Christmas Love

Posted Dec 6th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Christmas Love
Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card
writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs
for his school's "Winter Pageant."...

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Priceless Scribbles

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

     There was a story that appeared years ago in the Christian Reader called "Priceless Scribbles." It was about a father who touched his child's life in an unexpected way.  A young boy watched as his father walked into the living room. The boy noticed that
his younger brother, John, began to cower slightly as his father entered.  The older boy sensed that John had done something wrong.  Then he saw from a distance what his brother...

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Giving Thanks

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

Can you remember what God has done in your life?
   That question was asked of me and some friends when we went on a 3-day silent retreat years ago. One day, the leader said she wanted us to spend the afternoon
doing nothing but pondering that question. I thought I'd have it covered in 3 minutes, and then I'd take a nap. But I stuck with it. One of my best afternoons ever. I remembered a kindness from a...

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Someone's Opinion vs Reality * * *

Posted Nov 13th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Someone's Opinion of You Does Not Have to Become Your Reality
One day in 11th grade, I went into a classroom to wait for a friend of mine. When I went into the room, the teacher, Mr. Washington, suddenly appeared and asked
me to go to the board to write something, to work something out. I told him that I couldn't do it. And he said, "Why not?"  I said, "Because I'm not one of your students." 
He said, "It doesn't...

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One Veteran's Dream

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

One Veteran's Dream
In 1945, Raymond Weeks returned to Birmingham as a World War II veteran. He dreamed of having a day when the country honored the living and dead veterans.
Mr. Weeks picked November 11th as his preferred date and developed a plan to present his petition to the highest level of military officer he could reach; the Army Chief of Staff.
Dwight Eisenhower, was that person, who later, as President of the United States, signed the national proclamation initiating Veteran’s...

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Where Angels Walk

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

Lou Berry loves to fish and duck hunt. He will go regardless of weather, and he would probably prefer either to eating, says his wife Nell. Lou also takes an interest
in teenagers. He has been a Baptist camp counsellor, and spent several years teaching a pair of young brothers to (what else?) fish and hunt. Since his heart bypass, a hearing impairment and the onset of arthritis, he's slowed down a bit, but he still squeezes

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Fervent Prayer

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

Fervent Prayer
"My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
—Matthew 26:39
As the crucifixion approached, Jesus, being God, knew what was coming down. He knew they would arrest Him on false charges. He knew they would beat Him. He knew
they would rip the beard out of His face. He knew that He would be whipped 39 times. He knew He would be...

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

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

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

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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