The Potter and the Clay – A testimony about God’s Salvation for addiction and recovery

The Riveting Story of a Tragic Life Countered by the Love and Faithfulness of God.

Ellis Lucas saw no hope of salvation in the world around him. His life had spiraled into years of addiction, a violent car wreck, almost losing his life in a house fire, mounting debts, incarceration, and a broken marriage. He was ready to surrender. Only then did he begin to see the signs around him–even in the cat he swore he’d kill–that there was purpose and promise.

Like clay, we are crafted by the Hands that hold us, cherish us and mold us, but we also make our decisions in a world full of vices we find hard to escape from.

The Potter and the Clay is an extraordinary and poignant testimony of a father to his children, but it is also the remarkable story of one man’s crafted deliverance into the Hands of God and how providence can turn ashes and the wreckage of a broken life into a work of heavenly art.

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Ellis Lucas – Born in Cameron, Missouri 11/02/1961. Home – Colorado Springs, Colorado. Married to Peggi Lucas. Author and President of His Song Evangelistic Outreach Ministries. Ellis’ Life story was featured on the international radio program “Unshackled,” an outreach ministry of Pacific Garden Ministries – Chicago. Today Ellis travels the country speaking at churches and events and organizing evangelistic outreach events for churches as well as two and three day city wide evangelistic events. If you would like to inquire about having Ellis speak at your church or event, you can send your request from the Contact page.

While he never envisioned becoming an author, Ellis Lucas is a natural born storyteller nonetheless. In an age where it feels like everyone, even the most inconsequential of public figures and celebrities, feels compelled to chronicle their life’s journey in memoir form, Ellis Lucas’s The Potter and the Clay isn’t just another ho-hum account of a few of humanity’s shared experiences. It’s a gritty, real-life story of utter transformation. This riveting and transparent page-turner is a story filled with love, a veritable mountain of loss, and eventually, sweet redemption, The Potter and the Clay also offers the powerful takeaway that no matter how far away someone feels from salvation; hope, change and, total renewal are never out of reach.

“Through broken relationships, addiction, spending time in jail, I began to understand how there is no human life beyond God’s infinite desire and passion to love and to know,” Ellis shares. “There’s also no situation, pain, sin or failure beyond His desire to forgive, heal and restore.”

While growing up in a small, seemingly idyllic Midwest farming community, Ellis says he encountered authentic Christianity at a young age. His mother, the late Mary Jeanette Lucas, was in his words “an amazing woman” who was “radically in love with Jesus Christ and made that perfectly clear in everything she did.” Living in a household guided by the words of Joshua 24:15.

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Ellis, the youngest of four children and his parents’ only son, saw a true example of someone who put others before herself and was truly transformed and renewed through her relationship with Jesus. In what’s a key moment in every believer’s life, however, the faith of his family eventually needed to become his own. And it wasn’t until after his beloved mother passed away that Ellis became “a true, transformed believer in, and follower of, Jesus Christ.”

“Without a doubt, my mother’s consistent devotion left an eternal impression upon my heart that ultimately prevailed, leading me straight into the safe and loving arms of Jesus at age thirty five,” Ellis says. “I’m forever grateful to her for it! It was the memory of that persistent Christ-centered love lived out in her daily life that remained deeply embedded in my subconscious long after she was gone that somehow managed to transcend life and death, seasons of joy and pain, countless trials and difficult circumstances, including years of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, divorce, the loss of my three children, and then ultimately, complete hopelessness.”

Ellis Lucas saw no hope of salvation in the world around him. His life had spiraled into years of addiction, a violent car wreck, almost losing his life in a house fire, mounting debts, incarceration, and a broken marriage. He was ready to surrender. Only then did he begin to see the signs around him – even in the cat he swore he’d kill – that there was purpose and promise.

“My life had been so completely destroyed that I’d come to believe there was absolutely no hope of every changing, and all I had to look forward to was whatever awaited me beyond the grave—most likely judgment,” Ellis shares. “But while locked up in the Clay County Missouri Jail, at the end of life as I knew it, Jesus Christ stretched out His mighty hand of grace and showed Himself along with an astonishing revelation. God loved me and had an amazing plan for my life if I would open my heart and receive Him that day. And that’s a message I want the whole world to hear.”

The Potter and the Clay was penned with Ellis’s children in mind. After years of estrangement, he wanted them to know his story and how God’s mighty hand of grace can truly change everything.

Just like clay, we are crafted by the Hands that hold us, cherish us and mold us, but we also make our decisions in a world full of vices we find hard to escape from.

Visit the website of Ellis Lucas: www.ellislucas.com

Sensitive preaching to the sexually hurting

Our special guest is Dr. Sam Serio, the author of the book “Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting.” In addition to being a widely sought-after Counselor, Teacher, Preacher, and Communicator – Dr. Sam Serio has written this book to especially help pastors, church staff members, seminaries/colleges, and specialized ministry leaders to communicate much better to those who are sexually wounded or addicted. He actually addresses seven very difficult and delicate sexual topics – using the Scriptures in providing for you actual sermon sentences, ideas and counseling tips. There is no book like it. Pornography. Abortion. Same-Sex Attraction. Casual Sex. Childhood Sexual Abuse/Molestation. Sexless Marriage. Sexual Assault/Rape. All seven are covered. Dr. Serio speaks with warmth and wisdom to empower today’s and tomorrow’s pastors or counselors to minister more effectively to people who suffer and hurt from sexual sin or pain.

Numbers Don’t lie, but sometimes they do, especially when it comes to the number of people who have been sexually hurt by someone else. They (or you) probably didn’t tell anyone about it yet it happened to you and you’ll never be the same now. The police don’t know, your spouse doesn’t know, your family doesn’t know, your colleagues don’t know, and your friends don’t know. No one really knows but you – and now you try to deal with it. Maybe it happened a long time ago but then, maybe it happened last night. Sexual crimes are the least reported of all types, for a wide variety of understandable and good reasons. For every one actually reported, there are anywhere from 5 to 10 times more that are never mentioned. Maybe it wasn’t actually a crime but maybe it was casual or consensual – but now you’re really feeling the effects of what happened. You struggle with it or you know someone who is trying to cope with it. Sexual hurt and pain can be the most overwhelming burden you can privately carry for the rest of your life. It’s a gray thundercloud that sometimes suddenly bursts on you (and everyone around you!) but sometimes it just drizzles all day long, leaving you dazed and confused. Why am I depressed so much now? Why can’t I get over this? Your sexual hurt might be affecting your everyday life at home or work. Maybe your relationships seem much harder to have now. You wonder why you don’t like certain kinds of people or get panic attacks out of the blue. Your emotions are over-powering you. You don’t know why you over-react so frequently. You don’t know why you’re so irritable or suspicious. Health issues have set in. You just can’t seem to forget what someone has done to you that hurt you so badly. Maybe you’re blaming yourself for something that you shouldn’t be feeling OR maybe you’re ignoring the guilt that you should be feeling. It could be either. Might you need to talk to someone who will help you

You’re confused as to your sexual identity or you’ve lost your sexual dignity. You feel like damaged goods. You can’t believe it happened. Why you? You’ve lost a lot and try to keep busy so you won’t dwell on it. The anger doesn’t go away. You don’t know who to tell. You don’t know what to say or do about the shame, humiliation, anger, betrayal, disappointment, crying, loss, fear, depression or destructive tendencies that you now feel. It might be from casual sex, pornography, sexual molestation, rape, same-sex attraction, a sexless marriage or an abortion. Maybe you did tell someone but they didn’t believe you or they told you to get over it and get on with life.

To learn more about Dr. Serio, visit www.healingsexualhurt.com

Grieving a suicide: A loved one’s search for comfort, answers, and hope

Our special guest is Dr. Albert Y. Hsu (pronounced “shee”), the author of the book Grieving a Suicide: A loved one’s search for comfort, answers and hope. Albert,” the neighbor said, “your mom needs you to come home.” That’s how it began for Albert Hsu when his father died. Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide experiences tremendous shock and trauma. What follows is a confusing mix of emotions—anger, guilt, grief, and despair. Suicide raises heartrending questions: Why did this happen? Why didn’t we see it coming? Could we have done anything to prevent it? How can we go on? Many also wonder if those who choose suicide are doomed to an eternity separated from God and their loved ones. Some may even start asking whether life is worth living at all. After his father’s death, Hsu wrestled with the intense emotional and theological questions surrounding suicide. While acknowledging that there are no easy answers, he draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in our grief and hope for the future.

For those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for their counselors and pastors, this book is an essential companion for the journey toward healing. This revised edition incorporates updated statistics and now includes a discussion guide for suicide survivor groups.

Dr. Hsu is the senior editor for IVP Books at InterVarsity Press, where he acquires and develops books in such areas as culture, discipleship, church, ministry, and mission. He earned his PhD in educational studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Al is the author of Singles at the Crossroads, Grieving a Suicide, and The Suburban Christian. He has been a writer and columnist for Christianity Today and served as senior warden on the vestry of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois. He and his wife, Ellen, have two sons and live in the western suburbs of Chicago.