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Electrocuted By A Power-line 14,000 VOLTS - Matt Manzari

Electrocuted By A Power-line 14,000 VOLTS - Matt Manzari

January 7, 2022

Matt Manzari is a walking miracle. He shares his story of surviving two life threatening accidents, the second of which he was electrocuted with over 14,000 volts of electricity. Thank you for being a part of this community of storytellers. He wears his scars on his arms for the whole world to see, but some of the deepest scars that we have are unseen.  But remember this, God's allowed Jesus to be scarred on the cross that we may have Hope for ours. #yourstorymatters

We've created an amazing award winning film on his life actually called MIRACLE MATT and now we're releasing a Story-Driven Curriculum based on the film called SCARRED FOR GOOD! You do NOT want to miss out on this resource. Whether you're an individual or a group, this film and series will help you deepen your understanding of your own personal story. You matter, and your story is needed! Trust us, and get started discovering what we already know and believe is in you!

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”GOD BROUGHT ME THROUGH MY DARKEST NIGHT” - Gary Copeland

”GOD BROUGHT ME THROUGH MY DARKEST NIGHT” - Gary Copeland

November 30, 2021

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IN THIS EPISODE

 Although Gary was a Christian since a young age, he faced a battle with depression that caught him by surprise in recent years. Listen in to discover how God carried him through one of the darkest nights of his life.

Battling with depression and insecurities was very new to Gary. It came soon after he had broken his neck from a tragic fall on his head. Dealing with physical pain, lack of mobility and Bells Palsey in his face created a culmination of feelings that took a tole on Gary's mental health and his emotional health. But his story didn't end with him being defeated by the enemy, but rather God's word and Gary's determined faith brought him out of his recovery stronger spiritually and with a renewed tenderness for people who've gone through depression or struggled with insecurities.

Gary prayed for a miracle every day for months, yet he didn't receive it, at least not the one he was praying for. Instead, Gary's neck was repaired via surgery, screws and physical therapy, but through his recovery and brokenness physically, God revealed a deeper healing that Gary needed and received which was having grace and a better understanding of what people go through who are struggling with addictions, depression or other emotional pain.

Gary also shares a story of how his wife, Janie was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was given 6 months to live, but this time as Gary & Janie and family prayed, God did bring a miracle. Janie was fully healed of cancer and is praising God 11 years later.

Hopefully you are encouraged by listening to Gary's story. Please subscribe to the channel, like and review the podcast and.... REMEMBER...You story matters more than you know! Enjoy this episode! Remember you have a story and it matters more than you know!!! #yourstorymattersmorethanyouknow

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GOD WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU / BOBBY JOINER

GOD WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU / BOBBY JOINER

November 8, 2021
Bobby Joiner shares his story of how his faith came early at the age of 12, but something happened shortly after that played a role in his decision to choose a different path, walking away from God.  He pursued his own pleasures, and in his words, "I made a lot of stupid decisions."  15 years later after being hurt, offended and frustrated about his story, God would use his wife, Debbie to get him studying the Bible which not only restored his faith, but changed his life course altogether.  

His biggest discovery was the God he walked away from was not the God of the Bible. In fact, God was opposite of what Bobby thought.  "I went on a diligent pursuit of reading the Bible which truly brought me into a personal fellowship again with God."

Bobby went on to serve God 30 plus years in prison ministry and serving as Winter Jam Tour pastor to some of the greatest Christian Music bands in the world.  His vulnerability and passion for God is a safe and trusting place for many Christian Music stars to confide in and remain steadfast in their faith. To this we can all thank God for people like Bobby who are unashamed of their past failures in light of what God can do when we open up and accept people where they are.

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As you listen into this episode, ask yourself a few questions to see if you're on track with what God wants to do in your life?
1. How can you demonstrate openness to where others are at?
2. Are you aware of the people God has put in your life to save you or grow you spiritually? 
3. What take aways can you draw personally from this interview.

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Maren Morris Band Member Matt Butler

Maren Morris Band Member Matt Butler

October 22, 2021
In This Episode,

You will hear the behind the scenes with one of the best in music yet one of the most humble people you could ever meet.  Matt Butler has played with some of the greatest in Country Music and Christian Music, but you would never know it.  This guy doesn't even have an instagram. You'll have to find more about him through his joint social media which his lovely wife, Ashlee Butler posts for them. @butlermattandashlee.

Currently, Matt is the newest member of the Maren Morris band, playing keyboards/B3 & Cello.  He has toured the country and even parts of the world on his new adventure in country music, but if you're a Christian you likely remember him from 10+ years as lead singer of the band, NewSong.  He toured a band director for the country's largest Christian tour called Winter Jam. Perhaps you'e heard of it?

God has not only gifted Matt musically, but as you will hear, given him a calling to be a light in mainstream music. As he put it, "I wake up everyday and say Lord, how can I serve these people today?"  It is rare to find someone like Matt who shares the stage with the rich and famous yet walks humbly before the Lord and others.

As you listen into this episode, ask yourself a few questions to see if you're on track with what God wants to do in your life?
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Ashlee Butler‘s Story

Ashlee Butler‘s Story

October 14, 2021
"Being married to a musician it's easy to believe my husband has a good story, but me..who would want to hear my story?

IN THIS EPISODE Ashlee Butler will win you over with her contagious spirit and humble heart and you will see why we care so deeply about every story.  The temptation to dismiss our story because we feel like no one would want to hear it, is a very real temptation for anyone to believe.  Do you think this about your story?

Ashlee grew up watching her dad have a powerful impact on peoples' lives and believes God uses her husband to do the same on a global stage with music, however before agreeing to come on this episode, she wandered who would care about her story.  Well, we hope you will rally with us and show Ashlee a lot of love and support for being willing to share her story.  

 
"I wish I could be a fly on the wall in that person's life?"  
In many ways Ashlee is that fly on the wall in supporting her husband who is on the main stage touring with Maren Morris and has previously been on tours, records and stages with many of the top Country and Christian Music stars.  It's easy for someone to think she's crazy for not believing in her story.  However, when the music fades and the lights go out, normal life kicks in for us all and we need to hear how God works in Ashlee's story so we can learn and grow in our personal stories.  

She took a leap of faith in her 20's, overcoming a huge fear of what other people would think if she opened up about what was really going on.  This begins her journey with God and how He lifted what felt like the weight of the world on her shoulders.  Year's later, now married and a mother a two, Ashley is a reflection of God's promise to us all, that in this world we will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome this world.  She has a beautiful heart and a powerful story.

Enjoy this episode!
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HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY - Kristi O. Johnson // From Hall Of Fame athlete to Prison.

HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY - Kristi O. Johnson // From Hall Of Fame athlete to Prison.

October 2, 2021

As a World Champion athlete, Kristi shares her story of how she dealt with fear and anxiety throughout her career. To sum up our interview and the depths of inner struggles, Kristi says, "I could be at the top, having just won an elite title and walk away and feel like a failure." "People pleasing, Performance and Perfectionism almost killed me..."

Do you ever feel like your'e not good enough? Are you exhausted in life? Could you use some encouragement in your story? Are you feeling stuck in your life and wondering how to have a relationship with God? If so, take a listen to Kristi's share how her story took a shift and she found peace through a real and personal relationship with God.

 

Thanks for listening & remember Your Story Matters More Than You Know.

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”When I realized Christianity was about God‘s love, not my performance.” - NATE MILLER

”When I realized Christianity was about God‘s love, not my performance.” - NATE MILLER

September 21, 2021

IN THIS EPISODE NATE OPENS UP ABOUT: Performance based faith // Family Stress // Being Real and Humble // Taking Off the Mask // Discovering God's Love // How To Endure Hardships // God's Goodness // YWAM & Tricking His Daughter

Nate Miller, President of In His Wakes shares his personal story of how he lived in fear of going to Hell at a young age, but later in life discovered God's love was unconditional and it changed his life!

Nate also shares about how God truly showed up in his life in his adult years to grow his faith even more. #yourstorymattersmorethanyouknow As the leader of In His Wakes, Nate and team and volunteers bring true love to at-risk youth and adults all across the country. Get involved.

Check out their website below and get involved in an outreach event somewhere in your area. https://www.inhiswakes.com

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A CRAZY LOVE STORY BUT A PAINFUL JOURNEY

A CRAZY LOVE STORY BUT A PAINFUL JOURNEY

September 16, 2021

If you haven't met her, this is Emily Copeland Durham. She's a LEGEND and HALL OF FAMER in Profesional Wakeboarding.  Yes, I'm partially biased as her husband, but seriously there aren't many people on the planet like this beautiful woman.  I'll brag just a little bit on her insane athletic talents. She turned pro at the age of 14, and was Rookiee Of The Year.  At age 16 she was sponsored by Nike, the youngest female athlete to be sponsored by Nike at the time.  She's also won ever major world title in her sport from X-Games Gold Medal, to World Champion to everything in between...

BUT CHECK IT OUT: This podcast is NOT about these things. These are temporary accomplishments. If we're not careful, we'll miss knowing Emily, the REAL, life after X, Emily.  This stuff...It all fades away, right! And yeh, it is all gone! The fame has faded. The money stopped coming in... The sponsors left.

BUT, GOOD NEWS IS HERE: This show is about something far more lasting...KNOWING GOD, and his promises and finding your purpose in life.

In this episode of the This Is My Story Podcast, Emily will be joining me as we share the CRAZY LOVE STORY of how we met, and YES, how I first saw Emily in a magazine and said I was going to marry her.  Stick around to the end of this episode because the fairytale beginning was all but a blip in our memory as we walked through the most painful part of our journey together.

Have you ever wanted something so bad but it just never happened? Perhaps it's getting married? Not landing that higher paying job? Not getting the scholarship to School?  

Is there a painful part of your story that no matter what you can't see to make sense of or find answers for?

Do you ever feel like everyone else you seems to be getting ahead or has it all together?

Well if you can relate to any of the questions above, just know that you are not alone.  Everyone struggles with situations that take us on a painful journey asking God, "WHERE ARE YOU GOD?"

For Emily and I is was our desire to have children. We wanted nothing more but to have children, only to find out we had zero percent chance of it ever happening.

I want you to remember, that God doesn't cause the pain or the suffering, but if we allow him he can walk through it with us and see us to the other side.  Eventually, after years of sorrow, sadness and shedding of many tears, God first provided us with our daughter Hope and a couple year later we adopted our son. 

Although it was unbearable pain at times...God was at work and He's at work in your life to, if you'll look for Him.

Enjoy this episode! Remember you have a story and it matters more than you know!!!

Interview with Mike Cortes - 911 Survivor‘s Guilt

Interview with Mike Cortes - 911 Survivor‘s Guilt

September 12, 2021

In this episode, I interview a New York Firefighter who was fresh out of the fire academy when 911 happened. At 20 years old, Mike was suppose to be working his shift that very day. However, just a couple of days before the attacks in the city, Mike called a fellow fireman to see if he'd trade shifts. Listen in as Mike shares how he's dealt with survivors guilt. Not only did his friend die in the collapsed building, but his entire company did. Although we could never hear all the stories from 911, I believe Mike gives us a glimpse into what the journey was like for many people from around the world. This is a story that every person on the planet should hear because it's the wake up call we all need....TODAY IS A GIFT. TOMORROW IS NEVER PROMISED.

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Interview with Emily Copeland-Durham - Finding Your True Identity

Interview with Emily Copeland-Durham - Finding Your True Identity

July 23, 2021

In this episode, I interview my beautiful bride, Emily Copeland-Durham.  We talk about how we met. I said I was going to marry her before we ever met. Thanks for listening to this episode and leaning in with us on our podcast journey through stories.  What I admire about Emily more than anything is her disciplined life and her relationship with God. Let us know what your take aways are, or how you were impacted by her story? Also in the comments, be sure to ask some questions that didn't get discussed in this interview and we'll cover them in a future episode with Emily. Thanks for listening!

 

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