A True Servant of Satan in Now in Hell

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(Luke 12:4,5; 1 Timothy 1:7, 4:2, 6:3; 2 Peter 2:1)

***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!

A true servant of satan is now in hell!!! Over the weekend, New Age guru Dr. Wayne Dyer died. I have warned people for years about this man featured on PBS, leading souls to hell with the lies of the New Age movement. After he died, his family posted on his Facebook page, “Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.”

I am not trying to be cold or insensitive, since the death of someone, especially who clearly had rejected faith in Jesus Christ is the saddest event there is. God stated that it is His desire that NONE be lost, that ALL come to repentance. Jesus obediently went to the cross and died so that ALL men would be able to have their sins forgiven and accept Him by faith. However, the harsh reality of this life is that upon death, those who reject faith in Christ for the pardon of their sins will spend eternity in the bowels of hell. As I type these words, Dr. Wayne Dyer’s “next adventure” is eternal separation from the God who created Him in the horrors and punishment of hell!

During his life, PBS superstar Dr. Wayne Dyer reached out to the lost, hurting, and SEARCHING masses with his New Age philosophies. I have told you for 16 years now that there are tens of millions of lost, hurting, and SEARCHING people throughout this nation. People who are struggling to get through life. People who have been paralyzed by their weaknesses. People who are lost, hurting, and searching for hope and answers. These people are NOT going to church on Sunday, they aren’t coming to the big “crusades” and “festivals” that are little more than people bussed in from the local churches, they aren’t watching Christian TV, they aren’t listening to Christian radio or music, they aren’t reading Christian books and magazines.

These people are simply living their lives the best they know how, totally void of God and the Truth of His Word. They are out shopping in the malls and stores. They go to sporting events. They go to plays and concerts. They go to fairs and carnivals. They watch secular TV. They listen to secular radio and music. They read secular books and magazines. They live, work, go to school, and recreate in the “marketplace” and never darken the door of the church. IF YOU WANT TO REACH THESE LOST, HURTING, AND SEARCHING SOULS YOU HAVE TO GO TO THEM AND INVADE THE WORLD THEY LIVE IN!!!

That is exactly what cults like Scientology, Kaballah, the Mormons, the Jehovahs Witnesses and false religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam do. They are all growing exponentially because they understand that the better percentage of two full generations don’t go to church and have no foundation of faith in their life. These people do not live by moral absolutes. They have pieced together from numerous sources over the years what they believe in. The cults and false religions understand these people are searching, yearning for someone to come along and guide them to “truth,” tell them how to live, and give them a reason and purpose for their life.

This vacuum of faith in people’s lives has also given rise to the New Age gurus of our day. The success and motivational people like Tony Robbins, those in “The Secret” movement, false hope merchants like Deepak Chopra and Oprah, and the “spirituality” of Dr. Wayne Dyer. These people have developed great followings, generate millions of dollars a year in product sales and appearance fees since they are tapping into the spiritual void in people’s lives, having the audacity to tell them they have the truth and secrets to life that they are looking for. These people are dangerous since the philosophies they espouse are not from the Truth of God’s Word, but the lies of the world that leave out God and the Absolute Truth of the Bible.

Dyer was especially dangerous since he became a big hit on PBS for his ability to help them raise money. In return, he is on the PBS airwaves constantly, sharing his New Age philosophies of life with PBS viewers. Men like Dyer tapped into the basic needs and desires all people have. The need to be happy in life. The desire to be successful and have wealth. He hits all of the areas of life, not leading people through the Truths found in our final authority in all matters, God’s Word, but through the worldly philosophies in rebellion to God’s Truth that men have been following throughout the course of human history.

Men like Dyer are the false prophets the Bibles warns us against. A false prophet is one who leads men AWAY from God and His Truth. These men are NOT harmless. They are lethal since by leading men away from the Truth of God’s Word they are also leading them away from Christ, which means they will die in their sins and perish for all eternity. Anyone who is leading men away from the only Truth there is, God’s Word, are most dangerous of all men. Jesus said, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today for Dyer’s family during their time of loss, but that through these days they will come to know Christ as their Savior. Sadly, I am dealing every day with many Christians who listened to Dyer’s New Age ramblings. Because they are for the most part Biblically illiterate, they think this man is bringing truth into their lives, when all he is doing is regurgitating the same old New Age philosophies that have been around for thousands of years. This is why I encourage you all the time to read and study God’s Word. When you do, you will find that the things a false prophet like Dyer said are NOT in line with God’s Word, but in opposition to it! There is only one truth and God gave it to us!

In addition to being discerning about what who you listen to, the Body of Christ has got to get out into the marketplace and start competing with the cults, the false religions, the New Age gurus like Dyer who led people to hell! I have told you over and over, this is literally a battle for the souls of men. Too many Christians are selfish. They are saved, assured of a Heavenly home, see people every day who are going to die and go to hell….and do NOTHING!

That is like holding a life preserver in your hand, seeing a drowning man, not throwing that man the life preserver and walking away while he drowns. NO DIFFERENCE! Listen, if you throw the man the life preserver and he refuses to use it, now it is his problem. You did all you could do. It is like in Ezekiel 33 when God told the watchman that if he sees the sword coming and warns the people and they refuse to listen and perish, his hands are clean. However, if he sees the sword coming and refuses to warn the people and they perish, their blood will be on his hands!

“Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’ ” Ezekiel 33:2-6

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will warn people of men like Dyer who are led the masses down a path of destruction, and other false prophets like him. I will also be praying that God really speaks to your heart about not just sitting by while family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, those you go to school with, people you recreate with, die and go to hell without you ever taking the time to tell them how they can escape that eternal punishment. God will give you the words and the courage to simply share His love and Truth with those people He put in your life.

The masses are lost, hurting, and searching or people like Dyer wouldn’t exist. He proved that people want truth in their life. Sadly, when they listen to him, they are being fed lies from the lips of satan himself. In these last days, those who know Christ as their Savior, who possess the Truth of His Word, have got to become bold and aggressive in taking the hope and love of Jesus Christ to these lost souls. Dyer cast his lot with satan and was used as a tool to lead people’s souls into everlasting damnation. It is time for those who have given their lives to the Lord to allow God to use them to lead people’s souls to everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ!

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

Bill Keller

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Tired of Fighting the Battles of Life and Having Someone Tell You to Just Have Faith?

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(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength today. Your Word says that when I am weak, you are strong. Strengthen me this day to live my life for you, to defeat my enemies, and see victory. You, and you alone are my hope and strength each day. Let the Holy Spirit rise up in me this day and guide my life for your glory! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

Tired of fighting the battles of life and having someone like me tell you to “just have faith,” or, “trust the Lord,” or, “God will guide you.” What do you do when you don’t have any more faith, when you can’t trust the Lord, when God is not guiding you? How do you really fight thru the battles of life? It is easy to sit back when everything is calm, relatively quiet, going as smooth as life can ever go, and tell someone who is in the heat of the battle to “trust God,” or to “have more faith.” When the attacks are coming relentlessly, when you are fighting one battle and at the same time a new one starts, and in the midst of dealing with that one, another one starts, and all of a sudden you find yourself consumed, what do you do?

As I write this Devotional today, I am literally in my foxhole taking a quick break from the battles, having had only about 2 hours sleep in the last 2 days. Liveprayer was under several hacking attacks after the TV program Friday night that carried through the weekend and caused the server issues allowing Sunday’s DD to go out twice and Monday’s to be delivered late with a Tuesday date in the supject line.

Over these last 16 years, I have learned how to fight the daily battles associated with being on the front lines of the Lord’s work, while finding those pockets of “down time” each day, find a little time each day to keep my physical body in the best shape I can, get my 4 hours of sleep each night, have a meaningful relationship with my wife, and accomplish all that I need to for the Lord for that day. Of course there are times when the attacks come and the daily routine has to be forfeited in order to fight. It has been several years since the attacks have come with such intensity, in endless waves, and from many different directions at the same time.

Today, I want to help you how to fight when you are in the heat of battle, when the enemy is attacking you from all sides, when there is no time to even think, when you are weary from fighting, when you have thoughts of giving up, when you start to feel defeated, when you start to feel your strength ebbing away and you begin to lose hope, when simply gaining an inch is a victory. How do you fight when satan is coming after you with the sole intent of taking you out? I know today many of you are dealing with non-stop attacks from many directions. How do you not only fight..but win???

Here is the most important things to never forget, it is the key, PRAY! The great boxer Mike Tyson actually said one thing in his life that was very profound. Tyson said you can train for a fight, prepare, study film, put together a great strategy, and do all you can to get ready. However, all the planning and strategy is gone the second you get hit in the mouth. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be prepared for the attacks of satan, or spiritually train, or plan how we will fight. What I am saying is that the moment you get hit, it is no longer a hypothetical, it is really happening. How are you going to respond when satan hits you in the mouth?

Obviously, of the 40,000 or so people who contact Liveprayer every day for prayer, the vast majority are in the midst of great battles in their life. The biggest mistake I see people make, the biggest mistake I sometimes make, is forgetting to pray. Once the battle begins we start fighting. That is our survival instincts kicking in. That is why when you start to fight multiple battles on many different fronts, you get overwhelmed, fatigued, frustrated, and eventually despair sets in, hopelessness sets in, and soon you begin to think about where to run and hide.

I can’t stress enough that your first response MUST BE PRAYER! John 15:5, “without me you can do nothing!” When we are weak, He is strong. God will fight for us. God will give us wisdom. There is victory in Jesus. These are all great truths but we need to first call on that name above all names and ask Him to help us. We need to ask Him to make us strong! We need to ask Him to fight for us! We need to ask Him for wisdom! We need to declare that there is victory in Jesus! If you don’t pray you are already defeated. You can’t do it on your own, nor do you have to. This is the time to make your faith real. You say you trust God, that your faith is in Jesus, now is the time to prove it. PRAY LIKE YOU TRUST GOD AND BELIEVE IN JESUS!!!

Will praying make the attacks stop, make the devil go away? Nope. It will probably make him come after you even harder. What it does do is gives you renewed strength and energy. It also helps to clear your mind. How you look at a situation is critical. You can either look at a situation as hopeless or simply a hurdle that needs to be overcome. The power of prayer is that it gives you the increased faith, the confidence, the ability to look at the attacks you are under not as hopeless but as hurdles.

The Bible says that if we ask God for wisdom, He will give it to us liberally. That means A LOT! One of the byproducts of not praying while in the battle is that you are trying to figure out how to fight, how to win, in your own mind. You need to put on the mind of Christ, not the mind of man! I can guarantee you that whatever plan God gives you will be better and more effective than anything you come up with. Knowing that, why do we fight and fight and fight until we are thoroughly frustrated because of the poor decisions we make as the battle is raging on. ASK GOD FOR WISDOM AND HE WILL GIVE IT TO YOU LIBERALLY! When is a good time for wisdom? Well, all the time, but especially when you are fighting the enemy on many different fronts and start to lose sight of what battles you are even fighting. Pray for wisdom and God will give it to you!

I love you and care about you so much. We all fight battles throughout the course of our journey through this life. We all have those wonderful seasons of peace. We also have those intense times when the attacks come from all sides at once. Those are the times when the faith we claim to have must sustain us and guide us to victory. As the battles begin to intensify, stop and crawl into your foxhole for a moment and pray, seek the Lord. Ask Him to give you strength, and courage, and wisdom. Ask Him to be your shield and buckler, your strong tower. Ask Him to fight for you. ASK HIM FOR VICTORY OVER YOUR ENEMIES!!!

The wonderful thing is God has already given us all that we need to fight with. In Ephesians 6 we read these great words, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

You will notice there is one thing missing in God’s armor. There is nothing for the back. GOD’S ARMY FIGHTS GOING FORWARD! GOD’S ARMY DOES NOT RETREAT! Cowards run, men and women of God stand and fight to victory!!!

I will be praying for you today. For those of you who are in the midst of the battle, facing great attacks on all sides, be of good cheer and know that the Lord is with you. Call on the Lord of hosts to stand and fight for you. Pray without ceasing. If you never prayed much before, now is the time to learn how to pray, and not stop praying!!! I will be praying for the Lord to give you His strength, His wisdom, and His victory over your enemies today. When the dust settles know that you will be standing as a living testimony of your faith in Jesus Christ!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Sixteen Years of Liveprayer

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(John 3:16,17, 14:6, 15:5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for another day of life! Even though this is a special day in the life of your ministry here at Liveprayer, let us never to forget that EVERY DAY is a special day since it is a gift from you! Please let me never take one day, one hour, one minute of this precious life for granted and may I always honor you with my life! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Sixteen years of Liveprayer! It is easy to get discouraged looking at the world around us today despite the wonderful milestone that 16 years ago at Noon on 8/31/1999, Liveprayer signed on. Over the years Liveprayer has become the most effective interactive online ministry ever. God has used His work here to impact tens of millions of live worldwide while seeing over 1,000,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ. To God be the glory, and it will be the eternal legacy of myself and each member of the Liveprayer family!!!

As I type these words, I think back to the numerous times over 16 years I have exhorted people that our ONLY hope is to turn this nation back to God and His Truth. Liveprayer is the instrument that God has been using to impact individual lives, and as we continue to do that our final work for the Lord is to lead the way for a spritual revival across this land. Unless that happens, unless we have a Nineveh moment where the masses get on their knees and repent of their sins, turn back to God and His Truth, this nation is finished. Only the arrogant and prideful will believe that the same God who judged his own children for FAR LESS sin, won’t unleash His wrath and judgment on this nation!

Over the last 16 years, Liveprayer has become by far the world’s largest interactive Christian website. We’ve sent out just over 5,800 Daily Devotionals daily over these past 16 years that began going out to a handful of people and are now are received by over 2.5 million people worldwide every single day. We have received and responded to over 140 million email prayer requests. We have accumulated a Praise Report archive with over 10 million testimonies of God’s faithfulness.

We’ve broadcasted the uncompromised Truth of God’s Word and the fact Jesus is the ONLY way on over 2,000 “live” TV programs on major secular TV stations, seen by millions of people in Florida, Illinois and around the nation since it debuted in March of 2003. To view the program “LIVE” every Monday-Friday from Midnight-2am EDT on your TV if we air in your market, or digitally on a computer, SmartPhone, or tablet, please go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm To watch previous programs On Demand, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/LivePrayerTelevision

Of course, ALL honor, glory, and praise goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus said, “Without me you can do NOTHING!” That powerful reminder from John 15:5 is on the mirror in my bathroom and the first thing I see every morning. I have been most blessed of men to be given the honor and privilege to serve our Lord in such a meaningful way each and every day. It was 25 years ago this month that I sat in a Federal Prison cell and rededicated my life back to Christ and finally gave the Lord the one and only thing He ever wanted from me, and the one and only thing He ever wants from you…my life completely, fully, and wholly surrendered to Him!

Whatever has happened at Liveprayer these past 16 years is NOT because of Bill Keller, it is because of Jesus Christ. Bill Keller is simply a vessel God has chosen to use at this moment in human history in the fulfillment of His overall plan and purpose. All I did was give my life completely to the Lord and surrender myself to whatever His will for me is each day. I spent nearly 7 years PRIOR to the start of Liveprayer doing my best to serve and follow God faithfully. Whatever Liveprayer has become after these 16 years, is the result of serving and following Christ obediently and faithfully for over 23 years. It was God who has called me to do what I do today and I am simply doing my best to follow His voice as I walk by faith each day.

It is because of what we have done these past 16 years that I have the incredible passion for what we can do in the years to come should Jesus tarry. What drives me each day is the fact that I know Jesus may return at any moment, that tomorrow is promised to none of us and I need to be faithful each day to the work God has called me to do, and that every second of every day someone is dying and going to hell that could be in Heaven if we had been able to reach them with the hope of Christ. Thru the internet and secular television, we have the ability to reach the lost and hurting masses and not only help them find real answers in their hour of need, but the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Seeing the lost won for Christ is what I have given my life to do. With every waking moment, every breath until God calls me home, my only objective and goal is to reach the lost with the Gospel. That passion, that drive, that determination has not waned over these past 192 months, it has intensified. I refuse to let the personal abuse I take each day stop me. I refuse to let the continual threats on my life stop me. I refuse to let the daily challenges of living in this fallen world stop me. I refuse to let finances stop me. I refuse to let anything keep me from giving the Lord everything I have every day. I know that I fall short every day, fail the Lord every day, but I am thankful He knows my heart. Jesus gave His very life for me, how can I give Him anything less?

I LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU SO MUCH! I really mean that each day! The greatest joy of all these past 16 years is this new family God has blessed me with. Every day I cry with those in the Liveprayer family who lose those they love, and I rejoice with those in the Liveprayer family as they bring new life into this world. I remember today the many dear and faithful friends who have been part of Liveprayer over the years, many who helped lay the foundation for God’s work here who have gone on to their rewards in Glory. I also am excited by all the new additions to the Liveprayer family as they grow up to become the men and women of God He has called them to be.

It has been a privilege to stand with so many young adults as they have gone thru high school, college, started their first job, and gotten married, had children. I’ve been honored to stand with those in the Liveprayer family who have lost their job, gotten new ones, faced health issues, struggled with their finances, gone through a divorce, had legal issues, bought and sold homes, moved, dealt with children and grandchildren living apart from the Lord, those how have battled with different addictions, and all the rest of the daily challenges we face along our journey through this life. I’m grateful to be here each day to help bear your burdens.

*”It’s an honor to speak to people about God, it’s an even greater honor to speak to God for people!!!” -EM Bounds

All I can say in closing is THANK YOU! Thank you for your love. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for your financial support of God’s work her at Liveprayer. I tell you often that without you there would be no Liveprayer. That is true. YOU make this all possible each day for millions of lost and hurting people worldwide. Your love and prayers and gifts have made an eternal impact in the lives of tens of millions of people around this planet. Please continue to pray for me and for all those who labor here so faithfully each day to make this all possible. For those who God leads and have the ability, please continue to prayerfully give as the Holy Sprit leads you as we meet our financial needs.

I’m looking forward to the day my work here is complete and I am able to go to Heaven and hopefully catch up on some sleep. I know that at some point, there will be a great reunion of all those people who were part of the Liveprayer family. It is such an honor and great joy of mine each day to be able to actually meet those who are part of Liveprayer. Sadly, I know that I will never get that opportunity to shake hands and give a hug to the vast majority of those in the Liveprayer family during this life. So I look forward to that day in Glory when we will all be together.

In the meantime, God still has much for us to do. While it would be easy and tempting to sit back and be content with what we have accomplished these past 15 years, we can’t because there is still too much work left to do. The Liveprayer Church, the world’s online cathedral. The Jonah Project God’s instrument to help lead this nation back to God and Biblical values. The “remnant” is about to rise up and be heard like never before!

So now is time to keep pressing on towards that prize, being obedient and faithful each day to serve and follow the Lord, and declare to this lost world the Truth of God’s Word and tell the lost of the eternal hope they can have in Jesus Christ. May God continue to pour out His favor and blessings on Liveprayer as we remain faithful each day to our calling of leading this nation back to God and HIS Truth during what God showed me last November would be “year of victory!”

Let me leave you with our verse for the year from 1 Corinthians 15:57, “”But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”

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

Bill Keller

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Honor Your Mother and Father – Part 2 of 2

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(Ephesians 6:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for being the perfect father. No matter what our relationship has been with our earthly mother and father, you are the great example of a true parent as you love me unconditionally no matter what. Help me to be a grateful child of your today and acknowledge your love and nurturing as I honor you with my life. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Honor Your Mother and Father – Part 2 of 2

Depending on the translation you are using, there is a part of this verse that talks of obeying your parents “in the Lord”. The original Greek text actually translates “for the Lord’s sake”. Why is it so important to the Lord that we obey our parents? As we grow up, our parents are the first authority figures we are exposed to. We learn at a very early age that our behavior is governed by others. We learn how to make choices. We learn that there are consequences for the choices we make, good and bad. Obeying our parents teaches us that we are accountable for the things that we do in this life.

Once we start school, we then realize that our actions there are governed by our teachers and the school administration. We then learn that society has laws we must follow and the police, prosecutors, and judges have been put in place to enforce those laws. The reason this is such an important issue is because, while we have those in authority over us during our life here on earth, we also have God, our Creator in ultimate authority over our life. Obeying our parents is critical because if we don’t learn how to obey the authority that our parents have over our life, we will never learn to obey God who has the ultimate authority over our life.

You see, my friend, God loves us. Most of you have or had a parent or parents who love you. When your parents give you rules to follow, it is not to make your life harder, but easier. It is from that love that they tell you what you can and can’t do. Some things are common sense; others are from experience. You see, they know what the end results of certain decisions will be, and they are trying to keep you from making mistakes. That is what God does also. In His Word he tells us things we shouldn’t do, many which are obvious and common sense. Then there are others that come from God knowing what the ultimate outcome will be.

One of the most vivid example is God’s warning not to be unequally yoked. The literal meaning of that verse in context is talking about marriage. A Christian, not being married to a non-Christian. Why? If you could come to Liveprayer someday and read some of the email, you would understand quickly. Just like parents have a reason for rules that we may not totally understand or agree with, so does God. Obedience is a way that we can protect ourselves.

Of course, God gave us all free will. It is understandable, since otherwise we would be little more than robots. But there have been times when I wish I didn’t have the ability to make choices. We usually learn at a very early age that when we make the wrong choice, there are consequences. Often we have to pay a price for disobedience. Those consequences hopefully serve as a mechanism to help us in the future make the correct choice. Punishment for disobedience is designed to help us learn that we can not disobey and get away with it.

In Hebrews 12:5,6 it tells us that God punishes those He loves. Punishment is not meant to make us mad or to push us into further disobedience. Instead it is designed to help us understand that we are to be obedient children, and that there are consequences associated with disobedience. Let me say here, that many have this image of God who delights in punishing His disobedient children, and that all of the hardships we suffer must be punishment for things we did wrong.

While there may be some direct consequences from sinful activity, God loves you, and is not a God of punishment, but a God of grace and mercy. Trust me, if He wanted to inflict punishment on us for our disobedience, we would never be able to live under the weight of the hardships we would have to endure. It is important for us to learn that free will is not a license to disobey, but to obey.

I love you and care about you so much. Being obedient to our parents is something the Lord has asked us to do for His sake. It also teaches us how to obey, since we need to be obedient to Him as well. For some like me, there is a rebellious nature that is obviously part of our sin nature we inherited. Never forget it was Satan’s rebellion that got him thrown out of Heaven.

It was the rebellion of Adam and Eve that brought sin into the human condition. So we are born with a rebellious nature, a tendency to disobey. That is all the more reason why we must be aware of how important our obedience is; if for no other reason, than to avoid the consequences of our disobedience. Ultimately though, we obey out of love.

Our parents love us enough to give us rules to follow to help us in our life. We need to understand that and obey out of love for them. God loves us enough to gives rules to follow to help us in our life. We need to understand that and obey out of love. I pray today that you will see how important obedience is and that out of love, you will obey your parents; out of love, you will obey God!

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

Bill Keller

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Honor Your Mother and Father – Part I of 2

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(Exodus 20:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for being the perfect father. No matter what our relationship has been with our earthly mother and father, you are the great example of a true parent as you love me unconditionally no matter what. Help me to be a grateful child of your today and acknowledge your love and nurturing as I honor you with my life. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Honor Your Mother and Father – Part I of 2

This is not a suggestion, or a choice we have. This is one of those issues God literally has carved into stone. I want to look at this today from two perspectives. The first is a swift kick in the backside for those who have been neglecting their parents. The second is for those with a more complicated situation where there has been damage to your relationship with your mom, dad, or both.

In the first case, let me just lay an incredible guilt trip on you this morning. You get so busy in your day-to-day life, you neglect your parents. I am so thankful today that during the last two years of my mother’s life, I called her twice a week. Most calls didn’t last long, but it was the effort, the contact, and the gesture to let her know I loved her and was thinking about her.

For me, living the organized structured life I do, I had to put it on my daytimer each week. But I have to put eating on my daytimer. If it isn’t on the daytimer it doesn’t get done. I tell you that to say, whatever you have to do, make it a priority to contact your mom and dad at least once a week. They will appreciate it, you will be thankful for it, and God has commanded you to honor them.

My Father passed away when I was just 15, so during my early adult life I only visited with my mother on holidays. She passed away on Christmas of 1998. I am so thankful to the Lord that in 1992 we reestablished a close relationship, and during the last couple years of her life we were very close. You only have one mom and one dad, so cherish them . . . honor them.

I realize from my emails each day, that many of you have a difficult relationship with your mom and dad for many reasons. With divorce so prevalent in the last 30 years, that has strained many relationships. There are many other factors that have resulted in distant relationships.

Here is what I must encourage you with today. God commanded that we honor our parents. Just like in other relationships, you can never control the heart of your mother or father. Only God can do that. To follow the Lord, you have to put forth your best effort though.

Regardless of the hurt and pain from what may have happened in the past, you need to forgive and love them. If they reject these advances of love, then you have done all that you can do, and we just need to pray for God to move on their heart. But you MUST try. It is not an option.

I realize that it will be difficult for some of you because of things that have happened in the past. But you must rise above your feelings and follow God. He will always honor your commitment to follow Him and obey Him. He will give you strength beyond yourself when you are following Him. Make the effort. Pray, ask God for the strength, and reach out to them today.

I love you, am praying for you, and will be praying especially for you today to make honoring your mother and father a priority today. God has given us some very clear guidelines to live by, and this is one of them. As in everything, when we are in obedience to His will and way, He blesses us. To know the fullness of His blessings, we must follow Him and obey Him.

Let me challenge you to make today a special day. No matter what, at least pick up the phone today and call your mom and dad and tell them how much you love them. Life is so short. I wish sometimes that I could call my dad or mom and just say “I love you”. They are both with the Lord, so I can’t do that. If your Mom and Dad are still alive, then track them down today. It will only take a few minutes. Just simply tell them how much you love them.

God loves you deeply, so show your love for Him today by honoring your mother and father. He commanded that we do this.

Don’t miss Part Two tomorrow!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Today I Am Asking for Your Prayers

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(1 Corinthians 1:9)

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

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9

Today, I am asking for your prayers. By the grace of God the Lord has opened the door to finally secure a national syndication deal for the Liveprayer TV program starting this coming January! The program is currently airing on over 110 non-Christian stations each night, including WJYS in Chicagoland that is available to the 10 million people in that metropolitan market. That syndication deal will put the LP TV program on a major national cable and satellite carrier reaching the 90 million TV households in the nation “live” every Mon-Fri from Midnight-1am Eastern!

Just as exciting, this contract will pay the Liveprayer Church an upfront amount of just under $500,000 in December and a monthly payment which will virtually cover all of the ministries operating expenses! Liveprayer is still currently carrying just under $300,000 of debt left over from the nearly $1 million of debt we incurred in 2006 and 2007 as we took the TV program national independently, a move that failed when the financial meltdown hit the entire economy in early 2008.

This initial payment for the syndication in December will allow us to retire 100% of the balance of our outstanding debt! PRAISE GOD! Many professionals advised me over the years to simply bankrupt the ministry and walk away, but this is a MINISTRY, not a Trump casino, and I vowed not to rest until every dime had been taken care of knowing God would honor my heart and integrity!

As you know, the ministry has struggled to cover our monthly operations most every month since 2008, but the Lord has always brought dear friends like you to help at critical times to insure His work here continued and remained strong. I have had to cut staff to a bare minimum and have not taken a salary personally since early 2008, and through these personal scarifies we have been able to keep moving forward without any interruption in our daily ministry to souls worldwide literally 24/7/365.

In the midst we have been able to re-launch the Liveprayer TV program in May of 2013, an incredible minsitry tool that has only aired on non-Christian stations and networks since we debuted the program in 2003. It is still the ONLY “live” minsitry program on any television, and still continues to impact lives each night, save souls, and bring God’s Truth into a marketplace virtually void of that truth.

By His grace, the love, prayers, and INCREDIBLE FINANCIAL SACRIFICES of many in the Liveprayer family along with the personal sacrifices of hours and compensation I’ve made (Even though the additional hours have taken a bit of a toll on my health over the past few years, God has continued to heal me and give me the strength I need each day.), Liveprayer has continued to be the unique beacon of light to this nation, world, and so many lives each day!

As we prepare to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Liveprayer this Monday, we have passed the ONE MILLION mark of people we know of who have accepted Christ as their Savior by faith! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
***AUGUST FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are in the last 4 days of August, so far the first $15,000 of the $65,000 we need for our August operations has come in, leaving us requiring $50,000 over these final 4 days. *$10,000 from the first weeks of the month is critically past due, and I am praying today for 1 or 2 of our friends who can help me with a special one-time gift of $5,000 or more to insure that critical past due amount is covered today!

—>August is our Anniversary Month. On the 31st, Liveprayer will be 16 years old to the glory of God! Let me ask you to pray about sending a special gift of $16 ($1 for each year of ministry), $160 ($10 for each year of ministry), $1,600 ($100 for each year of ministry, or $16,000 ($1,000 for each year of ministry)! Please pray about a special offering to Liveprayer in honor or memory of someone you love who has impacted your faith in Christ. What a powerful way to remember a person God has used in your journey, as they will live for all eternity not just in your life and others they touched along the way, but those lives your gift will impact for the Lord in their honor.

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

I love and care about you so much. Very few know of the many and incredible personal sacrifices I have made over these past 23 years to serve the Lord, the personal price I have paid in so many ways. I have never complained because it has been the highest HONOR to serve the Lord and give my life to you and all of those the Lord has brought to this ministry, many in their most critical time of need, over these many years. I am happy to undergo as many personal challenges as I need to until the Lord calls me home, knowing my rewards will not be in this life, but will come in Glory!

As we head into the final 4 months of this year of victory, may we labor together as we see the sparks of a national revival to see a mighty harvest of souls and help lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Being Single is Okay

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(Romans 12:12; Luke 21:19)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, even though we have no right to ask, please continue to watch over this nation. Thank you for showing us the clear signs of destruction our sin and rebellion have heaped upon our land. I pray today that as a nation we will turn back to you and your Truth. Give me strength as days of persecution are upon us, and let me stand proud and strong for you and your Kingdom. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

I realize that many of my Devotionals deal with husbands and wives, parents and children. I also realize that many of you are not married at the present time. In our society, you are almost looked down on if you are not married or involved in a relationship with someone. Many people feel like something is wrong with them if they are single. Being single is okay!

Whether you are single because of a divorce, your spouse has died, or you have never married, IT IS OK. The point I want to share with you today is to be patient. I can assure you, 99% of the relationship problems I deal with each and every day can be traced back to people who were impatient, good people who jumped into relationships outside of God’s timing and ended up paying a big price. I realize that loneliness will cause you to make poor decisions, but you have got to understand the consequences of those decisions.

The number one problem in relationships is that there is no spiritual base. While money, communication, and other issues are the most popular reasons for problems, I assure you the lack of a spiritual base in the relationship is the reason these other problems exist. Not having a secure spiritual base is why God said not to be unequally yoked. He knew without that base, the relationship could never survive.

The base starts with the personal walk each person has with the Lord. It is then solidified by both people bringing their faith together as one. The Bible talks of the man being the spiritual head of his home. It is important for a man to take this job seriously and be the priest in his home. It is his responsibility to help merge his faith and that of his potential wife. Praying together. Reading the Word together. Serving the Lord together. These are all ways for two people to lay a solid and secure spiritual base. Let me tell you this.

WITHOUT A SPIRITUAL BASE, NO RELATIONSHIP WILL LAST OR HAVE ANY LONG-TERM SIGNIFICANCE.

While I realize finding someone physically attractive, someone with a nice personality, someone with a good job may all be criteria in finding a mate, but if you do not focus first on the spiritual side of the relationship, it is doomed. I want to tell you now, without hesitation. The reason for the high divorce rate amongst the people of God is because there is NO spiritual base in the relationship. This is why patience is critical.

While the downside to being single is loneliness, the upside is it allows you to grow and develop a real walk with Christ. It also gives you the power over what relationships you will enter into. There is a power in the fact you have choices you can make. Be picky. Be patient. You do not have to find someone today. This is where your faith and trust in God becomes important as well. He knows your needs and desires. Trust Him. Have faith in Him that He is going to bring the right person into your life.

I love you and care about you. It hurts me to know many of you are hurting from the loneliness of being single. I pray that today you will refocus on your walk with the Lord. I pray you will realize there is nothing wrong with being single. I pray you will know that God understands your needs and desires, and He will bring the right person into your life. I will add that, like everything, it is a combination of God’s sovereign will and our responsibility.

You can not expect to sit in the house and wait for the Lord to send the right person knocking at your door. Like all battles, you need a game plan, and you need to be faithfully executing the plan each day to see victory. My emphasis today, though, is that as you are out looking for a mate, remember that unless your relationship has a spiritual base to it, it will not last.

Being single is okay. Use the time to solidify your walk with Christ. Be patient. Never forget that the Lord loves you and will bring the right person into your life. rust Him and wait on His perfect timing!

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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