The Sign of Jonah, part #2.


I always thought that the sign of Jonah was Jesus in the belly of the world for 3 days and nights. But as I was reading in John 20, where Mary Magdalene and others went to the tomb wrap Jesus’ body properly. They found that the tomb was empty. They didn’’t know what to do. The angels in the tomb told them the Jesus had risen and go tell His disciples. Peter and John ran to the tomb. They both entered in and saw just the grave clothes. John believed but Peter didn’t. The angels told them to go to Galilee and Jesus would met them there. Jesus did appear to them later that day and told them to go to Galilee. I believe Jesus wanted the core of the church to be out of harm’s way. The disciples went home to Galilee. It took 3 day and nights to get home. When they arrived, they still didn’t believe or understand what God was doing. After 3 years of following Jesus and hearing Him teach. Peter and the rest of the disciples did what they knew. They went fishing.

They had to make a choice. They heard what Jesus and now had to put everything into practice. They were still reeling from Jesus crucifixion. They were caught between this world and the next. They didn’t know what to do. As they were fishing, Jesus appeared on the beach and asked if they had caught anything. Peter, not knowing that it was Jesus, said they hadn’t caught any fish. Jesus said put your net on the other side. When they did, it filled with fish. Peter’s eyes were opened and said it is the Master. Peter jumped into the water and swam ashore. The others brought the boat in. It says that they abandon the ship to follow Jesus into the world.

The sign of Jonah is our journey from unbelief to faith. And yes we have to go into the belly of the whale for 3 days and nights. But once we believe, we will come out on the side. Then we are ready to do the will of God. Jonah repented of his sins and listen to God. God gave him the largest revival in the old testament. Jesus went on the same journey, but not in unbelief. But He is our example to follow.

Crain Blanchard.

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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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A New Day


This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will be glad even if my heart hurts with sorrow. God gave us strength. That strength is God’s joy. It doesn’t matter about the circumstances. They aren’t the determining factor. God’s word is our standard, our banner. I love to use King David as an example. His life isn’t perfect. He lived his life making mistakes, but always coming back to God. If you don’t know God’s mercy is new every day. Each morning God will forgive a repentitive heart. Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to the other side. But Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you. He is always there. Jesus said that I am the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Now it is up to us to walk in this truth. This is when we need our courage to shine through. I have always believed this scripture, a merry heart works good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). I have laughed my way through hell many times. I find the it puts the devil in the right prospective, a loser who have no power and can easily be defeated. If you don’t believe me, read God’s word. Also, my grand baby girl is being born today. It’s my 4th grandchild. My inheritance from God. Rejoice always and again I say rejoice.

Crain Blanchard.

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Changing Times


We all know that no matter what we do times will change. From one day to the next, from one minute to the next, our lives are always moving forward. There are moments in our lives that we wish we could live in, but in reality, it doesn’t happen. As we get older, our perception of time seems to spends up, like we have entered into a race that won’t stop. Today is no different than the day we were born. The universe was set into motion by God when He created everything. Our part in this world is to use our share of time to the best of our ability. Not to squander the time we have been given. Although, we try not to change everything, it still does. The only constant in this world is change. It is how we judge everything. From a baby to a toddler, from a toddler to a child, from a child to a teenager and finally from a teenager to an adult. Our perception of this world is based on time. So, here is my question. What are you doing about the changing times that you have left? Everything will come to an end. This world has so much time left, then it will end. Are you rushing headlong into eternity, not knowing what is going to happen to you? I was 28 years old before I discovered who I was and what was going on around me. The thief on the cross next to Jesus discovered who he was just before he died. Which tells me that everyone has a chance to see who they are in this world before you die. The bible calls it coming to oneself. It is where you understand where you are in relationship to God. But if you die not knowing where you are in this relationship with God, it is all over but the crying. God gave us this time, although it’s changing constantly, to figure out our relationship or the lack of it to God. Jesus said, I am the door, no man comes to the Father but by Me. Turn to God and repent. Use your time wisely. And figure out who you are in your relationship to God.

Crain Blanchard.

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Servant of All.


In Matthew 23:1-12, Jesus is still in the temple teaching. After the religious leaders had asked all their tricky questions, Jesus began to talk about what not to be. He told the people how the religious leaders loved fine garments and the praise of men. How they liked the best seats and money and power. Jesus told the people that this isn’t how you serve God. Jesus told the people in the temple, to serve God you must be the servant of all. When you humble yourself before God then God will be please with you. It is the only way to reach God. As it says in Micah 6:8, God requires that you do justly, you love mercy and that you walk humbly with God.

Crain Blanchard.

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How Far is Far?


The shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line. Mathematically it is correct, but not always in life. You have heard the sayings, I take 1 step forward and 2 steps behind. It seems that harder the task the behinder I get. It took me 2 years to research a book. The next one took me 5 years. And that’s not the longest. I took 25 years to research my best one. It sometimes get frustrating when I don’t receive the reward up front. But I know that the reward isn’t always measured in monetary gains. I am a distance runner. I am in for the long haul. I like to run also. When I began running, most people would double over in pain after a mile. I developed a resistance to pain. I wouldn’t even be breathing hard. I enjoyed running. No one could catch me. So I ask you the question again, How far is far? I was watching a movie where children were walking across a wilderness to reach to other side. They commented how far it was. And the people responded and said, what did you expect, it is the world. Do you ever think you will reach the other side? Where will your travels take you? Some people end up across the street from where they started. Some end up across the world. To get to the other side of where you are going is always a journey. I like to do that in a hurry. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes I receive my reward instantly. Sometimes I receive my reward after 25 years. But I always know that I will not stop until I get to the other side, come hell or high water. So how far is your far?

Crain Blanchard.

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The Son of David.


In Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus had stumped all the pharisees questions. Then Jesus asked them, who’s son is the Christ? They said He is the son of David. Then Jesus quoted a scripture that David said. David called his future son Lord. God said, my Lord sit at my right hand until I make the earth thy footstool. Then Jesus said if David call Him Lord, then who’s son is He? Pharisees couldn’t answer and didn’t ask any more questions. The religious leaders had examined Jesus and found no blemish. Now Jesus was ready to be slaughtered on the cross. Jesus didn’t leave yet, He had more to teach the multitude and HIs disciples. The old expression, make hay while the sun shines. Hurricane Delta passed through last night. Pray for the people of Lake Charles. 2 hurricanes in 6 weeks. God bless and keep ya’ll.

Crain Blanchard.

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