Nate uses the teachings of Jesus so that we can live a life which is one of decreased self, and increased God.


Nate gets personal with his own struggles with his son. With his own pain as a father. How our perfect Father has been put through pain and suffering because of our rebellion. Yet God is love, the never ending love of the Father is beyond our understanding. It is time to except his love.

Nate has fun on this episode of The Backyard Preacher. Just hold on and enjoy the ride!

Rev. Nate Sprott
Power to the People
“Power to the people” a slogan generally associated when the majority of people are in struggle with the power elite. The United States has used this slogan since its inception, when the people, being the majority, are being taken advantage of, suffered unduly, being forced into servitude, the people of this great country do not hesitate to fight back. The British learned this the Southern states, and the major corporations of the 1900’s. The great depression brought upon the worst economic downturn in American history, one in which only a world war would elevate the country out of. With the end of the war Unions were strong, labor was plentiful and the value of the dollar solid as a rock. The American worker could graduate High School and find a job that would support a family with children with only one working spouse. Yes, there was still poverty, much of which had to do with racial tension.
You might be thinking what is a minister doing writing about the economy? I am not a trained economist, I am trained in Christian theology. Yet just as Jesus talked more about money than heaven or hell I think this gives any preacher of the gospel the right to speak on the matter. It is no surprise that the days of the “Baby Boomers” have ended. Today a young person goes into the work force and is paid 1/3rd of their predecessors. On top of that the cost of living has sky rocketed, the dream of a house 2 kids and a picket fence is just that, a dream.

The Myth of Hard Work
We have all heard that hard work is the way to the top. I am not saying that there is not truth and value in hard work. In fact, I am a believer in hard work and excellence. I am not a believer of hard work and excellence when the only one putting out the work is the one getting paid the least. The “common fold” you and me, have always been the ones that pumped the life blood of the country. Unfortunately, currently those who are pumping the blood are living off credit cards, forgoing necessities such as insurance, living with roommates (and not because they are lonely) and doing whatever else they can to survive; this while working to only maintain their current level of poverty. This is not how it should be, yet this is the America that young people are entering. It has become the norm; many people are making excuses for this condition. Telling the youth that they should be content, find their place, it could be worse, and the biggest lie “work hard and you will achieve success.” No, I am sorry that is not the truth. I am not saying that people are not working hard, they most certainly are, and doing so with much less. What is happening is working hard is not paying off for our workers.
At one time you would enter into agreement with a company to work hard, and in return the company would reciprocate. You knew that if you put in the years it would pay off in the end. Most workers would not make it to the top or become millionaires, but what was certain is they would end up retiring with a good wage and pension that would last the rest of their lives. In todays current market to be promoted means moving from job to job approximately every two years. One of the reasons for this is raises remain minimal, after two years the worker would find the new employee with zero experience making near if not the same as your current salary, this would not be negative if you were given adequate raises. Now it is not your new fellow worker who is to blame, it is your company who is trying to save money paying you just enough to keep you coming back or until you find something else that pays more. This creates another problem; lack of retention. Training a new employee is a very costly. Companies have decided that it must be more profitable to allow for low retention instead of giving adequate raises. One of the side effects of constant turn over is low quality. In fact, before you know it everyone is new, all the way up to senior management and without experience at the helm when the wind blows the cards will fall. To me this whole thing comes down to greed, and lack of faith in our fellow-man, that if paid just enough the worker will still do the job, he will keep clocking in because it is ultimately better than the homeless shelter or a family members couch. The bottom line is within the context of an organization hard work does not pay. Hard work does allow for personal success and is necessary for excellence, but to the worker who does not see its returns their hard work and pride in a company will quickly vanish into mediocrity.
What Companies Want you to Think
Congratulations you have just been hired! First, I want you to understand that companies are not the devil. The situation in which we live is that of a profit driven society. If a company does not continue to consistently make profits, then that company will be no more. But, let me tell you what you may not know when you agree to your new position. First you will always be underpaid. Right now, there is a movement in America to raise the national minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. Now just hear me out. Today in the United States the worker is being paid the same as the worker 30 years ago. I do not even have to go into a list of numbers to explain that the cost of living is not the same as it was back in 1987. What you might not know is that for you to be employed your employer needs to make more money from your labor than it cost to pay you. Now I do not disagree, obviously in a profit driven economy any employer must make profit from your labor. The question is how much profit? How much should a company essentially take from its employees? I do understand that employers also must pay inflated bills, yet for some reason paying the life blood of a company has remained the same.
Most employers also want you to think that management and executive positions which pay considerably more than the worker are somehow magically working harder and deserve more than “the little guy.” I have worked for a lot of people in my life, good people, people who deserve what they get paid, a good living wage. These people do have a lot of responsibilities and must make important decisions, but let me tell you first and foremost it is not as difficult as the worker. The guy making the least and doing the most, the backbone of the company who can barely pay his bills while the boss sits in banquet. I am not a complete hater, I understand that it is a dog eat dog world a good paying job is hard to get and when you get it you hold on to it like Gollum and his precious.
It is rigged
It is interesting to note a man deemed by the British media as the wickedest man in the world was probably more loving and concerned for society than many corporations. “The minimum wage shall be as such as is required for decent comfort, with a surplus for amusement & investments.”- Aleister Crowley. I completely agree with Crowley even 15 dollars an hour may not meet his standards of minimum wage with the current price tag of living. The issue is that those who defend the corrupt economic system which favors the rich and leaves the poor shackled to a job just to keep food on the table in the richest country in the world will proclaim “we choose to work.” Yes, we choose to work because it is better than starvation. We do take out loans, so we can buy a house and car and if possible take a vacation. Debt just keeps us more and more shackled to the job we only continue work because it is either that or the shelter. The employer also knows this, executives and shareholders know this. So why would anyone raise wages? It is time to stop thinking that your employer who gives a dime raise a year and expects you to be happy is looking out for you. In today’s economy we the worker must self-promote. It is becoming more common for the worker to move jobs every two years. Within a rigged economy we must find ways to fight back. One of the greatest disadvantages for a company especially when there is low unemployment is to retain employees. I will tell you what keeps employees, it is not hard, cold hard cash. There is no reason to stay at a job that pays less than the employer across the street. The game is about standard of living, and we the worker must not feel bad for the corporation, we should only feel bad for ourselves for not making the moves in order to advance. To end this rant of an article let me leave you with this. When you do achieve a position as an executive, if that be your will, make sure you start making a change. Remember what it was like. Do not think highly of yourself, and pay your employees what they deserve. Yes, the system is rigged but if we all work together we can make a difference and lift all of us up.


Nate talks about the power of the Word! Our words are more powerful than any of us realize. The ignorant speak life and death without any hesitation. Let us not be ignorant but use the power of the word to the glory of God.

As we leave 2017 and start 2018 we are living in the most divisive time that many of us have ever experienced. Left, right, liberal conservative, progressive, fundamental. What has divided us as Christians has been Jesus, but what will unite us will also be Jesus! Listen and be blessed!

I hope you get that big TV as we are in the season of greed. Is that what Christmas is all about? Nate explains a bit in his own way what Christmas is all about.

Often when we think of Satan we think of a spiritual entity that is at war with God and humans. While I am not writing to dispute this, I am writing to dispute the idea the actual devil is around every corner, and or filling our heads with Satanic ideas. My argument is that we are Satan. We cannot remove Satan from our lives when we do not realize that we are the very driving force of his existence.
Let us look at why Jesus used the name Satan. In the Hebrew the word means “adversary, someone who resist” The Greek is similar although the writers of the New Testament give him more personality. He is known as the master of destruction, one who sends wrath to sinners, an accuser, someone who opposes the gospel of Jesus, ultimately Satan is found bound and thrown into an abyss in the book of Revelation.
Examining Satan esoterically we can certainly find within these quick definitions that we are our own Satan. Let us look at the basic definition again.
1. Adversary
2. Master of destruction
3. Accuser
4. Opposes the gospel
I argue that these four elements of Satan are found within each one of us. I believe
The key to living a victorious Christian life is to ultimately control Satan, binding him and sending him to the pit of the abyss. We must first understand what Christians call the sinful nature of man is Satan within us, the “flesh” so to speak. We are our own adversary, we create our own destruction, we accuse ourselves, and we reject the good news of Christ because that is the very thing that will send Satan, our egos to the abyss.
We have this major tendency to be hard on ourselves, to live a life as a defeatist, to self-destruct. We accuse ourselves, blame ourselves. When the guilt gets bad enough we pick up habits that often cause harm. We overeat, drink to much, indulge in drugs, sexual promiscuity, and any number of destructive behavior. In my opinion this is the ultimate cycle of destruction. First, we accuse ourselves, then we try to run from the self-accusations with destructive behavior. We are the enemy and the enemy is us. We pray to God to help us in our struggle without knowing who or what we are struggling against. The actual evil spiritual forces have an easy job when we do all the work for them. Or, maybe part of the test of spiritual growth in our lives is to face the Satan that is us, call him up, bind him, and cast him into the abyss.
Realization and acceptance. We must understand that our very satanic nature is cunning and baffling, we must let go of ourselves. This is the importance of the gospel of Christ. Through faith in Christ we let go of what is within and take on our divine nature through the advocate. We learn to see past the Satan and see the Christ within. We do as many say, “let go and let God.” I am also sorry to say that this is not a one and done. This is a journey of faith, a lengthy battle that we all share, some with more victory than others.
How exactly can one live a life of victory? The best answer is to examine how Jesus did it. The story of the temptation of Jesus found within Matthew 4:1-11 is a battle within his own mind, which is also our own battle. Jesus bathed himself in prayer, he used his knowledge of the scripture, and he then allowed God to comfort him. We too must bathe ourselves in prayer, we must understand the scriptures, this also involves understanding ourselves, and be humble enough to allow our divine nature to increase, gaining the knowledge of what some would call our Holy Guardian Angel and by doing so throw Satan into the Abyss which we then cross as we find who we really are within God.
On a final note as I mentioned this is a journey of faith. The book of Revelation is clear that Satan is thrown into the abyss, the text is also clear that he finds his way out of the abyss as well. Eventually we will leave this life finding our eternal victory, until then we will be “fighting the good fight of faith.”


As Christians where is the country? Are we a bunch of closed minded dominionist? People who have it my way or the highway? Absolutist who do not think for themselves? Nate does not have the answers but I do know how to talk about some possibilities. My only hope is that Christians in America are not so willing to sell their souls for political power.

The Backyard Preacher

Jesus denied Satan’s offer of the kingdoms of the world.  Jesus reminded Satan he was to only worship God, he denied the world to eventually save it.
Later Jesus once again alludes to this. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
I know as a Christian I have been tough on my fellow believers especially due to the political climate.  I feel based on observation many evangelicals and I count myself a modified version of one. That they are willing to give up Christian values for power.
Many have looked the other way despite Trump’s unrepentant actions, are supporting a very questionable candidate for Senate Roy Moore, even here in Iowa we have a Representative Mr. King who openly states “Diversity is a bad idea.”  The bottom line is many Christians especially those of the dominionist and absolute theological positions seem to…

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