June 2014

Doing What We Can

by Jim Kerwin on June 17, 2014


Picture of Rev. Jim Kerwin, M.A.Bro. Jim Kerwin

Isaiah Reid and I apologize that we couldn’t be at the camp meeting last week. I had just returned at the end of May from five weeks of ministry in Nicaragua and Guatemala. A short rest was in order before my upcoming Romania trip this summer. (Cut us a little slack; between the two of us, Isaiah and I are 240 years old!)

What to Do?

Where Brother Reid goes between camp meetings, I’m never quite certain, but while I was moping around a bit the week before camp (“How I wish I could go!”), something that Isaiah once said came back to give me encouragement and direction:

Dare to do something for God and holiness. If you cannot scale a mountain, climb a schoolhouse hill and open a meeting. If you cannot go “‘round the world,” go around to the holiness prayer meetings, or go to the holiness camp meetings. Go! Get a move on! Learn the art of “pushing things.”*

Ah, but what if I can’t even go to the camp meeting? Well, I knew I could pray daily for the meetings, so I did. And I knew we should pay our annual membership dues, which we will. (C’mon, brethren, it’s still only $5 per person per year! That’s less than one super triple-mocha-coffee-marketing-babble latte at Smokey Row or Starbucks.) But what could I “dare”? What could I “push”? And then it came to me…

What We Did

We’ve had an encouraging number of responses lately to holiness articles on our FinestOfTheWheat.org website, including requests from as far away as Budapest, Hungary; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Berlin, Germany. Most of the requests have something to do with a need for guidance and prayer, as well as a desire for clear literature on the subject of obtaining the experience of entire sanctification. So…

…all last week during camp, I worked on a special project, namely, turning Isaiah Reid’s book The Holy Way into e-book format. Of course, we already make the contents freely available on our website; but e-book readers are gaining in popularity, and I have to admit that reading an e-book on my Nexus 7 is a lot easier than scrolling down through the text on a long web page. So for six straight days Denise and I edited, formatted, designed a cover, and “pushed” through the technical difficulties. (There are always technical difficulties!)

The fruit of our labors is that The Holy Way is now available as a Kindle book on Amazon.com and for Nook e-book readers at Barnes & Noble’s BN.com site.

What You Can Do

For the next three weeks or so, we’re going to keep the price at 99¢, before we raise it to its regular price of $2.99. But you needn’t buy it! We’d rather give you a copy, if you can help launch the book. How can you help? You Kindle and Nook owners, if you could you take an hour or so, read this short book, and then post a one-paragraph review of The Holy Way (on Amazon.com or BN.com, as appropriate), that will raise the book’s “visibility” online. Send us your Kindle- or Nook-related e-mail address, and through July 12, 2014 we’ll pay for a copy of the book, send you the link, and you can download it. In the e-mail, please tell us whether you need a Kindle or Nook edition.

I think you’ll discover, as we have, that this book is a concise, practical, what-it-is and how-to-get-it treatment of holiness. The Holy Way was consistently used of God for about thirty years (the first of its five editions came out in 1892), and I think that after you read it, you’ll agree that it has the same potential in the 21st century.

If you can’t give half a million dollars, give a dollar, or even a dime. If you cannot make a book, or a tract, you can, if you will, buy a hundred leaflets for ten cents and give them away.*

Roger that, Brother Reid! You wrote the book, we’ve published a new edition of it (fully annotated, with the addition of the full lyrics of each hymn quoted), and we’re giving it away for a few weeks.

Now, what’s the next thing you and I can “dare” for God and holiness?

Much love in Jesus,

Brother Jim Kerwin

*P.S.: Yes, as you’ve probably guessed by now, the quotes come from The Holy Way!