The reality of Christianity#7.

All my life I search for someone who love 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. 

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. 

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. 

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 would 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. 

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. 

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 away I was hoping it would. Roller seems 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. 

The reality of Christianity.

I grew up going to church. We never missed church. I even went to parochial school.  We were taught religion. It was about rules and regulations we had to follow. I always looked at God with a big stick. If I got out of line I was going to get hit. It was how I was treated at school by the teachers. It isn’t a fair assessment of God. I was always told that God-loved me. But the words never lined up to the people’s actions. So I went about my life not knowing about the reality of Christianity. Like most people in this world I thought I knew who God was. Only the super religious went to church. As we grew older we didn’t go to church. It was only if our moms insisted on it. I live my life trying to be good. But if push came to shove I would do whatever was necessary. It never really worked out. I always felt guilty about sinning against whoever. But I was just living my life the best way I knew how. I wasn’t different from other people. But I just didn’t know the truth about God. And I really didn’t want to find out. I’ll continue the story tomorrow. 

Crain Blanchard. 

Paradise Lost or gained.

Today we’ll thinking about Thanksgiving Is a gathering of family and friends for food and football. We will eat until we are full then set and watch football. As I was thinking about today a song kept going through my head Phil Collins another day in paradise. The Jesus led me to a scripture in Matthew 25 versus 31 to 46. It is where Jesus called all the nations together in heaven. He said when I was hungry you fed me when I was thirsty you gave me water when I was a stranger you took me in. When I was naked you clothed me when I was sick you visited me when I was in prison and you came to me.  Then the people asked it when did we see  You or do these things. Then Jesus said when you did it unto the least of these my brethren you did it unto me. Then Jesus turn to those who didn’t do this and said depart from me for I never knew you. As we go about our Thanksgiving at into Christmas season, It is something to think about and do. I prave a blessed Thanksgiving for you and your family.

Crain Blanchard. 

A free will offering.

When God gave Moses the 1st 5 books of The Bible, A mandatory sacrifice was written into the law. Everyone was required to give to this sacrifice during the year. It was for a sin Offering. Although this offering was mandatory God wanted people to give out of the abundance of their heart. So what God established was a free will offering. This was an offering that you could give at any time of the year. Just when you were moved by God and you felt that it was necessary to express Thanksgiving.  A free will offering is not given because you. It was given because you wanted to. Exact this is the only offering where the priest could eat from. In psalms 100 and says to enter his gates with Thanksgiving It is courts with praise. This is how you to give a free will offering by warning to give to God because he had blessed and kept you all join the year. And this is how God wants us to go to Him. This is our free will offering, A thankful heart.

Crain Blanchard 

Eyes that cannot see.

Did you ever run into a person who couldn’t understand?  You would try to explain something to a person and they just kind of looked at you like  What. Sometimes it’s frustrating to try to explain things to people. Which you always try to get your point . Sometimes to ill effect.  Did you ever try to explain something to someone and they got angry?  When that happens they understand they just don’t like what they hear. But in your heart you want people to understand what you’re saying. It’s called having eyes to see or ears to hear. Jesus went about teaching the Kingdom of God. Many people were excited about what he taught and accepted it and believed. What for the most part the people did not accept. This is when they became angry and wanted to kill him. The only person that can give you understanding of anything is God himself. If you are unwilling and resist God how can God give you the understanding. For if you see and understand then you become accountable to God. Having eyes to see and ears to hear.

Crain Blanchard.