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Bryann T gets ready to release his latest album “Now Do You Believe”. The album will be released on March 1st. Album will be available in all major outlets. Watch the title track video below.

 

Watch “Now Do You Believe” Feat Levi Romero


[News] Bryann T from Kingdom Muzic gets ready to release his new album “Now Do You Believe” (@kingdomuzic)

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Illuminate reveals new cover art for his latest project in the making titled “Winds & Waves”.
He released the cover on facebook, with this to say..
 

The Storms I’ve had to Endure while making this album is producing the Realest expressions I’ve ever conveyed on a microphone.. 🎤
The Olive has to get crushed to get the Oil, so Get Ready for the Real
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stay tuned for updates on Illuminates website.

[News] Illuminate reveals cover art and title for new album (@IlluminateITW)

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Well, that didn’t take long! For a couple of weeks now, I have seen opinions about the supposed “beef” between Lecrae (116) and Datin (God Over Money). And as usual, in any music beef, sides are picked. You’re either #TeamLecrae or #TeamDatin. Here’s a summary of what I have observed:
 

Team Lecrae: You can still be a Christian if you remove the title from your genre.
Team Datin: You have sold out for money and fame, all of the things you used to be against.
 

And then on top of that, you have those people going to war with each other, war about what both artists stand for, war about what they are saying about each other, and NONE OF THESE PEOPLE ARE AFFILIATED WITH EITHER OF THEM!
 

Why do we spend so much time bashing artists? Why are we using our own social media platforms to praise one and trash the other? Why are we allowing the Devil and his goon squad of demons so much power within our Kingdom? Have we ever stopped and wondered who is being affected by what we say and do?
 

Whose side are you on? Let’s look at the facts:
 

Based on what I have read, Lecrae has NEVER denounced Christianity. Lecrae has removed his title so that he could have a better chance at ministering to those who do not belong to the faith. Lecrae has made tremendous strides in connecting with and collaborating with those who lean more towards secular Hip Hop genres than Christian Hip Hop, where he became “famous”.
 

On an interview with Sway, Lecrae addressed Christians who come off as “anti-secular”. Some of the words used have rubbed people the wrong way, further adding fuel to the fire of the dislike many people have for the leader of the 116 clique.
 

Datin made a video addressing Lecrae’s thoughts on the question prompted. He even started out by showing love to him for what he has been able to do. What Datin had issue with was that it seemed like he’s forgetting those who came up with him, or were/are inspired by him. He says that it sounds like he’s at war with those who still rep the CHH (Christian Hip Hop) moniker. He says that he wishes that he shows love to those who are going strong in the CHH realm– not the God Over Money crew in particular, but those who have heavy bars packed with biblical content and strong delivery that can hang with some of the greatest legends in the secular hip hop game.
 

Lecrae then followed up with a post on social media ON Datin’s page, thanking him for bringing these issues to his attention, and he made a promise to keep these things in mind going forward.
 

 

So, I beg to ask the question yet again: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?
 

If you pick one or the other, you are the problem! And I mean this with as much love as I can express. We are in a Spiritual Warfare battle, and instead of linking arms TOGETHER to fight our common enemy, we are creating a civil war within the Body of Christ for NO REASON! The mere fact that we spend hours upon hours posting about Lecrae and what he’s “doing wrong” when we could be more vocal in our own ministerial approach causes me to ponder the intent behind each dig. Are we slamming Lecrae because it’s getting people’s attention, causing them to go to our own group page to generate more fans, OR, are we truly concerned with our brother’s walk and wanting to post about him to generate change?
 

What does the Bible say about how we should act?
 

Prov. 27:17 (NASB) says this: “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” Seems to me that Datin was trying to hold Lecrae accountable, and Lecrae appreciated him for that.
 

Eph. 6:12 says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The true war is not between 116 and GOM, but rather our Kingdom and the workers of iniquity. How has our message become so distorted that we now have turned our weapons against each other?
 

You want to know the only time an army turned against themselves in the Bible? It was the ENEMY (2 Chron. 20:20-25) And you know what caused them to destroy themselves? WORSHIP! Judah worshiped, and the enemy fell. Judah gave praise to God, and the enemy lost the battle. Do you see where the problem lies?
 

We have turned this non-issue into another unnecessary divide, and Satan laughs. We totally missed the part where these brothers have went the route of addressing an issue biblically, and instead tried to put them against each other. Who won that battle? The enemy. When we praise God for leaders in the faith showing mutual love and respect for one another, the enemy loses. So why are we dividing two people that are on the same side?
 

You want to debate Lecrae’s approach? You can do that on your platform. But may I challenge you to do this? Please spend more time praying for this person you’re tearing down. When you do this, it looks a lot better than you telling the world how terrible he is, how he has lost you as a fan, and how you are trying to bring attention upon yourself to generate a new wave of fans. If we are truly about the faith, we need to tackle these conflicts in our own hearts, praying when the thought crosses our minds, and then moving forward. You have been given your OWN task from the Lord. Are you spending time developing it? Are you spending time praying for that person you spend a lot of time tearing down? What’s the true motive behind your approach?

 

Fam, let’s all choose the same side–I don’t think anyone disagrees with what Datin said. I think it’s safe to say that at one point, all of us believed Lecrae was all in for Christ. Some of us believe he still is, but his method isn’t as clear cut as someone who identifies themselves within the CHH genre. Have we forgotten that not all of us work in ministry? Not all of us have Christian jobs? But do we have to call ourselves Christian in our occupation title? How many of you hear Steph Curry refer to himself as a Christian Basketball player? How many of you hear Kirk Cameron call himself a Christian Actor? Do you hear people call themselves Christian Judges? Postal Workers? I think you get my point. Yes, you should be able to tell a person’s faith by their fruit. If you don’t believe he is showing fruit, pray for him. It works a lot better than mud-slinging.
 

Fam, let’s do better. Whether you know the heart of your neighbor or not, if they have claimed Christ as Lord and Savior, let’s lift them up daily. They truly deserve that. This war isn’t against ourselves; it’s against the enemy. Let’s use more energy tearing their kingdom down, instead tearing our Kingdom down.
 

Blessings!
 

-Freddie Forte

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Cries in the Wild


 

The topic of faith is one that is integral to the Gospel of JESUS Christ. In essence, it is the central and most vital prerequisite to salvation in the Old and New Testament.
 

The question is what is Faith?
 

The New Testament was written in Greek so it’s beneficial to do a word study. The Greek translation of faith is “Pistis” (pis'-tis) which is defined as faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.The New Testament scriptures speak of the importance of faith and how we are made righteous by faith.
 

Ephesians 2:8 reads:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
 

It is through the funnel of faith that Grace is received. Without faith there is no grace. Grace is defined as unmerited favor bestowed upon us who believe in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of JESUS Christ. So if Grace is the unconditional extension of God’s favor, then faith is the arms by which we reach out and receive this gift.A common misconception is that faith requires no activity. Many draw this inference from the verse which follows
 

Ephesians 2:8 in Ephesians 2:9 which reads:
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
 

If this verse is not rightly divided and understood in context, someone can feel that the profession of their faith must not be proven by deed. The Book of James gives us insight on how faith and works coexist.
 

James 2:14-17 reads:
“[14]What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? [15]If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,[ 16]And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?[ 17]Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Here we see James prove how true faith will naturally provoke action.
 

Faith in its essence is seen by The LORD within a man thus righteousness is imputed to him. Works is what man sees. Works that are led by a desire to attain righteousness based solely on merit is what the Pharisees suffered from. Their deeds lacked faith. When a believer has faith, their works are an expression of what exists within them. Much in the same way the things we say originate from what is within our heart, our conduct and deeds are an external expression of an internal truth. Your faith will bring about performance. Below we see illustrations of faith being ACTED out and not merely professed.
This is how faith and works harmonize and don't contradict one another.
 

Below you'll notice there was action provoked upon their faith which I listed in BOLD

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Hebrews 11:3-4 [3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. …
 

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
 

We can come to a confident conclusion that true faith naturally breeds action. Faith without Performance is false profession.
 
 

Written by Charles Russell

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