“More Than That” ( Philippians 3: 8, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Everything that makes Paul who he is, who he was – a legalistic, rigid, God-fearing Pharisee – he now considers “a loss because of Christ.” (Philippians 3:7) Nothing compares to “the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus.” Knowing Christ “and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings” is Paul’s goal. He…

“Let The Children Come” ( Mark 10: 14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” I know that in the moment Jesus says this, He is indignant because His disciples rebuke parents – most likely – who bring their children to Jesus for His blessing. What are you thinking!? Don’t…

“Discerning God’s Will” ( Romans 12: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Paul warns Gentiles not to “be conceited;” not “to be unaware of this mystery: “A partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from…

“Chosen Instrument” ( Acts 9: 1: HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Would you pick Saul from among the Pharisees to be one of your very best friends? Would you pick him to represent you to people who don’t know you; who may not even want to know you? I doubt I would, given a choice. I’d probably pick someone who actually likes me to represent me…

“To The Unbelieving” ( Titus 1: 15-16, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


Hypocrites — people who pretend to believe that which they know in their heart they do not believe — “are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.” (Titus 1:16) These are the “unbelieving” who “profess to know God” but do not know Him at all. They do not know Him; therefore, they do not…

“One Lawgiver” ( James 4: 11-12, KJV ) by Carley Evans


Discernment and correction of errors on the one hand; judging and condemning on the other hand — again we find balance in the Christian walk clearly written in the Word of God. Jesus tells us not to judge; so does James. James writes: “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of…

“That One Rule” ( Matthew 7: 12, KJV ) by Carley Evans


We know how to give good gifts to our children, says Jesus. We know this even though we are evil. Jesus says if we know to give good gifts to those we cherish and guide, then we may expect God, our Father, to give even better gifts to us. All we need do is ask….

“Balancing Burdens” ( Galatians 6: 2, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, ESV) The world is a hard place; always has been, always will be. Living here is, however, a great privilege; even as we live here as strangers. While we are here, we are called to carry or bear others’ burdens. We are…