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Cops and Doughnuts - The Origin Story

Big Impact - 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Episode 119 and the fun story behind a national attraction - Cops and Doughnuts Bakery. We sit down with Greg Rynerson, the founder and lead partner of the Original 9 Cops who came together with the goal of saving a century old bakery...never dreaming what would happen next.

There is NO danger of adding pounds while you listen to the story of a simple idea that became a global success, so enjoy the sweet tooth indulgence as insightful conversation!

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One Life For Life - 111 Babies Saved & Counting

Big Impact - 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Episode 118 as we share the encouraging story of a new ministry in Flint, Michigan - One Life For Life.

The dream for OLFL is to see a nationwide movement where churches come together to minister to and love frightened mothers considering abortion by walking alongside them to share the love of Christ and help provide for them.

If you've grown weary of a culture of complaining, histrionics, screaming, and vicious debate - and wondered if there was anyone out there who was willing to actually put feet to their faith and serve with love, grace, and mercy - this conversation with Pastor Eric Stewart is for you!

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Cindy Halabicky Refuses To Let Cancer Win

Big Impact - 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Episode 117 and the inspiring story of Cindy Halabicky. This brave lady has faced cancer 4 times since 2006, lost her soulmate and biggest cheerleader, and somehow serves as an inspiration to others who are facing life and death challenges.

If you've ever felt like life was too overwhelming to deal with, listen carefully to the story of Cindy and her family and please SHARE the link!

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Valentino Dixon - Exonerated After 27 Years In Prison

Big Impact - 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Episode 116 and a story unlike any you've heard before. Valentino Dixon was sentenced to 38+ years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Others came forward to confess to the crime, but no one would listen. Finally, through an incredible turn of events involving a golf writer and law students at Georgetown, Dixon was exonerated - after serving 27 years.

His story has been shared across the country on every major network, and today you'll hear directly from Valentino himself...and have the chance to help him establish a new life by purchasing his artwork.

Visit valentinodixon.com/ for more information and please SHARE the link to this episode!

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UNCAGED - Restoring The Lives Of Trafficking Victims

Big Impact - 4/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Episode 115 and the inspiring idea being launched by Kim Westfall, Founder and CEO of UNCAGED - an organization dedicated to the care and recovery of victims of modern day slavery and human sex trafficking.

Our culture is saturated with people who can identify problems but never make an effort to solve the problem. Kim Westfall is different. Her heart has been deeply touched by the plight of trafficking victims and she is working to do something about it...and needs your help.

Visit Uncaged.org for more information and please SHARE the link to this episode!

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Dave Boyer - From The Mob To Ministry

Big Impact - 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Episode 114 and the amazing story of transformation that saw Dave Boyer leave behind the world of night clubs and the Rat Pack to become one of the most beloved Gospel music artists of our time.

Known on stage in his "club days" as Joey Stevens, Boyer was often singing to an audience that included Sinatra, Dean Martin, and their running mates. But he was miserable and knew there had to be more to life than 5 a.m. gigs.

The story of Dave Boyer is a testimony to the love of a family of the Lord. Listen, enjoy, and please SHARE the link to the Big Impact!

Dave Boyer will be in concert on Friday, May 3rd in Southgate, MI at a Memorial tribute to the late Rev Billy Walker. CLICK HERE for information on this very special evening!

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Zach Tomlinson Refuses To Be Defeated

Big Impact - 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact and a powerful, inspiring conversation with Zach Tomlinson from Clio, MI. In July of 1997, Zach and friends from his church youth group were on a rafting excursion when Zach dove into the Rifle River. The water was only 1 foot deep. Zach broke his neck and (apart from a miracle) is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

But, like the champion wrestler he was, Zach refuses to be defeated. Today, he is pursuing a Masters in Psychology, teaches, and serves as an inspiration for anyone who has experienced trauma. His family and faith are vital aspects of Zach's life, as you'll hear in this powerful conversation.

Please listen and SHARE this special episode!

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Healing from Tragedy: The Ferlaak Family

Big Impact - 4/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to The Big Impact Ep 112 where our focus is the incredibly powerful story of the Ferlaak family. One moment they were sitting in a restaurant enjoying Sunday dinner after church…the next moment, a car driven by a suicidal woman plowed through the wall of the restaurant, forever changing their lives.

This awesome story, shared by Chip and Jody Ferlaak, is one of healing and forgiveness that includes the Ferlaaks being invited to appear on Oprah to share their testimony.

Please listen and SHARE this special episode!

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The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - 30 Years Later

Big Impact - 3/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 111 features our conversation with Richard Steiner, international expert on the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the continuing impact on the Alaska ecosystem. Steiner was at the center of the cleanup effort, community devastation, and legal proceedings against Exxon. His insights into the decades-long struggle for recovery are unmatched and we're honored to have him on the Big Impact.

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Ethan Johnston - Kidnapped. Blinded. Enslaved.

Big Impact - 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 110 features our conversation with Ethan Johnston. Born in Ethiopia, Ethan was kidnapped at age 5, blinded by his captors, and forced to beg - all while still a child. His remarkable story of coming to America and thriving as a young adult, is a powerful testimony to his adopted family and his will to avoid victimhood.

Thanks to our friends at No Barriers for introducing us to this special young man!

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Open The Books: How Gov't Spends Your Money

Big Impact - 3/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 109 features our conversation with the Founder/CEO of OPEN THE BOOKS - a tireless watchdog team that examines how federal, state, and local governments spend YOUR tax dollars.

If you're perfectly comfortable knowing that over $22M was recently spent on lobster and crab legs, this episode isn't for you. But, if you would like to be part of holding government accountable for how they spend your money, please listen and SHARE the link!

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Tiger Pitcher Matt Boyd: Beyond Baseball

Big Impact - 3/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 108 features our conversation with Detroit Tiger Pitcher, Matt Boyd. This talented athlete and his wife and embraced a project and challenge to rescue young girls out of sex trafficking in Uganda, opening a safe haven and school called, "Kingdom Home."

We discuss a little baseball and a lot more "real life" in this conversation with a thoughtful young man of faith who also happens to be really gifted on the mound. You don't have to be a Detroit Tiger fan to enjoy this conversation, as long as you're a fan of compassion, kindness, and living out one's faith.

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Donna Rice Hughes on Internet Safety and Trafficking - Ep 107

Big Impact - 2/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

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BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 107 features our conversation with Donna Rice Hughes, President of "Enough is Enough" - an advocacy group fighting against the dangers of pornography, internet predators, and human trafficking.

First known as part of a political scandal in the late 1980s, Donna Rice Hughes has become an influential national leader on these crucial safety issues. Parents, grandparents, and any adult who cares about the "wild west" freedom and abuses on the internet would be wise to listen and share the link to this episode!

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The Polar Bear Expedition: Heroes of WWI - Ep 106

Big Impact - 2/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 106 features the story of a group of soldier heroes from World War I, the "Polar Bears." Hailing mostly from Michigan and neighboring states, these brave soldiers were dispatched to the Arctic Circle to fight the Bolsheviks
(among others) in unbearably frozen conditions. If you love American history, this is a MUST listen.

This gripping true story was told in expert fashion by James Carl Nelson in his new book, "The Polar Bear Expedition." CLICK HERE to order your copy today!

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Ken Davis - Comedian, Author, Grandpa - Ep 105

Big Impact - 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

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BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 105 features one of the great communicators our in America - Ken Davis! This talented comedian, author, and inspirational speaker shares his insights on comedy, culture, message clarity and much more.

Ken is also involved in training others in public speaking and has a wide array of books and videos available.

You are about to hear one of the most gifted communicators/comedians around, so enjoy this conversation and please share the link with 2 other people!

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Remembering Billy Walker - Ep 104

Big Impact - 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 104 is dedicated to the legacy and impact made by Rev. Billy Walker. Over the course of 65+ years of ministry, this man of God touched the lives of countless thousands...including yours truly.

In this episode, you'll hear from his sons, Craig and Billy Jr., as well as an incredible message from his dear friend, Dr. Benjamin Baker.

Whether you knew Billy well or never met him at all, prepare to be touched, encouraged, and challenged by these excerpts from one of the most powerful memorial celebrations I've ever attended.

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The Amazing Story of Marcia Reeves - Ep 103

Big Impact - 1/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 103 features the amazing story of Marcia Reeves. This inspiring lady has an inspiring life story that includes abuse, trauma, addiction...and thankfully, recovery and healing.

Today, Marcia serves the homeless and hurting as part of the staff at Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan - reaching out to men and women are are today where she once was herself. She's also an author, screenwriter, and documentarian with a big project on her plate - the story of her life.

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Sean Swarner - Survivor, Motivator, Inspiration - Ep 102

Big Impact - 1/23/2019 12:00:00 AM

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BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 102 features the incredible story of Sean Swarner - the only double cancer survivor to scale the peak of Mt Everest...with only ONE LUNG!

Sean Swarner has survived a pair of "death sentence" cancer diagnoses and the loss of one lung - and that all happened in his teens. Yet, nothing has slowed down this driven , tireless inspirational figure. The list of accolades and awards he's received stretch on and on. He's been featured on multiple national news outlets and a documentary, and has plans for his most stunning accomplishment yet - running 7 marathons on 7 continents...in 7 days!

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Rabbi Daniel Lapin on Culture, Finances, Wisdom - Ep. 101

Big Impact - 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

Rabbi Lapin is a best-selling author, speaker, teacher, frequent guest on national TV programs. His studies of faith and history have led to a wide array of books, weekly podcast, and more.

Be sure to check out his latest best-seller, "Thou Shall Proper: Ten Commandments for Making Money," for important insights on wealth and the importance of working to earn it.

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John Orth, Pull Up World Record Holder - Ep. 99

Big Impact - 1/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

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BIG IMPACT Podcast Ep 99 features a conversation with John Orth, the Guinness World Record holder for pull ups in a 24-hour span - 7,670!

Violin maker by trade, Orth fought both physical and mental battles to accomplish a feat so unreachable, the record is likely to stand forever.

How did he do it? What was his training regimen? How did he defeat the mental anxiety that plagued him? Listen and learn from a man who set out to accomplish a goal, and ended up being recorded in history!

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