Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Be Faithful Until Death"

Revelation 2:10-11, has been embracing my heart, mind, soul, and strength these past 24 hours or so. May you find encouragement in the deep content of these two verses spoken by The Glorified Jesus and written down by John the Revelator for the church in Smyrna initially and reaching out to us immediately:

“10  Don’t be afraid of what you are going to suffer. The devil is going to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested. Your suffering will go on for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11  Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. Everyone who wins the victory will never be hurt by the second death.”
-- Revelation 2:10-11 (GWT)

Ears-wide-open, oh Lord, let us live with ears-wide-open to hear and obey what Your Holy Spirit speaks to our never-dying souls. Your life lived within us will find us faithful until death. Amen.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Remain Faithful At Any Cost

These words written by the late Henri Nouwen seem right on target for us today:

Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually things will get better; wars, hunger, poverty, oppression, and exploitation will vanish; and all people will live in harmony.  Their lives and work are motivated by that expectation.  When this does not happen in their lifetimes, they are often disillusioned and experience themselves as failures.

But Jesus doesn't support such an optimistic outlook.  He foresees not only the destruction of his beloved city Jerusalem but also a world full of cruelty, violence, and conflict.  For Jesus there is no happy ending in this world.  The challenge of Jesus is not to solve all the world's problems before the end of time but to remain faithful at any cost.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Able to Face and Conquer Satan

For today's blog post I'd like to invite you to follow me on Twitter -- @PastorKerryW

Also, there was one Tweet I sent out this past week that's still strong on my heart and so for today's Good News to you, I am echoing it here: 

Kerry W. Willis (@PastorKerryW)
If we're truly trusting God #totally the very LIFE of Jesus is #within us and we're more than able to face and #conquer satan as Jesus did.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Our Assurance is in the Almighty

I recently had the thought: "I wonder how my two younger brothers are really dealing inwardly with our Dad's season of 'seeming' uncertainty during his cancer recurrence?" Then, my younger brother, Stephen, sent me this song on YouTube:

Our allegiance is to and our assurance is in The Almighty!

Enough said.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Want to Feel Alive?

If you want to feel totally alive, I highly recommend one right answer. Go get yourself barefooted and chase crabs on the beach at night with a flashlight under a rising full moon.

Enough Said.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Guards -- Remain Faithful

As I sat alongside the Atlantic Ocean on a partly sunny and windy day, a life guard pulled up on his four-wheeler with a verbal warning that the currents in the sea were very strong today. I thanked him and the ocean guard was on his way. Then I read this passage from the book already in my hand:

"Each man and woman is like a soldier sent by God to guard some part of the castle of the Universe. And some are in the ramparts and some far deep in the darkness of the walls. But each one must remain faithful to his post and must not go running about, else the castle is in danger from the assaults of Hell."
-- John Steinback, The Pearl

Let us be vigilant, my brothers and sisters. Let us remain faithful to our post.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Praying Deep

Pray with me today. 

I am praying deep... these words... 

"My precious Jesus, 
Your presence is Everything to me --
My heart's sure stronghold...
My soul's unrelenting desire...
My mind's anchoring ground...
My strength's constant renewal.
Do not take away Your Holy Spirit.
I humbly and desperately pray. 
Amen and Amen."

The Whalehead Club at sunset, NC HWY 12 North soundside...

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