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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Click (04/18/13)

TITLE: Story Telling
By Carla Rogers
04/25/13


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“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 (NIV)

“How many know the story of Moses striking the rock to get water?”

Jumping to how I thought the class would end, I grumbled, “I am not going to learn anything new in this Bible study.” How wrong I was.

Our very friendly and animated leader simply told the story like he would to a child. Looking around at the long time members, the eyes seemed to say just wait; the best is yet to come. We went through the story one more time with the audience’s help. It seemed like he was telling a child a bedtime story when the very small child knows every sentence, every word, every inflection of the voice and the child can’t wait to help tell the story. “This is the strangest Bible study I have been to.”

Then the magic really began. I knew my devotional life would never be the same. The speaker started asking questions about Moses striking the rock to get water; questions I have never really thought of, questions that got me thinking in all kinds of directions. What other actions, right or wrong, could the Israelites have done instead of complain to Moses? Answers started flying from all over the room. What other actions could Moses have done? How can we apply this to our lives today? Amazing answers came from these questions, answers that either I have never heard or the answer had never penetrated my heart.

During the process of the Bible study, everyone had to come to a realization of how the story could be applied in their lives. The leader wasn’t giving us the answers, but letting the group lead the discussion. The story impacted my life like never before. I now want to share how this story can apply to everyday life, how God can do the same thing as in the Bible story. That is how to spread God’s Word, in everyday conversations with people, helping them apply the Scriptures to their situations. Isn’t that what we want; “reproducible ministry”?

I was so excited after this Bible study that I wanted to learn more. I clicked on their web site at www.SimplyTheStory.org and I couldn’t stop clicking; reading all the testimonies, of the youth, illiterate, and regular people that have been touched. Eighty-seven percent of the population of the US learns best through oral telling, even though only fourteen percent are illiterate. Bible stories done this way can be taught to learned and unlearned people everywhere. People learn to use their critical minds to study, an inductive process, to explore the stories to find more truth each day. A “children’s” Bible story is not just a history lesson. It can actually apply to our lives today; what an amazing concept.

Dear Father, thank you for guiding us in our knowledge of how to get your love to others; others who would be otherwise lost. Help me to learn how best to reach the lost around me. Amen.


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Pauline Brakebill 04/27/13
Good lesson, well written .
lynn gipson 04/27/13
Very good message here and very well written. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this one!
Virgil Youngblood 04/27/13
Your message is refreshing, meaningful, and personal. Thank you for sharing this testimony of your walk with the Lord.
Cheryl Harrison 04/27/13
Good job. You should consider entering the blog contest. I think you would do well. You can find the link on the home page.
Christina Banks 04/27/13
Storytelling is powerful. Did you ever think about the number of stories Jesus told? Those of us who write stories are in good company. I love when a familiar Bible story is told in a different way, bringing out new facets I hadn't considered before.
Judith Gayle Smith04/27/13
Wonderful analogy - having us, the children, tell the bedtime story. This is delightful.
Ellen Carr 04/27/13
You tell of your discovery of the value of stories and their impact well. Stories are what people remember and God can use them greatly. Jesus certainly did. Thanks.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/28/13
This is a great devotion. You started off with a perfect Bible verse and then went into something everyone could relate to. I wondered if maybe you would miss the topic, but you did pull it in at the end. I liked the way you told your message without coming off as preachy. The prayer was the perfect end to a great devotion. Good job,
Cinda Carter04/28/13
I love the way you led into the story with a scripture. I also enjoyed the story in itself of Moses hitting rock and then leading into the story sharing answers to why? I truly enjoyed the story.
Alicia Renkema04/29/13
Your beginning made me laugh because there have been times when I would be at a Bible study initially and think that with the way it started out that I wasn't going to learn anything either. Yet, I have found out that if I come with an appetite, truly seeking, I won't be disappointed just like the MC in your devotion wasn't. When the narrator finally understood that he was going to be able to apply a lot of the answers to the teacher's questions to his life, I initially thought, now that is clever, you are going for 'click' without using the word and just the fact that "the narrator was not getting it." So, you really covered the topic in a way on two different levels, that way and by talking about clicking on the computer. I love the different styles of Bible studies, thanks for sharing this one. Blessings.
Loren T. Lowery05/01/13
A great example of how we are to be salt to the world. Salt gives flavor and makes us want/desire more. You've done a great job telling your story and making this reader to want to read on.
Bea Edwards 05/01/13
Thank you for sharing this well written piece on how a unique lesson in storytelling impacted your life. I liked your question about reproducible ministry. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/02/13
Congratulations for ranking 8th in level one! Happy Dance!