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10.18.21New USBs Include Next CD and Latest Single
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.16.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
10.16.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
10.16.21Bible-Reading Update: Psalms 141-Ecclesiastes 9
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.13.21Buy Our Next CD, Get 1 of 34 Free
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
10.02.21Get Over 1400 Tracks for $100 This Week
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420
06.28.21New Single ('84 & '86)
06.27.21Buy Any CD, Get One Free (CD Downloads, Too)
06.26.21Darnell Cline Transferred to Long-Term Rehab
06.26.21Clues for 2021 Single #10
06.25.21Influential Albums: 407-413
06.18.21New Prayer Update on Darnell Cline
06.18.21Influential Albums: 400-406
06.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Ninth Single
06.14.21New Single: '83 & '86
06.11.21Fan Will Match Donations Through Monday
06.11.21Influential Albums: 393-399
06.04.21Prayer Update on Darnell & Sonja Cline
06.04.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Eighth Single
06.04.21Influential Albums: 386-392
06.04.21New Single: '83 & '85
05.29.21Influential Albums: 379-385
05.24.21This Week's News Bulletin
05.21.21Influential Albums: 365-378
05.20.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Seventh Single
05.18.21New Single: More from '84
05.07.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Mother's Day
05.07.21New Single: '85 & '86
05.07.21Influential Albums: 351-364
05.06.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Sixth Single
04.28.21Bible-in-One Year Starts Today
04.23.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Fifth Single

The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Fourth Single
Fri., Apr. 16. 2021 9:19pm EDT

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

Here are the stories behind the songs on our fourth single:

STRIVE

What happens when society lets go of the truth and embraces lies? Will you have the courage to break away and say, "I refuse"? Maybe baby, but that's a dangerous type of behavior when people scrutinize everything you say. Getting through the day without leading a double life is a real challenge. It's only through Christ we can pull it off.

"Drive" was The Cars' biggest hit — #3 pop, #3 rock, and #1 adult contemporary — a rare triple threat. I love The Cars but was always kind of indifferent to that song; I guess the lyrics didn't speak to me. Hopefully these parody lyrics will speak to our listeners.

After we finished recording "Strive," I was reminded of a song I heard in religion class when I was in grade school — "Who Will Answer?" by Ed Ames, a Top 20 in January 1968. I only ever heard it once, but I still remember a number of the words to the verses and all of the words to the chorus, so it left quite an impression.

I looked it up this week and listened to it again. The lyrics lamented things going on in society at that time and asked who would answer the questions that went along with them. "Strive" has a similar tone. The Ed Ames song seems to be saying, "The only person who could answer these questions would be God. Is there a God? If so, will He answer?"

Obviously, I believe there is a God and that He answers prayers, but my questions are more along the lines of who is going to seek Him and His will and stand up for Him in these troubling times.

TALK TO DOCTORS

Some say God and science have nothing in common; don't listen to their lies. Medical miracles can happen when you have God's love on your side. Don't presume, but don't preclude — pray! The One who can stop the rain from falling and calm a storm on the sea is also the One who keeps your heart beating and your lungs breathing day after day.

I believe Christians shouldn't forget or neglect to ask God for healing (James 5:14-15), and we should pray everything according to His will (1 John 5:14). As far as His will in a particular situation, we don't know unless/until we ask. And whether a doctor or medicine is involved or not, God is the one who ultimately heals us (Exodus 15:26).

He holds the cure for the most terminal illness of all — sin (Psalm 103:3). The line "He can heal the most unwanted, foul disease" can be taken two ways: 1. He can heal any disease, no matter how horrible. 2. He can heal the worst of disease all, spiritual death.

Two days after finishing the lyrics to "Talk to Doctors," my wife and I were watching a TV show, and the main character was in the hospital after recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound. A born-again pastor came in — a friend of a friend of a relative. He said he'd heard the main character was in the hospital and added, "I thought I would come and pray with you."

It was so similar to the second line in this parody, I looked at my wife and said, "That's basically the same thing I said in the song I just finished!"