The reality of Christianity#20.

Belief.  I was always amazed when I listen to people. I would hear their life story within a few minutes. I thought the key was listening to people. What that wasn’t the key at all.  When I came to the Lord I learned the scripture about the heart. It said out of the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks. And there was another one that said, As a man believes so is he. What I was listening to was the heart of a person. Belief is not something that you contribute to, are like on Facebook or just want to share with people. Belief is who you are. It come straight out of your heart.  Belief is what you do when no one is looking. Faith and doubt are the opposite sides of the same coin. It is what you believe and trust.  A person can believe in any direction but can’t go in both directions. So what do you believe today? Is God true?  So what is in your heart? 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The Reality of Christianity #19.

Trust, I didn’t trust anyone. I learned that people will betray you for their own agenda. I learned how difficult it was to be alone. I resigned myself to a life of loneliness. I wanted more, but there were few options opened to me. God had to win my trust before I would surrender. Step by step, God ordered my path to Him. So, when God got me to the place to recieve Jesus, I would.  Even after I received Jesus in my heart, I wanted to know that I was on the right track. God took me step by step, here a little, there a little. It was never more than I was able. He brought me to the place where He asked me if I would die for Him. I said yes. I had committed my life to God and His plan. Trust is a reality of Christianity. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#18.

Last year our church have an outreach to our city. We had a Christmas dinner for everyone. About 400 people showed up. We are a small church. But everyone helped out. People donated turkeys, hams, and all the fixings. We were concerned that we wouldn’t have enough. But God had planned it. It was more than enough.  Nobody skipped a beat.  Everyone went to work. And I believe it was a success. Even the Mayor and Police Chief were there and helped serve food. It’s like that old song, little is much when God is in it. The people from our city had smiles on there face and every member of our church had a smile from ear to ear. We started planning the for beginning of next November.  It’s the 6th time we have done this. God didn’t require more than what we had. Because He knew it was enough. That is all God is asking for. It’s just you. This is the reality of Christianity.  

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#17.

I began reading Psalms.  God stop me at Psalm 23.  He told me to study this particular psalm. He was going to base my instruction about it.  As I read and learned the Psalm,  I saw the God was leading me where he wanted me to go. It wasn’t my choice. He knew where I needed to go. God’s ways are higher than ours. We need to follow even if no one else is going our way. At first everything was normal and predictable. Then God led me into a dark place. What I didn’t realize at first was that God was showing me my heart. He needed to get me to a place to see what was in my heart. It’s call The Valley of the shadow of death. Then God let me out again. I didn’t like it and sometimes it was hard.  But I knew that I had to walk there to empty my heart. Life isn’t always fair but God has gone before us to make straight the paths.  What we need to do is follow. And be willing to allow God to cleanse our heart. He is the shepherd and we are the sheep of his flock. The sheep know their shepherd and follow. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#16.

Faith, what do you do with it?  The Bible says that faith is the things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. And without faith it is impossible to please God. It also says that faith can move mountains, literally and figuratively.   So how do you get this faith?  Everybody wants the power of God operating in their lives. Let’s start from the beginning. God gives every one of his children the measure of faith. Ever wonder why new christians can do more than older christians?  It is simple they believe God without any doubt. They aren’t afraid to step out on the water and to go to Jesus. I have walked in some very scary places. Only because God called me there. It is The Valley of death. And there wasn’t anyone backing me up. It was just me and God. I would extend my faith and God would do the work. You know the Lord’s prayer?  Our faith is to bring God’s will from heaven to Earth. We have to be in the place of believing and trusting God. He will do the work for us.  This is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#15.

Let’s Flash forward for a moment. In 2016 we were flooded out.  My home had a foot 1/2 of water in it for a week. We literally lost everything. My wife did not want to move back into the house. So we sold the house and look for a new one. We move to a small town next door.  God told me to go to a particular church. It was less than 50 people. God open my eyes to see what was there. The people were unassuming gentle and kind. But this church is alive and on fire. This church is doing more than larger churches in the whole area.  They support missionaries, have a food bank every month and have multiple out reaches throughout the year.  I’m blessed to be in this church. They are doing what God has called all of us to do to reach out to a hurting and dying world. Nobody will know their names or ever see them with the rich and famous. But their names are written down in God’s book. Jesus knows them by name. I’m blessed to know them and be part of this church. This is the reality of Christianity. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#14.

The word of God says to study to show yourself approved of God. So I went to school. It was the University of the backside of the desert. In fact it is the same school the apostle Paul and thousands of others went to. This is where God is the schoolmaster. I began an intense Bible study that hasn’t stopped. Not only did I study, I prayed.   I put a fleece out before the Lord. I have always been shy. So I ask God to have people, even strangers, to come up to me and ask a question. When they did I knew that God had sent them. And I would share the gospel. What I did was to read The Bible, pray and do the gospel. I began to see people as God sees them. People began to see the fruit of the Spirit in my life.  Especially gentleness meekness and long suffering. My faith grew and grew.  I was seeing my prayers answered before me. I am always amazed at God’s miracles. My faith grew. In fact it is still being expanded by the gospel. My prayers have become conversations with God. I speak to my Father and he speaks to me. This is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#13.

It’s not all fun and games. Yes there is joy. And joy will keep you and bring you through tough times. The light of God does one thing for us. It shines a light into our heart. Whatever is there will be revealed. Sometimes it’s not so pretty. In fact it can be pretty ugly. As you open your heart to God He will begin to cleanse your heart.  The Bible says the heart is the most deceitful thing. As God finds things in your heart it requires willingness on our part to let God work in us. This isn’t the easiest thing for us. But with God all things are possible. I open my heart and cried. Piece by piece God cleaned out my heart. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done. The Bible says that we love darkness more than light. I want to say that the process is over. But I can’t. My life is being lived with all the troubles and heartaches I can handle. So I am a work in progress. I want to say I am perfect.   But it isn’t true. I will be when I cross over to the other side. What the reality of Christianity is that I repent of my sins on a daily basis. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#12.

I began reading The Bible because I wanted to know God. That strange and mystical person that everybody referred to but really didn’t know who He was or is. I had to walk in an area that I didn’t see anyone else going. I didn’t even hear preachers on the radio talking about knowing God. He seemed to be elusive even to his own children. I didn’t let that stop me.  The Bible says seek ye 1st the Kingdom of God and all the rest shall be added. The Bible also says seek and ye shall find,  ask and you shall receive and knock and it shall be opened. So I sought after God. I ask questions and I knocked at heaven’s door until it opened for me. I wasn’t gonna turn away until I received my heart’s desire. My heart’s desire is to know my Father and Jesus.  I kept reading The Bible. Seeing what was new and exciting. Every time you read the word of God there is always something new. The Holy Ghost is my teacher.  He brings all things to remembrance. I began to see who this elusive person is. And what He looks like. So, I began to see God. Then my eyes were open to see who I am. This is the reality of Christianity. I see through a glass dimly now, but when I am there I will see clearly who God is.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#11.

We all try to live our lives the best we can. Some have more, some have less. God is not concerned with what we have, but who we are. God takes who we are and transforms us into the image and likeness of Him.   The process takes all of our lives. Then God shows us what we have is for ourselves and others. There isn’t anything that God has given to us that is just for ourselves. This is how God reaches the world. He will take what we have and share it with the world. One day Peter was walking to the temple and saw a man who was on a pallet. The man could not walk and was begging for alms. Peter looked at him and said, silver and gold, I don’t have but what I have I will give you. Peter reach down and prayed for the man. He  jumped up, leaping and praising God.  This is how God uses us in this world. Look around, open your eyes and see who is in need. Let God use you and what you have for this world.  This is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard. 

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