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Crying on Palm Sunday? Follow Jesus Down the Mount of Olives

By Karen Barber | April 7, 2017

Our Palm Sunday Prayer was written to help you welcome Jesus Christ with thanksgiving and praise as residents of Jerusalem did thousands of years ago.  However Palm Sunday is also connected with tears for people who have not responded to Christ’s love. On a prayer pilgrimage to Jerusalem several years I was first introduced to…

Would You Like to Try Fasting and Prayer?

By Karen Barber | March 7, 2017

Have you ever tried fasting and prayer?  In the past I haven’t really made fasting a regular part of my  prayer life, but when I have, I’ve found that fasting is effective in helping me remember the things that I need God’s help in handling. Skipping breakfast Recently I was fasting because I had a…

Prayer of Hope Using the Star Spangled Banner During Life Problems

By Karen Barber | March 4, 2017

When you need a prayer for hope, The Star Spangled Banner can be a powerful way to help you pray.   Fear and hopelessness can hit you hard, especially at night.  When one of our sons was going through a very hard time, I used the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key as a way…

Praying on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday? Surprising Reasons Why

By Karen Barber | February 27, 2017

We don’t often connect prayer with Mardi Gras.  Today it’s celebrated as a fun festival with parades and parties.  But the final day, called Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, has its roots in church history.  It’s the day before Ash Wednesday when Christians traditionally enter a 40 day period of self examination, fasting, prayer and…

Unanswered Prayer: Finding God’s Prayer Answer Poem by Francis Scott Key

By Karen Barber | February 27, 2017

Unanswered prayer when problems don’t go away?  A surprising solution to unanswered prayer is found in the poem “Efficacy of Prayer” written by Francis Scott Key, who is famous for having written the US National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” The word efficacy means effectiveness or the ability to produce results.  By entitling this poem…

How much do you need a prayer chapel?

By Karen Barber | February 21, 2017

You may not know it, but you really need a prayer chapel.  When was the last time you found a place where just stepping inside for a moment calmed you and centered you and helped you feel that God was there? A few years back our church completed a building renovation that included the creation…