Daily Devotional for Thursday April 16, 2020
"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?"
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as You have promised in Your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: LIVEPRAYER/REV. BILL KELLER NETFLIX PROJECT When I began the TV program in 2003..I was connected with Paul Wilson who ran a major PR firm in St. Petersburg...his other brother..is the infamous Hollywood movie and TV start Patrick Wilson...Paul was very helpful from 2004-2009 in overseeing lots of the PR for Liveprayer..including getting the TV program on many major network affiliates for many years...he still runs the PR firm...as well as a production company.....and he himself has been involved in about a half dozen movies in recent years.... through his own connections as well as his brothers...he is close with some of the top people at Netflix...
Paul has talked to me for years about doing my life story...we never found the right time..or angle..but we have met numerous times over the past few months..and he and his staff..all very accomplished people in the entertainment business..feel a docudrama would be perfect for Netflix or another streaming service like Prime.....it would be an initial episode....with the opportunity to add as many additional as they would want....content is a big thing for these streaming service..and with most Hollywood production shut down due to the coronavirus...with so many people staying home..they are dying for compelling content...
So here is the deal..they can get the initial episode produced to pitch to Netflix for $50,000....they can get it done fairly quickly...within 60-75 days...if Netflix would take the pilot...we would certainly recoup that initial $50,000...and it would be based on how it did with their audience to determine if they bought additional episodes...obviously this could be a potential windfall for the ministry to take off much of the monthly funding pressures...worse-case scenario...just having the initial pilot on Netflix would be incredible exposure for the ministry...and the PR roll-out would bring in many new people to the ministry....
I can send you the executed Letter of Intent to move the project forward..and would like you to take a look at this and pray if it is something you might be in a position to be part of...*the deal structure would return up to 10% in 90 days....since this is time sensitive due to the fact so many people are at home right now and fresh content for the streaming services is at a premium...please contact me if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Don’t miss the Liveprayer TV program, airing “LIVE” every Monday thru Friday from 11pm EDT to Midnight! For details on viewing options for the Liveprayer TV program, “LIVE” or “On Demand,” go to: https://liveprayer.com/liveprayer-show-about.cfm
We all get so bogged down in the day-to-day activities of life, that we can lose sight of the big picture. One of the goals I have each day is to help you stay focused on that "big picture." The ultimate "American dream" for many is to win several million dollars, buy a huge home, new cars, quit your job. But what do you do after that? That becomes the big question. When you have all of those things that you ever dreamed of, when you have accomplished all of the things you strive for then what?
In today's scripture, we read about a man who could have easily been living in the year 2020. Obviously very talented. Obviously very goal oriented. He had his plan, he followed it through, and he achieved everything he wanted. But soon after that, the Lord says, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you."
"And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' " (Luke 12:16-21)
You see my friend, this Devotional in no way is meant to tell you that your goals are not important. It is in no way meant to tell you that you should not strive to have the best things that this life can offer. There is nothing wrong with that at all. What I am trying to get you to hear today is that you MUST keep your goals prioritized and in perspective. To simply let your goal be "get all I can now" is a bad goal.
The Bible says, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?" That of course is for an unsaved person who wants everything, but eventually must realize that there is an eternal life when this one is over, where all of those things you accomplish and gain in this life have no meaning. That is just as true for the Christian. While we work on our earthly goals, we MUST keep focused on, and never lose sight of, our eternal goals.
Those things that we gain in this life will be gone the instant our life is over and we pass into eternity. At that point, the ONLY thing that matters is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I have said it often, and will continue to remind you of this fact. The ONLY thing we take from this life into eternity is our personal relationship with Christ.
That is why I harp constantly on our intimate, daily walk with Him. We do that through the Word and through prayer. At that instant when this life ends, that personal relationship with Christ is all that will matter. With that being the case, why do we spend so much time on striving to accomplish things in this world that will one day be meaningless, and so little time on our walk with Christ which one day will be all that we have?
I love you and care about you so very much. Each day I do my best to share my heart with you and allow God to pour through me meaningful things that will help you in your daily life. My challenge for you today is to not get so focused on the goals of this world, that you lose sight of your eternal goals. Work just as hard on your relationship with Christ as you do in your day to day work here on earth. Don't let the things of this temporary world consume you to the point that you miss the eternal goals we all should be working on.
We need to be careful. The media, our culture, pushes us daily to "have it all." We get so consumed with that message that we forget we can never have it all, unless we have Jesus. The greatest goals that we can have are not our earthly goals, but our Heavenly goals!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,