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Esther Sifted


Beautiful Esther could have enjoyed her comfortable life as wife of the King and never said a word.  But the Jews were scheduled to be killed and she could not remain silent.  She asked the people to fast and pray for three days before entering the King’s presence uninvited.  Read more of Esther’s risky story here.

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Bob Buford Sifted

“I remember walking along a limestone bluff perhaps two hundred feet above the muddy and treacherous river, as frightened as I’ve ever felt. Here’s something you can’t dream your way out of, I told myself. Here’s something you can’t think your way out of, buy your way out of, or work your way out of. . . This is, I thought to myself, something you can only trust your way out of.”  Bob Buford shares his sifted story, the tragic story of loss.  But with an eternal perspective, it is one filled with unthinkable joy and grace.  Read more here.

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Daniel Sifted

Daniel recalls, “Political enemies were plotting against me and none of my options were good ones . . .  The venomous satraps and evil men were trying to entrap me in religious scandal.  As I searched for clever counter moves and searched my heart for answers, I felt God was telling me to be still . . . to do nothing in my own defense.”  Read more of Daniel’s sifted story.

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Damian Boyd Sifted

We’ve all heard the truth, “The greater the opposition, the greater opportunity for God’s glory! “  When Damian and Zarat Boyd launched Vertical Church in an urban area of Atlanta, they experienced serious opposition on every side.  They were establishing a new church in a very difficult and dark place.  Why would they not wrestle with the enemy?   Sifted meets Spiritual Warfare in Damian’s story of Sifted here.

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Noah Sifted (Part 2)


Noah was ready to set aside the heavy weight that had been on his shoulders, at least for one evening.  As he relaxed with a glass of wine, he thought, “Finally, a little normalcy.” He never intended to get drunk.  Read as Noah reflects on the lessons learned that evening.

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Ty Neal Sifted


Ty Neal still can hardly believe the turn of events that brought him to where he is today. A pastor made a decision that disqualified him from leading the church and Ty’s world changed forever. In just a short year of being sifted, stretched and grown for God’s glory, he has learned a lot of lessons!   Read more of Ty’s story here.

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John the Baptist Sifted


Sitting in a jail cell, John the Baptist sends his disciples to find Jesus. Was he the Messiah? he questioned.  John waited for a answer and looked for some semblance of hope.  Like prophets and psalmists and great men before him, he asked God his questions in distress… and waited.  Read more of John the Baptist’s story.

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Matt Keller Sifted

“Too many pastors have spent too long faking out the entire world (including themselves), attempting to convince everyone that they’re okay.”  It took several years for Matt Keller to unlearn the untruths and false realities drilled into him by a particular style of church leadership.  Pastor Matt Keller’s desire is that something in his sifted story will inspire you to take an honest look at yourself and get help if necessary. Read more here.

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Noah Sifted


When God called Noah to build the ark, the years of difficult work and constant ridicule were more than he had the ability to handle. The terrifying events that followed were beyond his control and the only response was complete obedience and surrender to God.  Noah learned that his life was not his own. Read more of Noah’s story.

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Christie Garrett Sifted

After years of praying and planning, Christie Garrett and her husband Rick were launching a new church. It was a parachute launch!  Christie shares,”With a fervor that matched our naivety, we set a date and launched Grace Conway. And out of nowhere, all hell broke loose.” It was spiritual warfare that threatened to destroy her and her family!  Read more of Christie’s story here.

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