All posts by Jason Speier

Christ follower, 1 amazing wife named Sarah, 4 incredible kids, many awesome friends friends & family. Pastor of Student Ministry & Worship Ministry at Encouraging Word Baptist Church,

Our current situation…

From a local businessman and church leader- 12/15/12

I have tried putting down my opinion this morning and have found it very difficult to breathe when I try to gather my thoughts to write. Sleep was interrupted most of the night when I would find myself thinking of the children. I have no connection to any of the families other than human feelings and compassion and that seems to fall way short of reasoning when it comes to the magnitude of this loss. I don’t recall ever hearing the name Newtown, Connecticut until yesterday. Now I have. Through live news coverage of an incomprehensible act that will now live in my mind as long as I draw breath. An external enemy with years of cultivated hatred took life from us on 9/11 however this senseless murderous act was committed by a sick minded neighbor cultivated internally. I say cultivated because this was not a spontaneous loss of mind but a premeditated, evil act that totally disregarded human life. Any life taken in this manner is senseless and incomprehensible but children! What can cause anyone to commit such a heinous evil act?

Opinions as to the cause will mount in days and months to come and will mostly focus on what appears to be the obvious. As President Obama said we should debate vigorously every “meaningful” issue that would prevent anything close to this from ever happening again. However most of us will focus on the “apparent” obvious and in some cases deliberately avoid the root cause. We will reason that it is just too humanly hard to deal with. As with similar tragedies in our recent history we cannot allow this to end up media spin to promote political agendas that do not address the root problem. As with every major crisis that America is currently dealing with this one as with the others could have been anticipated because the root problem has yet to be addressed. Sure, a sick mind and guns can be debated, opinions stated and laws passed until the next tragedy however unless the root cause is addressed these tragedies will continue to occur again and again, only more frequently and by possibly different means. Anything but addressing the root cause is a Band-Aid for a gashing wound.

Evil has been allowed to develop as untreated cancer in our society and is now with great devastation is taking its toll with human life. It will be interesting to see in the coming days to see if it will be reported how many times this sick mind received hugs and told he was loved from a broken dysfunctional “family”. How many hours a day he spent playing violent video games, watching violent movies and listening to music that disregard human life produced from an entertainment industry left unchecked. Again only evidence and fruits of a deeper root cause in a depraved culture. Our human spirits and ultimately our actions are cultivated by what we allow to entertain (to maintain ones the mind) our mind and our minds have been entertained by evil rather than good. America we are beginning to reap the whirlwinds. The root cause; Acceptance of evil as a cultural lifestyle. Acceptance of evil as a society does have its moment of temporary satisfaction and pleasure but will eventually surface and result in the destructive death stench that it really is.

It is easy if you are slightly informed to cry out about the dark fruits or evidence of evil however as I said earlier, addressing, debating or merely crying out is not enough it requires action. Humanly it is much harder to address the solution, especially if you are not aware or been taught that the solution requires indivual reflection, accountability and action that is found in ancient writings. This ancient writing, if followed will have an immediate, significant and positive cultural impact.
Some will argue that we don’t want or need to change our developing culture. Really, really? Continue to follow this and future developing news stories and tell me that we don’t need to change our sick “developing culture”. Look into the eyes of the children and see what we have left them and with conviction repeat it in the mirror. We have always had and will no matter what continue to have sick minds and available weapons but we do not have to endure these evil actions that have been now experienced in Newtown.

There is a Solution!!!!

My fear is that we will debate passionately the peripheral issues, avoid the root cause and therefore once again reject the Solution.
The Solution – The ancient writing ?

2 Chronicles 7:14
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Leaders please lead!!! Pastors, Clergy, Senate Members, House Members, Governors, Mayors, Commissioners, Media Moguls, Business Leaders, please, please, please lead this great nation in repentance before God. Let us the followers see you repent through all available outlets. TV, Radio, Internet, Youtube, Facebook etc. we will follow!

We have been warned over and over and now it is time for action. Going over the fiscal cliff will pale in comparison of going over the spiritual cliff. Arrogant and prideful unbelief is the only thing standing in way of true change and solution.

America, if our leaders don’t repent, we must take it on ourselves lead our families in repentance anyway we will then have the wisdom and fortitude to appoint the correct leaders!

As for either side that attempts to politicize this act to promote their agendas that do not address the root cause, they should be prosecuted and held in contempt of human life. We will not be able to write laws, build prisons, borrow enough money and build enough gravesites fast enough if America does not repent and find its moral compass through faith in Jesus Christ.

Gary Hensley



By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Woodland Hills Church Student Ministry Summer Schedule 2012

Woodland Hills Church Student Ministry Summer/Fall Schedule 2012

View Events at & Student Ministry Info at 

  1. High School Music Week Camp– Sunday July 15th- Friday July 21st: If you love music and want to grow as a disciple of Christ, this is an incredible week that you will never forget!  Cost $129 Register Online at
  2. Student LifeGroups– Every Wednesday night beginning July 25th with our Kickoff including cookout & parent meeting: Wednesday nights at WHC.  No Cost  (Note we will NOT meet for SLG’s July 4, 11, 18.)  We kickoff on the 25th!
  3. Doe River Gorge Lake Day- Saturday, August 4th: Water, Sand, Giant Blog, & More!  Cost $25 & includes lunch. Register Online at
  4. College Prep Systematic Theology Study– Every Sunday night at Jason’s house.   Kickoff August 5th,  Middle School at 6pm-7:30pm & High School at 8pm-9:30pm.  No cost


Jason Speier

828.736.3586- Cell

Zip Line Adventure Course

Dear Woodland Hills Church family and friends! 
Attention Adventure Seekers!  Jason Speier and the student ministry leaders would like to invite YOU to join the High School & Middle School students this Thursday June 14 as they conquer the outdoor Zip Line Adventure Course at the Nantahala Outdoor Center located approximately 90 minutes from Woodland Hills Church!  This will be an awesome afternoon of adventure, team building, and overcoming fears!  

  • Start time 11am (Please arrive 30 mins early, you would need to leave WHC by 9am to arrive in time).  For those who would like to carpool from WHC please arrive in the main parking lot no later than 8:45am.  
  • Total Trip- Time 2.5 hours to go through the adventure course
  • COST is $25 (Normally $45)  Difficulty- Beginner/Intermediate
  • Zip Line Course Weights- 75 – 275 pounds
Details about the Zip Line Adventure Course can be found at

Questions:  Call Pastor Jason at 828.736.3586  If YOU are in the 7th-12th Grade and would like to attend Summer Camp 2012, June 10th-15th, Please call Jason asap as it is NOT TOO late to sign up!  You can also REGISTERonline at or get more info.  THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!  




  1. YOUTH SUNDAY is This Sunday JUNE 10th.  ALL STUDENTS 7th-12th report to the CHOIR ROOM at 10am sharp.  Youth Band 8am rehearsal.  
  2. THANKS TO JUSILLA’S for Teaching Dave Ramsey’s GENERATION CHANGE that finishes up this Sunday from 9-10am.  Corey Benfield, our summer student ministry intern, will be starting an 8 week Sunday School Class on the book of COLLISIONS on JUNE 17th!  
  3. SUMMER CAMP 2012!  Attached FORMS that need to be filled out, signed, and returned to Pastor Jason, PARENT CONSENT FORM & NOC Rafting Waiver.  
  4. Attached FORMS for General Information are STUDENT PACKING LIST White Water Rafting Guide.  
  • IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP 2012!  CLICK HERE or go to  We have approx. 25 folks going and have room for at least 10 more.  Cost is $159/person and you have several options of paying over the course of the summer or if you need a scholarship just let me know.  I don’t want ANYONE to miss out because of tight finances or lack of funds.  Simple REGISTER online and we can figure out payment arrangements.   
  • NO Student LifeGroups this Weds. night JUNE 13th b/c we will be out of town at Camp!  
  • We will meet the next week on Weds, JUNE 20th and invite ALL NEW students to join us in the gym at WHC 6:30pm-8pm!  Thanks to all the GREAT Student LifeGroup Leaders!!!
  • COLLEGE PREP Systematic Theology Study on Sunday Night will take the summer off and KICK BACK OFF ON AUG. 5th!  
Jason Speier

Summer Schedule for Student Ministries @ WHC

FIRST OF ALL- THANKS FOR WHAT ALL OF YOU MEAN TO THE STUDENT MINISTRY TEAM AT WHC!  I appreciate all that YOU do for Jesus, oImageur church, each other, and our community!
Please (pretty please) mark down these dates and let me know if you have any questions.  I need a few more leaders for Summer Camp June 10-15 if anyone is interested please contact me at or 828.736.3586.  Please save my phone number if you need anything at all.  All events can be viewed at 
  • JUNE 10- YOUTH SUNDAY– Students will participate in leading many areas of the service this Sunday morning.  
  • JUNE 10-15 WHC SUMMER CAMP- (Sunday after church – Friday morn) CLICK HERE  for more info!  WE HOPE THAT EVERY STUDENT CAN COME ON THIS GREAT WEEK!  BRING A FRIEND & REGISTER ONLINE.  My Goal is to have 50 students & leaders go on this week of camp & scholarships are available if you need one just let me know!  This week is for all students who are going into the 7th grade this coming fall through college freshman.  
  • July 15-20 High School Music Week Camp- CLICK HERE for more info!  If you LOVE MUSIC this is a week that you DO NOT want to miss! 
  • COLLEGE PREP SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY– SUNDAY NIGHTS at Jason’s House CLICK HERE for more info- We will finish this year on June 3rd with our last session & Kick Off again on Aug. 5th
  • STUDENT LIFE GROUPS- WEDS. NITES- Will continue throughout the entire Summer except for 2 Dates when we will be at Camps.  Those dates are June 13 & July 18.  Other than that we will continue to meet, pray, study scripture, and more! 
  • LAKE DAY! Aug. 4th (Saturday)  CLICK HERE FOR INFO!  
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS Please call me directly on my cell 828.736.3586 or Email me at