Going about doing good.


In the bible, there are 33,000 verses, from beginning to end. In the beginning God gave Adam one commandment, obey. There are 39 books in the old testament. And there are 27 books in the new testament. The old testament was written on a scroll. They wrote continously. They didn’t stop between books. Their bible was big, bulky and costly. When Jesus came, He reduced the whole old testament into 2 scriptures. The scriptures said to love God with all that you are and the 2nd was to love your neighbor as yourself. It doesn’t take 33,000 scriptures to be obedient. In Matthew 19;1-2, Jesus explains why He came. It says that He traveled from Capernaum to the Jordan river east of Jerusalem. It says that a multitude followed Him. There by the Jordan river, Jesus healed everyone there. Jesus went about doing good, because we were in need. And He said that we will do greater things because He went to the Father. My question is why are you not doing those things that Jesus showed and told us that we would do? The next question is do you know how to get to that place that Jesus can use you on this earth? It’s all about a relationship between you and our Father.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Parable of Forgiveness.


In Matthew 18:23-35, Jesus spoke a parable about a Lord who had all his servants to pay back what they owed him. One servant owed him 9 million dollars. The servant couldn’t pay. The Lord ordered that he and his family and all he owned to be sold to pay the debt. The servant fell on his face and prayed for mercy. The Lord had compassion and forgave the debt. The same servant went out and found another servant who owned him 15 dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and said pay me what you owe. The servant begged for forgiveness. The first servant throw him into prison until he paid. The other servants of the Lord went and told him what had happened. The Lord became angry and took the the first servant and threw him into prison. He said to him, I forgave you your debt and should have done the same. You will not come out until the debt is paid. Jesus said, your heavenly Father will do the same to anyone who doesn’t forgive his brother. Forgiveness is the basis of our salvation. Anyone who doesn’t forgive their brother, has no part in God. Because God is love and forgiveness.

Crain Blanchard.

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Forgiveness.


In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked Jesus how many times do I forgive my brother. He said seven times a day. Jesus said, forgive your brother seventy times seven a day. Which means that we are to forgive freely and mercifully all day long. Why do we need to forgive? Why can’t the other person do right by me? Jesus said, if you don’t forgive, our Father in heaven will not forgive us. Forgiveness is a two-edged sword. Not only does it help the other person, forgiveness cleanses our heart and keeps us righteous before God. Every time Jesus talked about prayer, He always said to forgive, even if they kill us. For God so loved the world that He forgave us through Jesus Christ.

Crain Blanchard.

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Power of Agreement.


In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus was teaching about unity in the body of Christ. He said if a brother has transgressed against you, go to him and show him what he did. If he shall hear you, you have gained your brother. If he will not listen, then take one or two witnesses to talk to him. Let all things be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If he still will not listen, bring him before the church and explain. If he still will not listen, let him be as a heathen or outcast. God is concerned with unity in the body of Christ. Anyone or thing that is disruptive must be dealt with to maintain unity in the body of Christ. Jesus said that where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.

Crain Blanchard.

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Hold Fast


Jesus has promised that He will never leave us. He has also assured us that no one can take us away from Him. And the Lord also exhorts us to seek Him with our whole hearts. God warns us not to forsake Him. “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today”, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:12-14 KJV.) Stay close to Him.

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Lost or Found?


In Matthew 18:7-14, Jesus was teaching how to enter into heaven. Then He began to teach about those who caused people to be lead astray or offended. He is trying to get people to understand what they do wrong is their fault. Jesus talked about people who causes offenses. Then Jesus explained one of the reasons He came to earth. He said that He came to save that which was lost. The teaching is the parable of the one and ninety nine sheep. He said He would leave the ninety nine and search for the one lost sheep. When He found the one lost sheep, He would rejoice more than about the ninety nine that stayed. God wants to gather us home, but we have to decide what we are going to do. Jesus is our shepherd, but we must follow Him.

Crain Blanchard.

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Direction and Protection.


In Matthew 18:1-6, Jesus and the disciples were in Capernaum. The disciples thinking like man, asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom? Jesus took a child and placed him in the middle of the disciples. He said, unless you be converted and became as a child, you can’t enter into kingdom. He was saying that we have to humble ourselves before God. It means that we have to be vulnerable to this world. Why open ourselves to attack? People are looking for something that will not threaten them. It draws them in to recieve what Jesus is saying. Jesus also that any that harms one of his children, will be fighting against God. Jesus said it this way. It would be better if the person hung a milestone around his neck and were cast into the sea. Jesus was giving direction and protection to his family.

Crain Blanchard.

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Betrayed into the hands of Man.


In Matthew 17:22-27, Jesus and the disciples were near Capernaum. Jesus told the disciples that He would be betrayed into the hands of men. And shall be killed. On third day He shall rise again. The disciples were disheartened. They didn’t understand. All they could see is that Jesus was going to die. They came to Capernaum, the tax collectors, asked the disciples if they had paid tribute? Jesus answered the disciples, who prays tribute? The disciples answered, strangers. Then Jesus said, that the children are free. Jesus said, not to be an offense to them, go to the sea of Galilee and cast a line in the water. He said, the first fish you catch, there will be money in it’s mouth. Go and pay the tribute. In every plan that God has for us, we have apart to play. God will use what we do to bring about the right results. There is always things to do in the kingdom. Even new babies have their part to play in the work of the kingdom. And Jesus told the disciples and us how He will accomplish God’s will by His death and resurrection.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Only Prayer and Fasting.


In Matthew 17:14-21, Jesus and the disciples came down the mountain to the multitude. A man came and fell down before Jesus. He ask Jesus to heal his lunatick son, who was possessed of the devil. The disciples tried but couldn’t cast the devil out. Jesus said, O faithless and perverse generation, how do I have to be with you. Jesus cast out the devil. The disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t. Jesus said, only by prayer and fasting could you. The world has gone to hell in handbasket. We are looking on the sidelines, saying that’s terrible. It shouldn’t be. And you wring your hands in discuss. O faithless and perverse generation how long will you wait before doing what God has said. Only by prayer and fasting are these devils cast out. Jesus is our example. He was always praying and fasting.

Crain Blanchard.

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Elijah has come.


In Matthew 17:9-13, Jesus and the disciples came down from the mountain. Jesus told them not to say anything about His transfiguration, until He has risen from the dead. Then the disciples were discussing why the scribes were talking about Elijah coming first. Jesus began to explain. He said Elijah has come and they killed him. Which they will do to Me. Then they understood that John the Baptist was Elijah. Why was John the Baptist Elijah? Elijah wore a leather skirt and his prayer shawl was made of camel hair. Elisha wore this until he died. God directed the high priest, after Elisha died, to store the leather skirt and camel hair prayer shawl under the table of the showbread in the Holy of Holies in the temple. John the Baptist’s father was performing his duties as high priest, when the angel Gabriel told him of his son the next prophet in Israel. Gabriel told him to take the leather skirt and camel hair prayer shawl for his son. And John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah, preaching the gospel.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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