In 1997, Ellis Lucas was wallowing in despair at the Clay County Missouri Jail after his home was raided by a SWAT team in connection with a massive ring of drug and paraphernalia manufacturing. He could never have imagined the unbelievable life transformation that was about to occur…
Alone and scared in his jail cell, Lucas couldn’t help but flashback to a tumultuous life that included everything from childhood abuse to years of depression, drug and alcohol addiction, the premature loss of his mother, hatred of his father over their turbulent relationship, a violent car wreck, a near-death experience in a house fire, debts beyond his means, a broken marriage and estrangement from his children. There in his cell, Lucas was reminded of the fervent Christian faith his mother clung ever so tightly too, right up until cancer robbed her of every last breath.
“Over the years, the only thing that kept me from blowing my brains out wasn’t the fear of God, but the fear of hell for eternity that she indoctrinated into me,” says Lucas, who heard the voice of God right there in his cell. “Without me, your life is over, but I have a plan for your life if you trust me. I promise if you put your trust in me today, you won’t stay in prison.”
As Lucas chronicled extensively in his highly acclaimed first book, The Potter And The Clay, before his case ever got to trial, he was given some startling and surely supernatural news. The authorities were not able to find a single one of his fingerprints in any room or on any possession in that entire house, despite the fact that he had touched practically everything in the place! All charges were dropped.
Lucas took radical action… seeking forgiveness and paying back countless debts. The letters he began writing to his children explaining his massive conversion and begging for a second chance inadvertently became the gripping narrative for his first book, which is now distributed at countless correctional centers across the country.
This month marks the release of Lucas’ new book, WANTED. In this powerful follow-up, Lucas shares that nobody is without hope, whether though addiction, abuse, abandonment or disillusionment in life. “The whole point with WANTED is that while the Bible says even your mother or your father might forsake you, He never will,” says Lucas. “God had a plan for my life all along, and if he can love somebody like me and use my broken life, then you know that God loves you and you are wanted too.”
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About the Author
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.
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