Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Praying: God Be in My Head

I awoke this morning praying this deep song of comfort and hope — yes, praying it for myself and especially praying it for others in my life who have asked me to intercede in prayer for them as they are facing hard-to-understand situations. Hear us pray, O Lord: 

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love.

Pastor Kerry Willis

Monday, August 13, 2018

Prayer for Holy Church Growth

Again today, I am praying the Holy Scriptures. How I ask the Lord to work in His Church today, like He has in the past, yet in a brand new way for His glory.

Especially, may we be strengthened in the faith as His Church and see healthy, holy, church growth undeniable, unimaginable and unending in the body of Christ. Amen. 

Light a fresh fire within us and let a fresh wind of Your Holy Spirit stoke the flames of revival among and beyond us, O Lord. 

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Souls Saved

I cannot think of two more beautiful words together than these two — “SOULS SAVED!” 

This morning I was praying for all the churches now entrusted to my oversight on the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene. As I prayed one verse of Scripture took over my mind and heart, yes, this one verse I prayed for God to repeat in my lifetime, even now. 

Here below is the verse and below it are the words of prayer I prayed (along with it) for the churches I oversee and for churches everywhere else, too.

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Grateful for Rest (Get Unplugged or Come Unglued)

I’ve had a busy summer. It’s been a beautiful summer, in so many ways, but make not mistake about it, it’s been busy, too. 

I have given all of myself, all of the time, because that’s what my Lord is worthy of. Nevertheless, I am grateful for the undeniable seasons of rest He has so graciously offered me along the way. 

People who forget or neglect to unplug in life are more likely to come unglued at life. When was the last time you fell asleep on the couch in the middle of the day and didn’t even feel guilty about it? Well, I did that just a few hours ago. Indeed, I am so grateful for rest. 

Resting is akin to waiting on God. Sadly, in these days we exist in, living lives that include resting and waiting is not very valued. Still, both are very valuable, especially for Jesus-believers. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said: “Come to Me and I will give you rest!”

Pasted below is an Instagram I posted this week — a photo and a writing about waiting on God — yes, resting in God’s timing and the life-rhythm of His choosing. I think it’s important enough to repeat it here on my blog, today.

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Only Evil All The Time

How must Holy God feel when He looks on the world  and sees “only evil all the time?” Often my heart breaks for God. 

Find faith on the earth, Lord, in me. I pray. Amen. 

Preeence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Why Do I Drive a RV as a DS?

Yesterday, I was talking to Jesus about a question people seem to have about my ministry style — a DS in a RV? Yep, why does a district superintendent choose to drive a RV back and forth across the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene? It’s a good question. 

Nevertheless, when I am asked this question, to be honest, I probably answer the “what do I hope will happen as I drive a RV as a DS across my mission field?” The answer to this question is: “I drive a RV as a DS across the district in hopes of ‘refreshing the hearts of God’s people and strengthening the churches here!’”

However, last evening as I asked the Lord “Why do I drive a RV as a DS across my mission field,” He seemed to point me immediately to Matthew 9, yes, to this specific passage:

I think I do it because it’s what Jesus did and what He still wants to do through me — “Jesus went through all the towns and villages...” I am humbled. No, Jesus did not drive a RV but He went as a holy happy camper back and forth across His mission field, yes, “He went!” And because He went then, I go now. 

Stain-glass that inspired me on my Jesus-led journey. 

Gazebo we passed as we left our overnight camping spot this morning. 

As I type, we have just arrived in Toms River, NJ. Will meet with the pastor and his staff in a few minutes. Pray we will refresh the hearts of God’s people and that the church will be strengthened here. Pray also that we will see the people, have compassion and pray for workers for the harvest field.

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love.

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Suffering and the Saint

A saint is someone who belongs exclusively to God, nevertheless, a saint is not exempt from suffering. 

Last evening I was blessed to hear the son-in-law of Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, Rev. Stan Key, preach on suffering. The words in the text boxs below were his theme. 

This is Rev. Key’s creed when suffering is underway. 

I got to pray with Rev. Stan Key after his message.

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastpr Kerry Willis