“Love Made Manifest” (1 John 4: 9, ESV) by Carley Evans


How does God show His love of us? He sends His only Son to earth as a baby, allows two flawed humans to raise Him, sends Him into the wilderness to contend with our adversary, asks Him to travel — preaching and healing — for three years; then commands Him to sacrifice Himself to a…

“Fully Convinced After A Laugh” (Romans 4: 20, ESV) by Carley Evans


Abram is “fully convinced that God is able to do what He promises.” (Romans 4: 21) Though his body is a hundred years old and his wife, Sarah is post-menopausal; (Genesis 18: 11) yet Abram “does not weaken in faith.” (Romans 4: 19) “No distrust makes him waver concerning the promise of God.” (Romans 4:…

“A Zeal For God” (Romans 9: 32, ESV) by Carley Evans


Righteousness pursued “as if it is based on works” does not result in the attainment of that righteousness, says Paul. A zeal for God is not enough. The cornerstone, who is Jesus Christ, makes those who seek God under their own power, stumble. “For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish…

“A Life Of Gratitude” (Romans 9: 16, ESV) by Carley Evans


Our salvation depends not on our will or our exertion, but on God’s willingness to be merciful. If God is not willing to provide us with His mercy, then we are already condemned by our sinful nature, which we recognize as “the fall.” Without God’s powerful calling, we do not respond to Christ’s sacrifice; rather…

“Not For Condemnation” (John 3: 16, ESV) by Carley Evans


“For God does not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3: 17) God’s motivation is love, not judgment. God so loves the world that He gives His only Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world….