God Cares for You

Wilbur Washington

READ : Luke 15:1-9   The imagery of the shepherd seeking his lost sheep holds the imaginations of those telling the gospel story. During the revivals led by Dwight L. Moody, the soloist Ira Sankey sang these words: There were ninety and nine that safely lay In the shelter of the fold, But one was out on the hills away, Far off from the gates of gold. Away on the mountains wild and bare, Away from the tender shepherd’s care. …

Live to Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth . . .

Wilbur Washington

READ : Isaiah 6:1-8   Having come to know Christ as Savior and Lord, having tasted the goodness of the gospel, having become immeasurably rich, the child of God has something worth sharing. Sometimes, however, one wants to keep it all for oneself. Then the call comes: “Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?” The call has a strange folk accent. It comes through a people who for all intentions and purposes were no people. It comes with a sometimes …

King of Kings

Wilbur Washington

READ : John 18:28-38   We Americans have a fascination with royalty. I suspect that those of you who are from areas of the world that still identify with royal families have somewhat of a different feeling. You most certainly have a different understanding of what it is. Sometimes as an American I would like to take a song like our spiritual for the day and adapt it to say, “He is president of presidents.” But that does violence to …

When Facing Insurmountable Obstacles

Wilbur Washington

READ : Matthew 17:14-21   The Israelites left the land of slavery only to spend forty years in the wilderness before entering the land of hope. During these years they crossed two bodies of water. The first generation faltered at crossing the Sea of Reeds. The second faced the Jordan River. Each generation has its own obstacle to overcome. For the first generation, God made a passageway through the sea before their very eyes. The story was retold time and …

Lord Have Mercy!

Wilbur Washington

READ : Luke 18:1-14   Among virtues of the Christian life that are unpopular, humility is near the top of the list. Not thinking more highly of oneself than one ought flies in the face of the reigning culture which teaches that we must compare ourselves with others. Many teachings on self-worth depend on looking at others. “I am as good as . . . I am better than . . . I am a pretty good dad when you …

Time, Eternity and the Crucifixion

Wilbur Washington

READ : Psalm 22:1-11   Most of us have sung the song, or at least heard it: “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” At first, it seems like an absurd question. How could we have been there? That was more than nineteen hundred and fifty years ago. But wait, perhaps we are looking at the wrong calendar. If the psalmist, centuries before the event, could provide Jesus with lines to speak, we who live later can be involved …