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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)

TITLE: The Horse's Rear End
By Graham Insley


Joe's palms were flat on the table as he leaned over and whispered, "I'm telling you I heard it come from his own lips. Sue took the children and went to her mum's."

"Naa, can't be right. Pastor Dave and Sue wouldn't break up. They's happy as pigs in mud."

"I didn't say broke up, but she sure left. Well, he done told me himself and I ain't making it up."

"We better get a prayer chain going."

"Yeah. I'm going home and tell Diane. She'll know what to do."

Joe left the cafe as Bill pulled his phone and hit speed dial. "Babe, listen I got some really bad news. Joe told me Sue's left Dave...... What?...... No, Joe said she just packed her bags, took the kids and went to her mum's place...... Ring some of the girls and get them praying, I'll go see if I can find Dave."

Sue dropped the phone and instantly picked it up again. "Hey, Jenny, have you heard about Dave and Sue?...... No? Well, there's been a big fight and Sue's taken the kids and gone home to her folks...... No, I'm not joking -- they had a hum-dinger of a quarrel and she's gone. Look, I'll ring Sally and you ring Jane, we need to get some prayer happening...... Okay, see you at the prayer meeting tomorrow night."

Jenny hung up and dialled. "Jane, I've got an urgent prayer request for you. Now don't go spreading it around but Pastor Dave and Sue have split up...... Well, apparently they had a big fight and, look I don't know for sure, but you know, push leads to shove and she wouldn't take it and left...... What?...... Oh, she took the kids with her...... Yeah, we all better get praying and hope it's not too late for God to save their marriage...... Tell George to start praying...... Yeah well, he'll need all the friends he can get now."

"Hey, George! I just had a phone call from Jenny and you are not going to believe this."

"What is it honey?"

"Apparently Pastor Dave got violent with Sue and started pushing her around. Anyway, she wouldn't take it, it got worse and he pushed her over -- she took the kids and left."

"No way, Jose. I don't believe it."

"Well you better."

"Here, give me that phone. I'll ring Dave myself."

But there was no answer, so George rang John instead.

"Hey, Johnno, listen we got some serious praying to do...... Hey? No, it's Sue and Dave...... What, you've heard already; bad news travels fast...... Yeah, seems like he lost it and clouted her...... Makes you wonder, hey?...... She don't have to put up with that and obviously don't intend to...... Interesting to see if he turns up tomorrow...... Yeah, I'm off to pray now, see ya there."

"Bruce, it's Johnno. Mate we got a drama going on...... Sue and Dave...... He must be on crack or something. Well, seems he lost control during a fight and gave her a touch up...... Yeah, hit her a beauty...... Well, 'course she just ups and goes...... Gone home to mum and ain't never coming back...... Needs a lot more than just prayer, man, they's in real trouble...... Okay, see ya tomorrow night."

"Hi, Sheila."

"Hello, Bruce, how's things?"

"Listen, has anybody told you about Dave and Sue?"

"No. You're the first call tonight. What's up?"

"Well, seems like Dave has been secretly drinking and doing drugs."

"Get out of here!"

"True as. She's left and is looking for a divorce."

"I don't believe it. Where's all this coming from?"

"Straight from the horse's mouth; Dave told Joe himself. Joe bumped into him coming out of a bar; he was tipsy and spilled the beans. Yeah, we'll see what happens tomorrow night at prayer. See ya there."

Pastor Dave was surprised at how many turned up to prayer the next night -- the place was packed and everyone was looking straight at him.

"Listen guys, we have an important prayer request tonight. Sue's mum, Anne, is seriously sick. So Sue has taken the kids over there for a few days to be with her mum and to try and help. Anne goes for a few tests tomorrow, so let's pray for a good report."


When you start to share what comes straight from the horse's mouth, make sure you ain't talking out of the other end of the horse.

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Noel Mitaxa 11/22/13
Anyone talking from that end of the horse would surely be telling tails, and we'd all take astern view of that.;-)
Loved the humour that builds up with the suspense in a well-crafted entry.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/23/13
I loved this story. It's unfortunate how much gossip is spread through prayer requests!
C D Swanson 11/24/13
Nothing worse than gossip and bearing false witness on our brothers and sisters. It can burn out of control as your entry so clearly demonstrates.

Good job and well written.

God bless~
Pauline Carruthers 11/28/13
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/28/13
Wow two weeks in a row! You rock! Happy Thanksgiving Dance!
Danielle King 11/28/13
Congratulations on your win. This is a fantastic read.
Bea Edwards 11/28/13
Fabulous look at how gossip comes straight away from the 'wrong end.'
Loved this entertaining and wise piece.
Congratulations on back to back 1st place ribbons-Go Graham!!

C D Swanson 11/29/13
Congrats! God Bless~
Ellen Carr 11/29/13
Congratulations Graham on your 1st place win. It's well deserved for this, unfortunately-true-to-life story. Humorous and well written.
Nancy Bucca12/05/13
Great job with this. It was hilarious! Congratulations.
Toni Babcock 12/27/13
This is good, this is very, very good - not only the writing, but the moral of the story. So many churches can relate to this kind of gossip mill.
Patsy Hallum07/02/14
CONGRATULATIONS! You've captured just how gossip is passed around! Good Message.
Allison Egley 07/06/14
Oh, this is great! I loved this. Enjoy your BoB crown this year.
Tracy Nunes 07/11/14
Congratulations Graham! I hope you do write that spiritual warfare book. I would love to read it! Enjoy your well deserved BoB year!
Rachel Malcolm 08/07/14
I was getting tense just reading this story! What a great take on the topic, and the message--well, we sure need it!

Great job, and congratulations on winning the BoB award!!!
Robert Douglas Brown08/16/14
This could be the story in just about any community and any church. Gossip is probably one of Satan's best weapons he has in his near limitless arsenal. It is scary in that there have been so many good Christian folk that have been destroyed by gossip.

May we all refrain from this, and shield ourselves with God's armor that can withstand any weapon Satan has at his disposal.

God Bless!
Lindsey Ruby09/03/14
I love this! Great writing, easy to read!
hazel moodley09/18/14
Excellent read . I enjoyed every word . Well done .
Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad10/23/14
Nice! Excellent job!!
Cathrine Huff12/20/14
Great work. Your article is worth reading often as a good reminder what not to do. I like what the Weymouth NT says in James 3:8, which goes along with your article, "But the tongue no man or woman is able to tame. It is an ever-busy mischief, and is full of deadly poison".
Daniel Warren01/02/15
That's hilarious!!!! A very accurate representation of how idle speaking only makes fools of those who practice it. Thank you for this!!! God bless!!!!
Penny Neimiller 01/27/15
Good way to get the point across.
Hallie Agar02/03/15
Absolutely HILARIOUS and sadly, so true.

What an awesome delivery of a much needed message! :)