Daily Devotional for Monday January 14, 2013
Thank You Bill
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, after a recent disagreement, I was told by my spouse that he could go anywhere he wants, whenever he wants, see whoever he wants, stay as long as he wants, and make any decisions he wants without consulting me. Don't spouses owe each other that type of consideration and communication?
ANSWER: That is not a spouse, it is a dictator, and it is certainly NOT the way God designed marriage. A husband and wife are 100% equal, with different roles to play. Those who want to disregard the Bible point to passages about a wife being obedient. What they fail to mention, is that on the other side, the man is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. MARRIAGE IS A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE, PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, NURTURING, BASED ON A SHARED FAITH IN CHRIST!
"God Bless you Bill and all of your staff. You helped me when I had bladder cancer and had the treatment that didn't work. You helped me when I had the surgery for bladder cancer. You helped me when we lost our youngest son to suicide, and we are still trying to get through this tragedy. You help me each day I read your message and I truly do appreciate and love you as a brother in Christ. Thank you Bill Keller for your prayers and your ministry."
"Thank you Bill, I have been with you since 9/11/2001 when you wrote that inspired Devotional dealing with the fateful events of that day. I was a Christian long before that, but I was searching for some true encouragement. I was hurting financially at that point in my life but was always faithful to send $10 a month to the Live Prayer ministry because I truly thought you were doing something special. You have personally answered many of my requests for prayer over those years for my family, job, health, and finances. I have been in the same job for 15 years and have been promoted, and blessed with increased sales. I have steadily increased my giving to Live Prayer over the years, as I have been financially blessed. For the past 5 years now I have committed to giving a $100 a month. A long cry from $10 a month. I hear do pray today and challenge the Live Prayer family to give according to their financial blessings. Everyone can give at least a dollar, and if they are faithful in that they will not only be blessed for it, but as you so often mention it would solve all of your financial needs for years to come. God bless you for your steadfastness and dedication to keep bring the truth of the Bible to so many in need."
"Dear Bill, Thank you for your ministry and all that it has done for me. Because of your ministries, I started attending church and I got saved."
"Bill, I had an abortion early this year even though I am saved. I asked God for forgiveness but still feel sick every day about it. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to assure me of the Lord's love and forgiveness. I don't know if I could have made it without your encouraging words. God bless you for being there!"
"Bill, my wife and I will not sit by and watch Liveprayer go down. This ministry has helped us in countless ways. It truly is one of the last voices for truth in this world with a platform to speak the truth. As a long time readers...and long time donors...I challenge everyone to give $10. I'm tired of God's people having to beg to get His word out. He is the King of Kings! The Lord of Lords! If this is a last stand...then we stand with you!!!"
"Bill, I know it must be tough walking by faith every day, trusting others to stand with you as you bravely share God's love and Truth with so many. Please know that many people are praying for you and your ministry! You ARE doing something right for all those attacks against you. It proves that you are pointing out the evil in people and cults in this land, but you also pray for the people and help them come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ that most people never know about."
"Pastor Bill, I so appreciate these Biblically-focused emails. Thank you for your ministry...and your prayers. I will NEVER forget over 10 years ago when you/your ministry (ultimately our Lord) did some wonderful miracles in my heart and in one of our son's who was far from Christ at that time and causing hurt from one relationship to another. What repair God has worked. I thank God for you and your steadfastness each day."
"Brother Bill, thanks to your prayers our marriage has being restored. Thank you! It is good to know there is always someone there when you need them the most. God bless you!"
"Dear Bill, I am emailing you because I would like to thank you so much. I am only a 14 year old child, but let me say that your video on Liveprayer titled 'Alter Call' is what brought me to know Jesus as my personal Savior. Thank you!"
"Bear ye one another's burdens; and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
God is faithful! My word for you today is that GOD IS FAITHFUL! I know many of you are hurting today, going through a difficult time, but my word for you today is that GOD IS FAITHFUL! As you pray for me and make the sacrifice to help me continue God's work here at Liveprayer, so I pray for and stand with you. The Bible teaches we are to bear each others burdens!
I am most blessed of men to be able to wake up each morning and share the Truth of God's Word with so many around the world, bring His Truth into the marketplace outside the four walls of the church, pray for tens of thousands daily who need God's touch in their life, and lead lost souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The fact is, I have only been able to do that these past 157 months by the grace of God who has given me the health, presence of mind, spiritual guidance, and passion to wake up every day for the past 4,804 days and do what God has called me to do with my life because of friends like YOU!
I need your prayers and help today. As we are just 14 days into the new year, we are still $15,000 short of covering the balance of our 2012 shortfall, as well as the $40,000 we need for our basic operational costs this month. That $15,000 still left over from December is several weeks past due and needs to be taken care of immediately!
I am praying for 3-4 friends in the Liveprayer family who can make a one-time sacrifice of $2,000-$10,000 in the next day or so to insure we can clean up the balance of 2012 is taken care of. Over these past 13+ years, God has always used several special people each month who have been richly blessed, often in the 11th hour, to insure the needs of His work here were taken care of.
*Would you pray about making a special gift to help me?
The Bible teaches to give according to your ability to give. Please take a moment today and pray about what God is calling you to do to help me. Everyone can pray, and most can make a sacrifce of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more to help me at this time.
I will be in prayer today, trusting by faith that as God has done for the past 160 months, He will move on the hearts of those who have the ability to step up and help me continue to bring His Truth to the marketplace, pray for people in their time of need, and bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!!! HE IS ABLE!!! Will you 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: firstname.lastname@example.org,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 prayers, your faithfulness, and your sacrifice. God Bless you and your family and know you are in my prayers as we stand together for His Kingdom!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,