Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Watch Out Below!" - a message from Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost...Christians know about the historic event but how many tap into the present reality?

Pentecost may be the fulcrum on which all of our modern ministry depends. God opened the windows of heaven and shouted, "Watch out below!" on that marvelous day of fulfilled prophecy, and he continues to empower his church, and believers in particular, today.  After all, Jesus said that his church would do "greater things" than he did once he ascended.

Of course, people often substitute the real deal of God's power lesser, false forms of pseudo-power, like intellect, physical strength, or material resources.  But God offers us power from above...power that restores and recreates the broken...power that does the miraculous.

Are you feeling the need for God's divine power? I know I am asking God daily for this kind of Kingdom experience. Will you listen to this message and respond to Holy Spirit's prompting?  May God bless you as you do.

- Kirk McCormick

“Watch Out Below”

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches…”    - Jeremiah 9:23

3 Artificial Sources of False Power:

1.  Human intelligence – partial and limited

1 Corinthians 3:18 – “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become

Friday, January 23, 2015

"The Value of Waiting" from Acts 1:4-9

Dear Friends,

How good are you at waiting? Would most say you are a patient person?  

I find that most of us, from time to time, are impatient. Whether it be in a slow-moving line at the supermarket or DMV, or waiting behind the driver who fails to move after the signal turns green, our patience is often tested. From the silly to most sensitive situations, we often pray, "God, give me patience and give it to me now."

In Acts 1:4-9 there are insights on The Value of Waiting on God. I hope this message will be a blessing to you as it was to me and our people at Royal Palm.  As Holy Spirit speaks to you, respond to his glory. And let me know what insights God brings to your attention. I'd love to hear.

God bless you, Kirk McCormick

 “The Value of Waiting”

Psalm 37:7 – “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

Why Wait on God?

Overall… it is in the waiting that God perfects our faith.

** Yet… how many times have we grown impatient/tire of waiting… only to seize control and try to make things happen in our time, with our resources, given our knowledge.

** While we Wait, God

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Is it Time to Rethink "Marriage"?

Hello friends!

I’m excited to tell you that, after many years of thought and planning, I have purchased a new BOAT!  I’m very excited about it. It’s a small boat, able to handle only three people at a time. It’s very stream-lined, so it should be fast in the water.  It’s carbon-footprint is minimal as it has no engine and runs solely on human power.  But the seating is comfortable and I want to invite YOU to go on the first cruise with me as we travel to the Bahamas. No expenses to you, just your company and a willingness to enjoy this incredible journey.

So here it is!...a picture of my new BOAT!!!

 Well, what do you think?  I showed this picture of my lovely boat to a good friend and he was so rude, insensitive and unloving. He had the gall to say, “That’s not a boat…that’s a bike!”  “No”, I told him. “That is a boat no matter what others have called it in the past.” Then I invited him to go with me on my initial cruise and he was so judgmental saying, “You’re crazy if you think I’d go with you into the water on THAT!”  I just could not understand why he felt the need to ruin my joy by suggesting that my new boat is a bike. Why is he so narrow-minded? Is he stuck in the antiquated constructs and definitions of the past?  Yes, my boat looks different from most boats, but that is the essence of its uniqueness. I’m confident my boat will float and satisfy my needs.  How mean for him to deny me this right of boat ownership…and he calls himself a Christian.

Okay…back to reality. The truth is, no matter how much I call this bike a boat, it will never be a boat. No matter how veraciously I defend my position that a bike is a boat, it’s still a bike.  No matter how many times I try to redefine what a bike is by calling it a boat, it’s still inherently a bike.  One might put flotation devices on the bike so it will