June 8, 2015

All Aboard!

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 3:40 am

All Aboard for another ride on the Train.  I decided to keep it short and simple for this week’s kick-off…the song…the prayer and the thought…

I hope you see the messages….in all its simplicity.  All Aboard!

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Father in the name of your son Jesus, please bless any and all who join me this week on the LifeTrain.  Thank you for the work ou have given me to conduct.this daily ride.  IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!!!

Fellow passengers, this week remember the following:

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ALL ABOARD!  The LifeTrain!!!

 

June 1, 2015

Words for the week: “Never give up!” 

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 8:46 am

Thanks for hoping a board.  And again…..let me share my motto:

If your plane crashed in the water, and everybody died…would you drown on purpose…or try to survive?  NEVER give up.  Never doubt the power of God.

I often discuss how “GANGSTA” the Bible can be with a good friend of mine.  Like how Elijah taunted the 450 boys, Yeah dudes…where’s your God?  Yo Yall yell louder, maybe he is sleep.  And then how GANGSTA Jezebel must have been to scare him later, because think about it.  he had talked to God and just witnessed his awesome power up close and in person.  Jez must’ve been a bad chick!

Anyway, this week let’s not forget to tell others not to forget…Who’s in charge and just how powerful he is.  To illustrate Read on.

In the Bible there is a man written about named Elijah.  He was used to demonstrate God’s power and call the people of Israel back to a life of worship.  Elijah witnessed the miraculous and unequaled power of God as he prayed during his confrontation with the 450 prophets of Baal; “The fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, … and also licked up the water in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38).

We serve a mighty God....

We serve a mighty God….

After this unquestioned answer to prayer, Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and prayed for rain – there had not been rain in the land for three years.  Once again, Elijah witnessed the miraculous hand of God; “The sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose and a heavy rain came” (1 Kings 18:45).  But within a few days of these great spiritual victories, Queen Jezebel vowed to have Elijah killed.  As soon as Elijah heard of the Queen’s threat, he became afraid and ran for his life into the desert.

1 Kings 19:4

“He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die.  ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’”

Elijah was a man who spoke directly with God and clearly witnessed His awesome power; yet, he fell into great despair when faced with this new adversity.

What caused Elijah to become so discouraged and fragile?  Had he already forgotten God’s power?  Had a few victories caused him to take his eyes off God and begin to rely on his own strength?  Or was he just worn out from being on the front line of ministry?  Whatever the cause, in his moment of greatest victory  Elijah became the most vulnerable to attack and failure; “I have had enough, Lord.”

With all your heart....

With all your heart….

When life is a struggle, we must pray and “trust in the Lord with all our heart” (Proverbs 3:5).  When life is running smooth, we must pray harder and trust even more.  But when we experience victory and dance on top of the mountain – when we begin to feel strong and “self” assured – we must pray as if our very life depended on it and lean on the Lord as never before.  Our moments of greatest vulnerability to enemy attack come when we begin to think we no longer require God’s help.

So my fellow passengers, as we start our week off let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and continue to renew our strength through prayer and the study of His Word.  We must always remember how He told His closest followers, “apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  The only way we accomplish anything is through the strength of Christ.  And as His promises are fulfilled in our lives, we must prepare for a sustained and constant walk of faith.  Let’s examine our need to daily walk in His presence and always guard against a fragile victory.  “All aboard…The LifeTrain!!!”