Steal Away to Jesus

Wilbur Washington

READ : Acts 16:6-15   Spirituals are manuscripts of an illiterate people’s journey with God. They were their “God talk,” telling the story of their faith. Following the example of their Savior who took time out to pray, they learned the value of stealing away to Him. After a hard day’s work that imprinted upon them that they were “no people,” some of them would hear voices that urged them to steal away to Jesus. With Him “nobodies” become “somebodies.” …

“Let Us (Be) Together”

Wilbur Washington

READ : Galatians 3:19-29   Thank you for inviting me into your quiet place for the next four weeks. I want to use this time to return to many of you the good blessings that you have sent my way. For nearly forty-five years I have either been under the instruction of or in service to God among the peoples of the Reformed Church in America. As an African American I was indeed a stranger in your midst, but you …

You Choose!

Jane Douglass White

READ : Matthew 7:13-20   I met Eddie on death row. He told me that as a child, he had always carried a toy gun in his pocket. “I ran with guys older’n‘me and it made me feel big. When I got a little older, I got a real gun and carried it. No bullets, just the gun. I went to school, but chose to find some ammo and shoot at tin cans in my spare time, rather than study. …

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 …