Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. - Psalm 146:3

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In recent years, Steve has had over 320 worldwide radio, article, and TV interviews. 6/20/24 Radio interview on 250 stations in 35 states, then worldwide. The Olympic Committee released their guidelines on how to identify athletes, pushing their LGBTQ agenda. They say the media cannot use the terms ‘husband and wife’, ‘biological male’, ‘biological female’,…

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Father’s Day, really?

By Paul Bawden Amidst all of the happenings in our world and the USA, Father’s Day is on the June calendar. Yes, Father’s Day. Really? Are fathers really necessary, for isn’t it about who wins the war, who wins the election, or the freedom of an individual to do what he or she wants to…

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Heroes we honor

By Paul Bawden On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024, we pause to remember our fallen heroes. We take time to honor the brave and selfless men and women of the U.S. military who have given the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives to preserve our freedoms in America. Initially called Decoration Day, it…

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Mom, you’re the greatest!

By Paul Bawden A cartoon portrayed a little fellow talking to a clerk as he stood next to the Mother’s Day cards. Some of the cards said, “Awesome Mother,” “To A Great Mother,” Perfect Mother,” “Wonderful Mother,” “The Best Mother,” Wonderful Mother,” “The Best Mom.” Evidently, the little fellow couldn’t read yet, and he told…

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When evil is good & good is evil

By Paul Bawden The old prophet Isaiah had these words to say to the nation of Israel: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil . . . .” Isaiah was using words to remind the nation that they had become their own truth. They rejected the biblical God and His word. In so…

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Quakes and eclipse

By Paul Bawden The recent morning earthquake in the Northeast got everyone’s attention, particularly those affected by the quake. This earthquake was the strongest recorded in the Northeast in more than a decade, according to USGS records – 4.8 on the RIckter scale. Thankfully, there were no injuries, although buildings shook and people were on…

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Hypocrisy is rampant

By Merrill Olson One of the actions the Lord despises is hypocrisy (Matthew 23:25-33). He said to the scribes and Pharisees, “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and uncleanness” (v. 27). A hypocrite is a…

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STEVE MCCONKEY TIMELINE

October 19, 1955Born in Des Moines, Iowa1961Dunlap Elementary1967-68Two Dunlap field trips to the Drake Relays, a world-class track and field event, in Des Moines1968Moved to the Danbury, Wisconsin area after the sixth grade, near Dairyland1968Webster Junior High School (WI)1970Webster High School (WI)1971Started distance running. Competed in cross country and track. From 1971 through 2016, Steve…

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ATHLETIC RANKINGS AS USA NATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD CLUB COACH (1982-1992)

Steve McConkey was a USA National Track and Field Club Coach from 1982 to 1992. Athletes were ranked ninety-three times. The below list does not include the hundreds of successful athletes on the teams who nearly ranked in their events. Marks made by foreign athletes are not included, plus marks made indoors in events that…

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STEVE MCCONKEY TESTIMONY

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1955. We lived near the Iowa State Capitol. Railroad tracks separated our home and the Capitol. We played near the tracks and on the Capitol grounds, plus at the Iowa historical museum nearby. Inside the Capitol, there were Civil War flags and uniforms. Occasionally, we would see…

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The enemy is alive and well

By Merrill Olson If people deny that there is a wicked force in the world that is the cause of all the violence, hatred, and chaos, they have been personally blinded by this evil (2 Cor. 4:3-4). In fact, the Bible names, among other names, this source we know best as Satan whose evil has…

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WEF and a one world government

By Merrill Olson Not too many people know what WEF stands for. But it is the World Economic Forum whose goal is a one world government. Therefore, one of its demands is that all nations end their sovereignty so a world government can take place. By doing so, there will be no limited government or…

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Israel’s future suffering and prosperity

By Merrill Olson Whether nations and religious groups plot against Israel, hate and persecute her, God promises her future prosperity: “For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall end” (Isaiah 60:20). As a faithful student studies the Scriptures, one will see clearly that Isaiah 60:1-22 looks forward to…

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Where everything went wrong

By Merrill Olson What significant areas have led to the decline of American society as opposed to what it was some years ago? Out of several, three of them will be covered. And it is how the first one is handled by certain people that has brought the degeneration of the other two. Therefore, the…

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Present deception aligned to mark of the beast

By Merrill Olson Over the past three years with the fear of the health crisis, masses of people chose to trust the government. People blindly approved of the government’s promise to take care of them. The lies filled the media networks and people believed them without reservation. The medical shot would handle their fear. Yet,…

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A reprobate nation

by Merrill Olson The Bible says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased [depraved] mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28). There are Bible teachers that believe God has also turned America over to a reprobate mind. And…

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Climate change’s destruction

by Merrill Olson In speaking of our human responsibility as far as the earth is concerned, Psalm 8:6-8 is interesting: “You have him to have dominion over the works of You hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen-Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air and…

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The evil of antisemitism

By Merrill Olson Three years before he died, Martin Luther wrote a 13-part booklet titled On the Jews and Their Lies whereby he vented his animosity against them. He wrote, “Next to the devil, a Christian has no more bitter and galling foe than a Jew.” Here was a leader in the Protestant Reformation; and…

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The Lord Jesus will bring in His kingdom

By Merrill Olson We are in a time when a young generation of confused, desperate, and spiritually hungry people are living in this world. They are not given any absolute answers to the world’s problems and why they themselves even exist. All the ways of sin and depraved morals have not fulfilled their hunger. Yet,…

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False teachers stand condemned

By Merrill Olson What is tragic today, as centuries before, are false teachers who claim to be believers in Christ but make false statements that are directly in opposition to God’s Word. The difference between those of another time and today is that those presently have huge followers on television, the internet, and buyers of…

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Believers living in perilous times

By Merrill Olson Looking back sixty years, America today is not what it was back then. For people living at that time, they would never have expected this country to become one manifesting “perilous times” (2 Timothy 3:1). Therefore, the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly…

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Being at odds brings persecution

By Merrill Olson The more believers stand up for biblical truth and become fervent in what they believe, the more they will receive persecution. This is not just in foreign countries but also in the United States of America. With that in mind, the words of the Apostle hold true: “If you are reproached for…

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The dragon’s control

By Merrill Olson Satan is called many different names in Scripture. He is referred to as “the dragon who gave power to the beast [Antichrist]” (Rev. 13:4); “a great, fiery red dragon” (Rev. 12:3, 7, 9); He is the “devil” (Matt. 4:1); “Beelzebub” (Matt. 12:24}; “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11); “the…

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Redefining terms for future takeover

By Merrill Olson One of the serious issues facing this country as well with others is the redefining of terms for a world takeover. Sadly, but tragically many people are unaware as to what is seriously happening. Yet as one prophetic speaker said, “Things are not falling apart. They are falling into place.” This is…

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A moral binge

By Merrill Olson Our country has been on a moral binge, an unrestrained indulgence, for a number of years. It seems to have hit its heights in an orgy of self-importance and gratification. Every part of our society seems to be deteriorating. As people turn away from God and His morals, this orgy becomes worse…

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Playing the blame game?!

By Paul Bawden The youngest daughter in a family is bringing her mother a mug of coffee she has made for her Mom. The son is clowning around in the room. She looks at him and spills some coffee on the floor. Immediately, before anybody can even say anything, the sister started shouting at her…

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Give up God!?

By Paul Bawden I read an article recently entitled, “This Time of War, I Propose We Give Up God” by Shalom Auslander. Due to teaching in his younger years, the author gave his view of God in the Old Testament, especially in what happened in Israel’s deliverance from Egypt based on the Passover. Admittedly, such…

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Death conquered?!

By Paul Bawden “Impossible!” replies the atheist. “How can you know?” questions the agnostic. In spite of the scoffers and doubters, the God-man crucified and buried came forth from the grave bodily on Easter Sunday morning. Eye-witnesses give undeniable testimony that the God-man, Jesus Christ, conquered the grave bodily. Lee Strobel, an ardent atheist, searched…

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God and gender confusion

By Merrill Olson The Bible is very clear that with God there is no gender confusion. The Word says, “So God created man in His own image; the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27). In rebuttal of what the Pharisees challenged Him regarding divorce, Jesus replied, “Have…

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Believe it or not!

By Paul Bawden As I look at the happening in the United States and our world it’s like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. You can’t make this stuff up. The USA could have given strong weapons to Ukraine ahead of Russia’s invasion. They failed to do so. Instead of implementing biting sanctions before an invasion,…

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Death or life?

By Paul Bawden My heart is heavy as I write this article. I’m sure your heart is heavy as well as you read this article. Why? We are overwhelmed by the evil atrocities committed in Ukraine by Putin and his armed forces. At the same time, I’m sure we are inspired by the stellar courage…

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Russia will do it again

By Merrill Olson As the world has viewed the attack on Ukraine by Russian forces, it was a surprise to many thinking that it would not happen. Even though the Russian troops were gathered at the borders of Ukraine, Putin was still giving the world a message that it will take place. It is like…

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Christian myths

By Merrill Olson As America moves further and further away from God’s truth, sinful human beings even take on Christian myths that governs their thinking. As their anti-biblical views become more accepted in society, peoples’ undiscerning spirits succumb to them as being good and beneficial overall. Yet, they fail to realize that these myths will…

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The need of the hour!

By Paul Bawden Russia threatens to invade Ukraine. Various country diplomats engage in a boycott of the Olympic games. Human rights abuse allegations are made against China. Putin and Xi now enjoy a “spirit of friendship and strategic partnershipn” after a meeting during the Olympics. Iran is moving toward developing a nuclear weapon. In the…

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Eternity – where will you spend it?

By Paul Bawden Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away. They fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day. These words of Isaac Watts remind us of the power of time as we move into the New Year. Time appears to have the last word on our lives, but is that…

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Immanuel – be ever new!!

By Paul Bawden We live in world where what we possess materially eventually wears out. A case in point is our present house which was new when we bought it 19 years ago. Since that time, we have replaced the kitchen appliances, the washer and dryer, the furnace, the hot water heater, in addition to…

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A worldview crises

By Merrill Olson If you read certain articles on Christian websites and other resources, or those by George Barna, who is the senior research fellow for the Family Research Council, you will learn of a worldview crisis in America. For instance, only 22 % of Americans can retell the Biblical account of the birth of…

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Are you thankful?

By Paul Bawden Would you believe? Thanksgiving season is here again, with Thanksgiving Day this week. Where has the time gone? Regardless of the quick passing of time, in this season set aside to give thanks, the only question to ask is: Why give thanks? The reason to give thanks is that as individuals none…

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Needing grace?

By Paul Bawden If we’re honest with ourselves, we all need grace. But what is grace? It’s been illustrated this way. A Christian Education Teacher of Junior High boys was teaching his class about justice, mercy, and grace. After teaching on these subjects, the teacher asked his class how his students would describe these words.…

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Is your head spinning yet?

By Paul Bawden It’s hard to believe what is happening in the USA. We just celebrated Columbus Day, which the President has now called Indigenous People Day. The history revisionists, particularly, the far-left historian, Howard Zinn, whose book, “A People’s History of the United States,” has left a major mark on American K-12 and college…

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Is there any good in the world?

By Paul Bawden I was in conversation with some friends at a funeral luncheon recently, and the subject turned to what is happening in our world, particularly in the USA. As the conversation went along, it turned somewhat negative, as it was suggested that things are going to get worse and worse. It appeared that…

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No fear of God

By Merrill Olson As the Scriptures describe fallen humankind, it gives an appalling thirteen-count indictment against all Jews and Gentiles (Romans 3:10-18). There are no exemptions. Everyone is guilty before God. Describing a few of the indictments, we understand how horrifying they are. For instance: “There is none righteous, no, not one…their throat is an…

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Is human life valuable??

By Paul Bawden Recently, I read an article from Answers In Genesis (8/30/21) entitled, “Chimeras – A Frightening Future”? I’ll share below some of the thoughts in that article. What is a chimera? In science today, chimeras refer to human-animal hybrids. It’s artificially combining human and animal cells. Then the article asked the question –…

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Everyday Americans regarding CRT

By Merrill Olson As we look at America today, there is an evil that is returning that we thought was long past. Yet, it is very much in the forefront. What is it? It is Critical Race Theory. It is separating people into certain groups. Tragically, it has entered into many public schools and teachers…

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Why is our world so messy?

By Paul Bawden I ask myself this question as I watched the recent tragic developments in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos at the US southern border, and the push to cause us all to lose our true identity and value as individuals. Could the messes in our world be for lack of knowledge? The old master…

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Progressive Christianity is not Christian

By Merrill Olson In one of my pastorates, I took an adult Sunday School class through the beginning of the church to the present in its different time frames. And one very important area was the rise of liberalism that has been around for over 100 years. This came with the attempt of European and…

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Whose eyes?

By Paul Bawden My wife and I recently had our yearly eye appointments – actually two-year appointments due to the pandemic. We like to make sure we take care of our physical eyes. I’m sure you do as well. Yes, there are physical eyes but there are also spiritual eyes – how we see things…

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Should Americans celebrate the 4th of July?

By Paul Bawden This is a relevant question for all Americans to consider. For we are being led to believe by some that the 4th of July is not what we may think it is. Writing in a recent Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepmen informs us that the recently created National Archives and Records Administration Task…

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Present control pictures the Antichrist’s

By Merrill Olson One of the definitions of “controlling” is the “inclination to control others’ behavior.” Yet, in recent months we have seen this happening big time! It started with wearing the masks to the present push to get the vaccine. Concerned people first wondered where the science is in wearing the masks when there…

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Where’s dad?

By Paul Bawden If we listen to some people today, dads or fathers aren’t a necessary part of the family. In fact, the family can be anything you want it to be. The traditional family is obsolete and is not necessary for a society to have stability. Regardless of the thinking that’s trying to influence…

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Remembering our heroes

By Paul Bawden Memorial Day is on Monday, May 31, 2021. It’s a day set aside to honor the men and women of the U. S. military who have given the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives to preserve our freedoms in America. Originally called Decoration Day, it originated three years following the Civil…

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The future – what the Bible says!!

By Paul Bawden That question may seem irrelevant in today’s educated world of skepticism and eclecticism. The Bible? What’s that have to do with the future? It’s interesting that Stoner in “Science Speaks” took eight prophecies in the Old Testament that refer to Jesus Christ and are fulfilled in Him in the New Testament. Stoner…

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Are we losing our minds?

By Paul Bawden CNN ran a report recently that it’s not possible to know a person’s gender at birth, and there’s no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth. Then the President of the United States included this in a statement, during an “Equal Pay Day” event that there’s not a single thing a man…

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Holy Week – really?

by Paul Bawden In the so-called Christian world, Holy Week, is a familiar term. It’s that week from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday – this year, Sunday, March 28 to Sunday, April 4, 2021. Actually, the term was first used in in the 4th century by St. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, and St. Epiphanius of…

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Ideology or reality?

By Paul Bawden A lot of terms are thrown around today especially in the American culture. Some of these terms are white supremacy, white privilege, black lives matter, social justice, systemic racism, and critical race theory. Then there is the term, wokeness, which really summarizes the different terms, meaning a coming alive, coming to understand…

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The Equality Act – can this be true?

By Paul Bawden The US House of Representatives, as you may have heard, has passed the Equality Act, which the House passed once before. The Senate did not take it up at that time. Now the Act goes again to the Senate for consideration and a vote. Certainly, the idea of equality sounds good. We…

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What the world needs now

By Paul Bawden Is love sweet love ….. The words of this old hit tune came to mind as I observe all the tension, anger, hatred, accusations, and disagreement in Washington D.C. , in the news media, and in the United States. Then it’s Valentine’s Day on February 14 – the day designated to express…

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