August 31, 2007

Help Send The Good News To “Our” Troops

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 6:00 am


Thousands of U.S. troops are now stationed around the world. Far from their families, friends, and churches, they have a tremendous need for encouragement and truth from the Scriptures. But their missions often carry them far from a chapel and chaplain.

Understanding the need for spiritual instruction that men and women in combat areas have, Dr. Charles Stanley said, “In Touch wants to help military chaplains share the love of Jesus with U.S. soldiers. Today’s technology is providing amazing ways to share the gospel with people around the world.”

The In Touch Ministries Messenger is a nearly indestructible solar-powered audio device designed specifically for the American soldier. It holds more than 70 hours of messages from the ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley, including these powerful series:

* Facing Life’s Obstacles
* Living the Extraordinary Life
* The Ways of God
* How to Release Your Burdens
* Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit

The need is great, and the Messenger will be a vital tool to provide spiritual nourishment to members of the U.S. military. Its lightweight construction, earphone jack, and solar panels for recharging make it the ideal audio player for troops in the field. “A lot of soldiers over here, they don’t have time to actually go to church or go to Bible study,” says Sergeant First Class Charolette Harvey, who’s currently serving in Iraq. “But if they have something like [the Messenger], they’d be able to study and listen to it even on their jobs.”

How you can help

In Touch Ministries is committed to delivering 20,000 Messengers to U.S. troops in August 2007. This initiative is powered by Dr. Stanley’s desire to share the Word of God with military men and women everywhere. But its level of success will be a direct result of the support we receive from In Touch partners.

Production of these innovative audio players began on Memorial Day, plans are to deliver them to troops through a network of military chaplains. You can help send teaching from the Word of God to U.S. troops. Click here to support In Touch and the Messenger project today.*

He Said it…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 1:55 am

You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it. – Denzel Washington

August 30, 2007

On Blended Families…(cont.)

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 6:00 am

Part II (Part I follows)


Before I leave this earth there are some causes that I would like to champion. Just a few being JDRF, providing information and help to single mothers, “and” either being or appreciating a “good” stepfather to name a few.

Once again, I want to salute “ANY” man who stepped up to the bar and took on a stepchild (or stepchildren). I think you guys are awesome and I know the challenges you guys face…I DO know…and sometimes you end up with not so much as a thank you. So my brothers, here’s to you…and I mean this…God bless you one and all and may your efforts be rewarded with extra crowns in heaven to throw at the master’s feet.

Anyway, I was thrilled to see a man comment, Emmett Pennington, a Visionary Dad. I hope you’ll take a look at his comment. He passed along some excellent resources for Step dads, and I hope you guys will take a look and pass the link(s) along. I have not been able to get through the entire archive of information, but what I saw, I liked!
Part I posted (21 August, 2007)

The blended family is becoming increasingly common. One of three Americans is now a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling, or some other member of a stepfamily.

While we are on this topic, blended families. I am going to call for a National holiday for Step-dads. I am very carefully thinking this one through. I want to call for a very, very special day for all of those dads who stepped up to the bar, taking on a responsibility that they did not create. I have a heart for those guys, guys that sacrificed and in most cases, they did not do it for a return…but a lot of those guys were left with not so much as a “thanks dad”. Thanks Dad, for bothering when my biological didn’t bother. More on that one later….any who…Sometimes the best parents aren’t the one you’re born with. My hats off today to ALL you step dads who stepped up to the bar and really embraced the Child.

What is a blended family / stepfamily?

To a child who does not belong to one, stepfamily may suggest Cinderella’s family or the Brady Bunch. Actually, neither situation tells the whole story. In a blended or stepfamily, one or both partners have been married before. Each has lost a spouse through divorce or death. One or both of them have children from their previous marriage. They have fallen in love and decided to remarry. They form a new stepfamily that includes children from one or both of their first households. Today, at least one-third of all children in the U.S. are expected to live in a stepfamily before they reach age 18. The blended family is becoming more of a norm than an aberration. Born of conflict and loss, newfound commitment, and often heart-wrenching transition, stepfamilies face many lifestyle adjustments and changes. Fortunately, most of them are able to work out their problems and live together successfully. But it takes careful planning, open discussions of feelings, positive attitudes, mutual respect and patience.

…More later

Coffee Break W/Chuckie

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 2:22 am


Having a tough day at the office? How’s about a quick break…And remember we have a long weekend coming up. Take a few deep breaths, kick your shoes off for a second and enjoy: CLICK

One special lady…one great author…an inspiration for me…and at times a comfort as I could always escape into the worlds she created: CLICK

As I grow older, part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me. — Bebe Moore Campbell.

I can so relate to that….Can u diggit?

LiFeTrain (Almost) Daily News

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 2:21 am

Daily news updated for Thursday, 30 August, 2007.  Some interesting news today passengers, check it out.

August 29, 2007

Mid-Week Service – “The Only Door To Heaven”

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 4:07 pm

Mid-week service is now in session at the Church.  The Church is located on your right under/On “MAIN” Street.  Come on by!

Intercom Announcement On The Train

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 5:54 am


Attention all passengers, Attention all passengers: TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL SISTERS DAY! Please men…turn to ALL the ladies on board today and inform them of such. Call your wife, mother, sister, cousin, Grandmother and let them know: Pretty is as Pretty does…but beautiful is just plain beautiful!

I’m sending this out to “ALL” the beautiful women on the LifeTrain and all the ones in our lives today, and you are one of them!!!

Share this with other women, you will boost another woman’s self esteem, and she will know that you care about her.

A Bloggers Deadly Sin…Never make an excuse for

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 5:00 am


A bloggers number one no no is to never make excuses for not posting regularly. So I won’t… However, if in a couple of weeks you notice a gap or two…And I hope that you won’t, just know that the LifeTrain Conductor is being relocated to a home base station in Washington, DC. Please send up a prayer or two for me as I still have to gain a security clearance. Don’t be surprised if two “Men in Black” suits and shades calls on one of you guys with some questions about me. Hummm…wonder what you’d say? …be nice!

Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Death…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 4:09 am


Whether one regards bariatric surgery — last-resort weight-loss operations such as gastric bypass and stomach stapling — as an essential treatment for obesity or as a failure of the fat person’s will, the fact is, it works. Studies have shown that after surgery, patients often lose 50% or more of their excess weight — and keep it off — and symptoms of obesity-related conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea are improved or eliminated altogether. Now, two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) show another long-term benefit: a lower risk of death.

As for me, having lost (2)two friends as a result of them having this surgery, and having read of many others dying, my jury is still out. Anyway, what say you guys on this subject? Read MORE .

Chuckie’s “Song Of The Day”

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 1:29 am

Another one of my favorites….Here we are…and there is nothing I can do…CLICK