The Reality of Christianity #35.

Without Spot or Blemish. In God’s economy starting with Adam and Eve, the shedding of blood was required. In every covenant there was always the shedding of blood. This practice was performed in the temple. The leaders would find a lamb without spot or blemish. It took 3 days to examine the sacrifice. Then the blood was poured on top of the Ark of the Covenant. So when God looked down, He would see the shed blood, not the sin. Jesus was examined by the leaders in the temple for 3 days. Without spot or blemish, He was sacrificed. His blood was shed for our sin. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, but my Me. This is the Reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity #34.

Followers. Every creature that God has made has a free will. This makes us the image and likeness of God. God gave the angels a free will. But if they sin, there is no redemption for them. When God made us, He gave us a free will, then provided for a redeemer. What God wants is for us to follow Him freely. Because this glorifies God. When Jesus came to earth, He called many to follow. Some did and some didn’t. Man doesn’t have the power or discipline to lead. God knows which way is right and will lead us home. This is where we have to surrender our will and follow. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge or power or money we have. All that matters is that we surrender our will and follow God home. He is the only one who knows the way home. This is the Reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity #33.

Being prepared. As Jesus talked about the kingdom of God, He told the people that you can’t see the kingdom with your eyes. He said as the lightning strikes and lights the sky, so will His returning be. It will come upon man suddenly. Jesus said prepare yourselves against that day. He said his followers will know Him. Because we will look like Him. How we prepare ourselves is by seeking the kingdom and His righteousness. As we learn from and about God, we will know Him. And the only way of entering into heaven is by knowing Jesus and Him crucified. This is the Reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity #32.

Obedience. Growing up, we were taught to obey our parents. It was the first lesson in obedience. Some learned, some didn’t. As I grew, I had trouble obeying. It affected everything I did. We wanted to be adults, but I learned that without obedience my life would never be right. When I came to the Lord, I had a hard time obeying. I had to learn obedience. I still want to disobey. This is why I must die daily. I will follow God in love and obedience. After doing all, Jesus said in Luke 17, call yourself an unprofitable servant. Not thinking of yourself more highly than you ought. Obedience is the Reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity #31.

Assurance. There are many places were we don’t belong. It’s not because we can’t go there. But that we aren’t wanted. This isn’t a particularly phenomena to Christianity. It happens to everyone. God said we are a peculiar people. We are different from the world. And if the world hated Jesus, how much more will they hate us, His children. But we have Assurance. That God loves us and can go home. Home calls to us. As Christians, we don’t belong here on earth. We are just walking through. We are here to show how people can come to God. Then when we are finished, we go home. Until that time, we have the Assurance of God. This is the Reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity #30.

The Aftermath of Christmas. We have enjoyed food, fun and presents. Now it’s all over. The kids are still off from school. But the future stares at you, right in the face. What we choose to do is up to us. It seems the only people who have benefited from Christmas is the children. We ate too much and gained weight. Now what? New Year resolutions? They don’t last but maybe 2 weeks. Jesus was born in winter in Israel. It’s the rainy season. Joseph had to make decision on what he and his family were going to do. Thank God , he listened to God. So, what are you going to do with your life? Are you going to listen to God or yourself?

The riddle: what starts out the same and is made to be different and ends up the same?

The Heart of Man. When we are born, we know nothing and can do nothing. We are dependent on our Parents. As we grow we mold ourselves into our image of our self. In death, we are the same. Nothing we have done can be taking with us. We are the image and likeness of God.

Hoped you figured it out. I wish you a Blessed New Year.
Crain Blanchard.

Merry Christmas.

I want to wish everyone a joyous and blessed Christmas day. Jesus came to earth for us. The love of God was shed abroad to find our way home. Merry Christmas.

I have something different today. A Christmas riddle. See if you can figure it out. I’ll give you the answer tomorrow.

What starts out the same, is made to be different and ends up the same? And why?

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity #29.

Christmas. It is the most celebrated day in history. Most of the world celebrates this day. Everyone has their reasons. But the name of Jesus is spoken throughout the world today. The disciples complained to Jesus that people who weren’t with them were preaching the gospel. Jesus said whether or not them were with them, the gospel was preached. And that is the reason for Christmas. This is the Reality of Christianity. Merry Christmas. May the love of and for God be shed abroad in your heart this day. And remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity#28.

The Lord’s Day. On the 7th day, God rested from all His works. He declared it a holy day, that no man should work. Also in Israel, the 7th year was a year to let the earth rest from farming. When God made the sun and moon, He said the sun would rule the day and the moon night. The church in the 1st century, meet on Sunday to avoid conflicts with the Jews. We have kept it ever since. The bible also talks about the Day of the Lord. This is when Jesus will return to reign and rule on earth. It also refers to the judgement day. In 2 Corinthians, the bible says, now is th time, this is the day of salvation. This day is very important to God. Why, because gives us this day. He guarantees us now, this time, this day. This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and glad in it. This day is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

The Reality of Christianity#27.

What do you have? In this Christmas season, the streets are filled with people shopping. Trying to get that last minute bargain for grandpa. This is the season of giving. But what do you have to give that is worthwhile? Why do we give during this season? God so loved the world, that He gave out of His heart to us. God being the example to us. We should give out of our heart. Do you think that a cellphone or toy is worthwhile? The man who started the Christmas tradition, Saint Nicholas, gave what he had. He never expecting anything in return. He saw the poor and needy and responded. This is the true meaning of Christmas. It’s also the real example of Christianity. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. This is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.