Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Evening Thoughts

It’s Saturday evening and my thoughts are mostly about the fast-approaching Sunday morning and the words I hope to communicate compassionately and effectively as an ambassador of my King, Jesus. 

The question I hope to put into play is this: “Shouldn’t self-giving be one way we as Jesus-believers say ‘THANKS?’” Afterall, hear these clear words of Jesus recorded in Luke 6:38 (MSG) “Give away your lives!” 

So, if we claim to be Jesus-like, and do not give away our lives, aren’t we really frauds? We can say we love Jesus and are grateful to God for giving away His Son for our forever benefit, but if we do not serve other souls, are we really telling the truth? 

John 4 is on my mind. The thirsty-souled woman that Jesus purposely encountered at Jacob’s Well proved her true thanksgiving to her Savior-Messiah by returning to her village of Samaria and sharing about her new-found Living Water, yes, she shared about her encounter with Jesus Himself, with everyone. As a result of her genuine gratitude, the whole community came out to Jesus and placed their faith in Him. Jesus served her soul, satisfaction, and so she served/shared with the souls around her. What a beautiful response and outcome! 

Thanks for listening. Let’s be Jesus-believers who are marked by giving — giving away our lives to touch other souls in need of knowing our Savior as their own.

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful (Indeed!) 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Dad in His Presence 3 Years (The Old Ship of Zion)

Today, November 17, marks three years since my Dad, Capt. Billy, slipped beyond the invisible veil to be forever in His Presence — God’s Presence! 

This is my Instagram post and a song link that was sung at my Dad’s homegoing service is also pasted below. 

Note: A few weeks before my Dad’s crossing, he told me he had a dream about being aboard The Old Ship of Zion. He said, “Kerry, it was the roughest seas I’ve ever seen, nevertheless, The Old Ship of Zion was cutting through those angry billows as if they were butter. What a seaworthy vessel, indeed!” — The Old Ship of Zion 

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Number Our Days

This verse is on my mind strongly today: 

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teach Your Children Well

As parents, we all hope to teach our children well — love, generosity, priorities, to love Jesus passionately, etc. 

Our 28-year-old daughter posted this on Instagram yesterday. It touched our hearts deeply that she still carries on a Christmas tradition that remembers to bless others.

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT


Monday, November 13, 2017

Fragrant Faith

This thought came to my mind today: “We cannot do God’s part, nevertheless, neither will God do our part.“ 

In other words, miracles only happen as we partner with God in faith, in prayer and in obedience. 

Let us live such lives of fragrant faith that no one will have to ask if we are true believers of Jesus. May that reality be undeniable in our countenance and in our character and in our conduct.

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT


Sunday, November 12, 2017

“Your Soul is Forever! Know Jesus!”

My message title this Sunday morning was “Your Soul is Forever! Know Jesus!” It was founded in the solid truth spoken by Jesus in Matthew 16:26... 

(If you are on Facebook go to Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene page and watch the Sunday Service Facebook Live Link dated November 12, 2017. Also, the audio and video will be up this week at if you want to check it out later.)

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT


Friday, November 10, 2017

“What a Friend We’ve Found!”

This weekend Pastor Adrian and I will officiate the homegoing service for our dear friend, Tami, who was just 49 years-old, in her prime as a daughter, wife and mom. Our souls are glad she is totally healed of cancer and with Jesus, The Friend of all Friends. Still, our hearts hurt. 

This song came to mind this morning as I was talking to another friend about prayers needed for his son who is struggling emotionally. Listen and pray along with those of us who weep in Jesus’ name. Let us all find encouragement in the embrace of Our Friend’s amazing grace. 

“Worship Only God!” Rev. 22:9 NLT