“Seek Him First” (Matthew 6: 33, ESV) by Carley Evans


Try to find His kingdom, try to obtain His righteousness first — before all other considerations in your life. Everything else will then be provided. A straightforward formula, if you will. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who…

“How To Be Saved” (Romans 10: 10, ESV) by Carley Evans


Tracts are dropped on your desk, front door, mailbox — SAVED? they ask. Everything, of course, depends upon your answer to this simple question. Paul writes that if you believe in your heart, you are justified. The Oxford English Mini-dictionary defines ‘believe’ as ‘accept as true, think, suppose’ and ‘feel sure of the worth of.’…

“Avoid Worthless Counsel” (Isaiah 47: 12 – 14, ESV) by Carley Evans


Avoid the horoscope, the Tarot, the palm reader, witchcraft — these are not only abominations, they are worthless. These will not counsel you, save you; “behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself [are these]; no fire to sit…

“Stop Sinning!” (Hebrews 10: 30 – 31, ESV) by Carley Evans


God demands that we stop sinning. We are not to deliberately go on sinning, choosing to do that which we know is against His will. The author of Hebrews warns us that our punishment will be worse than the punishment of those who “set aside the law of Moses” who “died without mercy on the…

“So Shall It Be” (Isaiah 14: 24, ESV) by Carley Evans


“The Lord of Hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” The Oxford English Mini-dictionary defines a “plan” as a “method thought out in advance;” and, defines “to purpose” as “to intend to act.” So the Lord of Hosts takes an oath. He…

“If Anyone Does Sin” (1 John 2: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


The author of 1 John writes, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” We are not to live in sin, but if we do fall into sin, then we must…

“To Be Perfect” (Romans 5: 3 – 4, ESV) by Carley Evans


“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” “That which does not kill us makes us strong,” says one of the characters in the play, STEEL MAGNOLIAS. The character says this to a mother who has lost her young daughter. This mother…

“Bear With One Another” (Romans 15: 7, NIV, ESV) by Carley Evans


“(Therefore) accept (welcome) one another, then as Christ accepts (welcomes) you, for the glory of God (in order to bring praise to God.)” Romans 15: 7, NIV (ESV) Accept one another, says Paul. We are to welcome each other as Christ welcomes us. As Jesus, our Lord, willingly receives us into His Kingdom, so we…

“Rich In Mercy” (Titus 3: 4 – 5, ESV) by Carley Evans


Because of God’s loving kindness and His complete goodness, a Savior appears to us. He saves us, “not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.” Webster’s Vest Pocket Dictionary defines “mercy” as “show of pity or leniency” or “divine blessing.” In his letter to Titus, Paul identifies himself…