Live Prayer

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Live Prayer is an evangelical television program based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Florida. The show airs live Monday through Friday at 1 am eastern time (10pm pacific) on CW44 in Florida. Viewers can call in to the live broadcast and ask the host Rev. Bill Keller questions about the Bible and can request prayer. The Live Prayer website was created 8 years ago and the TV show was started 4 years ago, since then there have been over 1000 episodes.

Live Prayer was once on nationwide television in the United States from July to November of 2006 on the I network [1]; however, the ministry was unable to continue to pay for the expensive national air time so it is now only on local TV in Florida. Live Prayer has plans to return to national TV in the future. Live Prayer can also be watched live over the internet on the Live Prayer website. [2]

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History

Bill Keller was born in Dayton, Ohio and went to University at Ohio State with goals of becoming a pastor; however, he got sidetracked and went into the computer business, earned millions of dollars, and eventually went to prison for 2 1/2 years for insider trading. [3]

During his stay in prison, Bill Keller decided to rededicate his life to the Lord and attended Liberty University upon his release, where he earned a Doctorate of Divinity.[3]

In August of 1999 he began writing the Live Prayer daily devotional which he has continued to write everyday since. The devotional is now emailed to 2.4 million people around the world.[3]

In March of 2003, Live Prayer expanded from an internet website to a live call-in television program which has been live almost every weeknight since then and has produced over 1000 episodes. Viewers can watch either on CW44 in Florida or over the internet at the Live Prayer website.[3]

Controversy

Live Prayer has been embroiled in controversy many times. Bill Keller claims to deliver the truth of the Bible without modification even when people may be offended.

Mitt Romney remark

On May 11th 2007, Bill Keller wrote in his daily devotional and said on his TV program that "a vote for Romney is a vote for satan" because Mitt Romney is a member of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which he considers to be a Satanic-cult. [4][5] Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State later wrote a letter to the IRS asking them to remove Live Prayer's tax exempt status over Bill Keller's remark. [6][7]

References

  1. 'Dr. Phil' of prayer to hit national TV
  2. http://www.liveprayer.com/live.cfm
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Liberty University News: A Prodigal Son Turns Preacher
  4. Evangelist in hot water over Romney remark
  5. Separation of Church and State and Tax Exemptions
  6. Televangelist Bill Keller calls Mormonism and Islam "False Religions"
  7. Activist's church mixes politics, religion But sics IRS on Bill Keller, leading Internet evangelist

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