Caring for the Poor and Needy

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(Psalm 41:1)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, when we accept the Lord as our personal Savior and still sin, even though we don’t mean to, will we still be judged for those sins? This is very confusing to me and I know it is for others like me.

ANSWER: Christ paid the price on the cross for ALL of our sins. However, when we sin, we forfeit the peace, joy, and abundance we should enjoy, plus, whatever consequences there as a result of our sins. the Bible talks about crowns in Heaven. Little is known about those crowns and rewards, other than they will be for our faithfulness and obedience. We don’t lost our salvation, but we probably forfeit some crowns and rewards.

I want to encourage you someday to take about an hour, sit down with your Bible, and look at all the scriptures concerning care for the poor and needy. One thing I have learned to understand about God and the way He has divinely given us His word, is when you see the same issue talked about over and over, especially throughout the Bible from the Old to New Testament, God is trying to emphasize a point. He could not be clearer as to our responsibility to help the poor.

Now of course, this immediately brings to mind mental images of the homeless, those begging on corners for food, the ones who occupy the shelters at night. But I want you to focus today, not on those who are financially poor, but those who are spiritually poor.

Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, He reached out to all segments of society. To those who had wealth and resources, He tried to focus them on their bankrupt spiritual life. Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Today, I want you to be aware of the “poor” people you may come in contact with every day, not financially poor, but spiritually poor.

We have a responsibility to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, the hope and love of Christ with these people just as we would share a meal with someone who is hungry. It is not an option, but an obligation we have as followers of Christ to reach out to those who are hurting and need to know there are answers beyond the things of this world.

I am going to pray today that you take this challenge to heart and really focus, not just on the visibly poor you may see each day, but also those who may have much worldly riches, but be broke spiritually. You see, in those difficult times we all face in life, losing a loved one, moving, changing jobs, troubles at home, whatever the issue may be, money can rarely help. Only the strength, wisdom, and love of Christ can get us through those most difficult times in our life.

Open your eyes today and look at those around you who may need a spiritual handout today to make it!

I love you and care for you. Thanks you for all you do. I deeply care about you. Pray today about helping those who are spiritually poor in your life. Also,pray about standing with me today in support of our work here at Liveprayer.com as we feed the “poor” daily. It is no accident you are receiving the Daily Devotional each day, and no accident God is speaking to your heart right now. Listen and be obedient as we give each day to those who need His hope and love!!!

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2012, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Being Where God wants You to be, Doing the Things God wants You to Do

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(Psalms 123:2, 40:1; Isaiah 40:31; James 1:4)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, If you, a spouse, daughter, or another person are being attacked to be raped or killed by an aggressor, and you are licensed to carry a concealed weapon, is it a Christian’s right or duty in love to shoot the offender and protect those who are being attacked? I know that Jesus taught ‘turn the other cheek’ but what if it involves the very threat of the life of someone and you have the ability to offer protection? The Bible nowhere teaches against serving in the military to defend one’s family and homeland; is this any different?

ANSWER: The Biblical commandment “thou shalt not kill” is speaking directly to the premeditated murder of another human being, NOT self protection or serving in the defense of your country. You have every right and responsibility to protect yourself, family, and nation!

No doubt one of the most difficult things we do in our journey with the Lord is follow Him to be where He wants us to be, and doing what He wants us to be doing. I have no doubt that it is the ultimate goal of every follower of Christ, everyone that has surrendered their lives to Christ. Having that as our goal, achieving that goal is something EVERY Christian struggles with throughout their life. The million dollar question is how do we get to the exact place God wants us to be, doing the exact thing God wants us to be doing with our life each day.

To find the answer, we have to start with the big picture. Each person that lives was created with the same purpose. That is to serve and glorify God, in this life and for eternity. The starting point of being where God wants you to be, doing the things God wants you to do is in surrendering your life completely, unconditionally to Him. It is the one and only thing that God has ever asked us to do. The fact is, the Bible says that if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, it is no longer your life, it belongs to Him. So in reality, you are only surrendering to Him what is already His to begin with.

Completely surrendering our life to the Lord is one of the most difficult things for any person to do. Our flesh says NO, it is MY LIFE. Satan is there with his lie that you can give God a little bit of your life, but also keep some for yourself. Jesus said that you can’t serve two masters, you have to choose who you will serve. The fact is, it is in LOSING our life that we find it.

Many people have tried living with one foot in the church, and one foot in the world. I know I did for many years. I bought into satan’s lie that I could go to church on Sunday, give the church a big check every week, do a few things on the side for God, but still keep my life and do whatever I WANTED. I am ashamed to admit that it took going to Federal Prison before I finally surrendered my life completely to the Lord.

The rich young ruler came to Jesus and when Jesus told him to give away all that he had and follow Him, to turn from the things of this world and completely surrender his life to Christ, the Bible says he went away “sorrowful.” When it came time to choose following Jesus or keeping the things of this world, he decided he could not let go of the things of this world.

As Jesus said, YOU CAN?T SERVE TWO MASTERS! You can?t serve God and mammon at the same time. God isn’t impressed with our “scraps of service,’ God wants our life! You will NEVER be right where God wants you to be, doing exactly what God wants you to do with your life until you first surrender your life 100% to Him?not 70%, not 80%, not 90%, not even 99% . . . 100%!!!

Once you come to that place where you completely surrender your life to Christ, the challenge then is to find out exactly where God wants you to be, and doing exactly God wants you to do in serving Him. The starting place is to determine what you have a passion for and what are you talented in. It is God that gives each person a passion for those things we love in life. It is also God that gives us our gifts and talents.

That is why those young adult years are so critical. It is during those years that as we are exposed to different things, we develop a like for some things over others, and start to understand the gifts God has given to us. GOD GIVES EVERYONE GIFTS, NATURAL ABILITY IN CERTAIN AREAS, BUT WE STILL MUST DEVELOP AND PERFECT THOSE GIFTS OVER TIME.

In addition to gaining an understanding about what things in life we have a passion for, finding our what our natural gifts are, God will open and close doors during our life to guide us where HE wants us to be. Remember, there are NO coincidences with God. Nothing happens by accident. God allows events to happen in our life, allows people to come into our life, to guide us to where He wants us to be, doing what He wants us to be doing.

I love you and care about you so much. After completely surrendering our life to the Lord, the most important thing we can do is spend time with HIM each day in prayer and the Word. God speaks to us through His living Word, through that “still small voice” as we pray, in addition through other people and our circumstances. As our lives are yielded to the Lord, become empty vessels for Him to use, God WILL place you right where He wants you to be, doing exactly what He wants you to be doing.

Never forget, our life is made up of many seasons. Throughout the course of our journey God may have us doing MANY things for the Kingdom. That is why we must be close to the Lord each day, listening to Him with our spiritual ears and watching Him with our spiritual eyes. We are soldiers in HIS army, and as any soldier knows, your commander may have you fighting in one place today and somewhere totally new tomorrow.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will take time to meditate on these words. The last element is patience, WAITING ON THE LORD. Again, it is God who opens and closes doors in our life. There are times we need to be patient, wait on the Lord to not only show us a door, but open that door. The goal of every follower of Christ is to be where God wants us to be, doing what God wants us to do with our life. We achieve that goal by first surrendering our life completely to the Lord, by following those God-given passions while using the gifts He gives us, by staying in a close intimate daily relationship with Him so we can “hear” and “see” Him, and be patiently waiting on the Lord to guide us.

The ultimate in life is to wake us each day knowing you are exactly where God wants you to be and doing exactly what God wants you to be doing with your life. I will be praying for you today as you come to that place in your life.

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2012, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

I Am at a Crossroads

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(John 3:16)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what is your opinion of the young man who has sparked quite a controversy on YouYube with his statement “I hate religion but love Jesus?”

ANSWER: Nice phrase with zero substance. I have no doubt this young man is serious about loving the Lord, but what he was really trying to say wasn’t that he hated relgion, but he hated the contentious nature and debates over religion. He is the perfect byproduct of what I have been warning people about for years. Weak, watered down preaching, not speaking about the real issues like abortion and gay marriage, refusing to warn people of satanic cults like Mormonism because they are ‘such nice people,’ soft selling what a false religion like Islam is really about, and the promotion of the universalistic lie from hell that everyone will make it if they just do their best. It all sounds nice, but this is why people must read and study the Bible, since there IS Absolute Truth and it is found on the pages of God’s Word, there is SIN, there is only ONE Gospel, and mindsets like his are leading lots of people to hell who think they are OK.

“Dear Bill, I’ve been the beneficiary of your strong, undiluted messages of truth for about seven years. During that time, you never waivered or hesitated to boldly share the truth of God.

It has been my privilege to help you financially as God has allowed me. I believe it might be easy for many of your Live Prayer recipients to fall into a state of complacency by thinking “some of the other millions of people will give … I don’t need to.” Well, we ALL need to give back! If every recipient gave $1 a month to receive the daily truth of God, you wouldn’t need to ‘beg’ each month for what is rightfully God’s money to support your ministry!

This month, I stepped out in faith to try to help ‘fill the gap’ for the August payment that threatened to shut down your ministry. Due to some clerical errors, my social security check stopped ($602/mo.) and I haven’t received a dime since June! A supervisor at my local office went to bat for me in August but as yet, it looks like there will be no money forthcoming until November.

Fortunately I have been a good steward of what God has given me so I am able to pay my mortgage and other expenses. I know God will work all of this for His good but the point is … if I can give out of my circumstances, trusting God all the while, then others can surely give in their circumstances too!

Trusting in Jesus everyday!”

I am at a crossroads. God has always taken care of us over these 13 yrs. Without any support, I have to begin thinking that God is shutting the door, I have been wrong all along in simply telling the truth while those who compromise, sell false hope, were correct. I REFUSE to believe selling out is the answer!!! In our greatest need, those who believe in the truth have rallied to keep us moving forward. NOW IS THE TIME!!! Without your help, Liveprayer will become dark! We have to bring in at least $25,000 in the next day just to continue!!!! This is no longer about me, it about YOU and what will YOU do to preserve one of the only places people can come to hear the TRUTH!!!

For thlose who have given, forgive me, since if we don’t bring in the minimal amount we need to continue, we will have to cose down!!!

In 2007, I wrote a Devotional stating that 2008 would be a monumental year, a year of great change. It was. We saw the financial crisis that has impacted tens of millions of people in this nation, hundreds of millions more around the world explode. We saw the election of a new President who has spent his first two years in office taking a stand for everything God opposes and helping to lead this nation deeper into the spiritual abyss.

While over 12,000 churches have shut down, 120,000 non-profit organizations closed their doors, and with the property of nearly 40,000 churches in foreclosure, Liveprayer has continued to press forward despite seeing a 67% drop in donations from 2008 and losing 29 of our core group of 30 people who had the ability in times of financial difficulty to be able to overnight or wire $10,000-$30,000 to help us over a rough edge.

That is why over the past years I have had to come to you more often than I would like to ask you to pray about supporting His work here. During the first 9 years of Liveprayer, we only had to share our needs 3-4 times a month. With the economic downturn in the nation, we now have to share our needs 11-12 times each month, though it is still less than 3% of the content we produce each month.

Due to our extreme financial crisis at Liveprayer, I have cut my personal salary from $36,000 to just $12,000 for the past 2 years, and that is only in order to pay the most basic needs to survive each month. I have poured my heart, soul, life, and even blood at times into God’s work here the past 12 years to reach the lost and see HIS Truth declared in the marketplace, something few are willing to do, to be a rare bold, umcompromised voice for Biblical Truth in this lost age.

As I type these words tonight, I am at the end. Simply sustaining our daily operations is now a daily task. Simply paying for basic personal needs is becoming more difficult. For nearly 20 years, I have literally sacrifice my life, my time, my talent, and my treasure to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and HIS Truth boldly and without compromise into the marketplace, as very few are doing, virtually none at a national level in the secular media

Don’t think for a second I am not of flesh and blood and think about how I could have simply fallen into line like the rest. Gone on Christian TV, brought false hope into people’s lives, never talked about sin or the hell that awaits those who reject Jesus, compromise and take the money from cult members, and totally sold out the faith in order to be politically correct and generate tens of millions annually to live like a rock star.

However, at the end of this life, I will stand before God our Creator like each person will. I will give an account for my life. The one thing I can honestly say when I die is that I never wavered, I never backed down from telling people the raw Truth of His Word, and that I never hesitated to boldly declare the only hope for each man is faith in Jesus Christ. That my friend, will be my lasting testimony!!!

I come today asking you to help me. Over nearly 12 years, Liveprayer has sent personal responses to over 70 MILLION emails. We still get over 40,000 a day. Tens of millions of live worldwide have been impacted. Over 500,000 we know of have come to faith in Jesus. THIS IS MY ETERNAL LEGACY AND MY TRACK RECORD OF SERVICE THESE PAST 12 YEARS!!! MY JOB IS NOT FINISHED!!!

All we have done has only been possible by dear friends like you who have prayed for me, and sacrificed to support me financially. In these 12 years, I have never asked for anything for myself, and despite sacrificing the vast bulk of what little personal compensation I took for several years, leaving me over $50,000 in current debts, my only goal today is to cover the $28,000 I need to simply keep Liveprayer alive for one more month. This is the way we have operated each month for the past 12 years. I have simply asked the Lord to provide what I need to get to the next month.

For those who have been part of the Liveprayer family for these many years, you know that I have never sent a Devotional like this unless it was an emergency. I don’t play games when it comes to the finances. I simply share our needs, get on my knees, and trust God to move on the hearts of people to provide for our needs.

My friend, I am counting on you today. I need to hear from you today. This is critical, and I desperately need your help. We are so close to seeing the fulfillment of all Liveprayer has been raised up to be. I can’t see everything stop now over a few thousand dollars, even if it was a million dollars. Somebody will lose that tonight in Vegas. Will you reach down, make the sacrifce, and help me today??? I desperately need you and will be in prayer for the Lord to move on your heart to help me!

The fact is, I need to bring in $68,000 to get our basic operational expenses up to date! If you have the liquid cash to wire to our bank, please email me at: bkeller@livepryaer.com and I will get you the info. If you are able to send a gift of $2,000 or more, FedEx it to our office in St. Petersburg, feel free to mark “bill recipient” and they will be our special account. After 12 years of pouring out my sweat and blood, literally 24/7, I will not see God’s work here slowed down or thwarted, and definitely not shut down. There are enough people with resources who can help me.

WE HAVE THE ABILITY, BASED ON 12 YEARS OF PIONEERING THE INTERNET AND BRINGING CHRIST TO THE MASSES ON SECULAR TV, OF BEING GOD’S AGENT TO TURN THIS NATION BACK TO OUR CREATOR AND HIS TRUTH. THE TIME IS NOW, OUR OPPORTUNITY IS UPON US, AND NOW MORE THAN EVER I NEED YOU TO HELP ME!

Please don’t think that just because there are 2.4 million subscribers, someone else will take care of this. It has been friends like YOU over the years who God has spoken to, who have responded, who has made Liveprayer available to bring hope and salvation to so many. It will take someone like YOU today.

Also, I know there is someone reading these words who God has richly blessed, you have been praying about a place to use your resources where God can multiply them exponentially in the lives and eternal souls of men. THIS IS IT! CONTACT ME AND LET’S CHAT HOW YOU CAN HELP ME!!!

To make a gift to Liveprayer on your major credit card at our website http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” button, or you can give from your PayPal account by using my email address, bkeller@liveprayer.com , or you can mail it to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33709. One the credit card or PayPal form after your name simply mark (9-11). All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.

I love you and care about you so much. Do you want to do something great for God with your life??? STAND WITH ME!!! I CAN’T DO THIS ALONE!!! I am asking you today to simply pray about what God may be calling you to do to help me with this effort. I am also asking you to please forward this to every person you know, personally reach out to those who God has blessed with financial resources and encourage them to support this new work, and share this email with your pastor and ask him to pray about having your church make a special missions gift towards this effort. I will keep you posted how we are doing with our financial goals over the coming weeks and months.

When this brief journey through life is over, what do we have to show for it? The only lasting legacy we have are those things we did for the Lord. I have taken my stand and will proclaim His truth with my dying breath. Today, I am asking you to pray about joining me and let’s turn this nation back to God and His Truth!!!

Will you stand and fight with me???????

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2012, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Economic Crisis and Its Impact on the Gospel

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(Jonah 3:10)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, since we only have one Holy Bible how can so many denominations claim different meanings? You can take the same verse and each group says it means a different thing.

ANSWER: That is why it is CRITICAL for people to read and study the Bible, so they can spot bad doctrine, or man-made traditions that have no Biblical support. On all of the main issues of faith, who is God, who is Jesus, the Holy Spirit, what is sin, our purpose, and most important, salvation, are not disputed. They are clear enough for a 3rd grader to understand. Sadly, it is on many non-critical issues that men have fallen into satan’s trap of division, mainly in order to create their own separate churches. The motivation is usually to have earthly power and wealth. The good news, when a person dies, it won’t matter the name of the building you chose to worship in, only if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior by faith or have rejected Him.

The economic crisis and its impact on the Gospel. I need your prayers and your help today! As we wind down the last few days of this month, Liveprayer has finally covered the balance of our August operations. While we are thankful for that, and those who gave to help make it happen, we are now just a few days from the end of this month and need to cover the $40,000 we need for our operations this month.

After 13 yrs, those in the Liveprayer family know I don’t play games, and other than for the fact it is a necessary part of being able to reach people could care less about money. However, over these past 13 years in those times where we had a great need, those in the Liveprayer family have ALWAYS responded. In January, we will finally have the final piece in place to enable us to fulfill God’s ultimate plan for this ministry as we lead this nation back to God and His Truth.

My concern today is getting through these final 96 days of 2012. Satan is doing everything possible to stop us now, before January. I am calling on everyone in the Liveprayer family to pray today, and for everyone, even if it is $1, to give as you are able to help me. I don’t cry wolf, I don’t play games, we are in a serious crisis and I need your help today. Please make the most generous sacrifce you can. God will show you what to do. Please help me!

$25,000 of that is several weeks past due and I am in prayer today for just 5 friends of this ministry who can send an immediate one-time special gift of $5,000. That will cover the seriously delinquent portion of our monthly budget, and with everyone else giving as they are able, $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, or more, we can have this entire need met over the last few days of the month and start October with all of our needs current!!

*If you have the ability to help me today with a gift of $1,000 or more, please email me and I can get your our bank info so you can deposit the funds into our account, or our FedEx account info so you can overnight the gift to us!

One of the sad byproducts to the economic crisis this nation has been experiencing in full force these past 3 years, is the impact it has had on the Gospel. The Gospel is free, but there are costs involved in taking that free message of Christ to the lost and hurting. Jesus had a treasurer, due to the fact that He and His disciples had to have funds to meet their daily needs as they ministered during those 3 years. In Paul’s letters to the churches you will find some of the best fundraising challenges ever given as he took the Gospel to the world of his day.

Sadly, every day I get emails of churches and ministries closing due to a lack of funds. Liveprayer has also been adversely affected by the economic crisis. Over these many years, we have built up a wonderful group of approximately 30 people who not only gave significant amounts each year to help God’s work here, but they were people I could call in an emergency and they could immediately send $5k, $10k, even more if the need existed. That group of 30 is now down to 1. This has not only affected our ability to raise what we need to operate each month, but when those times arise when we need funds quickly, there simply isn’t a place to go any longer.

One dear man whose family God richly blessed, loved our work here and was able to give over a million dollars, passed away several years ago. I know there are several who are part of the Liveprayer family who have those types of resources, and am asking them to pray about stepping in to fill the critical role that dear brother played for many years. We are doing what nobody else is doing in boldly, visibly, and without compromise taking God’s Truth to this lost world through the secular media. God gives us all jobs to perform, and for some, He has blessed you with resources so that you can help finance His word

One of my prayers each day is that the Lord will raise up NEW people for this special group of large donors that is critical to every ministry. God always has a ram in the bush, and I know that despite the economic crisis, there are still many out there who He has protected, who have resources, and can step up and carry the banner others have carried over these past 13 years of Liveprayer! Please pray about being one of those special people I can call on in times like today when we desperately need funds.

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND HEAR MY HEART! I didn’t get into the ministry 20 years ago for money or for fame, but to simply serve the Lord. I could have easily taken the path everyone else takes, go into the Christian media, preach to the choir, have huge buildings, a new Gulfstream private jet, multiple huge homes, brand new luxury cars, and lived a very simply, easy life.

Instead, I have worked the past 13 years out of the back of a used-car lot, I haven’t taken any salary the past 3 years, only basic living expenses, my home has been mortgaged 2-3x to meet the ministry’s financial needs, and drive a care with 110,000 miles on it. I have always led by example and would never ask you to do what I wasn’t willing to do!!!

OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS DUE TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, WE HAVE CUT EVERYTHING POSSIBLE DOWN TO OUR BASIC OPERATIONS, LEAVING US WITH A MONTHLY OPERATING BUDGET OF $40,000. THAT IS THE SAME OPERATING BUDGET MOST LOCAL CHURCHES WITH APX. 500 MEMBERS MEETING ONCE A WEEK HAS!

That includes our head tech and 2 assistants, down from 4, and their office in a special location for security. My office manager and accounting clerk. I have not taken any salary for the past 3 years, only basic living expenses. We have cut our fundraising costs down to just postage and printing each month. Our biggest expense of course is the bandwidth required to operated the Liveprayer.com and sister sites and support the thousands of audio and video files. Our main office is donated by a board member, our extra office work is done by volunteers, our audio/video production is now done by volunteers, and our legal and accounting services are donated.

This enables us to continue to minister 24/7/365 to 2.4 million worldwide, respond daily to 40,000 emails for prayer, and offer all of the unique daily audio/video content no other minsitry produces to minister to people in a personal way while bringing God’s Truth into the marketplace most have abandoned.

This January, we have several financial backers who will be supporting the new Liveprayer 24-hour prayer channel on TV and available to people worldwide on every type of mobile device. The program will be a place for people to come 24/7 and find a “live” prayer partner to pray with them, in addition to the Liveprayer program dealing with the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview. It is the missing piece I have been praying for years now, in order to have the presence to help turn this nation back to God and His truth, our only hope!

Those program will allow us to attract and entire new audience to Liveprayer, and will absorb our monthly operational budget of Liveprayer.com in addition to the TV program. For the first time in over 13 years, I won’t have to worry each day about raising what we need just to go from one month to the next! I am asking you today to be praying. We still have the $40,000 we need for September, as well as the operating budget for October, November and December. That is $160,000 over the next 96 days. That is just 160 people making a one-time special gift of $1,000. Will you pray about being one of the 160???

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 you and care about you so much. Our work here at Liveprayer is not quite finished yet, however, I can’t do this alone. I need people who want to make an impact with their life for God. This is the time for true men and women of God to step up. This is not a drill, the soul and future of this nation is hanging in the balance. God has given us the tools and the ability to lead this charge back to His Truth. I will pay the personal price to lead this charge, but I can’t do it alone. I need you!

This is the one area satan has battled me fiercely, since he knows that with just a fraction of what most major ministries take in, we can lead this nation back to God and millions to faith in Jesus Christ. I can’t tell you how much time and energy I have had to invest in keeping the ministry alive financially that I could be using to save souls!

Additionally, everyone knows someone. Please pray about who you know who God has blessed financially who love the Lord and probably don’t know about Liveprayer. Very few in who stay in the Christian circles and who give to ministries know about us since our work is exclusively in the marketplace, reaching the lost masses. People give tens of thousands, millions to build buildings and other efforts that will have little impact. This is about changing the spiritual direction of this nation while saving souls in the process.

Throughout these past 13 years, the Liveprayer family has answered the call, and because of our faithfulness, tens of millions of lives around the world have been impacted for Christ and over 600,000 souls we know of will be in Heaven. God has one last job for us before our work here is over, and that is to lead this nation back to God and to Biblical Truth. There is nothing we will ever do greater than to serve the Lord. This is our opportunity. This is our time. God is calling us. I have answered His call, will you???

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2012, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In 2006 I Warned the Liveprayer Family about the Coming Showdown between the U.S. and Islam

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(Exodus 15:6; Deuteronomy 32:41; Psalms 68:11; 1 Peter 5:8)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, how do we evangelize our Muslim friends?

ANSWER: The greatest evangelism is done one-on-one in a personal way. Our greatest testimony is not our knowledge of the Bible, but our daily relationship with Jesus. However, many who follow false religions and cult live pious lives. What makes Christians different is that we follow the ONLY Truth there is, the Bible. I have always challenged by friends in Islam, or cults like Mormonism, to pray about one thing. The Bible and the Qu’ran can’t both be truth. The Bible and the Book of Mormon can’t both be truth. Are you willing to trust your eternal soul in a book written by a documented con-artist, pedophile, polygamist, racist, murderer, in the case of Smith, or a documented pedophile, polygamist, murderer, in the case of Mohammed, or in the book written by Almighty God Himself in the case of the Bible? That is what it all boils down to. Explain that Mohammed didn’t die for your sins, neither did Smith, only Jesus did. Pray for God to open their heart.

Back in 2006, LONG before Hannity, Beck, or anyone else in the media talked about this, I warned those in the Liveprayer family about the coming showdown between the US and Islam. Years before that, I proffered that God may use Islam in judging the US as He did Babylon when He judged the children of Israel. Unlike Hannnity, Beck, and others who have used this issue over the last couple of years to fear monger and gin-up their followers to make money, I was telling people years before of this threat to the nation in the context of God’s judgment for our sin and rebellion.

I also stated that just like speaking out against the sin of homosexuality, it would soon be illegal to speak out against the false religion of Islam. Back in 2007, I took on CAIR, the terror-associated Muslim advocacy group who seeks to silence anyone in the media who dares to tell the truth about the false relgion of Islam. After 5 yrs of broadcasting the Liveprayer TV program “live” for an hour every Mon-Fri in Tampa, the 12 media market in the nation, CAIR intimidated CBS to cancel my program. Actually, CBS told me I could stay on the air if I would simply stop talking about Islam. I told them to take a long walk on a short pier!

Now the day is upon us that the UN wants to prosecute anyone who insults Islam to be charged with “hate speech.” Really? So if I simply tell the truth about this false relgion of hate, violence, and death, I am now guilty of hate speech? God ahead and prosecute me, since I will NEVER be intimidated into silence about a false relgion and lie of satan leading nearly 2 billion souls to hell!

As a matter of fact, Egyptian President and member of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi, has said Egypt will charge and prosecute anyone who insults Islam. Knowing Morsi would be in NY to speak at the United Nations, I sent him a personal letter stating that I will not be silenced from telling the truth about the false religion of Islam or telling the truth about their polygamist, pedophile, murdering “prophet Mohammed.” I stated that if he wanted to charge me with insulting Islam, do it! I told him that I will be happy to fly to Cairo and stand trial.

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Listen my friend, we are in the last days. Satan is rising up. Satan is like the schoolyard bully. What do you do to a bully? You don’t back down and you smack him in the mouth! Don’t forget, Jesus said don’t worry about who can kill your body, worry about who can kill your soul. I have no fear of Islam. Paul didn’t fear the false religions of his day. He stood up to their lies and shared with them the Gospel. I will do no less!

WITH THE ESCALATING WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I am getting inundated with emails asking if this is some fulfillment of Bible prophecy. ALL of the events we see each day are leading us to the last chapters of human history. The current tensions going on in the Middle East will at some point escalate and you will have the entire Arab world at war with Israel. This Devotional today is a look into the last days that we are living in and the real showdown that is looming between Islam and Christianity!!!

Today, there are roughly 6.6 billion people in the world. Out of the world’s population, apx. 2 billion claim to be Christians (no doubt the number of people who are actually “born again” and know Christ as their personal Savior by faith is less) and apx. 1.6 billion claim to be Muslims. Over the past decade, the number of Christians in the world has been declining while the false religion of Islam is the fastest growing. Many estimate that by 2020 there will be as many Muslims in the world as Christians.

I have always laughed at people who deny Christ and the Truth of His Word when they call Christianity “intolerant.” They obviously have no idea what the Christian faith is all about since it is the most tolerant faith there is. God’s plan of salvation is not exclusionary, it is IN-CLUSIONARY! The Bible says that WHOSOEVER shall believe. That simply means the love of Christ, His free gift of everlasting life is available to EVERYONE! It becomes the personal choice of each person to accept or reject Christ in their heart and life.

The fact is, it is the cults and false religions of the world that are intolerant, the worst of all being Islam. They literally teach that those who don’t follow their false god “allah” and teachings are “infidels” and should be put to death. That, my friend, is about as intolerant as you can get. A great example of their intolerance has been in the headlines as they reacted violently regarding a ridiculous video that had been online since July!

It is perfectly OK to lampoon the Lord, create “art” for public display where a figure of Christ is covered by human excrement, and mock those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and follow the Truth of His Word, however, because a video insulting Mohammed or a cartoon appeared in a Danish newspaper showing Mohammed with a bomb on his head, Muslims worldwide are offended and outraged. In different parts of the world, Muslims have turned to violence and people have actually died in these protests!

The fact is, Mohammed was a murdering pedophile and polygamist who dreamed up his false god “allah” and the false religion of Islam out of a heart that rejected the one true God of the Bible. His fantasy book the Koran is largely poor plagiarism of the Old Testament. Yet because someone had the audacity to accurately portray him in a cartoon as the terrorist he was, those who follow this false prophet are upset to the point they responded with acts of destruction and murder.

Make no mistake about it, Islam is a false religion that teaches and encourages violence and death. This is what makes the United States support of Palestine so foolish. We took a position in opposition to God’s Word by helping to give away part of the land He gave to the children of Israel, to people whose stated goal is to see Israel wiped off the earth and every Jewish person killed. This is exactly what Islam is all about. It is about the death of anyone who rejects their false religion! This just in. That means those of us in the United States too!!!

Just like in the Old Testament, there were people groups who rejected the God of Israel and His commands, and sought to utterly destroy every descendant of Abraham. Their clear and stated goal was to wipe out every Jewish person. Whether you fully comprehend it or not, the goal of Islam is to wipe off the face of the earth everyone who does not follow their false religion. Don’t be fooled by the moderates who will tell you that Islam is about peace and that Muslims want to be in unity with other faiths, especially Christianity.

That may be the desire of a few who understand the financial benefits of peace and unity, but that is NOT what Islam is all about. Many want to lull you into believing that it is only a small percentage of Muslims who ascribe to terrorism and the death of those who reject their false beliefs. That is not true. The snapshots we get at times from what is happening right now in the Middle East, incidents like the recent riots in France, the violence over this cartoon of Mohammed, 9/11, the bombings in London and other targets recently in Europe, Asia, and Africa, are what Islam is really all about. Please, don’t be fooled.

I love you and care about you so much. My heart breaks for the apx. 1.6 billion people on this planet who have believed the lie of Islam and will die in their sins and be lost for all eternity unless they turn to the Truth of the Gospel. In the meantime, know that there are those out there who have the stated goal of seeing us wiped off the very face of the earth simply because we are Christians. As the days of this world wind down, the persecution of the church and those who follow Christ is only going to get worse. That is why now is the time for those who profess Christ as their Savior, need to get serious about their faith and start to find ways to allow God to use your life to make a difference.

Just in your normal day-to-day life God gives you many opportunities to take a stand for Him. This is how you can make a difference. Share His love with those you meet, always be prepared to give people the reason for your hope, and live a Godly life which will always be your loudest witness for the Lord. The Bible says they will know us by our love for one another. That love extends past this brief journey to a person’s eternal destination which is why we have to boldly and without shame tell others about how they can know Christ and His free gift of everlasting life.

There is coming soon a final showdown between Islam and Christianity. It has already been building over these past 1400 years since Mohammed dreamed up this false religion. As the two dominant religions on the planet, they will continue to collide as the final days of human history unfold. The good news is that we already know how it ends. That is why those who know Christ as their Savior must stand strong in proclaiming His Truth, since in the end, it is God’s Truth alone that will be standing.

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

Bill Keller

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Christians have Abandoned the Public Square Not Politically but Spiritually

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(1 Samuel 8:1-22)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, my mother in law thinks it’s not right that my family listens to Christian radio stations. She says the music shouldn’t sound like secular music and play instruments such as guitars and drums. She also thinks it’s wrong for us to read the NIV version of the Bible. She said the King James version is the one we were meant to read. My husband and I can understand the NIV so much more. Are we wrong?

ANSWER: Sounds like your mother-in-law is part of the Church of Christ. They get very legalistic in certain areas. First, instruments are BIBLICAL, so there is no problem there. Also, there are no English “versions,” only English TRANSLATIONS from the original Hebrew and Greek. So to compare one English translation to another is like comparing apples to oranges. You don’t compare translation, you have to compare the translation to the original text it was translated from. For the record, the KJV is simply another English translation. Actually, the NAS is the most accurate English translation to the original text, but all of the major ones are fine to read and study.

Christians have abandoned the public square, not politically but spiritually!!! I hear people often say that Christians must never abandon the public square politically so our voice is heard. I agree with that statement 100%. Over the years, I have written extensively how as a Godly citizen, we must be involved in the political arena and exercise our right to vote. I can tell you today without any equivocation that Christians are very active politically and always have been!!!

Going back to the very first elections in this nation, faith has played a huge role. In modern times, Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority” and Pat Robertson’s “Christian Coalition,” became the leading groups to organize Christians politically. While many of the social ills we face today have been blamed on Christians abandoning the public square politically, I totally reject that assertion. It has not been Christian Christians abandoning the public square politically, it has been Christians abandoning the public square SPIRITUALLY!

Christians have not been apathetic towards being involved in politics, Christians have been apathetic towards sharing the Truth of the Bible and the Gospel!!!!!!!

The great truth is that Falwell, Robertson, and those today who organize Christians politically, MAKE A FORTUNE!!! They point to the social issues of the day and getting Christians emotionally charged in order to MAKE MONEY OFF THEIR EMOTIONS! Again, I have always been a staunch advocate of Christians being involved in every aspect of our temporal life here, including in the political arena. We need our voice heard in every sector of life, however, the fact is the social ills of our day didn’t come about because we weren’t involved politically, they came about because we weren’t involved SPIRITUALLY!

During the rebellion of the 60’s, that rebellion even reached into the sanctuaries of our churches. It was the 60’s that began introducing pastors who quit preaching the Truth of the Bible for a more watered down, friendlier message. Many weren’t even saved. Entire denominations began embracing the rebellious culture around us. It was not the failure of Christians politically but spiritually, that led to prayer and Bible teaching being taken out of our schools. It was the failure of Christians spiritually that led to legalized abortion in 1973. It was the failure of Christians spiritually that has led to the mainstreaming of homosexuality. It was the failure of Christians spiritually that has seen our culture influencing the church rather than the church influencing the culture!!!

Many are saying that this upcoming election in November is the most important of our time. I agree, but for far different reasons. I told you last November that the key to watch for was if God allowed the next President to be either President Obama or Mitt Romney, since it would mean that God’s hand of protection and blessing has finally come off of this nation. The judgment and wrath I warned you about starting in late 2007, has escalated each year and would be in full force no matter which man God allows (It is God who allows men to rise to power, and takes men out of power.) to be our next President.

I have watched in great sadness the past months as satan has distracted Godly men and women in both political parties. I have heard the tortured arguments from those who support President Obama despite the FACT, as I told you would happen 4 years ago, he has been the most pro-baby killing, pro-homosexual, pro-enemy of Israel President in history. On the other side, I have heard the twisted and distorted logic how it is OK to vote for a 5th generation high priest of a satan worshipping cult leading souls to hell thru a false Gospel, whose cult will become mainstream in this nation without him having to say a word, leading untold numbers of souls to hell.

Again, satan has so blinded Godly people in both political parties, the fear mongering on both sides has been so intense, they are willing to vote for pure evil no matter which candidate they support. That is why the great British preacher Charles Spurgeon said, “When faced with a choice of two evils choose neither!” You see my friend, in the end the problems this nation faces are NOT political, they are SPIRITUAL!!! Our only hope and answer is NOT going to be found in any politician or political ideology, but by turning back to God and His Truth!

This is the same scenario as when the children of Israel were so focused on having a king. Samuel told them they had God, but that was not good enough for them and they demanded to have a human king like the other nations had. God told Samuel that it was not he they were rejecting, but it was HIM! We are in that same place today. We are begging for a king. Some want Obama, others want Romney. Whoever it is will turn out to be evil in their own way, just like the various kings of Israel.

Some of the kings were oppressive to the people, destroyed their economy, sold much of their wealth to the other nations of the world. They made Israel weak in the eyes of her enemies. Sound familiar? Some kings worshipped baal, bowed down and honored false gods and led many of the people in this worship of a false deity. God refused to bless their nation because they had forsook Him for the false gods of the world. Sound familiar?

It was only when the people of Israel were judged for their sin and rebellion, when the people of Israel felt the wrath of Almighty God that they repented and turned back to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was only at that point, God began to bless them again. We are in the exact same place this moment as were the children of Israel. God’s wrath and judgment has already begun to fall. In the coming weeks and months it will intensify. THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE TO ESCAPE THE FULL IMPACT OF HIS WRATH AND PUNISHMENT IS TO REPENT OF OUR SINS AND TURN BACK TO GOD AND HIS TRUTH!

I love you and care about you so much. I know many have become so invested in what happens on November 6th, that you are blind, deaf, and dumb. I have done my best, as Samuel did his best, to warn you of what is coming. For over 13 years, faithfully every day, I have delivered God’s Word to you. Many have listened and have been blessed richly as they have followed the Lord’s will for their lives. Many have scoffed, mocked, and demeaned me, but as the years have gone by, everything I have shared with you and warned you about has come to pass.

Like everyone, I have had choices to make over the years. I knew years ago that Liveprayer could become another major mainstream ministry, making tens of millions each year, loved by tens of millions, featured as one of the shining works of God today. All I had to do was preach to the choir who would be friendly and receptive to the message, soften the Truth so people aren’t offended, quit talking about hell, don’t remind people of death and their eternal souls, stay away from the difficult issues of the day, tell people what they want to hear to feel better for that moment, and become politically plugged in to the other major ministries. Simple formula that has worked for decades. People would love me, I could have a huge mansion and private jet, and my only worry would be what exotic location would I vacation at each year!

Bill Keller never answered God’s call to the minsitry for any other reason than to serve Him, bring His Truth to the marketplace Christians have long abandoned, bring hope to the hurting, and salvation thru faith in Jesus Christ to the lost. Like the OT prophets, most don’t want to hear the real truth, most (including Christians) wish I would shut up and go away, people don’t want to face the real issues of the day from a Biblcial perspective, and each month I scrape by just to be able to live and preach the next. Instead of love I am hated. Instead of gifts I get death threats. Instead of being admired within the Body of Christ I am scorned for telling the truth. Instead of an exotic vacation I spend each day laboring to share His hope.

You see my friend, I never answered God’s call to the ministry for fame or fortune, but to serve my Lord. After 13 years, I have proven I can’t be bought, I won’t be silent, and I will share with you exactly “what sayeth the Lord” no matter the personal cost to me. The Word you need to hear today is simple. This nation has been and is currently under God’s judgment. That judgment will intensify in November no matter who God allows to win the election. The problem is NOT that Christians have left the public square politically, the problem is Christians have left the public square SPIRITUALLY! If we don’t return, if we don’t unify to lead this nation to repent, turn back to God and His Truth, very soon this nation will cease to exist. THUS SAYETH THE LORD OF HOSTS

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2012, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Becoming More Like Jesus Each Day

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(Acts 7:54-60)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what is your view on Medical Intuitives?

ANSWER: Pure SCAM ARTISTS like the con artist “dead talker” John Edward. God is the great physician, and he usually works thru human instruments called…DOCTORS! I am not dismissing God may use a human instrument as a point of contact for healing, but these Medical Intuitives are NOT coming from a Scriptural position. At worst they are nothing but charlatans, at best, operating in satanic powers!

The ultimate goal of every follower of Christ is to become more like Him each day. We read about how Jesus lived His life. We study the way He handled different situations. We carefully dissect His words. The whole point is to become more like Him. The popular phrase “what would Jesus do” helps to remind us during our busy days that when we face decisions, we should stop and ask, what would Jesus do?

You see, Jesus came to this earth and lived as a man. He walked the same roads we walk. He saw the same things we see. He felt the feelings we have. While remaining 100% God, He was also 100% man and comprehends what we go through in our day-to-day lives. Because of His virgin birth, He was born without sin, and then proceeded to live His life without sin. He set the example for all of us to follow. He gave us the standard by which we all should be striving to live up to each day. By living like He did, we make our Lord proud of us.

Many see this as an unrealistic goal. While in our own strength I agree; however, when we are living in His strength…it becomes very real. You see, when Jesus left this earth, He promised a comforter…someone to come along side to help. That promise was fulfilled on the day we celebrate as Pentecost with the advent of the Holy Spirit.

One of the benefits of accepting Jesus Christ into your life is to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit give you power to live beyond yourself when you are yielded to that power. The Holy Spirit is what brings you under conviction when you are not living a life pleasing and acceptable to the Lord. It is the Holy Spirit that enables you to live a Christ-like life, thus making Jesus proud of you.

The person and power of the Holy Spirit has been the subject of much poor teaching. I am not going to get into any theological debates over this issue, and instead will stick strictly to what the Bible clearly teaches. At that moment of being “born again”, you receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. There are Biblically documented gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit now available to those who will allow the Spirit of God to rule and reign in your life.

It is the Spirit of the living God now residing with you that gives you the supernatural power to love your enemies, forgive those who harm you, overcome the trials of day-to-day life, defeat sin in your life, and know God’s love in ways you never experienced before. It is the Holy Spirit that guides and directs you throughout the day, to keep you on the path God has chosen for your life. It is only because of the Holy Spirit that we can live like Jesus did, and make Him proud of us.

I love you and care about you so much. You will be in my prayers today as you think about these words. The most effective way to make Jesus proud of you is to live like He did. In today’s scripture, we see Stephen being stoned to death and asking God to forgive those who were killing him. This is exactly what Jesus did on the cross. It was only because of the power of God living in Stephen that he was able to do that.

Was Jesus proud? There is no other place in scripture that says Jesus was standing. Search the Bible. It always says Jesus was sitting. Why was Jesus standing in this instance? I believe it was because He was so proud of his servant Stephan that He actually stood to welcome him into Heaven. My challenge to you today is to act like Jesus and make him proud of you.

***LIVEPRAYER HAS ALWAYS BEEN REMARKABLE IN THE FACT WE HAVE IMPACTED 10’S OF MILLIONS OF LIVES OVER THE YEARS, SEEING OVER 600,000 WE KNOW OF COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST, FOR PENNIES COMPARED TO THE BUDGET OF MOST MAJOR MINISTRIES. THAT IS BECAUSE WE DON’T OWN HUGE BUILDINGS THAT REQUIRE MAINTENANCE, HAVE HUGE STAFFS MEANING HUGE WEEKLY PAYROLLS TO MEET, OWN PRIVATE JETS OR MAINSIONS THE MINISTRY PAYS FOR.

OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS DUE TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, WE HAVE CUT EVERYTHING POSSIBLE DOWN TO OUR BASIC OPERATIONS, LEAVING US WITH A MONTHLY OPERATING BUDGET OF $40,000. THAT IS THE SAME OPERATING BUDGET MOST LOCAL CHURCHES WITH APX. 500 MEMBERS MEETING ONCE A WEEK HAS!

That includes our head tech and 2 assistants, down from 4, and their office in a special location for security. My office manager and accounting clerk. I have not taken any salary for the past 3 years, only basic living expenses. We have cut our fundraising costs down to just postage and printing each month. Our biggest expense of course is the bandwidth required to operated the Liveprayer.com and sister sites and support the thousands of audio and video files. Our main office is donated by a board member, our extra office work is done by volunteers, our audio/video production is now done by volunteers, and our legal and accounting services are donated.

This enables us to continue to minister 24/7/365 to 2.4 million worldwide, respond daily to 40,000 emails for prayer, and offer all of the unique daily audio/video content no other minsitry produces to minister to people in a personal way while bringing God’s Truth into the marketplace most have abandoned.

This January, we have several financial backers who will be supporting the new Liveprayer 24-hour prayer channel on TV and available to people worldwide on every type of mobile device. The program will be a place for people to come 24/7 and find a “live” prayer partner to pray with them, in addition to the Liveprayer program dealing with the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview. It is the missing piece I have been praying for for years now, in order to have the presence to help turn this nation back to God and His truth, our only hope!

Those program will allow us to attract and entire new audience to Liveprayer, and will absorb our monthly operational budget of Liveprayer.com in addition to the TV program. For the first time in over 13 years, I won’t have to worry each day about raising what we need just to go from one month to the next! I am asking you today to be praying. We still have $2,000 left to make up from August, the $40,000 we need for September, as well as the operating budget for October, November and December. That is $162,000 over the next 98 days. That is just 162 people making a one-time special gift of $1,000. Will you pray about being one of the 162???

SEPTEMBER FINANCIAL UPDATE: A huge THANK YOU to those who prayed, and those who were able to give this week as we are in the midst of a real financial crisis. Praise God we made up $8,000 of the $10,000 we are still short from August. I am praying that by the end of today, one person will be able to make a special one-time gift to clear that $2,000 balance so we can begin working on the $40,000 we need for our September operations. $25,000 of that is several weeks past due, so please be praying about what God is calling you to help me so that over the next 6 days we can end this month with all of our basic operational costs taken care of. GOD IS ABLE, will you help me? I refuse to allow satan to keep us from what God has called us to do, impacting lives for Christ 24/7/365 while bringing His Truth to the masses in order to lead this nation back to the Almighty and Biblical Truth! God has always helped us by moving on the hearts of friends like you because we have been faithful, have not backed down,compromised, or sold out the Truth for money, while walking each day these last 157 months by faith trusting Him alone! AMEN!!!

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.

Thank you for helping me, and know I am praying for you each day as we take our stand in these last days for the Lord!!!

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2012, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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