“If You Hear His Voice” (Psalm 95: 6 – 7, NEB) by Carley Evans


“You know His power today if you listen to His voice,” writes the psalmist. As the lamb follows the shepherd, so “we are His people, we the flock He shepherds.” We come into God’s presence with “a joyful song” and “a shout of triumph.” (Psalm 95: 1) We “kneel before the Lord who made us;…

“By God’s Own Act” (Galatians 3: 28, NEB) by Carley Evans


“You all put on Christ as a garment,” writes Paul. “There is no such thing as Jew and Greek, slave and freeman, male and female; for you are all one person in Christ Jesus. But if you thus belong to Christ, you are the ‘issue’ of Abraham, and so heirs by promise.” (Galatians 3: 27…

“In Perfect Peace” (Isaiah 26: 3, NEB) by Carley Evans


“You [O Lord] keep in peace men of constant mind, in peace because they trust in You.” Daily, we renew our minds through the Word, prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit. As our minds are changed, our trust grows. As our trust in God blossoms, peace is our fruit. Jesus tells us that…

“Forming One Body” (Romans 12: 5, NEB) by Carley Evans


“All of us, united with Christ, form one body, serving individually as limbs and organs to one another.” I look at Facebook and see the Body of Christ, the Church — at least, the Facebook I know is the Church. We, all of us, are “united with Christ” and so “form one body”; but we…

“He Turns His Ear” (Psalm 116: 1 – 2, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“I love the Lord because He hears my appeal for mercy. Because He turns His ear to me, I call out to Him as long as I live.” God is merciful. God’s mercy triumphs over God’s judgement. His mercy triumphs over judgement because of His Son’s sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection. Christ’s shed blood covers…

“On Our Lips” (Psalm 42: 8, NEB) by Carley Evans


“The Lord makes His unfailing love shine forth alike by day and night; His praise on my lips is a prayer to the God of my life.” God’s love never fails; it shines on us, and from within us, both day and night — twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a…

“In God I Trust” (Psalm 16: 8, NEB) by Carley Evans


“I set the Lord continually before me: with Him at my side I cannot be shaken.” “When I am afraid, I trust in You. In God, whose Word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56: 3 – 4, NIV) “I say, ‘Oh, I…

“Life Is Christ” (Philippians 1: 21, NEB) by Carley Evans


“For to me life is Christ, and death gain; but what if my living on in the body may serve some good purpose?” The purpose of which Paul speaks is to “stand by [us] all to help [us] forward and to add joy to [our] faith.” (Philippians 1: 25) Paul would rather die and be…