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02.22.21New Single: '72 & '82
02.22.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
02.22.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
02.22.21Get Over 1350 Tracks for $100 This Week
02.20.21Jimmy Becomes a Grandpa for the Third Time
02.20.21New USBs Have All 61 CDs
02.20.21Bible Reading Update: Luke 13-Acts 9
02.19.21The Never-Ending Album Challenge: Weeks 38-41
02.10.21This Week's News Bulletin
01.27.21Fan Will Match Donations This Week
01.23.21ApX Weekly Radio Show Celebrates Third Anniversary
01.23.21Prayer Request from Jeff Pakula
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
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
01.05.21New CD in Stock: Get 1 of 34 CDs Free
01.02.21Links to Our Recent Newsletters
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
12.22.20This 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

We Need Help but There's Strength in the Struggle
Mon., Jul. 1. 2019 11:11pm EDT

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here.

I was catching up with a childhood friend via email last week when he asked the following: "How's ApologetiX? Still struggling?" Ugh! I forget that some of my old friends get our newsletters till times like that.

"Well," I replied, "'struggling' is a relative term. I know ApX is never going to make a lot of money, but we do get to reach a lot of people. God takes care of the bills. I just have to make our needs known periodically."

Ironically, my friend asked that question just as it was becoming apparent I'd need to send out another appeal letter. Yes, it's July 1 and we're now at the halfway point of the year, but I don't follow a schedule; I only send them when I need to.

I need to now because ApX once again has some large (and other-sized) bills due (and overdue). And the band is a couple months behind in paying me, so my family has the same situation with bills as the band.

Our last single was late (mixer had migraines, then webmaster had stomach flu), our new CD is running a week later than expected (unusual backlog on the manufacturer's end), and we had a three-week gap between singles about a month ago.

Meanwhile, lyrics are coming fast and furious, and I can't wait for you to hear our next single, with one song about youth groups and the other about God's admonition to the Israelites and to Church not to conform to the world around them.

So I've spent the last week praying about this appeal letter and trying to delay it till now. While praying this weekend, I felt led to start it with that question from my friend. Then, while praying more this morning, two Bible verses about "struggling" came to mind:

After Jacob famously wrestled with God, He was told "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have STRUGGLED with God and with humans and have overcome" (Genesis 32:28).

In another famous passage, Paul says, "For our STRUGGLE is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12).

So "struggling" isn't necessarily bad, as long as God is involved. And we try to make sure God is involved in everything we do in ApologetiX. If you'd like to be involved, too, any of these things will help:

1. Pray (still the most important thing)
2. Get our new CD: http://apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=3847
3. Get singles, CDs, DVDs, etc. at http://apologetix.com/store
4. Get our USBs at http://apologetix.com/store/store.php#USB
5. Give online at http://apologetix.com/store/store-donate.php
6. Give by mail: ApologetiX, 208 Charlemma Dr., Pittsburgh PA 15214

Donations aren't tax deductible. Please only give if you feel led and are able. Thank you!