Positively Different Inspirational,Local & Heartwarming Headlines

High School Teacher Honored Days Before His Death
A Nashville high school teacher knew that his days were numbered here on Earth. But he never could have imagined the loving surprise he would receive just days before his death.

After a long battle with esophageal cancer, Ben Ellis stopped his chemotherapy sessions. Ellis had continued teaching Latin and Bible study even though he was undergoing cancer treatments. When the cancer spread to his lungs, however, Ben concluded his chemo and became resigned to his fate.

That’s why 400 teens from Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Academy gathered outside Ellis’s window to sing for him.

The school staff heard of the news of his pending death, and organized a sing along tribute at the teacher’s home. Ellis passed away a few days later.

“It was a place where the veil between heaven and Earth felt very thin,’” Christ Presbyterian headmaster Nate Morrow told TODAY. Ben told the students he loved them and that they “need to continue to love each other as well.”

Parents in Daniel Boone Concerned After a Boy is Left on School Bus
Five-year old Prince Oquendo thought Tuesday, September 6th would be his first day of kindergarten. However, the young boy never made it to the classroom that day. Instead, he was left on his school bus for four hours as the bus sat parked in a lot.

Some concerned parents were given the opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions on Thursday, September 8th according to the Daniel Boone Area School District’s website, in a meeting with the school’s staff.

The boy was eventually found on the bus at 1 p.m., before the boy’s mother took him to the hospital, where he was treated for dehydration. The official temperature in Berks County at 1 p.m. was 85 degrees.

New Rhoads Transportation, the district’s transportation provider, said its driver failed to follow the company’s protocol by not checking the bus before he departed. The driver was terminated.

How important details and thoroughness are in our lives. Simple neglect of a seemingly unnecessary, routine task on the job forced a young child into exchanging his first day of school for a hospital visit, and also cost someone his employment. In a parable about honesty and money, Jesus said, “One who is faithful in a very little also is faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” (Luke 16:10, ESV)

Although the immediate reference to Jesus’ words has to do with money, the application extends much further than that. If we are not faithful in what appears to be the small, insignificant tasks of life, 1) we cannot and should not expect God to promote us, and 2) the results can be dire in our own lives, as well as the lives of others. Do we complete every task on the job? Do we show up on time? Are we honest with our spouse?

When no one else is watching, God is watching.


Young Lady Wins Year’s Worth of Free Pizza; Donates it all to Homeless Shelter
19-year-old Hannah Spooner of Detroit won a year’s worth of free pizza from Little Caesar’s, and donated every slice to the less fortunate.

Spooner said from the moment the pizza chain called to inform her that she had won the drawing for $500 of free pizza for a year, she knew she wanted to give it to a worthy cause. Spooner then connected with a few non-benefit organizations locally, before settling on Covenant House, an office for destitute youth.

Carolyn Millard, the development manager of the shelter, said they serve three meals a day for any youth in need. And their favorite food?


Jesus said it best: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

He also promised us that if we give, it will be given unto us, in abundance. (Luke 6:38) The question is, do we really believe that? When we withhold what God is asking us to give, particularly if we withhold something that we do not need, we are simply walking in unbelief, and betraying the greed that is in our heart.

What is God asking you to give today, that someone else needs more than you?

2 thoughts on “Positively Different Inspirational,Local & Heartwarming Headlines

  1. I’d like to see more of these positive stories! My church, Trinity UMC in Hackettstown, NJ, concludes each service with “Good News”–the pastor tells the congregation about God’s working through and in our church, such as reading a thank-you letter received from a member of the community helped by Trinity, or how Trinity helped a local Christian school by lending costumes for a play. Maybe you could invite churches to share their good news, and publicize them here, partnering with them, and giving them voice. Thank you.

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