“Yesterday At One” ( John 4: 46 – 53, NEB ) by Carley Evans


At Cana-in-Galilee, Jesus meets an officer in the royal service whose son is lying ill at Capernaum. The father has heard that Jesus is arrived from Judea. He comes to Jesus, begging that the Lord return to his home to cure his son, “who [is] at the point of death.” Jesus — exasperated — says…

“Not Of Human Will Or Effort” ( Romans 9: 16, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Odd how we speak of man’s free will while denying God’s sovereignty in all matters. We don’t appear to have any difficulty accepting that God obviously preferred Abel’s sacrifice over Cain’s though both offered gifts of significance — after all, Cain appears to be just as sincere as Abel. The big difference is Abel’s sacrifice…

“With A Flashlight” ( Ezekiel 34: 16, NIV ) by Carley Evans


God the Father promises, “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.” I love the truth of God searching for strays. It’s just like He’s outside in the dark with a flashlight looking around for anyone who is downright lost. Then there…

“Set Your Hope On Grace” ( 1 Peter 1: 18 – 19, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“You are born again,” writes Peter. (1 Peter 1:23) “Conduct yourself in fear during the time of your temporary residence.” (1 Peter 1:17) After all, says Peter: you are a “living stone, being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)…

“To The Eye Of Reason” ( Romans 1: 20, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“[God’s] invisible attributes, that is to say His everlasting power and deity, have been visible, ever since the world began, to the eye of reason, in the things He has made.” Therefore, maintains Paul, people are without excuse. People deliberately choose to ignore the obvious evidence for the existence and preeminence of God, and worship…

“But The Truth Is” ( 1 Corinthians 15: 20, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“All will be brought to life in Christ,” writes Paul. “But each in his own proper place.” (1 Corinthians 15:23) “Christ was raised to life — the firstfruits of the harvest of the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:20) Later, “at His coming, those who belong to Christ” will be raised. And at the end of time,…

“There Is Liberty” ( 2 Corinthians 3: 17, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Because “we all reflect as in a mirror the splendour of the Lord; thus we are transfigured into His likeness, from splendour to splendour; such is the influence of the Lord who is Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) Yet, “we are no better than pots of…