Glenn Beck: Caller takes 40 day 40 night challenge

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GLENN: We were talking to Lee in Columbus, Ohio, who said he took the 40 day challenge to change his life. Now, Lee.

CALLER: Yes, sir.

GLENN: What made you want to take the challenge?

CALLER Lee: Well, let me answer a question with a question. Are you familiar with the prodigal son in the Bible?


CALLER Lee: Pretty much, you know, I had been in church before. I actually used to be a preacher. And I pretty much had taken Father's, Heaven Father's goods and just said, God, I got it all figured out, I know what I'm doing, and just kind of leave me be. And God's not going to force anyone to stay. It's a voluntary thing. As long as you want to do God's will, he will bless you. But I, in my own arrogance and stupidity, thought I could do it better. You know, at first everything seemed pretty good. But as years went on, marriage got worse. Actually I met my wife out, when I was out of church, but the marriage kept getting never was what it could be and it just kind of went downhill, in a slow spiral. I was just a very mean spirited person all the time, just mad constantly at just everything. And then, of course, I started listening to you. With all the things going on, political stuff and I come home every day and said, do you know this is happening? Just mad all the time and she said, you've got to stop listening to Glenn for about 10 minutes so you can crack a smile.

GLENN: That's what my wife says, but I can't stop listening to me.

CALLER Lee: By the way, thank you for everything you do.

GLENN: Sure, not a problem.

CALLER Lee: You are just a wonderful person. I don't think you're perfect, but

GLENN: Oh, no, I am, but what is it so Lee, what was it that you heard or why did you take the challenge?

CALLER Lee: Here's what it was. You gave the 40 day challenge, which, by the way the whole thing was great. But let me tell you what stuck out to me. It was the hope part. And in that specific part was stop lying to yourself. And I just sat down and I was thinking, you know, I used to have it so much better when I was in church, when I was in the center of God's will. I was never perfect, but when I got knocked down, I got right back up and I kept moving forward. And I knew that I cannot serve God like I'm supposed to, live for God like I'm supposed to and be out of church, be watching pornography and just, you know, having the kind of personality that I have, just angry and mad all the time. They're incompatible with each other and they are not going to work. I have to choose one. And I said, I've done this, I've nearly destroyed my life in certain ways, my marriage. So maybe I should go back to maybe I should go back to God. And, you know, I kind of feel like that prodigal son. And he said he came to himself. And he said, I won't even ask him to come home and be a son. I'll just ask to be a servant in his house. I called my pastor. I said, could I come back to church. And he said, you didn't even have to call me. Of course you can come back. But I'd have been happy if I could have just sat in the back corner of the church just to be around God's people. But I went up and prayed and so now I'm back in fellowship with Him and I felt God that I haven't felt in years, and I'm telling you things are really, really turning around. I haven't watched pornography in a month and a half. That's never happened on my own.

GLENN: How does your wife feel about this?

CALLER Lee: That's just incredible.

GLENN: How does your wife feel about this?

CALLER Lee: She's overjoyed because we've had to go to counseling and things and we found a great Christian counselor who's really helped us. But, you know, I could talk to all the counselors in the world, I could talk to you.

GLENN: Oh, sure.

CALLER Lee: Anybody else. Unless I want to make the change for myself, unless I'm tired of living the way I was, you know. That rally, your rally or any other rally, that's not going to make a difference unless I'm really serious about changing it.

GLENN: How long did it take you, Lee, in the 40 days before you started to really change?

CALLER Lee: I would say about halfway through because, the first part I was just trying to do it like, you know, this is a good thing to do. And I realized, you know, not too long in that, you know what, if I don't get completely serious with God here, if I don't ask for his help and begin to pray and things like that, really seriously pray and turn my life around, it's just going to be another failed attempt. So I'd say about halfway through was when everything really clicked like, this is just going to a 40 day worthless challenge if I don't get myself back into church, if I don't turn my life over to God like I needed to and then


CALLER Lee: Yeah.

GLENN: You have taken the first step and you've taken the step that I think I don't know how many people are going to take the 40 day challenge. I have no idea. I hope a lot of people do because I know it's true. And the first 40 day challenge that I issued, 40, what, 47 days ago? Was pray on your knees every day, just recognize your place to God. Humble yourself and pray on your knees and let your children see your their father or their mother humbled in front of God. Then the second that's the faith part of it. The next part of it is the second part of the challenge was don't tell a lie. Never tell a lie. Get all the lies, even the lies you say to yourself, out of your system. And then the third part was charity begins at home. Focus on your family and spend extra time with your children. It doesn't need to be a lot of extra time. Just do one thing every week for each child and for your wife. Do something special one time a week in addition to what you already do. That was the original 40 day challenge. And I thank you so much, Lee, for following it.

On Friday's program on television, we are going to introduce you to three unbelievable people that were part of 8/28, but you they were behind and you didn't really see them. Three people that I personally think are going to change the country. And we're going to talk about faith, hope and charity and the 40 day challenge because the new challenge that I issued at 8/28 was this: That with firm reliance on divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. It is the last line of the Declaration of Independence. And I want you to have firm reliance on divine providence, but to do that you have to rediscover God. You have to know who he is. And by doing that, you'll know who you are and you'll be able to have you'll be able to have firm reliance. You must know that God, you're not a God's not on your side, that you are on God's side. Because as times get tough, you're going to need that.

The second part is with firm reliance on divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives. That means that we don't necessarily have to die for anything, but we live for something, that we give up our lives as we know them to do the right thing. Everybody is born for a reason. What is your reason? You were born in this country at this time for a reason. So we give up our lives, our fortunes, which means, you know what? We may not be able to retire when we wanted to. We may not be able to have the things that we wanted to. We may not have the lives that we hoped we would have financially because we are going to have to pay off all of this debt. We're going to have to do the hard things. Because we want our children to be free.

And the last one is our sacred honor. That again is truth. Never tell a lie. Our founders gave up their lives, their fortunes, but only one, Benedict Arnold, only one gave up his sacred honor. Take that 40 day challenge. I'm telling you, the line I cut from 8/28 because I just didn't want it to be divisive, I knew that it would I knew that it would be the best it would be the line that everybody would remember, but I cut it because I didn't want to turn it I didn't want anybody to think that it was political, and here's the line: We are 40 days and 40 nights away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. It has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with you finding your own way. This will transform the United States of America. It will. It will fundamentally change us, but it's not something that you sit on your hands and say I'll do that later, or, that's a good idea. I know there are a lot of people, maybe the majority of this audience I don't think so but maybe the majority of this audience that thinks this is ridiculous or whatever. It doesn't have to take everybody. An improvement starts with one. Be that one.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.