“A Testimony Of Praise” (1 Chronicles 16: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans


Quoting David, Ezra writes: “Seek His presence continually.” (1 Chronicles 16: 11) In his song, David calls us to “give thanks to the Lord; call upon His Name.” But, we are also to “make known His deeds among the peoples!” We are to testify. We are to “remember the wondrous works that He has done,…

“The Word Of Christ” (Colossians 3: 16, NIV) by Carley Evans


Paul exhorts us to “let the Word of Christ dwell richly within.” This is my story; this is my song! God reveals Himself primarily through His Word rather than through emotional experiences at our local church meeting. Before anyone protests, I am not saying that God is not in our church meetings or revivals or…

“You May Have Peace” (John 16: 33, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus says, “In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”   And Paul says, “God has called you to peace” when writing of the unbelieving spouse abandoning the marriage. (1 Corinthians 7: 15) The author of Hebrews tells us to “strive for…

“The Peace of Christ” (Colossians 3: 15, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul identfies us as “God’s chosen ones.” We are “holy and beloved.” As God’s chosen, as His beloved, we are to “put on” “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3: 12) To these qualities, we are to add forgiveness. “As the Lord has forgiven you,” writes Paul, “so you also must forgive.” (Colossians…

“Seasoned With Salt” (Psalm 1: 1 -2, ESV) by Carley Evans


The psalmist is not saying that we should not be around “the wicked.” Rather we are not to “walk in the counsel of the wicked.” We are not to “sit in the seat of scoffers.” We are not to base our decisions on the recommendations or rules of the wicked and scoffers. Jesus does not…

“Not An External Act” (John 17: 17, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus prays, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.” The Word transforms. Knowing the Word, knowing truth is not an intellectual undertaking — rather knowing the Word is a day to day transformation. We are being made holy by the Word of God as we remain in the presence of God via His…