Stories from The Austin Stone

Stories of gospel transformation from The Austin Stone

About the show

“Alone Together” is the latest season of the Stories from The Austin Stone podcast. In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, believers around the world are striving to be faithful to Jesus and love their neighbors. “Alone Together” is a series of stories about how the people of The Austin Stone are living faithfully in uncertain times.

The Austin Stone Worship Story team exists to tell stories of gospel transformation so that all who hear them will worship Jesus for who He is and remember what He has done.

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Episodes

  • #100 Alone Together: Hannah

    May 24th, 2020  |  Season 5  |  24 mins 40 secs
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    Despite the pandemic, Hannah has made progress with overcoming an eating disorder. While in quarantine, she has embraced food freedom and continues to show vulnerability about her sin. She reflects on her experience of opening up to her community and finding God’s redeeming love. He has cast out the darkness and brought her into the light, and she trusts in His grace to strengthen her fight.

  • #099 Alone Together: Sara

    May 17th, 2020  |  Season 5  |  21 mins 31 secs
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    Sara wonders how COVID-19 will reshape the way people build community and develop relationships in the future. As a mother, wife, and active member of The Austin Stone, she has adjusted to a “new normal.” Still, she longs to go out and engage in community and corporate worship, especially as she continues to battle with clinical depression. Sara realizes that no matter what, Jesus is her everything. He will remain the same despite the uncertainty and changes around her.

  • #098 Alone Together: Shawn

    May 10th, 2020  |  Season 5  |  20 mins 40 secs
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    Shawn is the CEO and founder of a fitness company that was rapidly growing until the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly halted his plans. With employees and clients in his care, he has felt the immense weight of ensuring everyone stays afloat. Through it all, he’s learned that his identity ultimately does not come from his job or his role as provider. His identity lies in Christ, and through Him, hope reigns.

  • #097 Alone Together: Bonnie

    May 3rd, 2020  |  Season 5  |  10 mins
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    Bonnie is a goer from The Austin Stone living in Europe, and she has experienced the tremendous devastation and isolation caused by the pandemic. As a former healthcare worker, she wondered where her place truly lies, but she now realizes that she needs to remain faithful to where God has placed her. She wants to love her neighbors as best as she can, trusting that God makes all things new in the midst of death.

  • #096 Alone Together: Casey

    April 26th, 2020  |  Season 5  |  30 mins 6 secs
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    Casey had just launched his dream barber shop when the COVID-19 lockdown was announced. As a small business owner, he knew the responsibilities of caring for his employees and family. But he’s felt a peace that surpasses all understanding, knowing that God always provides. Casey has experienced His faithfulness in ways that has continued to give him peace about the future, as uncertain as it remains.

  • #095 Alone Together: Lauren

    April 21st, 2020  |  Season 5  |  12 mins 34 secs
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    Lauren is a brand new registered nurse, working at her first hospital in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While her hospital no longer allows visitors for many of its patients Lauren works everyday to ease the burden on those who are sick and lonely. It’s not easy work, but she is learning to rely on the Holy Spirit to help her be faithful.

  • #094 Alone Together: Jimmy

    April 19th, 2020  |  Season 5  |  19 mins 24 secs
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    Jimmy’s uncle Bobby died from complications of COVID-19 on Sunday, April 5th, 2020. As Jimmy wrestled with his grief and sorrow God comforted him through friends, family, and music. Through tears, Jimmy finds solace in worship and his hope in Jesus.

  • #093 Introducing Alone Together

    April 17th, 2020  |  Season 5  |  2 mins 36 secs
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    In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, believers around the world are striving to be faithful to Jesus and love their neighbors. “Alone Together” is a series of stories about how the people of The Austin Stone are living faithfully in uncertain times.

  • #092 Recovery: Hannah Mae

    April 11th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  28 mins 31 secs
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    Please note, this story is for mature audiences as it references heavily sexual themes, including pornography and sexual assault.

    When Hannah Mae was sexually abused at five-years-old, she only remembered feeling confused. Confusion developed into shame, self-loathing, and loneliness that haunted her for years. She became addicted to masturbation and started working in the pornography industry, thinking that these things would make her feel valued.

    But deep down, Hannah Mae knew that they wouldn’t save her, and she cried out to God for help. He answered—through a slow, patient process of recovery. Hannah Mae learned that God’s forgiveness is eternal, that she is no more a sinner today than yesterday and tomorrow. She clings to the truth that God calls her His bride, holy and pure. She is His beloved, always and forever.

  • #091 Recovery: Isaiah

    April 7th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  16 mins 59 secs
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    Isaiah thought that he didn’t deserve God’s love and always had to earn it. To numb his feelings of guilt and unworthiness, he turned to sex, drugs, and alcohol. Yet with his marriage and sanity on the line, he recognized that only God could change his heart posture. In this ongoing process of healing, Isaiah knows that he can trust God to give him good things simply because he’s His child. Because, as Isaiah has learned, God gives His love freely.

  • #090 Recovery: Judy

    April 5th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  15 mins 31 secs
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    Judy believed that her purpose in this world was to achieve perfection, and she worked hard at it for years. But her obsession with it led her to spiral into heavy substance abuse, escalating to a point where she came to God in desperation.

    During her recovery journey, Judy realized how her need for perfection overruled her need for God. She knows now that her purpose in this world is to serve God as His ambassador, loving His people and sharing the gift of compassion. Jesus, her perfect Savior, will always be enough for her.

  • #089 Recovery: Matt

    March 28th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  14 mins 23 secs
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    Matt’s desire to control his life led him to develop deeper roots in sexual sin and pornography, which he kept hidden because he wanted to become the perfect version of himself. Through a series of wake-up calls, God worked in Matt’s heart to show him it was time to stop hiding and believing that he held the power to save himself. Since then, Matt has witnessed how God steps in to intercede for him as Protector, Deliverer, and Conqueror.