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01.23.21ApX Weekly Radio Show Celebrates Third Anniversary
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01.23.21Bible Reading Update: Nahum 1-Matthew 12
01.22.21The Never-Ending Album Challenge: Week 37
01.21.21This Week's News Bulletin
01.21.21New CD Bogo Ends Sunday
01.18.21Songbook & Studio Update
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01.17.21In Case You Didn't Know, There's a New Studio
01.17.21When Will the New Songbook be Ready?
01.15.21The Expanding Album Challenge: Week 36
01.10.21Some Bible Verses to Ponder
01.10.21The Expanding Album Challenge: Week 35
01.05.21News Bulletin: January 5, 2021
01.05.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 34 CDs Free
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01.05.21Get Over 1350 Tracks for $100 This Week
01.02.21Links to Our Recent Newsletters
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01.01.21The Expanding Album Challenge: Week 34
12.26.20New CDs in Stock Tuesday (Buy 1, Get 1 of 34)
12.26.20More Encouraging Responses to Our Newsletters
12.26.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 33
12.26.20ApX Keyboardist Has Gifts for You (2 New Songs)
12.26.20More from Micah, ApX Alum on Amazon
12.22.20Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
12.22.20This Week's News Bulletin: New USBs
12.19.20New CD BOGO & Other Updates
12.16.20This Week's Mini-Bulletin
12.11.20Enthusiastic Responses to Last Week's Newsletter
12.11.20New CD Coming in December
12.11.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 31
12.11.20 ApX Alum's Amazon Store Has Great Holiday Gifts
12.09.20Will There Be a Another CD?
12.04.20New Single & Other Updates
12.04.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Weeks 26-30
12.03.20In Case You Missed Our New Single
11.20.20ApX Episode 146 This Weekend
11.20.20Happy Belated Birthday, Rich!
11.06.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 26
11.06.20Band Members Celebrate Big-Time Anniversaries
11.06.20ApologetiX Needs Prayer and Help Now
10.29.20New Songbook Expected by End of Weekend
10.29.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 25
10.29.20New CD in Stock, BOGO Ends Sunday
10.26.20This Week's News Update: CD in Stock, BOGO Ends Sunday
10.22.20Bible Teacher Reacts to New Single
10.22.20The Stories Behind the Songs on Our New Single
10.22.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 24
10.22.20New USB Thumb Drives in Stock
10.19.20New Single: '74 & '79
10.17.20The Story Behind the Title of Our New CD
10.17.20What's on the Decent Alternative CD?
10.17.20Prayers for Jeff Pakula's Brother
10.16.20Clues for 2020 Single #18
10.15.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 23
10.12.20Weekly Email Update
10.09.20New ApX Digital Songbook Almost Ready
10.09.20New ApX CD Coming Soon
10.09.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 22
10.02.20The Stories Behind the Songs on the New Single
10.02.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 21
09.28.20New Single: '85 & '96
09.25.20Keith Haynie Is a Grandpa Again
09.25.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 20
09.18.20The Stories Behind the Songs on the New Single
09.18.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 19
09.18.20New Donor Will Match All Donations This Week
09.18.20New Single: '69 & '77
09.15.20New Single, Another Matching Donor
09.11.20Fans in Kansas Will Match Donations Thru Wed.
09.11.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 18
09.11.20New USBs on the Way
09.11.20ApX USBs Contain Complete Catalog
09.04.20The Stories Behind the Songs on the New Single
09.04.20How to Donate Online or by Mail
09.04.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 17
09.02.20New Single, 2 New Matching Donors
09.01.20New Single: 2 Groups We've Never Spoofed Before
08.31.20We Need Help but Fan Will Match Donations
08.28.20From a New Fan in Virginia
08.28.20ApX Reaching Kids in Canada
08.28.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 16
08.28.20Clues for 2020 Single #15
08.21.20Encouragement from FL, SD, TN, TX & VA
08.21.20Fan in Kenya Reacts to New Single
08.21.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 15
08.17.20New Single: East Coast 80's, West Coast 90's
08.14.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 14
08.13.20Clues for This Weekend's Single
08.11.20Weekly News Update
08.11.20New Video from Our 25th Anniversary Show
08.08.20Alphabetical ApologetiX IV: The Final Frontier
08.07.20The Stories Behind the Songs on Our New Single
08.07.20Get All of Our Parodies at Once on Download or USB
08.07.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 13
08.02.20New Single: Old Testament Ladies, 90's Style
07.30.20New CD BOGO Ends Friday
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07.30.20ApX Lead Singer Interviewed on Philly Radio Show

Jehovah's Witness Spouse Found Jesus with APX
Wed., Feb. 5. 2014 12:19pm EST

J. Jackson here again. After last Friday's concert in Weirton WV, I spoke with a longtime fan (whom we'd met before) named Rita Kowalski, who calls herself the "Smooth Grandmama." Rita told me a testimony that touched my heart deeply.

Her late husband had been a Jehovah's Witness, and Rita said God used our music to help lead him to Christ, a year before he died. She hadn't known the deep calling I felt to share the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses, but God knew. I asked Rita to write down what she'd said and email it to me, and she graciously obliged:

"When I first met my late husband, he was floundering in a sea of doubt and despair, going through a nasty divorce after 25 years of what he believed to be a solid, God-blessed marriage with three beautiful children, He told me that he had been a Jehovah's Witness, but had left the congregation due to the break-up of his marriage. I later learned that it was because of his ex-wife's involvement with one of the elders. I encouraged him to attend services with me at a Free Methodist church where I knew the pastor and his wife. The pastor later married us.

"There came a time when John's work-acquired asbestosis began to affect the oxygen flow to his brain, but we didn't know that at that time. His behavior towards me grew increasingly abusive, and we separated for a brief period. Prior to this, we were attending the Family of God Fellowship, as it was called prior to their move to Weirton.

"During our separation, he began talking to an old friend who was still a Jehovah's Witness and began attending their meetings. We reconciled when he agreed to seek medical help, for the Lord kept telling me He had plans for John to return to Him, but I needed to keep praying and take him to a lung doctor. I did what the Lord asked, and John began a physical road to finding his solution to his violent outbursts. He had only 80% of his oxygen going to his brain, and sometimes less than that. This was causing his outbursts.

"We traveled all over the northeast for my work, listening to every Christian radio station we could find. While listening to WORD-FM near Pittsburgh, we heard one of your songs playing. I think it was 'John 1:1.' This was in late October of 2009.

'A few minutes after your song was finished, he pulled off I-79 in a rest area in tears. I could see something was wrong, as I knew my 72-year-old husband had significant lung damage and thought perhaps he was ill. I can hear his tremulous voice to this day asking me, 'How could I have been so blind? How did I miss it all these years?' There must have been confusion on my face, as he followed that by asking if what he had 'secretly' read in my NKJV bible was true about asking Jesus into his heart and confessing with his mouth. I told him that it indeed was true. In that rest area, John finally and totally gave his entire being to Jesus!! Praise the Lord!

"We talked about these and other scriptural discrepancies that he had been indoctrinated to while in the Jehovah's Witnesses. From that day on, John was a changed man, truly born again. Several days later, I told him what the Lord had been impressing on my heart, and that he now needed to learn to listen for that Voice as well. When we got home from our trip, he surprised me by asking me to go to one last meeting at the Kingdom Hall. He just wanted to give his testimony to the entire congregation! He asked me to attend to answer any questions they may throw at him. We went, he stunned them all, and we issued an open invitation to any who wanted to learn more to stop at our home.

"Later that afternoon, three of them knocked on our door, Over coffee and cookies, we answered their questions, gave them some materials that I had and told them to read and think about what had just transpired. They asked for a few minutes alone. One of their cell phones rang and it was an elder who told them if they didn't leave immediately, they would be disfellowshipped! Apparently, he was sitting in the park across from our home to see if anyone would show up! They told us then and there that they believed everything we had told them, especially since we gave them the same freedom of choice that was given them by Jehovah! We led them in prayer and they are out spreading the Word to this day.

"Our Lord called John home on March 26, 2010. One of the last things he told me was that the best act of our marriage was my staying the course our Lord had asked of me in seeing to the health of his body, but most importantly, his soul! The only words that will ever be more dear to me will be, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"