THE FAVOR OF GOD

This is one of my favorite new songs!!! The message is awesome and the groove is like I like as well. This song “FAVOR OF GOD” (LYRIC VIDEO) is by JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA ft. ZARCARDI CORTEZ. Some time ago, I said that I would never feature another video by Fortune due to some situations in his personal life. BUT… as you can see, that was then and this is now. It’s only a fool that never changes his mind. I hope you enjoy this song and enjoy the remainder of your day. Please say a prayer for all of those who are experiencing adverse conditions due to hurricane Florence.

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THE GOSPEL OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PART II

This is uncanny to say the least, but real.  Exactly one year ago today , I wrote a post called “The Gospel Of Domestic Violence” (copy and paste this link if you want to read it)  https://studiotj.wordpress.com/?s=The+++++gospel+of+domestic+violence+

At any rate, the post dealt with gospel singer/radio personality James Fortune and his legal issues as it relates to domestic violence.  When I wrote the initial post I was really, really angry with the things that were in the news concerning this artist.  I had enjoyed his music and after some of the things that I read, I didn’t even want to hear anything from him (that was difficult because he has some great music).  Fast forward to one day last week.  I was in my car listening to Darlene McCoy on the “Nightly Spirit” (a gospel radio show) and she interviewed James Fortune.  He came in and wanted to talk about his issues.  I didn’t hear all of the interview but I heard enough to at least change my position.  Fortune, who is responsible for such gospel hits as “Hold On”, “I Believe”, and “Live Through It”, spoke candidly to McCoy about his issues with anger management.

“A lot of times you’ll always say what you’ll never do but when you can’t control your anger anything can trigger and make you do something that maybe you felt like you would never do. For me I ask God, of course I thank God for forgiveness but for me it was more than just forgiving,” Fortune said. “I wanted to be better. I wanted to be changed. I wanted God to do something on the inside of me so that my story, my testimony could help someone else.”  Fortune said he went through professional counseling to work on those issues.
I was ecstatic to hear that he in fact acknowledged his problems, asked for forgiveness, and sought help.  WE ALL HAVE ISSUES and they manifest themselves in different ways.  I’m just glad that he sought help for his and perhaps that can help many others.
Above is the video of James Fortune & Fiya’s “Hold On” featuring Monica and Fred Hammond.

THE GOSPEL OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This is one of those stories that sicken me to the nth degree.  Domestic violence is one of those topics that I’m not personally familiar with but I am close to people who have been affected by these horrific acts of violence.

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On the way to work I typically listen to the gospel artist James Fortune on the  James Fortune Radio Show.  The show is on our local gospel radio station.  Fortune has not been on the show for months now.  At work I began to wonder why he has not been on the show.  There are a number of other artists that have been substituting for him.  I remembered that Fortune had allegedly been charged with some type of assault last year.  I went online to find out more information and to my surprise I found that this gospel singer JAMES FORTUNE is a monster.  Yeah, I know that sounds a bit extreme but consider this:  Here is a man that opts to punish his four year old step-son by first beating him (child was nude during the beating) then placing the child in a tub of scalding hot water.  The water caused 2hd and 3rd degree burns from right above the child’s penis, down to the bottom of his feet.  It is my opinion that in cases of domestic violence, an adult may find it very difficult to leave their significant other but they do have that choice to stay or leave.  BUT children do not have the same option.  That’s what this case is mainly about to me.  I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself.  The decision to pull Fortune from the James Fortune Radio Show came sometime after his arrest in late October 2014.

According to Attorney Toni Jones, Fortune is an abusive stepfather and an alleged wife-beater.  “He’s been charged with aggravated assault of a family member (his wife) with a deadly weapon. And I believe that weapon is being alleged as a bar stool,” Jones said.

Jones represents Roderick Davenport, the biological father of Fortune’s stepson. This past weekend Fortune was arrested in Stafford and charged.

“I believe the Stafford PD were concerned at the time of the investigation interviewing her possibly leg or her pelvis may have been fractured or broken,” Jones said.

Twelve years ago Fortune pleaded guilty to injuring his 4 year old stepson.  Fortune was found guilty of felony injury to a child.   Check out the video footage and the burns caused by Fortune on the stepson’s body below:

The stepson spent 63 days in the hospital and who knows how many more hours he will have to spend for plastic surgery in the coming years.  On his show he has a segment that asks the question “What Are You Feeling Fortunate For?”… My answer would be that I’m feeling fortunate that I am not that child’s father because by now, I would have definitely “laid hands” on Fortune and I don’t mean that in a holy way.  I pray that he gets the mental help that he needs because he seriously has some mental problems.  He sounds great on recordings and I’m sure that he manages to raise the service in person, but obviously has some tremendous anger management issues.    Here he is below in a song titled “I Believe”.  He’s the one doing the talking.

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

Be inspired by James Fortune & FIYA – I Trust You for your weekend inspiration. This is a powerful song. Hopefully it will help to make someone’s day…

Check this out. I got this from Bible Gateway for my daily inspiration: Corinthians 7:1 NIV
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.