jesus before they crucified Him! HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. HE IS THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS!!!

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

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

Is it Okay to Smoke Marijuana

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(Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:13-15)

A question I get at least once a day and many times a week on my television program is, “Is it OK to smoke marijuana?” The person asking the question always throws in that marijuana comes from God and that makes it all right. There are also many websites that give people what they think is Biblical support that smoking marijuana is acceptable for a Christian. Before I deal with this issue in more depth, let me answer the question first. NO! Letter N. Letter O. NO!

Why no? Let’s start first with the fact it is ILLEGAL! You really don’t need any other reason. However, putting that fact to the side, let’s deal with the argument that it is OK to smoke pot since it is a creation of God. Yes, God did create the plant marijuana comes from. However, God NEVER intended you to dry the plant out, go to 7-11 and buy a pack of Zig Zags, crumble the dried plant in the rolling paper, roll it up and smoke it. That my friend is a perverted use of God’s creation.

In addition to the fact it is illegal and a perverted use of God’s creation, smoking marijuana is extremely harmful to your health. It is actually worse than smoking cigarettes and can kill you. Sucking that toxic smoke into your lungs will not only ruin your health and take years from your life, but it is polluting the temple of the Holy Spirit. The only difference between smoking marijuana and putting a loaded revolver to your temple and pulling the trigger is the gun will kill you instantly and smoking marijuana takes some time.

Lastly, the only reason you smoke marijuana is to get that “high” feeling. God wants us to have a SOUND mind, not an altered mind! When you are high, you are not able to think clear and under the influence of marijuana will make choices that you normally would never make otherwise. We have spoken in the past how every day we make many choices. Our choices to follow and obey God bring blessings. Our choices to rebel against God bring consequences. When you are high you are much more likely to make choices in rebellion to God and His Word and end up paying a huge price for those choices.

Listen my friend, satan is the great justifier. He will always help you to rationalize and justify sinning against God, almost making it seem like the right thing to do. There is absolutely NO Biblical support for smoking marijuana. The same game people play in using the Bible to try and justify the sin of homosexuality is played in using the Bible to try and justify smoking pot. Taking verses out of context, stating a verse means one thing when it clearly means another, making assumptions the Word does not support, are all tricks the enemy will use to try and justify smoking marijuana. Never forget, satan is a LIAR!

Let me add that I am well aware that marijuana is also used medicinally by terminally ill people with cancer and other diseases. We are talking about a fraction of 1% who are in this group and have been legally prescribed medicinal marijuana by a doctor. What we are talking about today is the 99+% who smoke marijuana illegally simply to get high. I am also well aware of the efforts by some to legalize marijuana and the various arguments on both sides. The biggest mind altering substance is already legal and that is alcohol. We don’t need another mind altering substance legalized that will create even more marijuana addicts. Marijuana already destroys so many lives and legalizing it will only destroy more.

I love you and care about you so much. If you ever wanted a great example of the power of our culture today, just the fact I am doing an entire Devotional on this issue is proof of that. While for most reading these words today, this topic is a no brainer, I can assure you there will be many who think there is nothing wrong with smoking marijuana. They will tell you it is no different than alcohol, though they forget one small detail. Drinking alcohol, as bad as it is, is legal while smoking marijuana is against the law. It is not only illegal but is ruins your health, alters your mind, is a perverted use of God’s creation, and destroys lives.

For those of you in bondage to marijuana or who knows someone who is, I want you to know that it is no accident you are reading these words today. God is speaking to you about quitting. The first step to finding freedom from this bondage you are in to marijuana is to want to quit. Once you come to that place, God will help deliver you and set you free by His power. It is like any other bondage, you need to find people to be accountable to, drop those in your life who are still part of that world, and fully surrender to the Lord and find His strength each day to walk in victory. I will be praying for you today to be set free from this bondage!

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

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

When God allows doors to shut in your life

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(Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)

When God allows doors to shut in your life. With the economic problems over the past year, we are dealing daily with more and more people who have lost their job and those who are dealing with great financial hardships. We always receive emails for prayer every day from people who need employment, people who need financial needs met. However, what we are dealing with in increasing numbers are people who have lost their job after 5, 10, 20, even 30 years of employment. We are also dealing with people who up until recently have never dealt with economic problems in their own home.

Many of these people we are dealing with each day had their own businesses that had been successful for many years. However, due to the economic problems our nation is currently dealing with, they have had to close their business, or have been operating at a loss for many months now with no idea how they will be able to hold on much longer. Many of these business owners are dealing with the frustration of having to let their employees go, feeling as if they have let them down. If this is not you today, it may be you tomorrow, so please let God speak to your heart through these words today.

Today, I have a very practical word for you, especially those who are out of work, those who are struggling financially, those who are business owners and have either had to shut down or are just barely hanging on. First of all, never forget that the Lord loves you and He knows your pain and He knows your needs. He is with you each step of the way, even though you may feel like He has abandoned you in your darkest hour. That is a lie from the pits of hell. Jesus promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He will see you through these difficult days.

Life is made up of seasons. The older you get, the easier it is to look back on your life and see those clearly defined seasons. You can see them begin and end. Nothing happens in our life that God doesn’t allow to happen. That is often hard to swallow, especially when we are facing hard times. It is interesting that very few people question why God allows the good things to happen to us along our journey through this life, but will always question God when we are faced with difficult circumstances.

Obvsiouly, every person’s situation and circumstances is unique. However, let me give you some counsel today that may help you, especially if you are out of work, if you are dealing with economic hardships, if you have a business that has closed or is just barely getting by. We get comfortable with our life. We get comfortable with our job. We get comfortable in making the money we need to live. We get comfortable with how our life operates. We get used to the way we live. When something changes, we lose that comfort level. Most people don’t like change.

So when we lose our job, or when we can’t pay our bills, or when our business is failing, it turns our life upside down. People instinctively seek the Lord in prayer for their job, for their finances, for their business. That is natural. They pray for God to basically put things back the way they were. This is really critical, so please don’t miss this. When we are faced with major changes in our life, we pray and seek the Lord to fix the problem and want things to be the way they were because nobody really likes change. People pray and try to hang on to things as they used to be.

I want you to know today that often things happen in our life because God is allowing one season to end and a new season to begin. Never forget, He loves you and cares about you. He loves to bless His children and only wants the best for you. He often is allowing one season to end and a new season to begin so He can bless you more than you have ever known. Sadly, most people would rather keep things the way they are since that is what they are comfortable with, when God is trying to change things so He can bless you in a greater way!

When we lose our job, when we are having financial difficulties, when we have a failing business, most people need outside counsel. It is their life and because they are so invested in things the way they are, they can’t see anything else. Often it takes an outside pair of eyes from someone who knows the Lord to give you wise counsel and to help you see other paths that you may not be even thinking about. We are so focused on how we want things done and how we want God to move, we often don’t even see or consider other paths. Having wise counsel from the outside can often help us see that there are options we never even considered, ways to get things done we simply haven’t thought of.

In many cases, it is as simple as God closing the door on a season in your life in order to move you into a new and better season. He may allow you to lose your job so He can give you a better job. He may allow you to suffer financial hardships to help you reorganize the financial side of your life so that you can move forward and as He blesses you, make you a better and wiser steward of what He entrust into your care. He may allow a business it fail so that you can start an even better business or possibly so that God can move you in a totally new direction that in the past was impossible because of your commitment to your business.

I love you and care about you so much. Every day we see people out of work get new jobs. Often they are in different fields. Sometimes they are not as good as their old job in the beginning, but as time goes on, they may offer great opportunities and blessings. Daily we see people struggling financially. God gives them favor and wisdom to make it through their struggles, and as time goes on, they are blessed and become wise stewards over their finances. I am dealing daily with business people who lost one business, but started a better one. I am also dealing with business people who God has moved into other endeavors, some into full time ministry.

What I want you to understand today is that no matter what your situation may be, what your struggle may be, God is there with you every step of the way and is guiding you. He will often allows doors to close so that He can open new and better doors. So my word for you is to fear not, and while change is never comfortable, embrace it. Be excited by it. Life is exciting. It is also very brief. You should experience as much of life as you can, and new challenges, new opportunities, only makes your life that much more complete.

Please know that I will be praying for you today. I will be praying for those who need jobs, for those who have financial needs met, for those business owners to be blessed with new business. I will also be praying for those who are in these situations to seek wise counsel and to be open that God may be closing some doors in your life to open new and better ones. Also, be praying, since God may be allowing things to happen in your life to give you the opportunity to answer His call to full-time service.

As these last days unfold, now more than ever we need men and women who love the Lord to serve Him. God may be allowing things to happen in your life so that you can serve Him full time. Know that as you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will insure that your day to day needs are met. Open your heart to the Lord, to HIS will, to HIS plan, to what HE may want to do with your life. As you do, God will not only meet your every need, but bless you above and beyond all you could ever ask or think. He may not allow your life to be “comfortable,” but I assure you He will always meet your needs and make your life exciting!

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

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

Am I now trying to Win the Approval of Men or of God

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(Galatians 1:10)

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Pleasing God rather than man!!! Carrie Prejean is a classic example of what I challenge people to do daily, take a stand for their faith in the marketplace. Carrie took her stand on one of the grandest stages of all, before an international television audience in the final stages of the Miss America contest! Representing the State of California, and being one of the finalists vying for this year’s crown, she was given her opportunity when she was asked a question about gay marriage by celebrity blogger and radical sodomite activist Perez Hilton.

Now, Carrie Prejean is not a pastor. She is a beauty pageant contestant. Her scores in the final round of the competition had her either in the lead or very close. Her answer in this final phase would ultimately give her the scores she needed to be crowned our latest Miss America. There was really no reason for her to do anything but give a typical politically-correct answer to appease the judges and viewers to secure her victory. It was a real-life example of choosing to please man or please God.

She started down a very safe road with her answer, expressing the fact that in this country we have choices. She had every reason to stay on that safe road, but at the moment of truth, Prejean clearly stated that according to how she was raised and her faith, marriage was between a man and a woman. In that spilt second, she decided that it was better to please God than man. Many have speculated her answer cost her the Miss America crown, but let me assure you, she may have lost that temporal crown, but in return she will receive a heavenly crown for taking her stand for God’s Holy Institution of Marriage!!!

In the wake of her stand for marriage being between a man and a women, Hilton has castigated her calling her a dumb b* and recently referring to her as a c*, only showing what a low class, sad, disgusting, and troubled man he really is. Once again, Prejean has taken the path of our Lord and her only response to Hilton and the other critics that have hammered her relentlessly has been to state she is praying for them. AMEN!

Let me make this critical observation. In a time when high-profile Christians with huge followings like the gutless Joel Osteen and Rick Warren are compromising the Truth of the Bible to please men, it took a mere beauty pageant contestant to stand in the public spotlight and take her stand for God’s Truth. She refused to worry about the personal consequences, has endured the wrath and hatred from those in the homosexual community, but instead of apologizing to them, she has stood firm in her faith. A great example for all.

I love you and care about you so much. Most reading this will never had to stand before a worldwide television audience and stand for Christ, enduring the public ridicule of the international media afterwards. However, every day in your neighborhood, at the grocery store, in the gym, at work, in school, on the athletic field, you get YOUR opportunity to take a stand for Christ and for Biblical Truth.

What example will you follow? The example of one high-profile Christian after another who goes into the secular media and compromises God’s Truth, opting to please men over God? Or will you be like Carrie Prejean and boldly, proudly, take your stand for Christ? I pray today that regardless of the personal consequences, you will choose to please God over men. I am praying for you and for His boldness and strength the next opportunity you get!!!

***As we are heading into the last 6 days of the month, we need $40,000 to cover the rest of our April internet and TV/radio obligations. I am praying for the Lord to move on the hearts of each person in the Liveprayer family who is able, to send a gift by the end of the month to help me insure these obligations are met on time. I know many are facing difficult times, but I also know God has protected and blessed most through this economic storm. What better way to show your gratitude than by using some of those resources to bring His hope to so many lost and hurting souls.

It has been the faithfulness of many friends these past 116 months that has allowed us to be a blessing to millions. Now you can be a blessing to someone who needs Christ by sending the most generous gift you can today. The Bible teaches to give as you are able. For some that may be a gift of $20 or $50. For others it may be a gift of $100 or $200. Still others can give $500, $1,000, or even more. It is not the amount God sees, but your heart. Simply be obedient and give as the Holy Spirit guides you to give.

Also, we have had 15 people who have contacted me to let me know they would be part of the 300 I need to make a special commitment of $1,000/mo from April thru December in order for Liveprayer to pay off ALL remaining debt, and cover our existing monthly operational costs as we build a base of at least 1 million people in the Jonah Project to immediately lead this nation back to God and His Truth. Please pray today about making the sacrifice to be part of this special group of people God is putting together.

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: bkeller@liveprayer.com, or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.

Thank you for standing with me. Now is the moment, this is the time. It is a new year. We must forge ahead to lead this nation back to God and to Biblical values, and bring His hope to the lost. May you be richly blessed as you serve and follow Him. Together, God can use our lives to impact millions of souls in these last days for all eternity!

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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