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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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"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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The solution to racial injustice

December 22, 2014

ED’S STORY Grateful

As we close out 2014 headlines across the country are filled with stories of racial injustice.  The sad headlines from New York this past weekend remind us that we live in a broken world. Public figures tell us how to react and how to respond and yet the cycle somehow continues.

In the midst of all this I am reminded of two men, Ed Dobson and Pastor Clifton Rhodes. A white man and a black man who over 20 plus years have developed a bond so strong, they consider themselves brothers. They have the answer we are all searching for; the only answer to racial injustice is living like Jesus!

Please watch their short film Grateful and share it with a friend during this Christmas season.
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Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Flannel!

November 24, 2014

This Thanksgiving please gather a few friends and watch ED’S STORY Grateful. Then share it on Facebook, Twitter and by email!

Streaming free until December 1.

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Jesus said: "You are Healed"

November 5, 2014

Ed’s Story Healing Trailer

Jesus said, “You are Healed.”

With the premiere of Healing now only a week away, we wanted to share a bit of the finished film with you.

We believe Healing to be the most profound of the Ed’s Story films. Ed’s insights on what the Bible tells us about healing will be a comfort to all who watch this film.

Ed’s Story has impacted thousands of lives worldwide. This would not be possible without your continued support. Thank you for helping to share Ed’s message of hope and healing!

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Free Film to Honor our Favorite Pastors--And Yours!

October 23, 2014

Pastors Dobson and Rhodes


We cannot let Pastor Appreciation Month go by without acknowledging two pastors that are very special to us! Pastor Ed Dobson and Pastor Clifton Rhodes are featured in our recently released sixth film, Grateful, in the Ed’s Story series. Beyond having a shared passion for teaching and shepherding people, they have another thing in common. They both are battling the debilitating affects of ALS on their bodies. But while their illness robs them of many things, it only increases their gratitude. As Ed says, “Suffering can either make you angry or grateful–and I’m grateful.” 

We would like to help you express your gratitude for a special pastor or spiritual leader in your life.  To honor these people, we are giving you the opportunity to share the download of Grateful for free through the end of October. To receive the free film, use coupon code PASTOR to checkout at Simply forward this post and coupon code along to these very special people, and include a note of gratitude to let them know how they’ve impacted your life!

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Ed's Story is our Story - You can continue it's impact worldwide!

October 10, 2014

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As a non-profit ministry, the mission of Flannel is not to sell films. The mission of Flannel is to tell the message of Jesus in new and creative ways through film. We receive calls and emails on a daily basis with stories of how one of our films has impacted someone. One recent email came from Randy, diagnosed earlier this year with ALS. His wife is also dealing with some serious medical issues. They live in France. Because of their story, we felt compelled to share a sneak peek of the upcoming Ed’s Story film, Grateful. Here is some of what Randy shared with us after viewing the film:

“What a powerful film! Through my tears there is a great joy, despite seeing the progression of ALS in Ed. I too want to thank the Lord for waking me up each morning, even though there are days where I would rather He take me home. The verse that comes to mind is Philippians 3:10 –

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

God knows the many tears that I have shed since January. He endured unimaginable pain for me, and then ultimately overcame pain and death through His resurrection. I look forward to seeing Him when He calls me home. Until then, I want to remain faithful in all that He does allow me to do and say.

I so wish that Ed and I could sit down and talk and have a coffee together, but we’ll have eternity to do that! Thanks again for your prayers. They mean so much to us.”

This is why Flannel exists! Your support is what allows us to continue sharingEd’s Story with people like Randy in France, and others around the world! We would ask that you join us in keeping Randy and his wife in your prayers.

In anticipation of the October 15 release of the sixth film, Grateful, a generous friend of Flannel has offered to match any donations to Ed’s Story up to $30,000. Would you please consider a gift to Ed’s Story right now? More than ever, your gift will allow us to continue sharing this powerful film series that speaks to the hope and healing found only in Jesus. Thank you for your support!

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We invite you to view this short clip from the sixth Ed’s Story film, Grateful:

September 16, 2014


ED’S STORY Grateful Clip.

It has been three years since we released the first Ed’s Story film, It Ain’t Over, and we’re pleased to announce that on October 15, we will be premiering Grateful online!

So much has happened since that first film released. Ed’s ALS has progressed. He now uses a feeding tube, and just a week or so after we filmed the dialog for the final two films, Ed lost most of his voice. Chef Rod (from the third film, Be There) has gone to be with the Lord. And one of Ed’s good friends, Pastor Clifton Rhodes, has also been diagnosed with ALS. Pastor Rhodes’ diagnosis was a shock to all of us. For years, we had hoped to film part of Grateful at Pastor Rhodes’ church, where Ed and Lorna attend. We had wanted to film there because Ed has learned so much at that place about being truly grateful. You will meet Pastor Rhodes and his congregation in the film and see for yourself why we felt this piece of Ed’s jouney needed to be shared!

The Ed’s Story series would not have been possible without your support and donations! You have allowed Ed to share his message of hope around the world through film. We received the funds needed to film the final two episodes, Grateful and Healing, both of which will be released before this Thanksgiving. However, we still have remaining financial obligations from the films My Garden and Ask Forgiveness. A generous donor has offered to help us finish this series debt free! They have offered to match $30,000 in donations, which would allow us to pay off our Ed’s Story bills. Doing so would give us the ability to reach even more people with Ed’s message of hope and healing all over the world!

Please donate today and help us share Ed’s Story!


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