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Blessing the Lord: A Passionate Exhortation

Pastor Mark Lim, a dear friend and pastor of mine exposited Ephesians 1:1-6 with deep passion this last weekend, and I wanted to share his message with you all! I’m closest to him out of our pastors as he has invested time in getting to know me outside of the church context, and he has blessed my heart much in the last year, so I pray this message blesses yours as you are pointed to our Great, Mighty, Everlasting King!

ON Casein Protein vs. MusclePharm Casein Protein

I love both these companies and they both make great products. I wanted to try the chocolate peanut butter ON flavor, pictured here but also wanted to show you the difference. MP is ~80% protein per serving, whereas ON is ~70% protein per serving. They have the same low carb count, thus ON is more fatty. MP has a better ratio of grams of protein per $, so I’ll probably stick with that in the future.


Casein is a slow-digesting protein, great for bed time of your workout and recovery days. It takes 3-4 hours to digest, so you fast for a shorter amount of time. Research also shows it has great benefits for your post-workout stack for continual muscle growth [:

Juicing – Part 1


So I just threw in a bunch of things today, and it turned out quite delicious. This is what I randomly threw in:

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 Bag of precut & washed carrots
  • 1/2 Bag of washed spinach
  • 4 small fuji apples
  • 5 Basil leaves

It tasted like some sort of apple smoothie. First juice I’ve made without celery and cucumbers. I love this juicer, Omega 8006, you should pick one up šŸ˜€ More juicing adventures to come!

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All the juice comes out on the left, relatively dry pulp comes out on the right [: This thing can also grind coffee, dice bell peppers and onions, mince meat, make pasta, and make nut butters [:


Why I Really Don’t Like De Beers

A very well-composed article everyone should read:

Why Diamonds are a Sham

We like diamonds becauseĀ Gerold M. LauckĀ told us to.

ā€œPromote the diamond as one material object which can reflect, in a very personal way, a manā€™s ā€¦ success in life.ā€

How do you escape this sham?

Nearly every American marriage begins with a diamond because a bunch of rich white men in the 1940s convinced everyone that its size determines your self worth. They created this convention – that unless a man purchases (an intrinsically useless) diamond, his life is a failure – while sitting in a room, racking their brains on how to sell diamonds that no one wanted.

Market Manipulation

What, you might ask, could top institutionalizing demand for a useless product out of thin air? Monopolizing the supply of diamonds for over a century to make that useless product extremely expensive. You see, diamonds arenā€™t really even that rare.

De Beers has controlled the diamond supply chain for most of the last century.

For most of the 20th century, this system has controlled 90% of the diamond trade and been solely responsible for the inflated price of diamonds.


We covet diamonds in America for a simple reason: the company that stands to profit from diamond sales decided that we should. De Beersā€™ marketing campaign single handedly made diamond rings the measure of oneā€™s success in America. Despite its complete lack of inherent value, the company manufactured an image of diamonds as a status symbol. And to keep the price of diamonds high, despite the abundance of new diamond finds, De Beers executed the most effective monopoly of the 20th century.

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