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STRANGERS

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This is Nate Nate became a

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Christ-follower two weeks ago and is

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still a bit giddy about it now he's

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trying not to do cartwheels in public

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Nate became a believer partly because of

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Kim yet oddly enough Kim and Nate have

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never met now is this possible well

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let's take a look

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Kim loved Jesus from an early age and in

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college she had a huge impact on her

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friends while most of her peers used

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their college years to well

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experiment Kim didn't she remain

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committed to her faith and it showed

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especially showed Elisa her roommate who

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confessed to Kim that she wanted

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whatever it was that made Kim so strong

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Kim shared her faith with Lisa and Lisa

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believed years later at Lisa's first

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real job she met Thomas Thomas was hit

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by a drunk driver when he was 13 and

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still carried a lot of anger and

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bitterness Thomas and Lisa became

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friends it wasn't long before he started

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going to church with Lisa and her

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husband after a lot of studying and

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searching Thomas gave his life to Christ

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fast forward a few years Thomas became a

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public speaker and is often asked to

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speak at large events see when he became

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a believer

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Thomas developed a new perspective on

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life he stopped resenting what had been

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taken from him and started being

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thankful for the second chance he had

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been given on one particular day Thomas

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shared about overcoming hardship and

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what it means to choose joy he was so

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passionate that a number of people were

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inspired to share a link to his video

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the video of Thomas inspired James too

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and if anyone needed inspiration it was

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him James had a ton of issues he's been

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most of his life as a passive husband an

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absent father and a horrible friend that

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said no one disliked him more than he

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disliked himself but everything changed

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the night he happened to watch Thomas

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online something clicked and he knew

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what he had to do he surrendered his

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miserable life to someone greater and he

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was forever changed

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James fought hard to make up for the

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lost years with his family and he also

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began working with young men who were in

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danger of throwing their lives away one

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of those men was Nate he didn't really

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know his own dad and he had no real

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direction in life

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ultimately bouncing from one bad

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decision to another because of that he

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often found himself in trouble with the

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law no one had ever showed him what it

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looked like to be a real man that is

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until he met James James became the

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first father figure Nate ever had he

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learned about honesty self-control

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humility and integrity and where those

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traits come from two months later they

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publicly declared his belief in Christ

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and of course James was there

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now you can see the connection

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Nate was impacted by James who was

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influenced by Thomas Thomas on uncommon

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joy and Lisa who learned of Jesus from

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Kim

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Kim's relationship with God eventually

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led to Nate's funny how these two people

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have never met and never will