Preacher’s Blog Page
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.”
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

October 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
September 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

August 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
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