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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Mark Herringshaw is writer, speaker, spiritual life coach and pastor at North Heights Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He’s the author of "Six Prayers God Always Answers: Results May Vary," and "Nine Ways God Always Speaks: Only Available in Certain States," both co-written with Jennifer Schuchmann. His third book is "The Karma of Jesus.” Mark is a native of Santa Cruz, California. He has studied at Azusa Pacific University, The Academy of Performing Arts, Cambridge, Ontario, and Luther Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. from Regent University. Mark and his wife Jill have four children. His true passion is walking with people in the exciting adventure of communicating with God.

A Prayer After the Explosions that Rocked Mumbai

posted by Mark Herringshaw

At least 10 are dead in three separate explosions that tore through a business district in Mumbai, India today. Dozens more are injured. The Indian government has confirmed that the explosions were terrorist attacks likely from Muslim radicals. They have placed […]

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A Prayer for a True Yankee Hero

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Christian Lopez could have made a “cool” fifty thousand dollars… at least. Instead, he didn’t ask for a single thing. And that is the real “cool” in the story. Lopez happened to be sitting in the left field seats at […]

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Sexual Abuse – a Prayer for Victims

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, we pray for victims of sexual abuse. We pray for healing. We pray for deep comfort. We pray that you will restore what has been stolen and broken. While you do not alter history, you reveal your love in […]

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A Prayer for Rain

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Torrential rains this week brought a first-relief to drought-stricken Texas. But much more is needed if the southern states of the US are to escape the historic dry spell that has gripped the region most of the year. Praying for […]

Crime Victims – A Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, you are just. You are perfect in all your judgments. You balance every scale. In time, all the accounts will be settled. All truth will be told. All debts will be evenly scored. For now, in this world, we […]

Back Pain – A Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, my back hurts. Never mind the cause. Never mind the lesson I should learn, something about lifting with my legs perhaps. At the moment I don’t care about anything more than relief. God, lift my pain. I know that […]

My Father-of-the-Bride Toast

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It rained on Saturday, the day my daughter, Ellie married Andy. It rained from the skies and it rained from heaven. In every way, the day was a slice out of heaven. I can’t imagine that more joy could be […]

A Prayer for a Family Grieving the Death of a Child

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Who can explain a child’s suffering? This week an 18-month old child died in St. Paul, Minnesota when equipment malfunctioned at a chiropractor’s office. The small boy crawled under the spine therapy table to which his mother was strapped and […]

A Graduation Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, today is like any other. The sun rises. The winds blow. Rain falls. Rain does not fall. People are born. They laugh. They cry. They dance. They die. Today “chronos” time is as it has been since You gave […]

Prayer for a Wedding Day

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Tyler and Shelly are getting married. I’ve known Tyler for many years. I’ve seen him grow from a boy into a young man, attend and graduate from college, and take up a new career working with troubled teens. I’ve seen […]

Fat Cows in the Wings

posted by Mark Herringshaw

jill Herringshaw adds this next post in her series on prayer for “lost sheep…” Luke 15:8-10 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds […]

Captivated by Love for His Child

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My wife, Jill Herringshaw continues her series, “Prayer for Prodigals” with the following… Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” The Father takes a bite of a crisp apple. He glances to […]

A Prayer for Your Wandering Sheep

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The following post and prayer is offered by Jill Herringshaw, my precious wife… Jill will be contributing here frequently in the days ahead. “I don’t stop believing in those who have stopped believing in Me.” “What do you think? If a man […]

Qaddafi Forces Crushing Rebels

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  The fleeting Libyan revolution is on the brink of defeat. Pro-Qaddafi forces are advancing today towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Qaddafi’s son claims that the city will fall to government forces within 48 hours. Pray for Libya… “God, […]

“God, Save Japan!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  A huge explosion has damaged a third reactor at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan early Tuesday. Engineers are fighting to prevent a full meltdown of nuclear fuel rods in three damaged reactors. Significant levels of radiation […]

A Prayer for Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Waves of fear are sweeping Japan today, compounding shock and grief following last week’s massive earthquake. The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant is mounting. Fuel rods appear to be overheating in three damaged reactors crippled by […]

Earthquake-Tsunami Devastates Northern Japan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area where a massive earthquake spawned a ferocious 23 foot tsunami Friday. The waves swept away boats, cars and homes. A passenger train with an unspecified number of passengers […]

Tsunami Waves Hit Alaska and Hawaii

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It was a long night for those of us living in Hawaii. Here in Kailua-Kona Tsunami warning sirens sounded through the night. The tsunami did hit here around 3:30 AM our time. The tsunami waves do not appear large – […]

Massive 8.9 Quake Strikes Japan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A 13-foot tsunami strikes the northern coast of Japan, washing away cars and damaging buildings, after a powerful, magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocks the coast. There is a tsunami warning issued for Hawaii. “God, bring peace to traumatized residents in Japan. […]

Ash Wednesday Fasting: P90X Cross Training for the Soul

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Fat Tuesday is now swept up on the trash bins of the French Quarter. Ash Wednesday and Lent has arrived. Many followers of Jesus set aside these next 40 days leading to Holy Week as a focused time for fasting […]

Kilauea Volcano Eruption Producing “VOG”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is erupting today. The floor of the Puu Oo crater collapsed on Saturday, falling dropping more than 350 feet. The fissure has caused lava to spew to a height of 80 feet. The eruption is the first […]

“Peace!”… and there was Peace…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Maybe the bills have to be paid, and there’s not enough in the account. Perhaps the kids need to be tended, and there’s not enough time. There could be a strange nagging pain, and you’re afraid. Underlying everything perhaps there’s […]

The Vice Tightens on Gadhafi

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Libya appears to be in meltdown. Militia loyal to Moammar Gadhafi struck back against rebellious protesters in several cities new Tripoli, the capital today. Governmental troops attacked a mosque where many protestors had taken refuge. They also counter-attacked crowds that […]

A United Egypt: Christians and Muslims Stand Together

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For those who do not believe in miracles… Muslims and Christians in the Middle East are standing together for freedom and hope. Amazing… Check this out! http://grassrootsnews.tv/?p=273  

Four Americans Killed by Somali Pirates

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The four Americans aboard the yacht Quest that was hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed. U.S. troops had been shadowing the vessel stormed aboard early Tuesday after they heard gunfire. They discovered that all four hostages had been shot […]

Prayer for New Zealand Earthquake Victims

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on Tuesday at the height of the workday. The quake toppled buildings, crushing vehicles and killing at least 65 people. Others are injured and some remain trapped. This earthquake is the second to hit […]

One Hope for Libya

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Libyan protesters are celebrating in the streets of Benghazi today. They claim they’ve secured control  the country’s second largest city. Bloody fighting and anti-government demonstrations have also spread Tripoli, the capital. Protestors have gathered in the city’s main square. The […]

Libya in Chaos – “Peace, God, Peace!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Libya is the latest Arab nation to suffer popular revolt. Thousands of Libyan protestors clashed with supporters of longtime leader Moammar Qaddafi in central Tripoli today. Libyan armed forces fired machine-guns at thousands of mourners marching in a funeral for […]

Will Iran be Next?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Dozens of Iranian opposition protesters were arrested today (Monday) after participating in a rally in Tehran expressing support for the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Will Iran be the next Middle East nation to rise and resist their dictatorial […]

Valentine’s Day: a Prayer for Those Waiting for Love

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For those sharing life with a Lover, Valentine’s Day is a time of joy, pleasure, gratitude… and passion. But or those who live with heartbreak, or are still waiting for the Love of a Lover, it can be a day of […]

Mubarak Steps Down… Now Egypt Needs a Miracle!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. After weeks of popular upheaval in the nation, Mubarak has handed control of the country to the military. Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement today in an address broadcasted state television. […]

Obama’s Keystone Cops Bumble Egypt Crisis… And it’s no Comedy!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Obama administration looked like the Three Stooges yesterday, badly misplaying the Egypt crisis. The U.S President and his team of dimwits appear to be far more confused about the course to take than embattled Mubarak himself. Obama foolishly took […]

Egypt to Explode? Cairo in Chaos Following Mubarak’s Speech

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The streets of Cairo are roaring with protest after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced that he has ceded authority to his Vice President, Omar Suleiman but will not step down from the title of President until elections next September. Earlier […]

Suicide Bomber Attacks in Pakistan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  A suicide bomber attacked soldiers in Peshawar Pakistan during morning exercises at an army training camp on Thursday. 31 troops died and 42 were wounded. The army and police said the bomber was a teenager. The Pakistani Taliban claimed […]

God, Bless Egypt with Peace

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Tension is mounting in Egypt as reports swirl that President Hosni Mubarak will shortly announce that he step down and transfer authority to the Egyptian Higher Council of the Armed Forces. Crowds have gathered in Cairo awaiting Mubarak’s message. […]

Prayer for Victims of the Explosion in Allentown

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  At least one person is dead and five others are missing from three homes after a natural gas explosion this morning in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The fire that resulted from the explosion consumed an entire row of homes. Eight houses […]

An Invisible Bridge in Korea

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  North Korean military officers walked out of talks with rival South Korea in months today. Their abrupt move dashed hopes that tensions would ease on the Korean Peninsula.  The two nations have been on the verge of war since […]

Blessing Christians in Egypt

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Christians in Egypt are living in heighted fear of persecution, and political change may not be a change for the better.  Christian demonstrators have been praying peacefully with Muslims in Tahrir Square in Cairo. But as turmoil in the streets […]

Super Bowl Prayer: Does God Care?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Packers or Steelers? With the Super Bowl kickoff just six hours away this is now the hot question rolling across the planet. Egypt is imploding. There are deadly storms in Australia. But what’s the rage? Will Aaron Rogers or […]

Christian Persecution Escalates in Egypt’s Turmoil

posted by Mark Herringshaw

As political tumult sheds blood on the streets of Cairo, the Christian minority in Egypt continues to face intense and mounting persecution. In the wake of the protests, this violence has good largely unnoticed by the world. 15 Christians were […]

Prayer for Australia Cyclone Victims

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Cyclone Yasi, the most powerful storm in a century ripped across Australia’s northeast coast early Thursday, blasting apart houses, laying waste to banana crops and leaving boats lying in the streets of wind- and wave-swept towns.  At present there […]

“God, Bring Peace to Egypt!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Violence is erupting on the streets of Cairo today. More than 700 people have been injured, and one soldier has been killed, after thousands of anti-government demonstrators and pro-Mubarak supporters clashed. Each side hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at the […]

The Chutzpah of Punxsutawney Phil!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Punxsutawney Phil predicted spring is on its way!  Okay… The famous weather-reading groundhog ascended (was pulled) from his hole today at his home at Gobbler’s Knob, near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and under the cloud from the massive storm covering much of […]

God Bless Egypt!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  A quarter-million people flooded Cairo’s main square today in a stunning, jubilant and mostly peaceful protest demanding that for President Hosni Mubarak step down from power.  The crowd was young and old, urban poor and middle class professionals. It […]

Pray for Egypt!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Thousands of anti-government protesters swarmed the battered streets of central Cairo today, demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down. The mods are attacking police as the Cabinet resigned. Mubarak has pledged reform and has dismissed his government but the actions […]

Egypt on the Brink…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  A close friend of mine has a daughter going to school in Cairo. He’s praying hard for peace in Egypt. All of us should be! Throngs of Egyptians today vented their rage against President Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic government. It […]

An Impossible Peace in Chechnya?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  An explosion yesterday ripped through the international arrivals hall at Moscow’s busiest airport, Domodedova. The attack killed at least 35 people and wounding about 130. Many are in critical condition. Witnesses claimed a suicide bomber shouted “I’ll kill you […]

Tunisia Breeds Fear in the Arab World

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Arab world is tense in the wake of the political upheaval in Tunisia. Several Arab states have expressed “great concern” and have called upon all Tunisian political factions to restore order by engaging in “fruitful national dialogue.” “God, work […]

Pray for Tunisia!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Protests continue in Tunisia after prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi , announced a national unity government on Monday. Hoping to quell the turbulence following the ouster President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Ghannouchi, an ally of Ben Ali who is […]

Prayer for the Floods in Australia

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Deadly flash floods are swamping Australia today. Residents in Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane, have sandbagged their homes against the rising waters. The torrential rain just keep coming, worsening floods that have already paralyzed the northeast region and crippled most […]

IHOP vs. IHOP / Pancakes vs. Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The lawsuit dubbed “pancake versus prayer,” pitting the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) against a Kansas City Christian Ministry called the International House of Prayer (IHOP), has been dropped by the restaurant chain. The parties hope to reach a settlement through mediation. […]

Is Christianity Taking Over the World?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Christianity is now the fastest-growing religion on Earth. Many reports suggest that Islam has seen the greatest growth but recent evidence suggests a new – actually an original form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity is sweeping the world. China, Africa, […]

Blizzard Peace

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The weather outside is frightful! A band of frigid weather is making its way up the U.S. East Coast today, blasting New York City and New England with blizzards and a foot of snow. Several states to the South have […]

Christmas Eve Earthquake Shakes Puerta Rico

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Puerto Rico on Friday. Residents was shaken but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake, which occurred at 7:43 p.m. (6:43 p.m. ET), stuck about 15 miles […]

Korea Needs a Miracle

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The two Koreas are ramping up their rhetoric again. South Korea’s president pledged today that his country would retaliate if attacked again. A top North Korean official threatening a “sacred” nuclear war if provoked. “Sacred?” Did the North Korean communist […]

A Pledge to “One Nation Under one Supreme Entity for Every Citizen…”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Hmm… The Devotion School, a “public elementary educational institution” in Brookline, Mass., is asking parents to fill out permission slips before their children can participate in a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance beginning in January. Gerardo Martinez, the […]

Winter solstice, the Ursids Meteor Shower, and a Lunar Eclipse: Signs in the Heavens?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  On December 20, 2010 there will be three converging natural events in the sky. Is this a sign? It can be… The annual Ursid meteor shower (up to 100 per hour) which appears annually from December 17-25, will peak tonight. […]

The Destiny of Korea

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  God has a destiny for Korea. Again today that ultimate spiritual purpose is under a test of human conflict and tension. North Korea warned South Korea on today to stop staging artillery drills on the border island that Northern […]

Prayer for Iraqi Christians

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Iraqi Christians from the south of the country are fleeing to havens in the north and those with means are leaving Iraq all together. The renewed campaign of violence against Christians is exacerbated by a growing fear that Iraqi […]

Winter Wonderland / Terrifying Deepfreeze

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, bless and keep safe the many millions of Americans impacted today by the winter storm roaring across portions of the country.”  

I am Eustace Scrubb: Undragoned in the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it…” So begins C.S. Lewis’ classic work, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” The feature film version opened yesterday in theaters. I know Eustace, the pouting, self-centered, […]

Empty Chair Speaks Loud and Clear

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  An empty chair represents imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo at Friday’s ceremony in Oslo, Norway The empty chair was itself his acceptance speech. Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia today […]

Westboro Baptist Commits the True Blasphemy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas-based fundamentalist group has gone over the edge into hell once again. The sect, with a history of holding controversial and vehemently offensive protests, said today that its members will march with signs at Elizabeth […]

On St. Nicolas Day: Santa’s Vitae

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Today is St. Nicolas Day. Cheers to the Jolly Old Elf and kudos to Claire Suddath for the following bio…   Santa Claus doesn’t talk about it very often, but he’s actually Turkish. The world’s most famous toymaker has […]

“Not For Sale” Wins Victory Against Human Trafficking in Honduras

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Not For Sale Campaign has just posted a great story documenting one small triumph in the war against the horrors of human trafficking. Check it out: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/news/2010/12/. “Lord God, giver of Life, we pray for all those suffering the […]

Christians Stand with the Pope in Prayer for Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pope Benedict XVI held a prayer vigil on November 27th leading Christians in intercession for the protection of human life and the family. At the conclusion of gathering the Pope offered the following prayer for the unborn in which he […]

‘Anty Christ’ at the Smithsonian

posted by Mark Herringshaw

‘Anty Christ’ at the Smithsonian A Smithsonian museum video of ants crawling on a crucified Christ has triggered a backlash from the head of the Catholic League president Bill Donohue who claims that the artwork is “hate speech.”  “A Fire […]

Christmas and the Myth of “Pure” Reason

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Christmas is upon us, with gifts – and the economic boon that results – feasts a plenty – and the inevitable weight gain that results – and fanciful tales of the jolly old man in red with his tiny helpers […]

Korean Crisis and the Peace of God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

South Koreans are calling for revenge today over this week’s deadly North Korean artillery shelling. Tensions remain high amid fears of more clashes between the bitter rivals. China has upped the ante in the conflict by objecting to joint military […]

Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor had been lobbying for an official national “Thanksgiving Day Holiday” for 15 years. Her requests were finally honored after she wrote to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, asking him to have the […]

Prayer for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

posted by Mark Herringshaw

North Korea launched a deadly artillery attack Tuesday, firing 100 rounds of artillery at Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak responded saying “enormous retaliation” is needed to stop Pyongyang’s incitement, but international diplomats urgently appealed […]

Gettysburg as Lincoln’s Conversion to Faith

posted by Mark Herringshaw

On November 19, 1863 (147 years ago today) Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address, one of the most profound political statements in all of human history. “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new […]

“You Say You Want a Revolution” – Apple, Steve Jobs, the Beatles and Changing Times

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“You Say You Want a Revolution” – Apple, Steve Jobs, the Beatles and Changing Times The long battle between Apple and Abbey Road appears to be over. With 2 of the Fab Four now singing Penny Lane under some distant […]

Semper Fi – A Birthday Prayer for Marines

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! “God we thank you for the brave men and women who have sacrificed and in some cases fought to preserve the gift of freedom you have given us in the United States of America. […]

Indonesian Volcano Erupts Again

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Mount Merapi, the volatile Indonesian volcano has erupted again killing more than 100 people. Today’s blast was the most powerful eruption in more than a century. Dozens of bodies were found today after searing gas avalanched down on villages below […]

All Saints Day – Hope in the Teeth of Death

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is “All Saints Day,” following last night, “Halloween” or “All Hallows Eve.” What we call “Halloween” has its origin in an ancient Celtic festival to remember the dead called “Samhain.” By the 800s the Celts had become Christian and […]

Nestor Kirchner, Former Argentine President, Dies

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Argentina is in shock today. Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, died suddenly of a massive heart attack Wednesday. The leftist Kirchner, 60, was current President Cristina Fernandez’s husband and was considered the leading contender from the dominant Peronist party to […]

“Boomer Sooner Bummer?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Shame by association seems to be sweeping the Sooner Nation today. Jeffrey Landrigan, who escaped from an Oklahoma prison in 1989 then robbed at gunpoint and murdered an Arizona man, was executed last night uttering his last words, “Boomer Sooner.”  […]

Nigeria Cholera Epidemic

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Nigeria is in the midst of its worst cholera outbreak in many years. Nearly 40,000 cases and more than 1,500 deaths have been reported in 2010. The number of cases this year is nearly three times the total for all […]

Torrential Tuesday: Wild Weather Assails the Nation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Powerful storms are raging across much of the country today. Rain and powerful winds, flooding and even snow storms are forecast. “Peace, be still! God, we pray today for all those caught in the path of powerful storms today. Keep […]

Triple Hit in Indonesia: Quake, Tsunami and Volcano

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A powerful, 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that pounded villages on remote islands off western Indonesia today. The waves killed at least 113 people and scores more are missing. Indonesia suffered a second major natural disaster today when Mount Merapi, […]

A Prayer for Those Waiting/Preparing to Adopt a Child

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brian and Lisa are ready for a child. Like many couples they expected to bring a boy or girl into the world in the conventional way. That didn’t happen. Now, some years later they’ve embraced the option of adoption and […]

Cholera Hits Haiti

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An outbreak of cholera is spreading across central Haiti and raising fears that the dreaded disease could reach the vast tarp tent camps that shelter hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in the capital, Port-au- Prince. By early this morning, […]

A Prayer for Those Starting a New Business

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My friend Jeff was out of work for 18 months. His unique set of experiences, training, and education was both an asset and a liability: In this economic environment is particular field just wasn’t providing many openings for him. It […]

Have We Slept Through the Apocalypse?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Reprieve! Looks like the end of the world may have already happened, and we all blinked and missed it…  It turns out the ancient Mayan calendar, thought be some to predict the apocalypse does not end come to an end […]

“Stained” Glass at the Crystal Cathedral

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Crystal Cathedral has filed for bankruptcy protection. Trustees of the glass megachurch in Orange County decided to file for Chapter 11 after some of its creditors sued for payment. Creditors could be owed between $50 million and $100 million. […]

A Prayer for Those Trying to Sell a Home

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Our home is for sale. Interested? It’s a great place and a great deal… Let me know. I can set you up. Of course, it’s a lousy time to be selling a house. We don’t have a choice… We’re moving […]

Prayer for Philippeans Typhoon

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Super Typhoon Megi is buffeting the Philippines today. It’s the strongest storm to hit the region in years. Rains across Vietnam swept away a bus and left 20 people missing, including a girl pulled from her mother’s grasp by the […]

A Prayer for Engaged Couples

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday, our daughter Elisabeth announced that she is engaged to be married to Andy. Ellie and Andy spent yesterday making the rounds to their family and significant friends to share their news.  I’ve never seen her more radiant, and I […]

Bold Move: The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Goes to a Chinese Dissident

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. The announcement, blacked out across China has infuriated the Beijing government which condemned the selection as a “blasphemy” and described Liu as a “criminal.” 54 year old Liu, […]

“Cigar Guy”- He Ain’t What he Seems

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Daily Mail photographer snapped this amazing picture at the Ryder Cup of Tiger Woods blowing a golf shot. The ball is headed directly at the camera and in fact, actually hit the lens, but not before the unflappable journalist caught […]

St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of Animals

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday, October 4th was the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Christians around the world celebrated Francis’ amazing life and teachings on parish lawns, city parks and even at the altar of some daring churches by bringing their dogs […]

Blessed are the Ignorant? Christians Don’t Know Much About Religion

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Protestants and Roman Catholics don’t understand as much about major religions as atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons. A new survey by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life tested Americans’ knowledge of religion found that many respondents could not even […]

Bishop Eddie Long’s Real Sermon – Aimed at Me

posted by Mark Herringshaw

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The buzz around Bishop Eddie Long’s “denial” yesterday to fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships has left me with the same sadness, embarrassment, and anger I’ve […]

Praying for a Change in Iran

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Iran is in dangerous hands. Delegates from the United States and other nations walked out of the U.N. General Assembly yesterday in protest of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fiery rant that criticized Washington, Israel, capitalism and the United Nations itself. […]

See You at the Pole…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Christian students across the country are gathering at their schools this morning to pray before classes began. The annual “See You at the Pole” rally musters students to meet around their school’s flagpole to publicly seek God, pray, read scripture and […]

In the Wake of Suicide: Pray for Friends of Kenny McKinley

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment Monday in an apparent suicide. McKinley was 23. McKinley’s death is the latest in a series of tragedies that have hi the Broncos. Cornerback Darrent Williams was shot […]

Herriman Fire Miracle

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A massive wildfire has hit Herriman, Utah. 1,250 homes have been evacuated and several have now been destroyed. Salt Lake county residents have been asked to stop using cell phones to free u the lines in case of emergency. High […]

Temper Tantrums at the Polling Booth

posted by Mark Herringshaw

America, hold your breath, and count to 10! Our country seems to be throwing a fit of anger, and it’s time to step back a moment. The mood is palpable. People are ticked and scared and lashing out at anything “establishment.” […]

Jewish New Year and the Creation of the World

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New year is the anniversary of the creation of the world. In 2010 it’s the year 5771. The festival will last two nights, preparing the way for Yom Kippur, the Feast of Atonement which begins 10 […]

Burning Koran Puts American Soldiers Lives in Jeopardy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Gen. David Petraeus , the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan today warned that a Florida church’s threat to burn copies of the Koran would endanger U.S. troops in the Middle East and could pose danger for Americans worldwide. […]

Labor Day: Rest to Work, not Work to Rest

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Happy Labor Day – a time to rest. Traditionally this is how it works. We labor; then we rest. We push and pull and put nose to grindstone, then when we’re spent and finished with the job, we pull up […]

Environmental Activist Takes Hostages at Discovery Channel

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A man identified as James Jay Lee, who once protested the Discovery Channel, has stormed the network’s Maryland headquarters carrying a gun. He apparently has a bomb strapped to his chest. Witnesses say he has taken a small number of […]

President Obama’s Speech Shifts Responsibility

posted by Mark Herringshaw

President Obama has announced the official end of U.S. military actions in Iraq. 50,000 troops will remain behind because Iraq hasn’t yet formed a coalition government and the threat of violence from insurgents remains high. We’re leaving having spent blood and […]

President to Announce End of Combat Mission in Iraq

posted by Mark Herringshaw

President Obama addresses the nation this evening from the Oval Office to announce the official end of the combat mission in Iraq. He will also discuss the United States’ future strategy in the Iraq.  After seven and a half years […]

Hurricane Earl and the Guiding Hand

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Hurricane Earl is lashing the northeastern Caribbean today. Presently Earl is a category 3 storm, but it is gaining strength as hit heads on a course that could threaten the eastern United States later this week. The U.S. National Hurricane […]

“What would Mother Teresa Do?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Two Roman Catholic groups are playing tug-of-war atop the Empire State Building – with Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday. The iconic building’s management team decided weeks ago not to honor the soon-to-be saint by bathing the skyscrapers tower in blue and […]

Wildfires Ravage the West

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wildfires are raging across the west today. Blazes in Oregon, Idaho and California are being driven by hot, dry winds. Some residents have been evacuated and many homes are threatened. “God, extinguish the wildfires raging across the Western States. Protect […]

Clock Ticking for Israel to Destroy Iranian Reactor

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Will Israel attack Iran’s new Bushehr nuclear reactor before Russia loads fuel on Saturday? Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton warned this week that once Russia installs the fuel Israel would no longer be willing to strike for […]

“Cross” Cultural no more: Appeals Court Rules Against Utah Memorial Crosses

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Federal appeals court decision: 14 crosses erected along Utah roads to commemorate fallen state Highway Patrol troopers betray a state endorsement of Christianity, a position which violates the U.S. Constitution. The ruling overturns a 2007 decision by a federal district […]

Suicide Bomber Attacks Army Recruits in Iraq

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In Iraq today a homicide bomber blew himself up killing and injuring more than 200 new army recruits. The attack, one of the bloodiest in months, comes just two weeks before all but 50,000 U.S. troops head home and highlights […]

Taliban Poised to Capitalize on Pakistan Floods

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The chaos and destruction left behind by floods ravaging Pakistan are giving Taliban insurgents opportunity to regroup.  Over the last couple of years, the Pakistani army has succeeded in launching attacks against militants. But now, with thousands of Pakistani soldiers […]

Alaska Plane Crash Kills Ted Stevens and Sean O’Keefe

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for the families of Ted Stevens and Sean O’Keefe. Conflicting reports indicate that Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history who lost his seat after a corruption conviction that was later dismissed, was killed Tuesday in a […]

Pakistan, India, China Suffer Flooding

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Massive mudslides in northwestern China have killed 337 people in the last week. An additional 1,148 people are missing. The landslides occurred early Sunday morning after heavy rains started pummeling the area Saturday.  In India, last week’s flooding killed 165 […]

Afghan Medical Team Massacre

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Ten members of the Christian medical team — six Americans, two Afghans, one German and a Briton — were gunned down in Afghanistan yesterday. The gruesome slaughter was carried out by Taliban militants who alleged that the volunteers were carrying […]

Can Anne Rice Bail on Christianity and Keep Jesus?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Legendary author Anne Rice is quitting Christianity. The famous author of “Interview with a Vampire” published a book in 2008 about her conversion to Christ titled “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession.”  But last week she went public again […]

Should Prayer on a Public Sidewalk Be Grounds for Arrest?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Offended? A 25-year-old Northwestern graduate student named Joseph Holland was charged with disorderly conduct for praying in front of a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago. Holland claims he was standing still praying the rosary on a public sidewalk on July […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Supreme Court: Political Correctness Run Amok

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to religious liberty yesterday. In a 5-4 decision the high Court determined that a California law school (Hastings College of Law) can require a Christian group to open its leadership posts to […]

Rest in Peace, Senator Robert Byrd

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Senate has lost one of its legends.  Robert C. Byrd died around 3 a.m. Monday morning after being admitted to the hospital last week. Byrd was an orphan child who married a coal miner’s daughter and rose from the […]

D-Day for McChrystal and Maybe the War in Afghanistan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander and strategist of the Afghan war, is at this moment headed to the White House, resignation at hand to meet with President Barack Obama. McChrystal recently mocked and disparaged the President and his […]

Summer Solstice Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today, June 21, 2010 is summer solstice, the first day of summer, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and of course then, the shortest night. From this day forward until December 23rd, the winter solstice, the […]

Fathers Day Gratitude

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Father’s Day. Bittersweet. My father died a little over two years ago. I miss him. I miss him today. But his absence has given me more appreciation for the gifts he gave me. My father was a great man. […]

Chicago Weather – Big Winds in the Windy City!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A line of fast-moving storms hit Chicago today with hurricane force winds. The system, which yesterday produced dozens of tornados in Minnesota – and three known fatalities – blew into the Windy City with equal torrential force.  The line of […]

Afghanistan’s $3 Trillion Buried Treasure

posted by Mark Herringshaw

U.S. geologists and Pentagon officials have discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, enough to turn the devistated country into one of the world’s most lucrative mining centers. Gen. David, commander of the United States Central Command said, “There are a […]

Earthquake Shakes Southern California… Again

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Southern California earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 shook things up Monday. It shook me up. I’m visiting Los Angeles and on sixth floor of the hotel where I’m staying, yes, it shook me up! The 5.7 magnitude tremor […]

‘Touchdown Jesus’ Burns after Lightning Strike

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The ‘Touchdown Jesus’ statue in Ohio was engulfed in flames after a lightning strike late last night.  The six-story-tall depiction of Jesus Christ with his arms raised stood in front of Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just […]

World Cup Hyundai Ad isn’t Blasphemous, it’s a Sermon!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A 30-second television commercial that ran in the United States during the England-USA soccer match on Saturday has some Catholics up in arms and charging Hyundai, the sponsor, with blasphemy for mocking the core teachings of the church. Other Christians […]

“Rain, Rain Go Away!” – Prayer for the Oklahoma Floods

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Evacuations are under way in some Oklahoma City neighborhoods as residents deal with vicious flash-flooding and scattered power outages. More thunderstorms are heading their way.  Almost 10 inches of rain fell between 2 and 11 a.m. this morning. Another1 to […]

Arkansas Flash Floods – A Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for the victims and their families of the Arkansas floods today. Dozens of campers remain missing after the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers were hit with flash floods following heavy rains.  At least 20 people were killed and as […]

“California Dreamin’ Again!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

California has a $20 billion budget deficit – ouch – which may be why Republican voters in the California primary election on Tuesday chose two financial wonderwomen to run for two huge statewide offices. Former eBay chief Meg Whitman won […]

By any Name it’s Still Anti-Semitism

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Helen Thomas has “gotten the hell out of Washington” after telling Jews to “get the hell out of Israel.” The now former 89-year old “dean” of the White House press corps has been forced into retirement by Hearst Media after […]

In the Horrible Wake of Teen Suicide… A Miracle of Hope

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An ominous wave of teen suicides swept across Minneapolis and St. Paul last week. My 16 year old son and his friends at Mounds View High School are still reeling. So am I… Because I felt it coming… 20 boys […]

Los Angeles Earthquake… “Peace, be Still”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A small undersea earthquake struck just the shores of Los Angeles early this morning. It was widely felt in the West Los Angeles area. The U.S. Geological survey registered the 3.6-magnitude temblor at 2:17 a.m. PDT Monday. It was centered […]

Wars, Rumors of Wars, and Prayer for Peace

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yes, God cares about the Palestinians, but the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Defying this reality has turned the Middle East into a powder keg with Turkey, Iran, and the Palestinians playing with matches. The Israeli navy […]

“Shalom” After the Gaza Flotilla Raid

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yet again the world’s attention turns to the thin strip of fertile land bridging Africa, Europe and Asia, to Israel, tucked tightly between the Arabian Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. Everyone wants control of Israel! Yes, God knew exactly what […]

Awe… at the Guatemala Sink Hole

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46:2. Amazed! This huge crater in Guatemala City formed after flood waters of tropical storm Agatha eroded soil hundreds of […]

God, Stop the Damn Oil Leak… We Obviously Can’t!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s heat in the kitchen… And President Obama is catching that heat about his response – or lack there of – to the environmental disaster caused by the oil well explosion and leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Even the […]

When Joe Cocker Speaks for God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Joe Cocker got my vote to win American Idol, 2010. He was not eligible and I didn’t watch the finale (or any other episode), but Cocker sang on the show and that fact alone got my attention this morning. I have […]

Who Won? Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I stopped by “Google Hot Trends” this morning to see what is “trending” on the web. Are we bored, what!  #1, #5, #11: “Dancing with the Stars.”  #4: “Who Won Biggest Loser?” #8, #15: “Who Won American Idol?” And #10: […]

A Prayer for Trinidad and Tobago

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for a peaceful governmental transition in Trinidad and Tobago. It now appears that opposition leader General Kamla Persad-Bissessar will become the Caribbean nation’s first woman prime minister after her coalition won national elections yesterday. Prime Minister Patrick Manning has […]

A “Lost” and Found Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Heaven… Life after death… Purgatory… the Great Mystery! I did not closely follow the six seasons of the television series “Lost” but I stumbled on enough bits and pieces through the years to occasionally peek my curiosity. Last night, while […]

Shavuot becomes Pentecost

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians remember the coming of the Holy Spirit. The story is told in Acts chapter 2. 50 days following Passover Jews celebrate the high holy feast called Shavuot, or Pentecost, to commemorate when God […]

Shavuot and the Manual for Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is the second day of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that commemorates, the day God gave us the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Shavuot is one of the three major festivals (the other two being Passover and Sukkot). In biblical […]

Shavuot: Wake Up, it’s Hagan-Daz for Dinner!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that commemorates, the day God gave us the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Shavuot is one of the three major festivals (the other two being Passover and Sukkot). In biblical times, Jews would travel […]

Hey Woody Allen, How ‘Bout Jesus for Dictator?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Woody Allen said what? In another example of a Hollywood type waxing foolish political commentary the eccentric film director/actor/producer recently said he would be a “cool idea” for President Barack Obama to be dictator for a few years. He said […]

A Parent’s Prayer for a College Graduate

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My daughter Emily waltzed across the stage on Saturday, took the  diploma handed her by the academic dean, shook hand with her college president, then true to form, turned, smiled and kicked up a little ballet jig I’ve seen her […]

“God, I Need a Freakin Job.”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Jeffrey Baker needs a job. And he’s vocal about it. Baker is the man behind the Buffalo, New York billboard that reads: “Mr. President, I Need a Freakin Job.”   The White House is visiting Buffalo today to tout the […]

Prayer for Afghanistan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The war in Afghanistan will get worse before it gets better… That was the warning from President Obama on Wednesday. We best pray. In a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama admitted yesterday, “What I’ve tried to emphasize […]

Prayer for Libyan Airline Crash

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane with 104 people on board crashed today as it made its approach into Tripoli’s airport. Officials are reporting that at least 96 people have died. A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only known survivor. Many […]

Prayer for Oklahoma and Kansas Tornadoes

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Violent storms tore through the southern Plains yesterday killing five people and injuring many more. Several tornadoes and numerous thunderstorms with powerful straight-line winds flattened homes, toppled semitrailers and downed power lines and trees. The storms ravaged Oklahoma and Kansas, […]

Prayer for a Peaceful Election in the Philippines

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino is expected to win the presidential election in the Philippines when as many as 85% of the Philippines eligible voters go to the polls today. It’s been a rocky final few days in the presidential campaign. There […]

Separate Church and State; Never Separate Faith and State!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today, Thursday, May 6 is the National Day of Prayer. Once again the issue of faith in the public square is raging in public debate. Two recent decisions have reignited the controversy: Last month, Franklin Graham was “uninvited” by military […]

A Cinco de Mayo Prayer: God Bless Mexico!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I just went out and bought 5 fresh, hand wrapped tamales, all in honor of Cinco de Mayo! Hallelujah for Mexico and a blessed Cinco de Mayo to her and to all Mexicans living home or abroad. You have contributed much […]

Praying for Nashville

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s a tough day in Nashville. The torrential rains that have swept across the Southern States killing 29 people have hit Tennessee particularly hard. The Cumberland River has flooded and submerged parts of Nashville’s historic downtown. Now rescuers fear more […]

Benedict “all but” Endorses the Shroud of Turin

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pope Benedict XVI came close to an outright endorsement of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin on Sunday. Speaking in Turin, the Italian city where the relic is kept he called the cloth that many believe is Christ’s burial […]

Will the Vatican Go Kosher?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Have you heard the one about the rabbi who went to the Vatican to tell the Pope that he has the solution to the sex abuse crises scandalizing the Catholic Church? Catholics should give up giving up fish on Fridays, […]

Prayer for a Toxic Marriage

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I heard yesterday from a friend who confessed that he and his wife are struggling severely in their marriage. He admitted they are considering separation. I’m praying for them today, and with them all those trying to battle through toxic […]

Noah’s Ark?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A team of Chinese and Turkish explorers have discovered wooden remains 13,000 feet up Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. They suggest that the find may be the Biblical artifact Noah’s Ark. Mt. Ararat is noted in the Bible as the final […]

Taiwan Earthquake – Cause for Prayer in Shaky Times

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yet another earthquake has struck, this one hit Monday off the southeast coast of Taiwan. It caused buildings to sway and sent “fear shockwaves” across the island, but no casualties or damage has been reported.  The 6.5 magnitude temblor was […]

“When Love is Not Enough”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Kudos to CBS for airing Sunday night the Hallmark Hall of Fame special, “When Love is Not Enough,” the story of Lois Wilson, cofounder of Al-Anon Family Groups and the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson. The film, based […]

“South Park” Creators: A Blessing to Counter a Curse

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Once again, cartoons are proving dangerous business… The radical Islamic Web site, revolutionmuslim.com has warned the creators of the cable television cartoon “South Park” that they could be killed for airing a show depicting Muhammad in a bear suit. We […]

Prayer for the National Day of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Army may rescind a speaking invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham after Muslim members who have not forgiven him for his description of Islam as evil, complained to the Pentagon. Graham, the son of Billy Graham, was to appear at […]

Workplace Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The following prayer was sent to me by a friend named Lana Williams. She found this printed prayer and passed it along. Very rich…   Lord Jesus, as I enter this workplace, I bring Your presence with me.  I speak […]

Discriminating Guru

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Legendary rapper Guru has died after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 43. Our condolences.  Born in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Keith Elam was a member of the group Gang Starr. He’s considered one of the pioneers of hip […]

Iraq Needs a Miracle… Is this It?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Just moments ago BBC reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced Iraq’s intelligence team killed Iraqi Al Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri. If true this is a significant development in the battle against terrorism and general chaos in Iraq. Let’s […]

Prayer for Adoption

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray today for families who have adopted children from abroad. Early this morning I received and email from friends of ours who are, at this moment en route to a nation on the horn of Africa to bring back to […]

Pray for Iceland

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We pray today for Iceland. First, there’s an imminent threat of natural disaster. This morning emergency officials, fearing a major eruption of the restless Eyjafjallajokull volcano are evacuating more than 800 citizens. The volcano, 75 miles east of Reykjavik, erupted […]

Prayer Following the China Earthquake

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Another earthquake… This one, between 6.9 and 7.1 in magnitude hit the Qinghai province of China, near Tibet early Wednesday morning. No deaths or injuries have been reported, as yet. Two aftershocks hit within 12 minutes after the initial jolt. […]

Prayer in Response to an Earthquake Prediction

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rumors… and panic in L.A. An email from a friend, who said it came from another friend, and that from another is circulating through Southern California today warning of an imminent earthquake. It reads: “My buddy’s wife works at the […]

Prayer for Poland

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Our prayers are with the Polish nation today. In Warsaw, Poles are bidding farewell to President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who died in a plane crash on Saturday near the Russian city of Smolensk. 96 people, many of […]

Prayer for Amy Mickelson and Others Battling Breast Cancer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Phil Mickelson won another Green Jacket at the Masters yesterday. He did it in his typical “damn the torpedoes; full speed ahead” style. Mickelson is the “anti-Tiger” in so many ways. And I – with a majority of the rest of the […]

“Hey Tiger, Did You Learn Anything?” Voices in his Head

posted by Mark Herringshaw

What voices really haunt the troubled soul of Tiger Woods? On Wednesday Nike released a commercial featuring the voice of Earl Woods, Tiger’s deceased father. In the stark, black-and-white clip, a camera zooms in on Woods who remains silent as […]

Prayer of Thanks for the Older and Wiser Among Us

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Grandma had it right: Listen to your elders! Research released this week indicates that the elderly are actually smarter when it comes to knowing how to deal with conflicts, uncertainty and change. Imagine that… Age it seems may erode memory, […]

Prayer for Victims of the West Virginia Mine Explosion

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rescue teams are still searching for four workers missing in a coal mine where a massive explosion killed 25 miners yesterday at Massey Energy Co.’s huge Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles south of Charleston. It was the worst […]

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And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. (1 Corinthians 10:10) The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in ...

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 The Word of God can do what 120 years of daily psychotherapy cannot:  change the chemistry of the mind. Therapy helps, no doubt! We can ...

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