The band Glenn Beck told his staff they have to listen to

Glenn has been saying for a long time that in order to change the world, you have to focus on the culture. Politics is really a symptom of what is happening in the culture. From TV to movies to music, culture shapes hearts and minds in a way that news and politics never will. It has the power to inspire people to hope, to dream, to serve, and to create. That's why Glenn has dedicated so much of his time on air and on the road to sharing some of the music, film, and stories that are inspiring him. Today, he introduced listener to a new band he has been listening to: Ásgeir.

Glenn explained that a friend of him a few songs by Ásgeir, and Icelandic musician, and they have been discussing why Ásgeir and a number of other Icelandic musical acts have started to appear.

"I've been thinking about it and my first response was, it had a collapse, maybe people are finding art. You know, they're finding something meaningful in their life. And so whether that's poetry or whatever, people when they collapse, they find themselves," Glenn explained.

Glenn read the lyrics from the song "Was There Nothing?"

Was there nothing but the hush of night?

Had a boat. Don’t remember where.

Did you flee from what was said and seen?

Truth’s not true under the light of lies.

Raise your sword and shield.

Was there more than just the prose of night?

Had a grave. Don’t remember where.

Beaten down, now I lift up my prayer.

Broken promises have set the snare.

Both sincere and not.

Was there nothing but the blessed night?

Had some gold. Don’t remember where.

When does faith lift up its head so high?

Oh my Lord, won’t you please tell me why?

Faith bestows power.

Was there nothing but the hush of night?

Had a treasure, but I don’t know where.

Did you flee from what was said and seen?

Yes, the good was not without the bad.

Raise your sword and shield.

Yes, the good was not without the bad.

Raise up your sword and shield.

"Could it be that this is a song about, you know -- I had a boat, I had some gold, I had some treasure. But it's gone. Kind of liking you know, you're gonna bury you're treasure, you're gonna bury your gold and you'll be gone an hour and it will be gone. And that's exactly what happened in Iceland," Glenn said.

"And really Iceland is the lesson for the United States and the lesson for us on how fast it can collapse. Was it that we make? Most of our life in the United States is supported by international banking. Remember, we're going to be the banks and the managers of the rest of the world. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. How did that work out for Iceland? What happens when things collapse? People will say that -- that it's bad. Yes, it is. Yes, it is."

However, Glenn said things like collapse can also make you stronger. In other words, the "good was not without the bad."

During a meeting with his creative team yesterday, Glenn said that he has been listening more and more to Ásgeir in recent days, and encouraged them to take a listen to see where he was at creatively.

Take a listen to some of his music below:

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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