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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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

God’s Wrath Upon this Nation is Imminent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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

Why a Christian Should Celebrate Easter (Resurrection Day)

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(Matthew 28:1-8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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

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

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(Hebrews 10:25)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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

Babies – A Precious Gift from God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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

The Pop Quizzes of Life God Gives Us Each Day

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(Malachi 3:3)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, why aren’t the Muslims ever attacked by the homosexual activists like they did the Mozilla CEO and others who disagree with them, since Islam outlaws homosexuality and same-sex marriage?

ANSWER: What a great question! The short answer is because they are both on the same team,TEAM SATAN, with the same goal to destroy lives and lead souls to hell through their lies!!! The silence of the homosexual activists regarding Islam is deafening! In most Islamic controlled countries, you can be put to death for engaging in homosexual activities. You will also NEVER SEE men marrying men or women marrying women or anyone protesting they should! Yet, not a word about this “bigotry” and “intolerance” from the homosexual activists since they are afraid of Muslims and their violent response to those who oppose them. Like all true “bullies,” the homosexual activists AND the Muslims, attack, intimidate, and strong arm those who disagree with them into silence and doing what they want. Note: Neither the homosexual activists or Muslims have been successful over the past 15 years in their constant efforts to intimidate me to be silent. Actually, the more they threaten me, the louder and bolder I speak out to expose their sin and lies designed to destroy lives and lead the souls of men and women to eternity in hell!!!

I was richly blessed in my elementary school years to have wonderful teachers who really cared about me. They were a big part of my life and like family. I have always thanked God for such wonderful, loving, caring people who gave of themselves to instill the basics into my life. It was a firm foundation that the rest of my academic life was built upon. In the third grade, I had a history teacher, Mrs. Wilson. You had to stay on your toes with Mrs. Wilson because she was famous for her pop quizzes. You never knew when, and usually when you least expected it. Often she would stop in the middle of a lesson, tell us to take out a piece of paper, and proceed to give us a pop quiz.

God does that to us also. Rarely a day goes by that at some point, He doesn’t tell us to take out a piece of paper and proceed to give us a pop quiz. The purpose and use of a pop quiz is to give us a measuring stick to see how we are progressing. Like Mrs. Wilson, God’s pop quizzes come at the most unexpected times, when we least expect it. We may wake up one morning and to our horror see that our alarm clock did not work and we are an hour late. Do we panic start running around frustrated? Or do we take a second, pray, and ask the Lord to help us be where we need to be, do all we need to do even though we are an hour late?

Often the pop quiz occurs in traffic. The thoughts of the day racing in our mind, in a hurry to get to our destination, and of course, someone not driving the way we think they should. Do we get angry, yell at them, shake our fist at them, call them names? Or do we rest in the fact God is guiding us to our destination in His time, not ours? The pop quiz may happen at school or work. We deal with people in our lives daily, classmates, coworkers. How do we handle the problems that always arise from these inter-personal relationships?

Of course, all through the day there are opportunities for the Lord to give us a pop quiz. With our finances, our spouse, our family members, decisions about romance, where to live, where to fellowship, how to serve Him, and on, and on, and on.

I often take a few minutes at night before going to bed, and replay the events of the day. What I did, what happened throughout the day. I try to reflect back and see how I did in relationship to actually living my faith. How did I handle the pop quizzes the Lord threw at me that day. This has proved to be a valuable tool for me in regard to my spiritual growth, as well as identifying areas of my life that I need to really work on. By doing this, I can see those areas that need attention. It also keeps me very close to the Lord, because you CANNOT pass the pop quizzes God gives us each day, and not be walking close with the Lord. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE.

It would be like someone who had virtually no knowledge of chemistry, walking into an advanced chemistry class and taking a test. This daily review also makes it very difficult for us to be living with sin in our life. We become aware of our sins, we repent of them, ask the Lord’s forgiveness, and work on keeping that sin out of our life in the future.

The 20-30 minutes you should spend at the start of every day in prayer and the Word, the 10-15 minutes you should spend with the Lord before you go to bed reflecting on that day, are the most productive minutes of the day. They will ultimately be the difference between living a victorious or defeated life. They are the difference between walking with Christ each day, or running from Him.

I love you and care about you very much. I want to see you getting an A+ on all of your pop quizzes the Lord throws you way each day. To do that however, requires work on your part. The only way I could do well on the pop quizzes Mrs. Wilson would give our class, was to study the material, and be prepared. That is what God is asking you to do as well. Study the material in His Word, and be prepared to put what you read into action in your daily life. The fact is, the pop quizzes God gives us are real life, with real consequences. Failing them in some cases can dramatically alter your life.

This is not a game, but very serious. Men and women in the armed services train diligently, because they know that the training they undertake one day can save their life as well as the lives of many others. As soldiers in God’s army, we need to take our training just as serious, because the eternal souls of many are at stake.

My prayer today is that you will start to really pay attention to those tests God gives you each and every day. They are a way for you to stay focused each day on Him, stay aware of the weak areas of your life, and keep you prepared for the real life spiritual battles we face each and every day. I have to admit, I was very challenged by the pop quizzes Mrs. Wilson gave our class. I made it a point to study hard, always be prepared so that I could do well on them. I try to do that today in my spiritual life, and challenge you to do the same. Never forget, our life is a series of tests, tests that help us in our spiritual growth, tests that help us to stay prepared for the work God has for us to do. Make sure you are ready for that next pop quiz God has for you

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

The United States is Begging God to Curse this Nation

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(Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11, 21:43-45)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, some people think God chose who he was going to be saved even before they were born. I tend to think He just knew who was going to follow him and who wasn’t. What is your opinion?

ANSWER: It is the age old debate about “election.” God in His omniscience knew before the foundations of the earth was formed who would accept Him and who would reject Him. Having said that, despite His knowledge, man has the free will to accept or reject Christ and God DOES NOT interfere with that free will choice, meaning each person is responsible for what they do with Jesus. Otherwise, there would be no need for preaching the Gospel, there would be no point in evangelizing, and all of the commandments regarding telling others (Romans 10) would be meaningless.

The United States is begging God to curse this nation!!! The promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 IS STILL IN EFFECT TODAY! God clearly told Abraham that He would bless those who blessed him (the children of Israel), and curse those who cursed him (the children of Israel)!

In addition to legally slaughtering apx. 4,000 babies every 24 hours in this nation, perverting God’s Holy Institution of Marriage, bowing down to worship false gods and idols man has created in his evil imagination, and being totally sold out to sin of every kind of sin you can name, this nation has also turned its back on Israel!!!

Secretary of State John Kerry, like ALL past Secretary of States, and President Obama, like all past Presidents, are literally fighting God Himself and inviting the Almighty to curse this nation as they attempt to give away part of the land God gave to His chosen people to the enemies of Israel!

Please, do yourself a favor right now and get your Bible and sit down and spend the next 10 minutes reading the anchor verses for today, Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11; 21:43-45. You could spend hours reading all the passages in God’s Word that confirm that modern-day Israel is the land God promised to Abraham and gave to His children.

You do not have to be a Bible scholar to quickly realize in just the few key passages I have given you today that the land of Israel is indeed the exact land God Himself promised to His children 4,000 years ago, and fulfilled that promise in 1385 B.C. when Joshua took possession of that land.

Having laid the Biblical case to support that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, now you can see why giving away even one inch of that land to anyone else is going against God Himself. No person, no nation, has the right to give away what God promised and gave to the Jewish people. Those who do make themselves an enemy of God!

Over and over throughout the Bible and human history, nations have invaded this land, taken it over, only to be defeated in the end. The land of Israel is only 20,330 sq km, slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey. Out of the billions of square miles that exist on this earth, this is the only place on the planet God literally promised and gave to His children. For anyone to go in and try to give a piece of that land away is foolish.

That is why the current “peace plan” Secretary Kerry and the United States are trying to broker, will never work and has actually put our nation on the opposite side of God again! Let me be clear. The Gaza Strip belongs to ISRAEL! The West Bank belongs to ISRAEL! Jerusalem, 100% OF IT, belongs to ISRAEL!

For this nation to be involved in any deals, even under the guise of “peace,” that involves giving away the land God gave to the children of Israel is taking on God Himself! Not to mention that this land is being given away to the ENEMIES OF ISRAEL!!!

My friend, one of the problems many have with the Bible is that they can’t understand why a God of love would command His children to go to war and “Kill every man, woman, child, and living thing” as He did many times in the Old Testament. The reason was this. God in His omniscience knew that the enemies of Israel, those who came to possess their land, had no desire for peace but the complete destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people. The complete obliteration of the Jewish people was their ONLY goal, not peace.

Israel clearly understands the reality that there are people and nations who desire their death and destruction. They don’t have the luxury of great oceans on either side as we do and their enemies literally live all around them. That is what makes this current “peace plan” so silly.

To actually take some of the small amount of land that belongs to Israel and literally give it to their enemies is absurd and ridiculous. It will only embolden and empower those who seek the destruction of Israel. Again, make no mistake about it. While we and others seek “peace,” it takes TWO to make peace. Despite the claims by the Palestinian leadership, their goal is NOT peace but the destruction of Israel!!

I have always been amused at why anyone thinks it is necessary to give the little strip of land God gave to Israel away to her enemies, when Israel is surrounded by Arab nations with VAST AMOUNTS of land who could easily assimilate their Arab brothers into their countries. Why do the Palestinians have to live on the land God gave to Israel when there is plenty of land in neighboring Arab countries they could live on?

How about a “peace plan” that gave some of the land in surrounding Arab countries to the Palestinians???

I love you and care about you so much. I want to close today with a powerful promise God made to Abraham 4,000 years ago in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” This one verse of Scripture is why what is happening in Israel right now is so critical to THIS NATION!

In being part of a plan to give away the land God gave to Israel to anyone, especially her enemies who seek her destruction, puts us on the wrong side of God. We should be seeking the BLESSINGS of God, not His CURSES!

Know that I am praying for you today. Even though most Jewish people have rejected Christ as their Savior, blinded to the reality that He is the Messiah they were promised in the Old Testament, they were, are, and always will be God’s chosen people. The promise God gave Abraham in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect today.

Our Christian faith is traced back through the children of Israel. The last events of this world will be played out in Israel. That is why we need to pray for and support the Jewish people and God’s plan for the land of Israel. Our blessings in life come from following God not being in opposition to God!

Also, be praying for this special group of people God chose to reveal Himself to and carry His message to the world. It was through the Jewish people God brought His Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Wonderful groups like Jews for Jesus have done a great work in bringing the fact the Messiah prophesied throughout the Old Testament, is Jesus!

Jesus is the fulfillment of all of those Old Testament prophecies, and despite the fact He was rejected by his own people, today millions of Jewish people have come to know Jesus as their personal Savior by faith. In Heaven there will be no Jew or Gentile, only those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

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