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This Is Us | Story Changing Place | Story-Changing Mission

“…anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works…”  John 14:12 Kari* (*name changed, story true) sat across from the counselor, twisting a folded worship guide in nervous hands. “Saturday night, I was gonna go home and kill myself,” she whispered through broken teeth. “I’ve lost everything:…
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This Is Us | Story Changing Place | Excuses

A man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews…came to Jesus by night…”  John 3:1-2 Dignity was everything. Israel’s God was to be honored, His law kept, and one’s reputation upheld at all costs. Nicodemus had lived by that checklist since infancy. It felt good to be good. People respected you. Life went…
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This Is Us | Story Changing Place | Repentance

Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”  Luke 19:8 Morals and ethics were for chumps. Whoever said money couldn’t buy happiness didn’t have enough. Lying and cheating…
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This Is Us | Story Changing Place | Knocked Off

“As I was on my way, approaching Damascus…a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’”  Acts 22:6-76:3 “Morning, Sir. After you.” The ragged shopkeeper scurried out of the way as Saul entered the…
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This Is Us | Story Changing Place | One Voice

When Jesus rose…he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. Mark 16:9 Unspeakable days. Tortured nights. Mary’s life had been reduced to a savage fight for survival. Where the demons had come from, she never knew. Maybe during the childhood of abuse, maybe from the craziness she continued on…
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This Is Us | Why Vision Matters | Clear Vision

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.  Proverbs 29:18 Our American founders had a vision for the future of this nation. They wrote out that vision on a document we call The Constitution. Without that documented vision, the United States would have long ago crumbled…
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This Is Us | Why Vision Matters | God Calling

So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once…God was calling us to preach the Good News there. Acts 16:10 “I thought God was calling me to be a missionary when I was a teenager, but life kinda got in the way.” “I knew God wanted me to preach. But it makes me so nervous…
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This Is Us | Why Vision Matters | God’s Vision

That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia…was pleading with him, “…help us!”  Acts 16:9 One of the greatest missionary endeavors of all time started with a vision. Paul was planning to go in a different direction, a good direction. It made sense and he was sure God was in it—until the vision…
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This Is Us | Why Vision Matters | Great Works

I replied: “I am engaged in a great work… Why should I stop working to…meet with you?”   Nehemiah 6:3 A great work. What qualifies as a great work? The greedy would call their 90-hour weeks and shady deals “great work” because their bank balance is rising. Celebrities may consider their latest movies or record deals…
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This Is Us | Why Vision Matters | God-Inspired

 I told them how the gracious hand of God had been on me… So they began the good work.  Nehemiah 2:18 It looks hopeless. You’re tired of trying and getting nowhere. Your prayers seem to go no higher than the ceiling and you wonder if anybody else shares the passion you once had about life.…
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