“Ready To Forgive” ( Psalm 86:5, KJV ) by Carley Evans


In Brooklyn this fall, my daughter and I attended a street fair centered around the arts — In one particular open air building, several people were giving away large, colorful bags. A few other people were handing out orangeade and lemonade sodas — for FREE! We were even allowed to come back for seconds —…

“Support Each Other In Charity” ( Ephesians 4:2, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Charity is benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity, generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering, and lenient judgment of others. Remember what the angel and the heavenly host say to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth? “10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings…

“The Last Of All” ( Mark 9:35 WYC ) by Carley Evans


The person on belay at a climbing wall is the ‘servant’ and the ‘last’ of all. The climber rises securely from hand-hold and foot-hood to hand-hold and foot-hold while attached by rope to the one ‘on belay’ below. The one on belay — the belay-er — catches the falling climber, and so saves him or…

“Worship In Spirit” ( John 4:24, WYC ) by Carley Evans


For Adam and Eve, knowing God is easy in contrast to us, who must come to know God through a veil of shadow, sin, and death. Why do you think the veil between us and the holy of holies is ripped asunder when Jesus dies? The veil is torn in two to demonstrate we no…

“God’s Handiwork” ( James 4:10, WYC ) by Carley Evans


James calls us to be humble, modest, meager, self-effacing, submissive, despirited, or broken willed “in the sight of the Lord.” He writes: “Be ye meeked in the sight of the Lord, and he shall enhance you.” If you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing monks in prayer while prostate on the floor before the Host,…

“In Spirit Of Softness” ( Galatians 6:1, WYC ) by Carley Evans


“In spirit of softness,” approach the person “occupied in guilt” — in any guilt — to inform him or her of the way out. The way out of being occupied by guilt, of course, is Jesus Christ, and Him crucified and glorified. And while informing the other person so as to restore them to wholeness,…

“Need Any Wisdom?” ( James 1:5, WYC ) by Carley Evans


James may as well be a carnival barker for as many times as a person seriously asks God for wisdom. I’m being a bit harsh here, I know. But, my impression of what we ask God to give us is not for Him to give us wisdom. The requests are more akin to: success, good…

“Why Knock?” ( Matthew 7:7-8, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Jesus says, Ask, and take; seek, and find. But He also says, knock, and watch the door open. Presumably He implies for us to go in once the door is open. Who stands in an open doorway and doesn’t enter the room? I can tell you a story — in hospital, often I stand in…

“Not Absurd” ( James 1:2-3, Wycliffe ) by Carley Evans


James says, “guess you all joy” — imagine joy — deem it joy — decide it is joy — when you “fall into diverse temptations.” What? Read it yourself: “My brethren, deem ye all joy [guess ye all joy], when ye fall into diverse temptations, witting, that the proving of your faith worketh patience.” Consider…