Daily Devotional for Monday March 15, 2010
Our Time Is Now
"And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you." Psalms 9:10
Our time is now! Twenty years ago when I answered God's call to the ministry, I only had one goal...to save souls. I learned quickly the church was not the place to make the biggest impact, nor was the Christian media. If the goal was to save souls, than you had to go to where the lost were. That is why Liveprayer was started over 10 years ago, to use the new technology of the internet to reach the lost and hurting. That is why the Liveprayer TV and radio programs were so ground breaking. We have been the only ministry to broadcast solely on secular TV and radio stations and networks to reach those who would never hear the message of Christ's love. I also made a commitment that we would never ask for a dime during those broadcasts since many who are lost correctly see that Christian ministries are there primarily for one reason, to raise money. There is ZERO other reason every major ministry has a presence on Christian radio and TV. It is about MONEY!
Trust me, nobody more than I understands that it takes money to operate. However, the only reason the major ministries are on Christian TV or radio is to generate money. Otherwise, they would not be preaching to the choir, but preaching to those who need the Truth of God's Word the most, those people are not watching Christian TV or listening to Christian radio. Those people watch and listen to SECULAR TV and radio. The influence of people like Oprah, Limbaugh, Beck, Ellen, Trya, Stern, and others, comes from one thing...their daily media presence!!! As I type these words today, the key to turning this nation back to God and to His Truth is to bring the Truth of the Bible and the hope of Christ to the masses....is through the secular broadcasting world where people are looking for answers and wanting the hope that only comes thru Christ!!!
Another thing I have refused to do over these past 20 years, is play the game the rest of the major Christian ministries play. You don't generate one hundred million dollars or more a year, operate out of lavish glass buildings, have staffs of hundreds, fly around in private jets, live in multiple mansions, unless you "play the game." Again, part of that game is being in the Christina media. Another part of that game is networking with other major ministry organizations so both parties can help each other. Another part of that game is to compromise and ignore the Truth of the Bible by getting in bed with those who are enemies of God for money. Sadly, all the major ministries have sold out at some point for money.
James Dobson and Jerry Falwell were both in bed with cult founder Myung Sung Moon of the "Moonies" for money. James Dobson refuses to speak out against the Mormons since he sells lots of books to them. Robert Schuller is not only a Mason but a prot?g? of men like Norman Vincent Peale whose Gospel was not of Jesus, but of positive thinking, a lie from hell. T.D.Jakes denies the trinity and supported an enemy of God like Barack Obama for President. Paul Crouch will never air anything anti-Muslim for fear of losing the millions he brings in from overseas. Joel Osteen is a gutless wonder who is little more than a motivational speaker. John Hagee tells Jews they can be saved without accepting Jesus since he does lots of business with Jews in Israel.
The few who don't deviate to such a degree, have simply stayed in the safety, comfort, and profitability of the Christian trough since that is where they make their money. Liveprayer has been the target of a 2-year inquiry by the IRS because I had the audacity to tell people the truth about the satanic Mormon cult. We are targeted frequently by homosexual groups, pro-abortion groups, various cults like Scientology and Mormonism, because I not only speak out against them in accordance with the Word of God, but do so in a secular arena for everyone to see and hear. I don't hide behind the 4 walls of the church or in the Christian media and have refused to play the game!!!
From day one I decided that everything I did would be for free. The Bible says the Gospel is freely received and is to be freely given. Despite the opportunity to raise millions of dollars even from a secular audience, never once in over 2000 TV and radio programs have I asked the audience for a dime. I wasn't there for their money, but for their souls! I could have turned Liveprayer into a powerful business. But again, I was not there to turn the ministry into a business, but to share the Truth of the Bible and the hope of Christ with people...FOR FREE!!! Obviously there was a need for the funds to propagate the Gospel, but I never lacked the faith to trust God to provide for the needs of His work here. Since I started in the ministry over 20 years ago, I have literally lived month to month personally and for the ministry. Each month I only asked the Lord to provide for that months needs.
In over 10 years, Liveprayer has reached tens of millions of lives worldwide, seen apx. 400,000 souls won to Christ, answered over 70 million email prayer requests, and archived over 4 million praise reports from people who took the time to share what God did in their life through Liveprayer. That has all happened as month after month I trusted the Lord for that months provision and the God moved on the hearts of friends like you to sacrifce some of what He has entrusted to them to help me.
Last week, I heard disgraced Congressman Massa from New York speak of how he and his colleagues spend an average of 5-7 hours a day asking people for money. Sadly, I have had to spend far too many hours over these past 20 years sharing our needs to make people aware of the opportunity they have to help me and further God's work through Liveprayer. I never hired professional money raisers like the other major ministries have. Again, I have simply operated from day one on faith, sharing our needs, and getting on my knees in prayer as I trusted God, not the devices of men, for the funds we needed.
Over these many years, God has allowed me to take the Liveprayer TV and radio program to places nobody else was or wanted to go, and that was to the secular broadcast networks. Satan has fought me every step of the way, since he knows the success we have had over these past 7 years in reaching the lost and hurting, and the millions of lives we could reach and impact we could have on the culture if we could ever secure a national TV and radio presence.
Since 2003 when we began the TV and radio portion of the ministry, we have secured right at $5.7 million in sort term loans to cover our TV and radio presence on secular networks. To date, we have paid off $4 million of those notes, with $1.7 million still outstanding. Sadly, they would have been paid off by now, except when the economic downturn hit in the last quarter of 2008, it severely hampered our ability to continue to generate advertising revenues and donations in order to operate and pay off our remaining debt.
Over the past 6 months, I have explored selling off the only asset of the ministry, our email data base, in order to pay off the remaining debt of the ministry. On numerous occasions over the years I was offered $2.4 million dollars for the email data base. However, with the economic downturn, the list of those organizations who were in a position to purchase the database has dramatically decreased, and those who were interested were now only willing to pay $1.2 million. That is not possible since it still leaves me $500,000 short of paying off the debt and with nothing to continue the minsitry in some form afterwards.
The most frustrating thing for me is not just the debt that needs to be paid off, but with another $6 million, we would have a sustained daily presence on secular TV and radio. Liveprayer.com, the Liveprayer TV and radio programs are not some nice idea. They have an over 10 year track record of success! The national media presence would not only save souls, but put the Truth of God's Word to the issues of the day, and also help lead a move for this nation to turn back to God and Biblical Truth. $6 million may seem like much money, but in the scheme of things it is really not. Many of the leaders of major ministries have MULTIPLE homes worth as much, private jets worth 5x as much. People give to build buildings for that much money simply to house a local fellowship with 1,000 people. The fact is, with this amount of money, through the powerful broadcasting vehicles we have developed, we could bring the body of Christ together as one and save the souls of this nation.
It is ashame that the world can raise tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars for things that are meaningless. People will give freely to the arts, to animals, to botanical gardens. They will give freely to politicians who do nothing for them. They will even open their wallet when some preacher on TV tells them they can be rich if they just send in a check. I am sorry, but I will never promise you something the Bible doesn't teach just to get you to give. I am not going to create some sort of special reason just to get you to give. I will keep telling you what our needs are for the month, and challenge you to make the sacrifce to help me, so that we can share with the lost the same hope you and I have found in Jesus!
Today I am coming to you to ask you to pray for me. I am fully aware that if everyone reading these words today would simply give $1, the debt could be retired and we would have a good start on the $6 million for that national secular media presence. Unfortunately, as simple as that sounds, it is not reality. Less than 1/4 of 1% we reach ever give monetarily to God's work here at Liveprayer. God has always used the few to feed the many, but I am asking everyone who has been blessed by our work here but have never given to Liveprayer, to at least send in $1. I also know that there are several people reading these words today who have the ability to help me retire our debt and cover what we need for that national secular media presence. Please join me in prayer that God will move on their hearts of everyone reading this message to step up and allow the Lord to use them to make a real impact with their lives.
So for now, I will keep walking each day by faith, trusting God for our needs. I am very encouraged by our Gold for Souls program. It has the ability to help us retire our debt and generate all we need for our media presence. Please pray about using this new program to give to Liveprayer. Check out this easy way for you to help me at: http://liveprayer.com/gfs.cfm . Also, I am asking you to pray today about helping me with a special one-time gift of whatever the Lord lays on your heart. It that is $1 fine. It if it is $10 or $20 fine. If it is $50 or $100 fine. If it is $250, $500, $1,000, $10,000 or more, fine. Simply pray and ask God what He is calling you to do so I can get the balance of our debt paid off and move forward with a national presence on secular TV and radio to turn this nation back to God and His Truth.
*EVERYONE CAN PRAY, MOST EVERYONE CAN SEND A PIECE OF JEWELRY OR AN OFFERING. PLEASE HELP ME TODAY!
TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: email@example.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.
Since the economic downturn, nearly 100,000 religious and other non-profit organizations have closed their doors. Daily we are praying with people who had lost money in in some sort of financial investment like promissory notes or bonds with religious organizations who have had to close their doors and declared bankruptcy. This ministry has operated with fiscal transparency for 20 years now and I have always shared our exact needs for that month and asked people to pray about helping me. It has been the faithfulness of thousands over the years that has allowed us to do all we have, and the faithfulness of friends like you who will insure we fulfill our ultimate purpose in these coming months, and that is leading the lost to faith in Jesus Christ and helping to lead this nation back to God and His Truth.
I refuse to back down, go away, or run from God's calling on my life. However, I can't do this alone. With your help, we can retire this last $1.7 million of debt, cover the $35,000 we need for the rest of this months financial obligations, take care of the $80,000 of shortfalls we are carrying from 2009, and the $10,000 we need immediately for equipment. I say this without hesitation because the same God who has sustained us these past 20 years, is the same God who will sustain us today and tomorrow. Liveprayer has a divine commission, and you can be part of God's plan here with your prayers and sacrificial gift.
The soul of this nation and literally hundreds of millions of lost people hang in the balance. Sadly, those ministries with the resources to impact our nation and those lost souls have little vision and decided to stay in the comfort and profitability of the Christian trough. I can't do that since when my life is over, I have to stand before God and give and account of my life. We have the vehicle, we have the ability, and now I need YOUR help so that we can fulfill all God has called us to do. Will you stand with me? Will you help me? When God calls us home, the only thing that will matter is our faithfulness and our only legacy are those lives we impact for Christ. This is our moment in human history to take our stand for Christ!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller