The Internet is Causing People to Lose Their Religion

Leave a comment

(James 4:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, I know this is an evil and sin-filled world I live in. Please, protect me, but don’t let me be afraid. Let me be bold in declaring Your Truth to this lost world and not be afriad to speak up. Now more than ever I need your strength to be the servant you have called me to be. Help me, strengthen me, and guide me to do thy will. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

The Internet is causing people to lose their religion, so says a new US study that was released recently by a researcher and computer scientist. The study indicated that aside from other factors, such as parental affiliation and college attendance contributing to a decrease in religious beliefs, the internet has been attributed as one of the biggest factors. While it may be a logical conclusion someone outside of Christendom could arrive at, it is 100% WRONG!!!

The case is made that because of the Internet, people now have access to more information, information that allows them to “think for themselves.” This access to information via the Internet also refutes the existence of God, proves the Bible is little more than a book of myths and fantasies, and following Jesus is a waste of time since there is no such place as heaven or hell!

There is no doubt that the Internet has become a place for those who reject God’s existence, who Jesus really was, and the Truth of the Bible, to openly express their beliefs. There are literally thousands and thousands of websites that those who are looking to reinforce their rejection of Christianity can go to in order to find information to support that rejection.

The reason the conclusion of this study is 100% wrong is that the decline of Christianity in this nation is not because of the information available on the Internet, but what I have been sharing in the Daily Devotional these past 17 years. It is the fact the better percentage of the past two generations have never been to church, the breakdown of God’s plan for the family which forms the foundation of our society, that are huge contributors to the decline of Christianity. Add to those two factors a nation that operates in open rebellion to God and His Truth found in the Bible, and a culture that openly promotes and glorifies the things God’s Word defines as sin.

Lastly, a weak, apathetic, gutless, money-motivated, compromised church that is more focused on building its’ kingdom than God’s, has to bear a huge portion of the blame for the decline in Christianity in this nation. The church would rather entertain people than train people in the work of the Lord. It would rather build buildings than men and women of God. It equips itself with every modern technological marvel instead of equipping the saints. Raising money has become the prime motivation instead of saving souls!!!

I love you and care about you so much. The truth is, the Internet, while being used to destroy lives and provide people with the lies they need to justify their unbelief, has been an instrument God has used in a POWERFUL way! Just look at Liveprayer! Over the last 17 years, Liveprayer has become by far the world’s largest interactive Christian website. We’ve sent out over 6,000 Daily Devotionals that began going out to a handful of people 17 years ago and are now are received by over 2.5 million people worldwide every single day, impacting tens of millions of lives worldwide since we began!

We have received and responded to well over 100 million email prayer requests. We have accumulated a Praise Report archive with over 10 million testimonies of God’s faithfulness. Most important of all, over 1,000,000 souls we know of who have come to faith in Jesus Christ through Liveprayer!!! While many have used the Internet to lead people away from God’s Truth found in the Bible and faith in Christ, Liveprayer has proved it can be a mighty instrument in the hands of God to minister to people in their hour of need, bring His Truth into the marketplace, and save souls.

LIVEPRAYER IS LEADING THE USING THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE ON THE INTERNET ALONG WITH OUR TV PROGRAM. GOD IS GOING TO USE LIVEPRAYER TO BRING A TRUE REVIVAL TO OUR NATION AND BEGIN TO TURN THIS ONCE GREAT LAND BACK TO HIMSELF AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD!!!

While it would be nice to blame the Internet for the decline in Christianity in this nation, it simply isn’t the case. This is a nation that has forsaken its’ relationship with God, and exchanged that relationship for one with the world. The Bible proclaims that a friend of this world is an enemy of God. Our nation has sadly become God’s enemy, living in blatant unrepentant sin, and that rebellion against the Almighty is the reason for the decline in Christianity!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Spouses Who Cheat

Leave a comment

(Exodus 20:14)

***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!!!

Perhaps there is no subject more personal, more emotional, and more difficult to deal with than that of a spouse who cheats. First of all, there is absolutely NO justification for cheating on your spouse. Point blank. It is a sin in God’s eyes. Man has tried in his own feeble way to categorize sin. Bad sins, and really bad sins. Sin is sin in the eyes of God, no matter what it involves, since sin is an act of rebellion towards God.

There is no arguing however, because of the intimate and sensitive nature of adultery, it is a highly visible sin because of the raw emotions involved. Having laid that foundation, let me look for a minute at this topic from both sides. That of the person who has committed adultery, and that of the spouse who has been cheated on.

First of all, for anyone who has committed adultery, you have to understand some basic issues. First is that what you have done is a sin in God’s eyes, no matter how you may try to justify or spin it. There is NO circumstance that makes adultery acceptable. Second, anyone who has been involved in this type of behavior knows deep down inside the incredible price you end up paying, for what boils down to a few moments of pleasure. Like all sin, you pay a very high price for what you end up receiving.

Having dealt with this issue in literally thousands of cases over the years, I can assure you that there is NEVER a positive ending. These relationships, due to the foundation on which they are built, never last long, and if they do, are never filled with the joy and peace life has to offer. Remember, God cannot and will not bless sin. So you go off into this new relationship on a foundation of sin and deceit, without the blessings of God. How can you ever expect it to work?!

So what is the answer? Simple. Repent, get right with God, and then begin the long, long process of getting back into a correct relationship with your spouse. This will take lots of time, lots of effort, and things will never be 100% the way they were before. However, God can heal and help you and your spouse find His peace and love again to live many happy years together. It is not hopeless.

But you have to be willing to repent, get right with God, and then take the steps necessary to get right with your spouse. God is able to do all things, and you will need His help and strength each step of the way, but He will honor your commitment. Don’t give up, that is what the enemy wants you to do.

For the spouse that has been cheated on, it becomes a time for you to find a level of faith and trust in God you never experienced before. Because of the deep hurt and wounds, God is your only source of strength during this time. While the Bible in the New Testament does give a scriptural “out” in a marriage when adultery is involved, the reading of the complete Word still proclaims it is God’s plan for one man, one woman, one lifetime. That must be your goal.

You will need to spend much time in prayer for your spouse. They need your prayers to overcome the wrongs they have done. You will need to spend much time in prayer with the Lord to keep in focus that you are loved. Many spouses who have been cheated on feel that they are to blame. Listen. You CANNOT control the actions of your spouse. You CANNOT be responsible for what they do. Quit blaming yourself for their actions! Know that in Christ you are loved and worthy.

Lastly, you will need LOTS of prayer to have a forgiving heart. This, of course, is the most difficult hurdle to overcome. It is not possible in our strength. Only God can give you a forgiving heart to go on. Ultimately, the key will be in your focus on the Lord. Your faith, your trust in the Lord will be tested and stretched. It is in times like this when your faith becomes very real.

There is absolutely no way in just a few paragraphs I can deal with an issue like this that can fill a library full of books. I have tried to give you the bottom line from both sides of this issue. It will all boil down to each spouse’s commitment to the Lord to overcome this part of your life. The cheating individual will need the Lord to overcome the sin committed and get back into a right relationship with the spouse, and the spouse will need the Lord to overcome the intense emotions and feelings to allow the spouse back into a place of trust in the relationship.

There is no way things can ever be the same again; however, the Lord is still in the healing business, and He can help work things out so there is still a loving, fruitful relationship for many years to come. The key is trusting God and not giving up.

I love you, and I care about you deeply. I realize from all of the emails we get each day how prevalent this issue is. I will be praying for you today, both those who have committed adultery and those spouses who have been cheated on. I realize the heartache and pain you are going through. If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to email me; I will do my best. I cannot do marriage counseling over email, but I can pray and give some basic direction.

My main point today is that God is still on the throne, He is still in control, and despite our rebellion…..He will have the final word. Jesus said, “be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” That includes the sins in this world like adultery.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

The Deep Things of God Never Come Easy

Leave a comment

(Job 17:9; Galatians 6:9; Revelation 3:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name…AMEN

“He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.’ ” Mark 9:29

The deep things of God never come easy, are you willing to pay the price? I’m going to give you a heavy spiritual lesson today. I’m going to be very blunt with you. Most people are so bound up in their own weaknesses, get so distracted each day by the blowing winds of life, or just won’t make the sacrifice to pay the price to ever get to a place where they can even understand this message. However, for those who do want more of God, do want all of God they can get, are willing to literally lay down their very life and give everything they have to the Lord, this word is for you today!

The word today is PERSEVERANCE. After serving the Lord for nearly 2 decades, I can tell you that it never gets any easier, the battles only intensify as time goes on, and the more you are doing for the Kingdom the more you will have to endure, and the more you will have to persevere. Why do you think so many opt out or take the easy road? Very few people enjoy pain, conflict, being a target and attacked constantly day after day, and run when confronted with these things. That is why most of the Lord’s work is done in the safety of the Christian subculture we have created, behind the 4 walls of the church. That is also why we are having very little influence, and very little impact on this world we live in!

Look at the life of Paul. It would have been easy for Paul to sit back in the comfort and safety of the churches he pioneered and take on that apostolic role and live a life of honor, ease, comfort, and luxury. While Paul did oversee the churches he founded, he never stopped or slowed down in fulfilling God’s mission for his life to take the Gospel to the lost and hurting outside the four walls of the church. He pressed forward, tirelessly, until the very end when he was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ. Despite the great personal sacrifices, putting his life on the line each day, fighting all of the obstacles he had to face each step of the way, Paul PERSEVERED!

My word for you today is this. You are not going to ever fulfill God’s plan for your life in serving the Lord without being able to persevere. That is because the things of God don’t come easy, and won’t come without a fight. There is a very real enemy who will do all he can to stop you. As I share with you often, this is ultimately a battle for the souls of men, and sadly, satan is willing to fight harder for souls than most of God’s people. You can’t persevere by giving God 25%. You can’t persevere by giving God 50%. You can’t persevere by giving God 80%. You can’t persevere by giving God even 95%. TO PERSEVERE, YOU HAVE TO BE SOLD OUT, 100% TO THE LORD!!!

The fact is, it doesn’t take too many men totally sold out for Jesus to turn this world upside down. The work of one man, Paul, is still being felt today. The disciples of Jesus, who after his resurrection and being filled with the Holy Spirit, were totally sold out of the Lord and laid the foundation that the Christian faith has been built upon these past 2000 years. During that time, it has been men and women of God who were sold out for the Lord, 100% committed to Him, men and women who PERSEVERED, that has brought the Gospel to the world and helped millions of people find everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ.

I love you and care about you so much. We are in the last days and now God is calling on men and women like you and me to stand up, be counted, to sell out for him, and to persevere as we bring in that last great harvest of souls before our Lord returns and the last days of human history unfold. This is a clarion call to those who have ears to hear, that the time for playing games is over, the time for playing church is over, the time for being satisfied to live in the comfort of the “Christian trough” is over, the time for using the Gospel simply to generate money is over, IT IS TIME TO SELL OUT FOR THE LORD AND LET GOD USE OUR LIVES TO BRING HIS TRUTH AND THE HOPE OF CHRIST TO THE LOST AND HURTING MASSES WHO WILL DIE AND GO TO HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS!

To accomplish that, you will have to persevere. You will have to face the trials, the tribulations the hardships, the attacks, the scorn, the daily battles, but it is the power of the Holy Spirit that will embolden you and strengthen you and allow you to PERSEVERE! When you get down and discouraged, the Lord will pick you up and give you all you need to keep pressing forward. The Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen. The chosen are the ones who are willing to pay the price, do whatever it takes to persevere! The deep things of God will never come easy. They require a total and complete sacrifice to the Lord. But when this life is over, the things of this temporal world will pass away and all that will be left are the things we did for Jesus!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

If the One You Love Dies Without Jesus, They Will Go to Hell for All Eternity!

Leave a comment

(Romans 10:9, 10:13, John 3:18, Isaiah 59:2, Hebrews 2:3)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name…AMEN

If the one you love and care about dies without Jesus, they will go to hell for all eternity! Several weeks ago, I was asked by a man to go visit his 87-year-old father in the hospital. His health was failing fast and the doctors did not expect him to live more than a few weeks. This man told me his father had refused to go to church during his life, didn’t want to hear “religious talk,” and stated often that he didn’t care what happened to him after he was dead.

I went to the hospital and spent about 20 minutes with this elderly gentleman, talking to him about Christ’s love and about how God desired to have an eternal relationship with him. He was fairly polite but very adamant about letting me know he lived his entire life without God and had no desire to start believing in some “invisible man in the sky.” He asked me to leave and let him die in peace. Sadly, I deal every day with people like this man whose hearts are so hardened they simply don’t want to hear anything about the Lord.

I got a call a few days later from the man whose father I had visited. I could tell he had been crying and he had a difficult time telling me that his father had passed away the previous night and wanted to know if there was any chance his father was in Heaven. I told him that if his father had decided in the last moments of his life to accept the Lord into his heart by faith, then yes he was in Heaven. However, if he had continued to deny Christ’s love and died in his sins, then sadly he was lost for all eternity. One of the most difficult things I have to do each day is tell people that if their loved one dies without Jesus, they will spend eternity in hell.

(This is why I tell you often what we do every day here at Liveprayer is so critical and why we are constantly being attacked by the enemy. We are literally warring with satan 24/7 for the eternal souls of men!)

My friend, what drives me each day is the reality that every second of everyday people are dying and going to hell. Hell is a place that was NEVER intended for man. It was created for satan and the fallen angels that followed him. God’s desire is that ALL come to repentance and that none be lost. Let me clear up a misconception many people have. God doesn’t send anyone to hell. Let me say that once more. God doesn’t send anyone to hell. The only way you can get to hell is to CHOOSE to go there. The only people that go to hell are the ones who make the choice to spend eternity there with satan and the fallen angels.

Let me tell you something. After nearly 25 years of evangelistic ministry, I can assure you that very few people actually want to go to hell. For most people they either don’t believe there is such a place or nobody has ever told them how they can avoid ending up there. VERY FEW PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL. With the better percentage of two full generations having never even gone to church, we have more people than ever who are dying and going to hell simply because they didn’t really understand that when they died they were either going to spend eternity with God their Creator in Heaven, or be eternally separated from God their Creator in hell.

That is where my passion comes from to use the power of the Internet to reach millions of people all over the planet each and every day with the hope we have in Jesus Christ. That is what keeps me getting up night after night, week after week, month after month, now year after year at 11 p.m. 5 nights a week to go to a TV studio and use secular television to reach the lost and hurting masses with the message that Jesus loves them and that without Christ they will die one day and be lost for all eternity.

I do what I do each day because I know that if your dad or mom, your brother or sister, your husband or wife, your son or daughter, your neighbor for friend, your boss or co-worker, the people in your life die without knowing Jesus, they will spend all eternity in hell!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I love you enough to give my life every day to bring you the Absolute Truth of God’s Word and the love of Jesus Christ. My heart breaks when I get the emails from people who have lost loved ones and friends. It breaks even more when I find out their loved one or friend didn’t have a relationship with Jesus since I know that this special person in their life is in hell for all eternity. We get so caught up in so many things during this life, but there is nothing more important than telling people about the fact that Jesus loves them and without putting their faith in Christ they will die and be lost for all eternity.

You can’t force someone to get saved. That is a choice they have to make for themselves. But you can certainly make sure they know about that choice and how critical it is since what they do with Jesus will determine their eternal home. What they ultimately choose to do is something they have to decide for themselves. However, if you love and care about the people who are in your life, you will love and care about them enough to tell them the fact that if they die without Christ in their heart they will spend all eternity in hell.

The great evangelist DL Moody stated one of his greatest regrets in life was the night of the Chicago fire. He preached that night and instead of giving an invitation, he told the audience to think about his words and come back the next night. I submit to you today, that a man or woman of God in a church service, or in any type of meeting or conference, or in any media appearance, who doesn’t use the opportunity to tell people how to accept Jesus as their Savior is committing spiritual malpractice!!! The only thing we can really offer this world is Jesus, and there is no excuse to not use every opportunity we have to tell people how they can know Jesus as their personal Savior.

Let me be blunt. You can do all the “seeker” services you want, think outside the box and use every creative means possible to reach people, but if once you have reached them you don’t use that opportunity to tell them how to be saved, you have accomplished NOTHING. The fact is, people die every second and if they die without Christi in their heart they are going to hell for all eternity. THAT IS A FACT. How can any man or woman of God know that fact, have a group of people assembled, and not use the opportunity to tell them how to be saved?

People deserve to know the truth and to not tell them is no different than if you knew a building was going to blow up in 10 minutes and sat back and didn’t tell everyone to get out. In the end, you can’t trick people into getting saved, you can’t play games to get them saved, you can’t hope they figure it out for themselves, at some point you simply have to be blunt and tell them that they will die one day and at that moment if they don’t know Christ as their Savior their soul will be lost for all eternity!!!

The Bible states that when a person comes to faith in Christ, the angels in Heaven rejoice. As I look at the salvations reports from the Internet and TV program each day here at Liveprayer, I know that each person is someone’s mom or dad, someone’s husband or wife, someone’s son or daughter, someone’s boss or co-worker, someone’s friend or neighbor. The fact is, the people you love and care about in this life will die one day and at that moment they will either be in Heaven with the Lord or forever in hell. Please don’t neglect to tell them about Jesus and His love for them.

I can promise you today that with whatever breath I have left in this life, I will continue to spend each waking moment doing everything I can to reach the lost and hurting masses throughout the world, including your loved ones and friends, with the message that Jesus Christ is the way, and the truth, and the life, and that nobody comes to the Father except through Him !!!

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.

The Ongoing Epidemic of Teacher/Student Sex Scandals?

Leave a comment

(Mark 9:42)

***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!!!

The ongoing epidemic of teacher/student sex scandals! I can assure you that most adults, men and women, can think back on their school years and remember that one teacher they had a crush on. For me it was my fourth grade teacher Miss Janis. Even though at 10 years old girls still had “cooties,” Miss Janis was the most gorgeous woman on the planet. It is a normal part of growing up. What is not normal, however, is when you have a teacher who develops a crush on a student. When that teacher actually gives in and acts on those feelings, in addition to not being normal it is also criminal. Sadly, we are being bombarded almost on a weekly basis with a new teacher/student sex scandal and the legitimate question that needs to be asked is WHY?

Trust me, I am not naive enough to believe teachers having sex with their students is something new. It is a problem as old as school and as old as the teacher/student relationship. There is a special dynamic that exists between a teacher and their student. Teachers become a very important person in shaping the life of a young person. Outside of our parents, our teachers are most likely to have a dramatic impact on who we become as adults. Because of the special bond that exists between a teacher and student, it opens the door for the teacher to be able to exploit a student sexually if they have that desire.

Again, we have to understand that sex between teachers and students is not a new phenomenon. The desire for a student to get involved sexually with their teacher often starts out with that childhood crush most students have at some point for one of their teachers. A teenager is going through puberty and becoming aware of the sexual side of their life, so these are new, raw feelings they are experiencing and not yet fully in control of. A student recognizes the importance their teacher plays in their life which also creates a special intimacy and bond between them. All of these working together can lead a student to fantasizing about having a sexual relationship with their teacher.

On the other side is the teacher. Let me say up front, there is NO JUSTIFICATION for a teacher having sex with a student. NONE! How it happens is not difficult to understand. A teacher is in a position of authority, trust, and power. No doubt for some it is an ego boost to have one of their students “in love” with them. They are dealing with young, impressionable, naive, and inexperienced children and young adults. It opens the door and gives a teacher the opportunity to give into their carnal desires and sexually exploit their student

The fact that these teacher/student sexual relationships exist and always have is a given. The question today is why are we hearing about these relationships so frequently, what is going on in our society that is giving rise to all of these incidents of teacher and students having sex. First of all is the existence of 24/7 news, especially the cable networks like FOX, CNN, and MSNBC. While they are technically classified as “news” stations, they have really turned into little more than electronic versions of the National Enquirer. What drives their ratings is NOT the news of the day. It is the tabloid stories and high profile legal cases that have always captured people’s interest. Nothing fits this new form of tabloid journalism passed off as news better than a sex scandal between a teacher and student, especially if the teacher is a young, gorgeous FEMALE!

Let me address this hypocrisy for a moment. In the past, when you heard of a teacher/student sex scandal it was almost 100% of the time a male teacher with a female student. When these scandals came to light, the public was justifiably outraged and called on the criminal justice system to prosecute these men to the fullest extent of the law. With the recent rash of teacher/student sex scandals involving female teachers with male students, there simply doesn’t seem to be the same public outrage. As a matter of fact, it is accepted in some circles as a badge of honor for these young men to have sex with their female teachers and it is not condemned but applauded.

My friend, the damage done to a child is no different if it is a girl being sexually exploited by a male teacher or a boy being sexually exploited by a female teacher. The scars and effects of that sexual exploitation are something that child will have to deal with the rest of their life no matter if they are a boy or girl. How a person views sex is shaped by many factors, chief among them are those first sexual experiences they have in their life! It is equally as wrong and CRIMINAL for a female teacher as it is a male teacher and ANY teacher that exploits a child sexually should be fully prosecuted when caught!

What we are seeing in these teacher/student sex scandals is the byproduct of a society deteriorating in moral decay. This is simply one of the results of a culture where people have grown up with no foundation of faith and live their lives in rebellion to God’s Word and Christ, the family has broken down, children are not told there is Absolute Truth and left to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, and people of all ages are bombarded literally 24/7 with sexual images through TV, radio, music, movies, the Internet, magazines, and all forms of advertising. The lie has been told long enough, bold enough, and loud enough that sex is a natural part of life and you should never deny yourself the desires of your flesh.

Sex is a gift from God for a man and woman in the bonds of His Holy Institution of Marriage. PERIOD! All sex outside of marriage is a SIN! PERIOD! When people choose to ignore God’s plan for sex and sin in this area of their life, there are consequences as there are for any sin. One of the things that sets us apart from the animals is our ability to think, reason, make choices, and not live strictly by instincts alone. This is what Paul spoke of when he talked about controlling the flesh. You don’t have to give in to the carnal desires of your flesh, you have the ability to CONTROL YOUR FLESH through the strength God can give you. The problem is too many people refuse to even try. They are no different than a dog in heat that is simply giving in and acting on its base instincts.

I love you and care about you so much. The fact is for every one of these teacher/student sex scandals you hear on the news, there are hundreds, even thousands you will never hear about. The vast majority of these scandals are never known by anyone other than the teacher and student involved. Whether it is a national news story or remains a private affair, the people involved know and most important GOD KNOWS! The price for giving in to a few moments of physical pleasure can be enormous. Like with any sin, lives can be severely damaged and in some cases destroyed.

I will be praying for you young adults reading this today. I pray that you will realize having sex with your teacher is a HORRIBLE idea. The fact is, having sex with ANYBODY outside of marriage is a horrible idea and there will be a price for sinning in this area of your life. God loves you and cares about you so much. Follow His plan for sex and you will not only know His blessings, but the beauty of this gift He has created for a man and woman in marriage.

I will also be praying for you teachers. God has given you an awesome responsibility in helping to shape the lives of those young people He entrusts to you. For you to give into your carnal lusts and take advantage of a student for your sexual gratification is an act God will hold you accountable for. It isn’t worth it. You are damaging the life of the young person, not to mention putting your life, career, and freedom in jeopardy. I am very aware that young adults are far more advanced at an earlier age sexually than ever before. But that is no excuse. YOU are the adult and no matter what, YOU are the one that is ultimately responsible for any sexual activity between you and a student.

Lastly, I will be praying for you parents. If you haven’t heard me over and over for 17 years, hear me now. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILDREN’S LIVES! As long as they live in your home YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for them. The greatest ministry God gave you is to your children. Talk to them about sex and about what God’s plan is for sex. Talk to them about being aware of teachers and other adults who may try to take advantage of them sexually. Get to know your children’s teachers. Other than you, they will most likely have the greatest influence on the lives of your children so it is your business and duty to know who they are.

The bottom line to the increasing number of these teacher/student sex scandals is that they are a direct result of a society living each day without Christ and not being guided by the Truth of God’s Word. Adults with no fear of God who happen to be teachers. Children growing up in a world that is telling them there is nothing wrong with having sex of any kind with anyone you want. Once you take God out of the picture, ANYTHING is possible so seeing these teachers and students in sexual relationships should not really be such a shock.

For me personally, it only strengthens my resolve to keep doing what God has called me to do each day since the only real answer is bringing the Truth of God’s Word and the hope and love of Christ into people’s lives and seeing people get saved. Now more than ever we need to see a move of God’s Holy Spirit in this nation. As we watch these teacher/student sex scandals unfold, it is simply a reminder how low we have sunk as a people and how desperately we need Jesus!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Giving Without Guilt

Leave a comment

(Deuteronomy 16:17)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord! Today I come to you, asking you to bless the dear people who we faithfully minister to each day. I ask for your protection, that you meet their every need, and bless them and their families richly. As I have each morning for 17 years now, I commit YOUR work to you this day. May your Truth in the marketplace, lives be impacted, and souls saved….FOR YOUR GLORY! My life is in your hands and I simply ask that you use me so you are glorified!!! In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray….AMEN!!!

Giving without guilt. There is probably nothing that upsets me more personally then the manipulation and psychological games that too many in the Lord’s work use to generate the finances they need to carry on their mission. Overseeing a large international ministry that is growing daily, I fully understand the pressures to raise the needed funds to carry on God’s work. However, I submitted this area to God over a decade ago when I started my ministry, and committed to never do anything that would be unbiblical or bring shame to Him. The fact is, my God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and is more than able to move on the hearts of His people to support His work.

My first personal encounter with big time Christian fundraising came 24 years ago. I was backstage with a friend at a telethon being put on by one of the larger Christian television stations. They were only moments from going on the air when all of the sudden a rather large man with an Irish accent came up to me and asked me what 1000 divided by 12 was. It seemed like a very odd question, but I thought for a moment and told him it was 83 and about a third. He thanked me, and just moments later he was on the set with the host of the Telethon on “live” television. After exchanging a few pleasantries, the host asked this man if he had anything special to share with the viewers that evening.

The man with the Irish accent than began to share how he had been in prayer in his hotel room all afternoon, seeking a special word from God for the viewers that night. He stated that after many hours on his knees, God spoke into his Spirit to share Psalms 83 verse 18. I opened my Bible and read the verse and was a little confused what was so special about that verse, but the preacher began to share that through Christian television people all over would know the name of Jesus. I was still a bit confused, until he began to challenge the people that God wanted them to make a pledge of $83.18 over the next 12 months to that Christian television station. It finally sunk in that the only reason he chose that verse was not from some great revelation God had given to him, but it was to try and generate $1,000 pledges from the viewers. I have to be honest when I tell you that it took every ounce of self-control that I had, not to run onto the set and call this man a liar. It literally made me ill.

As many may know, the first 7 years I was in the ministry, I preached in over 500 churches of all denominations, all over the country. I also was heavily involved in the Christian television world. I hosted programs, consulted with most every major Christian media ministry, and created programming for all of the Christian television stations in the country. During this time, I have seen every trick, game, gimmick, guilt trip, and psychological ploy used to get people to give. Let me tell you right now that major crusades don’t take the offering AFTER an hour of powerful praise and worship by accident. The largest Christian television network CAN NOT get you out of debt by you giving them $2,000. There is NOTHING Biblical about “burning your debt”! NEVER make a pledge with money that you DON’T HAVE! Never, EVER, let any church or ministry intimidate you, or “guilt you” into giving!!! THAT IS NOT OF GOD!!!

So much of the fundraising and financial pleas I see take God’s Word totally out of context. Giving to a ministry does NOT guarantee that you will get back that money plus so many times more. God blesses our obedience in MANY ways, not just financially. Our health is a GREAT blessing. The health and safety of our family and friends is a GREAT blessing. Our old car starting and getting us from place to place each day is a GREAT blessing. God moving in a situation at work or school is a GREAT blessing. The point is that God DOES bless us for our obedience and faithfulness, God DOES bless us when we are faithful and obedient in our giving. But His blessings come in many forms, not just financial.

>From day 1 in my ministry, I have done my best to follow the Biblical formula for giving. First, giving is an act of worship. It is a way to honor God for his provision in our life. Second, ALL that we have belongs to Him. When we give, we are simply giving back to God a portion of what He has entrusted to us. Third, the Bible says to “give according to your ability to give”. You can’t give what you don’t have. And yes, we are told to give God a portion of what He gives us right off the top, but God also expects you to take care of your day to day living needs as well. It makes no sense to give God $30 when you have no more money and you have an electric bill for $30. PAY YOUR ELECTRIC BILL. Lastly, God WILL bless you for your obedience in this area. Giving IS important, but giving for the right reasons is just as important.

I love you and care about you so much. I am sure that I probably greatly upset some people in the ministry today. But God never intended people to give out of guilt, or give because they have been manipulated or tricked. We are to give because of our love for God. We give because God has entrusted each of us with a certain amount of provision during our life, and it is an act of obedience when we give a portion of that to Him. The Bible teaches that we give our tithe to the place where we are fed, which in most cases is our home church. Our gifts are what we give to those additional works of God outside of the church that the Lord uses to feed us spiritually and gives us a burden for.

When God directed Moses to build the Tabernacle, when God directed David to build the Temple, He told them both the same thing. Share the exact need with the people and challenge them to give out of their abundance. THAT my friend is the Biblical example of how to fund God’s work. Go to God’s people, share the exact need, and challenge them to pray and give as God leads them to give. We are to give out of our love for God, we are to give because all that we have belongs to God, we are to give with a joyful heart…..NOT out of guilt!!!

Thank you for standing by me with your love, your prayers, and your financial support. It is friends like you that make it possible for me to be here for people in their time of need. Together, we are making a difference for God’s Kingdom! We are to give out of our love for God, we are to give because all that we have belongs to God, we are to give with a joyful heart…..NOT out of guilt!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

The Key to What Being a Christian is All About

Leave a comment

(1 Corinthians 1:9, Revelation 3:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU…and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for you as evil abounds. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN!!!

The key to what being a Christian is really all about. Ever wonder if you are really saved? Ever think that you are doing most of the things you should each day but you are missing real joy in your life? Ever miss church a few Sundays, or didn’t read the Bible for a week, and didn’t miss it that much? Ever go days without praying, and when you do, all you pray about are the things you need? DO YOU EVER WONDER IF YOU REALLY ARE A CHRISTIAN?

Doubt is one of satan’s most effective weapons. One of the common prayer requests that I get daily here at Liveprayer is from people struggling with doubt. Doubt that God exists. Doubt that the Bible is really the only Truth. Doubt they are even saved. These are very common and normal thoughts that ALL Christians deal with from time to time. Doubt becomes a tool the enemy uses to try and paralyze Believers from growing in their faith, from effectively serving the Lord, and from enjoying the joy of their salvation.

The answer to doubt of course is our faith. Faith in a God who created the heavens and earth. Faith in a God who created each one of us in His own image. Faith in a God who loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that we could be reconciled back into fellowship with Him for all eternity. Faith in a God who has given us His Word to guide and direct our journey here on earth.

While we all get weak at times and have doubts, the answer to those doubts is maturing in our relationship with the Lord. This is the key to what being a Christian is really all about. Many people who are truly saved and going to Heaven when they die are being constantly tormented with doubt, struggling in their daily lives, and not only missing so many blessings, but not fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for their life because they have never experienced a real, intimate, personal relationship with the Lord! They are saved, but have never developed a real relationship with Christ.

The reality is, in many cases it is isn’t even their fault. How is a person supposed to know what to do next after they get saved unless someone tells them? They feel the same, live in the same place, have the same job, hang out with the same friends, and most of the time keep doing all the same things they used to do. Mentoring new Believers, discipling those who are new to the faith is something we have stopped doing.

Why? It takes time, effort, and commitment to disciple someone and people are simply too selfish to pour their lives into someone else’s. Every Believer should be mentoring or discipling a younger Believer! I have tens of thousands of emails from over the years sent by people who tell me they have been in church all their lives, but until they started reading the Daily Devotional, had no clue, no idea how they were supposed to live to make their faith in Christ real in their everyday lives.

Let me take a few minutes right now and give you the most important and basic element of what being a Christian is all about.

It is about having a personal, intimate, vibrant, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ. Your relationship with Christ is like any earthly relationship you have. IT REQUIRES AN INVESTMENT OF TIME, ENERGY, AND EMOTIONS if it is going to amount to anything. If you are married, think where your relationship is with your spouse today as opposed to the first time you met. What is the difference? Lots of time, energy, and emotion! YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST WILL ONLY BE WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT!

I love you and care about you so much. Most people never grow as Christians, get beaten down by the day-to-day problems of life, end up doubting their faith because they have never developed a real relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t do that in an hour on Sunday, or at a Bible study once a week. You grow in your relationship with Christ the same way you grow in any relationship, by investing the time and effort and emotion into it each day!

I counsel people to get up 45 minutes early each day and read the Bible and pray before you do anything else. Start your day with Jesus. It may take discipline at first, but after a while, you will look forward to that time when it is just you and the Lord. Spend 15-20 minutes in the Bible. Take the rest of that time and just hang out with Jesus. Share your needs with Him, make sure you take time to thank Him for all He does for you each day, and make some time to just be silent. You can’t hear when you are talking. Be quiet so God can speak to you!

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will really speak to you through these words and that you will begin to make the time EVERY DAY to invest in your relationship with the Lord. He loves you so much and desires to have a relationship with you! Imagine that. Jesus wants to have a relationship with you! All of the doubts, and fears, and questions will start to fade the stronger your relationship with the Lord becomes. You will live each day with great confidence in knowing that it is not you in control, but JESUS who is in control. That is what it means to walk by the Spirit and not the flesh.

The key to what being a Christian is all about lies in your daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It will become not only the most important relationship you will have during this life, but never forget that it is the only thing that you will take from this life into eternity!

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.

Older Entries

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 115 other followers

%d bloggers like this: