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Hi there. I'm Cain, a conservative libertarian and recently-saved Christian on fire for God. 🔥

I don't believe in religious denominations, but if you'd like to reduce my relationship with God to a single word, I'm Pentecostal.

I spend most of my time developing websites, but one of my hobbies is cybersecurity. I'm a huge privacy advocate, and I consider myself a data hoarder with a local storage of over 55 terabytes. I'm certified in graphic design as well, but I much prefer spending my time coding, etc.

If you're into politics, you can check out other profile: @cain@social.libertyaf.io

I also like connecting with other people, so feel free to contact me anytime via reply or direct message.

“Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.”
Psalms 139‬‬:‭16‬

Arizona Judge Allows 1864 Abortion Ban To Go Into Effect; dailywire.com/news/arizona-jud

Glory to God. 🙌🏻

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@Big_Diggity I've been drawn back to this post -- and I've been enjoying the artist you shared.

I find that unholy music is one of those things that people have a hard time giving up -- it was difficult for me too. I felt God telling me to stop listening to that music, and for a while I told myself that I wasn't absolutely sure it wasn't idolatry though the evidence was undeniable. As I grew closer to God, I began to turn away from unholy music and the difference has been huge. It's not the genre, but the content.

Anyone who is reading this post: if you are attached to music which doesn't glorify God, listen carefully to His voice. More likely than not, He is trying to get you to put it down. Just as Jesus will save you from feeling alone, unwanted and irreparable, he will save you from idolatry -- putting your music preferences above the Lord's commandments.

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When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:

* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched

- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
And more...

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.

And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.

Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all 🙌🏻

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Almost two hours into the 10:45 service at church today and Pastor has yet to begin preaching, as the Spirit is leading us in a different direction — and not a soul in the room cares about the time. Praise the Lord.

Holy cow! That's a cool picture.

"a photo of jesus christ laying his hands on a man with leprosy"

Top three worship songs of all time.

Wait On You by Elevation Worship: youtu.be/K3TYG7Q_fj4
King of Heaven [Reign Jesus Reign] by Tribl: youtu.be/gT9_ebl34cU
Now Here (feat. Kierra Sheard) by Red Rocks Worship: youtu.be/MZJ_Syu-LR8

If you haven't heard them already, listen ASAP! 🙌​

I placed an order online (from a site that's not Amazon), and after four-ish days without any delivery updates, I sent them an email complaining about the speed. As it turns out, the shop is a very small operation and their director simultaneously had a medical emergency and a family emergency, which delayed some orders. Clearly, he was more concerned about the health of himself and his wife than my order going out same-day.

Expect that people have good intentions and are doing their best, and act as such -- before God forces you to be humble. That's my takeaway.

Crypto isn’t ready yet. Change my mind.

It’s so convoluted, unnecessarily complex and overall just not ready for regular use. And the one service that I know of that’s supposed to make crypto easy to work with (Coinbase) just borderline swindled me out of actual USD.

“Sure, you can put as much money into your Coinbase account as you want. But then after you do that, we’re going to lock you out, require legal verification, and then flag your account for suspicious activity so that you can’t move any money.”

Yeah, no. It’s a good thing it was only $25, and not my life’s savings. I’ve already filed a request with my bank provider and sent a support ticket to Coinbase.

If y’all know of an easier way to handle cryptocurrencies while retaining privacy, let me know. I’d love to use Monero on a daily basis but the lack of decent wallets and the whole process for converting USD to XMR is insane.

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I remember the Sunday following 9/11 you couldn't find a seat in a church... would it be so today.

Finally finished all my playlist covers. I used DALL-E for a couple because I ran out of images to use-- but I think they turned out pretty good.

"jesus christ with a halo playing a guitar solo on stage with dramatic backlighting, wide shot photorealistic" - for my Christian rock playlist.

"jesus christ as a disc jockey at a concert, wide shot realistic photograph" - for my modern worship playlist.

[4/4] STUDY NOTES: Honestly they're really good, but for a different reason than the ESV study notes. The ESV notes focus more on historical facts and significance, translations, text references, etc. Whereas the CSB focuses more on what something means and why it is relevant... it still includes historical facts, translations, references, etc, but not as often as the ESV. Again I think it strikes a nice balance between pure facts and life application. To clarify, it is not a life application Bible and I don't want a life application Bible because I want to draw my own conclusions and applications. That being said, the CSB notes seem to assist you in drawing your OWN applications. Here are the unabridged notes, directly from the CSB and ESV Study Bibles for a chapter I read earlier today; Ezekiel 15, the Parable of the Useless Vine:

CSB: The vine as an image of Israel goes back to Nm 13:23 where it appears as a symbol of the richness of Canaan, the land promised to Israel. The image of the vine portrays God's loving care for the nation as a vinedresser taking care of what he had planted (Ps 80:8-9, Is 5:1-7). It is clear from Mt 21:33-41 that God desires fruit (good works) from his vine. Unless people come into vital relationship with the true Vinedresser, there can be no fruit. Fire is a frequent figure for destruction in Ezekiel (5:2,4; 10:2; 16:41; 24:47; 24:10-11). The burning of the wood accompanied the destruction of Jerusalem. In Babylonian invasions fire accompanied annihilation (2Kg 25:9; 2Ch 36:19). Fire will be a prominent feature of the great tribulation (Rv 14:18).

ESV: This "parable of the vine" is very different from John 15! The metaphor of the vine for Israel is common in the OT (e.g., Ps. 80:8-16; Jer. 2:21; Hos. 10:1), which explains Jesus' claim in John 15:1 ("I am the true vine") to embody the people of God. (On Israel of a vineyard, cf. Isa. 5:1-7; Jer. 12:10; as an olive tree, cf. Jer. 11:16; Rom. 11:17-24.) The juxtaposition of vine and harlotry themes in Jer. 2:20-21 is exactly what one finds on a different scale in Ezekiel 15-16. Ezekiel himself further develops the vine metaphor in ch. 17 (cf. 19:10-14). here, the point is simple: the wood of a vine is fit only for burning, and so it is with the inhabitants of Jerusalem (15:6). Such a pessimistic evaluation is not only consistent with Ezekiel's oracles up to this point, it also marks his evaluation of the whole of Israelite history in ch. 20.

You can see that while there's a bit of overlap between the two notes, the CSB draws some more from the text: "portrays God's loving care for the nation as a vinedresser ... God desires fruit (good works) from his vine ... come into a vital relationship with the true Vinedresser ...," while the ESV focuses primarily on facts: the metaphors and where they're used, related themes, and the themes of Ezekiel's oracles as a whole. The CSB brings a balance between telling you what the scholar(s) pulled from the text, and also letting you pull your own conclusions-- which I believe is VERY important. A group of 100 people can be tasked with studying the same chapter of the Bible, and they can each draw a different application from it based on what God is speaking to them and what their experiences are. The word of God might be identical on all of their Bibles, but that doesn't mean God is going to speak the same message into their hearts. The Bible is alive; it's a dynamic document. Overall, if I had to give the CSB Study Bible a label, I'd say it's the "balanced" Bible. It is "right down the middle" in many ways, which I quite like. Regardless, both the ESV and CSB have great utility, which means I'm gonna be bringing both of these books when I attend Bible studies. 😂

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[3/4] BOOK QUALITY: It's decent. I prefer the build of the ESV, but there are probably versions of the CSB with a more preferable build. I bought the most expensive version (goatskin) thinking it'd be the highest quality, but I think I might prefer one of the cheaper options just because of the texture and rigidity of the cover. I prefer the more rigid covers because then it's easier to carry with one hand, without worrying about which side I need to hold onto to ensure it's not gonna flop around. The paper feels lesser quality to the ESV, but strangely, it doesn't feel any thinner-- it's probably a composition thing. When I push on the paper it has more "give" to it. Not sure why, but I definitely prefer the ESV for the paper quality/composition.

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[2/4] TRANSLATION: I think it strikes a really nice balance between word-for-word and thought-for-thought. It converts old currency and measurements (shekels, for example) to their modern counterparts and translates dated words to more modern English equivalents, but it still SOUNDS and FEELS like a Bible due to its older sentence structure, which I really enjoy. In contrast with NLT or other more thought-for-thought translations, the NLT reads like someone in 2022 might speak. Essentially: it isn't difficult to read, but does a great job of maintaining the "feel" which accompanies Biblical text.

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[1/4] My CSB Study Bible arrived today. Here is my complete in-depth review on the TRANSLATION, BOOK QUALITY and STUDY NOTES, a thread.

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Of course the Rainbow Jihad is the new national religion. A culture submits to what it worships. Societies prioritize what they worship. And, as we're seeing now, homosexual orgies wouldn't dare be shut down for a virus but your Christian church will.

Not sponsored by Goulet Pens. 🤣 I opened the (very well packaged) box for the pen today and received a message from the owner and his wife, a card with the name of the person who packaged the box (and a note along with it), and a sticker of a turtle, drawn by the owner’s daughter.

I much prefer to buy from family-owned business like Goulet than the mega-corporation that is Amazon, which strives to take over ever facet of your life, and sell the data stolen from you while they’re at it. I’ve already placed another $180+ order with a pen and ink, and most likely I’ll end up buying from them again. That’s how you earn repeated customers. gouletpens.com/

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My new pen arrived today: a Pilot Vanishing Point, extra fine nib and standard black ink. $185 MSRP, but you can find it for around $160. I paid around $220 total with the pen, ink, a case, taxes, and of course expedited shipping.

It’s quite enjoyable to write with. It’s one of very few clickable fountain pens. Best fountain pen experience I’ve had thus far, though granted this is only my second. Huge step up from my previous pen, a $15 Hong Dian Forest.

If you’re interested in getting a nice pen, even for $10+, I recommend Goulet Pens. 10/10 retailer.

New Bible!! Despite all of the shipping issues, one of the two bibles I ordered has finally arrived. I ordered an ESV and a CSB. I really like the NLT translation but there aren’t many bibles out there that use that translation unfortunately — at least ones that aren’t life application. Regardless, the popular opinion is correct: the ESV Study Bible’s notes are top notch. The translation might be a wee bit more difficult than what I’m used to though, haha.

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