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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

July 2010 Archives

Absolution to Conversion

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Repentance finishes with change – conversion. How will I now live and be different? With each of the specific sins connected to each of the specific Commands I have broken I will seek God for a counter move, a contrary […]

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Confession to Absolution

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The work of repentance begins with confession. Confession is agreeing with God about my condition. I have asked God to search my heart and to show me sin. I have acknowledged this in detail and confessed the specifics to him. […]

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The Ten Commandments Measure My Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, the standard I level against myself is your standard, not my own. You have given us all the stipulations of righteousness. We know what you expect and how you have designed us to live. We might break these laws, […]

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God Search Me: Know, Expose, Purge, Redeem the Evil in My Soul

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God you know all. You know me and love me. But not all is well. God hates the wickedness in the world, and though you love me you must hate the evil that has infected and compromised your purpose and […]

Against Those Against God – a Place for Hatred

posted by Mark Herringshaw

But not all is well… Psalm 139:19-22. A stark intrusion enters the frame. Lovely thoughts of God’s loving awareness are shattered by an equally real but bitter awareness that evil exists. Not all in God’s world is as God intended. […]

God is Obsessed with Loving Me!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Psalm 139:17-18 relays the most shocking and surprising of all truth… God is fascinated by me!  17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.      They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them;      they outnumber the grains of sand!   And when […]

God Starts the Bidding at Infinity

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We’re obsessed with building self esteem. That’s futile. What does it matter what I think of myself? When we stupidly grant one human the right to “choose” whether or not another human has “right to life” we have shattered the […]

No Final Right to Privacy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Privacy is an illusion. Psalm 139:7-12  7 I can never escape from your Spirit!      I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;      if I go down to the grave, you are there. 9 If […]

The Sanity of Accepting a Final Exposure

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There are no secrets from God. All is exposed to him. Living in denial of this fact, in the illusion that I have the luxury of secrecy is a kind of twisted deception and leads me to live my life […]

“After God’s own heart…”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

King David of Israel was “A man after God’s own heart…” He screwed up many times in his life. He proved to be a lousy father, an unfaithful husband, impulsive, reactive, impatient, sometimes emotionally unstable. But David chased God with all his […]

Search My Heart, Oh God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I don’t know myself nearly as well as I suppose. I don’t really know my own motives, or the roots of my thoughts and actions. I know that I don’t know… That much is all I’m confident to say. A […]

PC Wins Again: EMU Student Expelled for Opposing Homosexuality

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Eastern Michigan University’s motto is “Education First.” Perhaps that motto should read “PC Education First, Last and Everywhere Between…”    Freedom of religion was dealt another blow this week when a federal judge ruled in favor of EMU removed a […]

The Ansel Adams Treasure Found at Garage Sale

posted by Mark Herringshaw

10 years ago Rick Norsigian, of Fresno, Calif. picked up the box of glass negatives for the princely sum of $45 at a garage sale. Now, after spending a decade researching the origin of his find photography experts have deemed […]

Lutherans Endure God’s Judgment of Silence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The freak tornado struck at 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, but the majority did not heed the warning. Nearly a year later, The ELCA has ordained 7 openly gay pastors. This time, God is silent… Silence is a […]

Rick Warren Blinded Temporarily by Firestick Plant

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pastor Rick Warren was hospitalized today when he suffered an eye-injury while gardening at his home. Reportedly, the sap of a firestick plant got into Warren’s eyes when he wiped his brow. The sap can cause temporary blindness. The 56-year-old […]

Christians Murdered in Pakistan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Muslim gunmen shot and killed two Christian brothers accused of blasphemy against Islam in Pakistan yesterday. The murders occurred as the men – Rashid Emmanuel, 36, and his brother Sajid Emmanuel, 30 – were walking out of court in Faisalabad. […]

Prayer for Victims of Indian Train Accident

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Monday: A speeding express train plowed into a stationary passenger train in eastern India, killing 61 people. The crash hit with such force that it hurled the roo of one of the train cars onto an overpass above the tracks. In […]

Diversity Police Strike Again: Students Ordered to Stop Praying Outside Supreme Court Building

posted by Mark Herringshaw

May 5, 2010: Police order a group of Christian junior high school students to stop praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court building. The officer told them it was against the law. Say what? The students, from Wickenburg Christian Academy in […]

Florida Atheists Sue to Silence Prayers at Lakeland City Meetings

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Central Florida atheist group filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Lakeland this week in an attempt to stop prayers at the opening of city commission meetings. The Atheists of Florida are particularly outraged by the regular use […]

Jewish Woman Banished from Praying at the Western Wall

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Anat Hoffman has been ordered not to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for 30 days.  Jerusalem police detained her on Monday after she brought a Torah scroll to the women’s prayer section of the Western Wall, holiest sites […]

It’s a “Brave New World” at the University of Illinois!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Freedom of speech is a constitutional right everywhere in America, except – evidently – on college campuses. The University of Illinois has sacked Ken Howell, an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism because one of his students accused him […]

Obama vs. the State of Arizona

posted by Mark Herringshaw

President Obama’s Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the Arizona’s immigration policy.  Fancy that! Siding with the government of Mexico over against a State government, the suite accuses Arizona of trying to “second guess” the federal government. Officials in […]

Summer Sizzling and Praying for Shade

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s hot! It’s too hot to do much of anything, including writing a blog. I’ll make this short… Today across much of the country temperatures are again headed into triple digits. From Maine to Texas, from Minnesota to Death Valley […]

Obama’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline: 365 Days and Counting

posted by Mark Herringshaw

One year from this month, July 2011 President Obama will begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. For good or ill, his campaign promise is now official policy. But critics of the President’s plans are growing more vocal. Afghan Ambassador Said […]

A Bloody Shootout on the Arizona – Mexico Border

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday has left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded. The fire fight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles from […]

1.3 Million Unemployed Set to Lose Benefits – How ‘Bout a Miracle?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won’t get their unemployment benefits reinstated before the Independence Day holiday weekend. Republicans in the Senate again successfully filibustered a bill Wednesday night that would continue providing unemployment checks to people laid off for […]

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