Teachers who have sex with their students!!!

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(Mark 9:42)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I pray today that You guide my steps. Let me live this day in a way pleasing and acceptable to You! Let my voice not be silenced when I have an opportunity to take a stand for You and Your Truth. Let my love for You today be shown in my life, for Your glory! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

I can assure you that most adults, men and women, can think back on their school years and remember that one teacher they had a crush on. For me it was my fourth grade teacher Miss Janis. Even though at 10 years old girls still had “cooties,” Miss Janis was the most gorgeous woman on the planet. It is a normal part of growing up. What is not normal, however, is when you have a teacher who develops a crush on a student. When that teacher actually gives in and acts on those feelings, in addition to not being normal it is also criminal. Sadly, we are being bombarded almost on a weekly basis with a new teacher/stu! dent sex
scandal and the legitimate question that needs to be asked is WHY?

Trust me, I am not naive enough to believe teachers having sex with their students is something new. It is a problem as old as school and as old as the teacher/student relationship. There is a special dynamic that exists between a teacher and their student. Teachers become a very important person in shaping the life of a young person. Outside of our parents, our teachers are most likely to have a dramatic impact on who we become as adults. Because of the special bond that exists between a teacher and student, it opens the door for the teacher to be able to exploit a student sexually if they have that desire.

Again, we have to understand that sex between teachers and students is not a new phenomenon. The desire for a student to get involved sexually with their teacher often starts out with that childhood crush most students have at some point for one of their teachers. A teenager is going through p! uberty
and becoming aware of the sexual side of their life, so these are new, raw feelings they are experiencing and not yet fully in control of. A student recognizes the importance their teacher plays in their life which also creates a special intimacy and bond between them. All of these working together can lead a student to fantasizing about having a sexual relationship with their teacher.

On the other side is the teacher. Let me say up front, there is NO JUSTIFICATION for a teacher having sex with a student. NONE! How it happens is not difficult to understand. A teacher is in a position of authority, trust, and power. No doubt for some it is an ego boost to have one of their students “in love” with them. They are dealing with young, impressionable, naive, and inexperienced children and young adults. It opens the door and gives a teacher the opportunity to give into their carnal desires and sexually exploit their student.

The fact that these teacher/student sexual
relationships exist and always have is a given. The question today is why are we hearing about these relationships so frequently, what is going on in our society that is giving rise to all of these incidents of teacher and students having sex. First of all is the existence of 24/7 news, especially the cable networks like FOX, CNN, and MSNBC. While they are technically classified as “news” stations, they have really turned into little more than electronic versions of the National Enquirer. What drives their ratings is NOT the news of the day. It is the tabloid stories and high profile legal cases that have always captured people’s interest. Nothing fits this new form of tabloid journalism passed off as news better than a sex scandal between a teacher and student, especially if the teacher is a young, gorgeous FEMALE!

Let me address this hypocrisy for a moment. In the past, when you heard of a teacher/student sex scandal it was almost 100% of the time a male teacher with! a female
student. When these scandals came to light, the public was justifiably outraged and called on the criminal justice system to prosecute these men to the fullest extent of the law. With the recent rash of teacher/student sex scandals involving female teachers with male students, there simply doesn’t seem to be the same public outrage. As a matter of fact, it is accepted in some circles as a badge of honor for these young men to have sex with their female teachers and it is not condemned but applauded.

My friend, the damage done to a child is no different if it is a girl being sexually exploited by a male teacher or a boy being sexually exploited by a female teacher. The scars and effects of that sexual exploitation are something that child will have to deal with the rest of their life no matter if they are a boy or girl. How a person views sex is shaped by many factors, chief among them are those first sexual experiences they have in their life! It is equally as wrong and
CRIMINAL for a female teacher as it is a male teacher and ANY teacher that exploits a child sexually should be fully prosecuted when caught!

What we are seeing in these teacher/student sex scandals is the byproduct of a society deteriorating in moral decay. This is simply one of the results of a culture where people have grown up with no foundation of faith and live their lives in rebellion to God’s Word and Christ, the family has broken down, children are not told there is Absolute Truth and left to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, and people of all ages are bombarded literally 24/7 with sexual images through TV, radio, music, movies, the Internet, magazines, and all forms of advertising. The lie has been told long enough, bold enough, and loud enough that sex is a natural part of life and you should never deny yourself the desires of your flesh.

Sex is a gift from God for a man and woman in the bonds of His Holy Institution of Marriage. PERIOD! Al! l sex
outside of marriage is a SIN! PERIOD! When people choose to ignore God’s plan for sex and sin in this area of their life, there are consequences as there are for any sin. One of the things that sets us apart from the animals is our ability to think, reason, make choices, and not live strictly by instincts alone. This is what Paul spoke of when he talked about controlling the flesh. You don’t have to give in to the carnal desires of your flesh, you have the ability to CONTROL YOUR FLESH through the strength God can give you. The problem is too many people refuse to even try. They are no different than a dog in heat that is simply giving in and acting on its base instincts.

I love you and care about you so much. The fact is for every one of these teacher/student sex scandals you hear on the news, there are hundreds, even thousands you will never hear about. The vast majority of these scandals are never known by anyone other than the teacher and student involved. Whether ! it is a
national news story or remains a private affair, the people involved know and most important GOD KNOWS! The price for giving in to a few moments of physical pleasure can be enormous. Like with any sin, lives can be severely damaged and in some cases destroyed.

I will be praying for you young adults reading this today. I pray that you will realize having sex with your teacher is a HORRIBLE idea. The fact is, having sex with ANYBODY outside of marriage is a horrible idea and there will be a price for sinning in this area of your life. God loves you and cares about you so much. Follow His plan for sex and you will not only know His blessings, but the beauty of this gift He has created for a man and woman in marriage.

I will also be praying for you teachers. God has given you an awesome responsibility in helping to shape the lives of those young people He entrusts to you. For you to give into your carnal lusts and take advantage of a student for your sexual gratifica! tion is
an act God will hold you accountable for. It isn’t worth it. You are damaging the life of the young person, not to mention putting your life, career, and freedom in jeopardy. I am very aware that young adults are far more advanced at an earlier age sexually than ever before. But that is no excuse. YOU are the adult and no matter what, YOU are the one that is ultimately responsible for any sexual activity between you and a student.

Lastly, I will be praying for you parents. If you haven’t heard me over and over for nearly 20 years, hear me now. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILDREN’S LIVES! As long as they live in your home YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for them. The greatest ministry God gave you is to your children. Talk to them about sex and about what God’s plan is for sex. Talk to them about being aware of teachers and other adults who may try to take advantage of them sexually. Get to know your children’s teachers. Other than you, they will most likely have the greatest influence o! n the
lives of your children so it is your business and duty to know who they are.

The bottom line to the increasing number of these teacher/student sex scandals is that they are a direct result of a society living each day without Christ and not being guided by the Truth of God’s Word. Adults with no fear of God who happen to be teachers. Children growing up in a world that is telling them there is nothing wrong with having sex of any kind with anyone you want. Once you take God out of the picture, ANYTHING is possible so seeing these teachers and students in sexual relationships should not really be such a shock.

For me personally, it only strengthens my resolve to keep doing what God has called me to do each day since the only real answer is bringing the Truth of God’s Word and the hope and love of Christ into people’s lives and seeing people get saved. Now more than ever we need to see a move of God’s Holy Spirit in this nation. As we watch these teacher/student sex
scandals unfold, it is simply a reminder how low we have sunk as a people and how desperately we need Jesus!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

If believe in something you will live that belief in your daily life!

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(1 Kings 18:21)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU…and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for You as evil abounds. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN!!!

There is no question that if you believe something, or if you have a passion for something, it shows in your daily life. Those who have a passion for sports, live and breathe sports. Those who have a love for classical music, will have a collection of classical music CDs and attend live events where classical music is played. Those who have a passion for politics are obvious when they speak about the political issues of the day. People who believe in something, who have a passion for something, live that belief in their daily lives.

The question I have for you today is this. If you have committed your life to Christ, and you believe what the Bible says, do you live that belie! f in your
day-to-day life?

The Bible profoundly states that you will know a tree by the fruit it bears. You see, a tree may claim to be an apple tree, but unless it produces apples that claim is empty. The proof that it is an apple tree is when it produces the apples. We can claim to be Christian, but unless we are producing the fruits of a Christian life, that claim is empty.

Some of the fruit a Christian produces is found in the book of Galatians, Chapter 5, verses 22 and 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” These become the outward evidence of our inward commitment to Christ.

You see my friend, the fact is if we really believe in the truth of God’s Word and in Jesus Christ, we will live out that belief each and every day in our life. The more passionately we believe in something, the more passionately we live out those beliefs. My goal today is to challenge you to reflect o! n your
faith in Christ, and how you live out that faith in the course of your daily life.

I get discouraged to see people who have chosen to reject the truth of God’s Word and Jesus Christ in their lives, living out their beliefs with passion each day. Those who are lost and blinded by sin passionately commit their lives each day to living out the sinful path they have chosen to walk. Nothing stops them. Nothing gets in their way. They are focused and will not be deterred.

However, too many who profess faith in Christ and believe the Bible to be true, will waver; and meekly and shyly tiptoe through their day, trying to make sure nobody ever really knows what they believe!!!

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO NOT LIVE PASSIONATELY FOR CHRIST EACH AND EVERY DAY IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN HIM!!!

I love you, and care about you so much. My prayer today is that you will take a few minutes and ask God to strengthen your convictions and give you the boldness and courage to live yo! ur faith
each and every day. Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind which God you serve. Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind who is your King.

Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that you are a blood-bought, born-again, son or daughter of the living God!!! Live out your faith in Christ each and every day for the world to see!!! If you believe it, live it!!!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers!!!”

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(2 Corinthians 6:14)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for meeting my daily needs as you have promised in your Word. I look to you and your alone for my sustenance through life, and thank you for your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds you entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

If there was ever one commandment of God to follow, this is it! Read it prayerfully, and make sure you send this to everyone you know.

EVERY DAY I RECEIVE THOUSANDS OF PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE IGNORED THIS WARNING FROM GOD. THE RESULTS HAS BEEN WOUNDED, RUINED, AND DESTROYED LIVES. GOD DID NOT SEND THIS WARNING BY ACCIDENT. I PRAY TODAY THAT YOU WILL READ EACH WORD CAREFULLY AND UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU.

After 25 years in the ministry, preaching in over 500 churches of every denomination, producing prog! ramming
for 5 years for Christian television stations all over the country, 20 years operating Liveprayer, and 15 years of the TV program, I have personally prayed for and counseled hundreds of thousands of people. Through this, I have seen some of the great warnings in the Bible ignored, thus causing incredible personal suffering and destruction of lives.

As believers, we are so quick to cling to God’s promises in our hour of need, as we should, but God also put many warnings in His Word that we sometimes gloss over and ignore. One of those warnings is to not be unequally yoked with nonbelievers. Some have taken this passage to unreasonable lengths, but let me tell you what this scripture says and help you avoid unnecessary heartache and pain in your life.

This passage talks directly about those intimate relationships that we have in life, MAINLY MARRIAGE. So many email requests I get daily are from men and women who are married with unbelievers and going through so m! uch turmoil
in their life. Let me say this up front. If you are married now to an unbeliever, this does NOT mean to get a divorce.

You have already missed the warning and entered into a covenant relationship that God expects you to honor. God can use you to bring that unsaved spouse to Christ through how you live your life each day. But if you are not married, getting married with an unbeliever is spiritual suicide. Love is fine, but without God at the center of your marriage you are making a HUGE mistake that you will regret. God has warned you about this, to protect you!

As for dating, I believe there are two separate types of dating. One is just as friends. Going out with other people, going out to see a movie or to have something to eat, the things that friends might do together. If you are going out as friends with an unbeliever, there is nothing wrong with that. However, let me caution you that dating can unlock deep feelings. Most dating involves those deeper feeling! s and is
with the intention of potentially getting married. For this reason, be very cautious about who you decide to go out with. You should only be seriously dating someone who has accepted Christ as their Savior.

Outside of the marriage issue, I am not a literalist in regard to this verse of scripture. I do believe that if you go into business with someone, they should be of like faith. The people that you conduct business with in the course of the day though will be difficult to limit to just people of faith, though some try to and that is fine. Where you shop, where you recreate, the products that you use, I personally feel to try and fit all that you do each day to this verse is taking it to an interpretation that is not intended.

I love you and care about you so much. I will pray today that you really pray hard about your relationships in life, and keep this warning from God in your mind. God is in the blessing business. Sometimes though, it requires some patience ! on your
part. He won’t let you down, and His timing is ALWAYS perfect.

My prayer is that you take notice of this warning, have the strength to listen to the Lord, and give God a chance to work in your life, His way, in His timing. Trust me, if you do, you will avoid so much pain and be so blessed because when you live God’s way, life is better than anything you ever hoped for or dreamed of.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers!!!”

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

My birthday present to YOU!!!

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(Luke 4:18)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for another day of life. Let me never get so caught up in just ‘getting through the day” I don’t appreciate each day for the gift from You it is! Bless this day, and allow me to use it in some small way for your glory. Thank you for this life, and most of all, for my eternal relationship with You! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Today is a special day for me as I celebrate my 61st birthday. I never forget that tomorrow is promised to none of us and that each day is a gift from God. So I am most grateful for the Lord blessing me with these years of life, and am even more grateful that He allows me the honor of waking up each morning to serve Him.

My hand is to the plough, I am not looking back, and am so excited each morning at what God is going to do in people’s lives that day. I look forward to sharing the Truth of God’s Word and the hope and love of Jesus Christ with the lost an! d hurting
in the world until He says my work is over and calls me home.

It is normal on your birthday to receive presents. You may get a new pair of shoes, some clothes, a watch, maybe a nice dinner out, or even something as extravagant as a new car. However, even though it is my birthday, I have a present for YOU today. It is better than new shoes, or new clothes, or a shiny watch. It is even better than a new car. My present to you today will actually add YEARS TO YOUR LIFE!

You see, I really do love you and care about you. I am so thankful for you being part of my life and I want you to be around for many years to come should Jesus tarry in His return. Even though it is God who will have the last word when our life is over, we can make the free will choices to do things that can literally shorten our days. So today, my present to you is how to live as long as you possibly can to enjoy this life and be a productive servant of our Lord until the moment He calls you
home.

Over the past 20 years here at Liveprayer I have spoken many times on how our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and how we should do all that we can to keep our temples in the best shape possible. I have spoken often about how it is our responsibility to be in the best physical shape possible to be able to serve God to our best ability for as long as we possibly can.

Less than 10% of those reading this today exercise regularly or even try to eat the right foods. OVER 90% OF THOSE READING THIS TODAY ARE OVERWEIGHT AND THOSE EXTRA POUNDS ARE SHORTENING YOUR LIFE!!! Today I am going to help you lose weight. MORE IMPORTANTLY, KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF without spending thousands on joining a health club, buying machines, or becoming a slave to the latest pills or juices that will cost you $50 a month and NEVER do what they promise.

There are two elements required to lose weight. First is exercise. You MUST be on a disciplined exercise plan and be faithfu! l to that
plan to burn the calories necessary, not to mention the positive effects it has on your heart and muscles. Second is what you eat. There is NO way to lose weight, maintain your optimum weight, unless you are watching what you eat and drink. Sweets, soft drinks, alcohol, snack foods all have tons of calories that will put pounds on you.

If you are doing lots of exercise, you can get away with eating some things that are not the best for you to be eating, but you must be aware of all that you eat and drink. I hate to be over simplistic, but the fact is, if you are exercising regularly and watching what you eat, you can and WILL lose weight and MAINTAIN your ideal weight.

Please let me add this VERY IMPORTANT fact. Everyone has their own ideal weight. Genetics DO play a factor in this, and how God created our bodies is an issue. There are some people who simply will carry more weight than others. There is NOTHING wrong with being what some may consider overweight. N! obody can
be the media’s definition of perfect, nor should we try. We have to use common sense and accept the fact that some people are simply created to carry more weight than others. The key is, are you where YOU need to be at for YOUR body???

From the amount of emails that I get every day, I know that this is a major issue for many of you. Here is the secret. It is a battle like any other battle you fight in life. It is first a spiritual battle. The strength you get to stick to your exercise routine, to eat the right things each day, do NOT come from a pill or from yourself, IT HAS TO COME FROM GOD!!! You need to take the time each morning and pray to God for the strength and diligence to stick to your exercise plan and what you eat. IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!

People fail in their sincere efforts in this area because they have left out the spiritual element to it!!!

FORGET THE $50 A MONTH PILL OR JUICE AND REPLACE IT WITH PRAYER! All that pill or juic! e does is
remind you that this is a commitment that you have made. Period. Prayer will not only remind you, but strengthen you to stick to it and see victory!!!

I love you and care about you so much and am grateful to be able to give you this present today! I will be praying for you that God will inspire you to take action in this area of your life. HE IS SPEAKING TO YOU ABOUT ADDING YEARS TO YOUR LIFE! You don’t need the latest pill or juice to lose weight.

You need to exercise, watch what you eat, and PRAY! That is the special element. God will give you the strength and motivation to get victory over this area of your life. He will help you. Like in all things, when we are serious and ask God to help us, HE WILL!!! You will not only lose the weight you desire, but keep it off as long as you are willing to exercise, watch what you eat, and pray about this daily!

Losing weight and maintaining a certain weight is like every other battle we face. We must have a battle ! plan that
we work faithfully each day, and that plan must include accountability to others and God. We aren’t strong enough to get and maintain victory on our own. We need to have others in our life to hold us accountable and to keep us where we need to be in our day-to-day actions. I realize that this is an issue with many who are reading this right now. Know today that there is hope, there is victory waiting for you!

Exercise, pay attention to what you eat, have people in your life who will hold you accountable to your exercise routine and what you eat, and pray daily for God to give you the strength and resolve to stick to the plan. IT WILL ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE! This is an important issue because the better you feel, the better shape you are in, the more fit you are, the better you will be able to serve and glorify God with your life for many years to come!

***If you would like to give me a great birthday present, pray about a gift of Liveprayer of $61 ($1 for each ye! ar), $610
($10 for each year), or $6100 ($100 for each year)! There is nothing I desire more each day than to see souls saved, the Truth of God’s Word heard in the marketplace, and to see this nation repent!

YOUR love, prayers, and sacrificial support is what allows me to do all God has called me to do and I thank you as together we turn our nation back to the Almighty and His Truth!!!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel…”

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(Ezekiel 34:1-6)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, I know this is an evil and sin-filled world I live in. Please, protect me, but don’t let me be afraid. Let me be bold in declaring Your Truth to this lost world and not be afraid to speak up. Now more than ever I need Your strength to be the servant You have called me to be. Help me, strengthen me, and guide me to do Thy will. In the name of Jesus I pray…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 t! hem
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 women 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 2019 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.

The fastest growing “denomination” is the Metropolitan Community Church which are “churches” “pastored” by open, unrepentant, men and women who without conscience or shame engage in perverted sex with people of the same sex! The fastest growing “church” percentage-wise are…CHURCHES THAT LITERALLY WORSHIP SATAN!!!

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 encourage 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 woul! d 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 y! ou 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 pastor. 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 shee! p 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

Pleasing God and making our life matter!

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(Isaiah 58:7)

***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!!!

Pleasing God and making our life matter. We often get so caught up in living of our lives day to day , it is easy to forget why God has given us this wonderful gift of life. It is to serve and glorify Him. That is the bottom line of why we are here. Unfortunately, we can get far, far away from that purpose during the course of our years here on earth.

Obviously,! one of the
enemies goals is to keep us distracted so that we cannot fulfill that God-given purpose. Once a person comes to know Christ by faith, the enemy has lost the battle for that person’s soul. However, the battle then centers around making us as ineffective as possible in serving God in our daily lives. The more he can keep us distracted with the burdens of life, the less effective we are in our service to God.

This passage of scripture in Isaiah helps us to focus on what this life is really all about. It is not about seeing how much wealth we can accumulate in this life, or how much power we can acquire, or how well-known we can become.

All of things the world judges us by is absolutely meaningless to us when this brief journey is over. It is the wood, hay, and stubble the Bible talks about that will burn up when tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). The gold, silver, and precious stones are those things we do in this life that stand the test of eternity. It is ou! r true
service to our Lord.

If you want a starting point of how to please God, what kinds of things we can do in our life to follow our Lord and have an eternal legacy, get your Bible out and read verse 7 in the 58th chapter of Isaiah. This is what our life really is all about. Being there for those in need. Helping those who are lost in this life. Sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ with those we meet in this life.

I love you and care about you so much. One of the questions I get every day is how to be in the will of God. There are so many passages in the Word of God that help us know what we can do in our life to be in the will of God. This verse in Isaiah is a great place to start.

I will be praying with you today that the Lord helps you to realize no matter what problems you are facing, no matter how many obstacles there might be this very moment, there are always others who are in worse shape, always others who are struggling even more than you are. We! have a
responsibility to be an ambassador for Christ in our daily lives. This is how we fulfill our purpose in life.

My challenge to you today is to be aware that there is an enemy out there who will try everything possible to distract you from fulfilling your God-given purpose. Be aware of this trap. Rise above it no matter what you may be dealing with and find ways each day to share the hope and love of Christ with someone.

God did not place people in your life, in your path each day by accident. It is your opportunity to serve Him, and lay up treasures in heaven for eternity as opposed to focusing on the treasures of this life that will all one day pass away. The goal of every child of God should be to please HIM, and let God use our lives to make a difference for HIS Kingdom!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

Are you a loyal person?

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(Hebrews 13:5, 1 Samuel 22:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I have strayed from you and want to come home. I have allowed the daily life in this world to lead me astray, to allow me to drift from you, and I miss you dear Lord! Today, I recommit my heart and life to you and to serve you. Use me for your glory Lord. Make my life count for your Kingdom. Above all, bring to me your PEACE and JOY! Give me the joy of my salvation again as I walk close to you each moment of each day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

One of the observations I’ve made over nearly 61 years of life is that loyalty has become a very rare commodity. Growing up, I was taught that being loyal was an important part of who you were as a person. Just like I was taught to always tell the truth, to help others, to be kind, being loyal was an important element in making up the fabric of a person’s character.

The longer I live, the more I see loyalty missing in the character ma! ke-up of
most people. Today, being loyal is not a component of who most people are. This has become a contributing factor to the breakdown of our society, but even more important, the breakdown in the lives of many who claim to know Jesus.

A great example of loyalty from God’s Word is David’s loyalty to King Saul, even when Saul was trying to kill him! Now that my friend is a tremendous test of your loyalty to someone. Will you still honor them, be loyal to them, even if they are trying to kill you? Sadly, this type of loyalty is very rare in today’s world.

Men and women who are in relationships are no longer loyal to their boyfriend, girlfriend or other friends. They think nothing of cheating on someone they are in a committed relationship with. Sadly, this mentality carries over into marriage which is why you have husbands and wives without conscience committing adultery, not even thinking about or caring about the consequences of their sin and how many lives it will hu! rt and
even destroy.

Because so many children grow up today in a variety of living arrangements, many in blended families, there is not even loyalty to those in your own family any longer. These children grow up without ever being taught the importance of loyalty and sadly have parents and step-parents who model behavior that demonstrates no loyalty to anyone. So it is no wonder why these children grow up never learning how to be loyal, even to those in their own family.

Of course, if people aren’t loyal to their boyfriend, girlfriend or friends, to their spouse who they vowed loyalty to before each other and God for life, to their own family, it is no wonder why employees are no longer loyal to their employer, and likewise, employers are no longer loyal to their employees. 50 years ago a person would have 2-3 jobs in their lifetime. Now, they are likely to have 2-3 jobs before they get out of college and dozens more throughout their working life.

The real danger ! is, this
lack of loyalty that exists in most people also carries over into their faith. I mean if you think about it, it only makes sense. If you aren’t loyal to anyone in your earthly relationships, how can you expect to be loyal to the Lord in your spiritual relationship? Just like a person can without conscience go out and cheat on their wife, or betray a brother, or scheme against an employer or employee, that same person who has accepted Christ can turn their back on Him and willingly sin and live in rebellion to God’s Word!

Listen to me carefully. If you aren’t loyal to someone you are in a committed relationship with as a boyfriend or girlfriend or as a friend, if you aren’t loyal to your spouse who you vowed loyalty to for life to, if you aren’t loyal to your own flesh and blood, if you aren’t loyal to the place you earn your living or the people who help you earn your living, WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE LOYAL TO JESUS???

Our failure in being loyal really boils d! own to
one thing…..selfishness! We put ourselves above everyone else, including Jesus! The reason a person cheats on their boyfriend or girlfriend is that they are selfish. The reason a person cheats on their spouse is that they are selfish. The reason a person is not loyal to those in their family is that they are selfish. The reason a person is not loyal to their employer or employee is that they are selfish. The reason a person is not loyal to the Lord is that they are selfish. We aren’t loyal because we are selfish!

Loyalty requires a commitment to someone or something other than ourselves. It often costs to be loyal. We want the benefits of a relationship, a marriage, having a family, our job, knowing Jesus, but we don’t want to pay the price of having that relationship, being married, being part of a family, having a job, or our faith in Christ. We all can be loyal when things are going good, but the true test of loyalty is during times of trouble.

The disciples! of Jesus
were all loyal when great crowds came to hear Him preach, when He was sharing His wisdom, when He was healing people and raising the dead. But where were they when the Romans came to take him in the Garden of Gethsemane? Nowhere to be found. Running away in fear for their lives. Denying they even knew who He was.

I love you and care about you so much. My word for you today is simple. BE LOYAL! It is a lost human characteristic in most people’s lives in the year 2019, but one that every follower of Jesus MUST HAVE! Being loyal is part of what being a follower of Christ is all about. We are to be loyal to the Lord and to our faith. The fact is, if we are loyal to the Lord then we will be loyal in other areas of our life as well. In our relationships, in our marriage, to our family, to our employer or employees.

I will be praying for you that God will open your heart to really hear these words today. I pray that you will do an assessment of your life and how loyal y! ou are to
your friends, to a boyfriend or girlfriend, to your spouse, to your family, to your employer or employees. Ask yourself if you are really a loyal person in your earthly relationships.

Finally, assess how loyal you are to Jesus and to your faith. Do you do your best each day to live in obedience to Christ and to His Word? As a follower of Jesus, are you loyal to Him even when things aren’t going so well in your life? It is easy to be loyal when the blessings are flowing, but what about when you are in the midst of some major battles? Despite the challenges you face are you still loyal to the Lord?

When I think of Jesus, I think of loyalty. Jesus promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Even when we turn our back on Him, Jesus is still there, loving us, watching over us, caring for us. That my friend is what being loyal is all about. May we follow the example of our Lord and be loyal in our life to others and to Him, as He is loyal to us!!!

In His
love and service,

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

Bill Keller

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