Power of the Spirit

Jane Douglass White

READ : Acts 4:1-20   Why was Peter so afraid when he was in the courtyard after Jesus’ arrest, yet so bold when he himself was arrested? Verse 8 gives the answer: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said . . . .” Jesus had promised that when He left them, a “helper” would come to them. That “helper” was the Holy Spirit, giving Peter courage to be bold in his choices instead of fearful. Also, Peter was not …

Malicious Mischief

Jane Douglass White

READ : Matthew 27:3-5, Luke 22:3-6, 47-48   There is quite a difference between Peter’s sin, which was unintentional, and Judas’s sin, which was maliciously planned. We don’t know Judas’s motive in betraying Jesus, but in current language, it would be called “first-degree, premeditated murder.” Judas was one of the twelve, an important person in Jesus’ ministry, yet he chose to plan a terrible betrayal. He was sorry later, but there is a difference between his sorrow and that of …

Walk Your Talk

Jane Douglass White

READ : Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75   I first heard the phrase “walk your talk” in prison when some of the inmates were talking about Lou, a leader in the church behind the walls. He seemed faithful to God until he was released. Then he went back to the people he had always run with, instead of seeking Christian fellowship. He couldn’t “walk his talk,” and it wasn’t long until he was back in prison. Lou didn’t mean to backslide. In …

Agony in the Garden

Jane Douglass White

READ : Luke 22:39-46   Jesus faced a dreadful end and He knew what was going to happen: Judas’s betrayal, Peter’s failure, His own arrest and painful death. He could have escaped from the garden, as He had in the temple (John 8:59). But He chose to remain faithful. The more Jesus was in agony, the more He prayed. If praying was what Jesus needed to do in tough times, do not we even more need to turn to our …

What a Picnic!

Jane Douglass White

READ : John 6:1-14   Can you imagine how we’d feel if we were told that there would be 5,000 for a church dinner? I’d be in shock! The disciples wondered how they’d feed that crowd. Andrew brought a lad who had five loaves and two fish. Jesus performed a miracle because that lad was willing to share what he had. The boy was probably hungry, yet he chose to give his food to Jesus. God used it to glorify …

Second Fiddle

Jane Douglass White

READ : John 1:19-34   We attended a recital at a college and heard an excellent violinist. Her recital was spoiled for me because of her flamboyant accompanist. She was flawless, but she made such a show of her skill that the accompanist almost became the soloist. When you forget the accompaniment is there, it is well done. But it isn’t easy to work in the background. John the Baptist had a following. Some thought he was Elijah, or even …