Marketing salvation!

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(Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Matthew 16:24-25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help us to wake up as a nation before it is too late. We have squandered Your blessings, taken advantage of Your love and grace, and deserve Your wrath. Please oh Lord, be merciful for a few more hours and give your undeserving people one last chance to repent of our sins and turn our hearts and lives back to You. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

In our narcissistic, “What’s in it for me?” culture, we have learned how to market salvation to the masses like we do cell phones, cars, and hamburgers. In our zeal to win people for Christ, we have been very careful to focus on the benefits of salvation, making sure people understood all the reasons why this is a good choice, while being too afraid to tell them the WHOLE plan of salvation.

We sell salvation just like the late-night infomercials sell weight-loss pills, whipping people into an emotio! nal
frenzy by hyping all the benefits of getting saved, but never explaining to them the FULL COST of getting saved. The “fine print” in the salvation message is not what we get but what we GIVE!

I am saddened when I hear people share the Gospel, giving people an invitation to know Christ, but never really explain what a person is actually doing. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am grateful for everyone who shares the Gospel, gives people the opportunity to come to know Christ as their Savior, but my point today is that we MUST tell them the complete truth about what they are doing.

When a person makes the decision to accept Christ into their heart and life by faith, they are surrendering their life to Him. It is called giving your heart and life to Jesus because that is exactly what you are doing. From that moment on, your life no longer belongs to you, it belongs to Jesus. That is the critical part of the salvation message so many fail to tell people.

We are ! quick to
point out that if you accept Jesus you will have the assurance of everlasting life with God your Creator. That is true. It is our faith in Christ, the One who died for our sins that allows us to be reconciled with a Holy God and know that when our brief journey through life is over we will be with Him for all eternity. We also make sure people understand the tremendous benefits of being saved.

At that moment, the Holy Spirit indwells a Believer to supply them with the power of Almighty God. By accepting Christ as your Savior you have peace and joy in your life that is impossible to know otherwise. You come to realize that your life has meaning and purpose and experience the abundance of this life that Jesus promised. All of these things are true and need to be pointed out.

It is easy to see why people would want to be saved. Most people on the planet can accept that there is a Supreme Being or God out there. It is not hard for anyone who is honest to admit they h! ave
sinned, so asking for your sins to be forgiven makes sense. Even the heathen with the hardest heart will admit that one day he will die.

Everyone knows that is a day each one of us will face. So, accepting Jesus by faith to have the assurance that when this life is over you will go to Heaven and not Hell is a logical choice to make. To also have the Holy Spirit living within you, know a special peace and joy, have a purpose in life and experience its abundance, all makes the decision to accept Christ very attractive and really something only a foolish person would turn down.

So people make that eternal choice to accept Jesus by faith and nothing really changes. They wake up the next morning in the same bed, the same house. They have the same family and friends. They go to the same school and have the same job. They have all the same problems they did the night before, and maybe even a few new ones.

They do all the same things. Even though the Bible proclaim! s that
they are “Born again,” that they are a “New creature in Christ,” that the “Old has passed away,” their real, practical, day-to-day lives have not changed. This is why so many people who accept Christ are truly saved, but they never grow in their new faith and many of them see very little change in their life from BS (before being saved), to AS (after being saved).

The reason is when they got saved, what was left out or never really explained to them was the complete story of accepting Christ as their Savior. The part of the salvation experience that is often left out and never properly explained to people is the fact that when you accept Christ into your heart and life by faith you are giving your life to Him. It is an act of sacrifice and surrender, two words that most people want no part of.

That is why this most critical element of what it means to be saved is never really spoken about. The bottom line is, when you get saved you are surrendering your life to J! esus
Christ. Your life no longer belongs to you, it belongs to the Lord. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He literally gave His life in payment for your sins, and when you get saved, you are making a sacrifice of your life to Him.

This is so important since it goes to the very core of what being a Christian, a follower of Christ, is all about. We have sacrificed, surrendered our life to Jesus. Our life is no longer our own but now belongs to Him. All we do, where we go, everything regarding our life is now in the Lord’s control. When you get saved, you are literally giving Him your life.

That is why so many who know Christ live without His peace, without His joy, without any real purpose, without the victory, because they have refused to fully surrender their lives to Him. That is why most of the false religions of the world are so popular. You simply accept their false teachings but you can still live your life anyway you want to. When you become a follower of ! Jesus,
your very life now belongs to Him.

I love you and care about you so much. That is why even though Liveprayer reaches a massive audience each day through the Internet and on t.v. and we have people accepting Christ as their Savior every single day, we do our very best to first make sure they understand that in asking Jesus into their heart and life by faith they are literally surrendering their life to Him, that their life now belongs to Jesus. We send them a booklet that helps guide them in the basics of their new faith, things like reading the Bible and praying every day. We do our best to work with local churches to get people plugged in so they can be properly discipled and start to grow in their new faith.

When a person is saved, there is a supernatural change that happens to them spiritually. It is now critical for that person to understand that their life will never be the same again, that they are different now, and to help them begin the process of transf! orming
their mind and day-to-day life to be a true follower of Christ.

That doesn’t happen overnight, but over time. It is that process of sanctification, or becoming more like Christ, that begins at the moment a person is saved and continues to their very last breath. It is vital that each person who knows Christ is not only being discipled by someone more mature in the faith at all times, but that they are giving of themselves to disciple someone who is younger in the faith at all times. We can only grow in our faith as we are helped along by those who are more mature, and we have that same responsibility to help those who are younger in the faith grow in their relationship with the Lord.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that as you share the Gospel with people like our Lord has commanded all of His children to do, that you will clearly highlight the benefits of being saved, but not leave out the fact that being saved also includes surrendering our very lives ! to the
Lord.

We are actually cheating people by NOT telling them the whole story, since our purpose in life, the fullness of our peace and joy in knowing Christ, the true abundance of this life, can never be fully experienced unless we have unconditionally surrendered our life to Christ. Getting saved is not just about what we get, but it is also about what we GIVE-our life to Jesus Christ!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

Recent major events and news stories in the United States and around the world shaping the culture we live in! Part Two of Three

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(John 15:19)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to never forget how each life is from You and precious. In this culture that puts little value on a human life, let ME stand for You and the fact ALL LIFE IS FROM GOD! May I find courage and strength to never waiver or fail to speak up for this most precious of all gifts! In the name of Jesus I pray. AMEN!

Part Two of Three

“…but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world…” John 15:19

The world we are living in for this season. Today starts a very special 3-PART Daily Devotional series on recent major events and news stories in the United States and around the world that are shaping the culture we live in today. DO NOT MISS PART THREE ON TOMORROW!

It is critical for Christians to clearly understand the culture around us so that we can be the Lord’s agents of change as He has commanded us to be. May the Lord guide us each day by His Spirit a! s we faithfully
serve Him!!!

*Teen Vogue is a publication that is more destructive to the minds of young girls 12-19 (their target audience), than about anything they could ever read. Worse of all, it is for sale to anyone of any age! While Teen Vogue pushes a worldly view of sexuality, basically anything you can imagine at any time with anyone, it also advocates for killing babies which of course are the natural byproduct from illicit sex between a male and female.

Teen Vogue teaches young girls that having an abortion is on the same par as going to the dentist. For a generation of young girls/women who for the most part have never been to church and have no faith foundation in their life, they have had their views and beliefs shaped by a Godless culture, and sadly confirmed in the Godless behavior modeled by their parents/adults in their life.

*Social media is finally being recognized as a legitimate mental health issue! With over a decade of social media being a par! t of
people’s lives, there is a percentage of our society where it literally has become a dominant part of their daily lives. Mental health professionals are just now beginning to break down the issues caused by social media in people’s lives. For all of the positive aspects of social media, there are also very negative aspects. For many, they live their life in a state of alternative reality through social media. They have their real life, and they have their social media life. Whatever shortcomings their real life may have, they have no such issues in their alternative life. They can literally make up a virtual reality where they are perfect in every way they perceive perfection to be.

The sad reality is that social media has literally turned a percentage of our society into social retards, social misfits. They live their real life with as little personal contact and social interaction with others as possible. Due to the relative short time mental health professio! nals have
been trying to assess what damage social media is doing to people, most of the dangers are still unknown. One thing is certain. Social media can have a positive effect in people’s lives, AS LONG AS IT IS KEPT IN PERSPECTIVE AND IS PROPERLY PRIORITIZED. A good quick test is what percentage of your day is spent on social media, and what happens if you didn’t have social media for the next 72 hours?

*One of the most popular new video games is “Rape Day.” Video games have become more sophisticated in their graphics and video production, while at the same time becoming more filled with every kind of evil imaginable and where human life is treated as nothing special. Violence of every kind, sexual assault, murder, are all elements in the most popular video games today. There is an old computer adage, “garbage in, garbage out.”

The Bible talks about the cleansing of our mind and warns about the things we see and hear. It is IMPOSSIBLE for people to play” this current
generation of video games and not have it affect their mind in a negative way. Just the violent/evil/murderous images a person sees when playing these “games” has to do some sort of damage to a person’s mind.

*An interesting court case is under way in Alabama. In what may be the first lawsuit of its kind, an Alabama man is suing an abortion clinic on behalf of a fetus, which he claims “died” a “wrongful death” because his ex-girlfriend decided not to carry her unwanted pregnancy to term. On March 4, Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger recognized “Baby Roe” as a person with legal rights and named the father the representative of the aborted fetus’ new estate.

Please be praying. As you can only imagine, the multi-billion dollar baby killing industry will fight this case with every legal maneuver possible, since if a baby killed in an abortion clinic is granted the rights of a “person,” it means the entire abortion industry is nothin! g but a business that kills
innocent people…which is exactly what it is!

*New reports are out that Christian churches in the United States are in decline or flat lining, and donations in over 50% of churches are down over the previous 3 years. This should not really be a surprise since older saints are dying and graduating to their rewards in Glory, and aren’t being replaced because the church has virtually abandoned evangelism. The vast percentage of “church growth” seen today is simply poaching members from other churches.

*A byproduct of the 8 years under President Obama has been involvement by Muslims in every aspect of the Federal government. Unlike other minority communities, Muslims NEVER come to a country to assimilate into the culture of that country, but to force the citizens to accept the Islamic culture! A Dutch professor recently stated that not one, ZERO, western countries have ever successfully assimilated Muslims into their culture. While it may not be a big deal t! o most, upon
election to the US House of Representatives, Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar forced the House to change its’ rule that had been in effect from day one 230 years ago regarding wearing a head covering on the House floor.

People are appalled by the anti-Semitic statements made by Congresswoman Omar, her downplaying of 9/11 as being “some people did something,” and recently blaming the United States military for the Blackhawk down incident in Somalia. I really don’t know why since she is simply stating what Muslims truly believe. She has refused to use the deceitful language groups like CAIR use to hide their true thoughts and feelings. In the 1400 year history of Islam, they have gone to every new land with one ultimate purpose, and that is to force that land to become Islamic. If you think I am over-reacting, ask the Germans, the French, the British, the various Scandinavian countries that have been overrun with Muslim migrants from Syria and northern Afri! ca.

* Gen
Z, ages 4-24, are set to be the biggest consumers of marijuana as state after state is now turning to legalized marijuana to help pay for their fiscal irresponsibility. This is just what the nation needs, another legal intoxicant that will end up with a percentage of the population enslaved to pot. This nation has unleashed legalized gambling and now marijuana, both vices that destroy the lives of those who become addicted. Researchers state that the current strands of legalized marijuana are exponentially more potent than pot was in past decades. With more data available, it is now known that just smoking pot once a week by a person under 24 when the brain become fully developed, can knock off 5-8 points from a person’s IQ! What a great outlook for the next generations of leaders for our nation.

I love you and care about you so much! This is the real life world we live in my friend! It is a challenge to stay educated about the world we live in but are not part of, ! in order to
the best ambassadors of Christ we can be as we share His love and hope with this lost and hurting world!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

Recent major events and news stories in the United States and around the world shaping the culture we live in! Part One of Three

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(John 15:19)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to never forget how each life is from You and precious. In this culture that puts little value on a human life, let ME stand for You and the fact ALL LIFE IS FROM GOD! May I find courage and strength to never waiver or fail to speak up for this most precious of all gifts! In the name of Jesus I pray. AMEN!

Part One of Three

“…but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world…” John 15:19

The world we are living in for this season. Today starts a very special 3-PART Daily Devotional series on recent major events and news stories in the United States and around the world that are shaping the culture we live in today. DO NOT MISS PART TWO TOMORROW AND PART THREE ON FRIDAY!

It is critical for Christians to clearly understand the culture around us so that we can be the Lord’s agents of change as He has commanded us to be. May the Lord guide us each! day by His
Spirit as we faithfully serve Him!!!

*Suicide tips for children on YouTube! YouTube and other social media giants are bending over backwards to eliminate “hate speech” from their platforms. They have adopted the prevailing liberal view of what constitutes hate speech, meaning speech their liberal orthodoxy disagrees with. Subsequently, much conservative political speech has been banned, as has much standard Christian speech since the Christian faith is seen as hateful for following the Bible on issues like life, marriage, and sexual perversion.

However, YouTube’s policing often aren’t as aggressive in deleting pornography and other harmful content. Recently there was a barrage of messages inserted into children’s cartoons teaching kids how to commit suicide! I fully realize the difficulty in policing non-stop worldwide content, but YouTube and other social media sites are much more focused on banning speech they disagree with from an ideological viewp! oint, than content
that is clearly harmful to children, young adults, and people of all ages!

*As friends of Liveprayer probably know, I was born, raised, and saved in the United Methodist Church. Even though I have not been part of that church for over 40 years, it is my earliest spiritual roots and I will always have a special place in my heart for this once great church built on the faith and labor of men like the Wesley brothers. Sadly, for a long time now much of the UMC has not been the church I grew up in. Like many old mainline denominations it has allowed the culture to influence the church instead of allowing the church to influence the culture.

For a decade now the UMC has engaged in a battle that should never have been given a second thought. Sadly, it is now only a matter of time before the church splits over the LGBTQ issue. The Bible is clear that marriage is one man, one woman, for one lifetime, PERIOD! Sex is to be enjoyed by a man and a woman in the bonds of ma! rriage,
PERIOD! It is so sickening to see a work of God that has impacted millions and millions of lives worldwide for so many years being ripped apart by an issue that there is literally nothing to debate! This is the sad result when a Christian church, a Christian person, compromises the Truth of the Bible and gives satan a foothold. Works of God leading souls to everlasting life through faith in Jesus one day, can be a tool of satan helping lead souls to hell for all eternity!

*Joshua Holmes is the latest Christian TV prosperity pimp. The self-described “Jesus prophet,” is a smooth talking young man following in the steps of people like Mike Murdoch, Robert Tilton, Peter Popoff, Todd Coontz to name a few, appearing on Christian TV to hustle money with unbiblical promises. Holmes claims to be a “prophet,” being able to tell people the future. Prior to the Bible, God often spoke to the prophets about the future. With the completion of the 66 books we know of as th! e Bible in apx.
90 ad, modern day prophets are not “foretellers,” but “forthtellers.” Their messages are in complete alignment with the Scritpures. The penalty for the Old Testament prophet who was wrong was death by stoning. Sadly, many modern day self-described prophets have turned a legitimate spiritual gift into Christian fortune-telling for money with no price to pay when they are wrong.

*Transsexuals in the military. Thankfully, common sense looks like it has prevailed and there will be no new people joining the United States military by people who claim to be the opposite gender God created them as. As I have shared in past Daily Devotionals, there is NO SUCH THING as a “trans person,” only a person who has legitimate mental health issues and doesn’t even know what gender they are. That person does not belong in the military, but in mental health treatment!

*A further sign of our culture spinning out of control is “sologomy.” If you aren’t famili! ar with this term, it means
“to marry yourself.” Sologamy literally means a person who affirms one’s own value and leads to a happier life through marrying themselves.

*UNPLANNED is a recent movie that tells the story of a young woman who was the director of a Planned Parenthood facility. After many years, one day she was required to assist in an abortion. That experience pierced her heart and she soon quit and has become an incredible warrior for the pro-life movement. The actual making of the movie was a nightmare due to the fact many in the crew refused to work on the project when they found out what the movie was about. The producers had to hide the name of the movie and what it was about since many filming locations wouldn’t rent to them because of the subject.

Once made, other than FOX News and conservative talk radio, they couldn’t even buy advertising on most TV channels. Most interesting of all, despite not having one curse word, zero sex of any kind, the motion pict! ure ratings board
gave them an R rating. The reason? They claimed out of the entire movie, the 32 seconds of an abortion being performed was extreme violence. YOU THINK? The irony, with an R rating young women under 17 have to be accompanied by an adult, yet those same young women could get an abortion in most states without any parental notification! Great testimonies are pouring in from people who have seen the movie and decided that they could not kill their baby as they had already planned.

*Sign at an Arkansas church: “Heaven has strict immigration laws, hell, open borders!”

I love you and care about you so much! This is a challenge to stay educated about the world we live in but are not part of, in order to the best ambassadors of Christ we can be as we share His love and hope with this lost and hurting world!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

Never losing sight of what God has called us to do!!!

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(Luke 19:1-10)

***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 You 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!

As we have just celebrated Holy Week, one of the things I love about reading the accounts of the ministry of Jesus was the fact He never lost sight of what He had come to do. He came to preach the Good News to the lost and hurting of the world. His ministry was NOT in the church of His day, but was to those outside of the church. Jesus took His message of hope into the streets to those who were living without God in their life, telling them that there was a better way to live. JESUS HAD SPIRITUAL GUTS!!!

Today, more than ever we need men and wo! men of
God with those same spiritual guts. The church has become institutionalized and satisfied with the status quo. Forty years ago, it was simply a matter of opening the front door and the people would come. That is not true in 2019. We have a large percentage of 2 full generations now that do not attend church. Children that grew up in homes void of God are now having their own children, which of course, will also grow up in homes void of God. The world that we live in continues each day to boldly present a message that is in direct opposition to the Truth of God’s Word.

Sadly, rather than going out and challenging that ungodly message, the church has decided to withdraw from the world and isolate itself. Rather than being the salt and light God has called us to be, we have found it more “comfortable” to simply withdraw and stay to ourselves. We feel safe in our churches since we are with “our own kind.”

We have our OWN TV stations. We have our OWN radio stations. ! We have
our OWN books and magazines. We have our OWN music. We have our OWN schools. Rather than using these great resources to reach the lost, we have found it is much easier (and more profitable) to simply “preach to the choir” and isolate ourselves from the rest of the world.

This message today is a wake-up call to men and women who love the Lord. God did not call us to isolate ourselves from this world, but to go out into the world and share the hope and love of Jesus Christ. I have never seen so many people that are afraid of the world that we live in. Did you not read in the Bible in 1 John 4:4 that tells you, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world?” Did you not read in the Bible that we are “more than conquerors?” Did you not read in the Bible that we are called to go out into the “highways” and invite the lost to know Christ?

God did not call us to hide our light under a bushel, but to share that light with this dark world we live in! God is! looking
for men and women with “spiritual guts” to take His message to the lost and hurting of this world!!!

I love you and care about you so much. There is a world outside of the four walls of the church that is lost, hurting, and looking for answers. They won’t come to church, watch Christian TV, listen to Christian radio and music, read Christian books and magazines, or go to Christian schools. To reach these people, we have to do what Jesus did and GO TO THEM. Understand that when you take Christ into the world, they will not always be nice. They have lived their life rejecting God so most likely will not be open to your message. But never forget that your labor for the Lord is not in vain.

Even those who reject what you are saying have at least had a seed planted in their life. God will allow you to minister to people that are at a place in their life where they realize there has to be a better way. They WILL be open to accepting Christ as their Savior and changing ! their
life. Jesus told us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. The church has forgotten the most important part of being a Christian, and that is we are here to serve, NOT be served. We are like Eli, sitting in our grand palaces, getting so fat that we can’t even move. God has called us to rise up and take His message of Christ’s love to the lost and hurting of this world we live in.

That my friend, takes spiritual guts!!!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!!!

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(Matthew 28:5-7)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me an abundance of your JOY this Resurrection Day! Let the “joy of the Lord” me mine on this day, and help me to share that joy with others. In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

HE IS RISEN!!!!!!!!

Today, marks the greatest historical event in human history…the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The reason the resurrection of Jesus is the greatest historical event is because it is the absolute key to our faith. Paul said in his first letter to the church at Corinth in the 15th chapter, that if Christ did not rise from the dead, then we are still dead in our sin and most vain of all. However, if He did rise from the dead, then we have the assurance our sins are forgiven and of everlasting life.

You see, Jesus is either the biggest fraud in the history of mankind or He is exactly who He claims to be…the Son of God. The resurrection is the key event.

The historical evidence of Christ’s! resurrection
is irrefutable. The fact that he died on a Roman cross, the claims of followers seeing the risen Lord, evidence of the empty tomb, the inability of the Jewish leaders to disprove the resurrection claims in the very city Jesus died and was buried, and the radical transformation in the lives of His disciples are all well documented.

His disciples went from being normal men concerned only about their own welfare from the night Jesus was arrested, to bold preachers who were willing to die for their faith. You also have Jesus’ own predictions of His resurrection as well as the fact that soon after was the birth of the Christian church that started meeting on Sunday. That is significant since these were monotheistic Jews who were used to worshipping on Saturday.

My friend, the Christian faith has never meant to be a blind leap in the dark. God never asked His children to just believe without any evidence of what we believe in. He has given us plenty of tangible histori! cal
evidence to help us know without a doubt that what is in His inspired, inerrant Word is the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.

Absolute truth that you can stake your very life on. Of course, once we get to the point we accept the resurrection as a fact, and we accept His Word as TRUTH, it then demands that we totally and unconditionally surrender our very life to Him.

That becomes the logical conclusion of this spiritual journey. Because you see, it is not our life any longer, it belongs to Him. Our purpose is to simply serve and glorify Him with our lives. I pray that on this day in which we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, you will recommit your life to Him. We can all do better.

None of us have given it ALL to Him…we can give Him more. Make this day the day that you realize that Jesus rose from the dead, to insure that you will live for eternity with Him if you have accepted Him into your heart and life by faith.

I love you and care about you so v! ery much.
I pray you have a wonderful Resurrection Day. For those traveling to be with your family, you will be in my prayers for a safe journey. May you be richly blessed as we stand together to proclaim to this hurting and dying world that Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings….HE IS RISEN!!!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

GOOD FRIDAY!!!

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(John 3:16, 14:6)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, USE ME in these perilous, last days, as a messenger of Your hope in Jesus. Father, make me aware of the people You have put in my life each day, many who will die and burn in hell for all eternity for rejecting Christ, and use me as a vessel of Your love and hope. I thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins that I might know the free gift of everlasting life, and I ask today that You help me to lead others to that wonderful eternal relationship with Christ. For it is in HIS name I pray…AMEN!

Today is the day that we celebrate one of the greatest events in human history, the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross!!! Today is truly a day of rejoicing. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, giving His very life as the one-time perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, we can be forgiven of our sins and reunited with our Lord for eternity.

So much of what I deal with eac! h day in
this Devotional is to help you walk through this short journey here on earth victoriously while allowing God to use your life for His glory. However, we must never forget that this journey is very short and there is an eternity waiting for us when this life is completed.

I want to focus for a few minutes on this most sacred day to that split second when our life on this earth is finished and we are launched into eternity. Do you have the assurance this very moment that when you take your last breath that you will spend eternity in Heaven?

If the answer to that question is anything but a resounding YES, then let me just share this simple truth with you. You see, our God, our Creator so loved this world, so loved His creation, that He sent His Son, His only Son to be part of this world. Jesus had one mission in this life. It wasn’t to be a great teacher, though He was a great teacher. It wasn’t to be a great prophet, though He was a great prophet. It wasn’t to be a! great
miracle worker, though He did work many great miracles.

No my friend, Jesus came to this world to perform only one job…to die!!!

You see, the reason it was vital for Jesus to be immaculately conceived and born of a virgin was so that He was not infested with the same problem you and I are born into this life with, sin. Otherwise, the best He could have done was to die for His own sins. Jesus lived on this earth for some 33 years before it was time to complete His work. That work was finished on a hill called Calvary and a cross where He hung, and then died as the perfect one-time sacrifice for the sins of this world.

That is why whosoever believes in Jesus shall not perish, but is promised everlasting life!!!

Putting our faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved because it was only Jesus who died for our sins. There are no other ways to be saved, no other roads to God, there are no other plans of salvation!!! This is God’s one and only plan to re! concile
His fallen creation back to Himself. This is the only way that you can escape eternity apart from the God who created you in His own image. It is through His grace and by your faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9)!!!

There are many incredible mysteries in the Bible. There are many doctrinal issues that will never be fully understood until we reach Glory. But God made the most important decision of this life very easy and simple to understand. He gave every person on earth the very same opportunity to have their sins washed away and be assured of an eternity in Heaven. That is why we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and why we celebrate Good Friday today.

The most important decision you will make in this life is not who you will marry, or where you will live, or what kind of job you will have. The most important decision you will make in this life is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior by faith. If you have not done that yet, the Bible! says
that TODAY is the day of salvation.

I would invite you to go t: https://liveprayer.com/salvation.cfm Pray to ask God to open your heart, read the words, pray the prayer, and accept today God’s gift to you this Easter season the gift of everlasting life through His son Jesus.

I love you and care about you deeply. For those of you who already know Christ as your Savior, I would encourage you to forward this email to someone that you know who is lost and without hope this Easter. What better gift to give someone than the opportunity to know Jesus as their Savior and God’s free gift of everlasting life when this journey through life is over. I pray that you will take time today to focus on what Jesus did on that cross some 2,000 years ago.

Because of His obedience our sins can be forgiven and we can have everlasting life!!!

In His love and service,

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

Bill Keller

Jesus…or Barabbas???

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(Mark 6:6-15, Romans 11:2-5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, help me to not be like the people who called for Barabbas. Give me the strength to live my life for You today. The greatest way I can show my love for You, the greatest way I can call for JESUS and not Barabbas, is to live my life for You this day. May my thoughts, words, and deeds be pleasing and acceptable to You! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!

Did you know that the masses are still calling for Barabbas over Jesus today? As we enjoy the Easter season, we read some of those great passages in the Bible about the events of what we now call Palm Sunday through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus. One of the events that took place soon after Jesus was seized by the Romans was Pilate allowing the masses to vote for either Jesus or a criminal named Barabbas to be released as was custom during the Passover.

Pilate felt certain the people would ask for Jesus to be releas! ed, thus
allowing him to escape being used by the Jewish religious leaders to put Jesus to death. After all, the crime Jesus was guilty of was stating that He was God, a non-violent theological debate that he really wanted no part of. Barabbas on the other hand was a violent revolutionary working to overthrow Rome. However, when Pilate gave the people their choice, Jesus or Barabbas, they cried out for Barabbas!

My friend, whether you understand this or not, the people today are still crying out for Barabbas. They have rejected Christ, His Truth, and in open rebellion to Almighty God are calling for sin so they can live in opposition to God and His Truth. Our society today has chosen to promote the agenda of satan while rejecting Christ and the Truth of God’s Word.

I can’t even begin to tell you how heavy my heart has been about this nation, the world we live in, and so many people dying every day and spending eternity in hell. The fact is, this nation and world could be ! looking
forward each day to God’s blessings, instead of awaiting His soon coming wrath and judgment.

So many people die each day and end up in hell, when many of them would have accepted Jesus as their Savior and been spending eternity in Heaven if someone had only told them how to be saved. I have spent much of the past 20 years on my face before the Lord, asking for His guidance in fulfilling the ultimate plan and purpose for His work here at Liveprayer!

In the Bible, we read about the REMNANT. No matter how evil and wicked the children of Israel became, God always had a remnant of the faithful who refused to bow their knee to Baal. Throughout the ages, God has always had a remnant. Despite the spiritual freefall this nation is in due to its’ gross sin and wickedness, God still has a remnant today who refuses to bow down to the false gods and idols of this world, and have remained faithful to the Lord.

In the Bible we read about the religious institutions that be! came
corrupt, mostly because of money. They had become part of the spiritually bankrupt culture due to compromise and worldly motivations, as their leaders lived a life of luxury off of the sacrifice of the people they were supposed to be guiding spiritually. Isn’t it amazing that in the year 2019 nothing has really changed?

Most mainline denominations have bought into the perverted liberal theology of the day that accepts many sins and opposes Biblical Truth. They have embraced ecumenicalism, laying aside the absolutes of the Bible to fellowship with the cults and false religions of the world.

Other churches have bought into the man-made marketing plans of our day like the seeker movement, the purpose driven church, the emerging church, and the prosperity gospel. So-called Christian leaders sell out the Gospel for their own benefits. Many preachers think they are celebrities and use the sacrifices of the people they minister to enabling them to live like the ruler of! a small
nation.

Is it any wonder why our nation is in spiritual freefall when the very institution God created to lead our culture and the people to the Lord, has allowed itself to become part of this sinful and rebellious landscape???

Sadly, in the Bible, other than the prophet warning the people, the remnant was quiet never heard from until AFTER God’s wrath and punishment rained down upon the children of Israel. It was ultimately the remnant that led their nation back to God and His Truth during that time of punishment, and helped re-establish the worship of Almighty God and following His Truth in the aftermath.

I don’t believe that the remnant needs to remain silent and sit back while our nation experiences the wrath and judgment of Almighty God. I believe that if the remnant will rise up with one voice, we can see God’s hand of judgment stayed for a season. However, we have no time left.

As I told you years ago, we would see God’s wrath and judgment begi! n to fall
on our nation. I believe we have a brief reprieve, a few years to get serious about leading this nation back to God our Creator and Biblical Truth! However, we must act now!

This movement cannot be led by a mere man of flesh and blood, but must be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Works of men are little more than fiefdoms, and we already have thousands of them in Christendom which is a major reason why the church has virtually no influence over our culture.

This has got to be a Spirit-led movement of the remnant, God’s true and faithful followers. Those in the remnant refuse to bow their knee to the gods of this world, their goals and desires are heavenly and not earthly, and they seek to use their God-given gifts and talents to serve and glorify Him.

As for Liveprayer, God has uniquely positioned this end-days ministry to be a catalyst to rally and lead His remnant, to sound the trump of warning, in the marketplace and help guide His remnant to l! ead this
nation back to God and His Truth for a season. It is amazing what God can do with only a few who are completely and unconditionally sold out to Him!

In nearly 20 years, Liveprayer, one small work of God operated out of the back of a used car lot, has literally impacted tens of millions of lives worldwide through the Internet and secular media, responded to over 150 million emails for prayer, have over 15 million praise reports archived, and seen over 1,300,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Liveprayer has refused to get involved in the politics the big-time Christian ministries become ensnared in, stayed true to our mission to reach out to the lost and hurting masses in the marketplace despite knowing the road to comfort and prosperity in the ministry is paved through the Christian media, and has never compromised the Gospel and God’s Truth found in the Bible regardless the personal consequences to myself or that it caused many key donors to stop
supporting God’s work here.

When I die, it is God, not man who I will stand before just like you and every other man will. Having a strong unified voice is the key for the remnant to be successful in helping to turn this nation back to God and His Truth while leading lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. It will be the sacrifice of those in the remnant, the sacrifice of their time, talent, and treasure, that will help us see victory!

I love you and care about you so much. While this nation calls for Barabbas, there is still a faithful remnant calling for Jesus! There is NO EXCUSE we still slaughter 4,000 babies in this nation every day. There is NO EXCUSE we have men marrying men and women marrying women in this nation. The is NO EXCUSE for the proliferation of porn and gambling. There is NO EXCUSE that the media puts out the unfiltered garbage it does 24/7.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE THAT SATAN IS ABLE TO INFLUENCE THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE MASSES 24/7 WITHOUT A! NY
OPPOSITION!!!

Today, I echo the challenge Elijah issued to the people of his day on Mt. Carmel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Our nation and this world is overdue the wrath and judgment of God for our gross wickedness. Now is the hour for the remnant to rise up and be heard before it is too late. Our time is up and we are currently operating on God’s grace and mercy at this point.

LIVEPRAYER WILL HELP LEAD THE REMNANT AND USE OUR POWERFUL VOICE FOR GOD’S TRUTH IN THE MARKETPLACE TO CALL OUR NATION AND THE WORLD TO REPENTANCE AND THE LOST TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. IT WILL BECOME A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE TRUE REMNANT AND MOBILIZE THE FAITHFUL TO WIN VICTORIES OVER THE SOCIAL ISSUES OF OUR DAY AND LEAD THE LOST TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! TIME IS RUNNING OUT, THE HOUR IS UPON US, IT IS TIME TO ACT AND ACT DECISIVELY!!! WILL YOU BE PART OF GOD’S REMNANT???

In His ! love and
service,

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

Bill Keller

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