Sunday, May 29, 2016

Who is a Friend?


A true friend is another person who wants for you to be close to God. He wants the best for you. He is there for you. He encourages you to love and obey God. If you have to disobey God in anything in order to get someone to like you, then THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND.

David and Jonathan's friendship is an example of true friendship. Jonathan's father was Saul, the first king of Israel. Jonathan was next in line to the throne. But it was more important to him to obey God than to desire even all of the money and power that go along with being the king. God had said that David would be king, and would replace Saul, because Saul had sinned greatly against God, to the point where God had said He would remove him and replace him with someone who was better than him, and that person was David. Not a person who was worth more – every person has the same value and worth, but a better person – someone who was a man after God's own heart. Jonathan was also very obedient to God, but to make Jonathan the next king would have looked like God approved of the way Saul had acted as king. Jonathan watched out for David's life, even when his own father was trying to murder David, because Jonathan loved God more than he loved anyone else or anything, and because he was a true friend to David. A person who chooses to be godly intentionally gravitates toward other people who are godly. He chooses his friends and he chooses them wisely; he doesn't let other people choose him, and he chooses his friends carefully. He would rather be alone than to be with bad people. He doesn't just hang around with whatever people show that they want to hang around with him. He is wise and doesn't trust people unless and until they prove themselves trustworthy. When he finds a true friend, he is loyal to them, but his first allegiance is always to God.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” - Proverbs 27:6

This verse means that a true friend will tell you the truth, and tell you what you need to hear, even if it hurts you, because he is a faithful friend and he truly loves you. Friends of the same gender sometimes used to kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting, and it was not sexual in nature, just as Judas Iscariot kissed the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. An enemy may flatter you, and may say things to you and about you that you like, but they are grooming you for something very evil. They are buttering you up in order to use you. They don't love you. They don't even care about you. Break off that fake friendship right now, no matter what happens or no matter what you think may happen. The flattery of a fake friend, who is actually an enemy, is deceitful. They are deceiving you for an evil reason. You can't imagine or figure out what they are really planning, but it will hurt you to be a part of it. Sometimes, we think that the people who love us hate us, and that the people who hate us love us, because the world, the flesh, and the devil are always speaking to us even without our permission. We can hear them, and we don't have to seek them. They seek us out. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” - 1 Peter 5:8 God is always a gentleman. He doesn't force His way into your life. You can also hear Him, but you have to seek Him. He is never far from you, but you have to cultivate and develop a desire to have a relationship with Him, because it doesn't come naturally. We naturally gravitate toward sin, but we can choose – make a decision – to love, obey, and follow God, and we can do it, with His help. You have to seek God, but He promises that we WILL find Him IF we search for Him with all our heart. “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” - Jeremiah 29:13. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6. Soon, I plan to do a Bible study on how all of us have been hurt just by living in a sinful world, and in our sin nature, we think that it's okay to self-medicate with sinful things, but that's it's weird to hunger and thirst after God, even though He commands us to do so. We need to decide to long for, pant after, God, and decide not to think it's weird, but accept that it's God's will. That's what the theme of that Bible study will be.

“A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends.” - Proverbs 16:28

It is ONLY a perverted person who spreads strife; a person who loves God seeks peace and pursues it. Slander is speech that meets two conditions: 1) it harms the reputation of another person, and 2) it is not true. Someone who says things about you that hurt your reputation and are not true is NOT your friend. Don't let him separate you from your true friends, and especially from your best friend – God.

“He who conceals a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.” - Proverbs 17:9

A real friend doesn't tell everyone every time you do something bad. There is a time to deal with some sins publicly, but sometimes it's the right thing to do to conceal it in order to save the reputation of your friend. Someone who tells every bad thing YOU'VE ever done can separate close friends, if the friends allow it to separate them. Notice that this person doesn't go around telling everyone about all of the sins that HE'S committed.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” - Proverbs 17:17

A true friend loves you all of the time. You need to do a word study in the Bible on the best and highest kind of love: agape love – the kind of love that God has for all of us, and the kind of love with which we should love each other, and with which we CAN love each other, with God's help. This kind of love is a CHOICE, and it doesn't depend on emotion, or how the other person is acting. You always love them, no matter what. You may have to back away from them if they are pulling you into a lifestyle of sin, but you still love them, and you show it if and when you can, and you keep on praying for them. False friends run away when trouble comes, but a true friend is always there for you, even in adversity.

“A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” - Proverbs 18:24

A person with a lot of false friends comes to ruin. There is such a person as a true friend, who sticks closer to you even than some brothers, who aren't true friends.

“Wealth adds many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend.” - Proverbs 19:4

If you're rich, then there will be lots of people who want for you to believe that they're you're friends, and act like your friends. Be sober-minded, and only trust people as much as they prove that they can be trusted. Don't withhold a measure of trust from one who has proven that he is trustworthy. Always be willing to lose a friend in order to obey God. If you're poor, then you may not have the money to get to see your friend, because of distance or whatever.

“Many will seek the favor of a generous man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.” - Proverbs 19:6

You don't have to be rich to be generous. Use earthly wealth to gain friends for yourself, so that you can influence them for God (Luke 16).

“All the brothers of a poor man hate him; how much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.” - Proverbs 19:7

True friends stick with you, whether you're rich or poor. If you're a true friend, then you stick with your true friends, whether they're rich or poor.

“He who loves purity of heart and whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.” - Proverbs 22:11

If you choose to make sure that your heart is pure with God's help, and if you speak as God wants for you to speak with God's help, then God will elevate you to high places and you will speak to people who are in high positions. When you get to speak to those people, always use those times as opportunities to glorify God, and never compromise on speaking His words, even if it means you don't get more opportunities to speak to those people.

“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.” - Proverbs 27:9

The counsel of a friend or someone you think is a friend sounds good. Make sure that it's wise counsel. You can only know whether it's wise by comparing it to God's Word.

“Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.” - Proverbs 27:10

If you have a true friend, or your father has a true friend, then never forsake (utterly abandon) that friend. Carry on those connections from generation to generation. Continue building a network of warriors for God.

“He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will reckoned a curse to him.” - Proverbs 27:14

No one who is in their right mind wants to anyone to be speaking loudly when they first wake up. Speak the way that you want to be spoken to. The way that we say things is just as important as what we say.

“Say to wisdom, 'You are my sister,' and call understanding your intimate friend;” - Proverbs 7:4

We all need godly wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Even though they're not people – they are things and are obviously personified here – they can be like true friends to us, and we should value them just as we should value true friends.

“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,' and he was called the friend of God.” - James 2:23

If you read and study Holy Scripture, then you will find out that Abraham proved that he believed God by his obedience – in other words, by his good works. God credited it to him as righteousness. God considered Abraham righteous because Abraham believed – trusted – God. When we do what God tells us to do, then we prove that we trust God. When we disobey Him, then we are proving that we are not trusting Him at that time. We're saying by our actions, “God, I don't believe that Your way is the best way. There's another way that I want to do this, and I think it's better.” Abraham's good works didn't save him, of course – we who are Christians know that. But his good works proved that he had that saving faith – that he trusted God, and believed what God said. Why would we believe another person instead of God? Why would we let another person's opinion of us be a reason to sin against God? They are only human. They are not as smart as God, as wise as God – they're not omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), of the Supreme Judge over all of us. They're humans – mere mortals; they're going to die one day and face judgment before God, just like we are. Who are they to tell us what we should and shouldn't do? Whatever it may cost, we should obey God rather than man. Abraham almost always did, and he was, and is, called the friend of God. God wants to be the best friend to you that you could ever have, and He will be, if you'll let him, by trying your best with His help to live in obedience to Him. It's an honor and a privilege to have God as your best friend. But it's also an honor for you to live in such a way that God calls you His friend – for Him to say that YOU are a friend to HIM. And God revealed His plans to Abraham and told Abraham what He was going to do before He did it, because Abraham was a friend of God.

“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” - James 4:4

There's a spiritual war going on all over the world, whether we like it or not, and friendship with the world is hostility toward God. Think military hostilities, in a war against God that you can't win. If you want the “peace” that the world gives, which is merely the absence of conflict, and only on the surface, because the conflict is still always there just beneath the surface, then you're fighting a losing battle and working for something that you'll never be able to achieve. On the other hand, friendship with God means that the world will be hostile toward you. But the weapons of our warfare are things such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23); and being strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might, putting on truth, righteousness, the preparation of the Gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, with all prayer and petition praying at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, being on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18). “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

It is Hard to Kick Against the Goads!

"It is hard for you to kick against the goads." - Acts 26:14d.
It is hard to go against God. You can never make true progress in your life without walking with Him.
A goad is a spiked stick used for driving cattle or oxen. Some synonyms are prod, spike, staff, crook, and rod.
Apparently, "to kick against the goads" was a common expression found in both Greek and Latin literature - a rural image, which is from the practice of farmers goading their oxen in the fields.
Goads were typically made from slender pieces of timber, blunt on one end and pointed on the other. Farmers stuck or poked their ox, when he was being stubborn, with the pointed end to get him to move in the direction he wanted for him to go. Occasionally, the ox would kick at the goad. Bad move. The more the ox kicked, the more likely the goad would stab into its leg.
Everyone who fights against God by disobeying Him is about as smart as that dumb ox. It's like kick a goad - it's only going to hurt us. Everyone who chooses to hate the law of God is acting foolishly. We should affirm with David: "O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day." (Psalm 119:97) and "When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches," (Psalm 63:6) God's law is the law of love! "Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Romans 13:10) "But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does." (James 1:25)
Let's not kick at the goads and get a spike in our leg like a dumb ox! Let's fulfill God's perfect law of love and be blessed in what we do!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Lead in the Water in Jackson and Byram, Mississippi

I told you so. There's lead in the water in Jackson, Mississippi, and our city, Byram, Mississippi, is still on Jackson water here in 2016, even though we incorporated in June 2009. The municipal government leaders claim that the levels of lead aren't high enough to harm anyone, but at the same time, they say that it could harm pregnant women, etc. I told people not to vote for Richard White for Mayor of Byram. We had a true Republican candidate. I asked people to please vote for him. White was on TV the other night, in an attempt to respond to the question posed to him by a reporter about whether we here in Byram would get our own water system, and he looked stupid, and he looked like he thought we were stupid, when all he said was that Byram is a small town and it would be hard to set up our own water system. You get the government that you vote for. You got what you voted for. I told you so.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why We Need the Uniform 39272 Zip Code in Byram, MS

Our City of Byram, Mississippi reincorporated in June 2009, nearly six years ago, after initially incorporating in 1870 and unincorporating during the Great Depression under FDR. Some who live here, though, may have the proper Byram zip code of 39272, but the rest have either Jackson 39212, Raymond 39154, or Terry 39170. This causes unnecessary problems. For example, when I order from Walmart online, they calculate my sales tax at the eight percent Jackson rate (since our house is in the Jackson 39212 zip code) instead of the seven percent rate it should be. When I try to get a car insurance quote online, they ask what zip code your car is parked in at night, and I have to say 39212, which is Jackson, which has a higher crime rate, which gives us a higher insurance rate. the list of problems and annoyances could go on and on.

The proper way for the necessary changes to be made is for the Mayor to contact the United States Postal Service and ask them to make everyone within the city limits of Byram, MS 39272. Our original Mayor since reincorporation, Nick Tremonte (who was Mayor illegally, since he lived outside the city limits) never requested the change, and as far as anyone knows, the current Mayor, Richard White, has also failed to do so.

Sure, business owners would have to have their stationery, tickets, etc., reprinted, but it would be a one-time thing. Overall, the change would be good for everyone who resides in or owns a business in Byram. But will it ever be done? Or will the current administration only ever bother to take action on it if they might be in danger of losing their jobs? There's a lot to be said for electing people who will proactively do the right thing, rather than having to feel the heat before they will ever see the light.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Walmart Planned for Byram

Byram Mayor Richard White announced recently that we would be getting a Walmart in Byram. I don't mind having a Walmart, but two things bother me about the way it's being done, and I hope that they bother you, too:

1) The location. They want to build it on the southwest corner of the intersection of Siwell Road and Terry Road, where Byram Middle School used to be. There is already far too much traffic in that part of the city, and building a Walmart there would just multiply the problem exponentially. I advocate for smart growth, and that includes spreading the financial success and the traffic out over the entire city, and not concentrating too much in one place. There are better places in Byram to build a Walmart, like the I-55 East Frontage Road, and Byram Parkway.

2) The former board of aldermen said that they would not allow a Walmart to locate in Byram because they believed that a Walmart would kill local mom and pop businesses. Richard White, current mayor, was on the board of aldermen at the time. Before the former board left office earlier this year, they decided that they would allow Walmart in. The new board, who took office at the beginning of July, 2013, could have still said no to Walmart had they wanted to do so, not being bound by what the old board had done, but they did not. I sincerely hope that you have a problem with people breaking their promises, whether you want a Walmart or not.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Byram, MS Municipal General Election

With the Byram Municipal General Election a week and a half away, we should all remember some things about the incumbents who now occupy the offices of mayor and aldermen.

All of the incumbents have lied to us, and they have spent our tax money as fast as they could. They lied in that they told us that when Byram incorporated, they did NOT want to be officeholders in the actual, official government. But when those positions in the city government were offered to them, they did not hesitate to take them.

They lied to us at a meeting in the parking lot of Trinity Wesleyan Church on Siwell Road when they said that they would NOT give anyone living on the south side of Forest Hill Road over to Jackson in any kind of deal to incorporate Byram. Then they did. And they hurt the people living there. Their home values decreased, and they became a part of high tax, high crime Jackson.

They have put in traffic signals that we don't need. They want to build fire houses that we don't need. While the police give out tickets for speeding (which, the law should be enforced, but the speed limit should be 50, not 40, on a large portion of Siwell Road), the police themselves are often seen by us citizens speeding themselves, while there is no apparent emergency.

They have spent our money as fast as they could, and on what? When Siwell Road was paved, it was done with FEDERAL dollars, not city dollars. And then the City of Jackson messed up part of our brand-new road when they dug it up to run water to a new building.

That brings up another point: Byram should have its own city services. We should not be on Jackson water. And that brings up something else: People in Byram who live within one mile of Jackson have an extremely high water bill! THE CITY "LEADERS" IN BYRAM HAVE HAD FOUR LONG YEARS TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE FOR US, THE CITIZENS, AND THEY HAVE UTTERLY FAILED US.

And those people who hold the offices that they said they didn't want are now running for office AGAIN. They have even had the audacity to put up a billboard on I-55 which says that "we" fought hard for "independence," and that we should vote independent. That is just an obvious political ploy to win the offices that they have never deserved! Richard White, alderman, is running for mayor as an Independent, saying that political parties divide us, while he was in the state senate for years, and all that time, he called himself a Republican. There is a real Republican running for mayor, and his name is Phil Rodgers. Other aldermen, who are running for election as aldermen, who SHOULD NOT be elected because of their lies and because of their total FAILURE to do any good for the citizens of Byram, are Kent Alday, Theresa Marble, Amy Douglas, and Danny Ford. There ARE some good candidates running; PLEASE vote for them. The City of Byram does not belong just to the ones who supposedly "worked so hard for incorporation" for "all those many years," and for oh, so "selfless" reasons. The future of OUR city depends, in part, on us voting for the BEST candidate running in each race. God bless you.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

General Election Candidates, Byram, MS, June 4, 2013

Candidates in the General Election in Byram, Mississippi, to Be Held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

As best I can tell, these are the candidates who will be in the General Election on June 4, 2013. I will try to update this after I see the Mississippi Secretary of State's official results posted on their website.


GENERAL ELECTION:

Mayor

Phillip L. (Phil) Rodgers - R
Richard White - I
Kevin D. Lavine - D

Alderman-at-Large

Richard Cook - R
Erma J. Johnson - D

Alderman - Ward 1

Jim Moser - R
Melody A. (Molly) Gill - I
Robert L. Barnes, Jr. - D
Kent Nathan Alday - I

Alderman - Ward 2

Adrienne Hamby - I
Diandra Hosey - D

Alderman - Ward 3

Jimmy Ray Horton - D
Theresa Marble - I

Alderman - Ward 4

Teresa Mack - D
Amy Douglas - I

Alderman - Ward 5

Mary V. Gordy - D
Wanda Smith - I

Alderman - Ward 6

Gregory McMillan - I
Takiyah T. Martin - D
D.L. (Danny) Ford - R

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Official Candidates List for Byram Municipal Elections

Mayor

Phillip L. (Phil) Rodgers - R

Richard White - I

Kevin D. Lavine - D

Alderman-at-Large

Richard Cook - R

Carl "Benji" Wade - R

Erma J. Johnson - D

Eugene Hawkins Drake - D

Alderman - Ward 1

Chuck Gray - R

Jim Moser - R

Melody A. (Molly) Gill - I

Robert L. Barnes, Jr. - D

Kent Nathan Alday - I

Alderman - Ward 2

Adrienne Hamby - I

Diandra Hosey - D

Lavaughn Rankin - D

Alderman - Ward 3

Darryl L. Jones - D

Theresa Marble - I

Alderman - Ward 4

Bryan White - D

Charles (Charlie) P. Robinson - D

Eric L. Trim - D

Teresa Mack - D

Amy Douglas - I

Alderman - Ward 5

Mary V. Gordy - D

Wanda Smith - I

Alderman - Ward 6

David Moore - R

Takiyah T. Martin - D

Gregory McMillan - I

D.L. (Danny) Ford - R

POLLING LOCATIONS:

Ward 1: Relate Church, 6885 South Siwell Road

Ward 2: Trinity Wesleyan Church, 6950 South Siwell Road

Ward 3: Marl Grove Church of Christ USA, 7437 South Siwell Road

Ward 4: Byram Baptist Church, 5866 Terry Road

Ward 5: Wyndale Baptist Church, 11287 Springridge Road

Ward 6: Hillcrest Baptist Church, 5950 Terry Road

ELECTION DATES:

Primaries: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Run-Off (if needed): Tuesday, May 21, 2013

General Election: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winners Take Office: Monday, July 1, 2013 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Unofficial Candidate List - 2013 Byram, Mississippi Municipal Elections

Here's the UNOFFICIAL candidates list for the 2013 Byram, Mississippi municipal elections. This list is NOT official.

Information is, by law, supposed to be verified before it becomes official. (I.e., for all candidates, it needs to be confirmed whether they actually live in Byram, and if running for Alderman, whether they live in the ward which they want to represent. Also, candidates running as Independents had to get 1,000 signatures on a petition to run. Each signature must be confirmed as being that of someone who is a citizen of Byram, living within the Byram city limits.)

But this IS the list of those who have filed papers to run, so it DOES give you an idea of who we will have to vote for in the upcoming elections. You will notice a capital letter beside each name, to the right of each. Please note that "R" stands for Republican, "D" stands for Democrat, and "I" stands for Independent.

I will also include, after the candidates list, the polling locations for the City of Byram in the 2013 municipal elections, and the dates of the elections.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE FILED PAPERS TO RUN FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IN BYRAM, MS IN 2013:

Mayor

Phillip L. (Phil) Rodgers - R

Richard White - I

Kevin D. Lavine - D

Alderman-at-Large

Richard Cook - R

Carl "Benji" Wade - R

Erma J. Johnson - D

Eugene Hawkins Drake - D

Julius R. Williams - D

Richard Matthews - I

Alderman - Ward 1

Chuck Gray - R

Jim Moser - R

Melody A. (Molly) Gill - I

Robert L. Barnes, Jr. - D

Tamara Jackson - D

Kent Nathan Alday - I

Alderman - Ward 2

Adrienne Hamby - I

Diandra Hosey - D

Lavaughn Rankin - D

Alderman - Ward 3

Darryl L. Jones - D

Jimmy Ray Horton - D

Theresa Marble - I

Alderman - Ward 4

Bryan White - D

Charles (Charlie) P. Robinson - D

Eric L. Trim - D

Teresa Mack - D

Amy Douglas - I

Alderman - Ward 5

Wanda Smith - I

Mary V. Gordy - D

Alderman - Ward 6

David Moore - R

Takiyah T. Martin - D

Gregory McMillan - I

D.L. (Danny) Ford - R

POLLING LOCATIONS:

Ward 1: Relate Church, 6885 South Siwell Road

Ward 2: Trinity Wesleyan Church, 6950 South Siwell Road

Ward 3: Marl Grove Church of Christ USA, 7437 South Siwell Road

Ward 4: Byram Baptist Church, 5866 Terry Road

Ward 5: Wyndale Baptist Church, 11287 Springridge Road

Ward 6: Hillcrest Baptist Church, 5950 Terry Road

ELECTION DATES:

Primaries: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Run-Off (if needed): Tuesday, May 21, 2013

General Election: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winners Take Office: Monday, July 1, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Byram 2013 Municipal Elections

The filing deadline for running for municipal office in Byram, MS is in March. I've only been made aware of a few candidates to this point. Every person who currently holds office should be voted out; that includes the "mayor" and the five "aldermen." They were all illegally "serving" for about a dozen years as an "interim" government. They were foisted upon us in 2009 by a then-governor, and the "mayor" was installed illegally, as he does NOT live in our city. (See the Mississippi Constitution and the Mississippi Code.) They have lied to us, and sought their own purposes. They all said that once Byram was incorporated, then they did not want to be the real government, but when the city incorporated, they happily accepted their ungodly appointments. In May and June 2013 (the Primaries and the General Election, respectively), we have the opportunity to elect a city government for the first time since the June 2009 incorporation. The only incumbent I have seen who is running so far is Teresa Marble. She should definitely be voted out. And if that fire chief decides to run, then he doesn't need to be in there, either. If you are a Christ follower and you feel called into politics, then please pray about whether you should run for alderman or mayor. We need you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Byram City Elections in 2013

Good news. It looks like we will FINALLY get to choose our own city leaders in 2013, and it appears that we will be voting on SIX aldermen instead of the current five, in addition to mayor, although it does look like the ward lines have not been determined yet. So, come on, you politicos, let's get some good people on the ballot and elect us a good city government!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Byram Municipal Elections in 2013

Our municipal government here in Byram was sworn in, in a very underhanded way, in 2009, when it was too late to have municipal elections that year. We got stuck with a government installed by Haley Barbour, Phil Bryant, and Delbert Hosemann. For a dozen years, "Mayor" Nick Tremonte and the five-member board of aldermen called themselves a municipal government. That should be illegal if it's not, and I believe it is.

They said they didn't want to be the real government when we incorporated. They lied. They said that they would not give the people on the south side of Forest Hill Road over to Jackson. They lied.

They have spent money. They have made laws. They have zoned property. They have raised our property taxes. They have raised the rates of our water and trash pick-up. They are in the process of deciding the political boundaries of our wards for the election of aldermen. The "mayor" does not live inside the city limits.

You had better learn who will be running for office in Byram in 2013.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Abortions Still Being Done 20 Days After Bryant Sworn In as Governor of Mississippi

Phil Bryant has been Governor since January 10, 2012. That's 20 days. Abortion is still legal in Mississippi, and abortions are still being done in Jackson at the one remaining abortion mill. Governor Bryant said on the campaign trail that he wanted to end all abortion in Mississippi. He could, if he would only enforce our laws against murder.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Tuesday's Election

There are three very important ballot initiatives on which to vote in the election coming up this Tuesday, November 8, 2011. I encourage everyone to get out and vote "Yes" on the Personhood Amendment (#26) to stop baby murder in Mississippi, "Yes" on Voter ID, and "Yes" on stopping eminent domain abuse by the government.

When it comes to voting on public offices, however, I only intend to vote in the race for our local justice court judge. In every single one of the other races, I don't see much difference between the Democrat and the RINO running.

Here's just one example: We received a political postcard yesterday from our incumbent "Republican" (read RINO) state representative, Jim Ellington. I know for a fact that he has hired illegal aliens to work for him before. He says in his postcard, "As a father and grandfather, you can count on me to strengthen education by spending more money directly in the classroom and by always putting the academic needs of children first." That sounds like a liberal Democrat/Socialist/Communist! I'm sure that he wants for us to think that he cares about children (a liberal tactic), and that the money we spend on education is largely wasted and doesn't always make it into the classroom, which is true. However, we spend way too much on education (about two-thirds of our state budget), we don't have enough to show for it, and they deprive and harm our children by refusing to mandate the teaching of the Holy Bible and the true religion of Christianity to every child.

No, Jim Ellington won't be getting my vote on Tuesday. Neither will any other "Republican," because they all look like RINOs to me. Maybe we need for liberals to take over so that we can learn a hard lesson, like we're learning at the federal level right now with Obama being in the White House.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chances of Good Mississippi Governor Dismal

The chances of having a good man for our new Mississippi Governor are dismal, in my opinion. Phil Bryant is corrupt, as I've detailed in my book, A New Day in Mississippi: The Corruption In Our Government, and What We Can Do About It In 2011, available at my publisher's website, or at Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, or Amazon. Johnny DuPree is a liberal Democrat (i.e., a member of a political party that is officially pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, pro-gun control, anti-God, and anti-Christian) who wants mandatory pre-K government indoctrination of all of the children in Mississippi. I am not impressed with the Independent candidate, and apparently, there are two people fighting over which one of them should be the Reform Party candidate, and a court will have to decide which one of them will get to run, if the court allows either of them to run. It looks like Mississippi will either get more of the status quo (i.e., corrupt politicians making it look like they're doing us a lot of good when they're really doing nothing good at all), or we'll be taken downhill at the State level as fast as Obama is taking our Nation down at the Federal level.

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