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"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." - Romans 10:13
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
“Metamorphosis \me-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\ noun 1) change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means; 2) a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances”
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Kevin Murdock (today)
Kevin Murdock with his son Adam
and his daughter Brittany
Kevin Murdock (before)
Arizona Department of Corrections Inmate
“The High Cost of Sin”
Kevin Murdock was born and raised in Los Angeles. He’s the oldest of 4 children and the only son. His family did not attend church while he was growing up. Kevin’s dad was a salesman and he changed jobs frequently. His mom was a full time homemaker until he was in his early teens and then she started working part time to help the family financially. As a teen, Kevin was involved in Boy Scouts and his dad was the Scoutmaster. Scouting was a significant part of Kevin’s teen years in terms of developing friendships, outdoor skills and leadership. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His parents separated when he was 18 and neither of them remarried.
At age 22, Kevin went to a Bible study with some friends and eventually prayed a sinner’s prayer and began attending church. 2 years later, he graduated from U.S.C. with a Business degree and then proposed marriage to Danielle, his girlfriend of several years. A few years after getting married, they moved to Mesa, Arizona because housing and the cost of living was more affordable here. They attended a mega church in Mesa for 16 years.
From the outside, Kevin’s life looked pretty good… Married with 2 kids. Stable job. Involved at church. Owned a home and 2 cars. Money in the bank. Planning for retirement… BUT, everything isn’t always as it appears! For many years of his marriage, Kevin led a double life. He presented a public persona to his family and friends and co-workers as clean and wholesome, but also had a private/secretive life that was dirty and perverted and unrighteous. Kevin says he knew this was not the proper way to live and yet was unwilling to repent from his sinful behavior and completely surrender himself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This internal battle left Kevin feeling hopeless about the future.
The Bible promises “…and be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23b), and states that the pleasures of sin are temporary/fleeting (Hebrews 11:25). Kevin now says, “I deceived many people, but I never deceived God. God loved me too much to let me stay in that place of secret sin.” In 2003, Kevin was busted! He broke the law and got caught in his sin and ultimately was sentenced to 5 years in Prison + Probation for Life. The cost of sin is extremely high! Kevin literally lost everything… his marriage of 19 years; relationship with his children, relatives and friends; his home and possessions; his job/career; 5 years of his life while he was locked up; his credibility; his reputation.
But then Jesus…
September 8, 2003. This is the day that Kevin got caught and was also the day that Kevin finally surrendered his heart completely to Jesus Christ. He asked Jesus to forgive him and he humbly repented and Jesus took the broken mess that was Kevin’s life and began a process of rebuilding and restoration. Praise God! While he was locked up in jail and prison, he spent much of his time reading & studying the Bible and praying, which laid a spiritual foundation that has helped him to this day. The year before his release from prison, he was moved to a yard in Florence that just so happened to be visited each month by the Prison Ministry Team from The Door Church in Tempe. Kevin says that God orchestrated that prison move because He was drawing Kevin to this specific church body. His Pastor Mark Aulson often says, “God’s Will has an address,” and Kevin will attest that this church is where God wanted him. In January 2008, Kevin was released from prison and began attending The Door Tempe. He immediately felt welcome, accepted, and not judged. Public testimonies are regularly spoken at this church, and Kevin began to realize he wasn’t the only person with a shameful past that Jesus Christ had saved and forgiven. He was water baptized after a Sunday Evening church service and that single act of submission really locked him in to the Tempe congregation.
Today Kevin is a changed man. He’s experiencing contentment in the present and has peace about his future. God has blessed him with a great job and has provided opportunities to serve in ministry at his church. Over the last many years, several relationships have been restored! Noteworthy has been his relationships with his son, Adam and daughter, Brittany. The 3 of them now work closely together at the same company and even bowled on the same team in a bowling league. Kevin says that this journey has caused him to learn much about God and what’s truly important in this life. He’s grateful that Jesus Christ “came into the world to save sinners,” (1 Timothy 1:15)