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The Turning Point . . .

James Corden, host of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, was raised as a Christian and attended church in the U.K. But seven years ago, after a season of partying, loneliness, and heartbreak, he experienced a life-changing moment.

“The person I had become wasn’t the person I wanted to be,” (British tabloid, Daily Mail). “I was lost and needed to find myself.”

In the midst of his despair, his Christian parents showed up unannounced. “I felt embarrassed that they were seeing me like this . . . My dad just stood up and walked to where I was, and he just put his arms round me and said ‘You’ve just got to get through this, son.’

“I started to cry. [His dad] said, ‘I’m going to say a prayer for you. It will be all right, but you can’t carry on like this, and only you can decide what happens now.’ Dad said a prayer as he kissed my forehead and Mum came over and joined the hug.”

“When they left later on, Dad turned to me and said, ‘You’ve so much to be thankful for, James. I know it’s been a tricky year, but you can’t carry on like this.’”

That was the turning point.

Now married and a father with a successful career, James is not the young actor once known for his wild lifestyle. Prayer—the world’s greatest life-changer.

Something Beautiful

kathie-lee-captionWhen Kathie Lee Gifford was 12 years old, her life changed forever. “I came home to see my mother and sister in our living room, sobbing in front of the television.” They had been watching a Billy Graham crusade and both had come to Christ.

In her March 2016 interview with Christianity Today (CT), Kathie shared how, a few months later, she went to see the Billy Graham movie The Restless Ones. “As I watched . . . I sensed God saying deep in my spirit, ‘Kathie, I love you. If you’ll trust me, I’ll make something beautiful out of your life.’” That day, in a movie theater, Kathie Lee gave her life to Christ.

Kathie’s journey as a believer in entertainment has not been without adversity. In the CT interview she shared that when vicious attacks and false accusations were hurled at her in the tabloids, “Frank and I both stopped watching TV and reading the papers. We focused on the Word of God. I chose to read what God said about us, not what the world said.”

And when Christians asked, “How can you say you’re a Christian and be in Hollywood?” she responded with, “How could I be in Hollywood and not be a Christian? How could I put up with the work and rejection without the security of God’s faithfulness?”

But Kathie Lee never felt pressured to downplay or hide her faith, even in the entertainment industry. “That doesn’t mean I didn’t struggle, make mistakes, or break God’s heart on occasion,” she says. “But the story of my life—and I dare say any Christian’s life—is not the story of my faithfulness to God but of his faithfulness to me.”

Having lost her father, her husband, and many others, Kathie is sometimes tempted to lose heart. She says, “It’s overwhelming at times, since the world is so dark and so void of God’s Spirit.” But when she reads in Scripture, “Let us not be weary in well doing” (Gal. 6:9, KJV) she prays, “Okay, Lord, you’re going to have to help me be strong. You’re going to have to help me with inspiration. You’re going to have to help me keep going.”

Kathie Lee’s heartfelt, inspiring challenge . . . “The Devil would have us give up. The Devil would have us stop sharing the Word. He would have us stop giving hope to the hopeless.

“And we can’t fall for that. As much as we long for a different world, we have to stay in this one for now. It’s up to us to make an impact for Christ until he comes or until he takes us.

“The words God spoke to me 50 years ago are just as true today, and for every moment I have left, I will trust him to work his beautiful plan for me.”