My Calling from God is to be an Evangelist

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(John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:9-11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, give me a burden for the lost. I know that those who refuse to accept Christ as their Savior by faith will be lost of all eternity, and I ask for a passion for lost souls. Give me the boldness and courage to share my faith in Christ with those in my life who are not saved, and use me as an instrument to help lead lost souls to faith in Jesus. In Christ name I pray…AMEN!

My calling from God is to be an Evangelist. Seeing the lost won to Christ is what God has called me to do with my life. Over these past 23 years I have had the joy of sharing the hope of Christ with millions of people in person, through radio and television, in various publications, as well as over the Internet. I am grateful to God for each day He blesses me with to serve Him and pray that I will be faithful to His work until the day He calls me home.

One of the biggest lessons I learned very early in my ministry was the importance of a person not making a decision for Christ based on sheer emotion, but to understand that the choice they were making to accept Jesus Christ into their heart by faith was a life-changing event. I have no desire to scare a person, manipulate them in any way, or use emotional tactics to get them to accept Christ. You see, if a person is not making that commitment from their heart by faith, they are simply saying some words and at best having an emotional moment.

For a person to be saved, or “born again,” they don’t need to understand systematic theology or to have even read the Bible. What they do need to know is that they are a sinner and that it was Jesus Christ who died for their sins. They need to understand that they are made in God’s image and will live for all eternity. The choice they have to make is whether they will live forever with God their Creator or apart from Him.

By asking Jesus to forgive them of their sins and asking Him into their heart and life, not only will their sins be washed away but they will have the assurance that when this life is over they will spend all eternity with the Lord. There are no magic words to save you. What we often call the “Sinner’s Prayer” is simply a guide for the person who is making that commitment to know Christ as their Savior. It is putting into words what they are doing in their heart by faith.

It is important for a person who makes that commitment to Christ to understand that they are not joining the Boy Scouts or becoming a member of the PTA. Getting saved is not like joining a club that becomes just one part of your life. When you get saved, Christ BECOMES your life. The Bible says that when you ask Christ into your heart and life, it is no longer your life, that it now belongs to the Lord. People have got to understand that when they confess Christ as their Savior, they are making an eternal commitment to the Lord. You are surrendering your life to Jesus Christ!

At the moment you are saved two wonderful things happen. First of all, you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the living God now resides within you. Your body literally becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. Once you are saved, when you drink, smoke, do drugs, engage in sex outside of marriage, it is no different than if you were drinking in church, smoking a cigarette in church, doing drugs in the sanctuary, or having sex with a person who is not your spouse right on the altar. That is why we have to do all that we can to stay pure since we are literally the temple of the Holy Sprit that indwells each Believer.

It is God’s Holy Spirit that empowers the Believer to live up to the standards of God and His Word. It is the power of His Spirit that allows the Believer to live a victorious and overcoming life. The Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to understand the Truth of God’s Word. It is the Holy Spirit indwelling every Believer that guides and directs our lives. Paul said that we have to “die to self daily. What he is saying is that each morning we have to surrender our lives afresh to the power of God that is within us so that we can live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to the Lord.

The second wonderful thing that happens at the moment we are saved is we begin the sanctification process, or that process of being more like Christ each day. You see, that process can’t even begin until a person is saved since you have to have the power of the Holy Sprit to give you the strength to begin transforming yourself from the old man into a new man. The Bible proclaims that when you are saved you become a “new creature in Christ.” This is the life-changing experience I spoke of. It doesn’t happen overnight but over time. It is a process.

The four critical elements to this process are reading God’s Word each day, praying each day, getting into a good Bible believing, teaching church, and finding an older man or woman in the faith to disciple you. You have got to understand that after a person gets saved, the next morning they wake up in the same bed, in the same house, with the same family, and with the same problems. On the outside it looks as if nothing has changed, and it hasn’t. The change took place on the inside. The process of transforming the rest of your life is something that you will be engaged in until the moment you die.

Your spiritual growth or becoming more like Jesus, is dependent on you and how much time and effort you put into that process. That is why it is critical for all Believers to read their Bible and pray every day, to be part of a good church, and to have people in your life who are more spiritually mature to disciple you. As you grow and mature in your faith you begin to understand who God is and what He desires of you. You begin to realize that He has a plan and purpose for each one of our lives and start to fulfill that plan and purposes in your life. It is an incredible life-long journey that makes waking up each day exciting and rewarding and where the true joy, peace, and abundance of this life comes from.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. If you already have made that commitment to Christ, I will be praying that you will continue to grow and mature in your faith, to be more like our Savior each day. That does not just happen by magic, it takes time, effort, and commitment. Let me remind you again, if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, the Bible says that it is no longer your life but it belongs to Jesus. So quit holding onto what isn’t yours and fully and completely surrender your life to Him today so that He can use you for His glory.

If you have never made the commitment to ask Christ into your heart and life by faith, let me tell you that 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. God’s desire is that none be lost, that all come to repentance. He is speaking to you today. The Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation.

I would invite you to go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm Pray to ask God to open your heart, read the words, pray the prayer, and accept God’s free gift to you today. Getting saved is not just an emotional moment, it is a life-changing experience!

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

Bill Keller

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Sex is Not Evil, It is a Gift from God

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(Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:9; Genesis 29:20; Colossians 3:19)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for your blessings. I admit so much of the time I take most of them for granted, but today, I want to acknowledge your love for me and the many blessings you bestow upon me each and every day. It is easy to say thank you, but more important to thank you in how I live my life each day. Give me your strength to live my life pleasing and acceptable to you during this day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

Because sexual sins are something most everyone struggles with at some point in their life, almost everything that you hear about sex is negative. Well today, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the other side of sex. The fact is sex is NOT evil, it is a gift from God.

Like everything that comes from God, sex is a perfect gift. Sadly, it is man that ruins the perfect gift by perverting it. Sex was given by God to a man and woman to be enjoyed in the bonds of marriage. PERIOD. Anything outside of marriage is a perversion of this beautiful gift.

Think about all of the consequences that occur from the perversion of this gift from God. Sexually transmitted diseases, children out of wedlock, abortions, divorce, violent confrontations between lovers, emotional disorders, and the list goes on. When sex is enjoyed in the context God intended, between a husband and wife, these consequences are greatly minimized or totally eliminated.

If the only person you had sex with was your husband or wife, there would be no STDs, there would be no babies born to unwed mothers, abortions would be minimal since the largest percentage are by women who are not married, divorce numbers would be greatly reduced, there would be no violent confrontations from people catching their sexual partner having sex with someone else, emotional disorders from people dealing with breaking up with their lover wouldn’t exist, and a host of other real life problems from having sex outside of marriage wouldn’t exist or be minimal.

I want to encourage those of you that are married to recognize sex as the gift from God that it is and not take it for granted. Other than your bond together in Christ, nothing is more intimate between you and your spouse than sex. It is a gift that you both can enjoy together for your entire married life. I realize that as you get older there are lots of factors involved. A man’s sex drive tends to diminish, women go through menopause, health issues, and just being busy dealing with the day to day pressures of children and life. Don’t let these or anything else rob you of enjoying this precious gift God has give to you and your spouse.

I love you and care about you so much. Let me give you a word of encouragement. At least one night a month, go have a nice dinner and spend the night at a hotel if you can afford it, or at least clear out the kids and spend a quiet evening at home. UNPLUG the TV, turn off the pagers and cell phones, forget the computer, and spend the evening talking, enjoying each other’s company, and make love together. DON’T NEGLECT THIS PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD.

For those who are single, don’t spoil this gift by perverting it. WAIT! In the bonds of marriage, sex is a sweet gift from God. Outside of marriage, it is a sin. It will be well worth the wait and always something that you and your spouse can treasure together. Sex is NOT evil, it is a precious gift from God for a husband and wife to share together.

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

Bill Keller

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

A Word for this Nation

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(Jeremiah 15:16)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I ask you today to open my heart and my Spirit to receive what you have for me today. Let me hear Your voice clearly and obediently follow You. Use me oh Lord, for your glory and to advance Your Kingdom! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

Then I said, “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice, you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot? ” Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.

This is what the Lord says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, they proclaim ‘peace’ if they have something to eat, but prepare to wage war against anyone who refuses to feed them. Therefore night will come over you, without visions,and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.”

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets. Micah 3:1-12

If you want to sum up all of the warnings I have shared with you over the past 16 yrs now, here it is. Focus on these words from the prophet Micah, “Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money.”

The politicians who lead this nation are ALL bought and paid for. You can’t raise hundreds of millions of dollars regardless of your party unless you have sold your soul. That is why NO politician will ever have the ability to deal with our real problems which are spiritual and not political.

Just like in the OT, today’s “priests,” the high profile men and women of God, do NOTHING for free. You pay to go to their events, buy their books and tapes, get trinkets in return for your love gifts, so they can live like the rulers of small nations in their mansions, luxury cars, and private jets.

Sadly, most prophets today turn the Word of God into a Christian psychic friends network. They are little different than the businesses with the neon “palm reader” or “fortune teller” signs. They tell you want you want to hear in exchange for money.

I want you to go back and read these words from Micah again. Slowly. Take in each word. Few people fully comprehend the spiritual abyss this nation is in. In just my short 57 years on earth, I have literally seen this nation go from embracing God and His Truth, to mocking God and His Truth. GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED AND JUST AS THESE WORDS WERE TRUE FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, THEY ARE TRUE FOR US!

In years past when this nation was in times of trouble, its’ leaders and people called on the name of God. Now, the Almighty is silent as they call on Him, living in open rebellion to Him and His Truth. However, once again God our Creator will hear the cry of His people and shower them with His grace and mercy!

The prophet Jeremiah said in 15:15, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.”

GOD HAS TOLD ME, “THE GOOD NEWS I HAVE FOR YOU THIS DAY IS THAT MY PEOPLE IN THIS LAND I HAVE SO RICHLY BLESSED WILL RISE UP ONE LAST TIME. WHILE MY WRATH AND JUDGMENT IS BEING POURED OUT ON THIS WICKED NATION, MORE AND MORE EACH DAY, IT WILL BE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THAT WRATH AND JUDGMENT THE PEOPLE WILL RESPOND LIKE THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH. THEY WILL GET ON THEIR KNEES, PUT ON SACKCLOTH AND ASHES, REPENT OF THEIR SINS, AND TURN BACK TO THEIR CREATOR AND MY TRUTH! THERE WILL BE A SEASON WHEN MY WRATH AND JUDGMENT WILL CEASE AND A GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS WILL BE WON TO MY KINGDOM!” THUS SAYETH THE LORD GOD.

I love you and care about you so much. Our time is very short. Our only hope as a nation is to turn back to God and His Truth. We have been under God’s judgment for several years now, and as each day passes that we don’t repent, it will only get more severe. The eternal souls of men are at stake. This nation, like Nineveh, will ultimately be destroyed for our sins and wickedness. However, there is coming a season of repentance and a mighty harvest of souls that will be won to faith in Christ.

MY FRIEND, GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSON, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN NINEVEH (modern day Mosul in Iraq) 2800 YEARS AGO…WILL HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES!!!

Additional References:

Over these last 7 years as God burdened me over the soul of this nation, He has spoken His word to me that I have faithfully shared with you. Below are 3 critical Daily Devotionals from 2008, 2014, and early this year. There is also a powerful Daily Devotional from 2012 on having a “Nineveh moment.” In addition, I have provided the links to the Jonah Project and Jonah web page established in 2008, and the Remnant and the Remnant web page established in 2011, both designed to share the only hope and only answer for this nation. Please take the time in the coming days to read the content on these links that God poured out through me to open the hearts and minds of people to turn back to the Almighty and His Truth or suffer his ultimate wrath and judgment!

2008: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=3093

2014: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5424

2015: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5809

Nineveh Moment: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=4792

Jonah Project: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=3372

Jonah Page: http://www.liveprayer.com/jonah/

The Remnant: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=4498

Remnant Page: http://www.liveprayer.com/remnant.cfm

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

Bill Keller

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

Thank You for Those Who Prayed for Me as I Cried Out Over the Weekend

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(Psalm 138:7)

***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!

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” Psalm 138:7

For those who have prayed for me as I cried out over the weekend…thank you! Friday afternoon, 72 hours ago, satan and his legions came against me. After fighting on the front lines day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, these past 16 yrs, I take the attacks of satan in stride like any seasoned warrior. I can assure you that satan has come after me in every way imaginable over these many years, doing his best to take me out. However, these past 3 days have been like nothing I have experienced.

Over these many years I have refused to be bought off with money while others sold out. I have refused to compromise the truth while others stayed silent. I have gone into the marketplace to battle satan for souls while others stayed in the safety and comfort of the four walls of their church. I have done my best to stay close to the Lord so He could pour His Word through me each day. I have done my best to stay strong physically in order to be present and stand strong for those I minister to each day in His service.

My every waking moment these last 22 years has been focused on serving the Lord. The past 16 years through Liveprayer.com, the past 12 adding the TV program, have been an honor I could never have dreamed of as I have surrendered my life to the Lord and allowed Him to use me to minister to the needs of so many wonderful people around the world, many facing life’s most difficult moments. Since late 2007, God has burdened me with the spiritual state of this nation, a burden that is almost crushing at times. Others have tens of millions of dollars in resources, thousands of people working for them, yet it seems this burden has fallen on a simple internet evangelist toiling away in the back of a used car lot in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As God has delivered me through this great spiritual storm of the past few days, I am weary and tired, but at great peace. As He has done many times before, His strength sustained me throughout. I am refreshed, re-focused, and re-energized for the great battles still ahead. You see my friend, God soverignly raised up Liveprayer 16 years ago for this moment in human history. NOW! Tomorrow, after hours and hours of prayer, I will finally share with you a special word from God about saving the soul of this nation.

Last week on the TV program, I did a 5 night study of Jonah. If you go to the archives, the Jonah teaching is in the first 30 minutes each night ( http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm ). Those 5 nights were in preparation for this special Word God has been speaking to me about for a month now, a word finally ready for the world to hear tomorrow, in the Wednesday March 4th Daily Devotional.

Adding to the spiritual battles over the weekend has been the daily financial challenges simply to operate. We battled and battled each month last year, and when the dust settled, thanks to the generous sacrifice of many of our friends throughout the year, we had covered all of our internet and TV operations. God has provided for the basic needs of His work here month after month since we began in August of 1999.

This January was very slow financially, finally clearing up our January operations last week meaning we had just 6 days to cover the $65,000 we required for our February operations. That late in the month, $30,000 of February’s operations from the first weeks were critically past due. We ended February with a $50,000 shortfall, $15,000 of that needed immediately simply to continue our basic daily operations.

By the grace of God, through today we are down to the final $10,000 of that critical amount, $45,000 in total. I am praying for one of our friends to help me with a special one-time gift to cover that $10,000. If everyone else will simply pray, give as the Lord leads you, I am standing in faith by the end of the week we will cover the last $35,000 of our February shortfall so we can being to work on the $40,000 we require for our March internet operations and the $25,000 for our March TV programs.

*If you are able to go out of your way to help me today before noon, I desperately need 1 of our friends who has the ability to wire, direct-deposit (Wells Fargo), overnight, or credit card/PayPal and gift of $10,000 to insure these past-due operation payments are made today. (Email me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com and I can give you the necessary information you need to get the funds to us ASAP.)

Our monthly internet and TV budget breaks down to just $2,200 a day! If just 30 people would make the commitment to send a monthly gift to LP of $2,200, 100% of our basic internet and TV operations would be covered! So please, pray today about stepping up and make this commitment for the balance of this year of VICTORY so Liveprayer can focus 100% on the ministry work God has called us to!

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

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: bkeller@liveprayer.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.

I love you and care about you so much. THANK YOU again for your prayers over the weekend. The greatest work for Liveprayer is ahead of us, and there is no doubt satan is doing everything he can to take me out and end God’s work here. I REFUSE TO GIVE UP, I REFUSE TO BUCKLE, THE FINISH LINE IS STILL AHEAD, I WILL FIGHT WITH MY LAST BREATH TO FULFILL GOD’S CALLING ON MY LIFE AND HIS WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER!!!

With your love, prayers, and sacrifce, we will continue to minister to those souls worldwide each day who depend on Liveprayer for their spiritual nurturing and the needs they bring to us, while preparing the way for a true national revival to save the soul of this nation. The same power of God that fell on the people of Nineveh that led to the greatest revival in human history and God holding back His judgment for a season, is the same power that can fall on this nation!

When we take our last breath, the only thing that will matter are the things we did for Christ. The things of this world have no hold on me, and at this point in my journey the only thing I desire is to see our land on its’ knees in repentance, and a mighty harvest of souls, before the Lord calls me home. It is no accident or coincidence the Lord allowed our lives to cross during this season. Know that I love you, pray for you daily, and together we will see the glory of the Lord shining on this nation once again!!!

JESUS IS LORD!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Trials We Face Along Our Journey During This Life

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(Psalm 30)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to live this day honoring you in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Help me this day to live my life pleasing and acceptable to Jesus. Allow me to use my life to help someone else during this day, and be kind to everyone I come across no matter how they may treat me. Let Christ shine through me throughout this day oh Lord, be glorified through my life! In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

I have a very simple, but special message for you today from the 30th Psalm:

“I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O LORD , you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.

Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” O LORD, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.

To you, O LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help.”

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

I realize today that as you read these words of comfort and hope, you are facing some of the trials that we all face along our journey during this life. No matter what those trials may be, you have the promise from God Himself that He will see you through. He is not going to let you down. You need to understand that God loves you more than you could ever begin to comprehend. You are important to Him. You are special to God. That is why no matter what you are going through, He will never leave you nor forsake you.

For those of you dealing with health issues, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing with financial problems, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing with problems in your marriage, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing with problems at school or work, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing with the death of a loved one, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing with problems with your children, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you battling with some sort of addiction, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning!

NO MATTER WHAT THE TRIAL THAT YOU ARE FACING IS, NO MATTER WHAT THE BATTLE IN YOUR LIFE MAY BE TODAY, WEEPING MAY REMAIN FOR A NIGHT, BUT REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I know the pain and heartache many of you are dealing with in your life today. I wish I could snap my fingers and make it all go away. I can’t, but I know the ONE who can! God is not going to abandon you in your hour of need. He will be there with you every step of the way. Call out His name, He will answer you. I pray today that you will know His peace in the midst of the trials you may be facing. Praise Him even in the midst of those trials since you already have His promise that weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning!!!

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

Bill Keller

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The TV and Movie Industry and Their Influence on People’s Lives – Part 2 of 2

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(1 Timothy 1:19, 4:12; 2 Timothy 4:4; 2 Peter 3:17)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to protect the things I see and hear each day to keep my mind and thoughts pure. Protect me Lord, and let me filter out the filth of this evil world that is designed to destroy my life. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

THE TV AND MOVIE INDUSTRY AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON PEOPLE’S LIVES PART 2 OF 2

*Note: If you ever needed an iconic example of how deep in the sewer we are as a nation, the Kardashian women whose only talent from the matriarch down to all of the daughters has been to use and sell their bodies like common street prostitutes, mocking God’s Holy Institution of Marriage and perverting His gift of sex, just signed a new 4- year TV deal for $100 MILLION dollars!!! I honestly can’t think of a better example of the spiritual freefall this nation is in than these harlots who have sadly become iconic cultural figures and role models for millions of women.

Some of the great movies of all time would never even be made today! A few years ago on Easter Sunday, I was able to enjoy some down time watching the back nine of the Masters. Congratulations to Zack Johnson for holding off Tiger Woods and winning one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Johnson took several opportunities to let a worldwide TV audience know that his faith in Jesus Christ sustained him in those final holes. After chatting with several good friends who are on the PGA Tour, it turns out that Zack is not only a great golfer, but a very committed Christian. How fitting his great victory came on Easter Sunday!

After my wife and I ate some dinner, I sat down to catch up on some of the day’s news before going to bed. In scrolling thru the stations, I stopped on AMC (American Movie Classics). Just starting was the 1937 classic movie “Heidi” starring Shirley Temple. Instead of going to bed, I got my wife and we watched this great movie classic together. Immediately following, we watched another Temple classic “Little Miss Broadway.” As I sat there and enjoyed these two great movies, I couldn’t help to think that if someone was trying to make those exact movies today in the year 2008, they would be laughed out of the offices of every major motion picture studio.

Let me tell you what are some of the hottest movies the major motion picture studios have put out recently. The Hills Have Eyes 2, Grindhouse, 300, Dead Silence, Hannibal Rising, Hostel 2, and Saw 3. What do these movies all have in common? They make the studios tons of cash and they are some of the sickest, most disgusting movies ever created depicting human torture, mutilation, and killing. I already know the standard answer from those who support these types of movies is that it is not real, it is just a movie, it is entertainment, and that nobody was really tortured and killed. I counter that weak justification with the simple question, “What possible good can a person gain by watching such a movie?”

The answer is simple, NOTHING! I would also add that anyone who is “entertained” by watching a person being tortured, mutilated, and killed, has some very serious psychological issues. It is simply not normal to find anything entertaining in seeing a person being tortured, mutilated and killed. This is partially a byproduct of the world we live in that places little to no value on human life. We slaughter 4,000 innocent babies every day in this nation. Children grow up playing video games where the goal is to kill your opponent. The media is feeding young adults a steady diet of death on TV, in the movies, on the Internet, and through music. It is no wonder kids today grow up desensitized to death and place little value of human life.

I think it is wonderful that the movie studios are producing more family friendly movies. It is nice to have those options. While people of faith, people who support more traditional family values will go to see those types of movies, the very same studios also produce the sexual, violent, mutilation films that glorify death because there is an insatiable demand for those types of movies. The lost and hurting masses who choose to reject Christ’s love, live in rebellion to God and His Word, have so hardened their hearts that they demand more blood, more gore, more sensational ways to view death. Never forget, satan is about death and God is about life. Those who follow satan embrace death and those who follow Jesus embrace life, even in the movies they watch!

Long gone are the innocent days of Shirley Temple. In just a few generations we have gone from the wholesomeness of Temple to the utter depravity of movies graphically depicting every kind of deviant sexual act and ways to kill another human being. As I watched those two Shirley Temple movies that Sunday, I smiled as little Shirley knelt by her bed and said her prayers, as her grandfather read passages from the Bible, and the scenes of a church service complete with a few minutes of sound preaching and the great old hymns of the faith. The sad reality of the year 2008 is that you won’t even find that in most so-called churches today!!!

You don’t have to have any history degrees to simply look at where this nation was spiritually 70 years ago and where it is today. While things weren’t perfect, we still lived in a nation that honored God and revered His Truth. Even though we had many different denominations, all Christian churches still preached the Bible and called sinners to repent and turn their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ by faith. Sin was not glorified and accepted but condemned. Alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography all existed, but they were deemed as deviant behavior not socially acceptable. False religions and cults were not given a place of prominence but kept underground.

Marriage was without question one man and one woman for one lifetime, with there being a huge stigma to divorce. Most children grew up in a home with a mother and father, unlike most children today who grow up in broken and blended homes. TV, radio, and the movies produced wholesome family entertainment with strict standards of decency. Many say we have progressed over the past 70 years. I agree that we have progressed in every way but the most critical, SPIRITUALLY! You don’t have to be saved, read the Bible, or even believe in God to know that as a nation, as a people, we are in spiritual free fall!

I love you and care about you so much. As I layed in bed Sunday night, I couldn’t go to sleep right away. I wanted to cry but couldn’t. We have become a wicked people. Millions of people are spending eternity in hell because we have allowed our society to lose sight of God, forget the Truth of His Word, and reject the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. As someone who has committed my life to serving the Lord I weep daily for this nation and the lost masses who will perish and spend eternity in hell. I am resigned to the fact that this nation is so lost, its heart so hardened, that it will never turn back to God. But that only motivates me to do more each day to reach those who are hurting, are searching for answers, and do want to find true hope that only exists in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ..

You see, it is still about souls my friend. One at a time. Yes it would be wonderful to see this nation fall on its knees and repent and turn back to God. If that happens praise God. However, those who know the Lord can still make a huge impact on millions of lives who without Jesus will spend eternity in hell. We have great hurdles to overcome, great obstacles to clear, but with God’s strength we can overcome those hurdles and obstacles and be victorious in bringing in that last great harvest of souls before our Lord returns.

The contrast between the Shirley Temple movies of a generation gone by and the graphic mutilation and death movies of today demonstrate how far we have fallen as a people. But it is still about each individual soul, and knowing how many souls will be lost forever should be all the motivation the child of God needs to give all they have to reach as many as they can with the Truth of God’s Word and the hope and love of Jesus Christ. The time is short, Jesus is coming, and the lost masses are out there waiting for someone to reach them. It is time to get serious and busy about bringing these lost souls the hope they yearn for and helping them find the peace, joy, and everlasting life that only comes from knowing Jesus!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

The TV and Movie Industry and Their Influence on People’s Lives Part 1

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(Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to protect the things I see and hear each day to keep my mind and thoughts pure. Protect me Lord, and let me filter out the filth of this evil world that is designed to destroy my life. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

THE TV AND MOVIE INDUSTRY AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON PEOPLE’S LIVES PART 1 OF 2

*Note: If you ever needed an iconic example of how deep in the sewer we are as a nation, the Kardashian women whose only talent from the matriarch down to all of the daughters has been to use and sell their bodies like common street prostitutes, mocking God’s Holy Institution of Marriage and perverting His gift of sex, just signed a new 4- year TV deal for $100 MILLION dollars!!! I honestly can’t think of a better example of the spiritual freefall this nation is in than these harlots who have sadly become iconic cultural figures and role models for millions of women.

Today and tomorrow I will be dealing with the TV and movie industries which have a huge influence over tens of millions of people’s lives, including many Christians. The Bible talks about the “renewing of our mind,” something we all need to do on a daily basis through His Word. What we watch and hear, DOES make a difference in how we think and act. What you allow yourself to watch and listen to IS a big deal. As you read the Daily Devotional today and tomorrow, be in prayer about what YOU watch and listen to on a daily basis. For many of you, God is speaking to your heart about this issue.

People loved the HBO series the “Sopranos” for the same reason they love “The Godfather” trilogy. Even 35 years after it was released, “The Godfather” starring Marlon Brando is one of the most popular movies ever made. So what makes “The Godfather” movies, other organized crime movies like “Goodfellas,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Carlito’s Way,” and “Scarface” such a hit with people? After all, these are movies where the lead characters are part of organized crime, men who spend their life killing, stealing, cheating, and destroying other people’s lives. They are involved in illegal businesses such as bookmaking, prostitution, extortion, selling drugs, and any other illegal activity you can name.

THESE ARE MEN WHO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN COMPLETE REBELLION TO GOD AND HIS WORD, SO WHY ARE THEY SO POPULAR? PEOPLE LOVE SIN MORE THAN THEY LOVE GOD!!!

The popularity of these fictional crime bosses like Tony Soprano can be directly linked to the popularity of the real-life crime bosses like Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Myer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel who ran New York in the ’30s, to Al Capone who ran Chicago in the ’30s, to all the men who ran the various families across the nation throughout the decades. Men like Giancana, Marcello, Trafficante, Genovese, Gambino, Bonanno, Lucchese, Colombo, Accardo, and Gotti to name just a few. People have always had a fascination with these men who loved to portray themselves as “businessmen” and “family men,” yet in reality lived brutal and evil lives.

Hollywood and television are largely responsible for how we look at these criminals. They have glorified and glamorized the lives of these men, often turning them into sympathetic figures. The movies and television have showed the human side of these men while almost justifying and excusing what their life is really about. Make no mistake my friend, these are cold, calculating, evil, and brutal men who without conscience or mercy spend their lives killing and destroying others. There is absolutely nothing glamorous or redeeming about how they live. There is nothing special about them. They are simply men who have chosen to live a life of crime and live in violation of society’s laws as well as God’s!

I am going to share some things from my personal life that I have never shared publicly in all of these years. After the initial success of my marketing business in 1979, I moved to Chicago in 1980 and that became the headquarters of my fast growing network of companies throughout the nation and Canada. A close business associate had introduced me to a law firm in Chicago that I would use to help me set up my various companies over the years. The lawyer I met with was a man named Jack Cerone, Jr. who actually specialized in labor law, so he referred me to one of his partners, Joe DiNatale, to handle my legal needs. Little did I know that Jack Cerone’s father was the infamous John “Jackie the Lackey” Cerone, who was actually the Don of the Chicago outfit (what the Mafia is called in Chicago).

In 1985, my attorney Joe DiNatale would represent Jackie Cerone, Sr. when he and several other leading mobsters would go on trial in Kansas City for skimming millions out of Las Vegas casinos. Jackie Cerone, Sr. was convicted in that trial and would spend the rest of his life in a Federal Prison. I was very close to DiNatale in the ’80s, and often when we were alone at dinner he would share some of the stories of what really went on in the world of organized crime. He often referred to it as “unorganized crime,” and in reality it was nothing at all like the world portrayed in the movies or on television.

These were mostly uneducated street criminals who killed, stole, and cheated people as their life’s work. Those who rose to positions of power usually did so by attrition, since in the world they lived in you either ended up in prison or dead. Those who were able to escape those two fates the longest become the “boss.” Over the years organized crime diversified from their traditional illegal businesses into legitimate businesses that would become fronts for many of their criminal activities.

However, in the ’80s new laws that turned what used to be 2-3 year prison sentences into 20-30 year sentences, encouraged people inside organized crime who once would “honor the code” and do their time, to now cooperate and testify against those they worked for. Also, the new technology that made wiretaps and tracking people possible, gave the Federal Government tools to gather information they never could in the past. Today, the Mafia as we know it still exists and always will to some extent, but doesn’t have anywhere near the influence it used to and thankfully never will again.

When I was indicted in December of 1989 for insider trading, I was denied bond for fear I would leave the country and was held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago to await trial sometime in late 1990. I was at the MCC from the first week in January in 1990 until October of 1990. It was there on August 20, 1990 that I rededicated my life to the Lord and finally gave God the one and only thing He had ever wanted from me, and that was my life completely and unconditionally surrendered to Him. My friend, today that is the only thing God wants from you, your life, completely and unconditionally surrendered to Him.

God began to work in my life. Within a week of rededicating my life to the Lord, my attorney was able to work out a plea agreement with the government that called for me to plead guilty and spend the next 22 months at a minimum security Federal Prison in Pensacola, Florida. If you have never heard my testimony, you can go to the link below and read all about it. It is a story I have told to millions worldwide over the years as a tribute to God’s grace and mercy in my life, giving Him all glory and honor for what He has done for me. Let me encourage you today that what God has done for me, He will do for you!!! http://www.weeklyplanet.com/2003-12-04/cover.html

While I was being housed at the MCC in downtown Chicago, in February of 1990, the Federal government indicted Ernest Rocco Infelise, who at the time was the head of the Chicago Outfit, and several of his top lieutenants, including reputed mob hit man Harry Aleman. They were obviously denied bond and also housed at the MCC awaiting their trial, and were assigned to live on the same floor I was on. I spent the next 8 months living with these guys. There are no secrets in a prison environment, and they found out that Joe DiNatale was my attorney, so I was one of the few people on the floor they interacted with. Many nights we would be in the dining area, and they would talk about their lives and experiences. They would never get specific, but it was enough to know that these were men who lived lives of crime from their youth and really only knew and understood that world.

Obviously, I was fortunate enough to never make the choices to become involved in that type of life or be part of the world of organized crime. However, I have had enough contact with those who were in that world to know there is nothing glamorous about it. It is a very dark, cold, evil world that operates in complete and total rebellion to God. No matter how much Hollywood cleans it up, no matter how appealing they make it appear, it is nothing but a world of destruction. Those who choose to be part of that world have their lives destroyed. Those who get caught up in their world have their lives destroyed. At the end of the day, NOBODY WINS BUT SATAN!

I love you and care about you so much. This message today is really a warning to you. A warning to keep your guard up at all times and not allow Hollywood and the television industry to cause you to fall into the trap of glorifying evil no matter how attractive they make it appear. The media already does a masterful job at glamorizing sin. Sexual sins of every kind are promoted as fun and exciting with no consequences. Drinking and drug use are also glorified by the media. So it is no surprise that the media will try to sanitize sins like murder, robbing, and whatever kind of evil one man can perpetrate on another you can think of.

I will be praying for you today to take a stand in your life from letting the world lie to you and lead you into the trap of sitting back and giving approval to evil by viewing it. Yes, I know the “Sopranos” is a fictional story, but what they portray is the real life evil and horrors of those who are part of the world of organized crime. No, you are not going to hell or a horrible Christian if you watch the “Sopranos” and shows like it. However, our goal as we mature in Christ is to be more like Him. The Bible talks about the “renewing of our mind.” A great computer term is “garbage in, garbage out.” Why would you want to pollute your mind with murder, adultery, physical violence, and a myriad of other sinful activities?

The problem with a program like the “Sopranos,” the problem with so much of what is on television today and in the movies, is that they glorify and glamorize sin. Can you tell me anything glamorous about the sins you have committed in your life? Can you tell me how glamorous the consequences of your sins are? That is the point my friend. Sin is NOT glamorous. It is destructive! The consequences of our sins are very real and very painful. Watching sin, even in a fictional format, is not something a follower of Christ should be doing. Why do people love the “Sopranos?” Simple, they love sin more than they love God!

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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