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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.”
January 2019
Once upon a time, a group of frogs was…
hopping through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that it was useless. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He laid down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the struggle and just die. He jumped even harder and finally, to the onlooker’s amazement, the trapped frog made it to the top and crawled out. As he lay there exhausted, the other frogs said,…                 More
December 2018

Have you been out there?

Have you seen them? There are two kinds of shoppers this time of year. The ones obligated to give something for Christmas and the ones who enjoy finding that special gift and can’t wait to see the reaction when it’s opened. The former are grumpy and can be quite rude. The latter whistle Christmas carols down the aisles. I notice they have a tendency to talk to themselves. They mumble things like, “Oh, she’ll really love this!” or “If that isn’t him I don’t know what is.” The former love when there are no hassles in their life. The latter love their loved ones. Why did God, the Father, send us His greatest gift, the gift of his Son? It was His way of saying, I love you.             More

November, 19 2018
The tendency of our culture is to…
ask why bad things happen to good people. The reason ties into living in a post-Christian society. Ironically, the Americans who lived during the horrific Depression and Second World War, rarely asked this question. I believe it was because there was a strong biblical influence in our country at that time. But, who is it that struggles with the angst of this age? Those who have grown up during a period of peace and prosperity in a culture where the knowledge of God is being systematically removed from all governments, judiciary and schools. 
 The process works something like this: Since God is irrelevant – I am not a sinner. Since I am not a sinner – I do not…                              More
November 2018

Recently while on vacation in San Diego,

Becca and I visited a museum called the Creation and Earth History Museum. The thing that really drew my attention is that this museum is dedicated to the biblical account of a literal six-day creation and young earth. Here is the website link to learn more: One of its primary proofs is the Second Law of Thermodynamics, also known as entropy. In physics, the definition of this law is complicated, nevertheless, it can be easily remembered by understanding that all things in motion …             More

October 2018

On September 27, I got in trouble with…

the school principal. Okay, here’s the deal … I am the Character Coach at Julien Elementary here in Turlock. As a character coach it is expected of me to set an exemplary example for the students as well as staff of this wonderful school.So, Principal Henderson did not enjoy hearing that I jumped the fence to enter the campus today.

Okay, let me clarify . . .  it wasn’t like a six-foot chain-link fence but actually was only a waist-high rail.                    More

What is a Disciple?
September 2018

Words are important…

because we think in words, even pray in words. Our personal identity – who we see ourselves to be – is also stated in words. Every time we make a statement with “I am” in it, we are identifying ourselves. That identification runs from the most insignificant ideas – “I am cold” – “I am bored” – to the most consequential – “I am depressed – I am joyful.”
When Moses asks God what he should tell the Israelites, when they ask him who sent him – He relays the question to God, who identifies Himself by saying, “Tell them that I Am sent you.”                                                           More
August 2018
How much does God control?
How do you reconcile God’s sovereignty and will with all the suffering in the world? Our answer to this tough question will reveal the depth of our trust in God. How ready are we to defend the skeptic’s criticism? Their accusation goes something like this: “The amount of pain and suffering in the world proves that if indeed God is loving and good then he is not all-powerful, and that if He is all-powerful, then He is not loving and good.” This type of circular logic may seem sensible, but we Christians know that human reasoning doesn’t always reveal truth. Nevertheless, most of us would admit……                          More
June 26, 2018
I just returned from…
taking our Indian Missionary, Louis Swakkiam, to San Francisco International Airport so he could return home to Chennai. He was very thankful that God allowed him to visit Turlock for ten days and share with the congregation what the Lord has been doing through Morning Star Ministries. Louis was obviously anxious to get back to Ambika, Anna and Alex. This was one of the longest trips he has been away from his family. He used a smartphone app called WhatsApp to video call them every morning. As we sat at the table eating breakfast, I couldn’t help but giggle as…                                           More
June 6, 2018
The following is taken from a short story…
written by Roy Popkin called Night Watch. It was originally published in the September 1965 edition of Reader’s Digest.

“Your son is here,” the nurse said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the man’s eyes opened. He was heavily sedated and only partially conscious after the massive heart attack he had suffered the night before. He could see the dim outline of a young man in a Marine Corps uniform, standing alongside his bed. The old man reached out his hand.                                  More…

March 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…
February 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 
January 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

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