Pastor's Blog

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Pastor's Blog

Easter Worship by Livestream

This will be a Resurrection Sunday to remember, will it not? Instead of gathering with thousands on our campus to remember Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and to celebrate his victory over sin and death, we will stay home and connect with one another for worship by livestream. You may participate at ingleside.org/live (and on Facebook and YouTube).  I hope that you will join us and invite others to do the same. Though our circumstances have been temporarily and radically...

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Worship by Livestream through April 26

Are you missing our weekly gatherings at Ingleside? I know that I surely am!  I’m missing the interaction and encouragement of our times of worship together and our face-to-face fellowship with one another. Yet, to honor the directives of our governing authorities and because we want to love our neighbors by doing our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we will continue to suspend any on-campus worship services or other activities through Thursday, April 30. Until it is...

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Ten Practical Steps to Honor God in the Crisis

Here are ten practical, put-it-into-action steps to take as we love God, love others, and follow Jesus during the COVID-19 crisis. . Engage with God through Scripture and prayer every day. Join with hundreds of us as we read God’s word “a chapter a day” (text the word Chapter to 22828 or sign up online here).  Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31b, ESV).  By God’s grace, deep spiritual roots will enable us to weather any...

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Faithful in a Crisis

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis unfolds around us, it’s good to be reminded that God is sovereign and he “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, ESV). As we trust and follow Jesus, he will give us the wisdom, hope, strength, and encouragement that we need no matter what tomorrow may bring. So, here are five practical steps you can take to walk faithfully with the Lord during these uncertain days. ... First, engage with God through...

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Two Coronavirus Questions

Note: For the latest updates, visit ingleside.org/updates. You have no doubt been flooded with the talk of the new year that is the coronavirus, or COVID-19. It has had a significant effect on the health and lives of those in China and is increasingly impacting other areas of the world. Perhaps you have been or know someone who has been personally affected by it. In the swarm of news reports and social media posts, you may be asking two questions: “How is my church responding?” and...

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Membership and Missions: Options this Month

Church membership is biblical.  As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:  “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27, ESV; cf. Romans 12:4-5). Membership is a way of saying:  “I’m committed to Jesus and to his body, the church.  You can count on me to use my gifts for the good of others in this church family.  I will worship, grow, serve, give, and go with the gospel alongside others in this church family.  I’m...

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Join us for “Big Wednesday”

On Wednesday night, March 4, we are encouraging everyone—all ages and life stages—to gather for worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center followed by an Ice Cream Social in the Gathering Area. Who? Every age and life stage! (Birth through age 4 in childcare during worship; with their parents for the social) When? Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Where? Worship Center What? Worship, Lord’s Supper, Baptism, and Ice Cream Social Why? To encourage and...

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Healthy Processes, Healthy Results

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV84) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this...

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High School Ministry Expansion

God is favoring our High School Ministry at Ingleside with a new season of growth under the leadership of our High School Pastor, Brett Brandewie. As a result of the growth, our Overseers are recommending that we renovate our “Across the Street” High School Ministry space (in the Wimbish Midtown Shopping Center) at an amount not-to-exceed $670,000. This recommendation will be considered by our church at our Semi-Annual Church Conference on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 7:45...

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See You at the Bible Conference?

I hope you will join me for our Bible Conference this Sunday afternoon, February 9, at 4:00 p.m. Who is our speaker?  Dr. Tom Schreiner is a professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at my alma mater, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schreiner is a prolific author.  His works include the volume on 1, 2 Peter & Jude in the New American Commentary series.  He is also a devoted churchman, serving as an elder at Clifton Baptist Church,...

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