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Mark and Jill Herringshaw and their four children have been ministering in their local church since 1990. Jill is an accomplished worship leader and recording artist with several CDs in Target stores’ “Lifescapes” collection. Mark is the former pastor of the 7,000 member North Heights Lutheran Church. He holds a Ph.D. in leadership from Regent University, is the author of three books and a recognized conference speaker.

“O, storm-battered city, troubled and desolate, I will build you with precious jewels.” Isaiah 54:11 If you’ve been hit with a storm in your finances, relationships, marriage, or health God has some encouraging words for you. His words are not […]

You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies. (Psalm 18:48) Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. (Isaiah 59:11) How long is God’s reach? It is […]

We often complicate prayer so much that we avoid praying altogether. Sometimes we need a reminder to keep it plain and keep it simple. There are beautiful prayers in the Bible that we can borrow when we need some coaching in […]

I will…continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. (Philippians 1:25) Restore to me the joy of my salvation. (Psalm 51:8) Faith and joy are practically synonymous. Still, we find those who walk the […]

Are you a morning person? Being in high demand as a leader, Jesus took advantage of the quiet before His followers were awake to be with His Abba Father. Perhaps Jesus prayed Psalm 5. It was written as a morning prayer. Today […]

I am calling on you constantly. (Psalm 86:3) Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Names and faces, possibilities, worries, thoughts, fears and duties fly in and out of our minds all day. Turning that stream of consciousness into prayer is THE […]

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians […]

I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke… (Psalm 66:17) Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6) When we pray […]

“So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion” (Isaiah 30:18). “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). Waiting isn’t […]

But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,     a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm     and a shelter from the heat.  (Isaiah 25:4) […]