“Not Against Us?” ( Mark 9: 34-40, WYC ) by Carley Evans


34 And they were still; for they disputed among them[selves] in the way, who of them should be [the] greatest. 35 And he sat, and called the twelve, and said to them [and saith to them], If any man will be the first among you, he shall be the last of all, and the minister of all…

“Against Darkness” ( Ephesians 6:12-13 DRA ) by Carley Evans


Our battle is not against other people. “Our wrestling” is rather “against the rulers of this darkness” and “against the spirits of wickedness.” We battle “principalities and power” that exist “in high places.” For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this…

“Of Low Esteem” ( James 4:10 WYC ) by Carley Evans


Look at the following translations of the same verse written by James. In several versions, we humble ourselves before or in the sight of the Lord while in several other versions, we find ourselves humbled (or meeked) by an outside force, perhaps by God Himself or by other human beings. At any rate, whether we…

“Renew Your Minds” ( Philippians 4:8, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Probably you’ve heard that it’s important to keep positive, to maintain a positive attitude especially when dealing with the public. You know the adage – “the customer is always right.” Don’t be negative; smile; maintain good eye contact. Be kind. Be professional.  Paul writes: From henceforth, brethren, whatever things be sooth, whatever things chaste, whatever…

“A Perfect Work” ( James 1: 4-6, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Patience, steadfastness, determination – James says “patience has a perfect work.” With patience, you may become “perfect and whole, and fail in nothing.” And, if you are not wise enough to be patient, you need only ask God for His wisdom; but when you ask, ask in faith, not doubting. Don’t be like a wave…

“A Puzzle” ( Galatians 6:7-8, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Puzzling, yes? The Word of God teaches us two things which appear to be opposed. We are taught that God can not be scorned; that if we continue in sin, we pay the ultimate price – we die eternally, in corruption. Roman Catholics get around this puzzle by teaching that some sin is minor –…

“No Pain, No Gain” ( James 1:2-3, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


You’ve heard it before – there is a wall a distance runner hits that hurts considerably, then as that wall is breached, the pain dissipates. People who exercise every day know the adage well: “no pain, no gain.” James reminds us that we work under a similar adage: “Consider yourselves happy indeed, my brethren, when…

“Learn the Truth” ( John 8:31-32, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Why do you suppose Jesus tells the believing Jews to “dwell in” His Word? After all, the Word was given to their people first, many years before Jesus’ physical birth. These Jews may argue this point; some do. Jesus informs them that He is the great “I Am,”(v. 24) “the Beginning, or the first of…