FOURTH OF JULY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY

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


FOURTH OF JULY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY!
 
I was born just after World War II and raised during a period of strong patriotism. We didn't just celebrate the Fourth of July, but we celebrated Independence
Day. Now you may think there is no difference and the official word is that there isn't any difference, but I've seen a change in our country through the years.
 
The official history of the day is as follows: "Variously known as the Fourth of July and...

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Beauty Is Soul Deep

Posted Jun 4th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


BEAUTY IS SOUL DEEP
Abraham Lincoln loved to tell stories on himself. One of his favorites concerned itself with physical appearance.
In the days when Lincoln used to be on the circuit (traveling on horseback from one county court to another), he was once approached by a stranger who said, "Excuse me, sir, but I have an article which belongs to you."
"How is that?" Lincoln asked in astonishment.
The stranger took a jackknife from his pocket. "This knife," he said "was placed...

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What Is That Smell?

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


What Is That Smell?
"But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ."
—1 Corinthians 15:57
Years ago I had a dog named Irlo.
I didn't name him. He came pre-named. He was a German shepherd, and without question the best dog I have ever had.
One night after Cathe had gone to bed, I took Irlo out for his last walk of the evening. As we were walking along, I saw a cat. I said, "Irlo...

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A Mother's Calling

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


A Mother's Calling
During my childhood my mother worked outside the home full-time and somehow managed to raise five kids.
With that as a backdrop, when I married Kathy, I assumed she would always work outside the home as well.
She did, until we discovered that my son, Jeremy, had autism and needed more help than a daycare could provide. Kathy’s new vocational calling became a stay-at-home mom.
Both of her vocations proved critical in shaping, providing, and raising our three children.
Proverbs 31:31,...

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The Seven Wonders of the World

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


The Seven Wonders of the World 
A group of students studied the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what they considered
to be the Seven:
     1. Suez Canal 
     2. Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River (USSR) 
     3. Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, England 
     4. Alaska (ALCAN) Highway 
     5. Golden Gate Bridge 
     6. Eiffel Tower
     7. Empire State Building 
 
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn't...

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Are You a Thermostat or a Thermometer?

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


Are You a Thermostat or a Thermometer?
"Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God."
—Genesis 6:9
Peter, in his second epistle, described the world's effect on two believers. Both lived in a wicked culture, yet one thrived and the other shriveled.
First there's Noah, who lived an uncompromised life. "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord" and "walked with God" (Genesis 6:8, 9
NKJV). Times were...

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Eternal Life

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


ETERNAL LIFE
The joke is told about three nurses who died and went to Heaven, where they were met at the Pearly Gates by  Peter.  To the first, he asked, "What did you used to do back on Earth? 
Why do you think you should be allowed to come into Heaven?"
"I was a nurse at an inner city hospital," she replied.  "I worked to bring healing and peace to many sufferers, especially poor, helpless children."
"Very noble," said Peter. "You may...

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The Power of Christ's Words

Posted Mar 29th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


The Power of Christ's Words
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.
—1 Peter 3:18
Christ’s passionate love for the world is evident in His statements from the Cross:
Statement One
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
Do you realize that you are in need of the Father’s forgiveness?
Statement Two
“Today you will with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
Have you realized and...

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Surrender at Gethsemane

Posted Mar 28th, 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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St. Patrick's Legacy

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


St. Patrick's Legacy
If you ask most people about St. Patrick’s Day, you might hear about drunken Irishmen, leprechauns, and lucky green shamrocks. St. Patrick would likely be appalled at how his legacy
is now celebrated.
 
St. Patrick was a 5th century Irish slave who later escaped and became a Catholic priest. Later, God called Patrick to return to a hedonistic Ireland! For 40 years, Patrick preached the Gospel, planted churches, and led an entire nation towards Christianity.
 
Although St. Patrick’s legacy...

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The Power of Christ's Words

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


The Power of Christ's Words
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 1:13
Christ's passionate love for the world is evident in His statements from the Cross:
Statement One
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34
Do you realize that you are in need of the Father's forgiveness?
Statement Two
"Today you will be with Me in Paradise." Luke 23:43
Have you realized and confessed Jesus...

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Tell Me Whom You Love

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


TELL ME WHOM YOU LOVE
     The following fictitious story was written by S.I. Kishor.  I have shared it before but want to share it again.
     "John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn't, the girl with the rose.  His interest
in her had begun thirteen months before...

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Why God Allows Suffering

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


Why God Allows Suffering
"For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation!"
--2 Corinthians 1:5–6
This is not an exhaustive treatment of a very weighty subject, but merely some thoughts for your consideration.
Suffering helps us grow spiritually and makes us stronger in the faith. It takes our faith from the realm of theory to reality, so we...

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Tribute to a Faithful Servant, Billy Graham

Posted Feb 22nd, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


Tribute to a Faithful Servant, Billy Graham
By Pastor Greg Laurie
 
Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."
--Matthew 25:23
As you’ve probably heard, Pastor Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord yesterday morning at 99 years of age.
I remember one time, I was with him in Portland, Oregon, where he had just preached. He left the stage, and...

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All You Need

Posted Feb 19th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


ALL YOU NEED
In a worship conference a few years ago I heard Rita Springer say...
"You'll never know that God is all you need until you reach a point where God is all you have."
Actually, you don't have to lose
everything to learn this. It just takes one sudden storm.
You can have lots of friends or lots of money or lots of success, and one crisis is able to bring you face-to-face with the realization that none of it matters.
In...

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