Beginning anew.

As children, we are instructed to be able to one day stand on our own two feet. Jesus had rose from the dead. He appeared to the disciples many times for 40 days. Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem for Pentecost. He said there you will recieve the Holy Ghost and the power of God. It was to be able to preach the gospel to the utter most parts of the world. They watched as Jesus ascended into heaven from the mount of Olives. Then made their way to the upper room. It was the day before Pentecost. While in upper room, Peter, under the direction of the Holy Ghost, spoke to the apostles that they needed to replace Judas with one of their own. Justus and Matthias were chosen. Peter casts lots, urim and thummim, to see who it would be. The lot fell to Matthias. They continued in prayer, because it was almost time for the appearance of the Holy Ghost.

Crain Blanchard.

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Instructions.

Jesus had risen and the disciples had seen Him. Jesus told them to go to Galilee. I’m sure it was for their protection. There were final instructions that Jesus had for them. The disciples were anxious about the future and didn’t know what to do with themselves. Peter said let’s go fishing. They were mostly professional fishermen. They went night fishing. Dawn came and they caught nothing. As they got close to shore, someone on shore asked if they caught anything. They said no. He said cast your net on the other side of the boat. They did and the nets were instantly filled. John said it is Jesus. Peter jumped into water and swam to shore. Jesus had a fire ready to cook breakfast. He gave them their final instruction, to feed His sheep, to take care of His church. What has God told you to do in the kingdom? You maybe anxious about it and may revert back to what is comfortable. But what are you going to do about His instructions to you? The world is before you.

Crain Blanchard

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By Faith.

Faith is a belief system. Just as doubt is a belief system. The bible says as you believe so are you. For out of the heart are the issues of life. Jesus was crucified and buried. The disciples had gather on the third day. Mary Magdalene went to grave to finish wrapping Jesus. The stone was rolled away. She ran back to tell the disciples. Peter and John ran to the tomb. Peter looked in, but John went in and saw the grave clothes folded on the tomb. They went away in unbelief. Mary sat down crying. She went in to see the tomb. 2 Angel’s sat on the tomb and asked her who see was looking for. They said He is risen. She turned away and saw Jesus. She thought He was the gardener. She asked Jesus where was the body, because she didn’t recognize Him. Jesus said, Mary. She saw Him and believed. She went back and told the disciples. They didn’t believe. Seeing isn’t faith. Faith is belief. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

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The Place of the Skull.

Most don’t believe that God is in control. They go about their lives as if it was all they had. It’s a hopeless circle. Day in and day out, there nose to the grind. God gave Jesus a choice, whether or not to go to the cross. Jesus choose the cross. The religious leaders judged Him and took Him to Pilate. He didn’t find any guilt in Him, the blameless sacrifice. The religious leaders cried crucify Him. So, much so, that Pilate said take Him and do what you will. The Romans took Jesus and 2 others to the place of the skull to crucify them. You would think all is lost. But the thief on the right of Jesus asked for forgiveness. Jesus told him that he would be with Him in paradise today. God’s plan will accomplish whatever no matter what man thinks or does. And the place of the skull, golgatha, is a place of honor. My hope is in the one who rose from the dead, Jesus.

Crain Blanchard

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The Trial of your Life.

As a believer, we will walk through trials. Each one may seem like the end of the world. But God is walking us through to get us to other side. Don’t misunderstand, they will be fiery trials. They are meant to burn off excess baggage. Everything that doesn’t look like Jesus. And if you don’t go through that particular trial, you will go around that mountain until you finally go through. God isn’t a man that He should lie. Has He not said it. Shall He not do it. The religious leaders took Jesus to the high priest, to question Him. They question Him, but they couldn’t condemn Him to death. They took Him to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. After questioning Him, Pilate couldn’t find any guilt in Jesus. Pilate sought to release Jesus. But the religious leaders cried against it. They would rather release Barabas, a known murderer, than Jesus. Then they cried crucify Him. What would you do in the middle of your trial? God made us to walk through even unto death.

Crain Blanchard

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The Issues of Life.

Everyone has issues. It’s sorting through them to make sense of your life. An issue is an important topic or problem for debate or discussion. So, what is important to you? What topic do you want to discuss? Issues that generate hate or anger are worth nothing. Do you know that the only person that is affected by anger is you. It will eat you alive and destroy your life. The issues of life are more important than you think. Like, who you are or what you want to be, needs thought. If you judge your life by what you see, you will never accomplish anything. The real issues come out of your heart. You can’t trust your eyes. This world is only temporary. You need to think eternally. Because you need to keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.

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What’s in your Heart?

No one knows what is in their heart until until pressure is applied to their heart. Jesus and the disciples were in the garden of gethsemane. Jesus was waiting for the Jews to come and arrest Him. They came in force. Jesus asked them who they were looking for. They said Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said, I am He. They all fell down by the Holy Ghost. They got up and Jesus told them again. They arrested Him. Peter pulled out a sword and cut off the ear of one of them. Jesus stopped Peter and healed the man. They took Jesus to the high priest. All the disciples scattered except Peter and John. They followed to the high priest house. John was known to the high priest and they let him in. Peter was standing outside. John vouched for Peter and he entered in. The person at the door recognized Peter as Jesus’s disciples and asked him if he was. Peter denied he ever knew Him. Until you are in the situation, you never know what you are going to do. So, what’s in your heart?

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