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Grit & Glory, Songs & Stories

Nov 29, 2022

When things get tough, press into Jesus. When they get really tough, press in even more.  This episode is part 1 of the man’s story that inspired the song, Long Live the New! Vlad lived in utter darkness and now walks in new light….and a new struggle.

Vlad left a lucrative, powerful life in a very dark realm to live a brand new, forgiven life of faith as a result of an unexpected encounter with the living God. One day over lunch, Vlad told Mark how hard it is to go through financially tough times, when he knows what he could have if he went back to that old way of life. Mark said, “Well praise God the old man is dead! Long live the new!” As soon as those words came out of his mouth, Mark realized it had to be a song!

If you’d like a special gift for someone who’s hard to shop for, consider having Mark write a custom song based on their life. LEARN MORE>>

Be sure to listen to part 2 next week to hear the conclusion of Vlad’s supernatural encounter with God. If you've ever had doubts about God’s ability to reach literally ANYONE, you need to hear the rest of Vlad’s story!

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Why is it important to tell God stories? There’s so many reasons but Jesus explained it best when He was asked about using so many parables. He said, “I tell stories, to create readiness, to nudge people toward receptive insight.” (That’s taken from Matthew 13 Message version). I’ve experienced God’s amazing work in my life through Jesus Christ and I’m passionate about others experiencing this joy and peace as well! ~Mark


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Are you looking for unique gift for someone who’s special AND hard to buy for? Over the years I have enjoyed writing a variety of custom songs such as theme songs and songs that celebrate or commemorate. I have written for businesses, non-profits, individuals, events and occasions. I'm excited to take these experiences and make this special type of gift more readily available. Click here to learn more>>>


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