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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Prayer for Santiago, Chile Earthquake

posted by nsymmonds

Early this morning, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Santiago, Chile. At the writing of this post, the death toll was reported to be at least 147 people, but the numbers are bound to rise. Please join us in prayer for the […]

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A Prayer for SeaWorld Trainers and Zoo Trainers

posted by nsymmonds

Yesterday, Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year old SeaWorld trainer was killed by Shamu, the park’s captive killer whale. Please join us in prayer for Dawn’s family and friends in their time of loss and also pray for every trainer who works […]

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“The Karma of Jesus” Interview vii with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: If Karma isn’t necessarily correct, it is at least a more consciously moral way to […]

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A Bar Exam Serenity Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

At this very moment there are thousands of people across the United States taking the Bar Exam. Each of those people have studied and sacrificed for the past several months just to get them to this very moment, a 2-day exam […]

The Eucharist Diet: Milk and Honey

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 23, 2010 Day 53 Weight: 195 lbs Weight lost: -11 lbs   I’m down 11 pounds… Not bad! Not done, but not bad… There’s a land of milk and honey, and I want to live there and enjoy the […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview vi with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: Can a Christian believe in Karma too? MH: I think Christians have to believe in […]

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” is a prayer used for the renewal of the believer’s Covenant with God. It is often recited in special worship services, but is also a wonderful expression for individuals who want to affirm their commitment to […]

The Eucharist Diet: Giving Up Austerity for Lent

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 18, 2010 Day 48 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   I’m giving up austerity for Lent. My impulse to beat myself-up in order to win God’s favor seems to die hard.  So I’m tackling this with a […]

Eyes of Faith: Seeing Jesus in Spaghetti Sauce?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Is it possible to discover God in a short stack of pancakes or cloud formation or in a paint smudge on the sidewalk? Some people believe it is. Beliefnet.com has created a new photo gallery called “Seeing Jesus (and Mary) […]

The Eucharist Diet: On Ash Wednesday

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 18, 2010 Day 48 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…” Fire makes ashes. And how do we fight fire? With… water. Specifically we fight fire with the waters of baptism. Fire […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview vi with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: Have you considered whether or not this treatment by you of Karma is just another […]

The Eucharist Diet: On Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 17, 2010 Day 47 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   Today is Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday.” Eat, drink, be merry! My wife Jill and I once spent a Mardi Gras in New Orleans. “Wild” does not describe […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview v with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: You’re saying that “Grace trumps Karma.” Isn’t it a bit foolish, to argue one unproven […]

Presidents Day 2010 – A Prayer from George Washington

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Presidents Day 2010. Our first president, George Washington was a man of deep faith and prayer. Here’s an excerpt from Washington’s prayer journal. O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine […]

“Karma of Jesus” Interview iv with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: Doesn’t the fact that with Karma you get moral people and with Christianity you get […]

The Karma of Bono

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: You suggest in your book “The Karma of Jesus” that there is a certain symmetry […]

The Eucharist Diet: Focus, Focus, Focus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 12, 2010 Day 42 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   I’ve been focused on food. I’m taking communion every day, just to see what would happen in my life – particularly what would happen in my relationship […]

A Prayer for Bill Clinton

posted by nsymmonds

Earlier news broke that Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized due to chest discomforts. He has since undergone a heart procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. Please join us in prayer as we pray for […]

A Prayer for Alexander McQueen’s Family and Friends

posted by nsymmonds

Today, on the first day of New York Fashion week, the fashion world received the tragic news  that British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his flat in Central London. The avant garde designer was only 40 years old. He […]

The Eucharist Diet: The Law of Displacement

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 8, 2010 Day 39 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I’m static, parked now for more than a week at this level. I’m still taking communion daily. I’m still finding myself conscience of what I eat. But I’m […]

A Blizzard Prayer for Washington Snow

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A second major winter storm is hitting Washington and Eastern seaboard. Snow, wind and slush are hounding commuters again today as blizzard warnings from Baltimore to New York City herald the arrival of another historic storm – more than 10 […]

A Prayer Against Fear in “Shakin’ Chicago”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 hit rumbled through the suburbs of Chicago, the windy city, this morning. Damage was minimal; fear was not. While there are many more ominous disasters of note in the world today, the fear […]

Interview ii with Alex Ness on “The Karma of Jesus”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me (Mark Herringshaw) about my book, “The Karma of Jesus.” Here is another excerpt: AN: People use the word “Karma” in many ways. What does it actually mean, in […]

The Eucharist Diet: Chocolate Galore

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 10, 2010 Day 41 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I love chocolate. I like coffee. I prefer to drink my coffee with a “shot” of chocolate. This morning I’ve parked at my butt at Caribou Coffee to […]

A Prayer for the Family and Friends of David Hames

posted by nsymmonds

A few weeks ago, we posted an update on David Hames, the Compassion International volunteer who was buried under the rubble of the Hotel Montana following the massive earthquake in Haiti. It is with a heavy heart that we provide you […]

An Interview with Alex Ness on “The Karma of Jesus.”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me (Mark Herringshaw) about my book, “The Karma of Jesus.” Here are some excerpts: AN: Whatever possessed you to write a book called “The Karma of Jesus?” MH: […]

Prayer for Middletown, Connecticut Power Plant Explosion

posted by nsymmonds

At about 11:30 this morning, an explosion occurred at an under-construction power plant in Middletown, Connecticut. Details have been ever-changing in regards to the injuries and fatalities caused by the explosion. Currently, the number of casualties is at 13. Please […]

National Prayer Breakfast Transcript

posted by nsymmonds

This morning President Barack Obama held court at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. Please see the transcript below. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST Washington HiltonWashington, D.C. 9:08 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. […]

Toyota Prius, Faulty Brakes, Sticking Accelerators and Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sell your Toyota stock…Now! Toyota has problems. Big problems. Not only do are the accelerators in millions of their cars prone to stick, they now admit design problems in the brake system of the Prius. When it rains it rains […]

The Karma Dump

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I was lecturing once during a Saturday evening church gathering and five minutes into my talk a young man in his twenties spoke up out of the audience.    “Does God really forgive sin?” he asked.   I stopped in mid […]

The Eucharist Diet: Hybrid Food

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 3, 2010 Day 32 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs   I don’t believe in magic; I do believe in miracles. I don’t believe in luck; I do believe in favor. I don’t believe in Karma; I do […]

The Eucharist Diet: Rebounding

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Rebounding   February 2, 2010 Day 31 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   Just a quick report for anyone still interested: I’m parked at 200 lbs, down from my original 206 lbs. I’m staying true […]

A Pray on Groundhog Day

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Groundhog Day and Puxatony Phil saw his shadow this morning. Bad news: we’re facing six more weeks of winter… No surprise, especially for us living in Minnesota where it will probably be more like 12 weeks. I woke this […]

“Karma’s a Bitch”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Ari Derfel didn’t throw away his garbage, on purpose. For 12 months the 35 year-old catering company owner stored all his waste inside his Berkley, California apartment. Derfel struck upon the idea after looking for statistics about how much refuse […]

Prayer for Baptist Americans in Haiti

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We pray still for crisis in Haiti. The magnitude of the trauma is numbing. Yet behind the scenes sprawling across our televisions and computer screens we catch the horror of real, personal tragedies. It’s pain we can only begin to […]

Cracking the Karma Code

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A shattered relationship… Financial struggles… Health problems… Family strife… Is there a reason?  Is there a way out? Some people explain trouble by saying… We reap what we sow. The other shoe drops. To every action there is an equal […]

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A Prayer Against Cancer
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else —not only in ...

posted 11:38:08am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him
"He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the Lord your God loves you." (Deuteronomy 23:5) Need a miracle? Got fish? Got bread? Boom! God can make a picnic out of anything we give Him. Perhaps you've messed up your life beyond ...

posted 6:18:54pm Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Experience a Vibrant Life
And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and LIFE. (John 6:63) These instructions are not empty words—they are your LIFE! (Deuteronomy 32:47) Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep ...

posted 8:30:32am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Think Lovely Thoughts
The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. (Isaiah 8:11) Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of ...

posted 8:04:02am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for a Reality Check
“This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands and keep yourselves from prospering? You have abandoned the Lord, and now he has abandoned you!”   2 Chronicles 24:20 "If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much ...

posted 10:19:51am Jun. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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