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(1 Corinthians 15:57)

***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.

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” I Corinthians 15:57

VICTORY! I Corinthians 15:57 is my life verse and the words that have taken me through the last 22 years of serving the Lord on the front lines where most pastors won’t go. Never before have those words meant more to me than earlier this week.

As you know, for the first time in my life I had health issues last August with my heart. After 21 years of putting in 15-18 hour days 6 days a week, and 12 or so on Sunday, I went right back to my normal schedule after being out less than a week. That lasted about 2 months before I had a relapse because I went right back to my old schedule. I did my best to obey the docs, but slipped back into my old routine and late last week had a really bad relapse, a real physical breakdown.

The difference this time was it wasn’t just physical, but it was mental. Laying idle for a couple of days, something I have never done, gave me time to reflect on over 20 years of serving the Lord. Jesus told us that the goal of satan is to, “kill, steal, and destroy.” I have told you 100 times he is a liar, the father of lies, John 8:44.

As I laid there for several days, needing to simply be still and let my body recoup from the physical exhaustion, I began to wonder what was the purpose of the last 22 years, literally giving my life to the Lord 24/7 and focusing on nothing else. I thought about the never ending daily grind for the finances to simply operate because I hade refused to “play the game.”

I thought about the daily personal attacks from taking a stand for the Lord in the public arena over 2 decades. The 8-10 death threats every month for the last 15 years now. The need for personal security in public appearances from people serious about trying to physically harm me. The never ending stream over 22 years of ministry from people who have tried to destroy me personally, our work for the Lord, for no other reason than they disagree with the message.

People would never believe the attacks of every kind that I have dealt with over the years. Even my assistant, staff, and wife who know many of the things that occur, don’t know it all. I share some of the stories with close friends who sit in disbelief that people could have such hatred and rage to try and silence someone who at the end of the day is giving his life to help people in their hour of need.

It is in those quiet moments that your mind can begin to convince you that having spent half of my life serving the Lord has been a waste of those precious years you will never get back. While others have chosen to tickle ears, preach to the choir, and cash in on the flock for millions to live a life of luxury, I am on the front lines in the public square taking on the baby killers, the homosexual activists, the satanists, the atheists, the top apologists of the cults, the pure evil of Islam…for no personal gain other than my basic needs.

It was into the third day as my body began to gain strenght that it was those people the Lord had me dwell upon. That no matter what happens the rest of my life, God has used my sacrifce, my efforts, and the love, prayers, and sacrifice of so many friends over the years to enable us to help people in their most difficult times, to reach those lost hurting souls with the Gospel, many who would be lost for eternity otherwise.

Just during the last 15 years of Liveprayer, literally tens of millions of lives worldwide impacted, over 100 million emails for prayer responded to, 8 million praise reports archived, millions of people we have reached with the Truth of God’s Word and the hope of Christ over 10 years of the Liveprayer TV program, still the only TV program to air “live” and only on non-Christian stations to reach those who will never go to church or hear the Truth, and most important, over 800,000 souls we know of who have come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.


I love and care about you so much. At the end of each hard day, drained from ministering to people worldwide with every need imaginable, standing with people in their darkest hours, it has been YOUR love, YOUR prayers, and YOUR sweet sacrifce that has made it all possible. Whatever rewards/crowns there may be in Glory, will not be mine alone, but shared with all my dear friends who have been part of the Liveprayer family.

My body is strong again, though I have to use the common sense the Lord gave me and not push myself to the point of sheer physical exhaustion again. My recent health issues and age preclude that, but I can still accomplish all that I need to each day. My faith has been increased. It has been my faith alone that has taken my through this journey over the past 2+ decades, and as strong as it needed to be each day, it has been matured this past week.

I told you last November what 2014 meant. It is no coincidence that we are starting to air the TV program in Chicago, a big piece of seeing the move of God’s hand during this year ahead. In retrospect, it is not a surprise this most serious attack came when it did. In fact, it ended up only confirming all the Lord has showed me.

Please continue to pray for me, as I do you and your family each day. Those who can, do what you can to support our work here. As He has for the past 22 years, God will use our collective faith and efforts to accomplish His purpose as He has through His human vessels throughout the course of human history. As the 11th Chapter of Acts recounts some of the great heroes of the faith, may etenrity show us in our hour on the stage to have been faithful to the end, even if it will only be in Glory that we see the fruits of our labors for the Lord!!! God Bless You!

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

Bill Keller

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The Real Message of the Book of Job

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(The Book of Job)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, the young Muslim girl who was shot by terrorists because she was going to school has been on many TV programs and seems to be a very lovely young woman. However, unless she accepts Christ will she go to Hell? I’m sure if she accepted Christ, her life would be in ore danger than over the education issue.

ANSWER: The world has embraced Malala, the Pakistani school pupil and education activist who the Taliban shot in the head to silence. By the grace of God, she survived that attempt on her life and has spoken eloquently on behalf of educating girls in her country. Sadly, she has embraced the false beliefs and lies of Islam, and unless she renounces those lies and turns to faith in Jesus Christ, like all who reject Christ she will die in her sins and her soul be lost for all eternity.

The real message of the book of Job is: 1) don’t quit on God, and 2) don’t quit on yourself! Job has always been the classic example that God gave to us, to help us deal with the very real trials and tribulations of day to day life that we all face. One of the great insights that God shares with us in Job is where these trials and tribulations stem from. When we sin against God, when we rebel, there are ALWAYS consequences. Sometimes those consequences are more severe than at other times. The important thing to never forget is that sin always has a price, a HIGH PRICE. Yes, we have the precious promise in 1 John 1:9 that when we sin, if we confess our sins to God He will forgive us and bring us back into fellowship. But we still have to deal with the real life consequences of our rebellious choices!

However, what about when horrible things happen to us when we didn’t do anything wrong? What about the great question that is often asked, “Why do bad things to happen to good people?” You see, the “bad things” that happen in this world are a result of sin in the world. God is NOT the author of sin, rebellious man is. Satan is the cheerleader and encourager of man’s rebellion towards God. It is the sin in the world that is responsible for the evil and ?bad things? that we experience in our life.

We get an incredible transcript in Job Chapters 1 and 2 of satan and God in conversation about Job. Note for the record, it is satan who has to get God’s permission in order to do anything! While God clearly allowed the horrible things that happened to Job to take place, He also stepped in and would not allow Job to die.


There is little doubt to me that satan decided to “attack” Job because of his faithfulness towards, and love of God. I am sure he took it as a challenge to try and get Job to curse and denounce God. Because of his dedicated life to God, Job was a “light” to those he encountered in his day to day life and the spiritual head of his family. Satan realizes that by bringing down the most faithful, it has a domino effect. When people see a man or woman of God, someone that is in a leadership position fall, it can cause many of those who are not as strong in their faith to fall as well.

Let this be a lesson to not only prepare for, but EXPECT the enemy to attack you full force on every front that you can imagine whenever you are walking close to God and allowing Him to use your life to bless others. Let me repeat this, read it carefully. Let this be a lesson to not only prepare for, but EXPECT the enemy to attack you full force on every front that you can imagine whenever you are walking close to God and allowing Him to use your life to bless others. When you are not doing anything for God, you are not a threat to satan. When you are serving the Lord, satan will do his best to bring you down. That is why the Bible clearly tells us that our battle is NOT of flesh and blood, but it is a SPIRITUAL BATTLE!

Job gives us the road map to fighting whatever battles satan can throw us. First of all, DO NOT GIVE UP ON GOD. When we are under attack, we have to press into God even more than we normally would. The natural reaction is to pull away from God, to question God, to grumble. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SATAN WANTS YOU TO DO! The further he can get you from God, the harder he can hit you, and the more chance he has of taking you down.

While we will never fully understand WHY God allowed the “bad things” to happen, know that He is not the author, and it is the sin in this world that is the genesis of all evil we face in our lives. Never forget that satan is NOT a cartoon character, but a very being that the Bible clearly tells us is here to KILL, STEAL, AND DESTROY. You don’t need much more warning than that. When the attacks come, DO NOT GIVE UP ON GOD!

Secondly, DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. We still live in this real world. When I read the last chapters of Job and how God so richly blessed him with a new family, a greater business than the one that he lost, one thing is clearly evident to me. AFTER ALL OF THE HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPENED TO HIM, JOB DIDN’T LAY IN HIS BED EVERY DAY HAVING A PITY PARTY FOR HIMSELF!

To have this great new family, he had to get out, court a few ladies, find the one God had for him and get married. To have this business greater than before he had to get out, work hard, make wise choices in his business dealings, and allow his business to grow just like any business does. While we read in the end how God richly blessed Job, it didn’t happen overnight, but over a period of time, and it happened because Job DID NOT GIVE UP ON HIMSELF!

I love you and care about you so much. My heart breaks each day as I get the breakdown of the 40,000 some prayer requests that we get each day. So many of the requests are from people like Job. People who have had horrible things happen to their marriage, to their children, to their jobs, to their health. They email me crying out for prayer, for answers, wondering where God is.

Jesus said it best just hours before going to the cross. One of the last things He told those He was closest to was that in this world, you will have trials, you would have tribulation. You see, Jesus didn’t want them to be fooled into thinking that just because they had a personal relationship with Him their life would be easy. As a matter of fact, quite the opposite would be true. So, out of His love for them He tired to prepare them for the battles that they would face because of the sin in this world and because of their faith in Him. But He also gave them these reassuring words, “But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

So, as you face the day-to-day trials and tribulations of this life, and as the enemy attacks you, never forget the example of Job. DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD and DON’T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. Most importantly, “Be of good cheer; for JESUS has overcome this world!”

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

Bill Keller

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Please Pray for Me

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(John 3:16)


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(Jonah Chapter 3)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I have worked with a few gay people over the years and most of them say they always knew they were gay from an early age. Is that possible?

ANSWER: This has become a common response from those who CHOOSE to be involved in sexual perversion to justify it. NOBODY is “born gay.” Some people may be born with an abundance of hormones from the opposite sex, some may actually have “feelings” for people of the same sex. Most of this however is society promoting same sex relations to children who have no understanding of their sexuality and become confused. In the end, we all deal with “feelings” that are harmful and not of God that we must rebuke and not give in to.

2014! Back around this time, almost 6 years to the day in 2007, I shared with you that coming in 2008 would be the very clear and visible judgment of God upon this nation for our sins, gross wickedness, and turning from our Creator to the false gods and idols of the world. In very early 2008, the real estate bubble burst draining trillions out of the economy and affecting a large percentage of people in this nation. It led to one of the worst economic downturns in our nation’s history and we still have yet to fully recover from it.

Later that year, as I warned leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, we elected a true enemy of God who as I correctly identified, would become the most pro-death, leading advocate for the radical homosexual agenda, enemy of Israel President in history who opposes God on every major spiritual issue of the day! Throughout 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and this year, we have seen an incredible uptick in the number of natural disasters, the Supreme Court uphold the perversion of God’s Holy Institution of Marriage and the Family, the continued economic hardships for tens of millions, a complete destruction of the health care industry that will end up affecting EVERYONE, and a rapid, visible decay of our society as a whole.

My friend, God’s wrath and judgment is being poured out on this nation as we speak and it is intensifying with each passing day, week, month, and year!!! In the midst of this intense spiritual decline in our nation, I have been virtually alone in not just sounding the trump of warning that if we don’t turn back to God and His Truth we are doomed as a nation, but in sharing a real plan to make that happen. Like Nineveh, the pronouncement of God’s judgment which will destroy this nation has been declared as has the only way to avoid that judgment. The only thing that remains to be seen is if we, as a nation, will heed the warning and turn back to God and His Truth as the people of Nineveh did, or ignore the warning and be destroyed!

I come to you today to declare that I believe the year 2014 will be the year…we as a nation do wake up and do begin to turn back to God and His Truth! As a nation we are in a spiritual abyss, and as a people are lost, confused, sad, and hurting. There are enough people today looking for true hope and true answers to spark a true revival across our nation! Let me assure you that this revival will NOT come through the church initially, if at all! The church is too political, weak, apathetic, compromised, fragmented, lost in its’ own agenda, and building their own fiefdoms to even care about building God’s Kingdom or about the lost and hurting masses right outside of their very doors!


No my friend, this revival is going to come through people who this very moment are drunk, high, in prison, and lost in the lies of the cults, false religions, and new age movement. It will come through people in bed this very moment with someone who is not their spouse, those looking to cheat their neighbor out of money, as well as those who have never given God a thought in their life. These are the people who will have their hearts softened to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who won’t be bound by the shackles of the churchworld, who will be innocently on fire to tell everyone they know and those they don’t about how Jesus changed their life and can change theirs too!

As the now 14+ years of Liveprayer have gone by, I have become more and more aware of God’s plan to use this instrument He created in these final days to be the spark to this national revival. I never fully understood why God called someone who didn’t even own a computer in late 1998 to begin an internet minsitry, especially since there was no such thing at the time. I never fully understood why God in 2003 called me to do a TV program, not on Christian stations, but secular stations. Not the typical pre-recorded preaching/teaching program, but a “live,” interactive program dealing with the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview that most of the viewers were either ignorant of or had rejected.

During these many years and as we celebrated our 14th anniversary at the end of last August, the tens of millions of lives we had impacted online and through TV, the 100 million emails for prayer we had received and responded to, the 7 million praise reports we had archived, the 800,000 souls we know of who had accepted the Lord by faith, was what our work was about. During the past year, God assured me it has been, but an even greater work was still before us.

In 2008, God led me to start the Jonah Project ( ), a vision to lead our nation back to God and His truth. It was too early, the people couldn’t see 5 years ago how close we were to God’s ultimate judgment on this nation. The people outside the four walls of the church weren’t hurting enough, in enough pain, or really open to the REAL Truth and the REAL answers for their life. The nation is now ready, it is ripe for a real national revival. The people are ready. They are aware there has to be more to life than what they are seeing and living each day.

With our long standing internet presence, my many appearances in the secular media, bringing back the TV program was the final critical piece we needed. Last May, we re-launched the program on a small network with about 30-40 small markets around the country
( Our goal was to have a large national footprint by the end of the first year back on the air. A presence around the nation “live” 2 hours a night, 5 nights a week, large enough the media and the world could not just ignore what we were saying.


As those who have followed Liveprayer over the years, you know that my heart beats to bring God’s Truth to the marketplace, to reach the lost masses, to pray for people in their hour of need, and to see souls won to faith in Jesus Christ. In addition to the current network we are on, we have an opportunity to begin airing the program “live” every Monday-Friday from Midnight-2am EST on a major station that covers 10 million people in the Chicagoland area that includes northern Indiana and southern Michigan. This station is on every major cable outlet as well as DirecTV and DISH in that market.

*—>SPECIAL NEED DUE IMMEDIATELY!!! We still have not had anyone step up to help us with $20,000 I need to secure our time slot in Chicago. The station has agreed to move our start date to Feb 3rd, however, we must execute the contract with payment by this Tuesday the 7th or lose the time slot they have guaranteed us. Please pray if God has blessed you to be able to help me at this time, and you can date your check Dec 31st to get it in on your 2013 taxes. The Lord sent one friend before Christmas who was able to cover $5,160 of what we need to secure the contract. AMEN! I have been on my knees in prayer for one or two people who God has blessed and can help me with a special one-time, year-end gift totaling $25,160 to pre-pay the first 4 weeks of airtime in the greater Chicagoland area, reaching an audience of 10 million people “live” for 2 hours, 5 nights a week. The deal is done, contract in place, we simply need to give them this initial payment! IF YOU CAN HELP ME, EMAIL ME AT:

A side benefit to being able to lock this in will the open doors it will give us as of the first of the year with media groups looking for existing programming with a track record to syndicate. Just like I told you in late 2007 God’s judgment would begin to fall in very visible ways and we have been living through it for 5 years now. I am telling you that the year 2014 is the year we are going to see a real national revival break out throughout our land, with and the Liveprayer TV program playing a big role in sparking that revival!!!!

Will you pray about what God is calling YOU to do to help me in this effort to lead our nation back to God and His Truth in 2014? I need your support now more than ever. For every minute I have to spend asking people to help insure these basic needs are met, is one less minute I can spend with in the critical work the Lord has called me to as we work on different outreaches through the Internet and TV in the coming year to spark that national revival.

It was a few people God called to help us launch the TV program in 2003 and re-launch the program this past May. God will move on the hearts of those who have the ability to help me at this time. We have the proven track record and I know with God ALL things are possible! I know the Lord has His people in the Liveprayer family to insure we move forward, basic operational expenses current, and the opportunity in 2014 to see the program syndicated nationally as an instrument the Lord can use to bring lost souls to faith in Jesus and spark a national revival!!!

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: under the “Donation” link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: , 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 so much for your prayers, love, and sacrifice. In the year 2014, we will be doing something no other ministry is doing, using our internet and our TV platform to bring the Body of Christ together as one with one voice and literally change the spritual direction of this nation while bringing lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ!!!

I love and care about you so much. After over 14 yrs of ministering to the lives of millions worldwide, I fully understand the frustration of the prophets in the Old Testament. They lived and dedicated their lives to the Lord. They refused to compromise the Truth. They refused to sell out. Money was NOT their objective! Yet, they watched the priests of the day compromise and sell out and live lives of luxury while they had to beg for the crusts of bread!

I know this. God has blessed Liveprayer over these many years because we have NOT compromised or sold out. We have not raised money to buy private jets and buildings, only to share His Truth and hope with the lost and hurting. Liveprayer IS God’s answer for this nation. Friends like you have prayed, sacrificed, and stood by my side to help me accomplish all we have. I am asking you today, STAND WITH ME TODAY!

I will not let a few thousand dollars keep us from accomplishing our final work for the Lord. STAND WITH ME! Give the most generous gift you can. SACRIFICE if it is $5, $50, $500, $5,000, or $50,000! We are desperate and need to fulfill this final mission the Lord has called us to fulfill! Let’s see the Lord’s blessings poured out over the coming weeks! Thank you and know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Together, in 2014 we WILL not only bring true revival to this nation and save many souls, but lead our nation back to God and HIS Truth!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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There are No Coincidences with God

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(Proverbs 16:4, 19:21)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I was wondering since Adam and Eve were the first couple and their children procreated, whom did they do so with?

ANSWER: Common question with a simple answer, each other. It was when God handed down the LAW to Moses that incest was forbidden.

If there is one thing the Bible clearly teaches, it is that there are NO coincidences with God. There are so many outside elements that you have no control over in your life, starting with your birth, ending with your death, and including everything that transpires in between those two events. The reason I want to bring up this issue today is to give you the confidence and assurance, that everything that is happening in your life today is part of His Divine plan for your life.

One of the reasons I stress so much to walk with the Lord daily, be in the Word of God, pray, seek Him each and every day, is so that you will follow His plan for your life. You see, we can bring much unnecessary pain and heartache into our life by exercising our God-given free will to ignore God and rebel. However, that does not stop God from still being in control. When we are in rebellion, when we are not on the path God wants us to be on, that is when we miss the joy, the peace, and the abundance this life can offer. That is when we are missing the blessings of God in our life.

I want you to understand clearly today that it is no accident you live where you live, you work or go to school where you do, you recreate where you recreate, or shop where you shop. It is no accident that the people in your life are there. You see my friend, there are NO coincidences with God, things just don’t “happen”. There is a Divine purpose and reason for each and everything that goes on in our life. That includes the good AND bad things.

The natural question becomes, why? In many cases there simply isn’t an answer. Again, holding onto the fact there are no coincidences with God helps us to build our faith during those times when there are more questions than answers. It also should give us the confidence and boldness to go out each day knowing that God has a reason for everything we are experiencing in our life. Understanding that what we are going through each day is not an accident, but part of His plan, gives us the incredible freedom to live each day for Him.

I realize that many of you are going through difficult times in your life today. You are dealing with death, illness, financial difficulties, marital problems, issues with your parents or children, challenges at work or school; the walls seem to caving in all around you. How this could be part of God’s plan may seem beyond comprehension.

This was the same place a man named Job found himself at one day. In spite of everything, he never lost his faith in God, and it was part of God’s plan to bless him abundantly. We never know how God will deliver us from trouble, how He will bless us. Our job is to hold on to our faith, continue to praise Him in spite of the problems we face, and know He will never leave us or forsake us.

The Bible tells us that there will be times our faith is tested. It is at those times our faith becomes real to us and grows. We grow more spiritually in the valley than we ever could on the mountaintop. It is in the valley that we recognize God as our only source of hope and learn how to trust Him. It is those times in the valley, where it is just us and God, that we realize how much He loves us.

I love you and care about you so much. Know today that God is with you, that nothing in your life is an accident, that God is in control. I will be praying for you. With God, ALL things are possible. You will never know how deeply I appreciate your love, prayers, and generous support of this ministry that is reaching so many worldwide each day with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

It is perfect to close today with the theme of “no coincidences with God”. It is no coincidence that the Lord has brought our lives together at this time in history. I am always here for you in your hour of need, and I appreciate more than you know how you have stood by me with your prayers and sacrificial support of Liveprayer. This work has been an effort of God’s people, taking God’s hope and love to those worldwide who are hurting and looking for answers.

Because of the hundreds of thousands who have accepted Christ as their Savior, and the millions of praise reports that we have received over these last 168 months, I know without any doubt that Liveprayer is part of God’s plan. It is no accident that God is using this incredible last days technology of the Internet to share His message with the world.

Never think for a second that anything that is happening in your life is an accident. God is still on His throne and still in 100% control at all times!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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(John 3:16)



In His love and service,
Bill Keller

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The Rich Young Ruler

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(Matthew 19:16-22 )

Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. – (Matthew 19:16-22 NIV)

Today’s passage of Scripture is that powerful story of the rich young ruler. It is a story I have incorporated into my personal testimony that I have shared with millions over the past 14 years through live appearances, television and radio broadcasts, print interviews, and over the Internet. What makes this encounter between the rich young ruler and Jesus so moving is that it does not have a happy ending. When forced to choose between Jesus and the world, sadly, this rich young ruler chose the world. Today, many of you are being confronted by Jesus, and just like this rich young ruler, you have to choose. Jesus, or this world.

The encounter between this rich young ruler and Jesus is the same encounter people have with Christ every day. No doubt this was a man who was very successful by the world’s standards. He had all you could ever want in this life. However, deep down, he knew something was missing in his life. He had obviously heard about this teacher named Jesus and approached Him one day, asking the Lord what good deeds he must do to receive everlasting life. This makes sense since successful people are usually very goal oriented. They are used to performing. So it only makes sense that even in spiritual matters, they are looking for the bottom line, what do they have to do to succeed.

This is why a cult like Scientology flourishes and appeals to successful people, especially people in the entertainment industry. It is a cult strictly based on works and money. Successful people are used to buying their way into the best clubs, the best restaurants, buying the best cars, the best homes, the best of whatever this world has to offer. They understand the mentality of work hard, achieve a goal, and purchase whatever you want. So when it comes to the spiritual side of their life, they are ripe candidates for a lie from the pits of hell like Scientology that tells a person that with enough good works and enough money, they are assured of being part of the spiritual elite, just like they are part of the elite in this life.

Jesus shared with this rich young ruler some of the commandments and the young ruler affirmed he had followed those commandments. Then Jesus shared with this young man the price of following Christ. He told this young ruler to go sell all that he had, give it to the poor and then come follow Him. Now I have heard many people over the years incorrectly use this passage of Scripture as an indictment against having wealth. That is NOT what Jesus was saying. Christ in His omniscience knew that as long as this rich young ruler had all of his possessions, he would never put Jesus first in his life.

You see my friend, when you have been blessed with lots of material possessions, lots of money, the trap so many fall into is thinking they are sufficient unto themselves, that they don’t need anyone else, even God. When you have the ability to do whatever you want, go wherever you want to go, buy whatever you want to buy, you get the false sense that you are in control. While having money and possessions does give you a certain amount of control over your life, there is still so much that you are NOT in control of and never will be. Your faith and trust is in yourself and in your money, not in God. In most cases, it is not even the money as much as it is the power, the ego, the pride that comes with having wealth and possessions. Those things are actually more difficult to let go of than the money.

The sad ending of this encounter comes in the 22nd Verse when the Bible says, “He went away sad.” The bottom line, He rejected Christ and chose the world. When it came time to make his choice, he chose his money and possessions over Jesus. This story is personal to me because there were many times, not just once, during the decade of my life that I was running from God and enjoying all of the success this world could offer, when I had this same encounter with the Lord. In my case, He was not even saying sell all I had. He was simply saying, leave the business world and come and follow me. Time after time, Christ gave me the opportunity to turn from the things of the world and surrender my life to Him. Time after time, I chose the world over following the Lord.

I was blessed that God loved me enough to allow things to happen in my life that caused me to finally surrender to Him. Sadly, it took losing everything, including my freedom for that to happen. How much easier my life would have been if I had only listened to the Lord earlier. A short version of my testimony is on my website at under Founder’s Testimony. Also, here is a link to a story done by a secular publication a year ago that gives a very fair and detailed account of my life, . We don’t know whatever happened to the rich young ruler. I pray that at some point before he died, he did make the choice to follow Christ.

I love you and care about you so much. I know many of you reading this today are like the rich young ruler. You know deep down inside that something is missing from your life. You have heard about Jesus. In many cases, you have done your best to follow God’s commandments but I am here today to tell you that isn’t enough. You see my friend, you will never be good enough to earn everlasting life, that is God’s gift to you. You can’t earn it, you can’t buy it, it is only available by faith in His Son Jesus Christ. When you ask Christ into your heart and life by faith, you are surrendering your life to Him. The Bible proclaims that it is no longer your life, but His. He gave His life in payment for your sins, and you in turn give your life to Him.

Like the rich young ruler, like Bill Keller many times, you can choose to reject Christ and hold onto your life. But think about it, what are you holding onto? The reality is, your life will be over one day, sooner than you think. At that point you will pass from this short journey into eternity and those who don’t know Christ as their Savior will spend that eternity forever separated from God your Creator. What you do when you reject Christ is forfeit the treasure of eternal life with Christ for a few days of whatever scraps this world can offer. Clearly not a wise choice.

Today, you are having an encounter with Jesus just like that rich young ruler did we read about in Matthew 19. You have a choice to make today, since the Bible proclaims “today is the day of salvation.” Will you choose Jesus, or go away sad. If you want to choose Jesus today, pray and ask God to open your heart, then read the words at:

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

Bill Keller

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