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The Parable: 3 Kinds of These Short Stories Used by the Master Storyteller

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Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. (Mark 4:33, NLT)

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The Parable: 3 kinds of short stories Jesus used. A devotional for writers with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #ChristianWriting #FreelanceWriting #ContentWriting

Short stories are a way to illustrate a point in your content writing.

Jesus was a master at this.

By using short stories – parables – Jesus was able to paint word pictures that appeal to our senses and reveal a spiritual lesson at the same time. 

His parables boil down to three main types. 

1. Comparison: In these parables, Jesus used an object lesson to explain a spiritual truth. He often used “like” or “as” and made a direct comparison between an object and a lesson. Examples: The Parable of the Mustard Seed or The Parable of the Yeast

2. Narrative: In these parables, Jesus told a tiny short story to teach a lesson. The story included a main character, a problem, and a resolution. Examples: The Parable of the Lost Coin, The Parable of the Persistent Widow.

3. Example: In these parables, Jesus gave a clear model of behavior to be followed or avoided. Examples: The Parable of the Good Samaritan or The Parable of the Rich Fool.

Surely if the Master Storyteller used short stories to make a point, then I can, too. 

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Use short stories to illustrate a point in copywriting and content writing.

A Word To Pray

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Jesus’s parables. They are beautiful examples of how to make a point. I want to use word pictures to reveal lessons to my readers. Show me how to follow His model.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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