Monday, October 15, 2018

Day 2 Holy Land Highlights

At the end of our Sunday journey, one man in our group told me: “Pastor Kerry, today was worth the price of the whole trip!” I agreed. 

We worshipped and fellowshiped with our brothers and sisters at Nazareth Church of the Nazarene, ascended to Mt. Carmel, and celebrated baptism in the Jordan River. An overflowing day indeed. 

Nevertheless, our hearts saddened in the night as Pastor Margaret and her daughter, Pastor Olivia, got a call that their mom/grandmother, Mrs. Knicely, had made her journey complete to Heaven from Mole Hill, Va. at 4am we sent them to the airport in a taxi. Prayers appreciated. 


Arabic Holy Bible on church pew, Nazareth 


Brother and sister 


Flowers shining 


10-year-old Yowan led my sermon theme 


Nabil and Taleb dined with us 


Toumas minus Jonathan 


Sweets 


Kindness 


New sanctuary underway 


Elijah on Mount Carmel 


The Village of Nain 


Jordan River 


Beauty of Jordan 


Yes 


Taxi — bye Pastors Margaret and Olivia 😢 


The sun rose on Monday 

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

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Day 1 Holy Land Highlights

Saturday, October 13, 2018, was our official Day 1 on the ground for our 15th Anniversary Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey innthe Holy Land. 

Here are some highlight:


Berries at Mount Hermon 


Matthew 16 Location “The Gates of Hell”


Israel, Syria, Lebannon borders 


Filet of fish lunch 


Turkish coffee 


John 21 


Shores of the Galilee


Pomegranate 



Jewish Synagogue Capernaum 


Foundations of civilizations 


Millstones 


Capernaum 


Stone-carved grapes 


Moving statue 


Colors of the Holy Land 


Dome of chapel Magdala Village 


O to touch the wings of the garment
 

Seaside chapel


Archaeology Artifacts at Magdala
 

Shells 


Our 15th Journey 


Mt of Beatitudes 


Walk down the Mt of Beatitudes 


Mt of Beatitudes, our teaching spot 

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

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Day 1 Begins: Galilee Sunrise

Nothing quite like a Saturday morning sunrise waking you up on the Sea of Galilee. Shalom Y’all. #FourWinds #PresenceMattersMost That is... #Presence #Unity #Souls #Love #Maranatha 



Sunrise on the Galilee



“I saw three ships.”

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

15th Anniversary Journey to Israel

Today, Thursday, our 15th Anniversary of Hearts Aflame Discipleship Jounrneys is underway. My trip architect, Steve Thigpen and I, are headed to the airport. 28 will make this pilgrimage. 

A Scripture has been on my mind strong the past 24 hours. Read it below as I have pasted my Instagram post for today. Journey with us here on my blog. Godspeed. 



Pastor Kerry Willis 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Love Gives Us Away

Love gives us away as truly, devoted, disciples of Jesus. I photographed this beautiful Bible verse written on the wall of our Nazarene inner-city ministry hub in Philadelphia — Front Step, Word in Action...



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

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Holy Spirit, Your Kindness Humbles Me

Last evening, Monday, I preached the final of four revival messages at Pitman Church of the Nazarene of New Jersey. As a result, I must say and pray: “Holy Spirit, Your Kindness Humbles Me!” 

There really is nothing on earth quite like the local 
church. After spending four meetings and lots of fellowship time with the people of Pitman Nazarene, my heart is wondrously warmed. 

I have made it clear since taking the position as district superintendent of the Philadelphia District, that I will be present as often as possible with the local pastors and local churches. To me, all church is local. In other words, I believe the general church and the district church exists to serve the local church. 

Speaking of the local church, I believe the local church needs to have at least one yearly season of revival, yes, an on-purpose spiritual renewal time. Revival offers so many beautiful realities, none greater in my view than the correction of spiritual slippage in our own souls. In the two revivals I have already helped lead — West Chester and Pitman — I have seen all who participated draw undeniably nearer to Jesus as we also came to see more clearly His mission “to seek and to save those who are lost.” 

I am thrilled to know that I have six more local church revivals up ahead on my preaching calendar. I believe God’s presence will be real at each gathering and that we will all be wonderfully changed. Join me in personal prayer: “Holy Spirit, Your Kindness Humbles Me!”


The Cross at Pitman 


Revival Worship Leader, Ricky Murphy


Breakfast this morning at the local pastor’s home. Thanks Dr. Charles and Darling Judy


Dew on roses outside our RV in NJ


His Mission and ours 

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

Pastor Kerry Willis 




Monday, October 8, 2018

A Different Perspective on “Our” Pain





Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 
Pastor Kerry Willis