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Emily Greenwood November 3, 2015

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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Linda Shepard November 3, 2015

My story is like so many people, a fifteen marriage broken. My divorce was final 5-9-07 everyone involve has moved on except me. When you sang about God’s ways not our own I understand. I had to lose everything I thought I valued in order to see the relationship God want to have with me. By his unconditional love God has showed me true love. My faith in him has opened my eyes to a new way to live. Forgiveness starts with me & not to be carried to the next generation. People will hurt us & we will hurt people. God loves us Even if…We must learn to love other unconditional otherwise we cheat ourselves in this life God is rebuilding my life Please keep singing songs of faith. The words to a song can help you move on. What faith can do is still my favorite. – Linda Shepard

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Melissa Buckbee November 3, 2015

Dear Kutless,

I wanted to share our Christmas letter we sent out last year with you which explains the miracle we’ve experienced over the last 11 months. And to also tell you about how your song “What faith can do” touched the lives of my husband and I as we have seen the miracle of our 4th child (in 4 % years ©) from beginning to end. The first time I heard this song I wept thinking about how fitting the words were to our miracle… It is best explained through our Christmas letter…

Her Name is “Praise the Lord”

Merry Christmas! I hope this letter finds you and your family well. With all of the uncertainty in our lives, I thought this year’s Christmas letter needed to be about a miracle our family has experienced over the last 6 months, and I hope it would renew your faith in our most powerful God, as this miracle has renewed our own.

Paul and I very unexpectedly found out we were pregnant with baby #4 on 7/15. Everything was going great until the morning of 8/3 when I started to bleed heavily. My regular OB was out of town for the week, so I called the maternal-fetal medicine specialist (OB for high-risk pregnancies). He told me to come in for a heartbeat check. I went in and they were able to see a strong heartbeat but also found a very large hemorrhage about an inch above where the baby implanted. The doctor said that the hemorrhage was so large that the pregnancy would more than likely end in miscarriage, but as long as I continued to bleed and not pass the baby, I could come in for daily heartbeat checks. I immediately asked God to put a hedge of protection around the baby. So over the next two days I went in for the heartbeat checks and they were able to visualize them, but with each passing day the bleed continued to get closer and closer to the baby. Wednesday evening was the worst of the bleeding. With so much blood-loss, from Monday morning to Wednesday evening I lost 6 lbs. Thursday morning, I knew I had to expect the worst, but I continued to pray for the hedge of protection. They did the ultrasound and found that the bleed extended under, over, and around the baby. The baby was found to have no heartbeat. I was devastated—but at the same time, prepared, knowing the medical likelihood of a loss.

He told me I could talk about options for the miscarriage with him or I could see my regular OB. I told him I’d just go to my regular OB’s office. Later that day, I did, and my regular OB’s partner gave me an ultrasound and showed me not only the absent heartbeat but the breaking open of the gestational sac (the actual medical report says, “No cardiac activity after 3 minutes observation—Diagnosis: Inevitable Abortion.”) She prescribed me Cytotec, a pill to induce contractions. I wanted to miscarry naturally, but I filled the prescription anyway.

At our kitchen table that evening, I sat with the pills in my hand for a couple minutes. It was then that I prayed to God and told Him I was thankful that I would see this baby girl (I just had a feeling it was a girl) again in heaven. I told Him that I asked Him for a miracle, but I knew He had other perfect plans for us. Then something inside me said, “Ask again.” I thought—surely not! I mean, the baby was already gone! But I remembered reading in Matthew what Jesus did in bringing life back into a little girl. And I knew He had the power to do the same miracle today. So I put the pills back into the bottle and prayed the craziest prayer I ever prayed in my life—I said, “Lord, miracles are not miracles for You— Please bring life back into this baby.”

On Saturday (8/8) I was on my way to the County fair with my mom when I started having terrible dizziness and shortness of breath. I have a history of blood clot problems, so to rule out pulmonary embolus I went to the ER. They wanted to do another ultrasound to see how the miscarriage was progressing. I just lay on the ultrasound table so emotional and, knowing I had not passed the baby yet, I asked the ultrasound tech to see the baby one last time. The ultrasound tech zoomed in on the baby and I SAW A HEARTBEAT!! I said, “Is that a heartbeat??!!” and the tech, knowing only the short of my story said confused, “Well, yes—it is.” I just broke down and started crying, “I ASKED FOR A MIRACLE! I ASKED FOR A MIRACLE!! DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO I PRAYED TO?!” I think the entire radiology department at St. E’s thought I was NUTS! The ER doc told me that this was “strange” but I was still pregnant.

Monday morning, I called the specialist who was the first to confirm the death of the baby. He asked me to come see him right away. When I arrived, he was speechless… He saw the heartbeat and just kept shaking his head saying, “This was impossible”. I saw my regular OB when she got back from vacation, and after the ultrasound she said, “I know exactly what happened.” I thought, wow—this oughta be good… She said that the baby which the other obstetricians saw had to be a twin which “vanished”. I had heard of vanishing twins before, and being scientifically minded myself, I told my OB I would accept this explanation without hesitation if she could just explain to me, further, how two completely competent OBs missed the “now-fully-and-always-flourishing” baby 2 millimeters away from the demised twin… She said she couldn’t explain this. I said, “I can—Medicine cannot explain what God places above it. This is a miracle.” She said there was no such thing as “miracles”.

The fetal-medicine specialist, to whom I immediately transferred my care, said this “vanishing twin” theory was not a possibility having observed, himself, the single-gestation with ultrasound for the 4 consecutive days prior to death of the baby. With this in mind, he was a little more accepting of the miracle explanation, but he’s said, “…the Pope would first have to call it a “miracle” in order for him to call it one.”…hmmm… I just told him that it is what it is no matter who calls it what.

We’ve said, “Praise the Lord” so much over the course of this miracle, we thought the name Hallelujah was perfect for her. We call her “Halle” for short. Please keep us in your prayers as the pregnancy continues to be complicated. She is due 3/28/10.

I don’t know why God chose to answer my desperate request for a miracle. He has not answered all for which I’ve prayed before. But I do know that God has a perfect will for each of our lives, and He wants us to ask Him for the impossible. He wants to show us Who He Is. I pray you trust the same One—the Lord of the elements of His creation—to take control of your life. Surrender your fears and faith to Him who is more than able.

Have a great year—we love you! The Buckbees

I gave birth to Hallelujah on March 11—almost 3 months ago and she’s absolutely perfect. I have enclosed Halle’s medical records which document her life, death and then life again… I wanted to tell you this story and thank you for writing “What Faith Can Do”. It has been Halle’s theme song…and I still can’t hear the song without tearing up praising the One who “made her broken heart brand new”.

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Eric November 3, 2015

For 10 years I hung out with my best friend Josh. I never knew that he was a Christian, or better yet understood what he was. One day about four years ago he invited me to come to church. I accepted the invitation but had no idea what it was like or what to expect. I went to church with him and it was a very cool experience. I was young and I had never had any addictions of any sort or problems. I was raised in a good home. We were just simple people that believed in God and that if you were good you went to Heaven and if you were bad you went to Hell. After the church experience I understood a little more, but wasn’t ready to commit. A few days later, I walked over to my friend Josh’s house and he invited me in to hang out. He was on the computer and listening to a radio station called “YES FM” over the computer. A few songs later a song came on that really caught my attention. I fell in love with it immediately. It was called “Sea of Faces”. I was in love with this song. It made me understand that it doesn’t matter if I had problems or addictions, or if I never did. It made me realize that I need Jesus simply because His body is the bread and His blood is the wine. The song made it clear to me, as told in the song, that even if I were the only man on earth Jesus would have still come and died for me. I became born again a few days later. I also bought the Kutless karaoke soundtrack and sang it in church a few times over the next year. Ever since then I have loved Jesus and Kutless. The music that you guys have played, songs such as “Run” and “Your Touch” have helped me so much during my walk with Christ. No matter how down I get in life, I can just turn on my Kutless cd’s and I’m instantly reminded of what Christ did through your music to get my attention.

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Robert McCann November 3, 2015

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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Brian Smith November 3, 2015

Gentleman… my name is Brian Smith. I am a 51 year old father of 4 ranging in age from 20-27. I know my kids are probably more in your demographic than I am, but your music speaks to me very much. Thank you for using the gifts that the Lord has given you in such an awesome way. I wanted to take a moment to share a story with you briefly. I love music. I love singing. I am an active vocalist in my church. I had felt this real calling to perform your song “What Faith Can Do” for special music one Sunday. I presented my vision to our music director. It was a vision where while I sang, we have a slide show/video playing on the big screen behind me showing some of the life changing miracles that our church body has experienced lately. I felt this was going to be a moving, Spirit-lead, emotional moment that I was going to be a part of. That got put on hold. On Monday June 3rd, my daughter Angela, who was 8 months pregnant with my first grandchild, was taken to the hospital quickly because her blood pressure was dangerously high and the doctors wanted to do an emergency C-section. We all rushed to the hospital but were lead to a room to wait for more information. Moments later a nurse came and asked for just me. JUST ME?!?!? In a room crowded with family they wanted me to join them in the delivery room. My grandson, Brayden Keith Reinecker, was born four weeks early, and was not breathing on his own no matter what they tried. So as they continued to resuscitate him, the nurse told me that my daughter wanted me to baptize Brayden before they allowed the doctors to stop assisting in his breathing. I couldn’t talk. Here I am, a child of God, yet a common man, asked to baptize his own grandson. This was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. So, since I am not ordained or educated in the ways of baptisms, I simply asked everyone in the delivery room to lay their hands on Brayden while I presented him to Christ. Since “What Faith Can Do” is one of my favorite songs, I prayed loud and hard to God that He would breathe life into Brayden… because I knew He could. I trusted that He could and that He would. I pleaded with God to perform a miracle that day and to allow Brayden to touch the lives of those in that room. But God had other ideas. Brayden passed an hour after being born. Angela and Keith (my son in law) were allowed to keep Brayden’s body with them for 24 hours. So he was cleaned and dressed and Angela held him. We all held him. And for those next 24 hours I continued to pray for that miracle. It never came. But there were some things happening with some of the family. Some very spirit-filled, emotional things. There are some in our family that don’t know Christ like we’d like them to. I believe God was speaking to them during this time. Anyway… I couldn’t listen to “What Faith Can Do” without crying for the next month. BUT… another favorite of mine is “Even If the Healing Doesn’t Come”. Trust me… the heartache DID hit me like a hurricane and the weeks to follow were very painful… but at the end of the day, I knew God has a plan for my family. I trust Him. I believe. So, thank you for your music. Thank you for reminding all of us that being a child of Christ doesn’t mean that life is going to be easy… or going to be perfect. Sometimes when we beg God for a miracle (and trust me… I’ve never begged for one so hard in my life) …in His loving way… for reasons we don’t understand… He says, “No my child”. You guys are truly lead by the Spirit and you are appreciated more than you know. God Bless You. Brian Smith Romans 8:28

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Mike Brentwood, CA November 3, 2015

I have been a believer and Christian from a very young age. Baptized at Nine years old and raised on the fundamentals of the Holy Bible. In my Teens, I fell away due to drugs, fornication and basically a secular Lifestyle. As I grew older and wiser, GOD was always there, on the Backburner. I basically believed but wanted to do my will, not God’s. I am now in my 30’s. Drugs and sex are a thing of the past, although I was not close to GOD. A Christian co-worker gave me an extra copy of “Strongtower” and thought I might like it. After listening the first time I was floored. This music was fresh, hip, contemporary, heavy , rockin and uplifting. I absolutely loved it. Searching on itunes one night I found a double album of “Hearts & Strongtower”. Needless to say I was listening a lot to this whenever I wanted to hear some positive uplifting music. At this time I was still listening to my secular music, feeling empty afterward. Recently, I was on Itunes and saw “to know that you’re alive” and immediately downloaded the album. I didn’t care about listening to one song, I knew it was going to be awesome. Your new album is your best yet and is beyond great. Well, this sparked a renewed interest in Kutless and soon I was watching videos on Youtube, downloading your original album as well as “Sea of Faces”. The Holy Spirit began to speak to me through your glorification of GOD in music. I am now in a great church, attend a Bible study weekly, listening to nothing but Christian artists & READING MY BIBLE NIGHTLY!!! This was not the me I had previously known. Very out of character. I began to have fellowship with the six Christians at work and I am transformed. GOD has finally nabbed me and I am his. Kutless……. every band member, new and old, I want to thank you for being true to yourselves. Thank you for your musical testimonies. I will always regard Kutless as my favorite band to listen to when I need to relate or glorify the living GOD. You guys are amazing and I thank GOD for you. GOD BLESS KUTLESS! GOD has changed my life and he used your band as a tool to help shape this transformation. Thank you. Mike-Brentwood,CA.

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Shari Dougherty November 3, 2015

I had to share this story with you, I’ve also posted this on my FB page. Yesterday my fiance Chris was getting the oil changed in his car. The manager told him he needed new tires, his were really worn. He said he had to pass, he’s been out of work for the last 6 1/2 months…so it can wait. There was a woman in the waiting room and when he sat down she said to him, “Unemployed, huh? That stinks.” He thought, “Well, that’s nosey, but okay…” and he said, “Yeah, there’s a lot of that going around.” He didn’t tell her he’d been injured on the job and was waiting to get released to go back to work full time. He told her he still considered himself very blessed. He has a roof over his head, a son who is healthy who gets good grades and is great in sports and music. He wasn’t worried, he has FAITH. She asked what he did and he said he was a Firefighter/Paramedic. She said, “Oh, can you do phlebotomy?” He said, “No, I can administer drugs and IV’s, but I can’t take things OUT of people.” She said, “I have a job for you if you want to take the training to get your phlebotomist certification.” He was floored. He said, “Where do I interview?” She said, “You just did. I’m the owner of the company. I can tell you’re a man of Faith, and you have Faith. I have a good feeling about you. Now let’s get you some new tires.” She went to the manager and told him to get four new tires on Chris’ car for him and she was buying! Chris was floored, and humbled, and said he couldn’t take it. She said he needed a reliable car to work for her because he has to drive a lot. The manager heard their conversation, and was choked up, and he said he would throw in the cabin filter he needed for free. But there’s more! They walked over to a pizza place to have lunch while waiting for their cars, and she called her office and worked things out for him to start tomorrow, and she wrote down the information on a piece of paper and slid it across the table to him. Inside the piece of paper was a check for $1000! He wouldn’t take it. She said to use it for Christmas. She said to pay it forward… When he got in his car to leave after thanking her profusely, YOUR SONG WHAT FAITH CAN DO was the first song he heard!! Now, someone tell me that God doesn’t help those who have FAITH…

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Cynthia Portland, OR October 16, 2015

I’ve been a Christian for about 30 years now, but had been leading a pretty dry walk for much of the time. Five years ago, my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. While I did rely on God to get us thru the stress of that, still, my walk was dry. Praise God, my husband is clean and cancer free.

Four years ago, at age 46 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Needless to say, I turned to God. What a legacy to leave my teenaged children, both parents having cancer. Just after my surgery, but before I began chemotherapy, I purchased your “Kutless” CD for my son, strictly on a lark. I saw that you were a local band so I gave it a shot.

Erik played the CD one night and while I was sitting at the kitchen table working a puzzle, “Run” came on. Like a knife it stabbed my heart! The visual effect it had on my imagination was heartbreaking. Jesus was calling out to me to come back to him in a way I had never thought of. I knew that God wanted ALL of me.

Sobbing, I got up from the table and went to my bedroom where I got face down on the floor [for the first time] and asked God to forgive my apathy. I poured out all my cares, fears and sin to Him. It was at that point that I discovered a peace that surpasses all understanding [Phillipians 4:7]. I can honestly say I am happy cancer came into our lifes because it, along with your beautiful lyrics, led me back to my Savior. Thru your song, our family rededicated our life to Jesus and are active in youth ministry. My son is leaving for Multnomah Bible College in a few days with a goal of becoming a missionary. God used your music mightily in our home!

Fast forward 3.5 years and my Dad became gravely ill. I drove from Portland to California to be with him. After two weeks, he came home in stable but guarded condition. My sister and I did not know whether my Dad knew Jesus, but in the flurry of caring for him at home, juggling the nurses and his medical needs, we never asked.

Eventually, I drove back home to Portland and popped in your “Sea Of Faces” CD. I heard “It’s Like Me” for the first time. Again, I began sobbing. How on earth could I have let time pass with my Dad and NOT talk to him about Jesus? Once again, God used your lyrics to motivate me to do His work.

Upon arriving home, I called my sister and told her I was coming down very soon and to keep me up to date by the hour of my Dad’s condition. Within a few days I was back in California and at my Dad’s side. One morning I asked if I could read the bible to him. Eventually, I asked him if he had accepted Jesus as his Savior. He hadn’t but was willing. My sister and I prayed with him at that point and he accepted Jesus as his Savior! God used “It’s Like Me” to NOT allow any more time to pass before talking with my Dad. It continues to be an inspiration to me to witness for Jesus.

Guys, so many of your songs convict and inspire me and my family. We’ve been to four of your concerts and never cease to be inspired by you. I pray that God continues to use you mightily in the years to come. Many blessings to you and your family. Please tell them we appreciate the sacrifices they are making so we can hear you beautiful music.

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Amy Sublimity, OR November 3, 2015

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!