Fourteen Years of Liveprayer

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

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I am confused, please help me. The Bible says if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is your Lord and Savior’ you will be saved. Then is there a second condition, that you must also surrender your life 100% in addition to believing to be saved?

ANSWER: NO! Salvation is by faith and God’s grace..plus NOTHING! Ephesians 2:8,9. The fact is you surrender your life to Christ when you make that decision by faith. That is what you are doing, giving your heart and life to Jesus. The Bible says we have been bought with a price. Surrendering to Christ is what happens when a person makes the choice to accept Jesus.

Fourteen years of Liveprayer! It is easy to get discouraged looking at the world around us today despite the wonderful milestone that 14 yrs ago at Noon on 8/31/1999, Liveprayer signed on and over the years has become the most effective interactive online ministry ever. God has used His work here to impact tens of millions of live worldwide while seeing over 700,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ. To God be the glory, and it will be the eternal legacy of myself and each member of the Liveprayer family!!!

As I type these words, I think back to the numerous times over 14 years I have exhorted people that our ONLY hope is to turn this nation back to God and His Truth. Liveprayer is the instrument that God has been using to impact individual lives, and as we continue to do that, our final work for the Lord is to lead the way for a spritual revival across this land. Unless that happens, unless we have a Nineveh moment where the masses get on their knees and repent of their sins, turn back to God and His Truth, this nation is finished. Only the arrogant and prideful will believe that the same God who judged his own children for FAR LESS sin, won’t unleash His wrath and judgment on this nation!

Over the last 14 years, Liveprayer has become by far the world’s largest interactive Christian website. We’ve sent out just over 5,000 Daily Devotionals that began going out to a handful of people and are now are received by over 2.4 million people worldwide every single day. We have received and responded to over 100 million email prayer requests. We have accumulated a Praise Report archive with over 7 million testimonies of God’s faithfulness.

We’ve broadcasted the uncompromised Truth of God’s Word and the fact Jesus is the ONLY way on over 2,000 “live” TV programs on major secular network TV stations, seen by millions of people in Florida and around the nation since it debuted in March of 2003. Most important of all, over 700,000 souls we know of who have come to faith in Jesus Christ through Liveprayer!!!

Of course, ALL honor, glory, and praise goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus said, “Without me you can do NOTHING!” That powerful reminder from John 15:5 is on the mirror in my bathroom and the first thing I see every morning. I have been most blessed of men to be given the honor and privilege to serve our Lord in such a meaningful way each and every day. It was 23 years ago this month that I sat in a Federal Prison cell and rededicated my life back to Christ and finally gave the Lord the one and only thing He ever wanted from me, and the one and only thing He ever wants from you…my life completely, fully, and wholly surrendered to Him!

Whatever has happened at Liveprayer these past 14 years is NOT because of Bill Keller, it is because of Jesus Christ. Bill Keller is simply a vessel God has chosen to use at this moment in human history in the fulfillment of His overall plan and purpose. All I did was give my life completely to the Lord and surrender myself to whatever His will for me is each day. I spent nearly 10 years PRIOR to the start of Liveprayer doing my best to serve and follow God faithfully. Whatever Liveprayer has become after these 14 years, is the result of serving and following Christ obediently and faithfully for over 20 years. It was God who has called me to do what I do today and I am simply doing my best to follow His voice as I walk by faith each day.

It is because of what we have done these past 14 years that I have the incredible passion for what we can do in the years to come should Jesus tarry. What drives me each day is the fact that I know Jesus may return at any moment, that tomorrow is promised to none of us and I need to be faithful each day to the work God has called me to do, and that every second of every day someone is dying and going to hell that could be in Heaven if we had been able to reach them with the hope of Christ. Thru the internet and secular television, we have the ability to reach the lost and hurting masses and not only help them find real answers in their hour of need, but the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Seeing the lost won for Christ is what I have given my life to do. With every waking moment, every breath until God calls me home, my only objective and goal is to reach the lost with the Gospel. That passion, that drive, that determination has not waned over these past 168 months, it has intensified. I refuse to let the personal abuse I take each day stop me. I refuse to let the continual threats on my life stop me. I refuse to let the daily challenges of living in this fallen world stop me. I refuse to let finances stop me. I refuse to let anything keep me from giving the Lord everything I have every day. I know that I fall short every day, fail the Lord every day, but I am thankful He knows my heart. Jesus gave His very life for me, how can I give Him anything less?

I LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU SO MUCH! I really mean that each day! The greatest joy of all these past 14 years is this new family God has blessed me with. Every day I cry with those in the Liveprayer family who lose those they love, and I rejoice with those in the Liveprayer family as they bring new life into this world. I remember today the many dear and faithful friends who have been part of Liveprayer over the years, many who helped lay the foundation for God’s work here who have gone on to their rewards in Glory. I also am excited by all the new additions to the Liveprayer family as they grow up to become the men and women of God He has called them to be.

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

*It’s an honor to speak to people about God, it’s an even greater honor to speak to God for people.

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

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

In the meantime, God still has much for us to do. While it would be easy and tempting to sit back and be content with what we have accomplished these past 14 years, we can’t because there is still too much work left to do. The Liveprayer Church, the world’s online cathedral. The Jonah Project God’s instrument to help lead this nation back to God and Biblical values. The “remnant” is about to rise up and be heard like never before!

So now is time to keep pressing on towards that prize, being obedient and faithful each day to serve and follow the Lord, and declare to this lost world the Truth of God’s Word and tell the lost of the eternal hope they can have in Jesus Christ. May God continue to pour out His favor and blessings on Liveprayer as we remain faithful each day to our calling!!!

***PLEASE READ AND PRAY!!!

What a 14 years it has been! This Saturday at Noon, Liveprayer is officially 14 yrs old! What a 14 years it has been!!! I could have never dreamed 14 yrs ago when Liveprayer began as nothing but a vision from God that we would have impacted tens of millions of lives around the world, sent personal responses to over 70 million emails for prayer, an archive with 7 million praise reports, and have 700,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus!!!

ALL OF THAT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE PRAYERS AND FAITHFUL SACRIFCE OF THOUSANDS OF FRIENDS LIKE YOURSELF THESE PAST 168 MONTHS!!! THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO FULFILL GOD’S CALLING ON MY LIFE THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT OF THE LORD’S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER!!!

As much as I have been tempted over the past few years to sit back, look at all we have accomplished, and get off the front lines to live the rest of my life peacefully, God won’t let me. Just when I began to seriously think about ending this wonderful season of Liveprayer, the Lord has challenged me with one final work for the Kingdom, and that is to be used by Him to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth before we face his ultimate wrath and punishment for our rebellion.

To be honest, on the surface it sounds wonderful but doesn’t seem possible. That would be easy to conclude, but when you read the Book of Jonah, he was sent to a completely secular society nearing God’s ultimate wrath and punishment. However, the people of Nineveh repented, turned to God, and for a season were spared his judgment. It was possibly the greatest single revival in human history!

The Bible teaches that God is no respecter of person, and what He did for Nineveh He will do for us. The key of course is IF we respond the way Nineveh did! The Bible also clearly teaches that nothing is impossible with God. After watching his miracle working power over and over each day these past 14 years how could I ever doubt Him?

After all, when He gave me the vision for Liveprayer the year prior, I knew nothing about the internet an didn’t even own a computer. Look at what HE HAS DONE!!! So my resolve is stronger than ever, my focus sharp, my hand to the plow not looking back.

I desperately need a few friends to help me today. We still need to bring in $25,000 to cover the balance of our basic August operations over the next few days. I need $10,000 of that amount IMMEDIATELY since they are operational expenses due the first days of the month, meaning they are 4 weeks in arrears.

I am praying today for God to send 2 friends today who can help me with a special one-time gift of $5,000. If you can wire the finds, or deposit them into our Wells Fargo account at a local branch, or overnight a check to us, it would take TONS of pressure off of me. Email me at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com and I will give you the info you need. If 5 more people will send a special one-time gift of $2,000, and everyone else will give as God guides you to give, we can end our 14th year with our basic operational budget current!

Please, take a minute today and pray about helping me. We have a huge task before us. God has opened the door for us to be back on TV
(http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm) since May with a growing viewership each week, that is already translating into new members of the Liveprayer family to help support our work here. Now more than ever it is critical for us to insure our basic operating budget is current as we press forward. I am counting on you to help me at this important time. Please pray and give the most generous gift you can!

—>ANNIVERSARY!!! August is Liveprayer’s 14th anniversary month. If Liveprayer has been a blessing to you, please pray about making a special one-time gift to Liveprayer for $14, $1 for every year online, $140, $10 for every year online, of $1400, $100 for every year online and the cost of one day of Liveprayer.com’s operations!

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 standing with me over these many years. Please, pray about what you can do to help me end this anniversary month with our operational budget current so we can begin Liveprayer’s 15th year with no shortfall to worry about. Thank you for your love and prayers, and know that I pray for you and your family each day.

Together, we have done some incredible things for the Lord these past 14 years, bringing God’s Truth to the marketplace, impacting lives worldwide daily, and saving souls. Our greatest work is before us. May we be found faithful as we keep our eye on the prize and finish our race!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

TD Jakes and his celebration of mammon

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(Ezekiel Chapter 13)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, few are chosen? What exactly does that mean? It makes it sound like only a few select people will be saved.

ANSWER: Scripture teaches that it is God’s desire for ALL to be saved, that none be lost. Sadly, it is man exercising his freewill who makes that decision by faith to accept Jesus or reject Him. Those who will be saved have made the conscious, freewill choice to accept the Lord by faith. The “few” refers to the fact a large percentage will sadly reject faith in Christ. It also refers to the fact that even amongst Believers, God calls each of us to serve Him in various ways. Many however, choose NOT to fulfill his plan for their life by never fully surrendering to His will and serving Him as they are called!

A shining example of why this nation is under God’s judgment and in spiritual freefall! If you ever needed an example of why this nation is seeing the judgment of God unleashed upon it, don’t look any farther than Dallas, Texas this weekend and TD Jakes “Megafest” event. I have warned people for years about Jakes faulty theology (a common byproduct from someone who never spent 5 seconds in any sort of formal theological training, not even a Bible college education), denying the Biblical teaching of the trinity that is at the heart of the Christian faith.

Jakes, like the gutless cotton candy preacher Joel Osteen, is often in the secular media. He is not there to bring God’s Truth to a non-Christian audience, many of whom have never really heard the Truth of the Bible, or to share the Gospel. No, he is there to promote one of his movies that has minimal value from a faith perspective, or his latest book that is always heavy on verbiage but light on solid theology, or to promote and defend the current President that has proven to be the most pro-death, pro-homosexual, pro-enemy of Israel President in history opposing God on every major spiritual issue of the day!

Jakes brags about his multiple Bentleys, multiple mansions, private jets, and living the life of a ruler of a small nation. Jakes always travels with a huge entourage like he is a Hollywood celebrity. Last I checked, Jesus came to serve, NOT be served! He is little more than one of dozens of property pimps who litter the landscape of Christian television, building their own kingdoms and not God’s with what amounts to outright lies and scams by using passages of Scripture out of context to induce naive people to give them money in order to pay for their royal lifestyle!

This weekend in Dallas, over 50,000 sheep will attend Jakes “Megafest” that will feature Osteen (what a shock), the queen of spiritual crack Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey and Tamar Braxton to name a few. It will be a celebration of using the name of Jesus in an orgy of mammon!!!

I remember 14 years ago at the beginning of Liveprayer upsetting so many as I warned them about Oprah, a woman who has helped lead untold MILLIONS to hell while she makes tens of millions annually selling them the latest New Age lies from hell. As the years went on, others finally woke up and began to finally warn people about this true servant of satan.

WHY WOULD A SUPPOSED MAN OF GOD AS JAKES PROMOTE HIMSELF TO BE, ALLOW A WOMAN WHO SUPPORTS THE SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT BABIES, THE COMPLETE RADICAL HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA, THE CULTS AND FALSE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD, WHILE PERSONALLY PROFITING TENS OF MILLIONS SELLING PEOPLE NEW AGE LIES FROM HELL THAT IS LEADING THEIR SOULS TO HELL???

Oh, that is right, “Megafest” is not about Jesus, God, or the Bible, though it is promoted as such. It is about MONEY!!! I can assure you of one thing, if Jesus was alive today and stumbled into this blasphemous celebration of mammon, like in the temple, he would overturn the money changing tables, take a whip and run everyone out of that auditorium!

Jakes rakes in $70-$80 million annually. A chunk of that goes to the Christian networks to air his programs, but at the end of the year he can’t buy buildings, mansions, Bentley’s, and private jets fast enough. Using even a portion of those funds to reach the lost and hurting isn’t part of his business model!

It has always amazed me why people send someone money who isn’t even preaching sound doctrine, certainly isn’t ministering to people’s needs, and doesn’t lead anyone to faith in Jesus. Sending a charlatan like Jakes $5 is as effective as sending $5 to a politician. In the end, all you have done is help them advance THEIR kingdom and nothing else!!!

I love you and care about you so much. It is no wonder to me why this nation is in the spritual freefall it is when the supposed “Christian leaders” like TD Jakes are nothing more than con artists who use Jesus to build their own empires. “Megafest” is an absolute abomination and stench in the nostrils of God. I can assure you that while he and his entertainment friends are celebrating mammon and laughing at the fools who actually show up and spend their hard earned money, Jesus will be nowhere to be found, but satan will be in the front row applauding every minute!!!

Below is a link to my Daily Devotional archives. I would suggest you visit the archives and type in keyword: TD Jakes, and than keyword: Oprah. You will get all of the Devotionals I have written over these past 14 yrs warning people about these false prophets.

Daily Devotional Archives: http://www.liveprayer.com/darchive.cfm

Also, Oprah promotes every type of cult and false relgion, the radical homosexual activists, the pro-abortion activists, but would NEVER dare put herself in a place to be challenged by someone like myself who won’t bow down and kiss her ring. Many years ago, I took her false theological statements in FULL CONTEXT, and responded to them in a debate format. It has been viewed by hundreds of thousands on YouTube and millions at Liveprayer.com. I also took her on during an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s FOX program that got over a million views. Check them both out!

Debate with Oprah: http://www.liveprayer.com/oprah.cfm

FOX News/Cavuto: http://www.liveprayer.com/fox022908.cfm

***PLEASE READ AND PRAY!!!

What a 14 years it has been! This Saturday at Noon, Liveprayer is officially 14 yrs old! What a 14 years it has been!!! I could have never dreamed 14 yrs ago when Liveprayer began as nothing but a vision from God that we would have impacted tens of millions of lives around the world, sent personal responses to over 70 million emails for prayer, an archive with 7 million praise reports, and have 700,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus!!!

ALL OF THAT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE PRAYERS AND FAITHFUL SACRIFCE OF THOUSANDS OF FRIENDS LIKE YOURSELF THESE PAST 168 MONTHS!!! THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO FULFILL GOD’S CALLING ON MY LIFE THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT OF THE LORD’S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER!!!

As much as I have been tempted over the past few years to sit back, look at all we have accomplished, and get off the front lines to live the rest of my life peacefully, God won’t let me. Just when I began to seriously think about ending this wonderful season of Liveprayer, the Lord has challenged me with one final work for the Kingdom, and that is to be used by Him to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth before we face his ultimate wrath and punishment for our rebellion.

To be honest, on the surface it sounds wonderful but doesn’t seem possible. That would be easy to conclude, but when you read the Book of Jonah, he was sent to a completely secular society nearing God’s ultimate wrath and punishment. However, the people of Nineveh repented, turned to God, and for a season were spared his judgment. It was possibly the greatest single revival in human history!

The Bible teaches that God is no respecter of person, and what He did for Nineveh He will do for us. The key of course is IF we respond the way Nineveh did! The Bible also clearly teaches that nothing is impossible with God. After watching his miracle working power over and over each day these past 14 years how could I ever doubt Him?

After all, when He gave me the vision for Liveprayer the year prior, I knew nothing about the internet an didn’t even own a computer. Look at what HE HAS DONE!!! So my resolve is stronger than ever, my focus sharp, my hand to the plow not looking back.

I desperately need a few friends to help me today. We still need to bring in $26,000 to cover the balance of our basic August operations over the next few days. I need $8,000 of that amount IMMEDIATELY since they are operational expenses due the first days of the month, meaning they are 4 weeks in arrears.

I am praying today for God to send 2 friends today who can help me with a special one-time gift of $4,000. If you can wire the finds, or deposit them into our Wells Fargo account at a local branch, or overnight a check to us, it would take TONS of pressure off of me. Email me at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com and I will give you the info you need. If 5 more people will send a special one-time gift of $2,000, and everyone else will give as God guides you to give, we can end our 14th year with our basic operational budget current!

Please, take a minute today and pray about helping me. We have a huge task before us. God has opened the door for us to be back on TV
(http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm) since May with a growing viewership each week, that is already translating into new members of the Liveprayer family to help support our work here. Now more than ever it is critical for us to insure our basic operating budget is current as we press forward. I am counting on you to help me at this important time. Please pray and give the most generous gift you can!

—>ANNIVERSARY!!! August is Liveprayer’s 14th anniversary month. If Liveprayer has been a blessing to you, please pray about making a special one-time gift to Liveprayer for $14, $1 for every year online, $140, $10 for every year online, of $1400, $100 for every year online and the cost of one day of Liveprayer.com’s operations!

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 standing with me over these many years. Please, pray about what you can do to help me end this anniversary month with our operational budget current so we can begin Liveprayer’s 15th year with no shortfall to worry about. Thank you for your love and prayers, and know that I pray for you and your family each day.

Together, we have done some incredible things for the Lord these past 14 years, bringing God’s Truth to the marketplace, impacting lives worldwide daily, and saving souls. Our greatest work is before us. May we be found faithful as we keep our eye on the prize and finish our race!

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

Bill Keller

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

God is the Only Truth

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(John 8:32; 2 Thessalonians 2:10)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, my brother has been going to church and has taken notice that some people pray to God others to The Lord and others to Jesus. In your opinion what verse can I take him to that would show him which one he should pray to. His daughter made him start going. I love her.

ANSWER: We pray to our heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name. We are told to address all prayer to God the Father (Matt 6:9, 1 Pet 1:17, Eph 3:14.b). We can only approach the Father in the name of Jesus, the Son (John 14:13 & 14). And PRAISE GOD for his daughter!!!

My friend, one of the greatest concerns that I have about our society, is the failure to accept the fact that ABSOLUTE TRUTH exists. Life is NOT gray, it is black and white. It is either the truth, or it is a lie. That begs the question, where do we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Society will tell you that each person should each be able to determine for themselves what truth is. That sounds wonderful, but practically speaking can’t ever work. Why? Well, what I feel is right, someone else might look at as wrong. What I think is wrong, someone else may think is right. To allow each one of us to determine for ourselves what truth is can NEVER work since the standard for each one of us is different.

That is why the ONLY source for ABSOLUTE TRUTH is God. God took the effort to give us His inspired, inerrant Word. That is where we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH. God also gave each one of us free will. That means we are free to believe whatever we want. But what one person chooses to believe will not change or alter the TRUTH of God found in the Bible. It is immutable, never changing. It is the foundation, the bedrock on which we can live our very lives. Again, you are free to accept of reject what God says in the Bible. Why do you think those who make choices in rebellion to the truth of God’s Word will ALWAYS dismiss the Bible as just a book of stories written by men who use it for their own purposes? Those who rebel against God have to deny Him or admit they are wrong.

It is critical for each one of those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to stand up for the truth of God’s word in your day-to-day life. God has called us to be the defenders of His truth. Don’t be afraid to call sin sin. People will mock you, laugh at you, call you names, even strike you, but that will not change the truth. We live in a time when the LIE is glorified, proclaimed boldly every way imaginable, and told enough times that people actually begin to accept the lie as the truth. Yet we, the people of faith, the people who possess the ABSOLUTE TRUTH of God’s Word, meekly and passively sitting by, watching, keeping our mouths shut, satisfied going into our churches on Sunday and locking the doors so nobody will hear us!!!

I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO CHALLENGE EACH PERSON WHO READS THESE WORDS TODAY TO PRAY TO GOD AND ASK HIM FOR COURAGE, BOLDNESS, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.

You don’t have to preach to do this. Simply live your day-to-day life in an uncompromising way that lets the lost and hurting around you know your life is different. You don’t buy into the lies of this world. You don’t fall into the traps so many do because you are armed with the TRUTH. And when those opportunities present themselves, boldly speak up and let people know what God says! God doesn’t call us to think for people. God doesn’t call us to save anyone. We can’t do that. What we CAN DO is share the truth of His Word with others, that is our job. What they choose to do with that truth then becomes an issue for them and God.

ALSO, I KNOW MANY PASTORS READ THIS DEVOTIONAL EACH DAY. TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO GOD HAS CALLED TO DO HIS WORK AND BE GENERALS IN HIS ARMY, LET ME SAY THAT I UNDERSTAND THE TRIALS THAT YOU FACE EACH DAY. BUT THE ONE THING THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO GOD IS COMPROMISE. HEAR THIS WORD FROM HIM TODAY! IN ALL THAT YOU DO, THE ONE THING THAT YOU MUST NEVER DO IS COMPROMISE THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF HIS WORD. TELL IT LOUD, TELL CLEAR, TELL IT BOLDLY, TELL IT WITH LOVE, AND NEVER COMPROMISE THE TRUTH OF HIS HOLY WORD!

I love you and care about you so much. I am SO thankful for the tremendous outpouring of love that you showed to me during my health issues earlier this month. NOTHING, EVER, will slow me down. As a matter of fact, it only emboldens me to do more. Your prayers and your love mean more then you will ever know. Thank you very much as we press on towards the prize and the fulfillment of God’s final work for His ministry here to help usher in a nationwide revival and for this nation to turn back to the Almighty and His Truth!!!

***PLEASE READ AND PRAY!!!

What a 14 years it has been! This Saturday at Noon, Liveprayer is officially 14 yrs old! What a 14 years it has been!!! I could have never dreamed 14 yrs ago when Liveprayer began as nothing but a vision from God that we would have impacted tens of millions of lives around the world, sent personal responses to over 70 million emails for prayer, an archive with 7 million praise reports, and have 700,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus!!!

ALL OF THAT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE PRAYERS AND FAITHFUL SACRIFCE OF THOUSANDS OF FRIENDS LIKE YOURSELF THESE PAST 168 MONTHS!!! THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO FULFILL GOD’S CALLING ON MY LIFE THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT OF THE LORD’S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER!!!

As much as I have been tempted over the past few years to sit back, look at all we have accomplished, and get off the front lines to live the rest of my life peacefully, God won’t let me. Just when I began to seriously think about ending this wonderful season of Liveprayer, the Lord has challenged me with one final work for the Kingdom, and that is to be used by Him to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth before we face his ultimate wrath and punishment for our rebellion.

To be honest, on the surface it sounds wonderful but doesn’t seem possible. That would be easy to conclude, but when you read the Book of Jonah, he was sent to a completely secular society nearing God’s ultimate wrath and punishment. However, the people of Nineveh repented, turned to God, and for a season were spared his judgment. It was possibly the greatest single revival in human history!

The Bible teaches that God is no respecter of person, and what He did for Nineveh He will do for us. The key of course is IF we respond the way Nineveh did! The Bible also clearly teaches that nothing is impossible with God. After watching his miracle working power over and over each day these past 14 years how could I ever doubt Him?

After all, when He gave me the vision for Liveprayer the year prior, I knew nothing about the internet an didn’t even own a computer. Look at what HE HAS DONE!!! So my resolve is stronger than ever, my focus sharp, my hand to the plow not looking back.

I desperately need a few friends to help me today. We still need to bring in $28,000 to cover the balance of our basic August operations over the next few days. I need $10,000 of that amount IMMEDIATELY since they are operational expenses due the first days of the month, meaning they are 4 weeks in arrears.

I am praying today for God to send 2 friends today who can help me with a special one-time gift of $5,000. If you can wire the finds, or deposit them into our Wells Fargo account at a local branch, or overnight a check to us, it would take TONS of pressure off of me. Email me at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com and I will give you the info you need. If 5 more people will send a special one-time gift of $2,000, and everyone else will give as God guides you to give, we can end our 14th year with our basic operational budget current!

Please, take a minute today and pray about helping me. We have a huge task before us. God has opened the door for us to be back on TV
(http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm) since May with a growing viewership each week, that is already translating into new members of the Liveprayer family to help support our work here. Now more than ever it is critical for us to insure our basic operating budget is current as we press forward. I am counting on you to help me at this important time. Please pray and give the most generous gift you can!

—>ANNIVERSARY!!! August is Liveprayer’s 14th anniversary month. If Liveprayer has been a blessing to you, please pray about making a special one-time gift to Liveprayer for $14, $1 for every year online, $140, $10 for every year online, of $1400, $100 for every year online and the cost of one day of Liveprayer.com’s operations!

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 standing with me over these many years. Please, pray about what you can do to help me end this anniversary month with our operational budget current so we can begin Liveprayer’s 15th year with no shortfall to worry about. Thank you for your love and prayers, and know that I pray for you and your family each day.

Together, we have done some incredible things for the Lord these past 14 years, bringing God’s Truth to the marketplace, impacting lives worldwide daily, and saving souls. Our greatest work is before us. May we be found faithful as we keep our eye on the prize and finish our race!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Why is Everyone Making Such a Big Deal Out of Miley Cyrus’s Performance at MTV Awards

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(Luke 19:40)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I know when we ask God to forgive our sins, that he remembers them no more. Then what does it mean when the Bible talks about that each one of us will give an account to God.

ANSWER: Even though are sins are forgiven and we are assured of eternity in Heaven with the Lord, God will look at our lives AFTER we were saved regarding whatever crowns and rewards there may be for our faithfulness and service.

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40

Why is everyone making such a big deal out of Miley Cyrus’ “performance” at the MTV awards program? Now I am really confused. Our culture tells us that we are not allowed to challenge someone based on the choices they make in how to live their life. Our culture has also embraced, glorified, and promoted every type of sexual deviancy man has dreamed up in his rebellious imagination. So what is the big deal about a 20-year-old singer having simulated sex with teddy bears and using a foam finger along with a male singer to simulate sexual acts???

We live in a day when the culture along with major media outlets embrace, support, and promote the slaughter of innocent babies. We have decided as a culture that God’s definition of marriage and the family is outdated and has re-defined both of these institutions that form the foundation of society. Why would these same people be so offended by the “performance” of Miley Cyrus the other night?

I find it amusing if it wasn’t so sad, that people are outraged over what happened at the MTV Awards program the other night, yet these are mostly the same people who have advocated for the moral deterioration of our culture. What did they expect when they advocated for infanticide? What did they expect when they advocated for special rights for people who CHOOSE to engage in unhealthy, unnatural, perverted sex acts. What did they expect when they advocated for the perversion and destruction of God’s plan for marriage and the family?

At the same time, why are people of faith so outraged? While you have sat back in silence over the past 40 yrs while our culture was being destroyed, what did you think would happen? I remember when MTV first signed on. It was a risky, edgy move away from the traditional music model by actually having videos of the same music you would hear on the radio or buy at the record store. Most gave it little chance at succeeding when it signed on the air in August of 1981.

Fast forward 32 years later and the channel which is owned by media giant Viacom (owner of CBS, Paramount movie studios, VHI, CMT, Logo (gay cable channel), Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, and other media holdings) doesn’t air music videos any longer. Replacing the videos are programs geared to teens and young adults glorifying sex with any gender, drinking, using drugs, and simply living an irresponsible life. There is NOTHING that Miley Cyrus did Sunday night that MTV isn’t promoting and glorifying on their station every day that is geared primarily to teens and young adults!!!

I still remember the days of television when Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore playing a married couple slept in separate beds!!! The rot and filth put out by MTV has only gotten worse each year, just like it has on ALL cable networks as well as the major TV networks. Prime time programming is littered every night with storylines and characters that promote and glorify homosexuality and every other type of sexual immorality. Virtually all of the programming being put out today is nothing but a cesspool of rebellion to everything the Word of God teaches!

I love you and care about you so much. One reoccurring theme I have shared with you for 14 years now is that people of faith MUST speak up. As I have told you, the only way the lie can stand is when the Truth is absent! If we, the people of God’s Truth don’t speak up who will? Why are those who serve satan never ashamed to speak up boldly with their lies, while the people of God are shy, timid, and even fearful to speak up even though we possess the Truth!!!

People question me often why I so often rail aginst Osteen and this generation of gutless and compromised pastors. THIS IS WHY! If a supposed man of God like Osteen and those who stand in the pulpits of our churches won’t speak out, how can we really expect the man in the pew to speak out? We have learned from this generation of spineless pastors that it is easier to act like certain subjects don’t exist and to never really challenge those who spew satan’s lies since we don’t want to “offend” anyone.

So while we have sat back in silence and watched our culture spiral into the spiritual abyss, from time to time we see examples of our silence like Sunday night’s “performance” by Miley Cyrus and now all of a sudden we are outraged? Give me a break! We are simply seeing the byproduct of a culture in all out rebellion to God and His Truth, rebellion that has gone unchecked for the most part because God’s church and His people have sat back in silence while satan’s agenda has been unfolding before our very eyes!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

Take the Time and Effort to Spend One Day with Those You Love

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(Ephesians 5:28; Ephesians 6:2; Ephesians 6:4)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I am doing a Bible study on man’s immortal soul. what Bible verse can I use?

ANSWER: “And this is the witness: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. The one who has the Son has eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have eternal life.” (1 John 5:11-12)

One of the greatest tragedies in this life is the time that we don’t spend with those we love the most, those who God has given us to share this journey with. I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TODAY TO MAKE THE TIME AND EFFORT TO TAKE ONE DAY, AND SPEND IT WITH THOSE THAT YOU LOVE!!! The fact is, you HAVE the time. With the upcoming holiday weekend MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

It may be a day alone with your wife or husband. It may be a day with your children. It may be time with your father and/or mother. It may be a day with a grandparent, or an aunt, or an uncle. It may be a day with a close friend. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT GOD GIVES US PEOPLE TO INTIMATELY SHARE THIS BRIEF JOURNEY OF LIFE WITH. SADLY, THESE ARE OFTEN THE PEOPLE THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED THE MOST!!!

One thing I can guarantee you. EVERY person one day will die. Only God knows when that day is. When a person dies, they are not coming back, so we must NEVER neglect this brief time that we have together. THE TIME YOU HAVE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE IS A GIFT FROM GOD!!!

Listen, I understand the day to day reality of life, work, deadlines, responsibilities, commitments. I UNDERSTAND ALL OF THAT. But let me ask you a question. If you get sick today, maybe serious enough that you have to go to the hospital for a day or two, what will happen? When you get out, get better, you catch up and keep moving forward at work, at school, in the various responsibilities and commitments that you have in your life.

Several weeks ago when I found myself in a hospital, that same day I also had a busy schedule as every day is for me. For the next two days, my schedule didn’t matter, the things I needed to get done didn’t get done when I had planned. Once I was able to get back into my office, I did eventually catch up with everything that needed to get done. THE POINT IS, WE HAVE THE TIME IF WE WANT TO MAKE THE TIME!!!!

Here is what I am advising you to do. TAKE ONE FULL DAY. FORGET WORK, FORGET SCHOOL, FORGET WHATEVER YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO THAT DAY AND SPEND IT WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT. Go take a drive somewhere, do something you both want to do, goof off, LEAVE THE CELL PHONE AND THE TABLET AT HOME!!!

Take one day and simply spend it with someone that you love. It won’t destroy your career; it won’t destroy your schooling; it doesn’t make you irresponsible!!!

My friend, this life is very short. We only have a limited number of days to live. God gives us a few people who we love and are close to, to share this journey with. It is critical that we pick our spots and spend time with them. Trust me, one day they will be gone and you will wish they were here!!! So enjoy those people that God gives us to walk through this life with while we can!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I have preached too many funerals, I have been in too many hospital rooms over the last 14 years when people were wishing that they had more time to spend with those they love. WE TAKE TIME FOR GRANTED. WE TAKE THE PEOPLE WE ARE CLOSEST TO IN THIS LIFE FOR GRANTED. This is a chance for YOU to be in control, for YOU to take some of the precious time God has given you, to enjoy those that He has given you to share this life with.

I will be praying for you today. I pray that these words do not fall on deaf ears, or go unheeded. Life always has emergencies that make us change our normal daily schedule. SPENDING ONE DAY WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU LOVE WHO WILL ONE DAY BE GONE IS AN EMERGENCY!!! Don’t take them or the time God gives you for granted. When they are gone, it will be too late. So do it NOW!!!

We can say, “I love you” very easily. However, it takes time and effort to SHOW someone that you love them. TAKE THE TIME, MAKE THE EFFORT TODAY, THERE MAY NOT BE A TOMORROW!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

Blessings as We Lead this Nation Back to God and His Truth

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(John 3:16, 14:7)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, some people think God chose who he was going to be saved even before they were born. I tend to think He just knew who was going to follow him and who wasn’t. What is your opinion?

ANSWER: It is the age old debate about “election.” God in His omniscience knew before the foundations of the earth was formed who would accept Him and who would reject Him. Having said that, despite His knowledge, man has the free will to accept or reject Christ and God DOES NOT interfere with that free will choice, meaning each person is responsible for what they do with Jesus. Otherwise, there would be no need for preaching the Gospel, there would be no point in evangelizing, and all of the commandments regarding telling others (Romans 10) would be meaningless.

“My name is don,and i would like to thank you for what you are doing….i was seriously backsliding and looking at girly pictures when i got your daily devotional…..i prayed immediately,and god heard me,and i prayed some days after that,and i kept getting this message in my head, god doesn’t want part of us….he wants all of us, we must commit to His will completely and totally….I have finally done just that,and i will be baptized in a good bible based christian church shortly….i feel happy for the first time in many years,because i never committed totally before,….I feel like i have come home! thank you bill…thank you jesus for bills ministry,and please bless it to continue and grow ,bringing the good news everywhere.”

“Just today I told my Mom I just feel like quitting, commit suicide, go to bed and just lay there. I have sent you many emails and I’m sure you don’t remember me because you probably get a lot of them. Your devotional today has lifted my spirits to not give up and trust in God. Thanks to you I am feeling better and am going to keep the faith.”

“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.”

“Good day,I found your website this morning browsing the internet looking for the definition of Prayer and I just prayed the prayer in Salvation.”

Blessings as we lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!! Every day, no matter how many hurdles we face, no matter the financial pressures we are under, I realize that I can never give up or stop because we are reaching people daily the church and most ministries will never reach because these dear souls live outside the “Christian trough.”

My friend, it is God who is our provider and has been for over 20 years now! God has brought millions of people through Liveprayer over these past 14 years who have prayed for me and the ministry, and thousands who like you, have selflessly sacrificed to support His work here. Together we have done an incredible amount of great work impacting tens of millions of lives around the world, with over 700,000 souls we know of who have accepted Jesus as their Savior!

May 6th was the re-launch of the Liveprayer TV program. Over the first 4 months we have been back on, the positive response of those who have started to watch has been exciting. 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!

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. Together we are going to help usher in a true revival across this nation, a bold and visible move of the Holy Spirit!!!

I need your help today. Over 14 years, I have never played games regarding the finances, simply shared our need to cover the basic operations for that current month. We have done all we can to keep our basic operations current since we have re-launched the TV program. The key now 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 while leading lost souls to faith in Jesus!!!

Liveprayer operates on a monthly budget of a bit over $1,300 a day, the same budget as a local church of apx. 700 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!!!!!!

We are all in now and it is critical that we keep our basic monthly expenses current. As we head into the final 5 days of our anniversary month, we are still $33,000 short of covering our basis August operations. $7,000 of that is critical past due. I am praying for 1-2 of our friends to help me with a special gift to cover that $7,000 immediately, and if everyone else will pray, give as God purposes in your heart, I know by the end of our 14th year all of our basic operations will be current! PLEASE PRAY ABOUT HELPING ME TODAY!

—>ANNIVERSARY!!! August is Liveprayer’s 14th anniversary month. If Liveprayer has been a blessing to you, please pray about making a special one-time gift to Liveprayer for $14, $1 for every year online, $140, $10 for every year online, of $1400, $100 for every year online and the cost of one day of Liveprayer.com’s operations!

If everyone will pray and than give as God leads you, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, we can bring in the last $33,000 so all of our basic operational costs are current at the end of the month. 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. I desperately need your help today!!!

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 time is now! The time is short, the spiritual state of this nation hangs in the balance, the souls of hundreds of millions of people are at stake. I have been on the front lines, taking the bullets, for over 20 years now. I refuse to retreat to the safety and profitability of the “Christian trough” while this nation is destroyed by satan and his minions and souls needlessly end up in hell.

I have but one life, and when it was over, I want to be able to stand before God and know that I gave everything I had for the Kingdom. I want to take my last breath knowing my life’s work is complete and I held nothing back in my service for the Lord. I have only been able to fight this fight these past 2 decades because of dear friends like you.

Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifice to help me! Now more than ever I need you to stand with me. Pray, give as you are able in accordance with what the Bible teaches, and take your stand with me. It is time to act!!! THE ONLY WAY SATAN CAN KEEP LIVEPRAYER FROM FULFILLING OUR ULTIMATE WORK FOR THE LORD IS BY LIMITING OUR FINANCES!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Building a Spiritual Foundation Prior to Marriage

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(Matthew 7:24-27; 2 Corinthians 6:14)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, if a person grows up in a Christian family and has always tried to follow Christ, would they need to feel an exact time of being reborn and if they don’t, does that mean they are not saved?

ANSWER: Becoming “born again,” making that personal decision for Christ, is something EACH person must do for themselves by faith. It does NOT happen by osmosis, or because you always went to church, or because your parents were Christian. This is a PERSONAL decision each person must make for themselves. It is difficult to believe anyone who makes the most important decision of their lives won’t at least remember apx when that moment was.

A HAPPY, CHRIST-CENTERED, BLESSED MARRIAGE STARTS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DAY! You don’t need to buy the latest relationship book, you don’t need to watch the false-hope merchants like Oprah, Dr. Phil, and the rest of the “entertainers” who only use this issue to garner ratings, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest “conference.”

You simply need to follow God’s Word! Get this Devotional to your children and to every young person you know who is not married. Get this Devotional to every family member, friend, and person you know who is not married. These words can save someone the heartache and pain and consequences of a bad marriage they will have to deal with for the rest of their life!

Every day, over 1/4 of the 40,000 prayer requests that come into Liveprayer are regarding relationship issues, the vast majority of those by people who are married and having problems in their marriage. The Devotionals these past two weeks on men and women leaving their marriages solidified in my mind that the biggest problem there is in marriage is people NOT taking the time and effort to build a strong spiritual foundation to their relationship prior to getting married.

A happy, Christ-centered, blessed marriage starts before your wedding day. Sadly, almost 100% of the books and tapes and other resources on marriage are geared to people AFTER they get married, not before. You will never hear this message by the false-hope merchants like Oprah, Dr. Phil, and the rest since these “entertainers” get their ratings by showing you the sad, train-wrecked lives of people.

Saddest of all, you will probably never hear this message coming from a pulpit on Sunday, regardless of the name of the church, to a congregation that desperately needs to hear this important and life-changing word. Even those churches and pastors that do offer pre-marital counseling, normally just gloss over what I am going to share with you today instead of forcing the man and woman to deal with the hard questions and issues they will face in marriage.

MY FRIEND, MARRIAGE IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO YOUR SPOUSE AND TO GOD. OTHER THAN YOUR SALVATION, IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION THAT YOU WILL MAKE IN THIS LIFETIME. LISTEN TO ME CAREFULLY. THE TIME TO BUILD A STRONG, SUCCESSFUL, CHRIST-CENTERED MARRIAGE IS NOT AFTER YOU SAY “I DO,” IT IS BEFORE!!!

The key to a Godly marriage is to build a spiritual foundation to your relationship before you even consider marriage. It is during this time of “dating” or “courting,” that the hard work of laying the foundation for a successful marriage is done. In my vast experience in dealing with literally hundreds of thousands of marriages, the biggest mistake I see is men and women who did NOTHING to build a real spiritual foundation to their relationship prior to getting married. Even Christians fall for the lies of this world in regard to what happens prior to getting married. This is the exact reason why such a high percentage of people look at marriage as nothing more than a legal date.

When you first meet someone that you are attracted to, there is that “magical time” when your emotions are controlling you. This is the most critical time in a relationship. However, instead of using this time productively, it usually ends up being a period where very little real work towards the relationship takes place, and in too many people?s lives, actually becomes a destructive time. This is the critical time when the foundation of a relationship is being laid.

The foundation ends up being built on pure “feelings,” shared interests, having someone so you are not alone, and so many other things, including the number one foundation most relationships are built on…SEX. Just like the Bible teaches we have to build our home on a rock and not sand, the foundation of most relationships, even amongst Christians, is built on sand instead of the ROCK, Jesus Christ!

So how do you build a spiritual foundation to your relationship? You do it by praying together. You do it by reading God’s Word together. You do it by going to church and worshipping together. You do it by finding ways to serve the Lord together. You do it by sitting down and discussing spiritual things and how they apply to your day-to-day lives. You do ALL of these things over a period of TIME! How long? Every relationship is different but I counsel couples on taking a minimum of a year to work on building a spiritual foundation to their relationship DAILY.

I am always amazed at the number of people I deal with who have slept together, engaged in every kind of sex act imaginable, but have NEVER, EVER, prayed together. They have no problem engaging in the most intimate acts a man and woman can engage in physically, yet have never even once spent even a minute praying together. The sad reality is, this includes many people who are MARRIED!

Let me help you understand what all of this accomplishes. First, we all know that God’s Word warns us about being unequally yoked with a non-believer in 2 Corinthians 6:14. Someone who is not saved is not going to want to pray with you, or read God?s Word with you, or go to church with you, or find ways to serve the Lord with you. You are going to know IMMEDIATELY if this is a person you should even be trying to get involved with.

Please, listen to God on this issue. If you could read the emails of horror I get daily from men and women who ignored this warning in God’s Word you would never even consider getting involved with someone who is not saved. God said this to save you from incredible heartache and pain. Listen to Him!

One of the biggest problems I hear each day is men and women who tell me that the one they married said they were a Christian, they went to church with them a few times, but 5 minutes after they left the altar they found out they were into porn, they drank too much, were on drugs, were having affairs, would beat them, and all other kinds of sinful behavior. Listen, 95% of these types of situations are avoidable by building a spiritual foundation to your relationship, over time, prior to getting married.

It is virtually impossible for you to pray with a person day after day, read God’s Word with a person day after day, go to church with a person and worship together week after week, find ways to serve the Lord together, talk about spiritual things and how they apply to your life, do all of this over a year or more and wake up the day after you get married with a person who is into any of this type of sinful behavior.

One of the things that happens over this year plus that you are building a spiritual foundation to your relationship is that God begins to speak to your heart about the person you are with. Over that year plus, God will clearly confirm to you both, over and over in many ways that this truly is the person HE wants you to spend the rest of your life with.

If a person is involved in any type of sinful behavior, it is virtually impossible to mask it or hide it over a long period of time, especially when you are spending that time in prayer, God’s Word, and in church. If they have these issues in their life, God will show you, IF YOU WILL KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN! What happens is people close their eyes and refuse to see the warning signs God gives you!

Please know that I am fully aware that each person has the free will to make their own choices. There is nothing you can do to insure at some point, 1 year, 2 years, 10 years, or even 30 years later, that your spouse will not choose to fall into sin of some kind, sin that could greatly damage and even destroy your marriage.

However, this is also why you must pray for your spouse each day, continue to build that spiritual foundation you both started prior to marriage throughout the rest of your lives together. It does not insure your spouse will never fall into sin, but it makes it so much more difficult when they are walking with the Lord each day, just like it becomes difficult for you to fall into any sort of continual sin in your life when you are faithfully serving and following the Lord each day.

Another thing that you need to be doing during this time you are building a spiritual foundation to your relationship is to begin to talk about and work out all of the real life, day-to-day issues you will be facing once you are married. How will the finances be handled? What are your goals and desires for work and your careers? What about children?

During this year plus that you are building your spiritual foundation, you also need to be talking through and coming into agreement on the day to day issues of your life together. You have to COMMUNICATE! A huge problem in many marriages is that two people who have committed their lives to each other have never had a real open and honest conversation!

One other important issue that must be addressed are people who have been married before. Divorce is no different than having a 2-foot gash in your stomach. It is a WOUND and wounds need time to heal! You do not heal the wound of divorce by immediately getting married again. Also, no matter how bad the previous spouse may have been, there are always TWO PEOPLE involved in every divorce. People who get divorced will jump right back into a new marriage and NEVER even begin to deal with whatever issues they had in their life that contributed to the divorce.

If you are divorced, before you even consider a new relationship, take the time to heal as well as to reflect on the mistakes you made. If you are getting into a relationship with a person who is divorced, understand that you need to take even more time building that spiritual foundation plus working through the issues you will be facing after you are married, since there is the additional baggage a divorced person brings into a relationship and marriage.

I love you and care about you so much. The fact is, the biggest mistake I see daily in troubled and failed marriages happened BEFORE the marriage even took place. People meet, start a relationship, and the foundation of that relationship ends up being everything BUT Jesus! I am amazed how people will make a lifetime commitment to someone they really don’t even know, and then are totally shocked when they come to find out this person is NOT the same person they had that 2-hour date with a few times!

Over your lifetime, you will have a close intimate relationship with only a handful of people. Out of the billions of people on this planet, you will only have that close, intimate, life-changing relationship with a handful of people. These relationships will greatly determine the course of your life. The choices you make in these relationships will follow you for the rest of your life. You are being an absolute fool, if you do not take the time and effort and direction God will give you on who those people are supposed to be. THE COURSE OF YOUR VERY LIFE IS AT STAKE!

I will be praying for you today. For those who are already married, it is never too late to start building a firm, spiritual foundation to your relationship. I pray that you will start to do that today. For those who are not married, please understand that the person you marry is the most important choice you will make other than to accept Christ as your Savior.

Please read and pray over these words today. They are coming right from God to you. He loves you so much and only wants the best for your life. Marriage is God’s holy institution. Do all that you can to insure a happy, Christ-centered, blessed marriage BEFORE you get married by building a spiritual foundation to your relationship.

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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