Messages & Audio Teachings

Serenity: Coming October 4

Serenity: Coming October 4

During September, we focused on invitations for how to address our anxiety using suggestions from Psychologists, supported by illustrations from scripture. In October, we turn our attention to the ancient wisdom offered in the Book of Proverbs and put into practice in...

Come closer: You’re standing on holy ground

Come closer: You’re standing on holy ground

Sometimes when I consider the enormous power behind the love I feel from God, I wonder how we humans can make such a mess of things. Admittedly, it's hard not to make judgments about specific people and actions. Until I realize that I'm also one of those people. I...

Satisfied: No strings attached

Satisfied: No strings attached

Many of us are desperate to find solutions to an on-going, nagging feeling that life may never be the way it once was. This feeling of uncertainty causes distress for all of us, and panic attacks for a lot of us. We all find a routine that offers a level of...

Unloaded: Take a load off

Unloaded: Take a load off

A standard app comes with an Apple watch that leads the person wearing the device through a deep breathing exercise. The app begins with instructions to relax and concentrate on your breathing. The watch vibrates in a way that signals taking air into your lungs and...

Invited: Coming September 6

Invited: Coming September 6

Some invitations seem too good to be true. Healthy skepticism helps to protect us from scammers trying to fool us into falling prey to their schemes. The extensive usage of cell phones, email, and a simple mailbox puts us on the guestlist for a wide range of best...

Identify: Who do you say you are?

Identify: Who do you say you are?

The Reverend Alonzo Vincent is scheduled to offer our message on Sunday, August 23. Reverend Vincent is a friend and colleague with over 50 years in ministry. Retired from the United Methodist Church, he continues in active ministry with his wife, the Reverend Elmira...

Visiting angels: Come and rest a while

Visiting angels: Come and rest a while

Union Square Cafe opened on East 16th Street in New York City in 1985. The cafe was the vision of an up and coming chef, Danny Meyer. Fast forward to the present day, and Union Square Cafe is known for teaching future chefs and restaurant owners how to show great...

Ripples: The breath of life

Ripples: The breath of life

A couple of weeks ago, Cyndi and I tackled a problematic limb extending from a huge black walnut tree. Most of the branch was void of life. Calling what fell on the ground even before finishing my cut, a branch doesn't fully capture its size and weight. It was more...

Purpling: The World Needs More Purple People

Purpling: The World Needs More Purple People

The hot and dry days of July are behind us for another year. Our farm team is getting help from the rain a little more often. Plants, like people, require moisture to sustain life. We all know this. So the prophet Isaiah used this common understanding as a way to...