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.
June 8, 2015
True Beauty Deny Yourself – Full Length Film from Flannel Staff on Vimeo.
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 $14.97.
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2015
For over a decade now, Flannel has been telling the world the way of Jesus in new and creative ways. Last year we shared free films with people in 161 countries. We could not do this without you. We need your help right now in order for us to continue. We have the following immediate needs:
- • Ed’s Story is an incredible message of hope for anyone experiencing suffering. Ed’s Story is our most far-reaching series; it has been viewed by atheists, pastors and everyone in between. This series has also been our most difficult to fund. We have approximately $60,000 in unpaid bills on Ed’s Story. A few months ago we announced that we were challenged to raise $30,000 to be matched, making it possible to pay for the production of Ed’s Story. To date we have raised $17,800 leaving an urgent need of $12,200. Please help us finish paying for the production of Ed’s Story.
- • God on Campus (working title) is our next series. There are about 20 million college students in the U.S. and over 100 million worldwide. God on Campus aims to help these students connect the dots between their studies and their faith. Please help us film God on Campus.
- • Annual Fund. Your gifts to our annual fund enable us to continue telling the world the way of Jesus in new and creative ways. These funds help pay our staff, develop new films, and maintain our websites that reach hundreds of thousand of people around the world. We need your help today.
Thank you for being part of the Flannel family.
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 Love. Upon 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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Attention gentlemen, it’s time to buy a Valentine’s Day present (ladies have already done so). This year, we suggest a book that may add a new perspective on your relationship. In their new book, You and Me Forever, Francis and Lisa Chan set aside typical topics on marriage, and dive into scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our soul.
The Chan’s are giving 100% of the net proceeds from You and Me Forever to various ministries that include providing food, shelter, and rehabilitation for thousands of orphaned children and exploited women around the world.
Order You and Me Forever now to have it by Valentines Day. And just for fun, if you want to know what “Titanic and DiCaprio” has to do with any of this, watch this.
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January 29, 2015
True Beauty Deny Yourself Behind the Scenes
Yesterday thousands of you in 80 countries watched True Beauty Deny Yourself. In the film you met Irene who shared her personal journey; a beautiful story that has made a dramatic impact on dozens of children who had no hope.
Today I invite you to watch the rest of the story. In this behind-the-scenes clip you will meet Irene’s husband Domingo. Domingo was an abusive alcoholic who reached the end of his rope. He made a bargain with God and his story will inspire you. Please watch.
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