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Freedom of Religion

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As we approach the 238th birthday of the United States of America, it’s important for Americans to remind themselves why our Founding Fathers came to this land. One reason was to avoid persecution from the Church of England. Although originally settling in Holland, the Pilgrims desired an English-speaking nation where they could worship God without man-made laws imposed upon them. Just before making landfall in Massachusetts, the Pilgrims drafted a document called the Mayflower Compact. One of its provisions was to protect the rights of religious conscience.

Nowadays God-fearing Americans are fighting for religious freedom again. Ever since prayer was removed from public schools over 50 years ago, our learning institutions have become more atheistic. One of the resulting by-products is business owners fighting for their right to make decisions based on Judeo-Christian principles. Earlier today, Hobby Lobby won a Supreme Court decision challenging an Obamacare mandate regarding birth co…

Secret Salvations

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Last Tuesday night while evangelizing in a park, I approached two men and a woman who all claimed to be Christians. But when I asked them to say “Jesus is my Lord”, none of them would do that. The woman replied, “My relationship with God is personal.” I then pointed out Jesus said He won’t confess us before the Father if won’t confess Him before men (Matthew 10:32-33). After ministering to the three for a few more minutes, they all prayed to get born again.

There are examples in the Bible of people being afraid of professing faith in Jesus. His brothers didn’t speak openly of Him “...for fear of the Jews” (John 7:13) as well as the parents of a blind man healed by Jesus. These parents insisted their son speak for himself “..,for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.” (John 9:22)

Following the crucifixion, a secret disciple named Joseph of Arimathea who also feared the Jews asked for Pilate’s permission to “...take …

Memories of a Former Gamer

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As a teenager, I played a lot of video games both at home and at public places. At 14 I bought an Atari Video Pinball console and a year later saved up my money to purchase an Atari 2600. While in high school I spent close to half my paychecks into coin-operated games. This was back in the days of “Space Invaders” when aliens simply disappeared when you shot them. The games weren’t as graphic as they are now.

In the mid-1980s I decided to cut back on video games. Aside from wanting to focus on a music career, many of the newer games required you to spend more money just to get good at them. Nevertheless, there were times when I put chunks of change into “Dr. Mario”, “Klax”, and “Tetris.” I also enjoyed playing games like “John Madden Football” when I was with someone who had a Nintendo or similar system at home. 

I was never a fan of violent games. In 1993 when I briefly worked for a video game dealer, I was shocked to see blood splattering from the characters on the recently released “…

Too Much Information

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It’s often been said the gospel is so simple it takes man to complicate it. While evangelizing with other Christians, I’ve seen some try to give out too much information. One night I hit the streets with a woman who literally preached a sermon with everyone she approached. This wasn't necessary considering some of these people were already saved.

Another time prior to an outreach I was asked to lead, the pastor suddenly handed us large flyers promoting the church plus devotionals to give away. Although two people still got saved during this outreach, we could have seen more if our focus hadn’t been diverted by the pastor’s instruction to hand out all the extra literature. We already had gospel tracts, Bibles, and business cards from the church.

Then just recently, a man showed me booklets he hands out when witnessing. In response, I showed him the “Good News” tracts I've been carrying with me. I was politely pointing out my tracts are much simpler. In our fast-paced society, man…

My Prayer for Casey

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At the time of this writing, a well-known radio personality who had a big influence on my life is in poor health and may pass away soon. 82-year-old Casey Kasem is best known for hosting “American Top 40” plus voicing various cartoon characters. In recent years, Kasem has suffered from a form of dementia similar to Parkinson's Disease that has left him barely able to talk.
Casey’s radio show was one of the things that inspired me to become a DJ. It also got me through difficult times during my childhood. Growing up in Moorhead, Minnesota, I first listened to “American Top 40” with my family on our way home from spending weekends at the lake. In 1978 I started writing down the Top 40 every Sunday plus recording snippets of Casey’s show with my Panasonic tape recorder. My mother got annoyed because I listened to Casey’s commentaries more than the actual songs. Eventually I made weekly trips to music stores that subscribed to Billboard magazine whose record charts AT40 was based upon.…