How Committed Are You to Jesus

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(John 15:19-21; John 16:2-3; 1 John 5:19; Matthew 24:9; Acts 20:24)

How committed are you to Jesus? I think that is a fair question to ask since if you are saved, when you made that commitment to Christ, you literally gave Him your life. The Bible says that we have been bought with a price and that it is no longer our life. So I ask you again, how committed are you to Jesus? I would never ask you a question like that if I wasn’t willing to ask myself that same question. The fact is, each morning when I wake up, I go through the process of surrendering my life afresh to the Lord. Even so, I have to check myself at times during the day by asking myself how committed I really am to the Lord?

I think about John the Baptist. He was called by God to prepare the way for the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Remember how his life ended? He had has head cut off for having the audacity to call sin sin. Think about Stephen in Acts 7. Remember how he died? He was literally stoned to death for simply sharing the Gospel, and may I remind you that he was speaking to the religious leaders of his day! Of course there is Jesus. I remember when he preached and people left because of what He taught. In John 6:66 the Bible says, “As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.” Why? PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO BE REMINDED OF THEIR SIN, OF THEIR REBELLION TO GOD! Of course, our Lord was ultimately crucified for simply stating the fact that He was God!

I asked you today how committed you are to Jesus? Are you committed enough to be laughed at, scorned, ridiculed, and called every nasty name there is because you take a stand for Christ? Are you committed enough to be persecuted by family, friends, and strangers because you take a stand for Christ? Are you committed enough to die because you take a stand for Christ?

This has been a challenging few weeks for me personally, in my own journey of faith. I am no different than you. I am tempted by the things of this world like everyone is. I doubt God at times like we all do. I fail God too often. I try to do my best each day, but when the day is over I know I could have done more. Something is happening right now in the heavenlies regarding Liveprayer. I can only tell you it is my spiritual discernment telling me this, but something big is happening. I always know because when the battles are being waged in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6) because I get indications through the daily events that unfold in this world we live in and here at Liveprayer.

ALL of this is happening along with our daily work in ministering to over 2.4 million people worldwide every day through the Daily Devotional, responding each day to over 40,000 emails for prayer, the Liveprayer TV program “live” from Mid-2am EDT every Monday-Friday. Through those proven daily efforts we are seeing thousands of praise reports each week from people God has touched and apx 1,000 people from around the world every week giving their hearts and lives to Jesus by faith! I see enough happening in the natural to know there are some incredible battles over Liveprayer being waged right now in the heavenlies. God is up to something!!!

As I have answered God’s challenge in my own life regarding my commitment to Christ, today I pass on that challenge to you. I am challenging those in the Liveprayer family to make an even greater commitment to Christ each day. This small group that God has sovereignly put together through this 21st century electronic marvel called the Internet, has already impacted tens of millions of lives worldwide and seen over 900,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ since we began in August of 1999. God is calling me, and He is calling you, to now take our commitment to the next level!

The fact is, it is up to us each day just how much of an impact we will have for the Lord. We can do as little or as much as we want. For me, it took cleansing myself of earthy goals and setting instead heavenly goals. It took not being motivated by the temporal material things of this world but by the eternal spiritual things of God. You see my friend, the things of this world, money, possessions, power, position, all mean NOTHING in light of eternity. The moment you die, all of those things cease to exist or have any importance at all. The only thing left when you take your last breath are the things you’ve done for the Kingdom. Your only real legacy is in the hearts and souls of those lives you have impacted for Jesus during your journey here.

I love you and care about you so much. I have never asked you to do anything I haven’t done. Before I ask you to sacrifice to give to this ministry, my wife and I already have made our sacrifice. Before I ask you to take a stand for Christ, I’ve already taken my stand. I have always believed that you lead by example. I would not be asking you today to make a greater commitment to Christ if I hadn’t already done so. I am challenging you today to take some time alone with the Lord and let God show you how He can use your life as part of the Liveprayer family to help me make the impact, not on millions, but on BILLIONS of lives God has called us to make.

If you’ve been called to pray for me and this ministry, seek God how you can pray more effectively. If you’ve been called to sacrifice to give to support God’s work here, seek God how you can make an even greater sacrifice. If you’ve been called to share Liveprayer with people you know, seek God how you can share this work with even more people. It is no accident that God has brought our lives together, and through the commitment to Christ we have each made, God has used our lives over 16 years to impact tens of millions of lives around the world.

GOD IS NOW CALLING US TO STEP UP, MAKE AN EVEN GREATER COMMITMENT SO HE CAN USE THIS WORK TO IMPACT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF LIVES WORLDWIDE EVERY DAY!!!!

How committed are you to Jesus? The soul of our nation is hanging in the balance!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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What People Wear to Church

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(1 Timothy 2:9; Ecclesiastes 9:8)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: This is the day the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!!! Thank you for this wonderful day my Lord. It is a day like none other. There will never be another day like this day. Let me never take for granted even one day of this precious gift of life you bestow upon me. Let me do something this day to bring honor and glory to you. I love you Lord, my life is yours, use it for your glory. Thank you for your many blessings, so many I can’t even begin to count them. In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I pray…AMEN!!!

This is one of those Devotionals I have shared in the past that upsets a few folks. It is an issue that needs to be addressed, but is so fraught with “land mines,” it will no dobut end up upsetting many people today as well. Hopefully God has given me the wisdom of Solomon in dealing with what is a very sensitive issue and helped me to address all of the different views regarding not only what we wear to church, but what a Pastor wears.

Keep in mind that the real message today is one of RESPECT. Don’t fall into the trap of getting emotional or upset, but keep in mind at the end of the day this is NOT a message about clothes but about RESPECT!

Let me ask you a question. If you are going on an interview for a great job that pays well, has wonderful benefits, what are you going to wear? Do you show up in jeans, shorts, sandals, a t-shirt, or do you take the time and effort to put on the best clothes you have? Ultimately, they are hiring you, not your clothes, so why bother dressing up? What you wear doesn’t change who you are or the skills and gifts you have to perform the job you are trying to get. You put on your best clothes so that you can make the best impression possible. You dress up so the person interviewing you knows that you care enough about the job to look your best.

Many companies and businesses have strict dress codes. You are required to dress up when you are at work due to the image that business wants to portray to those they associate with. They have set certain standards for their employees to live up to including what they wear while on the job. Dressing up to come to work doesn’t make their employees any smarter, or perform their job at a higher level, but it does show respect and commitment to their job when they take the time and effort to dress nice.

I know I am stepping into the deep end today, but this is a word that I need to bring forth. If we can get dressed up to go on a job interview, if we can dress up to go to work, if we can dress up to go visit Aunt Betty, if we can dress up to go to a nice restaurant, if we can dress up for dozens of other reasons, WHY CAN’T WE DRESS UP TO GO SEE JESUS??? What ever happened to having enough respect for the house of God to put on our best clothes when we go there? If you had a meeting with Jesus, wouldn’t you put on your best clothes to go see Him?

Like in everything that happens in a church, it is the pastor, the shepherd, who must lead. The pastor must have a vision for his church and convey that vision to the people and lead them in seeing it fulfilled. The pastor must lead his church in every other area as well, INCLUDING WHAT PEOPLE WEAR TO CHURCH! Let me be blunt. It is no wonder people go to church today in torn jeans, shorts, deck shoes, golf shirts, t-shirts, when that is what the pastor wears! It is no wonder why women show up to church on Sunday looking like they are ready to work in the garden or go to the club, young men and women wearing clothes that show their underwear, when the pastor has created this lax, laid back, casual environment based on the fact he shows up on Sunday morning like he is heading to the gym!

I know I’m in the middle of it now, so please bear with me. What I am talking about is not some violation of God’s Word that says you have to dress up to come to church or that the pastor has to wear a suit and tie. What I am talking about is setting a standard, having enough respect for God and His house to take the time and effort and care enough to put on your best clothes when you go to church. The pastor is God’s representative. He is not only there to lead the people, but to set the example for them. What I am talking about today is appearance, simply honoring the Lord in what we wear when we come to serve and worship Him.

Listen, I am VERY aware that too many have used Sunday morning like it is a Milan fashion show. It sadly turned into a time to see who can out dress the other. That is just as wrong on the other end of the spectrum. I am also aware that many who come to church simply don’t have nice clothes. They should not be made to feel inferior or unwelcome just because they may not have nice clothes to wear, but that doesn’t mean the whole church has to come looking like they are homeless! Every person has a different wardrobe, but most men have a suit and tie and most women have a nice dress or other outfits they wear when they dress up. That is all I am talking about. Making the effort to dress nice and look our best out of respect for the house of God and for our Lord.

I am also well aware of the argument that it is not what you wear when you come to church, but your heart. I agree. It is more important that we are there, with a heart open to praising and worshipping our great God and being fed His Word and fellowshipping with other Believers. My point is that it still comes back to an issue of respecting God’s house and the Lord enough to dress up and look our best when we come to church on Sunday morning, and it is the pastor who sets that standard for his church by what he wears on Sunday morning and encouraging his congregation to come to church looking their best.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that this is not the most spiritual issue there is, but it is real life, and trust me, it IS an issue. Having preached in over 500 churches of all denominations around the nation, I know it is something that many pastors and churches struggle with. Much of the controversy around how to dress for church has arisen in the past 10 years with the plethora of “seeker churches” and churches who have “contemporary” services. I know the idea is to “meet people where they are at,” and to try to not look like “church,” but I have never agreed that you have to disguise the message or lower the standards to reach the lost. Going to church should be at least as special as going out to eat at a nice restaurant.

Going to God’s house should automatically demand enough respect for those who come to wear nice clothes. It is not to show off what a great wardrobe you have, use it as an opportunity to flaunt some high-priced outfit, but to simply out of respect and honor for God, look nice. Again, it is the pastor who has to lead on this issue, and that doesn’t mean he has to show up every Sunday in a new $5,000 Boss suit with a $300 tie. He is the one God has placed in a position of spiritual authority and he needs to set the standard for his church in all things, including how they dress. He is God’s representative and should at least respect God enough to wear a coat and tie on Sunday.

I will be praying for you today. Yes, the most important thing is the message and the work of the Kingdom. However, church is a special place and a special time each week. We should make it special by what we wear. It should be special enough for us to dress up, to put on our best clothes and honor God not only with our heart and but with our appearance. I have NO DOUBT that if you knew Jesus was coming to visit you in an hour, you would immediately be in the shower, you would wash your hair, brush your teeth, put on your best cologne or perfume, and you would PUT ON YOUR BEST CLOTHES!

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

Bill Keller

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

How Many Pastors Never Give an Invitation to Accept Christ as Savior

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(Ezekiel 33:8; 2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; John 14:6)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know that it is your desire that ALL come to repentance, that none be lost. Please give me a passion for souls. Help me to look at each person and never forget that they are created in your image, that one day they will die, and they have an eternal soul. Take away any fear, any hesitancy, to share the hope we have in Jesus with those people you bring into my life. Let me never forget that without Jesus, their soul will be lost for all eternity and do my part to share with them how they can have everlasting life through faith in Jesus who died for their sins. It is in the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

How many pastors NEVER give those they preach to an invitation to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? Today, I must address what to me is the biggest problem in the church today, since it goes to the root of the church’s greatest responsibility and that is to bring the lost to faith in Jesus Christ. I realize the church is to spiritually feed its members, to equip the saints for service, to be a place where Believers can find fellowship with other Believers, and where most followers of Christ serve Him. However, without question the most important job of the church is to reach out to the lost and hurting and to help lead people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of their sins, and God’s free gift of everlasting life through faith in His Son!

This is a message that percolated for several years now and was born out of the daily contact I have with thousands and thousands of people all over this nation and around the world, the first hand knowledge I have of tens of thousands of churches, and the spiritual malpractice well over 50% of pastors commit each and most every Sunday!!!

Having started my public ministry in the great city of Chicago in 1992, I studied in great detail the life and ministry of D.L. Moody. One of my great honors early in my ministry was to preach on several occasions to the students at the Moody Bible Institute and preach a mid-week service at the great Moody Memorial Church. One of the events that greatly impacted the life and ministry of Moody was the night of the Chicago fire. It was Sunday night, October 8, 1871, and as Moody finished his sermon, he told the crowd who had gathered to hear him preach to evaluate their relationship with Christ and return next week to make their decisions for Him. That crowd never gathered since during the night the building they were meeting in was consumed by the fire and it would be months before they would find a new place to hold their services.

Moody would never again make the grievous mistake of sending home those who came to hear him preach without giving them an invitation to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Bible proclaims that TODAY is the day of salvation. The Bible teaches that tomorrow is promised to NONE of us. Moody was haunted by the question, how many people who would have been moved by the Holy Sprit to walk the aisle and give their life to Christ on that infamous October night, never did so and died in their sins, lost for all eternity?

Dwight L. Moody would not even recognize the vast majority of “pastors” today. Men, and now women, who preach a watered down message, using secular books for their references rather than the Bible. “Pastors” who stand in the pulpits of America and refuse to even deal with sin since it might offend people. The ones who make a mockery of Christ by condoning, accepting, and even glorifying gross sins like homosexuality and the slaughter of innocent babies. And what I am certain would break Moody’s heart, “pastors” who preach Sunday after Sunday and NEVER give an invitation for those they are preaching to, to accept Jesus as their Savior by faith.

During the first 3 yrs of my public ministry, I preached in over 500 churches all over the nation. All types of denominations, racial and ethnic make-ups, churches with thousands and churches with less than 20. It was during those years I had my first insight into how many churches rarely, if ever gave those who gathered on Sunday an opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior by faith. Over these past 16 years of Liveprayer, in dealing with literally tens of thousands of people first hand, thousands upon thousands of churches all over this country and around the world, I would not hesitate to estimate that in well over 50% of churches, those who gather are NEVER given the invitation to ask Jesus into their heart and life by faith and become born again…NEVER!

I remember watching much of the memorial services held at various churches for President Reagan back in June of 2004, and then in January ’06, watching all of the various memorial series held for President Ford. I heard one “pastor” after another speaking, waiting for just one, just one, to at least have the guts to tell those listening what Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There was one who actually did cite that passage, but had the audacity to leave off, “No one comes to the Father except through me,” I am sure afraid of offending someone in the audience. How offended will those people be when they die without Jesus and are spending eternity in hell because some gutless “pastor” refused to tell them the Truth?

I gave up hope long ago on seeing even one of these “pastors” with the world watching on these special occasions, actually doing what God has called them to do and sharing the Gospel. Simply telling the people that if you die without Jesus you will be lost for all eternity. My goodness, you have the “pastor” of the largest church in the nation who goes on television often and actually brags that he doesn’t talk about sin and refuses to answer the most basic question of the Christian faith which is that faith in Jesus is the ONLY way men can be saved and those who choose to reject Him will be in hell. These men dishonor Christ and the Bible clearly says those who have taken on the mantle of leadership will be held to a much higher standard. God will hold them accountable one day.

This problem in the pastorate has all unfolded over the past 40 years. Most of the mainline denominations began to require their pastors to have a seminary education, but they did not state which seminaries. As the nation began to rebel against all authority in the mid ’60s, that included rebelling against God and the Truth of His Word. Liberal seminaries popped up that denied the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. Men no longer needed to be “called” by God, but simply complete the required education. I am convinced there is a percentage, larger than you might think, of “pastors” in this nation who are not even saved!

Once you reject the authority of the Bible, it opened the door to women “pastors,” “pastors” who condone sins like homosexually and abortion, “pastors” who quoted secular books as well as books used by the false religions of the world more than the Bible, “pastors” who refuse to deal with sin, and “pastors” who have never given an altar call or led a lost soul to faith in Christ in their life!

You also have “pastors” like Joel Osteen who have never even been to Bible college! It is no wonder he has no grasp of theology. He majored in broadcasting in college and ran his father’s television ministry until taking over as “pastor” after his father’s death. Being a pastor is not like running the family business. You can’t simply wake up one day and decide to be a pastor, though sadly many do. Let me ask you a question. Would you want someone operating on your heart who has never been to medical school, but simply woke up one day and decided they wanted to be a heart surgeon? OF COURSE NOT! Yet people put their eternal souls in the hands of “pastors” every day who have never even taken a Bible college class!

Listen, I am not saying you have to have the alphabet following your name to be qualified to pastor a church. However, if you have truly been called, God will guide you to the formal theological training you need to at least properly preach and teach His Word. There is so much more that goes into it, but you have to have at least a basic theological education from a legitimate Bible school that holds the Bible to be God’s inspired inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth, and our final authority in all matters.

Anyone who answers the call of God to preach His Word has the fundamental responsibility of preaching the Gospel and leading the lost to faith in Jesus Christ. A pastor who ends a service without giving an invitation to accept Christ to those he is preaching to is committing spiritual malpractice, and as one of God’s watchmen, God WILL hold them accountable for those who die and spend eternity in hell because they refused to tell them how to be saved!

I love you and care about you so much. I am going to make a very bold statement right now. If you are going to a church where you rarely, or even worse, never, hear your pastor give people the invitation to ask Christ into their hearts and lives, you need to confront your pastor why not. There is NO reason not to. It is his job. In fact, it is probably the most basic and fundamental part of his job. If he did nothing else but that, he would be fulfilling God’s calling on his life. You need to hear his explanation for why he refuses to obey God, and then you need do pray if that is really the church God wants you and your family to be part of.

Also, the next time you are in church, look around you. Look at the people around you and ask yourself how many of those people are NOT Believers, who have never given their heart and life to Christ by faith. Ask yourself how many of those people will die and spend eternity in hell for their rejection of Christ. Pray for them to hear the Gospel clearly presented. Pray for them to allow the Holy Sprit to open their heart to God’s love for them. Pray for them to surrender their life to Christ by faith and be saved

Lastly, if your pastor is one of these pastors who never gives an invitation at the end of his service, forward this Devotional to him, or her, and pray they come under conviction. I already know I am going to take TONS of heat for this message. That is OK. I have to be obedient to God. I am almost certain you have NEVER heard a message like this before and never will again. People are too afraid to say what needs to be said. I can’t stay silent because the eternal souls of men are at stake.

Those God has called and given the honor to preach, can be used by Him to bring many lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. That won’t happen by accident, it won’t happen by putting on a great performance, it won’t happen by tricking them, and it won’t happen because you made them feel good. The only way a person will get saved is if you love them enough to share with them the simplicity of the Gospel They need to admit they are a sinner and need a Savior and that Christ’s loves them unconditionally and wants to have an eternal relationship with them.

It is the job of ALL Believers in Christ to share the Gospel with the lost. However, there is NO EXCUSE for any pastor to hold any type of service and not give those who attend the opportunity to ask Christ into their heart and life by faith and be saved!

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

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

Bill Keller

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

The Lesson of a Selfless Little Boy

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(Matthew 14:13-21)

***WATCH VIDEO CLIP: Friday night on the TV program, like EVERY night, we get people who have never seen the program, up late at night and going through the challenges life can bring, flipping stations, and “accidentally” find Liveprayer. Such was the case Friday night of Sandra, a dear woman battling cancer, her husband involved in multiple affairs, alone, and simply crying out. THAT IS WHY FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS I HAVE DONE THE TV PROGRAM ‘LIVE” ON NON-CHRISTIAN STATIONS AND NETWORKS, TO BE THERE FOR PEOPLE LIKE SANDRA!

Please take a few minutes out of your day, watch this clip of her call from last Friday, and pray for her as God brings healing to her body from cancer, moves on her husband’s heart and heals their marriage, and brings her true peace and joy once again! Clip from Liveprayer TV program Friday, March 13, 2015: http://youtu.be/E3zWdqLvxu8

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be open to using my life and the blessings you have bestowed upon me to bless others. I appreciate all you have done for me Lord, and the greatest way I can show my appreciation is in my service to others. Guide me through the Holy Spirit and show me how to use my life to impact the lives of others for you and your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

The lesson of a selfless little boy. Most people know the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with the a few loaves and fishes. What I never hear when this powerful miracle is recounted, is the fact that many of the people present had food to give, but it was only that one lone boy who was willing to give Jesus all he had in order for EVERYONE to be fed.

When I think about this powerful truth, it reminds me of today. How many people are blessed with 24 hours a day, talents and gifts, financial resources, yet refuse to share them with others? It is amazing that the few who do share their time, their talent, their treasure to further the work of the Lord, how God multiplies what is given to feed the multitudes, just like he multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes on that day!

At the end of August, Liveprayer will be 16 yrs old. In that time, we have raised a bit under $9 million dollars for our internet and TV operations. Many ministries raise that in a month to pay for their buildings, staff, private jets, and lavish living expenses, and in the end are only preaching to the choir! The funds we have raised has been done due to the sacrifce from less than 10,000 faithful friends over all of these years. That is right, less than 10,000 of the TENS OF MILLIONS we have reached and impacted have ever given a dime to God’s work here at Liveprayer. That is a fraction of 1%!

There are many reasons for that. First, all we have done here at Liveprayer has been done for FREE. However, there is a cost involved in getting the Gospel and God’s Truth out to the masses. We have never charged anyone for anything, I don’t bribe people to give with “love gifts,” and we don’t sell books, tapes resources. All we have done has been without charge since the Gospel and God’s Truth is freely received and is to be freely given. Also, over 20% of those we reach are outside the US, another 20% are under 25, both groups who struggle to get by and rarely can send a gift.

Second, I don’t “tickle ears.” I am not a motivational speaker like the gutless Joel Osteen, nor am I trying to build my own kingdom like the seeker/purpose driven/emerging church/prosperity marketeers have done. I have had more people RUN from Liveprayer than anyone can imagine because I would not back down from the difficult issues, and told people the bare Truth of what the Bible says even though many didn’t want to hear it.

Lastly, well over half of the people we have reached through the Internet, on TV, radio, in print, are not Christians. We are one of the few ministries that has dared to walk into satan’s living room and share the hope and love of Jesus with the lost and hurting right where they live!

What has been accomplished? Tens of millions of lives have been impacted, we have sent personal responses to over 100 million emails for prayer, broadcast over 2,000 TV programs that have been viewed by millions, sent out over 5500 Daily Devotionals each morning since Liveprayer went online that is read by millions around the world, and most important of all, seen over 900,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ!

For 16 years, Liveprayer has been one of the few places people could find the unadulterated Truth of the Bible preached daily without compromise on the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview. Despite the opportunity to generated tens of millions annually by “playing along,” going on Christian TV, charging people to come to conferences or buy products, backing off the difficult issues that offend people, make decisions based on money instead of souls, joining forces with major ministry organizations which require setting aside the Absolutes of the Bible and compromise God’s Truth!

I have listened to the voice of God and done my best to be faithful to deliver His Truth to the lost and hurting masses each day regardless the personal and financial cost! A Devotional reader sent me an email the other day, “Pastor Keller, I have said this before that I feel one of the biggest and most important opportunities Liveprayer provides is the opportunity to set the Biblical record straight. So many people have either misinterpreted the Bible, or have in MANY cases, have been given mis-information!”

Compromising the Truth of the Bible, looking the other way when it is financially expedient, not talking about difficult issues so people won’t get upset with me, are things I have and will continue to REFUSE to do, since like every person, I will die and stand before God one day. At that moment, I don’t want to have to explain why I didn’t obey Him. I want to hear the words all followers of Christ desire to hear, “well done thou good and faithful servant!’

I love and care about you so much. Just like in that crowd of 5,000, it was only one little boy who was willing to give up all he had to the Lord, while everyone else refused. My challenge to you today is simply this. Will you be like the little boy with your time, talent, and treasure, or the like the rest in the crowd that day and hold on to all the Lord has given you?

***FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are now 20 days into March, I am praying for 1 of our friends to pray about helping me with a special one-time gift to cover the last $9,000 of our February shortfall that we desperately need to clear up ASAP. IT IS CRITICAL FOR US TO COVER THE $9,000 STILL UNPAID FROM FEBRUARY AND I AM ASKING FOR GOD TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE TODAY ABOUT HELPING ME INSURE IT IS TAKEN CARE OF BY THE END OF BUSINESS TODAY! WILL YOU PRAY ABOUT BEING THAT ONE?

I am standing in faith that we can cover the last $9,000 today so we can being to work on the $40,000 we require for our March internet operations and the $25,000 for our March TV programs. $15,000 of our March internet obligations and $10,000 of our March TV budget are already weeks past due! That is $34,000 we need IMMEDIATELY, leaving us the final 11 days of the month to cover the final $40,000 of our March internet and TV budget!

—>I am asking 3 or 4 of our friends to PLEASE step up and help me over the weekend with a gift of $5,000-$20,000 to enable us to take care of the $34,000 we require immediately. If you can wire or direct deposit to our Wells Fargo account (if you have a Wells Fargo branch close by), or overnight to our office a check, or give via your credit care of PayPal, it would help me greatly to get these critical payments taken care of right away.

Everyone can pray, and most everyone can be like that young man and make a great sacrifice in order for us to feed the multitudes. Thank you for praying and thank you for giving! God Bless You!!!

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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 your love, for your prayers, and for your sacrifce. It is friends like you who stand with me that enable Liveprayer to do all it does every 24 hours for so many lost and hurting souls around the world, while bringing HIS Truth into the marketplace and helping 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.

The Virtual Altar

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(Matthew 9:36)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I come to you today seeking your direction. I have many issues in my life that I need your guidance. In my most difficult hours, it is YOU who I seek for direction. Help me to never forget Lord that it is YOU who has the answers I seek to my problems. Thank you for loving me, for caring about me, and guiding me through the daily challenges of life. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN!

Over these past 23 years, I have had the honor and privilege of preaching from the pulpits of some great churches. I have always started my message from the pulpit, but honestly can’t remember EVER ending my message from the pulpit. It is usually very early in the word I am sharing that I come out from behind the pulpit to be closer to the people I am ministering to. It is usually not very long before I am actually off the platform and down where the people are.

I end every message with an invitation for those I am ministering to to ask Christ into their heart and life by faith, and always flow right from praying with those who want to accept the Lord into their life to opening the altar for anyone with needs to come forward so that I can pray for them. I throw havoc into the schedules of churches with multiple Sunday morning services since I refuse to leave the altar until everyone has been prayed for. I can remember many times over the years when I have been at the altar praying with endless streams of people for many hours AFTER the service was over.

My heart beats to help the lost find an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ and the hurting find their hope in the Lord as they battle life’s problems. Today, I want to climb out of the pulpit, come down in the midst of the people, stretch forth my arms and proclaim to you that Jesus is your only hope during this brief journey through life and that Jesus is your only hope for all eternity. I’m here to let you know that I love you so much and I care about you more than you will ever know. While I don’t have a physical altar to meet you at this morning, I do have this virtual altar that I want to invite you to so that I can pray for you, pray with you, and believe God for your needs today.

God showed me many years ago that we have a virtual altar here at Liveprayer.com where every day over 40,000 people come via their email prayer requests with their hurts and pains, with their needs great and small, looking for the Lord to touch them. At the end of every Devotional, right below my signature line is: “If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at bkeller@liveprayer.com.” That is the invitation for people who are in need to “come to the altar” and bring their needs to the Lord.

Likewise, each night on the TV program, the bulk of the program is allowing people to call in with their prayer requests, making that program literally an electronic altar for people to come and find answers, hope, and encouragement in their time of need. Those who can’t get through are given the opportunity to email their prayer requests so that everyone who watches is able to take that step of faith and seek the Lord’s help in their life.

***WATCH VIDEO CLIP: Friday night on the TV program, like EVERY night, we get people who have never seen the program, up late at night and going through the challenges life can bring, flipping stations, and “accidentally” find Liveprayer. Such was the case Friday night of Sandra, a dear woman battling cancer, her husband involved in multiple affairs, alone, and simply crying out. THAT IS WHY FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS I HAVE DONE THE TV PROGRAM ‘LIVE” ON NON-CHRISTIAN STATIONS AND NETWORKS, TO BE THERE FOR PEOPLE LIKE SANDRA!

Please take a few minutes out of your day, watch this clip of her call from last Friday, and pray for her as God brings healing to her body from cancer, moves on her husband’s heart and heals their marriage, and brings her true peace and joy once again! Clip from Liveprayer TV program Friday, March 13, 2015: http://youtu.be/E3zWdqLvxu8

I love you and care about you so much. I want to encourage you today to never hesitate to come to this virtual altar that is literally open 24/7/365. God has raised up Liveprayer not just to bring the Truth of His Word and the hope and love of Christ into people’s lives each day through the Internet and on secular television, but so that you have a place to come in your time of need. It is not a matter of can God meet your needs, can God bless you, it is a matter of do you have the faith to believe God will meet your needs and the faith to believe God will bless you.

GOD IS READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO HELP YOU AND BLESS YOU. ARE YOU READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO TRUST HIM?

As I do at the end of each service I preach, as I do at the end of every Daily Devotional, as I do on my TV program each night, I want to invite you to come to the altar today. This virtual altar is your point of contact for your faith to connect with God. I am here at this virtual altar this morning, waiting to pray with you, pray for you, and stand in agreement with you for your needs today.

If you are hurting, looking for answers, need the Lord’s strength, Jesus is waiting for you today. Waiting for you to take that step of faith and call out to Him. He loves you, cares about you, and wants to put His arms of love around you today. Come and bring your burdens to Jesus today at this virtual altar.

ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your Creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to:
http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

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

Bill Keller

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

I have Prayed the Prayer and Asked God to Come Into My Life

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(Philippians 4:15)

***WATCH VIDEO CLIP: Friday night on the TV program, like EVERY night, we get people who have never seen the program, up late at night and going through the challenges life can bring, flipping stations, and “accidentally” find Liveprayer. Such was the case Friday night of Sandra, a dear woman battling cancer, her husband involved in multiple affairs, alone, and simply crying out. THAT IS WHY FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS I HAVE DONE THE TV PROGRAM ‘LIVE” ON NON-CHRISTIAN STATIONS AND NETWORKS, TO BE THERE FOR PEOPLE LIKE SANDRA!

Please take a few minutes out of your day, watch this clip of her call from last Friday, and pray for her as God brings healing to her body from cancer, moves on her husband’s heart and heals their marriage, and brings her true peace and joy once again! Clip from Liveprayer TV program Friday, March 13, 2015: http://youtu.be/E3zWdqLvxu8

“God bless you, Bill Keller. I wish you were on earlier so I could watch more of your shows. Just wanted to say thanks, and tell you that you have brought me closer to God and Christ. I have told other people about you and your show and I pray you do go national so you can help more people. I think what you do is unbelievable. I think you are very special. God bless Bill Keller!!!”

“Bill, I want you to know you have came in my life by GOD alone! I just want you to know you have been one of the only gateways of spiritual feeding in my life – since I have let my heart and focus wonder off the path of GOD! Keep me in your prayers and thank you for faithfully being there every morning for me and so many others who depend on you!”

“Pastor Bill, I have been going to church since I was a young girl. I have been getting your live prayer emails for a while now. I just gave my life to Jesus! Thank you for this wonderful message that you send out everyday! I know you are helping and changing so many lives! God Bless you!”

“I have prayed the prayer, and asked God to come into my life. Now I am asking you for the extra reading materials that you have for me. Bless you, and bless your works. I have been following your messages for over 4 years now. Sometimes I have been depressed, and they have helped me out of depression. Other times, I have been happy, and they have helped remind me who really brought me all my happiness, and to not forget to thank my Maker. Thanks and blessings again for all you do!”

Paul wrote to his friends in Philippi, “Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

As I read that passage of Scripture, it reminded me of my feelings towards you and the work here at Liveprayer. Paul took the Gospel to the lost and hurting in the world of his day by faith, trusting that God would provide for the day to day needs of his ministry. He looked to those that he ministered to to support his efforts to take Christ to those who were living without His love in their life. He was not ashamed to ask them to help him bring God’s Truth to the world of his day and to save souls! THEY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR PAUL TO DO WHAT GOD HAD CALLED HIM TO DO!

He reminded them that in their giving, they were not giving to Paul, but they were giving to God. It was their obedience and faithfulness that God would credit to their Heavenly account. Likewise, as you give to Liveprayer, you are not giving to Bill Keller, but you are giving to God. It is your obedience and faithfulness that God will credit to your Heavenly account. YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO WHAT GOD HAS CALLED ME TO DO!

I made a choice 23 yrs ago when I answered God’s calling to the ministry, that I was never going to seek funds for my own needs, or to build my own kingdom, only to bring God’s Truth to the marketplace and build God’s Kingdom. I have been faithful to do that month after month without wavering. We are at a critical time in the history of this nation. GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE AND ANSWER!

This is the very time for which God has raised up Liveprayer. Our time is now. Now that the TV program is back on the air, over these coming months it will give us a highly visible place in the marketplace to help bring together the true remnant as one body and call this nation back to God and His Truth. One thing I have demonstrated over these past 14 years is that I will NEVER compromise God’s Truth, even when it would be financially profitable to do so. Sadly, very few are left who won’t compromise simply to raise money!!!

***As we are now 18 days into March, I am praying for several of our friends to pray about helping me with a special one-time gift to cover the last $13,000 of our February shortfall that we need to clear up ASAP.

It is critical that we get the balance of our February shortfall taken care of so we can being to work on the $40,000 we require for our March internet operations and the $25,000 for our March TV programs. $15,000 of our March internet obligations and $10,000 of our March TV budget are already past due!

That is $38,000 we need IMMEDIATELY, leaving us the final 2 weeks to cover the $40,000 balance of our March internet and TV budget!

—>I am asking 5 of our friends to PLEASE step up and help me in the next day or so with a gift of $5,000-$20,000 to enable us to take care of the $38,000 we require immediately. If you can wire or direct deposit to our Wells Fargo account (if you have a Wells Fargo branch close by), or overnight to our office a check, or give via your credit care of PayPal, it would help me greatly to get these critical payments taken care of right away.

PLEASE PRAY ABOUT STEPPING UP AND GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP ME TODAY, MAKING THE SACRIFCE TO HELP INSURE WE CAN COVER THE $38,000 WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF AT THIS TIME SIMPLY FOR OUR DAILY MINISTRY OPERATIONS! ONLY ETERNITY WILL REVEAL THE LIVES IMPACTED AND SOULS SAVED AS YOU ALLOW GOD TO USE YOUR SACRIFICE TO FEED THE MULTITUDES!

If I had one or two people to call to take care of this like I had in past years I would. But I have to share this need with you and stand in faith for God to move on the hearts of several of our friends who have the ability to step up at this critical time to help God’s work here!!!

Over these past 16 years, God has moved on the hearts of dozens of his people at critical times, and as they obediently responded and made great sacrifices in many cases, it allowed His work here to continue moving forward. I am at that place where I desperately need several of our friends to respond and make a significant sacrifce to help me! Will YOU rise up and let the Lord use you to be that “ram in the bush?”

Everyone can pray, and most can help me a gift, “giving as you are able to give,” to insure we end the month of March with all of our financial obligations current!!!God Bless you!!!

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

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

I have been talking about this now for 7 years, and we are finally in a place, with all of the pieces in place to make it happen! This is not about building a building, or buying a new private jet, or anyhting else churches and ministries raise tens of millions for. This is about literally turning our nation back to God and His Truth while impacting our culture with the Truth and bringing hope and salvation to the hurting and lost.

NOW IS THE TIME AND THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

I love you and care about you so much. Do you want to do something great for God with your life??? STAND WITH ME!!! I CAN’T DO THIS ALONE!!! I am asking you today to simply pray about what God may be calling you to do to help me with this effort.

I am also asking you to please forward this to every person you know, personally reach out to those who God has blessed with financial resources and encourage them to support this new work, and share this email with your pastor and ask him to pray about having your church make a special missions gift towards this effort.

When this brief journey through life is over, what do we have to show for it? The only lasting legacy we have are those things we did for the Lord. I have taken my stand and will proclaim His truth with my dying breath. Today, I am asking you to pray about joining me and let’s turn this nation back to God and His Truth!!!

Will you stand and fight with me???????

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Why are We Seeking God’s Curses and Not His Blessings

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(Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11, 21:43-45)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for this day since I know it is a gift from you. Please help me to make the most of today, finding ways to serve You and be a vessel of your love and hope to the people I come in contact with during the day. Thank you for your blessings and help me to be the best representative for You I can be today. In the name of Jesus…AMEN!

*Please be in prayer today for the elections in Israel. It is looking as if current PM Benjamin Netanyahu may lose. It will be a sad day for Israel if he does, since the very existence of that nation is dependant on a strong leader who will proactively put the security of Israel above all else. The opposition party also seems open to a peace plan that involves giving away some of the land God gave to the children of Israel to the Palestinians. In these perilous times, now more than ever Israel needs a bold, strong leader at the helm who will protect the nation from its’ enemies and its’ sovereignty. Please be praying today for the nation of Israel.

The United States is begging God to curse this nation!!! The promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 IS STILL IN EFFECT TODAY! God clearly told Abraham that He would bless those who blessed him (the children of Israel), and curse those who cursed him (the children of Israel)!

In addition to legally slaughtering apx. 4,000 babies every 24 hours in this nation, perverting God’s Holy Institution of Marriage, bowing down to worship false gods and idols man has created in his evil imagination, and being totally sold out to sin of every kind of sin you can name, this nation has also turned its back on Israel!!!

Secretary of State John Kerry, like ALL past Secretary of States, and President Obama, like all past Presidents, are literally fighting God Himself and inviting the Almighty to curse this nation as they attempt to give away part of the land God gave to His chosen people to the enemies of Israel!

Please, do yourself a favor right now and get your Bible and sit down and spend the next 10 minutes reading the anchor verses for today, Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11; 21:43-45. You could spend hours reading all the passages in God’s Word that confirm that modern-day Israel is the land God promised to Abraham and gave to His children.

You do not have to be a Bible scholar to quickly realize in just the few key passages I have given you today that the land of Israel is indeed the exact land God Himself promised to His children 4,000 years ago, and fulfilled that promise in 1385 B.C. when Joshua took possession of that land.

Having laid the Biblical case to support that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, now you can see why giving away even one inch of that land to anyone else is going against God Himself. No person, no nation, has the right to give away what God promised and gave to the Jewish people. Those who do make themselves an enemy of God!

Over and over throughout the Bible and human history, nations have invaded this land, taken it over, only to be defeated in the end. The land of Israel is only 20,330 sq km, slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey. Out of the billions of square miles that exist on this earth, this is the only place on the planet God literally promised and gave to His children. For anyone to go in and try to give a piece of that land away is foolish.

*This Devotional is from the headlines of TODAY! Iran has the very real and stated goal, as does their proxy the Palestinians, of the total destruction an annihilation of Israel!!!

That is why the current “peace plan” Secretary Kerry and the United States are trying to broker, will never work and has actually put our nation on the opposite side of God again! Let me be clear. The Gaza Strip belongs to ISRAEL! The West Bank belongs to ISRAEL! Jerusalem, 100% OF IT, belongs to ISRAEL!

For this nation to be involved in any deals, even under the guise of “peace,” that involves giving away the land God gave to the children of Israel is taking on God Himself! Not to mention that this land is being given away to the ENEMIES OF ISRAEL!!!

My friend, one of the problems many have with the Bible is that they can’t understand why a God of love would command His children to go to war and “Kill every man, woman, child, and living thing” as He did many times in the Old Testament. The reason was this. God in His omniscience knew that the enemies of Israel, those who came to possess their land, had no desire for peace but the complete destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people. The complete obliteration of the Jewish people was their ONLY goal, not peace.

Israel clearly understands the reality that there are people and nations who desire their death and destruction. They don’t have the luxury of great oceans on either side as we do and their enemies literally live all around them. That is what makes this current “peace plan” so silly.

To actually take some of the small amount of land that belongs to Israel and literally give it to their enemies is absurd and ridiculous. It will only embolden and empower those who seek the destruction of Israel. Again, make no mistake about it. While we and others seek “peace,” it takes TWO to make peace. Despite the claims by the Palestinian leadership, their goal is NOT peace but the destruction of Israel!!

I have always been amused at why anyone thinks it is necessary to give the little strip of land God gave to Israel away to her enemies, when Israel is surrounded by Arab nations with VAST AMOUNTS of land who could easily assimilate their Arab brothers into their countries. Why do the Palestinians have to live on the land God gave to Israel when there is plenty of land in neighboring Arab countries they could live on?

How about a “peace plan” that gave some of the land in surrounding Arab countries to the Palestinians???

I love you and care about you so much. I want to close today with a powerful promise God made to Abraham 4,000 years ago in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” This one verse of Scripture is why what is happening in Israel right now is so critical to THIS NATION!

In being part of a plan to give away the land God gave to Israel to anyone, especially her enemies who seek her destruction, puts us on the wrong side of God. We should be seeking the BLESSINGS of God, not His CURSES!

Know that I am praying for you today. Even though most Jewish people have rejected Christ as their Savior, blinded to the reality that He is the Messiah they were promised in the Old Testament, they were, are, and always will be God’s chosen people. The promise God gave Abraham in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect today.

Our Christian faith is traced back through the children of Israel. The last events of this world will be played out in Israel. That is why we need to pray for and support the Jewish people and God’s plan for the land of Israel. Our blessings in life come from following God not being in opposition to God!

Also, be praying for this special group of people God chose to reveal Himself to and carry His message to the world. It was through the Jewish people God brought His Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Wonderful groups like Jews for Jesus have done a great work in bringing the fact the Messiah prophesied throughout the Old Testament, is Jesus!

Jesus is the fulfillment of all of those Old Testament prophecies, and despite the fact He was rejected by his own people, today millions of Jewish people have come to know Jesus as their personal Savior by faith. In Heaven there will be no Jew or Gentile, only those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

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