Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Is it Worth It?" - A Message from Acts 14:1-22

Here we are again, friends, ready to learn from God's Word.

In this message I ask you to wrestle with the question, "Is it worth it?"  Is is worth whatever it takes to fulfill your God-appointed purpose in life?  God often asks much from us, sometimes he asks a little. Either way, is it worth whatever it takes to say "Yes" to God?  Only you can answer that question.

Saul (aka; Paul) and Barnabas are our models of willingness as they venture from Jerusalem into the Gentile world to share the Gospel. I'd love to hear from you as to how the Lord spoke to you in this message.

Use the outline, below, to follow along, then let me know...and God bless you as you are obedient and willing to his call, Kirk McCormick

“Is it Worth It?
Acts 14:1-22

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.  - Frederick Buechner,

Vignette 1 - Is it Worth rejection from many to save a few?

Acts 14:1-3 - “At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish

"David and How to Manage Crisis" - a Message from Psalm 57

Hello friends,

Each of us face crisis from time to time.  When we do, we manage it differently. Some panic...some pray.  Some deny it...others obsess about it.  Some work to correct it...others seek God for answers.

Whatever way you manage the crises of you life, I know this message will be helpful to you.  David faced many crises in his life, but King Saul's desire to kill David and rid himself of competitors for the throne of Israel may be David's greatest crisis.

Psalm 57 is David's response to the threat. After listening, let me know what you think.

May God bless you as you listen to and respond to his Word! - Kirk McCormick

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"David and Bathsheba": A Message for the Vulnerable

Hello Friends,

Can you say you are not tempted? ...pretty much every day?!...

In our most honest moments, we can admit we are tempted.  The good news is that God knows our weaknesses and helps us with them. The bad news is that Satan knows our weaknesses, too.

In this message I try to help the vulnerable...the honest...the real person who asks God daily to help him/her with a temptation or weakness.  David, even though God calls him a "man after my own heart", failed when it came to the temptation of Bathsheba.  She failed when it came to being faithful in marriage.  Yet, even though they suffered the consequence of their respective and collective failures, God blessed David and Bathsheba.

I hope that as you listen and Holy Spirit speaks, that this message will be a blessing to you. And since this recording is of our entire service from The Well, I trust that you will be blessed with the music and prayers.

Praise God for his faithfulness!  Let me know what you think.  God bless you, Kirk McCormick

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"The Power of Encouragement" - a Message from Acts 13:13-42

Hello friends,

Most of the Christians I know feel ineffective and ill-prepared to evangelize, to share the Gospel with others.  Even though Jesus commanded his church to "Go and make disciples of all nations", we give ourselves an exception because we feel so inept.

Well...if that describes you...if I could show you through the Bible that there is a way by which every one of us can share the Gospel, would you be willing to go try it?

There is Power in Encouragement 

In this message from Acts 13 we glean insight into how to share the Gospel through encouragement.  If you think about it, "Encouragement" means instilling courage (i.e.: to en-courage) in another so they would trust God for his promises.  Thus, the Power of Encouragement is the holy work of the Holy Spirit that frees people to trust in the promises of God in the Gospel.

I hope this message will be helpful to you. Let me know what you think.

God bless you as you are en-couraged by His Word to share Jesus! - Kirk McCormick

“The Power of Encouragement”

“A saint is someone whose life makes it easier to believe in God.”  - William Barclay

** To take the Pressure Off -

1.    We don’t have to be pushy.

Acts 13:14b - “On the Sabbath they [Paul and the others] entered the synagogue and sat down.”

2.    We may need to be patient.

Acts 13:20 - “All this took about 450 years.”

Remember this One, Simple Secret to Sharing Jesus…

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Am I a Success in God's Eyes?" - a message from Acts 13:1-12

Hello Friends!

Another week, another helpful insight from God's Word!

Every Christian wants to please God.  (At least I hope we do!) We want to know how we're doing according to God's desire for our lives.  We want to be successful in the things that last for eternity, not just in the temporal things of earth.

In this message I draw from Acts 13 to give insight into the Marks of a Successful Life from God's perspective.  You know, the world ascribes success by a very different criteria than God uses.  So I hope that you will be blessed by this message.

As you listen, allow the Holy Spirit to touch your heart. Then respond to Him and His Word in the way He prompts.  That, alone, is success!

Let me know what you think. And I pray that God will bless you as only He can as you give your heart to His ways.  Peace, Kirk McCormick

Five Marks of Success in the Christian Life

Mark 1 - Obedience to the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:4 - “The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.”

Point: If think about, Obedience is the logical response of a person who

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"God's Word is Active" - a Message from Acts 11:1-18

Dear Friends!
People often ask the hypothetical, "If you could meet and converse with anyone in history, who would it be?"  To that, Christians often reply, "Jesus."  How grand and glorious it would be to meet Jesus face to face, ask him questions, hear his responses, get his advice, listen to his counsel.  Would you take advantage of the opportunity if given to you?
The evangelical church professes, "The Bible is God's inspired Word."  What does that mean?  It means many things, not the least of which is that when we hear God's Word we are actually listening to the voice of God.  Yet how many of us approach the Bible with this anticipation?  You a way, we can meet and hear the voice of Jesus just by reading aloud the Word of God.
God's Word is Active!  
It continues to inspire those who have a curious and receiving heart. Unfortunately, in the liberal church, today, people approach the Word to impose their will on it rather than letting God impose his Will on them.  But we love God's Word, so we come to it to hear God's voice.
Listen to this message and let me know what you think.  And may God bless you as you hear his voice and respond to his lead according to His Active Word! - Kirk McCormick
PS - I've provided an outline, below, to make it easy for you to follow.

“God’s Word is Active”

** In the Bible…3 ideas about the “Word” of God

·      Jesus is the Word of God Incarnate…aka: Living Word

c.f.:  John 1:1-4, 14

** Here, “Word” = Logos = embodiment of the Divine Nature/Essence… “God with Us” (Immanuel)

But “Logos” is also used to describe the Scriptures = The Written Word of God

·      The Scriptures are the Written Word of God

c.f.:  Hebrews 4:12 - “For the word of God is living