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Beauty Restored: The Rescue of Porn Star Crissy Moran

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As you know, we have scheduled Crissy Moran to speak during our 9:15am & 10:45am worship services on Sunday, September 22 at First Baptist Church of Orange Park. I blogged about Crissy's story back in 2008 and connected with her via email about the potential of having her come back home to Jacksonville and share her story.

The right time to have her here didn't work out. Perhaps it was just scheduling? Maybe it was the need for Crissy to go a little further in her journey with Christ? It could be that the church in Orange Park just wasn't ready yet to address this? 

Honestly, how many Baptist churches set aside a Sunday morning service so a former porn actress and model can share her story? Based on the emails of encouragement I have received once we announced this, the answer is "Not many. . .if any."

The years went by and recently, I felt God leading us to reconnect and see about having her here. 

At FBCOP, we have been speaking all summer about the elements of a Gospel-centered church. One element of a church grounded on the Gospel, focused on Christ and set to expand the Kingdom is the evidence of "Many God-stories." While God-stories are everywhere, as we grow and journey together, the evidence of these moments become clear.

God-stores are stories of transformation. They're stories of redemption and hope. They're stories of peace and comfort in the storms of life. They're stories that do not always work out as we would plan, but in God's plan work to bring Him glory.

I talked with Crissy yesterday about the upcoming service in September. She's nervous. Jacksonville is her home town and . . . well, it's hard to come home sometime, especially when sharing a story like hers. Her mother and family are so very supportive and they will be here. It will be a good day. It may not be easy, but it will be good. It will be good because Crissy will be able to express how God has redeemed her. We'll talk about her past. It's part of the story, so it cannot be ignored, but we will focus on the redemption.

Her story is about a wounded young woman from Jacksonville. It's a story about seeking love and acceptance. It's a story of being hurt and feeling helpless. It's a story about believing lies for so long the truth was unrecognizable. It's a story of a little girl lost. . . then found.

Crissy left Jacksonville back in 1999 for the glamour of Los Angeles. She soon became one of the top adult actresses in the industry, making around $14,000 a month. Money, fame and parties were the norm. In the world's economy, she had everything anyone could ever need. Yet, on the inside, she was empty. Something wasn't right and she knew it. She just didn't know what it was. She didn't have the capacity (and no one does) to fix it. Then, she met Christ, for real. This was not a "religious" experience. It was a moment of rescue, of redemption, of cleansing, an elimination of condemnation and an invitation to life and true intimacy.

There's so much more to her story and she'll share more in September. 

I smile as I remember what she told me yesterday. Crissy said, "I just never dreamed it could be like this." That was a statement of joy and relief. She was giddy as she explained the love she's found in marriage (married just a few months ago) and how God is using her and her husband in newfound ministries. It's still all new, but it's evident - God's not through with Crissy. She never dreamed or desired to be "in the ministry." There's pain in her voice as she references the past, but she knows that God loves her and is Healer. She also desires that no other young woman fall into the lies as she did. She hates that men have been duped by the Enemy with addictions and lies the porn industry propagates. She wants to be used by God to help others.

It's a God-story. It's powerful and it's still being written.

DETAILS ABOUT OUR DAY WITH CRISSY

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:15am & 10:45am

WHERE: First Baptist Church, 1140 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 (www.opfirst.org)

TOPIC: Redemption Stories. Crissy will share via "interview" with me about her story. The topics will not be presented in a crass or "shock-filled" way, but due to the subject matter, we have extended children's small groups & children's church activities in both hours up through grade 6. While some may desire their junior high & high school students not hear this information, may I respectfully suggest that you allow them to be in attendance. I spend time each week on a junior high campus. Believe me, they (students) know about sex, internet porn and other things I won't address here. They get a skewed version of all of these issues. The church is speaking about the issues in a biblical, truthful way. 

WARNINGS: I have been asked if broaching this subject is a good idea since so many men struggle with internet porn (and the number of women dealing with this issue is increasing dramatically as well). The alternative to not addressing the issue is to do nothing. Friends, that's been done for decades by most churches and, well, we see how well that strategy has worked.

A note about Crissy and the internet. She has ONE official website. However, there are many out there that claim to be her's. A number claim to be her "new" site. These are bogus. They are owned by former boyfriends, producers and porn distributers. Unfortunately, the legal contracts Crissy signed years ago were pretty airtight. In other words. . .she doesn't own her images. The sad truth is that once a picture is put on the internet, it's there forever. This, too, is a great message and warning for our internet and social media savvy students.

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