Occupy til I come.


The Righteousness of God is a choice. We have to choose to live God’s way. This is what glorifies God. All throughout history, people have chosen to follow God. It isn’t just repeating words and coming to church. It is a commitment from our heart, that we will live as God says. When we do live God’s life for us, the world sees that God is real and alive. Job in the middle of the hell he walked through, never lost his faith in God. Noah followed after God, to see the world destroyed in front of his face. Moses lost his position as prince of Egypt, to serve God and help deliver God’s people from captivity. David, anointed to be king over Israel, had to run for life. He did until God installed him as king over Israel. Daniel was taken captive in Babylon. He served 4 kings until his death. Daniel never returned home to Judah. I look around at the church and see people that want to leave as soon as they can. In my early years as a Christian, all I heard about was the rapture. How we were leaving before any trouble started. Yet when I read the Bible, I see people who went through the trouble of the world to get to the other side. There is no escaping the plan of God for our lives. We can go kicking and screaming or we can walk with Jesus through God’s plan. We can walk out God’s plan all the way home. Jesus talked about doing God’s plan in a parable in Luke 19. He said to occupy til I come. He meant that we were to do God’s will until He returns. In this time of trouble, it is important that we as believers do all we can to occupy until we go home. How do we occupy, by reading the bible, praying and doing the word of God. This is how we occupy this earth.

Crain Blanchard.

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How Long, O Lord.


In Revelation 6:10-11, the scripture says, how long, O Lord before You judge and avenge our blood upon those on the earth. These people are the ones who were killed for the gospel’s sake. God’s answer is until all things be fulfilled. God’s judgment is swift and complete. No one guilty of sin will escapes the judgment of God. Although, people think that they can get away with sin, because God doesn’t strike them died when they sin. But God says that His mercy triumphs over judgment. God has completely destroyed many nations because of their sin. But He always gives them an opportunity to repent of our sin. Even though many nations have fallen, God has saved people out of them. God is interested in people not the nation. He does want the nations to acknowledge Him and to live peaceably among men. But people are God’s main concern. I was reading the little book of Obadiah about God’s judgment of Esau or the nation of Edom. God’s judgment came 80 years after Edom helped the Assyrians capture Judah. Esau was (Jacob’s) Israel’s brother, the firstborn of Isaac. They had left God and worship some strange god. God had no choice in the matter. God has to obey His own word. God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Any one who sins falls under the judgment of God. This is the law and commandment of God. But God will give mercy and forgiveness to all those who ask and repent of their sin. So that God’s word is fulfilled on this earth.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Ears to Hear.


Jesus talked about having ears to hear and eyes to see. Usually He said this after one of His teachings. At one point, Jesus explained to the disciples that He didn’t open their ear or eyes. He said if He did they would repent and He would forgive them. So, what does all of this mean? Was Jesus withholding gifts from God. Or was He waiting for people to seek God? The disciples would ask Jesus what His teaching meant. And He would explain. Jesus wanted the disciples to understand. Until the Holy Spirit came to live inside of them, they didn’t really understand. But what Jesus was wanting is people who would seek God. The Bible says that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. We have to seek God to understand what His purpose and plan is for us. The Bible is a parable or dark saying to most everyone. Until we accept Jesus by faith and receive the Holy Spirit in our lives, we will not understand God’s word. But when we do accept Jesus by faith, our ear and eyes are opened to the word of God, Understanding is a gift from God. We have to seek God to get the gift. I don’t care how intelligent you are. You will not understand what God is saying until you accept Jesus into your life. There is one exception. Everyone know that we are sinners separated God. That is one part of God’s word that is apparent to everyone. Why? So, that we will begin to seek after God. Those that have ears to hear, let them understand what the Spirit of God is saying.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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What is Christianity?


Most believers have their own idea what Christianity is. And most people would be wrong. Going to church and sitting on comfortable pews. Then hearing a sermon and going home doesn’t fulfill our duty to God. Assembling ourselves on a regular basis is a small part of Christianity. The majority of our work in the kingdom is outside the church walls. Jesus took the gospel to the streets to seek and to save that which was lost. He was hated and persecuted because of the truth. People saw the truth and what it meant to them. They didn’t want to change. Jesus came to this earth to call us to repentance, to establish the church and to die for our sins. Jesus became the servant of all. Then He said is the disciple isn’t greater than the master. Jesus said if you want to be great in the kingdom, then be the servant of all. Christianity isn’t what you think or want. It is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. This means that we will have to change everyday. It means that we will be conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus. The Bible says that when Jesus returns, we will see Him, because we will look like Him(1 John 3:2). I will ask you a question. If you don’t look like Jesus, will you see Him when He returns? To look like Jesus, we have to be conformed into His image and likeness. Go look in the mirror to see what you look like. If you can’t see Jesus, you have a lot of work to do. Christianity is faith, trusting and believing, in God and walking with Jesus all the way home. Do you have a good pair of walking shoes (reading the gospels)?

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@Juno.com

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Uncertainty.


No matter how good your plans are, there is uncertainty in all of them. Uncertainty isn’t there to scare or frighten us. It is there to get us to trust and believe in something or someone greater than ourselves. The old puritan work ethic that we can do anything if we are persistent is partially true. The work ethic is needful to get a person doing the right thing, which is working for a living. But the idea that we are self reliant, is flawed. Every person that has succeeded, has always received help to get there. We don’t do anything without help. We aren’t perfect in anything. There are many noble things about a human being. And those qualities can come out of us if we are helped or enabled to perform our duties to best of our ability. In all of our efforts, we must understand that uncertainty is always there. The scriptures say, when we plan to succeed in our endeavor, we should also say if God wills. And that is the crux of it, if God wills. God is the only person who can control uncertainty. And still He allows it to happen in our lives, so that we can trust and believe God. I don’t like uncertainty. I like all my ducks in a row. But that isn’t what life is about. The opportunity we have to succeed is phenomenal. We can with God’s help do almost anything. But that doesn’t mean that we will succeed all the time. Because uncertainty is always present.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Old Year and New Year, Memories.


Everyone can agree that 2020 was a tough year. So many changes, it’s hard to keep count. Some of the changes were bad and some good. But all of they together made memories. It’s funny how our mind stores every event in our lives. I can remember things that happen to me when I was 5 years old. And our minds can suppress memories that were let’s say difficult. But our minds hold the key to our lives. The immortal part of us is our mind, will and intellect. Most people call it our heart. This is what goes on into the next world. And all the memories that we have made are with us into eternity. I am not perfect. I am trying to get there, through the life I live here on this earth. When I was 28 years old, I gave my heart to Jesus and ask Him to come into my heart. He began to dwell with me in my heart. My life changed for better. I began to walk home to heaven. My journey has taken me many places. Some I didn’t want to go, but God directed and I followed. You see I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling. I have many memories of people I prayed for. I have seen many miracles. And I know that my life is not my own. I was bought with a price, Jesus’s death and resurrection. These blogs I write aren’t really written by me. Jesus, who is the word of God, writes these blogs through me. The Holy Spirit brings all things to remembrance. And then I write. I am glad that He does this for me. It improves my writing by 100%. But back to memories, it’s all about our actions and activities. We can choose what we are going to do this year. Hopefully, we will choose the right way. The bible says that when people stand before God in the end of all time, there will be a lot of crying. Because all of our memories will come up before God. God has given us a new year. So make this year the best you have ever lived. I pray a prosperous New Year.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Where do you belong?


All of our life, we want to belong somewhere. We search for the place where we belong. Sometimes it does take a long time. Sometimes it takes all of our lifetime. But there is a drive in us to find that place. We all know that when we find that place, we’ll be home. Because of my experiences in life, I was stubborn about most everything. I didn’t want to get it wrong and lose everything. My success rate was not real good and it made me leary of most everything. I wanted a guarantee that I wouldn’t lose my life to stupid. My intelligence always got in the way of life. it has cost me dearly. But what guarantee is there in this life? It took me 28 years to find out that there really is a guarantee in this life. It requires my surrender to acquire it. I had to surrender my intelligence and will and yes my stubbornness. The expectation of getting a guarantee in this life excited me to no end. And I was willing to give up my useless attempt to live a decent life. That is what it is about. Wanting to live a good life, where all my needs are taken care of. I had always known about the guarantee, but I always thought that I could do it myself. It’s not that I am weak or not determined to accomplish my goals. I have a very strong will and am determined in most everything to accomplish my will. I am a type A personality. And I am determined in most everything. But that doesn’t mean that I will accomplish my will in everything. The guarantee has been around for 1000’s of years. Actually, He has been here since the beginning of time. The reason is that He created time. Yes I am talking about one person. Jesus is the beginning and the end of all things. And He has the power to change my life. Which Jesus has changed me in an ongoing basis. I am being changed into the image and likeness of God. You see, I am a son of God. I am one of His children and I am headed home to heaven. My Father provides for this life and for the life to come. Remember to have this life requires surrender of our lives to Jesus. Just ask Him to forgive you and allow Jesus into your heart.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Why is it so hard to hear or listen.


We are who we are. As the years go by, we develop a confidence in our ability to reason. But is it confidence or stubbornness. I don’t know how many times I heard the expression, you have a hard head. I wasn’t the only one. There is an engrained resistance to following and obeying. The scripture say, foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child and the rod of disciple will drive it far from them. But there seems to be a remnant left in us wanting to do our own thing. Most of the time, it means right back into trouble. Even if we have surrendered our hearts to Jesus, that rebellion still shows it’s ugly head. That’s why it’s a choice that we have to make every day, all the way home. God has the plan for our lives and the only condition is to follow and obey. So, when we know better, we are about 2 steps from falling on our face. It has to be a conscious decision on our part. Even if we have to rely on other people. As the scripture says, behold the old man is dead and we have become brand new in Jesus. As the Apostle Paul walked on this earth, he said I die daily. He did this so Jesus could lve through him. So, why is it so hard to hear or listen?

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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What going to happen next?


With the new year swiftly approaching, what going to happen next? No one knows the future, but God. People go through all kinds of gyrations to prove that there isn’t a God. But the truth is that not only is He real, but intervenes in the affairs of man. As far as the future is concerned, God only guarantees now. We have no guarantee that we will live beyond today. We hope we will. But that isn’t a guarantee. This is where God comes into play. We all know that we are going to die. That’s a fact. Now we can choose where we will go after we die. That’s our choose in life. But once you are dead, it’s all but the crying. God has a plan for each of us. This plan is how to get home to heaven. You see, this isn’t our home. We are just strangers in a foreign land. The promised land is heaven, not earth. You can choose whatever plan you want. This plan you choose will lead you to either of 2 places, heaven or hell. Whatever way you choose, know that you are only guaranteed today. So what is going to happen next, I leave that up to God and His wisdom.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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God is working in our Lives.



Joseph and Mary decided to stay in Bethlehem after Jesus was born. They began their life again. Joseph was a skilled carpenter. His services were needed everywhere. God came to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt. King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. When Joseph woke up, he pack up everything and left for Egypt with his family. They lived there until another angel told him it was safe to go home. When they returned Herod’s son was ruling in Jerusalem. Joseph and Mary decided to return to Nazareth. To fulfill the scripture that says, He will be called a Nazarene. God orchestrated everything. His plan for Jesus was no difference than the one for your life. Because Jesus is our example. When you think all hell has broken loose, God’s plan is working. Open your eyes and see the hand of God working in your life.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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