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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Inauguration Day: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, today we ask for a blessing on United States President Barack Obama. As he begins his second term in office we pray that your hand would strengthen and protect him, that your voice would guide and comfort him, that […]

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The Seduction of Politics and a Prayer of Response

posted by Mark and Jill

President Obama is re-elected, and I’m kicking myself for caring. A 51% – 49% chasm divides America. It’s a canyon politics cannot span. I knew this of course but I deluded myself into imagining that an election might heal us, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Praying for Senate Chaplain Barry Black

posted by nsymmonds

I just read a really great story about Barry Black, a Senate chaplain and spiritual counselor to everyone from senior senators to young staffers. Black is the “go to” guy when senators and other leaders on “the Hill” are looking […]

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – as a Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is the 146th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of one of the most sublime and enduring political statements in history: The Gettysburg Address. The 16th President stood and spoke simply and directly, in just a few short minutes, framing […]

Praying again, “God Bless America!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Oh, my God!”… We each remember where we were that horrible morning eight years ago today. We remember the sick pit in the stomach, the rancid taste of fear in our mouth gaping in disbelief as we stared at our […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer for Protection Within Families and Among Friends
Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city… It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— I could have hidden from ...

posted 11:15:10am May. 02, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer to Release Your Anxiety to God
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. (Psalm 55:22) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7) Anxiety and stress bear down hard on our bodies causing all kinds of potential health ...

posted 7:26:12am Apr. 28, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer to Honor Our Parents
You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father…I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:2b,3) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the ...

posted 11:48:01am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer for the Prodigal
"Return to me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you." (Zechariah 1:3) Father, Thank you for loving the prodigals. Thank you for your willingness to allow them to make the first move towards relationship with you once ...

posted 9:37:34am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

An Olive Tree Prayer
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. (Psalm 52:8) What’s it like to be an olive tree? David compared himself to one. We don’t have olive trees in our region, so I had to ...

posted 11:08:10am Apr. 21, 2016 | read full post »

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