Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Two Questions

I’d like to ask you two questions this week. First, do you have your tickets yet?  Second, did you miss the huddle? Do you have your tickets yet?  On Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. An added bonus unique to our concert is that our Ingleside choir will be backing up the Gettys.  What a night of praise and worship it will be! So, get your tickets now.  They are available here and in...

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On the Horizon

As we recover from the storm, I’m thankful to be part of a church that has shown love and compassion in concrete and tangible ways to so many in our community. As normalcy returns and school-schedule rhythms get firmly in place, I want to make sure that some key dates and events at Ingleside are on your radar. Of course, our weekly worship services, classes, and groups – especially on Sundays and Wednesdays – continue to be at the heart of our disciple-making mission.  In...

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Join Me at the Concert?

On Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristin Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. Don’t know the Gettys?  Well, I’ll bet you know at least one of their songs.  Keith is co-writer of “In Christ Alone.” And though it was composed only in 2001, “In Christ Alone” is now fast-becoming a classic.  It’s sung regularly in churches all across the stylistic spectrum and is consistently in the Christian Copyright Licensing...

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How to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey left unimaginable destruction and loss in its wake, I know that your heart, like mine, has been moved with compassion. Maybe you have asked:  what can I do to help? At Ingleside, we are encouraging three responses:  pray, give, and go. Pray.  First, earnestly intercede on behalf of all who have been impacted.  Pray for encouragement, wisdom, hope, and help.  Pray for openness to the gospel.  Pray for good to ultimately come out of this calamity. Give. ...

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How Growth and Transformation Happen

Have you thought much about how significant growth and transformation occur?  I have. Words often attributed to Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) state the proven process succinctly: Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Sowing and reaping.  It’s no accident that the primary metaphor for growth here is an agricultural one.  This is often true in Scripture as well (cf....

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Back to School, Back to Church

For many Ingleside families the rhythms of summer are giving way to the more structured cadences of a new school year. By this point in the month of August, almost every school system in our region is back in session. So, this Sunday, August 20, in each of our worship services we will recognize and pray over educators and students – asking the Father’s favor and provision for this new school year. I hope you will be able to join us! From Guest … to Regular Attender … to...

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Healthy Habits

In these first few weeks of August, the focus for many in our community will be the return to patterns or habits that revolve around school. Five-year-olds will experience elementary school for the first time. Seniors will rise up as key leaders in their high schools. College students will come to town with their sights set on a career choice. Gone are the summer “sleep-in” days, lounging by the pool, and the yearly break in routine. Maybe you aren’t in this stage in your life. But...

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This Will Change Your Life

Well, not really. Sorry about that. Have you ever seen a headline on a newspaper with an outlandish sounding title like the one on this article? Have you come across a link to a web page that just seemed too good to be true? Did a You Tube video ever cross your path with a name so peculiar you had to watch it? Some would call this “clickbait” or “fake news.” Others would call it hyperbole. You might call it a plain ‘ole lie! Maybe a reasonable way to describe these would be...

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Celebrate

Do you stop to celebrate? It’s awfully hard to do in this fast-paced world. Because when you stop, you miss out. But there are some things for which we should stop. I think celebrating is one of them. The word most often associated with celebration in the New Testament is usually translated in the King James Version as “rejoice” or “be merry.” It carries with it the emotion of delight and gladness. This concept of celebrating good things is not lost in the Old Testament either....

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Improving Your Serve

I’m not sure if you follow tennis, but the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, just wrapped up its championship rounds last weekend, with Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza taking the men’s and women’s singles championships, respectively. You might be amazed that over the course of the event 493,000 people attend, 30,000 pizzas are served, 50,000 plants are on display, and that players have to follow an “almost entirely in white rule” in regard...

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