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The Storyteller
Jill Carattini

Frank Boreham's childhood brimmed with storytelling. They called it "The
Hassock Hour," which came on Sunday evenings and commenced at their
mother's feet. Kneeling on hassocks beside her, Frank and his nine
siblings heard storytelling as children that rivalled everything they
heard as adults. Their favorite story was one their mother told of
herself at seventeen.

She had made plans with her cousin, Kitty, to spend the afternoon at
Canterbury Cathedral. Neither had been there before and they were excited
about the adventure. But when the time came for their meeting, Kitty was
no where to be found. Ten a.m. turned to half past eleven, and Kitty had
still not arrived. "I was just about to turn away," said Mrs. Boreham,
"dejected and disgusted, when an elderly gentleman approached me." He
seemed to notice she had been waiting for someone, and proceeded to ask if
she would like a tour. "I am deeply attached to the place," the man said,
"and happen to know something of its story."

This turned out to be quite true. As they moved from point to point, the
stories came alive. She saw before her the arrival of Augustine in the
sixth century, the first archbishop of Canterbury. She beheld the
pilgrims of Chaucher's Canterbury Tales, and she witnessed the
Danes' disfiguring attack on the noble building. Beside the shrine of
Thomas Becket, the grim martyrdom of 1170 came to mind as never before.
She had discovered adventure after all: "Concerning every pillar and arch,
every cranny and crevice, my eloquent guide had some thrilling tale to

We often speak of the influence of story in our lives; I think the
influence of the storyteller is equally profound. F.W. Boreham long cited
his mother's masterful storytelling as the tool God chose to most shape his
ministry and imagination. Her storytelling made visible the wonders of God
at work. "The Hassock Hour" brought past and future, story and Scripture
to life for Boreham, much in the way the guided tour brought Canterbury
Cathedral to life for his mother. Through the eyes of one who knew well
the story, both learned to see.

The early church is full of similar testimonies. As Philip ran beside the
chariot of the Ethiopian official, he heard a fragment of a story. The
official had been in Jerusalem worshipping at the temple, and on his way
home he was reading from the book of Isaiah. Hearing this, Philip asked
the man if he understood what he was reading. "How can I," he replied,
"unless someone explains it to me?" and he invited Philip into the
chariot. Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told
him the rest of the story. The one whom Isaiah foretold, the one who
would be "led like a sheep to the slaughter," was crucified in Jerusalem
and resurrected to life. Seeing water, the man stopped the chariot and
asked Philip to baptize him: "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God" (Acts 8:37).

Storytelling is profound because we live our lives in the midst of story.
Mrs. Boreham's encounter at Canterbury invited her to live among a great
history of belief. In that cathedral, she was one among countless
pilgrims to stand in awe before the Lord. The Ethiopian official found
himself a part of the same grand story, invited to life as it reached far
beyond the words of Isaiah--from Eden to Nazareth to Ethiopia. The
stories we tell remind us continually that life is first a story.

They also remind us that there is a storyteller. When at long last the
cathedral tour was finished and they were heading out the great doors,
Mrs. Boreham's guide suggested they exchange cards. She thanked him
sincerely for his time and courtesy and tucked the card in her pocket. On
the train ride home, she pulled it out. It simply read: Charles
Dickens. Many of us learn to see life as a story, while never fully
realizing the storyteller in our midst.

We tell the old, old story because there is a story to tell. "Faith comes
through hearing the message," writes Paul, "and the message is heard
through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17). Faith comes forth because
there is a story to hear. Faith comes, because where there is a story,
there is a storyteller. Into our lives, there is one who speaks.

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You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
--Galatians 5:13
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Freedom is a wonderful gift when it is handled with responsibility. Not being under law is such a sweet grace, but we must pass that sweetness on to each other through service, kindness, and care.

O Great God of Deliverance, thank you for rescuing Israel from Pharaoh's grasp, David from the sword of Goliath, and Daniel from the lion's den. But O Great Deliverer, thank you most of all for the triumph of Jesus over sin at Calvary and his victory over death at the empty tomb. I long to see you face to face and thank you for my freedom. Until that day, guide me as I use this gift of liberation to serve your children and live for you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
--Romans 15:2
New International Version

Being depressed and dissatisfied with life can be caused by a myriad of things. But for many of us, these are symptoms that we have focused too much on ourselves and are angry with life. We have forgotten to count our blessings, thank and praise God, and help those around us. This verse addresses the last in this list: thinking of others is just what Christ did. It makes a difference in the life we bless and we also find ourselves immensely blessed.

Holy and Matchless God, help me to see the brokenness, hurt, and difficulties in the lives around me, not so I can gloat or feel better about myself, but so that I might bless another with your love and grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
--Romans 12:10
New International Version

Being "devoted to another in brotherly love" requires that our church conversations -- we're family, brothers and sisters, children of God -- must be more than mere words. We must enter each others' lives, getting to know one another so that we can serve, love, and bless each other. What have you done lately to get more involved in the lives of your fellow Christians? Devotion to others follows a commitment to know and be known by them!

Father, thank you for giving me a world-wide family. Thank you for loving me so completely. Father I ask that you help me be more open with myself and my time to those in your family. Give me a heart that burns to bless and be blessed by those you have made your children. Through my brother Jesus I pray. Amen.


From everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousnesswith their children's children -- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
--Psalm 103:17-18
New International Version

Forever love is talked about in dime store novels, but only found in God. We tap that reservoir of eternal and divine love through the Holy Spirit, who helps us receive it and share it.

Everlasting Father, may your love fill your people so the world may know we are Jesus' disciples. Through him I pray. Amen.


Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn
--Romans 12:15
New International Version

We are not alone. God has given us each other to live our lives for him and get us back home to him. Along the way, we want to share each others' burdens, soar on each others joys, and love each others' hurts. There is no such thing as a solo Christian.

Loving Father, lead me to the people today who need their burdens lifted and their joys shared. Let me be your presence in the world of your children today. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen.


I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me -- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
--Acts 20:24
New International Version

How important is grace? Paul said it was more important than his life! Telling about grace was more important to Paul than his life! In fact, that was his life!

Almighty God, Holy Father, thank you for your lavish grace demonstrated and fully expressed in sending Jesus to die for me. As your child, and in thanks to your sacrificial gift, I pledge to you my life, my love, and my all. Through Jesus. Amen.


My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
--James 1:19
New International Version

Have a brake on your tongue, hit the throttle on your ears. Let your angry email sit three days before responding and make sure you read it and edit it before you send it. Keep you mouth shut and your ears open. They all say the same thing. Now if we would just do it, wouldn't the Christian community be so much more blessed!

Mighty and Holy God, you are incredible. Beyond my comprehending. How you put up with all the drivel, senseless, and hurtful speech that I and your other children spew out is beyond my understanding. I ask that you release the Holy Spirit to convict my heart and guard my lips from any form of hurtful speech. I want my voice to be as much yours as my heart is. This I pray through Jesus. Amen.


Heartlight Daily devotional and prayer are written by Phil Ware of HEARTLIGHT Magazine, on the web at:
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Dear Howdy,

A revolution has taken place in Nepal, and it could have a major impact on the work of Gospel for Asia and other Christian ministries. I invite you to read the full story here:

On Thursday, the parliament of Nepal stripped the king of his powers and took the reins of government in the name of the Nepalese people. All of this came as a result of massive demonstrations on the part of the people, who expressed their unwillingness to either be ruled by a tyrant or intimidated by Maoist rebels, and after years of prayer by Christians.

One key provision of the new decrees is that instead of being known as "the world's only Hindu kingdom," the new Nepal will be a secular state. This could have major implications for Christians.

Please be in prayer for the people of Nepal, especially for our fellow believers and GFA leaders there.

Thank you for your prayers for Asia.

Yours for the unreached,

K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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