Messages & Audio Teachings

Climbing fences: Setting and keeping boundaries

Climbing fences: Setting and keeping boundaries

An invisible fence is a popular way to keep pets at home without constructing a physical fence. The concept is simple. A wire is buried that carries an electrical charge when turned on. The pet, usually a dog, wears a collar with two electrodes aimed at the neck,...

Off Balance: Larger windows

Off Balance: Larger windows

Larger windows let in more light and expose more scenery. Pets prefer vantage points with plenty of viewing areas to keep watch on their domain. Our dog, Duke, likes the backyard view offered by sliding glass doors. After nearly a decade of getting excited over...

Attached: It’s complicated

Attached: It’s complicated

In a post on pairedlife.com, Jeannie Marie writes that while social media has done a lot to help couples find that special someone, the "relationship status" option found on Facebook adds unnecessary drama and complication to dating. In her article, Jeannie navigates...

Sacred places: Stairway to heaven

Sacred places: Stairway to heaven

Stairway to Heaven became the most requested song on the radio during the decade that I graduated from college and moved to Michigan. I was already a fan of Led Zeppelin after their first album. And an even bigger fan of poetry. The original songwriter, Robert Plant,...

Jiffy plus: It’s okay to be unfinished

Jiffy plus: It’s okay to be unfinished

“I’ll get that fixed in a jiffy,” the plumber said. “That’s great,” I replied, “I can’t afford to pay for a big project.” Little did we know that a corroded water line was about to break just beyond our view. So how long is a jiffy? I’ve learned to respond to requests...

Bread: Via Dolorosa

Bread: Via Dolorosa

Cyndi plans to sing one of my favorite tributes for our Easter Sunday celebration that is more often associated with Good Friday. The song is titled Via Dolorosa. The song title comes from Latin and is literally translated as "sorrowful road." The song refers to the...

Coming Up in Worship

Coming Up in Worship

In Psalm 13 we find questions that everyone feels at times. “How much longer will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How much longer will you hide yourself from me? How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies...

Grace and Eggs: Divine Paradox

Grace and Eggs: Divine Paradox

Each year on the Sunday before Easter, we celebrate the time that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. It's a rather strange custom from a distance. At Asbury, along with other churches, we place orders for loads of palm branches that we use for decorations and hand...

Soup: The better Choice

Soup: The better Choice

Most mornings, my breakfast includes two pieces of veggie bacon. Ordinarily, I avoid foods created in a laboratory rather than grown in their natural habitat. However, in this case, there is the slightest hint of a taste that offers fond, albeit redacted, memories....