2019 – Changed Lives Archives – Sep/Oct
Sins Like Scarlet
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?
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?
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.
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?”