Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Want to Go Deeper?

Virtually every pastor hears the comment.  I’ve heard it too from time to time. Have you heard it?  Have you said it?  Here’s the comment: “I’d like to go deeper.  I want to be challenged biblically and spiritually.  I want more than what I’m getting now.  I want to really know God, understand his word, and walk with him every day.” Well, if that’s you, I want to invite you to join me for our Bible Conference on Sunday afternoon, February 25, at 3:30 p.m. Who is...

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The Flu Shot and the Blood of Jesus

Virtually everyone is aware that we are in the midst of a particularly virulent flu season.  As the New York Times reported recently: “As of February 2, infection rates for the 2017-2018 flu season were still rising, higher than those in any year since 2009, when the swine flu was pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even more worrying, the hospitalization rate is the highest that the C.D.C. has ever recorded at this point in the season. It has just...

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And the Survey Says

What if you could survey about 80,000 people in more than 200 churches about their spiritual growth and how it happens? What if those people were all along a spiritual continuum – from merely “exploring” faith in Christ to an “all in” Christ-centered commitment? What if you could measure over fifty factors to assess their impact on spiritual growth? And what if those factors included: (1) beliefs and attitudes; (2) organized church activities; (3) personal spiritual...

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We’ve always said, “Yes!”

In our context, most people consider Ingleside a larger church. And, I suppose that’s true. Recently, from the pen of Thom Rainer, I saw a simple depiction of churches in the United States by average number of worshipers: 50% of churches average less than 100 40% of churches average between 100 and 350 10% of churches average more than 350 So, with 2,000 or so worshipers on average at Ingleside, we would be in the larger category for sure. And, this means that when a...

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“Jesus? Yes! Membership? Not so much.”

It’s a sentiment that I hear, observe, or read about with some regularity these days.  Have you heard it? The person says: “Oh, yes.  I love Jesus and follow him.  But being a committed member of a church?  No, not so much.” For some, I think it’s just a pragmatic statement of self-interest.  They might add: “I just go here and there; wherever my needs are met and I get fed.  If the music is great, the teaching is relevant, and the kids programs are excellent –...

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Just Take the Next Step

Sometimes when we think about the future, we are frozen because the gap between where we are and where we want to be seems so large and so daunting. The same can be true when we think about spiritual growth and development.  The divide between “here” and “there” seems so great that we are paralyzed and do nothing. So what to do?  The key is to just take the next step. When the big assignment is broken down into many smaller ones it becomes doable.  When the huge project...

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See you Sunday?

With the holidays now in the rear view mirror, we will be back to our regular schedule this Sunday, January 7. The four Sunday morning worship services are as follows: 8:30 a.m.         Traditional worship in the Chapel 9:40 a.m.         Blended worship in the Worship Center 11:00 a.m.       Blended worship in the Worship Center 11:00 a.m.       Contemporary worship in the Multi-Purpose Gym In addition, Bible study classes and groups for all ages will all...

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One Worship Service on December 31

The old year ends, and the New Year begins! What better way to mark the turn of the calendar from 2017 to 2018 than to gather in worship with your church family? This Sunday, December 31, 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 3 As the New Year kicks...

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Christmas Eve Worship at Ingleside

I hope you will consider joining us this Sunday afternoon or evening, December 24, for worship on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. To make room for everyone, this year we are planning four services as follows: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.    Family Service with Live Nativity 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.    Family Service with Live Nativity 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.    Family Service with Live Nativity 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.    Candlelight Communion Service All four of these...

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Join me for “Finding Christmas”?

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, “Finding Christmas.” The five service times are as follows: ... Friday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Christmas cookies, hot wassail, and great fellowship will follow each of the afternoon and evening presentations.  On...

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