Your “spiritual well”

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(1 Corinthians 1:9, Psalms 16:8)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, keep my mind free of the filth of this world. Cleanse it each day with your Word and let my thoughts be your thoughts. Help me this day to dwell on you and your love as I live my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

Your spiritual well. This message today is geared to those who are serving God, especially those who are in full-time service to the Lord as a pastor or in some other capacity of God’s work. As a servant of God, we serve others from what we have in our own spiritual well. We give to others from the spiritual reservoir we have built up. When that well is empty, we simply have nothing to offer to others.

This is why everyone who has committed their life to Christ has a duty to fellowship with the Lord each and every day. We all have been called into active duty to further the Kingdom of God. Nobody is exempt from the responsibility of being
ambassador of Christ. Even more, those who have dedicated their life to serving others through full-time service to God, MUST make that time with Him an essential part of your day.

You see my friend, the fact is we can only give to others what we have to give. We aren’t able to give someone $50, if we only have $30. Subsequently, we can’t feed someone spiritually, if our spiritual cupboard is bare. That is one reason why we MUST make time each and every day to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. It is in those quiet times alone with our Lord, that we are spiritually fed and able to fill up our spiritual wells. It is from that well that we than go out and feed others.

Where many pastors “burn out,” where many who are in full-time service to the Lord lose their focus, where many people who have given their lives to the Lord fall away, is when their spiritual well is empty. On an airplane, the stewardess tells you that if the oxygen mask comes down, put it on yo! urself
first, than small children or those who need help. Why? Because if you can’t breathe, you can’t help others breathe. It is the same principle here. If your spiritual well is dry, you can’t feed yourself, or others.

My word of encouragement to you today is to take seriously the time you spend each day with the Lord. It is your NUMBER ONE priority each day. If it isn’t, than you need to re-prioritize! How far will you go in your car if the tank is empty? How can you expect to deal with the day to day trials of daily life, let alone serve others, if your spiritual tank is empty? I love you, and care about you so much. It hurts me to know that many of you are hurting today mainly because you have neglected your daily time with the Lord, and have been living life on empty.

For my brothers and sisters in full-time service to the Lord, let me tell you this. It is impossible, to meet the spiritual needs of others if you don’t have anything in your spiritual well to give.! The only
way to keep that spiritual well full is to spend the time each day with the Lord in prayer and the Word. It may sound over-simplistic, but trust me, this is how you have the spiritual resources not only to live your own life, but to give to others.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today to understand this basic truth. All through the Bible we see the spiritual giants had intimate relationships with God. It was the fuel that drove their life, as well as enabled them to serve others. I guarantee you that when you start neglecting that relationship with God, when you quit filling your spiritual tank, you are in trouble.

That is when you are a sitting target for the enemy to attack. You make your bad decisions when you are not praying. You sin when you are spiritually weak. When you are not in that close, intimate, daily relationship with the Lord, you can make mistakes that have life changing consequences. Never forget, the only thing! we will
take from this life into eternity is our personal relationship with the Lord. THAT is the one thing we know with 100% certainty about our eternal life when this journey here is finished. Knowing that, we should even be more motivated to take the time each day to fellowship with Jesus.

Let me close today by once again encouraging you to make time each day for the Lord. Pray, read the Word, develop that close, intimate daily walk that He desires to have with you. It is from your own personal walk with Christ that you will fill your spiritual well, not only to sustain your own life, but to share with others.

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The caravan is coming, what does God say about illegal immigration?

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(Romans 13:1-7)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, even though we have no right to ask, please continue to watch over this nation. Thank you for showing us the clear signs of destruction our sin and rebellion have heaped upon our land. I pray today that as a nation we will turn back to you and your Truth. Give me strength as days of persecution are upon us, and let me stand proud and strong for you and your Kingdom. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

What does God say about the immigration issue? As we head into the mid-term elections next week, the immigration issue is front and center. On the way to our southern border are anywhere from a few thousand up to 10,000+ people primarily from Central America who are looking to enter this country illegally with no intention of going back to their home country.

Immigration has continued to be an unresolved issue for the simple fact there is no desire by either political party to solve the issue. F! or the
Democratic Party, they see every illegal immigrant as a potential voter for their party due to their support for their illegal entry and desire to stay in the country, The Republican Party is no better, since they see every illegal immigrant as a potential worker at a wage much lower than they would have to pay a US citizen.

We also have to talk about the incredible cost of illegal immigration. Unlike other countries, we feed, clothe, house, educate, and care for the health needs of illegal aliens. We are talking billions of dollars annually that our nation spends simply caring for the social needs of those who have broken our laws and are living here illegally. How anyone can claim we don’t “have a heart” or are “cold and callous” for not wanting people in our country illegally simply ignore the facts.

The last I checked, there were laws in this nation governing how people who are not citizens of the United States can come here legally. Despite the ! obvious politics,
it still confuses me why immigration is such a hotly debated issue since it is really very simple. If you are in this country illegally, you should be deported back to your country of origin. I don’t care if that means deporting 100 people, 1,000 people, or the apx. 12 million people (Some estimate up to 22 million, we simply don’t know!) who are in this country illegally. Send them back to the country they came from!!!

Many argue that it is not reasonable to deport the apx. 12 million people in this country illegally. It is not only reasonable, but if we don’t then we should change the immigration laws to state anyone can come to this country without any restrictions. I assure you that if you were in any other country illegally, you would be deported. Try going to say, Mexico, or Japan, or most countries without proper documentation and see what happens to you!!!

I am well aware that people argue we need the 12 million illegal aliens to do jobs that others won! ‘t. Again,
“big business” is all for illegal aliens since they can pay them far below fair market value. If a business is hiring illegal aliens, prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. There are laws on the books governing this type of practice by businesses, enforce them!

What amazes me are those who use the Bible to support illegal immigration. People like Hillary Clinton, others who don’t even believe the Bible, make the case that according to Scripture we have a responsibility to take care of these illegal immigrants, and if you are in opposition you aren’t a Christian.

They go on to make the emotional case for illegal immigration based on “the children. “ I find it galling to be lectured by people like Hillary Clinton and those who piously quote Scripture regarding caring for “the stranger” and most of all, taking care of “the children.” These are the same conscienceless monsters who advocate for and champion the slaughter of innocent babies! !!!

Those in the
“religious left” who support killing innocent babies, the perversion of same-sex marriage, who are the enemies of Israel and everything else God loves and stands for in the Bible, also support allowing illegal immigrants to stay despite the fact they broke the law to get here. They make the specious claim that Jesus would be all for illegal aliens. Really? I don’t know what Bible they read but the Lord said to OBEY those in authority over us. JESUS SAID TO OBEY THE LAW, NOT BREAK THE LAW!!!

People are free to believe whatever they want in regard to this issue, but the Bible is very clear. Nowhere in the Bible does it support breaking the law. This nation, like all nations, has very clear laws regarding how foreigners can come to this nation legally. Those who break the law should be deported immediately just like you would be deported if you were in another country illegally.

I have not even dealt with the national security issue at stake. There are already verif! ied
reports of M13 gang members in this “caravan,” drug and human traffickers, as well as criminals who have been previously deported. Virtually all of the drugs that are infesting our nation come through the Southern border! How many more families have to bury loved ones who have been killed by the actions of an illegal alien?

Additionally, only God knows the number of Muslims who have entered this country illegally and have “blended in,” simply waiting for the right time to carry out some terrorist act on our soil.

THE ONE JOB THE GOVERNMENT MUST PERFORM IS SECURING THE SAFETY OF ITS’ CITIZENS. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED MISERABLY DUE TO NOT ENFORCING THE EXISTING IMMIGRATION LAWS THAT EXIST!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that this is a passionate issue for many. Everyone is free to their own opinion on immigration, but I choose to go to our final authority in all issues, the Bible! God is clear that breaking the law is never accepta! ble. Those
who have come to this country illegally have broken the law and should be immediately deported.

If Congress wants to change those laws, let them do it. But until they do, the government has a responsibility to enforce the laws that currently exist and protect the citizens of this nation from those who would come here illegally, many of those people coming here to commit other criminal acts, and no doubt, some of those who have come to commit acts of terror on our soil!

This is not a complicated issue. ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT EXIST! THAT IS WHAT JESUS WOULD SAY TO DO AND THE BIBLE COMMANDS!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

Each day I pray that the Lord will pour through me the exact words He has for YOU on that day!!!

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(Ephesians 6:19,20)

***OCTOBER FINANCIAL UPDATE: GOD ALWAYS HAS A RAM IN THE BUSH!!! Thanks so much for the prayers, the outpouring of love, and the many sacrifices over a very challenging past few weeks. God sent that “ram”…and many others to keep HIS work here at Liveprayer moving forward. Even after so many years of witnessing His provision, each time it is incredibly humbling beyond words! TO GOD BE THE GLORY…HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!!!

With just 3 days left in October, we are down to the final $26,000 to end October with all of our operations current. Please pray about what the Lord is calling you to give over these final days, whether it is $10, $20, $50, $100, or more in order to cover that final $26,000 of October’s ministry operations.

*SPECIAL YEAR-END GIFT!!! With the end of the year just 63 days away, PLEASE be praying about a special year-end gift to Liveprayer. Over these final 63 days of 2018 we require the final $26,000 of our Oc! tober
ministries budget and the $100,000 we require for November and December.

That is $126,000 to end this year with all of our ministry operations current! Please be in prayer what God is calling you to do to insure we can begin 2019 with all of our 2018 ministry operations paid in full, and don’t forget that your gift to Liveprayer is 100% tax deductible!!!

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TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card at: http://www.liveprayer.com/donate.cfm or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!

***NEW UPDA! TED
LIVEPRAYER.COM WEBSITE!!! As we begin our 20th year of ministry online, we have given the Liveprayer.com website a complete facelift without sacrificing any of the personal ministry we have provided tens of millions of people worldwide for nearly 2 decades!!!! Please take some time to visit the new website and familiarize yourself with it. The Audio Daily Devotional is back at: http://www.liveprayer.com/devo.cfm Tons of great content, a special FREE MEMBERS SECTION with lots of benefits. so SIGN-UP, interactive prayer tools, just an amazing new layout designed to give you everything you need to inform you, educate you, and enhance for your daily relationship with the Lord!!!

***BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: As soon as we cover the final $3,000 necessary for completing the technology issues, it will take just one week to re-launch of the Liveprayer TV program, LIVE for an hour, 5 nights a week!!! The great news is we will not be on traditional TV stations, but available worldwide s! treaming
live each night on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and about 30 other streaming services!!! We will have incredible visibility to bring His Truth to hundreds of thousands of new people each month, people we will be able to pray for in their time of need, while leading lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ!!! It will also give us a brand new donation stream to help cover our monthly ministry operational costs, and our costs will be pennies on the dollar compared to what our TV program used to cost the ministry!!! GOD IS GREAT!!!

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to increase my faith to trust you in the challenges I face in my life. Lord, I believe that all things are possible with you, and today I have circumstances in my life no man can help me with. I NEED YOUR HELP TODAY LORD! YOU AND YOU ALONE ARE MY HOPE AND ANSWER! Help my unbelief. Help me to have faith! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

One of my per! sonal
prayers each day is that the Lord will pour through me the exact words He has for His people on that day. I never take for granted the incredible responsibility He has entrusted me with as I share with you each day through the Daily Devotional. I want you to know that I do my very best each day to communicate in a very straightforward and clear manner the things God wants YOU to hear each day.

Also, never think for a second it is a coincidence what you read each Daily Devotional, ESPECIALLY DAYS WHEN YOU THINK THE WORLDS DON’T APPLY TO YOU! They may not today, but may be VERY relevant tomorrow. God loves you, and one way He shows you that love is by trying to guide you along this journey we call life. He does that in many ways, and one of those ways is the Daily Devotional you receive each morning from Liveprayer.com

Many have asked why I write these each day. Why not do it once a week, or once a month. The reason is this. Our relationship with Christ is a DAI! LY
relationship. Not once a week, or once a month. The problem is too many treat their relationship with Christ that way, and thus end up in unfortunate situations. We must never forget that there is a very real enemy who would love to make us ineffective servants of our God.

The easiest way to make us ineffective is to get us so tangled up in sin, in the things of this world, that we lose focus on our true purpose which is to serve and glorify Him with our lives! That daily walk, that daily communication, that daily connection with our Lord is what helps us to stay spiritually strong, focused, and keep our priorities straight.

You will never know how much I love you, and care about you. The greatest gift I receive each day is your love, friendship, and prayers. While the Lord has called me to be here to encourage you and challenge you in your walk, you have also been an encouragement and blessing to me in my relationship with Christ as well. The Bible tells us that! we are
to bear each other’s burdens. Just as I am here each day to share your burdens, you have been there to share mine.

I took an incredible step of faith 230 months ago. After much prayer, I took all of my personal funds and invested them in the launch of this new Internet ministry the Lord was calling me to establish by faith. These last 230 months have been an incredible walk of faith for me personally, as I put action into the words I share with you so often.

Saying “have faith and trust God” is one thing. Doing it is entirely different!!! TRUE BIBLICAL FAITH REQUIRES ACTION!!!

So many of you have caught this incredible, constant, uncompromised, and never wavering vision of Liveprayer to reach out to the hurting masses around the world, bring HIS Truth into a marketplace virtually void of Biblical Truth, and lead lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ! You have prayed, you have given me encouragement, and you have sacrificially given of your treasure to m! ake all we
do each day at Liveprayer possible for so many people worldwide.

So many depend on us being here each day with the Truth of God’s Word not just for their daily spiritual food, but for someone to pray with them and for them in that time of need all experience during this brief journey through life.

I can never tell you what your support has meant to me, especially on those difficult days when I wonder if God was taking a nap. That note of encouragement from you, that gift I know came right from your heart, was God letting me know to keep pressing forward in faith as we bring His hope to this lost, hurting, dark world.

As we start new month in a few days with so many incredible opportunities to touch lives worldwide for Christ, now more than ever I need you to stand with me. Keeping up with our monthly ministry operational budget of $50,000 is critical. It is your gifts each month that make that possible. Please sit down today, and give the best gift you! possibly
can to help us to insure we close out October with all of our basic daily operations current as we head into the last two months of the year and the Christmas season.

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card at: http://www.liveprayer.com/donate.cfm or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!

Thank you for standing with me and know that I am always here for you in your time of need. I pray for you and your family daily. Count on the fact that each day as you open the Daily Devotional, it is something that has been born of much prayer and a Word God is saying to you that day. I will continue to share with you each day the love, hope, and victory that we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!! AMEN!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

Halloween Part 2 of 2

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(Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus!!! I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

Halloween – Part 2 of 2

A Christian’s response to Halloween. As I was in prayer eleven years ago about Halloween and what God wanted me to share during that time, part of my focus was on satan and how he operates. The Bible calls him an “angel of light.” He is a great imitator. He takes the perfection of God and perverts it. So as I was praying, God poured into my spirit that it is time for Christians worldwide to rise up on the most important day of the year for satan, Halloween, and claim that day f! or
God!

The first step, is to make it a special day for Christians worldwide. If Hallmark cards and candy companies can make up holidays to sell greeting cards and chocolate, why can’t the church? I am proud to announce that until our Lord returns, October 31 will now be “Witnessing for Jesus Day.” This holiday was started ten years ago by the 2 million worldwide who are part of Liveprayer, and we will continue to promote it as well as follow through to make this a legitimate, recognized holiday every October 31!

The goal is for Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with at least 3 people during the day. If every Christian worldwide shared their faith in Christ with 3 people, it would literally turn the world upside down over night. The world will be “witnessing” their rebellion of God with their Halloween parties, their costumes, and satanic services. THIS IS THE PERFECT DAY for Christians to witness to this lost world that we live in, that Jesus Christ i! s “The
Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

What else can Christians do on our new holiday? PLENTY! Every community needs churches to put on “Hell House” or “Judgment House” productions to counter the haunted houses the world promotes. Make sure your home is well lit and inviting for children out trick or treating. In addition to candy, give them a gospel tract or a little “Gospel of John” booklet. Also, pray with each group of kids before they leave. Your church should have the resources to get tracts and the Gospel of John booklets at a very low cost.

NO CHILD SHOULD COME TO YOUR HOME AND LEAVE WITHOUT KNOWING THAT JESUS IS LORD!

For those with children, take them out trick-or-treating! Have them dress up as Bible characters. Let them go door to door for candy, BUT, in return for the candy, they should give the homeowner a tract or a Gospel of John booklet. GOD CAN USE THESE CHILDREN TO HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST TO PEOPLE THAT WILL NEVER GO TO CHURCH!!!

! Churches,
instead of holding an alternative to Halloween party at the church, should get the children involved in evangelizing their neighborhoods! They have the perfect excuse to go door to door on this night. God can use these children to share the hope and love of Christ with people that will never hear the message any other way. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE HOW GOD CAN USE THE CHILDREN ON THIS NIGHT!!!

So, let’s review. We now have a new Christian holiday. It is, “Witnessing for Jesus Day,” and will be celebrated every year on October 31st. It will be a day for Christians worldwide to witness to others what Jesus Christ has done in their life. We will have churches in every community putting on “Hell House” or “Judgment House” productions as an alternative to the haunted house productions of the world. Christians will make their homes inviting for children out trick or treating, and in addition to candy, give them a Gospel Tract or Gospel of John booklet. Children of ALL AGES will be! come
mighty witnessing agents for the Lord. They will dress up as Bible characters and go out into their neighborhoods to get candy, BUT, will give the homeowner a Gospel tract or Gospel of John booklet.

I love you and care about you so much. There is no reason a Christian should have to fear Halloween, nor is there any reason a Christian should have to participate in the way the world celebrates Halloween. It actually is a perfect opportunity to go on the offensive and make this a day to celebrate witnessing our faith to this lost and dying world. What better day could there be than the day the world celebrates rebelling against God–HALLOWEEN!!!

I will be praying for you. I pray that you become bold and part of the eleventh annual “Witnessing for Jesus Day.” For the Christian, sharing our faith is not an option, but is a commandment from God. It is something that we should be doing EVERY day. But there is no better day of the year than Halloween for Believers worldw! ide to
share their faith in Jesus Christ with this lost world. THAT, my friend, needs to be a Christian’s response to Halloween!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

Halloween Part One of Two

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Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus!!! I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

Halloween – Part 1 of 2

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? No! What the world will celebrate on October 31 is not anything that a Christian should be part of. The origin of what we know of as Halloween began in 5th century B.C., Celtic Ireland as a holiday marking the end of summer on October 31 known as Samhein (sow-en).

The pagan Celts believed on that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess fo! r the
next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living.

Naturally, the still living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable. They would then dress up in all manner of ghoulish costumes and noisily paraded around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.

The Romans adopted the Celtic practices as their own. But in the first century A.D., Samhain was assimilated into celebrations of some of the other Roman traditions that took place in October, such as their day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, which might explain the origin of our modern tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween. ! The
thrust of the practices also changed over time to become more ritualized. As belief in spirit possession waned, the practice of dressing up like hobgoblins, ghosts, and witches took on a more ceremonial role.

The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840’s by Irish immigrants fleeing their country’s potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.

Since the eighth century, the Catholic Church has celebrated All Saints’ Day on November 1 to celebrate the known and unknown Saints whom the Church has canonized. The night before the celebration of All Saint’s Day is known as All Hallow’s Eve (“Hallows” mean “saints” both mean “holy ones” as in “Hallowed be thy name”). So, Halloween means “the evening before All Saint’s Day.”

You can see from the pagan roots of Halloween why this has become the most important day to those who worship satan or choose to live in rebellion to God! and the
TRUTH of His Word. There is NOTHING about this day that honors God, remembers God, or has anything to do at all with God. It is, quite honestly, a celebration of those who oppose God and all that He stands for. THIS is why it’s a day Christians should NOT celebrate nor be part of in any way.

I love you and care about you so much. Tomorrow, Part Two of this series is titled, “A Christian’s Response to Halloween.” Do we hide in our homes with the lights off? Do we all go to church and hide in the basement so the devil doesn’t get us? What exactly should a Christian be doing on Halloween? I will give you a hint. It will be a bold call to action. I can think of no better night to see souls won for Christ than on Halloween.

DO NOT MISS PART TWO TOMORROW AS WE CELEBRATE A NEW HOLIDAY ON OCTOBER 31ST THAT WILL HONOR JESUS CHRIST, THE KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

! Bill
Keller

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel.”

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(Ezekiel 34:1-6)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for you in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses you, help me to stand for your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to you in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

“The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take! care of
the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” Ezekiel 34:1-6

A sad commentary on so many pastors and Christian leaders right from God’s Word. Last week I was doing some study in the Book of Ezekiel. In reading through some passages, I came across these first 6 verses in Ezekiel 34. As I read these words, I could only think that this was the sad description of so many pastors and Christian leaders today.

50 years ago, you could sit in the pew of most any church of any denomination and hear the Truth of God’s Word. Those pastors and the men and wome! n God
raised up on the national scene were men and women who would never compromise the Truth of the Bible and understood their only mission was to bring the lost to Christ.

Fast forward to the year 2018 and you have entire denominations of pastors who don’t even preach, teach or believe the Bible. It is questionable if many pastors were ever “called” and are even saved. Those who have risen up into national prominence are more worried about selling books, having the newest private jet, building bigger buildings, and living like the rulers of small nations rather than preaching the unadulterated Truth of the Bible and leading the lost to faith in Jesus Christ.

When these are the men and women leading the people, why are we surprised that many who sit in the pews of the nation’s churches on Sunday aren’t even saved, don’t accept the Bible as Absolute Truth and our only authority, and the majority of the ones who do lead weak and ineffective lives. That is why I encou! rage people
all the time to seek out a pastor who is a true shepherd.

That is increasingly difficult today, but there are still many men of God who have not bowed their knee to Baal and are not the shepherds described in Ezekiel 34. Sunday is the day most Christians go to church. It is the only time most of you ever see your pastor, and that is usually from your seat in the sanctuary as he leads the worship service and preaches the message.

Having preached in over 500 churches of every denomination nationwide, I can honestly tell you that for most pastors, Sunday morning is their favorite day of the week and the one day they usually feel their work for God really has some meaning. You can never know the pressure most pastors are under. If it was only getting up on Sunday morning and being the “man of God” it would be wonderful, but that is not reality. It is a 7-day a week, 24-hour a day calling. Many have outside jobs.

There is the constant pressures of raising the ! budget,
dealing with the interpersonal problems that always exist when you have a group of people, overseeing the political infighting that often occurs, on top of the spiritual requirements of shepherding the flock, having an anointed word each week for the various services, and other requirements the office of pastor carries with it.

My prayer for you today is to support your pastor. Pray for your pastor each day. John 10 gives us the picture of the ideal pastor. Pray that your pastor will be able to tear away from the distractions of this world to be the shepherd described in John 10. God has placed that pastor in your life to guide you, spiritually nurture you, and have spiritual leadership over your life. Do all you can to show your love and appreciation for all your pastor does for you, most of which you may not even recognize.

Also, God has placed your pastor in your life for spiritual leadership. When you come into times of crisis, don’t hesitate to go to your p! astor.
That is ultimately why they are there, to help you and guide you through those difficult times in your life.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray for you daily. Sadly, today there are too many pastors and Christian leaders who fall into the description found in Ezekiel 34. It makes the work that much more difficult when you have people running around calling themselves Christians, but supporting sins like abortion, homosexuality, the destruction of God’s plan for the family. You have others who think there is nothing wrong with belonging to a cult or false religions and they have bought the universalistic lie from hell that everyone will get to Heaven.

Let this message today be a remember to lift up your pastor in prayer and recognize him for all he does for your life. God has called His sheep to be obedient and obey those in spiritual authority. Take inventory and see if you are fulfilling this admonition, and ask God to help you. He loves you so much, ! that he
has placed your pastor in your life to shepherd you and guide you in your spiritual journey. Show your love for Him today by praying for and supporting your pastor.

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

A personal message from Liveprayer founder Rev. Bill Keller! Please prayerfully read as a personal favor to me!

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(Deuteronomy 7:8; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4,5)

DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER: “Dear Lord, YOU are my provider. You know my daily needs. You promised to care what I need each day for life….food, shelter, clothing. I put my trust in you. You own the cattle on a thousand hills, and I come to you today to thank you for providing for my needs in the past, and knowing my needs today. Today, I come to you, asking you to meet those needs as you promised in Your Word! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!”

A very personal message from Liveprayer founder Rev. Bill Keller that I am asking you to please prayerfully read as a personal favor to me!

Over the nearly 20 yrs of Liveprayer, the ONLY thing that has ever slowed us down even a little, or ever threatened our ability to carry on the Lord’s work here, has been our finances. I made the decision day one that Liveprayer was not going to be turned into a marketing company like sadly so many ministries hav! e become, using
the Lord’s work to create incredible personal wealth.

I have followed the model of Paul, sharing our needs with those we minister to and walking in faith each day trusting the Lord to move on hearts to provide the necessary resources. On the first of every month, I have always prayed the same prayer, and that was for the Lord to provide what we needed that month to carry on His work and not a penny more.

Despite many opportunities to turn Liveprayer into a financial gold mine over these nearly 2 decades, I have remained faithful to that pledge I made to the Lord to simply minister to the needs of people without shame or compromise, share our needs, and trust HIM to provide the necessary resources…AND HE HAS!!!

Liveprayer owns no property. We have no offshore bank accounts, and why ministries do I will never understand. I don’t have multiple mansions, actually I have NO mansion at all other than the one the Lord is preparing for me in Glory. I h! ave no garage
full of luxury cars, a Bentley for each day as many Christian TV prosperity pimps brag about owning. No private jets. In fact, Liveprayer can operate each year on a fraction of the jet fuel many ministries purchase.

I STARTED LIVEPRAYER OVER 19 YEARS AGO AFTER 6 YEARS OF TRADITIONAL EVANGELISTIC MINISTRY IN CHURCHES, I HAD NOTHING OF ANY MATERIAL WORTH WHEN I BEGAN AND WILL GO HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD WHEN HE SAYS MY WORK IS FINISHED WITH NOTHING OF ANY MATERIAL WORTH, BUT A LEGACY OF ALL OF THE LIVES THE LORD HAS USED ME TO IMPACT FOR HIM AND HIS KINGDOM!!! AMEN!!!

Over the first 14 years of Liveprayer, we were blessed to have a dozen or so friends of the ministry the Lord had blessed, so when we had a slow month or other financial challenges I could make a few phone calls to find one of those friends who was able cover that need. We only had to share our monthly needs 4-5 times a month and the masses we minister to each day never even knew of the financia! l
challenges we faced since we were able to cover them through that small network of friends.

Sadly, over the past 5 years, all but one of those friends have gone home to be with the Lord. In that time, we have come close several times to having to shut down Liveprayer due to a lack of finances to simply operate. However, God has moved on the hearts of dear friends at those critical moments who made the sacrifice to help us at the 11th hour in order for us to keep pressing forward.

Just last year at this time, we were at such a place, and the generous sacrifice of one of our friends kept Liveprayer alive! The result? This year, 2018, our 19th year online, has been one of most POWERFUL years of ministry! Being able to focus most of my time on ministering to the needs of the people we reach worldwide each day, we have received, prayed for, and sent a personal responses to just under 11 million emails for prayer so far during 2018. We have received apx. 1 million! praise
reports archived from the first 9 months of 2018! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

MOST IMPORTANT HOWEVER, WE HAVE SEEN RIGHT AT 40,000 SOULS WE KNOW OF COME TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST SO FAR THIS YEAR!!! AMEN!!!

This has all be possible because friends like you have sacrificed your prayers and many, some of your treasure!!!

TODAY, I AM AT ONE OF THOSE CRITICAL PLACES. $19,000 of the $45,000 we still require to cover the balance of our October ministry operations is required IMMEDIATELY. I have been praying for several weeks, put off covering these critical operational needs day after day as I stood in faith for the help I needed, but I have run out of time. I simply don’t have the same grace period with our service providers I once did, so meeting our monthly obligations on time to simply operate are more imperative.

TODAY, I NEED JUST ONE OF OUR FRIENDS THE WHO IS WILLING TO MAKE A MAJOR SACRIFCE FOR THE LORD’S WORK HERE. I REALIZE IT IS EASY TO SIMPLY ! READ THESE
WORDS, DISMISS THEM AS BILL JUST ASKING FOR MONEY, AND ASSUMING SOMEONE WILL HELP SINCE WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE. ONLY A FEW PEOPLE AND GOD KNOW HOW CLOSE WE HAVE COME NUMEROUS TIMES HAVING TO CLOSE DOWN LIVEPRAYER. IF I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOD’S WILL I WOULD NOT BE WASTING YOUR TIME. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE OVER $19,000 SOMEONE READING THESE WORDS RIGHT NOW CAN SACRIFCE IS GOING TO SHUT DOWN LIVEPRAYER.

AGAIN, IT IS EASY TO GO ON WITH YOUR DAY AND DEAL WITH YOUR OWN PROBLEMS, BUT GOD IS SPEAKING TO ONE PERSON WHO HAS THE ABILITY AND IS ABLE TO GO THE EXTRA MILE TO GET US THESE CRITICAL FUNDS AND REAP THE BLESSINGS OF YOUR OBEDIENCE AND FAITHFULNESS! I AM COUNTING ON ONE FRIEND TODAY TO JOIN FRIENDS OF LIVEPRAYER FROM PAST YEARS WHO ANSWERED A SIMILAR CALL AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A HUGE NUMBER LIVES BEING IMPACTED AND SOULS SAVED THAT THEY WILL NEVER KNOW ABOUT UNTIL THEY ARE IN GLORY!!!

The good news is that during November and December, with many friends makin! g year-end
gifts, several foundations who make an annual gift to the ministry in December, we are always in good shape financially. Also, with the re-launch of the TV program on all of the major streaming services, being able to reach as many, if not more people nightly as we did when the program aired on traditional TV, it will give us an additional donors and the costs are pennies on the dollar for what the TV program used to cost the ministry.

The 19+ year track record of Liveprayer is for all the world to see and has been played out day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, for nearly 2 decades now with the most transparency of any major ministry that ever existed. Many of you have been a witness to this miracle work of God. You know that I have never played games simply to entice donations. I have never shared a need that wasn’t truly needed. I have never hidden anything from the world, whether it be our challenges or our many great triumphs for the
Lord!!!

TODAY I AM AT A PLACE WHER I SIMPLY NEED ONE OF OUR FRIENDS WHO THE LORD HAS PREPEARED AND ENABLED TO STEP UP AT THIS CRITICAL MOMENT. OVER THE PAST 2 SDECADES, MANY OTHERS HAVE ANSWERED THAT SPECIAL CALL. THE $19,0000 I NEED TODAY INSURES GOD’S LIFE CHANGING, SOUL-SAVING WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER KEEPS MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTION. I AM ASKING EVERYONE ELSE TO PRAY AND GIVE AS YOU ARE ABLE TO INSURE THE FINAL $26,000 IS COVERED BY THE END OF THE MONTH!!!

AFTER OVER 19 YRS OF FAITHFUL MINISTRY, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF LIVES WORLDWIDE IMPACTED FOR CHRIST, I REFUSE TO ACCPET THAT GOD WILL ALLOW HIS WORK HERE TO CEASE OVER $19,000. IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS OF THE WORLD THAT IS VERY LITTLE, ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO HOW THE LORD WILL MULTIPLY THOSE FUNDS IN NOT JUST MILLIONS OF LIVES, BUT THE SOULS WHO WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN AND NOT HELL!!!

With just 7 days left in October, we are getting a late start on the $50,000 we require of our! October
ministry operations since we just cleared up our September shortfall last week. So far, we have received the first $5,000, leaving $45,000 to end the month with all of our obligations current.

*** $19,000 of that $45,000 left is very critical and needed TODAY! I am praying for ONE of our friends who God has enabled and blessed to help me with a special one-time year-end gift of $19,000. I am including our wire information, since that would be the quickest and most efficient way to get funds into our account TODAY: Wells Fargo Wire routing 121000248 For credit to: Liveprayer Church, Inc. Account 2000034465541

***For the one who God I speaking to and answers that call, feel free to call me on my private cell 727-420-7005. I will be up all night and throughout the morning waiting for the Lord to meet this critical need yet once again!!!

***If God is speaking to you about this critical $19,000 I am in need of TODAY, please try to wire those funds ! as early
as possible. If you have any problems, email me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com If it is more convenient for you to overnight a check, just send it to our office in St. Petersburg. Of course you can mail your gift or put it on your credit card, that information is at: http://www.liveprayer.com/donate.cfm

Obviously, whatever you can sacrifice is special to God. No gift regardless the amount is less than or greater than another. I am asking everyone else to pray about what the Lord is calling you to give, whether it is $10, $20, $50, $100, or more in order to cover the final $26,000 of October’s operations budget by the end of the month.

*SPECIAL YEAR-END GIFT!!! With the end of the year just 71 days away (Can you believe it?), PLEASE be praying about a special year-end gift to Liveprayer that will also help with your 2018 taxes. Over these final 70 days of 2018 we require the final $45,000 of our October ministries budget and the $100,000 we require for Novembe! r and
December. That is $145,000 to end the year with all of our operations current!

*STOCKS! A great way to help Liveprayer is by donating stock. The transfer can be made in a way you get the full credit for your donation without having to pay any of the taxes you normally would on gains your stocks may have enjoyed. Contact me for information about this incredible way to help God’s work here at Liveprayer: bkeller@liveprayer.com

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card at: http://www.liveprayer.com/donate.cfm or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!

I love you and care about you so much. I have literally given my life these past 19+ years for those the Lord has brought to His work here, many in their time of need. Please take a moment and read this important message. I would not take your precious time if it wasn’t very important!!! God! bless
you!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

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