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18. Telling The Gospel Through Story by Christine Dillon

I am a big proponent of teaching the Bible from Creation to Christ. This is a very good book for someone who has never done storytelling and needs a basic book to get started. For the most part, I did not learn anything new except storyboarding the stories to help in the process of remembering. While I have not storyboarded, I have written pictures in my mind that have helped me tell them, especially the seven days of Creation story! I am part of a MUG (Meet Up Group) that tells stories to each other every Monday, and it has been fun for me to have a basic set of Bible stories. It so encourages me to tell these stories and see God's wonderful plan with the Scarlet Thread of Redemption running through the whole thing.  I have loved revisiting the story of Creation, the Fall, the Flood, Abraham, and Moses so far! So, if you are local, ask me to tell you one! She recommends a basic set of 14 stories. I am expanding it to include the story of David (establishing the kingly line in the Sc…

17. Understanding Dreams from God by Scott Breslin

This is a good basic primary on dreams. It goes through the different ways that we see dreams in the Bible, and their purpose. I was hoping it would go into more detail about interpretation, but it is a good starting point. 




The story of the tabernacles starts at 1:15 
The story of the tabernacle for this storyteller starts at 2:50:

HIS WORDS: Leviticus 4:1-35


The LORD spoke to Moses and said, "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'If a person sins unintentionally by straying from any of God's commands, breaking what must not be broken, if it's the anointed priest who sins and brings guilt on the people, he is to bring a bull without defect to GOD as a sin offering. [Heb. 7:27,28] He must bring the bull to the door of the Tent of Meeting in the presence of GOD, lay [both] of his hands on the bull's head and kill [it] before the Lord. Then he shall take some of the bull's blood, bring it into the Tent of Meeting, dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle some of it seven times before the Lord before the veil (curtain) of the sanctuary. He is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of sweet (fragrant) incense before the …


This includes Pharoah pursuing the Israelites and the Wilderness Wanderings of Sinai:

HIS WORDS: Exodus 20:1-21


God spoke all these words:

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery.

1) You must have no other gods but Me alone.

2) You must not make any carved gods of any form and worship them, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Do not bow down to them and do not serve them because I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and even the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I am very loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.

3) You must not use or repeat the name of the LORD your God lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who uses His name that way. 

4) You must earnestly remember the Sabbath day to keep it hol…

5: MOSES - Exodus 1-12

This story starts at 5:00 minutes
Here is another storyteller:

HIS WORDS: Exodus 1-12


Remember when God promised Abraham he would be the father of a great nation? Well, God kept that promise. Abraham had Isaac, and Isaac had Jacob, and Jacob had twelve sons. Through one of his sons, Joseph, God brought all of the sons of Jacob to Egypt so that they would not die in a famine in the promised land of Canaan. In Egypt, they had grown from just Jacob's family into a large nation of twelve families or tribes. They were called Hebrews, from a word that means beyond, on the other side. 

God had also told Abraham that one day His people would live in a foreign land and become slaves. But God would punish the people who enslaved them, and that is exactly what happened. The king of Egypt feared that the Hebrews would turn against him because they were great in number so he made them slaves. 

Even after that particular Pharaoh died, the Hebrews were still sufferi…

I love . . .

I LOVE . . . 

blue sky out my window
wind blowing through giant evergreens
Ritter Sport milk chocolate with butter biscuit
neighbor Nourieh who gave me lentil stew and cinnamon pudding
PBS NewsHour with Judy and Gwen
an adjustable bed
friends to split a Key Lime Pie
missing a big white truck by about 1 minute
Jamie who is not crazy
a little heel life in my red shoes
dreams of Jesus
the story of Moses
the "oh my gravy" cowboys
causes to stop evil (#BringBackOurGirls)
the Unshakable Kingdom and E. Stanley Jones

4:ABRAHAM - Genesis 12:1-25:11

Part 1 of Abraham is at 12:12 of the top video  and the first part of the second video
Here is Abraham part A (Genesis 12-21):

Here is Abraham Part B (Genesis 22)

HIS WORDS: Genesis 12:1-25:11


Many generations after Noah (or Adam, if that was your last story), there was a man named Abram who lived among idol worshipers in what is now modern day Iraq. One day, God called Abram to leave his country and his father's house to go to a land that He would show him. God promised Abram that he would be a great nation (that is to have many descendants) that He would bless Abram and make his name great, and that through Abram all the peoples of the earth would be blessed. The first part of that promise was hard to believe since Abram was 75 and his wife Sarai was 65, and they had no children! But Abram obeyed God by taking his wife, and his nephew, Lot, and went to the land of Canaan.

Later, God …

16. A Wind in the House of Islam by David Garrison

Informative book about what is happening in the Muslim world. I could not put it down!

15. The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

This is my fourth or fifth time reading this. The first time I read it in the children's version to my kids, the second and third time I read it in the English of the time it was written for two different classics lists, then I taught it to a British Literature Class I led (but not sure I read the whole thing that time), then I read it in this Modern English version for my current Book Dames Book Club. Whew!

I loved this version, and it might be a better place to start for people. John Bunyan quotes Scripture throughout the book, and I love that this version has all the cross-references in the footnotes. This is a classic that everyone should read. I wish I had the time to quote some things from it. I have quotes from when I studied it for the Well-Educated Mind, but I have not transferred them from my old computer to my new one. I need to do that before I lose all of them forever. 

This time something did strike me about the book. Christian was not accompanied by the Holy Spirit in…

Mark 5:1-20 -- Gerasene Demoniac

HIS WORDS: Mark 5:1-20

MY STUDY: Great exposition of the passage HERE


They came to the other side of the Sea of Galilee where the Gerasenes lived. When He got out of the boat, a madman, with an unclean spirit who lived among the tombs and graves in the cemetery, came up to Him. No one could restrain him-he could not be chained up or tied down with ropes because he always broke them. He was screaming in the cemetery and in the mountains on a night and day basis, slashing himself with sharp stones.

When he saw Jesus coming from a distance, he ran up and bowed before Him and shouted in a loud voice saying, "What is there in common, Jesus, Son of the Most High God, messing with me? I swear to God, do not harass me!" (For Jesus had just commanded the tormenting evil spirit, "Out! Get out of the man!").

Jesus asked him, "Tell me your name."

He replied, "My name is Legion, for we are great in number" (a Roman army legion was anywhere from 3,000-6,60…