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  ASHER in the Bible:  
  The idea for the name ASHER came from scripture and the word translated in the original Hebrew means 'happiness.' ASHER is the name of one of Jacob's twelve sons, whose descendants, over time, grew into the tribe of ASHER, who is later mentioned in the New Testament when a woman named Anna met the Messiah Jesus face to face because of the lifestyle she had dedicated herself to. . . ministering before the presence of God in the temple, day and night, with prayer and fasting.

Numbers 1:40-41
From the descendants of Asher:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army [experienced and prepared for war] were listed by name, according to the records of their clans. The number from the tribe of Asher was 41,500.

Deuteronomy 33:24-25
Most blessed of sons is Asher;
let him be favored by his brothers,
and let him bathe his feet in oil.
The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.

2 Chronicles 30:10-12
The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but the people scorned and ridiculed them. Nevertheless, some men of Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem. Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD.

Luke 2:36-38
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
The Beginnings of ASHER:
Asher was birthed out of a small church meeting in Redlands, California, started by Jannie Barnard (Joel's father & Asher's pastor) just two years after his family and he moved to the United States. The drive behind these meetings was the hearts of people in the area who were fed up with the barrenness of their own spiritual condition and were desperate to find God in a real and tangible way. That's when Joel (vocals/bass), Dustin (keys/vocals), Adam (guitar) and Nick (drums) joined together to form their weekly worship team. However at that time the guys were already members of other bands; the Hollow from Riverside and God Sessions from South Africa, so they had to make a choice to leave those groups behind to start this new thing; Asher.

The guys were encouraged to be as free and expressive as they possibly could, so consequently, every Thursday night meeting was filled with high-energy praise and deeply intimate worship where they introduced all kinds of new worship songs to the people and even began writing some of their own. The songs, having come from many rehearsals and moments of spontaneity, created such a momentum of music that Asher was led to produce and record their first album, 'California.'

After a few years of playing shows and leading worship, Asher took a break from its band goals to pursue a deeper place in God and to focus their energy on their individual lives, as a few of them started heading towards marriage. It was during this time that new songs and new desires began to emerge and with help from their church family, they booked time with Joe Marchiano and Tyler Chester in Redlands to begin creating their second full-length album, 'The Tumults of War Will Subside.'


What ASHER is About

About a year after these church meetings started up, Jannie became aware of a 24/7 prayer movement that has been springing up worldwide over the last five to ten years, and overtime, he became absolutely confident that God's intent in bringing him to America was for him to join this prayer movement by raising up a House of Prayer in Redlands. One of his first acts in fulfilling this mandate was flying the Asher boys back to the Kansas City House of Prayer [ihop.org] for the One Thing [onethingglobal.com] & the Call [which is now called the Cause: thecauseusa.com] Conference where they experienced a deep awakening to the fiery spirit of intercession and became aware of how God was moving in the Earth today. Entering into this new reality along with surrendering themselves to the Matthew 6 lifestyle [prayer/fasting/giving] would be the very thing that defined Asher and the music they created. In the summer of 2002, Jannie secured a building and the Ethnos [meaning all nations] House of Prayer was born; EHOP [ehop.us]. From the beginning the guys have played three distinct roles at EHOP; leading the congregation in worship at least twice a week as EHOP's main worship team, helping to raise up new worshipers that come along, and creating their own music which they then take 'out of the house' into the world and into other churches. Asher's music has always had a drawing factor with the unsaved, so they see their future with equal amount of time spent in the church as well as outside of it. This new album has been inspired by a radical prayer group who have been challenging our government to bring God back into the center of our country.  This group is called Bound 4 Life [bound4life.com].

Watch the Bound 4 Life promo video

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