Daily Devotional for Wednesday July 21, 2010
Hallowed Ground - The World's Greatest City and a Nation in Spiritual Freefall
(1 Corinthians 6:20)
Hallowed ground, the world's greatest city, and a nation in spiritual freefall. Last Saturday morning I stood at ground zero, looking into the giant hole where the World Trade Center towers once proudly stood. I had been to ground zero several years ago, but this time was different since in just a few weeks we would begin a work of God near this precious site that could spark a real revival in the world's greatest city and turn our nation back to God and His Truth.
What we are putting together is not another church, but a true evangelistic work to save souls, help spark a revival in the most visible city in the world, and ultimately rescue the soul of our once great nation. After nearly 20 years in the ministry, the last 11 years literally on the front lines 24/7/365, I don't need to plant an evangelistic Christian Center at ground zero, deal with the incredible strongholds in a city like New York, or even try to turn an entire nation back to God and His Truth.
I wish I could just quietly live my life. Who needs the hate-filled emails every day, the websites and blogs dedicated to trying to stop me from serving the Lord, the media stories that portray me as some sort of fringe-lunatic whacko hate monger, the mail filled with feces, the threats of personal harm and even death, on top of the endless spiritual battles. Trust me, I am under no illusion that the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero is only going to intensify all of this exponentially.
Those who oppose the God of the Bible, His Son Jesus, the Truth of God's Word, have always come after those who seek to serve God since the very beginning. Nothing has changed. Men and women sold out to God over these last 6,000 years have sacrificed their lives, dealt with the persecution in whatever form it took, since they knew their life had a higher purpose. Life is a one-time shot. When it is over, the only real legacy you leave are those eternal things you did for the Lord.
Sadly, most aren't willing to pay the price. They aren't willing to sacrifce their very life for the Kingdom of God. It has been those few who did that have formed the foundation of faith we enjoy today. It is now our turn to keep that foundation strong for future generations should the Lord tarry in His return. It is now our turn to make our lives count for Christ!!!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting several dozen of men and women sold out to the Lord at our New York and Connecticut meetings. These people came to hear about the new 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero and to see what role God may be calling them to play. These are normal people, with normal lives, who love the Lord, and simply want to give their lives to serve Him.
I am coming to you and asking you to do 3 things for me. First, pray. This is something everyone can do. I need all the prayers I can get as we move forward with the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero. Second, participate. Even if you can't come to New York, you can participate by telling others you know. Please forward this Devotional to every person you know.
Third, pledge. I need to raise $410,000 for the first phase by the end of August, $2 million for the second phase by the end of November, and the final $6 million by the end of December. I realize that many are facing financial hardships at this time, however you know people who love the Lord and who God has blessed. Your "gift" can be encouraging them to help me. You can contact your church about making a special "missions gift" to the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero. People will give to support this great work we are starting at ground zero, they simply need to know what we are doing and that we need their help. Pray about who God is leading you to share this with.
*By the way, the $8.4 million we are raising is a fraction of what the Muslims are spending on this memorial to their greatest accomplishment yet, the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. For what some churches spend on a building to hold a congregation of 1,000 that meets one hour a week, we can see souls saved at ground zero, spark a real revival in New York City, and have the platform to turn this nation back to God and His Truth!
*ALSO, WHAT WE NEED IS 1/4 OF 1% OF THE 3 BILLION DOLLARS INVESTOR WARREN BUFFETT JUST DONATED TO HELP KILL INNOCENT BABIES!!!!
We will need to raise $10,000 immediately to cover our initial costs prior to opening September 5th. By the end of August, we need to raise $400,000. $100,000 of that will cover the weekly services of the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero from September through the end of the year. $300,000 will be used to air the Liveprayer TV program each day in the New York City TV market on a major secular station. As we have learned over the years, the TV program is a critical element to keep the daily flow of God's Truth regarding the issues of the day, to minister to people's needs, to bring the lost to faith in Christ, to promote the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero, but will also help to attract financial support for this effort.
From September through the end of the year, we will need to raise the $8 million needed to operate at full capacity during 2011. $1 million of that will go towards the operations expenses of the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero during 2011, $1 million will cover the years TV budget in the local New York market during 2011, and the other $6 million will allow the program to be aired nationally on a major secular network during 2011. If the Muslims can raise $110 million dollars to construct their mosque and help lead souls to the fires of hell for all eternity, can we not raise just $8,410,000 for a place people can come to find Truth and salvation, while having the national platform in the marketplace to lead this nation back to God and Biblcial Truth???
You can make a gift to Liveprayer on your major credit card at our website www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" button, or you can give from your PayPal account by using my email address, email@example.com , or you can mail a gift to: Liveprayer 6660 46th Avenue North St. Petersburg, Florida 33709 *For a gift to the 9-11 Christian Center, please mark 9-11 on your check, or put (9-11) next to your name on the credit card or PayPal form. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
If you are able to send a gift of $5,000 or more, I would be happy to give you our bank wiring instructions or FedEx account information. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for that information.
I love you and care about you so much. It is no accident or coincidence you are reading this today! Everyone has to make their own choices in life. I want you to understand that when you make the choice to accept Jesus as your Savior, the Bible says that it is no longer your life any longer, that it now belongs to Him. But how many people really surrender their life, their entire life to Jesus? Have you?
Will you stand with me as we bring the uncompromised Gospel to ground zero? This hallowed ground will always be remembered for what happened their on 9/11, but what a testimony to God, it will now be used to see souls won for Christ and a place where the sparks of revival take over the entire city...and nation!!!
Let God use your life to help me change the spiritual course of millions of lives, a great city, and our nation!!! PRAY....PARTICIPATE....PLEDGE!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller