The People God Uses

Posted Sep 14th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

The People God Uses
So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day
on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.
--1 Samuel 16:13
Imagine David for just a moment, out watching his family's sheep just like any other day. Then he gets a message:
"David, they want you back at the house."
"I don't know. There...

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Posted Sep 8th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Over the years I have said many prayers to God, and I haven’t always gotten the answers I wanted.  When I was a little boy I prayed for my lost dog, Duke, to come back home but he never did. 
When I was in high school I prayed that I would become a big football star, but God had other plans.  In college I prayed to become a huge success and be both rich and famous.  Thirty years later...

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The Kind We All Want

Posted Sep 5th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

The Kind We All Want
It was about 8:30 AM on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.
He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00. I took his vital signs and had him to take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided since I...

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Injustice on Labor Day

Posted Sep 1st, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Injustice on Labor Day
During 1894, to enhance profits, the Pullman Palace Car Company slashed the wages of its employees while requiring them to work 16 hour days. Pullman also controlled
housing and necessities through their ownership of the local town. 
When George Pullman refused to listen to his employees concerns, the situation escalated into a national shutdown of the railroad system. Federal troops were brought
in, resulting in 13 deaths and many injuries. 
According to Wikipedia, six days later labor unions were partially appeased when Labor Day was declared a national holiday. This tragedy began due to workplace injustices. 
Proverbs 28:3 teaches, “A ruler who oppresses the...

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Social Creed of the Churches

Posted Aug 31st, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Social Creed of the Churches
In the early 1900's workplace conditions were dismal. Many industries were unsafe, paid less than a living wage, and required 12-hour days, 7 days a week.
In 1909, with these unjust conditions as a backdrop, Labor Sunday was launched as a day when pastors preached on the value and dignity of work. This led to a federation of churches identifying 14 areas of injustice in the workplace which became the Social Creed
of the Churches.
King Solomon...

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The Gnat

Posted Aug 24th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

The Gnat
A few years ago, I worked for a company that sent me out on the road to some of their remote sites to do maintenance work.  These sites were, for the
most part, open fields approximately 100 to 160 acres in size.
On these sites were huge piles of metallic ores such as manganese, beryllium, chromium, ferrochrome, and many others.  Occasionally, these fields would have to be mowed and the buildings would need repairs, so I would go...

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A Great Golf Story

Posted Aug 14th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

As the tents and ice cream carts begin to disappear at Quail Hollow where the PGA Championship took place here in Charlotte over the past week, it seems fitting
that my friend Bob H. would share this heart-warming story.  --Tom
AUGUSTA, Ga. – We interrupt the pimento-cheese sandwiches, ball-skipping at the 16th and solemn walks around
Amen Corner to pose a philosophical question: When finally after 46 years you meet the man to whom you owe all the happiness and...

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Every Spiritual Blessing

Posted Aug 11th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Every Spiritual Blessing
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
--Ephesians 1:3
As a believer, you have everything you need to live the Christian life. It isn't about whether you feel that way; it's about the reality of what the Bible says. God
has given you what you need.
It's like going to your bank thinking that you have $5 in...

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Keep Going, You're Almost There

Posted Aug 9th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Keep Going, You're Almost There
This past summer, I attended "Welcome Week" at MSU with a few of my friends. It was there where I had my first MountainWings
My friends and I were walking the strip on our way back to the car when a random guy stopped us in the middle of the sidewalk.  His pupils were huge, his face red and he was sweating like a mad man. "Just keep going, you're almost there!", he shouted at us.
It was with such...

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Where Angels Walk

Posted Jun 30th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Where Angels Walk
Tony was a lost and confused 22 year old in his senior year of college, he says.  He was deeply depressed and didn't know how to get out of it.  Of course, alcohol was an easy and
convenient way, and available wherever he went.
"One night, my roommate and I had a party," Tony says.  "My younger brother and sister drove up from our hometown to come as well. It was late into the night and I...

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The Decision

Posted Jun 16th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

The Decision
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally
blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I...

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The Promise

Posted Jun 15th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

I was diagnosed at the emergency of a local hospital, and told I was contagious. “Here’s a prescription. Fill it immediately and see your doctor tomorrow.”
The next day my doctor’s first statement was: “Oh this is very dangerous. I’ll get you in to see an ophthalmologist right away.” Apparently with Shingles so close to the eyes there is a danger of losing eyesight in one or both eyes.
When I told my doctor I knew nothing about Shingles he...

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The Lighthouse at Dockett's Corner

Posted Jun 7th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

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Posted Jun 5th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Blaine got in his car, looked at the gas gauge, and saw that the needle was on empty. Enraged, he pounded on the steering wheel and swore. There was an ironclad rule in his household
that when the car was used, it was never to be brought back without gas in the tank. His teenage son had taken the car last night and ignored the rule.
The sensible thing for Blaine to do, of course, was drive to the nearest...

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Time to Leave the Pond

Posted Jun 1st, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Time to leave the pond
We have always had at least seven fish and a frog in our pond just outside our door.  Yes, we've had more of both, but on average, this small pond only has room for seven and one.
It may be hard to believe but we've had some of these fish for many years.  At one time as many as four frogs.
The fish all started as tiny gold fish, the kind you buy in a pet store. ...

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