Monday, November 27, 2017

Bitcoin and Alaska Natives



written by Joshua Coffman

Young people learn from an early age the never ending cycle of taxation and inflation. Maybe it’s just because we all live in the same world of the US dollar but it’s a burden that is shared by millions of people around the world.

Bitcoin, or digital cash, appeals to these young people. Why? Because Bitcoin is actually an asset (even according to the Robert Kiyosaki definition). Bitcoin is deflationary in nature and as such it is actually a good investment.

So how can Bitcoin and other forms of digital cash, aka cryptocurrencies, help Alaskans?

1. Young people are looking to make real money, so while they may not work for your normal US dollars, they may be motivated to work for digital cash like Bitcoin.

Alaska has a large population of people that are either on welfare or live off of other people’s money. They may be unmotivated to work for the US dollar because when they do, they will lose “benefits” that they get from the Department of Social Services. Food stamps and other “allowances” come with close restrictions. Or they may just be opposed to the idea of actually helping the US fund it's wars of aggression. *yes I'm a NAP guy

Bitcoin offers these people a way to work without fear of losing their welfare benefits. Many of them would gladly stop using their welfare if they could afford to. But they can’t afford to get out and start working for 20 hours a week at $9.50 an hour. Because then they would lose some benefits or be forced to work even harder at recording all their income to prove their eligibility.

However, if they earn Bitcoin and spend that Bitcoin without ever touching the US dollar, they can keep that cushion until they get decent job that isn’t minimum wage. This is a free market opportunity to evade the overwhelming governmental oversight.

Then when they start making enough money to change back into US currency or when they get a good job that pays in US currency, they will start paying into the tax system and be a full tax payer. Bitcoin is just the opportunity to breathe, the opportunity to work for a currency that isn’t inflationary.

So, Alaskan’s that are bold enough to adopt some Bitcoin and pay young people to do odd jobs, graphic design projects, manual labor, and other typical “under the table” jobs, can help bring a new generation of labor into the work force.

These people need practice. They need someone to give them an opportunity to spread their wings.



2. Bitcoin is a great donation platform.

The opportunity to help those that find themselves homeless, or in some other dire situation. Bitcoin and other types of cryptos, like Dash or Bitcoin Cash, can be easily transferred to those that find themselves in need.

Corporations and individuals that help those in need can also easily accept donations via the peer to peer economy. And many people that own Bitcoins are generous beyond belief because they have experienced so much increase in the space that they feel obligated to pay it forward.

Smart people will undoubtedly figure out how to help homeless people with Bitcoin. Churches should definitely clue in soon to the digital cash economy. Other charitable organizations are quickly opening up their own wallets to accept donations and there is a groundswell of individuals that are using their Bitcoin to help those in need.

3. Bitcoin will drastically help the sovereign people of Alaska.

I would be very surprised if the Native corporations didn’t already have people working on implementing their own currencies or adopting Bitcoin. With digital cash, people that live in villages or other remote locations will still have access to the immediate benefits of banking.

One person in a village with a smart phone can be a bank for the entire population there. Simply by installing one app, there is an immutable record of each “wallet” that they create. And they can do that for everyone in their family, or even, like I just said, the whole village. There is an unlimited number of wallets that they can create.

There will no longer be a need to wire money to anyone. Simply go to your village phone banker and send your Bitcoin through them.

There is massive potential for changing the way that individuals can sell their goods and services. Without the need for US dollars, there is a whole new economy that opens up to these people that have little access to traditional banking.

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Bitcoin will transform the world very quickly, it already has for a lot of people. And if it hasn’t affected you yet, be warned, it will. Even in far away Alaska, where we have little internet access in remote locations. The blockchain doesn’t need a lot of internet access and if handled properly can even be used with sporadic internet access.

I’m excited about the opportunity that Bitcoin holds. Now, I would like to clarify that if you make any profits from the increase of Bitcoin, you should definitely pay taxes on that. Be the most ethical person you know.

Other than that, be great! Long live Bitcoin.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Getting Remarried



written by Joshua Coffman

Several years ago, I went into a period of my life where I became extremely judgmental. To be completely honest, I think I was just trying to make sense of the confusion that surrounded me. People were compromising and making excuses for the things that they were doing and I wasn’t completely understanding of what God’s will was for my life as a teenager and young adult.

So at one point I began teaching that those that were divorced and remarried were obligated to break off their relationship with their new spouse and return to their previous marriage. This was a wicked teaching.

I think why I took a wrong turn on that doctrine was because of the specific situation that I was struggling with. A pastor got remarried immediately after his divorce and started teaching his congregation that it was okay for him to remain the pastor.

He was/is wrong. But I was too. I was wrong for teaching people to break off their current marriages to return to their previous spouse.

Now I do believe that adulterers should be put to death. But I don’t think that the police should be the ones putting them to death. I have a whole different system of government that I believe should be established and if we were to start honor killing adulterers today, we would be just as wrong as if we started selling people into slavery. (which is happening in open air markets as of today, please stand up against this modern wickedness)

But besides that I believe that once you commit the sin of getting remarried, you become one with that person and your vow to them is now valid. So to break that vow is just as wicked as the first time you broke your marital vows.

So I wanted to apologize and correct myself publicly.


If you are a young person, remember that once you get married you are bound to that person until one of you die. If you get divorced, you are to remain unmarried until one of you dies. Even if your ex gets married to someone else. You are to remain unmarried until they pass away. That may happen 20 years from now or it may happen tomorrow. But you are to remain unmarried.

If you get divorced and remarried, you no longer qualify as a pastor. The Bible clearly states, “the husband of one wife.” And until your ex dies, she is still considered your “former wife” (see the story of the woman at the well.)

One of the things that came up repeatedly in this whole situation was a concern that if this pastor didn’t get remarried “how would he serve God?”

Of course he could still serve God countless ways, but not by being a pastor. And I watch his “church” continue down a self destructive path, becoming more and more hedonistic. (Which unfortunately I have too)

And we have become self destructive for the same reason: we both put our identity into our marriage.

If we just viewed our marital relationship for what it was, simply a part of our purpose, we would have lived healthier, happier lives and perhaps been less toxic to our relationships.

I purpose to continue seeking the truth. And if I’m wrong I will admit it. It is important for me to continue finding purpose in other things, one of which is my writing for you. I have a lot of friends that have had marriage struggles and I want to remind you to find purpose outside of your wife/husband.

The pressure will build up to unbearable levels if you expect a Hollywood type relationship were your spouse “means everything” to you.

This article is a clarification for those that I have lead in the past, I’m sure you saw through my bad teaching, but I don’t want anyone to think that I still believe that. I want young people to find fulfillment in things other than their significant other. Especially those that get married young.

Have a full life, full of purpose, commitment, passion and of course the love of God.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

My First 36 hours on Bitconnect



written by Joshua Coffman

So, several months ago, there was a Bitcoin hard fork called Bitcoin cash. I held a small amount of Bitcoin at the time and just the other day I decided to see how much Bitcoin Cash I owned. At the current price, it was nearly $300 worth of the digital cash. So I decided I might as well take that money and throw it into the BCC (Bitconnect) lending platform and start making money with it.

That was yesterday.

The Bitconnect platform basically lets you loan money out for an extended period of time to their Bitconnect bot and at the end of the term, you get all your money back. But the kicker is that EACH day you get volatility interest on the money. And that can range from nothing up to 5%.

So 36 hours ago, I threw $300 into the platform. That’s a value that almost anyone can come up with. And for those of you in Alaska, your divdends are over three times that amount. Free money to throw into this platform.

So just after one 24 hour period, how much have I made? $2.52.

I can bear losing $300 worth of a cryptocurrency that I only own because of a hard fork, but even if it wasn’t free money, 1% daily returns is not a bad setup. It’s basically a way of investing in digital cash like Bitcoin without the possibility of losing your original capital.

Now to the warnings that I understand and that all those of you interested in this space should be warned about. This is only for people with balls. You have to be willing to lose everything and start over again. For me, I have nothing to lose, I’m already at the bottom. I only have access to this money due to my courage to buy Bitcoin several months ago when I had almost no money.

It worked great for me, maybe because I have a spirit of being unstoppable. Maybe it was just sheer luck. Maybe I’ve been watching Bitcoin closely enough to know that it was a sure bet. Maybe it was just desperation that paid off.

Either way, I want each of you to look into these platforms and consider changing your retirement plans. Maybe you’re holding money in a 401k. Consider buying Bitconnect tokens and loaning on the platform.

Maybe you're just a teenager mowing loans or shoveling snow for pocket change. Take that money and duplicate it while you are still young and fearless. Be the change you want to see in the world.



Digital cash (aka cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin) are changing the world rapidly and it will make a huge difference for you and your family if you take the time to learn how they work. Get someone to help you. Meet up with people that are excited about the space and get them to show you the great resources.

In no way am I stating that Bitconnect for a fact will be here tomorrow or that my results will be exactly the same as yours. But what I do know is that when I hosted my Bitcoin event last week. If you would have bought just 1 Bitcoin. Today you would be $1,000 richer.

That’s the power of Bitcoin. And it’s only getting more powerful.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Ornaments (fiction short story)



written by Joshua Coffman

She turned the little plastic knob, scrubbing through the radio static until finally, Mannheim Steamroller came clearly through the speakers. Christmas music was finally here. She turned around and walked back to her steamy cup of coffee.

No one was awake yet in the house, they were all still passed out from eating too much turkey the day before. She walked with the warm cup of coffee to the corner of the living room where she could see over the lake right outside their home. She stood there looking out the window, still waking up. Her mind slowly warming up with the coffee that warmed her hands.

Past the lake was a splendid view of the snow covered forest. Impressive trees reached into the sky, flexing their branches, holding up the piles of snow that had been falling the night before. The sun was still behind the horizon, but the darkness was quickly fading away.

She could hear stirring upstairs. One of the children had woken up and was making their bed. A few moments later, Mykah started coming down the stairs in her nightgown. Mykah was a kind girl with long dark brown hair. She had just turned 13 several days earlier and was always intent on being a hard working teenager.

“Good morning, Ma.” Mykah came over to her mother and gave her a hug. They embraced for several minutes looking out at the sunrise together. The Christmas music played softly in the background. Mykah enjoyed the smell of coffee in the morning. It had a warm pleasant smell that gave her insides a hug.

Mykah pulled away from her mother for a moment and they both walked into the kitchen to get breakfast ready for themeselves and their family. They had a large family. In total there was 8 of them. Of course there was Mother and Father and Mykah, but there were also 4 more girls and 1 older brother.

They put on a pot of steel cut oats and Mykah got out some of the frozen berries. Mother sliced up a couple bananas and put on a kettle to make some more warm drinks for the soon to be breakfasting family. Father came in from his early morning walk and Mykah went upstairs to remind the rest of her siblings that it was breakfast time.

Mykah’s youngest sibling, Anna, had already dressed herself and was just tidying up her bed before she came downstairs. Mykah turned on the lights and gently shook her other sisters, Joni, Leanne, and Julie. They all rolled out of bed and one by one came downstairs.

Ryan was in his room, reading, when Mykah came by to remind him of breakfast. He was a good older brother and always cared for his sisters. He protected them and taught them and loved them with all his heart.

They all met downstairs at the kitchen table and Father reminded them that today was a holiday but it was a busy exciting holiday. Today they would decorate for Christmas. Over their oatmeal and fruit, Father discussed what they needed to get done. There was several boxes of Christmas decorations that they needed to put up. And each of them had a different job to do.

Each of them chimed in with their support for today’s work and different ideas were discussed on how to make this year’s decorating special. When breakfast was finished, Julie and Anna worked together to clean the kitchen while the rest of the family got dressed and ready for the work ahead.

Father and Ryan headed out into the cold to get the Christmas boxes from the shed behind the garage. Mykah and her two other sisters quickly got dressed and washed their faces before heading through the home to clear away all the summer and fall decorations.

Mother was already busy clearing and cleaning the shelves and mantlepiece where most of the decorations would be going. They always kept a tidy house, but this was one of only a couple times a year that she could get a good deep cleaning done on the house.

When all the boxes were laid out in the living room, Ryan went to get started on the lights outside. He enjoyed being outside in the quiet. Father had pain in his hands and he couldn’t stay outside for long until it became unbearable, so he stayed inside as much as possible.

Mykah taught Anna how to tie bows and went around the house, up and down the bannisters and on the doors, placing beautiful red bows. Anna was a quick learner, she was only 5 years old but she was a hard worker and everyone in the family helped her learn and understand how to help around the house.

Julie cleaned all the bathrooms and decorated them with Christmas hand towels and small little decorative pieces of evergreen.

Leanne was busy helping mother now, cleaning the kitchen and changing the table setting to Christmas colors.

Joni and Father were working on the Christmas tree in the living room.

Christmas music continued throughout all the day, as they all worked together to make the house a festive Christmassy lake-side hideaway.

Mykah was happy to see the house come together so nicely. She was excited to show her friend all of the beautiful fruit of their work that they had made, especially the bows that her and her little sister had made.

Ulyssa was Mykah’s best friend. They had known each other for ever since Mykah was a little girl, probably the same age as Anna. They were the same age and Ulyssa was a very hard working girl. She was so hard working, that she always had extra pocket money. Every time Mykah saw her, she would talk about a new job that she had done for a neighbor or stranger to earn some money.

In fact, Ulyssa was coming over for lunch today. Father had ordered pizzas for them so that they wouldn’t have to cook on their Christmas decoration day. And Ulyssa was coming over to help with the Christmas tree decorations. She came over every year to help decorate the Christmas tree.

Mykah heard the door bell ring and she ran downstairs to answer it. Ulyssa was at the door and her older brother was already helping Ryan hang some of the lights. They hurried inside to start looking at the tree decorations and decide on what they were going to do this year.

Mother and Father were letting Mykah decide on how to decorate the tree herself, now that she was a teenager. So her and Ulyssa browsed through the ornaments and tinsel until the pizza deliveryman showed up.

The whole family including Ulyssa and her older brother gathered around the pizza boxes and gave thanks to God for another year and asked His blessing on the food and their work ahead.

Over pizza, Mykah and Ulyssa told the family their plans for the Christmas tree. This year it was going to be lots of silver tinsel, small red ornaments and a gold star at the top. The lights would be the simple white ones wrapped from the bottom to the top.

The two girls hurriedly ate their pizza and went back to the living room to set out the decorations for each of the family members to work on. The rest of the afternoon was spent as a big family in the living room, laughing, telling stories and putting the big trees decorations on until it was just perfect.

While the sun was just setting, the lights on the Christmas tree sparkled through the windows making them shimmer magically. Ulyssa and her older brother said goodbye and Mykah and her family sat down for a family Bible reading.

It had been a fun day filled with lots of work. When they opened up the Bible, Mother walked into the kitchen and turned the volume knob on the radio until the Christmas music faded out into nothingness. Father’s voice now read the Bible clearly and Mykah knew that all was well this Christmas.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Alaska Bush Company Review



written by Joshua Coffman

It was dark outside. The nipping cold exaggerated the clouds of exhaust that rose from the waiting cabs parked outside of the building. Walking up to the front door, I could hear the heavy bass pounding through the building.

The heavy door was posted with a reminder of the age restrictions and a warning to leave all weapons off the premise. Alaska law forbids bars from allowing customers that have weapons with clips from being on the premises. And the Alaska Bush Company definitely was a bar.

Through the door, you could immediately take in the full offering of the strip club. Before you even showed your ID to the bouncer, stage dancers and private dances could be seen from the entry way. I wasn’t dressed crudely so the bouncer seemed little interested in my ID and I walked right in to find a seat far enough back not to elicit too many expectations from the entertainers.

I’d been here before.

Sitting in the bench near the bar, I could feel the beat of the music pulse through my body. I was here to burn. My wedding ring on as a sign of revenge, but a controlled vengeance. There was something about seeing women without inhibition that reminded me of my own lack of inhibitions and I enjoyed feeling the searing pain of being self destructive.

On the stage, the women would shamelessly unclothe and gyrate to the music in an effort to convince the men and women watching to throw out $1 bills.

Would I ever know what was really going on in those female entertainers personal lives? What contributed to their lack of inhibition on the stage? I know for myself that my lack of inhibitions came from early childhood exposure to pornography. Perhaps some of it came from an early marriage to someone that came from an entirely different background whose vastly different approach to relationships gave me a type of PTSD. Maybe it was just bitterness or envy or pride.

Either way, I felt no different than those ladies dancing on the strip club floor. The only difference is that they were getting paid for losing their inhibitions. My only paycheck was a toxic relationship with someone who had been my best friend for over 8 years.

I sat coolly in the bench, texting and browsing my social media when one of the servers came by and I asked for a Red Bull. I would keep my eye on both my Snapchat conversations and the entertainers on the stage.

The bouncer came by and looked over my shoulder while I was using my Snapchat app and nearly threw me out because he thought I was taking photos. I think most of the dancers recognized me because only one of them came by to offer a lap dance which I politely refused.

The music droned on until one dancer came out to my favorite music genre, electro swing. Maybe that was a popular genre, but I had never heard of anyone else listening to that genre in person. My attention was caught entirely during her two dances.

I sipped on my Redbull until midnight and I decided it was time for me to leave. My conscience was seared enough for one night.

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I’ve called people out for their life choices before. In fact, as a young church staff member, my sermons often reproved people for their deeds done in darkness.

One thing that bothers me is that I know that it is not God honoring to hang out with people that drink alcohol, lose their sobriety, take drugs and commit fornication. (or do those things myself) But I’ve found myself in a strange predicament.

I don’t understand a lot of these things. And those that I love and care for have begun to participate in those things. And it makes me angry. Very angry. I’ve had to sear my conscience just to not become unreasonable in my reaction to their lack of sobriety.

But I also recognize that those in my life will not be helped by me losing my sobriety either. Whatever you can take from my story, I will not be preachy. I will just tell you how I feel right now. Maybe a different perspective several years from now will help me give better advice.

Right now, I feel committed to being a better person. Maybe I can have less violent thoughts and become more committed to my goals and potential. Those around me may choose to lose their sobriety, but for myself I intend to maintain my awareness even if that means my conscience will be seared.

There are a lot of people that have never been to a strip club, I know because I had never been until a year and a half ago. But let’s call a spade a spade: strip clubs are full of men that are committing mental adultery, women that are committing mental (or physical) sodomite acts, and people that are choosing to lose their sobriety to alcohol and drugs.

Plus, who knows what kind of human trafficking happens behind the scenes at some of the seedy strip clubs (or even the “not so seedy” ones for that matter.)

And let’s also recognize the waste of time it really is for most people. Oh, and is getting a lap dance really the best use of your money? Beyond all of these things, I understand that there are many men and women that find themselves in the same situation as I did. Burning inside, feeling like the searing of their conscience is the only way to dull the pain.

My only advice is to call it for what it is, that you may find your way out of the darkness. Call whoremongering what it is. Call adultery what it is. Call it by the Biblical word. Don’t be afraid of confronting your own demons, maybe God will use you if you maintain a soft heart.

Consider David, consider Judah, consider Abraham, look at all these men used by God. Don’t sin just that grace may abound, but when you do sin, repent. And the only way to repent is to use God’s definitions of sin. Don’t excuse sin; basically don’t harden your heart. Because once you start hardening your heart, God has the power to harden your heart further. And when God hardens your heart, you will eventually be crushed to powder under His mighty hand.

Keep a soft heart. Psalms 51.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Faithful Word Baptist Church Review



written by Joshua Coffman

Recently I had an opportunity to visit a church that is controversial to many people around the world. Faithful Word Baptist Church is best known for it’s soul-winning members and it’s Hell-fire preaching pastor, Steven Anderson. His fiery sermons can be found freely on Youtube and other social media platforms.

He calls out fornicators, whoremongers, adulterers and, famously, sodomites. On a given service you can expect him to preach against any number of sins or hear him call out nations and cities for their collective sins. He has conducted numerous interviews, recorded several documentaries and traveled the world preaching the Word of God.

But I got a chance to attend this fiery man of God’s church on October 25th, 2017. I came in several hours early to see what was going on, the door was open and there were several teenagers hanging out in the auditorium. There were a couple people working on some type of rocky outcrop prop near the pulpit.

The pulpit can be seen in all of their Youtube videos. The rest of the staging area was cluttered with materials as they were working on decorating the whole area. The auditorium was decorated simply. It was a much different feeling than most churches that I’ve attended. I would describe it as very minimalistic.

To get a good idea of what it was like, imagine a strip mall and several store fronts had their interior walls knocked down. This was the basic setup of the church. There were a few simple rooms that were connected to the main auditorium, but no Sunday School rooms, no nurseries, nothing pretentious like most churches these days.

Several hours later I showed up for their Wednesday night service. I walked in to an older lady playing or practicing piano with much gusto. There were several people there when I arrived a few minutes early. I wondered how many of the seats would really be filled on their midweek service.

Slowly people started to show up, many of the ones that sat around me talked about soulwinning or some passage that they had read in their Bible recently. In front of me a man sat with his son on his lap and fervently read the Bible to him. The lady playing the piano got up several times and when she would get up your attention went to the audio Bible reading from Alexander Scourby that was playing in the background.

Near the back of the auditorium was a bookshelf with a large selection of DVDs of Pastor Anderson’s documentaries. Some large families began to come in with their children. The children weren’t quiet and refined, but they were generally well behaved.

I sat and paged through my Bible thinking about my own church and some of the differences. At my church, I’ve never heard someone sit behind or in front of me and talk about the Bible. I’m not sure how many people even know what soulwinning means in my church. And if they do know the term, it’s probably much different from the type of soulwinning going on at Faithful Word Baptist Church.

Before the service started, I noticed the videographer for Steven Anderson busy taking church family photos and snuck in to say hello. He was pretty distracted so I returned to my seat. I decided to call my daughters in Alaska while I had a few moments before the preaching began.

When I came back inside from my call, the auditorium was surprisingly full for a Wednesday service. Many churches I’ve attended have empty spaces on Sunday and half full auditoriums on Wednesday, not so with FWBC apparently, there were very few open seats. Just on my row there was only one space between me and the family that took up the rest of the row of chairs.

Finally the service began promptly on time and the song service began. The hymnals on the seats were important as there was no screen with fancy words for us to follow along. And I’ve been involved in the church music ministry for 12 years of my life, but there was still a song that they sung that I had never heard of before.

During their announcements, they had a major church event that they had to prepare for and they went through nearly 20 minutes of working out details for the event a couple days away. I thought it highlighted nicely their dedication to their soulwinning events. Many pastors I’ve met would have difficulty organizing on the fly like they did that night, but Pastor Anderson kept the whole thing moving and it ultimately seemed to impact the atmosphere of the room very little.

The sermon was just as powerful as any sermon you can find of his online. In fact, you can find that sermon online here. 

Many people go to a church to be entertained. They want flashy Sunday School lessons and a drum set on the platform. Instead what you’ll find at FWBC is an old fashioned pulpit on the same level as the rest of the auditorium. There is no fancy sound system, no eloborate “children’s” ministry, and the people are more interested in the people outside their walls getting saved than they are of making their church visitors feel special.

And I appreciate that in a religious community.

Often churches begin to feel like a vanity fest. If the visitors get pampered and then become members they often keep that same vanity. The one person that greeted me was an average guy with average clothes that was unpretentious and just being friendly. He wasn’t overly friendly either.

Overall I enjoyed my experience at Faithful Word Baptist Church. But I’ve attended a church similar to theirs before and I’ve followed the sermons of Pastor Anderson for several years now. So I knew what I was getting myself into when I attended their service.

Before you go visit their church, definitely check out Steven Anderson’s videos on Youtube. But if you’re ready for God to work on your heart, I definitely recommend going there with a desire to obey and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Story for Violet



written by Joshua Coffman

Europe liked to play outside. She was the type of girl that spent her time in the woods building forts and exploring. Her favorite part of the day was sunset. She enjoyed seeing the darkness and the shadows in the woods, then it made her happy to see the lights from inside her house. It seemed like they invited her back inside to the warmth.

She also loved the rain. Maybe some people thought that the rain was not fun, but Europe absolutely loved the rain. She would put her boots on and run out into the cold weather and dance in the rain every opportunity that she got.

Garfield was her older brother. He loved to read books and stay inside, but he was always nice to Europe, he always told her his favorite stories and they would sometimes, when it was warm outside, sit out in one of her forts and he would read her story after story sitting on the ground in her little fort in the woods.

Europe also had a sister named Vera. Vera was too little to read and wasn’t old enough to go into the woods yet. Vera was very kind to her older siblings though. She would sit quietly by Garfield and rest her head against him while he read his stories to her.

None of them were shy, Europe, Garfield and Vera were always very kind to other people and loved to ask questions. They were quick to make friends and were thoughtful. Even Vera loved to give birthday gifts and draw pictures for other people.

It was a rainy day and Europe was excited to go play outside. She grabbed her boots and little yellow rain jacket. Garfield was playing a game with his friends at the kitchen table, and Vera was sitting under the table making her little toys into a kingdom of handsome princes and beautiful princesses.

The rain was pouring very hard and there were already little streams forming in the yard, water scurrying away to the ditch. The clouds made the afternoon seem much later. But Europe didn’t care about the dark, she ran outside and splashed through the puddles happy to be outside after a day being inside.

She made her way through their yard into the woods and listened to the rain falling from the trees, splashing onto her hood. It was so much fun to play in the cold rain.

Europe kept splashing her way through the woods, chasing puddles and streams. But suddenly something flashed in front of her. A loud crack. The ground shook and Europe became very afraid. She had never seen anything like this. There in front of her was a tree that was on fire!

Dead leaves and little branches rained down on her and she was so frightened, she just stood still. She just looked at the tree that was on fire, scared and alone.

Quickly she gathered her thoughts and began to run back to the house to tell her father what had happened in the woods. She ran so fast that she ran right out of her boots. The cold water splashed up and the mud stuck to her toes as she ran all the way back to her home.

She threw the door open and shouted to her father. He came from his office and she jumped into his arms and told him about the fire and the earth shaking. Garfield at once wanted to see the tree.

Her father quickly explained to Europe about lightning and they quickly put donned their rain clothes to go trek out to the burning tree.

They walked out to the woods and found Europe’s water filled boots. They kept walking until they got to the tree. It was still smoldering even in the pouring rain. Orange flames peeked out of the tree showing where the lightning had struck not too far away from Europe.

The rain would eventually put out the fire so the group headed back home. Garfield was bummed that he didn’t get to see the lightning happen. Him and his friends wanted to stay out longer and see if another bolt of lightning would strike.

When they got back to the house, Europe told Vera the story. Mother and father, Garfield and his friends all listened as she told them about the ground shaking and the bright flash of light that shone in front of her.

After the story was told, Father prayed and thanked God for keeping Europe safe in the woods. “Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your protection for Europe today. Thank you for keeping her safe and guiding her to see your mighty power and control over the weather. May she always remember your  omnipotence and protecting love.”

After that, Europe always went out in the rain hoping to see another lightning strike. She told the story over and over as she grew older to her friends and when she became a mother she told the story to her children about how she had seen the fire in the rain.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

How Bitcoin Affects Alaska



written by Joshua Coffman

Here in Alaska, our economy thrives on tourism. Besides that, foreign influences such as Canada and Russia, not to mention many of the east Asian countries that are closely connected to our resources. Bitcoin has the potential to change our entire interactions with the world as Alaskan businesses and individuals.

There are three ways that Bitcoin will affect us in the next 10 years. Number one, is directly from tourists. One thing that American’s forget is that currency is typically a fragile thing. Many foreigners are turning to Bitcoin as a store of value. In the next couple years, business owners that do not incorporate cryptocurrencies into their business plan will lose business.

When I personally go to the fair and look for the vendor that accepts Square, you begin to realize that there is so much business out there that is going to walk right by you because you don’t facilitate their currency platform of choice.

A lot of Asian countries are quickly adopting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. That tourism business potential is huge already and will only grow in the coming years. Korea is a great example, they are going through a slew of crazy political scandals and unrest and they are pouring in droves in the crypto world.

But tourists from all over the world really are turning to these digital currencies. Alaskan’s and especially those in the service industry need to consider the potential service they can provide for these progressive tech savvy tourists.

Number two, Alaska’s retirement problem.

Okay, let’s be serious. The Federal government is treading a fine line with the deficit. At least the State government is taking our financial problem seriously enough to talk about it. But let’s be honest, several Alaskan municipalities are just teat sucking nurseries. The financial strength of our communities is weak at best. I’m looking at you too, native corporations.

And it starts with us as individuals, I’m tired of hearing people say “everyone I know is broke.” Alaska needs to get it’s financial house in order and it starts with you. Stop putting your money in a 401k. I won’t knock you for saving in US dollars, but you should really educate yourself on the Federal Reserve if you’re going to go that route.

If you really want to accumulate wealth, invest in your education. Learn about using Bitcoin as a store of value. Check out the incredible work of Andreas M Antonopolus. But don’t stop there, if you are putting money into the stock market, you are gambling. And if you’re going to gamble, you might as well take a bet on what I am offering you, which is Bitcoin.

Stop putting retirement money in Wall Street, stop putting your trust in the banks, stop buying insurance, stop gambling with your future. Either trust me or make an educated decision, Get into Bitcoin. Get a offline wallet. Take your retirement fund and put it on a hardware wallet. Do this before there is a massive financial collapse.

If Alaska ever defaults, which let’s be honest, we’re facing some crazy times, we are going to face a avalanche of businesses, companies and financial institutions that will either leave or be forced to change how they operate in Alaska. It won’t be the end of Alaska, but when it happens, those with liquidity will come out on top. And we know that in Alaska, liquidity isn’t just next month’s rent.

The third way Bitcoin affects Alaska is our decision. Either we will buckle down on the US dollar and become entirely dependent on the whims of the Federal government, which we’ve increasingly done over the lifespan of Alaska. Or we will take massive action and create our own economy.

And if we are bold enough, we could establish our own cryptocurrency and fund our own schools and healthcare facilities, we could provide our own insurance companies, we could fund our own military defense, we could take this all into our own hands, if only we had the courage to do so.

This sounds radical, it sounds revolutionary, but we as Alaskan’s have gotten soft. We have begun to enjoy the special attention we get from DC. Some of our politicians are boning up and taking massive action, but they need an army of businessmen to back them up and take heart in the face of change.

I hope every single one of you are constantly reading books, training, becoming a master in your industry or sector. I hope you’re taking massive action, learning about how the world works around you. I hope you’re passing on that training to the next generation. You should be writing a book about your experiences, you should start your own blog, Alaska needs you to take massive action.

We could become a thriving state that has massive influencers that own powerful assets. But it takes each of us as individuals to commit to our individual potential.

Have a 10X week Alaska.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

How I Deal With Depression



written by Joshua Coffman

My opinion in life is to get through whatever hangups you have as quick as possible. So if you are going to live a life where you buy expensive stuff and travel to random places for the “experience,” do it until you get it all out of your system. If you’re going to fuck chicks and do coke, get to the bottom of yourself as fast as possible. Don’t repress it, objectively choose to get it out of your system.

Live dangerously until you can live abundantly. If you’re doing drugs, you need to get to the place where you personally choose to get help. If you’re going to waste money, you need to get to the place where you recognize the importance of money in you life. Live it up, get to the bottom, and then use the bottom to bounce back.

The same can go with depression. I know of a lot of people that are still living depressed from situations that happened almost 5 years ago. When I worked in the bus ministry, I met one man that was still dealing with depression from something that happened almost 20 years ago. He was trying to cope. Instead of embracing the situation that happened to him, he was still attempting to live as a victim.

Only by the grace of God will I live like David, I will mourn and call on God for help until their is no longer an open door for me to enter into His presence for a particular situation, then I'll immediately get back up and start serving Him again.

Sometimes I’ll have moments where I get a victim mentality due to recent situations, but then I realize that I was the one that choose to live my life my way. I made circumstances happen, I was the one that knocked. It helps with depression in the same way that I embrace my past as an important part of who I am.

That’s how I deal with depression. I immediately confront it as my responsibility. It can be incredibly confusing to wade through a series of events that quickly unfolded and try to decide who was responsible for what, and that’s what begins to weigh down on you, the confusion. But when you take full responsibility, not just for your past decisions, but also for you future life, you become unstoppable.

Let other people make their own decisions. You are responsible for the things in your life that you can control, the most important of which is the very next action that you take.

And sometimes the very next action you should take is the “wrong” action for most people. You know your tolerance, you know your circumstances, you know your mental fortitude, you know everything about you, so make decisions based on what you need to do. This is where you need to be honest with one person: yourself.

Maybe you’ve made a mess of your life, maybe everything you’ve done was a lie. Maybe you’ve lied to everyone in your life. I think it’s time to be honest with yourself. Take action on your dreams.

Take action on getting your dream job.

Take action on getting in phenomenal physical shape.

Take action on eating healthy.

Take action on learning a new language.

Take action on meeting 10X people.

Today is the day where you become honest with the only person that matters. You don’t owe it to anyone but yourself. This is how I deal with depression. An honest assessment of where I am as a person.

Do I always make smart decisions? Of course not! But I don’t make these decisions for other people. I don’t make these decisions for my parents, or my pastor, or my friends. I make these decisions for myself. I am the cause of all my troubles.

If you’re dealing with depression, I recommend you start taking massive action. You are a victim. That’s the point. Don’t stay in a victim position, become massively successful and start leaving the people that hurt you behind. Don’t get even, get successful.

Be great, I love you all.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friends with Liabilities



written by Joshua Coffman

Whoever is not going for their potential is a liability to you and your potential. This isn’t just a motivational quote. It’s a dire warning. If you allow people into your life that don’t push you to keep growing and moving forward, you will find yourself in the death spiral of a lack of inspiration.

These friends with liabilities will stab you in the back. They will turn on a dime. They are already stabbing themselves in their back by not going for their own potential. They have given up on themselves, they will for sure give up you. Usually before you expect it. They will burn themselves, so you can expect they will burn you.

Break it off with those friends. They may smile at you to your face, but be warned. If they are not going for their potential, that is the only indicator that you need to look for. If they’re not going for their goals, they are going to destroy yours.

This is a decision that you have to make for yourself. Maybe you haven’t been going for your potential, maybe that’s why you’ve had time to hang out with them. Maybe you’ve been the stumblingblock for others. Maybe you’ve been the friend with liabilities. This isn’t a condemnation of you as a person. Someday, you may find those people take a 180 and begin relentlessly pursuing their potential. But until there is no doubt that they are going for their potential, cut them off. Stay away from them. Block their numbers.

You don’t need that negativity in your life. Be honest with yourself. Are you going for your potential? If not, who in your life has given up on their goals? Kill those people. Not literally but they might as well be dead to you. Don’t be sliding in their DMs. Don’t go to their house party. Stay away from that lack of passion and vision. Otherwise you will continue to be drowned in their self destructive habits.

I’ve traveled the country meeting new people, making new friends, learning new cultural norms. It wasn’t until I was in Alaska for 8+ years that I learned just how important it was to leave people behind. People change. They give up. Then they stab you in the back over and over and over. They do this because it’s who they are. Don’t expect to change them.

It starts with you, though. Be the change. Make a decision to go for your dreams and your potential. Then push through with more action until you’ve left all your friends with liabilities behind. Become a shooting star. And when you’re going at a strong enough speed, you will only be travelling with other stars.

Change your surroundings. Maybe you need to make a physical move. Just recently, I had to leave the state. I took all my shit and moved to Arizona. I needed a change of pace. I needed to leave my old friends behind. That’s when I found out who my real friends were. When I left the state, the friends with liabilities started stabbing me in the back. They exposed their real lack of ambition. It became abundantly clear who the real friends were, it was the ones that were too busy with their own potential to try to destroy my potential.

Maybe you just need to start attending different classes, going to different events like business and industry guru speeches. Maybe you need to change your music. I don’t know what it is that you need to change, but if you aren’t going for your goals, you need to change something immediately before you act on your liabilities.

You could start with cutting off the negative media. The news is one of the biggest trash spewing cultural phenomenon to touch us today. Turn off the news. Go meet someone in your neighborhood. Go to the coffee shop, go to a potential clients business, go to the gym. Stop listening to the news. Get away from advertising that is trying to tell you how bad your life is. No matter how much Sean Hannity wants to convince you that he’s your friend, he is just a friend with liabilities.  Turn it off.

Like I said, it starts with you. There’s very few circumstances where you should confront these friends with liabilities. Usually the best course of action is to just start taking more action on your dreams. The friends with liabilities will either just fall away or they will start pushing back against your goals, they will tell you to slow down. Keep speeding up. Keep growing. Keep going for your dreams and goals and passion.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Artificial Reality



written by Joshua Coffman

I’ve been watching as Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, cryptocurrencies, robotics, and virtual reality have become mainstream in our culture. I’ve seen Pokemon Go take the world by storm introducing people to the idea of an augmented reality. But what I’m concerned about is not the current interesting technologies, but rather the tried and true technologies that have already grabbed the human race and dragged us to an artificial reality. That is the television screen.

Several months ago I was listening to a book by CS Lewis and he was warning of the dangers of watching television and making life decisions that are influenced by scripted stories. Of course, ever since the beginning of time, we as humans have adjusted our behavior due to storytelling, whether that be audio or written. But the concern is that seeing real people in artificial circumstances can rewire our brain.

Last week I was reminded of this strange part of our experience as humans when I was listening to an artificially intelligent robot give a speech and she referenced a movie. Here was a robot that was being influenced by the television. What a crazy world we live in.

And then just a few days ago, I was watching a YouTube commentator talk about a popular Netflix show called “Stranger Things” and he was specifically pointing out their constant nods to other movies and television series. Even our media is being influenced by previous media.

How important it is for us as Christians to guard our minds and not begin to think worldly. Should we really be worldly wise? And then there’s the really important point, should we actually be creating media instead of consuming it? Wouldn’t it be better for us to participate in creating media that lifts up Christ rather that mindlessly consuming media that ignores or profanes His name?

We are already in an artificial reality. Our employers are living in an artificial reality. Our politicians are watching “House of Cards” trying to make sense of their situations. Our pastors are watching “Fireproof” trying to make sense of their congregations marital problems. Our wives and husbands are watching films and tv shows that portray weak husbands and unsubmissive wives. We are no longer living in reality folks.

Don’t worry about the coming robots. Don’t worry about Skynet (or whatever that is, I’ve never actually watched whatever movie that’s from.) Don’t worry about the crazy looking robotic dogs from Boston Dynamics. We are already being overtaken by our technology.

Read through the major prophets. You will find that our world is living in a completely alien state of mind. Just take a look at our societies view on sodomites. They are raping our children (Kevin Spacey), and we continue to allow their flags to fly in our municipalities and townships. Take a look at the general consensus on whores and whoremongers. They are embraced while still living in their fornication.

Put down the pop culture for a minute and look at the world through a Biblical lens. Maybe that hits home for you, I know it does for me. When I step back from my worldly habits, I am absolutely disgusted at how close I have come to accepting the artificial reality that Hollywood producers and Netflix production crews are creating.

Take a break from it all and talk to people. You will find yourself referencing Rick and Morty, Gossip Girl, Duck Dynasty, Spongebob, or whatever artificial reality you’ve embraced as a source of inspiration and cultural information.

Plug into the mind of Christ. Read the Bible. Go soulwinning. Walk alone with God. Only then will you see the world for how it really is.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Getting Girls By Acting Gay



written by Joshua Coffman

Losing a loved one to the sodomites is a frustrating thing. You can see their eyes turn dark. You can feel the dark energy begin to pulsate through them and it’s incredibly tempting to sacrifice your own morals to their degeneracy.

The strength of the darkness can even cause you to forfeit your children to the pain and violence of the sodomites. Don’t give in. Separate yourself from Sodom.

If you don’t leave now, you will find yourself shit-faced, getting fucked by your daughters in a cave. *Genesis 19:30-36

The sodomites are not your friends, they are just a bunch of vile reprobates that God has given over to destruction. You have had multiple opportunities to take you and your family out of Sodom and Gomorrah. Before you find your wife turned to salt, leave.

The sodomites will try to convince you that they are merely an alternative lifestyle. They will scream at you until you give in. They will unashamedly beat on your door wanting to have sex with your out of state visitors.

Their lack of conscience is no coincidence. They have chosen a religion that rejects Christ. There is no truth in them. They will lie to you and manipulate you until you succumb to their droning screeches.

Ignore sodomite orders.

You have chosen to live in a city full of these perverted, sick children of the devil. Leave. Don’t look back. Leave the well watered plains. Find somewhere where you can live in peace.

You will continue to fall prey to their propaganda when you see their wickedness everyday. They are the victims of God Himself. He has given them over. He hates the wicked everyday.

Their dark eyes are painted around with empty laughter and jovial calls from across the room. They play all day, looking for their next perversion. The beautiful men and women that work as the brand ambassadors for Sodom will soon find themselves burning in the violent flames of Hell.

Their gorgeous faces will melt. Their well exercised bodies will turn into charred, thirsty corpses. The sodomites have no hope, don’t be tempted by their siren like calls of pleasure and happiness.

Sodomites have ready allies in the feminist coven. The feminist witches seek to corrupt the men and will use any pretty bodied woman that allows herself to be cast under a spell of pride and vanity.

Unsubmissive wives, unloving husbands, and disobedient children tread dangerously close to the sodomites. And the sodomites are ready to embrace those people. They are ready to abuse them and suck them into their darkness.

This is not a condemnation. This is a reminder to turn to Christ while there is still time. Maybe you’ve come dangerously close to the line of Sodom. Turn back now. Christ is here to forgive the worst of sinners. But once you cross the line, there is no more opportunity for you. You have been given over.

Don’t cross that line. Turn to Christ now. Don’t be blinded by pride. Don’t be confused by family that is already reprobate. Fall on your knees. Repent. Leave the sodomites. Cut them off. Run.

There is room at the cross for the worst of sinners. Even the Jerusalem sinner can be saved, so there is hope for you. But once God gives you over, it is too late for you. Accept His gift of love and salvation. Accept His Son.

To become a Sodomite is not to become a servant of Satan. Sodomites aren’t serving Lucifer, they are serving the Almighty God. Everything they do is a judgement on this sinful world. They are fulfilling the will of God by destroying themselves. Don’t think that Satan has anything to do with their wicked perversion.

It is God’s pleasure to see them burn.

Once again, this is not a condemnation. I don’t hate you for living in the city of Sodom. I’m telling you to leave because I love you. I’m telling you about the burning eyes of God. I’m telling you about His justice and vengeance. I’m telling you there is hope in His Son. There is a way to become a friend of God.

The worst of sinners can be saved. This is why God sent His Son to the Jews. They were the worst of sinners. They were so wicked, they killed His Son. Yet God was not done with them. He still had His messengers take the Good News to the Jew first and only then did they take His Gospel to the rest of the world.

Ignore sodomite orders.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Not a Role Model



written by Joshua Coffman

I've grown up in a Christian home and watched almost every single "role model" fall into sin. Even those with the tightest alibi's have had their ministries called into question after their death due to alleged misconduct. I want to make abundantly clear: I am not a role model.

There is a group of people out there who think that because they are in a stable place right now, they have the moral authority to tell other people how they did things right. That's okay. But if that's you, I'm warning you, in you dwelleth no good thing.

Someday, there will be a physical mark on those who cry over the sin in the world. But for right now, we live in a world where you can't see who the real people are and who those living in sin are. So I'm warning you right now, I am not a role model.

Who is the role model? There is only one. His name is Jesus Christ. He is revealed to us by the Word of God. The Holy Bible.



Even the smallest detour that I take as a human being from the example of Christ will destroy my life, without the grace of God that is. So don't look to me, look to Christ. Look to His excellence, His humility, His teaching. Find in Him the consolation for your brokenness.

I am not chasing people away. But I am.

Sometimes, in my sinful nature and sometimes in your sinful nature you will look to neighboring humans for emotional support. We turn to those we can see face to face to vent and share our problems with. But is it Biblical to do that, no. Jesus was not a marital counsellor, nor where any of his disciples.

Jesus didn't help people by coaching them out of their addictions. In fact, Jesus commanded the woman at the well to go call her husband, even though he knew that the man she was with wasn't even her husband. He wasn't giving her advice, he was drawing the woman's heart to the painful truth that she was living in sin.

I'll admit that I'm a sinner saved by grace. If you want to know what to do, don't listen to me. Go straight to the Scriptures. Pour over their words for comfort and guidance.

I've made a mess of my personal life from not doing what I know to do and doing what I know not to do. So don't consider me a role model. I am not excusing my sin. I am not choosing to live in sin.

I am simply reminding anyone that reads my work to admit when they are weak. Don't try to justify your sin. Admit that you're making bad decisions. Admit that you are choosing sin because you are weak.

Then, stop it.

Call it how it is even when that shines the light on your sin. Because trying to live in sin and call it something else will only take you and your followers into darkness farther. Admit when you are blinded by sin, then stop it.

You are being followed by someone. No matter who you are and how insignificant your Facebook friends list is. There are people that are copying you.

That's why I'm telling you to not copy me. Instead copy Christ. And if you need to copy me because you are feeling weak, only copy the parts of me that are copying Christ.



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Story for Ava



written by Joshua Coffman

There once was a girl named Yara. She was a very kind and gentle girl. She lived in a small home with a tiny window that looked out into the small yard. She had no brother or sister. She lived alone with her mother and father.

Yara was very happy with her little family.

One day her mother gave Yara a very delicate necklace. It was a beautiful necklace with a golden heart pendant that shimmered when the sunlight hit it. Yara promised her mother that she would keep it very safe.

For a very long time, Yara kept that necklace safe. She would hang it up every night by her bed and remember the kindness and gentleness of her mother. When she woke up and got dressed, she would put it on with a smile and purpose to have a shining heart that day.

There was one little girl that Yara loved to play with. Her name was Chrissy. Chrissy was a very smart girl, she could spell words and read impressive books. She was fun to play with because she always shared her things with Yara.

One day, Chrissy got a brand new book. It was full of beautiful words. The outside of the book was decorated with dainty flowers and letters that looked as if a master artist had drawn them. Chrissy was excited to show her new book to Yara and called on her at the front door of Yara's little home.

Yara and Chrissy ran upstairs to her little room with the tiny window and they began to read the beautiful words of Chrissy's new book. It took them to far away lands filled with spices and funny looking people. Stories of mountain flowers and stories of streams in the desert. The book drew them in until barely a glimmer of light came through the tiny window in Yara's room.

Yara's father walked them to Chrissy's house. Yara said good night to Chrissy. As they walked home in the darkness, Yara asked her father about the far away places she had read of in the book. She wondered if they were real.

Yara's father had been to those places. He had smelled the spices and had seen the mountain flowers. He told her that someday, she too, would see those places. If only she kept her golden heart.

As she lay in her bed that night, looking out her tiny window, Yara thought about her golden heart. She had never thought about what would happen if she lost it. She saw the stars twinkling in the distance and was reminded of the little shining light from her golden heart.

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Years passed and Yara never forgot that book that Chrissy showed her, nor her father's words. Every day, she was kind and gentle and kept her little heart golden. She travelled the world with her golden heart and sent letters back home to her friend Chrissy, sharing her adventures and telling her of how true all the stories were. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

No Negativity



written by Joshua Coffman

There is this sticker on the back of my laptop that says "No negativity." It's a reminder to myself to be an exclusively positive person. There's a lot of haters out there. A lot. I've run into haters just recently that have tried to steer me off my course. I don't want to be one of those people.

1. Surround yourself with positive people

Positive people are not the people that will lie to you to get your approval. Positive people are the people that are making the right moves and surrounding themselves with the right people. Surround yourself with those type of people.

It's not even about cutting off the negative people from your life. If you just decide to take enough action to be around the positive people, the negative people will distance themselves from you naturally.



There are billions of people on this planet. How many friends do you have right now? Counting Facebook friends, maybe 200? Even if you have 1,000 friends, you could cut them all off and still have an abundance of people to meet and develop friendships with. Find the positive ones and make your connections amongst them.

Probably the easiest way is to just change location. I love Alaska, but I've had to leave the state twice to just shake up my habits and change who I was hanging around. Both times I left, I surrounded myself with positive people and I've made better decisions just from getting away, from changing location.

2. Potential

A couple years ago, I decided to reach for my potential. That was at first an easy decision, but it started to consume my entire life. I actually had someone warn me to stop "reaching for my potential" because it was a never ending treadmill.



But my commitment to my potential has had a side effect of erasing a lot of my self negativity. I'm not saying it's gone entirely, because every once in a while I'll have a brief period of depression or self loathing. But for the most part, I get back up after a short period down, pick up my gun and run back into the battle for reaching my potential.

It's amazing what commitment can do for you, mentally and spiritually.

3. Control

My whole life I've been out of control. I remember when I got hired at the church, it was actually my dad that sat with me in the office with the pastor and my dad was explaining what I wanted to do with my life to the pastor that was soon to hire me.

I was not in control of that interview.

I was never in control of that job.



Until just recently, I've been struggling with taking back control of my life. Struggling in the sense that I want to control my life, but I was also content letting other people control it. It's hard to explain, but once you recognize that you're out of control, it becomes so easy to understand the problems and negativity that crop up in your life.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Three Things Alaskans Should Know About



written by Joshua Coffman

Alaska has two roads out. Both of those roads exit into a foreign country. So we should be aware of the problems our state, nation, and world are facing. Let's look at 3 important topics that Alaskans should be aware of.

1. Agriculture

For a short period, I worked in the meat department at a local grocery store (Fred Meyer.) At any given time we were about two weeks away from mostly empty shelves. In fact there was one point where our boat got held up and the meat spoiled setting us back almost a month in some of our products. This is a precarious situation. 



There are vast agricultural lands that our state has refused to fund developing access to. Maybe it's the private sector's turn to buy up the land and the access to that land and make Alaska great again. The one project that I'm really interested in is described in this article.

The MatSu valley is a great place to start but we really need to act quickly to either develop access to, or just offer homesteading to the ag land we already know about here in the state. There are passionate farmers that have been visiting this state looking for opportunity, but our politicians blame Washington instead of taking massive action here in their own neighborhood to drum up support for these projects.

2. Finance

We live in a very connected world. So connected, in fact, that we have decentralized assets. Basically, when we thought of money before, we thought of it as guaranteed by the US government. The banks were safe because of the rules that the Federal Reserve enforced. Now, with decentralized assets, money is secure, not because of the government, but because of consensus. 

Another way to say it: the US dollar is guarded by the banks, but cryptos are guarded by their own existence. 



We already saw our state take big moves this last year by cutting the Permanent Fund Dividend in half. That was a big money move. They immediately funded a huge change at the Permanent Fund office and as far as we know they are hedging their bets against cryptos and doubling down on the US dollar. 

Bitcoin is not going away. And if we push through and allow Segwit2x to become another altcoin, we will see (I personally think) Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash establish themselves even stronger. I don't think this is the time to bet on the dollar. The United States is a strong economic force, but I think that our sin will find us out, our nation is embracing perversions and continuing in it's wicked policies, even under Trump.

That is why I don't think the US dollar is going to stay strong. I personally think that the crypto space is going to continue to grow tremendously. And Alaskan's should really consider what's going on with things like Ethereum, and Monero, and Dash, and Bitconnect. Maybe we should consider starting our own blockchain. 

Either way, the financial industry is going to change dramatically, and Alaskans especially should be interested in the markets due to our state's investments in funds and companies around the world.

3. Security

I remember growing up, Alaska was like the Wild West in our subconscious. Alaskans were cantankerous old people that hid their gold in the ground underneath their cabins. Escaped convicts. That was the impression I got, even though I lived there in my early life in the middle of Anchorage. 



But a lot of Alaskan's have now embraced this idea that security isn't important. We are fast growing closer to the day that we implement national ID cards. Alaska has been slowly drifting from it's security roots for the past couple decades as more and more businesses have sprung up in Alaska. 

Our inability to develop ag land I think is tied closely to our slow draw to complete surrender of our sovereignty. Individualism can only be really established when we turn away from our sin. In fact, sin is not freedom but slavery. Until we turn from our sin, we will never be secure. 

But what steps can we take as a righteous people to be secure? Several thoughts: carry a weapon, use encryption everywhere, and don't go to crowded places late at night. 

There's a lot more Alaskan's should think about but those were just 3 pressing things that I wanted to share with you guys. Hopefully we can turn to God as a people and be prepared for when massive changes begin to happen in the next 2 years.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

How to Buy Your First Bitcoin



How to Buy Your First Bitcoin
Written by Joshua Coffman

There are three basic things I want you to do to get started with Bitcoin. Get a Coinbase account, download the Mycelium iPhone app, and get a piece of paper and pen. I'm going to walk you through each of these steps and send you on your way to obtain more cryptocurrency and secure it properly.

So before we start, let's talk about security. If you aren't security conscious already, I recommend we start with an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad that has at least lock screen passcode enabled. Even if you're only dealing with a fraction of a Bitcoin, it's important to realize that devices like your Windows laptop or Android phone are probably already compromised.



Let's start with Mycelium. On the App Store, you will find the Mycelium app. Download it and open it up.

Next get a piece of paper and a pen out. Your Mycelium app is going to give you a series of words that will secure your Bitcoin wallet. WRITE these down. It's not safe enough to record them in your Notes app or keep a digital file with them recorded somewhere. Remember, we're getting you started on your Bitcoin security.

Next, if you are just getting started on Bitcoin, people that are already involved in it will help you obtain your first little bit of Bitcoin. Reach out to one of us, preferably in person. We would love to send you a small portion of a Bitcoin to at least experience what it feels like to own a real digital asset.

All right, by now you should have a Bitcoin wallet (Mycelium), your wallet passphrases (written on a piece of paper, stored safely somewhere), and a tiny amount of Bitcoin.



The next step is to visit an exchange. One of the best exchanges as of the writing of this article that will allow you to buy Bitcoin with the funds in your bank account is Coinbase. This link is a referral link to their signup page.

I recommend using only funds that you can live without. Holding funds on the exchange is not incredibly secure, but very convenient. As soon as you can, transfer your Bitcoin funds from your Coinbase account to your Mycelium wallet.

Congrats! I hope you are well on your way to experiencing the joy of holding a real cryptocurrency in the palm of your hand.

Remember, don't share your secret pass phrases with anyone. Those are the keys to your Bitcoin!

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