Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

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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Marriage Conference – September 23

Have you signed up yet to be part of our marriage conference on Sunday afternoon, September 23? Watch this 30-second video for more information and a personal invitation. Our worship speaker and conference leader will be Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, the author of “Love & Respect:  The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs.” You may register now for the conference online here. My wife, Beverly, and I plan to be at the marriage conference, and we hope to see...

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Prayer 101:  Praying that Pleases God

Do you know how many of us come to this world knowing how to pray?  The short answer is:  none! That’s right, all of us need to be taught.  All of us need to learn to pray in a way that pleases God. It’s why Jesus’ first disciples said to him: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1, ESV). In response, Jesus gave them a model prayer.  It’s a prayer we commonly call “The Lord’s Prayer” – because it was given to us by our Lord.  Its purpose is to teach us how to...

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Marriage Conference – September 23

How would you describe your marriage? I am keenly aware that many marriages are under pressure, some are fraying around the edges, and others are beginning to break apart. That’s why on Sunday, September 23, I encourage you and your spouse to make it a priority to be in worship that morning and attend our marriage conference that afternoon from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Our worship speaker and conference leader will be Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, the author of “Love & Respect:  The...

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What’s Your Next Step?

One of the great themes of this life the Lord has given us is that of progress. Consider the stages of growth. We begin as a dependent infant and move through various phases of physical, mental, and emotional development. Consider our salvation. Repenting and believing in Christ is a spark of spiritual growth, not a fizzling-out flame that leaves us in our sinful patterns. Consider our relationships. Long-term commitment where you make concerted and often difficult efforts to know a person...

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Be Like Jesus – Serve Others!

In 1991, Gatorade initiated a brilliant marketing campaign featuring basketball great Michael Jordan. With an original theme song, depictions of everyday people imitating his moves, and Jordan drinking the sports drink, the commercial ended with the statement, “Be like Mike. Drink Gatorade.” Virtually every kid in America (and a few adults!) wanted to be “like Mike.” Are you aware there is a key to being “like Jesus”? It is found here: “…But whoever would be great among...

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New School Year, New Opportunities

Within the next two to three weeks, schools all around Middle Georgia will open their doors again to students. The beginning of the school year is a chance for new patterns, new relationships, and the formation of new and healthy habits. Let me highlight some opportunities that lie ahead and encourage you to include them in your planning. Sunday, July 29 – Next Gen Preview Day – As part of our Church & Home strategy, this day allows children and students moving into a new...

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Celebrating When We “Go”

North America. South America. The Caribbean. Eastern Europe. South Asia. No, I didn’t just tell you all of the “bucket list” places I’d like to visit. These are the “here, there, and everywhere” destinations we have sent mission teams to this summer. Nine trips in all, in fact. Perhaps you’ve prayed for some of these, seen pictures on social media, or partnered in some way with a participant. I think it’s appropriate to thank the Lord for these opportunities to be a...

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The Welcoming Church

One of the challenges that large churches face on a weekly basis is providing a welcoming atmosphere to guests. In a church like ours, where 2,000 or so people worship on a Sunday morning, it can be easy for a newcomer to be lost in the shuffle. Our goal as a church should be for guests to feel welcomed, comfortable, and clearly directed from the moment they enter our parking lots. In a recent book by Lifeway President Thom Rainer, he lists ten factors related to a happy guest...

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