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Sometimes it's hard to be thankful.

November 14, 2016

“I think suffering either makes you angry or grateful.” -Ed

For those of us who are suffering, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time of year. Please watch Grateful, and if it brings you some comfort, share it with a friend.


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Flannel Stories - Jen...Update

July 8, 2015

The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 23.19

After watching BASIC Fear God Jen realized she could let go of her past and because she feared God, she had nothing to fear. She "found the fear that leads to life" discussed in the book of Proverbs.

Since we filmed Jen's story she and her husband felt God calling them to Uganda to care for and disciple orphans. They are leaving today. Please pray for Jen, Brain and their 3 children as they relocate. Specifically they ask you to pray:

  • That God will continue to lead them in extraordinary ways, surprising them with grace upon grace and encouragement, as they need it.
  • That they will represent the Lord well among new friends and relationships, and that He will guide them as they learn to respond to the need in their presence.
  • That their family will remain unified they learn an entire new culture, foods, sight, sounds and experiences.
  • And pray for courage for their 3 girls to remain strong in the Lord's grip when they are uncomfortable and experiencing fear.


Please watch Jen's story and pray for them often.

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Flannel Story | Cindy

July 7, 2015


Cindy was diagnosed with lymphangioleiomyomatosis or LAM, a rare terminal lung disease which destroys lung tissue in women. There is no cure and it gets worse over time. Shortly after being diagnosed, Cindy received an email inviting her to watch Ed’s Story. Please watch and see what Cindy decided to do.

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Are you happy with your identity as ________?

June 17, 2015

Flannel Stories. Kevin

Sometimes our world seems upside down. There are no absolutes and truth can be whatever we want it to be. If we are not happy about our own identity, we can somehow virtually change our DNA and be something else. What would it look like if we understood that our DNA came from our creator?

Kevin left his abusive home at 14, became addicted to heroin and meth, was homeless and a homosexual prostitute. One day someone literally took him by the arm to a Salvation Army chapel where they showed the very first Flannel film. The Holy Spirit used that opportunity to show Kevin his true identity as God’s child.

Kevin went on to evangelize homeless people on the streets of Portland, Oregon where he spent most of his life. A few years ago he was tragically robbed and murdered while helping a homeless man. Kevin died alone with no family to bury him. But the good news is Kevin found his true identity and is now home with his Father!

Please watch Kevin’s story and if you are able, help us continue carry out our mission to tell the world the way of Jesus in new and creative ways.



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Do you want to be filled with joy and peace?

June 8, 2015

True Beauty Deny Yourself – Full Length Film

Jesus had some pretty difficult words for his followers. He said, “… any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”  He talked about denying yourself. But we live in an “all-about-me” world, so how in the world are we supposed to deny ourselves? Is it possible that by denying yourself you can find joy and peace? Watch True Beauty Deny Yourself and find out.

The True Beauty films invite you into an authentic conversation about God’s Word. Together with Lisa, you will explore the spiritual practices and truths of living life in Christ. Each film in the series weaves Lisa’s teaching with another woman’s story of discovery. Rich in Scripture and practical application, these unique films point you to the freeing discovery that true beauty lies in the heart.  Get the whole series for just $7.49.

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"I'm not thankful for ALS. But in the midst of it, I can be thankful."

May 18, 2015

“I’m not thankful for ALS. But in the midst of it, I can be thankful.”

Every time we hear from someone who has been impacted by Ed’s Story, we’re overwhelmed with gratitude all over again. Recently we spoke with a woman named Mary (whose name we’ve changed for confidentiality purposes) who is suffering from a terminal form of lung cancer. She told us that she is not a Christian and even though she never reads or views “Christian” material, Ed’s Story spoke to her deeply. She contacted us to request permission to show Ed’s Story to her support group for those who have been diagnosed with terminal illness. We’re grateful for Mary’s courage and her care for those in her life who are suffering.

During the month of May we’ll be donating 10% of all Ed’s Story proceeds to St. Mary’s Foundation, one of Ed’s favorite ALS foundations. Please support Ed’s Story and St. Mary’s by purchasing Ed’s Story today. If you already own the series, please share it with someone new by selecting the gift option at check out, or donate today by clicking here.

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How can we encourage others during ALS Awareness Month?

May 11, 2015

ALS Awareness Month – Be There from Flannel Staff on Vimeo.

ALS Awareness Month reminds us that we aren’t alone in our struggle, whether it be with ALS, another disease, or other difficult life issues. We aren’t alone. Ed teaches us in the third film of the series, Be There, that sometimes it is best to simply “show up and shut up” with those who are suffering, in order to bring the best possible encouragement and comfort.

During the month of May, we’ll be donating 10% of Ed’s Story proceeds to Ed’s favorite ALS charity, St. Mary’s Foundation. We’re proud to support their work and research on behalf of those who have been diagnosed with ALS. The complete Ed’s Story download bundle is on sale for just $10, click here to buy now and join us in sharing hope and supporting ALS research today.

If you already have the flims, don’t forget that you can select the gift option at check out to share Ed’s Story with others, or you can donate here.

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How to find hope in the midst of suffering.

May 4, 2015

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS. They don’t know what causes it and there is no cure. When you are told you are dying and the process of dying is awful, there is not much hope in that. Ed Dobson was given 2 to 5 years to live and that was over 13 years ago. Although Ed is now on a feeding tube and needs full time care, he remains full of hope.

May is ALS Awareness month and  we are donating 10% of all Ed’s Story proceeds to one of Ed’s favorite ALS related charities, the St. Mary’s Foundation. They provide assistance to ALS patients in need at one of the country’s finest ALS clinics. Please help Ed share his story of hope with the world. Watch It Ain’t Over for free and share it with a friend. Purchase Ed’s Story films today to help Ed’s Story be shared around the world and help a great cause.

Donate to Ed’s Story to help share his message of hope around the world. I want to help Ed share his message of hope.

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Jesus is the answer for the world today!

March 20, 2015

BASIC Follow Jesus – Fishers of Men – CLIP from Flannel Staff on Vimeo.

And He said to them, “Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

Through Easter we are giving away downloads of BASIC Follow Jesus. Please take a download and get another for a friend. Free. No limit. And remember with your download you get free access to the Flannel Cloud to watch your film from any\all of your WiFi enabled devices.

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From Convict in U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth to Pastor in San Francisco

January 30, 2015

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Yesterday many of you joined us for Free Film Wednesday. In Not of this World, you met Carolyn. Her husband Shawn was convicted of a felony and taken to a prison across the country. She was 9 months pregnant and had a young child to care for. Despite all of this she stood by him.

While Shawn was in Leavenworth, he (and dozens of other convicts) read Francis Chan’s Crazy LoveUpon his release to a halfway house in San Francisco, he literally bumped into Francis. Carolyn shared the mind-boggling story of what happened next. In this this behind-the-scenes clip, Shawn will tell you more about it. Please watch.

Oh, and a couple of years after we filmed this, Shawn became a pastor and the Director of a ministry called Project Bayview.

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