Christian Pastor Dr. Stephen Swisher on making a difference in 2014

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Dr. Stephen Swisher
Dr. Stephen Swisher

HONOLULU, January 21, 2014 – With a bad economy, persistent unemployment and so many confusing signals from policymakers, many people are worried about what the new year may hold for them. In an exclusive interview with CDN, Dr. Stephen Swisher, an internationally recognized Christian pastor shared his tips for navigating through the stormy seas of life and “making the impossible … possible” in 2014.

Dr. Danny de Gracia: Steve, a lot of people in America right now feel like they’re “stuck” in either financial problems or that they’re going around in circles in relationships and life issues and just can’t break out. You recently did a sermon on overcoming impossible situations, what’s your advice as a pastor for people who have been burdened with problems they can’t seem to shake off?

Dr. Stephen Swisher:  A lot of people do feel as though problems are weighing them down and they can’t see their way out. In my message from this past Sunday, I gave a four point plan to make the impossible “possible” based on Matthew 17:20. In a nutshell: don’t underestimate the problem, be real about what you are facing; don’t overestimate the problem [either] or your ability to deal with it creatively; don’t wait, time is not your friend and patience is not a virtue when it comes to a problem or impossibility, act now; [and] insulate, don’t isolate yourself from those who can help, but do insulate yourself from negative people.

DDG: What’s your thoughts about the direction that the U.S. is going in 2014? The House passed a $1.1 trillion appropriations measure. Taxpayers are spending huge amounts of money but they’re seeing government services cut, the military is in decline, China is on the rise … in many ways America seems to be in a crisis of existence.


Dr. Swisher: I have always been of the opinion that today is always the best time to do the right thing. In 2014, the President, the Congress, the justices of the Supreme Court and each of us in the electorate all have the opportunity to do the right thing. It is harder to do it today than it would have been yesterday, but much easier to do it today than it will be tomorrow as each day problems compound and get worse. I believe that President Clinton’s statement over twenty years ago is as true today as it was then: “There is nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed by what’s right with America.” We all must take a hard look at our nation and make the correct choices to keep her strong, prosperous and vital for generations to come.

DDG: Do you think that government is starting to encroach on religious freedoms in America?

Dr. Swisher: The U.S. government only has as much power as citizens give it. This is not some group of people in an ivory tower making decisions. The people in the White House and in Congress are there because voters put them there. So voters must bear some of the responsibility for the direction of our nation. And to answer you specifically, there are several examples of government encroaching upon religious freedom and personal liberty. This should not be allowed in 21st century America. That is why it is important that we are informed about candidates and vote our consciences when we go to the polls.

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to interview Dr. Swisher. Find out more about him and his wife Kellie by visiting steveandkellie.kcm.org and watch his sermons online at 4cumc.org.

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Danny de Gracia
Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs standing committees as well as a former minority caucus research analyst at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, he has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. He has two doctorates in theology and ministry, a postgraduate in strategic marketing, a master's in political science and a bachelor's in political science and public administration. Writing on comparative politics, modern culture, fashion and more, Danny is also the author of the new novel "American Kiss" available now from Amazon.com.
  • lonborghini

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    “…there are several examples of government encroaching upon religious freedom and personal liberty.”

    Examples please of government encroachment upon religious freedom. We are all free to believe in invisible pink unicorns, or that snow men are responsible for causing severe Winters or that an ahistorical dead Jew rose from the dead and ascended bodily into the heavens. Our government will in no way interfere with our right to believe whatever nonsense we find… comforting.

  • Disgusted

    Why are he and Kellie getting a divorce. This is her third marriage and an absolute disgrace she is to the human race. She does nothing but mock marriage and religion.

    • Cecila

      I know people who actually know Kellie and claim she is one of the kindest humans you could ever meet. so far, she hasn’t been too successful with her marriages; this being her third divorce. she isn’t a disgrace, but a real woman of God. King David was a man after God’s own heart but a terrible father. you can have a heart toward God but be a total failure in this area of your life. Pray for Steve and Kellie; they have that precious daughter to raise.

  • Sue

    Has Kelly given Emily the flick also. She seems to be with her father all the time. At least with his family I am sure she will have a good upbringing totally different to living with Kelly.