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10.18.21New USBs Include Next CD and Latest Single
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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 Eighth Single
Fri., Jun. 4. 2021 7:53pm EDT

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

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

GREAT WHITE LIE

Let me just start out by saying that if I were in a vampire parody band, I would have written this parody as a lament: "Stake My Bride."

As I mentioned in our clues last week, it's puzzling why man of great faith like Abraham didn't tell the truth about Sarah to Pharaoh in Egypt (Genesis 12) and King Abimelech in Gerar (20). Yes, she was his sister (same father, different mother), but she was also his wife.

His son, Isaac, later did the same thing to King Abimelech with his wife, Rebekah (Genesis 26). In case you're wondering how Abimelech could get fooled twice, there's good reason to believe it was a different guy.

The New Geneva Study Bible says the name Abimelech means "my father is king" or "father of a king" and may have been a royal title. After all, there were multiple rulers of Egypt named Pharaoh, too. It also says the Abimelech whom Abraham dealt with was probably the father or grandfather of the Abimelech whom Isaac dealt with.

I can see why they'd say that: Abraham met Abimelech before Isaac was born, Isaac didn't marry Rebekah until he was 40, and she didn't have their kids until he was 60, but the account of Isaac deceiving Abimelech doesn't happen until after Esau is old enough to sell Jacob his birthright. Isaac.

Anyway, Isaac wasn't even stretching the truth; Rebekah was his second cousin, not his sister. While writing this parody, it hit me how neither patriarch was willing to suffer for the sake of his bride, but their descendant, Jesus, was willing to suffer for the sake of His bride, the church.

SPOKEN THINGS

This prayerful parody for parents is a companion piece to "Train Them Up Before They Grow-Grow," although I never saw that coming when I set out to spoof "Broken Wings."

I got the title for "Spoken Things" a week or two before anything else, but when the words finally started coming, they arrived almost all at once. Ironically, that was on May 7, 2021, on a morning when I was driving to visit my mom for Mother's Day weekend.

As soon as I got the line, "Babies don't understand," I thought, "Oh, man, I never expected to go in that direction." But, as a father of five, I can assure you the lyrics are absolutely heartfelt. I wrote most of them that day and had everything finished by early the next afternoon.

In this song, "spoken things" has two meanings: the things I've spoken to God in prayer and the things I've spoken to my kids about Him. In both cases, I'm asking God to take those words and cause them to bear good fruit in my children.

As I've told them at various times, my deepest desire is that they will love and serve the Lord. As long as they do that, I'll be happy, and I know they'll be happy, too (Matthew 6:33).