Wednesday, March 28, 2012


The Greatest story ever told, that's hardly ever told, God!

God's story told to us is literally the greatest story ever!

For the next two months we will be dissecting the story of the gospel.

G.od created us to be with him.
O.ur sins separate us from God.
S.ins cannot be removed by good deeds.
P.aying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.
E.veryone who trusts in Jesus alone, has eternal life.
L.ife with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.

We will take a week at a time and really understand what the sentence is saying, this will hopefully make sharing your faith something that comes about much more naturally.

There is no reason for you not to have a friend that you are actively praying for, each week, sitting next to you as we go through these 6 words.

This is a great opportunity for you to share the gospel with your friends in a fun, yet active way.

See you this week at 6:06!

Monday, March 5, 2012


March Madness time is upon us!

And everybody including you loves a good "Cinderella" story.  We all cheer for the "David" in a fight against "Goliath."  We love to see the "little guy" come out on top.

It's human nature, and I'm not exactly sure why.  Maybe its because we all feel like the "little guy" every once and a while, and so therefore we can relate to it!

One of my personal favorite places to see underdog stories is not on the basketball court, believe it or not, but many of them are found in the Bible! Yes you heard me right, think about it, almost all the heroes of the faith that we look up to in the Bible were at one point considered nothing.

  • David was the runt of his family watching the sheep. To God he was a man after his own heart.
  • Daniel was a teenager in a foreign land with no voice.
  • Esther was a poor Jewish girl who saved her people.
  • Abraham was an old 90 year old man with no offspring, now he is the father of the Jews.
  • Moses was a stammering, stuttering, murderer who brought his people out of oppression.
  • Joseph was a hated younger brother who got tossed into jail only to be put second in command of the greatest nation in the world.
The stories go on and on.  The more and more I study this, I realize that we serve a God who wants very little to do with the rich, powerful, and those with a high social standing.  

God came to earth in the form of Jesus.  Jesus himself was a little known Jewish carpenter from the city of Nazareth.  Nothing good came from Nazareth.  So when it came time for him to begin his earthly ministry what did he do?  When he began to assemble his team he didn't choose high ranking government officials, or the most educated Pharisees. What did he do?  He chose a rag-tag group of 12 men, some were smelly fishermen, some were cheating tax collectors, others were overly aggressive zealots.  Whatever their former occupation, they gave it all up for the sake of the gospel and following Jesus!

In the month of March we will examine some of the heroes God uses, and how we can enter into God's vision for the redemption of this world, and how we can start right where we are in Lebanon, OH.

Like we mentioned at the beginning many of us sometimes feel like "The little guy."  But you know what? That doesn't matter, because God likes to use those who are sometimes the underdog.  God has a vision for the city of Lebanon, and we can either jump on board with that, or stay at an arm's length.  But I tell you what, I'm in, and I hope you join me on mission.

Remember appearance, your past, your status, doesn't matter:

1 Sam 16:7 says, "But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Monday, December 12, 2011

Culmination of the Story behind the Story.

If you know what we've been talking about in December you are aware of the fact that we have been looking at the story behind the story of Christmas.

Jesus did not come for the well, but for the sick and the needy.

Jesus' sacrifice not only on the cross but his crazy ability to come into this world as a baby was beyond amazing.

If Jesus can do that, and chose to direct his ministry toward the marginalized, the destitute, and the poor, why can't our ministry do the same?

Next Sunday Night we will be providing free gift wrapping for the people who reside in the apartments next door, as well as free hot chocolate.  I feel God giving us a strong call to these people, and we need to be good neighbors to them.

What can you do?

We need donations of wrapping paper, wrapping paper (yeah I know I said it twice) and tape.

Also help with the Hot Chocolate would be amazing too!

Its simple, but it is the first, and right, step in the correct direction.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Good vs. Evil

As Halloween comes around the corner, and everyone's mind is on things of that nature, encounter finds itself in the middle of one of its spookiest teaching series to date.

During the month of October encounter will take a look at what the difference is between Good and Evil.

We will try to answer questions such as:

  • What is the difference between Angels and Demons?
  • What role to demons play in your everyday life?
  • What are ghosts?
  • Does Hell exist?
These are tough, yet interesting discussions that are worth having.

Please bring your friends to this series as we try to take an honest look into these issues!

We'd love to see you every Sunday nite @ 6:06!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt

This Sunday nite we will meet at Northside (161 Miller Rd) and begin a photo scavenger hunt.

How does this work?

Students will arrive and divide into teams.  Each team will have one adult leader, that leader will be the driver.  Teams will then be given clues for locations to visit in the city of Lebanon.  Once they reach the location, they must take a picture of that location, to prove they were there, and then hop back into their vehicle and go to the next location.

First team to make it back, with all the clues successfully completed wins!

That team will get a free pizza party the following week!

Cost of this event is free.

Students will be done, at the latest, by 8:00.

Invite your friends!