GLMX #222: Wayne Brady, Don’t Kill Yourself because of Depression Like Robin Williams Did; Let Me Introduce You to the Doctor Who Has Never Lost a Case

Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady is one of the most successful men in show-business today. He is an actor, talk show host, singer, and television personality. He has won two Daytime Emmy Awards and one Primetime Emmy Award. He has appeared in numerous movies and television shows and has hosted his own daytime talk show. He is currently the host of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” making big money, of course.

Despite his success, fame and money, he recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he suffers from depression. He said that he hit rock bottom this past June on his 42nd birthday. He recalled, “I was there by myself, in my bedroom, and I had a complete breakdown … Just go ahead and imagine for yourself a brother in his underwear, in his room, crying…”

He described his ongoing struggle saying, “Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life… You don’t want to move; you can’t move in the darkness. You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and… wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve… I am that horrible of a person.'”

Wayne Brady said that this struggle with depression is like a vicious cycle that one can’t get out of. He said that constantly giving in to negative thoughts “starts this cycle where you tell yourself these lies … and those lies become true to you. So, you stick to your own truth you’ve set up. ‘If I am this bad, then why should any of this matter?’ I feel at that point, you end up wanting to stop the pain.”

Brady said he was able to identify with Robin Williams, the beloved comedian who recently committed suicide. He said Williams “made all these people feel great. And at the same time, he had this sense of low self-worth, of belonging, of loneliness, of pain that all the money in the world can’t cure, all the accolades and awards, and all the love from people all over the world…all that love could still not stop that man from saying, I am in so much pain.”

Millions of people around the world — rich and poor, famous and not-so-famous — suffer from depression. According to recent statistics from the World Health Organization, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression around the world. And 15% of people who suffer from clinical depression end up committing suicide.

While people get depressed for various reasons, one of the most common reasons is that of searching for a life of fulfillment in something that cannot possibly provide that fulfillment. Many who are looking for fulfillment and satisfaction in life turn to, fame, sex, money, drugs, success, privilege, and material possessions. Outwardly, they seem to have it all, but, many of them, if they are honest, like Wayne Brady, they will admit that deep down inside, they are lonely, confused, restless, frustrated, unfulfilled, and afraid.

The truth of the matter is, no matter how smart, intelligent, gifted, funny, rich, or good-looking someone is, they cannot make it through life on their own. They will always feel as if something is missing, and they will go through life without hope, peace, and assurance.

There is only one source that offers that kind of peace and assurance, and His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only Person who can permanently deliver Wayne Brady from his struggle with depression. If you struggle with depression — and even if you don’t — Jesus Christ can deliver you from it as well. Continue reading “GLMX #222: Wayne Brady, Don’t Kill Yourself because of Depression Like Robin Williams Did; Let Me Introduce You to the Doctor Who Has Never Lost a Case”

Ann B. Davis: Salvation Through Christ “Changed My Whole Life for the Better” (Gospel Light Minute #151)

Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis

She is an American TV actress. She gained prominence for her role in the NBC situation comedy, The Bob Cummings Show, which ran from 1955–1959. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for this role. She is perhaps best known for her role as Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in ABC’s The Brady Bunch series which ran from 1969–1974. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and received three TV Land Awards in 2004, 2006, and 2007 for her role in The Brady Bunch series. Her TV credits include “McKeever and the Colonel”, “The Love Boat”, and “Something So Right” among many others. Though she never married, she continued to act in various roles including TV commercials until she died on June 1, 2014.

In an interview with the Associated Press in 1993, she said she was a born again Christian. She said, “Salvation changed my whole life for the better…I spent a lot of time giving Christian witness all over the country to church groups and stuff… Now, I know I am where the Lord wants me to be.” In a 1992 interview with People Magazine, she said, “I’m convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we’ll never know what it is to be whole.” She spent many of her days as a volunteer for her church. Her friend Bishop William Frey said, “What you see on ‘The Brady Bunch’ was who she was. She was a very faithful Christian person.

Her name is Ann B. Davis.

Oprah Winfrey: ‘I am a Christian… I Wouldn’t be Who I am Today Without My Faith’ (Gospel Light Minute #143)

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

She is a media mogul, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Her multi-award winning talk show was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Known as the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century by Forbes, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s only black billionaire. CNN and TIME called her “arguably the world’s most powerful woman” and TIME named her “one of the most influential people” from 2004 to 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and received an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard University. In fact, Barack Obama would not be president of the United States without this woman.

On April 23, 2012, while introducing her “Lifeclass Tour” to a Radio City Music Hall audience in New York City she made a public profession of her faith. She said, “I am not talking about religion. I am a Christian. That is my faith. I’m not asking you to be a Christian. If you want to be one I can show you how. But it is not required. I have respect for all faiths… My favorite Bible verse, because I am a Christian, is Acts 17:28. It says, ‘In God I live, and move, and have my being.’ And you want to know why I’m so successful? Because I knew that at four-years-old, I wouldn’t be who I am today without that.”

On June 1, 2011, after Oprah delivered her public farewell from her talk show, I wrote the following on a news site that our organization runs: “Evidently, Oprah got saved recently, now she needs to make that clear to her millions of fans. Based upon statements that Oprah made throughout last week regarding God and Jesus Christ, we believe that Oprah has recently truly accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and has been born again this year.”

Now, I took a lot of heat for making that statement, but as I explained in my article, “some people are going to doubt Oprah’s profession of faith in Christ and some are going to say negative things about this because she has people of different faiths on her show and so forth. However, please understand that OWN is not a Christian network. It is a network for all people. OWN is Oprah’s business, and we as Christians know what that is like when you’re doing business in a secular world. So Oprah’s business side is going to be different, but it does not take anything away from her faith in Christ.”

For example, Mark Burnett, is the producer behind the popular “Bible” mini-series and the “Son of God” movie. However, before he produced those Christian-based works, he produced such popular shows as Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Sing Off, and the People’s Choice Awards which have nothing to do with his Christian faith. Yet, based on his own words and on his life, I believe Mark Burnett is saved just as I am.

In fact, in the Bible, we see examples of these types of believers. Jesus had His public disciples, the Peters, Jameses, and Johns, but He also had his secret disciples, the Nicodemuses and Josephs of Arimathea. When His public disciples, Peter and the other disciples, forsook Him at His trial and His crucifixion, it was His secret disciples, such as Joseph of Arimathea, that stood with Him until the end. This Joseph took His body off the cross and placed Him in his own grave. All of Jesus’ followers are not out front; some are behind the scenes, but they are doing just as much for Him.

Based upon Oprah’s public profession of faith in Jesus Christ, she is saved by the grace of God through faith by believing in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, according to the Word of God. So instead of worrying about what she is doing or not doing, how about you? Are you saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

After Leaving a False Religion, Sherri Shepherd Faced Failed Relationships, Abortions, and Career Failings, and then she Placed her Faith in God (Gospel Light Minute #113)

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Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd

She is a comedian, actress, and television personality. She is one of the co-hosts on the daytime talk show, “The View”. She and her co-hosts were chosen as part of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine while Forbes ranked The View hosts #11 among “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.” She also hosts the “Newlywed Game” and has a role on the NBC series “30 Rock”.

She also stars in her own sitcom “Sherri: on Lifetime. Her film roles include: “Beauty Shop”, “Madea Goes to Jail”, “Precious”, and Think Like a Man” among many others. Her television roles include: “Less than Perfect”, “The Wedding Bells”, “Entertainment Tonight”, and “Dancing With The Stars” among many others. She was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Host of The View” in 2009 and an NAACP award in 2009 and 2011.

She grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness. Striving to follow the many rules, she often fell short and seriously disagreed with the strict regulations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. One rule she disagreed with was when the church elders told her to stop talking to her father because he began to doubt some of the things they believed. She refused to do this and turned her back on the religion. After several failed relationships, abortions, and career mishaps, she decided that she needed something more. In 1993, she gave her life to Jesus Christ.

She said of her faith in Jesus Christ and her continuous success, “I let people know I’m a Christian. It comes up naturally when I do things. If they say you did a great job, I go: ‘Thank you, Jesus.’ I do not mind saying: ‘Thank you, Jesus,’ because I’m not that good. When people hear that, they go: ‘She’s thanking Jesus a lot!’ [When I autograph] my scripts, I’ll write ‘God bless you.’ Before we go on to tape a show, I just ask people if we can say a little prayer. I’m not trying to force it on you, but I like to pray so God can make everything smooth.”

She credits the Lord for teaching her about her worth and value in Him. She said, “If I didn’t have God, I would have been dead. My faith [in God] means everything to me. God and I talk constantly. I realized that God gave me this special gift and I have to believe it.”

Her name is Sherri Shepherd.

Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si: ‘Jesus Beat the Grave and He Can Make You Beat it Too’ (Gospel Light Minute #111)

Uncle Si
Uncle Si

He is known as “Uncle Si” on the A&E TV hit, Duck Dynasty. Along with his show, he is a backwoodsman, duck hunter, and philosopher. He is the brother of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and uncle to Willie, Jase and Jep, his show co-stars. On the show, he has a penchant for telling stories that have been stretched with fiction. Growing up in Louisiana with six other brothers and sisters, his family lived in a small log cabin and were very poor. However, his older brothers fed the family by hunting and that is how the family tradition of hunting started. He has been married for over 40 years and has two children and seven grandchildren.

In an interview with LifeWay Christian Resources, he said this about his faith in God and the success of Duck Dynasty, “A lot of people say, ‘Hey, God doesn’t have a sense of humor.’ Yes, He does. God has a great sense of humor. Look at me. Look at Phil. Look at Willie. Look at Jase. God has taken four guys that look like five miles of muddy road and made them famous in the TV world. [People] ask us all the time, ‘How did you become so successful?’ That would be one answer: The Almighty is the one who has made this a success.”

While he has experienced success, he also credits God for being there for him in the difficult times. He said, “I wonder when people run into bad times, when they go to the doctor and they find out, ‘I’m dying of cancer,’ and they don’t believe in God, who do they turn to? We are all mortal. We are all going in that grave. There ain’t but one way you gonna beat it. If you’ve got something to offer me better than [Christ], I’m all ears. [Jesus] beat the grave and He promises you that since He beat it, if you believe in Him, He’ll make you beat it.” He offers his own apologetic for why he believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he said, “In the winter, things are dead and dull, but then there is an explosion of life. That’s what He promises people who believe in His Son. That’s what all the Robertsons are banking on.”

His name is Si Robertson.