” ‘I Am About To’ ” ( Joel 2: 23, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


God becomes “jealous for His land and spares His people.” (Joel 2: 18) He promises “grain, new wine, and olive oil.” (Joel 2: 19) He says that His people are “no longer a disgrace among the nations.” (Joel 2: 19) God calls His people to no longer “be afraid.” Instead, He calls us to “rejoice…

“What Is Simpler?” ( Ephesians 5: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgives you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love.” (Ephesians 4: 32 – 5: 2) Imitate God by being kind, compassionate, forgiving, loving. In other words, writes Paul, “walk in love” “as dearly loved…

“How Much More Are We Saved” ( Isaiah 53: 12, NIV ) by Carley Evans


“For He bears the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” Jesus bears our sins in His body on the tree; and He lives forever, seated at the right hand of God the Father, continually interceeding for us. This ongoing intercession of Jesus Christ is our salvation. Without His interventions on our behalf,…

Not Qualified To Judge ( Romans 2: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


One of the most difficult aspects of the Christian walk is refraining from judging others. Paul states that he does not even judge himself; he puts that ‘on hold’ until the coming of the Lord Jesus at which time all men are to be judged by the One True Judge, even God Himself. Until then,…

“Show Wisdom From Above” ( James 3: 13, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“Who among you is wise or clever? Let his right conduct give practical proof of it, with the modesty that comes of wisdom.” If you are wise, says James, you will be modest as you prove your cleverness by your right conduct. You will not be puffed up, but will remain humble. You will not…