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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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View a clip from the new Ed's Story film, Grateful!

June 26, 2014

Pastor Clifton Rhodes

In the early 1990’s, Ed met Dr. Clifton Rhodes, pastor of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church. Through a collaborative outreach, these two men developed a deep and lasting friendship. When ALS forced Ed to step down from his pulpit, he often attended Pastor Rhodes church. It was from Pastor Rhodes and his congregation that Ed learned important lessons about being grateful. Please watch this clip of Pastor Rhodes as he describes meeting Ed for the first time.

You have made it possible for Ed’s Story to be filmed and shared all over the world. As we go into the final production stages of the last two films, you can help us finish strong! Please donate towards Ed’s Story today.


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Thank you, Lord, for waking me up this morning!

May 22, 2014

(Our post-production guru, Joel, working on clips for the upcoming film.)


May is ALS Awareness Month. As Ed describes it:

“ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a degenerative disease, which means it gets worse and worse. Eventually it affects swallowing, chewing, breathing, and when the lungs go you end up dying. They don’t know what causes it and there’s no cure. Basically, they said, you have two to five years to live.”

Ed has now lived with ALS for over 13 years. Because of generous individuals like you, we were recently able to film episode 6 of Ed’s Story–Grateful. If you are like me, you’re wondering how Ed can be grateful while dying from such a terrible, debilitating disease. I invite you to watch a few clips from the upcoming film, Grateful, here.

I am grateful for Ed and I am grateful for you! You have made it possible for us to film Ed’s Story. I must admit, there have been many moments over the past couple of years when I haven’t been all that grateful. We have worked for years to complete the filming of Ed’s Story. Raising funds for these films has been surprisingly difficult. I wanted these films completed and released a long time ago. Two years ago, we had planned to film Grateful at an inner-city church in town where Ed learned about gratefulness from Pastor Rhodes and his congregation. Ed began attending Pastor Rhodes church. He soon discovered that Pastor Rhodes and many in his congregation begin their prayers with, “Thank you Lord for waking me up this morning”. Ed learned an unexpected lesson about the connection between suffering and being grateful. Over the years, Ed and Pastor Rhodes have formed a deep bond. Ed asked Pastor Rhodes to do his funeral when the time came and Pastor Rhodes said the same back to Ed, not knowing what the future would hold. That was many years ago, and their friendship has only deepened over time. Recently, Pastor Rhodes learned that he, too, is fighting the same health battle with ALS, only his is progressing much more rapidly.

I wanted this film finished two years ago. God wanted something else. I believe now the final two Ed’s Story films will be much more meaningful because of the events that have transpired during our wait. Thanks to you, we were able to film Ed’s dialog for both films 6 and 7 about a month ago. As it turns out, we finished with only about a week to spare. Ed is losing his voice and now has difficulty speaking more than a sentence or two at a time.

I thank you for your help in making Ed’s Story possible. We still have many bills to pay and more post-production expenses to cover. Please help us finish strong.


Steve Carr
Executive Director

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True Beauty - Film 2

October 11, 2012

The second film in the True Beauty series—Deny Yourself—is now filming.

The second film in the True Beauty series is in production! The second film is called Deny Yourself. In this film, Lisa will be examining Jesus words: “If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” Obviously these words are hard to even imagine in our “it’s all about me” culture. Once again, we will weave Lisa’s teaching with the story of a woman who has real-life experience with the topic at hand. This time we will meet Irene, and her story is incredibly powerful and beautiful!

So if you want to see what we are up to, follow us on Facebook and see some behind the scenes pictures over the next couple of weeks!

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Ed's Story - Final Two Films

Help us finish filming Ed's Story

We have some good news and some not-so-good news on Ed’s Story.

The good news is that Ed’s Story will be on TV in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. We are thrilled that Ed’s message of hope will be shared around the world!

The not-so-good news is that we still do not have the funds to complete the series. If you can, please help us finish Ed’s Story by donating here.

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Flannel Newsletter | November 2011

November 29, 2011

Flannel 2012

A Catalyst

In 2007, we did quite a bit of planning. Our staff met a number of times to assess how we were doing and to dream about the future. In January 2008, our board of directors made it official. We developed a vision statement.

“By 2012, Flannel will become a catalyst for highly creative people who share our desire to communicate the way of Jesus to the world. In addition to NOOMA, we will be fulfilling our mission with more speakers and formats.”

Praise God, we did it! Since January of 2008 we have released 6 of the 7 films in our BASIC series with Francis Chan along with 2 small group experiences, Who Is God and We Are Church. We have also released 5 of 7 films in the Ed’s Story series with Ed Dobson. We could not have done any of this without your prayers and support. Thank you!

New Projects for 2012

In 2012, we will be releasing 2 new series.

True Beauty

This is a film series we are creating with Lisa Chan that focuses on lies women have been taught and the freedom that results when you replace the lie with truth as told to us through Scripture. Our culture has placed expectations on women that are, quite frankly, impossible to meet. To understand what I am talking about, all you have to do is walk through the check-out line at your local grocery store. You can learn anything you need to know about improving your looks, your career, your love life, and more. The only problem is, most of what is projected from magazine stands is the exact opposite of what Scripture tells us. While this series is meant for women, it has a lot to say to all of us. Check out this short film from Dove that inspires us in our quest to reveal true beauty.

Dove - "Evolution"

Once you hear from Lisa, we think you will agree with us that she is a gifted communicator. While you have probably never heard her, she has taught women in her church for years. She has a passion to share with other women what God has put on her heart. And quite simply, that is what we need in order to get serious about following Jesus. Many of the struggles in our lives stem from the fact that we are chasing after the wrong dream.

Lisa also has one of the traits that have become very important in Flannel’s search for new speakers, and that is her life reflects her words! Lisa learned from her grandmother that following Jesus is worth more than anything the world can ever offer. It’s how she lives her life, every day. Lisa will be sharing practical lessons on what it means to follow Jesus. In addition, the series will introduce us to women who have applied these lessons to their lives. We can’t wait to show it to you this coming spring!

Lisa Chan

Outside with Mike Foster: Unlikely Stories about the Good News of Grace

Mike Foster

Mike Foster has been a friend of Flannel for many years. Mike Foster is the co-founder of People of the Second Chance, a movement that advocates for radical grace every day, in every moment, for everyone. He is the author of Gracenomics: Unleash the Power of Second Chance Living and lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Mike has a passion to demonstrate grace. As followers of Jesus, we have been given the beautiful gift of grace. Mike has noticed over the years that while we have this gift, we can be pretty stingy about sharing it. We can be pretty quick to judge. One wrong comment, moment of weakness, or other slip can instantly leave you on the outside looking in.

What would our world look like if we were able to extend the radical grace that Jesus has shown us? Well that’s what we will be exploring with Mike in this project. We will be showing real-life stories of amazing grace!

We are very excited to tell you that creative direction on this project will come from our co-founder Tom Rinks! Tom played a huge role in the creation of NOOMA, and he led Flannel for many years. He has gone on to create a number of successful consumer brands, and we could not be happier that he is lending his incredible creative mind to this series.

Ed’s Story

Ed's Story

The past few months have been amazing as we have watched Ed’s Story touch people’s lives. We joined up with Ed a couple of years ago now in a desire to be a catalyst for the hope he wants to share with the world. Last month, we saw the hope spread a couple of million times on the Today Show! Watch Ed’s appearance here.

In the month of December, his story will continue to spread on hundreds of radio stations as they air an in-depth interview with Ed about his journey.

We are very eager to finish filming this series and we really need your help. We have two films left with a combined production cost of $100,000. Thanks to one generous donor, $50,000 of this cost has been pledged if we can raise matching funds! We need your help right now. Please help us complete Ed’s Story!



We recently completed post-production on the seventh and final BASIC film, Communion. We are grateful for your support and encouragement. This series was put together in a desire to be a catalyst to Francis Chan as he inspires us to BE the church. Today we have a generation of people interested in the teachings of Jesus, but not necessarily the church. In this series, Francis shows us that the two truly go together. If we want to be followers of Jesus, we are the church! This series explores what the church is for, according to Acts 2:42.

In BASIC, Francis often compares the early church to our modern church in American culture. However, we have found that people from around the world are interested in the BASIC message. So far it has been downloaded from in the following languages: Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Dutch.

Much has happened since 2008; our vision is becoming a reality, and we thank God for that daily. We also thank you! Thanks for your prayers and support. We could not do this without you. And we ask for your help once again. Would you please consider making a year-end or recurring gift to Flannel?

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And from all of us at Flannel, have a very merry Christmas!

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Steve Carr
Executive Director

4555 Wilson Ave SW Suite 1
Grandville, MI 49418


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