“In Him Wickedness” ( Isaiah 53: 6, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Do we forget Jesus becomes sin (wickedness) on the tree? All our evil is put in Him by God so that “He suffers what should be our chastising, or our punishment.” An extraordinary event — God becoming sin. Our minds protest. How does the Holy One become unholy? Does He? Or is Jesus only dressed…

“The Good News” ( 2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV 1984 ) by Carley Evans


“God made Him — [that’s Jesus, His Son who is also fully God] — who had no sin —[a man who is perfect, without blemish, totally pleasing to God] — to be sin– [to become sin itself] — for us —[that’s those who believe the good news]–, so that in him —[in Jesus’ accomplished redemptive…

“A Different Gospel” ( 2 Corinthians 11:3-5, NIV 1984 ) by Carley Evans


Paul is distressed that the church at Corinth is deceived by “super-apostles” preaching “a Jesus other than the Jesus [I] preach” He is fearful that these Christians are believing “a different gospel from the one [they] accepted” and that they may even be receiving “a different spirit from the one [they] received.” These apostasies disturb…

“If We Acknowledge” ( 1 John 1:9, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Ever downplay a mistake or a sin? Ever speak of it as if it wasn’t that bad or even worth mentioning? Ever make excuses for it? Ever deny that you sin? “If we acknowledge [grant, concede, accept, admit, recognize, confess] our sins, he is faithful and just, that he forgive to us our sins, and…

“Solid Foods” ( Hebrews 5: 12, NIV ) by Carley Evans


” 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made…

“Living Like This” ( Galatians 5: 21, NIV ) by Carley Evans


“those who live like this – [in drunkenness, orgies and the like] – will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Drunkenness, orgies and the like are obviously fruits of darkness. In God, there is no darkness at all. In our adversary, there is no light. We are called to walk in the Light. Some of…

“The God Of Hope” ( Romans 15:13, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Paul exhorts us to “overflow with hope” as God “fills [us] with all joy and peace” “by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Read it in Romans: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of…

“Only A Shadow” ( Hebrews 10: 1-10, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“1 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year. 2 Otherwise, wouldn’t they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have…

“Put On” ( Colossians 3:12, ASV ) by Carley Evans


Did you know you can get dressed up as a Christian? You can put on your neatly pressed, fully cleaned heart like a garment especially tailored for you! “Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, long-suffering;” The heart you put on is not like your own…

“All Things Work Together” ( Romans 8:28, WYC ) by Carley Evans


God has a purpose for your life. Of that I am certain. Because His purposes are perfect, it follows that “all things work together into good” for those who are “called saints.” God perfectly manages events, people, tragedies, successes, changes in your life in a manner that ultimately leads to good for you, one of…