Crowd shot masthead ApologetiX Logo Keith Haynie plays bassBill Hubauer plays lead guitarJ. Jackson sings leadJimmy Vegas Tanner plays drums
as of September 26, 2023

<< Back to the fan club

Search Past News:

Sort by Relevance Date

Yesterday's News:

09.26.23New USB Thumb Drives in Stock
09.26.23Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
09.26.23Get Over 1600 Tracks for $100
09.26.23This Week's News Bulletin
09.23.23Influential Albums: 1227-1233
09.23.23How to Get the ApX Library, USBs, Multiple Downloads
09.23.23Prayers for Jeff Jennings
09.22.23How to Donate Online or by Mail
09.22.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Wk
09.22.23This Week's Bible Reading
09.22.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
09.19.23This Week's News Bulletin
09.19.23New Single: '64 & '91
09.14.23Influential Albums: 1220-1226
09.14.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Wk
09.14.23Happy Birthday to ApX Guitarist Tom Tincha
09.14.23Clues for 2023 Single #19
09.10.23This Week's News Bulletin
09.08.23Happy Birthday to ApX Guitarist Wayne Bartley
09.07.23Influential Albums: 1213-1219
09.07.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
09.07.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Wk
09.05.23New Single: '65 & '85
09.04.23This Week's News Bulletin
08.31.23Influential Albums: 1206-1212
08.31.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Wk
08.31.23Prayers for ApX Fan's Son
08.31.23Clues for 2023 Single #18
08.30.23Septuagint CD Added to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Etc.
08.28.23ApologetiX Needs Help & Prayers
08.24.23Encouragement from 14 States + Canada & Hungary
08.24.23Influential Albums: 1192-1198
08.24.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.23.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
08.20.23This Week's News Bulletin
08.20.23New Single: '77 & '84
08.20.23New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.18.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.18.23Influential Albums: 1192-1198
08.17.23Clues for 2023 Single #17
08.14.23This Week's News Bulletin
08.10.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.10.23Influential Albums: 1185-1191
08.09.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
08.07.23This Week's News Bulletin
08.06.23New Single: '72 & '90
08.03.23A Second Powerful Testimony from Tennessee
08.03.23Influential Albums: 1178-1184
08.03.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.03.23Clues for 2023 Single #16
07.30.23This Week's News Bulletin
07.28.23All About Our Upcoming CD, Septuagint
07.28.23Influential Albums 1171-1177
07.28.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
07.28.23Powerful Testimony from a Fan in Tennessee
07.27.23The Stories Behind The Songs on This Single
07.27.23ApX at Big Midwest Christian Rock Festival (Sort Of)
07.24.23This Week's News Bulletin
07.23.23New Single: '81 & '95
07.20.23Oklahoma Fan Loves New ApX CDs on iTunes
07.20.23Influential Albums 1164-1170
07.20.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
07.19.23Tom M. is a Grandpa Again
07.14.23Influential Albums 1157-1163
07.14.23Kinda Stuffy CD Added to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Etc.
07.14.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
07.13.23The Stories Behind The Songs on This Single
07.10.23This Week's News Bulletin
07.10.23New Single: '73 & '85
07.08.23Clues for 2023 Single #14
07.08.23Fan in Kenya Loves Latest Singles
07.08.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
07.08.23Influential Albums 1150-1156
07.08.232 More ApX CDs Added to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Etc.
07.08.23This Week's Bible-Reading
07.01.23Fan Reacts to New ApX CDs on Amazon Music, Etc.
07.01.23Influential Albums 1143-1149
07.01.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
07.01.23The Stories Behind The Songs on This Single
06.27.23This Week's News Bulletin
06.27.23New Single: Hall of Fame Hits
06.24.23New ApX Albums Now on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Etc.
06.24.23New Rich Mannion Original Music Video
06.23.23Influential Albums 1136-1142
06.23.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
06.15.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
06.15.23Influential Albums 1129-1135
06.15.23The Stories Behind The Songs on This Single
06.15.23Bittersweet Note from an ApologetiX Fan in Las Vegas
06.15.23ApX Fan Has Stage 3 Cancer But Encourages Us
06.12.23This Week's News Bulletin
06.11.23New Single: Two of a Kind from 1980
06.09.23Mannionversary: Five Years of Rich Blessings
06.08.23Influential Albums 1122-1128
06.07.23New CD BOGO Ends Sunday Night
06.07.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
06.05.23This Week's News Bulletin
06.03.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
06.03.23Influential Albums 1115-1121
06.03.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single

ApX Fan Overcoming Alcoholism Through Christ
Fri., Apr. 21. 2023 12:45pm EDT

We received a wonderful email this week from a Michigan ApX fan named Jon Elgas, who has been overcoming alcoholism through Jesus Christ. He gave us permission to share it with you. Believe it or not, a pivotal moment in his testimony involves an ApologetiX video featuring an unexpected parody. Here's what he said:

During a recent men's prayer/discussion group that I am in, they tossed around the idea of the men giving their story of why each of us are involved in the group. I volunteered to give mine, and while I am unsure that it will happen, let alone when, I started working on it, and in doing so I believed I was led to share it with you, and by the time you finish you will understand why.

So here is the story that I will be sharing with the group when called upon:

My background is that of a cradle Catholic, who became an alter server. I was bullied from grade 5 though the end of high school. As a result, two things happened. First, I allowed others to determine that I wasn't good enough, which led me to not accept who I was. Second, the result of that was me becoming a liar, who would need a strong push to do anything, because I was embarrassed and believed that regardless of what I did, everyone around me would not approve of my actions.

Thus the first time I had a beer was the first time I felt like I was accepted by society, and when I drank, I cared less what others thought, so when I drank alcohol, I drank a lot.

In 2000, I went off to college, and when I got there I surrounded myself with people who drank, which allowed me to continue that path that I was on. One day, a roommate and I had a discussion about Jesus, and he showed me that the only way to obtain eternal life is to place my faith in the Jewish Messiah, and allow the Holy Spirt to change and guide my life. I believed I did that; however, I continued to drink too much (but not as often), and I continued to lie, even about the smallest things (like saying I had cash in my wallet when I didn't). My ability to make friends seemed to go from a crawl to reverse.

In 2014, the only person I regularly hung out with died, and how I chose to deal with that loss was not healthy for me or those around me. Instead of drinking three beers once a week, at a restaurant, I started to drink hard liquor mixed with pop when I didn't have to work the next day, and secluded in my room where my parents could not witness this. At one point, I was drinking from dinner until I would pass out — three nights a week. When I started this, I would watch music videos from the '80s and '90s, and at some point, the music wasn't doing anything.

My last month of drinking, I started to watch music videos from Christian artists. This did help bring peace to me, however not to the level I needed. It was then I started to mix the secular music with that from Christian artists. Somehow this broke the YouTube algorithm. Why do I say this? At the end, I will present a video that YHWH used to get my attention.

It was after watching this video that He used, what I like to call His holy two-by-four. There are two things that I remembered when I woke up the next morning: watching that video and the very simple prayer that I had, "God, please force me into AA," as I entered into a relationship with Jesus.

The morning of March 26, 2016, I woke up, cleaned up my bathroom, started my laundry, and hid the evidence of my drinking in the trash bins, which was my routine after drinking. As I am doing my laundry, my dad asked me if I drank the night before, and without even thinking about it I said "No" (chance #1 to change my ways that day). Within a few minutes, I saw him again with the empty bottle of alcohol from the night before, and he said, "family meeting" (meaning me, him, and my mom).

At this moment, I understood that my prayer was being answered. I went to where my dad was waiting, and before he said anything, I stated that I needed to go to AA (During this 20-month period, it was suggested to me by both of them separately at some different points in time, but I had not been ready to change).

My first day at AA, I was told that to be successful I needed to do three things. One was to get to know my higher power better. AA doesn't care which higher power, but I went with Jesus (since that was the one I knew best). The second was change my thinking (both AA and developing a relationship with Christ both help), and the third was to develop a network of people who want to help me stay sober (well, AA has helped with that).

After going to AA for a year, my mom approached me, asking if I would be interested in going to a four-year compressive Bible Study. I jumped at the chance, knowing that it would help me get to know the Creator of the universe and would help change my thinking (if I'd been asked before I quit drinking, I would have said no). Completing the Bible study, I knew that I had to show the love of Jesus to the world, and to become bolder in declaring His Word.

So my continual prayer is to become as bold as Peter and Paul were, in declaring His Word and love. I have seen this prayer slowly bear fruits, and I have been taking more opportunities in declaring His message to those around me.

Now for the video that I promised. As the song is playing, I would encourage you to place your name in it, it was when I did that I got hit by that "holy two-by-four."

We praise the Lord for all He has done and is still doing for Jon, and we are honored that God would use one of our parodies as part of his testimony!

The timing of Jon's email was amazing, because our next single (due out next weekend, Lord willing) has a song on it (which has been in the works since January 2021) about overcoming addiction. Although we've previously released the songs "Addicted to Christ" and "Cöstly Trüth," we'd already been thinking that this next one is the closest we've ever come to an "AA-type anthem."

Of course, like Jon, we know that the higher power we're singing about is the only true higher power.