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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.”
FAMILY PORTRAIT
September 2019
There simply is not anything on earth…
 
more powerful than family. Family is definitely a God-thing. Family is where the Lord heals, lifts and saves. This world is harsh on families and the best way for Christians to remain healthy is to first understand and then follow their roles as revealed in Scripture. When men love their wives and are actively involved in their children’s faith, God blesses. When women respect their husbands and nurture their kids in wisdom, God blesses. When children honor their parents (flaws and all), God blesses. My Sunday morning sermon series this fall will explore the biblical roles we are to fulfill in our families. Bring your Bible and let’s look at our “Family Portrait.”                                                                More
BACK TO SCHOOL
August 2019
The backpacks bounce up …
 
and down as the children run to class for the first day of school. They contain new pencils, binders, portfolios and lunch boxes. The summer break has ended with the anticipation of going back to class and seeing friends and meeting new ones.

The parents give hugs and admonitions as they depart. The statement “I love you” is mixed with “listen to your teacher.” The teachers are preoccupied with the final details in order to start their first day. One thing is very clear across campus–school is very important. Education is vital. Learning is paramount.                                                 More

MANY HANDS
July 2019

Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:18-20…

[italics mine] “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”  “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they …                  More

Sunday Summer Nights
June 2019
 
In last month’s article …
 
I shared a painful reality that is affecting the church in the USA. Statistics reveal that the number of Americans involved in church is in steep decline and all major fellowships are seeing fewer attendees. Just last week I read an online article in the Chicago Tribune noting that the nation’s largest evangelical denomination, Southern Baptist Convention, in the last ten years is down more than 100,000 baptisms.  Churches of Christ are experiencing a similar trend.
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DECLINE
May 2019

This graph from www.barna.com/research/state-church-2016/ is telling.

These are challenging times for churches. . .
 
all kinds of churches. The surveys are in and the results are worrisome. The research makes it obvious that the number of Americans involved in church is in marked decline.
All major fellowships are seeing fewer attendees.

Thirty-five. That’s the percentage of those in the USA who attend a house of worship regularly.

We know in certain regions that number fluctuates dramatically. In the Bible Belt area the number is higher. But in areas that are called “secular” the number can be surprisingly low. Why the decline?     More

WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE
April 2019
Recently in a sermon,
 
I shared a true story of a surgeon, Dr. Richard Selzer, wrote in his book, Mortal Lessons, who witnessed a powerful love. I could tell that day that it touched those listening so I want to share its fuller detail and, of course, add a little comment at the end.

“I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in a palsy, clownish way.  A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth, has been severed.  The surgeon had followed with religious fervor the curve of her flesh; I promise you that.  Nevertheless, to remove…          More

HEAVEN’S TRAVEL AGENT
February 2019
I recently spoke at Hughson Christian School’s chapel…
 
and asked why Christians rarely talk about heaven anymore? We seldom sing about it. We only hear it footnoted in sermons and I dare say no one reading this has ever been in a Bible class dedicated to the subject. It was no surprise to see the look on the kids’ expressions when I asked them, “What are we going to do in heaven forever?” One student called out, “We’re gonna sing!” “Amen” I said, “Anything else?”  Silence.

Well, let me ask you, what are you going to do to enjoy your eternal life in heaven? Too many folks think heaven is going to be like a never-ending church service. And unfortunately, the average…       More

WHAT DID YOU SAY?
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
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