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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The reality of Christianity#10.

Joy, I have joy not happiness.  There is a great difference. I can be happy for a moment but my joy is forever. People search for happiness in everything they can. But it never satisfies them. So they have to take it to the extreme and still happiness never last. It’s a fool’s dream, a fool’s errand. Happiness never last. It’s here just for a moment and gone. But joy comes in the morning. Did you ever watch a child play with a Box?  It’s joy happiness and contentment. The child doesn’t care what happens next. But the child having faith that the next thing will be taken care of. This is what God is trying to teach us. That godliness with contentment is great gain. Jesus told his disciples that unless they became as these little children they wouldn’t enter into the Kingdom of heaven.  Joy and contentment may seem elusive but they are attainable. Joy is one of the realities of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#9.

As I learned the scripture I saw that I was a servant in the house of God. I was completely satisfied with being a servant.  God love me and cleanse me of sin and set me on the right path. Then I learned I was a son. I became extatic. I am a Son of God and a brother to Jesus. As I learn the word of God I understood and grew.  God gave me dominion over all things in Jesus name.  The power of God flows in your life the closer you are to God. I was angry at the devil. Who had led me around by the nose. I was gonna do something about that. I went on a search and destroy mission. I could use the power of God to literally destroy anything. And I did. I routed devils wherever I found them. They fled before me. Then God stopped me and asked what I was doing. I said casting out devils.  God said no you are still following the devil. He said stop and follow me. You will cast them out when you find them in your way.  A truth I had to learn. The enemy still fleas from before me but I follow my father God.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#8.

The truth is, that when I came to God I basically knew nothing. I had to unlearn everything I knew about God. This is where my 2 dear friends helped me to learn. I went to their home every night for 6 months. I ate supper and they taught me about the reality of Christianity. They talk me what the scriptures literally and figurative meant.  They live their lives before me, besides teaching me the scriptures. I gained a firm foundation. To a lot of people the word discipleship is taboo. But what those friends did for me was the same as Jesus did for the disciples. Jesus discipled them. It is called discipleship. When is done right it produces a firm foundation in Christianity. I don’t think I could have done as much as I have without their help. As the word says they have part of my reward in heaven and they will not lose it. I began to see who God is. The picture of God was becoming clearer. The Bible is the picture of Jesus. As we read and study God will give us the understanding. He will open our eyes to see and I ears to hear. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#7.

All my life I search for someone who loved me for me. When I found that person, God, I didn’t want to share my love with anyone else. The love that God has for me is intimate. It took a long time before I would share anything about my relationship with God. I would share the gospel but not talk about the love I have for God. It wasn’t until recently 5 years ago that God wanted me to share my personal relationship with Him.   My blog is about my relationship. It is personal. My life with God is written in every blog. I was reading in the book of Samuel when he was a child in the temple. When God spoke to Samuel told him that his words would not fall to the ground. They would accomplish whatever he said. Then God turned to me and said this gift, I give to you. If I wasn’t tight lipped enough, this close my mouth. My wife had to pull words out of me. I would pray for people and see the answers. I am still amazed at how it works. I’ll continue the story tomorrow.  

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#6.

When I began I knew nothing of God. I hadn’t even read The Bible. So I knew nothing of his promises. I couldn’t recognize Him or His voice.  I didn’t want to be decieved. My 1st month with God I found out that I had dominion over this Earth in Jesus name. I was so angry at the devil for what he had done to me. I was going on a seek and destroy mission. Wherever I found the devil I would cast him out. I was given and still have that authority. It amazed me how the devil would scatter like roaches when I cast him out. After a month God stopped me and asked me what I was doing. I said I was casting out devils. God said no you are still following the devil.  God said stop and follow me. He said when you come across them then you will cast them out. I ask God to forgive me and then began following Him.  God showed me the reality of Christianity. As I learned the scripture I heard his voice clearer. If you don’t know what God looks like.  Then how can you see him?  The word of God is a clear picture of God. As you learn you will see him clearly. I’ll continue the story tomorrow.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#5.

I went to my parents to share what I had found. I pulled out the big family altar Bible. We only use that Bible to put pictures in. I read my dad a scripture. He thought I’d lost my mind.  He told me to get out of the house and never come back. I came back the next day and did the same. His reaction was the same. I kept it up until he was willing to listen. After a while he saw that what I had was real and true. Then he began to ask questions. I led my father in the prayer of salvation. My mother said several years ago she and dad had a rough time. She didn’t know what to do and gave her life to God. I should have known. They were traveling to Oral Roberts University for the seminars.  I thought it was odd until I begin to know God. I have 3 brothers. I was fortunate to lead one to the Lord. He went home 3 years ago. My other 2 brothers know who God is and hopefully before they die they will accept him. The reality of my Christianity would begin to grow here a little there a little. As I was growing and learning about God, my reality grew. My world includes thousands of people now. I’ll continue the story tomorrow. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#4.

That’s Sunday I went to church I didn’t know anything. But all I knew said this is where I belonged.  I went forward to pray with the pastor. My friend came with me. The pastor led me in a prayer asking God to forgive my sins. When we prayed that prayer the pastor asked if I wanted the Holy Ghost.  I had no idea what he was talking about but I said yes. As I begin to pray God came down on me. God surrounded me. It was like being 10000 miles away. People talk to me and I talk back. But I don’t remember anything after that. All of a sudden I was home. I had driven to My Friend’s house and back. I wasn’t sure what to do next. The next day I went to my friend’s home. They begin to teach me about Christianity. I spent the next 6 months at their home each night. His wife had a new baby then. Now she was caring for 2. They begin to show me what the reality of Christianity really is. I had a Bible in my car, home and at work. I had never read The Bible before. As I read I cried and I still do. I was 28 years old. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#3.

I went to join a business but I was terrible at selling.  What I found was worth more than anything. It took 3 months of talking about God before they asked me to go to church with them. I said Yes. The next Sunday I went with them and their families to church. There were about 500 people in that church.  They were meeting in a warehouse/ store front building.  My friend introduced me to people. I have no idea who I talked to.  We found our seats and I watched the people. They all stood up to sing and so did I. I watched them sing. Then we sat down. The preacher began. I was still watching the people. Everyone was watching the preacher when he suddenly stopped. He face the congregation. It was absolutely quiet. Then he said hello. It was an expression that only I used. No one else use that expression. I turned and looked at the preacher. Then I heard a voice speak to me. It said what more do you want?  I didn’t recognize the voice then. But I would come to know that still small voice Intimately. My friend asked if I wanted to go up to the front and pray with the pastor. I said yes. I’ll continue the story tomorrow. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The Reality of Christianity#2.

It took 28 years before I was ready or even willing to hear the truth about God. I have no control over the things that happened to me. I was planning my life but it never quite went the way I was hoping it would. It seemed that difficulties got in the way. I knew there had to be a better way. And I had to find it. There were 2 men who wanted my brother and I to join their business. At this point I was willing to listen to the truth. I met with these 2 men each morning to discuss business. We met for coffee each morning.  I was always there before my brother. I got my coffee and sit down and listen to these 2 men talk. They would talk about what Jesus had done for them. I didn’t participate in the discussion. But I was intrested. I never heard this side of God. They talked about how loving and kind God was. It amazed me. A God who is loving. I wasn’t sure who they were talking about. But I knew I wanted to hear more. I listen for 3 months before I was ready to do anything. I’ll continue the story tomorrow.

Crain Blanchard. 

Joseph1637@juno.com

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