Burial Anointing Story – Matthew 26

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Storyteller Drawings

Beautiful Blessing – woman, Jesus, chair, perfume – Let me tell you a story about the famous woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume, a beautiful blessing of faith.

Angry Disciples – money bag, bread, two men – Jesus’ disciples thought the woman’s gift was wasteful. They said she should sell the perfume and give to the poor instead.

Honorable Motives – tomb, tombstone, corpse, fragrance – Jesus opened his disciples eyes to see she was expressing her faith in him as Messiah, belief in his prophesied death.

Breaking Point – serpent, Judas, money bag, priest – Jesus’ explanation was the breaking point for Judas. He left Jesus to meet with a chief priest for money to betray his Master.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.


Want more stories? Please visit our Storytellers Bible page: blazingtrees.org/storytellers

Want to start your own storytellers team? Please send us an email to get started: info@blazingtrees.org

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Reignfall Letter

My brothers and sisters, teammates and companions, friends and fellow pilgrims on our adventurous journey to Zion City! I praise the Lord for your life, and our mission team is praying for you, that you will be filled to overflowing with the power and spiritual blessings of Jesus’ Holy Spirit. Let Jesus’ kingdom come and will be done through you.

Let us remember today in the context of adoption and sonship, that through Jesus Christ we have already been given every spiritual blessing in Christ flowing from God’s heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:3-4) Our God is the Ancient of Days whose universal authority is established, his divine power has overcome the god of this age, and his victory in the worship wars of the nations has already been prophesied! (Daniel 7:13-14)

So let the reign of Jesus fall upon our generation. Thank you Father for giving every one of your sons and daughters the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16) Thank you for delivering slaves out of unseen prisons into favored seats at the Lamb’s wedding feast. (Galatians 4:5-7) Thank you Immanuel for never leaving or forsaking us, that nothing and no one can ever separate us from your presence or love after we decide to follow Jesus. (Psalm 139:1-12) We rest in you, and we pray for all peoples to receive Jesus’ salvation.

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Glory Transformation > While Jesus was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground. Jesus came to them and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid!” (Matthew 17:5-7 GNT)

Holy Vision > Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then the people screamed at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him [to stone him to death]. (Acts 7:55-57 HCSB)

True Faith > “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like  blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-13 NIV)

Prayer > Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to help us perceive Jesus’ powerful reignfall in our lives every day. Maranatha!


Our vision for the Barnabas Post project is to develop and send out waves of encouraging and comforting devotional letters and prophetic photo art to disciples of Jesus all over the world every month.



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Video – Bendiciones misión – Our Story

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Please enjoy our video about our Bendiciones Misión story.

Dave & Patsy Shuford began a mission to Mexico in 2017, and we have been amazed to see our Father’s blessings and favor resting on this gospel ministry.

Let each and every one of us be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus in the world today!

To learn more, please visit our website: blazingtrees.org/bendiciones

We have 20 basic discipleship lessons in Spanish available free for download on our website.

If you want to support our work or join us on an upcoming mission trip, please visit our website for more information, and send us an email: daveandpatsy@blazingtrees.org


New Video: Freedom Is… Holy Spirit

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Blazing Trees is about freedom in the Holy Spirit. Freedom Is… Holy Spirit John 16 says, “The Spirit of Truth will come to you, and guide you into all the Truth. He will never speak on his own, but only what he hears from heaven. He will even give you glimpses of the future.”

Brothers and sisters, the greatest resource available to Jesus’ Church for fulfilling the Great Commission has always been the Holy Spirit’s presence.

Want to learn more about freedom? Visit Amazon.com and grab a copy of our new book Draw Disciples by James Harvey & Brian Hayden.


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Year End Message 2018


Beloved Friends,

Thank you for standing with us during 2018. We are honored by your desire to journey forward alongside our team as we witness together all our Awesome Father is doing around the world through this ministry.

Blazing Trees creates the most innovative resources for frontier missions in the world, equipping followers of Jesus to fulfill the Great Commission – without boundaries.

As we look forward to 2019, thank you for standing among hundreds of others who are praying fervently and giving generously so that our Blazing Trees team can continue our momentum in making the complex simple.

Here is just part of what we will be doing in 2019:

  • Producing the Storytellers book – 250 Bible stories in 21 story sets with drawings, teaching notes, discussion guides, and training videos on our YouTube channel.
  • Establishing 120 Maranatha Storyteller teams worldwide: disciples who pray and tell stories.
  • Encouraging and praying with many broken and suffering missionaries scattered across the earth.

Thank you everyone who has already given online or mailed a Year End gift. You can still make your Year End gift by clicking the link below.

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Merry Christmas! Storytellers Video Gift


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Please enjoy our Blazing Trees Christmas gift for you: a new prayer video entitled “Storytellers” with the names of dozens of stories throughout the Bible.


Beloved and Cherished Friends,

Our hearts are full of gratitude this Christmas knowing we have loving and loyal companions like you and your family praying for and taking care of our mission team.

Have you heard the Good News? Our God so loved the world that he sent his one and only begotten Son to rescue the world, and anyone who calls on his name and believes that God raised him from the dead will be saved. Glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest!

The shepherds saw Jesus and rejoiced; the wise men from the East saw Jesus and rejoiced; Simeon and Anna saw Jesus and rejoiced; and all the hosts of heaven saw the Word wrapped up and embraced in Mary’s arms and shouted for joy, singing worship anthems unto the Most High. Our Messiah King has come, and he will return soon. Maranatha, praise the Lord!

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels, all the armies of heaven!

Praise him, sun and moon, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above, you vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He set them in place forever and ever, and his decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds.

Praise the Lord, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and young women, old men and children. Let everyone and all creation praise the name of the Lord, for his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

Our God has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones, the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 148, New Living Translation)

Thank you so much for being willing to stand with us, risk with us, and love us. We love you, and our team is praying for you and your family.

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Immanuel’s Advent Stories – Part One

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As we prepare to put 2018 to rest, everyone who loves Jesus is making holiday celebration plans. Our Draw Disciples team has developed an exciting gift to give you and your family this year: a new Bible story set to help you walk through Jesus’ Nativity stories.

We will send you three stories each week. By Christmas, you will have all twelve stories in the set as an Advent gift from our Blazing Trees family. We hope you enjoy drawing these stories as a family, because we are confident these stories will draw you closer to our Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit’s presence, peace, and power.

Your first three stories are below.

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Immanuel Prophecy – Isaiah 7

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  1. David’s House: house, crown, rod & staff, stars – The virgin birth prophecy was spoken to David’s family.
  2. Isaiah & Ahaz: prophet & king – God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz about Jesus’ birth.
  3. Messiah Sign: virgin & baby – The sign of Israel’s Messiah is a virgin giving birth to a child named Immanuel.
  4. Promised Victory: sword & crowns – Before the Messiah’s birth, Israel’s two enemies would be defeated.

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Peaceful Prince – Isaiah 9

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  1. Hope Dawns: dark land & sunrise – The coming of the Messiah will be like a sunrise over a forsaken land.
  2. War’s End: warrior & harvest – A sign of the Messiah’s coming will be the end of war and a great harvest.
  3. Peaceful Prince: prince & dove – God’s Messiah will be his Son; a divine prince who brings peace to Israel.
  4. Justice Kingdom: rod, staff, balance scales – The Messiah will rule with righteous justice and holy wisdom.

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Righteous King – Isaiah 11

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  1. Fruitful Roots: tree stump & fruitful branch – Our Savior will be a descendant of Jesse filled with the Holy Spirit.
  2. Bondage Breaker: warrior king & broken chains – The Messiah will listen to God and liberate the poor.
  3. Fearless Culture: serpent & child – Two signs of the Messiah is safety in the land and banishment of fear.
  4. World Peace: sea, mountain, sunrise – The Righteous King will fill the earth with worship and God’s wisdom.


Want more stories? Please visit blazingtrees.org/storytellers

Thank you so much for being willing to stand with us, risk with us, and love us. We love you, and our team is praying for you and your family.


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Immanuel Prophecy Story Video

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We hope you enjoy drawing the first story in our Immanuel’s Advent story series.

We have developed 12 Nativity stories for you to share with others as the Holy Spirit guides you.

Want more stories? Please visit blazingtrees.org/storytellers

Immanuel Prophecy Story – Isaiah 7:10-16

  • David’s House: house, crown, rod & staff, stars – The virgin birth prophecy was spoken to David’s family.
  • Isaiah & Ahaz: prophet & king – God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz about Jesus’ birth.
  • Messiah Sign: virgin & baby – The sign of Israel’s Messiah is a virgin giving birth to a child named Immanuel.
  • Promised Victory: sword & crowns – Before the Messiah’s birth, Israel’s two enemies would be defeated.


The Storytellers Bible project is an innovative resource for Bible storytelling. We believe that all anyone needs to make disciples is God’s presence and power through the indwelling Holy Spirit and the stories of the Bible.

This project is supported by many generous givers just like you.

Thanks for watching, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity.


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Faith Journey Prayer Video

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We are called by God to live by faith and not by sight. Jesus told Thomas after his resurrection from the dead that the greater blessing in heaven is for those who have not seen and yet still believe.

Our Father invites us every day to trust him with all our hearts and flee from dependence upon our own strength. It’s not by our strength or our knowledge, but by the power of Jesus’ Holy Spirit that God’s kingdom comes here on earth.

We believe this Faith Journey prayer will uplift and encourage your soul today, that you will be reminded that you are not alone, that our God is greater, our God is stronger, that he is Immanuel, “God with us,” that he has not forsaken or forgotten us.

Instead, he loves us beyond what we can comprehend, and that he is always speaking to us every day and night.

Let us listen to our Good Shepherd’s voice.


The Seraphim River project is an initiative of Blazing Trees to innovate resources for prayer and worship, and this project is supported by many generous people just like you.

Feeling generous? Please visit blazingtrees.org and select “Give.”

Thanks for listening, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity.


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