My Testimony

This is my Testimony of how I came to the Lord Jesus Christ. I was born in Darmstadt Germany in 1953 of a German mother and an unknown father. I was then adopted by American parents who were living in England at the time while my adopted father was in the Military.

I have never been a very religious person. I hardly remember even going to Sunday school as we moved around the world when my folks were in the Military. Once my Father retired from the military we settled in Western Kansas, where I attended a small town Church there. Back in those teenage days, I usually went to Church just to get out of the house.

Then my Father died when I was 20, I pretty much turned away from the Church, as I couldn’t understand why he was taken from me as I was just beginning to know him. I became angry with God and for many years I had nothing to do with the Church. I hardened myself against relationships with people and family. I felt I didn’t need anyone or anything. That terrible Pride affected the people around me, especially my wife and children.

Now I’m a huge Minnesota Vikings fan and have been most of my life. I have prospered enough over the years that I finally became a season ticket holder. Over the past couple years, while in Minnesota at the Vikings games I started noticing after each game the players had a “Prayer Circle”. Players from both teams would get together for prayer after each game to give thanks to God for being able to have the ability and health to play such a game. I thought I too am very lucky to be able to attend such games and began to question just why I was so lucky, so blessed with the wonderful life I have.
I started turning more and more to God as the answer. It was then that I decided to start taking pictures of the Prayer Circle each game and posting them on my website.

In April of 2008 an Internet friend of mine (Gene) who is also a Vikings fan contacted me about the pictures. Gene and I have talked and worked together for years on Vikings stuff, but have never met. He commented on the Prayer Circle photos and asked if I was a Christian. I told him that I was not what you probably would call a Christian but I was making some kind of attempt.

He asked if I would like to study the Bible with him. Not wanting to offend him, I told him that was fine, but I didn’t think I had a Bible here in the house. He told me not to worry, as he had many and would send me one. He would start me out reading certain chapters and we could discuss them in email. It would be our own little Bible study group.

While waiting for the Bible to arrive I got into a religious discussion with a coworker one day. I told him that the Bible would be easier to believe if they would just perform a miracle once in a while. You know, part a sea, bring back the dead, etc. About a week after this conversation my Bible from Gene arrived. He told me to start by reading the book of John. That weekend I started my reading and one of the first things I came across was a passage called “Healing a Nobleman’s Son.” Jesus had performed a couple miracles and this Nobleman came to him as his son was very sick and wanted him cured. Jesus basically told him “if you people don’t see a miracle every day you just won’t believe.” This passage hit me a like a ton of bricks. I stared at that for the longest time. It was like God was speaking directly to me in that passage.

I finished reading John and wrote Gene about my experiences. He suggested I read Acts next, as it sets out what you need to do to enter the Kingdom of God, the establishment of the Church and what God expects of us every day. The more I read Acts and discussed my studies with Gene, the more I felt I wanted to find a Church. I started searching around on the Internet. I knew I wanted a Church that studied the Bible as the true word of God. I checked some Churches out on the Internet and listened to their online sermons. Nothing really made a connection for me. Then one day I clicked on a Google link to a Church I thought looked familiar. It was a small Church I ride my bike past on my way to work each day. I checked out their site and liked what I read. I also checked out some of their online sermons. They were studying Acts, just as Gene and I were. I listened to one of them and figured I might go there some time.

About a week later I checked out another one of their sermons called “Why I’m a Christian.” The Pastor talked about a philosopher that spent his life denying Christ, but as he got older he started to question why he was so prosperous. Why he had such a loving wife. Why he had such a wonderful family. He kept coming back to the fact that it had to be God. Well, again I was taken aback. This sounded just like me, and I felt that the Pastor was talking to me in that sermon. So on August 17, 2008, for the first time in over 35 years, I went to Church. Not because it was a wedding or funeral, but to actually worship God. The Worship Minister that day played a song titled “Here I am To Worship”. I could hardly contain the tears.

The following week Pastor told the story of a young girl that wanted to accept Christ as her savior. She said that her Dad used to be a violent and angry man. He would come home and throw stuff and kick doors. She used to have to hide from her Father. But once he was saved he wasn’t like that anymore and if God could do that for her Daddy, just think what he could do for her. I lost it on this one. That story described me to a tee.

Finally, on my third week at Church, Pastor talked about Paul’s first journey to Cypress and asked why, of all the places Paul traveled, God sent him there first. Paul was Jewish and there was a Synagogue there, so why would he send him there on his first journey? He said that God sent Paul there because that was where he could best succeed on his first journey. I sat there with tears in my eyes as I realized that God had been speaking to me and working through several people and events to direct me to this Church because that was where I could best succeed in my Faith and Worship. I had a meeting with Pastor the following Monday and explained my experience to him. He told me that I was ready for the next step in my journey. So on September 21, 2008, I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and was baptized in a local lake here and my life has never been the same.

Besides the things I have mentioned here, there have been many other things that I can point to that is nothing other than God working through other people and events in order to direct me towards this point in my life. I never understood it when people would say that God spoke to them. Yeah, sure he did, I would think. But I understand now. God really did speak to me. Not in a voice like most people would think, but in actions and deeds. If you are considering making a move towards Christ or think that God may be speaking to you, I urge you to take the step toward him, walk with him, and accept him as your Savior. You won’t be sorry as your life will be changed forever.

Mike Perkins – The Kansas Viking

December 31 2008 10:54 pm

96 Responses to “My Testimony”

  1. David Wing on 01 Jan 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Welcome to the family of God Mike!

    I’ve been accessing the Kansas Viking web page for about a year now for news and updates on the Vikes as I too am a huge fan. I always appreciated the work and effort you put into the site in gathering all the most recent information. It has been awesome, but now it has taken on a whole other impact knowing that you are a fellow brother in Christ. I truly appreciated your testimony for the Lord and your endeavor to be used of Him through your webpage. I am praying that the Lord blesses it immeasurably with much eternal fruit. And PRIASE the LORD for His wonderful salvation found in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As you are well aware, there are so many people who are desperately searching for the truth and meaning of life, that can only come from a personal relationship with God. God bless, my new brother! In Christ, grace and peace to you and your family — David

  2. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Thank you so much David. Your comments mean the world to me. And you are right. There are millions of people out there that don’t know they matter to God and that he loves them.

    My friend guided me towards the Lord and I only hope this blog can maybe do the same for someone else.

    May God bless you and yours this coming year.

    Mike

  3. Pastor Randy Upgren on 01 Jan 2009 at 11:45 am #

    Very interested to read your story. I am a pastor in Bismarck ND, and have been a Viking fan since my childhood starting around 1975. I have benefited from the “one-stop shopping” your site offers in terms of Viking news. Thanks for your efforts. I really appreciate them.

    I have heard alot of conversion stories from people over my 20 years of ministry, and yours certainly has some similar threads. Following Jesus is not boring or lame … it is the greatest adventure one could embark on … and a chance to have role in the greatest epic story ever told. God bless you on your journey.

    Happy New Year

    Pastor Randy Upgren
    Charity Lutheran Church
    Bismarck ND

  4. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Thank you Pastor. Never would I have believed all this was possible. But each day is a new day for me in my walk with God. I just pray that people out there don’t wait as long as I did to make that commitment.

    Good luck to you.

    Mike

  5. Dave Coates on 01 Jan 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    Mike, I visit Kansas Viking site almost everyday,it’s great. Latest story of the day…. Faith blog, surprised me. I checked it out and went to your testimony. It made me think of mine and I am feeling pretty good right now,knowing how much we are all loved. Thank you for sharing.

    Jesus is Lord

    Dave
    Vancouver,BC,Canada

  6. Karl on 01 Jan 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    I have been visiting you site for a couple of years now. I like what the Pastor said, the one stop shopping for all things Viking. I was very interested in your testimony and have been looking for something myself. I have been searching for a new way. I still need to take the next step. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Happy New Year and God Bless.

    Karl

  7. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Thank you so much Dave. I’m overwhelmed with the responses today. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get this many on the first day. You always here the statement “Army of God.” Well, it sure seems like it’s out there.

    Take care and good luck in the coming year.

    Mike

  8. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Karl. You will know when the time is right, and as I mentioned in the testimony, I urge you to make that step. Once you do, you will know what I’m talking about. It truly is the greatest event in your life. Sounds like you are on the right track. Please let me know how your journey progresses.

    Good luck. You will be in my prayers.

    Mike

  9. Jimmy on 01 Jan 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    I have been visiting the Kansas Viking for about 3 years. It is one of my favorite sites.

    I will be visiting this site as well.

    Happy New Year and God Bless.

    Jimmy

  10. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    Thanks Jimmy. I will be trying to post and add content here as much as possible.

    May the Lord smile on you and yours in the coming year.

    Mike

  11. gyork3 on 01 Jan 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    Thanks for your witness..Ihave many things I would like to add, but you did very well without my help Feel free to include me in your discussion My typing is slow as I am recovering from a stroke. In my searc , I have found Ravi Zacharias and Erwi Lutzerhelpful. MayGod watch over and bless you and your family.

  12. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Thank you Sir. I will definitely check out the two people you mentioned. And you will be in my prayers for a quick recovery from you stroke.

    Mike

  13. Darrin on 01 Jan 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    I’ve appreciate kansasviking.com for a long time now, but it’s awesome to hear about having “the right priorities.” I’m excited to hear your testimony and especially about God’s faithfulness. Thanks for being bold and forthright. I agree with gyork3 about Ravi Zacharias being an excellent teacher and author. May God continue to reveal Himself to you daily. Go Vikes!

  14. kansasvike on 01 Jan 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    Thanks a lot Darrin. I will definitely have to check out Ravi Zacharias. I haven’t heard of him, but then again, I’m just now making my way reading the Bible for the first time in my life. There is so much great information out there and people to learn from. I sometimes feel like a sponge trying to soak it all up.

    God Bless

    Mike

  15. Mark on 02 Jan 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Wow- Thank the Lord for that testimony- above all Mike- stay in the Word. Jesus Christ is the center of it- He say’s, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” And all- everyone– heaven, earth, hell- will ultimately bow to Him (Php.2).I was saved 25 years ago. I’ve been a fan for 40 years and access your site a couple times a week- my 11 year old is also a fan- he’s here every day. This will give me even more reason to visit.

  16. kansasvike on 02 Jan 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Thanks Mark. Staying in the word is something I pray for everyday. I always ask the Lord to help me keep him first and foremost in the things I do every day. It’s really helped since several of us have now started a Bible study group at work. We get together everyday at noon and during lunch we worship, answer each others questions and study his word. It’s been great for all of us.

    God Bless

    Mike

  17. Matt on 02 Jan 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    Mike, what a journey! I am excited for you and your calling to faith. I myself am a Pastor serving 3 churches and a campus ministry. You have a powerful witness and such a wonderful tool in the website to reach others for Christ. Be blessed! See you at the game sometime.

    Pastor Matt

  18. kansasvike on 02 Jan 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Thank you so much Pastor. If just one person reads something here and comes to Jesus because of it, it will be a glorious thing. I’ll be going to less games in the future, but when I do go, it would be great to run into you.

    God Bless

    Mike

  19. Pastor Jared Horton on 02 Jan 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Mike-

    Like many of the others, I have come to your site for years to keep up on the latest Viking news. I just became the pastor of a church plant last summer. Your story reminded me of how far God has taken me in my walk with Him. I remember giving my life to Christ, then being baptized in a very cold nearby lake. And I see myself as a pastor now and thank God for His hand on my life.

    And, I think that the trumpet call mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 will sound a lot like a Viking horn!

    Thank you and God bless.

    Pastor Jared Horton

  20. kansasvike on 02 Jan 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    Thank you Pastor. When I was baptized it was late September and had been cold for a few days. While it was bright and sunny the water was cold. But once the ceremony started I never seemed to notice it again. And you know, I would give up a Super Bowl win to hear that trumpet sound like that too. ;-)

    Take care and God Bless

    Mike

  21. kurt goodwin on 03 Jan 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    dear mike,
    i’ve been visiting your site for 8 or 9 months, i guess. just discovered your testimony. guess i wasn’t checking deeply enough. so happy to find that’s it’s run by a Christian brother, who has his priorities right. nice to have a sight where i won’t have to put up with foul language or God-bashing. thanks, mike. may the Lord use your site to His glory. Jesus IS Lord.

  22. kansasvike on 03 Jan 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    You’re welcome Kurt and thanks for the kind words. You also didn’t miss anything. I just got the Faith Blog up and running on the 1st. I plan on adding to it on a regular basis.

    Take care and God Bless

    Mike

  23. Chris aka Vikingmachine on 03 Jan 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Mike,

    Thanks for sharing you story, it had me on the verge of tears in spots. I have also often had the same thoughts/questions that you had and it really hit home to me. I was baptized 20 years ago and have really fluctuated during that time. Your story has made be step back and think about how I can be a better Christian and focus again on that part of my life. Thanks Mike!

    Chris

  24. kansasvike on 03 Jan 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    You’re welcome Chris. I have walked outside the circle all of my life and worshiped all the wrong things. I have wondered several times over the last few months why it took me so long to make the right decision. I still don’t know, but I am thankful that once God opened the door for me that I stepped through.

    Take care and God Bless you and your family.

    Mike

  25. Greg Anderson on 05 Jan 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    Hey Mike,
    Wow. What a blessing to read of your faith in Christ- and your love for the purple nation! I have been bleeding purple for the past 38 years. Started following the Vikes around 1970 as a 7 year old! So tonight I stubbled across your site while trying to find some info on next season. (still suffering from yeaterdays loss!)I was just about to click out when I noticed your “faith blog”. As I read your story, I was so inspired and filled with grattitude for what God has done in your life. I’m actually a Pastor in Ft Lauderdale FL, and if there is any way I can serve you as you walk with Jesus, please let me know. Good to know we are brothers in Christ, as well as members of the Viking nation! God Bless- Greg

  26. kansasvike on 06 Jan 2009 at 5:14 am #

    Thank you for the kind comments Pastor. Sounds like you have been following the Vikings almost as long as I have. They are a team that will definitely test a fans patience. ;-) And thank you for the offer of help. I will definitely keep you in mind as I’m sure my journey will not always be smooth sailing.

    Take care and God Bless

    Mike

  27. Matt on 14 Jan 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    I have been coming to this site for quite awhile now, and have even exchanged an email or two with you as a fellow viking fan from kansas. Congrats on your now found faith. I too lost my father at a very young age, and I know some of the feeling you talk about when it comes to harding yourself from relationships. It is amazing when you step back and look at how blessed you are isn’t it? I get a lot of flack from people I know for “being happy” all the time. But, it is hard not to be happy when you know that your life has been blessed by God. I am healthy, have a great wife, a roof over my head, food on my table, and beleif in my heart about what is to come later in life. Stay inspired, and never be afraid to share your faith like you have here.

  28. kansasvike on 14 Jan 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Thanks Matt. Boy is it ever true about the smile. Every day is a good day now and I come into work with a smile on my face all the time. As you said, some of the people look at me and can’t figure out why I have that smile, but the other believers know.

    Thanks for dropping by and offering the words of encouragement. May the Lord be with you.

    Mike

  29. Dale Friesen on 22 Jan 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Hey, just thought i’d say thanks for you sharing your story and your great kansasviking website.

    And Im another pastor who follows your blog, and I know several others who do.

    Dale Friesen
    Morden Manitoba Canada

  30. kansasvike on 23 Jan 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Thank you very much Pastor. I appreciate your comment and glad you like the website.

    Take care.

    Mike

  31. Phil g on 15 Feb 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Mike,

    Like you, I grew outside the United States. My parents served as “m” personnel on the island of Java (Indonesia). Funny thing … I never dreamed I’d be back doing the same thing years later. Making disciples is my passion and I can see it must be yours too. I just wanna say, that your viking blog is exactly what this fan needs to stay up-to-date while living some 12,000 miles away from the Metrodome. However, your testimony and heart after God are what convinced me to put your website on my “favorites” list. Hah! I am praying for you as you grow in your walk and honor him with your life.

    By the way…my fellow colleagues and I would love to have you and your family come out for a “m” trip of your own. Perhaps even bring along some of your church folk. We could do some “prayer-walkin” and some in-house visits with “seekers”. Sorry bout all the talkin in code. Just know that Matt. 28:19-20 is unfolding in the capitol city of J. Come see it for yourself…and stay as long as you like!

  32. kansasvike on 15 Feb 2009 at 11:44 am #

    I would truly love to come see that happening someday, Phil. What a wonderful and glorious experience you must be having. I don’t know how many disciples I’m making but I’m glad you like the website. God pretty much told me that the football site would be the way to reach people with the Faith Blog and you’re living proof of his word.

    Take care of yourself over there and may God Bless.

    Mike

  33. Kyle Reedstrom on 22 Feb 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Hello Mike, I am a 19 year old college student and have been a HUGE vikings fan my whole life. My whole family has viking blood running through our veins. I visit your site EVERY day to mare sure im up on all the latest vikings news. Your site is truly a part of my daily life, and that’s why I found this testimony so interesting when I happened to glance at it and couldn’t stop reading. I too have recently been somewhat troubled in my journey as a christian. I have sooo many questions and doubts. Thats why accidentally, sort of tripping over this testimonial and reading your story hit me soo hard. It was almost a way God was tryin to communicate with me through the vikings news I read every day. He truly works in mysterious ways. Thanks again for all you have done. God Bless and go vikes!!

  34. kansasvike on 23 Feb 2009 at 5:54 am #

    Hello Kyle. Glad you like the site. It’s kind of my little tribute to the Vikings.

    Stay persistent in your faith and the Lord will answer all your questions. He constantly shows me new things and answers questions I have every day. Remember, we can do anything through him who gives us strength. You have a lot of years ahead of you and I know your walk with God will be fruitful.

    Take care and God Bless.

    Mike

  35. Robert Fleischer on 01 Mar 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Mike,
    I visit your website three or four times a week. I have been a Vikings fan since Fran Tarkenton’s days. I enjoy the faith blog and enjoyed reading your testimony. I met a good friend of mine (Jim Olsen) through our love of the Vikings. We both realize there is more to life than football. Keep up the good work.
    Take care and God Bless,
    Bob

  36. kansasvike on 02 Mar 2009 at 4:49 am #

    Hello Bob. I have made a lot of really good friends through Vikings football, especially in Minnesota. It’s always good to hook up with them. I am traveling to a funeral today, and it’s those kind of times that the important things in life are really brought into focus.

    Glad you like the site and thanks for commenting.
    May God Bless.

    Mike

  37. MalibuViking on 10 Mar 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Hey Mike…

    Just now getting a hold of your web-site but it looks like something that will be a great resource. So encouraged to read your testimony as well. It was very moving and encouraging to see how you are following Jesus. God’s best for you going forward.
    I usually get up to Minnesota for one game a year so if things work out it would be great to say hi. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers! Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in His name!

    Go Vikes!

  38. kansasvike on 10 Mar 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Thanks for the well wishes and glad you like the site. I’ve been going to most of the games the last 6 years but won’t be going this year at all. Things have ground to a halt at work. But when things pick back up again we should be able to make a game. I would love to meet up for a game.

    May God bless you and yours.

    Mike

  39. vikingfan03 on 26 Mar 2009 at 11:15 am #

    what a truly inspirational story! God works in many ways and through many different avenues, and He has found a way to work through you. i want to thank you for your honesty and your commitment to your walk with God. it serves as a reminder that no one is ever to far from God. i also want to say thank you for your terrific website. i am a huge Vikings fan living in Tennessee, so any information that i can get concerning the team is great. keep up the awesome work!!!

    Rev. Sam Harwell

    SKOL Vikings Forever!!!

  40. kansasvike on 26 Mar 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for the comments Reverend, they made my day. I’m glad you like both sites. The Viking news should be picking up in the near future and I have a few more posts in the pipe for the Blog.

    Take care and God bless.

    Mike

  41. Justen Tennant on 06 Apr 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Thats awsome Mike! I’m very happy for you and hope all goes well in your walk with the Lord! God Bless!

  42. kansasvike on 06 Apr 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Wow. Thanks Justin. As you know, it’s a growing process. You and Tab are always in our prayers here.

    Take care my brother and God Bless.

    Mike

  43. Paul Bourdeaux (NodakPaul) on 11 Aug 2009 at 9:39 am #

    What a wonderful testimony Mike! I have been using your website as a reference for Vikings news for a long time now, but this is the first time I have noticed the testimony. What a wonderful surprise to see a touching testimony to God when all I was looking for was Vikings news! Thank you for sharing, and God bless!

    Skol Vikings!

  44. kansasvike on 12 Aug 2009 at 3:25 am #

    Thank you Paul. Glad you like both sites. The Lord has made such a difference in my life I just felt I needed to add the Faith section to the site. After all, glory and honor go to Him.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment and may God Bless.

    Mike

  45. Mike C on 21 Aug 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Mike,
    I found your site while looking for info on tonight’s game. God is so good! Thanks for sharing your testimony. I have been a hometown Vikings fan since the 70’s and a Pastor here in Wisconsin for that last 7 years (tough crowd for Vike fans…all in good fun of course). My family and I are moving to the Dominican Republic to serve a missionaries in a few months. I think I’ll be following your site from there too. To God be the Glory!
    Mike

  46. kansasvike on 21 Aug 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    My condolences Mike for living where you do. I live in the middle of Chief territory and that can be challenging at times too. But it’s all God’s country and that’s what counts. I will be praying for you and your family Mike. Being missionaries is a huge leap of Faith and I commend you for that. My wife and I are planning a missionary trip to Mexico next year for a week. Please keep in touch if you can. I’d like to share experiences with you.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Take care and God Bless.

    Mike

    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you
    who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for
    you are all one in Christ Jesus.

  47. Tammy (Vikefantam) on 08 Sep 2009 at 7:28 am #

    Mike, I was thrilled when I saw the “Christian Web Site” appear here.

    Some of what I learned about spirituality came from A.A. God is even quoted at the end of “How It Works” from “The Big Book”:

    “Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter of the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

    (a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.

    (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.

    (c) That God could and would if He were sought.”

    Mike, without God, I would not be sober today. When my day is going really crappy, things are going wrong left and right, I look back at my morning and realize I forgot to turn my will over to the care of God (it’s a very confusing step for a lot of people -you’re not turning everything over to God – you have made a choice to turn your life and will over to the CARE of God – you still have free choice and are free to screw up as much as you want, but with God’s help, you will be steered on the right path). I feel God is always present in the room with us during our AA meetings.

    I started going back to church about 18 months ago (I missed 3 months recently because I was so severely sick with one infection after another (I let a urinary tract infection go until I became septic, which caused a world of health problems), then the first day I was feeling better, I miscounted the basement steps with a huge load of laundry, fell on the side of my right foot, twisted it upside down and all 115 pounds of me fell on my foot, breaking my driving foot and possibly tearing a tendon – I’m sure an MRI is coming). What amazes me is how people turn away from God when things go wrong. I find my strength in Him. When things get really crappy, I pray.

    On September 21, 2005, we were on our way to my husband’s father’s funeral. It was very very cloudy and pouring down rain. We had an hour’s drive. Along the way, I prayed. Though I know God is busy with lots of other things, I prayed that if there was a way, please let us know that Karl’s dad is okay. There was not one break in the clouds in the sky but all of the sudden, there was a huge, oval-shaped orangish shape in the sky. Hubby and I just stared at it (it was not the sun). Then, we passed a bunch of trees which covered that spot. When we came to a clearing, it was gone.

    One of my favorite sayings sits in an AA meeting in CT. It’s a 2 x 4 with the saying “Alcohol is the 2 x 4 God used to get my attention” engraved into it.

    God is also very present in our AA 12 steps. Step 2 is we came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity, which God did for me.

    Whether or not some people like it, God is a great power in AA. When people present the argument about evolution, that the earth is only “x” number of years old, I say “Why do you put limits on a limitless God?” Perhaps he created the dinosaurs and such, their life cycle ended, the earth changed and here we are.

    Anyway, Mike. Thanks for this part of the site.

    May God be with you.

    God bless!

    Tammy

  48. Tammy (Vikefantam) on 08 Sep 2009 at 7:56 am #

    P.S. One of the other things I forgot to mention is “Faith without works is dead.”

    I see miracles every day. I despise the winter and cold temperatures more than anyone I know. Yet, in the winter, I can see the beauty of the snow. Every spring and summer, I see the miracle of flowers blooming, the leaves on the trees, etc. In the fall, I see the miracle of the changing colors of the leaves.

    I had hoped to have the miracle of childbirth but it was not to be. I know God has another plan for me but will only reveal parts of it at a time. I truly believe there is something greater out there for me.

    I am going thru some tough times with my mom (she’s troubled) and am praying for help with that. I know God will come thru. She wrote an unprovoked nasty hate E-mail (she’s very unhappy with herself and spiritually sick), making sure to point out all my character defects, greatly exaggerating some things and said some outright lies. I cried hysterically for 2 days because I could not look at the situation objectively. She destroyed me, as she has done so often. We are still not speaking but I know God will pull me thru this too. And that will be a miracle.

    I see a miracle every day in my pugs. God has created a creature that loves you unconditionally. When I was gravely ill for 3 months, my dogs didn’t care if I only showered every other day because I didn’t have much energy. At one point, when the sepsis was so severe and I was alternating with violent shaking chills followed by being so hot I couldn’t stand it, I remember lying on the couch thinking that though I did not want to die, I was so sick that it would have been okay if I did, as long as I knew someone would take care of my babies). My dogs didn’t care if my hair was combed. They didn’t care about makeup. They didn’t care that I was so sick. They just all snuggled up to me and it was very comforting. All I did for 3 months is work (I work from home, so I just had to amble over to my computer), go to see doctors, the ER, etc. When I finally felt better and started doing the laundry, falling and breaking my foot – the old me would have cursed God because I finally felt better, now I break my foot and couldn’t walk (it was neat, though – my entire foot was Minnesota Viking color and it was so swollen, I actually had a cankle which cracked me up). The new me figured that there was a lesson in this and I knew God was with me.

    I don’t think we’ll see miracles of biblical proportions, at least not now, but I think if you truly look around, you will see miracles everywhere. I have a great husband, a nice house, 2 loving dogs, 2 good incomes, my health again, food, clothing, etc.

    “How Great Thou Art” ?

    (Sorry to make the P.S. so long. I obviously left a lot out of my original post.

  49. kansasvike on 08 Sep 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi Tammy. So good to hear from you. Glad you found the site. I knew of a lot of the struggles you had been going through from your posts at the board. Glad to see you are putting your trust in the one who can really make a difference. After all, we can do anything through Him who gives us strength.

    It’s a wondrous and miraculous thing when you see God answer your prayers. He has for me and I know he has for you. I totally believe God is in the room with you at AA meetings.

    Isaiah 30:21 says:

    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

    That’s Him steering you in the right direction at those meetings and in life.

    I’m so glad to hear from you Tammy and I’m glad you are doing better now. I will pray for your continued recovery and good health. Oh, and please give the Pugs a pet for Brenda and I. Dogs are such great companions.

    Take care and God Bless

    Mike

    But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
    What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness
    of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
    Philippians 3:7

  50. margaret on 11 Sep 2009 at 10:51 am #

    Hi Mike iam from nunavut and i believe in Jesus .i know a lot of people that don’t know Christ as there savior. i try alot to let people know that God is good He’s been really good to me. I just want to thank him. Take care and God bless

  51. kansasvike on 12 Sep 2009 at 6:26 am #

    Hello Margret. Your definitely from way up North. I think you live farther North than anyone that has registered here so far. Good to hear Jesus is a part of your life and that you’re telling others about him. That’s fantastic.

    Take care up there and God Bless.

    Mike

  52. Brother Andy on 12 Sep 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Gretings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I love your testimony, keep pressing towards the mark of the high calling, one thing i want to share with you is that Christ learned obediance by the things He suffered, we will suffer. Bless you
    Bro. Andy

    BelieveTheSign.com

  53. kansasvike on 12 Sep 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Hello Brother Andy. I agree about the suffering. That is where our faith will be strengthened and we will learn and grow. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I also edited your post and rolled your link into the first comment.

    Take care brother.

    Mike

  54. Mike the Vike on 29 Jan 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Congrats on your choice to follow Christ. He is the only One who provides true & lasting peace and hope in this crazy world.
    Loved the Vikings since I was 5 – in the middle of Dallas Cowboys country!!!
    In 1969, I fell in love with the Purple People Eaters, Joe Kapp, Bud and the Met, the snow and the cold!
    Some declare (esp. afer the Saints game) that the Vikings are a snake bit franchise – but I think they are a top 10 NFL franchise with very loyal fans, and a great and exciting history – with great players and memorable moments!
    God bless and keep you – Mike the Vike

  55. kansasvike on 30 Jan 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Thank you Mike. It truly is incredible the inner peace I have received through Him. I have also come to realize just what is important in life now.

    Living in Cowboy country you probably very much enjoyed the first playoff game. I know I did. ;-) Sounds like we are about the same age and have been through all the same years with the Vikings. They will win it someday. Don’t know when though, but as you said, they have an excellent history. And after all, it’s the memorable moments that count.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond Mike and God Bless.

    Mike

  56. Scott Walker on 10 Feb 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    Pretty interesting testimony Mike. You sure have come a long ways since those days back at Curtis. I never would have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes. Hope to have some good discussions with you in the near future about it.
    God Bless
    Scott

  57. kansasvike on 11 Feb 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Thanks Scott. I am definitely not the same person you used to know back in Dodge. It would be great to sit down and talk with sometime. It’s been way too many years.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment and God Bless.

    Mike

    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but
    Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
    faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
    Galatians 2:20

  58. Harlan E. Carlson on 22 Mar 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Very sad to read the your notice this morning.

    Always a Viking Fan, familiar with Darmstadt in the 80s, and a fellow Christian; I’ve come to trust you and your Kansasviking site for one stop shopping.

    Thank-you for your hard work. Through your work I and many others could follow the Vikings when deployed with the troops in various locations.

    I respect you and your calling and will always be grateful for the service you provided for me, the GIs and my fellow fellow Viking fans who came to know. Thank-you very much.

    Be safe, and may God bless you on your journey.

    Warmest regards,

    Harlan

    Manovikes

  59. kansasvike on 22 Mar 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Thank you so much Harlan. It warms my heart knowing that our service men and women got some use out of the site.

    Take care and God bless.

    Mike

  60. Mark on 22 Mar 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Mike,

    Your website has been a great resource for me(40 year Vike fan-never,never, pulled for another team) and my 12 year old son(6 year fan). We’ve been visiting now for about 4-5 years. But it was your testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ that was greater. I actually commented to you once on one of your devotionals. I could always count on this site to give the latest stuff… and… keep it clean. There are some Viking sites that I don’t really like my son to go on, but he was regular here. I’ve never been to a game, but maybe someday….Anyway, thanks for a top-notch, quality website- it will be sorely, sorely missed.

    Mark Beebe
    Randleman, NC

  61. kansasvike on 23 Mar 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Thank you so much for the kind words Mark. It’s heart warming to know that a few people got some real use out of the site.

    Take care and God Bless

    Mike

    “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
    no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
    John 14:6

  62. Craig on 30 Mar 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    Mike – I wish my Faith was as strong as yours, I seem to struggle with it every day. I want to change so bad, but I seem to always revert to my steadfast ways. I’m Lost!!

  63. kansasvike on 30 Mar 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Craig, it’s a struggle for me too. Every day. You just saw the good result here from about 6 weeks of anguish. Being a believer and following Christ is not an easy thing all the time. We stumble and fall, but we have someone in Gods son that we can lean on when we do stumble. Surround yourself with other Christians, Craig. Get into a cell group or Bible study group at your church. You will be amazed at how they will be able to help and support you.

    Hang in there and God Bless

    Mike

    “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
    no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
    John 14:6

  64. JEFF on 02 Aug 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    HEY MIKE,

    GLAD TO SEE FELLOW FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST OUR GOD BE INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALL. PRAY FOR THE RADIO GUYS PAUL ALLEN AND PETE BERCICH. THEY ARE LOST AND DONT REALIZE THEY WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL UNLESS THEY REPENT AND TRUST JESUS AS THEIR LORD. AS IT IS NOW, THEY WILL MAKE FUN OF PRAYING (PETE DOES THIS) AND DO NOT BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST. WE NEED TO WATCH OUT OURSELVES THAT THE QUEENS DO NOT BECOME OUR IDOLS! WE CAN GET SO WRAPPED UP IN THIS KIDS GAME SOMETIMES.

    BUT LETS GET THE WORD OUT AND WARN NON BELEIVERS OF THEIR PLACE IN HELL IF THEY DONT BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST. HE DIED TO SAVE US FROM HELL -WHICH IS WHERE WE WOULD GO IN OUR SINS. LETS WARN THE PEOPLE! TELL OF THE GOOD NEWS AND HOW CHRIST HAS SAVED THOSE FROM HELL IF THEY WILL REPENT AND TRUST IN HIM!!!I WILL DO MY PART. LETS BE “HATED BY ALL” BECAUSE WE FOLLOW AND LOVE CHRIST. WHICH IS A PROMISE WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU AND ME WHO CONFESS CHRIST.
    KEEP IT UP!

    MN JEFF

  65. Casey Pahl on 08 Sep 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Mike,

    How did the books in the bible come to be in their particular order?

    Casey

  66. kansasvike on 08 Sep 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Hello Casey. There are a lot of thoughts on that question out there. I’m not an expert on it by any means but this article I found pretty much reflects a lot of what I found on the subject.

    Scholars believe that the earliest traditions that form part of the Pentateuch were first written down early in the first millennium BC, and that these were first compiled into recognisable books of the Pentateuch by the ‘Deuteronomist’ source during the reign of King Josiah ( about 640-609 BC). These books were added to and redacted up to around the fifth century BC.

    The last Book of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, was the Book of Daniel. This was written in the second century BC. The Catholic Bible has deuterocanonical Books in the Old Testament, including I Maccabees and II Macabees, that were probably written a little later.

    The earliest New Testament books are believed to have been written around 50 AD. According to biblical scholars, Acts of the Apostles and John’s Gospel were written at the end of the first century or, more probably, early in the second century. The Pastorals: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus, are also regarded as books of the second century. Thus, the books that came to form part of Christian Bible were completed in the second century AD.

    The Council of Jamnia, which appeared to have taken place around 90 AD, is believed to have finally defined the canon of the Hebrew Bible, except for the Ethiopina Jews who do not accept its legitimacy. If canonicity was decided at this Council, the decisions were not communicated to the Christians, who remained somewhat uncertain as to which books really belonged in the Old Testament. By the fourth century, the Christian church began to concern itself about exactly what books should be included, and Bishop Melito of Sardis went to Palestine to discover which Hebrew books belonged in the canon. Nevertheless, it was not until the sixteenth century that Catholic and Protestant Churches identified exactly what books were regarded as forming the Old Testament.

    By the Council of Nicaea in 325, the orthodox New Testament was more or less agreed upon, but the Eastern Churches (the future Eastern Orthodox Churches) gradually developed a different canon from that adopted by the Western Church (later the Roman Catholic Church).

    The Protestant Reformation brought the need for a defined canon to a head. Luther began to define the Protestant canon, rejecting some of the books of the Roman Catholic Canon. In defense, the Catholic Church finally defined its biblical canon. At this stage, we can define the Bible as having been ‘put together’ in the sixteenth century.

  67. Rod Idle on 18 Nov 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I really appreciate your testimony. I am a pastor in Nevada, we just planted this church a year ago, and I am a BIG Viking fan. But I am a bigger fan of Jesus Christ and my fellow Christ-followers like yourself. Thanks for your testimony. I just came across your website today for the first time. I bookmarked it so I can keep up with your updates on the Vikes and your blog.
    Great job! I must admit, I envy your season tickets…jk. Someday, my dream is to go to a Viking game in Minny with my brother who is also a big viking fan and a pastor like myself.
    Keep up the good work and stay faithful to God and the Vikings!
    Take care,
    Rod Idle
    Pastor of Journey Community of Fernley, NV

  68. kansasvike on 19 Nov 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Thanks for the kind words Pastor and glad you like the site. I will pray for the continued growth of your new church. Also, I no longer have my season tickets. The economy the last couple years has made that hard to hold onto but we still drop in for a game once in a while. Hope you can make it up there someday. You will love the experience.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond and may God Bless you.

    Mike

    “A man with an argument is never a match for a man with an experience.”

  69. Dose of Reality on 22 Nov 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    As a person once banned from this site several years ago (I used my banned name above)… THIS is what it’s all about, Mike.

    God Bless you for your testimony and using your vehicle of a Vikings board to share Christ with others.

    Very thankful he’s touched you in your life and now you want others to be touched.

    I was a horses patoot here because I find all this entertaining and to show that it’s ridiculous to take yourself too seriously when it comes to the silly game of football.

    Absolutely love that you stood up and shared your faith. If only people were as passionate about their faith as they are their football.

  70. kansasvike on 22 Nov 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Hello Sir. I definitely remember you. That was a while back though. I am no longer the person you knew then from the message board. In fact I no longer have anything to do with owning or operating the message board. I gave that away to a friend because as you know, there are other things more important in life.

    I keep my Vikings website going in order to spread the word and possibly help others to understand there is a better way than the ways of this world.

    I thank you much for the kind words and taking the time to stop by and comment. God has blessed us all in countless ways and I pray he will continue to bless you.

    Take care brother.

    Mike

    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but
    Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
    faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
    Galatians 2:20

  71. David Armstrong on 17 Aug 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    We are excited about What God is doing, and would like also to post your testimonies on our blog under comments. please send us your testimonies to blessedbyencouragement@yahoo.com

    You can visit our blog at http://awesometestimony.blogspot.com

  72. Robert Teel on 23 Aug 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Hey Mike,

    Awesome testimony!

    Vikings fan since 1973
    Follower of Jesus since 1986

  73. kansasvike on 23 Aug 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Thanks Robert and thanks for taking the time to comment. Always good to meet another Viking fan and a brother in Christ.

  74. carol ball on 29 Sep 2011 at 5:23 am #

    I was looking for information on the armour of God, and in the process came across your testimoney. Like me, you probably thought, “Why did I not see this sooner”. I gave my heart to the Lord -finally-! in 1979, at the age of 39. I can only say, that the years God has given me since have been so much more exciting than the previous ones. God is good

  75. kansasvike on 29 Sep 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Yes, Carol, He is good. His work continues in all of us and every day is exciting and new. May God bless you and thank you for taking the time to comment.

    Mike

  76. Terrelle Ware on 11 Feb 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Great testimony, Mike! Very inspiring. Thanks for all the Viking news. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  77. kansasvike on 12 Feb 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Thank you Terrelle. He continues to renew me day by day. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

    Mike

    And the master said to the servant,
    ‘Go out to the highways and hedges
    and compel people to come in,
    that my house may be filled.
    ~ Luke 14:23

  78. Dave on 23 Feb 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Hello Mike, I reread your Testimony and it’s still so moving. I’ve been visiting your sight for a long time, long enough to have witnessed your rebirth as you gave yourself to Christ. I first wrote to you in March ’09 as my wife and I also embraced our Lord as savior.

    A while back our pastor spoke of the lengths the men in Mark 2:1-5 went to getting the paralytic on the mat to Jesus and encouraged us to be those “mat carriers” to bring others to Him.

    Some very dear family members had a firm grip on our mat and set us at His feet. And I’ve always felt through watching you back then that you had a bit of a hand on the corner also. Through sharing our faith we can affect the eternity of others sometimes without even knowing it. I will always be grateful.

    It is because men like you faithfully serve the Lord that eternal lives are changed.

    Bless you Mike.

  79. kansasvike on 24 Feb 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks for the kind words Dave. That passage in Mark is one of my favorites. I always think of the faith and determination it would take to go and dig a hole in someones roof that I didn’t even know just to get to the person inside. I try to live each day with that same kind of faith and determination in following Him.

    May He bless you in all you do, Dave.

    Mike

  80. John Fischer on 25 Mar 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Your site has been a great find. For the last several years I have known you are Christian, but, even though I thought of myself as one I did not feel an interest to read your testimony. On December 12, 2011 after trying hard to find out what a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit was, I had a feeling I was being shown. Not just a feeling, but and overwhelming joy that lasted for hours. You know the kind that brings tears to yor eyes and makes you even laugh. The coincidences ever since have been too many and too frequent to deny I have been given help to believe. Now that I know Jesus is Lord, and my Savior, I have no trouble seeking out testimony like ours because if feels good to know others who have found this gift of Love. I want to know the Lord more, and unlike just a year ago, I go to service because I want, not because I should. I listen to the sermons and actually want listen which in the past was listening out of duty or at least trying to listen. Reading your testimony was not something I felt I should do, I wanted to know you and I wanted to hear your testimony. Thank you for sticking with the site, for seeking Jesus, and for using this forum to witness His Mercy and Grace. Its a great find, like I said, but in more ways than I originally thought when I first googled Viking news.

  81. kansasvike on 25 Mar 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Isn’t is great John! The more we know and love Him the more we “want” to spend time with Him and doing those things. I keep praying more people find in Him what we have found. Thanks for taking the time to comment and may God Bless You!

    Mike

    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but
    Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
    faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
    Galatians 2:20

  82. Tim on 12 Nov 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Wow…..I’m kind of stunned actually. I live in Pennsylvania, which is a side note to all of this. Anyways, I’ve been a huge Vikings fan since I was a little kid. WHy? I remember my brothers would trade football cards with a neighbor friend and I came across a Herschel Walker card. I just remember thinking, “This guy is huge”. SO I chose him am my favorite player. Strange, I suppose. So I breifly started off liking the Cowboys (I know, I know…..). When he got traded to the Vikings, I followed him. And I just fell in love with the Vikings right then. Can’t describe it. Just did. Maybe it was the colors that got me. I was only 8 yrs old when he got traded there. Plus, I was a LOs Angeles Lakers fan at the time, who also had purple and gold as their colors. Whatever the case, I was a Minnesota Vikings fan. Now, as mentioned, I am from Pennsylvania. I grew up about an hour’s ride from Philadelphia, which is the local team here. So when he got traded to the Eagles, I could ‘ve followed him once again to our local team. Couldnt do it. I was to remain a Vikings fan no matter what. Fast-forward to today. I was thinking on their victory from yesterday and it got me thinking of old memories of former Vikings teams. I thought I would look up their history, to relive some old memories. I came across this website. Next thing I know, I see a tab on ur page reading ‘My faith blog’. I was like, “what?” Last thing I expected to see was a reference and testimony about Jesus Christ. You see, I, too, am a Christian. I couldnt believe what I was seeing and reading. It was great. Made my day to be honest with you. God bless.

  83. kansasvike on 13 Nov 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks Tim and glad you like the site. I love hearing stories about how others became Viking fans and it’s good to hear from a brother in Christ too. It made my morning to see your comments. Take care and thanks for taking the time to comment.

    Mike

    I’m not what I could be. I’m not what I should be. But I’m not what I was.

  84. SteveTheSwede on 06 Feb 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Wanted to show you my testimony;
    It made the Des Moines Register front page.

    My Brothers Story
    By Steve Sederstrom
    Special Thanks to: Tim Gallagher and the Sioux City Journal
    For allowing the use of some of this material

    HAWARDEN, Iowa (2010) — I admit, when I look back at my life I still can’t believe the journey that GOD has had me travel. I am here today as proof that GOD can and will use anyone for His glory; even the most vile and sinful person.
    That was me, Steve Sederstrom, until the age of 26 when I asked Jesus to be my personal Savior. As it happens to some new Christians, I was saved but never discipled; I had a foundation but was not instructed in God’s Word and did not know how to conduct myself. It wasn’t until GOD allowed a great tragedy to come into my life that I can now look back at my journey and realize that this was all part of God’s plan.
    In June of 2010 I was asked to plan and speak at the funeral service for my brother Chuck, who was 17 months older than me. We grew up together, and as you can see in this photo, my big brother was a bull riding cowboy. Chuck was a rough and tough cowboy, and to honor him I felt it appropriate to have a cowboy funeral.
    I donned a cowboy hat, black jeans, and boots that day to deliver the eulogy for my older brother, Chuck Sederstrom. He died June 5, 2010 ending a 20 plus year existence lying in a comatose state. His condition was the result of injuries suffered on January 13, 1990, when Chuck, driving drunk, fell asleep at the wheel and wrecked his car.
    Chuck was just 29 years old at the time, running Swede’s Bar at Hawarden, Iowa and living in life’s fast lane. When he wasn’t scaling steel beams or serving Jim Beam, he was bar-room brawling, breaking horses, and riding bulls: “He thought he was indestructible.”
    Chuck and I were the sons of Eugene William “Swede” and Aida Sederstrom. Our parents owned and operated the V.I.P. Lounge, the largest strip club in South Dakota in the late 60’s and 70’s. It was a poor environment to raise kids; in fact I was tending bar by age 11.
    Chuck grew to 5-feet 6-inches by the time he was 13. He was all muscle and attitude, and he was known as the school bully. He rebelled against our parents, spent time in reform schools and was in the State Penitentiary for 6-months by the age of 17. He often lifted the screen from our bedroom window to sneak out and run to a nearby ranch, a place that gave him the chance to work with horses. Chuck earned his G.E.D. and headed to Oklahoma and Texas to live in horse country. He would hang red iron by day and ride bulls — mechanical or real — by night. Church was married and had three children, however he never settled. He partied. He abused alcohol and drugs.
    His wild ways came to a tragic end one January night in 1990. Chuck left Sioux City, Iowa and disabled the seat belt in his car. He set the cruise at 80 and took off in the snow. He dozed at the wheel, ended up in the ditch, and was thrown from his vehicle at impact. Rescue personnel found him snoring, face down, in a ditch. His brain swelled after the accident, and the doctors had to drill holes into his skull to relieve the swelling. Sadly, permanent damage had already been done. A year later a doctor told us that his brain had shrunken to a small mass and was heavily scarred. He basically said there was “no hope.”
    As parents do, our mom and dad held out for a miracle. They kept Chuck stable, feeding him through a tube and attempting to communicate with him. For the last 15 years of his life, Chuck resided at Auburn Manor, a nursing home located in Chaska, Minnesota. My dad ordered medication for Chuck when he got sick. He didn’t want to see his son die.
    As I stood at a podium in Grace Hill Cemetery for Chuck’s funeral, I spoke of my own time as a Sioux Falls miscreant. I upped the pace in the fast lane after Chuck’s accident. I would often take my older brother’s truck into the timberland around Hawarden, Iowa. I would fill a cooler with beer and drink myself to the point I could barely walk, and then just cry and curse GOD for allowing this horrible thing to happen to my brother.
    At this point in my life my journey began to take a downward spiral. I had gotten married, but my wife, Audrienne, took our baby girl, left me, and went to live with her parents. I can’t blame her, for I was not safe to be around and was set on self-destruction. I couldn’t deal with seeing my brother lying in bed helpless, not being even close to what he was before his accident.
    I reached my lowest point some weeks later when I spent a cold Friday night drinking in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and then climbed into a car to sleep. I was arrested and spent the weekend in a 6-foot by 9-foot jail cell.
    On Sunday I got on my knees in this tiny jail cell, and told the Lord that if he got me out of this, I would change my ways. Just minutes after I prayed I heard the key in the door. I was being released! I asked the jailer: “What’s going on?” The jailer was also surprised and said: “I don’t know. This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone getting released on a Sunday evening.” I met my lawyer in the hallway and he stated: “I sent the paperwork to be signed by the judge on Saturday morning, and was told it will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday. Then I got a call from the judge on Sunday. Apparently the judge just came home from golfing and decided to sign the papers at home so that I could pick them up today for your release.” The lawyer added that he had never seen anything like this happen before. I took this as a sign from GOD! Since that day over 19 years ago I have not had one drop of alcohol to drink.
    I went to church for the first time. I was reunited with my wife Audrienne, and God has blessed us with three more children. I became an engineer. GOD has burdened me with a desire to work with our church youth group teaching young children Biblical character traits. I have had opportunity to share my testimony with teens and others about the perils of alcohol and drug abuse.
    I still miss my older brother Chuck. I don’t think the pain will ever go away. I don’t believe Chuck’s accident was in vain. Would I change things if I could? Yes indeed! But I realize there was some good that came out of all of this. Even though Chuck had been in a coma for over 20 years, I still cried for several hours the day he died. I grabbed a photo album and pored over shots of my big brother, the bull rider, the construction worker. I started laughing when thinking about the memories while planning his funeral. As I ended my remarks at Chuck’s funeral, I made this statement: “There is no burden too heavy, no sin too great.”
    Following the eulogy, I gathered my other siblings, Bob, Gene, and Marie, and we all lowered Chuck’s urn into the ground. I grabbed a rose and dropped it into his grave. See you later brother, I said. But GOD was not done yet, for He had even bigger plans with my brother’s story.
    I was contacted by reporter Tim Gallagher from the Sioux City Journal about my brother’s story. He claimed that this was an interesting life story, and that his editor sent him to check things out. Tim came to the funeral and heard my testimony. Afterwards Tim (not being a Christian) claimed that he would write this up but was not sure if it would get printed. Well to the surprise of us all, including the reporter, the story made the front page of the paper. Tens of thousands of people across the Midwest read this powerful story about how GOD can save and change lives.
    During the past years I was blessed with the opportunity to lead both my mother, Aida Sederstrom, and also my Dad, “Swede” Sederstrom, to the Lord. I pray that my brother Chuck understood when I read to him from the Bible, and showed him how to get saved. He responded with eye blinks as I asked him questions and attempted to lead him to salvation. I prayed for the first few years after the accident for a miracle and that Chuck would awake. But then later I asked GOD to take him home for my heart was broken.
    I now understand what GOD had planned all along. I pray that my brother’s story will help make others change their ways, and start making GOD a part of their lives. Remember: “There is no burden too heavy, and no sin too great that GOD cannot forgive.”

  85. kansasvike on 07 Feb 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Powerful testimony Steve. Praise God for His work that He has done in you and is continuing to do in others through you. May God bless you for sharing your story with everyone.

    Mike

  86. Chuck McAndrew on 16 Feb 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Mike,
    What a blessing to see a blog that puts Christ first!So thankful what Christ did on that cross for us. To trust Him as Lord and Savior in my life, And the Blessings ( that i don’t deserve) he has given me. the Family members that have gotten Saved. Praise to Him be the glory…
    I grew up in P.A. Granfather, Dad, Aunts ,Uncles Steeler fans lol. I wanted a team for myself. Cowboys was unthinkable…Didn’t like them anyways. I remember my Dad cheering for the Vikings in the Superbowl.Not the one with the Steelers. Could have been Dolphins or Raiders. Anyways that is what helped me decide to make them my team. He is home with the Lord now. Looking forward the seeing the Lord and family someday soon.

  87. Chuck McAndrew on 16 Feb 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Mike,
    Almost forgot.Looking forward to reading your blog day to day Bro.
    God Bless ya
    Chuck

  88. kansasvike on 17 Feb 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you Chuck. When I first accepted Christ I almost shut down the website but He placed it on my heart to keep it going and use it to spread the Word and for His glory. Since then He has blessed me with people such as yourself that comment and tell their stories too. I look forward to the day when we will all get to meet each other in His Kingdom and worship Him together. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It is very much appreciated and be blessed my brother.

    Mike

  89. paul westbrook on 03 May 2013 at 11:59 am #

    great website!!!! a dallas vikings fan – also a high school offensive line coach at a large dallas suburb school Question for anyone out there – are there any vikings who are christians? what about vikings down through the years that had a christian witness – especially offensive linemen? will look forward to hearing from anyone who can help!!!

  90. kansasvike on 03 May 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Glad you like the site Paul and thanks for commenting. Yes, there are several Vikings who are Christian and have discussed their faith. Leslie Frazier is one and he is also the past head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Both Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson have discussed their faith in articles on the web. I have not seen Christian Ponder discussing his faith but have seen pictures of him wearing an “I am Second” wrist band, so I would suspect you can add him to the list also.

    Mike

  91. paul westbrook on 04 May 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    what about some of the older 70’s players? i have often times heard ron yary speak and he sounds very articulate and talks about “gifts from god” – just wondering – thanks!

  92. Jeff Fisher on 16 Jul 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Mike, I have followed your site several years, and am a follower of Christ myself. I appreciate your open faith, and that you promote the “clean” blogs and news sources of the Vikings. I live in northern MN, and though 57 years of age, just went to my first live games last year with my son, who is nineteen, and a die-hard fan such as I am, and my father was. Thank you for your service to God, and your faith in our Savior. May he lift you up, especially those days when the Vikings lose. :-) Be well, Jeff

  93. Dan on 04 Aug 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for the great Vikings news updates. They could be really good this year, especially if Ponder matures over last year.
    Thanks also for sharing your testimony. Cool story of how God used little events to bring you to Himself.
    God bless, and go Vikings.
    Dan

  94. kansasvike on 04 Aug 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Thanks for the comments Dan and glad you enjoy the site. God has blessed me with the ability to enjoy the team I like best and share my love for Him at the same time. Enjoy the season this year.

    Be Blessed.
    Mike

  95. Ed Piper on 31 Dec 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Thank you so much for yout testimony. God is good, and he is speaking, just as you described in your testimony. Your site provides encouragement in my faith in Jesus, along with the fun and positive nature of sports news and discussion. God bless you, Ed in San Diego, not even a really big football fan :)

  96. kansasvike on 31 Dec 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Thank you for taking the time to reply Ed. It means a lot to hear from people such as yourself. I started the football portion of this site 15 years ago as a tribute to my favorite team. Now I do it for His glory. We serve an awesome God.

    Thanks again for the comment.

    Mike

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