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Re: Daily Devotional From Bill Keller

***TODAY IS A SAD DAY IN THE UNITED STATES. For those who have been reading
the Daily Devotional I write each morning since Liveprayer started August
31, 1999, you know that I told you this day would be coming soon. Today, in
the State of Massachusetts, people of the same sex will be LEGALLY married.
Nobody, even 10 short years ago, would have ever thought this perversion of
God's Holy Institution of Marriage would ever happen. However, I am sure
those living in the 50's never thought it would be against the law to pray
in school, although if you decided you wanted to murder your baby that would
be perfectly legal. It is a sad day in the US. I can only imagine how
God's heart is breaking as He looks down on the people of this nation that
He has so richly blessed, literally giving Him the middle finger.

Now more than ever, we need to be praying for our nation. You can see a
short video clip of when I was in Washington a few Saturdays ago to kick off
the 40 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance for our nation at
www.liveprayer.com by clicking on the American Flag icon. I pray you are
part of over 3 million people who are currently fasting and praying for our
nation each day through the 9th of June. May God have mercy on this wicked
land.


Mocking Jesus. I take no delight in being right about this, but back on
March 5th in my Devotional to follow-up the release of the movie The
Passion, I said, "Also, the great
perverter satan himself will be giving inspiration to those who hate God to
start putting out movies that are clearly anti-Christian." The fact is,
Hollywood puts out a steady diet of movies that mock our Lord, glorifying
everything that the Bible speaks against.

But in the wake of The Passion, a movie that touched millions of lives
worldwide in bringing us a visual image of Christ's suffering, letting us
see a glimpse of the pain and agony He endured in paying for OUR sins with
His very life, I knew that Hollywood would use its creativity to take direct
shots at Christians and Jesus.

Opening in theaters later this month is the first one of these films, it is
called "Saved." Set in a Christian High School, this movie is being
marketed to Christian youth even though it is designed to make them resent
and lead them from the Christian faith. As you may have guessed, those in
the movie trying to follow Christ are the villains and those who reject
Christ are the heroes.

I am advising Youth Pastors to see the movie so you are ready to expose this
blasphemous movie and its lies to those young adults who will see it. I
also think that once it comes out on video, and that should be pretty quick
since this movie will be an absolute bomb, you should rent it and get your
youth together to watch it.

This movie will provide lots of opportunities to show young adults that
Christ is our only hope and clearly drive home what I share often, rebellion
to God's Word brings consequences and obedience brings blessings. Doing it
our way never works, doing it God's way always works.

My point in talking about this movie today is not only to expose it for
making a mockery of our Lord and the Christian faith, but to challenge you
in your day to day life. Any time we make the choice to live in rebellion
to God's Word, WE make a mockery of our Lord. It is easy to point to those
who have chosen to live their lives rejecting the truth of God's Word,
however, they are only doing what you would expect from people who reject
the hope and love of Christ.

What we need to be aware of is how we are living OUR lives on a daily basis.
We are no better than the most hard-hearted heathen when we choose sin over
our Lord. We need to be aware that we are ALWAYS "on." The child of God is
a representative of our Lord literally 24/7. I tell you often that our
greatest witness is NOT what we say, but how we live our lives. This world
does watch us.

I love you and care about you so much. Hollywood will continue to produce
movies that mock the Christian faith and try to lead people away from the
truth of God's Word. You would think they would be smart enough to realize
that The Passion demonstrated there is an incredible audience that will
support Godly films that present Biblical truth. But their agenda is not to
promote the Kingdom of God, only the kingdom of man.

I will be praying for you as you make the many choices you do each and every
day. Praying that those choices will honor God and allow you to be a great
representative of our Lord to this lost and hurting world. The Bible tells
us that in these last days there will be those who mock the Lord. That is
why we must be busy each day sharing with this world that faith in Christ is
the ONLY hope there is. Let those who hate our Lord mock Him, while we who
know Christ share His love.

"To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his
glorious presence without fault and with great joy--to the only God our
Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our
Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." (Jude 24,25)


In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller (son of dirt)

If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email
at bkeller@liveprayer.com




ęCopyright 2004, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.





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