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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Ash Wednesday

Posted Feb 14th, 12:00 by CCECstorylist on Inspiration


Whilst many are wrapped up in Valentine’s Day today, it should be remembered that it is also Ash Wednesday and the start of an important time of the year for many. Ash Wednesday is an important
date on the Christian calendar as it marks the start of Lent (or the Lenten season if you wish to be a bit more formal). For 40 days from here on in, Christians go through a period of fasting which is to remember...

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Where Angels Walk

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


WHERE ANGELS WALK
 
When Carolyn Shafer moved to Tempe, Arizona, as a young mother, she had never heard of intercessory prayer, praying specifically for
another person's needs.  But she wanted the companionship of other women, so she joined a Bible study group at a nearby Methodist church.  "We were all pretty uninformed about God and spiritual faith," she says. 'We had no idea how powerful prayer could be."
 
One night, Carolyn was startled into wakefulness.  "I had a strong conviction that...

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Just a Servant

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


Just A Servant
 
But by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 - (KJV)
 
I walked into a large home supply store, and there he stood, seventy-three years old, holding a smoke alarm in his hand.  Four months ago, no one expected
him to live through a reaction to the anesthetic that was used to put him to sleep for knee replacement surgery.  He has just been able to walk again, and was buying a smoke alarm - to replace a defective...

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Dr King's Example

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


Dr. King's Example
Recently, my wife and I visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. On the north wall of the memorial, Dr. King was quoted as saying, “The
ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Unfortunately, our nation has been experiencing some of the racial tension and controversy recently that Dr. King fought so ardently against.
Micah 6:8 teaches,...

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The Gift of Forgiveness

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


"The Gift of Forgiveness"
 
By Kim Book
Each time the barbed-wire fence closes behind me and I see the
men sitting in a circle waiting for me, I begin to pray, "Please
Lord, I want them to see You in me."
I'm often asked to speak to inmates about being the victim of crime.
On March 23, 1995, my 17-year-old daughter, Nicole, opened the door
of her father's house to a 16-year-old young man named LeVaughn
whom she knew. LeVaughn came into the house and they...

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Uncomplicating Evangelism

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


Uncomplicating Evangelism
"Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not."
2 Timothy 4:2
We overcomplicate this thing called evangelism. I've read that 95% of Christians have never led another person to Christ.
Let's look at the basics: The Who, Where, Why, and When of Evangelism.
Who is called to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel"? Answer: We are.
Matthew 28:19-20 says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of...

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I Knew You Would Come

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


I Knew You Would Come
 
Earl C. Willer tells the story of two men who grew up best friends; though Jim was just a little older than Phillip and often assumed the role of leader, they did everything together.
They even went to high school and college together.
After college they joined the Marines. By a unique series of circumstances they were sent to Germany together where they fought side by side in one of history's ugliest wars.
One sweltering day during...

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