How Far is Far?


The shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line. Mathematically it is correct, but not always in life. You have heard the sayings, I take 1 step forward and 2 steps behind. It seems that harder the task the behinder I get. It took me 2 years to research a book. The next one took me 5 years. And that’s not the longest. I took 25 years to research my best one. It sometimes get frustrating when I don’t receive the reward up front. But I know that the reward isn’t always measured in monetary gains. I am a distance runner. I am in for the long haul. I like to run also. When I began running, most people would double over in pain after a mile. I developed a resistance to pain. I wouldn’t even be breathing hard. I enjoyed running. No one could catch me. So I ask you the question again, How far is far? I was watching a movie where children were walking across a wilderness to reach to other side. They commented how far it was. And the people responded and said, what did you expect, it is the world. Do you ever think you will reach the other side? Where will your travels take you? Some people end up across the street from where they started. Some end up across the world. To get to the other side of where you are going is always a journey. I like to do that in a hurry. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes I receive my reward instantly. Sometimes I receive my reward after 25 years. But I always know that I will not stop until I get to the other side, come hell or high water. So how far is your far?

Crain Blanchard.

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The Son of David.


In Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus had stumped all the pharisees questions. Then Jesus asked them, who’s son is the Christ? They said He is the son of David. Then Jesus quoted a scripture that David said. David called his future son Lord. God said, my Lord sit at my right hand until I make the earth thy footstool. Then Jesus said if David call Him Lord, then who’s son is He? Pharisees couldn’t answer and didn’t ask any more questions. The religious leaders had examined Jesus and found no blemish. Now Jesus was ready to be slaughtered on the cross. Jesus didn’t leave yet, He had more to teach the multitude and HIs disciples. The old expression, make hay while the sun shines. Hurricane Delta passed through last night. Pray for the people of Lake Charles. 2 hurricanes in 6 weeks. God bless and keep ya’ll.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Two great Commandments.


In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. Jesus was being examined or questioned by the religious leaders. So far, no one could say anything against Him. Then a pharisee ,who was a lawyer, came and asked a question. What is the great commandment in the law? Jesus told him, to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Then Jesus added, the second commandment is like the first. You are to love your neighbor as yourself. These two commandments are all of the law. The lawyer just walked away. Once the truth has been spoken there is no need to argue the point. Many people will hear the truth and argue the point because they don’t like it. But it doesn’t change the truth. The gospel is the truth. And whether it’s a pharisee in Jesus’s time or someone in our lives, the gospel is the truth.

Crain Blanchard.

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The God of the living.


In Matthew 22:23-33, the Sadducees came to argue with Jesus. They didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. It’s sad to think that someone believes that this earth is all you have, as miserable as this world is. Jesus went on to explain to them about the resurrection and how people will live in heaven. He told them that we will be like the angels, individuals. We will not marry or be married in heaven. Then Jesus told them the scripture in Exodus 3:6. Jesus said I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I am the God of the living, not the dead. Jesus is as alive and real as He was on earth. And we that believe are walking home to heaven to meet our God and Father who is alive and wanting for us. Hallelujah.

Crain Blanchard.

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Being tempted in the temple.


In Matthew 22:15-22, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. Jesus was there to be tried and tested to see if He was the true lamb of God. Jesus was and is the Passover lamb, sacrificed for our sins. Pharisees and religious leaders tempted Him again. They asked Him if it was right to pay tribute to Ceasar. Jesus asked them to show Him a Roman coin. He said who’s inscription is on the coin. They said Ceasar’s. Then Jesus said, render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. They were dumbfounded. But I’ll ask you, what are the things of God that we must give to God? The first thing is our life. We are bought with a price. We aren’t our own. We belong to God. I’ll ask you other question, does your life reflect Jesus in your life? So, what are the things of God that we render to God?

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast.


In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. It was the week of Passover. Jesus taught with parables. He told the parable of the wedding feast. A king had a marriage supper ready for his son, he called his servants to go and tell those invited it was ready. All the invited people refused to come. The king sent more servants and they were beaten and killed. The king sent his army and destroyed the murders. Then the king said to go into the highways and byways and invite everyone you find. The servants went and filled the house with people. The king came to see everyone. There was one guest who did not have a wedding garment. The king asked how he got in without the wedding garment. His servants through him out, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said for many are called, but few are chosen. You have to choose to walk in the way of righteousness, every day.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of the Husbandman.


In Matthew 21:33-46, Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. It was the week of Passover and thousands of people were in Jerusalem and temple. The religious leaders were testing Jesus. The passover lamb had to be inspected for three days before it was sacrificed for Passover. Jesus told them the parable of the husbandman. Jesus told them the story of a man who built a vineyard and rented it out to a husbandman, then went to a far country. When the harvest came, the owner sent his servants to collect his share of the vineyard. The husbandman seized the servants and killed them. Finally, the owner sent his son and they killed him. Then Jesus asked what shall be done to the husbandman? The people said the husbandman would be removed and killed. Jesus told them that the vineyard would be given to another. The religious leaders knew that Jesus was talking about them and plotted to kill Jesus. We are the replacement for the husbandman. We have to strive lawfully in the kingdom of God. Yet people have chosen to be cast out of the vineyard into everlasting death. Today is the day and now is the time of salvation. Like Joshua of old, chose you this day who you will serve? Joshua said, for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of the Two Sons.


In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus was talking to the religious leaders in the temple. He tells them a story of two sons. He said that a man had two sons and asked one to go into the fields to work and he said no. But later repented and went and worked in the fields. The father went to the second son and asked him to go work. The second son said yes and didn’t go. Jesus said which did the father’s will? Then He said to the religious leaders that publicans and harlots will go into the kingdom of God before you. John the Baptist came preaching the way of righteousness and you didn’t believe him. But the publicans and harlots believed. So, tell me who will do the will of our Father?

Crain Blanchard.

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Honesty is the best policy.


In Matthew 21:23-27, Jesus and the disciples returned to the temple the next day. Jesus was teaching in the temple, when the religious leaders came to him. They asked Him by authority did Jesus chase all of merchandise and money changers out of the temple. Jesus said I’ll tell you if you answer my question. He said was John the Baptist from God or man? The religious leaders discussed the question amongst themselves. They said amongst themselves if we say God, He will say why didn’t we follow. So they told Jesus that they didn’t know. Jesus said He wouldn’t answer their question either. Jesus is wanting us to be honest with ourselves. Because when we are honest, we can see what is really in our heart. This is the first step to God. When we are honest that is when we can confess our sins before God. Everyone needs forgiveness from God. So, what is the truth in your life?

Crain Blanchard.

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He had a week left to live.


What would in do if you had a week left to live? In Matthew 21:18-22, Jesus had returned to Jerusalem for the last time. He and the disciples were staying in Bethany with Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Jesus and the disciples went to the temple. Along the way, Jesus was hungry and stopped at a fig tree, but it had no fruit. He cursed it and the tree withered. The disciples marveled at this. Then Jesus began to teach the disciples about faith. He said if you have faith and believe, you can say to the mountain, be removed and it will be done. Jesus told them that when they ask in prayer, believing, you will recieve. How many mountains have you faced this year? How many have gone away? If you believe and don’t doubt, our Father in heaven will answer our prayers. It’s all up to us and what we believe. Ask in faith and God will answer.

Crain Blanchard.

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