The Reality of Christianity#27.

What do you have? In the Christmas season, the streets are filled with people shopping. Trying to get that last minute bargain for grandpa. It 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.

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The Reality of Christianity#26.

Works. What is works? Are we talking about earning our way into heaven? There is nothing that anyone can do to earn heaven. Bible talks about people who stand before and recount their works to Jesus. He said depart from Me because I never knew you. Works aren’t there to earn your way. They are there to show that you belong to God. You are His children. God says that He make us for good works. As we do our works in love, people will see God in us. As the bible says, faith without works is dead, being alone. Everything that God has given you is not for you. It is for the lost and dying. God says not to be weary in well doing. But to work until the end, where we shall receive our reward from Jesus, Himself. This is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Reality of Christianity #25.

Prayer. The disciples watched Jesus pray. He goes off somewhere to be with God. And Jesus came back in renewed power and strength. They wanted this and asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. The first thing He said was to enter into the presence of God with praise and Thanksgiving. Thanking God for all He has given us. You do this before you ask anything. Then you ask your petition. God wants us to be thankful for what we have. You may not think that you have anything. But that’s not true. You have your life and an opportunity to be with God. God said why worry about food, clothing or shelter. He provides all those things. Your focus is God alone. Then you know that your prayers are answered. This is the reality of Christianity.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Reality of Christianity#24.

Devotion. The definition of devotion is loyalty and passion for a cause. Abraham Lincoln said this in his Gettysburg address, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion,  to which they gave the last full measure of devotion. We do our duty to God. But when was the last time we did it with passion? We are loyal to God. But if we sit on our works, where is the devotion? We all love to be in the presence of God.  So, why doesn’t that excitement travel from church to our home? The excitement of our salvation is what people see in our lives. It draws them to God. Devotion is part of our life with God. I die daily, that He will increase and I will decrease. And I do it with devotion, not like those that stand on the corners and make a show of it. This is the reality of Christianity. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The Reality of Christianity#23.

Commitment.  To varies degrees we all have some sort of commitment. We are committed to eat or wear the latest fashions.  Sometimes we have to make the hard choices and commit to things we don’t want.  But we all have to make a choice in life. And if it is something we want and make a commitment,  do we stick with it? I guess it is all in how much we want it. Jesus understood why He came  to this world. He knew He was going to died for the sins of the world.  The bible says He set His face towards Jerusalem.  When time came, Jesus and the disciples went to the garden of gethsemane to pray.  Jesus prayed 3 times not to die. But each time, He accepted God’s will and made the commitment.  Jesus didn’t want to die, but He knew that God’s will would only happen if He committed His life. Jesus is our example.  And God’s will can only take place for us if we commit our lives to Him. This is the Reality of Christianity. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The Reality of Christianity #22.

Compassion. You experience it every day. You look at something and your heart go out to it. And you want to help the situation.  It is a natural response from our humanity. It is because we are the image and likeness of God.  For God so loved that He gave. God looked upon Israel as sheep without a shepherd.  Jesus said that He came to seek and save that which was lost. We want to save the babies, the animals or the oceans. We are willing to fight to the end for this just cause. Compassion will compel you to do the impossible.  And you can succeed. There are many causes in this world.  Choosing the right one takes compassion and understanding.  We can’t save everyone, but we can start with ourselves.  Then go out into the world. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him shouldn’t perish, but have everlasting life.

Crain Blanchard. 

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The Reality of Christianity #21.

Surrender. One of the toughest things I have ever gone through was to give up and surrender. I always wanted to be my own person. To live my life my way. As smart and independent as I thought I was, I couldn’t find my way out of paper bag. Even now, I sometimes think I can do it myself, just to mess up anything. God had to convince me that only He knew the right way. I had and still do have to place my life in His hands. When I do, God shows me a better way, the right way. Many are the paths that lead to destruction,  but there is only one way to God. So, each day I surrender my life to God, because every day is new. I die daily, so God can live through me in a lost and dying world. Surrender is never easy, but is necessary for my survival.  This is the reality of Christianity. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#20.

Belief.  I was always amazed when I listen to people. I would hear their life story within a few minutes. I thought the key was listening to people. What that wasn’t the key at all.  When I came to the Lord I learned the scripture about the heart. It said out of the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks. And there was another one that said, As a man believes so is he. What I was listening to was the heart of a person. Belief is not something that you contribute to, are like on Facebook or just want to share with people. Belief is who you are. It come straight out of your heart.  Belief is what you do when no one is looking. Faith and doubt are the opposite sides of the same coin. It is what you believe and trust.  A person can believe in any direction but can’t go in both directions. So what do you believe today? Is God true?  So what is in your heart? 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The Reality of Christianity #19.

Trust, I didn’t trust anyone. I learned that people will betray you for their own agenda. I learned how difficult it was to be alone. I resigned myself to a life of loneliness. I wanted more, but there were few options opened to me. God had to win my trust before I would surrender. Step by step, God ordered my path to Him. So, when God got me to the place to recieve Jesus, I would.  Even after I received Jesus in my heart, I wanted to know that I was on the right track. God took me step by step, here a little, there a little. It was never more than I was able. He brought me to the place where He asked me if I would die for Him. I said yes. I had committed my life to God and His plan. Trust is a reality of Christianity. 

Crain Blanchard. 

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The reality of Christianity#18.

Last year our church have an outreach to our city. We had a Christmas dinner for everyone. About 400 people showed up. We are a small church. But everyone helped out. People donated turkeys, hams, and all the fixings. We were concerned that we wouldn’t have enough. But God had planned it. It was more than enough.  Nobody skipped a beat.  Everyone went to work. And I believe it was a success. Even the Mayor and Police Chief were there and helped serve food. It’s like that old song, little is much when God is in it. The people from our city had smiles on there face and every member of our church had a smile from ear to ear. We started planning the for beginning of next November.  It’s the 6th time we have done this. God didn’t require more than what we had. Because He knew it was enough. That is all God is asking for. It’s just you. This is the reality of Christianity.  

Crain Blanchard. 

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