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Steps Towards War

In the mean time, Congress gave President Bush the go-ahead to wage war. In a 98-0 vote the Senate gave him the power to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to respond to the terror attacks. The House approved the use of force by a vote of 420-1.

The lone member of Congress was Rep. Barbara J. Lee, a radical leftist from California. Insisting that the nation risked entering into the war without a clear target she said, “I am convinced that military action will not prevent future acts of international terrorism against the United States.”

In spite of the declarations of that single voice President Bush was elated: “I am gratified that the Congress has united so powerfully by taking this action. It sends a clear message – our people are together and we will prevail.”

Meanwhile the president took the first steps toward war by giving the Pentagon the authority to activate as many as 50,000 reserve troops to maintain aerial patrols over American cities and to strengthen security at crucial military and civilian installations.

And the president’s target in his offensive was clear: the mountains of Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden was believed to be hiding. Iraq could be another target because Saddam Hussein led his nation to support terrorism all over the world. “Justice demands that those who helped or harbored terrorists be punished,” the president assured.

Hearing of the plans of the United States, the Taliban in Afghanistan threatened revenge if the US made war against them. “If a country or group violates our country, we will not forget our revenge,” Taliban spokesman Abdul Hai Muttmain responded.

The Taliban’s leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar had this to add: “Death comes to everyone. We must stand proud as Afghans in the defense of Islam. Believe in God, for with the grace of God the American rockets will go astray and we will be saved.

“. . . The Soviet Union destroyed this country, but they could never accomplish their goals. The United States will also fail.”

On September 15, as he ordered troops to get ready for war, President Bush braced Americans for what lie ahead: “Those who make war against the United States have chosen their own destruction. We will smoke them out of their holes. We’ll get them running and we’ll bring them to justice.”

Then, while indicating that Osama bin Laden’s days were numbered he continued, “If he thinks he can hide and run from the United States and our allies, he will be sorely mistaken. This act will not stand.

“. . . We are at war. Everybody who wears the uniform: Get ready.

“. . . I will not settle for a token act. Our response will be sweeping, sustained and effective. We have much to do and much to ask of America.

“. . . you will be asked for your patience, for the conflict will not be short. You will be asked for resolve, for the conflict will not be easy. You will be asked for your strength, because the course to victory may be long.

“A terrorist attack designed to tear us apart has instead bound us together as a nation.

“. . . Victory against terrorism will not take place in a single battle but in a series of decisive actions against terrorist organizations and those who harbor and support them.

“. . . this is a conflict without battlefields or beachheads, a conflict with opponents who believe they are invincible. Yet they are mistaken. They will be exposed.”

Apparently Afghan citizens were hearing the message loud and clear. Fearing the revenge of the United States, masses of them began leaving Kabul, the Afghan capitol and stocking up on food and other supplies. The Taliban leadership, however, called on the people to “stand proud” as they threatened war on nations that might aid the U.S. assault on their country.

“I am not afraid of death or losing power,” Taliban leader Omar insisted. “I am willing to give up power and my seat, but I’m not willing to give up Islam. We shall be victorious.”

On September 16 President Bush turned back to the needs and security of the homeland. In order to explain his order to shoot down any commercial aircraft that disobeyed orders to turn away from Washington’s air space, the president stated, “I gave our military the orders necessary to protect Americans. Of course, that was difficult. . . never did I dream we would be under attack this way.”

Then, in order to encourage Americans to return to their normal lives he stated, “Tomorrow when you get back to work, work hard like you always have. My administration has a job to do. . . We will rid the world of evildoers.

“This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while. And American people must be patient.”

Vice President Cheney added, “The government of Afghanistan has to understand that we believe they have, indeed, been harboring a man who committed and whose organization committed this most egregious act. They have to understand, and others like them around the world have to understand, that if you provided sanctuary to terrorists, you face the full wrath of the United States of America.”

Yet, in his first appearance since the attack, bin Laden flatly denied responsibility: “I stress that I have not carried out this act, which appears to have been carried out by individuals with their own motivation.”

Meanwhile, Ground Zero remained in shambles. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani bravely encouraged the people of New York and the rescue workers: “The life of the city goes on. The recovery effort continues and the hope is still there that we might be able to save some lives. But the reality is that in the last several days we haven’t found anyone."

Speaking at a news conference, the gallant mayor assured that how one was to deal with the trauma was to “show how strong we are and how terrorists can’t cower us.

“Go ahead and go about the everyday activities. Go to church Sunday. If you go to a park and play with your children, do that. If you like to go out and spend money I would encourage that. It’s always a good thing.”

Later in the day, he addressed a ceremony in which 168 firefighters were being promoted. In so doing he offered his own personal story about perseverance. While relating an account about his uncle whose legs were broken when he was thrown from a ladder truck while answering a false alarm the mayor detailed, “One of my earliest memories is his talking about wanting to go back to work. It was the thing that got him through, the thing that sustained him.”

In spite of all the encouragement by the president and Mayor Giuliani there was no call to national repentance. Rather the call was for the nation to get on with its normal life as if nothing had happened. But, as clearly demonstrated during the Clinton years, America had rejected God and was in the midst of a great national sin. Could it be that 911 was God's judgment for that sin and rejection of Him? If so, the leadership of America failed to lead America to its knees. Rather, in defiance, it could only propose the retaliation of Modern Rome, the most powerful nation in the history of the world. Pax Romana would have its way.

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On September 17, while visiting the Pentagon President Bush assured the nation in a Texas twang that he would “get ‘em running and to find ‘em, and to hunt ‘em down.”

With regard to bin Laden, the president offered the now infamous commentary, “I want him – I want justice. And there’s an old poster out West, as I recall that said; ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’”

In spite of Mayor Giuliani’s leadership, only five survivors had been pulled out of the smoking ruins, and none since the preceding Wednesday. Yet the good mayor was not willing to give up hope saying, “I’ve been told by experts that people survive for longer periods than the six days that have gone by since the attack. The simple reality is that we’re not going to be able to recover significant numbers of people, but we will continue to try.”

But by September 18, the hope for survivors had all but faded. By then, the mayor finally conceded that there was virtually no hope of finding any more survivors of the catastrophe. “We don’t’ have any substantial amount of hope we can offer anyone that we will find anyone alive,” he said. “We have to prepare people for that overwhelming reality.”

Arrogantly the Taliban continued to express their defiance, as if America would easily forget their loved ones in the face of their toothless threats. “If America attacks our homes, it is necessary for all Muslims, especially for Afghans, to wage a holy war,” Mullah Mohammed Hasan Akhund, deputy Taliban leader asserted. “God is on our side, and if the world’s people try to set fire to Afghanistan, God will protect us and help us.”

In Pakistan demonstrators shouted in English, “Until now, only one World Trade Center has been destroyed. But we will destroy all of America. We will die for Taliban. We will die for Islam. We will die for Osama.”

Meanwhile U.S. intelligence was looking hard to see if Iraq was involved in the slaughter of Americans after a report was released in that regard. “It’s been a suspicion from the beginning that Iraq may have been at least helping with their intelligence networks,” one official revealed. “But now, after the report, they’re looking really seriously at Iraq.”

According to R. James Woolsey, the former director of the CIA, “It has never been true that terrorism operates under a legal regime of exclusive contracts. There’s never been anything inconsistent with the idea that bin Laden would be providing most of the people in this and Iraqi intelligence helping logistically and otherwise behind it.”

Also suggesting that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing should be reopened to explore “if Saddam Hussein was involved. In any way, if that’s true, it doesn’t matter if he was involved in this one. That would be enough to take action.”

Indeed, Laurie Mylroie in the book “Study of Revenge, Saddam Hussein’s Unfinished War on America,” put together a convincing case that the mastermind of the 1993 bombing went by the alias Ramzi Yousef and was an Iraqi agent. “Clearly a state is involved in last week’s attack because it was so sophisticated, and Iraq is the most likely player,” Mylroie said. “The most likely candidate is the state at which we are at war. We’re bombing Iraq on a daily basis.”

Meanwhile, the concern over the vulnerability of America’s borders remained at the forefront. As a result the Bush administration announced a major expansion of its power to detain immigrants suspected of crimes. New rules would allow legal immigrants to be detained indefinitely during a national emergency. With that in mind, John Ashcroft detailed that the government has “a responsibility to use every legal means at our disposal to prevent further terrorist activity by taking people into custody who have violated the law and who may pose a threat to America.”

Then he insisted that “we’re going to do everything we can to harmonize the constitutional rights of individuals with every legal capacity we can muster to also protect the safety and security of individuals.”

On September 19 the Pentagon ordered dozens of advanced aircraft to the Persian Gulf region as the day of America’s revenge grew closer-and-closer. F-15s, F-16s and B-1 bombers would soon be closing in on the rebellious Muslims. The name of the campaign against Afghanistan would be “Operation Infinite Justice.”

Donald Rumsfield clearly indicated that a war with Afghanistan would be risky: “Several countries have exhausted themselves pounding that country,” he stated in reference to Britain in the 19th century and the Soviet Union in 1979-89. The Soviet Union’s war with Afghanistan was a major factor leading to the communist country’s collapse. “What we’ll have to do is exactly what I said: Use the full spectrum of our capabilities,” he assured.

While stating, “I owe it to the country to give an explanation,” President Bush announced that he would address Congress and the nation the next day.

“No question it’s tough times,” he said. “This is a shock to the economy and we are going to respond.” Because the government shut down the airlines after the 9/11 attack and the fact that most Americans were afraid to fly the friendly skies the airlines were the worst hit. Even after the skies were opened up again, the airlines struggled with a dramatic falloff of business. Thus the president was preparing to ask Congress to give the airlines $5 billion in immediate aid.

Then, on September 20, 2001, President Bush addressed the nation in a joint session of Congress giving what would be the most inspirational and greatest speech of his career. He delivered a powerful verbal indictment against Osama bin Laden and demanded that the Taliban surrender the terrorist, release imprisoned Americans and give the United States full access to terrorist training camps – or else. Thirty rounds of applause punctuated his address in the House chambers.

“I will not forget this wound to our country, or those who inflicted it,” the president assured. “I will not yield. I will not rest.”

His demands were not open for discussion. “They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate.”

Reminding the military to “be ready” for the gathering war, the Commander in Chief stated, “The hour is coming when America will act and you will make us proud.

“. . . The civilized world is rallying to America’s side. They understand that if terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror unanswered cannot only bring down buildings, it can threaten governments and we will not allow it.

“. . . By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions – they follow in the path of fascism and Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends, in history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies.

“. . . The terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children.”

As a result of this despicable way of thinking he said, “Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss and in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war."

Yet the president cautioned Americans to remain alert stating, “It is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return almost to normal.”

He asked for patience and warned of more casualties as America pressed ahead with its goal to remove terror from the world. The war against elusive terrorists, he continued, “will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.”

Yet it would be a war like none other in the history of the world. “It may include dramatic strikes, visible on television, and covert operations, secret even in success,” the president assured.

Still he assured every American, “We’ll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good. But our resolve must not pass.”

“Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom,” he said to sustained applause. “Our grief has turned to anger and our anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”

In order to protect American civilians during this protracted war, President Bush announced the creation of a new Cabinet-level office to fortify homeland defenses. This Department of Homeland Defense would be headed up by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair demonstrated his unwavering support of the president as he sat in the gallery of the great congressional hall. He pledged “our solidarity, our sympathy and our support.”

Nothing was at all normal in New York, and a delegation of senators had the opportunity to find that out as they visited Ground Zero to see the ruins of the Trade Center. This delegation included Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and minority Leader Trent Lott.

“I’ve never seen anything comparable to what we’ve seen here today, the magnitude of it,” Lott declared. “It’s so important that we come and see what we’re dealing with.”

At the sight of the devastation even the divisive democratic Senate leader Tom Daschle had to get on board with the president, at least for the time being. “We’re here because we recognize this loss must be shared not only by New Yorkers, but by all Americans,” he said.

“We are resolved to work together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans,” he also promised.

As Senate minority leader Trent Lott declared, “Tonight there is no opposition party.”

All-in-all 63 countries were believed to have victims in the Trade Center rubble. New York Mayor Giuliani demonstrated that there would be a sustained effort to save the lives of any survivors: “Even weeks ahead, while we’re removing stuff, obviously we’re going to be looking. Right now the possibility still remains. They’re slim, but they still remain.”

What also remained was the president’s determination to exact revenge. “This is not a time for negotiation or discussions,” warned President Bush’s spokesman on September 21 as the Pentagon committed more aircraft to the Persian Gulf.

The economy continued to suffer sever setbacks. The stock market fell sharply, nearing the end of one of the gloomiest weeks in Wall Street history. The devastated airline industry laid off more people.

Yet hope remained in the air as Attorney General John Ashcroft reminded the nation of its great American will to survive and then some: “We will rebuild New York. It’s our nature. It’s our spirit.”

“Our economy has had a shock,” President Bush said the next day. But he noted that the foundation had been left unshaken.

The military buildup continued on September 22 as the Pentagon called up over five thousand reservists for “homeland defense.” Active duty troops continued to move to positions within striking distance of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his support stating, “We have always been initiators of the effort to unite the forces of the international community in the battle with terror. If we want to win there is no other way. We must unite forces of all civilized society.”

Finally, on September 23, the nation was able move on from mourning as the solemn President Bush returned the American Flag to full staff. And there it hung, full and proud, reminding all Americans that their resolve would not fail to bring dramatic results.

In the mean time, the Taliban was busily attempting to save their skins. Under pressure from President Bush to produce Osama bin Laden, the leadership of the rouge outfit insisted that it was unable to find the terrorist. Top US officials in Washington stated that the claim was a crude attempt to evade responsibility for complying with US demands.

“We’re not going to be deterred by comments that he may be missing,” Condoleezza Rice confirmed.

Donald Rumsfels added, “They know where he is. They know their country. . . It is just not believable that the Taliban do not know where the network can be located and found and can be turned over.”

With regard to the nation’s security, on September 24 federal authorities charged the first person with aiding terrorist hijackers. Herbert Villalobos was charged with helping one of the suspected hijackers obtain a Virginia ID card a month before the attacks.

Meanwhile, President Bush announced that he would now hit the terrorists financially. In so doing he issued an executive order freezing the financial assets of 27 organizations and people, including Osama bin Laden. “Money is the lifeblood of terrorist operations,” he assured. “Today we’re asking the world to stop payment.”

In defiance, Osama bin Laden spoke out for himself in a FAX to Pakistan. He urged the country to rise up and repel America whose forces were gathering about Afghanistan for an emanate attack.

“. . . We tell our Muslim brothers in Pakistan to use all their means to resist the invasion of the American crusader forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the Fax plead. Reflecting on three Muslims killed in anti-American protests he continued, “We hope that these brothers will be the first martyrs in the battle of Islam in this era against the new Jewish campaign and Christian crusader campaign that is led by the Chief Crusader Bush under the banner of the cross.

“We ask God to make us defeat the infidels and oppressors and to crush the new Jewish-Christian crusader campaign on the land of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“If God allows you to win, there will be no defeat. If he chooses that you will be defeated, nothing will allow you to win. Therefore, depend on God.”

As that nonsense was going on, back in New York, Mayor Giuliani had practically given up hope of finding any survivors. “I believe that it is certainly time to say that the chances of finding anyone would now involve a miracle,” he lamented. “And miracles have happened. But we should not – it would be unfair to offer any kind of broad hope to people.”

Homeland Security remained a priority as America continued to strengthen its borders. Delays of up to 15 hours waited those who wished to cross the nation’s borders. There were fears of chemical attacks. Hence, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded farm crop-dusters for fear that they could be used in biological or chemical attacks.

On September 25 John Ashcroft warned that there was a “clear and present danger” of additional terrorist attacks. This comment resulted from an incident wherein about 20 people were charged with attempting to obtain fraudulent drivers licenses to drive tankers. The Department of Justice indicated that some of the people arrested in connection with the hazardous waste licenses might have had connections to the hijackers. So, the country was now faced with the possibility of trucks full of dangerous chemicals on the loose with terrorists at the wheels.

“Terrorism is a clear and present danger to Americans today,” he stated. “Intelligence information available to the FBI indicates a potential for additional terrorist incidents.” Therefore, on September 26 law enforcement authorities arrested 10 Middle Eastern men on charges of fraudulently obtaining licenses to transport hazardous materials. The concern was that terrorists might strike next using chemical or biological weapons.

Back in Afghanistan on September 25, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar blamed the United States for the September 11 attack on US soil. In a Faxed message he proclaimed, “You should know whatever incidents and sorrow you suffer. . . are a result of the erroneous policies of your government.” The implication was that the attack was the result of America’s support of Israel in its conflict with Palestinians.

At the same time bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization issued its own defiant warning: “Wherever there are Americans and Jews, they will be targeted.”

President Bush countered by suggesting that the people of Afghanistan should rebel against the Taliban. In that vein he stated that the best way to fight terrorism “is to ask for the cooperation of citizens within Afghanistan who may be tired of having the Taliban in place or tired of having Osama bin-Laden.”

Americans were still not taking to the friendly skies. So, in fear that the airlines could well go under, on September 27 President Bush asked the nation’s governors to post National Guard troops at airports. While attempting to coax Americans back into jets he declared, “This nation will not live in fear.” He urged the crowd not to give terrorism a victory by staying on the ground. “Get on the airlines,” he pleaded, “get about the business of America. Fly and enjoy America’s great destination spots.

“. . . The government and the private sector will make flying a way of life again in America. We have awakened to the new danger, but our resolve is great and the spirit of America is incredibly strong.”

Even as the president was attempting to persuade Americans that flying was safe, a document belonging to the hijackers demonstrated the resolve of those who turned the skies over America into a battlefield. A five-page handwritten document was found in the luggage of Mohomed Atta, who was believed to be the leader of the hijackers. Another copy was found in the wreckage of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. This demonstrated that all of the hijackers were encouraged by this manifesto.

The document revealed a chilling message to the hijackers encouraging them to stick together and overcome their fears in carrying out the terrorist attacks. In clearly demonstrating the resolve of these crazy people who were willing to commit suicide in order to follow the will of Allah, the document read, “Purify your heart and clean it from all earthly matters. The time of fun and waste has gone. The time of judgment has arrived. Hence we need to utilize those few hours to ask God for forgiveness. You have to be convinced that those few hours that are left in your life are very few. From there you will begin to live the happy life, the infinite paradise. Be optimistic. The prophet was always optimistic.”

On September 28, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani advised the nation of the degree of destruction that had occurred to the Trade Center. He confessed that it could take as long as a year to clean up the mess. FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh added on October 1, “This is going to take months – it’s going to take three or four months just to get to ground level. This is going to be better than a year to resolve this debris problem at the sites.”

So on September 28, while never forgetting the devastation that bin-Laden had inflicted upon America on 9/11, President Bush continued in his resolve to wipe terrorism from the face of the earth. “Make no mistake about it,” he told reporters. “We’re in hot pursuit of terrorists.” Then in a concession that the war in Afghanistan could be difficult he added that it was “very hard to fight a guerilla war with conventional forces.”

Meanwhile the Bush administration continued to attempt to persuade the Taliban to give up bin-Laden in order to avoid war. However, when talking to a delegation of Pakistani religious and government leaders who traveled to Kandahar (the seat of the Taliban), Mullah Mohammed Omar refused to even discuss bin-Laden.

Then, after two weeks of unsuccessful attempts to convince the Taliban to hand over the world’s most renown terrorist, President Bush lashed out, “The United states respects the people of Afghanistan and we are their largest provider of humanitarian support. But we condemn the Taliban, and welcome the support of other nations in isolating that regime.”

Even as he spoke, the military buildup in the area continued to grow. While amassing 28,000 sailors, airmen and troops, more than 300 warplanes and two-dozen warships spread for thousands of miles across a military theater with Iraq and Afghanistan at its heart, the US military was ready and willing to strike.

Then, under threat of strikes, on September 30 the Taliban backpedaled on its assertion that it had no idea regarding the whereabouts of bin-Laden. Afghanistan insurgents began to rebel in the north. In fierce fighting the rebels were able to secure a whole district from Taliban troops.

The Taliban remained defiant as Abdul Salam Zaeef proclaimed to the world, “He (bin-Laden) is under our control. Wherever he is, he’s in a secret place but that doesn’t mean that he is out of control of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. He’s in a place which cannot be located by anyone. . . We are thinking of negotiation,” he continued adding that if direct evidence against bin Laden were produced, “it might change things.”

The White House, though, was in no mood to negotiate with those who were actively harboring terrorists. “The president has said we’re not negotiating,” White House chief of staff Andrew Card assured. Then, raising the stakes even higher he added, “They’ve got to turn not only Osama bin Laden over but all the operatives of the al-Qaida organization. They’ve got to stop being a haven where terrorists can train.”

Indeed, General Henry H. Shelton warned that the US would fight terrorism on every front: “It’ll not be only America and America’s political, diplomatic, economic, military power that’ll be applied. It’ll be an international effort that will also bring in the great capabilities of our partners, our allies, and our friends around the world. ”

On the home front John Ashcroft continued to warn, “We believe that there is the likelihood of additional terrorist activity. And it is our job to do whatever we can to interrupt it, to disrupt it. We believe there are others who may be in the country who would have plans.’

Then he called on Congress to meet a Friday deadline that President Bush set for the approval of his plan to fight terrorism at home. Congress had been cool toward the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism package. “We think there is a very serious threat of additional problems now. And frankly, as the United Sates responds, that threat may escalate. Very frankly, we need to do everything we can here at home.”

The attorney general was claiming that his department desperately needed increased powers for surveillance, the ability to use information gathered by foreign governments and the ability to detain terrorist suspects for longer periods of time. “Talk will not prevent terrorism,” he continued. “We need to have action by the Congress. We need the tools to prevent terrorism.”

On October 1 it was revealed that Osama bin Laden had telephoned his mother in Syria the day before the 9/11 attacks. He told her that he could not meet her there because “something big” was imminent that would end their communications for a very long time. This was very clear evidence tying the terrorist to the attacks.

With military intervention in Afghanistan virtually assured, Rudy Giuliani appealed to the world to stand against terrorism: “The United nations must hold accountable any country that supports or condones terrorism or you will fail in your primary mission as peacekeepers.”

President Bush proclaimed the progress of the war against terror. While citing hundreds of arrests both in the US and abroad in the investigation, international cooperation and initial successes in seizing assets of bin Laden and his al-Qaida organization the president said, “It’s a campaign that must be fought on many fronts, and I’m proud to report that we’re making progress on many fronts.

“The evildoers struck and when they did they arouse a mighty land. We will not be cowered by a few.”


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Don Wigton is a graduate of the prestigious music department at CSULB where he studied under Frank Pooler, lyricist of Merry Christmas Darling, and sang in Pooler’s world renown University Choir alongside Karen and Richard Carpenter. During this time Don was also the lead composer of the band, Clovis Putney, that won the celebrated Hollywood Battle of the Bands. After giving his life to God, Don began attending Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa to study under some of the most prominent early Maranatha! musicians. Subsequently he toured the Western United States with Jedidiah in association with Myrrh Records.

Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Don’s Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.

The next years of Don’s life were spent as the praise leader of First Baptist Church in Bakersfield during a time of unprecedented church renewal. Don teamed with the leadership to successfully meld the old with the new through a period of tremendous church growth. During this exciting time, Don’s praise team, Selah, produced the CD Stop and Think About It.

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Wigtune Company: Praise music and worship study resource.  Free Christian praise songs and hymns, chord charts for the contemporary chorus and traditonal hymn and gospel music, plus and on-line worship Bible study.

Click here for the Wigtune worship, praise and hymns Facebook page.

Millions of
Wigtune MP3


Pastors, worship music ministers, small group leaders, praise bands and members of over
3337 ministries from 94 countries world-wide including all 50 states in the United States
are now using Wigtune praise and worship resources.

We pray that these materials have provided all of you with untold blessings!

"I might not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very good! . . . I don’t think that I have ever given such high ratings to so many songs before. But the fact is that they are well deserved because the music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they really get to your heart. . .everytime."
Fredrik Cole: Trax In Space



Winsome International was founded by Dr. John Lavender of First Baptist Church, Bakersfield. Don Wigton of Wigtune Company was the worship and praise leader there during a great growth expansion. Click here to hear the teaching that inspired so many.




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Wigtune Company offers free mp3 Jesus based praise music and song along with traditional Christian hymns performed in a contemporary fashion in order to encourage the body of Christ to blend the old with the new in a scriptural fashion.  An on-line Bible study is offered that goes into the biblical and historical foundation of worship for music ministries, the music minister, praise leader, pastor and serious Bible student.  The study is presented in outline form with relevant scripture references and questions.  Download this helpful work for free! was formed as a service to the body of Christ to encourage scriptural worship. To accomplish this goal Wigtune Company offers free contemporary Christian praise and worship music, contemporary Christian rock and hymn mp3 and chart material along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  In order to bridge the gap between the old and the new the worship study book gives solid theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.

Click on one of the links below for praise and worship, praise tabs, worship chords, praise chorus mp3, hymn stories, pro tools studio, worship leader materials to enter into the area of the Wigtune site that interests you !

Wigtune Company believes that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymn and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme. Vision Statement    Don and Vanessa Wigton share the vision of Wigtune Company.  Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.   Wigtune Story    The Wigtune Company free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.   Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise and Worship Music Mp3s and Charts   Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Wiggy's Top Ten Praise MP3s Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Radio: Listen to Wigtune Worship Music on Live Internet Radio

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.    Wigtune Praise Worship and Hymn CD's

 What are they saying about Wigtune praise and worship contemporary and hymn music   Testimonials: What they are saying about Wigtune Music

Please help Wigtune Company by observing the copyright restrictions listed on this page.  The praise and worship materials (praise songs and hymns) have been offered up for free with love!  Copyright Restrictions    

What do you think of Wigtune's offering of praise music and worship study materials?  Let us know by e-mailing us?   Contact Us    If you have been blessed by the free praise music (praise choruses and traditional hymns) and the worship study book, don't keep it to yourself.  Click here to see how you can spread the word!   Spread the Word!

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Click here to find out what organization are utilizing Wigtune contemporary Christian and traditional praise and worship music, chord charts, and online worship Bible study.  Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

  Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.  Statement of Faith

Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.   Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?

 The Wigtune Home Page: Free mp3 praise music and hymns sung in a contemporary fashion.  On-line worship study book for Bible students, music ministers, song leaders and pastors is also available!

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