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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 mission.  In addition, however, please put these opportunities on your calendar now: Wednesday, October 19 Fall Family Festival November 4-6...

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A Summer of Spiritual Significance

For many families at Ingleside, the rhythms of life will change 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 27-June 5 Nepal Mission Trip June 2-6 Toronto Mission Trip June...

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New High School Pastor Joins Team

I hope you will join me in offering a warm Ingleside welcome to Brett Brandewie and his family as he begins his ministry as our new High School Pastor.  Brett’s first day in the office was this past Monday, April 4. If you have not met Brett yet, let me tell you a bit about him.  Brett is 28 years old and a 2008 graduate of Florida State University (B.S., psychology and economics).  In 2012, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in...

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What’s the Next Step?

Many of the words the Bible uses to describe what it means to be a disciple of Jesus imply movement. Consider the call that Jesus extended to his first disciples.  He often said:  “Follow me.”  To be his disciple meant leaving where you were and going with him. It’s no wonder then that life in Christ is often described in the remainder of the New Testament as a “walk.”  The Apostle Paul would write:  “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him”...

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A Summer of Spiritual Significance

As the school year comes to a close, the rhythms of life will change for many families at Ingleside.  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: June 1-5 Student Life Camp (Middle School and High School at Covenant College) June...

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Going with the Gospel

As I write these words, it’s almost noon on Wednesday, March 4, and I’m in Southeast Asia.  I’m part of a short-term mission team of fourteen folks from Ingleside. We are here in support of a group of frontline missionaries who live and share the gospel in some of the most challenging circumstances in the world.  The purpose has been to help provide these missionaries and their children a few days of rest, renewal, training, and encouragement that will enhance their effectiveness...

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Summer Missions

My first international mission trip occurred 34 years ago in the summer of 1980.  Over ten weeks, my journey included training in Manila, Philippines, and then preaching/teaching in Singapore, East Malaysia, and Brunei. As a 22-year-old soon to begin seminary, this trip taught me so much.  Above all, it taught me the power of the gospel.  Even though culture and language were significant challenges, I saw firsthand how the Holy Spirit used the Word to bring people to faith in Jesus...

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Is “Missions” Biblical?

If the question is framed this way – is “missions” a biblical word? – then the answer may be surprising. A search of the King James Version of the Bible reveals that the word “missions” never appears, not even one time. In the English Standard Version, “mission” appears only once in the New Testament (2 Corinthians 11:12), and then it does not refer to what we typically understand as “missions” nor does it translate a specific Greek New Testament word.  Similarly, in the...

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Acts 1:8 Weekend

Our sixth annual “Acts 1:8 Weekend” occurs at Ingleside next Friday night through Sunday morning, November 8-10.  Get more details and register to participate here. Our missions conference takes its name from the verse of Scripture where Jesus said to his disciples: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV) Notice three insights that...

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