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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.”
Honesty Prayer       3-20-2018
Ever feel there are times
 
when your prayer life needs a little inspiration?
There are times when I could benefit from hearing someone else pray from the heart. While at school I confessed this fact to one of my professors and he provided me a small blue book called A Diary of Private Prayer.
It contains short prayers for every morning and evening for each day of the month. Several of these diary entries are truly remarkable in their honesty.
Below is my favorite from the evening of the twenty-fifth day.              More…
Shepherd-Leaders       2-15-2018
In light of the Elder Appreciation Banquet …
 
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a shepherd of God’s flock in the modern times. The path to success as a church leader is by no means an easy road. In fact, it’s strewn with obstacles that can slow you down or sometimes stop you dead in your tracks. To make your way to the top requires qualities that are rare to find these days. The foremost attribute needed to be an effective shepherd is persistent faith. To possess faith is essential but that faith in God must also be complimented by perseverance in order to lead God’s people to higher ground. Persistence is the engine of any leader but without…       More 
Resolute       1-14-2018
A story is told about the great quarterback,
 
George Cafego, during the early days of professional football. Playing for the old Brooklyn Dodgers football team against the New York Giants one day, Cafego brought the ball up field practically by himself. Just before the half ended, he broke away over the left tackle.
First one man hit him, then another. But Cafego kept going. Finally, about five Giants ganged up on him, and still he plowed goal-ward. At last he made a touchdown–just as the timer’s gun exploded.

“Incredible!” a child in the stands shouted. “They had to shoot him to stop him!”. Are you like George Cafego…                        More

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…

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