Courage Boys: Bronc Buster

Courage Boys, a new segment on The Glenn Beck Program, features stories to inspire and leave you feeling hopeful. In this age of social media and unprecedented access and sharing, it’s easy to feel insignificant and under attack — like you can’t make a difference. But the truth is you can — we all can.

By sharing stories of courage and strength, we can use the technology at our fingertips to spread encouragement and confidence. Making a difference is not only possible, but something we’re all capable of accomplishing.

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Bronc Buster

There was no arena for a rodeo in San Ardo, California, but when they heard that Jesse Stahl was nearby, they planned a rodeo anyway.

The townsfolk parked in a circle, sat on the hoods of their cars and called it a rodeo. San Ardo was home to one of the nastiest bucking broncs around. As luck would have it, Jesse Stahl drew that bronc, and it screamed, whinnied, kicked, jumped and twisted when Stahl mounted him. Wrapped his long legs around the bronc, Stahl dug in his spurs, pulled the bronco's blinders off and told the snubbing crew, "Turn me loose."

In 1927, there were no eight-second rules. It was man versus beast. And the last one to quit won.

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After a few seconds when the hooves were thumping and the earth and the dust were flying, the spectators all hopped onto their cars for cover. Finally, the blank cartridge was fired into the air. The dust settled, and Stahl sat proudly on the broken bronc. Stahl had ridden him out. People emerged from their Hudson Super Sixes and their Pierce-Arrows to shake the cowboy's hands.

"Well, folks," he muttered humbly. "I'm a long ways from home. And broke. I had to make it a good ride."

Stahl collected his money and pats on the back before walking to his old Model T Ford. Jesse Stahl was the hero that day, but it wasn't always that way.

You see, Jesse Stahl was black. In the early 1900s, nearly one in six cowboys was black. Jesse learned to ride the tough ones early in the morning, while the white cowboys were eating their breakfast at the ranch.

Back then, there were more than a handful of white judges and cowboys that didn't want a black man collecting their prize money. One day, Jesse put on a show at another rodeo, and was the obvious winner. So when the judges gave him second place, the spectators erupted.

In response, Jesse found a rowdy bronc and mounted up, with a suitcase in his hands. The crowd roared. The suitcase had made his point: Treat me equally, or I'll hit the road. Oh, and he did hit the road, until the bronc gave up.

He hopped off the horse and left the crowd in a frenzy. Because in rodeo, an encore ride was a bit uncommon. Carrying a suitcase during it was even less common. But riding a bronc backward like Jesse Stahl did that day was something that nobody had ever seen.

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?

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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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