Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

A Wednesday Night Snapshot

Have you ever been at Ingleside on a Wednesday night? On a typical Wednesday night hundreds of people gather at our church for the purposes of growing stronger and deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another. The gatherings are typically segmented by age, life stage, or purpose to allow us to focus God’s truth on the particular needs of each group or to sharpen our skills for serving. For example, on Wednesday night, February 6, . . . 65 adults gathered...

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No Passengers, All Crew

“So, how many ministers do you have at Ingleside?” the person asked.  I understand that this question is typically intended as an inquiry about the number of people on our church staff. But if answered in a biblical way, the number of ministers at Ingleside is more than 1,000! Think biblically.  A key passage of Scripture that informs our answer to this question and should shape our thinking about a healthy church says: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the...

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Biblical, Balanced, & Blessed

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bicycle?  Did you start with training wheels?  Did someone who loved you run along beside you steadying the bike with their hand?  What was the key to success?  It was learning to be balanced. What about roller skating or skateboarding?  Do you remember learning how to position your feet and shift your weight so that you could stay upright?  So many nuances, but the goal was simple.  Stay balanced. A few years ago I took a surfing...

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An Acts 16:5 Church

As a shepherd of the flock at Ingleside, I turn to the Scripture again and again for direction and insight about how our church can be healthy and pleasing to the Lord. One of the verses that has left its mark on me is Acts 16:5.  As the Apostle Paul and his missionary partners re-visited the cities where they had shared the gospel on his first missionary journey, he observed: So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. (Acts 16:5, ESV) Did...

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Three Snapshots

At Ingleside, we have long said, “We are a multi-generational church with a next-generation orientation.” The “multi-generational” dimension simply means that all ages and life-stages can find a home here.  Young or old, single or married, kids or no kids – you can find meaningful relationships and a place to grow into Christ-likeness at Ingleside. The “next-generation” dimension means that we make an intentional and significant investment in passing the baton of faith...

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Why Should I be a Member?

Are you a member at Ingleside yet?  If not, I want to encourage you to take that step.  The next membership classes for adults, students, and children are this Sunday afternoon, January 13, at 4:00 p.m. No reservation is necessary.  Dress is casual.  Dinner and childcare is provided.  Just come in at the east entrance to the Worship Center and a warm welcome will be waiting. But you might be thinking:  “Why?  Why should I become a ‘member’ at Ingleside?  I enjoy...

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Is it a Habit?

Habit.  It might be defined this way:  “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary” (Dictionary.com). Once in place, habits are powerful.  The truth is that we shape our habits, and then they shape us. Yet, habits can be weakened, broken, and . . . changed. Indeed, John Maxwell speaks to our habits this way: “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The secret of your success is found in your...

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One Worship Service on December 30

The old year ends, and the New Year begins! What better way to mark the turn of the calendar from 2018 to 2019 than to gather in worship with your church family? This Sunday, December 30, we plan to have one service only at 10:30 a.m. in the Worship Center at Ingleside. (No Sunday Bible study classes, small groups, or other regular activities will occur.) If you are in town this weekend, I hope you will be in church! Regular Schedule Resumes on January 2 As the New Year kicks...

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One Worship Service – December 23

Given the holiday schedule, this Sunday, December 23, we will have one worship service only at 10:30 a.m. in the Worship Center.  Sunday Bible Study classes will not meet. Children 5K and older are welcome in the Worship Center.  Childcare is provided for those 6-weeks through 4K. Christmas Eve Worship at Ingleside I hope you will consider joining us on Monday, December 24, for worship on Christmas Eve.  To make room for everyone, this year we are planning four services as...

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Join us for “Christmas Changes Everything”

If you live within driving distance, I hope you will consider joining us this weekend as we celebrate the birth of Jesus in a wonderful musical presentation called, “Christmas Changes Everything.” The six service times are as follows: Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 10:30 a.m., 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. No tickets are necessary.  Doors open thirty minutes before each presentation.  Childcare is available for ages...

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