Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2021 | Week of April 19 | Radio Transcript #1408 Oh, the difference some organization, motivation and mobilization can make! For at least the last decade in our state, liberal progressives have made significant inroads into school boards, city councils, town and village boards and county boards across our state. Usually just didn’t see it coming—and often weren’t aware of it or didn’t even recognize it until they woke up one morning...

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2021 | Week of April 12 | Radio Transcript #1407 Charles Dickens wrote a timeless work entitled A Tale of Two Cities. What follows is most likely not a timeless tale, but rather a very timely tale of two governors—with a sequel involving a third governor. Last month, Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican governor from South Dakota, who became a darling of the conservatives because of her positions and policies regarding COVID in her...

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2021 | Week of April 5 | Radio Transcript #1406 A sobering recent Gallup poll found that church membership is declining pretty significantly in the United States, with fewer than 50 percent of Americans now saying they are members of a local church. That’s an historic low.[1] Of course, that’s an aggregate number. If you break the data out by age, for example, you find notable differences, with the older population considerably more...

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2021 | Week of March 29 | Radio Transcript #1405 A friend of mine ran for county board here in Wisconsin a couple of years ago. He lost by fewer than 10 votes in a county with over 100,000 eligible voters. Another friend went to the polls in our spring election a few years back and found that in the race for his county board district, no one was running. So, this friend wrote in his own name, called his wife and asked her to write in...

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2021 | Week of March 22 | Radio Transcript #1404 In a recent conversation with a Wisconsin youth pastor, one of our team members asked what kinds of questions teens are asking today. This youth pastor said, “They are questioning whether God is real—and if He is real, is He really a good God and worth the price that, in their opinion, they are having to pay to follow Him.” He elaborated about these teens, most of whom come from middle...

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2021 | Week of March 15 | Radio Transcript #1403 Elections are a sore point right now for many in our state and in other states across the country—and I get that. After this past fall’s election, the temptation is very real to just throw in the towel, wave the white flag, walk away in disgust and even vow to never vote again. That’s a temptation that must be resisted. Giving in is exactly what the liberal progressives want. They want...

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2021 | Week of March 8 | Radio Transcript #1402 Doug and Sally have decided their ten-year marriage isn’t working, and they want out. They just aren’t happy anymore; the love they once felt is gone—and working it out just isn’t going to happen. They agree to divorce—as amicably as possible—and take the legal steps to make that happen. They of course will share custody of their two minor children, ages eight and six. During the time it...

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2021 | Week of March 1 | Radio Transcript #1401 A 1996 survey revealed that less than 1% of Wisconsin citizens, or about 32,425 residents were problem gamblers and that the annual social costs related to those problem gamblers was over $300 million, or $9,469 per problem gambler in general and over $10,000 per casino problem gambler. Those numbers clearly should have told us something.  But they didn’t. And now, in 2021, Wisconsin has...

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2021 | Week of February 22 | Radio Transcript #1400 At least two notable Americans died this month—but, oh, the difference in the impact they had on our nation and the legacy they left. Larry Flynt died on February 10 at age 78. Flynt made millions on pornography.  He saw himself—and others often agreed—as a champion of the First Amendment because starting in the 1970s, Flynt pushed the legal boundaries of what free speech meant as it...

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2021 | Week of February 15 | Radio Transcript #1399 The Equality Act. What could possibly be wrong with a law that is all about equality? This question demands a response. We begin with Mary, a single mom, who has hit on hard times. She is now homeless and is looking to the local shelter in her community for a place for her and her young daughter to stay at night. One evening as she and her daughter are getting settled in the women’s...

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2021 | Week of February 8 | Radio Transcript #1398 You, yes, you, have an opportunity to be a difference-maker next Tuesday! Are you prepared to do that? Are you ready to vote knowledgeably, responsibly and prayerfully? Next Tuesday, February 16, Wisconsin has its spring non-partisan primary election. This election narrows the field of candidates to two per race in preparation for the general election in April.  No candidates in any...

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2021 | Week of February 1 | Radio Transcript #1397 Universal vaccine talk sounds like something out of George Orwell’s 1984.  Calling the development of the COVID-19 vaccine Operation Warp Speed doesn’t help, in my opinion.  It’s all surreal, but it’s the reality in which we live as we continue to deal with this virus. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available, talk of mandating the vaccine has been swirling—from the federal level...

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2021 | Week of January 25 | Radio Transcript #1396 School choice. It used to be there was no choice—at least no real choice for the vast majority of Americans—regarding where their children would attend school. The local public school was pretty much it—unless you were very wealthy and could afford elite, private schools. With all that has happened and is happening during the COVID crisis, some qualitative and quantitative data seem...

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2021 | Week of January 18 | Radio Transcript #1395 On January 22, 1973, seven of nine US Supreme Court justices, in a show of raw judicial activism, determined that nationwide a woman deciding to kill her unborn baby was her constitutional right based on a perceived right to privacy provided in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, even though the word privacy, not to mention any explicit right to privacy, cannot be found in that...

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2021 | Week of January 11 | Radio Transcript #1394 I’ve been to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia, a couple of times. Each time I’ve visited, I’ve walked to the family cemetery where I always stand in front of the obelisk monument marking Jefferson’s grave and marveled at what Jefferson himself wrote for his epitaph:  “Here was buried/Thomas Jefferson/Author of the Declaration of American Independence/of...

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2021 | Week of January 4 | Radio Transcript #1393 In 1779, a Marine Captain advertised the need for a “few good men” to enlist in the Marines. Over 200 years later, that phrase became a Marine recruiting slogan. Someone else has said, “Everything rises or falls on leadership.” Thinking about the new legislature that is being sworn in this week in Madison, we might combine and paraphrase those two statements into “We’re looking for a...

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2020 | Week of December 28 | Radio Transcript #1392 Scripture tells us we are to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ. To be faithful to Scripture, we dare not just respond to any thing in life, including cultural happenings emotionally. While emotions are part of God’s good design for us as humans and as His image bearers, Scripture does not direct...

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2020 | Week of December 21 | Radio Transcript #1391 “Daddy, Daddy! More yites! More yites! We need more yites!” That was my child-like and constant comment at Christmas growing up. Dad never could get enough lights on the inside tree, the house and the outside trees, or anywhere else to satisfy me. To this day, I love the lights of Christmas.  Frankly, I really like light in general. The months and weeks leading to and just after the...

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2020 | Week of December 14 | Radio Transcript #1390 At a time of the year when people are generally happier and smiling more often than normal, many are not experiencing that this Christmas season. We’ve struggled for ten months with the virus and related restrictions and guidelines, including how we do church. We can’t see people’s smiling faces very often because they are hidden behind masks or in-person gatherings are cancelled....

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2020 | Week of December 7 | Radio Transcript #1389 I’ve got Georgia on my mind today, and it probably should be on your mind as well. I was born in and lived in Atlanta, Georgia, until I was almost twelve, when we moved to Michigan where my parents were from.  Then after college, I moved to Wisconsin.  All of this, in addition to the work I am currently doing, gives me a very strong interest in what is going on regarding the November...

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2020 | Week of November 30 | Radio Transcript #1388 In general human beings don’t like being lied to. But because unregenerate, unsaved people are, according to Scripture, of their father Satan, who is the father of lies, lying happens all the time. Certainly and sadly, Christians aren’t immune to this sin that destroys trust, shatters relationships, and ensnares us. One of the hardest things to do today is to figure out when someone...

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2020 | Week of November 23 | Radio Transcript #1387 On November 11, 1620, after over 2 months at sea on the Atlantic, the Mayflower landed at what is today Provincetown Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  In late December, after exploring the area from the Cape southwest and then north, the exploration party determined that Plymouth Bay was the right place for those who had come over on this voyage to establish their colony. And who...

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2020 | Week of November 16 | Radio transcript #1386 A few years ago, I was invited to a widows’ luncheon at my church. Yes, you heard that right. Our church has a great ministry to widows, following the biblical injunction to care for the widows and the orphans. While I’m not a widow, I was asked to join this sweet group of ladies and along with two other people to share my adoption story in honor of and in recognition of National...

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2020 | Week of November 9 | Radio Transcript #1385 Several years ago, I was in Washington, D.C. on business. As I always try to do on such trips, I squeezed in some time to visit places I have either never been to or are very important to me. This time, I had someone with me who had never been to any of the war memorials. So that became a focus for the brief time we had. It was a bright, sunny Saturday in early September. We were...

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2020 | Week of November 2 | Radio Transcript #1384 “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” That’s the opening premise in Dr. Del Tackett’s The Truth Project, a systematic worldview study. This week, as we consider the results of the election we’ve just gone through, that question seems especially appropriate to me.  Am I totally convinced that the belief system I claim is truly real?  Truly reliable? Truly right...

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