“One Faith” (Ephesians 4: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


We are commanded to “bear with one another in love.” We are to be “humble and gentle, with patience” in our dealings with one another. Paul implies here that sometimes other Christians may be irritating, divisive, argumentative, critical. Paul wants us to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:…

“The Least Is Greater” (Mark 9: 35, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus says that as we receive, accept, help, love a child in His Name, we simultaneously receive, accept, help and love Him. What we do for the least in God’s world we do for Him. As we become “last of all and servant of all,” we come to reflect Jesus. Reflecting Jesus to others makes…

“He Seeks Us” (John 4: 24, ESV) by Carley Evans


At Jacob’s well Jesus tells the woman of Samaria that “the Father is seeking such people to worship Him;” people who worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” God seeks people to worship Him in spirit because He is spirit. He seeks people to worship Him in truth because He is the truth. Jesus seeks…

“Under His Net” (Hosea 7: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans


To be a cake not turned; an oven in which the fire is not stirred; to be “a dove, silly and without sense calling” for its bondage to return; to be ones who “return, but not upward.” Of these God says, “As they go, I will spread over them My net; I will bring them…

“Stand Firm” (Ephesians 6: 12 – 13, ESV) by Carley Evans


According to Paul, our battle is not against our own flesh, but against spiritual forces of evil. He strongly suggests that we “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6: 10) Note we are to be strong in His might, not our own. We are weak; He is strong….

“Evil Lies Close At Hand” (Galatians 6: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul calls those “who are spiritual” to “restore” “anyone caught in any transgression” “in a spirit of gentleness.” Some are caught in transgression as one caught in a trap. Others who are free of that trap should assist in that person’s rescue from sin. Yet, Paul warns that the one who is “spiritual” must “keep…

“Stand Firm In One Mind” (Philippians 4: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul calls us to be renew our minds by meditating on truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, commendation, excellence — “if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Paul asks us to “complete [his] joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”…

“Acting The Fool” (James 1: 5, ESV) by Carley Evans


If you are uncertain in a circumstance, if you feel perhaps you are acting the fool; then ask God for wisdom. As you ask God for wisdom, believe He gives this wonderful gift to you “without reproach.” If you ask with a lack of faith, you know you are “double-minded, unstable in all [your] ways.”…

“All These Things” (Matthew 7: 7 – 8, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus encourages us to ask for the good we desire in our lives. He says, “Ask, and it will be given to you.” He says, “For everyone who asks receives.” Ask not out of anxiety, for God is aware of our needs. “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself….

“Like A Refiner’s Fire” (James 1: 2 – 3, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness,” writes James “to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion.” James further writes that the full effect of steadfastness is perfection, so that we are “lacking in nothing.” (James 1: 4) God…

“Whatever You Wish” (Matthew 7: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus says, “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.” Everything in the Law, everything in the Prophets points to and contains this one rule. Have you given a gift to someone only to discover later that they did not care for it? Was this gift something you wanted to…