“Who Is To Condemn?” (Psalm 56: 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“What can man do to me?” asks the psalmist. “If God is for [me], who can be against [me]? He who does not spare His own Son but gives Him up for us all, how does He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It…

“Alive To God” (Romans 6: 21, HCSB) by Carley Evans


What fruit? asks Paul. What sort of fruit did you produce “when you were slaves of sin?” (Romans 6: 20) You produced the fruit of death is his answer. “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6: 23) This fruit of sin and death is fruit of which you are now ashamed. And, “just…

“Judged By The Law Of Freedom” (James 1: 19, HCSB) by Carley Evans


James writes that “every generous act” comes “down from the Father of lights.” (James 1: 17) God “by His own choice” gives generously — He “gives us a new birth.” (James 1: 18) In this new birth, James tells us to “understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear [listen], slow to speak, and slow…

“Outdo One Another” (Romans 12: 10, ESV) by Carley Evans


Love each other, says Paul. Love each other in the same way you love your siblings — with a brotherly or sisterly affection. “Outdo one another in showing honor.” Paul says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” (Romans 12: 14) “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to…

“As Christ Loves Us” (Galatians 5: 13, HCSB) by Carley Evans


The opportunity for the flesh of which Paul writes is primarily our tendency to “bite and devour one another” and the inevitable consequence of being “consumed by one another.” (Galatains 5: 15) Indulging the sinful nature is the opposite of love, says Paul. “For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: ‘Love your neighbor…

“Boast In The Lord” (1 Corinthians 1: 10, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Boast In God’s Power (1 Corinthians 1: 10, HCSB) by Carley Evans Paul exhorts the Corinthians to “agree in what [they] say.” He calls them to be “united with the same understanding and the same conviction.” Here are two of the most common problems in the church body — disagreement and disharmony. One person follows…

“Wisdom From Above” (James 3: 17 – 18, ESV) by Carley Evans


Bitter jealousy, boasting, selfish ambition, disorder, vile practices, quarrels, even murder — this is “not the wisdom that comes from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” (James 3: 15) James contrasts this earthly knowledge with “the wisdom from above” which he writes is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and…