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John McCranie’s blogs are what he calls “Visuables” which is a compound of the words “Visual” and Parables”.
John shares, “As I journey in life and ministry I tend to notice things that remind me of spiritual principles and insights. These blogs are designed to encourage greater trust in the God who reveals Himself to those looking.”
Thankful         10-29-2017
Some of you have had a “bad year”.
 
You have lost loved ones, had financial reverses, had children who have made bad choices, had serious health issues and a host of other things to complain about that might cause you to not be in the frame of mind to be “thankful.” Some of you have had a “great year” family wise, health wise, financially and therefore have a attitude of thanksgiving. 
I want to mention two things that I have learned to be thankful for. These certainly aren’t all and they may not be the most important. I have learned to be thankful for …                              More
Design      9-24-2017
 
Jim Putman leads a mega-church in Post Falls, Idaho that …
 
has an amazing history of growth and impact.
Years ago, I went to a seminar at New Life Ministries on discipleship and part of the requirements for attending was to read beforehand Putman’s book,  Church Is A Team Sport . In it he shares a vivid “visuable”.

“Imagine for a moment that you built a muscle car in your garage. You spent hours building, tinkering, sanding, and painting it until it was beautiful. Not only was it beautiful, you spared no expense to make the engine as powerful as …                                                  More

One Another       8-24-2017
The Word of God gives a great deal of attention…
 
to the subject of strengthening relationships. The primary relationship it focuses on is the one between God and His people. The Bible helps us to see that nothing is more important than learning to know God personally which can lead us to giving Him our full trust. This relationship does more to enhance our daily lives than any other influence.  The secondary relationship the Scripture seeks to improve is between people. We see it in the law and prophets of old telling folks how to best treat each other. What about the New Testament? In which way does it improve relationships between individuals? How can the Turlock Church apply its teaching to…                              More
Can a Smart Person…      8-1-2017
If you know me, I study statistics.
 
Unbiased polls and surveys reveal what people in America believe and hold as moral value. Over the decades there are two sources I have learned to trust.  Barna Group (www.barna.com) reveals the spiritual/social landscape from an evangelical perspective. Gallup Poll (gallup.com) is secular and politically neutral with many eye-opening religious surveys.
Over the past 50 years, the percentage of Americans who believe in God has never dropped below 90% and is currently at 94%. Here is another astonishing finding: a recent poll revealed…                                     More
Do Something       6-25-2017
In his book, Improving Your Serve, Charles Swindol…

shares a parable.  He says, “To make the value of obedience just as practical as possible, why don’t we play “Let’s pretend.” Let’s pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I’m the owner and I’m interested in expanding overseas. To pull this off, I make plans to travel abroad and stay there until the new branch office gets established. I make all the arrangements to take my family in the move to Europe for six to eight months, and I leave you in charge of the busy stateside organization.                                                                                      More…

Why a Newsletter?       6-8-2017
Did you know that we have a church member who…
 
volunteers weekly at the Emanuel Cancer Center? Did you know she has never had cancer herself?

 Did you know that there are two different teams who go out as pairs to visit shut-ins and hold Bible studies with those who don’t attend church? Did you know we have another team that ensures Christians are able to partake of communion when they are unable to attend the services at the building?     More….

Inspired       5-21-2017
It is a big blessing to live in Turlock, California.
 
The particular blessing I’m referring to is geographical. Two hours to the west and you are in Monterey/Carmel. You’ll be very hard pressed to find a more beautiful coastal strip anywhere in the continental U.S.A. Three hours southeast and you are driving through the largest living things on the planet as you meander through the massive redwoods in Sequoia National Park. Two hours northwest and you are in San Francisco with its amazing geography and architecture on the Bay. In two and one-half hours to the east you are in my favorite spot in the contiguous forty-eight states – Yosemite.         More…
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