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  1. People read faces people read books Jesus reads Heart As a man think so is he. Most people enjoy a good story that's why the greatest story ever told is that of Love and Jesus is Love ,as my pastor says with out that we don't have a story ,Give glory to God for the great things He's. Done.

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    Lillianne, I agreed wholeheartedly with your article. I often say that if our preachers use stories or metaphors they will have better results in turning lives around. Many times, I go to church with a HEAVY heart and downcast spirit and when the preacher starts using Scripture as a whip, it truly brings me lower than when I first arrived. Feelings of anger and running away enter my mind, but out of courtesy and respect, I remain seated through the entire service and leave church feeling worst than when I arrived. When we go to church we look for relieve from our weekly trials, not to be disciplined. Jesus did not disciplined, HE simply loved. We should do the same.

  3. @ lopez i pasionately aligned myself with your article, if all of us can learn from the master His second coming will be quick. Weldone

  4. Telling Stories catches the attention of people. Many things may be expressed and the point is not always understood. However, many are touched with an afterthought. Sometimes the meaning may affect their minds hours, days, months or even years later. Look at the effect of the parables of Christ. Their messages live on, even now 2,000 years later. Praise God.

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    Take note that Christ avoided fictitious stories He used good stories.stories that appeal, that touch and that suites the situation.Christ was a master of storytelling, indeed we need to learn this art.

  6. Jesus Christ's sermons presents a holistic approach to lesson delivery. His object lessons come embedded in rich,realistic and practical stories and metaphors which are accompanied by good story-telling characteristics. This approach leaves the listener empathetic and his thought processes are provoked. The listener, therefore, uses personal interpretive abilities to, knowingly or unknowingly, convict himself. The decisions that the listener adopts due to personal conviction are weighed decisions and the whole story becomes a permanent feature in the mind of the listener and can be re-told across future generations. Compare this to the way preachers organise their sermons today. They almost use one style that, according to my understanding, lacks variation. Unlike Jesus, they rarely make use of stories. Rather, they are analytic in their appraoches, breaking down a scripture passage into its component parts which they comment on. This is good but, in my opinion, certain important pointers that would convict and draw men to Jesus are always lost in the breaking down of the original story as certain verses are preferred and selected ahead of others hence, a holistic presentation is not achieved.

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    good day saints this thing of telling a story the are people inside the church who are against it, so please provite me verse and books


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