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Kirk Franklin Flies To Houston & Forgives Ailing Father He Never Knew

Kirk Franklin Forgives Father

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin has said that he has freed his father in his mind after 47 years of harbouring ill feelings towards him.

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, the 12-time Grammy awards winner shared the reason for letting go of the ill feeling via his Facebook.

Kirk Franklin narrated how he spent his life hating his father for giving him up for adoption. Franklin’s mother was only 15 when she had him. While considering abortion, her aunt intervened and ended up raising the talented artist as her own.

As a result, Franklin, who says he “never knew” his father, spent his entire life hating his dad. This changed when he heard about his dad’s ill health.

He writes:

“So…..Two days ago, I received an anonymous call that my biological father, who I never knew, has 3–6 months to live. I’ve lived my entire life hating this man. He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough….to this very day. I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own.”

The 48-year-old musician goes on to say that his faith helped him fly out to Houston to forgive his father in person.

But what I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness… and that is wrong. Wrong for him, me, and the God I proclaim to represent. How can I preach what I don’t practice. So I flew to Houston yesterday to do that. It’s painful, it’s a process, but how disappointed I would be in myself for this man to leave this earth without being forgiven. He deserves to receive what God gives me every day.”

He acknowledges how difficult forgiveness can be writing, “Pray for him, and for me. God this is hard…I weep as I write.”

The Untold Chronicle Behind Preye Odede’s Wave-Making Single “Oshimiri Atata”

–  “Oshimiri Atata” by Preye Odede chronicles Gospel music minister’s journey perfectly

The ministry of Preye Odede will always remain distinct and cannot be replicated. You have some artiste that only come ones in a generation. The likes of Whitney Houston, Nath King Cole, Michael Jackson, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Sinach, Joepraize to name a few… and of course, there is Preye Odede!

Specially anointed for such a time as this, God’s out-poured life embodied in a humble vessel that contrasts the magnitude of gift and anointing that is contained therein, Preye Odede combines aesthetics with anointing and the results are life transforming songs that have left their indelible marks in the sands of this generation, spiraling into undeniable testimonies, ricocheting all over the world!

When Preye Odede put out his debut album “My Script” in 2012, “Ebezina” stood out and infiltrated the core of Gospel Music till date. Speaking with Cool FM OAP, Jibike in 2014, he said he wrote “Ebezina” in the “middle of serious hardship. At a point where we were thrown out of our house and rendered homeless… in 2009.”

“Bulie” was a follow up on the success of “Ebezina”. The video has garnered over 2 million views on Youtube – Preye’s channel alone. He featured a remix of the single in his 2017 sophomore album titled“Ready” and collaborated with UK based Ghanaian Gospel artiste, the critically acclaimed Sonnie Badu of“Baba” fame.

“I Am Real” shot by video director Patrick Elis in the USA presented Preye Odede in new light in terms of his brand. As the distinctive nature of his ministry attained zenith height, it couldn’t be business as usual… literally. Preye’s releases, presentations, PR strategies and overall outlook took a new turn as well!

He announced his sophomore album with the rapturous worship/supplication song with the title“Oshimiri Atata (River that never Runs Dry)”. The song which critics have said, rivals the effort of “Ebezina”, although there are similarities speckled all through both songs, received wide acceptance within and outside the country, so much that when the “Ready” album finally dropped, it’s still one of the songs that stood out. He recently ministered the single in COZA, Abuja at Voltage Warship with Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and the atmosphere was electric! Pastor Fatoyinbo described the ministration as “an amazing time of worship!” 

Taking a look at the transformation Preye Odede’s life and ministry has experienced – before and after the debut album “My Script”.  The amazing grace that came to his rescue did not transform his life and left him at the point but he has gone from grace to grace ever since. One will agree that the only appropriate outburst is “Oshimiri Atata (River that never Runs Dry).”

Talking about the journey so far and the future expectations, Preye Odede said:

“I don’t look like my past because of God’s grace and mercy … At times when you are down and weary, draw strength from God, who is the fountain that never runs dry and with that river ever flowing, i am certain that God is set to supersede the present and do endless wonders in your life.”

Watch “Oshimiri Atata,” the video below:

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“God Is Not Flying That Plane” – Kirk Franklin Speaks On Jessie Duplantis’ Request For 4th Private Jet

Award winning American gospel singer and songwriter, Kirk Franklin has input his 2 cent in the issue of  Televangelist, Jessie Duplantis who requested for donations to buy his fourth private Jet at the cost of $54m

Jesse Duplantis  who is the the founder of Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister based in New Orleans claimed during one of his teachings that God told him to tell his congregation to buy him his fourth private jet.

Following the message, Kirk Franklin spoke out on social media speaking on men of God who tries to exploit believers.

“This is Jessie Duplantis, a televangelist who has four planes, and is now telling us that “Jesus’’ wants us to buy him another one,” Kirk Franklin captioned.

 “I’m posting this because now that we see popular culture stand up to the injustices in mainstream society, I believe the church should do the same for its own as well.

“WE should take the lead when there is an abuse of power that affects our message to the masses; our silence can be as loud as the bigotry and racism we see in the public square.

“Many of these “ministries’’ built their wealth on the backs of poor rural minorities that put their trust in the hands of “God’s shepherds’’ only to see the prosperity benefit those doing the preaching.

“Again, there are GREAT Christian leaders, and there is NOTHING wrong with having a plane… but if the burden falls on the less fortunate and GREED is the check written by those drowning in socio-economic rivers of systemic disparities, GOD is not flying that plane.’’