Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Partnerships worth Celebrating

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the church at Philippi, he made it a priority to celebrate their partnership. As the letter begins, Paul says: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, ESV) Like Paul, I want to celebrate several dimensions of our partnership in the gospel today. Partnership in...

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Going with the Gospel

Everyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ should be involved in going with the gospel. Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV). Similarly, In Acts 1:8 Jesus said to his followers: “But you will receive power when...

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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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Resources to Help Us Stay on Track

As we walk with Christ, we should anticipate that it will take effort to stay on the right path. After all, we live in a fallen world where evil and temptation abound.  Then there are the appetites and desires of our old, sinful nature.  Add to that the pressure to conform to the spirit of the age, and the danger of drifting off course is significant. Thankfully, God has provided ample wisdom and power through the Scripture, through his Spirit, and through the encouragement of other...

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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 a church, virtually all are asking some form of the same question: “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer at Ingleside 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 specific questions newcomers may ask are often more detailed, nuanced, and personalized. Consider these possibilities: ...

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See You at the Concert?

As of this writing, only about 100 tickets remain for our “Big Church Night Out” concert with headliner David Crowder on Thursday night, October 4, in our Worship Center. You may purchase tickets at www.ingleside.org.  Just click the “BCNO” banner and it will get you where you need to go. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.  All seating is General Admission, so come early to get the seat you want. I hope to see you for the “Big Church Night Out”...

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Make an Investment in Your Marriage

Virtually every marriage can be better, stronger, healthier, and more satisfying. And, Scripture makes clear that it’s both good for us and glorifies God when our marriages are flourishing. That’s why this Sunday, September 23, I encourage you and your spouse to make it a priority to be in worship together that morning and attend our marriage conference that afternoon from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. You may register now for the conference online here. Our worship speaker and...

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How’s the Health of Your Marriage?

Some marriages are pretty healthy.  But many others are under pressure, some are fraying around the edges, and others are beginning to break apart. Virtually every marriage can be better, stronger, and more satisfying.  It’s good for us and glorifies God when our marriages are flourishing. That’s why on Sunday, September 23, I encourage you and your spouse to make it a priority to be in worship together that morning and attend our marriage conference that afternoon from 4:00 –...

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A Fabulous Fall

As the calendar has flipped into September and school-schedule rhythms are getting 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 process. In addition, however, please put these opportunities on your calendar now: Thursday, September 13 Women’s Event: This is My Story,...

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