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Sentenced To Death,
Destined For Life


Reality? Whose Reality? What does it have to do with me? Everything! This word really gets my attention and even more so here lately. We hear all kinds of stories on the news everyday and we know that they can’t all be true. I understand that there are those who promote lies to further their own cause, but for the sake of this post I am not including these. REALITY…

What is reality? Wikipedia puts it this way, “the state of things as they actually exist.” Merriam-Webster shows one definition as, “a real event, entity, or state of affairs.” I think this goes a bit further than just the definition. Whose reality are we talking about? We have all heard the story about traffic accidents and the fact that if you have three witnesses to the accident each will have their own story about how it happened. Now, the accident in general is reality. It happened and there was a certain chain of events that led up to it. In each witness’ mind it was also a reality. Where each person’s reality is different has to do with their state of mind before, during and after the accident. What were they thinking? How do they relate to each of the victims? How do they respond to tragedy? Was there anything similar that happened in their past and on and on and on?

As we read over each witness’ account we discover that their story is different from each other. They might have even been standing next to each other. This is their reality. Is it wrong? Is it the truth? A person’s reality doesn’t have anything to do with the actual truth, but it is a collection of the real event mixed with their emotions and judgments.

Okay, so where am I going with this? I try to live my life by giving people the benefit of the doubt. I believe that people change everyday. If I judge them tomorrow by what I have observed today, I leave myself open to be wrong. First of all, I must understand that what I observed might not have been the total truth. The facts are mixed with my emotions and judgments. Secondly, I might have only seen a part of the total story so therefore, my observation wouldn’t be complete and accurate.

So, what do I do? I must rely on the Lord to lead and guide me each day. There is so much coming through the media that we don’t know which story is truth, but there is someone Who does. He knows what is going to happen before it happens. He knows the truth behind every situation and circumstance. He will lead us through each and every day. Quite frankly, I don’t need to address every single thing that comes my way. Most are distractions anyway and it wouldn’t make any difference if I spent any time on it or not. I believe, more than ever before, we need to focus on the things that are really important.

People can change. People change when they feel loved and cared for. Even if they are guilty, they can change. I am not saying they shouldn’t be held to account, but they should be given the right to change and lead a different life. The Lord has a path for each of us to walk. He is the One we are ultimately accountable to. Don’t get caught up in the many voices in the wind. Don’t get distracted. Take time to hear Him and then simply obey. Walk in His peace, love, joy, grace, mercy and loving kindness. If we focus on Him, we will be doing the things and walking in the only reality that is going to matter anyway.

Give out your smiles today. Watch others change before your eyes. Help someone even if it’s just to open a door. People, now more than ever need to feel your love. We live in a society that teaches independence, but we are a people who are interdependent on each other. We need the hugs. We need to be loved. We need to be heard. The best way to get these is to start giving them. Have a great and wonderful day and life. Jesus is worthy to be praised. His way is true freedom, not religion but a way of life.

P.S. Please remember that these are my thoughts and opinions and it is my desire to simply point out some things that might encourage you. If you find something that doesn’t agree with you, please put it on a shelf. It is not my intent to have to be right and to dot every “i” and cross every “t”. It is my intent to share with you that which I have discovered with the hope that somehow it might bring encouragement and strength. Feel free to share your comments. Hebrews 10: 25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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Janiece and I travel and minister as doors open for us to go. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. Please use our contact page to contact us for more info. I have written 4 books to help people get to know Him. They are: “Destiny Path Of Life: The Journey Begins,” “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life – The Janiece Turner-Hartmann Story – Tell My People I Love Them!,” “Islands In The Sea – The Day The King Walks In!” Book 1 and “Islands In The Sea: The Lion Roars” Book 2. We are presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and will soon be writing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, entitled “A City On A Hill.” Check out the website below for the latest updates. I also have recorded some of my music for encouragement. Some of these are on our site, YouTube in video, and available to purchase and download here. I have some artwork that we have for desktop wallpapers and prints. If you need help or prayer, please write to us and let us know. The proceeds from all of our products help us to minister to those who need help.

Our main ministry site is, my products site and blog is, Janiece’s site, for her biography is, and our online store is

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Janiece and I travel and minister to individuals and groups as doors open for us to go. We are starting a new thing this year. We will be going to communities, as the Lord leads, and booking hotel meeting rooms to do concerts. We will invite those from the hotel as well as the community. We will connect to other churches and organizations in those communities to help those who desperately need help, and who, perhaps won't come into a church building. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. We’ve both been through a lot and have been healed and restored and that we have to pass on to others. We can speak through truth and experience because we’ve been there. If you would like to book us for a concert, event, speaking and/or ministry meeting, please use our CONTACT page. We hope we have helped to encourage you to go on and find the wonderful destiny God has planned for you. Psalm 139. Fly higher…

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Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life: The Janiece Turner-Hartmann Story - Joseph James (Hartmann)

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I am presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and have just finished publishing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, titled “Illegitimate?” It is now available in the trilogy on this site through Amazon. We finished filming and producing the JOURNEY TO HOPE! 7 DVD Series with Janiece Turner-Hartmann and they are on YouTube for those who need help and encouragement. We are planning to take some time out to record some more music and then start touring early this year, 2017. Hope to see you on the road.

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