The Sign of Jonah.


Jesus and the disciples were headed to synagogue. It was the sabbath. They were hungry. As they walked through a field, they plucked corn to eat on the way. The religious leaders walking with them started complaining to Jesus because it was the sabbath. God commanded that no work would be done on the sabbath. But the religious leaders took it to the nth degree, where you couldn’t do anything, but walk to church. When they got to church, Jesus saw a man with a withered hand. Knowing that the religious leaders would complain anyway, Jesus healed the man. This stirred them up to fuss at Jesus. Jesus asked them if one of your sheep fall in a pit on the sabbath, wouldn’t you pull it out. Then He said that the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath. Jesus left the synagogue and began to heal people. The religious leaders approached Jesus wanting Him to justify Himself. They asked for a sign to prove what He said was true. Jesus said you evil and adulterous generation, the only sign that you will receive is the sign of Jonah. In Matthew 12:38-41, Jesus explained what the sign of Jonah was.

For you that haven’t hear the story of Jonah in the belly of the whale, he was a prophet of God. Jonah was an Israelite, who hated the Ninevites because of what they did to Israel. God called him to preach the gospel to the Ninevites. Jonah refused and ran from God. He boarded a ship to run away. God caused a great storm to stop the ship. It got so bad that the captain wanted everyone to seek their god to stop the storm. Jonah said the storm was because of him. They needed to throw him overboard. Eventually they did. Jonah was swallowed by a great beast. He was in the belly of the beast for 3 day and nights. Until he turned to God and asked for forgiveness for running away. God had the beast vomit him on to dry land. Jonah went to Nineveh and preached the gospel for 3 days. The entire city repented and turned to God, And God spared Nineveh.

I’ll continue the story tomorrow.

Crain Blanchard .

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This is the Day.


There are so many saying that Believers have that almost have become cliches. It’s only when it passes from knowledge to experience that the saying becomes real. We teach children songs about life and when they are older hopefully they become real in there lives. My all time favorite songs and stories are about King David and his exploits. The thing about King David is that he never lost faith in God, no matter what he did. Nobody is perfect. We strive for it, but we just never quite get there. Sometimes it’s very frustrating. But it’s not giving up that makes the difference. Of course, I’m talking about scriptures we make into saying. My favorite is a Merry heart works good like a medicine. I’ve walked through hell laughing. Again the only way for a scripture to become real in your life, is experience it. Take your favorite saying and ask God to make real in your life. Then hold on, you are about to go on a journey.

Crain Blanchard.

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Veteran’s Day


Today is Veteran’s Day. It’s the day that World War 1 was ended. It was on November 11 at 11am, the truce began. It was the war to end all wars. We as a people need to honor all of our veterans because of their sacrifice for this nation. Sacrifice is the key word. I served in the US Air Force from 1969 to 1975. My family has a long line of people that served in the military. I believe in honorable service in the military. When I came to the Lord, it wasn’t a stretch for to serve God. The only real satisfaction in life is where you serve someone else. Sacrifice and service are the real attitudes in life. Again, I want to thank all the people that served in the military to make America great.

Crain Blanchard.

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Anticipation.


I never liked waiting for anything. I always wanted it now. But that’s not reality. After all the Covid lockdown, jobs lost, hurricanes and other disasters, it’s voting day in America. I’m a real proponent of getting out to vote. I voted in my first presidential election in 1972. I voted for Richard Nixon because he had just ended the Vietnam war. I haven’t missed an election since. As an American, it is important that I exercise my freedom to vote. Many people across the world don’t have that freedom. It is to insure the peaceful transfer of power from one person to the next. Serving in politics use to be like serving in the military. It was and honor and privilege. Now it’s voting for the lesser of two evils. But still it’s a right to control our representative in government. So you Americans, go out and vote. Exercise you freedom as an American.

Crain Blanchard.

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