“By The Mercies Of God” (Romans 12: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul reminds us that God’s mind, riches, wisdom, knowledge, judgments, and ways are unknown, unsearchable, inscrutable. Paul says, “for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11: 36) Paul therefore appeals to us “by the mercies of God, to present [our] bodies as living…

“Rights Over Clay” (Jeremiah 48: 7, ESV) by Carley Evans


“For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken.” “And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose of election might…

“The Breathed-Out Word” (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17, ESV) by Carley Evans


“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” The beginning of our ability to work for God is our acquaintance with His Word. The deeper we immerse ourselves in God’s…

“Words In Season” (Proverbs 15: 23, ESV) by Carley Evans


One of the most difficult moments in a shared life is when someone else is hurting and you are seeking right and comforting words to speak. When and if you find those words, words which touch the other; you find joy. Your “word in season, how good it is!” We’ve all experienced this. Someone close…

“He Has Compassion” (Matthew 14: 14, ESV) by Carley Evans


“When He comes ashore He sees a great crowd, and He has compassion on them and heals their sick.” (Matthew 14: 14) He has withdrawn “to a place by Himself. But when the crowds hear it, they follow Him on foot from the towns.” (Matthew 14: 13) Jesus is trying to find a desolate place…

“Let Your Love Outdo” (Galatians 6: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Bear [carry, NIV] one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,” writes Paul to the church in Galatia. The law of Christ is simply put to us by Jesus Himself when He says to His disciples, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I love you. Greater love has no…

“Why Do You Doubt?” (Psalm 40: 8, ESV) by Carley Evansa


David sings, “I delight to do Your will, O my God, Your law is within my heart.” God promises, “I will remove the heart of stone from [your] flesh and give [you] a heart of flesh, that [you] may walk in My statutes and keep My rules and obey them. And [you] will be My…

“Our Only Prayer” (Psalm 51: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans


David sings a request to God. He asks God, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” When does David misplace this joy? David has committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he is keenly aware of his transgressions, saying, “And my sin is ever before me.” (Psalm 51: 3) David is weighed down with wrongdoing. “Against…

“Betrothed To God” (Hosea 3: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


God promises, “I will betroth you to Me forever. I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.” (Hosea 2: 19 – 20) God tells Hosea to “go again, love a woman who is…