“Mary’s Praise” ( Luke 1: 46, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Mary, the mother of Jesus, says: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” In her praise of God, Mary mentions or references the Lord a total of seventeen times. She mentions or references herself only six times. In the mention of herself, she speaks of her “soul” and her “spirit,” her “humble condition;” and…

“Matter Of Fact Prayers” (Matthew 6:7-8, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Recently I’ve been convicted that prayers need not be long; they only need to be immediate. When a prayer request comes my way, such as: “My child broke his leg; please pray that he won’t be frightened by the doctors when they set it;” my conviction is to pray immediately and quite directly. I pray,…

“An Obligation To Love” ( Romans 15: 1-2, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”   “Therefore,” says Paul, “let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block…

“Turn Us Back” ( Lamentations 5: 21, NEB ) by Carley Evans


  “O Lord, turn us back to thyself, and we will come back.”   I like to fish. I love the first tug of the line; the sudden pulling away in panicked flight, the sneaky coming back at me, the leaping fight as the fish struggles to be free. I love feeling, smelling, and seeing…

“The Cheerful Giver” ( 2 Corinthians 9: 7, NEB ) by Carley Evans”


“Each person should give as he has decided for himself; there should be no reluctance, no sense of compulsion; God loves a cheerful giver.” I’m certain you’ve sat in a church on a Sunday morning and listened to a pastor tell you to “bring the tithes into the treasury, all of them.” (Malachi 3:10) And…

“Directed By The Spirit” ( Romans 8: 10, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“But if Christ is dwelling within you, then although the body is a dead thing because you sinned, yet the spirit is life itself because you have been justified.”   Paul is explaining to his readers and to us that although saved, i.e. justified by Christ’s sacrifice and our acceptance of it; we are nevertheless…

“Put On The New Self” ( Ephesians 4: 23-24, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 4:30pm Paul gives us a negative and a positive command here in Ephesians 4. He tells each of us to “put off [our] old self” (Ephesians 4:22) and to “put on the new self.” He speaks of denying “deceitful desires” while simultaneously making our selves “new in the attitude of…

“Bartimaeus Shouts” (Mark 10: 51, NIV) by Carley Evans


Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:11pm Jesus asks the blind man, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Bartimaeus naturally wants to see. When Jesus says to him, “Your faith has healed you,” the blind man is immediately healed and then “follows Jesus along the road.” (Mark 10:52) Bartimaeus’ faith is demonstrated in…