Man Knows He is Living in Rebellion to God and that God’s Judgment is Coming

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(2 Chronicles 7:14; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Peter 3:3-4; Matthew 24:3-14)

***ASK BILL: About two years ago my dad passed away suddenly. I am unsure where he is spending eternity. My question is how can I live the rest of my life with the knowledge that my dad could be spending eternity in hell? I know the Bible says every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more sadness once we are in heaven but how can this be if I get there and my dad is not there?

ANSWER: The sad reality of this journey through life is that some of those we love and care about the most, who make the choice to reject faith in Christ, will be lost for all eternity. That is why I share often how critical it is for us to share the Gospel with those around us who have not embraced the Lord as their Savior by faith. However, it is ultimately a choice each person must make for themselves, a choice only they can make. The most difficult funerals I have preached over the years are those where the departed clearly had rejected Christ. I will never do a funeral without including an invitation for people to accept the Lord, and have found that the families of someone who died without accepting Christ are happy for me to do that. In the end, only God knows if a person might have made that choice even seconds before they died. While it is not likely, it does allow me to share with those who attend that if it did they are forever with the Lord. However, if they chose not to do that, they are forever separated from their Creator.

Man KNOWS that he is living in rebellion to God and His Word and man KNOWS that God’s judgment is coming! Let me say that again because I don’t want you to miss this critical point. You see my friend, man knows what is really happening today is that we are living in rebellion to God and His Word and that God’s judgment is coming. That is why man tires so hard to explain simple acts of fallen nature when they occur are God’s judgment for our sin and rebellion. Man knows, even those who may not even believe in God, that judgment is not only due, but coming!

Listen, you don’t have to be a Bible scholar to read the words of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy Chapter 3, the words of Peter in 2 Peter Chapter 3, or the words of our Lord in Matthew Chapter 24 as they describe the signs of the “last days.” No man knows the hour the Lord will return but the Bible is clear He may come back at any moment in the “twinkling of an eye.” We are in the last days, Christ is coming back at any second, and because of our gross sin, wickedness, and rebellion to God and His Word we are DUE His judgment.

I laugh when the news media who proclaim during the coverage of many natural disasters that they are of “Biblical proportions.” Please know that when God does bring His judgment on this nation, whatever method He may use, you won’t have to wonder or speculate if this was God’s judgment or not. It will be death and destruction on an unprecedented scale and of a magnitude EVERYONE will know without a doubt THIS WAS GOD’S JUDGMENT!

When it is God’s judgment death and destruction will hit 20, 30, or 50 major cities over many states and affecting the lives of 80 to 100 million people. There will be trillions of dollars of property destroyed, the complete infrastructure of transportation, electric, communications, water and sewage obliterated, hundreds of thousands of people dead, and the entire economy of the nation crippled and brought to a screeching halt.

My friend, there won’t be any response by all the governments of the world nor all the resources on this planet that will be adequate. Life as we know it today will cease to exist. Just like in the isolated tragedies we see on our TV from time to time, people’s lives will be reduced to simply trying to survive from one day to the next. Living will be the biggest challenge each day for tens of millions of people.

I love you and care about you so much! I assure you that I am not trying to scare you today, only be honest with you. If God spared not His judgment on His very people for their sins, why do we think He will spare us His judgment for our sins? We not only deserve but are due, no OVERDUE, the judgment of God for our gross wickedness. Unless this nation repents, turns back to the God of the Bible and follows Him, it is not a matter of if, only when God’s judgment will be unleashed on this nation. When it happens, there won’t be anyone speculating if or if not this was the hand of God.

Let me encourage you today. I tell you often that the only thing you will take from this life into eternity is your relationship with Jesus Christ. You can lose your home and all your possessions, you can lose you business, you can lose your job, you can lose those you love so much, but the one thing that can never be taken from you is your relationship with Christ. That is the ONE THING that you can’t lose or have taken from you. That is why I stress so much each day how critical and important that relationship is to each one of us.

Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

Let me share this insight with you. When God does judge this nation and unleash His wrath upon it, it will be those who know Christ as their Savior who will rise up and be the lone beacon of light in the darkness. Gone will be the beautiful multi-million dollar churches, those who become the voice for God no longer will be living in mansions, flying around in private jets, and acting like Hollywood celebrities, all of the ways we have found to divide ourselves will no longer exist as the body of Christ truly becomes one, and the basic Truth of the Gospel will be the sole hope left for the people who will be looking for answers.

It will be one of the greatest harvest of souls in human history as millions cling to the only answer they have left, JESUS CHRIST!!!

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will take time to pray for this nation God has blessed us with. Sadly we have taken for granted and squandered our blessings. God is not going to sit back and watch us continue to slaughter over 4,000 innocent babies every day. God is not going to sit back and watch His Holy Institution of Marriage be redefined. God is not going to sit back and watch His plan for the family perverted. God is not going to sit back and watch the gross sexual perversion that exists today. God is not going to bless us for being involved in giving away the land He personally gave to Israel.

At some point, God’s patience will run out and He will unleash His wrath on this once great nation that used to honor and follow Him!!!

Pray with me today that as a nation we get on our knees, repent, ask God to forgive us for our sins and that we will turn our hearts and lives back to Him. This is why I am working so hard to expand the Liveprayer TV program. I know in my heart that the program will be a major instrument to bring the lost masses to faith in Christ, and help led this nation back to God and Biblical Truth. If we don’t then it is only a matter of time before we see the wrath of God poured out on this land and the life we know today will no longer exist. God is giving us one last chance. Will we take it?

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Our Faith is in The Man not a Man

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(Psalms 66:10; Isaiah 48:10; 1 Peter 1:7)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I read your Daily Devotional every day. I have read about where you had made a profession of faith, but later made some bad decisions 25 years ago and went to prison, later turned your life around? Do you believe that if you had died in that period while you were doing your own thing away from Christ that you would have gone to heaven?

ANSWER: Absolutely, however, there is always a price to pay for sin. While you can’t lose your salvation if you are truly saved, you do forfeit the peace, the joy, the abundance you should enjoy because of your rebellion, not to mention whatever consequences you face. The prodigal son never stopped being his father’s son, nor did his father ever stop loving him. However, he faced the consequences for his rebellion in addition to losing the peace, joy, and abundance he could have enjoyed if he had continued to be obedient.

One of the things that you can count on as you live your life are the unexpected surprises that will come your way from time to time. We all do our best to try and control what is happening in our life, but there will always be things happening to us we simply have no control over. It is at those times in life that our faith must become real and sustain us no matter what the challenge may be.

Nobody who is reading these words today is immune from the unexpected surprises of life. Waking up and finding your pet has run away, going out to play and getting injured, having a doctor tell you that you have a disease, coming home and finding your spouse has left, getting a call from the bank that a deposit bounced causing your checking account to be overdrawn, getting hurt by a close friend, being told your job has been eliminated, getting a phone call in the middle of the night that one of your parents has died, finding out your child is on drugs, getting rear-ended by a careless driver, being told your credit card was declined, and the list could go on and on of unexpected surprises great and small.

You see, my friend, no matter how much control we THINK we have over our life, that is a myth because you cannot control how other people think or act. People make mistakes that can affect your life. People choose to live in rebellion to God and their rebellion can affect your life. The reason we can never have total control over our life is because we can never totally control the people that are part of our life each day. People will always fail us, people will always let us down, whether it is intentional or not.

That is why our faith is not in a man, but in THE man–Jesus! He is the only one who will never fail us, never let us down. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It is during those difficult times in life, especially when we are faced with the unexpected, that we have to find our strength and hope in Him. You see, through Jesus, no matter what life may throw at us we can find the strength and hope each day to battle through the problems life may bring our way. THERE IS NO BATTLE YOU ARE FIGHTING TODAY THAT YOU CAN’T WIN WITH JESUS!!!

The key to victory is to not let the surprises of life distract you, cause you to lose focus from what God has called you to do with your life. Let me repeat this because this is a big one. Please, read these words over and over. THE KEY TO VICTORY IS TO NOT LET THE SURPRISES OF LIFE DISTRACT YOU, CAUSE YOU TO LOSE FOCUS FROM WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE!

Here is another one for you. Worrying about the things you have no control over will cause you to not take care of the things you do have control over. One more time. Worrying about the things you have no control over, will cause you to not take care of the things you do have control over.

I love you and care about you so much. On this journey called life we are always going to face unexpected surprises, things that come out of nowhere and all of a sudden become major issues in our life. Nobody who lives is free from the unexpected problems of life. The key is how we respond to those unexpected problems. We can ether let them weigh us down like an anchor at the bottom of the sea, or we can exercise our faith in Christ and be victorious over whatever unexpected problems may come our way.

I will be praying for you today. I know that many of you are dealing with circumstances in your life that popped up out of nowhere. I am praying that you will take your burden to the Lord and allow Him to help you find peace and joy today despite your circumstances. That peace and joy comes from knowing God is in control and that there is victory in Jesus. Don’t let the distractions of life keep you from being faithful in doing what God has called you to do with your life. Give those things out of your control to the Lord, and focus on those things that are in your control. That is how you deal with whatever life throws at you.

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

Bill Keller

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

Those We Love Who are Living in Rebellion to God

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(James 4:7)

***ASK BILL: The Bible seems to say that God has mercy on some but not all, and makes some people to be evil, dishonest, dishonorable, etc.

ANSWER: That is not accurate. God created man with freewill, the ability to make his own choices without interference. God’s grace and mercy DOES extend to all men, but sadly some choose to reject His grace and mercy and live in rebellion to their Creator. It is a CHOICE to sin, to rebel against God and the Truth of His Word.

One of the hardest things in life is when someone we love, someone that we care about, a husband or wife, a son or daughter, a mother or father, a brother or sister, a family member or friend, is living in rebellion to God. It breaks our heart because we know that there will not only be consequences for their rebellion, but much pain for them and many others in their life as well. YOU CAN NOT LIVE IN REBELLION TO GOD AND NOT PAY A HUGE PRICE!

A quick note for those who may be living in rebellion to God today. Sin is selfish! You can not sin in a vacuum. Your rebellion not only affects your life, but many other lives as well! God is speaking to YOU today to turn from your sin before you inflict any more pain on yourself and those in your life.

One of the biggest traps of the enemy people fall into when someone they care about is living in rebellion to God is to blame themselves, especially when it is your spouse or child. Hear what I have to say very clearly. YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF SOMEONE ELSE!!! One more time. YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF SOMEONE ELSE!!! God has given each one of us free will, the ability to make choices. Every day, literally hundreds of times during each day, we make the choice to obey God or to rebel against God. When someone that you love makes the choice to rebel against God, THEY made that choice, NOT you.

When someone you love is living in rebellion to God, it becomes a time for you to make your faith real. We all go through life claiming to have faith, but hoping to never have to ever exercise it. However, there will be those times in life when you have absolutely NO CONTROL over a situation at all. The choices someone you love makes each day is exactly that type of situation. YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO. When they make choices that are in rebellion to God, the only thing you have to sustain you is your faith in the Lord. It is at these times in life when the rubber meets the road and our faith must become real.

Practically speaking, there are three things you can do when someone you love is living in rebellion to God. First, do your best to talk to the person you love to try and help them see that the choices they are making are only going to cause them great heartache and pain. No doubt they have already been experiencing the heartache and pain from their rebellious choices. Sadly, most people living in rebellion are not very receptive to counsel from anyone. Sin has a way of blinding a person to the point where they rarely listen, but we have to at least do our best to try and talk to them.

Second, love them. Love them does not mean to enable them in their rebellious choices. Make sure they understand that no matter how much hurt and pain they may cause you, you will always love them. One of the greatest powers in the universe is the unconditional love that we show others, especially those who have hurt us. Your love for them could be what God uses to touch their heart and help them turn from their rebellion.

Third, pray. Prayer changes things. Obviously, when someone we love is living in rebellion to God, THEY are the one who has to decide to change. When they make the choice to change, God will be there to help them. That needs to be your prayer for the one you love living in rebellion to God. Pray that they will come under conviction, desire to change, and that they will turn to the Lord to find His strength to make that change.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that most of you probably have someone close to you that is living in rebellion to God. Remember, you are not responsible for their choices. What they chose to do is not your fault. It is a time for you to make your faith real as you commit them to God. Talk to them, love them, and most of all pray for them. God is still in the heart changing business!!!

I will stand in prayer with you today for the one or ones you love and care about who are living in rebellion to God. I will join my faith with yours and we will believe together that God will reach their heart and give them a desire to turn from their sin and to the Lord. God is still a God of deliverance, transformation, and restoration. 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.

The Bottom Line to the Elizabeth Smart Story

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(Matthew 15:9; 1 Timothy 1:7, 4:1-2, 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:3; Colossians 2:8)

***ASK BILL: With each day’s current events now, it seams to me God’s judgment on this nation has already begun and is picking up speed quickly. Am I right

ANSWER: 100%! I warned people in late 2007, that 2008 would begin the very clear and visible judgment of God on this nation. In the early months we had the housing bubble burst costing people trillions of dollars of equity in their homes. Late in the year, the nation elected a true enemy of God to be our President. With each passing year, the signs have continued, and the fragile state of this nation becomes more evident. However, these is one answer, one hope, and that is to have a “Nineveh moment” by repenting, turning back to God and His Truth, and stay His hand of judgment of a season while seeing a great harvest of souls!

***WANT TO SEE AND HEAR A TRUE MIRACLE OF GOD??? Friday night on the TV program during the first hour, a young woman from Oklahoma City called for prayer. She than called back at the start of the second hour. Words can’t do justice for what God did in her life in just mere minutes. We have put the clip of the first call and the second call together. It is 7 minutes you need to watch and listen to, giving all glory to God that He is still in the miracle business, as well as to encourage yourself since God is no respecter of person and what He did for that young woman He will do for you!!!
Video: http://youtu.be/tz0cTyIhUNE

Let me give you the bottom line to the Elizabeth Smart story! Mormon cult member Elizabeth Smart is now out pimping a book about her kidnapping and being forced to become a “wife” to a man who was simply following the true teachings of Joseph Smith’s satanic Mormon cult. The actual writer of the book is Chris Stuart who is also a member of that cult. Many of his books, and the authors of MOST books pimped by Mormon cult member Glenn Beck such as books by Michael Vey, are MORMONS!

Beck and his fellow cult members laugh at how easy it is to con Christians, since they make the bulk of their money off of ignorant Christians who give them money that they in turn proudly boast about “tithing to their church.” For every dime Christians give to Beck (since he does NOTHING for free) or other Mormons, a portion of those funds are being used to spread the satanic lies of Mormonism around the world and lead souls to hell with their false gospel!!!

With this backdrop of the better percentage of the past two generations having never even been to church or read the Bible, the rampant Biblical illiteracy of most who are in the church, a huge percentage of Christians believe the lie that Mormon cult members are Christians when their doctrines are no more Christian than the doctrines of Islam are!

Smart is now all over the media selling this book (someone else wrote) about how her “faith” got her through this ordeal. Like ALL Mormon cult members, she boldly lies that she is a Christian, speaks of “God” and “Jesus,” even though the god and jesus of Mormonism are NOT the God and Jesus of the Bible. Sadly, the sympathetic media who interviews her will NEVER challenge the false beliefs of her cult, since satan control the media!! Don’t ever forget when you see her, or hear of all the “good works” Beck brags about non-stop, that “satan masquerades as an angel of light!!!”

Please, read this critical Devotional today and share it with everyone that you know!!! There is NO EXCUSE to be uneducated about this cult born in the pits of hell designed to lead the souls of men to eternal damnation! Remember Jesus said don’t worry about who can kill your body, worry about who can kill your soul! Beck, Smart, and members of their cult are given huge public platforms by satan, “the prince of the power of the air,” in order to take advantage of the ignorance of the masses with their lies and fill their coffers allowing them to be used as agents of eternal damnation!!!

I will never forget the Daily Devotional I wrote in March of 2003 that told the real story of the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping and subsequent rape. The truth of what I wrote so incensed the people in Salt Lake City, that the official newspaper for the Mormon cult lambasted me, talk radio personality Glenn Beck who is a staunch member of the satanic Mormon cult sent me vicious emails, but when challenged refused to put me on his radio program, and our internet infrastructure was assaulted with major hack and denial of service attacks that were ultimately traced back to…Utah!

The truth of her ordeal lies in the Mormon cult. What was never told by the media was that her father was a bishop in the Mormon cult and that her entire family are members of the Mormon cult. Her father and family deep down knew that there was a very good possibility she was kidnapped by a polygamist pure Mormonism who had taken her to be one of his “wives.” The fact is, young girls Elizabeth’s age in that part of the country are kidnapped to become the wife of a polygamist, this is not as uncommon as you may think. Normally, however, it is from poor families who have no voice.

Remember, Ed Smart was a bishop in the Mormon cult and quickly the media machine of the cult mobilized. The Smart family knew deep down that chances were very good their daughter was taken by a polygamist, someone who espoused their cult’s beliefs. Nine months later it was confirmed they were right. Elizabeth was taken by Brian David Mitchell, a man who the Mormon-controlled media and legal infrastructure in Salt Lake City wants you to believe is “crazy.”

Mitchell is a Mormon who was ex-communicated from the main church because of his polygamist beliefs that Mormon purists practice and all believe will be part of their “afterlife.” However, Mitchell did what many polygamist routinely do, and that is kidnap a young girl and make her one of his wives.

Here is what I wrote on the 17th of March in 2003, over 10 years ago, after Elizabeth Smart was returned to her family:

“Cults have been an issue the Christian church has had to deal with since the very first church in the Book of Acts, and continues to be a big problem today. While the universalist theory is that “all good people will go to Heaven”, Jesus clearly said HE is the only WAY to the Father. This Devotional today is NOT meant in any way to minimize or trivialize the 9 month ordeal of Elizabeth Smart, or in any way minimize or trivialize the criminal acts of Brian David Mitchell that he should be held accountable for.

The nation and the world rejoiced last week over the news that Elizabeth Smart, who was taken from her home over 9 months ago, was rescued alive and well. However, in the midst of the elation over her safe return to her parents, questions are now being asked. Why didn’t she run away when there were many opportunities to do so? Why did she lie to the police about her identity when they were trying to rescue her? When the police positively identified her, why was she so concerned about what would happen to her captors, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Eileen Barzee? The answer to these questions my friend, lie in the MORMON CHURCH!

The fact that Mormonism is a cult is not even a debatable issue. MORMONS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS! The Mormon Church is NOT a Christian denomination! Mormonism and Christianity are two entirely different faiths. The foundation of Christianity is based on the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the Bible, written by God Himself. It represents Absolute Truth and is the FINAL AUTHORITY in ALL matters. The foundation of Mormonism is based on the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price, written by a delusional lunatic, a self professed “prophet of god” named Joseph Smith. Mormon theology is also based on their Doctrine and Covenants and the words of a LIVING PROPHET!

The “god” of the Mormons is NOT the God of the Bible. In Mormon theology there can be many “gods”. The Mormon god was once a man. In Mormonism, MAN CAN BECOME GOD! The “Jesus” of Mormonism is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. In Mormon theology, Jesus was the brother of satan, he was married, he was NOT deity. Salvation in Mormon theology is based solely on good works and baptism. Despite the fact that the Mormons use the same words as Christians use such as god, Jesus, and salvation, the MEANING of these words are NOT the same as in Christian theology.

When the Elizabeth Smart case broke last summer, your heart had to break for this family whose beautiful 14 year old daughter was taken right from her bedroom in the middle of the night. This had to be one of a parent’s worst nightmares. Your heart broke for this mom and dad as they pleaded for their daughter to be safely returned to them. However, in the midst of the coverage of this event on all of the 24-hour cable news networks, I had a real check in my spirit over two issues.

I read in some of the early reports and later confirmed it, that the Smart family were devout Mormons and very active in the leadership of their church. So every time I heard them use the name of “god” or “Jesus” in their news conferences, I understood that their god, their Jesus, was not the God or Jesus of the Bible. Also, this obscure family became incredibly media savvy overnight.

The Mormon church spends tens of millions of dollars every year in promoting their cult, not to mention the fact that they own dozens of radio and television stations nationwide. I am sure that you have seen the wonderfully produced, family appealing ads that make you feel so warm and fuzzy, with the tag at the end that tells you it was brought to you by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. No doubt the Mormon church advised the Smart family in how to use the media to help them find their daughter. Of course, I realized that if my daughter had been taken, I would be praying to whatever god I believed in, and would use every available means at my disposal to do what I could to get her back.

Now that Elizabeth has been found and safely returned to her family, the questions of what exactly happened to her over these past 9 months are being asked. Legitimate questions that seem to have no logical answer, unless you understand the MORMON CHURCH! Elizabeth Smart was raised from birth in a devout Mormon home. She was taught from birth Mormon theology. As a Mormon, she understood the concept of “man becoming god”. She understood that a “living prophet” was to be revered. This was the faith that Elizabeth Smart was raised in, and taught to believe in, her entire life.

Now let’s look at Brian David Mitchell. His first interaction with the Smart family seems to have been with Elizabeth’s mother who gave him some money after seeing him begging on the street, and offered him some work at their home. It may seem odd to invite a beggar to come and do work at your house unless you realize that Brian David Mitchell was also…a MORMON! The media of course has labeled him as a “religious fanatic” who claims to be a “prophet of god”. The fact is, Brian David Mitchell is 100% sane! He is simply a Mormon that is espousing Mormon theology and feels that he is called by his god to be a living prophet. Of course the Mormon Church has quickly denounced him since in their cult, there can only be one “living prophet”.

So maybe now you can understand that the mystery of the Elizabeth Smart case, the questions that are now being raised about these past 9 months, lie within the Mormon Church. It seems obvious that Mitchell did abduct her. However, once he did, it is also clear to me what happened. He told Elizabeth that god had chosen her to be his wife. She would be one of the wives of a “prophet of god”. While polygamy is illegal and socially unacceptable, it is STILL a doctrine and practice in the Mormon Church despite their claims to the contrary. I imagine that for a 14 year old Mormon girl, instead of being in fear for her life, she bought into what Mitchell told her 100% and felt “special”. While the media is lost in their “brainwash” and “Patty Hearst syndrome” theories to explain this, the fact is Elizabeth Smart simply went from one Mormon home to another!

I CHALLENGE THOSE WHO INTERVIEW THE SMART FAMILY, THOSE WHO WILL ONE DAY INTERVIEW ELIZABETH SMART, BRIAN DAVID MITCHELL, AND WANDA EILEEN BARZEE TO QUESTION THEM ABOUT THEIR MORMON FAITH AND THE ROLE THAT IT PLAYED IN THESE EVENTS. I CHALLENGE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THOSE IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY THAT HANDLE THIS CASE TO UNDERSTAND THE ROLE THAT MORMONISM PLAYED. WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE MORMON CULT, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE ELIZABETH SMART CASE!

I love you and care about you so much. My goal today is to not only expose the “lie” of Mormonism, but to encourage you in your daily walk with the God of the Bible, with the Jesus of the Bible. Mormonism and other cults are growing fast as Paul said in 2 Timothy chapter 3 said would happen in the days before Christ returns. On the surface, these cults sound wonderful. They espouse family values, they promote good works, they promote loving each other. But their foundation is NOT based on the God of the Bible, but a false god. Their faith is in in vain since there is “no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

I pray today that you will not be deceived, but hold firm to the TRUTH which is found only in the Bible. Each day I get thousands of prayer requests for family members and friends that have bought into the lie of cults like Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Science, Scientology, and many others. I pray today for those that you know who may be in a cult. I pray that their eyes will be opened and find the real TRUTH that is only the Bible, and not the false teachings of some man.

I also pray today for Elizabeth Smart. I pray that one day when she gets older, she will open her heart and God will send someone into her life to share with her that the Jesus in the Bible loves her, died for her sins, and wants to have a personal relationship with her. The perfect relationship that she thought she found in this false prophet, Brian David Mitchell, is ONLY FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST . . . THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!!!”

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

Bill Keller

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Bridge the Gap between Our Unseen Faith and the Real World

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(Proverbs 78:11, James 1:5)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, if the anti-Christ is alive today, does he know he’s
the anti-Christ or will this not become apparent to him until later?

ANSWER: Great question. I honestly am not 100% certain, though, I have a feeling someone who has the incredible abilities to bring together a one-world government, a one-world-economy, and a one-world religion, may even feel they are inspired by God! Another thing, none of these things are possible simply thru brute force, so the anti-Christ will be an incredibly charismatic, incredibly intelligent, incredibly gifted person to bring together the world under one single banner. Of course, once in control, the evil of one human being controlling the world will become apparent. Very scary.

One of my number one goals every day is to bridge the gap between our unseen faith and the very real world we find ourselves living in each day. If there is one area the church as a whole has failed in, and why so many find little relevance in many churches, is because of the failure to take the very real day-to-day life experiences we have and put them in the context of our faith in the Lord.

As you know, if you have read many of my Devotionals, I will not back off even the most controversial issues, since it is usually THOSE issues many struggle with and need spiritual guidance in. One of those issues is Internet romances.

I discussed in the past the trap of Internet chat rooms, Facebook, and other social media sites, and how easily married people fall into sin in this area. Today, however, I want to address those who are single, and the wisdom of Internet romances. First, there is NO SCRIPTURE that says “thou shalt not have an Internet romance”. The spiritual application here is from a wisdom standpoint. After all, it is God who gives us wisdom, and like all gifts He gives, we are to use it.

I realize that there may be some of you reading this Devotional right now that met your spouse over the Internet, you developed a spiritual foundation in your relationship, dated over a period of time, had confirmation in both of your lives from God that this was part of His plan for your life, and have a very healthy and happy marriage.

There are always exceptions but I can tell you from dealing with this issue over the last 14+ years, having seen thousands of emails from men and women, Internet romances are dangerous and usually NOT a good idea no matter how “wonderful” even the Christian dating services want you to believe it is!

You have two basic problems with Internet romances. First is the long distance factor. Second is the fantasy problem. The problem with long distance romances is the fact that without being in the physical presence of a person, it is very difficult to develop any chemistry, develop a bond, and really get to know each other well enough to make a wise decision on whether this is really a lifetime relationship.

Again, I know there are many examples where two people have made it work, but trust me, those are exceptions and not the rule. Two people who potentially may spend the rest of their life together need a period of time to see if they can build a spiritual foundation to their relationship, to see if they can communicate, to have the time to be able to properly hear from God about His will for them. There is NO substitution for spending time together.

With the Internet, you have a blend of fantasy and reality. When your main form of communication is email, Instant Messages, text, and chat rooms, you are in a blended world. You build a mental image of who this person is with little basis in reality. Of course, via email, they are PERFECT. They literally become, to some extent, a creation of your imagination. This is NOT healthy and extremely dangerous.

Some of the frequent problems I encounter daily in regard to this issue are these. Many of the “single” men and women you are dealing with are NOT single, but married. Of course, you don’t find out about this until you are very well into your “cyber relationship.” Another major problem is no matter how spiritual your conversations may be, at some point, sex enters into the mix. This often leads to involvement in cyber sex and usually advances into phone sex.

The biggest problem, however, is at some point the “relationship” advances to a point where you actually meet each other in person. Usually you have had many months of contact with this person, you have created in your mind who this person is, and there is an incredible thrill and anticipation in actually meeting ‘real time’.

Many men AND women are predators are masters at using the Internet to find their prey. Because you DON’T really know them, since you have never spent any time together, since you have fantasized who this person is in your mind without really knowing for sure, you have left yourself wide open to incredible problems.

I love you so very much, and I really do care about you. After these 14+ years you are like part of my family. The things I have shared with you today come from dealing with real people, many who have had their lives turned upside down from Internet romances. I realize many of you are lonely, and thus you become easy prey for those men and women trolling the Internet for someone to take advantage of. But you are not using wisdom, and you are playing a very dangerous game.

The end results of most of these situations range from people being used sexually then dumped, people being taken advantage of financially, marriages that end in divorce, and in one case years ago…death! Internet romances are NOT a good idea. They are NOT wise!

You are much better served doing it the old-fashioned way. Meeting someone in a real face-to-face meeting. Dating. Building a spiritual foundation together over time. Ultimately, putting yourselves in a situation where God can confirm to both of you that this is part of His plan for your life. God is the one who gives us wisdom. In regard to Internet romances, use wisdom and pray long and hard before you ever get involved in one!

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

Bill Keller

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Don’t Just Dream It Do It

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(Mark 9:23, Psalms 37:4)

***ASK BILL: I am saved, and I know that I know I am going to Heaven when God says it is time. However, what is this intimate walk with God, and what is this relationship concept?

ANSWER: The intimate walk with God is our daily relationship with the Lord. That happens through reading the Word, praying, and simply fellowshipping with the Lord throughout the day. Our relationship with the Lord is like any other. The more time we invest in that relationship, the stronger it gets, the more special it becomes. If we truly love the Lord, we desire to simply be with Him like we desire to be with anyone else we love in this life.

Jesus said in Mark 9:23, “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

The Nike sporting goods company used a very simple but powerful phrase in a famous ad campaign, “Just do it.” This is going to be a little different Devotional today. I want to take a moment right now before you do anything else and simply ask the Lord to open year heart to hear this message today since it has to do with faith. Now, let me ask you a question. What is something that you have always dreamed of but have never done? Maybe it is to see a certain place or do a certain thing. What is something that you have always dreamed of but have never done?

The writer of Hebrews defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 as, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Note the key words in this definition are SURE and CERTAIN. True Biblical faith is not something we simply hope for, but we are SURE of what we hope for. True Biblical faith is not just a blind leap into the dark, we are CERTAIN of what we do not see. That is why Jesus told us that, “EVERYTHING is possible for him who believes.” Not a few things, not certain things, not most things…EVERYTHING!

Today, I want to challenge your faith and encourage you to fulfill your dreams. As I share with you often, this journey through life is very short. It is over before we even know it. We know the Bible teaches us that tomorrow is promised to none of us, that each day is literally a gift from God. We must treat each day as the precious gift it is and make the most of it. Too many people live their lives in those “ruts.” You get comfortable in making life work for you on a daily basis and get locked into a routine that you rarely if ever deviate from. You complain how boring life is, how unexciting life is, when the problem is not life but the way you choose to live it each day!

Over these past 20+ years, I have ministered to and walked with hundreds of people from 10 to 97 in the final days of their life. In almost every case the person shared with me their regrets about things they had always wanted to do but didn’t, places they had always wanted to see but never went. Now, in their final hours of this life they felt bad for not having taken the time or made the effort to see and do all of the things they had wanted to do.

Let me ask you again, what is something that you have always dreamed of but have never done?

Here is my word for you today, my challenge. Sit down with a paper and pen and answer the above question on the paper. Write down what it is you have dreamed of but never done. Maybe you always wanted to see the Great Wall of China. Write it down. Maybe you have always wanted to learn how to ride a horse. Write it down. There is not one person reading these words today that doesn’t have something you have always wanted to do or some place you have always wanted to visit. Everyone has a dream they have not seen fulfilled.

After you have written down what it is you have always dreamed of, take that paper and pray over it. Pray in faith that God is going to let you see your dream come true. God is not some magic genie in a lamp that we rub and make wishes to. However, God is the One who promised that, “everything is possible for him who believes.” God is the One who promised to, “Give you the desires of your heart.” As a follower of Jesus Christ you have very right to hold God to His promises. There is no dream that is too big for God!!!

This journey through life is exciting, exhilarating, and can be a wonderful experience. What I find in so many lives I deal with each day is that they have allowed the trials and tribulations of this life to overwhelm them to the point they have stopped dreaming. They are simply content with not living in turmoil and have forgot how to dream, let alone believe their dreams can come true.

Your life, just like your relationship with the Lord will be exactly what you choose it to be. We ALL have to face the problems that life throws our way. That is simply part of living in this sin-filled and fallen world. There are always problems, things that don’t go the way we expect or like. The key is do you allow the problems of life to choke off your joy? Do you allow the trials you face to steal your peace. Do you allow the challenges of life to rob you of the abundance Christ promised you?

I love you and care about you so much. I want to encourage you to start living each day in faith, the faith that “everything is possible for him who believes.” That doesn’t just mean being victorious over the day-to-day trials of this life, but seeing your dreams fulfilled as well. I want to encourage you today to take the piece of paper you have written down whatever you have always dreamed about and work to make your dream a reality! God will help you.

Don’t listen to the liar satan tell you don’t have the money, you don’t have the time, it can’t be done, or any other lie he will tell you to discourage you. Who are you going to believe, the liar who says your dream won’t come true or God who promised you that “everything is possible?”

This message today is MUCH deeper than just challenging you to make your dream come true. Once you do whatever it is you have dreamed about, once you make that dream a reality, you are going to want to make your next dream come true. After you see that dream become a reality, you will want to make the next dream come true. Over time, you are not just living life, you are making the most of each day and instead of simply dreaming, YOU ARE LIVING YOUR DREAMS EACH DAY!

Jesus promised us, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Don’t dream it, DO IT!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

Shysters

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(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, someone mentioned a verse in the Bible about pearls and swine. What does it mean and where in the Bible is it mentioned?

ANSWER: Matthew 7:6. These words of Jesus are allegorical and not literal. The “swine” here stand for the unappreciative and worldly; those who belittle the value of what is being offered to them. The swine have no appreciation for either the beauty nor the value of the pearls under their feet. Your life, time, energy, opportunities and abilities are God’s “pearls,” and we are to be good stewards of His “pearls.”

Shysters. Conservative author Ann Coulter is out with her latest book. The ONLY reason I mention it is because in the first chapter, she calls out many of those who share her political ideology “shysters,” stating that what they do is simply for money. LOL! Seriously, if there was ever a case of the pot calling the kettle black this is it! Nothing Coulter does changes anything or anyone’s life, other than her what is in her bank account.

For the record, I interviewed Ann Coulter on my TV program back in January of 2009. I never have guests, NEVER bring people on to sell their books, but gave her a few minutes at first to talk about her latest book so that could than question her on a few topics. She claims to be a Christian and I was interested in hearing her conversion experience which based on her responses seems to have never had. I also wanted to know why if she was a Christian as she claimed, she would have endorsed and backed Mitt Romney, a 5th generation high priest of a satan worshipping cult leading souls to hell with a false gospel, to be the 2008 Presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

Apparently Ann had no desire to talk about her faith that she loves to toss around, since a bulk of her book sales are to Christians, and she certainly had NO DESIRE to engage in a conversation about what those in the satanic Mormon cult believe. All of a sudden she said her mother was hungry and she needed to take her to dinner and hung up. This seems to be a MO she has used many times in the past when interviewers actually asked her legitimate questions rather than just letting her pimp her book. Below is a link to the Devotional I did regarding that interview, complete with a link to the audio file of the interview so you can hear it for yourself.

Ann Coulter Devotional with audio link:
http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=3586

The only reason I even mention Coulter and her latest book is because of her contention that those people she disagrees with, even though they share her political ideology, are “shysters.” I have warned you time and time again NOT to get so distracted by politics that you forget the problems in this nation have nothing to do with politics but are spiritual. That means the answers we seek regarding the state of this nation are not political answers but are spiritual answers.

In past Devotionals, I tried to help you see that at the end of the day, Rush, Hannity, Levin, cult member Beck, Savage, Ingrham, and the rest of the conservative talk radio world, FOX News, authors like Coulter, money raisers like Rove, groups like Freedom Works and Heritage, and the conservative websites like Drudge, Breitbart, WND, Malkin’s various blog sites, ALL TOGETHER form an incestuous world of their own that is little more than political entertainment where the top names rake in tens of millions annually preaching to the choir. Those on the other end of the political spectrum do the exact same thing.

>From the day Barack Hussein Obama was elected, the conservative entertainment world spent the next 4 years with one goal, defeating Obama in 2012. If their total failure, despite using all of their vast resources, was not a shining example of how little power and influence they really have, I don’t what is. At the end of the day, they still got paid thanks to those who follow them. They sell hundreds of millions of advertising, millions of books, get their followers to attend special events, but in the end they are doing nothing but preaching to the choir. The same people buy all of the books these entertainers write, the same people support their advertisers, the same people come to their events, giving them their hard earned money so they can become personally wealthy without accomplishing anything!

*People come to me all the time asking what good book I recommend they read. I give the same answer every time..THE BIBLE, since less than 10% of confessing Believers have ever read the Bible cover to cover like any other book!

Don’t be confused, this message is NOT about politics, it is about “shysters.” I have always advocated our involvement in every aspect of our lives during this journey through life, including our involvement in the political process. Having said that, the amount of distraction and amount of money God’s people invest in politics, regardless of what your political beliefs are, does nothing but make the key players in the political entertainment world on both sides of the political spectrum multi-millionaires despite the fact they change nothing, accomplish little, and worse of all, rarely get those outside of their world of thought to change their minds and hearts.

Wheeew! The reason I have taken this long to get to the punch line should be obvious to many of you by now. What I have just described in the political world perfectly dovetails the world of Christianity! I have warned you for over 14 years about the “shysters” in the Christian world. Those who do nothing but preach to the choir not only don’t change the culture in any way, but it is getting worse each day, they accomplish little, AND WORSE OF ALL RARELY GET THOSE OUTSIDE OF THEIR WORLD TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND HEARTS!!!

Just like those top figures in the political entertainment world rake in millions for their efforts preaching to their choir of political thought, so do those in the Christian entertainment world. Gutless cotton candy motivational speaker Osteen just moved into his new $10.5 MILLION mansion in Houston. How does someone do that and still ask people to give him money? I have an idea. Why not get a modest $2 million home and take the other $8.5 million so you don’t have to sell out the faith just to sell books or send an endless stream of fundraising letters begging people to give you their hard earned money???

Osteen, Hinn, Copeland, Jakes, and the rest of the top “prosperity pimps” on Christian TV have private jets that run $30-$40 million dollars. Some have multiple jets! The sad reality is, Liveprayer could do what we do each day, impacting millions of lives worldwide through the Daily Devotional, the Liveprayer.com website, and the TV program for an entire year for what these people pay for a few tanks of gas for their private jets!!! The Crouches have an estimated $1 BILLON sitting offshore on top of hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate around the world that they have acquired over the years.

Yet all of these “shysters” have no shame in asking hard working people, often using outright perversions of Scripture, to send them money so they can live like the rulers of a small nation! The lost of this world look at this and laugh as they correctly see it as little more than a money hustle! Is it any wonder why the lost want nothing to do with Christianity??

I love you and care about you so much. The bottom line to this Devotional is that just like their are “shysters” in the political world, there are also “shysters” in the church. At the end of the day, they are really only interested in their own kingdom and not God’s. This is exactly why the culture around us rots more each day and millions of lost and hurting souls never find true hope in their hour of need or hear the Gospel, meaning they die and needlessly end up in hell for all eternity because they are not the “target audience” (i.e.: those who will give them money to fund their empires).

God’s wrath is already being poured out on this nation for our sins and wickedness. Unless this nation has a “Nineveh moment” and turns back to the Almighty and His Truth it is doomed. That day is closer than anyone thinks! Sadly, while people continue to give their hard earned money to these Christian “shysters” so they can buy their $10.5 million homes, private jets, drive a fleet of luxury cars, build buildings, and have large staffs of people doing all of the work, the nation around us is sinking fast into the spiritual abyss. I can only pray that just like people can no longer afford to be distracted by the “shysters” in the political entertainment world, they can no longer afford be distracted by the Christian “shysters” who do nothing to change lives or the spiritual course of this nation!!!

***I have three critical payments from the first of the month that need to be taken care of by the end of business tomorrow. Because of being late in these payments each month over the past few years, despite over a decade of business, our creditors are getting very strict with us. $5,100 is needed for a bandwidth payment, $3,000 is a server rental fee for extra servers we need to help get the Devotional out each day, and $2,800 is for special security software we have to use to stop 90% of the hacking attempts that we have to deal with on a daily basis.

I am praying for 3 people to pray about sending a special one-time gift by credit card, PayPal, overnight a check to our office, or direct deposit funds into our Wells Fargo account to cover each one of these critical needs ( Contact me for the info at: bkeller@liveprayer.com ). It is imperative we have the funds in, or at least committed today so I can juggle a few things knowing I will be able to get these payments made. Thank you and God bless!!!

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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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