Joy to the World

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(Luke 2:20)

This is the time of year when the word joy is everywhere. Joy to the world. I have joy in my heart. Joy, joy, joy, joy. Let me just take a minute today and tell you the reason we can even say the word joy.

God, our Creator, has opened our eyes and showed us His plan. He has showed us His Son being born of a virgin in a manger. He has showed us the example of the perfect life as we read about Christ’s life in the Gospels. He has given us the one and only perfect sacrifice for our sins in Christ’s death on the cross. He then verified it all in the resurrection of our Lord on that 3rd day…assuring us of everlasting life when we put our faith and hope in Jesus. I don’t know about you, but if that isn’t reason for joy, I don’t know what is.

I know many of you are struggling with your finances….you can still have joy today because God said you have riches beyond anything this world can offer! I know many of you are depressed because you are alone…you can still have joy today because God promised He would never leave you nor forsake you! I know many of you are having marriage problems… can still have joy today because God can mend your broken heart and restore your marriage!

I know many of you are fighting addictions to sex, drugs, alcohol, food, or tobacco….you can still have joy today because God can deliver you and set you free! I know many of you are facing battles at work or school….you can still have joy today because God said He would fight for you! I know many of you are dealing with health issues….you can still have joy today because God is still in the healing business!

It doesn’t matter what the battle is, what the problem is, you can still have joy today because Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, and rose on the 3rd day giving you the assurance that if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus, when this short time here on earth is over you will spend eternity with Him! THAT IS WHERE OUR JOY COMES FROM!

Don’t let the cares of the world steal your joy on this Christmas Eve. God is still on the throne and still hearing and answering the prayers of His children. He is still working miracles in the lives of people today!

I love you, care about you deeply, and want you to know the joy this Christmas that those shepherds knew on that first Christmas because of all that God had shown them. Because of His birth, because of His life, because of His death, and because of His resurrection, we can have true JOY in our lives today if we will invite Christ into our hearts and lives.

If you want to know that Joy today, the true joy that only comes from a relationship with Jesus, pray and ask God to open your heart, then read the words at: . Give your heart and life to Christ today and not only receive everlasting life, but JOY!!!

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

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Rick Warren and President-elect Obama Use Each Other for Credibility

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(Matthew 14:1-12)

Rick Warren and President-elect Obama use each other for credibility. Let me say up front, the ONLY reason Pastor Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church in suburban Los Angeles and the author of the Purpose Driven Life, should deliver the invocation at Barack Hussein Obama’s inaugural is to pray for the following: Obama’s salvation, that this nation will stop slaughtering innocent babies, that ALL states will quit perverting God’s Holy Institution of Marriage by allowing same-sex couples to wed, and that this nation will turn from its sins and back to the God of the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ.

Now let’s deal with reality. I guarantee you that Warren will pray for NONE of those things. Do you think for a second that President-elect Obama would invite him to do the invocation if he was going to pray for the REAL needs of Obama and this nation? Warren became famous for selling his “Purpose Driven” marketing strategy designed to fill pews with warn bodies, not converts to the faith, to churches and pastors around the nation who were too lazy to get their own vision from God. He has become the poster child for the word COMPROMISE.

Let me deal right away with the outrage from the homosexual community over Obama asking Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. They are so blinded by their sin that they don’t realize Warren is the last person they need to fear or worry about. Yes, I am well aware that Pastor Warren supported Proposition 8. For the record, that only happened a few days before the election after he was shamed and forced by those brave me and women who championed that stand in California for God’s Holy Institution of Marriage.

Warren made national news during the recent Presidential election when he hosted a debate between Senators Obama and McCain. The event was widely promoted as a Warren/Saddleback event, however it was originated and co-sponsored by the liberal social justice group Faith in Public Life, whose board president is Meg Riley, a Unitarian Universalism minister who previously ran the denomination’s homosexual advocacy office. Warren also spoke at one of Robert Schuller’s Institute for Successful Church Leadership conferences. In attendance at that Institute were 80 gay and lesbian ministers from the now Jesus Metropolitan Churches which cater to homosexuals and lesbians. Many of the clergy of these churches are practicing, unrepentant homosexuals!

I do credit Warren for being consistent in his public comments (when pressed) against the sin of homosexuality and that marriage is to be between a man and a woman as God dictated. However, he takes ZERO leadership on key spiritual issues like abortion or gay marriage, and is quick to join forces with the homosexual community and those in the cults and false religions of the world to advance his personal agenda. He was at a Muslim convention this past weekend, where Melissa Ethridge, an openly lesbian activist and music artist performed. Warren said the two had a “wonderful conversation” and that he is a huge fan who has all her albums.

At that event, Warren told the Muslims, “You don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand.” Listen, Rick Warren is a PASTOR. He is supposed to be a messenger of the GOSPEL. He is NOT a politician!!! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not something you water down or compromise. It is not about being politically correct because the eternal souls of men are at stake. There is no “walking hand in hand” with Muslims! They are on the wide road to destruction while born-again Believers are on that narrow road to Glory! Muslims need to understand that they have bought a 1400-year-old lie from hell, and when they die, their souls will burn in the flames of hell for all eternity unless they turn from the lies of Islam and embrace faith in Jesus Christ and the Truth of the Bible!!!

Warren is a case study in the word “compromise.” He embraces the damnable ecumenical movement that seeks to unite people of all beliefs, meaning Christians are expected to “compromise” and abandon the Absolute Truth of the Bible! His infamous book, The Purpose Driven Church, was endorsed by Leonard Sweet, a firm New Age Movement advocate. Warren hired Ken Blanchard to come to Saddleback to help train people how to be effective leaders. Blanchard is a huge advocate of the New Age philosophies. He wrote the foreword to Jim Ballard’s books Mind Like Water and What Would Buddha Do At Work? He was on the front cover of Corporate Mystic and the back cover of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and wrote the Foreword to Ellen Ladd’s (clairvoyant) book, Death and Letting Go. Blanchard makes no apology when he says much can be gained from Buddhism. He and his wife both encourage the practice of yoga and mantra meditation.

Why does a self-professed Baptist evangelist associate with these types of people? Not to preach the Gospel to them, but to use his association for his benefit! Sadly Warren decided that he could make his impact by pursuing a worldwide social agenda. That is fine. We need people to lead the effort on global poverty, AIDS in Africa, and other social causes. But you can’t pursue this social agenda and ignore the pressing issues that are destroying this nation like killing babies, gay marriage, and family issues. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ANY TIME TO COMPROMISE THE GOSPEL AND THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH ANY PURSUIT, NO MATTER HOW WORTHY! While these social issues are worth bringing attention to and fighting for, the fact is all men will die one day and at that moment the only thing that matters is if they know Jesus as their personal Savior by Faith.

I love you and care about you so much. It is easy to see why President-elect Obama asked Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. It was payback for Warren compromising once again and allowing this enemy of God to stand in his pulpit at a recent conference on social issues. Actually, Warren desecrates his pulpit often with every kind of heretic and blasphemer you can name in the pursuit of his global social agenda. He even boasted about having Obama in his pulpit!

By accepting this invitation, all Warren has done is give credibility to Obama, further proliferating the lie that he is a Christian, when the fact is he takes stands in opposition to the Christ he proclaims and the Truth of the Bible on EVERY key spiritual issue that faces our nation. By giving the invocation at the upcoming inaugural, Rick Warren is giving his blessing to Obama’s rebellion to God and the Bible. Sadly, Warren’s agenda is more important than God’s agenda! His appearance and compromise actually only emboldens those who live in rebellion to God and His Word.

For Pastor Rick Warren to bless and give the invocation at the upcoming inauguration of a man who will help insure millions of babies around the world are slaughtered, and force US taxpayers to fund this legalized infanticide, is no different than if Adolph Hitler had asked him to give the blessing and invocation when he became Chancellor of Germany!!!

True men of God like John the Baptist, the prophets in the Old Testament, literally gave their lives to stand for God’s Truth with the political leaders of their day. Sadly, Rick Warren is not a great man of God, but simply a man who has compromised his faith and the message of the Gospel in order to advance his agenda. I will be praying for Pastor Warren, and ask you to as well, that he will let the Holy Sprit speak the words this coming January 20th. I pray that out of his lips will come a prayer calling this nation back to God, condemning this culture of death and all who support it, proclaiming that God’s plan in the Bible for marriage and family is the foundation of our culture, and inviting President-elect Barack Hussein Obama to ask God to forgive his sins and accept by faith Jesus Christ as His personal Savior and lead this nation as a man of God, not an enemy of God!


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

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Is President Elect Barack Hussein Obama Really a Christian or an Enemy of God

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(Mark 13:22; 1 John 4:1; James 4:4)

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4

IS PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA REALLY A CHRISTIAN OR AN ENEMY OF GOD? Obama was very up front during the campaign about his Christian faith. Only God can judge his heart if indeed he has accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, but based on his public statements about his faith as well as his actions, it is critical to explore what he believes and see if this man really is a Christian as he claims. What does Obama believe regarding the basic tenets of the Christian faith? What does he believe about salvation?

Obama is part of this new and emerging group of Christians I have called the “religious left.” The “religious left” is made up of people who identify themselves as Christians and hold strong religious beliefs as well as sharing left-wing ideals. Obviously, this group has risen up in opposition to those who have been tagged the “religious right” or the “Christian right.” Those in the “religious left” oppose God on issues like abortion and gay marriage, but are heavily involved in the ecumenical movement, environmental issues, opposing war for any reason, world hunger, and social issues like healthcare, welfare, and education. Sound familiar?

Last summer, I sent a formal invitation to Obama to sit down with me on camera and deal with these serious questions regarding what he believes about his Christian faith. He was been eager to talk about his faith to the media and appeared on many televised programs specifically about what he believes. Sadly, those who interviewed him and moderated these special programs on faith, either didn’t have the understanding or desire to ask Senator Obama the critical questions to determine what this man really believes regarding the foundational beliefs of Christianity.

A Christian, according to the Bible, is a person who has made the conscious choice to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith and follow Him. You CANNOT be a true follower of Jesus Christ and deny the Truth of the Bible. It is inconsistent to say, ” I am a Christian,” yet live in rebellion to the Bible. It is apparent as you listen to Obama speak about his faith, that he does NOT hold the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God, representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters. Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey me,” and that means His Word!

So what are Obama’s beliefs about the most important issue of all, how to be saved? He claims his mother rejected Christ, yet he knows she is in Heaven. He stated in a recent interview, “I believe that there are many paths to the same place.” This is the damnable universalistic lie leading millions of souls to hell that there are many roads leading to God. He also said that “he doesn’t know if he is going to Heaven, nor does he believe he or anyone will go to Hell.” How can you claim to be a Christian, yet not believe in Heaven and Hell?


The fact Obama denies Jesus is the only way to be saved, that there is no Heaven or Hell, that the Bible is not the only Truth, calls into question whether he believes Jesus was immaculately conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin as the Bible claims, or that Jesus literally rose from the dead as we are told in Scripture. Faith in Christ is not a political game, but a life changing experience that determines where your soul will spend eternity. It is time for Obama to be held accountable for what he says he believes to examine if he really is a Christian!

Also calling his faith into question is his position on three key spiritual issues that transcend into the political arena. ON ALL THREE OBAMA IS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF GOD! First is his position on abortion. His entire political career he has not just voted to uphold the slaughter of innocent babies, but he has been a defender of those rights. He has been such a staunch defender of this practice of legalized infanticide that he was endorsed by NARAL, one of the world’s leading baby killing organizations. GOD CALLS ABORTION MURDER AND NO CHRISTIAN IN CONSCIENCE CAN DEFEND OR SUPPORT MURDERING INNOCENT BABIES!

Obama, once elected will sign into law the Freedom of Choice act and numerous other things to insure that abortion-on-demand at any stage is protected here in the United States AND around the world. He is also going to use hundreds of millions of YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD!!!

Second, is his position on the sin of homosexuality. Again, his entire political career Obama has been a staunch ally and supporter of the homosexual community. He is in favor of redefining God’s Holy Institution of Marriage to include men marrying men and women marrying women, he is in favor of redefining God’s plan for the family to include adoption by same sex couples, and he is in favor of special rights for people who choose to engage in deviant sexual relationships. GOD CALLS HOMOSEXUALITY AN ABOMINATION AND THE BIBLE DEFINES THIS ACT AS A SIN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT.

Third, is his position on Israel. Obama is in favor of giving away part of the land that God Himself gave to the children of Israel to their enemies, whose stated goal and desire is to kill every Jew and wipe them off the face of the earth. God’s promise to Abraham found in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect. It reads, ” I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” NO MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO GIVE AWAY THE LAND GOD HIMSELF GAVE TO ISRAEL!

If Obama wants to support slaughtering babies, the homosexual agenda, giving away Israel’s land to their enemies, and promote New Age lies about salvation, that is fine. However, don’t do these things and call yourself a Christian. I never have or ever will endorse any candidate, tell people who to or not to vote for. I tried to warn all Christians that you can’t separate your faith in Christ from who you elect to influence the spiritual issues of our day. You are not voting for a pastor, but should be voting for someone who will uphold your faith and values. When you vote, you are voting your conscience. Sadly, many professing Believers laid aside their faith this past November.

I will be praying for President-elect Obama and his family. Praying that he has a real encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. His campaign slogan was CHANGE. I pray that Barack Obama will CHANGE from being an enemy of God who lies to people that there are many roads that lead to God to being a man of God who will boldly and without shame tell people the ONLY way to be saved is through faith in Jesus Christ. I pray that Barack Obama will CHANGE from being an enemy of God who supports the legal slaughter of babies to being a man of God who seeks to overturn Roe vs. Wade and take the Federal Government out of the business of legally slaughtering babies.

I pray that Barack Obama will CHANGE from being an enemy of God who supports gay marriage, gay adoptions, special rights for gays, to being a man of God who will condemn this sin and try to help those in bondage to homosexuality find freedom. I pray that Barack Obama will CHANGE from being an enemy of God who seeks to give away the land God gave to Israel to being a man of God who will be a friend to and defender of the Jewish people.

I love you and care about you so much. The Christian faith is not a buffet where you can pick and choose what you want to believe. We don’t get to determine what Truth is, God has already done that and given it to us in the Bible. The public statements Obama has made about being a Christian and his position on key spiritual issues are totally inconsistent with someone who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His chief campaign slogan was CHANGE. I pray that President-elect Barack Obama will CHANGE from being an enemy of God to a friend of God!!!

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

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Overwhelming Burdens

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(Galatians 6:2)

Everyone who lives has those times when the burdens of this life can become overwhelming. Whatever the reasons, however it happened, you wake up feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joy, the peace, the pleasures of this life seem so far away. We have all been through those valleys, so we know how difficult it can be. I often talk to you about being in the will of God. That can be difficult at times, determining exactly what God’s will is for our life, but there are some basics God expects us to do that the Bible clearly tells us are His will for our life.

One of those is to bear the burdens of others. I want to really challenge you this Christmas season, to put aside your cares and help someone you know who is struggling to carry their load today. I realize that you may be dealing with some difficult issues yourself, but there is someone God has placed in your life, a family member, neighbor, schoolmate, coworker, a friend . . . someone who is really hurting and struggling under the weight of their problems today. God is telling you to go help that person carry their burden today.

As we know, many people are reluctant to open up about the very intimate problems of life. That can make it difficult for someone trying to help. But even if they don’t totally open up, just your interest, your compassion, your desire to help can make all the difference in the world. The Bible teaches that we really are our brother’s keeper. Reaching out with the love of Christ to someone who is hurting is the ultimate ministry anyone can perform in this life.

If you read the accounts of the earthly ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, you will see much of His ministry was one on one with hurting people. That is the example He has left us. I am challenging you today to find that someone in your life, hurting, falling under the weight of their problems, and pick them up. Pick them up and carry them for a while. It is what Jesus would do, it is what God is asking you to do.

I love you and care about you deeply. I want to see you enjoy all of the blessings God has for your life. Helping others in their hour of need is one of the greatest ways God can use your life, and you will be blessed beyond your imagination for your faithfulness. Serving others is something you don’t need a seminary degree for, you don’t need any special training for, and you don’t need to be appointed to do.

Serving others is what God expects from all His children, and He has given you a new heart of love to make it possible to share that love with others. You see, without the Lord, we have a difficult time loving others. But when we realize how much God loved us and sacrificed for us, it becomes easy for us to then love others. Just let the love God has put in your heart flow into the lives of those around you. It is the greatest testimony you have.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is any way I can help you. You are special to me, and I will try my best to help you walk through the problems you are facing in your life and be victorious. God loves you, and my only desire is to see you become the best you can be for Him. You can do that today by finding someone you know this Christmas who is in need and helping them carry their burden. That is God’s will for you.

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

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Seventeen Girls in one High School are Pregnant

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(1 Timothy 5:14)

Seventeen girls in one high school are pregnant! News broke out of Gloucester, Massachusetts last June that 17 girls in one high school are pregnant. The initial news reports stated there was some form of “pregnancy pact,” and the girls got pregnant on purpose. That is now being disputed, but what is not in dispute is that 17 girls from this one high school have either had or are going to soon have babies. This is just another sad example of our culture that is in total rebellion to God and His plan for sex, marriage and family. Do not be fooled for a second about the role the media played in this. Between television, movies, music, and the deification of Hollywood celebrities, the lives of children today are being shaped and destroyed by this culture in full rebellion to God.

One year ago, Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney’s 16-year-old sister, proudly proclaimed that she was pregnant and the media loved it! Sadly, the church, para-church ministries, men and women of God, have done a very poor job of getting the message of God to those who need it most…this lost and hurting world in which we live in. It is sad when the act of a 16-year-old girl who has clearly made choices in rebellion to God has more impact on our culture than the church does! That is why from time to time, I feel compelled to respond to messages that are being put forth by the secular media that are in opposition to the Truth of the Bible, especially when those messages are geared to children and young adults.

Jamie Lynn Spears is the star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” a popular program geared towards children and young adults. It came to light last December that she was pregnant by her 18-year-old boyfriend. Last June, she gave birth to a baby girl. I would not for a moment discount the influence she had on these girls in Gloucester, or young girls in other parts of the country who thought “what a neat idea.” Sadly, teen pregnancy is not something new and continues to be a huge issue in a nation and world that is in spiritual freefall. What is most troubling to me has been the media’s glorification of Spear’s pregnancy which is what I want to address today.

God through His Word, is very specific about HIS gift of sex. Sex is intended for a man and woman WHO ARE MARRIED! PERIOD! ALL sex outside of God’s plan is a sin! As I share with you often, sin always comes with a huge price tag. When you engage in sex at any age, getting pregnant is a very real possibility. When it is children, teens, neither the young man or woman are ready for that responsibility and their lives become changed forever. In too many cases, it is the baby who suffers as well.

Let me take this opportunity to say to all of those who are reading this and got caught up in sin, made a poor choice to have sex without being married, and became pregnant. God is a God of grace and mercy. Even in our sinfulness, God loves us, and can turn our sin into HIS blessings. However, that ONLY happens when we acknowledge our sin, ask God to forgive us, and begin from that point forward to do it HIS way. When you make that choice, God can and will bless you, no matter what your circumstances may be today.

A special note to those young women who may be pregnant. You have two, TWO, options. Keep the baby, or give the baby up for adoption. These are the ONLY two choices. Abortion is murder. To have an abortion is simply compounding your initial sin. Trust me, as LONG AS YOU LIVE, the choice to kill your baby will be with you. Having counseled thousands of women who have had an abortion, the FACT the women’s movements, the pro-death (choice) movement conveniently forget to tell you, is that you will never…..EVER….forget this incident in your life.

*If you are pregnant and even considering killing your baby, please take a moment and go to this short video of less than 1 minute of an actual abortion being performed. Before you make the horrible choice to kill your baby, watch this video and see exactly what is going to happen to your child first.

Another common sin that I deal with daily, is the incredible desire by a woman who becomes pregnant to “marry the father of the baby.” Again, in almost ALL cases, you are simply compounding your sin. Getting married because you are pregnant is one of the absolute WORST reasons there is to get married! I can almost insure you that the man who got you pregnant, is most likely NOT the man God wants you to spend the rest of your life with. In Spear’s case, there are published reports this young man who fathered her baby has gotten another girl pregnant.

NO MAN OF GOD, WHO IS WALKING WITH THE LORD, WHO IS THE SPIRITUAL HEAD OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP AS GOD CALLS THE MAN TO BE, WOULD HAVE EVER SLEPT WITH YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!! I am not making a blanket condemnation of all men who sin in this way, but in most every case, a man who is willing to sleep with a woman out of the bonds of marriage, is NOT the man God wants you to spend the rest of your life with.

I love you and care about you so much. GOD LOVES YOU EVEN MORE! Please pray for these 17 girls in Massachusetts, the boys and young men who fathered these children, and most of all the babies. Pray these young women and men will turn to the Lord, since now more than ever they will need His strength. If you are currently pregnant out of the bonds of marriage, your first need is to get right with God. Go to God’s promise in 1 John 1:9, and get right with God. DON’T EVEN CONSIDER MARRIAGE UNTIL YOU CAN BE ASSURED IT IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE.

It may be a situation where putting your baby up for adoption is the best alternative. Pray, get lots of wise counsel, and God will guide you and direct you. For those single moms out there who have already lived through the birth of your child, again, getting right with God is your first step. Know that God can, and will bless you and your child in incredible ways if you are willing to submit to Him. For those young adults who have not had this experience. LISTEN!!! God is speaking to you today. There are CONSEQUENCES when you sin. LIFE CHANGING CONSEQUENCES!!! Do it God’s way. Let God bring the right mate into your life, get married, then have children in accordance with God’s perfect plan.

In closing, never forget that the secular media has NO CONSCIENCE. It simply portrays the message our modern culture finds appealing, regardless of how God feels. A child having a baby without being married is NOT a glamorous experience!!! It takes sin to accomplish, and those who are unrepentant, face incredible challenges that ultimately harm the child involved. As I say so often, when you do it your way, it NEVER works. When you do it God’s way, it ALWAYS WORKS!!! I will be praying that this message really speaks to your heart today and that you choose to do it God’s way!!!

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

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Christmas is Only Six Days Away

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(Luke 2:20)

Believe it or not, Christmas is only 6 days away! I was taught very early in life that you can learn much by watching people. In the day Jesus was born, a shepherd was the equivalent of a busboy or dishwasher in today’s society. It was a very lowly position and these were not the type of people that you would think to look at as role models. Let me remind you that you can never judge a person by the house they live in, the car they drive, or the job they hold. It is our heart God sees and judges.

The shepherds on the night Jesus was born must have been pretty important men in the eyes of God because it was to those men, that He revealed the birth of His son in Bethlehem’s manger that night. While there are many great spiritual lessons that you can learn from the shepherds, the one I want to focus on today is their conduct after they had visited the manger and saw with their own eyes the baby Jesus.

The scripture reference today tells us that they left praising God for all they had seen and were shown. Praising God. I have talked about this many times in the past, and will continue to talk about it because it is one element of our faith that we just don’t practice enough. So much of our prayer time, so much of our focus is on our problems and circumstances, that we often forget to spend time each day just thanking and praising God for all that He does for us each and every day.

Over these past 112 months, we have been blessed to archive over 3.5 million praise reports from those who have come to us for prayer in their time of need.

In the past month, a lady in Baltimore, Maryland emailed a request for God to restore her marriage. Her husband had left her for another woman. Within 3 weeks the husband had come home, recommitted his life to Christ, and they were in Christian counseling to work out their problems. For those of you today with marriage problems, God is still in the restoration business. A man in Newark, New Jersey requested prayer the day before open heart surgery. He emailed us a week later telling us all had gone well and the doctors told him he would make a full and complete recovery. For those battling health problems today, God is still in the healing business. A single mother of 4 in St. Louis asked us for prayer after she lost her job. 2 weeks later God had given her a better job, with more money. For those of you in need of a financial blessing today, God is still in the business of providing for His children.

On the 5th day after we started Liveprayer back in 1999, our prayer partner on the live video feed was praying for a person as they accepted Christ as Savior. The next day an email came in from Hong Kong from a man who had lost his business, was thinking of suicide, and somehow logged on to our site. As the prayer partner was leading the person in the sinner’s prayer, this man in Hong Kong prayed to accept Jesus too. God is still in the business of saving souls! Everyday we get incredible praise reports of how God has touched lives and worked miracles in millions of people who have visited Liveprayer during a time of great need in their life.

I want to encourage you today to learn from the shepherds and never neglect to thank God for all He does for you each and everyday. Blessings that you take for granted. It is through your praise, through you telling others all that God has done for you, that they might increase their faith to allow God to work in their life. Your praise report gives others going through the same situation the hope and strength to go on, trusting God for their miracle.

***Hope is the greatest gift you can give to another person, and our hope is in Jesus Christ!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that you will not forget to give God the praise He deserves each and everyday. I appreciate more than you can know the praise reports that we get everyday because that keeps all of us here at Liveprayer encouraged. God not only hears our prayers, but answers our prayers! My challenge to you today is to be like the shepherds. God blesses you so that you can share His blessings with others, to encourage them! Be like the shepherds and tell those you meet along the path of your life about this wonderful friend you have named Jesus Christ!

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

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Today is the Day Liveprayer is Observing as a National Day of Prayer and Fasting

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(Matthew 17:20-21)

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. But this kind does not go out except by PRAYER and FASTING.” – (Matthew 17:20-21 NIV)

Today is the day Liveprayer is observing as a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for our economy. As each day passes, as more bad economic news comes out, as the latest “fix” fails, it should be evident to even those who are spiritually dead that this is not a problem which will be solved by human efforts, but only by God Himself. This is really not an economic problem, but a spiritual problem!

I had delivered early this week our petition to the President, to House Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Reid, asking them to declare a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for our economy. IF I ever hear from them, I will let you know. The political leadership of our nation has often called for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting in the face of great problems. This would not be unprecedented for the President and Congress to call this nation to prayer for the economy.

Liveprayer is still going to observe this day of prayer and fasting without the support of the President and Congress, but it would be nice to have them acknowledge at some point that we are a nation and people dependant upon Almighty God, and our blessings are tied directly to our relationship with our Creator. However, I am not going to hold my breath, expecting our political leaders to take such a bold stand.

I plan on doing all I can in the power of the Holy Spirit to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth without the support of those in political leadership, since these are spiritual issues, and these are men whose god is the institution of politics. Far too long men have looked to politicians to lead in spiritual matters. Now is the time for this nation to turn to those faithful men and women of God who don’t care about their kingdom, only God’s, to lead our nation back to our Creator!!!

I get asked often about the issue of fasting. So let me share with you today on this important spiritual effort all Believers should utilize in their walk with the Lord. Fasting has been one of the most misunderstood and misused practices in the Bible. The basic premise of fasting is giving up a normal daily activity, as a sacrifice, to spend that time in prayer and seeking the Lord. It is NOT supposed to be a physical endurance contest to see how long you can go without eating. It is an act of sacrifice.

It can be as little as skipping one meal, or not eating for 24 hours, or even three days. Fasting does not always have to be food. You can “fast” by not watching television for a period of time, or giving up any number of other things that you may do during the day. There is no magic formula.

Let me warn you that fasting can be very dangerous to your health! Anytime you fast over 24 hours, you need to be very careful. I would strongly suggest that you contact your doctor to make sure you do it correctly.

The reason you fast is to sacrifice the nourishment to your body, and spend that time nourishing your soul. It is a way to focus solely on the Lord and to seek Him. Often fasting is done at times when there are major needs and you need to really zero in spiritually on the Lord, seeking Him for answers.

I routinely fast one day a month, but during major events or times of great need, I will fast for 72 hours and try to spend much of that time just in prayer. I keep living my normal life, but use the time I would normally be eating to spend time with God.

Fasting does not make you more spiritual than someone who does not fast. It is not a way to prove how spiritual you are. Again, it is a simple act of sacrifice to spend that time in prayer with the Lord. It allows you to hear God more clearly. It is a time to really get serious about praying over a certain situation or circumstance. It is a sacrifice on your part to get closer to God.

I would suggest that if you never fasted before, start with one meal. Use the 20-40 minutes that you would normally be eating, go to a quiet place and just pray. Talk to God about those things in your life He needs to clean up. Talk to God about problems that only He can fix. One powerful way to use fasting is to fast and spend that time in prayer for someone else. Sacrifice that meal and spend the time praying for the needs of someone else. That is powerful!

I love you, care about you, and will always be here for you in your time of need. Fasting is a great way to make a minor sacrifice in our daily life to get closer to the Lord. One day, all of those who have accepted Jesus will spend eternity with Him. Fasting is a small way that we can take a few moments during this life to enjoy that special intimate closeness with our Lord.

Please be praying for our nation today. We are in a major crisis due to our economy. Pray today for God to intervene. Pray today for the people of this nation to repent, turn back to God, and allow God to bless us once again. The ONLY answer to this economic crisis is God. May we be faithful as we lead our nation today in prayer and fasting for His mercy and grace in the midst of our economic crisis!

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

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