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Studio 5: Prayer Fortune

Singer James Fortune opens up about facing charges of domestic violence and finding light through darkness. Hear his song about the life-saving power of prayer and meet a worship leader with a summer plan to teach children to lead. Read Transcript


Efrem: MINUTES AWAY

ON "STUDIO 5"...JAMES

FORTUNE WENT FROM GRAMMY

NOMINATED SINGER TO JAIL

TIME.

WHAT WAS FIVE DAYS IN JAIL

LIKE FOR YOU?

HE IS OPENING UP ABOUT

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE

ROAD TO HEALING.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT

WAS DIFFICULT FOR ME.

Efrem: MEET A WORSHIP

LEADER WITH A HEART TO

TRAINING CHILDREN TO TAKE

HIS PLACE.

COULD WE ACTUALLY

CREATE SOMETHING WHERE WE

RAISE UP THESE YOUNG

WORSHIPPERS AND WORSHIP

LEADERS WHO WOULD

EVENTUALLY GO INTO OUR

WORSHIP TEAMS AND HELP

LEAD WORSHIP ON SUNDAY

MORNINGS.

Efrem: AND GET YOUR

FIRST GLIMPSE...

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE

COME TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR

WORD AND YOUR WILL.

Efrem: ...THE FILM

THAT TOOK TOP HONORS AT

THE FILM FESTIVAL.

"STUDIO 5" STARTS NOW.

RIGHT NOW, WE'RE GIVING

YOUR PROBLEMS AN

EXPIRATION DATE, AND WE'RE

SAYING IT IS OVER.

THAT YOU'VE BE WORRIED

LONG ENOUGH.

Efrem: THAT MUSIC

FROM JAMES FORTUNE, AND

WELCOME TO "STUDIO 5."

JAMES FORTUNE IS FAMOUS

FOR HIS AWARD-WINNING

SINGING AND SONGWRITING.

BUT EARLIER THIS YEAR HE

MADE HEADLINES FOR CHARGES

OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

WE'RE GOING TO SIT DOWN

WITH HIM FOR A CANDID

CONVERSATION RIGHT HERE IN

HIS HOME TOWN OF HOUSTON,

TEXAS, IN JUST A BIT.

FIRST, LET'S TAKE A LOOK

AT THE RUNDOWN FOR THIS

WEEK'S UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

IT IS YOUR "STUDIO 5" TOP

FIVE.

AT NUMBER FIVE: CHRISTINA

GRIMMIE.

*

Efrem: FANS ARE

MOURNING THE SINGER WHO

WAS SHOT IN ORLANDO ARE

PETITIONING NINTENDO TO

NAME A CHARACTER IN THE

NEXT "LEGEND OF ZELDA"

GAME AFTER HER.

GRIMMIE WAS A BIG FAN OF

THE GAME.

A NINTENDO SPOKESPERSON

SOLD "TIME MAGAZINE" IT

HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THE

ONGOING PETITIONS, BUT IS

DELAYING ANY DEFINITE

DECISIONS, ALLOWING TIME

FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO

CONTINUE TO MOURN HER

DEATH.

*

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: ON TO A NOT SO

USUAL NUMBER FOUR: A

CHANCE MEETING AT THIS

MEMPHIS GROCERY STORE

ISN'T JUST ENTERTAINING,

IT IS HEART-WARMING.

YOU COULD TELL HE

DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING, AND

HE WAS ASKING TO WORK TO

GET SOME FOOD.

AND IT JUST BROKE MY

HEART.

Efrem: A CHILD

OFFERED TO CARRY MATT

WHITE'S BAG FOR A BAG OF

DOUGHNUTS.

IT TURNS OUT THE BOY'S MOM

IS TOO SICK TO WORK AND

THEY'RE HOMELESS.

I COULDN'T DO WHAT HE

DID AT 16 YEARS OLD.

I COULDN'T GO OUT AND EARN

KEEP FOR MY MOM, LIKE HE

DID.

HE MAKES ME HUMBLE.

Efrem: THE HUMILITY

LED MATT TO RAISE A

QUARTER OF A MILLION

DOLLARS ONLINE.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE

TO GET A HOUSE, A NICE

HOUSE.

IT WILL BE YOURS.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO

OR SAY.

SOMEBODY TOLD ME NOT TO

CRY, BUT I MIGHT BREAK

DOWN IN TEARS.

Efrem: MOM AND SON

HAVE ALREADY MOVED IN.

AT NUMBER THREE: PREACHERS

CAN TALK.

I GOT A TWEET THIS

MORNING ASKING ME IF

LOOKING AT PORN WAS

CHEATING?

Efrem: AND THE FOX

NETWORK IS JUST DAYS AWAY

FROM ITS SUMMER TEST RUN

OF THE TALK SHOW STARRING

FOUR POPULAR MEGA CHURCH

PASTORS, AND PRODUCED BY

ONE OF THE CREATORS OF

"THE VIEW."

IS BEYONCE A ROLE MODEL

OR NOT?

Efrem: CATCH THE

ANSWERS WHEN "THE

PREACHERS" BEGINS

JULY 11th.

*

Efrem: THAT BRINGS US

TO NUMBER TWO: WITH "THE

FREE STATE OF JONES."

MR. MOSLEY, WHAT ARE

YOU?

AMERICA.

WHY IS THAT?

BECAUSE YOU CANNOT HOLD

A CHILD OF GOD.

Efrem: MATTHEW

MCCONAUGHEY PLAYS A

MISSISSIPPI MAN WHO LED

FARMERS AND SLAVES IN A

RESISTANCE AGAINST THE

CONFEDERACY.

IT IS BASED ON THE

REAL-LIFE MAN WHO HE SAYS

WAS GROUNDED IN SCRIPTURE.

LED BY THIS MAN, NEWTON

KNIGHT, WHO HAD SUCH A

CLEAR IDENTITY ABOUT WHAT

WAS RIGHT AND WHAT WAS

WRONG.

Efrem: AND DRUMROLL

TO NUMBER ONE:

YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD.

YOU HAVE PURPOSE.

THE LORD PUT IT THERE AND

NOBODY CAN TAKE IT AWAY.

Efrem: A FIRST LOOK

AT ANOTHER TRUE STORY, A

SLAVE AND PREACHER WHO LED

A REBELLION AGAINST SLAVE

OWNERS IN 1831.

SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO

YOUR MASTERS.

Efrem: NATE PARKER

STARS AT NATE TURNER IN

"BIRTH OF A NATION."

WHICH COMES IN OCTOBER.

> AND THAT IS THIS

WEEK'S TOP FIVE FROM

"STUDIO 5."

> FLASH BAG TO 2012, AND

JAMES FORTUNE FOUND

HIMSELF BEING CELEBRATED,

NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY

AWARDS, BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

OF THE YEAR, AND BEST

GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR.

JUST TWO YEARS LATER, THE

THE

BILLBOARD-CHART-TOPPING

ARTIST FOUND HIMSELF IN

JAIL, ARRESTED ON CHARGES

OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, IN A

HOUSTON COURTROOM, THE

PUNISHMENT FOR THAT CRIME

PLAYED OUT AND SO DID THE

HEADLINES.

JAMES FORTUNE IS THIS

WEEK'S "STUDIO 5"

INTERVIEW.

* HOLD ON

Efrem: JAMES

FORTUNE'S MUSIC HAS TOPPED

THE GOSPEL CHARTS FOR MORE

THAN A DECADE.

MINISTRY WAS MY LIFE.

I STARTED PLAYING THE

DRUMS AT FOUR YEARS OLD.

Efrem: HE IS A KID

FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS.

HE EARNED TWO GRAMMY

NOTIONS, AND HAS PERFORMED

FOR PACKED CROWDS AROUND

THE WORLD.

BUT IN MARCH, THIS SINGER

AND SONGWRITER TRADED

THOSE VENUES FOR THIS

COURTROOM, WHERE HE

PLEADED GUILTY TO

ASSAULTING HIS WIFE.

YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN FIVE

YEARS PROBATION?

YEAH.

Efrem: SPENT FIVE

DAYS IN JAIL?

YES.

Efrem: WHAT WERE FIVE

DAYS IN JAIL, MINISTER OF

MUSIC, LIKE FOR YOU?

IT WAS ROUGH.

I'VE MINISTERED IN

PRISONS, MAXIMUM SECURITY

PRISONS, AND HERE I AM AS

AN INMATE MYSELF.

Efrem: YOU DID 175

HOWRT175HOURS OF COMMUNITY

SERVICE?

I'M STILL DOING IT.

Efrem: WHAT DOES THAT

INVOLVE?

PICKING UP GARAGE AND

CUTTING GRASS.

Efrem: HE AND HIS

WIFE ARE LEGALLY SEPARATED

AND CAN HAVE NO CONTACT

FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

SHE ISN'T SPEAKING

PUBLICLY, BUT ISSUED THIS

STATEMENT IN COURT.

"I HOPE IN ALL OF THIS,

YOU GET HELP, SERIOUS

HELP.

ALTHOUGH THIS PROBATION

MIGHT BE LIKE A SLAP ON

THE WRIST, I HOPE YOU LOOK

AT IT AS A MOMENT TO

BETTER YOURSELF AND CHANGE

SOMETHING WITHIN YOU FOR

YOUR FUTURE."

> THERE ARE REPORTS THAT

YOU THREW HER AGAINST A

WALL, HIT HER WITH A

STOOL, THREW HER OUT OF

THE HOUSE?

WHERE THERE ANY BROKEN

BONES?

THERE WERE NO BROKEN

BONES.

THERE WERE NO INTERNAL

INJURIES.

THERE WAS NO BROKEN

PELVIS.

THOSE REPORTS ARE FALSE.

HER BEING BEAT WITH A

STOOL IS FALSE.

I DID PUT MY HANDS ON HER.

I DID PHYSICALLY RESTRAIN

HER AND REMOVE HER FROM MY

ROOM.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE

SAYING, DON'T TALK ABOUT

IT.

YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF LET

IT GO AND LET PEOPLE

FORGET ABOUT IT,

HOPEFULLY, AND MOVE ON

WITH YOUR LIFE.

BUT AS I WAS PRAYING, IT

WAS MY SPIRIT THAT DIDN'T

SIT WELL WITH ME.

AND GOD WAS, LIKE, I WANT

YOU TO SHARE YOUR STORY

BECAUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

IS SOMETHING THE CHURCH

DOESN'T TALK ABOUT.

I WAS A PERPETRATOR OF

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND AN

ABUSER IN MORE WAYS THAN

ONE.

Efrem: INSTEAD OF

JUST BELIEVING AND

PRAYING, JAMES IS FULLY

INVOLVED IN THE HEALING.

SINCE THE 2014 ASSAULT, HE

HAS BEEN IN THERAPY AND

ALLOWED OUR CAMERAS TO

FOLLOW HIM TO A MEETING.

I'VE LEARNED A LOT MORE

NOW SINCE I'VE BEEN IN

THERAPY FOR ALMOST 18

MONTHS.

I THOUGHT DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE WAS JUST IF YOU

HIT YOUR WIFE OR SLAP YOUR

WIFE.

THERE ARE 18 FORMS OF

ABUSE.

AND ONLY ONE OF THEM IS

PHYSICAL.

SO IT DIDN'T START WITH

PHYSICAL.

THAT NIGHT, THAT'S WHAT

CAUSED ME TO BE ARRESTED,

OBVIOUSLY, BUT THERE WAS

OTHER FORMS OF ABUSE THAT

I WAS A PERPETRATOR OF.

Efrem: YOU'RE

CERTAINLY NOT A VICTIM IN

THIS, BUT WHAT ALL HAVE

YOU LOST AS A RESULT?

YOU CAN'T EVEN PUT A

NUMBER ON IT.

EVEN NOW THERE ARE SO MANY

CHURCHES WHO JUST DON'T

WANT ME IN THEIR CHURCH.

THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE

ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY

MINISTRY.

A LOT OF CONCERTS WERE

CANCELLED, AND WHO KNOWS

THE CONCERTS THAT WERE

POTENTIALLY THERE, BUT

THEY SAY, WE CAN'T HAVE

ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT

NAME.

BUT THAT HASN'T BEEN MY

FOCUS.

Efrem: YOU WERE

SUICIDAL?

I STARTED OFF TAKING

ANTI-DEPRESSANTS TO HELP

ME SLEEP, BECAUSE I HADN'T

BEEN GETTING ANY SLEEP

DAYS UPON DAYS.

I WAS TAKING THEM TO GET

SOME REST.

I STARTED FEELING SO

GUILTY FOR WHAT I DID.

Efrem: SO YOU HAVE A

BOTTLE OF PILLS THAT

YOU'RE THINKING I'M GOING

TO TAKE AND END IT ALL,

BUT WHAT STOPS YOU?

PEOPLE WERE PRAYING FOR

ME.

SO MANY PEOPLE WERE

LETTING ME KNOW, JAMES, IT

IS NOT OVER.

MANY PASTORS AND CHRISTIAN

LEADERS AROUND THE COUNTRY

AND AROUND THE WORLD WERE

REACHING OUT TO ME.

BUT YOU GET TO THE POINT

TO WHERE YOU'RE, LIKE, I

DON'T EVEN DESERVE

FORGIVENESS.

I'M OUT OF THE REACH OF

GRACE.

FOR ME, IT WAS

REMEMBERING, AND EVEN MY

GRANDMOTHER'S PRAYERS, AND

GOD TOLD ME SOMETHING, AND

HE SAID, JAMES, PRAYERS

DON'T EXPIRE.

Efrem: WHAT HAS BEEN

THE MOST DIFFICULT PART?

THE MOST DIFFICULT PART

IS THE SEPARATION FROM MY

FAMILY.

EVEN MY CHILDREN.

TO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHY

THEIR FATHER IS NOT AROUND

AS MUCH AS HE USED TO BE.

AND TRYING TO EXPLAIN THAT

TO THEM, AND LET THEM KNOW

I MADE A HORRIBLE CHOICE.

Efrem: FORTUNE SPENT

SIX MONTHS SEPARATED FROM

HIS FOUR CHILDREN.

THESE DAYS, HE IS WITH

THEM AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.

JAMES FORTUNE ISN'T READY

TO RETURN TO THE RECORDING

STUDIO FULL-TIME JUST YET,

BUT HE IS STILL WRITING

MUSIC.

HE'LL SHARE THE STORY OF A

SONG THAT WAS BIRTHED IN

THIS DARK TIME IN HIS LIFE

WHEN THE "STUDIO 5"

INTERVIEW CONTINUES.

> ALSO TO COME ON

"STUDIO 5"...

WORSHIP SIMPLY IS OUR

RESPONSE TO WHO GOD IS.

Efrem: A WORSHIP

LEADER ISSUES A CALL FOR

THE CHURCH TO UNITE, AND

HE IS STARTING YOUNG.

Efrem: JAMES FORTUNE

HAS SHARED WITH US THAT

SOME BAD DECISIONS IN LIFE

COST HIM DEARLY.

IN FACT, HE WAS READY TO

TAKE HIS OWN LIFE AT ONE

POINT.

BUT ONE THING HE SAYS

SAVED HIS LIFE, PRAYER.

THAT REALITY GAVE BIRTH TO

A SONG.

THAT'S WHERE WE PICK UP

OUR CONVERSATION IN PART

TWO OF THIS "STUDIO 5"

INTERVIEW.

I KNOW HOW GOD IS ABLE

TO TAKE YOU OUT OF WHAT

YOU THOUGHT WAS YOUR MOST

TRAUMATIC AND DIFFICULT

SEASON AND BIRTH SOMETHING

OUT OF THAT THAT JUST

TOTALLY BLOWS YOUR MIND.

Efrem: HAS GOD

BIRTHED MUSIC OUT OF YOU

IN THIS SEASON?

YEAH.

THAT HA BEE HAS BEEN THERE FOR ME

AS FAR AS A SONGWRITER.

I'VE WRITTEN SO MANY

SODGESONGSTHROUGH THIS JOURNEY.

Efrem: THAT INCLUDES

"PRAYER SAVED MY LIFE."

*

* HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE

ONE THAT HELPED YOU

THROUGH THE STORM *

*

Efrem: YOU POSTED ON

SOCIAL MEDIA, PLEASE PRAY

THAT DURING THIS PROCESS

GOD CONTINUES TO PERFECT

AND RESTORE ME SO THAT

I'LL BECOME A BETTER MAN,

FATHER, AND CHRISTIAN.

YEAH.

Efrem: WHAT HAS THIS

PROCESS BEEN LIKE?

I'M GOING TO BE HONEST.

THE PROCESS HAS BEEN VERY,

VERY BEYOND MY

EXPECTATIONS.

MY EYES HAVE BEEN OPEN.

YEAH, IT STARTED OUT

ROUGH.

YEAH, I STARTED OU OUT

SUICIDAL.

I DIDN'T THINK MY LIFE HAD

ANYMORE PURPOSE, THAT IT

WAS OVER.

BUT TO SEE HOW GOD WAS

ABLE TO KEEP ME.

I KEPT GOING TO SLEEP AND

WAKING UP, AND GOING TO

SLEEP AND WAKING UP, AND I

SHARED WITH OM OTHER SO MANY

PEOPLE.

AND WOMEN SAY WE ALWAYS

HERE THE VICTIMS TALK, BUT

WE NEVER HEAR FROM THE

PERPETRATOR.

SO THE PROCESS IS

SOMETHING THAT WAS

NECESSARY.

I CAN REMEMBER AS A

BOY, TALKING TO MY

GRANDMOTHER, AND SHE WAS

ON HER KNEES.

Efrem: THAT SONG,

"PRAYER SAVED MY LIFE," IS

AVAILABLE ONLINE FREE OF

CHARGE.

> AND STILL TO COME, ON

"STUDIO 5"...

MS. CLAIRE, YOU LIKE

YOUR COFFEE ROOM

TEMPERATURE?

Efrem: SITTING DOWN

WITH ANOTHER PREACHER'S

KID, BIBLE TEACHER, AND

ACTRESS, TO TALK MORE

ABOUT PRAYER.

FOR EVERY VERBAL,

PHYSICAL EVENT, WEATHER

POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE,

THERE IS A SPIRITUAL

Efrem: AND THAT'S THE

BEAUTY OF HOUSTON IN TIME

LAPSE.

WELCOME BACK TO "STUDIO

5," COMING TO YOU FROM

HOUSTON, TEXAS.

AS WE CAN SEE HERE IN OUR

VISIT TO JAMES FORTUNE'S

HOME, SCHOOL IS OUT FOR

THE SUMMER.

SUMMER ALSO MEANS CHANTS

ARE IN SESSION, AND

WORSHIP PASTOR CLIFF

LAMBERT HAS A UNIQUE

SUMMER EXPERIENCE, TO

TEACH CHILDREN TO COME

TOGETHER AND WORSHIP, AND

ULTIMATELY UNITE THE

CHURCH.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN

FOCUSING ON IS THE THINGS

THAT ARE DIFFERENT ABOUT

US, RATHER THAN THE THINGS

THAT UNITE US AND THE

THINGS THAT WE CAN AGREE

ON.

* LET YOUR KINGDOM COME ON

EARTH *

UNITY IS WHAT CHRIST

WANTS.

I FEEL LIKE HE CAME TO

LIVE AND TO DIE FOR ALL OF

US.

AND I THINK IT PROBABLY

HURTS HIS HEART A LITTLE

BIT WHEN HE SEES THE

DIVISION THAT HAS RISEN

BECAUSE OF THE

DIFFERENCES.

WHEN OUR COUNTRY AND THE

WORLD CAN SEE THE CHURCH

COMING TOGETHER, I THINK

THAT JUST GIVES US MORE

POWER.

I FEEL LIKE THE HOLY

SPIRIT CAN REALLY USE THAT

TO HELP US MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN OUR CULTURE.

Efrem: CLIFF LAMBERT

IS PART OF THE HAMPTON

ROADS WORSHIP COLLECTIVE,

WORKING TO UNIFY THE

CHURCH.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE

PROBABLY CLOSE TO 50 OR 60

CHURCHES COME TOGETHER.

THROUGH THAT WE'VE BEEN

ABLE TO OFFER SOME REALLY

FANTASTIC NIGHTS OF

WORSHIP.

WHERE YOU SEE LEADERS AND

CHURCHES FROM ALL

DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS

AND BACKGROUNDS COMING

TOGETHER, TO LIFT UP THE

NAME OF JESUS IN OUR CITY.

THE DENOMINATION DIDN'T

MATTER, WHAT CHURCH YOU

WENT TO DIDN'T MATTER, BUT

THE FACT THAT YOU WERE A

BELIEVER IN JESUS AND YOU

WANTED TO WORSHIP HIM, YOU

COULD COME TO THIS EVENT

AND DO THAT FREELY.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

OF SEEING THE CHURCH COME

TOGETHER.

Efrem: AND THE EVENTS

ARE GROWING, MOST RECENTLY

FILLING THE SEATS OF A

SPORTS COMPLEX TO SPEND

ONE NIGHT.

WE HAD OVER 30 WORSHIP

LEADERS FROM THE AREA COME

TOGETHER, AND PROVIDE JUST

TWO AND A HALF HOURS OF

WORSHIP.

AND THE ESTIMATE IS THAT

WE HAD PROBABLY CLOSE TO

2,000 PEOPLE ATTEND THAT

EVENT.

Efrem: AND THIS

SUMMER, THE GROUP LAUNCHES

"UNITE WORSHIP CAMP,"

AFTER ASKING...

COULD WE CREATE

SOMETHING WHERE WE WOULD

RAISE UP THESE YOUNG

WORSHIPPERS WHO WOULD GO

INTO OUR WORSHIP TEAMS AND

HELP LEAD WORSHIP ON

SUNDAY MORNING.

WE'RE WORKING WITH AREA

WORSHIP LEADERS AT A LOCAL

COLLEGE, AND WE'RE GOING

TO BE HAVING A THREE-DAY

WORSHIP CAMP, WHERE

WORSHIP LEADERS FROM THE

AREA ARE GOING TO BE THE

BREAKOUT SESSION TEACHERS

FOR THAT.

AND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO

OFFER TRAINING FOR 14 TO

18-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS IN

LEADING WORSHIP, STAGE

PRESENCE, KEYBOARD,

GUITAR, DRUMS -- ALL OF

THAT -- AND HELP THEM TO

LEARN HOW TO WORSHIP AND

LEAD WORSHIP FROM BEHIND

AN INSTRUMENT OR AS A

VOCALIST ON A WORSHIP

TEAM.

SO YOU'RE NOT JUST GIVING

THIS MUSIC TRAINING, BUT

YOU'RE HELPING THEM TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WORSHIP

ALL ABOUT.

Efrem: ALONG WITH THE

TRAINING, THE CAMP

INCLUDES MEALS EVERY DAY,

AND DORMS FOR THE STUDENTS

FOR BOTH NIGHTS.

ALL FOR JUST $75.

IF YOU WERE TO GO TO

ONE OF THESE CLINICS

SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE

COUNTRY, YOU WOULD SPEND

HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF

DOLLARS FOR THIS KIND OF

TRAINING.

BUT THIS IS A THREE-DAY

CAMP WHERE YOU GET TO

SPEND TWO NIGHT'S ON A

COLLEGE CAMPUS FOR VERY,

VERY LITTLE MONEY.

Efrem: CLIFF HOPES TO

SEE OTHER CHURCHES FOLLOW

THE "WORSHIP COLLECTIVE'S"

LEAD AND GO OUTSIDE OF

THEIR WALLS.

I THINK TOO OFTEN WE

THINK OF THE CHURCH AS

INDIVIDUAL BUILDINGS,

WHICH I THINK IS

WONDERFUL.

BUT I THINK WHEN WE THINK

OF GOD'S VIEW OF THE

CHURCH, I THINK HE THINKS

OF IT AS THE BRIDE OF

CHRIST.

OF THOSE THAT HAVE PUT

THEIR FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST, WHO UNDERSTAND

THAT HE DIED AND ROSE

AGAIN FOUR OU FOR OUR SINS, AND

THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM

ARE SAVED FOR ETERNITY.

Efrem: AND UNDERSTAND

WHAT IT MEANS TO WORSHIP.

WORSHIP BASICALLY IS

OUR RESPONSE TO WHO GOD

IS.

WE COME TO WORSHIP BECAUSE

WE WANT TO BE REVITALIZED,

WE WANT TO BE ENCOURAGED.

WE WANT TO BE INSPIRED.

BUT WHEN WE APPROACH

WORSHIP THAT WAY, WHAT

DOES IT BECOME?

IT BECOMES ABOUT US.

WHEN I THINK OF WORSHIP, I

THINK OF COMPLETE

SURRENDER TO GOD, AND JUST

TO BE IN AWE OF WHO HE IS.

I TRULY BELIEVE WHEN GOD

REVEALS HIMSELF, WE

RESPOND TO THAT

REVELATION.

IF YOU LOOK IN ISAIAH, GOD

REVEALED HIMSELF TO

ISAIAH.

THE TEMPLE WAS FILLED WITH

SMOKE, AND WHAT WAS

ISAIAH'S RESPONSE?

HE FELL TO THE GROUND AND

HE SAID, WHOA IS ME, I AM

UNDONE FOR I AM A MAN OF

UNCLEAN LIPS.

AND THEN HE SAID, HERE I

AM; SEND ME.

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT

WORSHIP IS GIVING, IT'S

OFFERING, IT IS

SURRENDERING.

I THINK WHEN WE DO THAT,

GOD CAN USE THAT IN A

POWERFUL AND MIGHTY WAY.

THROUGH THAT HE THEN

ENCOURAGES US AND INSPIRES

US.

Efrem: STILL TO COME

ON "STUDIO 5"...

IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO

FIGHT FOR YOUR MARRIAGE.

Efrem: THE ACTRESS

WHO STARRED IN A FILM

ABOUT PRAYER HAS A FRESH

WORD ABOUT ITS POWER.

Efrem: AND WE ARE

JUST ABOUT OUT OF TIME FOR

THIS SHOW, BUT THE WORK

NEVER STOPS, TO BRING YOU

GOOD, UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT

WE'RE WORKING ON FOR NEXT

WEEK.

HE GOES BY ONE NAME, BUT

HE IS A TRIPLE THREAT.

DOING MEMORABLE WORK IS

ALL I EVER ASKED FOR.

Efrem: I'M SITTING

DOWN WITH LEON, THE

SINGER, SONGWRITER AND

ACTOR SHARES HIS JOURNEY

TO STARDOM IN "STUDIO 5."

AND THAT IS JUST ONE STORY

FROM NEXT WEEK'S RUNDOWN.

AS FOR TODAY'S SHOW, I'M

GIVING THE FINAL WORD TO

ANOTHER INSPIRING TEXAN.

YOU HEARD JAMES FORTUNE

TALK ABOUT THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

WELL, BIBLE TEACHER AND

ACTRESS PRISCILLA SHIRE

HAS THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE

UNDENIABLE POWER OF

GETTING ON YOUR KNEES.

IT IS ALL MAPPED OUT

FOR US IN CHAPTER SIX, THE

SPIRITUAL ARMOR.

HE IS LIKE, IF YOU HAVE

THIS ON, YOU WILL BE

VICTORIOUS.

THE HELMET OF SALVATION,

ON AND ON.

AND MOST OF THE TIME WE

STOP THE AT THOSE SIX

PIECES OF ARMOR.

BUT RIGHT AT THE TAIL END

OF THAT, HE SAYS OVER TWO

VERSES, MORE BIBLICAL THAN

THE OTHER PIECES OF A ARMOR,

HE SAYS, PRAY.

HE GOES ON AND ON AND ON

ABOUT PRAYER, AS IF TO SAY

THIS IS THE SEVENTH

WEAPON, AND THIS SEVENTH

WEAPON IS THE ONE THAT

INFUSES THE OTHER SIX WITH

THE POWER THEY NEED TO BE

AFFECTIVE IN BATTLE.

SO MORE THAN ANYTHING, I

THINK THAT THE LORD IS

TRYING TO REMIND HIS

PEOPLE THAT IF YOU'LL JUST

PRAY, I WILL HEAR.

I WILL HEAL THE LAND.

PRAYER IS THE KEY HE HAS

GIVEN US TO UNLOCK ALL THE

POWER OF HEAVEN SO THAT

HE -- HE JUST WAITING TO

RELEASE IT, BUT SOMEBODY

HAS GOT TO USE THE KEY.

Efrem: PRAYER IS, NO

DOUBT, PART OF YOUR ARMOR

AND YOU SHOULD NEVER GO TO

WAR OR BATTLE WITHOUT IT.

THAT IS THE FINAL WORD FOR

THIS EDITION OF "STUDIO

5," COMING TO YOU FROM

HOUSTON, TEXAS.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, REACH OUT

O AND TOUCAND TOUCH ME THE AT EFREM

GRAHAM ON Facebook,

INSTAGRAM, AND TWITTER.

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