Episode #005: 2016 Campus Sunday Testimonies

Episode Overview

Welcome to Episode #005 of the Rebekah Osteen: Storyteller by Trade, Missionary at Heart podcast. In this episode, you’ll hear testimonies from Coach Tasha Brown and Dakota Lipps given at Bethel Cincinnati during our Campus Sunday celebration service held on January 31, 2016.

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Episode #004: 2016 Campus Sunday Message

Episode Overview

Welcome to Episode #004 of the Rebekah Osteen: Storyteller by Trade, Missionary at Heart podcast. In this episode, you’ll hear the message I delivered at Bethel Cincinnati during our Campus Sunday celebration service held on January 31, 2016. I wrap up our “Back to the Basics” series by sharing about the Holy Spirit and His work in, through and amongst us as Christians.

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Episode #003: Spring 2016 Semester Preview

Episode Overview

Welcome to Episode #003 of the Rebekah Osteen: Storyteller by Trade, Missionary at Heart podcast. In this episode, I give a special preview of what our local Every Nation Campus team has planned throughout the Spring 2016 semester. Here are four key highlights that I’m specifically looking forward to…

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Episode #002: Hello 2016! Start By Getting Unstuck

Episode Overview

Welcome to Episode #002 of the Rebekah Osteen: Storyteller by Trade, Missionary at Heart podcast. In this episode, I share three ways that you can start the new year by getting unstuck:

1. Identify where, how and why you’ve gotten stuck

2. Decide and commit to get unstuck

3. Take Action

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that, “A body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts upon it and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain a body in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.”

Dave Ramsey’s Momentum Theorem: Focused Intensity (Fi) over Time (T) multiplied by God (G) equals Momentum (M)

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Episode #001: It Begins!

Episode Overview

Welcome to Episode #001 of the Rebekah Osteen: Storyteller by Trade, Missionary at Heart podcast. In this episode, I discuss the why behind the what of launching an audio podcast and take a few moments to introduce myself by unpacking what it means to be a Storyteller by Trade, Missionary at heart. This is going to be legendary!

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Takeaways From A Campus Ministry Leaders’ Mixer

Last night, I had the great privilege of joining other Christian ministry leaders who have dedicated their efforts to reaching and serving the University of Cincinnati at a mixing and mingling, dreaming and scheming gathering.

There were about 15 people representing 11 different ministries and organizations present including my tribe, Every Nation Campus. The gathering was hosted by a former UC Medical College professor of 23 years who is very aware of the needs and unique challenges of reaching the campus and had a desire to bring all of us together and provide the space and opportunity to connect relationally and learn more about each others’ ministries.

Based on the post-gathering response and initial feedback, I think it’s safe to say that last night’s gathering was a huge win. It was an incredible encouragement to me personally and I look forward to more mixing and mingling, dreaming and scheming opportunities with fellow campus ministers from around the city.

Here were a few of my personal takeaways from last night…

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Journey To Cincinnati: I’ve Never Done This Before…

This is part 4 in a series that chronicles the incredible year-long journey (September 2012–September 2013) God took me on and used to move me north of the Mason-Dixon line from Nashville, TN to Cincinnati, OH. Read part 3 entitled “Am I Seeing Things?” here.


Here I was, growing more and more restless with each passing day and becoming more and more aware of all the signs God was using to get my attention and spark my interest about Cincinnati. What started out as me praying for the Robinson’s and the Taylor’s turned into me asking God, “Do you actually want me to play a part in this church plant as well?!” 

At this point in time, what I did know was that I had a genuine desire to get involved and help with on-the-ground efforts, even if it meant commuting back and from from Nashville to Cincinnati. And even though I had already resolved in my heart to commit to pray for and give financially towards the Bethel Cincinnati church plant, I still wasn’t satisfied. Someway, somehow, I wanted to see how God could potentially use me in a more personal way.

I also knew that this was definitely not a Rebekah idea. Like I mentioned before, Cincinnati was never on my radar. But it was on God’s. And as wild and mysterious as this journey was turning out to be, I could trust that He was the one directing my steps and burdening my heart for a city I knew nothing about.

However, what I didn’t know was whether or not God actually wanted me to pack up my entire life to relocate to Cincinnati or simply commute back and forth from Nashville to Cincinnati for a season of time. That was the big unknown. And although it would’ve been really nice, I never once heard God’s audible voice saying, “Gooo to Cincinnati…” Rather, He tenderly reassured me through His Spirit’s soft, gentle whisper that constantly said,

Trust Me. I’m with you.

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Journey To Cincinnati: Am I Seeing Things?

This is part 3 in a series that chronicles the incredible year-long journey (September 2012–September 2013) God took me on and used to move me north of the Mason-Dixon line from Nashville, TN to Cincinnati, OH. Read part 2 entitled, “Too Comfortable” here.


After I first got word that the Robinson’s would be moving from Nashville to serve as Associate Pastors for the new Bethel Cincinnati church plant, it was as if God all of a sudden gave me a sixth sense that allowed me to notice anything and everything related to Cincinnati that crossed my path. For three straight months, I felt like I saw and heard references to Cincinnati everywhere I went. From hats to t-shirts to bumper stickers to billboards to live news broadcasts, it seemed as if God was really trying to get my attention. And He certainly wasn’t going to allow me to dismiss or forget about the idea that perhaps He also had something for me in Cincinnati as well.

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Journey To Cincinnati: Too Comfortable

This is part 2 in a series that chronicles the incredible year-long journey (September 2012–September 2013) God took me on and used to move me north of the Mason-Dixon line from Nashville, TN to Cincinnati, OH. Read part 1 entitled, “Bombay Bistro” here.


Ever since I was little, I’ve always had bouts with cabin fever any time I stayed in the same place or did the same thing for too long. God bless my parents…they even had to deal with this during many a church service when I was growing up, but they eventually cracked the code and found a cure: take me out to the car, strap me in my carseat and drive me in circles around the parking lot until I finally settled down again.

What’s so interesting is that this has stuck with me all the way into adulthood (some things you never quite grow out of, I suppose…). And during the Fall of 2012 at the age of 24, cabin fever struck again. But this time, God used it to change the direction of my life entirely.

You see, after graduating from college in May of 2010 and experiencing a year-and-a-half long roller coaster ride to kick off young adulthood, God miraculously opened up an opportunity for me to come on staff at the very church I called home as a college student. I was working in a position that was created just for me which also gave me a chance to finally experience some life traction and cash flow. However, after only eight months on the job, I began to get really comfortable.

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Journey To Cincinnati: Bombay Bistro

This is part 1 in a series that chronicles the incredible year-long journey (September 2012–September 2013) God took me on and used to move me north of the Mason-Dixon line from Nashville, TN to Cincinnati, OH. Read the series introduction here.


Friday, September 7th, 2012 will forever go down as the day God first planted the Cincinnati seed in my heart. I was out to lunch with Cristy Robinson, a good friend and incredible mentor who really helped me navigate the tumult of my first couple of years out of college. Since it was her birthday and my treat, we went to an Indian restaurant in Franklin, TN called Bombay Bistro. Cristy chose this particular place for her love of ethnic food as well as to commemorate her mission trip to Mumbai, India that summer which I had an opportunity to pray for and give towards.

As we filled our plates from the lunch buffet and found our seats, we began our normal routine of chatting and catching up. After I gave a brief update about how I was doing and what I was up to, it was her turn to share. Cristy started off with some small talk, but then one single comment changed the course of our conversation entirely…

I have some news to share.

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