The Harvest is Plentiful

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(Luke 10:2,3)

***ASK BILL: Can you explain to me all the new versions of the Bible no longer capitalize the pronouns that refer to the Lord, such as him, his, he, my, my, you and your?

ANSWER: Sadly, there have been many such changes along these lines. Many versions play games with the gender as well. They key is to know they are referring to the Lord, making the meaning the same.

“He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.’ Luke 10:2,3

I pray you and your family are well. The spiritual issues that are destroying this nation are becoming worse each day since they are being pushed on our culture with virtually zero opposition.

In the year 2012, over 80% of our churches are part of mainline denominations that have virtually forsaken Biblical Truth and souls for political correctness and entertainment, even to the point they support or simply refuse to speak out against gross sins like homosexuality, abortion, fornication, adultery, and other sins!

The vast percentage of the other 20% are the new man-made seeker/purpose driven/emerging church marketing strategies that neuter God’s Word in order to put warm bodies into the seats each Sunday.

While so many major ministries are building buildings, buying private jets, building their own kingdom, they are ignoring the culture that is rotting around them, instead choosing to stay in the safety of the four walls of the church.

One of the most well known Christian TV pastors is asking people to give him $2.5 million to pay off debts. This same man just spent $40 MILLION on a new Gulfstream, has one home worth $12 MILLION, and 3 others.

I would sell the Gulfstream, pay the debts, and use the balance to go on every major SECULAR TV station to reach the lost. But the lost don’t give you money for private jets, nor do they care to hear the typical “give me money and become rich” messages taking Scripture out of context that make up 90% of the content on Christian TV programming.

As we head into the final day of May, we are still $25,000 short of covering our basic operational budget, and of course have to look ahead to the $40,000 we need for June. Within the next 3-4 months we should see new support coming in as the TV audience builds.

I am praying for 3 friends who can help me today with a gift of $5,000 or more. I am asking EVERYONE of my friends to take a few moments today and pray about what you can to help me in the next few days, believing by Monday we will have the $25,000 we need to end the month with all of our basic operations current! AMEN!!!

If you can give a gift of $5,000 or more I can give you our bank wire or FedEx information so we can get those funds working right away. Just contact me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com

To make a special gift to Liveprayer, you can send your 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. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.

When have you ever seen ANY major pastor or Christian leader in the SECULAR media with a plan to lead this nation back to God and His Truth??? Sadly, most are only there to sell books or promote their own works. Liveprayer is only concerned about saving souls and leading this nation back to God and His Truth which is our ONLY HOPE!!!

Because Christians have left the culture for the safety of the “Christian trough” we have created for ourselves we now have NO VOICE in the marketplace. The media has insured a Biblical worldview is never heard while they mock, demean, and demonize those who have put their faith in Jesus and Biblical Truth.

For nearly 14 yrs..Liveprayer has FAITHFULLY and WITHOUT COMPROMISE preached the Truth of God’s Word IN THE MARKETPLACE…

Liveprayer.com reaches hundreds of thousand non-Christians DAILY in the marketplace with the Daily Devotionals. For 6 yrs the Liveprayer TV program aired ONLY on secular stations and networks. I have been in the media constantly over the past decade, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, Howard Stern, and hundreds of radio and TV programs taking the heat to share what God’s Word says about the issues of the day while encouraging people Jesus is their only hope and that if they are hurting there is hope!!!

Over 20 yrs of ministry I have totally given myself 100% literally 24/7 to serve the Lord. Every month 8-10 threats on my life come in through the mail and email. I have sacrificed and forsaken my own life and treasure for Him these last 2 decades, proving time and again I cannot be bought, won’t compromise God’s Truth, or ever back down from telling what God says until the Lord calls me Home!

Those who have followed Liveprayer for any length of time have seen me daily take my stand for the Lord without wavering no matter what satan bombards us with!!!

Tens of millions of lives have been impacted! Over 70 million emails for prayers have been answered! Nearly 7 million praise reports have been archived as a testimony to God’s faithfulness! 700,000 souls we know of have come to faith in Jesus!!!

ALL HAS BEEN POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE HAVE GONE TO THE MASSES OUTSIDE THE 4 WALLS OF THE CHURCH AND DECLARED HIS TRUTH AND HOPE..AND BECAUSE DEAR FRIENDS LIKE YOU HAVE PRAYED AND MADE THE SACRIFCE TO HELP SUPPORT GOD’S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER!!!

As I come to you today, the Liveprayer TV program is back on the air..available here and throughout the world on every type of device that exists today. The final piece I have been praying over and working towards the past 4 yrs that is critical to our work in leading this nation back to God and His Truth…THE ONLY HOPE THERE IS FOR OUR NATION!!!

As we head into the final day of May, we are still $25,000 short of covering our basic operational budget, and of course have to look ahead to the $40,000 we need for June. Within the next 3-4 months we should see new support coming in as the TV audience builds.

I am praying for 3 friends who can help me today with a gift of $5,000 or more. I am asking EVERYONE of my friends to take a few moments today and pray about what you can to help me in the next few days, believing by Monday we will have the $25,000 we need to end the month with all of our basic operations current! AMEN!!!

If you can give a gift of $5,000 or more I can give you our bank wire or FedEx information so we can get those funds working right away. Just contact me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com

To make a special gift to Liveprayer, you can send your 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. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.

Thank You my friend!!! Together we have accomplished much for the Lord, but we still have our final works before us. The souls of tens of millions of people are at stake! The soul of this nation is at stake!!!

Please pray today. Your faithfulness and sacrifce in the past has helped us do all that we have in so many tens of millions of lives worldwide, and your sacrifce today will help us finish the job God has called us to!!!

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2013, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Don’t Take Your Health for Granted

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(Proverbs 4:20-22)

***ASK BILL: Please pray for me. I have been deathly sick for the past 3 days. Your prayers are deeply appreciated and with God’s help I will be back 100% tomorrow! This Devotional today is a perfect word for all of us!

As I drove to the office one day last week, for some reason I began thinking how good I felt physically; how full of strength and energy I felt, free of any aches and pains. My mind quickly started thinking first of all about those who do not have this wonderful blessing each day, all of those I hear from daily who are struggling, battling different infirmities in their bodies, dealing with pain all the time.

I then began thinking about how fortunate I have been all of my life to enjoy wonderful health. Despite the minor colds we all get, some various sports injuries, for the most part, I have lived my life in wonderful health. What a gift I squandered for many years.

I have spoken in the past about being in the best shape possible, watching what we eat and not putting harmful things into our bodies, all so we can enjoy optimum health to be able to serve our God. So many years God blessed me with perfect health, and I used many of those years to “Do my own thing,” not using this blessing for His glory.

As soon as I got into the office, I spent some time in prayer, thanking God for this wonderful blessing of good health, and He clearly spoke to me about this message you are reading. For those in good health, especially those young adults who have not had to deal with problems in this area of your life, DON’T SQUANDER THIS TIME!

God has given you a wonderful blessing to be able to live each day in good health, free from pain, to be able to concentrate on your service to Him. This is a gift not to be taken for granted! We have a responsibility not to abuse God’s blessings, and one blessing we often abuse is our good health. We live each day like we will always have good health. We live each day like it is our right to have good health. My friend, it is a BLESSING from God to have good health.

In the last ten years of ministry, I have been in many hospital rooms. God originally created man not to die. Physical death became a by-product of man’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Sickness and disease became part of man’s world. When you look at how complicated our physical bodies are, how intricate we are made, when you factor in the wear and tear of daily life, add to that how some people have abused their bodies with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, it is actually amazing we last as long as we do.

With all of the things that can go wrong, it is simply amazing we work as long as we do. Ultimately, all of our bodies will break down in some way. We can not escape that no matter how advanced modern medicine has become. We need to be thankful daily for the good health God gives us. It is one of the greatest blessings we have.

There is an old saying, that you can’t put a price on good health. There are many people who have accumulated much wealth in this world. Yet, without the good health to enjoy it, what have they really accomplished? That is another reason why the temporary things of this world have no real meaning.

I love you and care about you so much. Know that I am praying for you today to NEVER forget the blessing of good health. We never know how long that will last, so don’t squander the blessing. God has given us this life to serve and glorify Him. Our health is a tool we use to do that. Make it count! For those who are reading this who are struggling in this area, know you are in my prayers. God is still in the healing business!!! HE IS ABLE!!!

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2013, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Thank You Pastor Bill

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***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, For some reason I have a hard time understanding this. Example: John Smith was saved on Friday at 2 PM. If that person does nothing else with their life, how can they say they are saved?

ANSWER: Only God knows a person’s heart, however, if a person is truly saved there will be evidence of it in how they live their life. Sadly, many are not properly discipled and don’t know how to make the correct changes. But in the end, if a person is truly saved, they will have a desire to please the Lord they have committed their life to, and through going to church, reading the Bible, fellowshipping with other Believers, begin to transform their old life into their new life.

“Pastor Keller: Thank you for your message each day. More importantly, thank you for all that you are doing at Liveprayer, to bring God’s message of love and hope to the world each day. I have been reading your Daily Devotional messages since 2003. I read the Devotionals every morning, before I pray. The messages always help prepare me for my talk with God and time in prayer each day. Your daily messages have also been instrumental in helping me to maintain my Faith, to stay in prayer, lean on and refer to the Bible and God’s Word, and not give up, as I have gone through some extremely difficult times over the last 10-years. I have given to Liveprayer over the years, in both good times and bad, when possible. I pray today that God will multiply my humble offerings, as only He can, so that you can continue your work at Liveprayer, now and in the coming years. Please know that your tireless efforts and work at Liveprayer for the Lord is greatly appreciated, more than you know. In the name of Jesus, I am praying for Liveprayer and praying for your continued health, strength, and well being. Be blessed, Pastor Keller and thank you for all that you do!”

“Bill, I just want to thank you! I’ve known who God and Jesus are. But I was just asked last night when was I born again. Truth is I didn’t have an answer. I wanted to have an answer and came across your video and I accepted Him into my life. Now I can say when was I born without hesitating. Thanks!”

“Bill, Thank you for your thoughts and for caring. Every night when I kneel with my sons to pray you are lifted to God. You have been for so long that when these sons pray out loud, they speak to God of you by name. I know God will bless your ministry in the coming days. It is the only real hope I see.”

May 6th was the re-launch of the Liveprayer TV program. In the first 2 weeks we have been excited at the positive response of those who have started to watch. This was the final piece we need to help change the spiritual course of this nation and bring our land back to God and His Truth while bringing lost souls to faith in Jesus!

***LIVEPRAYER TV IS BACK!!! To view the program LIVE Monday-Friday from Midnight-2am EDT on your TV, computer, SmartPhone, or tablet, or for an archive of previous programs you can watch On Demand, please go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm

We are all in now and it is critical that we keep our basic monthly expenses current. As we head into June, it is imperative that we cover the final $26,000 of our basic May operations and June’s $40,000 monthly budget. Please see what you can do over the next few days to help me at this critical juncture!

Liveprayer operates on a monthly budget of a bit over $1,000 a day, the same budget as a local church of 500 people who meet once a week has! For $1300 a day, we are able to reach more people in a day than most churches could reach in years!!!! PLEASE PRAY ABOUT A GIFT OF $1300 TO COVER ONE DAYS OPERATIONS!!!!!!

I know there are 70 friends who can make a one-time gift of $1,000 to help me today, insure that we won’t have any financial concerns through the month of June!!! Do you realize that our monthly budget of roughly $1300 a day that reaches and impacts literally several million people daily is the same as a local church of 500 that ministers to 500 once a week???

Please pray with me about a gift of $1,000 to be one of 70, or cover one day of ministry for $1300.

I have taken my stand for the past 20 years. I have NOT compromised the Truth of God’s Word for money as so many do. Liveprayer IS God’s vehicle to lead this nation back to Him and His Truth and together we can see this happen over the coming months.

Friends like you have helped us impact 10s of millions worldwide the past 14 yrs, seeing over 700,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus. It will be friends like you who love the Lord and make the sacrifce to help us bring true revival to this nation, not a 2 week meeting in a local church, but a nationwide move of the Holy Spirit!!!

I need your help today. Over 14 years, I have only come to you when it was serious. We have done all we need to keep our basic operations current and get the TV program re-launched this month. In the coming months, we will be available on DirecTV, DISH, and several hundred new cities. The key is YOUR prayers and YOUR support to keep this ministry current so we can fulfill our final work in bringing this nation back to God and HIS Truth and leading lost souls to faith in Jesus!!!

Please take a moment and pray about what God is asking you to do in these next days to help insure we end the month with all of our basic operations met as we head into June and the summer months without any shortfall. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifce as together we change the spiritual course of the nation while leading lost souls to faith in Jesus!

Don’t think that someone else will do what God is calling YOU to do. It is YOUR blessings, your blessings and not those of someone else. All I ask is that you are obedient to give as the Lord is guiding you to give to support HIS work here.

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. The time is short. Our time is now. Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifice to help me!

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

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2013, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Boy Scouts and the Homosexual Bullies

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(Romans 1:25

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, during a recent 60 Minutes program interview with Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook), she used the words G.D. I was very dismayed and have sent an email to 60 Minutes expressing my disappointment that they did not bleep those words. I tolerate more than I should of bad language, but using the Lord’s name in vain is extremely offensive to me. It is a shame we can’t even watch the news without having to hear that.

The Boy Scouts and the homosexual bullies! The Boy Scouts of America, which reconfirmed last summer its policy banning openly gay people from participation, then said last week it was reconsidering the ban, said on Wednesday that it would postpone a decision once more until May. This is a sad turn of events since the BSA has been one of the very few groups who has won legal battles to keep their private organization free from the influence of the radical homosexual lobby that has successfully infested every aspect of our culture during the past 20 years.

I would first ask that you pray for those in leadership of the BSA to stand firm on the principles that has guided this great iconic organization for over 100 years. The two forces seeking to allow those who have chosen to engage in homosexual behavior to become scout masters as well as scouts, are money and the cultural pressure now knows as “diversity.”

Like all non-profit organizations, the BSA is dependant upon donations to survive. Much of those donations needed to meet their annual budget come from corporations. The BSA, like all non-profits have seen a sharp decline in their donations over the past 3 years. The pro-homosexual lobby has done a masterful job at challenging the Boy Scouts to drop their policy banning openly gay people from participation, with the carrot of helping bring in large corporate donors. In the end, if they cave they will have sold out their century old beliefs for the increased funding it will bring the organization.

In addition to the finical issues involved, is the societal pressure on the BSA to become a more “diverse” organization. Diversity is the current buzzword for accepting people who have chosen to engage in perverted, unnatural, unhealthy sexual relations. If you happen to hold to a Biblical worldview that calls this type of behavior a sin, you are a hate monger, bigot, and have no place in society. I remember over 10 years ago warning people this day was coming and being laughed at. If you go into any mainstream situation, and say anything negative about the sin of homosexuality, YOU are the one who is to be shunned!

For over 20 years of ministry, and for the last 13+ years here at Liveprayer.com, I have been in the marketplace trying to warn people about the goal of the homosexual community to make their perverted choice of sex mainstream.

On the Liveprayer.com website is a link “Devotional Archive.” This is the archive of every Devotional I have written each day since Liveprayer began on August 31, 1999. That is over 4800 Devotionals, searchable by keyword or date. You can see for yourself the warnings I have issued for these past 13+ years about how the goal of the homosexual community was to make this choice of unnatural, unhealthy, and perverted sex mainstream in our culture. It was only a few decades ago that our culture stigmatized those who chose to engage in this type of sexual perversion. Society rightly spoke out against such unnatural acts. Pastors in the pulpits of churches across the nation decried this satanically inspired sexual bondage. People understood this choice was not natural, was not healthy, and was a clear perversion of God’s intended plan for sex.

What happened? Over the years, the homosexual community did a masterful job at selling the lie that 10% or more of the population choose to engage in such perverted sexual relations. They also sold the lie that people are “born that way,” despite ANY credible evidence even to this day that is true. They targeted children to brainwash them that homosexuality is not wrong. As the church left the marketplace for the safety, comfort, and profitability of the “Christian trough” (the Christian subculture that has existed the past 40 years), this perverse choice of sex infested many weak churches. The majority of churches who would not go that far, simply quit speaking out against homosexuality for fear of offending people.

Now in the year 2013, homosexuality is entrenched in our culture as a mainstream and acceptable lifestyle. Those who dare to speak out against this sin are called homophobes, hate mongers, intolerant, and out of touch. The vast majority of our culture has now embraced the LIE of homosexuality. *As the Bible said would happen in the last days, the truth has been replaced with the lie, wrong has been embraced as right, and right is now seen as wrong.

I love you and care about you so much. Are you starting to see now why the time is so short. In the end this is a battle for souls and the soul of this nation. Every day, we are losing both battles because there are too few Godly men with won’t compromise the Truth for money and with the courage to speak up for the truth, along with the fact nobody has the stated goal of turning the spritual course of this nation around. Liveprayer does have that plan but I can’t do it alone.

The signs are all around us. We have no more time to sit back and do nothing. This is our moment. The souls of tens of millions of people in this nation, billions worldwide, and the soul of our nation are at stake. Please be in prayer in the coming weeks as we take our stand and fulfill the ultimate reason God raised this minsitry up 166 months ago. May eternity show we were faithful and obedient to our Lord in these final days!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2013, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Do You Need God’s Healing Touch on Your Body Today

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(Mark 5:25-34)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, during a recent 60 Minutes program interview with Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook), she used the words G.D. I was very dismayed and have sent an email to 60 Minutes expressing my disappointment that they did not bleep those words. I tolerate more than I should of bad language, but using the Lord’s name in vain is extremely offensive to me. It is a shame we can’t even watch the news without having to hear that.

ANSWER: Sadly, there is no longer a fear of God. The use of the Lord’s name in vain, the glorification of perverting God’s plan for marriage and the family, the acceptance of infanticide, ALL demonstrate the sad spiritual state of our nation. More important, these are the issues that unless reversed, will bring God’s wrath and punishment on our nation!

Do you need God’s healing touch on your body today? I know that a good percentage of people reading these words need God’s healing touch. Many of you are reading these words today in tremendous pain. Many of you are reading these words today as you face an upcoming surgery. Many of you are reading these words today as you deal with a serious disease. Many of you are reading these words today as you are trying to heal from a sickness or injury. Every person reading these words today has a family member, friend, or someone you know who needs God’s healing touch. Let me say this very clearly, GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN May 2013!

Out of the 40,000+ emails for prayer we receive every day here at Liveprayer, out of the phone calls I take 5 nights a week from viewers of the Liveprayer TV program, healing is one of the top 3 requests along with financial problems and relationship issues. Several hundred thousand of the over 3 million praise reports we have received since we started Liveprayer nearly 14 years ago, are from people God has healed. Rarely a night goes by on the TV program that a caller doesn’t share a praise report of God’s healing. Don’t forget, Jesus healed 10 lepers and only one came back to say thank you, so I have no doubt God has healed 10x more people who we never heard back from. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN MAY 2013!

As you read these words today I want to remind you of a great truth. GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. What that simply means is what God has done for someone else, God will do for you. Please, let me say that one more time so you can let it sink into your Spirit. What God has done for someone else, God will do for YOU!!!

In the Bible, we read about the woman with the issue of blood. God’s Word tells us that she spent all of her money on the doctors of her day trying to get better without any success. Then one day she heard about a man named Jesus coming to her town who was doing great miracles, including healing people. With no other hope, she exercised that “measure of faith” each person has and began to believe Jesus could heal her. We read how when she got to the place Jesus was ministering, a great crowd, the Bible calls it a “throng,” was already present. Now it would have been very easy for this woman to get discouraged after seeing all the people gathered around Jesus and simply give up and go home. But you see this woman was not going to be denied the opportunity to see our Lord, the One she was believing could heal her.

We read how she pressed through the crowd of people. I can picture this woman elbowing her way past people, pushing them out of her way, wading through this sea of humanity foot by foot until she was finally close enough to reach out and touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing. The Bible tells us that the moment she touched the hem of His garment she was instantly healed. Please understand that there was nothing magical about what Jesus was wearing that day. His garment had no magical healing powers. It simply became a point of contact for her faith. She had the faith to believe as she stretched our her hand and grabbed the hem of His garment that she would be healed, and she was!!!

Let me share something exciting with you today. There is a powerful truth in the Book of Hebrews that tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Listen to me carefully now. The powerful meaning of that truth for YOUR life today is simply this. The very same Jesus who healed that woman we read about in the Bible who had the issue of blood, is the very same Jesus who is here to heal you today. Please, stop for a moment and meditate on this powerful truth. THE VERY SAME JESUS WE READ ABOUT HEALING THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD, IS THE VERY SAME JESUS WHO IS HERE TO HEAL YOU TODAY!!!

I love you and care about you so much. My friend, as I come to you today I want you to know that not a day goes by I don’t see the healing power of Jesus Christ at work in people’s lives. Every single day I receive praise reports from people Christ has healed. If you need God’s healing touch in your body today, if there is someone that you know that needs to be healed, I want to encourage you to be like that woman with the issue of blood and exercise that “measure of faith” today. Just like she reached out to touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing, you can reach out to Him today through prayer.

Stop what you are doing right now and call on the name of Jesus. Reach out to him IN FAITH and ask Him to heal you or the one you love. As you do, remember that the very same Jesus you are crying out to today, is the very same Jesus who healed the woman with the issue of blood. He is no respecter of persons and what He did for her, He will do for you. As the healing virtue of Christ flowed through her body and she was made whole, Jesus looked at her and said, “Go, your faith has made you whole.”

I want you to know that I will be praying for you today. I will be standing in agreement with you today as you take that step of faith for God’s healing touch on your body or the body of the one you love. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN MAY 2013! May you hear Him say to you, “Go, your faith has made you whole!!!”

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

(C)opryright 2013, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Today is Sunday

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(Mark 6:31)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, during a recent 60 Minutes program interview with Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook), she used the words G.D. I was very dismayed and have sent an email to 60 Minutes expressing my disappointment that they did not bleep those words. I tolerate more than I should of bad language, but using the Lord’s name in vain is extremely offensive to me. It is a shame we can’t even watch the news without having to hear that.

ANSWER: Sadly, there is no longer a fear of God. The use of the Lord’s name in vain, the glorification of perverting God’s plan for marriage and the family, the acceptance of infanticide, ALL demonstrate the sad spiritual state of our nation. More important, these are the issues that unless reversed, will bring God’s wrath and punishment on our nation!

Today is Sunday. For most, Sunday is a time to get away from the pressures of work and relax. Let me encourage you to spend as much time as possible today putting your troubles on hold and focusing instead on rest and relaxation.

I am not trying to minimize the complex and difficult situations many of you are facing, but we MUST find pockets of time in our life to put the burdens down and simply rest. You are much better equipped to handle life’s problems when you are fresh and energized, than when you are tired and running on fumes. It is in those run down times when our problems look insurmountable that we are most apt to become depressed and lose hope. Even Jesus had to get away once in a while to recharge his physical body.

A time of rest does many things for you. It helps you to regain your physical strength. However, just as important, it allows you to regain your mental strength. Fighting day after day wears us down mentally and we get so focused on our problems that we lose sight of possible alternatives that may help us in our struggles. Getting worn down also causes us to lose perspective causing us to forget that God is still in control.

Most important though, a time of rest helps us to refocus on our personal relationship with the Lord. In the midst of our trials, we can miss out on that daily, intimate time with Him which just compounds our problems. That time of rest allows us to not only recharge our bodies and minds, but our relationship with the Lord.

Just hours before going to the cross, Jesus told His disciples that in this life they would have many trials. He did not want them to be deceived into thinking that just because they had walked with Him, they were immune from life’s problems. But He promised them that He would always be with them.

We are heirs to that promise as followers of Christ. It is the Christ living in us that gives us the ability to live victorious lives. Never lose sight that the Bible tells us that we are more than conquerors through Him. That means whatever you are facing today, whatever obstacles may be in your life, because of Jesus, you can overcome them and be victorious. So today while you rest, while you recharge, dwell not on your problems…..but on the fact that we have total victory in Jesus!

I love you and care about you. I pray that you will have a wonderful day of rest and relaxation, that you will be able to spend quality time with family and friends, and that most important you will spend some quality time with the Lord. He loves you, cares about you, and will make you adequate each day for the challenges that you face.

Focus on living life in His strength and not your strength, and those burdens won’t seem as heavy. Enjoy this day as you put your troubles on hold and find that peace that passes all human understanding, in Him.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2013, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Living with a Rat

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(2 Timothy 2:26)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, during a recent 60 Minutes program interview with Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook), she used the words G.D. I was very dismayed and have sent an email to 60 Minutes expressing my disappointment that they did not bleep those words. I tolerate more than I should of bad language, but using the Lord’s name in vain is extremely offensive to me. It is a shame we can’t even watch the news without having to hear that.

ANSWER: Sadly, there is no longer a fear of God. The use of the Lord’s name in vain, the glorification of perverting God’s plan for marriage and the family, the acceptance of infanticide, ALL demonstrate the sad spiritual state of our nation. More important, these are the issues that unless reversed, will bring God’s wrath and punishment on our nation!

Because I do a live TV program every Monday through Friday from Midnight-2 a.m., my main sleeping hours are from approximately 5:30-10:30 p.m. My “morning” is at 10:30 p.m. each night. As I was in a deep sleep the other night, I heard my wife scream downstairs. I jumped up and ran downstairs to see what was wrong. She told me that she heard a noise in the food pantry by the kitchen and when she opened the door, a rat came running out into the living room.

Now I need to stop right here and say something. Ever since I was a very young boy, I have played sports. I have had my fair share of sports injuries, played often in pain and it never bothered me. But there are three things in this world that I really do not like. One is the dentist. I force myself to go twice each year but I do not look forward to it. Also, that movie starring Corbin Bernsen called, “The Dentist” didn’t help matters. Second is needles. I always tell my wife the worst part of our 20 years of marriage was the blood test to get the license. I simply have NEVER liked needles. Third is snakes, insects, and rodents. I don’t consider myself any less a man to declare publicly I not only do not like them, I am afraid of them.

I share that with you so you understand there really could be nothing worse in my mind than a rat loose in my home. Of course, the first thing I did was get the phone book and start calling pest control companies. I quickly found out that they don’t make house calls at 10 o’clock night so it would be the next morning before they could come out. Sadly, my expectations of what these pest control companies could do were unrealistic. I assumed they would come to my home, bring their ‘rat finding” equipment, locate him, and get him out. You can see how naive I am.

When they did come out, I was very disappointed to find out there was no ?rat finding? equipment. They did locate a small hole in my utility room where he had chewed his way in from the outside. I was told this is common when the weather turns cooler as they try to find a warm place to live for the winter. I was then told the only thing we could do was to lay traps in key locations throughout the house to try and catch him.

Even though this was the only answer, I was not happy since this meant he would still be living in my house until he made the mistake of stepping into one of these traps. That/ of course, presented another problem since if we did catch him, there was NO WAY I was going near that trap. I was quickly reassured that for a fee, they would be happy to come out and dispose of the rat.

I am sure by now, you have got to be thinking, poor Bill has written too many Devotionals, answered one too many emails, and has finally fallen off the deep end. Oh ye of little faith! You had to know I was going to bring this rat story full circle and apply it to your daily life. The fact is, EVERYONE at some point in their life has a “rat” they have to deal with. For some, their ?rat? may be alcohol. For others, it may be drugs. Still others it may be smoking, gambling, overeating, shopping, or illicit sex. EVERYONE, at some point in their life has a ?rat? that chews his way into their life.

The key is how do you respond? Do you immediately take measures to get rid of the rat? Do you become friends with the rat? Do you try to get rid of the rat but after a while, learn how to live with the rat? There are some people that don’t have any problems at all with having a rat in their life.They literally become friends with the rat. Some will try to get rid of the rat but after a while, learn how to live with him. This is where most people are at in regard to the ?rat? in their life. You know he is in the house but you make a deal with him to stay out of your way and you will leave him alone.

I call it being a ?functioning addict.? You go to school, work, and church. You live a pretty normal life on the outside. But you are in bondage and have simply learned how to ?live with the rat.? You are a FUNCTIONING ADDICT! Let me give you a word of encouragement today. You need to get serious about getting rid of the ?rat? that is in your life. If you don’t, it will eventually ruin your life.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. Many people reading this are ?functioning addicts.? You have some ?rat? that is in your life and this is a word from God to GET RID OF IT NOW BEFORE IT DESTROYS YOU! Chances are you will need professional help. There is nothing wrong with that. There are people that can help you get victory over whatever your bondage is. Use every possible tool you can to ?catch the rat? and get it out of your life once and for all.

God loves you very much. He has a plan and purpose for your life. Whatever bondage you have in your life, it is keeping you from fulfilling your God-given purpose of serving and bringing glory to Him through your life. You are missing the true joy, peace, and abundance this life can offer. I am praying that you get serious, TODAY, about getting rid of the ?rat? that is in your life. While there are many great pest control companies that can help you get rid of a rat that may get into your house, God has men and women that serve Him to help you get rid of the ?rat? that is in your life.

IT IS TIME TO QUIT LIVING WITH A RAT! GET RID OF HIM NOW!!!

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

Bill Keller

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