Prayer, Plain and Simple

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December 2009 Archives

Why New Year Resolutions Fail… And what to do to Succeed

posted by Mark Herringshaw

How strong is your will power? Making New Year resolutions is easy. Making them work is not. We intend to change, yet our ability to persevere over the long haul usually isn’t sufficient. It’s a frustrating human reality. As Jesus […]

The Secret of Successful New Year Resolutions

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Are you making a New Year Resolution? What odds would you give yourself for sustaining your goal? 80%? 50%? 20%?   Bad news: According to studies on weight loss (the most common resolution), by February almost 60 percent of us […]

Successful New Year Resolutions

posted by Mark Herringshaw

By Mark Herringshaw   “Be it here resolved that in 2010 I will…”   It’s that time once again. December 31st, “National Extreme Makeover Day,” the 24 hour stretch when everything is possible, tomorrow. There’s nothing particularly magical about this […]

A Prayer on “Good Riddance Day”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is “Good Riddance Day.” At this moment in Times Square, New York, several hundred people are arriving lugging cardboard boxes of old income tax records, mortgage papers, old music recordings, and photographs, anything that brings bad memories from 2009. […]

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If You Dare, Make This Your Prayer
Here I am Lord, send me. (Isaiah 6:8) Prayer is a gift, isn’t it?! We connect in simple words to the Creator of creation. That alone is astounding. We stand together to offer up our praise and our needs, and here we discover truly what human relationships are intended for. It’s an honor to pr

posted 1:37:48pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for a Renovated Soul
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me now let me rejoice. Psalm 51:7 The bad news comes before the Good News. It must. But now we turn that corner. We ask God for blessing, but we first recognize

posted 8:04:34pm Jan. 21, 2015 | read full post »

How Can God Know Us? Search Me!
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.  Psalm 139:23-24.  Nothing hinders God’s love; but I can hinder my own capacity to accept grace. Today we admit this and pray

posted 1:33:43pm Jan. 20, 2015 | read full post »

University of the Word, Communication 101
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and

posted 1:00:21pm Jan. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Restoring the Presence of God in our Marriage
“It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it…” 1 Chron. 13:3 “The Ark of God remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and everything he owned.” 1 Chron. 13:14 King David realized that the valuable Ark of

posted 10:28:50am Jan. 15, 2015 | read full post »


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