Daily Devotional for Monday April 27, 2015
The Sad Legacy of Bruce Jenner
(Colossian 3:23,24 )
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know I have only one life, one life to live for you. This is my moment in human history. Please Lord, let me make the most if it. Use my life to do great things for you as I surrender it afresh to you each morning. When I take my last breath, let there be no regrets, no sadness, that I didn't use my life fully for your Glory! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23,24
Bruce Jenner, the quintessential example of this nation in all-out rebellion to God and His Truth the past 40 years! When we take our last breath, the only true legacy we leave are the lives we have impacted for eternity through God's Truth in the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The legacy of Olympic hero Bruce Jenner and myself have incredible parallels that I want to share with you today.
At age 18, like most Americans, I cheered as US Olympic Decathlete Bruce Jenner won that event in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and the title that goes to the victor as the world's greatest athlete. After his incredible Olympic performance, Jenner got all of the fame and fortune that comes with such an achievement, including being on the Wheaties box! In 1976, I was into my 2nd year at Ohio State University, going year around to get my degree in Broadcast Journalism and then to seminary in preparation to become a pastor.
Fast forward to today. In 1978 I started a small business to put myself thru the rest of my undergraduate and seminary education, a business that exploded leading me to run from God for a decade, end up in the "belly of the fish," Federal Prison in the late 80's for insider trading, that ultimately led me to re-commit my life to Jesus, complete my formal theological education, and spend the past 23 years of my life serving the Lord. http://www.liveprayer.com/press/weeklyplanet.htm
Today, Bruce Jenner has made the CHOICE to change himself from a man to a woman, and at 65, spend the rest of his life in disgrace! It is people like Jenner who are promoting the newest sexual perversion sweeping the nation, men wanting to be women, women wanting to be men, a class of people known as "transgendered."
JUST LIKE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "GAY MAN" OR "LESBIAN" WOMAN, SINCE IT IS A CHOICE TO ENGAGE IN PERVERTED, UNNATURAL, UNHEALTHY SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH PEOPLE OF THE SAME SEX, THERE IS ALSO NO SUCH THING AS A "TRNASGENDERED" PERSON. IT IS SIMPLY A MAN OR WOMAN, SO LOST IN CONFUSION THEY ARE TRYING TO TURN THEMSELVES INTO THE OPPOSITE GENDER GOD CREATED THEM AS!
I have shared several time recently the media's acceptance and promotion of this perversion, treating it as they do those in bondage to same- sex pervasion as they advocate the lie people are simply "born this way." Adults like Jenner who want to destroy their lives is one thing, but just like I told you 15 years ago the radical homosexual lobby was coming after you children, they are now telling children as young as 2 that they are not the gender God created them to be!
*I TOLD YOU 15 YEARS AGO ONCE SOCIETY ACCEPTED THE PERVERSION OF SAME SEX RELATIONSHIPS, THERE WOULD BE NO END TO THE SEXUAL PERVERSION. HERE WE ARE!!!
Bruce Jenner is the epitome, the poster-child for the rebellion to God and His Word of the past 40 years. He went from worldwide Olympic hero, to a confused freak show! He mirrors perfectly a nation that just 40 years ago still had a fear and respect for God and His Word, to a nation that has utterly rejected God's Truth, Jesus, and lives in complete and total rebellion to our Creator and Biblical Truth!!!
Your sacrifices today equals an eternal legacy through changes lives and saved souls, PLUS eternal rewards that are being stored up in Heaven! In looking back on 2014, I am grateful for everyone who took the time to pray for Liveprayer, and those dear friends led and able to help us financially. This allowed us to bring God's Truth into the marketplace, impact lives for Christ, pray for people with every type of need imaginable, and see lost souls won to faith in Jesus Christ! I also take very seriously the pastoral and prophetic role I play in so many lives each day.
During 2014 for the glory of God, we sent out the Daily Devotional, now in our 16th year, all 365 days to a little over 2.5 million subscribers worldwide. Our dedicated team of a little over 700 retired pastors enabled us to pray for and respond to just under 15 million emails for prayer (bringing that total to well over 100 million since Liveprayer began in August of 1999), which generated a little over 1.3 million Praise Reports (that total of archived Praise Reports is now over 9 million), and most important, saw apx. 100,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ through Liveprayer during the past year. That puts us on pace to pass 1 million souls we know of coming to faith in Jesus since Liveprayer began at some time during this year of victory...2015!!!
The best demographic breakdown we have been able to determine is out of the 2.5 million Daily Devotional subscribers, 80% are in the United States and 20% are in other countries. 70% of the subscribers are Christians while 30% are not. 10% are 18 years and younger, 20% are between the ages of 19-30, 30% are between the ages of 30-50, and 40% are 50 years and over. The TV audience averages apx. 200,000 viewers each night. 20% of our viewer are 30 years and younger, 40% are between the ages of 30-50, and 40% are 50 years and over.
Financially, Liveprayer received right at $800,000 in donations during 2014, which averages just under $67,000 a month. Please review the previous paragraphs regarding all we were able to accomplish this past year. Available 24/7/365, we reached all of these people worldwide, provided all of the personal ministry, saw the incredible fruit for those efforts that undoubtedly was only a fraction of how God used our work, and provided all of the incredible content we produce daily as all as 16 years of accumulated content at Liveprayer.com...for FREE! We sold no books or merchandise, had no advertising revenues, just simply walked by faith and trusted the Lord to move on the hearts of those we minister to to help us. For reference, Liveprayer has the same budget of a local church with 1,000 members or even less!
My friend, 2014 was a similar story to each previous year since Liveprayer began in August of 1999. Like all of the years prior, it has been a true modern day "fishes and loaves" miracle. Now you may feel a bit foolish, but do me a favor and stop reading for a moment, stand up, and give the Lord a big applause and shout AMEN!!! To further prove the "fishes and loaves" analogy is accurate, that $800,000 came from just 480 people out of the millions we reached last year. Just 20 of those people were responsible for 25% of our total donations. This only further proves how critical every sacrifce people make is no matter what the amount, and the importance of "giving according to your ability to give" as the Bible teaches.
>From day one of Liveprayer, I have personally taken time out of my day to >pray over the daily accounting reports of our gifts for that day, since I >fully understand the great sacrifce so many of our friends make that >enables me on your behalf to do the Lord's work. In that crowd of 5,000, no >doubt many of them had food, yet only one young man was willing to sacrifce >what he had so the Lord could feed the multitudes. Nothing has changed and >it is still the few God uses to feed the many!!!
A little over 93 cents of every dollar you sacrifice to Liveprayer goes to the work, with less than 7 cents eaten up in necessary overhead expenses. Of course, this is only possible because unlike most ministries, churches, and other non-profit organizations, I don't ask you to make the sacrifice you do to build buildings that than have to be maintained. Liveprayer still operates out of the back few offices of the same used car lot in St. Petersburg owned by one of our board memebers that we began in back in 1999! I personally feel those buildings people give money to build really should be owned by those who gave the money and not become the asset of some denomination or ministry/individual! For instance, why does TBN own over 1 BILLION dollars of real estate when it rightfully should belong to the people who paid for it!
I also would never ask you to make the sacrifce you do so the "ministry" can have a huge staff that needs to be paid every Friday, buy private planes, luxury cars, multi-million dollar homes, or pay me an exorbitant salary. Actually, due to the economic downturn in 2008, I have sacrificed my personal salary (between $35k and $40k) for 5 years now, taking only what I have needed to live each month. God has faithfully met my needs of food, clothing, and shelter exactly as He promised to do, and after 22 years of ministry I have a home like millions of others that is underwater, worth only $250,000 with a $300,000 mortgage, a 7 year old car, and some clothes. I don't have a retirement account even though I am 57, own any real estate, or hold any stocks and bonds. I simply trust God to meet my needs each month as I do the needs of Liveprayer, since the Bible correctly tells us we came into this world with nothing and we will leave it with nothing. But that is fine since God's promise is true when it assures us that He "supplies all of my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus!"
I fully understand that I am only able to fulfill the work God has called me to because of your prayers and those who make the sacrifice, often a great one, to help me insure the financial needs of Liveprayer are met. After 23 years of ministry, 16 years on the front lines through Liveprayer.com and the last 12 years that included the Liveprayer TV program, satan know I will use every ounce of energy, brainpower, and whatever gifts and talents God blesses me with to serve Him. He knows I can't be bought, won't compromise God's Truth no matter the personal consequences, and have been a faithful watchman as God describes in Ezekiel 33 whose hands have no blood on them! The only way satan has been able to slow me down in any way, is by restricting the funds coming into Liveprayer. That is why I am totally dependant upon your prayers and generous sacrifices each day. Satan is a defeated foe and every gift you send to Liveprayer is a confirmation of that fact.
I love you and care about you more than you will ever know. Let me leave you with 2 personal prayer requests. The first is I am asking the Lord for 5 people who I can call on during a critical financial emergency that occurs several times throughout each year. Many years ago prior to the financial meltdown in early 2008, I had around 30 people who I could call on during such a time, who if able, would help immediately with a gift of anywhere from $2,000-$20,000.
Sadly through the homegoing of many in that group and the financial hardships many have faced in their businesses over the last 5 years, that group is down to just a precious few. I treasure such friends of Liveprayer and have never or ever would abuse such a special relationship. That is why when I did reach out to them for help, if they were able, they immediately responded. Today I am simply asking the Lord for 5 people who if able, would be willing to help me at a critical time with a special gift of $2,000- $5,000. *If God is calling you to be one of these 5 people, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know.
The second is, the final piece of our plan to lead this nation back to God and His Truth has been having the Liveprayer TV program that we pioneered from 2003-2008 on major secular stations and networks back on the air. After having the Liveprayer TV program back on the air "live" every Monday-Friday from Mid-2am EDT for 2 years this May, over 1 year this past February in the Chicagoland market of 10 million people, we have finalized plans for the program to be in national syndication this coming January!!!
This monthly syndication deal will pay the ministry enough each month to cover ALL of our monthly operations costs, and as the program grows, would give us the financial resources to secure a large, visible platform in the marketplace to proclaim the Truth of God's Word that other than through our efforts over the years, has been either void of or filled with weak and watered-down representations of His Truth!
TO INSURE WE COVER OUR FINANCIAL OPERATIONS FOR THE BALANCE OF THE YEAR, I AM SEEKING 300 PEOPLE TO MAKE A 9 MONTH COMMITMENT STARTING THIS MONTH OF APRIL. I AM ASKING 265 PEOPLE TO COMMIT TO HELP LIVEPRAYER WITH A MONTHLY GIFT OF $100 THIS MONTH THROUGH DECEMBER, 30 PEOPLE TO COMMIT TO HELP LIVEPRAYER WITH A MONTHLY GIFT OF $,1000 THIS MONTH THROUGH DECEMBER, AND 5 PEOPLE WHO WILL COMMIT TO HELP LIVEPRAYER WITH A MONTHLY GIFT OF $2,000 THIS MONTH THROUGH DECEMBER.
*STOCKS! A great way to help Liveprayer is by donating stock. The transfer can be made in a way you get the full credit for your donation without having to pay any of the taxes you normally would on gains your stocks may have enjoyed. Contact me for information about this incredible way to help God's work here at Liveprayer: email@example.com
2015 is a year of VICTORY! As our verse for the year, 1 Corinthians 15:57 tells us, "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!" As we stand and work together, may God richly bless our efforts for His Kingdom in bringing His Truth to the marketplace, praying for the needs of the hurting, leading lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ, and guiding this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,