Ammunition for Those Who Attack Christians for Celebrating Christmas

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(Luke Chapter 2)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for another day of life! Even though this is a special day in the life of your ministry here at Liveprayer, let us never to forget that EVERY DAY is a special day since it is a gift from you! Please let me never take one day, one hour, one minute of this precious life for granted and may I always honor you with my life! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Ammunition for those who attack you, mostly other Christians, for celebrating the birth of Jesus! Every year at this time, I get inundated with emails that read like 40-page doctrinal dissertations on why a Christian should NOT celebrate Christmas. They make very good arguments about the pagan celebrations at this time of year, the evils of the Christmas tree, lying to children about Santa Claus, how Jesus was not born on December 25th, and many other reasons why a Christian should not celebrate Christmas. To those people I have only one thing to say . . . BAH HUMBUG!

Please, don’t send me emails why those who celebrate Christmas are following the devil. If you are led to not celebrate the birth of our Lord and want to miss out, that is up to you. Sadly, your misguided legalism has stolen your joy.

Listen, everyone understands that Jesus was not born on December 25, but according to most scholars, He was born sometime in September. I have yet to meet anyone who worshipped their Christmas tree; only decorated it. If you are old enough to be able to read this, then you are old enough to know that there is no Santa Claus and, yes, there are many pagan celebrations that occur at this time of the year and the Bible does not have the word Christmas in it. However, there is only ONE REASON that we celebrate Christmas and that is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Christians SHOULD celebrate the birth of Jesus! It is right and good that we take time each year to remember that blessed event. It was foretold by the prophets of old. It is a well-documented, historical event chronicled in the Gospels and supported by the historians of that day. After His death and resurrection, it is easily the GREATEST EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY!

Think about it. God Himself, the Creator of the heavens and earth, came to this earth as a mere man to live with His creation. He came as a baby, born of a virgin in a humble manger in an obscure little town. He would grow up to die on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.

Three days after His death, God would raise Him from the dead as a sign to this lost and unbelieving world that He was exactly who He claimed to be . . . the SON OF GOD! His life would literally transform the lives of every man, woman, and child for the rest of human history!!! THAT is why we celebrate Christmas. THAT is why, as Christians, we SHOULD celebrate Christmas!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that people who say not to celebrate Christmas mean well and are trying to live their lives in a way pleasing and acceptable to God. Sadly, they are missing the great joy of this time of year. I know they are well intentioned and many of the things they point out about Christmas are true but they have missed the point of Christmas. Christmas is about only one thing, celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is one of those times of the year that we gather with family and friends and share our faith in Christ. That alone is a great reason we should be celebrating Christmas.

Christmas is also VERY BIBLICAL. Luke Chapter 2 gives us the account of His birth. That was the very first Christmas. Of course, Mary was there, as was Joseph. We also read about several shepherds that God spoke to who were part of that first Christmas. Now, some 2,000 years later, we will set aside time in the coming days to do what they did at that first Christmas . . . to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

I pray today that you will never forget what Christmas is really about and why we celebrate this holiday. Of course, anything that the world gets involved with becomes perverted. The world has taken this sacred time of the year and turned it into a time of commerce. We must never allow ourselves to get so caught up in the parties, the gifts, the food, and all of the other things associated with the Christmas season to forget what it is about . . . .a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. THAT is what Christmas is really about and THAT is why, as Christians, we SHOULD celebrate this wonderful event!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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This Nation doesn’t just Curse God but Purposely Sticks Their Finger in His Eye

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(Exodus 21:22, 23)

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

This nation doesn’t just curse God, but purposely sticks their finger in His eye!!! As I was preparing this special message, lo and behold a deranged person went to the Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs and killed three innocent people, including one police officer and sending 9 more to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Sadly, this latest incident of violence aimed at abortion clinics/doctors, has given Planned “how to kill your baby” Parenthood ammunition to cast themselves as a “victim.” DON’T BE FOOLED, THE ONLY VICTIMS ARE THE INNOCENT BABIES PLANNED PARENHTOOD SLAUGHTERS EVERY 24 HOURS!!!

A few weeks ago on the ABC hit show Scandal, the main character, Olivia Pope, had an abortion. In fact, the entire Christmas episode was all about abortion. In the show, Olivia encourages the president’s ex-wife and now Senator to finish the filibuster she started on Christmas Eve to stand up for Planned Parenthood funding and then walks into an abortion facility to have an abortion, aborting the child of her and her boyfriend…the President!! As the abortion procedure begins, viewers listened to Aretha Franklin sing “Heavenly hosts sing ‘Alleluia’” and the rest of the “Silent Night.” That’s right, the birth of Jesus became background music for an abortion!!!!


Listen to me carefully. What happened in Colorado Springs Saturday should NEVER happen. People who are pro life are just that, PRO LIFE! We don’t believe in bombing abortion clinics and we certainly don’t believe in or condone the killing of abortion doctors or innocent people. The Bible says, “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.” The sick human beings that kill babies for a living will one day stand before God, and trust me, He will judge them. There is no excuse ever for vigilante justice and the man who killed these innocent people should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Pray for him, since he needs Jesus. HE IS NOT PART OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT, A CHRISTIAN, OR HE WOULD NOT HAVE MURDERED INNOCENT PEOPLE!

Let me lay out for you what you will now be hearing. The media that supports the killing of babies, has always characterized those in the pro-life movement as nutcases and “extremists,” and “domestic terrorists!” They will use this tragedy to cast ALL pro lifers as a threat to our national security. People who support the life of the unborn are often lumped in with those few sick people in the past who have bombed abortion clinics and killed abortion doctors. This incident, the killing of “Tiller the baby killer” a few years ago, gives the media a license to categorize every one who stands for life as an abortion clinic bomber and murdered or abortion doctors!

Almost as disgusting as this incident was that unfolded Saturday, was to see how fast President Obama came out with a statement to once again try to usurp our 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms. THIS WAS NOT A GUN ISSUE!!! At the same time, the sick people who run Planned Parenthood came out depicting themselves as victims, when the real victims are the babies they slaughter every day in their facilities.


So when confronted with the sin of abortion, what should that action be? First, prayer. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS! I can only imagine the number of prayers that went up every day during the time slavery was legal in this nation, that this inhumane practice would end. Don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer and EVERY child of God must pray daily for this nation to get out of the business of killing babies.

Second, communicate to others the Truth of God’s Word. It is God Himself who calls abortion murder. Those who know Christ cannot sit back and be silent while people support this sin. Wherever the discussion of abortion exists, be it in your home with family members, at work or school, out with friends, or in the public square, a child of God MUST speak out for righteousness and call this sin what it is…MURDER!

Third, evangelism. Some of you may be confused how evangelism has anything to do with the abortion issue, but it is THE answer to this and every other issue. You see, when a person is saved, the Bible says they become a “new creature in Christ.” They literally are a new creation and the “old things pass away.” When a person is saved they get a new heart, they get new desires, they start to live their life in obedience to God instead of in rebellion to Him. The ultimate answer to the abortion issue is to get people saved since they would no longer make the choice to kill their baby and the abortion mills would close down due to a lack of business.


I love you and care about you so much. The fight for the life of the unborn got much more difficult this weekend. Please pray for the families of those who were killed, for the injured to be healed. Please pray for the shooter to turn to the Lord, repent, and find peace in Christ. Please also pray for those who fight for the life of the unborn. All those who support the life of those innocent babies will now be mocked in the media and categorized as terrorists, killers, and nutcases. WE CANNOT LET THE KILLING OF TILLER INTIMIDATE US INTO SILENCE!

I have tried to tell you for quite a while that the battle for the soul of this nation is in high gear. Satan is about death. Only satan could have masterminded this insidious event that on the surface may seem like a blessing to some, but in reality is a curse to those who love life. We have the most pro-death President in the nation’s history, and those in the pro-death movement have been energized and emboldened. They will use the killing of Tiller to become even more bold and brazen in their pro-death agenda. The black cloud of death is hanging over this nation. Sadly, with the assassination of Tiller, that cloud got a little darker yesterday.

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

Bill Keller

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Dying to Self Daily

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(1 Corinthians 15:31; Romans 8:4-13; Galatians 5:16; Galatians 2:20)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name…AMEN!

Dying to self daily is what Paul spoke of so often. It is how we walk in the “Spirit” and not in the “flesh” as we are instructed in Romans Chapter 8 and Galatians Chapter 5. The whole issue of dying to self daily is the absolute key to living a victorious life in Christ. It literally means that you have to die to self DAILY! This is why so many people who are saved, love the Lord, live beneath their blessings and in constant turmoil. This is how people who know Christ as their Savior end up committing adultery, cheat people, lie, get in bondage to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, shopping, greed, and anything else people become enslaved to. They don’t die to self each day and end up walking in the “flesh” and NOT the “Spirit.”

People wonder all the time how a pastor, a deacon, an elder, someone in the leadership of God’s church could leave their wife and run off with another woman. People wonder all the time how a Sunday School teacher who loves the Lord could neglect her children and family because of alcohol. Maybe you are wondering how you could be raising your hands to Jesus, speaking in tongues, and being used by God to touch lives one day, and sinning against God the next. The answer is when you fail to die to self each day, you are walking in the “flesh,” not the “Spirit.”

The question that needs to be addressed today is HOW does a person “die to self?” The first step is an action, something that you must do. Dying to self is a conscious choice that you must make, one nobody can make for you. It is the act of surrendering your life completely to Christ. The reason God’s Word talks about dying to self DAILY is because it is something that we must do each and every day. Our life with Christ is not for an hour or two on Sunday, but literally 24/7. It is critical to make the choice to die to self each and every day.

Since this is something you must do each day, I do it and counsel others to do it the moment you wake up in the morning. As I first open my eyes to a new day, before I do anything I take a moment and thank God for a day that was not promised to me and make the conscious choice to completely surrender my life to Him that day. I literally tell God to take my life and use it for His glory that day, to use me as an instrument of blessing. When we get saved, we not only ask Christ into our heart and life by faith, but we give our very lives to Him. In dying to self each day, we are reaffirming that our life doesn’t belong to us any longer, it is His.

At the moment we are born again, we receive the promise of the “Comforter,” or the Holy Spirit. Each Believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit to empower them and guide them throughout their life. It is literally the power of Almighty God living within each person who has given their heart and life to Christ by faith. As you surrender your life afresh to Christ at the start of each day, you are allowing your life to be controlled by the Holy Sprit and not by your flesh. It is no longer you but God that is in complete control of your life. You have traded in your thoughts and desires for God’s thoughts and desires. It is not YOU that is living, it is Christ living in you as Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20.

This whole process takes only a few minutes of time alone with the Lord, but it is the most important few minutes of your day. When you don’t go through this process each and every morning, you wake up, start going through your day, and not only does it feel like the day is weighing you down, you don’t have that confidence. The reality is, the day IS weighing you down because you are operating in your strength and not the Lord’s, and the lack of confidence comes from the fact you are in control of your life and not Christ.

Sadly, some people go days, even weeks without really dying to self, and it usually takes the consequences of their poor choices during that time to bring them back to the Lord. Like I say often, your way doesn’t work, God’s way works! Let me give you some advice out of my love for you. You can never run your life better than God can. The sooner you realize that, the more peace, joy, and abundance you will know during this journey through life.

There is probably no more critical a message I will ever share with you in living a victorious life in Christ than the one today. All of the benefits in God’s Word exist and are available to those who believe, but there is a price to pay and that price is our very life surrendered, yielded to the Lord. It is a choice, an act, that nobody can force you to commit. The important thing for you to hear today is that it is not something you do just once and forget about. It is something that you must do DAILY! EVERY DAY! WITHOUT FAIL! Each morning when you wake up, you have to make the conscious choice to die to self, to surrender your life to Christ, and walk in the “Spirit” instead of the “flesh.”

I love you and care about you so much. The difference between a person who knows the Lord as their Savior living a defeated life and a victorious life, lies in what I am sharing with you today. Please, save your money. You don’t need to waste it listening to Tony Robbins or the motivational speakers of the world lie to you that you can do it on your own, and you don’t need to spend it on books and tapes from preachers who preach a feel good Gospel but forget to tell you about the sacrifice involved. The key to living a victorious life in Christ lies in you waking up each morning and making the conscious choice to die to self and allow Christ to control your life.

The fact is, the Bible says that if you have asked Christ into you heart and life by faith, it is no longer your life, that it belongs to Him. The Word says we have been “bought with a price.” So in essence, each day you are only giving the Lord what already belongs to Him anyway. Remember my message in the past on what really happens when we get saved? We are literally giving our life to Christ. It is no longer ours, but is now His. The reality is, each morning when we wake up, we have to make the choice to die to self so that Christ can live within us during that day. If we don’t do this each and every day when we wake up, we will soon find ourselves walking in the “flesh” and not the “Spirit.”

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will sit down and read this message over and over. This is the meat and potatoes of the Word. This is where the rubber meets the road in regard to our Christian walk. This is the part that nobody really wants to talk about since we love the benefits of being saved, but we really don’t want to think about the price that Jesus paid or the sacrifice we have to make each day. You MUST think about it since it is the difference between you living a defeated life and living a victorious life. To live that victorious life in Christ, to walk in His victory, you have to die to self each day so that you are walking in the “Sprit” and not the “flesh” so that it is Christ, not you that lives.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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A Sad Time of Year for Many Who are Out of Work

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(Isaiah 41:17; James 2:5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord, give me the strength that when tested, I will not be silent nor will I be afraid to tell YOUR TRUTH! Give me courage, give me strength, and let me stand strong for you no matter what the personal consequences! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

I am saddened every morning as I open the business page to read about another company laying off thousands of people. While it is only a number in a story to most, the fact is each number is a very real life, with a very real family, that will probably be facing very real financial issues because of losing their job. While there is never a good time to lose your job, it is especially difficult at this time of year.

We are expected to buy gifts for our family and close friends. We are expected to decorate our homes. We are expected to attend various parties and events. All of these require EXTRA MONEY, over and above our normal monthly living expenses. This time of year that is supposed to be personified in the word JOY, quickly becomes a nightmare for many who simply don’t have the money to do all they feel they are expected to do.

First, let me reiterate the point I made last week. Christmas is NOT about gifts. Christmas is NOT about decorating your house. Christmas is NOT about parties. Christmas is the day each year that we set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is HIS birthday. THAT is what Christmas is all about, celebrating the birth of our Lord.

Of course, it is impossible to deny the gross commercialism that marks this time of the year. But we have choices. We CHOOSE to get caught up in how the world celebrates Christmas. I have yet to read a news account of someone that was forced at gunpoint to go to the local shopping mall and spend thousands of dollars on presents. I realize that if you have children, being able to provide them presents on Christmas morning is important.

However, what is MORE important is making them aware of what Christmas is really about. The greatest gift that you can give your children this Christmas is NOT some toy that they will forget about in a month. The greatest gift that you can give your children this Christmas is the knowledge of what this blessed day is really about…the birth of Jesus!

Some practical ways that you can do this is by attending some of the fabulous Christmas pageants many churches now put on. In many cities, some of the larger churches put on incredible, professionally produced Christmas programs that do a marvelous job of telling the story of Christ’s birth. Taking your children to see these great productions will be fun and help them understand the true meaning of Christmas. Another great thing to do with your children is to teach them that Christmas is NOT about getting presents, but about giving to others. Getting them involved in helping to prepare a bag of groceries that you give to a ministry feeding the homeless is a very easy way to help them learn the blessing of giving.

Within your own home, sitting down with the entire family and reading the Christmas story in Luke chapter 2, spending time as a family in prayer thanking God for the wonderful gift that He gave this world that first Christmas, going as a family to church and celebrating His birth together all help your children learn that Christmas is the time we set aside each year to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. YOUR CHILDREN WILL CARRY THESE MEMORIES, AND THE REAL REASON OF CHRISTMAS WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE!

I love you and care about you so much. My heart breaks as I read about those who have lost their jobs this past year, knowing the financial hardship that will be on them and their family. Each day at Liveprayer, we respond to thousands of people who are in this situation. It becomes magnified at this time of the year, because of the pressure the world has put on us to “participate” in how it celebrates Christmas.

My word for you today is that you don’t have to fall into the trap of buying lots of gifts, or decorating your home, or going to all the parties. Those things are NOT what Christmas is about. The true peace of this season, the true joy of this season, comes from celebrating the birth of Jesus. HE is the reason for the season. The greatest gift that you can give someone this Christmas is to share with them the REAL meaning of Christmas. The greatest gift you can receive this Christmas was given over 2000 years ago when God gave you His son Jesus!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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How to Win Debates and Change Hearts and Minds Regarding Homosexuality

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(Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name…AMEN!

How to win the debates and change hearts and minds regarding homosexuality, gay marriage and abortion! I am so tired of seeing “Christian leaders” every Easter and Christmas, the only time the secular media will even give a limited voice to a Christian worldview, get pummeled and humiliated as they are fed questions predicated on lies regarding homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion.

The major broadcast and 24-hour cable news networks only put on the same group of “safe” men who they know won’t go off script and say anything that would challenge their questions which are based on lies and the deceptive language they use.

*I have been told by many bookers on various FOX and CNN programs I had been on frequently years ago, that they could no longer book me because they did not want to get into theological debates. O’Reilly specifically dislikes me because I had the audacity several times to call him a “theological midget!” That is fine with me, because I was never on those programs to promote myself or Liveprayer, or to sell a book. I refuse to sit there like a puppet and help the media perpetuate their lies the masses have bought into by not challenging those lies since that accomplishes nothing for the cause of Christ or the Kingdom!

Those who appear supposedly representing Christians, NEVER challenge the lies the cleverly imbed in the questions about homosexuality and gay marriage, the chief lie being when people are referred to as “gay!” They need to IMMEDIATELY REJECT this lie and state the truth that there is no such thing as a gay or lesbian person, only men and women who CHOOSE to engage in perverted, unnatural, and unhealthy sex acts with people of the same sex. This immediately changes the entire debate, since it is now not about someone who can’t help how they were born, but someone who is making a conscious CHOICE to engage in such behavior!

A person is born with white skin, black skin, yellow skin, brown skin, or red skin…they have no choice. A person may be born in the United States, Canada, England, China, India, Mexico, or Brazil…they have no choice. Taking your pants off to have sexual relations of any kind, including with people of the same sex, is a CHOICE! The only argument you can make that it is NOT a choice is to claim a person has no ability to reason or to make choices, and operates as an animal on whatever instincts they may have at a given moment!!!

It also blows out of the water the fraudulent argument that people who CHOOSE to engage in such perverted behavior have any sort of “civil rights” simply by virtue of their choice of sex. As a white person, I am insulted by this specious argument. Every black person should be disgusted to compare a legitimate movement like the rights they deserved as a human being, with special rights for people who CHOOSE to engage in perverted sex acts with people of the same sex!

The debate over “same-sex marriage” also becomes very different. I hear all the time that the rationale for same-sex marraige is because a man is “in love” with another man or a woman is “in love” with another woman. Marriage between a man and woman and the raising of the offspring from that union has been the foundation of societies throughout all of human history.

According to the argument by those who advocate for redefining marriage, you can now claim to be “in love” in order to support any type of relationship. That could be a relationship between an adult and a child, a man and multiple women, a woman with multiple men, or any other combination of men, women, children, and even animals, because they were “in love!”

The other trap these pawns always fall into is allowing the host to use what I call ‘weasel language” without challenging their deceptive phrases that are purposely meant to soft-sell the real truth to the ignorant viewers, INCLUDING many who identify themselves as Christians! When speaking of perverting God’s Holy Institution of Marriage they refer to it as “marriage equality” and use descriptive verbiage to equate same-sex couples with those who follow God’s plan for marriage between a man and woman.

When it comes to abortion, the brainwashed phrase is “pro-choice.” Think for a second. If you are for life you are called pro-life. The only “choice” is to kill your baby or not, so you are either pro-life or you are pro-death! The latest clever phrases to soft-sell the slaughter of innocent babies are “women’s health issues,” “reproductive rights,” “a woman’s right to choose,” and “the war on women.”

The real war is NOT on women, but on their babies in the womb they may choose to kill! For the record, it takes a woman AND A MAN to create a baby. Sadly missing in the conversation about abortion is the man’s feelings, his input. I deal daily with almost as many men as women who have the scar of abortion in their past, yet they are invisible, non-existent in the conversation.

I love and care about you so much. Until supposed men of God are willing to go into the secular media and CHALLENGE the lies that are used as truth imbedded in the questions and discussion regarding homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion, the media is all too happy to trot out the same “safe” cast of characters at Easter and Christmas and use them as pawns to advance their lies to the masses as truth. Other than the personal exposure the get, or the platform to sell their most recent book, without challenging the false questions they accomplish nothing!

Those who already reject a Christian worldview will only be emboldened. It is the hearts, minds, and SOULS of that small percentage watching who would be open to the truth that is at stake, and they only be reached by those with the courage to “go off script” and tell them the Truth!

That is why the Liveprayer TV program airing “live” Monday-Friday from Midnight-2am EDT in over 80 cities including a major station reaching the 10 million who live in the greater Chicagoland market, is so critical. Ours is the ONLY program in the nation airing “live” on secular TV stations to purposely reach the lost and hurting outside the four walls of the church, telling people the unadulturated truth as I have every day for 15+ years in the Daily Devotional without candy-coating or compromising the Truth of God’s Word!

Check out some of our powerful programs, since in addition to people anywhere in the world being able to watch the program when we are “live” Monday thru Friday from Midnight-2am EDT on any internet connected device, we also record every program for people anywhere in the world on any sort of internet connected device to watch at their convenience ON-DEMAND! Liveprayer TV:

Between 16+ years of, the 12+ years of the Liveprayer TV program, we have the proven ministry tools and track record of faithfulness in place to lead this nation into a true revival and change the spiritual course of our land. Our only hope as a nation is to turn back to God and His Truth, and that is the focus of my every breath now and until this nation repents or the Lord calls me home!

In the meantime, His Truth will be heard by millions who otherwise would not be reached, and countless souls will come to faith in Jesus Christ. That is why I ask you each day to pray for me and for His work here, and seek the Lord about what God is calling you to do to help me since our time is very short. Jesus is coming at any moment which is why we must fight satan each day for the hearts, minds, and SOULS of men!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Oh Lord, on this day we set aside each year to take time to be thankful, I give you all glory and honor for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. So often I take your blessings for granted. Let me remember each day to take time to thank you for your grace and mercy in my life. May I show my gratitude in living my life for you and allowing your love to shine through me to everyone I meet. In the name of Jesus I pray….AMEN!

On this day we celebrate as Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for. I want to point out an aspect of this great verse in Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica that is usually overlooked and almost never preached on. While we are so thankful today for all of God’s blessings, this verse requires a great amount of maturity because it says “give thanks in all circumstances!” How quickly we run over those words without ever thinking about the true meaning. In this society where we are so focused on winning, so focused on the positive, so focused on things being in a state of perfection….God tries His best to help us be realistic about this sinful world we live in.

Aside from our own sinfulness, we live in a world that is infested with sin in every nook and cranny of our existence. Jesus, trying to prepare His disciples for the reality of living in this world without Him, trying to make them understand that despite the close intimate relationship they had, told them that in this world they would have problems and things would not always be perfect. This verse tell us that every day we should “give thanks in all circumstances.”

Spiritual maturity comes in when you understand that this verse is actually telling you to give thanks not only for those things you look at as good, but also the difficult things that happen to you as well. That is hard for us to understand why we should be thankful for those terrible things that happen to us along life’s journey, but we have no way of knowing the mind of God, we have no way of understanding completely His plan or purpose, we just can’t comprehend all of the things God does in the situations we live through. It is hard to imagine giving thanks for things like marriage problems, divorce, the death of a loved one, financial difficulties, health problems, strife with friends, problems in your local fellowship, difficulties on the job, and any other bad things we experience in life. Hard to imagine.

But when you realize that God is still on the throne, that He is still in control, then you by faith, have to thank Him and trust Him even in those bad situations. He is working on your behalf and will not let you down. As painful as the experience must be, we have to thank Him because He is often perfecting us for work in the future. We give thanks out of obedience, and out of faith that God knows what He is doing in allowing those bad things we live through in our life to occur. Remember a man named Job?

I realize that today would be a great day to just say some warm and fuzzy things to make us feel good. It is a holiday, many are with family. The Christmas season is upon us. We have so much to be thankful for. But the job God gave me was not to give you something each day to just make you feel good, but to challenge you to a closer daily walk and to help you grow spiritually. Many problems that I see each day occur because people have been given too much “feel good” talk, and not adequately prepared for the reality of this life in relationship to their life in Christ. When the storms come, they just aren’t equipped to handle the onslaught.

The one thing that I will never do is hold back, compromise the Word of God, or tell you something just to make you feel good. I will tell you the truth, God’s Truth right from the Bible, in an attempt to help you be prepared for living a victorious and productive life for Christ. In these last days, He needs bold, mature, fearless men and women to do the work necessary here on earth. It is no accident that you are getting these Devotionals, and no accident that you read them. God is speaking to you through these daily writings to sharpen you, prepare you, encourage you to be all He has called you to be.

I love you and care about you so much. I am so grateful for you. Your love and prayers have been an inspiration to me personally and to our people here at We are pressing forward each day. Thank you again for standing with me, for praying, for giving, for helping us add people to our Daily Devotional list and letting others know about My thoughts and prayers are with you this day. I am truly thankful for you. For those traveling, may His mercies be with you as you go to and from your destinations. For those of you going through the fire today, remember… “give thanks in all circumstances!”

May you and your family enjoy a most blessed Thanksgiving!!!

*Plan of Salvation to share with unsaved loved ones and friends:

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Holiday Feasts and the Sin of Gluttony

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(Proverbs 25:27)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, as we prepare to celebrate your birth in a few weeks, prepare my heart to make this Christmas a special time in my life. I pray that the impact of God’s gift to the world will be felt by my, my family and friends, and the world we live in. Thank you for your love for me, personally, and help me to be able to repay that love as I share it with everyone I come in contact with during this Christmas season. May the evil the penetrates this world today, give in to the JOY of celebrating your birth! I ask and pray this in the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow and Christmas ahead, it is a time of year for great feasts. In my years of ministry, I could always get the “Amen corner” into my sermons when I preached against homosexuality, preached against the more visible sins. On those occasions when I preached on the sin of gluttony, it usually got very quiet. I realize this will be a difficult read for many today, but that is one reason I am here to challenge you.

Let me say right up front, gluttony IS a sin. God said so. Anything that you do in excess, to your detriment, to the detriment of your ability to serve God, that is ahead of your daily relationship with God, is a sin.

Let me also add something very important. There are just as many skinny gluttons as overweight gluttons! Let me say that once more. There are just as many skinny gluttons as overweight gluttons. Being overweight can be caused by many things, and just because a person is heavy, does NOT mean they are a glutton. Again, ANYTHING that you put ahead of your relationship with the Lord is a sin. If you are a thin person, but put food ahead of your relationship with Christ, you are a glutton!

I know that during the Holiday season many sit down to some incredible feasts. I am not saying you shouldn’t, and I am not saying you should not enjoy food. I believe God gave us food to nourish our body, our taste buds to enjoy food, and eating is a wonderful part of our life. Gluttony however refers to eating in excess. I know many fine men and women of God that live tremendous lives and do great works for the Lord. However, this is an area that they struggle with and that is why I bring it to you today.

Like all sin, gluttony can be overcome, not in our own strength, but in His. Like all sins, if you fight this battle, you need a battle plan. God can give you that plan, the strength to carry it out, and the perseverance to get victory. Like in other sins though, the question becomes, do you really want victory? Do you really want to conquer this foe? Do you even recognize that this is a problem in your life?

At this point, you have either accepted through the prompting of the Holy Spirit that this is an issue in your life, or you have realized that this is not something that you battle with. If you are in the latter category, then I would encourage you to pray for those who do fight this battle each day.

I have no doubt that you know people in your family, school, workplace, church, that are going through this struggle. Pray for them today. Pray that the Lord would open their eyes and show them this is a problem they need to deal with. Pray that they will have the courage, like anyone who is dealing with a specific sin, to admit it and allow the Lord to help them get victory over gluttony.

I love you, care about you, and realize the sensitive nature of this sin. But there is no use in hiding it or candy-coating the problem. It is time to recognize it as a problem, and get busy fighting it and letting God help you to become victorious over this battle in your life.

If you are struggling with gluttony today, I will be praying specifically for you. I realize what a difficult struggle this can be. If you will take that first step, admit this is a problem, God will help you be victorious in this battle with gluttony!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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