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After many years working in radio all over America, I have now settled in “Sin City” – Las Vegas — and have a weekly show called: “Jesus and Tim in Las Vegas”

I wanted someone on my program for November 13, 2010, who had interviewed the cast of the zany Monty Python’s Flying Circus, also Mother Teresa in Calcutta, Johnny Cash, David Soul, Billy Graham, Ringo Starr, and even had Paul McCartney write a tongue-in-cheek song dedicated to him. I also wanted that guest to be a person who had worked for two of London’s infamous tabloids and was also a correspondent for the National Inquirer, and these days informed us about Christians who are suffering around the world and I could only think of one person — Dan Wooding.

I also wanted to talk to someone who was 102 years old, still sings in churches, sang for Billy Graham for over 60 years, was responsible for me landing my second job in radio and was one of the most humble men I’ve ever met and that could only be George “Bev” Shea.

I also wanted an apologist on the program who would speak the truth without fear of reprisal and that would be Dr. Robert A. Morey, the author of over 45 books, some of which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Polish, and Finnish. (His website is: http://faithdefenders.com).

As you read this, you are probably wondering who I am? Well my credentials aren’t exactly stellar, at least in my earlier years.

Tim Berends

I registered an 89 on a self scoring IQ test, was asked to leave Columbia Bible College after failing every course except choir in my freshmen year. I was kicked out of the Air Force (after 3 years and 9 months) with a General Discharge under Honorable Conditions after getting involved with the American Nazi Party when my best friends were Jews and African Americans (because they were the only ones who understood my humor) and later also was kicked out of Bob Jones University for drinking two cans of Colt 45.

However, there was a change for the good after I was almost killed in a Weatherman Bomb Factory explosion in Greenwich Village (March 6th, 1970) in New York City. (Three people were killed). It was then that I turned my life over to the Lord and through a series of miracles, I was able to land a job at WMBI Radio in Chicago. Then, after working for Billy Graham’s radio station in Black Mountain N. C., and other stations, I was able to secure a job for the 700 Club (CBN) and their radio station.

Eventually, the Lord opened the door for me to work at KBRT AM 740 in Southern California, where the Lord allowed my co-host with Al Gross and I to win the Los Angeles Herald Examiner “Top Jock Contest” in 1986 for our show, “The Time and Al Show,” beating such luminaries as KIIS-FM’s Rick Dee’s. (Two years later the Herald Examiner went out of business).

I now host “Jesus and Tim in Las Vegas” heard over www.KJSLradio.net each Saturday at 5-7 pm (Central Time). Past programs can be heard on www.Jesusandtim.org. Please listen if you can!

Tim handing out tracts on the Las Vegas Strip

I also hand out 300 gospel tracts a day to some of the 40 million visitors from all over the world who visit Vegas every year. That’s 100,000 a year, 300,000 for the last 3 years. My pilot friend Mike and I (with the Lord’s help) have been able to get thousands of gospel tracts into Ciudad Juarez — the world’s most violent city — and Tijuana, Mexico, also in Israel including Ramallah, Bethlehem and the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem (reaching Muslims). We have also been doing this in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, reaching our Jewish friends.

It’s a joy to know that God can use anybody! How about you?

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