A Second Chance

Posted Apr 18th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


A Second Chance
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!"
—Matthew 28:9
The Resurrection of Jesus reminds us that God provides second chances.  When Jesus was crucified, it came as a shock to
His followers.  They just did not seem to understand that He would be crucified and rise again on the third day.  When the Crucifixion actually took place, it shattered their faith.  But after His Resurrection we see the risen Lord seeking out...

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Easter Is for Everyone

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


Easter Is for Everyone
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live"
—John 11:25
Easter is for everyone!
It is about Jesus, and it is specifically about Jesus crucified and risen again from the dead.
I don’t know how you might describe your life this Easter. Maybe you are full of faith and looking forward to joining your family and friends at church and perhaps a special meal later in the day. If...

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

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Surrender at Gethsemane

Posted Apr 10th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


Surrender at Gethsemane
Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch."
—Mark 14:34
Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever felt as though your friends and family had abandoned you? Have you ever felt
like you were misunderstood? Have you ever had a hard time understanding or submitting to the will of God for your life?
If so, then you have an idea of what the Lord Jesus went through as He agonized...

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Certain of His Death

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


Certain of His Death
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
—1 Corinthians 15:3
An advice columnist received this letter about the Resurrection: “Dear Uticus, Our preacher said on Easter that Jesus
just swooned on the cross and the disciples nurtured Him back to health. What do you think? Sincerely, Bewildered.”
Here was the response: “Dear Bewildered, Beat your preacher with a cat of nine tails with 39 heavy strokes. Nail him to a cross. Hang him in the sun for...

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Easter Is for Second Chances

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


Easter Is for Second Chances
But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him,
as He said to you."
—Mark 16:6–7
Do you need a second chance today? On the first Easter morning, Peter needed one. There in the Upper Room, he...

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PAGANINI AND ONE STRING

Posted Mar 12th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


PAGANINI AND ONE STRING
A story is told (I first heard it from Chuck Swindoll) about the great violinist Niccolo Paganini, who was performing one evening before a packed concert hall, surrounded by a full orchestra.
As he began the final piece, one of the strings on his violin snapped. In his genius, Paganini was able to continue playing the piece on the remaining three strings.
A moment later, a second string snapped. Paganini continued, playing the concerto on the remaining two...

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Putting Prayer First in Your Marriage

Posted Feb 28th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


Putting Prayer First in Your Marriage
by Kim Kimberling from
7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage
On our wedding night, Nancy and I knelt by the side of the bed in our bridal suite and prayed. We didn’t know it then, but that night we began to lay a foundation of regular prayer
together that has made an indescribable difference in our marriage. Prayer together has literally been the glue that kept us together through storm after storm.
I wish I could tell...

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An Honest Kid

Posted Feb 25th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


An Honest Kid
 
Let me tell you about one 7-year-old baseball player whose integrity landed him in the
pages of
Sports Illustrated
a few years ago. At a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, first baseman Tanner Munsey fielded a ground ball and tried to tag a runner going from first base to second. The umpire, Laura Benson,
called the runner out, but Tanner immediately approached her and said, "Ma'am, I didn't tag the runner." Benson awarded the runner second base and Tanner's...

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Where Angels Walk

Posted Feb 18th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


Where Angels Walk
 
"Every morning when I got off the commuter train, I'd pass this homeless man on my way to work," Bonnie relates. "I've never gotten involved with people like this
because I have mixed feelings---would my donation buy drugs for them, or enable them to stay helpless?" Perhaps! Yet, Bonnie seemed drawn to this particular vagrant. She found herself asking a different question: What would Jesus have her do?
 
Gradually Bonnie made eye contact with this man. Brief conversations followed. His name was...

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Perspective

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


Perspective
A minister was attending a men’s breakfast. He asked one of the older farmers in attendance to say the prayer that morning.
 
The farmer began, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.”
 
The pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going.
 
Then the farmer said, “Lord, I hate lard.”
 
Now the pastor was worried.
 
But the farmer prayed on, “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw flour.”
 
As the pastor was about to stop everything the farmer continued, “But Lord, when...

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Posted Jan 21st, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

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Don't Settle for Second Best

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


DON'T SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST
     The story is told of a professor who stood before his class of 20 senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam.
     "I want to say that it's been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you've all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer.  So that no one gets their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a...

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The Art of Finishing

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


 
THE ART OF FINISHING
In 1912, marathon runner Shizo Kanakuri was chosen to represent Japan in the Summer Olympics at Stockholm.
He began the race with the rest of the runners, but along the way was overcome with heat. He stopped at a garden party for some refreshment, but he stayed a little too long -- more than an hour.
It was now, he thought, too late to get back in the race. He took a train to his hotel and caught...

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No Matter What You Talk About

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


"No matter what I talk about, I always get back to baseball."
Connie Mack said this in an interview with the
Sporting News magazine in March 1951. He was 88 at the time, retired from the game, and yet he
still couldn't stop talking about baseball.
We've all known those whose conversations inevitably arrive at the same destination. Some to an off-color joke, others to a bit of gossip, or a complaint about this or that, or a vein-popping political rant. No
...

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