“No One Will Take Your Joy” (John 16: 33, ESV) by Carley Evans


Here in this world, Jesus tells us we will have trouble; we will have tribulation. But, He also promises that He has overcome this world; therefore we are able to take heart. Even in the deepest pain, we find His peace is available. “You will be sorrowful,” says Jesus. “But your sorrow will turn into…

“Jesus’ Easy Yoke” (Matthew 11: 28, ESV) by Carley Evans


Do you labor under a heavy weight? Are you burdened in your day to day existence? Jesus says, “Come to Me. I will give you rest.” Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon ourselves. We are to learn from Him. Jesus claims to be “gentle and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11: 29) He says…

“Forget Not” (Psalm 103: 2 – 3, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Forget not all His benefits.” This is a great command. Remember each day, each moment, the good things God is doing for you. Remember how He knit you together in your mother’s womb; remember His bringing you into the world; remember His loving-kindnesses to you. God is good. No evil thing comes from Him. Therefore,…

“God’s Son Is Given” (Isaiah 9: 6, NIV) by Carley Evans


For us, God’s Son is given. He is our Prince of Peace, our Everlasting Father, our Wonderful Counselor. He is the Mighty God come in the shape of a newborn infant in a manger. He is completely helpless, totally dependent upon His human parents to provide shelter, clothing, food, guidance, love. The government rests on…

“The Good News” (Luke 2: 8 – 11, ESV) by Carley Evans


Shepherds live out in the fields with their sheep. They stand watch over each and every one of them. The night is long, dark. Perhaps they take turns sleeping. Angels appear, announcing the birth of a Savior in the city of David — David, who is also a shepherd, one of some note. The angels…

“No Room” (Luke 2: 6 -7, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus is born in a manger because there is no room in the inn. I imagine Joseph and Mary outside, looking for a place to stay, a place for Mary to have her child. The inns are full because of Caesar Augustus’ call for a world census. People are on the move. An innkeeper is…