“Falsely Accused” (Matthew 10: 19 – 20, NEB) by Carley Evans


Jesus speaks of brother turning against brother in betrayal; of father standing in hatred against his own child; of children despising and sending their own parents to death. He speaks of Christians being arrested, taken into court, accused — for His sake — presumably of all sorts of false charges. And Jesus encourages us, “Do…

“The Rescue” (Colossians 1: 13, NEB) by Carley Evans


“[God] rescues us from the domain of darkness and brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom our release is secured and our sins forgiven.” Imagine a man drowning in the ocean. He has no way to rescue himself; he has kicked off his shoes, has tread water for as long…

“With Never A Thought” (Leviticus 19: 18, NEB) by Carley Evans


“You shall reprove your fellow-countryman frankly and so you will have no share in his guilt,” says the Lord your God. But, He also says, “You shall not seek revenge, or cherish anger towards your kinsfolk; you shall love your neighbor as a man like yourself. I Am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19: 17 – 18)…

“Free Indeed” (1 John 1: 7, NEB) by Carley Evans


“We are being cleansed from every sin by the blood of Jesus His Son,” writes the author of 1 John. The act of cleansing us is not ours, but God’s. This act occurs through His Son’s blood, not through our blood. Jesus’ blood cleanses us from every sin, not only from some sin. As Jesus…

“A Lifeless Faith?” (James 2: 17, NEB) by Carley Evans


“What use is it for a man to say he has faith when he does nothing to show it?” ask James. (James 2: 14) “With faith; if it does not lead to action, it is in itself a lifeless thing.” The author of Hebrews asks, “And what is faith?” And offers this answer: “Faith gives…

“Grace To The Humble” (James 4: 6, NEB) by Carley Evans


“Humble yourselves before God and He will lift you high.” (James 4: 10) Humble yourselves, for “God opposes the arrogant and gives grace to the humble.” (James 4: 6) James suggests that you not say that tomorrow you are going to do this or that, or go here or there. Instead he says, “You have…

“Every Word God Utters” (Matthew 4: 4, NEB) by Carley Evans


Jesus tells us that people are incapable of living only on bread, i.e. foodstuff. Instead, people need “every Word that God utters” in order to live life, and live it abundantly. Paul writes to Timothy, “Keep before you an outline of the sound teaching which you heard from me, living by faith and love which…

“Plain Before Our Eyes” (Romans 1: 19, NEB) by Carley Evans


All that we may know of God “lies plain before [our] eyes,” writes Paul. “Indeed God Himself discloses it to [us.]” “His invisible attributes, that is to say His everlasting power and deity, are visible, ever since the world began, to the eye of reason, in the things He has made.” (Romans 1: 20) God…