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 



New sanctuary underway 

Elijah on Mount Carmel 

The Village of Nain 

Jordan River 

Beauty of Jordan 


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


Jewish Synagogue Capernaum 

Foundations of civilizations 



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


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