Daily Devotional for Monday January 20, 2014
Real Front Lines Ministry
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, during a recent 60 Minutes program interview with Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook), she used the words G.D. I was very dismayed and have sent an email to 60 Minutes expressing my disappointment that they did not bleep those words. I tolerate more than I should of bad language, but using the Lord's name in vain is extremely offensive to me. It is a shame we can't even watch the news without having to hear that.
ANSWER: Sadly, there is no longer a fear of God. The use of the Lord's name in vain, the glorification of perverting God's plan for marriage and the family, the acceptance of infanticide, ALL demonstrate the sad spiritual state of our nation. More important, these are the issues that unless reversed, will bring God's wrath and punishment on our nation!
Real front lines ministry. Liveprayer.com since its inception nearly 15 years ago, has been about real, front lines ministry. It has been our focus through the Liveprayer TV program we started in 2003. That is why for the 6 years the TV program was on originally, and since it was re-launched last May, we have always aired on non-Christian channels and networks.
Liveprayer TV link: http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm
The viewers of the program have gotten a real education the past few programs. A message board visited by hackers from all over the world, had a post about our program being "live" and taking phone calls. Literally tens of thousands of people from around the world have been tuned in the last few programs via our simultaneous internet stream, in addition to our regular viewers from the 40 some TV stations we are currently on.
As you can imagine, the bulk of these new viewers have been watching to mock the program, try to get their call on the air to say filthy things. Nobody can get on the air unless I allow them, and having taken tens of thousands of calls over the years I have a 6th sense who is legit and who is playing games. In addition, we have been getting 400-500 emails each night from the program.
It has been a real eye opening experience for our loyal viewers, since like most Christians, they have sheltered themselves from the world. Many have never experienced or see the hatred and vitriol so many have for God, the Bible, and our Savior. In the midst of the calls, the emails, about 10% were people who were really hurting and seriously looking for answers, for hope.
Despite all of the negativity and hatred towards the Lord by most, it is for those people we do this. It is for those people I take the abuse, the death threats, deal with the constant attempts to hack into our website and create trouble. This is also why your major ministries stay in the comfort of the Christian TV world, since these are not the type of viewers who are going to give them money for their private jets, Bentley's, and mansions.
Back in March of 2003, Liveprayer launched its "live" TV program for an hour every Mon-Fri. The program aired until the end of August 2007 on the CBS owned station in Tampa, the 12 TV market in the nation. We owned that time slot over major network programming with millions of dollars, since this unique program was unlike anything on "Christian TV" and dealt with the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview while taking calls from viewers. Hundreds of people literally got saved on those phone calls!
Check out the following links: http://liveprayer.com/reasons.cfm , http://www.liveprayer.com/press.cfm (scroll down to Video Clips, LP Show highlights 1 and 2, and the Suicide Prevention clip)
In addition to Tampa, from June 2005 through June 2006, the program also aired "live" for an hour 5 nights a week on the ABC stations in Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville. In July 2006, it was "live" for an hour 5 nights a week for 4 weeks nationally on ION (the old PAX Network) and another 6 weeks in December.
We were able to air the program during these years from special gifts by a few dozen special donors. We tried to transition to advertising, but it was at the very time the economic collapse began. We continued to air the program for the next year and a half strictly on Liveprayer.com, but were several years ahead of our time in using the internet to air programming.
Fast forward to today. 40% of people now watch TV either on their computer, through devices that stream the Internet on their TV, or on their phone or tablet. Today, the station you are on is not important as that you simply are on some platform. In this day and age, being on anywhere is all that is needed, since each program now must "drive" their audience to where they can be seen. That is why some of the most successful programs in the past few years are on channels and platforms you would never think of as mainstream.
The Liveprayer TV program is much like the Daily Devotionals, where I take on the issues of the day that people would hear on FOX, CNN, or their favorite news sites, but from a Biblical worldview. The key to the program is that most of the time is used to take phone calls from the viewers on whatever they want to talk about. NO OTHER MAJOR MINISTRY HAS THE GUTS TO DO THIS! THEY ARE SCRIPTED, PRE-RECORDED, AND SAFE!
As those who have followed Liveprayer over the years, you know that my heart beats to bring God's Truth to the marketplace and see souls won to faith in Jesus Christ. I don't need money to buy a new mansion, or a Bentley, or new glass buildings with a staff of 500 people, or the latest private jet. The only thing I have EVER asked people to give money to since day one 20 years ago is to reach the lost and hurting outside the four walls of the church and tell people that Jesus is their only answer and hope for this life and for etenrity!
I love you and care aobut you so much. Please continue to pray for the program. It is the final piece of the Jonah Project and what we need to now lead this lost and hurting nation back to God and His Truth. We are going to see the move start before our eyes THIS YEAR! It has been the prayers and financial sacrifices of the Liveprayer family that has enabled us to impact tens of millions of lives worldwide while leading over 800,000 souls we know of to faith in Jesus through Liveprayer these past 14+ years.
Thank you so much for your prayers, love, and sacrifice. During this critical year, we will be doing something no other ministry is doing or has their goal, using this TV platform along with Liveprayer.com to bring the Body of Christ together as one with one voice and literally change the spritual direction of this nation while bringing lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ!!!
After over 2 decades of evangelistic ministry, these past 14+ years of reaching millions worldwide every day through Liveprayer.com, and doing over 3,000 "live" TV programs on secular television, I can tell you with 100% certainty that we are reaching people every day who wake up lost and without hope, who by the time they go to bed that night, have received the gift of everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Liveprayer is about many things, but first and foremost it is about seeing the lost won to faith in Jesus Christ! I have a special archive of some great phone calls from the TV program. Virtually every night we had someone who called about a need, about an issue in their life, and end up accepting the Lord as their Savior during their phone call. Talk about the ultimate in reality TV! If you want to see and hear the greatest miracle there is, a soul that is one moment bound for hell, the next moment assured of Heaven, go to: www.liveprayer.com/reasons.cfm
PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO TELL THEM HOW TO BE SAVED!!! THERE IS A HARVEST OF SOULS SIMPLY WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO BRING IT IN! That is why Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few." To many, what I will say may sound like an oversimplification but I assure you it is not. The only reason more people aren't getting saved is there aren't more people out there reaching out to them and telling them how!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,