Encyclopedia of Comedy Gospel
Ventriloquist and Puppet Routines Book Three
OLD TESTAMENT STORIES
NEW TESTAMENT STORIES
1. Cain and Able (Genesis 4)
33. Story of Elizabeth (Luke 1)
2. Rebekah’s Story (Genesis 24)
34. Zechariah’s Story (Luke 1)
3. Job and His Friends
35. Angels at Christmas (Matthew 1)
4. Miriam & Aaron Oppose Moses (Numbers 12)
36. They Wouldn’t Listen (A Christmas Story)
5. The Captured Ark (1 Samuel 4-5)
37. Nicodemus’ Story (John 3)
6. King Saul’s Disobedience (1 Samuel 15)
38. Through the Roof (Mark 2)
7. David and the Giant (1 Samuel 17)
39. Centurion’s Faith (Matthew 8)
8. The Man Who Would Be King (1 Kings 1)
40. Transfiguration (Matthew 17)
9. Solomon Establishes His Kingdom (1 Kings 2)
41. Jesus Feeds the Foolish People (John 6)
10. Solomon Asks for Wisdom (1 Kings 3)
42. Light of the World (John 9)
11. Solomon’s Sin (1 Kings 11)
43. Lazarus (John 11)
12. Obadiah, Servant of the King (1 Kings 18)
44. Zaccheus (Luke 19)
13. Elijah and the False Prophets (1 Kings 18)
45. Pilate’s Story (John 18)
14. Elijah’s Prayer (1 Kings 18)
46. Caiaphas’ Story (Matthew 26)
15. A Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19)
47. Herod’s Story (Luke 23)
16. Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2)
48. Mary Magdalene’s Story (Luke 8)
17. Naaman (2 Kings 5)
49. Thomas’ Story (John 20)
18. Jonah (Jonah 1-4)
50. Stephen’s Story (Acts 6-7)
19. Micah’s Prophecy (Micah 5:2)
20. Jeremiah’s Belt (Jeremiah 13)
21. Passhur (Jeremiah 20)
22. Hananiah the Patriot (Jeremiah 28)
23. Jeremiah Buys a Field (Jeremiah 32)
24. Freeing the Slaves (Jeremiah 34)
25. Jeremiah in the Dungeon (Jeremiah 37)
26. Jeremiah in the Cistern (Jeremiah 38-39)
27. Gedaliah the Governor (Jeremiah 40-41)
28. Nebuchadnessor’s Madness (Daniel 4)
29. Daniel and the Lions (Daniel 6)
30. Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-2)
31. Enemies at the Gate (Nehemiah 4-5)
32. Nehemiah’s Return (Nehemiah 10-13)
50. STEPHEN’S STORY
JIM: In the early days of the church…
SIDNEY: Back when they only had black and white TV.
JIM: They didn’t have any TV.
SIDNEY: No TV?! How are they going to waste all those hours each day?
JIM: In those days, many people were becoming Christians every day.
SIDNEY: Probably because they weren’t spending their time watching TV.
JIM: The leaders of the church were the apostles.
SIDNEY: They were opossums?
JIM: Apostles. Twelve men had been appointed by Jesus to make sure everyone heard the truth
about how Jesus died and rose from the dead. Anyway because so many people were
becoming Christians, the apostles didn’t have time to take care of all the needs of the people.
They needed to spend their time praying for everyone and teaching the people about God’s
SIDNEY: And running the foosball tournament.
JIM: The apostles knew that it was important that someone be in charge of caring for people who
were old or sick or didn’t have enough money to feed their families, so they told the people to
choose seven men who loved the Lord and were filled with God’s Spirit. One of those who
was chosen was a man named Stephen.
SIDNEY: But Stephen was leavin’.
JIM: Stephen spent a lot of time out among the people showing them the power of God to meet their
needs and many people were becoming Christians because of Stephen. Now many of the
Jews didn’t like Stephen.
SIDNEY: Because he kept forgetting to blow his nose.
JIM: No, they didn’t like him because he was always telling people about Jesus and these Jews
thought that Jesus had only pretended to be God’s Son. When Stephen wouldn’t stop talking
SIDNEY: They stuffed him in a bag and mailed him to Pittsburgh.
JIM: They did worse than that.
SIDNEY: They mailed him to Afghanistan?
JIM: No. They got some men to tell lies about Stephen. These men said…
SIDNEY: Hey, everybody! Stephen’s really a trained monkey.
JIM: Actually they told everyone that Stephen had been saying terrible, insulting things about God.
This made the people really angry and the leaders arrested Stephen and put him on trial.
SIDNEY: But they didn’t show it on Court TV.
JIM: No, they didn’t.
SIDNEY: Because they didn’t have TV.
JIM: That’s right.
SIDNEY: See? I’ve been listening. They put it on Court Radio.
JIM: They didn’t have radio, either. Anyway, those liars came and spoke against Stephen. They said
to the judges…
SIDNEY: We swear he’s really a monkey.
JIM: They said, Stephen is telling everyone that Jesus will destroy the temple of God and change the
law of Moses!
SIDNEY: Who would believe that? There’s no way Jesus is going to change the law of gravity.
JIM: I said the law of Moses. That was one of the most important parts of the Jewish faith. It’s very
important to Christians as well. The High Priest, who was one of the judges, asked Stephen…
SIDNEY: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?
JIM: No, he asked if those charges were true. Did Stephen really say these things? Stephen knew
that these leaders didn’t really want to know the truth.
SIDNEY: They can’t handle the truth.
JIM: So Stephen began to go through the history of Israel showing them how the people of Israel
never respected God’s law. No matter how many good things God did for them, they
continued to disobey Him. Stephen said…
SIDNEY: You’ve been naughty boys.
JIM: Stephen said, when God sent His prophets to tell Israel the truth, your fathers killed them and
now you have even murdered Jesus, the one God sent to give you life. When the leaders
heard Stephen say this…
SIDNEY: They hopped in their car and made a getaway. (Zoom out of sight)
JIM: They didn’t make a getaway! But they were furious with Stephen for saying they had murdered
Jesus. Just then, God gave Stephen a special vision.
SIDNEY: And that’s how television was invented.
JIM: Not television. He had a vision. He said to the judges, I see Jesus standing in heaven!
SIDNEY: And He’s holding something called television.
JIM: No, Jesus was standing in a position of authority where He could rule over all of creation.
Remember, the leaders didn’t want to believe that Jesus was the Son of God so when they
heard this, they covered their ears and shouted as loud as they could.
SIDNEY: Three cheers for Jesus!
JIM: They weren’t cheering. They were very, very angry. They dragged Stephen outside the city…
SIDNEY: And challenged him to a drag race.
JIM: No, they picked up stones and started throwing them at Stephen.
SIDNEY: But God came to the rescue in the nick of time!
JIM: God didn’t come to the rescue. As the stones were hitting Stephen, he knew he was going to be
with the Lord. He said, Lord, receive my spirit and do not hold this sin against these people.
And then he died.
SIDNEY: Somehow I don’t feel like making a joke here.
JIM: Sometimes God allows terrible things to happen to His people. But there is always a good
SIDNEY: How could anything good come from Stephen’s death?
JIM: Because of what happened to Stephen, many Christians began to flee Jerusalem. But as they
traveled throughout the world, they took something very important with them.
JIM: No. They took the good news of how Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that
anyone who believes in Him could be forgiven of the wrong things they’ve done and receive
everlasting life. Because of Stephen, the good news, the gospel, spread throughout the world and
many, many, many people were able to believe in Jesus. And when each of those people died, they
met Stephen who was in heaven with Jesus.