“Go, Love” ( Hosea 3: 1, Lexham ) by Carley Evans


And Yahweh said to me again, “Go, love a woman who has a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of Yahweh for the children of Israel. Out in the world at large are two seemingly opposing views of God: one view is that God is so holy that He hates sin and desires…

“Confidence?” ( Psalm 119:60, WYC ) by Carley Evans


David, an adulterer and murderer, boldly claims: I am ready, and I am not troubled; to keep thy commandments. (I am ready, and I have not delayed, to obey thy commandments.) What gives David his confidence? Is his confidence in himself? Is he honest when he claims he is ready? Does he correctly assess himself…

“The Man is Merry” ( Psalm 112:5, WYC ) by Carley Evans


David, the psalmist, simply says that if you are merciful to others, if you lend yourself to others fairly and with good judgement, then you are merry. Accompanying your kind words and loving deeds is a happy heart. The man is merry, that doeth mercy, and lendeth; he disposeth his words in doom; (Happy is the person who giveth…

“Clean From All Sin” ( I John 1:7 KNOX ) by Carley Evans


Jesus’ blood, shed to save the world, cleanses us from all sin – not from some, but from all. As we join with God where He dwells, “we too live and move in Light” and we have “fellowship between us.” Living within Light overshadows the darkness that surrounds us; therefore we are clean despite living…

“Shame Not the Gospel” ( Romans 1:16 WYC ) by Carley Evans


I love – again – how different versions (i.e. translations) of the same Word give new insights into His Mind – here Paul says he “shames not” the good news. In other versions, he says he is “not ashamed” of the good news. For I shame not the gospel, for it is the virtue of…

“The Wrath of Man” ( James 1: 20-22, WYC ) by Carley Evans


James warns us to cast aside “plenty of malice” for “the wrath of man” does not work “the rightwiseness of God.” Then he bluntly tells us to be “doers of the Word” so that we do not deceive ourselves. James tells us it is not enough to hear Jesus; we must follow after Him. Presently…

“Man’s Generosity or God’s Good Work?” ( Philippians 1: 5-7, KNOX & ESV ) by Carley Evans


A challenging aspect of reading the Word of God is understanding what was meant when it was spoken or written. An example of translation differences follows. What do you think? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Paul thanks the church at Philippi for its generosity toward the work of Christ’s gospel. The generosity of this church is inspired by God…