“We Were Children” ( Galatians 4: 1, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith,” writes Paul to the church at Galatia. When you are baptized into Christ, you “put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26, 27) And in belonging to Christ, “you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:29) Now Paul is telling the Galatians that as long…

“Simply The Good News” ( Hebrews 9: 15, ESV ) by Carley Evans


The English Standard Version of Hebrews 9:15 reads, “Therefore He [Christ] is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” The King James Version of Hebrews 9: 15 reads,…

“The Sabbath Rest” ( Hebrews 4: 10, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


God’s works, writes the author of Hebrews, “have been finished since the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3) God finished all His works on the seventh day, at which time He entered His rest. We, as God’s people, enter that same rest from works when we “hear His voice” and choose “not to harden [our]…

“What Jesus Does” ( Jude 9, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Even the archangel Michael when debating with Lucifer about the body of Moses dares not “bring an abusive condemnation against” the devil but rather says, “The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 9, HCSB) And we are told to leave room for God’s revenge rather than seek it on our own. God declares, “Vengeance belongs to Me;…

“Because They Suffer” ( Luke 13: 2, ESV ) by Carley Evans


Jesus warns that those who suffer are not worse sinners than others. He uses the example of eighteen who are killed when the tower in Siloam falls on them. He says these are not “worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem.” (Luke 13:4) Then Jesus twice tells us that “unless you repent,…

“Even When We Are Enemies” ( 1 Peter 5: 10, ESV ) by Carley Evans


Peter writes that after we suffer awhile, specifically a little while, “the God of all grace, who calls [us] to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish [us].” God isn’t going to relegate His responsibilities to anyone else, including us. Yes, Peter calls us to resist our adversary who “prowls…

“Sealed When You Believe” ( Ephesians 1: 13, ESV ) by Carley Evans


When you believe in Him, that is, in Jesus Christ you are “sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of [your] inheritance until [you] acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14) What you will acquire eventually is your inheritance. What you acquire now, in conjunction with your…

“The Complacency Of Fools” ( Proverbs 1: 32, ESV ) by Carley Evans


God calls us out. He says, ‘Don’t be smug and satisfied with yourself. This complacency is the mark of the foolish, of the simple.’ “To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to…