“Forget the Wrong” ( Proverbs 17:9 WYC ) by Carley Evans


He that covereth trespass, seeketh friendships; he that rehearseth by an high word (but he who remembereth a wrong), separateth them that (should) be knit together in peace.  Convicting verse, for sure. How do you point out wrongdoing so that it is not repeated without remembering the wrong? Or are you called to deal with…

“If We Love” ( 1 John 4:11-12 GNV ) by Carley Evans


You hear Christians speak of a God who refuses to live in one who is not holy, i.e. in one who is un-holy. And, most often, this required holiness is defined in negatives. Holiness is a set of rules, a lengthy list of ‘thou shall nots.’ But, Jesus defines holiness as ‘love.’ If you love…

“Persuaded” ( Romans 8:38-39 GNV ) by Carley Evans


No creature, no power, nothing now or later is able or will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, says Paul. He writes of his persuasion to the church at Rome with metaphorical capitol letters ‘FEAR NOT’ on their hearts, saying:  For I am persuaded…

“Heard From the Beginning” ( 1 John 3:11 GNV ) by Carley Evans


When you’ve known some important truth from the very beginning of a movement, you’ve essentially no excuse for not understanding it. John writes that from the beginning, we’ve heard that we ought to love one another. “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” We therefore…

“Something New” ( John 13:34-35 GNV ) by Carley Evans


Jesus starts out by telling His disciples ( and us ) that He gives them ( and us ) something new; He gives them ( yes, and us ) a new commandment. Odd, I thought God never changes. At any rate, Jesus Himself says that this commandment is new.  “A new commandment give I unto…


Originally posted on Selah (selāh – a contemplative pause):
The Season of Lent Creating Space to Experience God Lent (an old English word for Spring) is the season we approach the crucifixion (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter) of Jesus Christ. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb 13, 2013) and lasts 40…

“A Tinkling Cymbal” ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 GNV ) by Carley Evans


Love is the greater gift, greater and of considerably more value than speaking in tongues or faith that moves mountains or prophecy that warns of disaster or knowledge that reveals “all secrets and all knowledge.” Without love, Paul claims we are the same as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” Our actions, though they be good…


Originally posted on obsecrations:
Orestes Pursued by the Furies, by John Singer Sargent. 1921. The erinyes represent the guilt for murdering his mother. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Is there a difference between conviction and guilt? I heard that guilt is a good thing. But, I maintain that guilt is never a good thing. Instead, conviction is…

“A Better Thing” ( Hebrews 11: 39-40, GENEVA 1599 ) by Carley Evans


The author of Hebrews delineates the champions of faith from the time before Christ, then says that although their faith allowed them to “obtained good report;” nevertheless they “received not the promise.” “these all through faith obtained good report, and received not the promise, 40 God providing a better thing for us, that they without us should not…