Today we begin year two together on a challenging journey in incredible times.  False and misleading teachings and even apostasy continue to grow and Christians face challenges to stay anchored to God’s Word and teachings.  We will be tempted to compromise with the world more and more.

I want to take this time to thank so many people for making this show possible.  I want to thank our Board of Directors who have supported this show, even when we tackle tough issues that are not popular.  I remember 16 months ago when the Board decided to do this show…I asked them how we would determine if this show was a success.  Lee Dudek, our Board President said “It’s not about success…it’s about obedience to God and doing what He asks us—even if it’s unpopular.  Folks, that is leadership!

We are grateful for the many fascinating guests God has brought to our show—men and women of courage who stand up for the truth while being labeled as divisive or controversial.

I want to thank my wife Nancy for all her work behind the scenes helping with research and finding interesting guests; and for her encouragement and strength on those days when my arms tire from the battle.

I want to thank my partner and co-host Amy for her tireless dedication and commitment to this battle God has thrust us into.  I remember the day Nancy and I interviewed Amy for her position.  After Amy left I turned to Nancy and asked what she thought.  Nancy’s response was “You’re crazy if you don’t hire her!”  A great lesson to all us men—listen to our wives.

A thanks to all the men and women here at Q90 FM who do so much behind the scenes to make this a quality show.  It is truly a team effort.

A special thank you to our listeners and fellow Watchmen.  You have encouraged us, challenged us, and helped us immensely in being eyes and ears for all that is going on out there.  Stay alert and vigilant and remember, Jesus said he will come like a thief in the night—when we least expect it.

Above all, I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I so often feel like the “little drummer boy”—I have so little to offer him compared to others.  All I can offer him is my obedience and my passionate heart for his truth.  In spite of all my flaws and shortcomings, he uses me, the least among all men, for his glory and honor.

This last year we have taken an incredible first step together—but it is only a first step.  The challenges will only get more difficult as the church in America slides into mediocrity and grows more lukewarm.  The church needs you to keep her focused on the Word of God–and not the ways of man.  As you stand firmly on the absolute truth of God’s Word, please pray for your church leaders.  They will face increasing pressures to compromise in the name of church growth and finances.

In closing today’s show, I want to issue a challenge to each of you—and to myself.  Let’s truly live every day as if it is our last day on this earth.  Refuse to take the easy way out in compromising with the world.  Love one another with great passion, understanding that real love means sometimes we have to challenge one another’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviors—and that we have to allow others to love us the same way.  Let’s commit ourselves to being more passionate about the gospel than we are about football, money, or any other ‘god” we have in our lives.   Let’s truly offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.  And when life gets tough, remember what Paul said in Romans 8:28:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Do more than just read it—believe it!