Touch Power

Wilbur Washington

READ : Mark 10:2-15   Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to have Jesus pat your head, or take your hand in His hand, or embrace you as a child? I most certainly have. Have you ever longed for the Master’s touch when you were ill, troubled, lonely or wronged? I am convinced I have! Have you experienced the Savior’s touch? I have, and I celebrate in singing from the psalter born in American slavery: I …

It’s Okay to Be an Alien

Wilbur Washington

READ : John 17:6-19   Have you ever been in a place where the language spoken was completely unknown? Ever been to a community where you did not meet a person with whom you could identify? If your answer is “Yes,” I have a secret for you. Jesus has promised even greater alienation. As Jesus was facing His death, He spent time with His disciples and with His Father. He prayed to His Father and He prayed on behalf of …

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Wilbur Washington

READ : Psalm 143:1-12   Today we celebrate the life of one of America’s great persons – Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln served during the most turbulent period of our history. This great nation was locked in mortal battle, brother fighting brother over the idea of whether the Union was to be maintained. During the war, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It freed all the slaves in sections of the nation under the control of those who favored slavery. This stroke of …

Jacob’s Ladder

Wilbur Washington

READ : Acts 26:9-18   We sing it quite frequently in youth conferences and where the young in spirit are assembled. Perhaps it’s the beat and effortless harmony that attracts and holds us in its grasp. What about the message? “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder – soldiers of the cross.” When reading the story of Jacob’s vision of the ladder, at first one notices the angels. But the activity of the angels on the ladder fades, as attention is drawn …

At the End, Where and When?

Wilbur Washington

READ : Revelation 8:7, Revelation 7:9-13   Usually death came early in the slave quarters. For the owner, death meant the loss of valuable property. For the slaves, it meant the loss of a fellow sufferer. For the one who died, it could have and did have a variety of meanings. For the slaves who were simply slaves, without God there was no hope. Some believed death was the means to return to Africa. There was no evidence to support …

Keep Me F’om Sinking Down

Wilbur Washington

READ : Psalm 30:1-12   We know that we are a faith community standing on God’s promises. While we know that is true, we frequently feel insecure. When our insecurities seem to be all there is to life, we must learn the prayer of my foreparents: “Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh, my good Lord, keep me from sinking down.” The amazing story of Peter walking on the water to join Jesus is our own. Jesus grants Peter’s request to join …