Feb 13, 2019

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Join SOS Groups!

The much anticipated SOS Groups is finally here!

We’re proud to present the Steel on Steel Group Subscription option. We’ve sent out some teasers about it over the past several weeks and the response has been promising. You can now start setting up your group and invite members right from your account page. If you need some clarification about what SOS Groups is and who would benefit from Group Access, we’re here to help.

While this isn’t a comprehensive list, let’s dive into some common questions about SOS Groups / Premium Group Access.

What exactly is SOS Groups?

Simply put; SOS Groups is a cost-sharing / sponsorship subscription solution. It’s designed to allow multiple people to subscribe for free, to the Premium subscription package with all the benefits, paid for by the Group Owner at half-off.

In-turn, the Group Owner gets their subscription and the subscriptions of their group members at a discount. If you want to take your involvement with Steel on Steel up a notch, and you know people who would benefit from a free Premium Steel on Steel membership, this is for you.

 

Who would benefit from using SOS Groups?

Who doesn’t benefit?

First, the group owner gets their subscription for half-off, then they only pay half price to sponsor others with a Premium online membership (with further discounts for increased group sizes). This means a new Group Owner would pay for two premium memberships for the price of one. Think of it as a “buy one, get one free” deal. Here are some likely scenarios for SOS Groups:

  • Two friends share a sub at half-price each, or one pays for the other at no increase in their rate.
  • A family member sponsors their kids, grand-kids, parents etc. at the 50% discount.
  • Church study groups or small classrooms can split the cost or have a Group Owner sponsor them.
  • A private office, church, or homeschool co-op can buy more members at deeper discounts.

 

Is it easy to become an SOS Groups Group Owner?

All you need to get started is to login to your account and click the ‘Manage Subscriptions’ link. From there, simply click the ‘Upgrade to Group Access’ button and choose a Group Subscription. Enter the size of your group (you+members) and complete the checkout.

Adding members is a snap; send the ‘Invite‘ link to anyone you want or add them manually using the ‘Add New Member‘ feature in ‘My Group‘. You can even print out a QR code for members to scan if you want to hand them a nice invitation or gift card. See our Help Page for more on QR codes.

If your group is full and you want to purchase more members, simply visit the ‘My Group‘ page and click the ‘Buy Additional Users‘ link. You can edit or delete unwanted or inactive members as well.

 

Couldn’t I just share my login information?

We strongly advise against it. Once the login information is out of your control, you could get locked out or have the password changed without you knowing it. If your shared login information is entered incorrectly into podcast apps, it can trigger an automated lock-out. You are also at risk of being restricted whenever the other person logs on. If they’ve entered the login info into a device, this login restriction can occur every few minutes.

The beauty of SOS Groups is that every group member has their own login info. They can login as much as they want, change password, account info etc. and it never affects the Group Owner or other members. In fact, members don’t even have to know each other to participate and if a member wants to share their login info, the risk is all theirs.

 

Have more questions? Visit our SOS Groups Help Page or Contact us today and we’d be happy to help!

 

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Jan 1, 2019

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Members-Only Podcast: Setup and Pro Tips

Why two separate podcast feeds; and what’s the difference?

 

The Steel on Steel Short Show

The Steel on Steel Short Show (Free!)

You’ve probably already heard the Steel on Steel ‘Short Show’ or have seen it in your podcast directory. This public feed serves as a short, half-hour, free sample of what our paying members hear each week. It’s usually limited to John’s Boralogue and the first guest segment. Sometimes we run longer ‘throwback’ episodes as teasers. The Short Show airs twice each week on Friday and Tuesday.

The weekly, full-length Steel on Steel program
Steel on Steel Staff

The Steel on Steel Broadcast (Members-Only)

We also publish a secure, password-protected ‘Members-Only’ feed of the weekly, full-length, Saturday shows. These longer, in-depth programs include John’s commentaries, several guest interviews, news updates and extras. It’s also ad-free! We have a 30 Day Free Trial to get you started, and subscriptions start at just $10 a month. Unfortunately, the secure episodes can’t be accessed directly in podcast libraries like iTunes, etc. (Steel on Steel appears there but the episodes display an “Episode Unavailable” error if you try to play them.) In addition, the Apple Podcasts app doesn’t support password-protected feeds. However, we have a workaround, as described below.

 

Getting started.

If you haven’t already subscribed, you will need a password in order to access these full-length episodes and a compatible podcast app to access the protected feed. Why not get started with a 30 Day Free Trial? All we need is an email address to send the temporary password to. If you’re looking to dive in to hundreds of full-length shows, videos, and more, go for the Premium subscription package with Veritas Lounge access for video content and special benefits. Learn more.

Access the Members-only podcast.

Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS doesn’t support authenticated feeds like ours. Get a compatible app here!

After you’re subscribed, use an app that allows authentication by username and password. There are just two criteria that these Steel on Steel compatible podcast apps need:

1. The Steel on Steel podcast URL: https://www.steelonsteel.com/podcast.php  *Pro Tip: Tap and hold on the URL to open the link options menu on your device. Select ‘Copy’, then paste the URL into your podcast app later in the setup process. Do not open the URL in News for iOS or the Apple Podcasts app. Apple’s apps don’t support password-protected feeds like ours.

2. Your Steel on Steel membership login details (Remember: username and password are case-sensitive)

Overcast

Get Overcast for iOS Free in the Apple App Store!

Use this setup guide to get started with a compatible app, or view troubleshooting tips and resolve common issues. Using compatible podcast apps like Overcast and Downcast is the simplest way to listen. The weekly show can be set to download automatically, and because the app stores your username and password, there’s no need to repeatedly login.

 

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Nov 4, 2018

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Featured Video: The Anatomy of Persecution

Featured Video: The Anatomy of Persecution

The Anatomy of Persecution – 36min.

 

Listen to the MP3 audio.

 

 

DVD: The Coming Persecution of Christians in the West – 66 min. $14

Will we in America, the West, and the Church recognize the formal processes that are advancing against us on all fronts? John covers the five stages of persecution, identifies the weak spots in our defenses, and offers hope for the future.

If you found this resource informative, consider supporting Steel on Steel with your subscription or donation. More video resources are available for our Premium members in the Veritas Lounge. Learn more.

Join our dedicated Facebook group Praying for Persecuted Christians for the latest information concerning persecuted Christians around the world.

 

Read: Preparing for the Underground Church

By Pastor Richard Wurmbrand

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Nov 17, 2017

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Loeffler’s Famous Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. fresh cranberries.
  • 2 cups brown sugar.
  • 1 cup apricot brandy.

Add all ingredients to a saucepan on medium to high heat and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, leave uncovered. Stir occasionally and let simmer until it reaches the desired thickness and the cranberries are fully cooked (about 1 hr. on very low heat). Makes 6 to 10 servings. Serve it hot or chilled.

From our family to yours; we hope you enjoy this special treat this Thanksgiving!

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