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"SHARE A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD" is, when it comes to biblical storytelling, much more than just a catchy motto, catch-phrase or slogan - it's a real possibility.

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"SHARE A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD" is, when it comes to biblical storytelling, much more than just a catchy motto, catch-phrase or slogan - it's a real possibility. Not just with children, but with adults, as well. With "church-attenders," and with prison inmates.
One of the most powerful aspects of biblical telling is that the life that is changed may well be, and often is, the life of the teller.

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Comment by Pam Holcomb on March 22, 2008 at 3:19pm
Happy Easter Dear Folks:

Below is an Easter story that speaks volumes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Pam


STORY OF EDITH BURNS...
Happy Easter!



Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in SanAntonio,Texas.

She was the patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips.
Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw patients as people.

His favorite patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it was
because of Edith Burns.

When he walked into that waiting room,

there sat Edith with her big black
Bible in her lap earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside her.

Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way:
"Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"

Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many
times people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into that office and there he saw
the head nurse, Beverly.

Beverly had first met Edith
when she was taking her
blood pressure. Edith began by saying,"My name
is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"

Beverly said, "Why yes I do."

Edith said, "Well, what do you believe about Easter?"

Beverly said, "Well, it's
all about egg hunts, going to church, and dressing up."

Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter,
and finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said,
"Beverly, don't call Edith into the office quite yet.

I believe there is another delivery taking place in the waiting room.

After being called back in the doctor's office,

Edith sat down and when she took a look at the doctor she
said, "Dr. Will, why are you so sad?

Are you reading your Bible? Are you praying?" Dr.
Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and you're the patient."
With a heavy heart he said, "Your lab report came back and it says
you have cancer, and Edith, you're not going to
live very long."

Edith said, "Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are
you so sad?
Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just
told me I'm going to
see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my
friends.

You have just told me that I am going to celebrate Easter
forever, and here you are having difficulty giving me my ticket!"

Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns is!"

Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips.
Christmas came and the office was closed
through January 3rd. On the
day the office opened, Edith did not show up.
Later that afternoon,
Edith called Dr.Phillips and said she would
have to be moving her
story to the hospital and said, Will, I'm very
near home, so would
you make sure that they put women in here next
to me in my room who
need to know about Easter."

Well, they did just that and women began to come in
and share
that room with Edith. Many women were saved.
Everybody on that floor
from staff to patients were so excited about
Edith, that they
started calling her Edith Easter; that is
everyone except
Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.

Phyllis made it plain that she
wanted nothing to do with Edith because she was
a "religious nut."
She had been a nurse in an army hospital.

She had seen it all and heard it all.

She was the original G.I. Jane.
She had been married three times, she was hard, cold, and did everything by the book.

One morning the two nurses who were to attend to
Edith were
sick. Edith had the flu and Phyllis Cross had
to go in and give her a shot.

When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on her
face and said,

"Phyllis, God loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for you."

Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit
praying for me,it won't work. I'm not interested."
Edith
said, "Well, I will pray and I have asked God
not to let me go home
until you come into the family."

Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because that will never
happen," and curtly walked out of the room.



Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room
and Edith would say,

"God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I'm praying for you."

One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to
Edith's room like a magnet would draw iron.

She sat down on the bed
and Edith said,

"I'm so glad you have come, because God told me that
today is your special day."

Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have
asked everybody here the question, "Do you
believe in Easter, but you have never asked me."

Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to
many times, but God told me to wait until you
asked, and now that you
have asked." Edith Burns took her Bible and
shared with Phyllis
Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and
resurrection of
JesusChrist. Edith said, "Phyllis, do you
believe in Easter?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and wants to
live in your heart?"

Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that
with all of my
heart, and I do want Jesus in my life. "Right
there, Phyllis Cross
prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart.
For the first time
Phyllis Cross did not walk out of a hospital
room, she was
carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said,
Do you
know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said, "Why
Edith, it's
Good Friday."

Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every
day is Easter. Happy Easter Phyllis!"

Two days later, on
Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into work,
did some of her duties
and then went down to the flower shop and got
some Easter lilies
because she wanted to go up to see Edith and
give her some Easter
lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in
bed. That big black Bible was on her lap.

Her hands were in that Bible.

There was a sweet smile on her face.

When Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith's hand,

she realized Edith was dead.



Her left hand was on John 14:

In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to
prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself,
that where I am, there you may be also."



Her right hand was on
Revelation 21:4, "And God will wipe away every
tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death crying; and there
shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away."

Phyllis Cross
took one look at that dead body, and then
lifted her face toward
heaven, and with tears streaming down here
cheeks, said,

"Happy Easter, Edith - Happy Easter!"

Phyllis Cross left Edith's body, walked out
of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses were
sitting. She said, "My name is Phyllis Cross.
Do you believe in Easter?"
Comment by Mike Lockett on March 22, 2008 at 1:58pm
Oh, God DID bless my Grandpa! God let him live long enough until he found the Lord in his old age in the nursing home before he passed away. From my dad's stories - Grandpa was a Christian in deeds - but not in faith... while some of the folks in his home town were people who professed faith - but whose deeds did not match their professed faith. Grandpa was indeed fortunate to find God before leaving the earth. It is through faith that we are saved. (though I do wonder about the church going folks that blasphemed my Grandpa and yet called on him to help the less fortunate on a regular basis while they dod not provide the help themselves... Makes one wonder!

Happy Easter everyone.

Mike Lockett
Comment by Tom Taylor on March 21, 2008 at 9:05pm
JUST KIDDING! KIDDING, kids - I LOVE zucchini, and would welcome any neighbor's trespassing on my property to deliver a (small) truckload of it.

"But, seriously, folks...." (anyone out there recall that line?),
what a ministry you guys had today. The "seeds" you were planting were not those of JUST the potatoes and spinach, but, also, of course, His gospel.

I trust a number of those good folks will return at harvest time for the taters and spinach - and, of course, those Other Seeds will also have a harvest time, and I hope you (plural) might have the opportunity to see just what your planting on this great Good Friday brings forth, or is in the process of bringing forth.

Thanks for sharing, Mike -

Blessings,

Tom (P.S. - And Lord Bless your Grandpa!)
Comment by Tom Taylor on March 21, 2008 at 8:50pm
Mike,

The sin is NOT in trespassing, but in trying to foist your zucchini off on a neighbor to whom you are to demonstrate His love!

Tom
Comment by Mike Lockett on March 21, 2008 at 6:20pm
One more quick note - My Grandpa always said - "Plant your potatoes on Good Friday." We spent a few good minutes this afternoon in one of God's greatest churches - our garden - and planted out potatoes. We have a community walking trail than runs past our home. Nearly 25 people stopped to talk as we planted those spuds in the ground. We never asked the religion of one person - but we told them all how the Lord had blessed us with a good day, fresh black dirt to plant in and strong enough backs to do the planting. Then we invited them to come down and visit when the spinach and potatoes we planted come up.

Question - Is it a sin to trespass on neighbor's property to leave them extra zucchini?
Comment by Mike Lockett on March 21, 2008 at 6:14pm
Hi, friends! - I have been wading through more books than a civilized man ought to own in order to do research for a book of my own that will be released in Taiwan next August.

Among my readings - I found a great book. Stories for Telling: A treasury for Christian Storytellers, Augspurger Publications from Minneapolis, 1986 - by William A. White.

You can still get copies of this delightful paperback at used bookstores on line. It has over 50 stories the work well in Christian settings. BUT - these stories can convey a Christian message in a "covert" manner when you are telling stories to secular audiences.

I also ran across several other greast books. From time to time - I will toss a title or two at you in case you are interested. Best to all,

Mike Lockett
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 21, 2008 at 11:20am
Just want to wish everyone a precious Good Friday and a wonderful Easter Day... He is Risen!

Buck
 

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