The Ongoing Epidemic of Teacher/Student Sex Scandals?

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(Mark 9:42)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for you in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses you, help me to stand for your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to you in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

The ongoing epidemic of teacher/student sex scandals! I can assure you that most adults, men and women, can think back on their school years and remember that one teacher they had a crush on. For me it was my fourth grade teacher Miss Janis. Even though at 10 years old girls still had “cooties,” Miss Janis was the most gorgeous woman on the planet. It is a normal part of growing up. What is not normal, however, is when you have a teacher who develops a crush on a student. When that teacher actually gives in and acts on those feelings, in addition to not being normal it is also criminal. Sadly, we are being bombarded almost on a weekly basis with a new teacher/student sex scandal and the legitimate question that needs to be asked is WHY?

Trust me, I am not naive enough to believe teachers having sex with their students is something new. It is a problem as old as school and as old as the teacher/student relationship. There is a special dynamic that exists between a teacher and their student. Teachers become a very important person in shaping the life of a young person. Outside of our parents, our teachers are most likely to have a dramatic impact on who we become as adults. Because of the special bond that exists between a teacher and student, it opens the door for the teacher to be able to exploit a student sexually if they have that desire.

Again, we have to understand that sex between teachers and students is not a new phenomenon. The desire for a student to get involved sexually with their teacher often starts out with that childhood crush most students have at some point for one of their teachers. A teenager is going through puberty and becoming aware of the sexual side of their life, so these are new, raw feelings they are experiencing and not yet fully in control of. A student recognizes the importance their teacher plays in their life which also creates a special intimacy and bond between them. All of these working together can lead a student to fantasizing about having a sexual relationship with their teacher.

On the other side is the teacher. Let me say up front, there is NO JUSTIFICATION for a teacher having sex with a student. NONE! How it happens is not difficult to understand. A teacher is in a position of authority, trust, and power. No doubt for some it is an ego boost to have one of their students “in love” with them. They are dealing with young, impressionable, naive, and inexperienced children and young adults. It opens the door and gives a teacher the opportunity to give into their carnal desires and sexually exploit their student

The fact that these teacher/student sexual relationships exist and always have is a given. The question today is why are we hearing about these relationships so frequently, what is going on in our society that is giving rise to all of these incidents of teacher and students having sex. First of all is the existence of 24/7 news, especially the cable networks like FOX, CNN, and MSNBC. While they are technically classified as “news” stations, they have really turned into little more than electronic versions of the National Enquirer. What drives their ratings is NOT the news of the day. It is the tabloid stories and high profile legal cases that have always captured people’s interest. Nothing fits this new form of tabloid journalism passed off as news better than a sex scandal between a teacher and student, especially if the teacher is a young, gorgeous FEMALE!

Let me address this hypocrisy for a moment. In the past, when you heard of a teacher/student sex scandal it was almost 100% of the time a male teacher with a female student. When these scandals came to light, the public was justifiably outraged and called on the criminal justice system to prosecute these men to the fullest extent of the law. With the recent rash of teacher/student sex scandals involving female teachers with male students, there simply doesn’t seem to be the same public outrage. As a matter of fact, it is accepted in some circles as a badge of honor for these young men to have sex with their female teachers and it is not condemned but applauded.

My friend, the damage done to a child is no different if it is a girl being sexually exploited by a male teacher or a boy being sexually exploited by a female teacher. The scars and effects of that sexual exploitation are something that child will have to deal with the rest of their life no matter if they are a boy or girl. How a person views sex is shaped by many factors, chief among them are those first sexual experiences they have in their life! It is equally as wrong and CRIMINAL for a female teacher as it is a male teacher and ANY teacher that exploits a child sexually should be fully prosecuted when caught!

What we are seeing in these teacher/student sex scandals is the byproduct of a society deteriorating in moral decay. This is simply one of the results of a culture where people have grown up with no foundation of faith and live their lives in rebellion to God’s Word and Christ, the family has broken down, children are not told there is Absolute Truth and left to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, and people of all ages are bombarded literally 24/7 with sexual images through TV, radio, music, movies, the Internet, magazines, and all forms of advertising. The lie has been told long enough, bold enough, and loud enough that sex is a natural part of life and you should never deny yourself the desires of your flesh.

Sex is a gift from God for a man and woman in the bonds of His Holy Institution of Marriage. PERIOD! All sex outside of marriage is a SIN! PERIOD! When people choose to ignore God’s plan for sex and sin in this area of their life, there are consequences as there are for any sin. One of the things that sets us apart from the animals is our ability to think, reason, make choices, and not live strictly by instincts alone. This is what Paul spoke of when he talked about controlling the flesh. You don’t have to give in to the carnal desires of your flesh, you have the ability to CONTROL YOUR FLESH through the strength God can give you. The problem is too many people refuse to even try. They are no different than a dog in heat that is simply giving in and acting on its base instincts.

I love you and care about you so much. The fact is for every one of these teacher/student sex scandals you hear on the news, there are hundreds, even thousands you will never hear about. The vast majority of these scandals are never known by anyone other than the teacher and student involved. Whether it is a national news story or remains a private affair, the people involved know and most important GOD KNOWS! The price for giving in to a few moments of physical pleasure can be enormous. Like with any sin, lives can be severely damaged and in some cases destroyed.

I will be praying for you young adults reading this today. I pray that you will realize having sex with your teacher is a HORRIBLE idea. The fact is, having sex with ANYBODY outside of marriage is a horrible idea and there will be a price for sinning in this area of your life. God loves you and cares about you so much. Follow His plan for sex and you will not only know His blessings, but the beauty of this gift He has created for a man and woman in marriage.

I will also be praying for you teachers. God has given you an awesome responsibility in helping to shape the lives of those young people He entrusts to you. For you to give into your carnal lusts and take advantage of a student for your sexual gratification is an act God will hold you accountable for. It isn’t worth it. You are damaging the life of the young person, not to mention putting your life, career, and freedom in jeopardy. I am very aware that young adults are far more advanced at an earlier age sexually than ever before. But that is no excuse. YOU are the adult and no matter what, YOU are the one that is ultimately responsible for any sexual activity between you and a student.

Lastly, I will be praying for you parents. If you haven’t heard me over and over for 17 years, hear me now. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILDREN’S LIVES! As long as they live in your home YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for them. The greatest ministry God gave you is to your children. Talk to them about sex and about what God’s plan is for sex. Talk to them about being aware of teachers and other adults who may try to take advantage of them sexually. Get to know your children’s teachers. Other than you, they will most likely have the greatest influence on the lives of your children so it is your business and duty to know who they are.

The bottom line to the increasing number of these teacher/student sex scandals is that they are a direct result of a society living each day without Christ and not being guided by the Truth of God’s Word. Adults with no fear of God who happen to be teachers. Children growing up in a world that is telling them there is nothing wrong with having sex of any kind with anyone you want. Once you take God out of the picture, ANYTHING is possible so seeing these teachers and students in sexual relationships should not really be such a shock.

For me personally, it only strengthens my resolve to keep doing what God has called me to do each day since the only real answer is bringing the Truth of God’s Word and the hope and love of Christ into people’s lives and seeing people get saved. Now more than ever we need to see a move of God’s Holy Spirit in this nation. As we watch these teacher/student sex scandals unfold, it is simply a reminder how low we have sunk as a people and how desperately we need Jesus!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Giving Without Guilt

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(Deuteronomy 16:17)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord! Today I come to you, asking you to bless the dear people who we faithfully minister to each day. I ask for your protection, that you meet their every need, and bless them and their families richly. As I have each morning for 17 years now, I commit YOUR work to you this day. May your Truth in the marketplace, lives be impacted, and souls saved….FOR YOUR GLORY! My life is in your hands and I simply ask that you use me so you are glorified!!! In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray….AMEN!!!

Giving without guilt. There is probably nothing that upsets me more personally then the manipulation and psychological games that too many in the Lord’s work use to generate the finances they need to carry on their mission. Overseeing a large international ministry that is growing daily, I fully understand the pressures to raise the needed funds to carry on God’s work. However, I submitted this area to God over a decade ago when I started my ministry, and committed to never do anything that would be unbiblical or bring shame to Him. The fact is, my God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and is more than able to move on the hearts of His people to support His work.

My first personal encounter with big time Christian fundraising came 24 years ago. I was backstage with a friend at a telethon being put on by one of the larger Christian television stations. They were only moments from going on the air when all of the sudden a rather large man with an Irish accent came up to me and asked me what 1000 divided by 12 was. It seemed like a very odd question, but I thought for a moment and told him it was 83 and about a third. He thanked me, and just moments later he was on the set with the host of the Telethon on “live” television. After exchanging a few pleasantries, the host asked this man if he had anything special to share with the viewers that evening.

The man with the Irish accent than began to share how he had been in prayer in his hotel room all afternoon, seeking a special word from God for the viewers that night. He stated that after many hours on his knees, God spoke into his Spirit to share Psalms 83 verse 18. I opened my Bible and read the verse and was a little confused what was so special about that verse, but the preacher began to share that through Christian television people all over would know the name of Jesus. I was still a bit confused, until he began to challenge the people that God wanted them to make a pledge of $83.18 over the next 12 months to that Christian television station. It finally sunk in that the only reason he chose that verse was not from some great revelation God had given to him, but it was to try and generate $1,000 pledges from the viewers. I have to be honest when I tell you that it took every ounce of self-control that I had, not to run onto the set and call this man a liar. It literally made me ill.

As many may know, the first 7 years I was in the ministry, I preached in over 500 churches of all denominations, all over the country. I also was heavily involved in the Christian television world. I hosted programs, consulted with most every major Christian media ministry, and created programming for all of the Christian television stations in the country. During this time, I have seen every trick, game, gimmick, guilt trip, and psychological ploy used to get people to give. Let me tell you right now that major crusades don’t take the offering AFTER an hour of powerful praise and worship by accident. The largest Christian television network CAN NOT get you out of debt by you giving them $2,000. There is NOTHING Biblical about “burning your debt”! NEVER make a pledge with money that you DON’T HAVE! Never, EVER, let any church or ministry intimidate you, or “guilt you” into giving!!! THAT IS NOT OF GOD!!!

So much of the fundraising and financial pleas I see take God’s Word totally out of context. Giving to a ministry does NOT guarantee that you will get back that money plus so many times more. God blesses our obedience in MANY ways, not just financially. Our health is a GREAT blessing. The health and safety of our family and friends is a GREAT blessing. Our old car starting and getting us from place to place each day is a GREAT blessing. God moving in a situation at work or school is a GREAT blessing. The point is that God DOES bless us for our obedience and faithfulness, God DOES bless us when we are faithful and obedient in our giving. But His blessings come in many forms, not just financial.

>From day 1 in my ministry, I have done my best to follow the Biblical formula for giving. First, giving is an act of worship. It is a way to honor God for his provision in our life. Second, ALL that we have belongs to Him. When we give, we are simply giving back to God a portion of what He has entrusted to us. Third, the Bible says to “give according to your ability to give”. You can’t give what you don’t have. And yes, we are told to give God a portion of what He gives us right off the top, but God also expects you to take care of your day to day living needs as well. It makes no sense to give God $30 when you have no more money and you have an electric bill for $30. PAY YOUR ELECTRIC BILL. Lastly, God WILL bless you for your obedience in this area. Giving IS important, but giving for the right reasons is just as important.

I love you and care about you so much. I am sure that I probably greatly upset some people in the ministry today. But God never intended people to give out of guilt, or give because they have been manipulated or tricked. We are to give because of our love for God. We give because God has entrusted each of us with a certain amount of provision during our life, and it is an act of obedience when we give a portion of that to Him. The Bible teaches that we give our tithe to the place where we are fed, which in most cases is our home church. Our gifts are what we give to those additional works of God outside of the church that the Lord uses to feed us spiritually and gives us a burden for.

When God directed Moses to build the Tabernacle, when God directed David to build the Temple, He told them both the same thing. Share the exact need with the people and challenge them to give out of their abundance. THAT my friend is the Biblical example of how to fund God’s work. Go to God’s people, share the exact need, and challenge them to pray and give as God leads them to give. We are to give out of our love for God, we are to give because all that we have belongs to God, we are to give with a joyful heart…..NOT out of guilt!!!

Thank you for standing by me with your love, your prayers, and your financial support. It is friends like you that make it possible for me to be here for people in their time of need. Together, we are making a difference for God’s Kingdom! We are to give out of our love for God, we are to give because all that we have belongs to God, we are to give with a joyful heart…..NOT out of guilt!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The Key to What Being a Christian is All About

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(1 Corinthians 1:9, Revelation 3:4)

***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!!!

The key to what being a Christian is really all about. Ever wonder if you are really saved? Ever think that you are doing most of the things you should each day but you are missing real joy in your life? Ever miss church a few Sundays, or didn’t read the Bible for a week, and didn’t miss it that much? Ever go days without praying, and when you do, all you pray about are the things you need? DO YOU EVER WONDER IF YOU REALLY ARE A CHRISTIAN?

Doubt is one of satan’s most effective weapons. One of the common prayer requests that I get daily here at Liveprayer is from people struggling with doubt. Doubt that God exists. Doubt that the Bible is really the only Truth. Doubt they are even saved. These are very common and normal thoughts that ALL Christians deal with from time to time. Doubt becomes a tool the enemy uses to try and paralyze Believers from growing in their faith, from effectively serving the Lord, and from enjoying the joy of their salvation.

The answer to doubt of course is our faith. Faith in a God who created the heavens and earth. Faith in a God who created each one of us in His own image. Faith in a God who loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that we could be reconciled back into fellowship with Him for all eternity. Faith in a God who has given us His Word to guide and direct our journey here on earth.

While we all get weak at times and have doubts, the answer to those doubts is maturing in our relationship with the Lord. This is the key to what being a Christian is really all about. Many people who are truly saved and going to Heaven when they die are being constantly tormented with doubt, struggling in their daily lives, and not only missing so many blessings, but not fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for their life because they have never experienced a real, intimate, personal relationship with the Lord! They are saved, but have never developed a real relationship with Christ.

The reality is, in many cases it is isn’t even their fault. How is a person supposed to know what to do next after they get saved unless someone tells them? They feel the same, live in the same place, have the same job, hang out with the same friends, and most of the time keep doing all the same things they used to do. Mentoring new Believers, discipling those who are new to the faith is something we have stopped doing.

Why? It takes time, effort, and commitment to disciple someone and people are simply too selfish to pour their lives into someone else’s. Every Believer should be mentoring or discipling a younger Believer! I have tens of thousands of emails from over the years sent by people who tell me they have been in church all their lives, but until they started reading the Daily Devotional, had no clue, no idea how they were supposed to live to make their faith in Christ real in their everyday lives.

Let me take a few minutes right now and give you the most important and basic element of what being a Christian is all about.

It is about having a personal, intimate, vibrant, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ. Your relationship with Christ is like any earthly relationship you have. IT REQUIRES AN INVESTMENT OF TIME, ENERGY, AND EMOTIONS if it is going to amount to anything. If you are married, think where your relationship is with your spouse today as opposed to the first time you met. What is the difference? Lots of time, energy, and emotion! YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST WILL ONLY BE WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT!

I love you and care about you so much. Most people never grow as Christians, get beaten down by the day-to-day problems of life, end up doubting their faith because they have never developed a real relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t do that in an hour on Sunday, or at a Bible study once a week. You grow in your relationship with Christ the same way you grow in any relationship, by investing the time and effort and emotion into it each day!

I counsel people to get up 45 minutes early each day and read the Bible and pray before you do anything else. Start your day with Jesus. It may take discipline at first, but after a while, you will look forward to that time when it is just you and the Lord. Spend 15-20 minutes in the Bible. Take the rest of that time and just hang out with Jesus. Share your needs with Him, make sure you take time to thank Him for all He does for you each day, and make some time to just be silent. You can’t hear when you are talking. Be quiet so God can speak to you!

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will really speak to you through these words and that you will begin to make the time EVERY DAY to invest in your relationship with the Lord. He loves you so much and desires to have a relationship with you! Imagine that. Jesus wants to have a relationship with you! All of the doubts, and fears, and questions will start to fade the stronger your relationship with the Lord becomes. You will live each day with great confidence in knowing that it is not you in control, but JESUS who is in control. That is what it means to walk by the Spirit and not the flesh.

The key to what being a Christian is all about lies in your daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It will become not only the most important relationship you will have during this life, but never forget that it is the only thing that you will take from this life into eternity!

Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Gender Identity Confusion is a MENTAL ILLNESS!

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(Colossian 3:23,24)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know I have only one life, one life to live for you. This is my moment in human history. Please Lord, let me make the most if it. Use my life to do great things for you as I surrender it afresh to you each morning. When I take my last breath, let there be no regrets, no sadness, that I didn’t use my life fully for your Glory! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Gender identity confusion is a MENTAL ILLNESS! Let me be very clear on this issue of “gender identity,” it is a mental health issue and NOT a physiological issue! Just like there is no such thing as a gay man or lesbian women, only men and women who CHOOSE to engage in perverted sex with people of the same sex, there is NO SUCH THING a a transgendered person, only a man or woman so mentally disturbed they don’t even know what sex they are. Saddest of all, are children who don’t even know what sex is, who are programmed by their parents to identify as anything but God created them!

THIS IS WHY ANY ATTEMPT TO GRANT “RIGHTS” TO SUCH CONFUSED PEOPLE IS SAD, since this issue has nothing to do with civil rights any more than those who advocate for “gay rights” is a civil rights issue! This is why those who advocate for laws to allow people to use the bathroom of their choice are simply opening the door to making something as normal as using a bathroom becomes a huge safety issue!!!

What disgusts me most about this sad freak show is the open acceptance by a majority of the population, and a media (including FOX News) that is absolutely in all their glory in their praise and support of this perversion. I told you just last week that most people no longer care about morals, ethics, or God’s Truth. I also told you years ago as the homosexual lobby was advancing their perversion into the mainstream of our culture, once you accept that sexual perversion there will no longer be a line. Do you believe me now?

I have shared several time recently the media’s acceptance and promotion of this transgendered perversion, treating it as they do those in bondage to same-sex pervasion as they advocate the lie people are simply “born this way.” Adults like Jenner who want to destroy their lives is one thing, but just like I told you 15 years ago the radical homosexual lobby was coming after you children, they are now telling children as young as 2 that they are not the gender God created them to be!

Bruce Jenner is the epitome, the poster-child for the rebellion to God and His Word of the past 40 years. He went from worldwide Olympic hero, to a confused freak show! He mirrors perfectly a nation that just 40 years ago still had a fear and respect for God and His Word, to a nation that has utterly rejected God’s Truth, Jesus, and lives in complete and total rebellion to our Creator!!!

I love you and care about you more than you will ever know. Pray for those who have bought into this life of gender identity confusion. Pray also for this nation, since it is clearly no longer a place where God is honored or feared. We have embraced every kind of sin imaginable, and unless we get on our knees and turn back to God and His Truth, we will suffer his final wrath and punishment. May this sad saga help people wake up that we have gone too far!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

People Have Not Really Changed Since God Created Adam and Eve

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(Judges 3:9, Judges 4:1, Judges 21:25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Oh Lord, I am so thankful for this day. 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!

People have not really changed since God created Adam and Eve. While billions and billions of people have lived and died since the first man and woman, people have not changed. A great study in human behavior is found in the Book of Judges. I want to encourage you today to take some time in the next few days to sit down and read the entire Book of Judges. It will take you less than an hour, and be worth every minute. Sadly, the spiritual lives of most Christians are exactly like the spiritual lives of the children of Israel in the Book of Judges. Here is how the pattern goes.

While everything is going great in your life, God slowly stops being your top priority. Actually, He often gets put far down the list of priorities. You quit praying every day, having that meaningful time alone, just you and the Lord. You quit reading your Bible every day. Going to church is not a MUST any longer. Allowing God to use you to bless others with your life isn’t a burning desire. If it happens, that is fine, but it is not that important. As God plays less of a role in your daily life, you slowly start making choices that you would not make when you are in that close, daily relationship with Him. At the time, they seem like harmless choices. But as the days go by, you are making more and more choices that are NOT pleasing to God. Deep down, you know this, but you justify it by telling yourself that you deserve to have some fun, to do what YOU want to do. Slowly over time, it is no longer what God wants from your life, but only what YOU want. One morning you wake up and your life is a mess. You see my friend,

SIN ALWAYS HAS CONSEQUENCES. THERE IS ALWAYS A PRICE FOR SIN . . . A BIG PRICE.

The Bible tells us that satan comes to “kill, steal, and destroy”. When you forget God, when you quit making Him the head of your life, when you put God on the shelf because you think that you don’t need Him, you have opened the door for satan to come in and destroy you! Trust me, at first it won’t be anything that bad. Satan is the great deceiver. He will deceive you into thinking that you don’t need God. He will deceive you into thinking that it is YOUR LIFE, and you should do whatever YOU want to do. The longer that we live without God, the more choices that we make without praying, the deeper in sin we get. Sin is like quicksand. We sink slowly, and when God tries to get our attention, we ignore Him and sink deeper.

It is only when we are facing insurmountable odds, only when we have hit bottom, only when life is crashing down all around us, that we finally decide to cry out to God. Look at the Prodigal Son. He had to lose everything and be living in the worst conditions imaginable until he went home to his father. In our desperation we go to God, we repent, we ask His forgiveness, and we re-dedicate our lives to Him. Does that mean all of our problems magically go away overnight? NO! We didn’t create our problems overnight, and they rarely go away overnight.

But we do now have God back in our lives, and He is fighting for us, giving us the strength to get through each day, giving us the hope we need to move forward. Having God back in our lives doesn’t eliminate us from having to deal with the consequences of our ungodly choices, but over time, He will help us to be victorious. Our life will be great again!!! We will look forward to waking up each morning. We will once again know the peace, the joy, and the abundance that this life can offer. Many however, like the children of Israel in the Book of Judges, will sadly start to forget God again, and the cycle will be repeated all over.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that this message opens the hearts of many, as this trap satan uses so effectively is exposed. Here is the truth that I never want you to forget.

WE NEED GOD ON THE MOUNTAINTOP . . . JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED GOD IN THE VALLEY!!!

Let me repeat that.

WE NEED GOD ON THE MOUNTAINTOP . . . JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED GOD IN THE VALLEY!!!

We all know to call on the Lord in our time of trouble. My word for you today is to call on Him ALWAYS!!! In this life, we will always have trials. No matter how close we are to the Lord, we all have to fight the day-to-day issues of living in this sin-filled world. Nobody can escape that. However, when we stay close to God each day, we can minimize the problems in our life that WE CAUSE through our rebellion!

Do you only call on God in your time of need? My admonition for you today is to call on Him EVERY DAY. Keep Him first at ALL TIMES. God has revealed to YOU today a common trap men and women from the beginning have fallen into. Receive this word from the Lord today and walk with God every day of your journey here on earth. Call on Him in your time of need AND in your time of plenty!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Speaking to the Dead, Fortune Telling and Other Psychic Activities are an Abomination

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(Isaiah 29:13; James 3:9-10)

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

Several months ago, I did a Devotional on how God calls what those who try to speak to the dead, those who are involved in fortune telling and other psychic activities do, an ABOMINATION. I gave a mountain of scripture to support that God clearly says this is activity we are NOT to be involved in.

I used John Edward, this fraud who claims to speak to the dead as an example in that Devotional. At best, Edward and those like him are highly polished carnival acts, at worst, they are operating with demonic powers. Every time I deal with this issue, the demons of hell come flying out of the woodwork. Those who defend Edward, Sylvia Brown, and the rest of these deceivers all say the same thing, “They have to be of God. They pray, and they always talk about God.”

The prophet Isaiah said it so well in the anchor verse for today. “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” It is not what you say that makes you Godly, it is what you do! These psychics honor God with their words, then proceed to engage in activity that is 100% in opposition to God.

I read recently that a woman won an award for appearing in a pornographic movie and said that she wanted to thank Jesus for the award. I cringe as I watch an athlete give glory to God for what he accomplished on the field, then moments later proceed to take God’s name in vain. Saying the word “God” does not make you “of God.” It is your actions that make you “of God!”

Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that we should not give God all of the glory, honor, and praise that He deserves. WE MUST! But God is more interested in how we honor Him with our lives. My mother used to tell me that actions speak louder than words. She was 100% correct as mothers always are.

The greatest impact that we can have on someone we are close to is not by what we say, but how we live our life. Our most powerful testimony is not our words, but our actions. The greatest impact that you can have on unsaved family members, friends, those that you may see at school or work, is not what you will say to them about Jesus, but how you show them Jesus in YOUR day to day life.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that just because someone uses the name “God”, or “Jesus” , or “Christian”, that you just don’t automatically accept all that they say and do. You can’t be “of God” and then blatantly live in 100% opposition to God, or in the case of the Mormon cult, in 100% opposition to His Word by following the lies of that cults founder Joey Smith OVER the Word of God.

The Bible, our final authority in all matters, the ABSOLUTE TRUTH that we base our very lives on, says that those who do what Edward does, what Brown and the other psychics do, is a SIN. So they can invoke the name of God, pray all they want, that does NOT make what they are doing “of God” any more than what the porno actress does, even though she also gives glory to God. God is not impressed with our words, but our actions.

My question to you today is this: “Do you honor God with your lips or with your life?”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Our Blessings Flow from Our Obedience

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(2 Kings 5:19-40)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: ***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:9-14

Our blessings come from our obedience. How often are we like Naaman. We have a problem in our life and go to God in prayer. He gives us the answer to our problem in His Word. We then have the audacity to not only complain about the answer, but the fact God didn’t just snap His fingers and fix our problem. Eventually, almost grudgingly, we follow God’s instructions and lo and behold, our problem is solved! Like I say so often, our way never works, but God’s way ALWAYS works! Rebellion leads to consequences and obedience leads to blessings!!! That is my message to you today, obedience brings blessings.

I have talked to you in the past about how to HEAR God. That is obviously very important. However, after we hear God, we then have to OBEY God! That can often be easier said than done. God speaks to us in many ways. Most times, He speaks to us through His Word, through our time in prayer, through others, and through our circumstances. As I have shard in the past, the more we practice “hearing God,” the better we become at hearing His voice. The key is, God will never contradict His Word. When God speaks to you, it will always be in line with His Word. That is the major test to knowing if it is truly God’s voice.

Again, hearing God’s voice is important, but after you hear His voice you then need to obey His voice. This is where our commitment to the Lord gets tested. Many time, we hear what God is saying to us but we don’t want to obey Him. This is usually the case when He is calling us to do something we dislike or calling us to make some sort of sacrifice. Sacrifice is really not something most people want to hear. We love to hear about blessings, but really don’t want to hear about sacrifice.

We claim to love the Lord, but the true test of that love comes when He calls us to sacrifice something for Him. Sacrifice calls us to give up something precious. That something precious can be money, it can be possessions, but in most cases it is OURSELVES! You see, the greatest sacrifice you can make to the Lord is YOURSELF! You have nothing more valuable to give to Christ than your life.

The fact is, when you accepted Jesus into your heart and life by faith, part of that process is the act of giving your life to Him. The Bible says that we have been bought with a price, that it is no longer our life any longer, but that we belong to Him. So when the Lord speaks to you and you are faced with the opportunity to obey His voice, you are really only giving Him what He already owns anyway . . . YOU!

I know that this is a very challenging word today. We are all called each day to obey God’s voice. Throughout the course of the day God will speak to us . . . and not just hearing his voice, but obeying his voice is what we are required to do as His followers. Obeying God often calls for sacrifice on our part. Whether it is sacrificing our time, talent, or treasure, ALL WE HAVE BELONGS TO HIM! So in essence, He is only asking us to give Him what already belongs to Him anyway.

I thank God for His Word that guides us through this life. One of the great challenges we have is obeying God’s voice. The fact is we have the free will to ignore God or listen to Him. I can tell you without any hesitancy that ignoring God is just stupid since we know it is only going to bring pain and heartache. The reality is God loves to bless His children and God will always bless our obedience! Let me say that one more time, GOD WILL ALWAYS BLESS OUR OBEDIENCE!

I love you and care about you so much. I am praying for you today, that as you hear the voice of God in your life, that you will not just hear His voice but obey His voice. God has a purpose and reason for what He asks us to do. Rarely do we fully comprehend that purpose or reason, but that is not our job. Our job is to simply be obedient and do what God is calling us to do, no matter what that may be. May you take time each day to not only hear God’s voice, but be faithful to obey God’s voice and enjoy His blessings.

***URGENT MAY FINANCIAL UPDATE! As we head into the final 17 days of May, we are still trying to bring in the final $25,000 of our April operations. In the midst of our personal challenges with our cat, I have been begging vendors to hold off shutting down our bandwidth and other basic operations that is necessary for Liveprayer’s daily operations. Of course, we also have the $40,000 we require for our May internet operations and the $25,000 we require for our May TV programs. $10,000 of that is critically due.

I am asking everyone to pray about what God is calling you to do to help me in the coming days to insure we can clear up the $25,000 left over from April and the first $10,000 of our May operations that we must pay. It is important to our ongoing operations what we get these funds in by Monday!

Pray about this. Our monthly operations for all we do daily, the 2.5 million who receive the Daily Devotional each day, the 40,000 prayer requests we receive every 24 hours that are prayed over and answered, the tens of thousands who visit the website with 17 years of audio, video and text content, 5 “live” TV programs weekly in Chicago and over 80 other markets around the nation each night, translating into lives worldwide impacted each day and apx 500 souls we know of who come to faith in Christ each week from all over the world…all for $2,200 a day! That is a modern day loaves and fishes miracle!

In addition to everyone praying for our financial needs each day, those who are able to give according to their ability to give in order to support God’s work here at Liveprayer, I am praying for 30 of our friends to commit to make a special monthly gift of $2,200 starting in June through December to insure our monthly operations are secure. I am also praying for just 6 of our friend who God has blessed and given the ability to help me with a special one-time gift of $15,000 between now and the end of the month. 2 people who can make that sacrifice in the next few days will insure our critical payments to clear up April’s shortfall and the first payments for May!

AS GOD HAS MOVED ON THE HEARTS OF MANY FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS IN ORDER TO ADVANCE HIS WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER, I AM PRAYING IN FAITH FOR 30 WHO CAN MAKE THAT SPECIAL MONTHLY SACRIFICE OF $2,200 STARTING IN JUNE THROUGH DECEMBER, AND 6 WHO CAN SEND A SPECIAL ONE-TIME GIFT OF $15,000 BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF MAY TO INSURE WE END THE MONTH WITH ALL OF OUR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS CURRENT. IF EVERYONE ELSE WILL PRAY AND GIVE AS YOU ARE ABLE, WE CAN MOVE PAST THIS CRITICAL FINANCIAL PHASE!

***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.

Thank you for being faithful and being OBEDIENT, since our blessings flow from our obedience!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

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