Reveal the Encounter Issue 17: ACTIVATION
by Wayne Spencer on March 9th, 2022
This last weekend I was privileged to virtually participate in a global conference for microchurches. I wish I could have been in person at the conference but even then, there was something still so powerful knowing that you were collaborating, worshipping, learning, growing, etc. with other ministry like minded individuals. This conference had microchurch networks from over 30 different countri...
Reveal the Encounter Episode 16: DEPENDENTS
by Wayne Spencer on February 14th, 2022
I was recently working on my taxes for last year. I think like many, this is the absolute worst thing you have to do. I would rather scrub toilets or have a root canal than do my taxes. Our taxes have been all over the place the last couple of years with our boys growing up. We have lost credits we used to get even though they are still just as dependent on us as they were before we lost the c...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 15: CHAOS
by Wayne Spencer on January 25th, 2022
You may have noticed or even wondered why it has been so long since I have written or shared anything in this blog. I will have to admit, the last month and a half have been crazy! Christmas is already a crazy time full of parties, family get-togethers, church activities, and so forth. Unfortunately, we also got to add my father having emergency surgery right before Christmas and again the day ...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 14: PEACE
by Wayne Spencer on December 8th, 2021
Peace. One word that seems so allusive in our lives. As I sit here in the quiet all alone, I feel anything but peace. Is that okay to say? I know that we Christians aren’t supposed to say things like that, especially when we are all alone in the quiet. We are supposed to say that we are hearing God’s voice and that it brings us peace all the time, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the reality...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 13: HOPE
by Wayne Spencer on November 30th, 2021
Where does your Hope lay?As we walk through this first week of Advent, we focus on Hope. But, what does Hope look like? What types of things and people should be placing our hope in? What if I’m struggling with Hope?Before we can even begin to answer any of these questions, before we can accept the message of hope, we have to understand hope takes trust.TRUST, that word can scare the stuff out ...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 12: Punishment and Potential
by Wayne Spencer on November 8th, 2021
What is the message of Grace?I think many of us would immediately think of John 3:16, “For God so love us, that He sent His one and only Son, that who shall believe in Him shall have eternal life.” We often hear the sermon that says that we are sinners in need of Savior, that Jesus had to come to die on the cross so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life.But what if there’s more to that ...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 11: The Church and Redemption
by Wayne Spencer on October 27th, 2021
I was recently preparing all my plans for Thanksgiving. Yes, I know it’s still a month away but I’m a planner. My wife and I were planning all the food and activities for the weekend. Our college freshman is coming home and we will be all together under one roof for a whole weekend as a family! It was amazing how many things we had on our list. We knew our son was probably missing the comforts...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 10: A Life of Shalom
by Wayne Spencer on October 19th, 2021
Our oldest son recently started his freshman year of college. As countless parents have experienced as they sent their first child off, this time can be an emotional rollercoaster. We had checked marked off all of the boxes on our list of desires. He was going to a private Christian school that offered exactly the degree that he wanted and the school was even located in the city that was becomi...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 9
by Wayne Spencer on September 28th, 2021
I was watching one of my favorite movies from the 90’s the other evening, First Knight. It’s one of those King Arthur and Camelot movies that pop up from time to time. What I really like about this movie is how it focuses on the heart of the knights and the heart of Camelot. It stars Sean Connery as Arthur and Richard Gere as Lancelot. Not only does it have a great cast but it shows this beaut...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 8
by Wayne Spencer on September 8th, 2021
My last blog post brought forth a lot of questions. I pray that maybe it stirred some additional questions in your life and ultimately, that you felt a desire to start seeking some answers as well. We have to continually be stretching and growing ourselves. It’s not comfortable and its usually the last thing we want but the call of a believer is a calling to a way of life that requires stretchi...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 7
by Wayne Spencer on August 30th, 2021
I would like to take a moment to ask a few questions and possibly try to provoke some thought. I know that I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe that most of the time we don’t ask enough questions or even try to start some conversations. If we don’t ask questions, we will never discover the answers or even worse, become stagnant. We always say in the church that our mission is to “Buil...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 6
by Wayne Spencer on August 13th, 2021
I believe that a church can become so focused on not dying that they lose their effectiveness in the mission. Live or die, the focus always has to be on the mission of building the Kingdom.