Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 21, 2014
My God will Meet All Your Needs According to His Glorious Riches in Christ Jesus
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I would like to know, will we know our loved ones when in Heaven?
ANSWER: We need to understand that the finite, space/time existence of this life ends with our death. Our eternal state is something that our current finite minds could not even begin to comprehend. It is comforting to think of Heaven as some cosmic campground where we will all have a big reunion, but there is no concrete Biblical support for such a notion. I understand that people are told these things to comfort them after the death of a loved one or to help them with the unknown of our eternal state, but I think it is not wise to tell people things that we simply don't know for certain. What we DO know from Scripture is that we will know Jesus, we will be serving Him in some form or fashion, and that anything more than that is a bonus.
"I have had several days of sobriety from porn and am feeling like there is light at the end of the tunnel! Your email back to me has given me much hope to persevere and get free from this addiction. Even brothers in Christ can get cough by the enemy if one is not vigilant enough. Thank you and God bless you."
"In October of 2013, I was watching Bill Keller on TV. I never was religious and barely believed in God. A particular show made an impact on me and I took Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have never once regretted and I have grown in my relgion and relationship with the Lord. I want to say 'Thank you.' Pastor Keller, you made a BIG difference in my life. God bless you!"
"I've been watching your program this week via the internet and I've given my heart and life to Jesus. I want the peace and joy in my heart that can only experienced through salvation. I thank the Lord tonight for loving me and dying for my sins so that I might be saved. Please send me the booklet that you spoke of on the show in order that I may grow in my Christian life."
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. 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!
(From a member of the Liveprayer family) "Bill -You & your team have really been on my mind & in my thoughts. I strongly believe you're doing things the right way, & it breaks my heart that because you give the gospel for free - because you're out doing things God's way - you don't have financial support from the American church to get out in the secular marketplace & to go toe-to-toe with false prophets. My wife & I gave a gift today which isn't close to meeting your needs or requirements, but I pray God blesses it with multiplication.
I want to encourage you - your blunt honesty & the fact you do things the right way (no professional fund raising companies, no buildings or extravagant salaries) are why we're giving today. It's time for me & other Christians to put our money where our mouths are & quit paying mortgages & utilities for big buildings. Please keep telling the truth, God's truth!!! If the finances don't come in, God forbid, and you are forced to close down any part of your ministry, you have done your part by being obedient before God. It would be the rest of us who failed.
Thank you for being on the front lines! Thank you for leading & feeding me spiritually, both in word & deed! I pray today that God move hearts in a powerful way and deliver far more money than you've asked for. May He raise up more faithful partners, freeing us from fear & making us better able to hear His commands and then, more importantly, obey them. I realized about a month ago that you are my preacher. Thank you for the daily word. I promise I will lift you up in prayer & give financially to LivePrayer. I pray our Lord bless you & keep you. In God's love."
As we are down to the final 10 days of May, we have taken in $6,000 of the $40,000 we require for our basic operations budget this month. $10,000 of our balance is from the first week's operations that is required to be paid immediately as we had to use funds received from that first week to cover our April shortfall! On the TV front, PRAISE GOD we covered the final $5,000 we required for the TV program in Chicago during May, and are now working on the $31,450 due Friday May 30th for the June programs, a 5 week payment because of the way the weeks fall this month.
With the long holiday weekend coming up, we will lose at least 3 days of the final 10 this month! I am praying today that everyone will pray for these financial requirements to be taken care of by the end of the month so we can begin June with no budget shortfall for Liveprayer.com or the Liveprayer TV program!
I am praying for 7 of our friends God has richly blessed to help me with a special one-time gift. 2 with a gift of $5,000 that will clear up the $10,000 we require immediately for LP.com, and 5 who can send a special gift of $6,290 between now and the end of the month for our programs in June on the Chicago station.
*IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO WIRE, HAVE A WELLS FARGO BRANCH CLOSE BY, OR CAN OVERNIGHT A GIFT, PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP WEDNESDAY MORNING AND I WILL GET YOU THE NECESSARY DETAILS.
EVERY MONTH GOD CALLS ON SEVERAL FRIENDS WHO HAVE OBEDIENTLY ANSWERED THAT CALL TO MAKE A GREAT SACRIFICE AND HELP WITH A SIGNIFICANT GIFT!
For those who can't send one of these 7 special gifts we require, if you will simply "give as you are able to give" as the Bible teaches I know God will come through as He has every month for 22 years and enable it to all add up to the $65,450 we require over the next 10 days to end May with our Liveprayer.com and Liveprayer TV budget's current!!!
--->If there is ONE of our friends that may have had a windfall from selling real estate..a business..or has been praying about sowing a significant gift into God's work..PLEASE PRAY about sending a gift of $65,450 to insure our required finances are current and we could use the gifts from the rest of this month to get a head start on June, a traditional slow month as the summer months are every year.
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.
I love you and care about you so much. For those who have been part of the Liveprayer family for these many years, you know that I would never send a Devotional like this unless it was an emergency. I don't play games when it comes to the finances. For 22 yrs, the 15 yrs of Liveprayer.com, and the 10 yrs of Liveprayer TV, I have simply shared our needs, got on my knees, and trusted God by faith to move on the hearts of people to provide for our needs.
My friend, I am counting on you today. I need to hear from you today. This is critical, and I desperately need your help. We are so close to seeing the fulfillment of all Liveprayer has been raised up to be. I can't see everything stop now over a few thousand dollars. Will you reach down, make the sacrifce, and help me today??? I desperately need you and will be in prayer for the Lord to move on your heart to help me!
I NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER TO 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.
Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support as we take our stand in these last days. 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, those lives we have been able to impact for eternity! I have taken my stand and will proclaim His truth with my dying breath. Today, I am asking you to pray about continuing to stand with me at this critical time as we turn this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,