“In This Thing?” ( 1 John 4: 8-10, Wycliffe Bible (WYC)) by Carley Evans


“In this thing?” What thing is this? Is the author using this phrase for emphasis, akin to “thing is…” or “see here…” or “verily, verily…” as used by Jesus Himself? Is this why the New International Version completely eliminates this carrier phrase? Or does the author mean “in Christ” when he states “in this thing”?…


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After being healed of his leprosy — healed by his obedience to the command of Elisha to dip himself seven times in the river Jordan — Naaman and all his servants find the man of God. Naaman declares to Elisha: “Now I know that there is no God in all the…


Originally posted on obsecrations:
Naaman, a commander in the army of the king of Aram, is admired. He is a man of valor, but he is also leprous. A captive girl of Israel — serving Naaman’s wife — is bold enough to say to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who…

“Love Mercy?” ( Proverbs 14:22 WYC ) by Carley Evans


The one who knows the truth; who believes in the Lord — in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — loves mercy.  That those who believe in Jesus and His sacrifice also love mercy should come as no surprise. Jesus is the epitome of mercy. The opposite of mercy is evil. “They err…

“Live In Love” ( 1 John 4:18, WYC ) by Carley Evans


In perfect charity, neither fear nor reluctance exists. If we fear or are reluctant to love — or to accept love — then we are still concerned with pain and punishment. Dread means “to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of; to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience.” Are you afraid to love? Are…

“If We Love Together” ( 1 John 4: 11 – 12, WYC ) by Carley Evans


How is it a different translation of the same Word gives such a new perspective? A wonder! Here is the power of “loving together” — the unity of the Spirit and its collective ability to change the world. Perhaps “loving together” — once known as the “social gospel” — is now the focus of many…

“Heard At The Beginning” ( 1 John 3: 11, WYC ) by Carley Evans


What does Jesus say to those He calls? “Come, follow Me.” Right? In following Jesus, what do His disciples encounter? His love for sinners. Right? “For this is the telling, that ye heard at the beginning, that ye love each other.” All Jesus’ disciples discover God’s love — His awesome willingness to forgive sins. That…

“This Is Love” ( 1 John 4: 10, ESV ) by Carley Evans


We talk quite a lot of our love for God. We declare, “I love God! I follow God!” But God, in a succinct statement in a letter likely penned by the disciple whom Jesus loves, reminds us love is not that we love Him but that He loves us. We need to turn our statements…

“A New Commandment” ( John 13: 34-35, ESV ) by Carley Evans


Jesus tells His disciples that He gives them a new commandment. Up until this point, is love not expected? Are we to gather no motivation exists for loving others who are not best friends or family? Essentially, Jesus says this is true. He says:  love each other because henceforth you belong to the same family…