“Jesus Heals Us” (Isaiah 53: 3 – 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Once flogged as ordered by Pilate, Jesus’ “form does not resemble a human being.” “His appearance is so disfigured that He does not look like a man.” (Isaiah 52: 14) Jesus “does not have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him.” (Isaiah 53: 2)…

“A Ransom For All” (1 Timothy 2: 5 – 6, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Christ gives Himself, of His own free will, as a ransom for all humanity. As a ransom, He is the one and only mediator between humans and God the Father. He is able to be this ransom because He is both God and human simultaneously — knowing God’s requirements, knowing our weaknesses and failures. Jesus…

“A Very Present Help” (Psalm 62: 7, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.” David sings, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; You save me…

“A Sign Of Deliverance” (Philippians 1: 29, HCSB) by Carley Evans


A gift of God Himself is our deliverance through belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. A portion of that gift is suffering for Him. Reading of the lives of Christians recognized as “saints” either by the Roman Catholic Church or by the many Protestant Churches, we understand that some of us suffer more than others….

“What Shall We Say Then?” (1 John 1: 9, HCSB) by Carley Evans


In confession resides purification. Jesus promises to purify us from all unrighteousness as we confess our sins to His Father and to one another. “If we say, ‘We have no sin,’ we deceive ourselves.” (1 John 1: 8) On the other hand, if we recognize our sin, and confess it as existing, as undesirable, as…

“Alive To God” (Romans 6: 23, ESV) by Carley Evans


Sin costs. The price of sin is death. God’s gift, on the other hand, is free — priceless. The gift is “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus pays the price for the free gift — He buys it with His blood so that we are able to accept God’s gift of eternal life…

“God Is Not Tempted By Evil” (James 1: 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Trials, writes James, are to be considered as great joys because “the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Endurance then leads to maturity and completeness, so that you are “lacking nothing.” (James 1: 3, 4) When undergoing a trial, you must not say to yourself, ” ‘I am being tempted by God.’ For God is…

‘No Sign Is Given’ (Mark 8: 29, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I Am?” The answer we give marks us for eternity. If we say with our mouths, “You are the Christ,” then we know the truth, and this truth sets us free — free from sin and death. If we say, “You are a great teacher,”…

An Even Yoke (Philippians 2: 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Paul commands you to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Philippians 2: 12 – 13) God works in you because His Holy Spirit dwells within you as within a temple. Your…