For the thousands reading this wondering how they will ever get out of their addictions:
I got free. It takes continuous effort and accountability, and while miracles do happen, there is no magic silver bullet that I know of. One thing to be aware of is that this, like any addiction, affects the limbic system. You have trained your mind to seek coping mechanisms that aren’t healthy, and your brain now treats this coping mechanism as something necessary for survival. This is why it’s so hard to get away from it. It will take time to “untrain” your limbic system.
To treat this addiction:
Find faith in Jesus Christ
Install Covenant Eyes or get rid of your Internet access. (harsh? yep. It’s not easy)
Find a group to hold you accountable and call each other all the time. Up here we have the Nathan Project. If there’s no group near you, start one. A faith based group is very important.
Start digging deep, figuring out why you’ve become addicted. Our group uses “The Genesis Process.” If nothing else, buy the book.
Pray for change and watch your life and your relationships get better.
You’ll never know how free you can be and how much better your life will be until you take that first step. This is the “big elephant” in the room that churches aren’t talking about, and it’s undermining the effectiveness of our leadership, both in our homes and in our churches, in a major, but silent way.
I have to disagree you are describing a doctrine of works like the failed AA group. If mankind could be free from anything we would not need Jesus Christ.
What is needed is spiritual deliverance. Something less then00.001 percent of any church even speaks about. You see it is all about you , the Holy Spirit and the dunamis of Jesus Christ taking authority over all unclean spirits in your life. That is walking in the spirit not in the flesh....everything else will burn in judgment works of man never hold up..if they did why need Jesus?
January 23, 2014 at 3:03pm
You hit the nail on the head, Beebo.
Hedge law, washing the outside of the cup, and other Pharisee-like behaviors are painfully obvious to non-Christians. This is a major reason why we’re losing generation after generation. We as Christians need to honestly survey our lives, recognize and humbly acknowledge our shortcomings. (i.e. our own need of Christ) We need to love the ones we find most difficult to love as Christ did, acknowledging and not accepting their sin only after we acknowledge and refuse to accept our own sin. If we come from a place of humility, surrendering absolutely everything to Christ, while refusing to compromise to the world, only then will the masses listen. (Of course, recognizing that only the Spirit can change hearts, including our own.)
January 23, 2014 at 2:53pm
1. It’s a mission field.
2. We can’t sell our house.
3. Lived here most of my life. (Not that that’s a strong reason to stay.)
Surprisingly, the Libertarian vote does mean something in certain states. (Okay, just one – New Hampshire) …but even that is waning due to the influx from other states.
Interesting things about being a Christian here:
You learn very quickly that superficial Christianity means nothing here. In the Northeast, either you live what you preach, or people immediately smell fraud and won’t talk to you for the next ten years. You can’t be a Sunday Christian. You have to approach people with love for them and with brutal honesty about yourself, because again, they smell fraud a mile away. You have to be strong in apologetics, because people will argue atheism and or pluralism all day, often dogmatically. (…but you can’t beat people over the head with apologetics, because again, they won’t associate with you ever again, and friendships take a long time to cultivate.) You learn that there are other conservatives and Christians, but you tread carefully, because it takes time to figure it out. Churches tend to be small, with closely bonded relationships. Denominational divides don’t matter as much because they can’t be afforded.
There is a way to live as an uncompromising Christian here, but you have to do it in love, and some people will naturally still hate you anyway because of your faith, especially if you talk about it.
June 7, 2013 at 11:46am
A Roku box might be well worth your while if you ever want to pick up the Blaze on your TV. You can get a used, older model for relatively short money. I’m seeing them used on eBay starting at about $50-60.
Highly recommended if you can afford the Roku device.
June 7, 2013 at 11:27am
Depends on whether they have measures in place to prevent brute force attacks. (e.g. delays after a few consecutive incorrect entries)
Incidentally, most cars don’t have those keypads you’re referring to, right?
June 7, 2013 at 11:25am
Intercepting, recording, and playing back the signal only works on very early generations of the technology. (As in decades past)
With rolling encryption, this type of exploit won’t work. The bad guys are defeating the encryption somehow or using a workaround or exploit that must be very new. (Or there’s some key information LEOs are missing) I also find it very curious that the article claims that only the passenger door appears to unlock. Most vehicles unlock either only the driver’s door, or all the locks, but not individual doors. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it doesn’t sound right.
Source on rolling encryption: I used to be acquainted with and regularly interact with a person who worked on the algorithm at TRW.
March 19, 2013 at 1:14pm
My local Walmart is still selling ammo and appears to still be getting new orders in. Granted, they’re almost always sold out of everything but 30-06, but the other day I found some Russian Tul-Ammo in the caliber I was looking for. It’s has steel cases, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.
After some brief searching around, there’s little doubt in my mind that the allegation that Walmart is no longer selling ammo is a flat out myth.
I’m sure you already know that it’s an industry wide shortage; it’s not just Wally World, and any shop owner or employee will tell you that everything is back ordered.
February 19, 2013 at 6:16am
There’s a reason HFCS is so ubiquitous here in the States… Hmm… Is it the meddling with the sugar cane prices via import tariffs? Maybe it’s the government imposed quotas, and subsidies of US grown corn? Similar reason they’re using ethanol in our fuel, despite 0.001 % of the population actually wanting it. More solutions from people who know best.
February 19, 2013 at 6:09am
Can’t have soda, can’t have too much salt, this is bad for you. We’ll inspect your home if you have a certain kind of weapon.
Why is it so hard to understand that some of us can think for ourselves and just want to be left the crap alone? I am an adult, thank you very much. I don’t need anyone to inspect, control, or confiscate anything of mine or anything I do. If someone else gets hurt, hold me fully accountable, but until then, go away. If I get hurt from my own actions, I won’t blame anyone but myself.
February 18, 2013 at 11:47am
Hey, a lot of us here share your sentiment toward the “filler” stories, but insulting a publication’s readership isn’t exactly a productive means of influencing them. Short of some form of clairvoyance, how do you know that readers here aren’t visiting other sources?
If you really want to steer people toward something better, please, by all means. (Honestly: I mean this in complete sincerity and am not employing sarcasm) Are you serious when you suggest CNN or HuffPo? Hypothetically, one could glean _something_ from the MSM, but the average reader would have to visit myriad MSM publications every day, just to filter out a mere few morsels of actual, verifiable news. It’s like the old cartoon of a giant timber being cut down to a toothpick, the scrap wood discarded. To me, even if I had the time it’s simply not worth the effort, so I visit several news aggregator sites. Granted, my solution isn’t ideal, and quite honestly, I would love to hear of a real source of news that constitutes something “easy,” but it’s just not happening anymore and hasn’t been happening for a long time. I’ll concede that the Blaze seems to be slacking a bit on the actual content as of late, so what’s your constructive solution?
February 18, 2013 at 10:18am
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February 11, 2013 at 10:08pm
They would have achieved a better effect had they used text to speech – that would have been truly creepy.
Pretty hilarious watching the burnt pancakes getting dubbed over…
Not nearly as cool as the Captain Midnight stunt in 1986, though.
 February 11, 2013 at 9:50pm
To all of you, and you know who you are:
Sincere gratitude is the least I can offer. If our military suddenly became pacifists, the bad guys would not magically revert to their default state of benevolence amongst rainbows and unicorns. Without seriously talented individuals pushing back hard, the public would be educated very quickly on how “tolerant” and peace loving the enemy is. Thank you for the thankless, mostly anonymous service, operators or otherwise, you have generously volunteered for and excelled at. Most human beings would never even hope to have 10% of the mental stamina necessary. Some of you say there are no more American heroes – you’d be wrong. You’re not asking for accolade, and so we may not offer it overtly, but it is definitely there, even if you can’t hear it. You make the rest of us think, “Man, I wish I could do that. I wish I had tried.” Sure the rest of us hardly know anything of what it’s really like, but we still look up to you.
I, and I’m sure many others still believe that the majority of our military is filled with honorable individuals. Knowing this honor exists gives us hope that maybe someday we’ll have some honorable, humble leadership in this nation again, and that maybe there’s hope that corruption and pure evil aren’t the future of the country. We silently thank you and wish we had the opportunity to do it more. I can’t be the only one.
February 3, 2013 at 6:40am
How does a person respond to something so tragic? No comment on an Internet board seems fitting.
I certainly don’t want to sound insensitive toward the content of the article, but I found it frustrating to read because it’s difficult to ascertain the details of what actually happened.
Also, I realize I’m nitpicking here, but…
“Blaze Front Page Editor Jon Seidl spent time on the same ranch where the shooting occurred earlier this fall”
The shooting occurred earlier this fall? Now, I realize the “when” of the article was described earlier, but I had to read the sentence twice in my pre-coffee grogginess.
January 16, 2013 at 1:09pm
Ah, so the second amendment advocates gun regulations, huh?
Speak freely! One who makes the allegation above demonstrably lacks any regulation of thought and speech.
(We’re all laughing at you.)
January 11, 2013 at 3:08pm
“But, if fitted with high-capacity magazines (say, 10 or more rounds), they are of no use for hunting or range firing,”
People do hunt small game with these… There are plenty of rifles with wooden stocks that look different and are functionally equivalent. Besides, how does having more ammo available make it “of no use” for hunting? More ammo means more chances to hit your target. At worst, higher capacity is of no real advantage, but it doesn’t detract from usefulness for hunting. I’m just applying conventional logic here.
Firing at the range? I recently took a marksmanship class where hitting lots of targets in an allotment of time was required. Not changing out ammo would have been really beneficial, and larger mags were an advantage for some people there. Two AR-15s used by their respective participants were of great use at this event.
“…while home or personal defense, a revolver or “automatic” (really semi-automatic) pistol would serve as well or better. ”
Maybe, maybe not. The AR-15 was made for relatively close range. Plenty of police use them for this purpose, for example.
Have you ever fired or held a firearm, or have you merely read about them?
January 11, 2013 at 6:48am
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
Where does the Bible explicitly limit worship to one type of instrument over another or one style of music over another? There is no such passage. What about when David danced with joy? Was that forbidden?
No one wants to be judged, but even further, it’s counter to the gospel and greatly tarnishes an unbeliever’s view of grace. Surely we were sinful from the womb, and now that we are redeemed, how much more should we be aware of our debt to Jesus Christ? We have absolutely nothing to boast about save for Christ himself. Shame on us or anyone else for condemning other people on the basis of something as subjective as worship style. Judgement and legalism do not work where I live. It’s a mission field and the slightest hint of judgment may turn off an unbeliever forever. There is a difference between speaking truth in love (Eph 4:15) and judging another’s heart. Romans 14 is also relevant here. (Who is the weaker brother?)
In conclusion, I leave you with Matthew 23:25. Worry about the music after worrying about the spiritual state.
January 2, 2013 at 5:15am
Crooks. Always speaking sweet words and then showing their true colors by their votes.
January 2, 2013 at 5:13am
What world do our politicians live in? How is delusion or apathy on this scale even possible?
I understand that the President’s henchmen put the GOP between a rock and a hard place, but what were we taught in the 80s? “Just say no.” I would have respected “no, I won’t play this stupid game,” a lot more. If you’re going to get roasted either way, do the right thing. Better to go down fighting than to be a groveling sycophant.
Everything is fine, everything is good. Just go back to your cheeseburgers and 24 hour sports networks and pretend like the relatively good times will continue indefinitely. “USA is too big to fail.” When will the nightmare end…
December 24, 2012 at 10:26am
Seems odd… These men and their Special Forces brethren demonstrably count themselves among the most determined and tenacious in the world. They don’t give up – ever, and they’ve proven it to be where they are.
I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, I just think the chances of it seem infinitesimally small. Now granted, I’m only an admirer and I claim no expertise other than reading constantly and knowing many military men, including a Ranger.