God Has Always Had a People

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(Matthew 26:3-5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, give me the courage and boldness to share your Truth each day with those you bring across my path. Help me Lord to not be afraid to stand for Your Word! Please empower me through your Holy Spirit each day so I can serve you to the best of my ability. Watch over me, protect me, guide me, and give me the words to honor and glorify you. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

I am often amused at the various fringe groups that represent a VERY SMALL MINORITY of people on certain issues, who have been given a prominent “voice” in our society, since most people are afraid to speak out against them. Pro- homosexual groups have found that all they have to do is threaten to call a person or group “homophobic”, and they can basically do whatever they want. PETA has learned to effectively use “bully tactics” and “outrageous stunts” to bring its minority view to the masses. If you take a stand for life, you are lambasted for “hating women!”

Listen, my point today is to help you have a better understanding that there are MANY GROUPS out there, I GUARANTEE YOU they will be coming after the church and all Christian organizations. This IS NOT fear talking, this is NOT paranoia talking, this is simply common sense. It IS ALREADY HAPPENING. In our nation today, it is not politically correct to say anything negative about people of who follow the cults and false religions, it is not politically correct to say anything about people who choose to live whatever perverted lifestyle they have chosen to live, it is not politically correct to really say anything bad about anyone…except Bible-believing Christians!

Yet we are called “intolerant”. Let me tell you something. The Christian faith is the MOST tolerant faith there is. In the cults, in other faiths, outsiders are NOT welcome. FREE WILL is not part of the picture. IT WAS GOD OUR CREATOR, WHO GAVE US FREE WILL TO MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES. How intolerant is that? It was God who said, “whosoever believeth on Him shall have everlasting life”! WHOSOEVER MEANS ANYONE!!! The Christian faith is the most tolerant faith there is. It is ALL INCLUSIVE!

In today’s scripture, the Jewish leadership plotted to get rid of Jesus. There are people in the world today, in our very country, who would love to see the church eliminated and see the Word of God silenced. But as I write these words, I am reminded of that great song Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote that was a standard for the group ‘TRUTH’ for many years, THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. Here are the anointed words from part of that great song of the faith.

READ THEM SLOWLY . . . OVER AND OVER!!!

God Has Always Had A People! Many a foolish conquer made the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the Church of Jesus Christ out of sight, that he had stilled it’s voice and snuffed out it’s life. But God Has Always Had A People! The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it is forced to flow underground. The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has fought it’s way through solid rock. There have been charlatans who like Simon the magician, sought to barter on the open market that power which can not be bought or sold. But God Has Always Had A People! Men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purchase. Yes, God Has Always Had A People! There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the Church’s message was nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized and financially profitable. It has been gold-plated, draped in purple and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, and scorned. These followers of Jesus Christ have been, according to the whim of the times, elevated as sacred leaders and martyred as heretics. Yet through it all, their marches on that powerful army of the meek, God’s chosen people that can’t be bought, flattered, murdered or stilled. On through the ages they march. The Church, God’s Church Triumphant, is Alive and Well! Now listen child of God. It’s alive! Discouraged pastor, it’s His Church and it’s alive! Lonely Missionary sow your seeds with confidence! It’s alive my broken hearted friend! Old saint, you’re not alone and forgotten . . . the Church is alive! Busy mother, cast your cares on Jesus! It’s alive young student. You’re not alone in serving the Lord! Faithful father, there’s rest in the Lord! The Church is alive! Cynical skeptic, you haven’t killed God with your noisy unbelief. He’s Alive! So family of God, raise your hands and praise the Lord. For the Church; God’s Church Triumphant, Is Alive and Well!

I love you and care about you very much. In these last days the people of God will be coming under more fire, more persecution, more challenges then ever before. But the key is, as the people of TRUTH, we must hold firm. We must NOT CONFORM to the political correctness of this world, but stand firm for the TRUTH that God has given to us in His Word. It will rarely be a popular position. But the fact is, we are not called to be popular, but faithful. We are not called to be conform to this world, but conform this world to God. We are not asked to hide our “light” in this dark world we live in, but let it shine brightly.

LET US NOT BE ASHAMED TO TELL THIS LOST AND HURTING WORLD, THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY, JESUS CHRIST!!!

PERSONALLY, I REFUSE TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT . . . AND LIVEPRAYER WILL BE HERE EACH DAY, UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS TO SIMPLY SHARE THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD NO MATTER HOW UNPOPULAR THAT MAY BE!!! WILL YOU?????

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

Bill Keller

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God’s Healing Touch

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(Mark 5:25-34)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please give me the strength to live today in your Spirit. I will no longer walk in the flesh, but live in the Spirit. It is the key to me living for YOU each day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

I know that a large percentage of people reading these words need God’s healing touch. Many of you are reading these words today in tremendous pain. Many of you are reading these words today as you face an upcoming surgery. Many of you are reading these words today as you deal with a serious disease. Many of you are reading these words today as you are trying to heal from a sickness or injury. Every person reading these words today has a family member, friend, or someone you know who needs God’s healing touch. Let me say this very clearly, GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 2015!

Out of the 40,000+ emails for prayer we receive every day here at Liveprayer, out of the phone calls I take 5 days a week from viewers of the Liveprayer TV program, healing is one of the top 3 requests along with financial problems and relationship issues. Several hundred thousand of the over 9 million praise reports we have received since we started Liveprayer nearly 16 years ago, are from people God has healed. Rarely a day goes by on the TV program that a caller doesn’t share a praise report of God’s healing. Don’t forget, Jesus healed 10 lepers and only one came back to say thank you, so I have no doubt God has healed 10x more people who we never heard back from. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 2015!

As you read these words today I want to remind you of a great truth. GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. What that simply means is what God has done for someone else, God will do for you. Please, let me say that one more time so you can let it sink into your Spirit. What God has done for someone else, God will do for YOU!!!

In the Bible, we read about the woman with the issue of blood. God’s Word tells us that she spent all of her money on the doctors of her day trying to get better without any success. Then one day she heard about a man named Jesus coming to her town who was doing great miracles, including healing people. With no other hope, she exercised that “measure of faith” each person has and began to believe Jesus could heal her. We read how when she got to the place Jesus was ministering, a great crowd, the Bible calls it a “throng,” was already present. Now it would have been very easy for this woman to get discouraged after seeing all the people gathered around Jesus and simply give up and go home. But you see this woman was not going to be denied the opportunity to see our Lord, the One she was believing could heal her.

We read how she pressed through the crowd of people. I can picture this woman elbowing her way past people, pushing them out of her way, wading through this sea of humanity foot by foot until she was finally close enough to reach out and touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing. The Bible tells us that the moment she touched the hem of His garment she was instantly healed. Please understand that there was nothing magical about what Jesus was wearing that day. His garment had no magical healing powers. It simply became a point of contact for her faith. She had the faith to believe as she stretched our her hand and grabbed the hem of His garment that she would be healed, and she was!!!

Let me share something exciting with you today. There is a powerful truth in the Book of Hebrews that tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Listen to me carefully now. The powerful meaning of that truth for YOUR life today is simply this. The very same Jesus who healed that woman we read about in the Bible who had the issue of blood, is the very same Jesus who is here to heal you today. Please, stop for a moment and meditate on this powerful truth. THE VERY SAME JESUS WE READ ABOUT HEALING THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD, IS THE VERY SAME JESUS WHO IS HERE TO HEAL YOU TODAY!!!

I love you and care about you so much. My friend, as I come to you today I want you to know that not a day goes by I don’t see the healing power of Jesus Christ at work in people’s lives. Every single day I receive praise reports from people Christ has healed. If you need God’s healing touch in your body today, if there is someone that you know that needs to be healed, I want to encourage you to be like that woman with the issue of blood and exercise that “measure of faith” today. Just like she reached out to touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing, you can reach out to Him today through prayer.

Stop what you are doing right now and call on the name of Jesus. Reach out to him IN FAITH ask Him to heal you or the one you love. As you do, remember that the very same Jesus you are crying out to today, is the very same Jesus who healed the woman with the issue of blood. He is no respecter of persons and what He did for her, He will do for you. As the healing virtue of Christ flowed through her body and she was made whole, Jesus looked at her and said, “Go, your faith has made you whole.”

I want you to know that I will be praying for you today. I will be standing in agreement with you today as you take that step of faith for God’s healing touch on your body or the body of the one you love. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN 2015! May you hear Him say to you, “Go, your faith has made you whole!!!”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Government Control over Local Policing and After that Over Religion

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(Proverbs 16:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, I know this is an evil and sin-filled world I live in. Please, protect me, but don’t let me be afraid. Let me be bold in declaring Your Truth to this lost world and not be afriad to speak up. Now more than ever I need your strength to be the servant you have called me to be. Help me, strengthen me, and guide me to do thy will. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

“It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.” Proverbs 16:12

Government control over local policing, after that…OVER RELIGION!!! Way back last summer during the Ferguson riots, I clearly laid out that the false narrative driven by the media was a much larger issue than a thug with a criminal record assaulting a police officer and getting killed in the process. I told you as those weeks went on with the visible involvement of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, as it became known the “protestors” were mostly paid professionals from various anarchist groups, as the demonization of the police by the media continued even after it was clear the police officer involved did nothing wrong cleared by the AG report, and you heard for the first time the term “police militarization,” this was all about federalizing local police departments!!!

Of course after Ferguson came Brooklyn, South Carolina, Baltimore, and other incidents in a steady stream of what amounted to little more than local police interactions with criminals. IN EVERY CASE the media’s “martyr” had a long criminal record and either assaulted the police, was running from the police, or resisting arrest. It is always sad when someone loses their life, however, IN EVERY CASE these were not innocent young black men minding their own business being executed by the police as the media narrative wanted you to believe!

Every day in this nation there are thousands of interactions between the public and the police. It goes without saying there are bad cops out there, just like there are bad apples in EVERY professions. Having said that, well over 99% of our men and women who put on the uniform to serve their communities, literally putting their lives on the line every time they do, are honorable public servants.

For the President and AG to become involved in nothing more than local issues didn’t make sense. For the media to demonize the police non-stop day after day didn’t make sense. For the media harping on the “militarization of the police” was something we have never heard of prior to Ferguson, and was clearly a talking point fed to the media by the Obama administration! Add the presence of Sharpton who become President Obama’s puppet for this effort, along with professional anarchist groups paying “demonstrators,” and it was evident it was all an orchestrated effort to federalize local police departments in this nation!

It was just announced that the Federal Government will be doling out MILLIONS to “community groups” like Sharpton’s and others, to “bridge the gap” between the local police and their communities. This is why so many pastors in many minority communities have exchanged being men of God for “community leaders” in order to cash in on the free government money!

Now you have President Obama’s executive order the other day to prohibit local police departments from acquiring military equipment like tracked armored vehicles like tanks, weaponized aircraft, and high-caliber weapons and ammunition. Also included in this executive order was structuring a new federal agency to work with local police forces!!! DOES ANY MORE NEED TO BE SAID???

I am sharing this with you today since it should set off alarm bells that the Federal Government could soon be overseeing local police departments. In addition, it is a FACT that there is nothing more the Federal Government would love to do than oversee…RELIGION! With their takeover of the internet, it is crystal clear to me that it won’t be long before the US Government will dictate what can and can’t be said in regard to religion.

Don’t forget, it was only a month ago when Hillary Clinton stated people need to change their “religious thoughts” in regard to killing innocent babies. How many times has President Obama ripped Christians for daring to believe the Bible regarding the sin of homosexuality, the perversion of God’s Holy Institution of Marriage, killing babies, as well as their “intolerance” of Islam!

My friend, it is only a matter of time, and that is quickly running out. You already have over 50% of “churches” who have acquiesced and support the various gross sins rampant in our culture. You already have a vast majority of “pastors” who have voluntarily stopped preaching what God’s Word teaches on the issues of the day so they don’t “offend” anyone in their congregation or in the government!

I love you and care about you so much. I have shared this warning in various forms over and over and over during these past 16 years, and with great intensity the past 7 years! Taking much personal abuse from supposed “Christians,” our government, as well as the non-believing world, I have REFUSED to be silent or compromise God’s Truth. They will have to kill me to silence me, since the eternal souls of men are at stake AS WELL AS THE SOUL OF THIS NATION!

Our time is limited so please pray for me and stand with me as we bring HIS Truth to the lost masses, lead people to faith in Jesus Christ, and help lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Putting our Service for the Lord in Proper Perspective

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(Matthew 6:2; Psalm 49:17; 1 Peter 1:24; Matthew 20:26, 23:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for creating me with a plan and purpose, making my life so meaningful. Give me the ability this day to appreciate the fact you can use my life to advance your kingdom. Let me do my best today in the strength you give me through the Holy Spirit to be the best servant I can be. In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

One of the biggest traps there is in serving the Lord in this sinful world that we live in, is buying into the lie of satan that the Kingdom of God depends on what WE do each day. I will never forget soon after answering the call God had on my life to go into full-time ministry, I learned this valuable lesson. One evening I was feeling very “important” about serving God. That evening in my quiet time, I was reading the last few chapters of Revelation, and the Holy Spirit asked me a simple question, “Where is your name?”

That question stopped me in my tracks. The fact is, as I read at the end of the book how our God wins, NOWHERE did it say that God wins because of Bill Keller! MY NAME IS NOT THERE! As a matter of fact, the Bible clearly says that God wins IN SPITE OF Bill Keller, or anyone else!

The point that I want to make today is that YES, we have ALL been called to allow God to use our lives to further His Kingdom. YES, God is pleased when we are faithful to serve Him as He leads us in our daily lives. YES, God will use our service to Him to bless many people and our faithfulness to fulfill His perfect plan. This is what God EXPECTS us to do.

We are not doing something so great when we serve God, we are only doing what we have been called to do when we accept Jesus as our Savior. SERVING GOD IS A COMMANDMENT TO ALL OF HIS CHILDREN! Never forget that God’s plan will be fulfilled with, or without us!

If you really think about it, what an HONOR it is to have the God of the Universe, the Creator of all things, to give us the opportunity to serve Him! There is NO GREATER HONOR in this life. To serve God is not only our duty, but a privilege that He gives us that we should never take for granted.

While there are many things that we can do in our life that can have a profound effect on this world, it is ONLY the things that we do for God that will have a profound effect on eternity! Let me repeat this statement, because it is very deep. While there are many things that we can do in our life that can have a profound effect on this world, it is ONLY the things that we do for God that will have a profound effect on eternity!

That leads me to the subject of rewards. The Bible clearly speaks of “rewards” for our faithful service to God. What these “rewards” are, I have no idea. However, here is what I do know. God is the giver of all good and perfect things. God loves us so much, that He gave us His very best when He gave us Jesus to die for our sins so that we might be reconciled back to Him. Whatever comes from God is just not great, it is the BEST! GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BLESSING! The Bible does not spell out what these “rewards” for our faithful service are, but since they come from God, they must be better than anything that we could think of!

Sadly however, many in service to God, decide not to wait for their Heavenly rewards, and instead settle for whatever little this temporary world that we live in can offer. That is like going through the McDonalds drive-thru for dinner, instead of waiting to sit down to a 7 course feast. ANY TIME THAT WE SETTLE FOR THE THINGS OF THIS TEMPORARY WORLD OVER WHAT GOD OFFERS, WE HAVE SETTLED FOR THE WORST, WHILE WE COULD HAVE HAD THE BEST!

This is not a condemnation on having nice things, on having a comfortable life while we are on this journey. However, some of God’s choice servants have decided that they would rather have the “little” that they can get now, instead of waiting for the “much” that God has promised.

I love you and care about you so much. I want you to never forget each day how much GOD loves you! The only way that we can truly return that love is how we choose to live our day to day lives. Each day, we choose to love Him, or reject Him through the choices that we make in what we do with those 24 hours He blesses us with.

As a child of God, it is not a choice, but a commandment to serve Him. We show our love to God through our obedience, through our service to Him. For most, that is simply by being His “light” where He has planted us for this season. In our schools. In our jobs. Where we shop. Where we recreate. Simply by letting the love of Jesus flow from us to those that we meet in the course of our day to day lives.

For our faithfulness, God has promised us “rewards” when our work here is over. Satan will tempt us from time to time to “sell out” and accept the temporary rewards that this life can offer, sacrificing the eternal rewards that God has promised us. Let me encourage you today. While I cannot tell you what exactly those heavenly rewards will be, I can tell you that there is NOTHING that this world could offer to match what God can give us!

The WORD today is to serve God with your very lives each day, to never sell Him out for the short term benefits that this world may offer, and to know when this brief journey is over, we will not only be forever with our Lord, but enjoy the “rewards” that He has promised us for our faithfulness!

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

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Ultimate Fighting is the Hottest Sport

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(Matthew 7:12, 22:37-39)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, keep my mind free of the filth of this world. Cleanse it each day with your Word and let my thoughts be your thoughts. Help me this day to dwell on you and your love as I live my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39

Ultimate fighting is the hottest “sport.” How far have we really come (or not), from the days of the Roman Coliseum? One of the contentions I have consistently made over the years is that man has never really changed from the Garden of Eden. We read about man’s inhumanity to man as early as the 4th chapter of Genesis in the story of Cain and Abel. Those sad stories are still being told every day in the news. Most recently the mother in Texas who hung herself and three of her children. Since man’s fall in the Garden, evil has been part of the human experience and is all around us. It takes on many forms. One of those forms has been evil masquerading as sport.

Throughout human history, sports, men competing against each other has been part of our world. In the capitalistic world of today, never before has sport become such a huge and lucrative business. It is very rare to find sports being played in its purest form any longer. In 2015 sports at almost every level are guided and ruled by one thing, money. In looking back on the history of sports, there have always been those physical competitions pitting one man’s strength and abilities against another. Most of these “fighting sports” like wrestling and boxing concluded when one man had an advantage over the other. However, there has always been more violent and brutal forms of fighting that often included weapons. These types of fights would only end when one man killed the other.

We often think back to the days of the Roman Coliseum. The “sporting events” they hosted with capacity crowds in attendance were fights amongst men to the death. As one man would gain an advantage over his opponent, the fight would conclude with the “death shot.” This would literally be one man killing the other to the wild cheers of the crowd. The halftime show at these Coliseum events would include taking men and women, often Christians, and putting them in the ring with a team of hungry lions. Of course, it was only a matter of time before each met their horrible death in the jaws of the lion, again, as the crowd cheered on. Of course we look at those days and say how barbaric, how inhumane, who could find any pleasure in seeing such brutality and death?

Well, the answer to that is WE WOULD! The hottest new “sport” that is now getting mainstream acceptance is ultimate fighting. Ultimate fighting has evolved from the underground fight clubs where men would fight other men with no rules or any other goal but to incapacitate their opponent. The underground fight clubs in Asia have been famous for centuries and death was often the end result for the loser of those fights. Years ago when ultimate fighting began to emerge in the United States as a form of sport, it was still in a pretty no-holds-barred brutal form. As corporate money has begun to flow into this new sport, they have instituted more rules, doing that to sanitize the action in able to market it to a more mainstream audience.

However, even in this sanitized form, it is still a brutal contest between two men with the goal of incapacitating your opponent. I will guarantee you that as this sport gains in popularity, there will emerge competing “leagues” who will do away with many of the new rules to take it back to a more brutal form that the masses will crave. I have said for many years now, that there is only one place for reality television to go, one place for Pay-Per-View events to go, and that is to display people getting killed. The only thing that is missing from ultimate fighting is the “death shot,” that moment when one man has clearly beat his opponent, rendered him helpless, and then wins the match by killing him. I have no doubt that it won’t be very long before you will be able to pay $79 on PPV and see that type of “sporting event.”

My friend, we humans have an incredible capacity to hurt others. Sadly, we see it every day here at Liveprayer. Most do it in non-violent ways. Selfishly leaving your spouse and often your children after many years of marriage. Saying things that we know will hurt someone. Making decisions that inflict pain in people’s lives. There are endless ways man inflicts heartache and pain on others. Why do people love to commit the sin of gossiping so much? They love to hear of others pain. Why do we drive by a car accident and have to slow down to look? We have this morbid curiosity with seeing others in pain.

The fact is, most people don’t love their neighbor nor do they “do unto others.” That is why those who follow these admonitions from the Lord stand out. It is not normal in this fallen world to love others as you love yourself. It is not normal in this fallen world to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These principles go against the grain of how the world lives and teaches people to live. This world teaches people to love themselves above all, to put themselves first at all times. This world teaches to do unto others before they do unto you. It is the law of the jungle, kill before you are killed. So with this being the prevailing mindset of how the world lives, it is no wonder man has no real capacity to love or care for other men. That mindset transcends even to the “sports” they watch to entertain themselves.

I love you and care about you so much. The ultimate fighting craze is only a microcosm of where we are as a people, but I believe a very telling one. It only demonstrates that our desire to be entertained by watching men suffer now becoming a mainstream form of entertainment, is simply further proof of how far our society and culture has deteriorated. It is also further proof of how far away we are from God. We no longer even try to hide our gross sexual perversion or our debauchery. We no longer have any shame or guilt and curse those who remind us of our sins. We live in open and defiant rebellion to the God of the Bible, His Truth and have rejected the love of Jesus in our lives.

We escape through the use of alcohol, drugs, gambling, deny our flesh nothing as we feed it with pornography and illicit sex of every kind imaginable, and find entertainment in seeing men brutalized and killed. Oh, now more than ever this lost world needs to turn to Jesus. He is the only answer and hope. I realize that the world doesn’t want to hear about the Lord, but we see every day the destroyed lives of people who are looking for hope. That is why we do this each day. Fight to reach as many as we can through the Internet. Fight to reach as many as we can through the TV program. Look for new ways to reach the lost masses. I know there are people who are looking for a better life, who are tired of living in sin, who do yearn for real peace and joy. That is why with every breath I have, I will keep doing all I can to reach them with the hope and love of Jesus!

Please pray today for those you know who may find ultimate fighting entertaining. They have bought into the lies of this world that it is acceptable to enjoy watching men brutalize each other. Like drugs, and alcohol, and sex, and gambling, once their appetite for such violence is whetted, they will need to see more brutality, more violence to satisfy their cravings. Ultimately, only seeing men die in the name of sport will satisfy them. This is not a fad that will go away. It is not only here to stay, but will evolve into more brutal forms as the years go by. Ultimately, like in all things, the only real answer is to see the hearts of men changed by the power of God. Changed from hearts that seek to view their neighbor destroyed, to hearts that seek to love their neighbor as their selves.

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

Bill Keller

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Are You Robbing God

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(Malachi 1:1-9)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what are your thoughts on the “blood moons,” and is there really going to be a cataclysmic event in Israel as several well known pastors are saying will occur because of this?

ANSWER: Last year, I did a full Daily Devotional on this issue, here is the link: ( http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5536 ). The “blood moons” is a wonderful cosmic sight but nothing more. Of course, those who have compromised themselves hyping this cosmic event as something more that that, will claim any big event in Israel over the next two years is because of the “blood moon.” In fact, there are ALWAYS big events occurring in Israel and the “blood moons” is simply the latest Y2K, Jesus is returning on this date, hype for those who promote it to sell books and DVDs. Please READ the Daily Devotional on this issue to educate yourself and not fall for the hype!

Are you robbing God??? Those who have put their faith in Christ, and accepted God’s free gift of everlasting life, understand that God has given His very best in offering Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. He gave it all in order that we would have a way to be reconciled back to our creator and live for eternity with Him. God gave His very best, but do we give our very best to Him each day?

The priests in the Old Testament were often guilty of offering up to God during their sacrifices, the worst crops, the worst animals, the bare minimum they could. How often are we guilty of the same behavior. Today, we don’t follow the Old Testament laws, but our daily sacrifice is our lives . . . our time . . . our talents. How many days do we do the minimal amount for God, giving Him less than our best????

All I am trying to do is to get you to realize that God has done so much for us, and we get comfortable doing the least amount for Him in return. We grudgingly go to church to be fed spiritually, we complain about giving to those causes which God is using to bless people, we hesitate to volunteer our precious time to help others. We live our lives in a way to give God as little as possible.

Pray today, that you might begin to give God your very best. He has blessed many of you with incredible talents to do many things. Don’t hoard those talents for your own benefit, but use those talents for the benefit of the Kingdom. He hasn’t blessed you so you can hold onto those blessings, but that you might, in return, bless others. Give God your very best today.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you. Praying that you will spend a few minutes giving thought to how much more you could and should be giving God. He gave His very best for you, is it to much to ask for you to give your very best to Him? Trust me, you can’t outgive God. The more you give, the more you receive. Don’t hold back, don’t hang on, God gave it to you so that you could use it to give to others. After all, when this life is over, the only thing any believer should want to hear is, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”

May His richest blessings be with you today. I will be praying for you to open up and give your very best to God today and every day!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Taking Christ to the People

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(Acts 19:23-34)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I teach a class of children each week at church. My kids are second graders to 5th graders. They have asked me a couple of questions . And I’m not sure as how to answer them so they can understand what I’m saying . They two questions are does God die and was God born?

ANSWER: Great questions and here are the answers. God always was, God is, and God will always be. That means God has always been, is now, and always will be. He is from everlasting to everlasting!

I have been told by people in the ministry that I am not very smart, and they may be right. When I spent my first 3 years of ministry in the early 90s on the road, preaching in over 500 churches of all denominations, all over the country, I never sold books or tapes, and often got so caught up in ministering to the people that I forgot to take the offering. Professionals have asked why I don’t do what everyone else in the Internet world does and have special sections on the website people have to pay for, sell advertising, sell products, and rent out the names of those who subscribe to the Daily Devotional.

Theses professionals ESTIMATE Liveprayer could generate well over $15 million a year rather than struggle each month to meet our budget, trusting God to lay it on people’s hearts to give to support what we do. They can’t understand why I do a TV program that prays for people on secular television stations to an audience that is over 60% non-Christian, and on top of that, never sell anything or use the program as little more than an infomercial to raise money!

You see, God called me to the ministry to build the Kingdom of God, NOT my own kingdom. All I do is geared towards sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with people, NOT how to use Christ to turn a profit. My goal is to build people NOT buildings. I come each day to be a servant not to be served!

Several years ago, prior to our outreach in Ybor City (the famous club district of Tampa), I had many people ask why I don’t call on local churches to bring busloads of people to the event. I am very aware that most evangelistic events are planned months, even years, in advance. The formula is simple. Get a venue, contact all the local churches, and fill the venue up with people from those churches. Maybe I am missing something here, but what is the real purpose if all you are going to do is preach to the people in the church? Trust me, I am not naive. I understand that when you do it that way, everyone knows what you are talking about, they all say “amen,” you can sell products, AND, you can take an offering!!!

Again, I can’t speak for what God has called others to do, but He has called me to share the hope and love of Christ with this lost and dying world, and to do that, I must take CHRIST TO THE PEOPLE. I do that each day here on the Internet, I do that 5 nights a week on the “live” television program airing around the nation and online, and that is what we did at our outreach years ago in Ybor City.

That was an amazing night. We had a vacant lot right on the main street in the heart of the nightclub district. The lot was about 30 feet wide by 100 yards deep and could hold about 200 people, but thousands more could see what was going on from the street. We put up a stage, lighting grid, and brought in a monster sound system. Starting at 11 p.m. my dear friend, Ron Rosson, an extremely anointed Minister of Music, provided over 2 hours of great Gospel music. The music was incredible and many stopped on the street, many came inside to experience the power of God moving thru the music. It was a great contrast to the worldly music blasting from the clubs up and down the streets of Ybor.

At around 1:30 a.m. I came up on the stage. As I looked at the approximately 100 people inside the lot, and the thousands walking up and down the streets outside, I quickly realized, THOSE were the people I came to Ybor to minister to. I left the stage and set up OUTSIDE the lot right on the street. Those inside the lot moved outside, and for the next 30 minutes, I shared a message on “searching” using the story of the Prodigal Son.

Thousands of people up and down the streets of Ybor that night, could not help but to hear the fact that Jesus Christ loves them, He died for their sins, and that HE is what they were searching for. At the end of the message, I gave an invitation to know Christ and to be born again. With the monster sound system booming so that people for blocks and blocks could hear, I led people in prayer to ask Christ into their lives. Afterwards, I was honored to spend a good hour right there on the streets of Ybor, praying for people who wanted special prayer. It was a very special night and I was honored to be part of it.

In meeting with my staff, they had over a dozen people who filled out forms saying they committed their lives to Christ. As the Gospel was blaring throughout the streets of Ybor that night, only God knows the real number of hearts and lives that were changed. It is like what I do here on the Internet each day, and on the TV program each night. I share the truth of God’s Word, give an invitation to know Christ as your Savior, I challenge the people to surrender their lives to the Lord, and really only God knows the actual number of people that come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Never forget, all God asks us to do is to be faithful. He uses our faithfulness to change lives we will never see or know about.

The challenge for you today is this. There is a world outside the four walls of the church that is hurting and lost. They are looking for answers. They will not come to your church, they will not watch Christian television, they will not hear the message of Christ unless YOU BRING IT TO THEM. You work with these people, you go to school with them, you recreate with them, you shop with them. You don’t need a microphone to share Christ, you simply need to live a Godly life each day, and when the opportunities arise, tell people what Jesus Christ has done in your life.

I love you and care about you so much. God has commanded, not suggested, that we share the Gospel with this lost world that we live in. IT IS NOT AN OPTION. We are in the last days and there is one last great harvest to come in before Christ returns. The time is short and we must get serious about the job God has given us to do, working while it is still light. Again, this is a call God has given to ALL of His children.

I pray today that you will respond and do your part in helping to bring Christ to those who are lost and without hope. As that great song says, penned by the recently departed Gospel music great Andre Crouch, JESUS IS THE ANSWER, FOR THIS WORLD TODAY, ABOVE HIM THERE’S NO OTHER, JESUS IS THE WAY. Let us take Jesus Christ TO THE PEOPLE!!!

Everyone in Florida is getting ready for th upcoming hurricane in a few months. It always has the potential of generating a terrible disaster. Thanks to modern science and mass communication, people can be prepared in advance of such a terrible event and escape. Wouldn’t it be unforgivable is someone knew about such a pending disaster and didn’t tell anyone? How could you possess such knowledge and let people die, simply because they didn’t know?

Every day, those who know Christ as Savior and have the assurance of everlasting life, come across people in their daily life who are lost and facing eternal death. Our faith teaches us that those who die without Christ are lost forever. We know that, yet we fail to even mention that there is a way to escape. God will not hold you responsible for the free-will actions of someone else, but He does hold you responsible for at least sharing the Gospel and giving those without Jesus the opportunity to make that decision.

You don’t have to be a hellfire and brimstone preacher, just in normal conversation, let those in your life who need Christ know that there is a choice we all must make. Share how Christ has changed you. Let them know that this is a free gift from God available to all regardless of their past. God has only asked you to be a witness to others how He has changed your life.

There are so many needs. So many problems. Each day we get tens of thousands of prayer requests from all over the world. As great as the needs may be, the greatest need any of us have is to know Christ as Savior. Pray today for 3 people in your life that may not know Jesus. Make it a priority to talk to those 3 people in the next 7 days. Not preach to them, not condemn them, just share what Christ has done for you and that He wants to do it for them as well. God’s Holy Spirit can do the rest of the work.

I pray that you have a great day today! There is no problem that you are facing that God doesn’t know about and can’t overcome. Trust Him today. He told us to be about His business, and He would be about our business. Translation: bless others, and God will be blessing you!

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

Bill Keller

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