Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
- ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,Just to take Him at His Word;Just to rest upon His promise,And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
- Refrain:Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
- Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,Just to trust His cleansing blood;And in simple faith to plunge me’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
- Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,Just from sin and self to cease;Just from Jesus simply takingLife and rest, and joy and peace.
- I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;And I know that Thou art with me,Wilt be with me to the end.--Louisa SteadTo try or to trust? Yes, that is the question! Trusting is more beneficial than trying.Grateful
Monday, July 29, 2013
Holiness Unto The LORD!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
This past week was our Virginia Church of the Nazarene District Assembly. Pastors and leaders from nearly 110 preaching points across The Commonwealth gathered for accountability, training, and encouragement. As a part of this gathering, each local pastor gave a one-minute highlight report from their local ministry area. It is a very real experience, complete with crying and laughing.
This year, my friend, Brad, who pastors in West Point, Virginia, had the most unforgettable line. Pastor Brad said this about the fellowship of believers he shepherds: "Our church has moved beyond praying 'as-quick-as-possible' prayers to praying 'as-long-as-it-takes' prayers." What a mark of perseverance, determination, trust, and hope I heard in his simple but profound declaration.
Recently, I have been saying to many people: "Waiting is worship!" Thanks, Pastor Brad, for giving me one more proof that it is true.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
"When Jesus promised He would send the Comforter, He promised us the most awesome of Gifts."
What a wonderful message, and what an awesome reality. Even through long, dark nights of pain and suffering, the comfort our Lord promised is present and presiding in our lives.
Following my own physical challenges last week, while the pain for now has subsided mostly, I am still somewhat weak. This morning when my brother sent me those "SWEET 16" words above, it added new strength to my heart, mind, soul, and body.
Of course, my brother, is referring to the promise made by Jesus on the eve of His Crucifixion. In John 14:16-17, hear that promise for your own life:
"16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." (KJV)
Thank you Father God, for Jesus, our Elder Brother, Who did not leave us as orphans but sent The Comforter, The Holy Spirit, to be with us and to live in us. Amen.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Yes, my heart is experiencing blessed brokenness like never before. It's a good thing. Not easy, but good. In it all, I have only been able to cry out: "Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for what You willingly endured to save our souls from sin and eternal damnation. And forgive me for not thinking more often of the awful price of suffering You paid so that my soul might not perish forever."
Holiness Unto YOU, my LORD! I worship You, in the beauty of Your Holiness.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
How's your day going? Just to be honest with you, I never like beginning my day with back pain, and only to add insult to injury, wouldn't you know that I cut myself shaving. I'm really not whining, just being vulnerable. One of the first verses to come into my mind after I awoke this morning was from the Old Testament Book of Job, chapter 13 and verse 15: "Though He slay me, yet will I hope/trust in Him."
What I am saying is this: Life has a way of making sure we experience some measure of suffering. I know back pain and a facial cut are just small samples of suffering, yet both truly speak to the human condition.
Last evening in our Tuesday Campmeeting service at Table Rock, South Carolina, I continued to share from Matthew 11:28-30 and John 15:4. And once again, I only shared one-page of what I had written down and then the stories just came flowing from my heart.
Somehow, I eventually ended up at The 23rd Psalm -- especially verse 5b: "He anoints my head with oil. My cup overflows." I told the people how any good shepherd anoints his sheep at night so they can rest. The aroma and the rubbing of the oil lets the sheep know they are not alone. Especially it lets the sheep with pain know, they are not alone in their suffering. What comfort.
As a conclusion to the service, I had seven pastors come to the front with anointing oil and then it seemed nearly everyone one in "the fold" came for a fresh touch and a renewed reminder that His Presence, yes the Good Shepherd's Presence, is both with us and within us. In the end, I went to be anointed as well. It was a glorious moment. It's like we all received healing for our restless hearts.
So, this morning when I awoke still experiencing back pain and then I cut myself shaving, I just talked to the Good Shepherd. I am not alone. And though He hasn't seen fit to completely heal me yet, His Holy Presence with me and especially within me makes it all okay. Surely, "my cup overflows" with His Good Presence and I know His grace is enough. My soul is at rest.
Time for me to head out for the morning service. Thanks for your continued prayers, partners.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
I am personally experiencing a season of pain, too. A few weeks ago, I slipped in my garage (rain had dripped from our vehicle on the cement) and strained my back. I give thanks that I somehow didn't fall and bust my head wide open, but still I've had an aggravated sciatic nerve (I'm diagnosing myself) ever since. It mostly provides discomfort in my back, but the pain runs down my right leg as well. I've taken plenty of ibuprofen for some relief and was anointed for healing by four pastors last week. Still, while the pain is manageable most of the time, it's still making me somewhat weary.
Yesterday, I drove 400 miles so I can preach seven times at The South Carolina Wesleyan Campmeeting at Table Rock, South Carolina. It was a lovely ride. Especially, the last three hours of the ride were breath-taking. Coming through the Carolina Mountains is so inspiring to my soul. I arrived around 8 p.m. and though I was like the first one to get here, I had a welcoming committee of one -- yes, a precious little beagle puppy. It touched my heart deeply.
I made my way into the lodge and found my room. A full laundry basket of snack foods, soft drinks, fruit, etc. greeted me. What a blessing. I like it here at the lodge. I had athe privilege of preaching here several summers ago. The room is very clean with oak furniture and bright decor. I have my own bathroom and linings are provided. There's even a kitchen just a few steps from my door. While I do have phone service and Internet, there is no TV in the room, which is a blessing, indeed. So after I arrived, I enjoyed a quiet evening of settling in and fell asleep praying for the mind of Christ.
So, I've talked about the rain and my pain, now I want to ask for your prayers. Yes, I want my time here to bring about gain for the Kingdom of God. As I write, rain continues to hit the window outside my room. And yes, my pain is still present, but all of that is secondary to the spiritual reason I am here. I will speak for the first service of the campmeeting at 6 p.m. this evening. It's an open air tabernacle in the shadow of Table Rock -- a lovely setting, indeed.
I do believe I have the mind of Christ -- the message He desires me to preach. It's a new message for me. As a matter of fact, I have been saturating in the passages for over a year and have been carving out the presentation over the last 2-3 hours. Please pray that the souls will be open to hear "what saith the Lord" through me. I remain His humble but willing messenger.
Perhaps for this preaching engagement, the Lord knows without some rain on the outside and my pain on the inside, there would be no gain for eternity? I'm good with that, as long as He is.
"Deo Volente" is my prayer. Yes, "Whatever God Wants!"
Note: My text for tonight is Matthew 11:28 and John 15:4. Please pray for favor. Thanks for my friends who have already let me know they are with me in the Spirit of prayer. I am humbled.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Ever since Brian Charette and I wrote our recently published book, "The Stress Factor -- Finding Rest in an Uneasy World", whenever I hear someone mention the word "stress", my ears perk up.
It happened this week in our local church foyer. Two ladies were conversing and I joined in. Here's the quote that got my attention, spoken by April Zook:
"When stress overcomes you, just part the waters and let God's love pour in!"
What a lovely line. The world's stress is no match for our God's Love.
Let's be... Grateful
P.S. Our book is published by Beacon Hill Press if you want to check it out at Nazarene Publishing House or Amazon.com
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
So, with the iPhone, I went from typing letters and composing emails (like a dinosaur always sitting at my stationary desk), to texting and blogging and even now, can you believe it, "Tweeting" from wherever I happen to be. Find me on Twitter @PastorKerryW. (I did manage to totally miss out on Facebook, but that's a story for another blog post... perhaps?)
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
My friend, Pastor Kris, shared this passage of Scripture with me this morning. I believe it will speak to your heart as it did to mine:
Isaiah 44:1-8 (NLT)
1“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant,
Israel my chosen one.
2 The Lord who made you and helps you says:
Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant,
O dear Israel, my chosen one.
3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst
and to irrigate your parched fields.
And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants,
and my blessing on your children.
4 They will thrive like watered grass,
like willows on a riverbank.
5 Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the Lord.’
Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’
Some will write the Lord’s name on their hands
and will take the name of Israel as their own.”
The Foolishness of Idols
there is no other God.
7 Who is like me?
Let him step forward and prove to you his power.
Let him do as I have done since ancient times
when I established a people and explained its future.
8 Do not tremble; do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?
You are my witnesses—is there any other God?
No! There is no other Rock—not one!”
Monday, July 8, 2013
Isaiah 57:15-19 (GWT) The High and Lofty One lives forever, and his name is holy.This is what he says: I live in a high and holy place. But I am with those who are crushed and humble. I will renew the spirit of those who are humble and the courage of those who are crushed. I will not accuse you forever.I will not be angry with you forever. Otherwise, the spirits, the lives of those I’ve made, would grow faint in my presence. I was angry because of their sinful greed, so I punished them, hid from them, and remained angry. But they continued to be sinful. I’ve seen their sinful ways, but I’ll heal them. I’ll guide them and give them rest. I’ll comfort them and their mourners. I’ll create praise on their lips: “Perfect peace to those both far and near.” "I’ll heal them,” says the Lord.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Matthew 5:14-16 (GWT) “You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven."
When I was a little boy in Sunday School, Mrs. Frankie and Mrs. Ruby taught me these words in a little song. I never tire of it either:
"This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine!!!"
Be Light! Go Shine!
Saturday, July 6, 2013
"When we truly enjoy God's unlimited generosity, we will be grateful for what our brothers and sisters receive. Jealousy will simply have no place in our hearts."
-- Henri Nouwen
Lord, we want to live giving You thanks for what we have...
...and trusting You for what we may lack.
In Jesus' Name. Amen and amen.
Being Grateful.... Not Jealous!
Friday, July 5, 2013
(1) Rejoice in our confident hope.
(2) Be patient in trouble,
(3) And keep on praying.
Find us faithful, Lord, and find us trusting Your faithfulness, too.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Did you ever think about the Holy hands of Jesus? Jesus' nail-pierced hands can:
1. Motion for Peace to calm any sea.
2. Touch blinded eyes with healing.
3. Stir Awake slumbering love.
4. Reach down to Resurrect the dead.
And these same sacred nail-pieced hands reach out inviting you and me to Life everlasting.