Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the daughter of Arthur S. DeMoss, the wealthy business tycoon and namesake of the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation. DeMoss made his fortune in the insurance business by mass marketing policies via television ads hosted by Art Linkletter. The Foundation named after DeMoss still contributes millions of dollars each year to worthy causes.
Nancy Leigh is host of a national radio program called Revive Our Hearts. She is coming to Immanuel this fall to lead a women’s conference. Her sister Deborah is part of our Immanuel family. This week Deborah sent me the radio transcripts from Nancy’s teaching on Ruth to help in my study of this fabulous book.
While teaching from chapter 2 and thinking about the favored status of Ruth, Nancy Leigh affectionately describes her dad this way. “He was a man who never got over the wonder of the fact that God would have saved him. It never ceased to amaze him. He knew his background, and he told us about it growing up.”
“My dad did not have a heart for God,” she goes on to say. “He was a rebel, a wild young man, very involved in gambling and in a lot of rebellion. On Friday, October 13, 1950, God opened his eyes, showed him Christ, and brought him to repentance and faith.”
“He was a young man in his mid-twenties at the time. He had not started our family at the time, but as we were growing up, he would tell us the story of where God had found him and what God had done for him. It would bring tears to his eyes.”
“I mean, it just amazed him, even years later, that God would do this for him. When you asked my dad, ‘How are you doing?’ he would often be heard to say, ‘Better than I deserve.’”
Like Ruth, Art DeMoss was surprised by God’s favor. What about you?