Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

A River of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you will pause today personally to give thanks to God through Jesus Christ for all the “good gifts” that have come to you from his gracious hand. For as the Scripture says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17, ESV).  He is indeed the “fount of every blessing!” The hymn-writer, Johnson Oatman, Jr., has challenged us well: “Count your many blessings, name them one by one;...

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Join my Family for Thanksgiving?

Would you consider joining my family for a delicious Thanksgiving meal and wonderful time of worship?  If you can join us, it will be my privilege to help serve you. When?  We will gather on Tuesday night, November 21. What time’s the meal?  The buffet meal (which includes turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings) begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be served until 6:45 p.m. Where?  At Ingleside – seating will be in our Multi-Purpose Gym, Fellowship Hall, and Dining Room.  Just...

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New Children’s Pastor Joins Team

I’m pleased to announce that on Monday, November 13, Nick Wilbur will join our staff as our new Children’s Pastor.  In this role, he will provide leadership to our 5K – 5th grade ministries. Nick’s education and experience have prepared him to serve well on our team.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (B.B.A, 2007), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2012), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2017). In addition, for five years...

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How the Gospel Spreads & the Church Grows

Have you ever thought much about how people take first steps toward faith in Jesus Christ and a vital relationship with other believers in a church?  I have. Some time ago, I reviewed some very interesting survey results from LifeWay Research that asked:  how are Americans willing to receive information about a local church?  In December 2008, the survey asked 15,000 American adults how they felt about 13 different ways they might receive information about a church. What was the...

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The Reformation at 500

On October 31, 1517 – five hundred years ago – Martin Luther, a young Catholic monk, posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. That was the spark that set ablaze the religious movement we know now as the Protestant Reformation.  And it was a movement that literally and radically changed the world. But, one might ask, “Is the Reformation over?  What is its lasting significance?  Why should it matter to me?” One might also ask: “So, in...

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Join me at the Fall Family Festival?

I hope you will join me, hundreds of Inglesiders, and guests at our Fall Family Festival on Wednesday evening, October 25. It’s a great night of fellowship, food, and fun for all ages.  And, if you have a friend that you want to introduce to our church, it’s a wonderful event to invite them to attend with you. It all occurs here at Ingleside on the east side of our campus.  Start time is 5:30 p.m., and we wrap it all up at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your appetite with you....

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Bridge Builders

When Merriam-Webster defines the word “bridge,” two primary meanings are offered: a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle (such as a river), for example, a bridgeconnecting the island to the mainland a time, place, or means of connection or transition, for example, building a bridgebetween the two cultures, or the bridge from war to peace Simply put, bridges help us overcome obstacles and make connections. Of course, the greatest...

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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out Ingleside, virtually all are asking some form of the question:  “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer has been, “Yes!” Our answer reflects the spirit of Romans 15:7, which says: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (ESV). Of course, the questions newcomers are asking are sometimes more specific and more nuanced, even if they are rarely spoken aloud. Consider a few...

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See you at the Concert?

This 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 online and in our Ingleside Bookstore. Save the Dates As you are penciling in priorities on your calendar between now and the end of the year, I hope you will...

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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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