Jesus’ Resurrection Matters Every Day!

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”- John 11:12No one but Jesus has conquered death and sin, giving us the assurance of doing the same, if we believe in Him.

It is, therefore, only through Jesus Christ that we have salvation available to us:

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”- Acts 4:12

I pray that Jesus’ work on Calvary and resurrection will mean as much to us today as it did on “Easter”.

Too often, Christians allow the world to cheapen our faith, water down Biblical truths, and commercialize church traditions.

The fact is that every day we open our eyes, it is the truth about the resurrection of Jesus that gives us the hope and the means to conquer any sin in our lives that we might be struggling with.

Every day is truly resurrection day for Christians, for victorious Christian living depends on the reality of Jesus’ resurrection day after day!

Bless the Lord!

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Brendan Eich – Mozilla vs The King

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From Tera Ertz at Hope and Change Ministries

Originally posted on Hope and Change Ministries:

firefox The web exploded the last few weeks. Apparently, there is at least one person in Silicon Valley who supports traditional marriage and put his money where his heart is. Apparently, that is not allowed. The opponents of traditional marriage are running their victory laps today after their outcry precipitated the resignation of Brendan Eich , CEO of Mozilla. The Christians I have seen are shaking their fists in outrage and decrying the leftist mob. I understand the outrage, but there are two troubling trends in the Christian narrative. First, we have the cry for Christians to push back and stop being cowards . Second, we have the idea that we should be afraid .

I will address the fear issue simply by pointing to Matthew 10:26-28. This is my favorite reminder of the sinful nature of fear of the world. If you prefer another, Biblegateway has a great search function…

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Instant Replay: The Accuser Rants On, But Is Already Overcome!

Instant Replay: The Accuser Rants On, But Is Already Overcome!

Sadly, I have been made aware of Mr. Jimmy Green’s latest social media attack on my character, intentions and even my family. You may recall, Mr. Greene, CEO/President of Associated, Builders and Contractors- Greater Michigan, is a rabid, liberal/Progressive Marriage Redefinition activist.

Ironically, be boasts of being a Republican for 30 years.

With Republicans like Greene, who needs Democrats?

I think of Alinsky Strategies- 12 Rules for Radicals when I read Jimmy Greene’s slanderous rants.

Distract, ridicule, accuse, isolate, and polarize. It is a very old tactic that I have encountered nationally, as I have stood for limited government and family values.

In Greene’s case, It is also a “instant replay”.

Literally.

When I did my first tea party speech, back in April of 2011, I faced a deep and hateful response, especially from Jimmy Greene, over my comments about the homosexual demographic and the economic and moral consequences of marriage redefinition.

Greene called it “hate speech”, as did the LGBT community and it’s supporters.

Jimmy was the loudest and most vile of respondents.

He is best friends with Garnet Lewis, an openly lesbian Democrat Official in Saginaw County. Thus, he staged the exact same tactic then, sending emails out defaming me, posting all over social media almost the exact narrative “I made Stacy. How can he do this to me, etc”, as if my Conservative, pro family stances were wrong because of his own contrary world views and because of his relationship with Lewis.

He claimed I was “gay bashing’, accused me of being a closet homosexual, etc.

All the same things he is saying now are literally repeats of what he said then. Ironically, all of the people chiming in now to support his slander- the few they actually are- are the same ones who did so then

Project 21 addressed the issue of public slander back then and did so recently (Note: Project 21 is not in any way involved in any actions I am pursuing regarding the current matter)

Here is a link to that:

http://www.conservativeblog.org/amyridenour/2011/4/20/defamed-for-his-tea-party-activism-project-21s-stacy-swimp-r.html

The only difference now, versus back in 2011, is that a Black liberal woman made a video about as a part of the angry backlash back then, but the accusations against me were just as bad, if not worse.

Here is that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9VdJH8j_Lo

Greene passed the video around and called for people to help shut me down, etc. This certainly was costly to me on so many levels.

Ironically, Greene , after his mentor Henry Marsh died, contacted me and said he was sorry and that he was ashamed at how ugly he had behaved.

I chose to forgive him and, over the course of time, reconciled with him, under the belief that he was sincere in his repentance.Yet, once again, over the same issue- homosexuality and marriage redefinition- he has went on another public slander campaign and makes accusations that cannot be proven or defended, refusing to actually deal with the real issues at the core (typical liberal tactic)

The core issue for me is that I and others have accused him of slander, libel and defamation of character, specifically as it relates to a facebook post implying these women were members of a racist organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center had listed as such.

I consider that a malicious act. So do the women who were listed.

That specific issue will not be successfully lost in this distraction. Not a chance.

I have the threatening texts and facebook inboxes from Jimmy Greene that can prove the malicious intent behind that and it will be proven in time. I will not be discouraged nor dismayed by this repeat of Greene’s petty machinations

That he attempts to bring my daughter into this- posting all over facebook that my daughter is allegedly lesbian. Speaks volumes.

Jimmy Greene has never met my daughter or spoken with her or anyone in her household. He doesn’t know either of my daughters, for that matter.

Any comments or concerns I shared with him privately in the past was supposedly between two fathers who were trying to help their children figure their way through their challenges.

He shared much with me privately that I would never, out of anger, try to use against him or his family. I still won’t do so.

I rarely discuss my daughters in any public forum and my family has absolutely stayed out of any public activism I have been apart of, by mutual agreement.

My daughter, who is only 20 years of age and, like any 20 year old, is in a fragile stage of discovering purpose in life.

She did not deserve to be involuntarily used in Greene’s public assault against me.

She is fiercely private.

Furthermore, she has never wanted anything to do with my public life and this is a prime reason why.

Some people will stoop to any low, including directly harming the children of others, out of personal ambivalence.

I consider it an act of cowardice, on Green’s behalf (or anyone, for that matter), to use a child or the child of another person to attack that person.

I cannot imagine any ABC official would be okay with that, as not one would want their own children dragged into some personal vendetta one adult has with another.

I certainly have not made any remarks about Mr. Greene’s children and family and would never dare think of such a horrible act to do.

It is just a shameful thing to do.

He has also made a number of public allegations about my living arrangements, even as he has never once been to my home, nor have I ever been to this home in the seven years I have known Mr. Greene.

For him to spread slander that my personal lifestyle is contrary to my profession of faith is indeed unproven and malicious.

It is a futile and furious attempt to distract from the original issues I raised.

In any event, I have been championing free enterprise and limited government across the nation. I have done this as a national public speaker. Long before any direct advocacy with or for ABC.See the following link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/man-on-a-mission-to-repeal-davis-bacon-stacy-swimp

I support ABC issues because I am an advocate of the same issues ABC advocates. Not because of Jimmy Greene asking me to. Long after Jimmy Greene is no longer a part of my life, I shall continue to champion free market solutions and free enterprise.

I have also been a national voice on behalf of Right to Work Laws for years now. Greene had nothing to do with my public activism in labor freedom.

Greene alleges that my public stances on behalf of pro family issues and against marriage redefinition have caused ABC to suffer from some kind of criticism from its supporters.

I had not heard any such reports from anyone until now, which is only through Greene’s accusations and public slander.

That doesn’t make sense, furthermore, in light of the fact Greene’s own public and rabid defense of marriage redefinition and forcing businesses to extend marriage benefits to same sex couples in no way serves ABC interests, nor does it likely win support to ABC, in light of the fact most ABC supporters, from a political perspective, are Pro Family Republicans.

He has posted some very mean spirited comments about Church leaders. I cannot imagine that advances ABC’s cause. It seems like a bit of hypocrisy to me.

Greene’s attempt to distract from the fact he is being accused of slander, libel, and defamation of character is in vain. In fact, he simply intensified he aforementioned.

Rather than address the real issues and take some level of responsibility for inappropriate social media slander, Greene has opted to turn this into a “personal grudge match” between he and I. Something he has also chosen to make very ugly, dragging my family member into his personal grudge match against me.

What he did to those two women who were pictured with me was malicious slander. He says that he was joking, but no one who is a direct part of that so called joke finds it funny.

He claims that because he knows me personally, it was not slander against me, even as I was the blunt of a very malicious commentary. He has certainly never called or contacted me to indicate intentions of humor.

Again, I don’t think it is funny at all.

Greene posted a long list of things he alleged he has contributed to my life in the past, stating that this proves he would not slander me.

Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison helped Frederick Douglass to become a world famous speaker. He taught Douglass the Constitution once Douglass escaped from Slavery. He did a lot for Douglass early in Douglass’ career as an abolitionist.

The problem is that he taught Douglass wrong. He had taught Douglass that the Constitution was a pro slavery document. Douglass discovered later than the Constitution is a pro freedom document.

When Douglass learned this, he began to establish his own ideas and grew beyond Garrison, who hated Douglass for not remaining who, what, and where he wanted Douglass to be. Garrison became Douglass’ most fierce enemy until the day he died.

Greene’s assertion that his early contributions to my path are proof of his current intentions has no substance or logic.

I learned that, while I share many of his views on free enterprise, I do not share Greene’s overall political views, particularly as it relates to family based issues. Sadly, he has never been able to, for some reason, accept that he cannot dictate to me what my values will be and how I should express them publicly or politically.

In closing, I have, as a first step, on behalf of the women in question and two other coalition leaders, requested that ABC makes a statement that it does not condone said behavior from any of its officials.

Stay tuned, as I have no idea what they will do, but I do know that we shall not be accused, intimidated, harassed, or slandered into submission.

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”- Revelations 12:9-11

Mr. Greene’s satanic rampage is already overcome.

 

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A Message to the Church: True Born Again Christians Do Not Apostate. Avoid Apostates!

By: Stacy Swimp

As of this writing, 17 states in our Republic have legally redefined marriage as being between other than one man and one woman. 33 states continue to have a ban on marriage redefinition.

The cultural winds that blow appear to be picking up steam, as more Americans are unwilling to hold on to the traditional Judeo-Christian values which this nation was built upon.

Sadly, this moral collapse is no less a reality among many who profess to be “Christian”. Many alleged Christians are now saying they support marriage redefinition under the guise of ‘equality” and “civil rights”, even as they know that God’s Word is unequivocally opposed to unions between two men and between two women.

These Christians who are choosing to advocate rejection of God’s Word are what the Bible identifies as “apostates”.

The word “apostasy” comes from the Greek word “apostasia’, which means is “falling away”.

The Bible says warns the church that a time would come when many Christians would choose to “fall away” and this would indicate that the anti Christ is paving the way for his revelation to man:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.”- II Thessalonians 2:3. 

To be clear, apostates are those who claim to be Christians, but who voluntarily “fall away” or walk away from the Christian faith by virtue of abandoning what they formerly professed to believe about God and about the Word of God.

Apostates are serving the spirit of the anti Christ. They are now taking pleasure in wickedness (II Thessalonians 2:11,12)

By supporting marriage redefinition and helping to harden the hearts of homosexual and lesbians against God’s truth, apostates have chosen to place themselves outside of the Christian faith because they reject the beliefs of our faith.

Many professing Christians today are not only advocating  marriage redefinition, but abortion as well. They call it “pro choice”, as if God’s choice to grant life in the womb is irrelevant.

The Bible calls an abomination and murder, respectively.

True Christians do not apostatize. They will never. under any condition, support abortion or homosexuality/lesbianism.

Instead, they will witness the gospel of Jesus Christ to the one who wants to abort or to the one who has already aborted. Rather than endorse or give license to it, true Christians will speak the gospel of Jesus to the one who is yet trapped in the darkness of homosexuality and lesbian lifestyles, whereby  that person may come to know the freedom and light of Jesus Christ.

The fact is that the Word of God says that anyone who claims to be a Christian and yet supports things contrary to the core beliefs of the Christian faith were never truly believers to begin with .

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”- I John 2:19

The Word of God gives a very specific command as to how true Christians are to deal with apostates:

We are to avoid any dealings with Apostates: 

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”- Romans 16:17,18

Sadly, there are some who I had considered friends who have chosen to become apostates. Even some off my own family members. As much as it hurts me personally, I have to trust God’s judgment and distance myself from those who choose to reject God’s Word and walk away from the doctrines of the faith.

I am certain other Christians are experiencing similar heartbreak from their friends and family as well. It is never an easy thing.

In the final analysis, God’s Word is true, even when  man decides that he no longer wishes to believe it. It is time for true Christians to rise again, departing from apostates and going forward with the Word of Truth, come what may!

 

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“Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Died In Vain”, Says Black Pastors In Response To Federal Judge’s Ruling

Michigan, March 21 2014- Judge Bernard Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, after having presided over DeBoer vs. Snyder, a lawsuit that addresses both the 2004 voter approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that defines marriage between one man and one woman and the state adoption law, has ruled the amendment preserving marriage to be unconstitutional.

A coalition of over 100 Black Detroit Pastors, led by Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell and Pastor Lennell Caldwell, have hosted both a press Conference and a rally in support of Michigan’s Marriage Protection Amendment since Judge Friedman has been residing over the case.

The pastors have issued a swift response.

“Judge Friedman has negated the vote of 2.7 million voters in the State of Michigan. Moreover, he has said to the almost 70 percent of Black citizens who voted in favor of marriage protection that our voting rights are no longer protected. Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and our forefathers apparently died in vain,” remarked Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry, Detroit, Michigan.

Minister Stacy Swimp, Gospel Activist and Founder of “Revive Alive, Flint, Michigan, ” stated, “It is a sad day for Michigan that Judge Friedman has ruled that preserving the only civil institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers is unconstitutional. Rest assured, however, that we shall continue to fight for the rights of children, and for our faith, for our families, and for our religious freedom.”

“We call on all the sitting County Clerks across the State of Michigan to refrain from issuing redefined marriage licenses, as stated by the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, until the matter is fully determined on appeal,” concludes Rev. Lennell Caldwell, First Baptist World Changers International Church, Detroit, Michigan.

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