A Dearth of Spiritual Leaders

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(Romans 13:7)

***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!!!

A dearth of spiritual leaders! Whether you agreed with his politics or not, the fact is President Ronald Reagan was a leader in every sense of the word. A leader is a person with vision, the guts to stand up and declare that vision, the ability to inspire others to follow, the fortitude to persevere despite whatever opposition there may be, and the patience to see that vision become a reality. I want to use the life of President Reagan today to challenge you in your personal life to make the most of each day God gives you.

As I have shared with you often, our life on this earth is so brief and over so quick. James calls it a “vapor.” The Bible clearly teaches that tomorrow is promised to none of us. That is why we must make the most of each and every day. There are no do-overs. When this journey is over, it is over, we are not coming back. This is our one and only shot. Understanding that, it should become the desire of each of us to make each day count and live it to the fullest.

Very few people in their life will have the opportunity to become the President of the United States or the leader of a nation. However, EVERY PERSON has the ability to make a difference in this world no matter what you have been called to do. I don’t care if you are 15 or 115, rich or poor, male or female, what color your skin is, YOU can make an impact on this world with your life.

God gives each of us passions, things that we develop a love for throughout our life. God gives each of us gifts, special abilities that come naturally to us. Throughout our life God opens and closes doors. It is through these passions we have, through the gifts we have received and developed, and through the opportunities that life presents us, that each person can make an impact on this world during the course of their life.

You see, God needs His children in every area of life. He calls His children to be teachers, doctors, scientists, astronauts, pilots, police officers, fire fighters, secretaries, bank tellers, garbage collectors, janitors, nurses, homemaker, car dealers, mechanics, farmers, politicians, entertainers, lawyers, writers, stock brokers, and any other profession you can name. Throughout the course of a person’s life, God may call someone to do many different things. The point is, whatever career or profession you are in, you can make a difference. The key is to do your very best each day and realize that your life matters.

Of course, no matter how much we may accomplish in our life, our greatest legacy will be those lives we touch for Christ along our journey. You see my friend, no matter what your passions may be, what your gifts may be, what career or occupation you have, we all have the same purpose in this life. That is to serve and glorify God with our lives. All that we do in this life comes back to our God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify Him. The money we accumulate, the property we own, all of the things of this world will one day pass away, but those lives we impact for Christ will last for eternity!

I love you and care about you so much. I want to challenge you today that YOU can make a difference in this world! You may never become President of the United States, but you can make a difference in whatever career or occupation you are in. The key is to wake up each morning, do the very best you can, and as God opens doors in your life be bold enough to walk through them. More than ever, this nation needs SPIRITUAL LEADERS, men and women of God who without fear will stand in the marketplace of this lost world and proclaim the Truth of God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Of course, never forget that no matter where God may have you working during each season of your life, He has placed you there as His ambassador. You are not there by accident, but God has placed you where you are at in life to share with others you meet along your journey the hope and love of Jesus Christ and the truth of His Word. That will be your real legacy when this brief journey is over, those lives you impact for Christ.

The reality of this life is that one day, sooner than any of us expect, it will be over. At that moment we will be instantly in the presence of God our Creator (2 Cor 5:8). At that moment, God is not going to be interested in the name of the church you attended, what your job was in this life, even if you were the President of the Untied States, how much money you have, or how many buildings have your name on them. No my friend, the only thing God is going to be interested in is do you have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. For those who do, God will say, “enter into my rest.” AMEN!

My word to you today is this. Go out and make an impact in this world in whatever God has called you to do with your life. Make your life matter! Along the way, never forget that you have been called to serve and glorify Him with your life and your lasting legacy will be those lives you touch for Christ along your journey!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Misguided Drive for Money over Souls

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(Matthew 6:19-21; Hebrews 13:5; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 1 Timothy 6:10)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me this day to be a great ambassador for you! Let my conversation and my actions today draw people to your hope and love. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

The misguided drive for money over souls has several major ministries in deep trouble and has given another black eye to the cause of Christ. I have told you for over 17 years now that the insatiable lust for money by many of the leading media ministries not only contributes to the stereotype that people only serve the Lord to get rich, but helps the unbelieving world justify their rejection of Christ.

Several years ago, a Senate investigation led by Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance, looked into the financial dealings of Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland, and Randy and Paula White (who have subequently divorced). I have no idea how the greatest abusers of selling Christ for money , the major Christian TV networks like TBN and Daystar to name the largest, weren’t included.

I wondered how long was it going to be before someone in government decided having multiple multi-million dollar mansions, private jets, new Rolls Royces, and living like the kings of small nations….ALL ON THE MONEY PEOPLE DONATE TO A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION…might be legal but isn’t right. Having operated a non-profit ministry for nearly 25 years, and overseeing the Liveprayer annual budget of just under $1 million annually, let me give you some of my thoughts and insight into this and challenge you this morning in your giving.

When this investigation was eventually over and the dust is settled, none of these ministries broke the law or lost their tax exempt status. I am certain each one were audited by the IRS and were forced to declare as personal income and pay taxes on many of the expenses they charged off to the ministry. Sadly, their work is going to be forever damaged and never be as effective as it once was since they have lost the most critical asset a ministry, church, or any work of God can have… trust

Let me say right up front that there is NOTHING in the Bible that says a man or woman of God is supposed to live in poverty. That is as incorrect as those who teach you are supposed to be wealthy. The Bible says that a servant is “worthy of their hire,” and to “not muzzle the ox that treadeth the corn.” For those who give their entire life to serving God, whose only work is the Gospel, how else are they supposed to live? Yes, I know Paul made tents, FOR A SEASON. Paul’s ministry also survived on the sacrificial gifts of God’s people.

So this is not about calling God’s servants to live in poverty, but to live modestly. The Bible says to avoid all appearances of evil. There are many sacrifices that you make to serve the Lord, and unless you are personally wealthy outside of the ministry, living an extravagant lifestyle off of those who donate to the ministry is simply not an option. I don’t think anyone objects to their pastor or the head of a ministry being fairly compensated.

This is exactly why Liveprayer has operated out of donated space in the back of a used car lot for over 17 years now. We own no property, we own no cars, we have no stock portfolios or any other investments. The ministry literally operates month to month. My wife and I live in a $250,000 home that has a $305,000 mortgage on it due to the real estate crash a few years ago, have a 6 year old and 13 year old car, and my annual salary that was less than $40,000 has been only basic living expenses for the past 6 years due to the financial challenges we have faced at Liveprayer.

Listen, I know I have probably gone a bit overboard in trying to be a good steward of the money people donate to Liveprayer and could certainly justify better offices and a larger salary, but my goal is SOULS and to take the Truth to this lost and dying world, NOT get rich and live a life of luxury. I’ve made these decisions based on my many years in the ministry and have done everything I could possibly do to distance myself and set myself apart from these other folks since I am trying to build God’s Kingdom, not my own. I am here to serve, not be served. My only goal is SOULS, not to live like the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Sadly, that Senate investigation was just another black eye and scar on the Christian faith. The PTL scandal that was followed quickly by the Jimmy Swaggart scandal in the late 80s were huge blows to the faith. Even today people commonly refer to Bakker and his greed. The funny thing is he wrote a book after he got out of prison called, “I Was Wrong,” denouncing his greed and constant drive for more money. He needs to go back and read his own book, since he is right back into his old habits, now operating out of Branson with his new wife, airing on a handful of Christian stations, and relentlessly hammering people for money again just like nothing ever happened.

I am very familiar with and have worked with most of the top Christian media ministries back in the 90s. I can tell you that every one started out with the purest of motives and a deep desire to serve God. God blesses their work, they started to grow, and one day they woke up and had this huge monster (the infrastructure) that had to be fed. Pretty soon it was not about ministry any longer, but the money. As more money flowed in, they started to believe they deserved it. They deserved a $10 million home. They deserved a new $30 million Gulfstream. They deserved to stay in $4,000 a night hotel suites when on the road. Satan totally corrupted their minds and money became their god and the ministry was simply their business.

I love you and care about you so much. The worst thing of all is that scandals like this will sadly lead many souls to eternal punishment. People will harden their hearts even more to the message of Christ because some of God’s messengers made bad choices with the money God entrusted into their care. Pray for these ministries, their families and staffs. Pray that they will get back to their first love, the Lord, and let the Holy Spirit guide them in bringing their financial houses in order. Also, pray that non-believers will see that money is not all that Christianity is about.

I encourage people all the time to pray about where they give some of what God has entrusted into their care. Make sure you know the ministry you are giving to and what the money is being used for. Yes we are blessed in our giving, but we have also been given common sense in where to give. Know the Bible. Giving money to some ministry is not going to get you out of debt overnight, it is not going to save your children overnight, and it is not going to heal you overnight, it is not going to make you rich overnight. If you are “giving to get,” you are giving with the wrong motives. You should be giving as an act of sacrifice and worship, and giving to be a blessing. As a good steward, you should be giving to make an impact for Christ in people’s lives.

That is why each month I have no hesitation in asking you to help me. I don’t play games with you or try to manipulate you in any way. I openly and honestly share our needs and ask you to pray about helping me. The money we raise each month at Liveprayer goes directly to reaching souls for Christ and bringing God’s Truth into the marketplace. I’ve told you many times, the time for playing games is over. SOULS ARE AT STAKE AND SATAN IS NOT PLAYING GAMES!

God knows how to clean house when He has had enough. There is not much time left and God is raising up a new generation of voices to carry His Truth who are not bound by money or the things of this temporal world. They can’t be bought like a tube of toothpaste and won’t ever compromise the Bible for any reason. Their only goal is not the applause of men (or the money of man), but the “Well done,” of the Father!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

People have not Really Changed since God Created Adam and Eve

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(Judges 3:9, 4:1, 21:25)

***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!!!

People have not really changed since God created Adam and Eve. While billions and billions of people have lived and died since the first man and woman, people have not changed. A great study in human behavior is found in the Book of Judges. I want to encourage you today to take some time in the next few days and sit down and read the entire Book of Judges. It will take you less than an hour, and be worth every minute. Sadly, the spiritual lives of most Christians are exactly like the spiritual lives of the children of Israel in the Book of Judges. Here is how the pattern goes.

While everything is going great in your life, God slowly stops being your top priority. Actually, He often gets put far down the list of priorities. You quit praying every day, having that meaningful time alone, just you and the Lord. You quit reading your Bible every day. Going to church is not a MUST any longer. Allowing God to use you to bless others with your life isn’t a burning desire. If it happens, that is fine, but it is not that important.

As God plays less of a role in your daily life, you slowly start making choices that you would not make when you are in that close, daily relationship with Him. At the time, they seem like harmless choices. But as the days go by, you are making more and more choices that are NOT pleasing to God. Deep down you know this, but you justify it by telling yourself that you deserve to have some fun, to do what YOU want to do. Slowly over time, it is no longer what God wants from your life, but only what YOU want.

One morning you wake up and your life is a mess. You see my friend, SIN ALWAYS HAS CONSEQUENCES. THERE IS ALWAYS A PRICE FOR SIN–A BIG PRICE. The Bible tells us, “Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy.” When you forget God, when you quit making Him the head of your life, when you put God on the shelf because you think that you don’t need Him, you have opened the door for satan to come in and destroy you!

Trust me, at first it won’t be anything that bad. Satan is the great deceiver. He will deceive you into thinking that you don’t need God. He will deceive you into thinking that it is YOUR LIFE, and you should do whatever YOU want to do. The longer that we live without God, the more choices that we make without praying, the deeper in sin we get. Sin is like quicksand, we sink slowly, and when God tries to get our attention, we ignore Him and sink deeper.

It is only when we are facing insurmountable odds, only when we have hit bottom, only when life is crashing down all around us that we finally decide to cry out to God. Look at the Prodigal Son. He had to lose everything, and be living in the worst conditions imaginable until he went home to his father. In our desperation we go to God, we repent, we ask His forgiveness, and we rededicate our lives to Him. Does that mean all of our problems magically go away overnight? NO! We didn’t create our problems overnight, and they rarely go away overnight.

But we do now have God back in our lives and He is fighting for us, giving us the strength to get through each day, giving us the hope we need to move forward. Having God back in our lives doesn’t eliminate us from having to deal with the consequences of our ungodly choices, but over time, He will help us to be victorious. Our life will be great again!!! We will look forward to waking up each morning. We will once again know the peace, the joy, the abundance that this life can offer. Many however, like the children of Israel in the Book of Judges, will sadly start to forget God again, and the cycle will be repeated all over.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that this message opens the hearts of many as this trap satan uses so effectively is exposed. Here is the truth that I never want you to forget. ***WE NEED GOD ON THE MOUNTAINTOP…JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED GOD IN THE VALLEY!!! Let me repeat that. WE NEED GOD ON THE MOUNTAINTOP…JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED GOD IN THE VALLEY!!!

We all know to call on the Lord in our time of trouble. My word for you today is to call on Him ALWAYS!!! In this life, we will always have trials. No matter how close we are to the Lord, we all have to fight the day to day issues of living in this sin-filled world. Nobody can escape that. However, when we stay close to God each day, we can minimize the problems in our life that WE CAUSE through our rebellion!

Do you only call on God in your time of need? My admonition for you today is to call on Him EVERY DAY. Keep Him first at ALL TIMES. God has revealed to YOU today a common trap men and women from the beginning have fallen into. Receive this word from the Lord today and walk with God every day of your journey here on earth. Call on Him in your time of need AND in your time of plenty!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Charlotte is the Latest City Erupting in Racial Turmoil. THE ONLY REAL ANSWER!!!

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(Genesis 1:26,27; Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 3:28)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a Godly citizen and honor the laws of this nation. Thank you for allowing me to live in a nation where we can have our voice heard through the democratic process that governs us. Help ALL people find peace, joy, and an abundant life wherever they may live in this world. We know that can only come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Help me to do my part when opportunities present themselves to be part of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people throughout the world. Protect this nation from those who would seek to do it harm, and give those in authority the strength to enforce the laws that govern this great land. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

***AS THE NATION WATCHES IN HORROR THE LATEST VIOLENCE IN ONE OF OUR CITIES, VIOLENCE AND ANARCHY STEMMING FROM RACIAL DIVISION, I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE FERGUSON INCIDENT NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO. PLEASE SHARE THEM ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND EMAIL THIS MESSAGE TO THOSE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.

SADLY, AS WE HAVE WATCHED ONE CITY AFTER ANOTHER ERUPT IN RACIAL VIOLENCE, THE REAL SOLUTION TO WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH AS A NATION STILL HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY LAWMAKERS, COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS, OR WORSE, CLERGY!!!

WITH WELL FINANCED ANARCHIST GROUPS WHO INCITE VIOLENCE LIKE BLACKLIVESMATTER FUNDED BY GLOBAL ANRACHIST GEORGE SOROS, THE NEVER-ENDING RACIAL DIVISION LED BY OUR PRESIDENT (IN PART TO FEDERALIZE LOCAL POLICING) AND MUCH OF THE MEDIA, RACE RELATION IN THE NATION ARE WORSE THAN THEY HAVE BEEN SINCE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OF THE LATE 60’S.

DIVISION OF ANY KIND IS RIGHT FROM THE PITS OF HELL AND ONE OF SATAN’S GREATEST TOOLS TO DESTROY. ONLY WHEN PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZE WE ARE ALL CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, THAT IT IS NOT THE COLOR OF A PERSONS SKIN BUT THE STATE OF THEIR HEART, WILL WE RISE ABOVE THIS SATANICALLY INSPIRED DIVISION THAT IS GETTING WORSE ONE YEAR AFTER FERGUSON.

(from 11/26/14)

Ferguson Epilogue. Like so many of these tragedies, Ferguson was not about policing, it was about parenting! In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the REAL PROBLEM none of the networks or exhaustive news coverage of this tragic event never told you was about parenting! Fraudulently portrayed as “Ward and June Cleaver” by the media, Brown’s birth parents were never married, both have other children by other partners, and he was being raised primarily by his maternal grandmother as so many children in minority communities are!

Just like in the death of Trayvon Martin I pray for and have sympathy for the parents of Michael Brown in their grief of losing their son. However, I submit to you that if they had been real parents PRIOR to his death, this sad tragedy most likely would have been avoided. I know to some that may sound very cold to put blame on the parents, but that is where a big portion of the blame lies.

Just like in Trayvon Martin, the autopsy of Michael Brown showed he had marijuana in his system at the time of the incident. A look at Brown’s social media made it apparent that he was infatuated with smoking pot, guns, and being a gangster. It was leaked early on that Brown had a significant juvenile record for all types of various crimes. Any responsible parents would know their son was involved in committing crimes at a young age, smoking pot and glamorizing a gangster lifestyle, and there was something is seriously wrong.

*For all of those black hosts and commentators in the media over the past months lamenting what to tell their children, that is simple. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love others. Don’t commit crimes. Don’t assault a police officer. Don’t fantasize about and try to emulate the hip-hop culture that is about illicit sex, drugs, violence and DEATH! Explain to your children why those black “entertainers” who make millions glorifying a culture of drugs, violence and death are NOT of God but of satan himself and are NOT to be admired but shunned!

As I have shared with you for years, the breakdown of marriage and the family is the number one issue in our culture, since it is the foundation of our culture. Over 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock. The poverty rate amongst blacks is at an all time high and has only gotten worse with our first black President. There are FUNDAMENTAL and FOUNDATIONAL problems in the minority communities that are leading to nearly half of black young men ending up in prison, and the blame is on the churches in those communities!

The churches in minority communities used to be the social and spiritual heart of those communities. Sadly, that is no longer the case. The majority of the last 2 generations of young blacks have abandoned the church. It has never been part of their life. They see the church as nothing more than another hustle. Without the parental nurturing and supervision, they have gravitated to the gangs and a life on the streets. Death or prison is the natural end for such a life.

*It is time for black pastors to quit trying to be “community leaders” like the faux Revs Jackson and Sharpton, and be true spiritual leaders since the problems in all communities is the breakdown of marriage and the family!!!

This was never a difficult case to understand and it was NEVER about race. From day one this was about a young man, Michael Brown, who robbed a convenience store, than when confronted by police, assaulted the office, went for his gun, and ran away before stopping and charging the officer. If he had lived, Brown would be in jail on many different charges. Despite the lies of the media and those using this tragedy to advance a political agenda, Ferguson was never about anything more than a young man high on marijuana who made horrible decisions to not just get high that day, but commit strong-armed robbery and assaulted a police officer which cost him his life.

Let me say from a personal perspective, I found the post-verdict coverage appalling! I blame the media for the rioting that resulted in the horrific scenes we saw coming out of Ferguson. MSNBC and CNN not just support and promote the killing of innocent babies and the radical homosexual agenda, they are now little more than a forum for race baiters ginning up the masses to commit acts of violence. It is no surprise to see faux Reverends Sharpton and Jackson, but there was no shortage of others filling the airwaves to fan the flames of racial hatred.

It also sickens me that President Obama, with all of the real national and international issues of import he has to deal with, had to chime in to fan the flames of racism! Add to President Obama is AG Eric “fast and furious” Holder chiming in with threats of DOJ involvement regarding a violation by Officer Wilson of Michael Brown’s civil rights. While Holder and the DOJ is dealing with their clear involvement of running guns to Mexican drug cartels, THEIR violation of the rights of reporters and citizens by illegal wiretaps, they seem to have time to become involved in an issue the justice system adjudicated simply to exacerbate racial tensions in the nation!

Equally as sickening but not surprising were the irresponsible, disgusting, and violence-inciting comments of many pro athletes and celebrities with huge followings on social media. Worst of all though were so many black pastors fueling the charged atmosphere after the verdict with incendiary comments. Of all people in our society who should rise above satan’s sick game of division, it should be men called by God to lead the people in ways of righteousness, not add to the hatred and division that already exists.

Sadly, the TV networks, most commentators, even the President and Attorney General, took the side of young man with a criminal record who that very day had committed a strong-arm robbery before assaulting a police officer and going for the officer’s gun over the police. The way the police in Ferguson and across the nation were demonized during this whole tragic affair was despicable. Over and over these past three months was treated in the media as the good guy, while the police were cast in the role of villain. Police officers in this nation put their very lives on the line every day for their communities. To demonize the police to advance a racial/political narrative should repulse all people who love law and order.

Of course, while this high-profile trial gave a platform to those who seek to divide people by skin color under the guise of civil rights, there is never a mention of the hundreds of young black men being killed in the streets of our nation’s cities every single day. Why are several thousand black babies aborted each day, adding to a culture of violence and death our children grow up in that says human life is not precious or has no value? No, that would require a real conversation and a real debate about why that is happening and how to stop it. It is much easier to create a “made-for-TV” race controversy even if the facts have shown from day one, facts even the FBI’s investigation showed, never existed!

*This is not just a “black” problem. It is a problem for people of every skin color in 2014. The lack of parenting and parental nurturing and influence is rampant in all neighborhoods today. Once again, it is simply the byproduct of a culture that has turned marriage into little more than a legal date or abandoned it all together, and the better percentage of several generations who have never been to church. It is a problem that will continue to get worse, and the ONLY answer is to work on turning these young adults to followers of Jesus Christ.

I love you and care about you so much. Sadly, with the help of true minions of satan like Al Sharpton (What “Rev” supports killing babies and the homosexual agenda?) and major cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC, along with the most racially divisive President and Attorney General ever, racial divisions are alive and well today. They may be worse than they have ever been in several decades. The Michael Brown tragedy is not even a real issue in the scheme of things since it was about a young man assaulting a police officer and being killed in the process. However, it does give us a glimpse into where the real problems are in our culture.

Unless we get back to bringing young men and women to faith in Jesus, unless we get their parents saved and they understand their Godly role in the life of their children, unless we create a culture where life is precious and people have worth, nothing will change. That is why I have shared with you for years that the only hope and answer for each person and this nation, is to turn back to God and His Truth and bring the lost and hurting the real hope that is only found in a relationship with Jesus Christ!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sharing Your Faith with Others is Like Praying

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(Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 3:15)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Sharing your faith with others is like praying, there is only one wrong way to do it and that is not to do it! Over the years there have been thousands of books and tapes produced on witnessing, one evangelism program after another created, and the fact is they are ALL great. You can never learn too much about how to witness to others, how to share your faith. The reality is there is no one way to do it, but many different approaches. In the end, however, they all lead a person to the eternal choice they must make about Jesus.

You have to remember that each person who shares their faith is unique and different in how God has wired them, each person you witness to is unique and different in how God has wired them, and the circumstances and dynamics each time you share your faith are also unique and different. That is why today I wanted to take some time to share with you a simple way to witness and lead someone to faith in Jesus Christ.

The number one reason people don’t share their faith more often, and sadly in the case of most Christians who fail to do it at all, is fear. The biggest fear is the fear of rejection. Witnessing has many similarities to sales which is why you find people who are most proficient at witnessing are usually great sales people. In the world of sales the first thing you learn about is rejection. A good salesperson is able to hear 99 people say no and go into that 100th sales presentation just like it was the first.

That is not easy to do and why it is a gift to be a great salesperson. Even if you are not a natural salesperson, the key is to never forget that if someone says no when you share with them how they can be saved, it is not you but Jesus they are rejecting. Just like a good salesperson never takes it personally when someone turns them down, you can’t ever take it personally when someone you ask to commit their life to Christ says no. Again, they are saying no to Jesus, not you.

Also, the key to being a good salesperson is being a good closer. You will never get the sale if you don’t ask for it, and you will never see someone come to Christ if you don’t ask them to. The basic rule of Sales 101 is ABC or, Always Be Closing. The basic rule to Evangelism 101 is asking the person you are witnessing to if they would like to know Jesus as their personal Savior. At the end of a sales presentation you have to ask the person for the sale, and at the end of sharing the Gospel you have to ask the person to accept the Lord.

Another fear so many people have is being asked questions they can’t answer. You don’t have to be a theologian to tell people about Jesus. If they ask you a question you don’t know the answer to, simply tell them you don’t know but will find out. Contact your pastor or your Sunday School teacher or someone at your church for the answer. This is why the more we read and study God’s Word for ourselves the more confidence we will have when we are confronted with different questions.

However, never forget that most people asking questions are not really interested in the answer as they are in trying to justify their own unbelief. Most ask questions as a way of proving that we are “wrong” and they are “right.” People who reject God’s Word and the love of Christ in their life, will use questions there may not even be an answer to, to feel better about their choice to reject the Lord. That is why I will answer their questions, but immediately put the focus back on them and the choice they have to make regarding accepting Jesus in their heart.

The other great fear people have about sharing their faith is offending the person you are talking to about the Lord and what ramifications there may be to them personally. So rather than offend someone, rather than deal with whatever persecution there might be, they simply say nothing. Listen, it is better you offend someone with the hopes of them coming to know the Lord than sitting back and saying nothing, while they die in their sins and are lost for all eternity.

It is better someone calls you “Bible thumper,” “stupid for believing the Bible,” “intolerant,” “hateful,” “no different than the Taliban,” or whatever else they may say to you to try and intimidate you into being silent, than saying nothing knowing they will die one day and spend eternity in hell. The fact is the Gospel IS offensive to those who reject it, but it is the words of everlasting life to those who choose to believe.

I love you and care about you so much. The bottom line is that God has commanded us, not suggested to us, that we share our faith in Christ with others. This is not a commandment to just pastors or evangelists, but to EVERYONE who knows Christ as their Lord and Savior. If you really love someone, how can you let them die, knowing that without Christ they will be lost for all eternity, without telling them about Jesus?

I will be praying for you today, praying that you won’t allow fear to keep you from being obedient to God and telling others about Jesus. The easiest and most natural way to approach someone about faith in Christ is by simply sharing what Jesus has done and meant in your life. There is no way to deny what you have personally experienced in your relationship with the Lord.

Today, I rebuke that spirit of fear of rejection, I rebuke that spirit of fear of questions you can’t answer, I rebuke that spirit of fear of offending someone by telling them about Jesus, I rebuke that spirit of fear of being persecuted for sharing the Gospel. I pray that God will give you a spirit of BOLDNESS and COURAGE as you tell others about how they too can know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior!

I take a very direct approach to witnessing. I look the person in the eye and ask them if they believe they will die one day. Of course they say yes. I then ask them if they believe they have ever sinned. Again, they will say yes. I tell them that they are right, they have sinned and they will die one day. I remind them that the Bible says tomorrow is promised to none of us and that each day is literally a gift from God.

I go on by telling them that it is their sin that is separating them from a Holy God who loves them so much and desires for them to spend all eternity with Him. I tell them that is only possible because of what Jesus did. He willingly died on the cross for our sins and that is why if you will confess Him as your Savior, ask Him into your heart and life by faith, HE will forgive you of your sins and you are guaranteed to spend eternity with God your Creator when this brief life is over.

I share with them that this choice not only has eternal ramifications, but means something to them right now. Those who know Jesus as their Savior have the power of God residing within them, and can know the peace, the joy, and the abundance of this life that is impossible without Christ. Additionally, they can see the plan and purpose God has for them fulfilled during their brief journey here on earth.

At that point I simply ask them if they would like to know Jesus as their personal Savior. If they say no, I tell them that I will be praying for them and that they need to spend some time alone with God and pray about what I told them. I remind them that God loves them and He is there when they are ready. If they say yes, I spend a few moments to make sure they know that what they are doing is literally giving their very life to Christ. He gave His life for them, and they are now giving their life back to Him.

The key for you to remember is that this is a personal decision each person has to make for themselves. Nobody can make it for them, you can’t force them, or intimidate them, or scare them into making it. It has to be a conscious choice that they make. When they are ready, I simply have them pray with me what is commonly called the “Sinner’s Prayer.” This prayer does not exist in the Bible, though it is taken largely from Romans Chapter 10. These words don’t save anyone but are simply a verbal guide for what they are doing BY FAITH in their heart.

“God, I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I believe in my heart, and confess with my lips, that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart Jesus. Take my life, I surrender it to you. From this moment on, I will live my life according to the Bible and serve you. Thank you for taking away my sins and giving me everlasting life. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen”

Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Altering Our Mind

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(Psalms 91:3; 2 Timothy 4:18; 2 Peter 2:9)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to always be prepared to serve you in any way that I can. My life belongs to you. I am ready, willing, and able to answer your call as I go through my life each day. Use me for your glory. I am yours! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

One of the common bonds we have seen throughout the course of human history is the dependence so many develop on mind-altering substances. The incredible drug problem that we face in this country is not a new phenomenon. The use of alcohol has been common by people through the ages. Food has just recently been exposed as a great escape for many. Man learned how to escape the reality of life using drugs and alcohol early on in his existence and the world we live in, in 2016, is no different than at any other time in human history.

To understand why so many people during their life have turned to mind-altering substances like drugs, alcohol, and food, we must first look at WHY. The basic human experience has not changed at all since the Garden of Eden. As children we are affected by those who raise us and our environment. Our lives are shaped in those early years by where we live, learn, and play as well as by all of the people in each area of our life.

As we become young adults we begin making our own decisions, decisions based largely on that foundation laid in our life as children. We begin to experience life on our own, we are old enough to understand more of what life is all about and we begin exploring all of the new feelings and experiences that come with being a young adult.

As we hit our 20s, 30s, and 40s, we become focused on working, earning a living, getting married, and having a family. From 50 and up we start to look at life from a different perspective since our life is now winding down. We tend to focus on health issues, retirement, and ultimately our own death.

Along this journey everyone deals with the death of loved ones and friends, financial problems, where to live, health issues, school and work problems, and relationship conflicts. These are common problems we all face during the course of our life. How we handle these problems becomes the challenge we all have to deal with.

The use of drugs, alcohol, and food is not complicated. Most start out using them as an experiment to see what they are like. This is very common. The fact is, the result of drugs, alcohol, and overeating is that ?high? feeling. That period of time when you seem to escape reality. In reality, you have escaped nothing. You have simply used a substance to alter your mind and in the process, the problems you were facing seem to be gone.

That too, of course, is not true since your problems didn’t go away, you simply used a substance to block them out. What has actually happened is you have added to them since any time you are putting alcohol or drugs or excessive amounts of food into your body it has a harmful effect. After using drugs, alcohol, and/or food and getting used to the “escape” or “high” feeling you get, it then becomes an option or choice you can make during times in your life when things are not going well.

Unfortunately, many become addicted and it becomes part of their daily life. The problems with drugs, alcohol, and food are found at every stage of life. The experimentation usually starts out when you are younger. You are with your friends, you take a hit off a joint, or try some alcohol, or take ecstasy, snort some coke, or simply sit down and eat quarts of ice cream. All to see what it is like.

What you are doing is opening the front door of your life and asking the enemy to come inside. You are asking the enemy if he is thirsty or hungry. You are telling him to take his shoes off and relax. You have done to your life the same as if you went and had keys made to your home and passed them out on the street to total strangers.

Addiction mostly occurs in adults. When we think of addiction, we get the mental image of the junkie in the alley or wino. The fact is, most people are functioning addicts. They go to school, they work, they have families, they go to church, yet drugs. alcohol, and/or food are a part of their life. They cannot live without them. When you welcomed the enemy into your life by experimenting with drugs and alcohol and food, you didn’t know how difficult it would be to make him leave.

I love you and care about you so much. I want this word today to accomplish two things. First, for young adults, even older adults, DON’T OPEN YOUR LIFE TO THE ENEMY BY EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR FOOD. The consequences can literally cost you your life!!! Secondly, for those who have used drugs and alcohol or food, STOP. I realize that it is not easy.

Many of you have found out how to use drugs and alcohol or food to ease the pain of life’s trials and tribulations. The fact is, you are just compounding them. The only answer to the day to day issues we all have to deal with in life is a personal relationship with Christ. Only though Christ does it all make sense. Only through Christ do we have the hope and strength to carry on through those difficult times in life.

Whatever temporary relief you may get from drugs or alcohol or food is just that . . . temporary. You have not solved the problem, just compounded it. For those who are addicted, get help. Only the power of God can kick the enemy out of your life. But there are many fine Christian-based programs to help you overcome your addiction. God is still in the deliverance business but you first have to want to be delivered.

I will be praying for those who are battling with drugs, alcohol, and/or food in their life. Maybe this is not an issue in your life but is in the life of someone you know. Know that the Bible proclaims, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper!!!!!!” I am praying and believing for deliverance and victory in the lives of those who are bound by drugs, alcohol, and food.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Consequences of Sin

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(Proverbs 11:21)

***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!!!

Consequences of sin. The destructive nature of sin is that it does not happen in a vacuum. I hear many say that it is my sin, my problem. Unfortunately, that is not true. When you sin, it is like throwing a pebble into a still pond. There is the initial ring it produces, but slowly the ring spreads out, and it gets bigger and bigger and produces more rings inside it.

The initial pebble may not have been that much and the initial ring may have started small, but in the end it has grown to encompass a very large area. The point I am trying to make is that sin is not just your problem. At the very least, your sin is against God first and yourself second. Almost always though, it involves other people that you are either sinning with or sinning against.

I do not have to tell any of you about the pain, heartache, and problems that evolve from our sin, the lives we injure, the lost trust from those we care about. The damages are great. On top of everything else though, we end up missing the blessings of God. God has blessings beyond our ability to imagine for each one of us.

He loves to bless His children. But God cannot and will not bless disobedience. On top of everything else, your sin is keeping you from enjoying the blessings of God. We are so stubborn, so full of ourselves, that we usually try to do things our way, ignoring what God has to say. We accept at best some very little, temporary pleasure from our sin, and miss the greater blessings God has for us if we had been obedient. The Bible tells us that to “obey is better than sacrifice.”

I want to encourage you today to pray about whatever sin there may be in your life today. I want to pray for you as well, for God to strengthen you and give you the courage to walk away from your sins and into obedience to His word. I want to encourage you to leave behind the temporary pleasures of sin for the eternal joy of obeying our Lord.

There is no greater joy than when you are in obedience to what God has asked, knowing that He is as proud of you as a father or mother is of a child who is obedient. Being obedient is the ultimate act of a child of God saying not my will Father, but thy will be done. As a believer, our ultimate objective should be to enter heaven one day and hear God proclaim, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

I love and care about you. Thank you all for praying for this work. We are seeing God move in people’s lives daily. I am praying for you and believing God for your needs. Never hesitate to email me if I can help in any way. May his richest blessings be with you today as we work to become the obedient children God has called us to be.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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