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DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 (Ezekiel 34:1-6)

***SEPTEMBER FINANCIAL UPDATE: PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND PRAY FOR ME TODAY AND FOR LIVEPRAYER!!! TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH, AND I DESPERATELY NEED A MOVE OF GOD ON THE HEARTS OF SEVERAL FRIENDS WHO ARE ABLE TO STEP IN TODAY AS MANY HAVE DONE OVER THESE PAST 17 YEARS.

With only today and tomorrow left in September, we still have the final $28,000 of our August shortfall to cover in addition to the $65,000 we require for our September ministry operations, for a total of $93,000 over this final week.

*That $28,000 balance of our August operations is needed immediately and critical to keeping Liveprayer simply online and preventing some of our operations from being shut down!!! I am on my knees, battling in prayer, as we press on daily in our work for the Lord!!! Addtionally, we have a minimum of $20,000 from our September budget perilously past due!!!

I desperately need ONE OR SEVERAL of our friends God has blessed who prays and seeks the Lord’s guidance and in honor of a spouse, parent, child, or other loved one, who can get $30,000 we require into our account right away, and the critical $20,000 of our September budget.

Of course, someone who is led to help with the $93,000 balance would be better yet!!! Many who God has blessed have stepped up over the years and have been greatly used by Him!!! I am literally at the mercy of those who supply the services we require for our daily ministry!!!

*SPECIAL NEED! Our special server for the TV program finally died after we kept it up months past the time to replace it due to a lack of finds. This has made it impossible to do the TV program “live!” We have had to run re-airs for the past several days. By God’s grace, our amazing techs have temporarily got us back up LIVE for Thursday night’s program and by His grace we can get the Friday program in as well. We require $4,000 for the new server and our tech to get it back online. Please pray about helping me with a special one-time gift ASAP so we can get this taken care of and back LIVE! Thank You!

PRAY AND ASK THE LORD IF IT IS YOU HE IS TALKING TO ABOUT THIS!!! I HAVE BEEN IN PRAYER FOR 3 MONTHS FOR SEVERAL OF OUR FRIENDS TO HELP ME GET OUR FINANCIAL CHALLENGES CAUGHT UP AND CURRENT SO WE CAN PROCEED THE FINAL MONTHS OF THE YEARS WITHOUT THIS BURDEN UPON US EACH DAY!!!

*If you are able to the extra mile and wire the funds to our Wells Fargo account or drop by a branch in your area and deposit them into our account TODAY, it would help me a great deal. Of course you can overnight a check today to our office or put the gift on your credit card or Paypal. Feel free to email me for any information you may need to help me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com

I AM NOT GOING TO LET SATAN SLOW DOWN OR END GOD'S WORK HERE AFTER 17 YEARS OF PRAYERS AND SACRIFICES BY SO MANY. WE ARE NOT FINISHED! GOD HAS ONE LAST WORK FOR US TO PERFORM AND THAT IS TO HELP LEAD A NATIONAL REVIVAL. WE NOW HAVE ALL THE PIECES WITH THE TV PROGRAM BACK ON THE AIR, AND I REFUSE TO LET SATAN STOP US NOW!!! I NEED YOUR PRAYERS, AND I NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!!!

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: bkeller@liveprayer.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to live this day honoring you in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Help me this day to live my life pleasing and acceptable to Jesus. Allow me to use my life to help someone else during this day, and be kind to everyone I come across no matter how they may treat me. Let Christ shine through me throughout this day oh Lord, be glorified through my life! In Jesus name I pray...AMEN!

"The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them." Ezekiel 34:1-6

A sad commentary on so many pastors and Christian leaders right from God's Word. Last week I was doing some study in the Book of Ezekiel. In reading through some passages, I came across these first 6 verses in Ezekiel 34. As I read these words, I could only think that this was the sad description of so many pastors and Christian leaders today. 50 years ago, you could sit in the pew of most any church of any denomination and hear the Truth of God's Word. Those pastors and the men and women God raised up on the national scene were men and women who would never compromise the Truth of the Bible and understood their only mission was to bring the lost to Christ.

Fast forward to the year 2016 and you have entire denominations of pastors who don't even preach, teach or believe the Bible. It is questionable if many pastors were ever "called" and are even saved. Those who have risen up into national prominence are more worried about selling books, having the newest private jet, building bigger buildings, and living like the rulers of small nations rather than preaching the unadulterated Truth of the Bible and leading the lost to faith in Jesus Christ.

When these are the men and women leading the people, why are we surprised that many who sit in the pews of the nation’s churches on Sunday aren't even saved, don't accept the Bible as Absolute Truth and our only authority, and the majority of the ones who do lead weak and ineffective lives. That is why I encourage people all the time to seek out a pastor who is a true shepherd. That is increasingly difficult today, but there are still many men of God who have not bowed their knee to Baal and are not the shepherds described in Ezekiel 34. Sunday is the day most Christians go to church. It is the only time most of you ever see your pastor, and that is usually from your seat in the sanctuary as he leads the worship service and preaches the message.

Having preached in over 500 churches of every denomination nationwide, I can honestly tell you that for most pastors, Sunday morning is their favorite day of the week and the one day they usually feel their work for God really has some meaning. You can never know the pressure most pastors are under. If it was only getting up on Sunday morning and being the "man of God" it would be wonderful, but that is not reality. It is a 7-day a week, 24-hour a day calling. Many have outside jobs. There is the constant pressures of raising the budget, dealing with the interpersonal problems that always exist when you have a group of people, overseeing the political infighting that often occurs, on top of the spiritual requirements of shepherding the flock, having an anointed word each week for the various services, and other requirements the office of pastor carries with it.

My prayer for you today is to support your pastor. Pray for your pastor each day. John 10 gives us the picture of the ideal pastor. Pray that your pastor will be able to tear away from the distractions of this world to be the shepherd described in John 10. God has placed that pastor in your life to guide you, spiritually nurture you, and have spiritual leadership over your life. Do all you can to show your love and appreciation for all your pastor does for you, most of which you may not even recognize. Also, God has placed your pastor in your life for spiritual leadership. When you come into times of crisis, don't hesitate to go to your pastor. That is ultimately why they are there, to help you and guide you through those difficult times in your life.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray for you daily. Sadly, today there are too many pastors and Christian leaders who fall into the description found in Ezekiel 34. It makes the work that much more difficult when you have people running around calling themselves Christians, but supporting sins like abortion, homosexuality, the destruction of God's plan of the family. You have others who think there is nothing wrong with belonging to a cult or false religions and they have bought the universalistic lie from hell that everyone will get to Heaven.

Let this message today be a remember to lift up your pastor in prayer and recognize him for all he does for your life. God has called His sheep to be obedient and obey those in spiritual authority. Take inventory and see if you are fulfilling this admonition, and ask God to help you. He loves you so much, that he has placed your pastor in your life to shepherd you and guide you in your spiritual journey. Show your love for Him today by praying for and supporting your pastor.

In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller