A special personal challenge for YOU!!!

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(Luke 2:1-20)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, Thank You for giving me another day of life. Let me use this day to bring glory and honor to You! You are the Creator, the giver of life. Never let me take even one day, one hour, for granted. Use me this day to bless those I come in contact with, that You may be glorified! In the name of Jesus I pray. AMEN!!!

***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Even though China is a communist country, the United States has adopted many of their practices. I often speak on the TV program about China. Their surveillance and tracking of the apx. 1.4 billion people who live in China (the Social Credit Score I did a Daily Devotional on last week is one way they do this) and the persecution of Christians living in China. The Chinese govt. openly states they believe “one more Christian is one less Chinese.” The Chinese govt. is now demanding that clergy in China base their sermons on a new book that blends Bi! blical
teachings with the teachings of Confucius as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity. Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in China where churches are burned to the ground or closed down, pastors are routinely given long prison sentences, tortured, and killed, and Chinese Christians are routinely harassed and jailed just for reading their Bible and attending a church service!

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In case you haven’t checked the calendar, 14 weeks from this Wednesday is Christmas Day. Oh yes, please don’t be mad at me, I said Christmas Day!!! The Holy Spirit led me to write this message today so that you can start preparing to make this the best and most blessed Christmas of your e! ntire life. It is important for
me to share this special word with you now, well enough in advance of all that goes on during the Christmas season, so that you can take the steps necessary to insure this Christmas is the most special and spiritually rewarding Christmas of your life!!!

In just 10 weeks from this Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving and the Christmas season will be in full swing. There will be the parties, the shopping, the food, the family and friends, the events at church, all leading up to Christmas morning. For most people, it is a very busy time of the year and no doubt Jesus will be mentioned and thought of during all of the hustle and bustle, but sadly not the real focus or attention. We get so busy “doing Christmas” that along the way we tend to lose sight of what this special time of year is really all about.

For most people every Christmas is about the same. You attend the various parties at work, with people you may share a hobby with, those in your neighborhood. O! f course,
there is always the shopping. Some start after Thanksgiving, others are shopping for Christmas now, and there are always those who do their shopping on December 24th. One of the highlights of the Christmas season is all the good food. It seems everywhere you go during this time of year there is an endless supply of scrumptious food to indulge in.

Obviously, Christmas would not be Christmas without family and friends. Each year it is the time of year for families to get together, for some the only time of the year they do, and catch up on each other’s lives. We often see those dear friends from the past during Christmas and have the opportunity to spend some time with them. No doubt one of the things that makes Christmas so special each year is being with our family and friends. Then there are the Christmas events at church. The great Christmas carols we sing during December, the Christmas cantatas, pageants, and plays every year. Those events at our church help to brin! g our
hearts and minds back to the focus of what this season is really all about.

Christmas morning is always a special time in most homes. We are surrounded by our closest family members, enjoying special food, sharing presents, reliving the memories of Christmases past and making new memories. Yes, the parties, the presents, the food, the family and friends, the activities at church all make each Christmas a very special time of the year in our lives, even though most people do pretty much the exact same things each Christmas season.

That is why this Christmas I want to challenge you to make it the most blessed Christmas of your life..EVER!!! There is nothing wrong with the parties, and the presents, and the food ( just be prepared for all of the hours in the gym during January), being with family and friends, enjoying the activities at your church. The problem is that we get so busy in all of the activities of the Christmas season we tend to forget or not put enough! emphasis
on what this time of year is all about, and that is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Sadly, it is easy to lose sight of Jesus in the midst of all that is going on in our lives and I want to help you make sure that doesn’t happen this Christmas!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I understand we ALL know the meaning of Christmas. The problem is we have heard the story of Christ’s birth so many times and we know in our head that Christmas is about Jesus, that we really don’t take the time we should each day during the Christmas season to let it sink into our hearts and get the full impact of the incredible miracle Christmas is.

This Christmas, I want to make sure that you stay focused each day in December on Jesus. This Christmas, I want to make sure that every day in December you are focused on the Lord and what really happened that first Christmas to change human history forever. I want to help you keep CHRIST in your Christmas so that i! t is the
best and most blessed Christmas of your entire life!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller


A sad byproduct of a nation that has rejected God and Biblical Truth!!!

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(Genesis 2: 7)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know satan is a liar and the ultimate loser! I know my life is precious and a gift from YOU. Let me never take even one day for granted. Please help me to never listen to satan’s lies that in those difficult moments life can bring, I would be better off ending my life. Life is from you oh God, death is from the enemy of my soul. My Jesus won the victory over death when he rose from the dead, guaranteeing that all who follow Him also have victory over death. Help me to live for You each day, and for all eternity. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

According to the CDC, suicide rates are the highest it’s been in decades! I have talked to you many times about the fact 22 people in our military or military vets take their life every day! We are now facing an epidemic of teen suicides. Netflix recently had a program about a teen girl taking her life, “13 Reasons Why.” In the months since t! hat program
aired, there has been a rash of suicides of young males between 10 and 18.

Every week there are stories about different occupations seeing a spike in suicides. Doctors, Wall Street execs, farmers, law enforcement, PASTORS. There is no profession in the nation that is not seeing a rise in the numbers of people in that profession taking their own lives. It is a clear byproduct of a nation that has rejected God and Biblical Truth!

Never forget, satan has come to “kill, steal, and destroy!” Suicide is the work of satan!!!

One of the saddest things that I have to deal with every single day is the tragedy of someone taking their own life. The fact is, right now there are people reading these words who are actually contemplating killing themselves. If this is you, or if you have had thoughts of killing yourself, know that it is no accident you are reading these words today. God is trying to speak to you, so please, LISTEN TO HIM!

You see my friend, Go! d not only
loves you very much, but He is the one who gave you your life and wants you to live. It is satan who wants you dead! Never forget that satan has come to what, KILL, steal, and destroy!

Satan wants you dead! The thoughts you have of killing yourself don’t come from God, they come from satan. He is the one telling you that you would be better off dead. He is the one who is telling you that you should just give up and kill yourself. He is the one who is telling you that the best answer to your problems is to take your life. He is the one who is telling you that everyone else will be better off if you were dead. He is the one who is telling you that your life is meaningless and it is not worth living any longer.

SATAN IS A LIAR! In John 8:44, Jesus tells us that he is the “father of lies,” that when he speaks, he “speaks his native language,” LYING! The thoughts you have of killing yourself are coming directly from the pits of hell, from the very lips of that liar

God on the other hand wants you to LIVE! God is Truth! It is God who is telling you to live. It is God who loved you so much He sent His very Son to die for your sins. It is God who is telling you to cast your cares on Him and let Him see you through those difficult times. It is God who says you are not alone, that He will never leave you nor forsake you. It is God who is telling you that your life has meaning and purpose. It is God who is telling you that He has given you life and life abundantly. It is God who is telling you to trust Him and LIVE!

So what this really boils down to is who do you listen to, satan, who is a liar, or God, who speaks Truth? Seriously, if you are having thoughts of killing yourself or if you have ever had thoughts of killing yourself, you have got to understand where those thoughts are coming from and ultimately make the choice who you are going to listen to. If you are having thoughts of killing yourself today, or if you have! ever had
those thoughts, make sure you take a moment to ask yourself the critical question of who you are going to listen to, satan, a liar who wants you dead, or God, who represents Truth and wants you to live.

Now let me answer one of the most asked questions I get each day. Killing yourself does NOT keep you from Heaven, the only thing that keeps you from Heaven is rejecting Christ as your Savior. *THIS DOES NOT MEAN IT IS OK TO KILL YOURSELF OR A PASS TO COMMIT SUICIDE!!! Make no mistake, killing yourself IS a sin. To even think of suicide is rebelling against God. However, the ONLY sin that will send you to hell is rejecting Christ. If you have truly accepted by faith Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you commit suicide, you will spend eternity with God your Creator.

The reason suicide is a sin is because it is God who gives us life for the purpose of serving and glorifying Him, and it is ONLY God who can say when our work here on earth is finished. Remember, ! if you
accept Him into your heart it is NOT your life any longer, it belongs to Him. That means it is NOT your right to end your life. That right only belongs to God. Suicide is an act of rebellion towards God!

I know there are some people who erroneously believe that if you kill yourself you can’t go to Heaven since you died without repenting of that sin. According to that erroneous theology, if you commit a sin, have a massive heart attack and die instantly without confessing that sin you committed prior to dying you would be lost for all eternity. Sorry, but that is simply not what the Bible teaches.

Some may ask, what are the consequences of the sin of suicide since it ends your life? One of the consequences of all sin is it keeps us from enjoying our relationship with the Lord. Sin keeps us from being all God wants us to be. Sin keeps us from knowing the joy, the peace, the abundance the Lord promised to us in this life.

Those who commit suicide have already ! allowed
the enemy to blind them to God’s love, otherwise, they would never make such a horrible choice. Someone who commits this act misses the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan for their life. It is a very sad way to end this wonderful journey, and a way God never intended!

Suicide is really nothing more than an act of cowardice and is one of the most selfish things anyone can ever do. Despite all the reasons that satan the liar gives you to kill yourself, it really boils down to the fact that only a coward chooses this course of action. Rather than deal with the problems of life, fight through them, work towards victory in the power God can give you, you chose instead to simply stop living altogether. That my friend is a coward’s answer to their problems.

Suicide is also one of the most selfish acts a person can commit. One of the great lies satan feeds a person thinking about killing themselves is that their family and friends would be better off if they were dead.

truth is, a people who kills themselves leave behind family and friends, who in many cases, spend the rest of their life carrying around unnecessary guilt over what role they may have played in causing the person the loved and cared about to kill themselves. I deal daily with family members and friends of a person who has committed suicide and they experience tremendous guilt over what they may have done to force their loved one or friend into taking their life.

*To you family members and friends of someone who has committed suicide, YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY CHOSE TO DO! They, not you, made this sad and tragic choice. So please, don’t put yourself under the unnecessary burden of carrying around guilt from something you didn’t cause and didn’t do.

Let me speak directly to anyone who may be contemplating suicide this very moment. It is God who gives us this precious gift we call life. Dealing daily with some of the most incredible human situations you ! can ever
imagine, I understand the pain, the difficulty, the hopelessness so many live with each day. It is always at the lowest points in our life when the enemy attacks us. Like with everything, there are always scenarios, always circumstances we can point to, but sin is sin, and no amount of justification changes that. THERE IS ALWAYS AN ANSWER OTHER THAN SIN!!!!

I love you, and I care about you more than you will ever know. The pain I feel daily as I walk with you in your time of need is sometimes overwhelming. But I keep the truth and promise of God’s Word in my heart, and the hope and love we have in Christ in my every thought. I will be praying today for you, that you will never even consider suicide as an option. IT IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE YOUR LIFE BELONGS TO GOD. Only God can say when it is over.

Instead of focusing on the lies of the enemy, on the pain and the circumstances in your life, look instead to the Truth we find in God’s Word, the promises and hope we! have in
Christ and the fact God will ALWAYS give us a path of escape. God has a wonderful and perfect plan for your life. The key is you have to be alive for that plan to unfold. Don’t ever take this wonderful gift of life for granted, because it will be over soon enough. In the meantime, we need to be focused on what it is God wants from our life, what it is God wants us to accomplish each day for Him.

Let me leave with you two powerful truths from God’s Word. The first is, He loves you so very much. The second is, He is a God of answers. Embrace His love for you today, and let Him help you find the answers to those questions you have. There is only one option if you know Christ as your savior and that is to LIVE for Him.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

The same Jesus who healed someone else, is the very same Jesus who can heal YOU!!!

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(Mark 5:25-34)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, Thank You for the strength You give me each day to be victorious over my enemies. I know watan is out to kill, steal, and destroy, but he is a defeated foe. Through You, I HAVE THE VICTORY! No matter what things may look like in the natural, let me never forget that there is victory in Jesus. Because You have won the victory, I have won the victory. Thank You Jesus! It is in Your name I pray…AMEN!

I know that a large percentage of people reading these words need God’s healing touch. Many of you are reading these words today in tremendous pain. Many of you are reading these words today as you face an upcoming surgery. Many of you are reading these words today as you deal with a serious disease. Many of you are reading these words today as you are trying to heal from a sickness or injury. Every person reading these words today has a family member, friend, or someone you know who needs God’s healin! g touch.

Let me say this very clearly, GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN SEPTEMBER OF 2019!!!

Out of the 40,000+ emails for prayer we receive every day here at Liveprayer, out of the emails we receive 5 days a week from viewers of the Liveprayer TV program, healing is one of the top 3 requests along with financial problems and relationship issues. Several hundred thousand of the over 16 million praise reports we have received since we started Liveprayer over 20 years ago, are from people God has healed.

Don’t forget, Jesus healed 10 lepers and only 1 came back to say thank you, so I have no doubt God has healed 10x more people who we never heard back from. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN SEPTEMBER OF 2019!

As you read these words today I want to remind you of a great truth. GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. What that simply means is what God has done for someone else, God will do for you. Please, let me say that one more time so you can let it si! nk into
your Spirit. What God has done for someone else, God will do for YOU!!!

In the Bible, we read about the woman with the issue of blood. God’s Word tells us that she spent all of her money on the doctors of her day trying to get better without any success. Then one day she heard about a man named Jesus coming to her town who was doing great miracles, including healing people. With no other hope, she exercised that “measure of faith” each person has and began to believe Jesus could heal her.

We read how when she got to the place Jesus was ministering, a great crowd, the Bible calls it a “throng,” was already present. Now it would have been very easy for this woman to get discouraged after seeing all the people gathered around Jesus and simply give up and go home. But you see this woman was not going to be denied the opportunity to see our Lord, the One she was believing could heal her.

We read how she pressed through the crowd of people. I can picture this wo! man
elbowing her way past people, pushing them out of her way, wading through this sea of humanity foot by foot until she was finally close enough to reach out and touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing. The Bible tells us that the moment she touched the hem of His garment she was instantly healed. Please understand that there was nothing magical about what Jesus was wearing that day. His garment had no magical healing powers. It simply became a point of contact for her faith.

She had the faith to believe as she stretched out her hand and grabbed the hem of His garment that she would be healed, and she was!!!

Let me share something exciting with you today. There is a powerful truth in the Book of Hebrews that tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Listen to me carefully now. The powerful meaning of that truth for YOUR life today is simply this. The very same Jesus who healed that woman we read about in the Bible who had the issue ! of blood,
is the very same Jesus who is here to heal you today.


I love you and care about you so much. My friend, as I come to you today I want you to know that not a day goes by I don’t see the healing power of Jesus Christ at work in people’s lives. Every single day I receive praise reports from people Christ has healed. If you need God’s healing touch in your body today, if there is someone that you know that needs to be healed, I want to encourage you to be like that woman with the issue of blood and exercise that “measure of faith” today. Just like she reached out to touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing, you can reach out to Him today through prayer.

Stop what you are doing right now and call on the name of Jesus. Reach out to him IN FAITH ask Him to heal you! or the
one you love. As you do, remember that the very same Jesus you are crying out to today, is the very same Jesus who healed the woman with the issue of blood. He is no respecter of persons and what He did for her, He will do for you. As the healing virtue of Christ flowed through her body and she was made whole, Jesus looked at her and said, “Go, your faith has made you whole.”

I want you to know that I will be praying for you today. I will be standing in agreement with you today as you take that step of faith for God’s healing touch on your body or the body of the one you love. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN SEPTEMBER OF 2019! May you hear Him say to you, “Go, your faith has made you whole!!!”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

We must never forget!!!

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***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under Your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for You in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of Your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses You, help me to stand for Your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to You in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!




(Originally sent on September 12, 2001)

It is 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, the 11th of September as I write this De! votional.
I am absolutely drained as I type these words. I have been in prayer the last hour, asking God to speak through me to help put this watershed day in US history in some perspective for you. First of all, thank you for joining me this morning in what turned out to be an incredible prayer effort. Less than an hour after the events of the day began to unfold, I sent a special call to prayer to over 700,000 worldwide that make up the subscriber base of this Daily Devotional.

Many forwarded it on to family and friends, and within a few hours, we had mobilized over 1 million around the world to be in prayer for the families of those who lost loved ones, for the injured, for those brave men and women in the rescue teams, the talented people in the hospitals, for our nation’s leaders, and finally, for those who planned and carried out this horrific attack on innocent people. I know God heard our prayers and has been working in a mighty way throughout this tragic day. Addition! ally, we
were flooded with tens of thousands of emails, many expressing fear over what happened, many wondering if the end is now upon us, most asking simply, why did God allow this? Let me take this time to deal with these questions, and put the events of this day in perspective for you.

Why did God allow this to happen to innocent people? There is never a good answer when these tragedies occur. To try and understand however, you must step back and look at the big picture. God made man and all creation perfect. When man sinned in the Garden of Eden, that perfection was spoiled. He was now born with sin and his environment was tainted by sin. The fact is, we live in a world where evil abounds. It is rampant throughout every aspect of creation. As part of this world, we are subject to the evil actions of sinful men around us.

Could God stop an event like this from occurring? Of course. Why doesn’t He? Only God knows that answer, but the Bible teaches us that there will com! e a day
in time when He will end this world as we know it. Don’t forget, we are bound by time and space. We measure our lives with time. God is not bound by time and space. The Bible tells us that a thousand years are but a day to God. So while we may wonder why it takes God so long to clean things up, we forget that God has no conception of time. His creation will come and go quickly in light of eternity, even though it seems like a long time to us.

The fact is, all throughout human history, people are born and they die. Many die tragically, seemingly innocent of anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nobody who got on those hijacked planes today, nobody who went to work at the World Trade Center today, nobody who went to work at the Pentagon today, thought they would never make it back home. The Bible clearly tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. That is why we must make the most of today, and treat it like the precious gift it is.

! We must
find ways to serve Him, even if that is simply being kind to someone you meet along the way. We should never take for granted our daily time with the Lord in prayer and the Word, since that is the only relationship we take with us into eternity. Never take your life for granted, since you never know when and how it will end. Until God steps in and wipes this creation away as He has promised to do one day, there will be evil in the world, and innocent people will tragically die.

Is this the start of the end times? Only God knows for sure. In my spiritual gut, I believe today was a VERY big day in the overall end time events. Any time someone tries to take a specific current event and match it up with a passage of Scripture, be VERY CAUTIOUS of that person. That is an extremely dangerous game. My gut instinct about what happened today is in this context. There is no doubt that the United States has played a special role in God’s overall plan. This nation was blessed from! its
founding and used by God to bring millions and millions of souls worldwide to the Kingdom.

I have shared in the past how I was very concerned that in the last 40 years we have squandered our blessing through the moral decay we have allowed this nation to undergo. The destruction of the family, abortion, compromising the Word of God, have led to the United States to be much like Israel in the Old Testament. I have warned you, and have no doubt that without dealing with these issues immediately, God will eventfully take His hand of protection and blessing off of our great nation, just like He did at times with Israel.

The Holy Spirit quickened in me this morning as I watched what happened, that “God allowed this to happen to our great nation.” Only God knows the day and time of the return of Christ, but the Bible says it will be in the twinkling of an eye. The Word of God clearly tells us that we are living in the last days. Today’s event for me was simply more con! firmation
of that.

The question many are asking is, “What can I do?” Pray and serve. Today is a wake-up call for all of God’s children to realize how serious this battle is. We have it way too easy here in the United States. We have the freedom to worship God any way that we want, we face minimal if any persecution, we have the resources of the greatest nation in the world. Yet despite all of that, the majority of God’s children here are spiritually fat and lazy.

We pay very little cost to be called a child of God. I think about those early Christians, how they sat in the Roman prisons, waiting to be fed to the lions. They knew that there was a price to be a Christian, and were happy to pay it. I think about how a handful of common men after our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection turned the world of their day upside down with the Good News of Jesus Christ. How? They were sold out and committed to share the Gospel with everyone. They knew the price of being a Christian ! was their
very life. It no longer belonged to them, but belonged to God.

I pray that today will be a wake-up call in your life that being a Christian has a price attached to it. So many are focused on this brief time here, instead of the eternity that awaits each of us. They forget that their role here is to be a servant, not be served. I take this message today to the masses, because the majority of the spiritual leaders of our day have no vision, they have no leadership skills, they have no fire to send the people of God out into this sin-filled and evil world and proclaim that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!!!!!!

My word for you tonight is quit waiting for your pastor, or some evangelist, or a TV preacher, or anyone else to do great things for God. THAT IS WHY GOD HAS RAISED YOU UP IN THESE LAST DAYS. TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR HIM. No football player ever won the Super Bowl, no baseball player ever won the World Series by sitting in the stands. You ha! ve to get
out on the field and work hard every day, give it 100%, and expect God to use you to share the hope and love of Christ with this dying world.


I love you and care about you so much. I am not afraid of the events of today, I am challenged by them. I see them as an incredible opportunity to share Christ with a world that is hurting, lost, and looking for answers. We have the answers for this world, and they are in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Bad things will happen to good people in this evil world until God brings this world to an end.

We ARE living in the end times according to Scripture. We each have a responsibility as a Christian to be about our Father’s business until either Christ comes! or God
tells us our work here is over and calls us home. May we never forget that we must work while it is still light, that night is coming. May you and your family be richly blessed during these extraordinary times in which we live.

My friend, let me take this time to ask you if you died today, are you 100% sure that you will spend your eternity with Jesus? If you can’t answer that question yes, or you are not sure, please go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/salvation-plan.cfm Pray and ask God to open your heart before you read this information. This is the most important decision that you will make in this life. I am praying for you my friend!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

God is the Giver of All Gifts to Carry Out His Plan and Purpose

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(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to live this day honoring You in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Help me this day to live my life pleasing and acceptable to Jesus. Allow me to use my life to help someone else during this day, and be kind to everyone I come across no matter how they may treat me. Let Christ shine through me throughout this day oh Lord, be glorified through my life! In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

GOD is the giver of all gifts to carry out His plan and purpose. I pray that this prophetic word God has spoken through me today will open your hearts to the TRUTH of His Word and the imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is a word the believer and non-believer alike MUST read. Please do your part to get it to everyone that you know, post it on every message board and chat room you can.


The other day I rea! d the
most accurate description of our world today I have EVER SEEN. Let me share it with you.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is forever praised. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in
themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Actually, this came from GOD Himself in Romans 1:21-32. I, especially, like the line in verse 25, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” If that doesn’t describe our culture today perfectly, I don’t know what does. Satan, the great perverter, has told the lie enough! times
that people have now accepted the lie as the truth, and rejected the truth as a lie exactly as God said they would.

I know there is much debate and controversy within the Body of Christ as to exactly how the events of the end times will unfold. One of the interesting things about Bible prophecy is that you really can’t tell someone they are wrong since these are events yet to occur. While the study of eschatology or the end times is interesting, my focus is on our real day to day lives and how to live victoriously in the context of the Christian faith. However, there are some end time events nobody will dispute and one of those is the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

The Bible clearly teaches that NO MAN, only God knows the hour of Christ’s return. But make no mistake, this is NOT a Hollywood movie, it is a very real event that will take place. One thing is certain, when Christ returns whatever final events that must take place will quickly unfold and this world ! as we
know it will no longer exist. Even though only God knows the exact moment Christ will return, the Bible clearly tells us what the last days prior to His return will be like.

My friend, you do not have to have a Doctorate in Theology to read God’s Word and know that without a doubt, WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS!!!

In Paul’s second letter to his young disciple Timothy, in chapter 3 verses 1-5, he describes the last days. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

Peter also shared the signs of the last days in 2 Peter 3:3, “First of all, you must understand that in the l! ast days
scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” Peter and Paul could have been writers for the USA Today commenting on the state of our world in the year 2015 with their words.

Jesus commented as well on the signs of the last days in Matthew Chapter 24. His disciples asked Him point blank what will be the sign of His return and the end of the age. Jesus answered in verses 4-14, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

At that time many will turn away from th! e faith
and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

You see my friend, this is why those who know Christ as their Savior have to be busy about the work of the Kingdom. We are clearly in the last days, the night is coming and we must work while it is still light. The imminent return of Jesus Christ is a message you will not hear in the church very often because too many pastors either don’t believe He is coming back, or they have lost sight of how soon it will happen. God’s people need to not only be ready themselves for Christ’s return, but must be busy sharing this Good News with the lost and dying world that we live in. The Bible tells us it is only God’s patience that is delayi! ng the
last chapter from being played out because it is His desire that none perish and ALL come to repentance.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you to take some time today and PRAY over these words. It is no accident or coincidence that you are reading this today, God is speaking to you. For those who have never made a commitment of your heart and life to Jesus Christ by faith, the Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation. Take a moment right now, pray and ask God to open your heart and go to the following link and read the words there: https://liveprayer.com/salvation.cfm

For those who know Christ as your Savior, this is a wake-up call from God that the time is short and you need to be giving all you have each day in serving Christ. Serving Him is not an option but a requirement of ALL His children. God calls most to serve Him right where they are at, in your neighborhood, at school, on the job, where you recreate, in the various hob! bies you

Every day the Lord brings people into your life who will never go to church, never read a Bible, or never watch Christian media. You are the only connection to God they have. God has put them into your life so that you can share with them the hope and love of Christ. Never forget, when your life is over the ONLY thing that will matter for eternity are those lives you impacted for Christ.

Based on what God’s Word tells us about the last days, you can hear the trumpeter in the back room warming up. Christ came to this earth the first time unannounced to the world, born in a lowly manger in an obscure village. However, He is preparing for a triumphant return at any moment that the entire world will witness as He comes back “with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God.”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

Your social credit score!!!

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(1 Timothy 2:1-2 )

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as You have promised in Your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Did you know you have, or soon will have, a “social credit score?” I’ve got your attention did’t I. Let me make sure I have your FULL attention. This social credit score could one day determine what kind of job you get, where you can live, if you can leave the country, if you can fly or check into a hotel. Now do I have your attention?

China has apx. 1.4 BILLION people. Many years ago, the Chinese government began paying US big tech firms to develop a system to literally track and be in control of EVERY SINGLE PERSON! Oh, and they are d! oing

Now, if you think about it, it really isn’t that hard to understand. Numbers are a bit difficult to pin down, but apx. 40 million packages worldwide every day are handled by FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL. As you probably know, you are able to pretty much tack your package from the moment it leaves your hands until the moment it is delivered, no matter where in the world it is going.

So we do have mechanisms that exist to accurately track massive numbers items. While the Chinese have not yet, and I emphasize, not yet, put a tracking code on each one of its’ citizens, they are still able to fairly accurately keep track of their apx. 1.4 billion citizens in a massive data base.

Several years ago the Chinese government began working with US big tech companies to create a computer program to assign every one of their citizens a social credit score. This social credit score has a profound impact on the daily lives of Chinese citizens.

Here are some of the t! hings that
affect that score. Being a Christian or part of any faith group impacts your score negatively. Other things that have a negative impact are having unpaid debts, playing excessive video games, being a critic of the government, not keeping your home or business clean, playing loud music, and breaking any laws.

Helping your social credit score are things like taking care of elderly parents, being a law abiding citizen, charitable efforts, and as you can imagine, supporting the Chinese government.

Now, while much of these issues, positive and negative are accessible through public records, it is obvious many are only known by personal observation. You have to understand in Communist China or any repressive regime, there are government spies everywhere. EVERYWHERE. People you would never suspect report the things they see to the government.

So, what is the impact on a person having a poor social credit score? Based on their score they can be banned from usin! g public
transportation. They can be banned from flying. They can be prohibited from leaving the country. They can be banned from being able to check into a hotel. It can be impossible to get a decent job. Their internet connection can be slowed way down. They can become social outcasts.

I realize this sounds crazy. However, think about this for a minute. In this country we have our FICO score, or our credit score. This is not something YOU initiated. As a matter of fact, it is not something you had any control over having or not having. It is virtually impossible to live many years without acquiring a FICO score. You almost have to not even exist to avoid having a FICO score.

Even though this is not something you “signed up for” and “requested,” virtually everyone realizes that they DO have this FICO score and the importance of it if you are trying to buy a home, buy a car, or buy a washing machine. It is a score that follows you throughout your entire life! , and again, is
critical if you ever try to get credit to buy anything.

Many people think the government controls the FICO score, or the credit reporting agencies. The fact is, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian, the main three credit reporting companies, are private businesses. The government has no real control over them. Now they have put in place procedures for people to challenge their credit score, but anyone who has ever had to fight that battle knows it is a long, tedious process that will test your patience.

I am sure some of you may find all of this very informative, maybe interesting, but so what. Here is the so what. US based big tech companies put together the computer programs the Chinese government has been using for several years now to assign EVERY ONE OF THEIR APX. 1.4 BILLION PEOPLE A SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE.

Light bulbs are going off! Yes, and trust me when I tell you, there will be some sort of consortium of private companies, just like Equifax, Trans! Union,
and Experian in the credit reporting world, to use this existing computer infrastructure to assign every person in the US a social credit score. Whether you want it or not!

While there is no way at this moment to confirm it, there are reports that it is already happening. People are already being assigned a social credit score, even though they don’t even know what it is or how it will be used.

Think for a moment. This type of a “score” would be incredibly valuable for employers, insurance companies, colleges, really any place that you are interested in being affiliated with. Businesses and organizations would pay a firm, just like business pay the big 3 credit reporting agencies, to have your social credit score and the factors that make it up.

My guess is that it would be made up of the incredible volume of existing public information. Public records are accessible regarding your criminal history if any, of course your credit history, your drivi! ng record, some
school and medical records, and so much more. There are tons of “investigative” websites where you pay $30 or more to literally find out virtually everything there is to know about a person. THESE DATA BASES ALREADY EXIST!

So utilizing just current existing data bases of public records, a company could end up assigning a person a social credit score. Obviously, how they determine that number, how they weigh information, all of that really will be left up to the company that puts this together. YOU WON’T HAVE A SAY AT HOW GOOD OR HOW BAD YOUR SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE IS…AND IT WILL AFFECT MANY ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I am NOT trying to scare you, I don’t do that and never have. I am trying, as I do so often, to make you aware of things that ARE COMING and will affect your life in some way, positively and negatively. No doubt once this becomes more public there will be a truckload of lawsuits. There will have to be ! some
understanding how this score is arrived at, and most important what it means.

However, this IS going to happen, and no doubt already is in the beginning stages as we speak. It is further along than I even thought when the other day out of the blue I saw an article floating the use of your social credit score as a possible way of determining if you can own a firearm. I was a bit amazed, since technically in this country, we don’t have a social credit score.

But since it has been in use for years now in China, and no doubt other countries will be utilizing this sort of scoring of its’ citizens, and our own big tech companies actually created the computer programs, it is not a matter of if…only when.

As we have now crossed the line and are in a post-God, post-Christian nation, like in China I am certain being a Christian will certainly not have a positive impact of our social credit score. So it will just be another challenge for Christians to face. I! t is not like
our brothers and sisters in Christ in the early days of the faith were treated as royalty by the Roman government that ruled over them.

May we never forget, man can give us a score for whatever they want, but the only score that matters is the Jesus score. When you die and take your last breath, that is the only score God will be looking at! If you have never made that decision for Christ, or know someone who needs to know Jesus, here is the link to have your sins forgiven, accept Christ into your heart and life by faith, and receive his promise of everlasting life!!!

God’s Plan of Salvation: https://liveprayer.com/salvation.cfm

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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