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Memorial Day 2020: Making It Meaningful One Family at a Time

2020 | Week of May 18 | Radio Transcript #1360 Do you have plans made for next Monday, May 25? I hope you do. It’s Memorial Day. And that should mean some special planning. I realize that in most communities in The Badger State Memorial Day won’t be commemorated as it has been for decades. […]

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Constitutional Rights, Emergencies, & Elections

2020 | Week of May 11 | Radio Transcript#1359 Are our constitutional rights and freedoms designed just for times of peace and prosperity, when things seem to be going well, or are they also designed to protect us even in times of, say, a statewide emergency, like a declared public health emergency? In times of […]

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When Two Isn’t Better

2020 | Week of May 4 | Radio Transcript #1358 The Bible, in a myriad of ways, honors mothers.  Stories of Jocabed, Moses’s mother; Hannah, Samuel’s mother; Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother; and certainly, Mary, the mother of Jesus, in addition to the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31, all remind us of the importance of […]

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Virtual Learning in Wisconsin: Leveling the Playing Field

2020 | Week of April 27 | Radio Transcript #1357 Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and […]

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No, Governor Evers, We Don’t Need Another Casino

2020 | Week of April 20 | Radio Transcript #1356 You have to wonder. Does the Bureau of Indian Affairs know we are the midst of a national health crisis? While most of Wisconsin remains suspended in time and activity and people are focused on figuring life out on a day-to-day basis, apparently that’s not […]

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Taking Advantage of Fear

2020 | Week of April 13 | Radio Transcript #1355 As I have observed and lived this coronavirus pandemic like everyone else has, it’s become obvious that fear is very much part of this situation. I have seen fear on the faces of people in stores. I’ve heard it in voices and read it on […]

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Pray for Those in Authority

2020 | Week of April 6 | Radio Transcript #1354 The Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, in I Timothy 2, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and […]

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Vote Absentee & Do It Now!

2020 | Week of March 30 | Radio Transcript #1353 It’s not like we need more controversy and confusion right now, but we definitely have it as it relates to our spring nonpartisan general election that is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 7. So let’s cut to the chase here. First, there will be an […]

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Practical Suggestions for Responding to the Crisis

2020 | Week of March 23 | Radio Transcript #1352 How are you weathering the COVID-19 crisis, with government orders changing very frequently and right now not getting more lenient but rather more restrictive? Dave Lingle, our Church Ambassador, took some time recently to jot down some practical ideas for helping all of us deal […]

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Times That Test Our Faith

2020 | Week of March 16 | Radio Transcript #1351 These are the times that test our mettle. Better said, these are the times that test our faith. I suspect I’m not much different from maybe millions of Americans in my reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s kind of surreal walking into usually well-stocked stores […]

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Gender-Neutral Restrooms–A Dangerous Idea

2020 | Week of March 9 | Radio Transcript #1350 Earlier this month an 18-year-old senior at Rhinelander High School was arrested for child enticement, indecent exposure and fourth-degree sexual assault.  The assault happened on school property and presumably during the school day or at a minimum during a school-sponsored event. The incident didn’t happen […]

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Hope for a Dollar – A Bad Bet Revisited

2020 | Week of March 2 | Radio Transcript #1349 “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?”  I just kind of stared at the person who said that to me in a conversation about gambling. That’s really what people say about gambling?” I asked in disbelief.  At first I wanted to scoff at […]

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Never Enough

2020 | Week of February 24 | Radio Transcript #1348 How much do those pushing the LGBTQ agenda want? How much do we give them before they say, “it’s enough”?  The answers are everything, and it’s never enough. That is the reality. And almost every day that reality is proven true. For years, our organization […]

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Electoral College: What We Don’t Know Really Can Hurt Us

2020 | Week of February 17 | Radio Transcript #1347 This commentary is dedicated to the proposition that what we don’t know really can hurt us. So what do you know about the Electoral College, the brilliant provision contained in Article 2, Section 1 and in the 12th Amendment to our US Constitution? This means […]

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Elections Matter & Every Vote Matters

2020 | Week of February 10 | Radio Transcript #1346 What will you be doing next Tuesday, February 18? I hope your smartphone calendar or the one you keep on your refrigerator or desk has the word vote on it in all capital letters followed by at least one exclamation point! Next Tuesday is the […]

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The Good of Marriage

2020 | Week of February 3 | Radio Transcript #1345 Let’s celebrate marriage this month! Actually, we believe we should celebrate God’s plan for marriage and family every month, but this month we have a formal recognition of marriage with National Marriage Week happening from February 7 through February 14. This is a time to […]

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All Elections Have Consequences–AGAIN!

2020 | Week of January 27 | Radio Transcript #1344 Since early November, various people have been working hard to stop officials in Appleton from proceeding with an ordinance they euphemistically call the Youth Mental Health Act. However, last Wednesday, fourteen of the fifteen members of the Appleton Common Council bowed to the political pressure […]

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Personhood: A Person’s a Person

2020 | Week of January 20 | Radio Transcript #1343 Earlier this month Republican Senator André Jacque and Republican Representatives Joe Sanfelippo and Janel Brandtjen began circulating Wisconsin’s Personhood Amendment for co-sponsors. This is a resolution that would amend our state constitution. Part of the beauty of this approach is that unlike the pro-life bills […]

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Religious Freedom: Worth Fighting For

2020| Week of January 13 | Radio Transcript #1342 Religious freedom. Two pretty simple words, easy to pronounce, but packed with meaning. Words that represent an idea that has been worth fighting for more than once. We’re not talking about freedom of worship here. That’s what President Obama used frequently when talking about the First […]

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Children: A Gift from God

2020 | Week of January 6 | Radio Transcript #1341 My church had one of my favorite services this past Sunday. After an excellent sermon on the Father’s love for us as shown in John 3:16, Pastor Bob Loggans, Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, conducted our annual Parent Dedication. Each year, usually […]

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2020: Election Year, Here We Come!

2019 | Week of December 30 | Radio Transcript #1340 Welcome to 2020—a brand new year that will be an important year for our state and our nation. This is an election year, not only for the national president, but also for a number of local and state positions as well. And if the past […]

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Tell the Story of Jesus

2019 | Week of December 23 | Radio Transcript #1339 Biographies and autobiographies are very near the top of my list of reading material. The stories of real-life individuals are compelling and mesmerizing, even when I know how the story ends. Perhaps that’s why I took my pastor’s challenge the first Sunday in December to […]

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Wishing for a Christmas Truce

2019| Week of December 16 | Radio Transcript #1338 At Christmas most of us would, I think, really like kind of a universal truce, even if for just a few days. I’m thinking a few days where evil doesn’t show up every few minutes, the culture wars take a break, opponents of religious freedom stand […]

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Dot Connecting on Disturbing Statistics & Trends

2019 | Week of December 9 | Radio Transcript #1337 I apologize at the beginning for a sobering commentary during this season of the year, but I believe the message I’m delivering is too important to sit on it for the next month. Recently three news articles came to my attention, each dealing with disturbing […]

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Who’s Sitting in Those Decision-Making Seats?

2019 | Week of December 2 | Radio Transcript #1336 Who sits at the decision-making table in your community matters. Do you know who represents you in your city, town or village? In your county? Or in your school district? You should, because they are making decisions that directly impact your life. Perhaps some recent […]

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Preserving Our National Celebration of Thanksgiving

2019 | Week of November 25 | Radio Transcript #1335 This week Americans worldwide will be celebrating our national Day of Thanksgiving.  It’s a longstanding tradition, dating back to 1619 at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia and followed by the more recognized event in 1621 in Plymouth Colony hosted by the Pilgrims. Nearly four hundred years […]

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Adoption: Pure Religion

2019 | Week of November 18 | Radio Transcript #1334 What do a childless couple in Michigan, a middle-aged couple with three teenage children getting ready for the college years, a retired missionary couple homeschooling their young children and a successful young couple with a bright future all have in common? The answer is, big […]

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Honor Begets Honor

2019 | Week of November 11 | Radio Transcript #1333 Loyalty. Duty. Respect. Selfless Service. Honor. Integrity. Personal Courage—the seven core values of the United States Army. Honor. Courage. Commitment—the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Integrity First. Service Before Self. Excellence in All We Do—the U.S. Air Force. Honor. Respect. Devotion to Duty—the U.S. Coast […]

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National Family Week 2019

2019 | Week of November 4 | Radio Transcript #1332 This month we officially recognize National Family Week, which is celebrated the week of Thanksgiving, which this year will be November 25 through the 29th. National Family Week was first proclaimed by Richard Nixon in 1972 pursuant to a resolution introduced by a member of […]

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Transgender Agenda: Help Is Now Available for Parents & Others

2019 | Week of October 28 | Radio Transcript #1331 Emily is a mom of seven in Minnesota. She purposely sent all of her children to a classical charter school, known for its values and rigorous academic program, to avoid many of the policies and problems parents are concerned about in public school. Yet, parents […]

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The Lottery: Preying on the Most Vulnerable

2019 | Week of October 21 | Radio Transcript #1330 The Wisconsin Lottery began operations in September 1988 after Wisconsin voters adopted a constitutional amendment in 1987 that allowed the Legislature to create a state lottery with net proceeds to be distributed for property tax relief. Since 1995, the Department of Revenue has managed the […]

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Reshaping America’s Past, Present & Future

2019 | Week of October 14 | Radio Transcript #1329 If you’re over 40, you likely well remember the poem beginning “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The famous line of poetry, along with the Columbus discovering America, and the observance of Columbus Day is likely not what kids in our government […]

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Tom Rost: Standing Up for All of Us

2019 | Week of October 7 | #1328 Years ago in Michigan my family was friends with Casey and Roberta Rost. Their children, two sons and a daughter, were all a few years older than I; so as teens and young adults we didn’t run together, but our parents did.  The Rost family had a […]

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Marriage: It’s Not About Your Happiness

2019 | Week of September 23 | Radio Transcript #1326 “Daddy is leaving. In order for daddy to be a good daddy, he needs to be happy. Daddy’s not happy right now. You want daddy to be happy, don’t you?” “I know your dad and I just got divorced, but mommy really wants to marry […]

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Of Flags, Flag Poles, Public Buildings & Viewpoint Discrimination

2019| Week of September 2 | Radio Transcript #1323 Remember how we began the summer in Wisconsin? Governor Evers proclaimed June as “Gay Pride Month” and issued an Executive Order authorizing the “Rainbow Pride Flag” to be flown over the state capitol and giving other state and public buildings the right to do so as […]

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Viewing the Constitution

2019| Week of September 9 | Radio Transcript #1324 “He’s an originalist.” “He’s a modernist.” “She’s a ‘living document’ proponent.” Some, upon hearing those statements, might think they are referring to what people believe about the Bible.  Others will immediately recognize them as referring to how people view the US Constitution. And more specifically, these […]

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Do You Know What Kindergarteners Are Being Taught?

2019 | Week of September 16 | Radio Transcript #1325 “Do you know what they are teaching to kindergarteners in our local public schools?” an irate parent said to me at one of our community events recently.  Sadly, I was pretty sure I did know what that school was teaching in kindergarten, especially when this […]

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Instruction in the Principles of Freedom: Whose Job?

2019 | Week of August 26 | Radio Transcript #1322 “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” So said John Adams, Founding Father and 2nd president of the United States. We owe much to the fact that Adams was himself a student of the principles of freedom. He firmly believed that […]

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Electoral College: What We Don’t Know Really Can Hurt Us

2019 | Week of August 12 | #1321 This commentary is dedicated to the proposition that what we don’t know really can hurt us. So what do you know about the Electoral College, the brilliant provision contained in Article 2, Section 1 and in the 12th Amendment to our US Constitution? This means by which […]

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Knowing Our History

2019 | Week of July 22 | Radio transcript #1318 Author George Orwell opined that “[t]he most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Orwell’s statement should give us serious pause. Are we being effectively destroyed because we have either been denied the truth about our […]

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