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 …

Top Choice

Wilbur Washington

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:1-13   She was a young woman, an unknown but exquisite soloist. Her complexion was like the best of polished mahogany and her voice was as warm, rich and colorful as royal velvet. The accompanist played several bars and she resumed singing: “Oh, when I come to die . . . Give me Jesus.” The gifted artist was giving to her audience a prize that she had received from her people – “Give me Jesus.” Some …

Pray Always

Wilbur Washington

READ : Luke 18:1-8   In the cotton patches, the tobacco fields, the mills, on the scaffolds, clearing land, cleaning house, cooking, attending mistresses’ babies, the slave’s lot was hard. It was like making bricks without straw. The slaves were often deprived of even the privilege of communicating with fellow slaves lest it would decrease their efficiency at work. Some of the slaves, with nobody to talk to (nobody but Jesus, that is) turned to talking to Him. Some learned …