The Art of Finishing

Posted Jan 9th 2019, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

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 2019, 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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Thank you for the Thorns of the Past

Posted Jan 2nd 2019, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

Thank you for the Thorns of the Past
Sandra felt as low as the heels of her crocks when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had
been as sweet as a spring breeze and then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a "minor" automobile accident stole her joy. This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss. Troubles had

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When the Angel Said Fear Not

Posted Dec 18th 2018, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people...
In last week’s memo I talked about the show-stealing scene in the Peanuts special
A Charlie Brown Christmas, the one where Linus reads from the gospel of Luke.
This week I want to say a little bit more about it.
There’s a detail in this scene that I never noticed until a friend pointed...

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She Needed a Hug

Posted Dec 17th 2018, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

She Needed a Hug
When a teacher calls you over to talk about your son, it's not surprising that a wave of "oh, no" comes over you – especially when your
son is the kind of person who loves to make people laugh, even in class. My son is one of those people. If he notices heaviness in the room, he will do just about anything to lighten the mood. We had been working with him to understand that there...

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The Best Christmas

Posted Dec 14th 2018, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

The Best Christmas
The Christmas party was over. Several of the men were sitting at a table reminiscing about the Christmas days of their childhood. The
conversation turned to the best Christmas of their lives. As they went around the table, they noticed one man hadn't said anything. They asked, "Come on... Frank, What was your best Christmas?"
Frank said, "The best Christmas I ever had was when I didn't even get a present." The others were surprised. They had to...

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If We Don't Tell the Story ....

Posted Dec 10th 2018, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration

week, for the 54th consecutive year, A Charlie Brown Christmas was broadcast on a major network to a national audience. It's still as good as it ever was.
If you've seen it, you may be interested to know that the scene that stole the show almost didn't happen.
Do you remember it? As the gang is preparing for their local Christmas play, everyone gets mad at Charlie Brown for buying a pitiful, almost hopeless, tree.

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Christmas Love

Posted Dec 6th 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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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