The Absolute Truth of God’s Word

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(John 8:32; 2 Thessalonians 2:10)

***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!!!

My friend, one of the greatest concerns that I have about our society, is the failure to accept the fact that ABSOLUTE TRUTH exists. Life is NOT gray, it is black and white. It is either the truth, or it is a lie. That begs the question, where do we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Society will tell you that each person should each be able to determine for themselves what truth is.

That sounds wonderful, but practically speaking can’t ever work. Why? Well, what I feel is right, someone else might look at as wrong. What I think is wrong, someone else may think is right. To allow each one of us to determine for ourselves what truth is can NEVER work since the standard for each one of us is different.

That is why the ONLY source for ABSOLUTE TRUTH is God. God took the effort to give us His inspired, inerrant Word. That is where we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH. God also gave each one of us free will. That means we are free to believe whatever we want. But what one person chooses to believe will not change or alter the TRUTH of God found in the Bible. It is immutable, never changing. It is the foundation, the bedrock on which we can live our very lives.

Again, you are free to accept of reject what God says in the Bible. Why do you think those who make choices in rebellion to the truth of God’s Word will ALWAYS dismiss the Bible as just a book of stories written by men who use it for their own purposes? Those who rebel against God have to deny Him or admit they are wrong.

It is critical for each one of those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to stand up for the truth of God’s word in your day-to-day life. God has called us to be the defenders of His truth. Don’t be afraid to call sin sin. People will mock you, laugh at you, call you names, even strike you, but that will not change the truth.

We live in a time when the LIE is glorified, proclaimed boldly every way imaginable, and told enough times that people actually begin to accept the lie as the truth. Yet we, the people of faith, the people who possess the ABSOLUTE TRUTH of God’s Word, meekly and passively sitting by, watching, keeping our mouths shut, satisfied going into our churches on Sunday and locking the doors so nobody will hear us!!!

I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO CHALLENGE EACH PERSON WHO READS THESE WORDS TODAY TO PRAY TO GOD AND ASK HIM FOR COURAGE, BOLDNESS, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.

You don’t have to preach to do this. Simply live your day-to-day life in an uncompromising way that lets the lost and hurting around you know your life is different. You don’t buy into the lies of this world. You don’t fall into the traps so many do because you are armed with the TRUTH. When those opportunities present themselves, boldly speak up and let people know what God says! God doesn’t call us to think for people. God doesn’t call us to save anyone. We can’t do that. What we CAN DO is share the truth of His Word with others, that is our job. What they choose to do with that truth then becomes an issue for them and God.

ALSO, I KNOW MANY PASTORS READ THIS DEVOTIONAL EACH DAY. TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO GOD HAS CALLED TO DO HIS WORK AND BE GENERALS IN HIS ARMY, LET ME SAY THAT I UNDERSTAND THE TRIALS THAT YOU FACE EACH DAY. BUT THE ONE THING THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO GOD IS COMPROMISE. HEAR THIS WORD FROM HIM TODAY! IN ALL THAT YOU DO, THE ONE THING THAT YOU MUST NEVER DO IS COMPROMISE THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF HIS WORD. TELL IT LOUD, TELL CLEAR, TELL IT BOLDLY, TELL IT WITH LOVE, AND NEVER COMPROMISE THE TRUTH OF HIS HOLY WORD!

I love you and care about you so much. I am SO thankful for the tremendous outpouring of love that you showed to us after the sad attempts were made to intimidate the message God has called me to bring to this world each day. NOTHING, EVER, will slow me down. As a matter of fact, it only emboldens me to do more. Your prayers and your love mean more then you will ever know. Thank you very much as we press on to lead this nation back to God and HIS Truth!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

Broken Relationships

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(1 Thessalonians 3:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, grant me humility this day. Let me to humble myself before you and other men. Help me to begin and reconcile any relationships that are broken this day. Give me the wisdom and words to bring healing with those who I am currently estranged with. I know with you ALL things are possible. Help me this day to do my part to heal any strained or broken relationships I ask in the name of Jesus…AMEN!

Broken relationships. One of the common prayer requests I see daily, especially at this time of year, are requests for God to reconcile family members whose relationships have been broken for a myriad of reasons. One of the tests of our spiritual maturity is the ability to forgive, pray for, and love someone who has wronged us. It is especially difficult when that someone is part of our family. I am going to challenge you today to exhibit Christ-like love today.

Regardless of who is at fault, who is wrong, the circumstances involved, my challenge to you today is to make an attempt to reconcile with someone in your family that you may not currently have a relationship with. I realize in many cases this is going to be a very difficult task, but it is what God wants you to do, and He will give you the strength and courage to make the effort.

Let me say up front, you are not responsible for the actions of anyone else, only your own. You cannot force a relationship with someone who refuses to accept you. But you can, and God requires you, to make the effort. At that point, it is in His hands. He is the one who has to move on the other person’s heart. Much like in witnessing, you can never force someone to get saved. But God requires you to give them the opportunity, and after that, it is up to the power of the Holy Spirit to move on that person’s heart.

It is important to note here that God does NOT expect you to be abused or mistreated in any way. I am aware that the person you are estranged from may have hurt you deeply in the past. God is still calling for you to forgive that person, but unless they are repentant, sadly, you may simply not be able to have any personal contact with that person until they are. Again, God can give you the strength to forgive them, He calls you to pray for them, but He is NOT asking you to have any contact with them if they are simply going to abuse you in some way.

I am not going to elaborate very much today, because the challenge God has for you is very simple, very straightforward. God is asking you to make the effort to reconcile with someone that you are not on good terms with. Forget the reasons that you are fighting, forget what has happened in the past, make the effort in Christ-like love. At that point, you have done what God has asked you to do, and it is then up to the other person to respond.

I know this is not easy and in many cases will be very painful. I will be praying for you. I will be praying for His strength, words, and love to be with you in a way like you never have known before. God is love. It is His desire to see His children love one another. What better act of obedience to God than to obey His voice and make the effort to reconcile your relationship with that family member you are separated from!

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying today specifically for you to heed this challenge and to be obedient to God’s voice. I want to see you be all God has raised you up to be. One way you can do that, is by doing those things in life, even the painful things, that you know God expects you to do. You will be surprised how much can be accomplished just by making the effort. The problems won’t immediately disappear, they won’t wipe away years of pain, but God is able to heal and restore relationships. God is a God of reconciliation and restoration!

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

Bill Keller

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

Why was Jesus Standing – Part Two of Two

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(Acts 7:54-60, 8:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for the strength you give me to live my life each day in victory. Let me wake up each day with a desire to be more like you. That is the desire of my heart! Help me to live this day in victory and honor you in my thoughts, words and deeds. In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray…AMEN!

Part Two of Two

I have always been intrigued by the 55th and 56th verses in the 7th Chapter of Acts that tells about the stoning of Stephen. In those verses, it tells us that Jesus was “standing” at the right hand of God. Not once, but twice for emphasis. The reason these verses have always challenged me is because they are the only verses that say Jesus was “standing.”

Every other reference to Jesus after His ascension have him SITTING at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; and Ephesians 1:20 all have Jesus “sitting.” So I began to ask God why Jesus was standing. Yesterday, I shared with you the first two reasons the Holy Spirit showed me, here is the third reason and the powerful conclusion to this message as well as a challenge for your life.

The third reason Jesus was standing was to welcome His servant Stephen into Glory! When you are at a football game and your team scores a touchdown, what do you do? YOU STAND AND CHEER! When you are at a baseball game and your team hits a home run, what do you do? YOU STAND AND CHEER! When you are at a basketball game and your team scores the winning basket, what do you do? YOU STAND AND CHEER! Jesus stood and cheered His servant Stephen as he defended Christ and welcomed him into Glory!!!

In concluding this message, I want to challenge you today. The goal of every follower of Christ is to make Jesus proud of us. If you want Jesus to be proud of you, act like Jesus. A doctor is proud of his child when that child follows in his footsteps and becomes a doctor. A businessman is proud of his son or daughter when they choose to follow in his footsteps and take over the family business. JESUS IS PROUD OF HIS CHILDREN WHEN THEY CHOOSE TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS! If you want Jesus to be proud of you, act like Jesus!

Right before he died, the Word tells us that Stephen cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Now, most people would have been cursing those who were unjustly killing them, or pleading for their life, or even cursing God for allowing such injustice. But with Stephen’s last breath he was asking God to forgive those who were killing him.

Who else did that? Of course it was Jesus, on the cross just moments before He died asking God to forgive those who were crucifying Him. Jesus was proud of Stephen because he acted like the Master! My challenge to you today is to make it your goal for Jesus to be proud of you. The way to do that is to act like Jesus!

I love you and care about you so much. I don’t know about you, but the account of Stephen’s martyrdom challenges me. You see, my goal each day is to try to be more like Jesus. I never forget for a minute what Jesus did for me and what He has brought me through. I serve Him because I love Him. I serve Him because I want to please Him. I serve Him because I want Him to be proud of me. I serve Him because all of those years I served myself He never left me. I serve Him because all of those times I rejected Him He never rejected me. I serve Him because when I had nowhere else to turn He was there for me.

I serve Him because I was once blind but now I see. I serve Him because I was once bound by sin but now I am free. I serve Him because it is not me that lives, yea it is Christ that lives in me. I don’t live for earthly rewards but for Heavenly crowns. I don’t live to please man but to please the Master. I don’t care about the applause of people only the cheers of the angels in Heaven. My greatest desire when my life is over is to see Jesus STANDING and hear Him say, “well done thou good and faithful servant.”

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will take this challenge to make Jesus proud of you by acting like Him. Praying that your ultimate goal in life is to please our Lord and that like He did for Stephen, have Jesus STAND and welcome you into Glory!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

Why was Jesus Standing – Part One of Two

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(Acts 7:54-60; 8:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a Godly citizen and honor the laws of this nation. Thank you for allowing me to live in a nation where we can have our voice heard through the democratic process that governs us. Help ALL people find peace, joy, and an abundant life wherever they may live in this world. We know that can only come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Help me to do my part when opportunities present themselves to be part of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people throughout the world. Protect this nation from those who would seek to do it harm, and give those in authority the strength to enforce the laws that govern this great land. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Part One of Two

Why was Jesus standing? I have always been intrigued by the 55th and 56th Verses in the 7th Chapter of Acts that tells about the stoning of Stephen. In those verses, it tells us that Jesus was “standing” at the right hand of God. Not once but twice for emphasis. The reason these verses have always challenged me is because they are the only verses that say Jesus was “standing.” Every other reference to Jesus after His ascension have him SITTING at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19 , Luke 22:69, and Ephesians 1:20 all have Jesus ?sitting.? So I began to ask God why Jesus was standing, and here is what the Holy Spirit showed me.

Jesus was standing to see man’s gross wickedness. We live in a time when because of the mass media, we are exposed daily to every kind of sin and evil imaginable. The media feeds us a steady diet of abuse, rape, murder, death, destruction, corruption . . . nothing is hid from our eyes. Even though we have become immune to all of the evil around us, every now and then, something so wicked happens that we can’t believe it.

We can’t believe how a Jeffrey Dahmer could do the horrible things he did. We can’t believe how someone could kidnap, sexually abuse, and then kill a child. We can’t believe how a mother could drown her very own children. We can’t believe how a dictator like Kim Il Jung in North Korea could allow millions of people to starve to death while he does nothing to help them. We can’t believe how a great nation like the United States could allow the slaughter of millions of innocent babies every year. As much pain and suffering and evil as we are exposed to every day, from time to time, we are still horrified by man’s gross wickedness.

One reason Jesus was standing was to see the gross wickedness of the religious leaders as they killed an innocent man. Not only had they put Stephen on trial with trumped-up charges, but they committed the ultimate act of killing a man who was guilty of no crime. But never forget my friend, God sees everything we do. He says in His Word, “my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.” God sees all that we do. What men think they do in secret, God is watching.

Jesus stood and watched the religious leaders turn into a pack of wild animals. The Word says they “gnashed their teeth at him.” They were literally biting Stephen. It says, “they covered their ears, yelling at the tops of their voices.’ It is like a little child who doesn’t want to listen to his parents and how he will cover his ears and yell so he can’t hear what mom and dad are saying. These religious leaders were under conviction and didn’t want to hear the truth. There have been many times over the years when I have been preaching and in the middle of the message have watched people literally get up out of their seats and leave under the conviction of God. I have no doubt many people who read the Daily Devotional delete the message half way through under the conviction of the Holy Sprit.

The Bible tells us that they “dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.” For what? What did Stephen do? He boldly defended Jesus! He rebuked the religious leaders for their unbelief. He denounced their fathers for killing the prophets and accused them of killing Christ, the righteous one. Jesus stood and watched as these religious leaders killed an innocent man for telling the truth and defending Him!

A second reason that Jesus was standing was to see who consented to this murder by their silence. James 4:17 tells us, “Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” It is in the anchor verses from Acts 7 that we are first introduced to a young man named Saul. This is the same Saul who would later meet Jesus on the Damascus Road and have his name changed to Paul. This is the same Saul who would live perhaps one of the most powerful Christian lives ever documented. This is the same Saul, who under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit would write nearly half of the New Testament.

Saul’s only job was to watch the coats of those who were stoning Stephen. You may say, “well he didn’t throw any of the stones.” Let me tell you something, he didn’t throw any of the stones but he is just as guilty in the eyes of God as those who did. Jesus was standing to see who consented to this brutal murder of an innocent man by their silence. It is no different today. When you are at school or in the office and classmates or co-workers are telling dirty jokes, if you sit and listen you are just as guilty as they are.

When you hear people trashing Jesus, blaspheming the name of God, tearing down the church, if you sit and listen you are just as guilty as they are. When a friend calls you on the phone and starts telling stories about other people and you sit and listen, you are just as guilty as the person who is gossiping. The Bible tells us, “And Saul was there giving approval to his death.” Saul’s approval was in the form of standing there and doing nothing to stop the killing of an innocent man. God not only sees those who commit the act, but He sees those who watch and do nothing to stop it.

I love you and care about you so much. Know that I am praying for you. Tomorrow, I will share with you the third reason why Jesus was standing and the powerful conclusion to this message. It will challenge you and motivate you in your relationship with Christ, please don’t miss it.

*Don’t miss Part Two tomorrow!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

This is Liveprayer’s 16th Anniversary Month

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(1 Peter 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 28:19,20)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, protect me from the wiles of satan that seeks to entrap me. Help me to stay in your Word so I am able to discern what is of YOU, and what is of the enemy. Grant me wisdom this day to follow your Word alone. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

This is Liveprayer’s 16th anniversary month. Over the past 192 months, I have done hundreds of print and electronic interviews regarding Liveprayer and the work that we do here each day through the Internet and on secular TV. The one question I am always asked is to sum up what Liveprayer is all about. That has not changed since day one, and it is simply to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with the lost, and to encourage those who already know Him as their Savior in their daily walk, to be all God has called them to be.

That is the foundation on which Liveprayer was built, and everything we do here each day points back to that foundation. It is also the common goal all Believers should share, regardless of whatever differences there may be on individual doctrinal issues. We should all agree that the ultimate goal is to win the lost in this world for Christ.

There are many ways to accomplish that goal, but the vehicle God has led me to use is prayer. After preaching in over 500 churches of all denominations, sizes, racial and ethnic make-ups during my first 3 years of ministry, the one common bond I found in every church was the day-to-day needs of the people. You see, it doesn’t matter if you are white, black, or yellow, if you are rich or poor, if you are a Catholic, a Methodist, a Baptist, a Pentecostal, or if you are saved or not. The fact is, we ALL face the same day-to-day struggles of living life in this sin-filled world.

We all face problems with finances, with our health, in our relationships, problems with our jobs, dealing with the death of people we love, or an addiction to something. This is the common bond we all share as people on this journey called life, and in those times of trouble, Christ is the ONLY hope and answer.

That is what Liveprayer is all about, being available and accessible to people in their time of need. I realize that every day, people are dealing with some problem in their life. Liveprayer is a resource for people at those times in life when they need the strength and hope that only comes from Christ. Many of the now 1,00,000 plus we know of who have accepted the Lord as their Savior (AMEN!!!) came to Liveprayer at a time of crisis in their lives.

Every single day, we receive over 40,000 requests for prayer,over 100 MILLION since we began, with an ever-growing archive of over 10 million praise reports are a testimony of how God met people at a time of a great need in their life and heard their cries. I have been blessed with an incredible team of over 700 mostly retired pastors from all over the nation that help me to send personal responses back to each request. I personally respond to between 50 and 100 requests each day at random so I never lose sight of what this ministry is all about. I never want to forget what we are here to do each day, and that is to minister to the lost and hurting in this world, and share with them the hope and love that is only found in Christ.

Here is my promise to you today. I want you to know that when the storms of life come, and none of us are immune to them, I will be here for you. To love you, to pray for you, and to stand with you in your time of need.

One of the great rewards for me these past 192 months has been the way God has allowed me to be part of the lives of so many people all over the world. Seeing those we have ministered to graduate high school and college. Standing with people who went through the devastation of losing their jobs, and rejoicing with them as God opened the doors for new ones. Praying for babies in the womb and then celebrating their birth. Comforting those who have lost moms and dads, sons and daughters, other family members and friends.

Praying for couples as they made the decision to get married and seeing them make that commitment to God and each other for life. Asking God to bring deliverance to someone who was in bondage to some sort of an addiction. Standing in prayer for the restoration of a marriage. Believing God for His healing touch during health problems. Praying for those who were fighting legal matters. Not to mention the day-to-day challenges of life from a dog that ran away to losing a set of keys. I am so grateful to God each day that we are able to be an instrument to share His love and His hope with real people dealing with the real problems of this life.

I love you and care about you so much. I want you to know that no matter what, I am here for you. I want you to know that when you hit the speed bumps in life we all hit, I will be here to pray with you and pray for you. You can always email me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com . I realize that we may not always agree on every issue, but regardless of the areas we may disagree on, know that I am always here for you. No matter what, I will be praying for you and for God’s richest blessings in your life.

God has raised up Liveprayer in these last days to be an oasis of hope for people, lost and saved, all over this world. Through the Internet, through secular television, Liveprayer has become an instrument God is using every day to bring the truth of His Word, the hope and love of Jesus Christ to this dark and sin-filled world that we live in. We are also performing the final work of this ministry, being God’s instrument to lead this nation back to the Almighty and His Truth!

God has called me to do many things over these past 23 years of service to Him, 16 of those years through Liveprayer. However, none is more fulfilling than to pray for you in your time of need. Let me leave you with this powerful word from one of the greatest prayer warriors that ever lived, E.M. Bounds. He said, “talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God FOR men is greater still.”

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

Bill Keller

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

Why Pray in Jesus Name?

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(John 16:23,24, John 14:13,14)

**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!

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. ” John 16:23,24

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13,14

Why pray in Jesus name? Praying in the name of Jesus has been horribly misunderstood by Believers and non-Believers alike. Today, I want to help clear up what praying in the name of Jesus is and is not. Praying in the name of Jesus has become a hot issue at high school sporting events, graduations ceremonies, and in local, state, and federal government settings. The reason is simple. Those who want to eliminate God from the public square feel that by praying in the name of Jesus, is tantamount to an endorsement of the Christian faith.

Just as confused are many Christians who use the anchor verses today from the Gospel of John as some sort of magic formula or “magic prayer” to get what they want. They have turned praying in the name of Jesus into some sort of “abracadabra” word a magician might use to see their prayers answered.

READ CAREFULLY SEVERAL TIMES!!! We pray in the name of Jesus because our Lord told us to. We pray in the name of Jesus out of respect for Jesus. We pray in the name of Jesus to show Him the honor He deserves. We pray in the name of Jesus as an act of dependence upon the Lord. We pray in the name of Jesus because in John 15:5 Jesus says, “apart from me you can do nothing.”

THAT IS WHY WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!

No true follower of Jesus Christ should ever pray unless it is in the name of Jesus for the reasons I just outlined. THERE IS NEVER AN EXCUSE NOT TO PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!

I love you and care about you so much. Today, I want to encourage all Christians to ALWAYS pray in the name of Jesus. I submit to you that even though God knows your heart, your prayer is not complete unless it is in the name of Jesus. IF FOR NO OTHER REASON IT IS BECAUSE JESUS IS THE ONE YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR PETITIONS TO! Again, it is a simple act of honor to pray in the name of Jesus, and it is an act of dependence that Jesus is our only hope!

Don’t ever let the world intimidate you into not praying in the name of Jesus. Regardless the setting, regardless the circumstances, there is NEVER A REASON not to pray in the name of Jesus! In what other name would we pray??? I pray today that the Lord quickens this word to your heart.

“In the name that is above all names, in the name that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess Lord, in the only name by which men are saved, in the name of the Savior of the world, JESUS CHRIST….AMEN!!!”

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

Bill Keller

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

There is No Biblical Support Against Cremation

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(Job 4:19; Ecclesiastes 3:20; Psalms 49:12, 103:14)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for your love and protection. As I go through the day, please continue to watch over and protect me from the evil and harm that is in this world. I look to you for my strength, for guidance, and for protection! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!

This is a question that I get asked hundreds of times every week. Let me answer it, and then share with you some personal thoughts and observations that I have formulated based on God’s Word. I realize that some of what I may say today will upset you. That is NEVER my goal. My purpose today is to deal with this very legitimate question, and then put it in the context of the larger issue of the whole post-death experience. Ultimately, however, I want you to focus on the main issue, which is serving God during our life.

There is absolutely NO Biblical support against cremation. There are no verses or Biblical concepts that would in any way make it wrong to be cremated. It is entirely a personal choice to either be or not to be cremated. The burial or cremation of a dead body has largely been a societal issue. The reason the Bible does not forbid cremation is because these bodies we occupy during this life, these clay tablets God made from the dust of the earth, are simply a temporary “home”. The eternal part of each of us is our soul. THAT is what will never die. THAT is what the Bible is concerned about. What happens to our bodies once we are dead has no eternal significance at all. It is our eternal souls God is concerned about.

Let me interject some personal thoughts on this issue. My wife and I have both chosen to be cremated and simply have a small memorial service for family and close friends. Our choice was made based on our personal view of what this life is all about, but also some practical reasons as well. We both understand clearly from the Bible that our purpose in this life is to serve and glorify God with our lives. Our greatest legacy will be left in the lives God uses us to minister to along our journey. Once God says our work here is finished and calls us home, we will rejoice in the fact that for eternity, we will be with our Lord. This body we occupied while we were here will be empty and eventually, as God decreed, return to the dust it came from.

>From a practical standpoint, our personal choice is to not spend $3,000, $4,000, even $10,000 on a beautiful box . . . another $10,000 on a plot of land . . . another $5,000 on a rock with our name on it . . . just to bury our useless dead body. We are actually setting aside the money that we would spend on funeral expenses, to give to several ministries, so that we continue to live on in the lives of those God will touch through those ministries.

This is a personal choice my wife and I have made, and what you choose to do is perfectly fine. Having officiated over several dozen funerals throughout my years of ministry, I realize that the funeral experience is NOT for the deceased, but for those friends and family members left behind. The only way I will ever agree to preach a funeral is if I can share a salvation message. There is no greater “illustrated sermon”, no time a person is more aware of his or her own mortality than at a funeral. It is THE best time to share the everlasting hope we have through Christ.

My only advice is to pray over this very personal decision and plan it out early. I have seen too many cases of families taken advantage of by those in the funeral industry, many left in debt for years. The death of a saint, one who has a personal faith in Christ should be a time of celebration. Their work in this brief journey we call life is over, and they are on to their rewards in Heaven.

I love you and care about you so much. My overall objective today is to first answer a question so many ask, and use this as an opportunity to encourage you that the time to make an impact in your life is TODAY. The Bible says tomorrow is promised to none of us. Our ultimate purpose in this life is to serve and glorify Him. That is something we must focus on daily. When our work here is finished and God calls us home, that physical body you operate in today will have absolutely no meaning or purpose.

However you choose to dispose of it is a personal decision you make. If you have a funeral service and are buried, that is fine. If you choose to be cremated and maybe have some sort of memorial service, that is fine. The critical issue is what you do with the time God gives you here on earth. The message of God’s Word is to know God in a personal way through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, serve Him to the best of your ability, and when God says your work here is over, look forward to eternity with God your Creator!

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

Bill Keller

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