“Peace In Me” ( John 16:33, WYC ) by Carley Evans


“These things I have spoken to you, that ye have peace in me; in the world ye shall have dis-ease [in the world ye shall have pressing, or overlaying], but trust ye, I have overcome the world.” Who has overcome the world? You? No. In the world, you are pressed; you are overlayed with burdens…

“Come To Me” ( Matthew 11:28, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Jesus simply says [ to everyone ] that if you ‘travail’ – if you stand under charges, i.e. under condemnation, “come to Me.” When you come to Me, says Jesus, “I shall fulfill you” so that you no longer stand condemned; “I shall refresh you” so that you no longer ‘travail.’ “All ye that travail,…

“Kept In Her Heart” ( Luke 2:16-20, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Until the shepherds – who hear the word of the Lord through the angel who stands beside them with their flocks of sheep outside Bethlehem – see the Christ Child in the manger, they do not believe. Once they see the Child, then they tell others and those others wonder “of the things that were…

“A Great Joy” ( Luke 2:8-11, WYC ) by Carley Evans


The night Jesus is born, shepherds keep watch over their flocks of sheep in the hillside pastures around Bethlehem. An angel of the Lord appears to them, stands beside them. The “clearness of God shines about them” and they are filled with “great dread.” The angel tells the shepherds not to be in dread because…

“The Science Of Health” ( Luke 1:76-78, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Seeing the face of God brings death in the old covenant; here in the new, the angel tells Zechariah’s unborn child that he is “the prophet of the Highest” and one who “goes before the face of the Lord.” John is “makes ready [God’s] ways” as a crier in the dark night who carries a…

“Safe From Sins” ( Matthew 1: 20-21, WYC) by Carley Evans


Joseph naturally dreads his marriage to the young maiden, Mary since she is pregnant; and that, out of wedlock. Joseph ought to report Mary, have her stoned to death per the Law of Moses. Yet, he listens to the angel of the Lord who comes to him in his sleep. The angel of the Lord…

“Magnificat” ( Luke 1:46-49 KNOX ) by Carley Evans


Mary is about 13 when the angel Gabriel announces to her that she is the Mother of God. No wonder this young maiden glorifies God, no wonder her spirit is filled with joy in God. No wonder she recognizes that despite her lowliness, God looks upon her with His grace. Mary’s humility is unmatched. Despite…

“By God’s Choice” ( Luke 1:26-28, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


Gabriel doesn’t come to Mary under his own power or by his own decision. He is sent, rather, to Mary by God. God sends Gabriel to a specific town, to a specific girl betrothed to a specific “man of David’s lineage.” God doesn’t look down through time and see a young girl He knows will…

“For This Thing” ( Isaiah 7: 14, WYC ) by Carley Evans


“For this thing the Lord himself shall give a sign to you. Lo! a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son; and his name shall be called Immanuel. [Lo! a maid(en) shall conceive, and bare a son; and thou shalt call his name Immanuel.]” What is ‘this thing’ Isaiah mentions? ‘This thing’ is whatever…

If We Lose Joy…


“If we can lose our peace and joy when our circumstances turn bad, the peace and joy we were experiencing were not fruits of the Spirit; they were fruits of good circumstance.”                           Joe Quatrone

“A Lowly Branch” ( John 15:5,8; WYC ) by Carley Evans


Without Christ, we can’t do anything. Jesus says, “for without Me, ye be able to nothing do.” Nothing. Let that word ring in your head until your ears shake from the emptiness of the word – nothing. Actually this is a hard concept to grasp – that without Jesus Christ, I can’t do anything! I…