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Hi my name is Rob McCann. I just wanna thank you and thank God for giving you the ability to write such a great emotional, uplifting song. I lost my beautiful wife Katrina on March 9, 2012 at age 33. She was in a wheelchair her entire life. She suffered from SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), a form of md and seizures the last 4 years of her life. We were together 8 yrs, married 5 of those 8 years. I took care of her for 8 yrs. Some people say I added 8 yrs to her life, but I disagree she gave me 8 wonderful years. She showered me with a love that is so hard to find. Well, the first time I heard " Even If ", it touched my heart. Because I know and believe that although God didn't heal her earthly body, He decided to give her eternal healing, that I feel she deserved. I miss her so much, but yet I am so happy my wife is experiencing eternal health and happiness. " Even If " continues to touch my heart and soul everytime I listen to it. P.S. I truly believe God works all things for our good.
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Tampa, FL

Through the grace of God, I was raised in a Christian home. Growing up in the church taught me the "right" way to live my life, unfortunately I didn't want to listen. I decided that I did better at running my life than God did. Rejecting all that I have been brought up, I lived my life to the "world's" standards. Directly after I graduated high school I joined the United States Marine Corps. Continuing to reject the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart, my life was filled with temptation that I didn't fight. Unfortunately in 2003, I was injured while serving in Iraq. In the blink of an eye I had lost everything. I lost my career, my marriage, and my way of life. The only thing that I did not loose, but didn't realize it, was the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. I battled with health issues and depression for a long while. One day, I was driving in the car and I was listening to secular music, which I realized wasn't helping my situation. I decided to turn the station to our local radio station and I heard for the first time "Strong Tower" by Kutless. As I listed to the lyrics of the music, literally through the Holy Spirit my life changed. I realized what I was missing in my life. A few songs after that I heard "Offering" by Third Day. It was like a slap in the face by God telling me to wake up. It was GREAT! After that, I started faithfully doing my quiet time for the first time in my life. Shortly after that, I handed over "the reigns" of my life to Jesus Christ. Since then, every day has been an amazing blessing. I might not have a day where my injuries don't cause me pain, but for once in my life I have True Joy! I am able to live every day for God's glory. Once I opened my eyes and saw that God had an awesome plan for my life, he started to open doors. I recently founded my own Christian non-profit organization in which God has led me to attempt to share His Word throughout the world. I want to thank Kutless and reassure Christians out there that God does loves and has an awesome plan for each and everyone of us. We just have to let go and believe that He IS our "Strong Tower". Thank you for allowing me to share my testimony with you; God bless you. Dave Tampa, FL
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Eaton, OH

I was first introduced to the wonderful world of Kutless by my best friend Dylan in 2002. It was the first album. I got addicted right away. Being with my friend Dylan however, was my only way and source of knowing God, and church. My family didn't go and the only way I could go, or listen to anything Christian was to hang out with Dylan. Dylan and I spent all of our high school years together. Dylan always kept me on the straight and narrow. He was a good accountability partner that way. We were always in church because we were crazy about our youth group and just crazy for praise and worship. As the years went on and I graduated the year before Dylan in 2003 from Eaton Ohio, I moved onto college. Once their at Miami University, I got INSTANTLY drafted into the party life. Dylan and I soon drifted. I loved college for the simple fact of beer and women. It became my life. I would go to class all week, work on weekdays, and party all weekend. (Like it was 1999) I would sober up enough to go to church on Sundays. Church mainly became a social even for me and some of the people I went with, I was with on Saturday night partying with. It was almost like a club we had going. I eventually left college to join a police academy. I would still drink all weekend long and try anything that came my way. Apart from all that, I was in 5th in my police academy class out of a class of 78. I had a sit down with my instructor one day and he told me, "Dave, with your eyesight the way it is....you can continue on with the academy, but I want you to know, you may never get hired." I was discouraged. I left, came back home, and hit the bottle harder then ever before. I immediately got a job as a delivery driver and my drinking went up from their. In a time span of two years (2003-2005) I was getting drunk on a daily basis to wear it was breakfast, lunch and dinner. I never knew, or saw that by leaving the only Godly influence in my life that it could destroy me. Driving home drunk one night on a back country road, I was looking for a CD. Just anything really to keep my alertness up and concentration. I stumbled upon the first album of Kutless. The funny thing was, I never remembered putting that CD in my truck. Almost as if God planned for this night to happen and put the CD in my truck for me. Flipping through the songs on the seek button like I was trying to keep a beat, I stopped on "Vow". Hearing those lyrics like it was the first time all over again, "Another year has come and gone, and nothing has changed. I've wasted another year, doing the same old thing" I had to stop my truck....and cry. After that night, all I could do was listen to the song "Vow." I drove my self to church that very next day in a suite and tie. Something I hadn't done in a loooong time. The whole way their I was shouting, yelling, beating on the steering wheel (If it were alive, I probably would've knocked it out) singing along and feeling new! It was the best high of my life! Better then any beer, girl, belonging or substance could bring me. I was for the first time in over a year, alive! It was October 22, 2005. The day, and the year, I was born again. I recommitted myself to the Lord. As the lyrics go on...."I'm crying out to you now as I make my new years vow, I'll tell you I love you and I honor you, somehow. hear my promise to you in my new years vow I give you all of me, you'll be all of my life and I'll never think twice to do all that you have for me, in my new years vow", that became my prayer and my pledge. Its every day that is a gift and should not be taken for granted. And every day is a year ago from that day. I'll NEVER forget my prayer, my pledge I made that night. That song has touched my life and became my corner stone to recommit to God. Thank you so much Kutless for listening to God and for for spreading the word through your music. It has blessed my life time and time and again. Because of the grace of God intervening in my life that night with your music, I was delivered from addiction. Thank you, and God bless. With much love, Dave Mitchell. Eaton Ohio. _________________________________________
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My name is Emily Greenwood; I am such a hard-core Kutless fan that if we were standing face to face right now, I am sure you would recognize me. I became a Kutless fan when I was in seventh grade in 2004; and I have gone to at least one kutless a year since then. I am now 21 years old and going into my third year of college. I hope my testimony encourages you guys. The song, “Even If” is the story of my life. I was born with cerebral palsy, which is a brain injury that occurs shortly before or after birth. Cerebral palsy inhibits muscle function and leaves me unable to walk. As a young child I had many questions like; “Why would God not give me the ability to walk?” In addition to having cerebral palsy I also had epilepsy. During my seizures I was completely aware of what was going on around me, however, I could not communicate with those around me, yet God was there with me telling me it was going to be okay. These events caused me to accept Christ at an early age. At the same time, I was running out of options for my condition. Thankfully though, my parents had heard of the ketogenic diet, which consisted of absolutely no sugar, high fat, and little carbs. I was on the diet for two years and haven't had a seizure since! This is the only part of my disability than no longer affects me and proof that god is “…working all things for our good.” Through the years the obstacles I face have become different as I age such as; various feet problems, mobility limitations, issues with muscle tightness, skulliosis, etc… Circumstances are that I can no longer move from my chair to another piece of furniture with without help because of scoliosis. I had a ninety degree curve in my spine for which I have had two back surgeries. The bar that they installed in my back keeps me humble. Also, because of my surgeries, one of my other favorite Kutless songs is, “To Know That You’re Alive”. There were also other obstacles I faced aside from physical problems. For a long time I struggled with the fact that I could not go on mission trips around the world with my youth group. It is only within the last five years that I have realized my mission field is not to other countries, but is to the disabled community here at home. One thing that has happened in recent years though, is that as a senior in high school, I really looked forward to going away to college after graduation, but through various circumstances I didn’t end up going away. Even though I got into four of the five schools I applied to (Two of which were University of California schools), through special circumstances, god showed me that it wasn’t his plan for me to go away to college yet. I was really upset, but I knew that, “Even if the healing doesn't come And life falls apart/And dreams are still undone/You are God You are good/Forever faithful” Even though the song hadn’t come out yet, through various life experiences, my thoughts echoed the words of the song. Although God’s love never changes it is only my perspective that has changed. I used to think of my disability as something that I needed to overcome for Christ to fully use me. It is because of my disability that I have to rely not only on Jesus Christ but on others as well. Although I have to depend on other people on a daily basis it is that dependence on others that makes me a perfect candidate to witness to disabilities to Christ. So even if Christ does not bring healing he will always provide what I need to achieve his plan for my life, not my plan for my life. One thing that I always remind myself is that, “Lord we know your ways are not our ways/ So we set our faith in who You are.
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First time I heard the song Even If, my thoughts went to my friend Cindy who passed away from cancer on March 11, 2010. She was a strong believer and I know she is with our Father. Music has helped me get through the tough times. Especially music from you guys. I had a hard time for a while struggling with the fact that god didn't heal my friend. I know he is the ultimate healer. my faith, friends and music helped me great through the darkest year I have ever had. I can look back and know that god has a bigger plan for me. His ways are not mine and I have to trust in him. - Darlene Hotaling
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My husband and I have been HUGE fans of Kutless probably since the beginning. So when the new album, "Believer"came out, we of course ran out and purchased it. That was in October of 2011. Before we had a chance to listen to the whole cd, my father contacted me and told me he was leaving my mother after 30 years of marriage. Naturally, I was devastated. My family and I are all Christians (to be specific, Fundamental Baptists), so divorce is never an option. And now I had my father telling me there was no love in their marriage and he was sick of living a lie. He felt God was okay with his decision. I have 3 younger sisters that all took this news horribly. It has nearly split up our family. A few days after this happened with my parents, I was cleaning my house, listening to the "Believer" album, and "Even if" came on. I remember it clearly - I was sweeping my kitchen at that point and I just broke down sobbing. That song reminded me that even if this hurt never goes away, God is always there for me, for my whole family, walking us through this. My prayer is that my parents will get back together, but if the healing never comes, I know God won't ever leave my side. This song really comforted me in my time of need. Thanks for your music, Kutless.
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Hello my name is Jennifer Linnabary and I had the pleasure of meeting with you last year back stage when you were in Cincinnati at the Underground. I was unable to attend the concert due to restrictions from my Stem Cell Transplant. At that time I shared with you my battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. I mentioned that the two songs that got me through some rough times were "What Faith Can Do" and "I'm StillYours." Since our meeting I have struggled through many medical and physical challenges. I am told that I almost died twice. I cannot walk as my femoral nerve in my left leg was damaged. However, God's extraordinary grace has kept me here. During these times the only music that would soothe me was yours. It was during this time that I first heard "Even If". I have to be honest and say the words stung when I first heard them but now they bring me comfort. I know that physical and/or medical healing may never come but I continue to sing His praises. I would not trade this journey for anything as I know He is the Good and Faithful one who is working through me. I have seen miracles happen around as people come together to pray for my healing. My family that was once estranged agreed to set aside differences. My sister who has not opened a Bible in years is now sending me daily Bible verses. My Church (which has rallied behind me from the beginning) has been humbled and awed by seeing God in action. I could go on and on.....I truly know that God tenderly loves me and daily I rest in who He is! - Jennifer Linnabary
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Sublimity, OR

I don't have a very exciting testimonial to share...nothing dramatic or life-shattering. But, I've come to realize that the "day-to-day" stuff of walking the Christian life is pretty hard in itself. I've sat on the fence about alot of things in my life...keeping just enough of a foot on the Christian path to keep me safe while not having to take a stand about anything. I've gotten good at flying below the radar, so to speak. About 3 years ago I was at such a place with the music I was listening to. I really liked alot of the harder-edged, alternative sounding music out there in mainstream music. While that music isn't bad in itself, I knew God was questioning me on my choices, especially when my kids (then 6, 4 & 2) where starting to pick up on some of lyrics. There is so much anger in the words to so many of those songs and I knew that it wasn't what the kids should be hearing. Even though I knew all of this, I just couldn't get into alot of the Christian music I was hearing on the radio...it just didn't do it for me musically. Then I found Air-1 and heard Kutless! It was the perfect music! A great message that I actually wanted my kids to hear and it rocked! And, even better, once I got past my first excitement of finding a band like that, I was surprised and intrigued again when I studied their lyrics. A powerful affirmation of faith, strength and unashamed love of the Lord! It opened a whole new world of music to me that not only moved me musically but spiritually as well. And the Portland concert was the icing on the cake. What a wonderful night of unabashed rock and praise all rolled into one! It made me realize that I don't have to hold back on my faith, I don't have to ride that fence so that I don't stand out as a Christian. I should stand out, I want to stand out and most importantly, I must stand out. Not just for myself but for my kids, so that they can learn that being a Christian is not something to water down or shy away from, but something to be proud of and open about. Now my kids know the lyrics to most of the Kutless songs and they all want to go to the next concert with me! In fact, my son only wants Kutless playing on the boat speakers when he's wakeboarding! And I am more than happy to oblige them!
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Kentucky

My brother and his wife were adopting a child from a young woman that I know. They came to Kentucky, from Chicago, as the birth mother went into labor. She had a beautiful baby girl! The day that my brother and sister-in-law were ready to take the baby home from the hospital, the birth father's mother (the grandmother) showed up and let them know that she "would be taking the baby home" and that there was no way that they were going to adopt her grand-daughter. As you can imagine they were very worried about how this would all end. When the attorney called the birth father he refused to sign the papers because his mother threatened to throw him out of the house if he did. After having the baby for 5 days, they had to return her to her birth mother-which devastated our family! We were all so broken hearted...that baby was our family...we loved her with all of our hearts. My brother, sister-in-law, the birth mother, and I all prayed for God's will in this and if it meant that the baby was to be with her birth mother then we would continue to love them both and help them in anyway that we could. The birth mother was NOT a Christian and it was amazing to be able to pray with her. As you can imagine there were moments of questioning God and even anger at the situation as well as at Him. My brother and I put in the song "Strong Tower" and played it over and over for the week following the return of the baby to her birth mother. Focusing on the lyrics of "Strong Tower" helped us to get past the hurt and anger and lean on the one true Strong Tower for our strength. In the middle of my darkness In the midst of all my fear You're my refuge and my hope When the storm of life is raging And the thunder's all I hear You speak softly to my soul You are my strong tower Shelter over me Beautiful and mighty Everlasting King You are my strong tower Fortress when I'm weak Your name is true and holy And Your face is all I seek WOW! How those words brought us comfort and strength!!! One week later, the birth father signed the adoptions papers and my brother and sister-in-law came back to Kentucky to pick up their daughter. Isn't God awesome?!?!?!?!?! How blessed we are that He worked it for the good of all and that during it all He drew the birth mother into a relationship with Him and that not only do we have a new m
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Hi! I wrote to you(back in Jan.2010) and even received a personal note back regarding my testimony. I told you about what the song "What Faith Can Do" meant to me at that time. That song has been my "Survivor" Song and has reminded me what Faith in Jesus CAN do. I've shared it with my Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) committee and we've made that the theme for the "Survivors Lap". Today, I just heard for the first time your song, "Even If"...this is MY new victory song. I was diagnosed with cancer in Sept. 2005 (7 years ago next week). I was in and out of remission for a few years, then in 2010 I was diagnosed with metastatic stage four cancer. (It started in my rectum and slowly went to my lungs, still known as colorectal cancer). My husband went to be with Jesus in 2000 and I had to raise my 3 autistic kids on my own (he only knew about one being autistic at the time of his death). Since the metastatic diagnosis, I've encountered many challenges and my life seemed to be falling apart, and my dreams unraveled. My bucket list was just that, a list. I have not been in remission since 2010. Reality is, God can do what He wants with my life, He can heal me or not. "Even IF" my healing doesn't come, I KNOW that I know that God is and has always been faithful. My trust is in Him and I continually Praise and thank Him for each new day and each birthday I "get to" have. God has been with me and my kids throughout my entire journey and has always provided even when it seems like there are obsticles/mountains in the way. Even if I don't get better, my kids will be cared for and loved. Even if the healing doesn't come (the way I want it to come), I will still Praise my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for listening to Jesus and writing this song. It will help so many along their lifes journey. In Christ's love, Rhonda Irskens