“Seven Abominations” ( Proverbs 6: 16, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” God mentions eyes, tongue, hands, heart, feet, lungs, (arms, legs — think about it.) The abominations…

“The Narrow Gate” ( Matthew 8: 12 ) by Carley Evans


Jesus is impressed with a centurion who understands authority. The centurion asks Jesus to heal one of his servants who is paralyzed at home. When Jesus says, “‘I will come and heal him’” (Matthew 8:7) the centurion recognizes that it is enough for Jesus to speak healing words; He does not need to come to…

“The Law Of Liberty” ( Galatians 5: 4, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“You were running well. Who hinders you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7) “You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you are fallen away from grace.” Do you not recall “that whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it?” (James…

“Once For All” ( Hebrews 9: 12, ESV ) by Carley Evans


Christ, as High Priest, “enters once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” Christ enters the holy places one time; that event is the only one required to “secure an eternal redemption” “for all”…

“Eyes On Jesus” ( Hebrews 12: 2, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Let us “keep our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.” Once again, the Holy Spirit gives us a succinct picture of the good news. The gospel is here in this single statement — Jesus is both the source and the perfecter of our faith. Therefore, our attention — our eyes —…

“At Peace With God” ( Romans 3: 26, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


What is God’s righteousness which “has been revealed?” (Romans 3:21) God’s righteousness is demonstrated “in His restraint” as “[He] passes over the sins previously committed.” (Romans 3:25) “For while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:2) Therefore, God’s righteousness is demonstrated as “[He] presents [Christ] as a propitiation through faith in…

“The Cast Image” ( Habakkuk 2: 14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the waters cover the sea.” “What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot…

“Chosen By God” ( 2 Thessalonians 2: 13, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“God chose you for salvation.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13) “He calls you to this through [the] gospel, so you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 2:14) “For He chose [you] in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined [you]…