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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

IN TODAY'S MAIL

Even though we're approaching the 5 year anniversary of 'A REAL MESSAGE TO REAL PEOPLE',  I still get letters like this great one that came in this morning fairly regularly from all over the world...this kind of thing makes it all worthwhile,  and this message in particular really made my day...scroll down to find links to the video on both Livestream and YouTube...


Dear Mr. Swilley

I recently watched your video, in which you formally come out as gay to your congregation. For many years of my life I have ran from all forms of religion, and grew a strong hatred for Christianity. I was touched, it brought tears to my eyes to see the open mindedness and support you have given people. I honestly watched the video for distasteful reasons. I have for the majority of my life had very low expectations for Christians. Where others see love and community I see hate and slavery. What I was looking for was another reason to hate, but instead I found a reason to love. I wish you the best. I am truly happy I stumbled across this video. Maybe there is hope for the rest of the world after all.

Sincerely,
John.

Thanks, John...I really appreciate it!
- JES 

35 comments:

  1. Jean Wilkey De Sousa said...

    WOW! Now that should make your day! The truth sets us all free. Love you for telling the truth and being who you are.....

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  2. Amanda Stephens said...

    Awwwwwww <3<3<3<3<3<3<3 I love this!!! That's Awesome!!

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  3. Amanda Stephens said...

    I am such a Big baby these Days!! This really brought out the water works :-)

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    1. Yeah, I really appreciated it...

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    2. Amanda Stephens said...

      We miss you so much bishop ...seriously love you with all my heart!!!

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    3. I'm just right down the road every single Sunday...come visit us soon...love you, too!

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    4. Amanda Stephens said...

      Can you give me the address I dont know where your at!? I will definitely be there!!

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    5. 931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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    6. Amanda Stephens said...

      Okay awesome thank you so much!! I'll be there!!

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  4. "...looking for hate...I found a reason to love..." Proverb 18:19 barred gates came down...wow...

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  5. Tanya Moore-Astin said...

    That feels good to me....so I can only imagine. With Love Always Bishop.

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    1. Thanks, Tanya...yeah, like I said in the blog post, it's been nearly five years, and I still get these fairly regularly from all over the world...but I really liked this one...<3

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  6. Robert Rutherford said...

    Yep. Thanks.

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  7. Frances Martin said...

    You're as real as one can get...I am so thankful.

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  8. BobandCindy Bishop said...

    Everyone"s looking for truth and love. Thanks you for helping many people find it on many levels.

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  9. Nancy Lynn Pugh said...

    Awesome affirmation Bish ! You are the best ! I remember how much it affected me and I'll be forever grateful to you ! I told you that it meant so much to so many and it's still happening !!! God is amazing !! And you too ! :-)

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  10. Linda M Curtis said...

    This will never end...ain't it wonderful !?

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  11. Dave Hershey said...

    Jim, I'm not sure if you remember when I watched it, but I do remember sending you private message and an immediate friend request afterward. I'm so glad to have been given the opportunity to get to know you (and now Ken) even if only on Facebook, for now. Much love and happiness to you both and of course the blended families. <3

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  12. Melody Osborne said...

    Love is so awesomely amazing isn't it?

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  13. A James Collins said...

    Wow! Sometimes the most authentic things have the most life transforming profundity ... Njoy Life!

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  14. Geni Lankford Clause said...

    That's it!! Love it!!!

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  15. Holly Thurmond said...

    Beautiful <3

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  16. Helen Perdomo said...

    Amen! May God Bless this person and allow him to feel his incredible love. God is GREAT!

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  17. Christine Williams said...

    Oh my gosh, how I love this!!!

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    1. Amy Hamrick said...

      I LOVE THIS TO THE MOON AND BACK......Bishop Jim Swilley YOU ARE TRULY DOING THE WORK OF GOD/JESUS.......I HAVE EXPERIENCE SO MUCH "RELIGION" THAT JUST WASN'T GOD....AND YOU ARE SO REFRESHING !!!! XOXOXOXO

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  18. Cheryl W. Stephens said...

    Love NEVER fails!!

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  19. Jackie A Watson said...

    you are who you are, God called you , yes you , just the way you are to serve him and do his work, spread the gospel so ROCK ON Brother Rock on! <3 U!!

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  20. Ralph Martin said...

    WOW!! What a badge for encouragement Bishop....... We're making a difference my friend.......

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