Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"But Now" - A Message from Ephesians 2:11-22

Hello Friends,

Words Matter!
In fact, they can change your life.

There are two seemingly innocuous words in Ephesians 2 that can go unnoticed, yet are so profound. They are...

...BUT NOW...

Paul is comparing life BEFORE Jesus and AFTER Jesus.  He lists the extraordinary blessings of life AFTER coming to faith in Jesus by His grace (Ephesians 2:8-10).   In this message I try to show the listener how much profoundly better life is AFTER we follow Jesus than it is BEFORE.

I trust that the Lord will speak to you in this message. Let me know what you think!

God bless, Kirk



Two Life-Changing Words:But Now

Ephesians 2:13 – “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”
** Before Jesus, we were:

Ephesians 2:12 – “Remember that at that time [i.e.: before you were saved by Grace] you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Escaping the Tired Life" - a Message from Ephesians 1:9-14

Hello friends,

It's been a while since I shared a message as I've been traveling over the past few months.  But now I'm back with this message that I hope will be helpful.

So many people live the "tired" life. Exhaustion may be the epidemic of our day.  As Christians, we try to put our best foot forward and pretend like we're fine, but we are tired, too!

I hope this message will encourage you and reconnect you to your Source of Energy for life.  Even when we're busy, we can live the energized life of faith.  Let me know what you think and how the Lord spoke to you through his Word.

God bless you, Kirk McCormick



Monday, November 21, 2016

"The Unchecked Ego" - A Message from Daniel 4

As we have just endured another political season, what more relevant topic is there than the Unchecked Ego.

Many, especially those in power, believe theirs is a right to do as they please without regard to the wishes and will of God.  But God will not be mocked!

In this message I note the Pitfalls of the Unchecked Ego's Life, using Nebuchadnezzar as an example. Then I attempt to encourage the listener to live a selfless life...one in which the driving force is reliant on and motivated by the Lord Himself.

Let me know what you think as you listen. I would love to hear your feedback.  God bless, Kirk McCormick




The Challenge of Selfless Living
Daniel 4:1-37
  
Pitfall 1 – “I am impressed with my accomplishments.”

Daniel 4:20-22 – “The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching

Monday, August 22, 2016

"Maintaining a Pure Conscience" - A Message from Acts 22 and 23

Hello Friends,

Have you ever had that "guilty feeling" wherein you know you've broken God's moral code?  Some call it a gut feeling while others describe an inner voice that speaks to them.  God has installed a conscience in each of us. Through this conscience he speaks, directs and corrects us so we might live the purest life possible.

In Acts 22 we see a model for how we can Maintain a Pure Conscience.  Of course, Satan would like to convince you that you are forever guilty, but God, in his marvelous grace, not only forgives but also restores us to purity.

So I hope this message will be helpful to you as you strive to live a life that honors our Heavenly Father. Let me know what you think.

God bless, Kirk McCormick


“Maintaining a Pure Conscience”
Acts 22:30-23:11

“Conscience” = “to know with” or “know together”…

            …inner judge to which God speaks

            …does not set standards, but affirms them

Acts 24:16 - Paul said, “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”

Titus 1:15 - “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Message about "True Inclusivity"

Hello friends,

If you are like me, I grow weary about the elevation of "diversity" and "inclusivity", as if they are the highest virtues and values of our culture.  Since diversity just "is"...meaning, we don't have to work on it since it is simply a part of God's natural order... we really do not need to elevate it so highly since it does not take any effort to achieve "diversity."  Yet, given this elevation of diversity, the world loves to tell us that embracing our diversity is more important than our unity.

In this message I try to dispel the notion that Inclusivity, as defined and manipulated by the world, is the rule of heaven.  I hope you will listen to this word and let me know what you think.  I would appreciate the input.

May God bless you as you listen and respond to His Word.  Again...let me know what you think.

- Kirk McCormick

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The 7 "C's" of Sharing the Jesus Story - A Message from Acts 22:1-21

Evangelism...the very word brings terror to the average Christian's heart. Yet does Sharing the Jesus story  need to be so imposing?
Paul has arrived back in Jerusalem, and his visit did not go unnoticed. Many radical Jews, especially from the Sanhedrin, are angry he is there and want to kill him. However, the Roman commander puts Paul under his custody. On the way to the jail Paul asks to speak to his fellow Jews.
This message reviews Paul's tactic in sharing the Gospel and how his words are a model for the average Disciple to share the Jesus Story.
As the Lord speaks, you will be blessed as you respond.  Let me know what you think.

And if this message is helpful to you, share it with others. God bless you! - Kirk McCormick


The 7 “C’s” of Sharing your “Jesus” Story

1. “C”ourage -
Paul stood his ground for Jesus

Acts 22:1 - “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”

Recap: Sharing the Jesus Story starts with just a little bit of Courage…

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Interview with Jason McCormick at the US Olympic Swimming Trials

Here is an interview from the Florida Swim Network that Jason did right after swimming in the Olympic Trials. He finished 44th making him one of the fastest swimmers in the country.  Pretty neat to think of being in the top 50 of anything in the country.  Awesome job, Jason!