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Clay was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord at age 13. Active in church all through college, Clay married his high school sweetheart, Renee. Clay’s life seemed perfect on the outside, but no one knew he had a secret obsession with pornography. When he married Renee, Clay didn’t think he had a problem. In the middle of his successful career, Clay says pornography crept back into his life. In 1998, Clay knew the problem had to be broken.
On a return flight from Seattle, Clay had time to reflect on his secret sin. “I needed to clean up my life,” says Clay. “I never committed adultery, but I knew it was going to happen. Pornography is one thing, but it only leads to a physical reality,” he says.
The next step was to tell Renee. After baring his soul, Clay says they had a long time of confession, tears and prayer. Renee forgave Clay, but the healing wasn’t overnight.
In 2001, Clay and Renee started HolyHomes Ministries. “What started out as the darkest day in our marriage, turned out to be a wake-up call,” says Clay.
Clay and Renee travel to marriage events and colleges. Renee speaks to the women; Clay speaks to the men. “Everytime we share, it’s effective,” says Clay. “We pray that God continues to equip us and send us to people who need this message. God did such a dramatic remodeling in our marriage and we want others to know that He wants to do the same for them,” says Clay.
The concept is simple, but Clay says keeping a marriage healthy takes work, commitment, willingness and sacrifice. “We’re here to offer hope to anyone who comes looking for help,” says Clay. “This all came from God healing our marriage a few years ago.”
“I’m coming back to the heart of worship.”
This is how Clay Crosse has described his past few years. “Worship
has become who I am and what I do.” How fitting for someone
as talented as Clay to turn his time and talents to God with his
project, Eternity With You: Live Worship.
It all started in 1998 when Clay sat down with his wife Renee
to admit to her that he was not walking closely with the Lord.
Out of that conversation and months of healing, Clay and Renee
both rededicated their lives and homes back to the Lord. “It
has been an amazing time of growth for us. We have seen God’s
hand leading us the whole way.”
It may appear that Clay had put away his music, but it couldn’t
be further from the truth. During the past few years, Clay has
remained busy traveling on the road as well as being part of the
critically acclaimed projects, David, Ordinary Man, Extraordinary
God and Lullaby’s (Discovery House).
Clay and Renee have also spent the past year writing their yet
to be titled book which will tell their story and give practical
ways for readers to grow closer in their walk with God. The book
will release next summer on Navpress. And if this weren’t
enough, Clay has spent the past two years leading worship at The
Love Of Christ Community Church (TLC) in Memphis, TN.
truly has been the highlight of my ministry. I used to view myself
as an entertainer. Then God changed my heart. He gave me an assignment
that has brought more purpose than ever before. I am thankful
everyday to be a part of leading the local body.”
Now Clay is ready to open more doors. Eternity With You
is Clay’s first live project and was recorded at the historic
Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN.
“We had a blast recording
this CD, but the best part was being able to worship with my home
church friends as we made this live project.... Mostly I
want [people] to hear my testimony, to understand my heart and be
drawn closer to our Father. That is why I keep doing what I love
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