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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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How to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey left unimaginable destruction and loss in its wake, I know that your heart, like mine, has been moved with compassion. Maybe you have asked:  what can I do to help? At Ingleside, we are encouraging three responses:  pray, give, and go. Pray.  First, earnestly intercede on behalf of all who have been impacted.  Pray for encouragement, wisdom, hope, and help.  Pray for openness to the gospel.  Pray for good to ultimately come out of this calamity. Give. ...

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How Growth and Transformation Happen

Have you thought much about how significant growth and transformation occur?  I have. Words often attributed to Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) state the proven process succinctly: Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Sowing and reaping.  It’s no accident that the primary metaphor for growth here is an agricultural one.  This is often true in Scripture as well (cf....

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Rhythms

While our Lead Pastor, Tim McCoy, is out on study break, our blog posts will be written by our Executive Pastor, Andy Johnson. Rhythms are part of the nature of life and take a host of forms. The drummer’s beat influences the pace of the song. The runner’s stride dictates the outcome of the race. The choice of classes indicate how long a degree will take. And seasonal and long-term commitments direct the affairs of our lives. Many of us have been in a “summer rhythm.” School...

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July 2 – One Worship Service

This Sunday, July 2, we will have one worship service only at 10:30 a.m. in the Worship Center at Ingleside. Watch this 30-second video for my personal invitation. In 1 Peter 2:17, the Bible says, “Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (ESV). That’s just what we plan to do this Sunday as we celebrate our freedom, honor America, encourage one another, and worship God. I hope you will join us! Your Pastor and Friend,    

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C. S. Lewis on Faith, Feelings, & a Chapter a Day

What’s the condition of your faith?  Is it strong and sound?  In his discussion of the different dimensions of faith in his classic, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis says: “Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.  For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes.  I know that by experience.  Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing...

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Join in the Journey

The first days of the New Year are a great time to join the growing group (more than 2,600 now) who are reading the Scripture together – a chapter a day. If you’ve never been able to put this spiritual habit in place and keep it there, “a chapter a day” might be just the ticket. It’s doable – some Bible reading plans require multiple chapters a day, and many report that it’s just too much. A chapter a day is manageable for most. It’s understandable – every...

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Ingleside’s 65th Anniversary

Every journey is defined by significant markers along the way.  This Sunday, December 18, we will mark 65 years since the day our church was officially begun. When the Charter Member Scroll was closed on December 23, 1951, Ingleside was officially constituted with 203 members.  Today our membership stands at more than 4,600 members. I hope you will be here on Sunday to celebrate 65 years of God’s favor and faithfulness to our church family.  The morning begins with food and...

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So Which Study Bible Do You Recommend?

It’s a question that comes my way with some regularity.  And it’s one that I’m always pleased to respond to quickly.  The question is: “So, which study Bible do you recommend?” I currently use and recommend the ESV Study Bible. The follow up question is usually: “Why do you recommend that one?”  The reasons include: The English Standard Versions is a faithful, recent English translation of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the Bible.  It is an...

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One a Day

Where does your mind go when you hear “one a day”?  My thoughts go to vitamins. In fact, “one a day” is a registered trademark of Bayer Healthcare LLC under which they market a family of fifteen or so different multivitamin products.  Bayer first introduced the “one a day” line in 1940. The idea is simple and compelling.  Take one vitamin every day and it will improve your overall physical health and wellbeing. In a similar way, I’m asking everyone to join me in...

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