The X Generation.

Everything today is given almost instantaneously. The X generation wants it now. The faster the better. But is it better? The price of cell phones is ridiculous. Companies now finance them so ordinary people can buy them. But they will never match your mind and a pencil and paper. When Jesus was born, there were 3 men and their entourage travels for almost 2 years and they traveled on camels. They were looking for the new king of Israel. They were kings in their own right. They saw a star, which was 5 planets that aligned in the sky. They came from Persia. After they left for home, they left with great joy. They were satisfied that they found Jesus. It changed their lives. How is your search going? Do you think you will be satisfied as these men? If you end game is Jesus, yes you will be. My search took 28 years. Turn around, God is standing there waiting for you. Ask and shall recieve forgiveness. It doesn’t take a lifetime to find Him. Jesus is waiting for you now.

Crain Blanchard.

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Why do we have the Old Testament?

I have heard most of my Christian life not to concern myself with the Old Testament. It’s the law and we aren’t under the anymore. Guess what? If you sin, what happens to you? You fall under the consequence of the law. In Romans 3:23 and 6:23, the wages of sin is death. The old testament completes the picture of Jesus. It’s as relevant to us today as it was to the Christians of the first century. They only heard scriptures from the old testament about Jesus. We stand upon the law and prophets as our firm foundation. In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus said there are 2 great commandments, to love God with all we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Deuteronomy and Leviticus. Every scripture has meaning for us. If we only believe and trust God. Abraham was justified by faith and so are we.

Crain Blanchard.

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What's in your Hand?

Everyone wants God to do something for them. And God turns around and asks, what’s in your hand? Why? Because God already gave you what you need. God gave you the measure of faith when you became a believer. God said you could move mountains if you believed. God said you are more than a conqueror through Jesus. Now what is the truth? Is God a liar or does He speak the truth. God said life and death are in the power of the tongue. Do you speak life to your situation or not. Faith and doubt are the same. They work in either direction. You can use both. It all depends on what you believe. The longest prayer answered by God was 22 years. The shortest prayer answered by God was in the twinkling of an eye. So, I’ll ask you again, what is in your hand?

Crain Blanchard.

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I am not Ashamed.

We quote that scripture all the time. We bolster our faith and step out. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. But it’s never about doing the great miracles of God that counts. When we are away from our church community and a test or trial comes your way, what do you do? When people tell an off colored joke, do you laugh? Do you listen while people tell the sorted details of their life? Do you watch a TV show with your family that proudly displays everything you stand against? The apostle Peter followed Jesus the night He was arrested by the religious leaders. Peter and John followed Jesus to the religious leaders home. They got in because they knew John. Peter stayed in the courtyard. Before sunrise, 3 people asked Peter if he knew Jesus. Peter denied Jesus 3 times, by the time the cock crowed. Peter looked at Jesus and begin to cry. It said he cried for days. God forgave him and brought him back. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.” (Roman’s 1:16) KJV.

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To Please God.

I want to tell you a true story about Eric Liddell. Eric was a Scottish missionary to China. He also was an Olympic runner. In 1923, he won a gold medal in the 400 meter race. What was so unusual about his running, his arm were flailing. He looked like he was beating on the wind. He said, he ran because it pleased God. There is a movie about Eric called “Chariots of Fire”. When God made everything, including man, it pleased Him. Enoch had the testimony that he pleased God and God took him home. Jesus pleased God by doing and being what God wanted. It pleases God when we do His will on this earth. When we walk with God, it pleases Him. Phil.2:13, “For it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. “

Crain Blanchard.

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A Picture in the Bible.

When God made Adam, He didn’t give Adam a bible. All God did was talk to him face to face. Still, Adam didn’t obey and lost his place with God. In each generation, God wanted to restore man, but couldn’t until Jesus. So, God devised a different plan. God gave man covenants. They were written down so man could read them. God and Moses codified the law in the 10 commandments. Then God gave Moses the first 5 books of the bible. God told the Hebrews to teach their children’s children about the law of Moses. And throughout the ages, God gave the next generation the word of God. Why did God give this lengthy book to us? God did it to give us a picture of Jesus. There are still only 2 commandments we must keep. The first is to love God with all we are. And the second is to love our neighbors as our self. Then we become the picture of Jesus to the world.

Crain Blanchard.

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Being Tested.

You are going to find that what you believe about God and Jesus is going to be tested. No matter who you are, testing is necessary to prove you and that God is real. John the Baptist was thrown into prison. Jesus had begun His ministry. John was Jesus’s cousin. They grew up knowing each other. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan river. But when he was in prison, John began to have doubts. He sent 2 disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the messiah. Jesus used the prophecy in book of Isaiah to speak to John. It was the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the dead ate raised and the poor hear the gospel. The Jesus said, blessed is he who isn’t offended in Me. When you are tested and we are all tested, recount the testimonies of God concerning you. Then you will realize that they will pass and you won’t be offended in Jesus. Matthew 11.

Crain Blanchard.

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Pride and Humility.

We are taught from childhood to be proud of our accomplishments. Because we did it by ourselves. Our self worth is based upon our accomplishments. I have found over the years, that some people will put down or suppress others so they can feel superior. Which is the wrong kind of pride. It took years before I came to Jesus because I could do it myself. It was only when I crashed and burned, did I make room for Jesus. Then I found the most loving Father and older Brother and Holy Ghost in this world. Why do people respond to love? Because it is humble. Humility makes people feel safe. There is no threat in humble love and they wouldn’t get hurt. In Proverbs 16:19, it says, “Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (KJV).

Crain Blanchard.

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Pray, Read and Do.

James’s epistle was short. Because it was, he got to the point. Sometimes younger Christians read the epistles and think that the writer is being hard and unforgiving. But the truth is that they come the point in several paragraphs. Exhortation is needed to stir up our heart to get to the truth. It’s not always fun. But is quite necessary to cleanse our hearts of sin. James talked about being cheap, greedy, patience and prayer. He warned people who withheld a fair wage to laborers. He said that their sin will find them out. He told the laborers to be patience because God will rectify the situation. They he said we should pray, for those who sick, that we may be healed. God said that effectual fervent prayer avails much. The conclusion is that as believers, we should pray, read the word of God and do what it says. Then we will fulfill what God has called us to.

Crain Blanchard.

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What was, Shall be again.

It’s funny. That statement seems so fatalistic. But it’s a direct quote from the bible. In Ecclesiastes 1:9, it says exactly that, there is nothing new under the sun. Then in James 4:1,2, it says how lust and greed lead to murder and war. And all you have to do is just look around your community, city, state, nation and world. It’s being played out everywhere. This is why God sent the Holy Ghost to live in us. God wanted to bring peace to the world. But Christians aren’t exempt for stirring up and creating war. You have to submit yourself to the Holy Ghost in order for Him to control our emotions. It seems the world is telling us to be our own man. That is why the world is an enemy of God. Submit to the Holy Ghost and be the person you are suppose to be. And all you have to do is ask.

Crain Blanchard.

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