Howard Stern, the Self-Proclaimed “King of All Media”

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(Isaiah 55:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please be with me throughout this day and guide my thoughts, words, and deeds. Please give me the strength to live this day for you. Give me the wisdom, boldness, and courage to stand for you and your truth as the opportunities present themselves. Help me to be BOLD FOR CHRIST THIS DAY! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed “king of all media.” Not much surprises me any longer, so I wasn’t shocked at the number of people who chastise and lambaste me for going on Howard Stern’s radio program several times each year. I was told not to cast my pearls before swine, that I had no business being on such a vile and filthy program, that I was wasting my time talking to a man who has cast his lot with satan, that I would only embarrass Christ by associating with such a person, and on and on. These are the same people who still don’t understand why I “waste my time and lots of money” to air the Liveprayer TV program on secular stations and networks!!!

What these people forget or never understood in the first place, is that it is to the Howard Sterns of the world we have been COMMANDED to take the Gospel. These are the very people God has called us to reach out to with His Truth and the hope of Jesus Christ. What these people with no vision also never understood is that while I was happy to get a chance to witness to Howard, his on-air cohorts, and the behind the scenes production team, it was his 1 MILLION LISTENERS I was looking to reach!

Let me be very blunt with you. I would rather have 20 minutes on Howard Stern’s program, reaching his 1 million listeners, than preach to a stadium or arena full of people bussed in by the local churches. I am just being honest with you. The people in that stadium or arena will love the message I bring, give a great offering, and buy whatever resources I sell. In appearing with Howard, the message and me personally will be ridiculed and scorned, get death threats, there is certainly nobody who is going to give us any money. But it is to THOSE lost and hurting masses living without Christ and heading for the fires of hell that I live to reach each day as Paul did in his day!

Of course, it was the hand of God who orchestrated this great opportunity. Because of the sacrifice of many the TV program is on over 100 markets “live” for an hour every Monday thru Friday. One of Howard’s people began watching and recording the program every night. Even though he watched to mock, ridicule, and make crank calls to the program, HE WAS WATCHING! That is the whole reason I only do the program on secular stations and networks, to reach people like that!

I don’t care why they are watching. The fact is, these are mostly people who are never going to church, never going to read the Bible, and are living their lives void of God’s Truth and in rebellion to Him. These people are lost and heading to hell when they die, and most of them don’t even fully comprehend that fact! THOSE ARE THE EXACT PEOPLE I AM OUT TO REACH! GOD’S WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID! Regardless of the motives of those who watch, they are hearing the Truth of God’s Word and they are hearing that Jesus loves them and without Christ, they will spend eternity in hell! Jesus is their only hope for this life and for all eternity!!!

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11”

Several years ago, I began getting emails from people who said they heard me on Howard Stern’s program. At first I thought they were confused or joking, but after several days of these emails I did some research and found out Howard was playing clips from my TV program of his people calling in with fake prayer requests, trying to see how I would answer their problems. I contacted my PR firm and told them to contact Howard’s people, that they are free to use clips from my program even though they are mocking and demeaning what we do, but they need to tell their audience where they got the clips from. I also instructed them to tell Howard’s people that he should invite me on his program.

Again, I could care less about being on Howard Stern’s radio program, but I did care about being able to reach the 1 million people who listen to his program every day!!! So that is how the appearance on Howard’s radio program came to be years ago, and I am on 3-4 times every years about the issues of the day. Nothing but the hand of God at work. If you have not heard the 20 minute interview, here is the link: http://www.liveprayer.com/stern1.cfm

I had no illusions about what the interview would be like, the filthy and very personal nature it would take, the foul language, since that is what Howard’s program is all about. He has made hundreds of millions of dollars by appealing to the lowest common denominator in men and women, reducing everything to sex. His program is about glorifying lives in complete rebellion to God and His Word. My conversation with Howard and his on-air cohorts was actually like the typical call I get every night on the Liveprayer TV program.

Howard and his people, the vast majority who listen to him, are simply people who live their lives void of God’s Truth since that would force them to be accountable to God and live by a higher standard. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYONE, NOR DO THEY WANT TO BE TOLD HOW TO LIVE!

It was instructive for many in the Liveprayer family to hear this interview. After much prayer, I purposely did not edit the interview, leaving the profanity in since people need to hear what much of the world finds acceptable conversation. There are too many who live sheltered lives, without fully comprehending that there are more people who believe like Howard Stern than believe like they do! In dealing every day with the lost and hurting outside the four walls of the church, people who love the Lord must understand this is where the vast majority of people in this nation and around the world live their lives.

They barely acknowledge, if at all, the existence of Gold. They thoroughly reject the Absolute Truth of Gods’ Word. The fact is, everyone has a family member, friend, or co-worker like this. Because they have rejected God’s Word they also have rejected Jesus Christ and whether they understand it or not, are going to die one day and spend eternity in hell!

This is why I preach to you all the time that we MUST get out of the comfort zone of our churches, quit doing nothing but preaching to ourselves, and get bold and aggressive in taking the message of Christ’s love to these lost and hurting masses. Howard takes his message of debauchery and rebellion to God to the masses every day. He has no shame, no fear, and is bold and aggressive in marketing his rebellion to God while influencing millions of lives to also live in rebellion to God and His Truth.

*I ask you this question often. If a person who serves satan like Stern can lead the masses to hell, why can’t those of us who serve God lead those same masses to an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ? The answer is simple. Stern stops at nothing to reach the masses with his lies, while we do nothing to reach those same masses with the Truth! Pray about that statement today!!!

I love you and care about you so much. In the 48 hours after appearing on Stern’s program each time, we received a little over 3,000 emails from his listeners. 40% are from people who agree with Howard’s worldview and sent the same profanity laden, hate-filled rhetoric you heard in my interview. However, the other 60% are people legitimately reaching out for prayer and help. They are hurting, dealing with the problems of life, and very appreciative someone was there to pray for them and give them a word of hope and encouragement. When people are hurting, going thru a difficult time, that is when they are open to prayer and open to the Gospel. That is why just being there and available is so critical.

Every time I am on, over 1 million people hear God’s Truth and the fact Jesus loves them and He is the only way to be saved. Pray for those listeners as the seeds have been planted in their lives that there is hope and answers if they will turn to the Lord. Please pray for Howard, his on-air cohorts, the people who work behind the scenes on his program. The same Jesus who died for you and me, died for them as well.

Howard Stern may be the “king of all media” for the few years he is alive, but he will sadly find out when he dies there is only one King, His name is Jesus, and He is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

You are In Inspiration to All Belivers

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(Matthew 5:11,12, 1 Peter 4:16)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I cry out to you today. I have no place to turn but to you. My life is yours. Do with it as you will and I will obediently serve you with my very last breath. IN the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..AMEN!

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:11,12

Pastor Bill, I saw this quote and immediately thought of you and your ministry. God bless you for taking a stand against evil and for our Lord in this present age. You are in inspiration to all Believers!!!

“Someone, then, must undertake the ungracious task of probing and laying bare the evils of the age; for men must not be allowed to congratulate themselves that all is well. If others will not, he will. If others shrink from the obloquy of such a work, he will not. He loves the age too well; he loves his nation too well; he loves his fellow-men too well. They may upbraid him; they may call him a misanthropist, or a prophet of evil; they may ascribe his warnings to the worst of motives, such as pride, or arrogance, or self-esteem, or malice, or envy; but he will give no heed to these unjust insinuations. He will prefer being thus misunderstood and maligned, to allowing men to precipitate themselves upon a ruin which they see not. Rather than that they should perish, he will allow his own good name to be spoken against. He will risk every thing, even the hatred of brethren, rather than withhold the warning.” -Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808 – May 31, 1889)

I am honored that this dear friend of the ministry who sent the above quote, would even think of me in these terms. Bonar was a Scottish churchman, poet, and hymn writer who lived a long and faithful life of service to our Lord. As I read the words he penned, it was humbling, since I could not think of a better epitaph when my work here is over and I am on to my eternal rest. It is the most accurate description of who I TRY to be each day and PRAY to be each day!

…I am most blessed among men to be able to wake up each day over these past 25 years of serving the Lord, especially the last 17 years of Liveprayer.com and 13 years of the Liveprayer TV program. As the great prayer warrior E.M. Bounds said, “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still!”

…I am in awe of God since I could have never imagined how God would use my life. At the time Liveprayer.com began I didn’t even own a computer, yet over these years tens of millions of lives have been impacted, over 100 million emails for prayers responded to, we have an archive of just over 9 million praise reports, and now over 900,000 souls we know of have come to faith in Jesus. I did NOTHING but surrender my life completely to the Lord and He simply used my as His vessel!

…I am thankful daily for my dear friends who have faithfully prayed for me and those who have in many cases made great sacrifices for the Lord’s work here at Liveprayer. I never forget for a day that nothing I do is possible without the prayers and support of my dear friends in the Liveprayer family.

…My heart breaks daily as I see the tens of thousands of people daily who come to Liveprayer for prayer. So many hurting people, so many needs. Only a great and mighty God is able to give people the strength to live through their problems while imparting His peace and joy to them as He leads them to their answers.

…I HATE satan for how he purposely destroys lives and helps lead people’s souls to hell!

…Having lived long enough to remember when this nation mostly respected God and Biblical Truth, I can’t believe in my short life how far from our Creator and His Truth we have fallen. I fight daily to see this nation turn back to God and His Truth, yet so often feel like that fight is in vain.

…The “Church of Jesus Christ” has become weak and virtually useless for the most part in this battle for souls and the soul of our nation. The vast majority of churches are exactly like the 7 churches in Revelation. Sadly, it will only be when God’s ultimate judgment is meted out upon this nation that the church under great persecution will once again be the church.

…I praise God daily for those few churches who have not compromised the Truth, led by a shrinking minority of pastors who are true shepherds as described in John 10, and the remnant that exists today who won’t bow their knee to baal! This small minority of true followers of Christ is all that is holding this nation from seeing God’s ultimate wrath and judgment poured out for our sins, wickedness, and rebellion to God!

…I see so much so clear long before it actually happens. It is a wonderful gift from God, but a curse since few others see or understand what I am telling them and many simply write me off as another “religious nut.” Sadly, when it is too late, I am vindicated though I take little comfort or pleasure in “being right.”

…Few people will ever know or understand the personal price I have paid over these last 22 years. I have literally given my life to the Lord’s work, surrendering my life and the things of this world for His service. I am comforted by the words of Jesus when he said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

…I despise having to raise money. I started the ministry 25 years ago with nothing personally, and today still have nothing personally. This has NEVER been about money for me, but MINISTRY. All I have ever asked God for was not personal wealth, but the funds required to do His work as each new month dawns.

…I have always told people to take care of their family first, to make sure they have food on the table and their bills covered before they ever send a dime to Liveprayer.

…Prior to the economic collapse 8 years ago, I only had to share our needs 2-3x a month because I had a small group of 20 people who I could always call or email that had the ability and willingness to help with a gift of anywhere from $5,000-$20,000. Many times over these last 17 years we have had friends who were able to send us $10,000, $20,000, even $50,000 at critical times so I never had to share those critical needs with everyone. Sadly, that group through the economic downturn in 2008 that hurt so many different businesses and people personally, through several going to be with the Lord, is down to only 1 who can only do so much so often leaving me with no choice but to share our needs with the entire Liveprayer family and trust in faith for the Lord to move on the hearts of those able to help me.

…From day one, I have refused to play the games most churches and all of the major ministries play in order to raise money. I have seen every fundraising gimmick known to man and find them offensive and refuse to engage in those types of games. I have never or will ever exploit people by LYING to them how they can have great wealth or other financial benefits if they simply send money to Liveprayer as the perverted “prosperity gospel” so many preach falsely promise.

…Many in the “mainstream Christian world” don’t even know about Liveprayer since I won’t play ball which always involves raising money. I simply don’t understand why churches and ministries with millions in real estate and other assets, continue to ask people for more. The heads of many of these ministries live in multi-million homes, often more than one, fly around in private jets, take in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in personal income, yet still ask for more?

…Unlike the churches and major ministries, Liveprayer purposely reaches out to lost and hurting people OUTSIDE of the four walls of the church. Apx. 40% of those who get the Daily Devotional and 60% of those who view the TV program are NOT Christians. I am well aware that by going on the Christian networks, playing ball with other major ministries, we could raise virtually an unlimited amount of money each year. However, I am more worried about ministering to those the church and ministries have abandoned because they aren’t their “target audience to raise money from” and seeing the lost won to Jesus!

…I am amazed at how we do so much with so little. All we do daily online costs us just over $1,300 a day and on TV for right at $1,200 a day. I am proud that right at .93 cents of every dollar goes directly to ministering to people, while most churches and ministries eat up 40%, 50%, even more in overhead and fundraising costs.

…Less than 1/4 of 1% of the people we reach online and on TV EVER send a dime to Liveprayer. I pray daily that the Lord will move on the hearts of those who God has ministered to and blessed through Liveprayer will make the sacrifce to help me with a gift that enables us to minister to others who would not hear about the love of Christ otherwise. It has always been the “few who have fed the many.”

…When I ask God for the “desires of my heart,” I ask Him to send one person who could help me with a special gift of $12 million dollars! Within one year we would not just lead over a million plus souls to faith in Jesus, but could make an impact on the spritual state of this nation like nobody would believe by expanding our existing platform 15 fold creating a massive force of light the world would not be able to ignore or fight!!! For context, this is what a local church with only 3000 member would spend on a building!

I love and care about you so much! Thank you for taking the time to pray and feel my words today. As I do daily, I never hold back as I share with you God’s Truth on the issues of the day as well as my personal thoughts and feelings. Even though I speak daily to a mass worldwide audience online and over a hundred thousand people 5 nights a week on the TV program, I try to speak to the heart of each person I am able to reach.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. I pray daily for God’s protection, for His provision, and for His blessings to be upon you as together we press forward towards the prize, bringing hope to the hurting, salvation through faith in Christ to the lost, and use this platform the Lord has built to lead our nation back to the Almighty and His Truth!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Overwhelmed by Your Circumstances

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(Exodus 14:14)

***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!

It is Thursday. The end of the month is only 8 days away, and many of you don’t even want to leave the house because of the situations that you are going to have to face and deal with today. The problem is, as of this second, you don’t have any answers. Let me encourage you this very moment. God has promised all throughout His Word to fight for you.

Your problem is that you have become so overwhelmed by your circumstances, you have been trying to find the answers yourself. I am here to tell you that there are no quick-fix, easy answers or you would have already come up with them. The ONLY answer there is this morning is to commit the day and your situation to the Lord, and trust Him. We claim to have faith and claim to trust God but when it really comes down to it . . . we really don’t.

How many times are we in the midst of a crisis and we drive ourselves crazy trying to find answers when the One with the answers is only a prayer away? Now is the time to test your faith, build your faith, and exercise your faith! Let God fight this battle.

It is a shame that we have to get into situations where we have no other choice but to trust God. It would be much easier on us if we trusted Him all along and allowed Him more control of our life and decisions. We would avoid being in these critical dilemmas. But if you are in the midst of a crisis this morning, feeling like the walls are closing in and there is nowhere to turn, look to Him.

Get on your knees right now and ask God to take this burden. Ask Him to carry you through this day. Ask Him for the wisdom to get a game plan to walk through your circumstances and be victorious. He won’t let you down and He won’t leave you stranded. All you have to do is ask Him to step in. God will fight for you today!!!!

I love you and care about you greatly. I grieve as I read the terrible crisis many are in today. My goal every day is to try to give you the encouragement and words to challenge you to live the life God has designed for you, knowing that much of the pain and heartache of life can be avoided when we are walking with the Lord.

There are always consequences for our actions and our rebellion brings about a great deal of pain but God loves you and is merciful. He is always there for you waiting to take your hand and help you up our of that pit and put you back on solid ground again. All you need to do is cry out to Him, trust Him, and let Him fight for you.

I pray today that you will not let your circumstances overwhelm you, but tackle them head on. The first step is to ask God to help you then open your mind and heart and listen to Him as He guides you over the hurdles. Today is not a day to be dreaded, but a day to be excited about. It is like no other day before and will never come back when it is over. Take advantage of it. Make it special.

You can never do it on your own but with the Lord’s help, He can make that happen. God will stand with you when all others abandon you. God will always be there to love you and comfort you. God will fight for you today and every day if you only allow Him to. Make this a special day as you walk through it in victory. Take a day you may have dreaded and turn it into a day of celebration, because you have God fighting for you!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Truth of God’s Word

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(Genesis 1:27, 2:24, 4:19; Deuteronomy 17:17; 1 Kings 11:3; 1 Timothy 3:2,12)

***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!!!

When you read God’s Word, you read about great men of faith, men who lived their lives for God like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Solomon. These men did great things for God and are used as examples of how to live a Godly life. These men were also richly blessed by God. However, they all had one glaring issue that cannot be ignored. They all had multiple wives! This fact often confuses people who are curious how these great men of God could be so blessed but living in blatant rebellion to God in this area of their life. The reality is, they forfeited many of the blessings they should have had because of this sin in their life.

The Bible is perfectly clear about God’s Holy Institution of Marriage. It is one man, with one woman, for one lifetime. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Eve and Julie. Or Adam and Eve, Julie, Cathy, and Susan. God’s plan for marriage was one man and one woman. In Genesis 2:24, God’s intention is clearly presented when He says, “They shall be one flesh.”

In giving the qualifications for a king in Deuteronomy Chapter 17, Verse 17, God clearly states that the king was not to have multiple wives. In giving the qualifications for those who lead the church in 1 Timothy 3:2 and 12 and in Titus 1:6, the Bible states that these men are to have only one wife. This passage in the Greek is not only speaking of someone who has not been divorced, but makes it clear that having multiple wives disqualified someone to be in a leadership position.

You actually don’t have to get very far into human history to see God’s plan for marriage perverted. The first Biblical account of men taking multiple wives is recorded in Genesis 4:19 where a man named Lamech took two wives. Having multiple wives throughout history has always been a mark of nations, people groups, who lived their lives in rebellion to the God of the Bible.Sadly, some have tried to justify polygamy by pointing to men of God in the Bible like Abraham and others who had multiple wives. They are 100% wrong and there is NO WAY to justify polygamy by using the Bible.

Let me make sure you understand something perfectly clear. God never permitted at any time for men to have multiple wives. When we read about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Solomon, and others taking multiple wives, we also read about the consequences of this sin in their life. Don’t forget what I tell you often. Our obedience to God and His Word brings blessings, our rebellion to God and His Word brings consequences! There will ALWAYS be consequences when you choose to live in rebellion to God. Even great men of God like Abraham, like Solomon, were not immune to the consequences when they chose to sin against God.

One of the things I love about God’s Word is that it does not try to hide the failings of men who did great things for God in their lives. Look at David. His sin with Bathsheba could have been omitted, but God allowed his sin to be exposed to all of the generations through His Word. The consequences of Abraham’s sin in taking another wife are still being felt in the world today since the Jewish people are directly linked back to his son with Sarah, Isaac, and the Arab people directly linked back to his son with Hagar, Ishmael. When you read about Abraham having to send Hagar and her son away due to the conflict with Sara and Isaac, I am not sure we can begin to fully comprehend the human emotions of such a tragic event.

Then you have Solomon. As I shared with you the other day in speaking of Solomon and his summation of what this life is about in Ecclesiastes 12:13, I have carefully studied his life. Solomon is a very complex individual and a classic study of someone who gets so caught up in the success and allure of this world they forsake God. Solomon followed God since his youth, became the King of Israel, finished building the Temple of God in Jerusalem started by his father David. He is probably best known for his incredible wisdom. As you read about the life of Solomon you can see the hand and blessings of God upon him.

Despite having God’s favor and blessings, Solomon allowed the temporal things of this world to take priority over his commitment to God. Being allowed by God to gain victory over the enemies of Israel, Solomon took part in a custom of that day where the conquering king, Solomon, was given the daughter of the defeated king to be his wife. So Solomon not only began taking multiple wives (against God’s admonition in Deuteronomy 17:17), these were women from heathen nations that did not know or honor the God of Israel and brought their false gods with them into the marriage. Over time, Solomon ended up with 700 wives and 300 concubines. (Personal observation: It is clear that by this time in his life, Solomon used up all of his wisdom, since having one wife is a full time commitment. 700? The thought makes my head hurt.)

One reason God says in His Word in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “do not be yoked together with unbelievers” is because of the negative influence your unbelieving spouse will have on your faith. Solomon was a great example of a man who knew, followed, and served God, but became influenced by the false gods and idols of his foreign wives. This is exactly why God told the children of Israel to not take “strange wives,” or wives from nations that worshiped false gods. At a time in his life when Solomon should have been enjoying the blessings of God, instead he was dealing with the consequences of his rebellion to God from having multiple and foreign wives. His life actually ends with little fanfare and rather sadly due to his sin. SIN ALWAYS COSTS, AND ALWAYS COSTS MORE THAN WE EXPECT TO PAY!

I love you and care about you so much. Not only is polygamy against the law in the United States, it has never been a practice of most in our culture. However, there are those who advocate having multiple wives, and there are other nations around the world in which it is an acceptable practice. Due to the fact we have some of the great men of God in the Bible who took multiple wives, I thought it was important to deal with this issue and insure you understood that this was never God’s plan for marriage and those who take multiple wives are clearly in rebellion to God and His Word.

I will be praying for you today. I want to specifically pray for those who are married today. Marriage is God’s Holy Institution. It is a wonderful gift from God and his plan for most people’s lives. It is one of the most difficult things in the world for two people to become one. But with the Lord at the center of your lives together, it can be the most incredible and special thing in your life other than your relationship with Christ. For those who are going through a problem in your marriage today, I will be praying for God to bring healing and restoration to you remarriage. For those who are not having problems, I will pray that you continue to be richly blessed in your marriage each day.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

God’s Plan for Marriage

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(Genesis 1:27, 2:24, 4:19; Deuteronomy 17:17; 1 Kings 11:3; 1 Timothy 3:2,12)

***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!!!

When you read God’s Word, you read about great men of faith, men who lived their lives for God like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Solomon. These men did great things for God and are used as examples of how to live a Godly life. These men were also richly blessed by God. However, they all had one glaring issue that cannot be ignored. They all had multiple wives! This fact often confuses people who are curious how these great men of God could be so blessed but living in blatant rebellion to God in this area of their life. The reality is, they forfeited many of the blessings they should have had because of this sin in their life.

The Bible is perfectly clear about God’s Holy Institution of Marriage. It is one man, with one woman, for one lifetime. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Eve and Julie. Or Adam and Eve, Julie, Cathy, and Susan. God’s plan for marriage was one man and one woman. In Genesis 2:24, God’s intention is clearly presented when He says, “They shall be one flesh.”

In giving the qualifications for a king in Deuteronomy Chapter 17, Verse 17, God clearly states that the king was not to have multiple wives. In giving the qualifications for those who lead the church in 1 Timothy 3:2 and 12 and in Titus 1:6, the Bible states that these men are to have only one wife. This passage in the Greek is not only speaking of someone who has not been divorced, but makes it clear that having multiple wives disqualified someone to be in a leadership position.

You actually don’t have to get very far into human history to see God’s plan for marriage perverted. The first Biblical account of men taking multiple wives is recorded in Genesis 4:19 where a man named Lamech took two wives. Having multiple wives throughout history has always been a mark of nations, people groups, who lived their lives in rebellion to the God of the Bible.Sadly, some have tried to justify polygamy by pointing to men of God in the Bible like Abraham and others who had multiple wives. They are 100% wrong and there is NO WAY to justify polygamy by using the Bible.

Let me make sure you understand something perfectly clear. God never permitted at any time for men to have multiple wives. When we read about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Solomon, and others taking multiple wives, we also read about the consequences of this sin in their life. Don’t forget what I tell you often. Our obedience to God and His Word brings blessings, our rebellion to God and His Word brings consequences! There will ALWAYS be consequences when you choose to live in rebellion to God. Even great men of God like Abraham, like Solomon, were not immune to the consequences when they chose to sin against God.

One of the things I love about God’s Word is that it does not try to hide the failings of men who did great things for God in their lives. Look at David. His sin with Bathsheba could have been omitted, but God allowed his sin to be exposed to all of the generations through His Word. The consequences of Abraham’s sin in taking another wife are still being felt in the world today since the Jewish people are directly linked back to his son with Sarah, Isaac, and the Arab people directly linked back to his son with Hagar, Ishmael. When you read about Abraham having to send Hagar and her son away due to the conflict with Sara and Isaac, I am not sure we can begin to fully comprehend the human emotions of such a tragic event.

Then you have Solomon. As I shared with you the other day in speaking of Solomon and his summation of what this life is about in Ecclesiastes 12:13, I have carefully studied his life. Solomon is a very complex individual and a classic study of someone who gets so caught up in the success and allure of this world they forsake God. Solomon followed God since his youth, became the King of Israel, finished building the Temple of God in Jerusalem started by his father David. He is probably best known for his incredible wisdom. As you read about the life of Solomon you can see the hand and blessings of God upon him.

Despite having God’s favor and blessings, Solomon allowed the temporal things of this world to take priority over his commitment to God. Being allowed by God to gain victory over the enemies of Israel, Solomon took part in a custom of that day where the conquering king, Solomon, was given the daughter of the defeated king to be his wife. So Solomon not only began taking multiple wives (against God’s admonition in Deuteronomy 17:17), these were women from heathen nations that did not know or honor the God of Israel and brought their false gods with them into the marriage. Over time, Solomon ended up with 700 wives and 300 concubines. (Personal observation: It is clear that by this time in his life, Solomon used up all of his wisdom, since having one wife is a full time commitment. 700? The thought makes my head hurt.)

One reason God says in His Word in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “do not be yoked together with unbelievers” is because of the negative influence your unbelieving spouse will have on your faith. Solomon was a great example of a man who knew, followed, and served God, but became influenced by the false gods and idols of his foreign wives. This is exactly why God told the children of Israel to not take “strange wives,” or wives from nations that worshiped false gods. At a time in his life when Solomon should have been enjoying the blessings of God, instead he was dealing with the consequences of his rebellion to God from having multiple and foreign wives. His life actually ends with little fanfare and rather sadly due to his sin. SIN ALWAYS COSTS, AND ALWAYS COSTS MORE THAN WE EXPECT TO PAY!

I love you and care about you so much. Not only is polygamy against the law in the United States, it has never been a practice of most in our culture. However, there are those who advocate having multiple wives, and there are other nations around the world in which it is an acceptable practice. Due to the fact we have some of the great men of God in the Bible who took multiple wives, I thought it was important to deal with this issue and insure you understood that this was never God’s plan for marriage and those who take multiple wives are clearly in rebellion to God and His Word.

I will be praying for you today. I want to specifically pray for those who are married today. Marriage is God’s Holy Institution. It is a wonderful gift from God and his plan for most people’s lives. It is one of the most difficult things in the world for two people to become one. But with the Lord at the center of your lives together, it can be the most incredible and special thing in your life other than your relationship with Christ. For those who are going through a problem in your marriage today, I will be praying for God to bring healing and restoration to you remarriage. For those who are not having problems, I will pray that you continue to be richly blessed in your marriage each day.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Remain True to the Faith

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(Acts 14:22)

***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!!!

“…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.” Acts 14:22

Remain true to the faith. Along our journey of faith, God knows when we need encouragement, when our flesh is weak and we need to be challenged to press on. I am no different than you or any other man. I have my times of weakness, my moments of doubt, those days when the battles are simply too fierce. Satan is only too happy to seize those moments as he did when Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and nights. He comes to tempt me, acting as my friend who is concerned about my well being, giving me all the justification I need to take my eyes off the prize. This is how satan will come to you as well. Listen to me carefully. SATAN IS A LIAR! HE IS NOT OUR FRIEND! HIS GOAL IS TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY….YOU AND ME!!!

Several months ago a dear friend sent me an excerpt from the writings of that great preacher and theologian from the 1800’s Charles Spurgeon. As God’s timing is always perfect, it came at a moment when I needed some encouragement. The weight of the work was extremely heavy and the flesh weary that day. I sat at my desk and read Spurgeon’s’ words and tears literally ran down my cheeks as I was read about my life, my battles, my challenges in his poignant words. I have printed out that passage he wrote and keep it with me.

I refer to it often since it so perfectly sums up my life. It also perfectly sums up the life of any follower of Christ who is sold out to serve the Lord until their dying breath.

I want to share those powerful words with you today. I pray that they will inspire and encourage you as much as they have me so many days. They really sum up what this journey is all about. There is perhaps no greater challenge we have as followers of Christ than to remain true to the faith. So many over the years have been like Demas who we read about in the Book of Acts. Demas was a man serving God, but decided to turn back to the world. In those moments of temptation I often think back to the words of Peter. When asked by Jesus if he would turn away from the Lord Peter boldly responded in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!” That is why the child of God presses on, remains true to the faith. To whom shall we go?

Spurgeon writes: “Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the great Napoleon: he said, “Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must maintain me.” So, under God, dear brother in the Lord, conquest has made you what you are, and conquest must sustain you. Your motto must be, “Excelsior.” He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last, who continueth till war’s trumpet is blown no more. Perseverance is, therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to glory. “It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from this constant warfare.” Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he will whisper, “Curse God, and die.” Or he will attack your steadfastness: “What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do.” Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments: “Why do you hold to these denominational creeds? Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in with the times.” Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by His Spirit you may endure to the end.”

AMEN…AMEN….AND AMEN!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that you will pray over these powerful words, reading them over and over. They sum up so eloquently the challenge of remaining true to the faith. The challenge to not turn away from serving the Lord after a season to go back into the world. The temptation to indulge the flesh. The lies that the work you do for the Lord is all in vain and makes no difference. The physical battle of fighting weariness and fatigue. The war against apathy and political correctness. These are all very real issues those who serve the Lord must face along their journey through life as they strive to remain true to the faith.

I pray today that these words will challenge and encourage you in your personal journey. It is our steadfastness and perseverance that satan will assail. A Christian does not scare satan, however, a Christian who is steadfast and perseveres no matter what life throws his way is the enemy’s worst nightmare!

I hear every day from people who tell me they have followed the exploits of Liverpayer over these many years and have been encouraged by the fact no matter what challenges come our way we keep pressing forward, faithfully serving the Lord and trusting Him each step of the way, and then see the incredible fruit from that steadfastness and perseverance. I try my best daily to set an example for you that Jesus has already won the victory, our responsibility is to simply remain true to the faith!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Today is the Day the World Celebrates Father’s Day

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(Ephesians 6:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord bless me and my family today. Help us to never forget to honor you and praise your holy name. Thank you for your blessings. Let us be good stewards of those blessings and never forget to reach out to others and be a blessing to those who cross our path each day. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Today is the day the world celebrates Father’s Day. In our busy lives, it is good that we are forced to take a moment and recognize our dads. I had a wonderful father who unfortunately passed away when I was 16. Even though I missed sharing those young adult years with my dad, it was his love and nurturing in the early years of my life that helped build the spiritual foundation in my life. After praying about today’s Devotional, the Lord has directed me to use it as a special encouragement to the dads out there.

How often do we take what dad does for granted? There are Godly men out there who are the spiritual heads of their homes. They work hard to provide the income needed to sustain day to day life. They love and honor their wife. They realize their children are gifts from God and help nurture and mold their lives. These dads realize that serving God is their divine purpose and being the head of their home is their first and most important ministry.

Today is a day to make sure dad knows just how much we love and appreciate him.

For those dads out there that are working hard to be the kind of dad I just described, know that you are in my prayers. Know that each day as you spend that special time alone with the Lord, He will encourage you, prepare you, and make you adequate for that day. You are on the path God wants you to be on as you strive each day to serve Him, making your wife and children your number one priorities. Balance is one of the biggest hurdles you face each day, and I pray the Lord will help you find that perfect balance between work, home, serving Him, and relaxing.

The other big hurdle is being able to give God control. Having so much responsibility each day, letting go and really trusting God at certain time is not easy. Just remember, in John 15:5 it says, “Without me you can do nothing.” God has given you great talents, great gifts, but without the Lord’s strength, and He being in charge, it won’t make any difference. Make your faith real as you learn to trust Him more each day.

I recognize today that there are also many dads who aren’t the kind of dad I described. Unless someone is totally committed and surrendered to the Lord, overseeing the responsibilities of marriage and children often suffer. Without the Lord leading your life, getting caught up in all of the traps of this world happen frequently, and life really never makes much sense. The importance of being a husband or a father, doesn’t have the significance that it should. That is why so many men have left the home, abandoned their children, and continually are caught up in every kind of sin imaginable.

To those dads I want you to know that if you are tired of running from God, tired of the pain, tired of the heartache, tired of nothing working . . . this is the perfect day to turn it all around. Even though, this is a day we celebrate our earthly fathers, there is a Heavenly Father who loves you so much, and if you call out to Him, He will help you straighten your life out.

For those wives, ex-wives, and children of dads who haven’t been the Godly dad the Bible talks of, pray for your dad. Know that deep down he is hurting, and only surrendering to Christ will change that. God loves your dad more than you do, and He is the one who can change your dad’s heart. I’ ll pray with you for your dad.

I want you to know that I love you and do care about you. For you dads out there today, let me encourage you by telling you . . . if you keep Jesus first in your life, He will help you overcome the trials of this life, and allow you to see victories in every area of your life. In your marriage, in your children, in your career, in your service for Him….if you will simply trust Him and operate in His strength, you will know blessings and joy above and beyond anything you ever imagined.

Please know that I will be praying for you today, and if you need any special prayer to be the man, the husband, the father, the servant God has called you to be….please don’t hesitate to email me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com . God has given us many great examples of how to be a true father. Follow Him each day and He will mold you and make you into the father He has raised you up to be.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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