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Sentenced To Death,
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Captain Jack’s Compass

I like to watch movies, especially those with hidden meanings. Some of them remind me of the old jesters in the king’s courts. The jesters had to be careful how they portrayed things in front of the king so as not to lose their head, and yet portray a truth to the audience and king. The movie, Pirates Of The Caribbean does the same thing. One of the parts I like is the way Captain Jack’s compass works or doesn’t work according to some. CAPTAIN JACK’S COMPASS

We live in a society that is governed by a world system that dictates to us on how we must live and what we must do to survive. It’s compass points to the north like a regular compass and if we follow its directions there is a good chance we will reach our destination of success. Grant it though, we might also find a deep emptiness when we arrive.

In the movie, Captain Jack’s compass didn’t point to the north. It didn’t even point directly to the treasure, but rather, there were a series of destinations along the way that eventually got them there. At each stop there were dangers and also new connections to make.

After following the Lord for many years, I can attest that this journey has been similar to having a compass like Captain Jack. The destination of the Lord’s compass in our heart is our destiny, our purpose, the fulfillment of our God-given dream. The needle however, does not point directly to the destination. There are stops and connections that must be made along the way for us to be prepared and matured by the time we get to our destination. One could say that the journey is the destiny and the destination is the finish line or perhaps a finish line in a smaller race on a longer journey comprised of many smaller races.

Society tells us we have to be grateful for the crumbs we are left by those who are greater than us. The Lord tells us we are kings and priests in His Kingdom and we can eat from the good of His table. Society tells us we must conform to it. The Lord tells us that if we follow Him, we will change society and bring His rule of peace, love and justice to a lost and dying world that desperately needs it. On the one side, we have the devil who is hell bent on destroying God’s creation by any means he can so he can try to save his own skin, which he can’t anyway. On the other side, the Lord is still advancing His Kingdom of love, peace and justice and it has never known decrease. Man is in the middle and has his own choice of which way he wants to go.

I have been on both sides of this conflict and I made my choice many years ago. To society’s rules, I should be at the bottom and just eating their crumbs because I don’t comply. This, however, is not the case. As we have chosen to go His way, He simply makes a way for us. We live in the miraculous because He is in it. Either choice we make has to involve faith. Either we believe in this world’s system which is now crumbling at a record pace, or we believe in the One who created us and has written our destiny on a book in heaven before we were born, Psalm 139:13-18. With that destiny is all the provision we need to fulfill it. To access it though, we must lay down everything we think we know and follow Him. It won’t be gained through our power and might, but rather, by His Spirit. The destiny that is written for us, is impossible for us to fulfill without Him. It was designed that way.

Show me a person who has seen their destiny and is following it and I’ll show you a person who is unstoppable. Every part of their being resonates with excitement and fulfillment because when earth agrees with heaven on a matter, there is a supernatural bonding that happens and our makeup, that part of our emotions and our personality, gets to be fully realized within the scope of the destiny prepared for us. Someone who is walking in their God-given lane, is one of the happiest and most joyful people in the world, even if the circumstances should dictate otherwise.

Choices… Do we go the way that looks the easiest but ends in emptiness and death? Or… Do we follow the seemingly impossible path and discover a life that is far greater than we could ever have imagined? My journey has been one that at times has seemed like being on the greatest roller coaster in the world, the heights and depths of an emotional journey and yet, that thrill compels me on and sometimes freaks me out. We have experienced many miracles in our lives and we have even been transported through time. There is nothing impossible for those who decide to surrender their lives to the Lord and follow Him.

I wrote a song called, On The Other Side Of The Cross. It speaks about vision and destiny. It speaks about the journey. I hope it encourages you to discover your dream and do whatever it takes to realize it.

My other music can be found here at my YouTube channel: Joseph James YouTube Channel and/or can be purchased and downloaded from my Bandcamp Artist Page: Joseph James Bandcamp Artist Page


Joseph James

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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…

Books, Art & Music by Joseph James & Our Websites:
Joseph James Professional Website

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Shaft Of Light

Shaft Of Light

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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