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Membership and Missions Options

Every month since September 1997 we have hosted a Discovering Ingleside Membership class.  It’s the way you join our church and commit to membership. The class is typically on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (a complimentary snack supper is served).  This month, as usual, the class will be on Sunday afternoon, March 17. Options this month.  In addition, for those of you who have not been able to make the Sunday afternoon class, this month only we are offering the class...

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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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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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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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A Summer of Spiritual Significance

For many families at Ingleside, the rhythms of life will be different as the school year comes to a close. The demands of classes, tests, and extracurricular activities give way to a welcome change of pace. At Ingleside, the summer promises to be spiritually significant.  I want you to know about, participate in, and pray for the ministry and missions that will occur.  Here’s a summary: May 24-28 Denver Mission Trip May 26-June 2 Ukraine Mission Trip June...

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Membership Options

Every month since September 1997 we have hosted a Discovering Ingleside Membership class.  It’s the way you join our church and commit to membership. The class is typically on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (a complimentary snack supper is served).  This month, as usual, the class will be on Sunday afternoon, April 15. Options this month.  In addition, for those of you who have not been able to make the Sunday afternoon class, this month only we are offering the class...

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Are One of These Seats for You?

Are One of These Seats for You? Israel Biblical Study Tour, June 4-14, 2017 In the summer of 1979, I had the privilege of participating in an archaeological dig in Israel at Tel Batash, the biblical city of Timnah (cf. Judges 14).  Though the work was hard, the  archaeological dig itself was very fascinating. And, the additional touring our group was able to do throughout the land of Israel was transformative.  It forever changed the way I read and understood the Bible. Ever since...

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By the Numbers

If you watched the Chicago Cubs win the World Series this week, you know that it’s possible to give a summary in a few numbers. World Series: 4-3 Game 7 score: 8-7 Game 7 innings: 10 Years since Cubs last won series: 108 The numbers are accurate and helpful.  They tell key parts of the story.  Yet, they don’t come close to telling it all. They don’t convey the sheer elation for Cubs fans, or the disappointment for their opponents. They don’t...

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Join me at the Fall Family Festival

I hope you will join me and hundreds of Inglesiders and guests at the Fall Family Festival on Wednesday night, October 19. 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 Ingleside, it’s a great 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. The food options are fantastic.  Our own...

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