Whether I Live or Die, God Wins

The Storyframes Collective is a collaborative effort between The Gospel Coalition and the Austin Stone Church for the purpose of celebrating the extraordinary work of God in the lives of ordinary people. Through excellence in the art of storytelling (film, photojournalism, spoken word, and writing), this project aims to recount God’s redemptive, transforming work in the lives of our brothers and sisters. In form, this website collects encouraging stories about God’s grace. In function, we want these stories to inspire you to praise God.

As a collective, we hope that people from around the world will join us in collecting and telling the amazing stories of God’s grace and the power of the gospel. We hope this project will increase your faith, encourage your spirit, and open your eyes to the extraordinary work of God every day in your life and in the lives of others around you.

While these stories differ in characters, formats, and locations, they share the same hero: God. Whether highlighting addiction recovery, healing, renewal, transformation, or any other form of good news, they testify to God’s power and grace, made available to us through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

We hope you not only enjoy reading, hearing, and seeing these stories, but also take time to observe the stories of those around you. Tell others the story of what God has done for the world in Jesus Christ, and tell us your story—what God has done in you.

Real Life

Ever since Jen McManus was first diagnosed with a malignant tumor, she’s been fighting—fighting against cancer, and fighting for hope. However, far from being rooted in the vagueness of wishful thinking, Jen’s hope is anchored in the certainty of Christ’s love.

“Cancer has made death more real—and the gospel more real,” she says in this narrated gallery. “I’m joyful because of the gospel and because of the story God is telling through my life.”

  • http://bellevuechapel.org Paul Graham

    I ‘stumble’ across your story this morning, and weep with you, yet I too rejoice with you.
    My wife Isobel fought a battle of breast cancer for three years,- hospitals, doctors’ waitng rooms, hospice, etc.- until God welcomed her through gospel grace into his home where she now is fully healed and living in His presence. In life as in death she won, because as you say God wins.
    I pray for you. For your husband. For your kids.
    Drink deeply at the gospel fountain each day and may your soul be refreshed and faith strengthened.
    Yours by grace, on the journey that will never fail to bring us home to his house.

    Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • mja

    This reminds me of a friend who had cancer…she had bracelets made that said “Either way I win” and they reminded people to pray for her…and that death is victory for the believer!

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  • Kenneth Ross

    May not be the most erudite statement on the subject, but I think it fits well with the other comments:

    “What’s the worst thing that can happen,
    What’s the worst that they can do
    Threaten me with Heaven, it’s all they can do
    Threaten me with Heaven, if they want to”

    OK, it’s Vince Gill and doesn’t have the theological depth of Keith Getty and Co., but hey, If Russell Moore can quote country songs, I guess I can too.

  • Kathleen Hamilton

    If God decides if you are going to be gone too soon, then be it; he has something greater in mind for you to do in his Heaven. You might have a talent or gifted in someway that he wants you to use in a better place in his glory. If God wants you to live, his glory still prevails on earth through you from the merciful love of the Father. Either way you win and God’s glory prevails.