He is Holy – But What Are We?

By Mary Carothers In recent weeks I have been continually impressed in my spirit with how very holy God is and His command for us to also be holy. In Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8 God is surrounded by angels crying, holy, holy, holy is the Lord.  But how is this relevant to us?  We’re here on Earth, not in …

Thank God for This?

A man who had lost his wife said to me, “Merlin, I’m trying, but I don’t believe I can thank God that my wife has died.” Should he? If not, why? If so, why? Since Ephesians 5:20 directs us to thank God for everything, does that mean He will punish us if we don’t? Does it mean He is displeased …

God’s Grace

By Mary Carothers The book of Galatians in the Living Translation is one of my very favorite books of the Bible. Nowhere else does God so clearly show us His Grace versus our desire to “earn” His blessings. Some years ago, I sat in a prayer group and listened as a man expounded on the merit of keeping one of …

Absolutely Impossible

Unbelievable! How could anyone believe that God would lie? It is impossible for God to tell a lie (Hebrews 6:18 TLB). Why would we even think that it could happen? Perhaps because we are human. God promises us that He will take everything that happens to us and make it work for our good (see Romans 8:28). That infuriates Satan …

The Greatest Christmas Present

Being a Christian is like receiving a priceless jewel as a Christmas present. Even as a diamond has many facets, each enhancing the other, belonging to Jesus is also many- faceted. Centermost, of course, is our salvation: a free gift. We can never earn it since Jesus has already paid for it with His precious blood. One of the facets …

What is Christmas?

What will Christmas mean to us this year? Probably many different things.  But what does Jesus’ Father want Christmas to mean? In our lifetime there have been many changes in what business and public schools want Christmas to mean. Notice what you see this time of year. Most stores will celebrate “Xmas”. Many schools will sing “Jingle Bells” but nothing …

Lay Up Treasures

But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy … (Matthew 6:20 NIV). What is the greatest treasure we can hope to find in Heaven? What will affect us eternally? At the top of God’s priorities will be what we have done to help another person believe in Jesus as Savior. They will be …

It is Sufficient

By Mary Carothers God sent Elijah to the brook called Cherith. He did this because there was a drought coming on the land. Elijah was to drink from the brook and the birds would bring him food each day. Although many others in the land were suffering from the result of the drought, God had made provision for Elijah. As …

Pushing Buttons

No matter how spiritual we are, we all have “buttons” that can be pushed. They are like a silent switch – turned on and off – sometimes without a sound. We often are not aware of just how they are pushed, but we are aware of the results. Some people learn what buttons they can push to make us angry, …

Forgiving

By Mary Carothers Last week I listened as some folks talked about how hard it was to forgive a person who had done something bad to them. It’s not too likely that anyone reaches adulthood without having experienced situations where they felt betrayed. Because of this, whether we decide to forgive someone or not, it’s important to know what God …