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2020 Encounter Podcasts
Wed 5 February 2020 | | 0:59

Kerith Community Church has changed its regular Sunday podcasts from a single stream covering all of their sites to a set of site specific streams. Therefore they are using a different podcast hosting website called spreaker.com.
As a consequence all Encounter podcasts from the beginning of 2020 have been moved to the same hosting website.
To find our podcasts go to spreaker.com and search for Kerith Encounter. You can also find them on the Kerith.church website under Group Recordings on the Watch and Listen page or via the original Encounter web page.
Alternately you can now find our podcasts on Spotify and also on iTunes or your standard podcast app.

We hope that you will continue to enjoy listening to our Encounter meetings in the future.

Insights From Biblical Characters - Lydia
Wed 29 January 2020 | Catrina Benham | 29:15
Our guest speaker this week was Catrina Benham who continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by looking at the story of Lydia's conversion in the book of Acts. As Paul spoke to the women by the river God opened a door of faith for her. Catrina encourages us to keep coming to the river and to continue to show hospitality to others.

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God Of The Breakthrough
Wed 22 January 2020 | Louis Giglio | 38:01
Since Esther was unable to speak today, we showed a video of Louis Giglio speaking on the subject "God of the Breakthrough".

If you prefer to watch it you can find it here on YouTube.
Insights From Biblical Characters - Nehemiah
Wed 15 January 2020 | Krystyna Lysakowska | 40:51
Our guest speaker this week was Krystyna Lysakowska who continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by looking at the story of Nehemiah who went back to Jerusalem to oversee the rebuilding of the walls. Nehemiah was a man of God who knew the call of God on his life, which was underpinned by prayer, and Krystyna encouraged us to be a people of prayer.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Abraham
Wed 8 January 2020 | Esther Carter | 32:25
Starting the new year, Esther has decided to continue our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, for this term. She talks about Abraham and the journey that God called him to take to an unknown destination. She encourages us to listen to God & to follow Him on whatever journey that He is calling us to take.

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The Stable and The Shepherds
Wed 4 December 2019 | Esther Carter | 16:24
At our Encounter Christmas guest meeting we showed a YouTube video called An Unexpected Christmas then Esther speaks about the Stable and about the Shepherds.
Mercy and Communion
Wed 27 November 2019 | Esther Carter | 26:14
For the penultimate meeting of 2019 Esther speaks about God's mercy before we share communion togetner.

At the end of her talk she plays a song called Passion - It Is Finished.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Jesus
Wed 20 November 2019 | Ben Davies | 37:49
Our guest speaker this week was Ben Davies, who used to lead Encounter before moving to Wales. FIrstly he shares his heart about a few issues, then tells us a little about life in Wales, and finally continues our Insights From Biblical Characters series talking briefly about Jesus's prayer in John 17.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Mary, May It Be To Me As You Have Said
Fri 15 November 2019 | Esther Carter | 26:50
Esther continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by talking about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and gives 3 ways that Mary responded to what the angel said to her.

At the end of her talk she plays a song by Don Moen called Be It Unto Me.

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Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table
Wed 6 November 2019 | Louis Giglio | 44:55
Since Esther was unable to speak today, we showed a video of Louis Giglio speaking on the subject "Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table".

If you prefer to watch it you can find it here on YouTube.
Testimonies with Thanksgiving
Wed 23 October 2019 | Esther Carter | 10:27
At Encounter this week we had an opportunity for people to share stories of what God has been doing in their lives recently. For privacy, none of these stories have been included in this short podcast. We then spent a short time thanking God for all of the things that He has done amongst us as a community before praying for those who needed God to intervene in their lives as Esther encouraged us to believe that God can do the impossible.

Before praying, we played the song Miracles by Jesus Culture.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Daniel, True Grit and the Art of Showing Up
Wed 16 October 2019 | Rob Lea | 24:31
Our guest speaker this week was Rob Lea from Easthampstead Baptist Church who continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by looking at the story of Daniel. Even though the king had issued a decree that no one should bow down and worship any other god but himself or risk being thrown to the lions, Daniel showed true grit and resolutely stuck to his principles by regularly praying to his God. Rob encouraged us to build a habit of regular prayer, starting by saying The Lord's Prayer every day.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Peter, Demolishing Strongholds
Wed 9 October 2019 | Esther Carter | 26:44
Esther continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by using the story of Peter to talk about how we need to develop strongholds of truth in our thinking in order to demolish the strongholds of lies that the Devil has sown.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Naomi, A Woman On The Move
Wed 2 October 2019 | Chris Barber | 28:20
Our guest speaker this week was Chris Barber who continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by looking at the first chapter of the book of Ruth. This chapter is often ignored but it tells us the story of Naomi and God's dealings with her before she and Ruth return to Israel.

At the end of her talk she played a song Be Magnified.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Jabez, Praying Audacious Prayers
Wed 25 September 2019 | Esther Carter | 30:30
Esther continues our series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by talking about Jabez. Although only mentioned in 2 verses in the bible he is known for praying an audacious prayer that God would bless him. Esther looks at 4 elements of his prayer and encourages similarly to pray audacious prayers.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Paul, God's Got A Plan For Everyone
Wed 18 September 2019 | Geri Jones | 28:59
Our guest speaker this week was Geri Jones who continues our new series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by talking about Paul and how God called him from being a persecuter of the church to being an apostle declaring the wonder of Jesus. She said that not only did God have a plan for his life but that he has a plan for all of our lives.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Gideon, Stepping Out In The Face Of Fear
Wed 11 September 2019 | Esther Carter | 30:28
Esther continues our new series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by talking about Gideon. Although he was a very fearful man God use him to deliver Israel from the oppression that they were under.

At the end of her talk she played a song Oceans.

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Insights From Biblical Characters - Esther, For Such A Time As This
Wed 4 September 2019 | Esther Carter | 27:08
Esther begins our new series, Insights From Biblical Characters, by talking about her namesake Esther. Although the book never mentions God specifically it is very clear that God has organised the circumstances to bring her into a special position for such a time as this in order to save the Jewish nation from extinction.

At the beginning of her talk she plays a video clip to show that God can use us no matter what our weaknesses and failures are.

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Final Meeting of Term with Communion
Wed 17 July 2019 | Esther Carter | 23:18
For the last meeting of the summer term we shared communion together then Esther set a jigsaw challenge and shared a few thoughts. At the end of communion she plays a YouTube song called Here is Bread, Here is Wine.

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Kerith Academy Students
Wed 10 July 2019 | Georgia, Samantha & Mwamba | 32:48
Our guest speakers this week are 3 of the Kerith Academy students, Georgia Christie, Samantha Gallotan & Mwamba Phiri, who have each been asked to speak for 10 minutes (similar to a Ten Talks Sunday). Although they have prepared their talks independently it is interesting to see how God interlaces the things that they speak about.

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Encountering The Holy Spirit
Wed 3 July 2019 | Sean Green | 36:25
Our guest speaker this week is Sean Green, who leads Reading Family Church, a growing church which was planted out from Bracknell about 18 years ago. Sean starts by giving some foundational teaching about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all believers in the early church. Then he gives the opportunity for anyone attending Encounter to receive the Holy Spirit afresh in their lives.

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Guarding the Heart - Love and Compassion
Wed 26 June 2019 | Esther Carter | 31:21
Continuing our series Guarding The Treasure Within, Esther looks at how we guard love, compassion and a desire to bless others in our hearts. She looks at 5 ways to cultivate this.

At the start of her talk Esther plays a video clip about a birthday cake and at the end we played a song Let It Be Jesus.

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An Update from Ben Davies
Wed 19 June 2019 | Ben Davies | 41:09
Our guest speaker this week is Ben Davies, who ran Encounter for many years before moving back to Wales. He gives us an update of where he & Barbara are at - where they live, church life in Pembrokeshire, the church they are involved in and what he is currently doing. Then he speaks about the anointing that God has put on his life and asks what is the anointing on our lives.
Fireside Talk
Wed 12 June 2019 | Sola Osinoiki | 36:15
Our guest speaker this week is Sola Osinoiki, who was one of our elders until he moved to Berlin. He has a fireside talk with us using Jeremiah 29:11-14 to declare that God has a plan for our future and that He is with us.

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The God Who Does The Impossible
Wed 5 June 2019 | Esther Carter | 8:55
At Encounter this week, since we did not have a screen to be able to project any words, we had an opportunity for people to share stories of what God has been doing in their lives recently. For privacy, none of these stories have been included in this short podcast. However Esther's words of encouragement for us to believe that God can do the impossible in our lives have been included.

Before people shared, we played the song Miracles by Jesus Culture.
Guarding The Treasure Within - The Secret Of Being Content
Wed 22 May 2019 | Esther Carter | 35:03
Esther continues the series called Guarding The Treasure WIthin based on Proverbs 4:23. Using Philippians 4:10-13 she talks about the secret of being content with our life.

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Guarding The Treasure Within - Active Faith
Wed 15 May 2019 | Leon Johnson | 28:33
Our guest speaker this week is Leon Johnson who leads our Windsor site. Continuing our Guarding The Treasure Within series he talks about Active Faith using the story in 1 Samuel 14 about Jonathan & his armour bearer stepping out in faith to win a battle against the Philistines. He encourages us to be active with the faith that God has given us and to step out into areas where we feel He is calling us to.

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Guarding The Treasure Within - Life and Health
Wed 8 May 2019 | Simon Lace | 28:13
Our guest speaker today is Simon Lace from Easthampstead Baptist Church. He continues our new series about guarding the treasure within by correcting, rebuking & encouraging us to soak ourselves in the Word of God, to let it be Life & Health to us and the church, and to be dIligent in pursuing God.

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Guarding The Treasure Within - Humility
Wed 1 May 2019 | Esther Carter | 30:03
Esther introduces a new series called Guarding The Treasure WIthin based on Proverbs 4:23 and starts by playing a YouTube video by Derek Prince called Guard Your Heart. During this series she wants to look at what is precious in our heart that we need to guard.
She begins the series by talking about the issue of humility, which is essential if we are to avoid letting pride rule in our lives.

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How God Speaks To Us Through Unexpected Ways
Wed 24 April 2019 | Chris Barber | 26:41
Our guest speaker today is Chris Barber. She uses a Build-A-Bear that she bought for one of her grandchildren to explain how God can speak to us through unexpected ways.

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Easter Encounter
Wed 3 April 2019 | Simon Benham | 35:27
At our Easter Encounter guest meeting our speaker was Simon Benham who spoke about the origins of the song All Is Well which was written by Horatio Spafford. Before he spoke, we had 2 readings by Esther and Tony plus a video called Resurrection Easter Story.

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Indescribable
Wed 27 March 2019 | Louis Giglio | 1:58
“Who is equal to God- We must right size Him as He is bigger than we can imagine or think - Indescribable“.

Today we watched a DVD called Indescribable by Louis Giglio who talked about the size of the universe in order to give us an understanding of how big God is and how tiny we are in comparison but that He still loves us and knows each of our names.

The video can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEh56ROJx48
Words Of Life - Philippians 4:6-7
Wed 20 March 2019 | Esther Carter | 29:31
Do not be anxious about anything.

In the last of the Words Of Life series, Esther speaks from Philippians 4:6-7 and encourages us to have no anxiety but to let the peace of God guard our hearts and minds. We are told to present our requests to God, that thanksgiving is important and that God has promised to give us His peace.
At the end of her talk she plays a Spotify track from Scripture Lullabies called Peace Be Still.

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Be My Witnesses
Tue 19 March 2019 | Esther Ross-Watson | 35:01
Our guest speaker today was Esther Ross-Watson. She reads John 14:6 and ask "How can we improve our witness?". Then she tells us her story about how God called her and led her, along with her husband Michael, to be a missionary to Madura in Indonesia.

See additional notes, which includes some pictures from Madura.
Words Of Life - Psalm 139:14
Wed 6 March 2019 | Esther Carter | 40:31
You are awesomely and wonderfully made!!
Esther continues the Words Of Life series by speaking from Psalm 139:14, declaring that we are all awesomely and wonderfully made and should not believe the devil's lies when he tells us we are not.
At the end of her talk she played a YouTube video.

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Words Of Life - Ephesians 3:20
Wed 27 February 2019 | Geri Jones | 32:32
Our guest speaker today was Geri Jones who continued the Words Of Life series speaking on Ephesians 3:20 and telling us that God can do exceedingly more than we can ever imagine.
She ends by playing a YouTube video.

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Communion plus Words of Life - Revelation 12:11
Wed 13 February 2019 | Esther Carter | 38:30
This week at Encounter we shared communion together. Esther showed a YouTube video of a short story called The Bridge and then talked about the significance and power of the body and blood of Jesus in our lives. While taking the bread and the juice we played 2 Spotify tracks from Scripture Lullabies called All For Us and Emmanuel respectively. Finally Esther continued the Words of Life series speaking about the blood of Jesus mentioned in Revelation 12:11. 

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Words of Life - Romans 8:1-2
Wed 6 February 2019 | Esther Carter | 27:06
Esther continues the Words Of Life series speaking on Romans 8:1-2 and telling us that by dying on the cross and rising again Jesus has removed all condemnation from those who believe in Him. She encourages us to nail to the cross (put through a shredder) all of the things that we allow to condemn us and live in the freedom that is ours in Christ.
She ends by playing a YouTube video.

See additional notes. The second slide of these notes is the animated picture that Esther played at the beginning of her talk and needs to be played in Presentation Mode.
Words of Life - Ephesians 3:17-19
Wed 30 January 2019 | Esther Carter | 31:56
Having taken over leading Encounter from Ben Davies, Esther Carter starts a new series, Words of Life, by speaking about Ephesians 3:17-19 which is the passage that God gave her when she agreed to take on the role.
She ends by playing a Youtube video

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Ben's Last Week Leading Encounter
Wed 23 January 2019 | Ben Davies | 43:47
This week was Ben Davies' last week leading Encounter before he moves to Pembrokeshire. Firstly Esther presents Ben with a few leaving gifts before praying for his future. Then Ben gives his final talk encouraging us to be faithful to God and to allow Him to develop our character no matter what comes our way in the future.
Living Words - Philippians 4:6-7
Wed 16 January 2019 | Ben Davies | 37:43
Ben continues his "Living Words" series talking about Philippians 4:6-7. Giving some very practical examples from his life at the moment, he encourages us not to be anxious about anything.

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The Magi
Wed 12 December 2018 | Ben Davies | 25:15
At our Encounter Christmas guest meeting Ben speaks about the visit of the magi to see the new baby who has been born King of the Jews.
Living Words - Psalm 51:12
Wed 5 December 2018 | Ben Davies | 34:52
Ben continues his "Living Words" series talking about Psalm 51:12. He says that when we sin we lose our joy and he looks at several other verses that talk about joy. We need to repent to restore the joy of God's salvation.

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Living Words - Isaiah 22:22
Wed 28 November 2018 | Ben Davies | 33:53
Ben continues his series on Living Words and talks about the phrase "What he opens no one can shut and what he shuts no one can open" in Isaiah 22:22 and again in Revelation 3:7-8.

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Living Words - Joshua 1:1-9
Wed 21 November 2018 | Simon Benham | 42:11
Our guest speaker today is our senior pastor, Simon Benham, who continues our Living Word series and speaks about a word in Joshua 1:1-9 that God spoke to him about when he first started leading the church 11 years ago after taking over from Ben, who had led the church for over 40 years.

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Living Words - Colossians 3:15-17
Wed 14 November 2018 | Ben Davies | 39:47
Ben continues the current series, Living Words, based on Acts 7:37-38 - "He received living words to pass on to us".
Today he reads Colossians 3:15-17 and brings lots of points from each of the 3 verses.

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Thrive Not Simply Survive
Wed 7 November 2018 | Ben Davies | 38:50
Ben takes a temporary break from our Living Words series to talk about how to thrive not simply survive. He gives us 4 things we must do if we want to thrive and then adds 2 applications at the end.

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Noiz Ministries - Meiz Rees
Wed 31 October 2018 | Meilyr Rees | 51:24
Our guest today is Meilyr Rees from Noiz Ministries. He is a Welsh singer, guitarist and pianist.

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Living Words - Acts 18:26
Wed 17 October 2018 | Ben Davies | 37:48
Ben continues the current series, Living Words, based on Acts 7:37-38 - "He received living words to pass on to us".
Today he reads Acts 18:26 and talks about the 4 people involved - Paul, Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos - and how Priscilla and Aquila reach out to Apollos to improve his understanding of Jesus. He encourages us to reach out to people and gives us 4 exhortations.

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Jesus The Living Word
Wed 10 October 2018 | Simon Benham | 41:13
Our guest speaker today is Simon Benham, who reads John 1:1-5 and continues our current series by speaking about Jesus being the Living Word.

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Living Words - Matthew 5:13-16 - Salt and Light
Wed 3 October 2018 | Lawrence Dack | 27:18
Our guest speaker today is Lawrence Dack who continues Ben's new series, Living Words, based on Acts 7:37-38 - "He received living words to pass on to us". Lawrence looks at Jesus' teaching of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 and speaks about Jesus' challenge to be salt and light in this world.

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Who Are You?
Wed 26 September 2018 | Simon Lace | 38:18
Simon Lace stepped in at short notice since Ben had a bug. He asks "Who are you?" & "Who do you want to be?" and talks about how our jobs, hobbies & activities do not define us. Then he talks about church mission statements, encouraging us to reach people & make disciples and asks what is our part in doing that. Finally he reminds us that who we are is children of God and co-heirs with Christ.

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Living Words - Psalm 46v10
Wed 19 September 2018 | Ben Davies | 37:09
Ben continues the new series, Living Words, based on Acts 7:37-38 - "He received living words to pass on to us".
Today he reads Psalm 46:1-11 and talks about verse 10 - "Be still and know that I am God". Then he gives us 9 points about the verse.

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Living Words - Genesis 24:27
Wed 12 September 2018 | Ben Davies | 35:44
Ben continues the new series, Living Words, based on Acts 7:37-38 - "He received living words to pass on to us".
Today he reads Genesis 24:1-27 to explain the context of verse 27 - "I being in the way the Lord led me", which is from the story of Abraham's chief servant being sent to find a wife for his son Isaac.
Ben gives 7 comments about being in the way of God.

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Living Words - John 1:47
Wed 5 September 2018 | Ben Davies | 34:27
This term Ben starts a new series, Living Words, based on Acts 7:37-38 - "He received living words to pass on to us".
Today he reads John 1:35-48 to explain the context of verse 47 - "In whom there is no deceit (or guile)".

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The Unexpected (Part 2)
Wed 18 July 2018 | Ben Davies | 45:17
Ben completes his 2-part talk on Exodus 3:1-12. Moses finds himself in front of the burning bush where he encounters the holiness of God, responds to His call and God reveals His concern for His people.

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The Unexpected (Part 1)
Wed 11 July 2018 | Ben Davies | 37:19
Ben gives the first of 2 talks on Moses based on Exodus 3:1-12. This week he starts with Moses' background of being hidden in bullrushes, discovered by Pharoah's daughter, brought up as an Egyptian but eventually discovering that he is a Hebrew, killing an Egyptian and, for fear of his life, running away to Midian where he stays for 40 years.

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Into Eating Together
Wed 4 July 2018 | Ben Davies | 19:34
Continuing the Into series, Ben gives a short talk on Acts 2:46 on the subject Into Eating Together.
Rather than the usual format of everyone eating whenever they arrive before the meeting starts, this was a special occasion where the attendees all ate together as part of the meeting as an opportunity to spend time with each other.

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Moses A Dubious Candidate
Wed 20 June 2018 | Ben Davies | 37:52
After hearing Chris Barber talk about her upcoming trip with TearFund to India, Ben decides to change his talk. He reads Exodus 3:1-12 where we see God intervenes in Moses' life when he wasn't expecting it. Like Moses, we need to respond to God when the unexpected happens.
Into Radical Generosity
Wed 6 June 2018 | Ben Davies | 36:17
Ben continues the Into Series and speaks from Acts 2:44-45 about the early church meeting the needs of others. He quotes various other bible passages and encourages us to be into radical generosity as individuals not just as part of a church.

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Into Praying
Wed 23 May 2018 | Ben Davies | 41:10
Ben continues the Into series speaking on the subject Into Praying. He asks "What type of praying did the early Christians do?" and gives us 8 examples of how they prayed. Then he asked how we can describe this kind of praying and gives 4 answers - that it was need related, faith based, specific and persistent.

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Into All The World
Wed 16 May 2018 | Esther Ross-Watson | 32:13
Our guest speaker today is Esther Ross-Watson, who with her husband Michael were missionaries in Indonesia for many years. She continues our Into series by speaking about Into All The World and recounts her early years as God prepared her to go as a missionary to Medura in Indonesia.

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Into Fellowship
Wed 9 May 2018 | Ben Davies | 34:13
Continuing his new series, Into, Ben looks at Acts 2 verse 42 and talks about the believers being Into Fellowship. He states that fellowship is a supernatural working of the grace of God in our lives, an expression of the Holy Spirit in us. He brings 5 words where the bible uses the word Koinonia to express Fellowship, and encourages us to see if we fit into it.

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Into Baptism
Wed 2 May 2018 | Maurice Robinson | 39:26
Our guest speaker today is Maurice Robinson, who used to be one of our elders. He continues the new Into series by speaking from Acts 2:40-41a on the subject "Into Baptism". Maurice explains in detail about believers baptism by total immersion in water, and describes his own experience of realising that he needed to be baptised. He states that baptism is a physical event with a spiritual effect.

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Into God's Word
Wed 25 April 2018 | Ben Davies | 36:11
Continuing his new series, Into, Ben looks at Acts 2 verse 42 and talks about the believers being Into God's Word. He expands on the role of apostles but says that we should judge everything that they say.

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Into Growth
Wed 18 April 2018 | Ben Davies | 37:12
Ben starts a new series called "Into", based on Acts 2:41-47.
This week he looks at verse 41, "Three thousand were added to their number", and talks about us working and praying towards growth at Encounter, believing for people will be saved. Then he provides 5 Applications.

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Easter Guest Service 2018
Wed 28 March 2018 | Ben Davies | 26:19
At the Encounter Easter Guest Service Ben looks at 3 phrases linked to the Easter Story

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The Solution For Sin
Wed 21 March 2018 | Ben Davies | 41:55
Following on from last week's talk on sin, Ben gives us 8 things that God has done for us as the solution for sin.

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Sin
Wed 14 March 2018 | Ben Davies | 38:35

Using various bible passages Ben identifies 5 points about sin and 2 consequences. Then he talks about 5 words that sin has a link to.
Next week he will talk about the cure for sin.

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Life Is About Relationships
Wed 7 March 2018 | Ben Davies | 39:25
Ben concludes his series on Titus 2. Firstly he states that all of the previous talks have been about relationships and gives us 5 points. Then he looks at verses 9-15, which are about other types of relationships.

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Encourage The Young Men
Wed 28 February 2018 | Ben Davies | 36:42
Ben continues his series on Titus 2, looking at verses 5-8 he speaks about Encouragement. He makes 3 points: Speak your exhortation, Set your example and Show your evidence.

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Speaking Into Other People's Lives
Wed 21 February 2018 | Ben Davies | 44:57
Ben continues his shrt series on Titus 2. He encourages us to take the opportunities that arise to speak into other people's lives.
The Light Of The World
Wed 7 February 2018 | Geri Jones | 27:16
Geri Jones reads Matthew 5:14-16 and talks about us being the light of the world. If Jesus, the Light of the World, lives in us then we cannot help but radiate that light to others.
She explains the science of colour and says that Jesus brings not just light but colour into situations to make them better by adding richness and vibrancy.

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Teach The Older Women
Wed 31 January 2018 | Ben Davies | 40:18
Ben continues his short series on Titus 2. This week on verse  3 he speaks specifically to older women. He tells them that if they are reverent, not a slanderer, not addicted to too much wine and are prepared to teach what is good, then they can have the most amazing ministry helping and teaching younger women. He gives lots of practical examples to help illustrate this, then asks how, when and where we are going to do it.
Teach the Older Men
Wed 24 January 2018 | Ben Davies | 42:43
Ben reads Titus 2:2 and asks the older men if they are still teachable, if they are willing to change and to humble themselves, to look inside and to believe truth. He then talks about the need to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance
You However
Wed 17 January 2018 | Ben Davies | 39:06
Ben starts his new series on Titus 2 by looking at "You however" in verse 1. He reminds us that we can all teach others but must be careful what we say and how we say it. He finishes by emphasising that we are all called to be different, because we all have God in us.

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Introduction to Titus 2
Wed 10 January 2018 | Ben Davies | 38:41
Ben speaks from Titus 1:1 as an introduction to a short series in the coming weeks on Titus 2:1-8.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward
Wed 3 January 2018 | Ralph Allen | 20:12
Ralph Allen reads the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with perfume and talks about how, when we look back on our past life, we can easily disqualiy ourselves from being able to serve God as we look forward into the year ahead.
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Words Associated With The Birth Of Jesus
Wed 6 December 2017 | Ben Davies | 26:49
At the Christmas Encounter meeting, Ben looks at the prophecy of Jesus's birth in Isaiah 9:1-7 and speaks about 3 words in the passage emphasising that, whatever situation we find ourselves in, the zeal of the Lord can accomplish His purpose and work in us to achieve it.
Advent
Wed 29 November 2017 | Geri Jones | 30:57
As we enter the season of Advent Geri Jones looks at 3 very ordinary sets of people who found themselves part of this extraordinary occasion and shows how God still reveals Himself to us as He did to them

Mary - Luke 1:26-38
Joseph - Matthew 1:18-24
Shepherds - Luke 2:8-20

Two Encounters
Wed 22 November 2017 | Maurice Robinson | 36:33
Our guest speaker today is Maurice Robinson. He talks about an encounter that he had while working as a GP and then an encounter that Jesus had with the Pharisees. Jesus talks about the sheepfold and states that His sheep recognise His voice when He speaks, that He is the way in (salvation) & the way out (blessing).
A Preacher For 60 Years (Part 3)
Wed 15 November 2017 | Ben Davies | 45:42
This is the third of a 3 part series celebrating Ben's experiences as a preacher for 60 years where he brings practical applications to what he has learned. In this talk he tells us about the start of his preaching career during the ages of 15 to 20 years old and his enrolling at Spurgeon's College.
A Preacher For 60 Years (Part 2)
Wed 8 November 2017 | Ben Davies | 48:11
This is the second of a 3 part series celebrating Ben's experiences as a preacher for 60 years where he brings practical applications to what he has learned. In this talk he tells us about his conversion and other interventions of God during the ages of 10 to 15 years old.
A Preacher For 60 Years (Part 1)
Wed 1 November 2017 | Ben Davies | 44:13
This is the first of a 3 part series celebrating Ben's experiences as a preacher for 60 years where he brings practical applications to what he has learned. In this talk he tells us about 14 interventions of God during his first 10 years of life.

During the talk Glynis Challis sings a song, Remind Me Dear Lord. The full version can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdT5BK-eqVY
How Did Bartimaeus Handle The People Around Him?
Wed 18 October 2017 | Ben Davies | 39:06
Ben continues speaking about the healing of the blind man in Mark 10:46-52. This week he makes 9 points about how Bartimaeus handled the people around him.
A Man With Enemies
Wed 4 October 2017 | Ben Davies | 36:58
Ben continues speaking about the healing of the blind man in Mark 10:46-52, saying that he was a man with enemies. He asks why are there enemies and who are our enemies?
Harvest Sowing and Reaping
Wed 27 September 2017 | Ben Davies | 42:24
At our Harvest 2017 Guest Service, Ben starts by interviewing Jake & Chris asking what Harvests mean to them. Then once again he reads the story of the blind man healed by Jesus in Mark 10:46-52 and talks about sowing and reaping.
A Man With A Routine
Wed 20 September 2017 | Ben Davies | 39:34
Ben uses the story of the blind man healed by Jesus in Mark 10:46-52 to talk about how we need to change our routine if we want to get closer to Jesus
Reflections, Reminder and Reformation
Wed 6 September 2017 | Ben Davies | 36:33
At the start of a new term, Ben uses 3 R's (Reflections, Reminder and Reformation) to speak about how he wants us all to encounter God.
Fan Or Follower
Wed 19 July 2017 | Rob Lea | 21:12
Our guest speaker today is Rob Lea from Easthampstead Baptist Church. He looks at various passages from John's gospel to see how Nicodemus progresses from a fan of Jesus to a follower of Jesus, and asks whether we are a fan or a follower
Servant Leadership
Wed 12 July 2017 | Leon Johnson | 28:00
Our guest speaker this week is Leon Johnson. He read the story in Matthew 20:20-28 where the mother of James & John asks Jesus for her 2 sons to sit on his right & left in his kingdom, and talks about leadership in God's kingdom being about serving others rather than trying to reach the top and lord it over others.
What Do We Expect?
Wed 5 July 2017 | Liam Parker | 37:07
Our guest speaker today is Liam Parker. He reads Acts 3:1-10 and talks about raising our faith levels to expect more from God
Love in Action
Wed 28 June 2017 | Geri Jones | 26:41
Our guest speaker today is Geri Jones. She uses Jesus story about the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 to speak about love in action, reminding us that loving God and loving people means actually doing something about it!
Dealing with Disappointment and Failure
Wed 21 June 2017 | Ben Dale | 36:09
Our guest speaker today is Ben Dale from Maidenhead. Looking at 1 Samuel 30 he asks how David responds in this moment of personal failure and what can we learn to put into practice in our personal lives?
Do You Want to Be Healed?
Wed 14 June 2017 | Simon Benham | 32:39
Our guest speaker today is our senior pastor, Simon Benham. He looks at the subject of healing using John 5:1-3,5-15 and makes 3 points: God is a God who heals, God is good all the time, and sickness will impact your earthly life but sin impacts your eternity.
Try Something New
Wed 7 June 2017 | Simon Lace | 22:29
Our guest speaker is Simon Lace from Easthampstead Baptist Church. He asks if we are trying to do things in our own strength and to transform our own heart or are we leaning into God and the work of His Holy Spirit? We need to get ourselves out of the way and let the Spirit of God do the work, that we need to try something new.
Taking Your Opportunities (Part 3)
Wed 17 May 2017 | Ben Davies | 34:30
Ben continues the new series for the summer term based on Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than to receive". Continuing on from the last 2 weeks, he speaks from Acts 3:1-10 on the 3rd of 12 practical steps - Taking Your Opportunities.
He covers the final one of his 12 points.
Taking Your Opportunities (Part 2)
Wed 10 May 2017 | Ben Davies | 33:02
Ben continues the new series for the summer term based on Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than to receive". Continuing on from last week, he speaks from Acts 3:1-10 on the 3rd of 12 practical steps - Taking Your Opportunities.
He covers points 7 to 11 of his 12 points and promises that he will complete the remaining point next week.
Taking Your Opportunities (Part 1)
Wed 3 May 2017 | Ben Davies | 39:45
Ben continues the new series for the summer term based on Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than to receive". He speaks from Acts 3:1-10 on the 3rd of 12 practical steps - Taking Your Opportunities.
He covers the first 6 of 12 points and promises that he will complete the remainder next week.
Have Faith In The Sovereignty Of God
Wed 26 April 2017 | Ben Davies | 32:31
Ben continues the new series for the summer term based on Acts 20:35, "It is more blessed to give than to receive". He speaks from Acts 10 on the 2nd of 12 practical steps - Have faith in the Sovereignty of God.
Soaking Ourselves In The Bible
Wed 19 April 2017 | Ben Davies | 37:43
Ben starts a new series for the summer term based on Acts 20:35 "It is more blessed to give than to receive". He asks what must we do to keep ourselves missional hot, speaking on the 1st of 12 practical steps - Soaking ourselves in the Bible - and then gives 6 ways of doing it.
Four Days Late .... But Still On Time
Wed 29 March 2017 | Ben Davies | 23:59
During our Easter Encounter meeting Ben reads parts of John 11:1-44. Jesus had arrived 4 days late to prevent Lazarus from dying but this was not a problem because He was still on time to raise Lazarus from the dead. It is never too late for us when Jesus is involved.
Jesus and the Centurion
Wed 22 March 2017 | Ben Davies | 29:18
Ben looks at Matthew 8:5-13 where Jesus has an encounter with the Centurion who He describes as having more faith than the people of Israel.
Who Are You? - Called to Declare the Praises of God
Wed 15 March 2017 | Ben Davies | 33:20
Continuing the short series from 1 Peter 2:9-10 on "Who Are You?", Ben reminds us that we are a Royal Priesthood, we are a Holy Nation and we are God's Special Possession. As a result we are called to declare the praises of God. Where we feel we are not able to praise God, he reminds us we have received mercy.
Who Are You? - God's Special Possession
Wed 8 March 2017 | Ben Davies | 39:58
Continuing the short series on "Who Are You?", Ben talks about us being God's special possession, and asks a series of questions about why we act in certain ways if this is true.
Who Are You? - A Holy Nation
Wed 1 March 2017 | Ben Davies | 38:12
Continuing the short series on "Who Are You?", Ben talks about us being a Holy Nation. God chose us to live a godly lifestyle and to be holy. Ben gives 6 ways how holiness can be seen in us.
Who Are You? - A Royal Priesthood
Wed 22 February 2017 | Ben Davies | 44:07
Continuing the short series on "Who Are You?", Ben talks about us being a royal priesthood.
Who Are You?
Wed 8 February 2017 | Ben Davies | 39:32
Ben looks at 1 Peter 2:9-10 and starts a short series asking the question "Who are you?"
Stepping Out In Faith
Wed 1 February 2017 | Geri Jones | 31:13
Our guest speaker today is Geri Jones, who talks to us about stepping out in faith using 3 examples from her own life to illustrate this.
Have Faith In God .... About Leadership
Wed 25 January 2017 | Ben Davies | 26:12

Ben speaks from Mark 12:13-17 and pleads for us to have a godly attitude towards leaders, whoever they are.

Have Faith In God
Wed 18 January 2017 | Ben Davies | 36:55
Ben uses the story in Mark 11:12-25 plus several other passages to encourage us to have faith in God
Read The Bible
Wed 11 January 2017 | Ben Davies | 30:31

Ben looks at the story in Mark 12:18-27 where the Pharisees had asked Jesus about marriage at the resurrection and He had replied that they were in error since they did not know the scriptures or the power of God.
As a result Ben encouraged us to read the bible - to know it, to believe it and to apply it.

Healing the Blind Man
Wed 4 January 2017 | Ben Davies | 37:01
Ben takes an in-depth walk through the story of Jesus healing the blind man in Mark 10:46-52.
Two Christmases
Wed 7 December 2016 | Ben Davies | 18:25
At the Encounter Christmas meeting, Ben speaks about two Christmases - his early Christmases at home, and Christmas at church where we remember the true meaning of God sending His son for all mankind.
Tradition or Truth
Wed 30 November 2016 | Ben Davies | 41:28
Ben looks at the passage in Mark 7:1-18 and talks about the dangers of tradition overriding truth. He encourages us to make sure that life kills of tradition.
Behind the Feeding of the Five Thousand
Wed 23 November 2016 | Ben Davies | 37:53
Ben looks behind the feeding of the five thousand in Mark 6:30-44 and draws out some points that we could relate to at our Encounter meetings
Immediately Or The Long Haul
Wed 16 November 2016 | Ben Davies | 31:36
Ben returns to the passage in Mark 1:40-45 that he spoke from last week in order to answer a question related to whether God always answers immediately.
The Man with Leprosy
Wed 9 November 2016 | Ben Davies | 35:04
Ben speaks from Mark 1:40-45 about the man who had leprosy
Hagar
Wed 2 November 2016 | Janine Jackson | 28:49

Janine Jackson was a guest speaker today.
She looks at the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 and 21 to see what we can learn about God's Compassion, Provision & Revelation through Hagar's experience.
We see that God took her great mess and turned it into greatness.
Janine ends by asking the following questions:
- Where do you need/long to experience God's compassion, provision & revelation in your life?
- How and where can we demonstrate God's compassion, provision & revelation to others?

Enlarge The Place Of Your Tent
Wed 19 October 2016 | Ben Davies | 39:40
Ben shares a word that God spoke to him about at the recent GLS conference
Ministry of Fun
Wed 5 October 2016 | Simon Lace | 27:21
With Ben away on holiday, Simon Lace from Easthampstead Baptist Church spoke at our Harvest Guest Service.
James 3:1-12 - The Tongue
Wed 15 June 2016 | Ben Davies | 40:20
Ben speaks from James 3:1-12 about the power of the tongue and our responsibility as teachers to use it wisely
James 2:14-26 - Faith Through Actions
Wed 8 June 2016 | Geri Jones | 32:54
Geri Jones looks at James 2:14-26 and describes why and how our faith must be put into action
Eviction Discussions
Wed 25 May 2016 | Simon Benham and Ben Davies | 35:57
Simon explains why Encounter will be moving into the Kerith Centre from September. Then Ben replies and outlines some of the issues involved
James 1:26 - The Tongue
Wed 3 February 2016 | Ben Davies | 38:29
Ben looks at James 1:26 and explains how the tongue can be so dangerous
James 1:25 - The Perfect Law
Wed 27 January 2016 | Ben Davies | 39:14
Ben looks at James 1:25 and talks about 2 types of people, 2 types of looking, 2 types of laws, 2 types of continuing and 2 types of results
James 1:23-24 - Looking in the mirror
Wed 20 January 2016 | Ben Davies | 37:38
Ben speaks from James 1:23-24 concerning looking in the mirror then walking away and forgetting
James 1:22 - The Word
Wed 13 January 2016 | Ben Davies | 40:27
Ben looks as James 1:22 - Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says
James 1:19-21 - Quick to listen, slow to speak & be angry
Wed 6 January 2016 | Ben Davies | 34:13
Ben speaks from James 1:19-21 - Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
Christmas Guest Event 2015
Wed 9 December 2015 | Ben Davies | 19:07
At our Christmas guest event, Ben speaks from Luke 2 verses 13-20
What Ben Heard at Bethel, California (Part 2)
Wed 2 December 2015 | Ben Davies | 38:05
Ben continues to talk about some more of the things that he heard God saying to him while he was visiting Bethel Church in Redding, California.
What Ben Heard at Bethel, California (Part 1)
Wed 25 November 2015 | Ben Davies | 37:01
Ben talks about some of the things that he heard God saying to him while he was visiting Bethel Church in Redding, California.
Change
Wed 18 November 2015 | Ben Dale | 39:36
Ben Dale, our guest speaker, talks about change.
James 1:16 - My Dear Brothers & Sisters
Wed 11 November 2015 | Ben Davies | 34:10
Ben talks about verse 16 of James chapter 1 about My Dear Brothers & Sisters
God Deals With A Selfish Man
Wed 4 November 2015 | Michael Ross-Watson | 34:03
In Ben's absense our guest speaker is Michael Ross-Watson. He speaks from Genesis 28, 31 & 32 about God dealing with Jacob, a selfish man.
James 1:13-15 - Temptation
Wed 21 October 2015 | Ben Davies | 35:02
Ben talks about temptation from verses 13-15 of James chapter 1
James 1:9-10 - Status
Wed 14 October 2015 | Ben Davies | 37:08
Ben speaks from James chapter 1 verses 9-10 on the subject of status
James 1:6-8 - Faith
Wed 7 October 2015 | Ben Davies | 36:49
Ben speaks from James chapter 1 verses 6-8 on the subject of Faith
James 1:5 - Wisdom
Wed 30 September 2015 | Ben Davies | 36:40
Ben continues his James series by looking at verse 5 of chapter 1 and speaks about Wisdom
Can we trust Jesus?
Wed 23 September 2015 | Ben Dale | 36:51
Ben Dale is our visiting speaker today. He speaks on the story of the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10:17-27 and asks the question "Can we trust Jesus?"
James 1:2-4 - Testing
Wed 16 September 2015 | Geri Jones | 23:50
In Ben's absense, Geri Jones continues the James series by looking at verses 2-4 of chapter 1 and talks about testing
James 1:1 - Being A Servant
Wed 9 September 2015 | Ben Davies | 33:20
Ben starts his series on James by looking at chapter 1 verse 1 and talks about being a servant.

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