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...  Read More
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 ...  Read More
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 ...  Read More
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...  Read More
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...  Read More
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...  Read More
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...  Read More
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...  Read More
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.  Read More
Reveal the Encounter Issue 5
by Wayne Spencer on July 28th, 2021
Are you ready to see God move in this story?  Are you ready to see Hope show up?  I know I was and I will have to testify that when God shows you, you are never disappointed.  You may be reading this story and wondering how a pastor could be so depressed, how a pastor could allow things to get to them in such deep ways.  Aren’t we supposed to be so spiritual?  Well, I have news for you.  Pastors a...  Read More
Reveal the Encounter Issue 4
by Wayne Spencer on July 21st, 2021
Thinking about the following months that would follow the church vote to embrace and follow this new vision for ministry brings a mixture of emotions that I can probably never fully articulate.  As I continue to unfold this story, my prayer would be that you can feel and understand the emotions and resulting actions that this local church experienced.  The church may have voted the first part of M...  Read More
Reveal the Encounter Issue 3
by Wayne Spencer on July 13th, 2021
What things will God bless?  This is the question I repetitively seem to be asking myself, not only in ministry, but in my own personal life as well.  In the midst of trying to discern the future of our church and ministry, I had to keep asking myself this question.  The reality was that we couldn’t do this by our own power, and the only way to get God to bless this local church was to do things w...  Read More