Our Journey Home.

I was reading in 1 Peter ch.1, it struck me that the gospel is about the journey home. It talks about many things, fiery trials, believing, Jesus’s death and resurrection and salvation. And by themselves, they would be a good bible study. But together they show a picture of events in each of our lives. Events spanning from the beginning of time through our life and beyond. Giving us directions to live the life of God. It’s the journey home. 1 Peter 1: 24-25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all thr glory of man as the flower of grass. The flower withereth and the flower gallery away. But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which bt the gospel is preached unto you.” It’s the journey home.

Crain Blanchard.

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The Measurement of Time

I was thinking about time and how fast it goes by. When I was young, it seemed that time almost stood still. But I know it was because I was moving faster. As I got older and slowed down, time seemed to spend up. In the first 8 versus of Genesis Ch. 1, God deals with time and space. It has been constant ever since. Time is relevant to how fast we move through our space. I look at the my time and see the years passing like days. And I am trying to catch up to my time. God has given everyone so much time. And once it is over, we are gone. It is up to us to use our time wisely. We have to decide what is relevant to us. Then to pursue it with all our might. I could have pursued money, or power, but instead I pursued God. I figured that if I was going to spend eternity with my Father, I needed to know who He is and my older brother Jesus, who died from my sins. In turn, my world became better. I have a family and I work for a living. But my heart belongs to God. There is no other place I would rather be than in the presence of God. My heart keeps saying, are we there yet?

Crain Blanchard.

joseph1637@juno.com

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What shall We be?

When we were young, we had dreams about every sort of occupations. There were dreams about fireman, policemen, soldiers or doctors. It all depended on where you grew up and your family. My family believed in education. Most of my family went to college. Then you could choose what you wanted to be. My education was interrupted by the Vietnam war. I served in the U.S. Air Force. But I always knew what I wanted to be. It was a teacher. When I met the Lord and gave Him my life. I finally knew what kind of teacher. It’s a bible teacher. But I literary didn’t know anything about the bible. God had to teach me almost scripture by scripture, here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept. And still I didn’t know what I would eventually become. I just followed God where He lead me.
1John 3:1 ¶ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Crain Blanchard.

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Is there any sick among You?

Do you know why the medical industry is one of the fastest growing? It’s true, the medical industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Why? That is an easy question to answer. People are getting increasingly sick. The respitory problems in our state are almost pandemic. The cancer rate in our state is a little less than 1% of the population. With sickness affecting most every family, most are turning to the one source that truly can heal. I belong to a group of prayer warriors. We have seen God do many miracles. It is because we stand and believe.
James 5:14-18 “14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
God has a plan to heal the sick and all we have to do is to follow that plan.

Crain Blanchard.

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What is hidden from God?

Let’s start at the beginning. Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden. God had one rule, not to the forbidden fruit. Eve was seduced by the devil and ate the fruit. Then got Adam to eat. They sinned against God and their eyes were opened. Then they tried to hide from God. It cost them everything. Cain and Abel were brothers. Cain and Abel knew what God required in a sacrifice. Abel did it, where Cain didn’t. Cain got angry at Abel and killed him. He tried to hid it from God. God came looking for Abel. He ask Cain where his was. It cost Cain everything. David slept with another man’s wife. Then killed the husband. God sent The prophet Nathan and David repented of his sins. God spared his life. In Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. ” God see everything. Nothing is hid from God. It is better to repent than to suffer loss.

Crain Blanchard.

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Defiled.

In Matthew 15, the religious leaders were fussing about the disciples not washing their hands before eating. I’m not saying you shouldn’t wash your hands. But Jesus explained to the religious leaders that they broke the commandments of God by teaching man’s rules instead of God’s. Jesus talked about defiling oneself. He said, you don’t defile yourself by eating with dirty hands. It is what comes out of your mouth that defiles you. When you speak, it comes from your heart. And your heart is who you are. And you will say what you believe. And as you believe so are you.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Submitting.

All of our life we have someone who is over us. There will be someone in authority. They are there to guide us and lead in the right direction. It doesn’t always happen that way, but there is authority. Did you know that God set this in motion with the covenant of Noah. God set up governments. And gave them authority to keep the peace. Today, authority is a dirty word. But it is needed more than ever. In John 2, Jesus was 12 years old and went to Jerusalem with His parents for Passover. When it was over, Joseph and Mary left for Nazareth. Thinking that Jesus was in the caravan with His cousins. Joseph and Mary found Jesus in the temple 3 days later. Jesus was doing His Father’s business. But He submitted Himself and returned to Nazareth with His earthly parents. The bible says Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man. This what happens when we submit to authority.

Crain Blanchard.

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All Knowing

It must be hard for God to know everything. Even when God set up Adam in the garden, He knew that he would sin and be cast out. God knew that if man were left to his own devises, he would destroy everything. When Adam became like God, having a free will, he couldn’t control himself. Thank God, He intervenes in the affairs of man. But still, God loves everyone. How does that hurt the heart of God? In Matthew 20, it’s the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The first labourers were fussing because the last recieved the same wage. It says in vs.16: “so the last shall be first and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen. “

Crain Blanchard.

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Not Believing

I just read John Chapter 5. Jesus was in the temple teaching. The people of Israel have heard and seen many of the miracles performed by Jesus. When He went to the temple, He healed a lame man, who picked up his bed was walking around. The religious leaders were fussing at him for carrying his bed on the Sabbath day. The man told them that the person who healed him told him to. He said Jesus and the leaders wanted to kill Him. But Jesus tried to explain to them the gospel. They wouldn’t hear it. How dare God heal on the Sabbath. Jesus told them the truth and they wouldn’t listen. It has always amazed me how people won’t hear the gospel. They will fight against it, even though it means their death. I use to be just like that. It isn’t a stretch to see. The bible says that the Goodness of God leads us to salvation. So, God leads us to salvation. If you hear the call, listen and follow. There is no guarantee that God will call again. God gives everyone an opportunity to come home. If you reject it, you put yourself at risk of hell. It is very simple. All you have to do is ask for forgiveness and receive Jesus in you life. God didn’t make it complicated. Just ask.

Crain Blanchard.
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Most retailers make most of their income from sales on that day. As online shopping became popular there began Cyber Monday. It is a big deal for most retailers. They can make most of their income for the year. If sales go bad, some retailers don’t make it to January 1st. As I looked at the financial news, they estimated that the sales were down about 10 to 15%. It is understandable why people don’t have money. The unemployment rate is up again. In our area of the country, it is about 7% of the population or about 175,000 people. I worked in retail for many years. I worked in a big box store. Over the years I watched people come in and out. It is not strange at what I saw. 2 or 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, people began shopping for it. Generally people were in a good mood and smiled. After Thanksgiving, the mood of the people switched. In the 1st week after about half the people smiled. Into the 2nd week about 1/4th of the people smiled. In the last 2 weeks before Christmas, people were fussing and fighting with their family and other people shopping. In the last week before Christmas, people were downright nasty. They didn’t want anyone to say anything to them. All of this was about money or the lack thereof. When our kids were little, we bought gifts for all of them spending a lot of money. As they got older, my wife and I and the kids started drawing names out of a hat and buying gifts for that individual. Gift giving was started in honor of God’s gift to us, Jesus. It is not an end to itself. We have to keep in mind that there is only one reason for this season, God’s gift, Jesus.

Crain Blanchard.
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