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12.05.21In Memoriam: Chris VonBartheld
12.04.21Good News Prayer Update for ApX Fan Bill Turner
12.04.21New Single: '83 & '84
12.04.21CVB of ApX Needs Much Prayer
12.04.21Go Christmas Shopping with an ApologetX Alumnus
12.04.21Bible-Reading Update: Jeremiah 28-Ezekiel 12
12.03.21Influential Albums: 568-574
12.03.21Improvements Made on Another Recent Single
12.03.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 20h Single
11.29.21Get Over 1425 Tracks for $100 This Week
11.29.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
11.27.21Christmas Playlist: A Month's Worth of Parodies
11.27.21Influential Albums: 561-567
11.27.21Kansas Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.27.21How to Help the Studio Where We Record (It's Free)
11.27.21New USBs Include New CD and Latest Single
11.23.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.20.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Thanksgiving
11.20.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
11.20.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
11.20.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.20.21Wyoming Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.20.21Prayer Update on Bill Turner
11.19.21Influential Albums: 554-560
11.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.13.21Influential Albums: 547-553
11.13.21New CD BOGO Extended by Request
11.13.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 19th Single
11.08.21New Single ('80 & '84)
11.06.21We Changed Two Songs on Our Last Two Singles
11.06.21Serious Prayer Update: Bill Turner
11.05.21Influential Albums: 540-546
11.03.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.30.21Happy Prayer Request Update: Bill Turner
10.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 18th Single
10.30.21Influential Albums: 533-539
10.25.21New Single: '86 & '89
10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
10.22.21Sad Prayer Request Update: Angela Walker
10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.21.21Clues for 2021 Single #18
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
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
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
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
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)
09.12.21Clues 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

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.'"