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

"God commanded us to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
After George Washington authorized the first Thanksgiving Day in 1789, 74 years passed without another such day of thanks.  Then Abraham Lincoln established the holiday as an annual
event in American life.  His Thanksgiving Proclamation is worth reading again today:
"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble...

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And now, a word from President Abraham Lincoln about Thanksgiving

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

And now, a word from President Abraham Lincoln about Thanksgiving
"Oh, give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."
--Psalm 136:1
Thanksgiving is almost here, and from this point on, we will eat, drink, and breathe Christmas. I don't mean that we will be reflecting on the Christ's
birth, but we will be experiencing that commercial extravaganza, Christmas!
Commercial culture has pretty much hijacked every holiday. Christmas, instead of being about the birth of Jesus, is instead...

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Enjoy the Grape

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

     I read a parable recently that bothered me when I read it the first time.  It is a story that was reportedly told by Buddha:
     A traveler, fleeing a tiger who was chasing him, ran till he came to the edge of a cliff.  There he caught hold of a thick vine, and swung himself over the edge.
     Above him the tiger snarled.  Below him he heard another snarl, and behold, there was...

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The Positive Power of Joy

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

Contrary to secular thought, "joy" and "happiness" stand in stark contrast. Perhaps no one realized this more than nineteenth-century Chicago lawyer Horacio Spafford.
Spafford took a fierce financial blow when his real estate holdings were mostly destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871. Just a short time earlier, he had suffered the loss of his only son. Desperately needing a rest, Spafford and his family planned a vacation
to Europe.
Detained by business, Spafford sent his wife...

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Posted Oct 26th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

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A Rousing Ovation

Posted Oct 17th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

A Rousing Ovation
Scott Norwood, a former NFL champion with the Buffalo Bills, walked off the field with his head down. He missed the kick and lost the game. In spite
of the loss the team was honored with a turnout of thousands of people cheering them on. Scott stayed in the background but fans had something else in mind. “We want Scott!” The chant grew to a rousing ovation. He missed the kick, but they made sure he knew
he was still a part of...

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Indigenous People's Day

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

Indigenous People's Day
By Rick Boxx
Los Angeles will no longer celebrate Columbus Day because of the city council’s belief that Columbus symbolizes “genocide and intolerance of the early America’s
indigenous people.” LA politicians have renamed the holiday, Indigenous People’s Day.
Cultures are shaped by the stories they tell of their past and the values those stories highlight. For centuries, we’ve celebrated Columbus’s accidental discovery of a new world, despite his imperfections.
Our culture is shifting. Columbus is now vilified for his mistakes...

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The Mandalay Massacre

Posted Oct 3rd, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

The Mandalay Massacre
By Pastor Greg Laurie
"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you."
-- 1 Peter 4:12
A 64-year-old man armed with more than 10 rifles shot and killed 58 people in what is being called, “the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.” Hundreds more
were wounded.
The question that comes to mind at a time like this is. . . Why? Why did God allow such...

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A Hug

Posted Sep 27th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

I spoke to a woman in Toronto. She was not a hugger, but something told her one day at the bus stop to offer a hug to a stranger.
Well my acquaintance, Paula, just didn't want to offer a hug to a stranger, yet something inside of her (intuition?) would not let up and finally Paula walked over and asked this lady if perhaps she needed a hug.
THE LADY NEEDED A HUG! She accepted a hug and the two got...

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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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