John Haeffele has had the opportunity to speak on radio, at prison ministry workshops and churches throughout Illinois. He has also been the keynote speaker for Christian Library International events in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the founder of the Prodigal One Ministry and writes a weekly blog, “Beyond the Pigs.”

2017-11-12
Love You Too
Whenever I leave for work I always try to say, “love you” to anyone who is still home.Their typical reply is, “Love you too.” I am blessed with a family that has shown me a glimpse of the love God has for His children. God’s loves us with “agape love.”...

2017-11-05
Going to College
It was rumored when people in the mafia would go to prison they would refer to it as “going to college.” Looking back, I consider my time in prison as a retreat because I used it to draw closer to God. I don’t think of those days much anymore. I...

2017-10-29
Organ Transplant
Recently one of my friends had an organ transplant. Several weeks ago, while I was praying I began thinking of the donor. Because of the donor, my friend would have new life, but the donor would need to lose theirs. So, I began praying for the donor and that their...

2017-10-22
When The Time Is Right
I need to work on trusting God’s timing. God created Heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh. Wouldn’t it be nice if He answered our prayers that fast? I believe in God’s perfect timing but sometimes I wish He would be a little quicker. For years...

2017-10-08
Thank You
For the past three years, I have had the honor of attending and being a part of five Advance the Light Dinners, which is put on by Christian Library International (CLI). One of the highlights of the evening is when the attendees are asked to write an encouraging note to...

2017-10-01
Free To Go
Two years ago, a young lady from Atlanta, Georgia called and asked if I could be the keynote speaker at Christian Library International’s Advance the Light Dinner in Atlanta. I must admit at first, I thought it was a hoax but when I realized it wasn’t I quickly accepted the...

2017-09-24
God is Faithful
Every morning during prayer time I pray for our cars. Like me, they are getting up there in age and miles and need all the help they can get. I pray they keep running but if they don’t, I pray God provides us a way to fix them or a...

2017-09-17
A Blast From The Past
Earlier this week, I was having a spiritually difficult morning that is, until my phone rang. It was a Texas number, so I thought it was a solicitor but decided to answer it anyway. The voice on the other end was one of my favorite teachers: Mrs. G. Not only...

2017-09-10
How to Get Into Heaven
When asked if he knew where he was going when he died, a young man told me he was going to Heaven. When asked why, his reply was like many others, “Because I am a good person.” Good does not open the gates of Heaven the good shepherd does. The...

2017-09-03
Just What I Needed
I have been blessed to substitute preach many times this summer. But as summer ends the opportunities to speak become few and far between. Without any speaking engagements and my book not flying off the shelf the devil has taken the opportunity to make me question if I had any...

2017-08-27
Looking Up
The solar eclipse was earlier this week so many people spent part of the afternoon looking up at the sun. It was overcast so it became questionable whether people would be able to see the eclipse at all. Maybe that was God’s way of showing us that He is still...

2017-08-20
ALL ARE WELCOMED
In my home church, all are welcomed. Sunday mornings the hospitality room is open and there have been times when the lost could be found, being fed by members of our congregation. Last Sunday, two lost young men found their way to the hospitality room. When asked if they would...

2017-08-06
What God Did
Last month I had the chance to share my message about Spiritual warfare. While I was preparing the message, it seemed like the devil and those working for him were out in full force. I began falling for some of the tricks the father of lies was telling me so...

2017-07-23
Put Me In Coach
When I coached football, we had a player named J.D. that would stand by me the whole game and say,” Put me in Coach, I’m ready”. The problem was, that J.D. was not ready. He missed practice most of the time so he wasn’t prepared to play and when I...

2017-07-16
All You Will Ever Need
Maybe you are facing a challenge today and feel like the devil has taken away your strength. One of my favorites verses is, “I can do ALL things in Christ who strengthens me.” Notice the word ALL? The Bible doesn’t say, “I can do some things”, “I can do a...

2017-07-09
Win-Win Situation
I recently met with a believer that is facing a struggle between life and death. Let me clarify, this is a physical struggle because years ago, she accepted Christ, became dead to sin and born into new life. As she waits to see if she is a candidate for surgery...

2017-07-02
Happy Dependence Day
On the 4th of July, we celebrate our Independence, but today take a moment and celebrate your dependence day. Dependence day is the day when you quit holding on to the things you have no control over and give them to God. Struggling with someone? Give them to God. Struggling...

2017-06-25
Speak Up Talk Radio Interview
This is the condensed version of the Speak Up Radio interview done earlier in the year. This played on their online radio show which can be heard at www.speakuptalkradio.com. Listen to John’s segment below....

2017-06-11
Grace is Greater
Earlier this week August decided to come early here in Central Illinois. It was 90 degrees outside but felt like 120 degrees inside where I was working at my cleaning job. I was physically and spiritually beat, and decided it would be a good idea to let God know how...

2017-06-04
Prompted by the Spirit
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to share a message at one of my Pastor friend’s churches. As I was getting ready to leave for the service I was prompted by the Spirit to grab a pair of reading glasses. This was a strange prompting because I usually don’t take...

2017-04-29
Meat Eaters
When I was younger I was a real meat eater. In fact, I once ate a seven-pound prime rib! Not only was the prime rib delicious but I also got my picture on the wall and a free t-shirt. I always considered myself a meat eater until I started teaching...

2017-04-23
Even If
Christian recording artists Mercy Me recently released a song titled “Even If.” The song is based on the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. (Daniel 3). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were given the choice to bow down and worship a false idol or be thrown into a fiery furnace....

2017-04-02
Getting Hammered
Getting hammered can refer to the effects of one going way beyond the point of being a social drinker. As mentioned in prior posts, my mother named me after John the Baptist. John was described as a wild man that dined on honey and locust. In my prior life I...

2017-03-26
I Disease
Have you ever met somebody with “I disease?” It’s not a physical ailment it is a spiritual one. You meet them and the conversation is all about them. They speak in phrases like ” I did this” and “I did that.” Ay yi yi, it’s a terrible disease. It kills...