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Our Mission

We are broken. The Hebrew word is Shabar, which literally means to be broken into many, many pieces as when a sheet of glass is dropped to the floor, as you find most of the shells on the beach, or, as the Rolling Stones so eloquently put it,

"Uh huh shattered, uh huh shattered
Love and hope and sex and dreams
Are still surviving on the street
Look at me, I'm in tatters!
I'm a shattered
Shattered"

Born out of my own stories of success, brokenness, failure, and restoration, Invested Stories exists to guide and encourage people to live their lives out loud. To live out of their glory instead of their fear. To live out of the unique and special gifting God created in you from the beginning. Those abilities and talents which you usually take for granted because they come so naturally, which are mightily opposed, and which are so many times diminished. To truly live Alive! Full! Free!

Not only are we broken but, in order to deal with the brokenness, we compartmentalize our lives. Our professional lives over here. Our personal lives over there. Our pain and failure hidden in the corner. Our lives of service to others tucked in the back. It seems to make life easier, more manageable … for a while.

At Invested Stories, our goal is to help you to reconnect the pieces and to identify and step into your glory. It is through reconnecting all the stories of our lives; professional, personal and philanthropic, that we are able to truly live Alive! Full! Free!

Alive: To live in anticipation. To engage life in the fullness of creation. To live in the expectancy of what is possible and the goodness to come regardless of current circumstances.

Full: To embrace the glory God has created in you. The glory you were meant to impact the world with and which has been assaulted. To allow everyone you encounter to feel the weight of your glory with integrity and truth.

Free: To engage others squarely centered in both your glory and God’s love no matter how it may be opposed. To boldly answer God’s question, “Is your fear greater than my love?” with a resounding “NO!”

 

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Ray Schmidt

Founder

Who I  Am

I have been a corporate executive for over 30 years building multi-million dollar organizations from scratch and delivering exceptional results under tight deadlines and explosive political pressure. I have coached professionals in both work and personal contexts, helping them to find alignment, focus, and optimization in all facets of their lives.

Over the years, it has become clear to me that only in and out of the narrative of my own life could I hope to find the purpose and alignment that leads to true success. My own failure to acknowledge and engage my stories with integrity and in truth led ultimately to failure - both personally and professionally.

As I have worked to rebuild my life, founded in the truth and integrity of my stories, I have been able to address both the pain and blessing of each narrative, enabling me to begin to truly live as God intended.

It is my greatest desire that we all truly come alive. To begin to leave behind our fear and shame and to truly live our lives out of the glory God created in each of us from the beginning. To allow our glory to overflow into the world and to impact the lives of others with the love of God. To truly live - Alive! Full! Free!

What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only, infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.

We believe in the One True God, the Sovereign, eternal Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternally existent in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe God created mankind in His image. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God; the image of God in man was distorted; mankind became subject to the power of the devil; and the sinful nature was passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin, unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind's pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe that when a person exercises saving faith in Christ they pass, immediately, out of spiritual death into spiritual life and from the old creation into the new, a new nature and a new heart imparted; being justified freely by grace, they are accepted before the Father as Christ, His Son, is accepted and loved as Christ is loved, having his place and portion linked to Christ and one with Christ—forever.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost—they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.