Matthew 6:9-13 “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” Some things to think about: The world is can be a scary and dangerous place.  The Bible is clear about this: there are beings about intent on ruining our lives and thwarting our relationship with our Father.  But Jesus here invites…

Matthew 6:9-13 “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” Some things to think about: Here’s a startling even troubling truth: our relationship with God is conditioned on our relationship with other people.  We are invited to bring our sins before Jesus.  When we confess them he forgives us freely (I…

Does it ever seem as if God speaks in riddles? Do you ever wonder why he doesn’t just come out and write words across the sky for us? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, we wonder too, and we speculate on God’s answer: God is so much bigger and more amazing than we can comprehend,…

Are ways we can increase our likelihood of hearing God speak? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, I [Mark] offer the following: What’s the difference between those who hear him and those who don’t? It’s as simple as how they listen. We know what you’re thinking. “I listen, but I never hear him.” Okay, we…

In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, the book I [Mark] co-wrote with Jennifer Schuchmann, we relay a fascinating story from writer, Cecil Murphey. My brother was maybe five feet two and weighed around one hundred pounds. He was a career man in the Navy, and he worked below deck. One night my mother had a…

Here’s the introductory paragraphs to Nine Ways God Always Speaks, my [Mark’s] second book, co-written with Jennifer Schuchmann. Yes, we talk to God in prayer. Does God talk back? Some things are too good to be true: living to be 101; winning the lottery; hearing God speak.   Despite the fact that these things are…

Prayer is just half of the equation. A relationship with God, a “friendship” as I’ve been defining it, requires communication. And communication must be two-sided. We talk with God in prayer. God hears. We believe that, or at least hope. That’s why we pray. But in the communication process, does God talk back? Have you…

David is God’s friend. God is David’s friend. This intimate Psalm written three thousand of years ago outlines for us what we can expect from God in this relationship. Prayer is based on the certain facts we know about God. We’re not shooting blindly into the emptiness of heaven! We talk directly and clearly knowing…

Matthew 6:9-13 “Give us this day our daily bread” Some things to think about: Fresh bread.  Boy there’s nothing better than bread right out of the oven.  Here Jesus is inviting us to bring our specific, pressing needs before God and to ask for sustaining provision.  The image of course comes out of the Old…

David’s friendship with God was based on what he knew about God from God’s past actions. David can lay everything on the line because he knows God’s character is dependable. I remember the days of old.
       I ponder all your great works
       and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in…

Mark and Jill Herringshaw
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Mark and Jill Herringshaw

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.

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