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2019 – Changed Lives Archives – Sep/Oct

9/1/2019

Sins Like Scarlet

Kay Arthur

 

      Every young girl longs for romance and dreams of one day having a perfect marriage. Kay Arthur is no exception. Growing up, her daddy taught her all the values a young lady should have so that she’d be ready for that special mate. But along the way, Miss Arthur found she had other ideas of her own.
     Today, Kay Arthur is a Christian-household name. She is an award winning author and co-founder of Precept Ministries International. She travels all over the world to speak. Who would ever imagine that her past–before she knew Jesus–was filled with sexual sins and adultery?
     In a very candid interview published on YouTube by Pure Passion Media back in 2011, Miss Arthur describes her struggles with sexual sin. She explains, “Technically, when I got married at the age of twenty, I was a virgin. But I’ll never forget the first time I let one of my standards slip . . . I went out with this guy and his hand touched my breast. It felt so good, and it awakened something in me . . .”
     Kay goes on to describe the dichotomy in her life. She had an inner restraint to be a virgin and her dating was filled with the words, “Stop; go no further.” But she dressed to show off her body; her sexuality was something she flaunted. She said, “permitting my mind to focus on sensual things led me in that way. “[As a man or woman] thinks in his heart, so is he,” (Proverbs 23:7; NKJV).
     Kay’s marriage lasted only six years. It was challenging not only because they were so young, but Kay’s husband was bipolar as well. She sought out two different ministers for counseling. She said neither of them ever opened a Bible or helped her understand what marriage was all about. Even more egregious was the fact that one of the ministers made a play for her. She describes the scene:
     “When I finished talking to him, he came up to me . . . and he put his arms around me, and he kissed me on the neck, and whispered in my ear, ‘You sure are a good looking gal, Kay.’ All of a sudden there arose in me a desire for this man . . .’
     “. . . [Later] I shook my fist in the face of God, and I said, ‘To hell with You, God. I’m going to find someone to love me,’ . . . (So many times we equate love and sex together.) . . . Little did I realize that when I said ‘to hell with You God,’ that’s exactly what Jesus Christ did . . . He took my hell; He took the wages and the penalty of my sin; and Jesus who knew no sin was going to be made sin for me. He was going to be made an immoral woman for me . . . God said, ‘To heaven with you, Kay,’ . . . God had a plan.”
     Kay left her husband and unfortunately, over the next few years, she sought comfort by going from one man to another, including a two-year relationship with a man who was married. As for her Christian upbringing she said, “I had a religion, but I didn’t have a relationship.”
     She happened to go to a Christian gathering one evening and had a run in with someone there who said, “Why don’t you quit telling God what you want and tell Him that Jesus Christ is all you need.” Kay got upset and stomped out. She was angry and said to herself, “Jesus Christ is not all I need!”

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     The next morning she awoke and couldn’t go to work. She said, “I have a sickness that no man can cure . . . You can’t do an operation; you can’t take a pill . . . I ran upstairs and I fell down beside the bed and I said, ‘God, I don’t care what you do to me. I don’t care if I never see another man as long as I live. I don’t care if you paralyze me from my neck down . . . just give me peace.’ And there on my knees that day, He gave me the Prince of peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. When I stood up I knew that I was new!”
     That day, Kay Arthur experienced true redemption. She comments, “I love the word, redemption . . . It carries the idea–in biblical times–of going to a slave market, seeing someone [there] for sale, paying the price for them, bringing them off the slave block, unshackling them, and setting them free. And that’s what salvation is. Whosoever commits sin becomes a slave of sin, (see john 8:34). Jesus walks into the slave market . . . He buys us . . . and breaks the power of sin . . . and He sets us free to be what we should be.”
     How about you? Have you been redeemed?

References:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4mll_Z1TPM

9/8/2019

Overcomer

Terry Bradshaw

 

      Terry Bradshaw is a household name in football. He was the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for fourteen years and led his team to win four Super Bowl championships, and was known for having one of the most powerful arms in NFL history. As he struggled to reach the top of his game, he confesses that it was Jesus who made the real difference in his life. Was it a struggle? For Terry, life itself was a challenge!
     In a CBN interview by Scott Ross from the 700 club, released on YouTube back in 2008, Terry said, “I was a good old, Southern kid,” referring to his accent, “. . . and you have to understand now: I’m a Momma’s boy. My way of being raised is totally different from the big city life. I truly was a country boy . . . So I had a hard time. I was not used to criticism, And I did not respond well to the way my coach treated me, with a firm hand and insults.”
     Though Terry was a talented and tough competitor, he faced a learning curve just like everybody else. He spent his first few seasons making mistakes, throwing a lot of interceptions, and failing to read the defense strategies of the other team. So he was made fun of. The media called him “stupid” and “dumb” and turned things into a circus. Bradshaw had to endure a lot of pressure, and because of it, he found himself slipping into serious depression. He prayed to God, “Get me outta here; just get me outta here.”
     Terry recognized that he was suffering, mentally so he went to a clinic to be evaluated. He was diagnosed with ADD, so he took medication for that, for several years. But he was also diagnosed with clinical depression–something “heros” weren’t supposed to have. People would say, “How can you be depressed? You’re such a funny guy.” But Terry explains that depression does not rob you of your personality.
     Additionally, Terry was married four times and had gone through three divorces. Terry comments, “That’s one of the problems as a Christian is that we have to deal with our failures and the shame of it all. And I had to figure out that it’s O.K. for me to fail, but I don’t want to be judged by you.” He said his Christian friends passed harsh judgment on him and it ran him off.
     Terry had grown up with Christian values and thought of himself as a Christian but didn’t have that “born-again” experience until one Father’s Day in 1998. He says, “I had one of those wonderful, great salvation moments in my life . . . I was led through the sinner’s prayer; it was pretty powerful . . . [and] I learned that God forgave me. I knew that God’s Spirit had moved into my heart and my life, and had grabbed and taken control of me . . . and I couldn’t escape it . . . It consumed me and it still does . . . Everything that I do; all major decisions are all through prayer.”

This book is about the life of Terry Bradshaw and was written after his third Super Bowl win. He talks a lot about family and about his faith in God. He is a down-to-earth, lovable man who shares his story with the world.

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     Terry describes the peace he has now in Christ and what it means to be a Christian: “I know me and I know my heart and I know what the Lord expects and I know what a Christian’s supposed to act like. But you can act it but do you really believe it? . . . and I know I believe it. That makes me feel good!”
     Bradshaw has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday since 1994. He is also a widely sought after motivational speaker as well as an actor and singer. He’s appeared in several TV commercials and made cameo appearances in shows like Brotherly Love, Everybody Loves Raymond, Married…With Children, Modern Family, The Larry Sanders Show, The League and Malcolm In The Middle. His film appearances include Hooper, The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Failure to Launch. Bradshaw has also released five record albums and four singles that climbed as high as #17 on the country charts.
     Terry Bradshaw is a talented man, but like the rest of us, has had problems and failures in life that he’s had to overcome. It wasn’t until he met the Great Overcomer, Jesus Christ, that he finally found peace, acceptance and victory in his life. And now he simply shares his story with others. Isn’t that just what we’re all supposed to do?


References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Bradshaw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU-FZ8i5fwc

9/15/2019

Forgiven

Corrie Ten Boom

 

      Corrie, born in 1892, is short for Cornelia, the name given to Miss Ten Boom, the daughter of a Dutch watchmaker and jeweler. Corrie followed in her father’s footsteps and became a watchmaker, herself–the first licensed female watchmaker in the Netherlands. She also followed her parents faith walk, becoming a Christian and helping the mentally ill and the needy by offering shelter, food, and money, and establishing a Christian youth club for teenage girls.
     When the war broke out in 1940, it changed everything. The Nazis invaded the Netherlands among other European countries, putting an end to religious functions and threatening the lives of everyone including the Jews. Corrie and her family had a heart for the Jewish people. Corrie’s father believed that the Jews were the “chosen people” and stated, “In this household, God’s people are always welcome.”
     The Ten Boom family became very active hiding refugees in the Dutch underground, and that’s how “The Hiding Place” was born. With the help of an architect from the Dutch Resistant movement, a secret room was built into their house including a house alarm, warning the Jews to escape into this room should Nazi officers be found approaching.
     All was well with this system until an informant, Jan Vogel, discovered the operation and made it known to Gestapo forces. In February of 1944, Corrie and her whole family were arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Meanwhile, the Jews hidden away were not discovered and escaped to safety, Corrie later learned.
     Corrie was subject to a trial where she defended her work of assisting the mentally ill. The courts frowned on that because they had been killing such individuals for years. Corrie, along with her sister, Betsie, were condemned and sentenced. They were shuffled from one labor camp to another, finally ending up in a camp for women, in Germany.
     The conditions in the camp were dirty and hellish. They were crammed into a room with 700 prisoners; the room was built to house only 200. Soon, an out break of lice occurred. The food rations were meager and the discipline was harsh. On top of that, they were forced to carry out manual, back-breaking labor. Anybody would have felt oppressed and discouraged, yet the sisters secretly shared a Bible message with their fellow inmates twice a day. Corrie’s sister Betsie had nothing but love to share, even with the Nazi guards. Corrie hated the guards but God would deal with her about that later.
     Betsie died of starvation and lack of medical care in that prison camp yet Corrie recalls her sister’s last words: “… [we] must tell them what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He [God] is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.” Corrie was later released due to a clerical error. Later she learned that her fellow prisoners were all sent to their deaths in the gas chambers. Oh how blessed Corrie was that God delivered her out of that.

Corrie Ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

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     In a presentation by Corrie Ten Boom that was published on YouTube, Corrie shares her story in her own words: “. . . can you forgive your enemies? I cannot but Jesus in me can.” She goes on to say that we should not keep records or accounts of the sins of others. We should be like God who takes all our sins and throws them in the sea of forgetfulness.
     She continues, “ You will find out that forgiveness is a tremendous joy. It is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. You and I have to be the light of the world . . .”
     Corrie Ten Boom has traveled the world as an ambassador of the power of forgiveness in Christ. She has also established rehabilitation centers to help Holocaust survivors. Her 1971 autobiography, The Hiding Place, became a movie in 1975, inspiring many to see God at work through the darkest of life’s circumstances. She truly shone brightly in this world as a light for Jesus Christ.

References:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGkJuln-rKY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrie_ten_Boom
https://www.thoughtco.com/biography-of-corrie-ten-boom-4164625
https://www.tenboom.org/

9/22/2019

A Deeper Faith

Wernher Von Braun

 

      We find ourselves in awe of fields of study like brain surgery and rocket science. And we always hope that scientific strides play a positive role in society, toward things that are good. We sure don’t want to find advances in technology and science on the side of evil. And yet it happens.
     Take Wernher Von Braun for example. His work was essential to the success of the German war effort. He was one of Nazi Germany’s leading rocket scientists. He created the V-1 and V-2 rockets that Hitler used during WWII to hit targets up to 500 miles away. The rockets killed thousands of people. How did Von Braun rise to such a position?
     It all started rather innocently. He received a telescope for his thirteenth birthday and that opened up a whole new world of intrigue and discovery for him. He developed an obsession with rocket science and greatly desired to explore space. He was enthralled with the night skies and all they contained. He dreamed about space travel and landing spacecrafts on the moon.
     As Von Braun excelled as a scientist and inventor, his technologies were employed by the Nazi regime. Even though he was basically an ashiest at the time, he regretted the way his work was being used. His moral compass led him to intervene against Hitler’s cause. Because of his disloyalty, the Gestapo arrested Von Braun in 1944 charging him with espionage.
     Later in 1945, American soldiers captured central Germany. They discovered that Von Braun had organized the surrender of 500 of his top scientists. They were subsequently brought to the US along with their research and became leaders in the development of American military and space programs.
     In an interview with Assemblies of God Radio preacher C. M. Ward, Von Braun described how his life had changed when he arrived in America. He had been a Lutheran, but really had no interest in religion or God. While living at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, a neighbor invited him to church. He went, but didn’t expect anything beyond a country club experience. What he found was a vibrant congregation of people who truly loved the Lord. He was deeply and profoundly touched, realizing that he was a sinner and needed God. He was moved to surrender his life to Jesus. And from that moment on he was a changed man.
     Von Braun’s spiritual experience was real and he became quite outspoken about his faith. He often talked about how faith and science go hand in hand. He believed that scientific advances increasingly provided evidence of intelligent design. He wrote, “I find it difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe.”
     And people listened because he was a man of renown. He was the director of the George Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA) and was instrumental in several rocket launches including the Saturn V that took the Apollo 11 crew to the moon.
     In an article in Collier’s Magazine, (1952), Von Braun made public his vision of future space exploration. He believed space crafts would travel to and from Earth and described how men would one day live and work in huge orbital space stations before setting off on missions to the moon. He had amazing foresight as it all came to pass!

This biography presents a revealing but even-handed portrait of the father of modern rocketry. He was a hero to some, and a villain to others. He was a brilliant scientist with limitless curiosity and a drive to achieve his goals at almost any price–from developing the world’s first ballistic missile to helping launch the first U.S. satellite that hurled Americans into space and the Saturn V super-booster that powered them to the moon. Also, discover the human side of this charismatic visionary who brought the United States into the Space Age.

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     As for Christianity, he found great lack in the churches of Europe. They were just large empty cathedrals, unlike the churches he found in Texas: “. . . [there] many would meet in temporary buildings, pastored by humble preachers driving second-hand buses who led thriving congregations. He said, ‘Here is a growing, aggressive church and not a dignified, half-dead institution. Here is spiritual life.’”
     One of the most brilliant minds in rocket science was captured and changed by the love of Jesus Christ making not only outer space reachable to Wernher Von Braun but the very portals of God. Von Braun said, “The deeper into space I go, the deeper my faith becomes.”


References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun
https://news.ag.org/Features/This-Week-in-AG-History-June-26-1966

9/29/2019

Running The Race

Michael Landon Jr.

 

      When I hear the name “Michael Landon” I think of Little Joe on Bonanza, Little House On The Prairie, and Highway To Heaven. Weren’t those great shows?! Unfortunately, the famed actor and director passed away in 1991 from pancreatic cancer. He was loved by many and greatly missed, especially by his son, Michael Landon Jr.
     Michael Jr. was one of several children fathered by Michael Sr. and one of his three wives. In a biographical drama created and directed by Landon Jr. and released in 1999, the film, The Father I Knew, portrays his life growing up with his famous father. Even though the whole world thought Michael      Landon Sr. was a dedicated Christian because of the wholesome productions he appeared in, we’ve since learned that such may not have been the case. While his father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic, he was most likely a “believer” of sorts, but he had a hard time “walking the Christian walk”.
     Landon Senior took his first starring TV role on the show, Bonanza, that ran for over a dozen years. Prior to that, Landon had been featured in several movies and shows. Near the end of the Bonanza episodes, Landon gained experience as a script writer and director. His career progressed by leaps and bounds, so much so, that he began to neglect his wife and children. In time, he also fell into an extra-marital affair that became publicized. As well, He picked up other vices along the way. Landon was by his own admission a chain smoker and a heavy drinker.
     Meanwhile, Landon Jr. was suffering the consequences of his daddy’s lifestyle. Critics said Landon Jr. was trying to get back at his dad by creating the film, The Father I Knew. But it was also said to be a very accurate portrait of Landon Sr.’s life. In an interview with Christianity Today by Mark Moring back in 2005, Landon said about his father, “He was my everything”. So yes, he struggled under the pressures that “Hollywood” imposed: the distant relationship and the rejection by his dad, but at the same time he adored and admired him and longed to be close to him.
     In another interview on The 700 Club with Gorman Woodfin, Michael described what life was like in the Landon household. There was much laughter and many funny stories shared. Michael Jr. was endeared to his father. But in spite of having a close knit family, many problems arose. By the time Michael Jr. was 15, his parents divorced and his whole world was shattered.
     Michael became rebellious and angry. Feeling hopeless, he became reckless and found himself trying to drink away his pain. But God was working in his life and the evidence of that would soon be revealed. You see Michael’s mother, Lynn, was also struggling after the divorce, but she found Jesus along the way. As she gave her heart to the Lord, He comforted her and gave her that peace that passes all understanding. So when she saw her son going off the deep end, she reached out to him. Michael explains, “My mom looks to me and sees the pain that I’m in — sees that my life is out of control. She says, ‘Come to church with me’.”

Grace. Andy Stanley says it’s what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others-especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable.
Therein is the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, that’s the only thing Jesus stood against . . . The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders.

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     He didn’t go with her at first, but when he finally did he was moved to surrender his heart to God. After that, Michael said his life took a complete turn around. Slowly–at the age of 18–his life started to change and all the things that were dragging him down fell away. While he wasn’t transformed overnight, he did make steady progress in his Christian walk. Within four years, he found the woman of his dreams, married, and started his family.
     Today, Michael Landon Jr. is a successful Hollywood actor, writer, director, and producer. He is most famous for his Hallmark movies, the Love Comes Softly series. And he remains a dedicated Christian in all that he does. He comments, “You want to run the race the best as you possibly can . . . yet I believe that without His grace there’s just no way to do it.”
     God’s grace changes lives every day. What about you? Have you considered inviting Jesus into your life?


References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Landon,_the_Father_I_Knew
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Landon
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/februaryweb-only/michaellandonjr.html
https://www1.cbn.com/700club/growing-landon

10/6/2019

Foundational Faith

Cheryl Ladd

 

      The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:5; NASB). Actress, Cheryl Ladd, has certainly learned to depend on her foundational faith as she’s had to navigate through many rocky passages in her life.
     Cheryl was born in South Dakota in 1951. Her mother was a waitress and her father was a railroad engineer. She got her start in Hollywood shortly after high school as a singer and actress, in animated films and later in television commercials and episodic programs. She also traveled with a band and was known as “Cheryl Moor”. (Her actual maiden name was Stoppelmoor.)
     Cheryl’s career was humming along nicely. She appeared in many of the popular shows of the day, like The Rookies, Ironside, The Partridge Family, and Happy Days, to name a few. Her big break came in 1977, when she replaced Farah Fawsett on Charlie’s Angels. She was married by that time and had a daughter, Jordan. So she had many demands upon her. And if that wasn’t enough, her marriage began to fail. It was all very overwhelming.
     In an article at CBN.com by Stephen Hubbard, Cheryl reflected back on this time in her life: “[The divorce] was such a difficult thing to go through. I was really frozen in a whirlwind of self-doubt, fear, pain, and stuff that I couldn’t talk to anybody about. I couldn’t find any peace, and I just kept praying and then one day I just found this peaceful place. I knew that I would get through it, and I knew that Jordan would be okay.”
     Cheryl drew on that foundation of faith that she had grown up with, that was instilled in her as a child. She found herself returning to her faith and trusting God for her life’s outcomes. She continued on Charlie’s Angels for the next four years. Eventually, she met music producer, Brian Russell. They married in 1981 and celebrated over 25 years together. He was God’s chosen mate for her as “he shared her desire for Christ,” according to Hubbard.
     The CBN article also described another difficult trial for Cheryl: her mother’s life threatening illness. Cheryl’s mother and best friend had broken her back and then developed a serious staph infection. Cheryl once again trusted God for the outcome. She said, “I remember going back to the hotel, dropping to my knees, crying, praying, and asking, `God, if You take her, that is Your will and thank You for the wonderful life that I’ve had with her. But then again if You’re not ready for her yet, give me the opportunity to love her and care for her the way that she’s cared for me all my life.”
     God answered that prayer in a miraculous way. Her mom not only recovered but improved to the point of being able to live independently in her own home. God is so good!

Drawing form six decades of Scripture-based teaching and study in the original Greek and Hebrew, the late Derek Prince clearly explains the foundations for Christian faith, salvation, baptism, the Holy Spirit, laying on of hands, the believer’s resurrection, and eternal judgment. The revised book, which has been translated and distributed worldwide in more than sixty languages, offers the Christian everything he needs to develop a strong, balanced, Spirit-filled life, including a comprehensive index of topics and a complete index of Scripture verses.

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     Cheryl learned how to lean on, trust in, and rely upon the Lord. While she discovered the principles of faith in her early years, she later actually practiced and lived out her walk of faith in a very real way, and it changed her life. And when she found herself being tempted to seize control of the decision making process, she turned to God.
     Cheryl states, “Every time I start chasing my tail, and I’m trying to control all these elements of my universe, I pray, ‘I’m not in control of any of this. I can just do the best I can. Please guide me. Please help me figure how I can move through this in the way You would have me.’”
     Having a foundation of faith is important, but so is the walk of faith that’s supposed to follow. God knows how difficult this life is, and He wants to be our helper, comforter, and guide. But we have to let Him. Have you invited Him into your heart and asked Him to be your Savior and Lord?

References:
https://www1.cbn.com/700club/cheryl-ladd-gods-angel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Ladd

10/13/2019

Choosing To Forgive

Brandt Jean

 

      We talk a lot about how people’s lives change after meeting Christ and inviting Him into their hearts. But after that, what does a changed life look like? Take Brandt Jean for example. His name has been all over the news in recent weeks. He’s the young man who shocked the nation by forgiving the woman who shot and killed his brother, Botham (“Bo”) Jean.
     The incident happened September 6, 2018. Only recently, however, has the news about Amber Guyger’s trial come to light. And it has been capturing the headlines ever since.
     According to various news sources, an ex-Dallas cop, Amber Guyger, was making her way to her apartment, but at the same time, was intensely distracted by ongoing text messages with her police partner. As she arrived at the door she noticed that it was slightly ajar, signaling that something was wrong. At that point she confirmed in her mind that if confronted by an assailant, she would take him down.
     She stepped over a red mat outside the door and entered the apartment. (She failed to realize that she did not own a door mat.) With her weapon drawn, she walked inside and saw a man standing a few feet away. He had been sitting in his living room, watching TV and eating ice cream. Some reports say she asked him to show his hands. He stood there but did not respond, walked briskly toward her, and so she opened fire.
     Guyger acted because she felt threatened. But after fatally shooting Botham Jean, she realized she had made a terrible mistake. She realized she was not in her own apartment; she was in his! She called 911 and kept repeating over and over, “I thought it was my apartment!” She was initially charged with manslaughter, but two months later, the charges were upgraded to murder. She finally went to trial September 23rd of this year and was sentenced a few days later. She received ten years in prison for her crime.
     It was said that the jury deliberated for only a few hours. They unanimously believed she was guilty because of her admission of intent to kill. She was facing 5 to 99 years in prison. The jury had considered the prosecution’s request for a 28 year sentence, but felt that was too harsh. They were confident of the sentence they passed and believed that’s what “Bo” would have wanted too.
     Then the most amazing thing happened. After the sentencing, Brandt Jean was asked to make an impact statement. He got up on the stand and made the following unexpected remarks toward Amber:
     “If you truly are sorry . . . and if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you. . . . I love you just like anyone else. . . . I presently want the best for you. And I wasn’t going to ever say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you, because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want . . . And the best would be to give your life to Christ. . . . Botham would want you to do [this]. Again I love you as a person and I don’t wish anything bad on you.”
     Then he turned to the judge and said, “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug, please?” Permission was granted and Brandt left the stand and approached Amber. He reached out and embraced her for at least a minute while they both stood there, crying.

Why do we have difficulty accepting God’s unconditional forgiveness? And why do we find it so impossible to grant that same forgiveness to others? After more than two decades in Christian ministry, Dr. Robert Jeffress and most of us would agree that few of us have mastered the art of implementing forgiveness in our lives. Combining rich, biblical insights with practical, real-life situations, When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense effectively answers your burning questions regarding this critical issue, giving you not only the “why’s,” but also the elusive “how’s” of choosing to forgive.

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     In a GMA interview posted on YouTube, Brandt explained he didn’t plan on spending the rest of his life hating this woman. He further said, “She [Amber] made a mistake that she probably truly regrets. . . I know that every time I ask God for forgiveness he forgives me so who am I to not forgive someone who asks.” Brandt’s attorney also said during the interview, “He [Brandt] wanted not only to forgive her in words, but he wanted her to believe him . . . so he asked to give a physical display of that forgiveness so that she would be free. . . Everyone in that family is hurting and they won’t be able to get past that hurt if they can’t forgive [Bo’s] killer. . .”
     Jesus said, “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done,” (Matthew 6:15; GNT). If you think about it you will agree that God’s ways truly are the best ways.


References:
https://www.khou.com/article/news/special-reports/botham-jean/botham-jeans-brother-amber-guyger-embrace-following-witness-impact-statement/287-c70ff4b7-aafd-448a-b24a-f67b173af40d
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=cziICRtNnro

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Matthew 16: 26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”