Transformation

Years ago, Merlin and I were able to minister to inmates in a prison, he to the men and I to the women.  When I had finished sharing and praying for the ladies, the prison chaplain presented me with this lovely white flower. It was lovingly made from the only thing that was available to them – toilet paper. What …

We Can! And We Must!

One of man’s most cherished longings is to find peace of heart and mind. Is this selfish? No, but the longing to have this peace is often man’s most elusive dream. Some strive to attain goals — only to find that success often brings discouragement. When others don’t reach their goals, they often languish in depression. Is there a path …

Letters of Praise & Thanks!

Thank you for the praise books you sent to our residents. They are receiving them with interest and enthusiasm. Hopefully the demand will increase, and I will let you know when we can use more books. Director, Correctional Center, NY Thank you for the praise books. We have nearly 1600 inmates here and over 200 of them are active participants …

Father, Forgive Them

By Mary Carothers What a wonderful example Jesus set for us as He hung on the cross. We also are to forgive those who hurt us. We can’t in our own strength, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can. In fact, one of the Holy Spirit’s names is Helper. The other day I was thinking of the …

Big Isn’t Always Best

A pastor told me his heart ached when he attended his church’s annual ministers conference. When the ministers discussed their churches, one of the first questions they asked of one another was, “Is your attendance growing?” It seemed to my friend that many pastors had “big, bigger, biggest” attendance as their primary goal. But it’s easy to want bigger and …

What God Says About You!

You are loved. (Jeremiah 31:3) You are chosen. (John 15:16) You are special. (Ephesians 2:10) You are important. (1 Peter 103:12) You are forgiven. (Psalm 103:12) You are created in His image. (Genesis 1:27)

Thank You! Thank You!

What a blessing you have been to me through the years. I appreciate your ministry helping people to be victorious in their walk with the Lord. Carol, MO Thank you for all you do. I rejoice with you when I hear of how your ministry has blessed so many. I continue to keep you in my prayers. Anne, IA Thank …

Who’s in Control

By Mary Carothers The whole world is under the control of the evil one (I John 5:19). A Christian friend quoted this to me in great disgust some time ago. Things were not going well for this young man, and he believed the reason was because the enemy controls the world. I was sorry that he felt this way, but …

Trust in God’s Bank

How big do your problems seem?  Problems you once had might have been overwhelming, but now have slipped into the no-problem category. Time, age, or various changes may have dissolved them. Right now your attention is on the present problems. Are you aware that God wants us to see all our problems from the “future perspective?” In 1, 10, or …

Merlin’s Desk

In looking through past Praise News I found this article that Merlin wrote and was blessed by it and hope it blesses you too. “When I wrote Prison to Praise my goal was to help people to learn to praise the Lord. But to my surprise, and great joy, God’s plan was to also use the book to lead many …