Friday, November 20, 2015

"A Contrast of Powers" - a Message from Acts 16:25-37

Hello Friends,

Have you ever felt like a situation was hopeless? you were stuck and there was no avenue of release or relief?

Paul and Silas are in jail, and most would have thought that they were finished.  But God, in his infinite sovereignty, unleashes his power to do mighty things, leading to the conversion of the jailer and his family.

This is a story of two contrasting powers:  God's and the World's.  God's power is rooted in his eternal being, his otherness.  The World's is rooted in its ability to control. It's based on Law, not Love.

I believe this is a crucial message to every believer who wants to live in the freedom of God's grace regardless of our circumstance.  Listen to the message and respond as the Lord leads.  And may God bless you as you invoke his power in your life to glorify Him.  Let me know what you hear.

- Kirk McCormick

 “A Contrast of Powers”

Contrast 1 - Prayer and Praise are more powerful than prison.

Acts 16:25a - “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God...”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon - “Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Table Talk" - A Communion Meditation

Hello Friends!

For most families, dinner time is a special time. It is a time to catch up, see how the day went, look forward to the next day TOGETHER.  "Table Talk" is part of our tradition...but as is true with every tradition, it can become moot, routine, stagnant.

In the Gospels we see Jesus engaging his disciples at Passover. As they sat around the Passover table, which becomes the model for the Lord's Table at Communion, they were talking, and the Bible says, "Jesus said to them, 'I tell you the truth.'"

What truth would Jesus say to us today?  In this communion meditation, I offer three possible questions Jesus might ask as we gather around His Table.  These questions are meant to keep the Lord's Supper special. They are meant to make our participation in the Lord's Supper a testimony of our faith, no just part of our Christian routine.

May God bless you as you respond to his Word, led by the Holy Spirit.  Let me know what you think. - Kirk McCormick

“Table Talk”
A Communion Message

Around this Table…Jesus might ask…

…Are you content?

The truth is…contentment is rooted in trust.

Hebrews 13:5 - “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Philippians 4:12-13 - “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

At the Table, Jesus might ask…Are you confident?

The truth is…confidence is rooted in faith.

Ephesians 3:12 - “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Hebrews 4:16 - “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

At the Table, Jesus might ask…Are you ready?

Quote - It’s important, as we go along in life, to create thirsts that death will satisfy.

Luke 12:35-36 - Jesus said, “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.”

The truth is…readiness is rooted in preparation.