Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog

Help and Hope in Jesus’ Name

As Hurricane Ian has stormed across Florida leaving great destruction in its wake, I know you have prayed.  As recovery begins, now is the time to help those in need. Cash contributions are an immediate way to help.  I recommend that you make gifts through Send Relief, the compassion and disaster relief arm of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. You can be assured that your gifts will provide immediate help and hope in Jesus’ name.  Save the...

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Is Growth Good?

What does the Bible say about growth? Even a cursory look at the New Testament reveals a godly growth bias. For instance, the Apostle Peter challenges us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18, ESV). Similarly, the Apostle Paul says that “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15b, ESV). So personal spiritual growth is clearly a goal we should pursue. But what about church...

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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out a church, virtually all are asking some form of the same question: “Is there a place for me?” And for years, our short answer at Ingleside has been, “Yes!” Our answer reflects the spirit of Romans 15:7, which says: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (ESV). Of course, the specific questions newcomers may ask are often more detailed, nuanced, and personalized. Consider these possibilities: ...

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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: Wednesday, September 14 BIG Wednesday, Worship Center 6:30...

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Is Big Wednesday on Your Calendar?

It’s Wednesday night, September 14.  If it’s not on your calendar already, circle that date now. Here are the details: Who? Every age and life stage! (Birth through age 4 in preschool ministry during worship; then with their parents for the social)  When? Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m.  Where? Worship Center & Livestream  What? Worship, Lord’s Supper, Baptism, and Ice Cream Social  Why? To encourage and strengthen our sense of community through...

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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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Full Worship Schedule Resumes this Sunday

After a summer shake up to our worship schedule in July and the completion of an overhaul of the HVAC system in our chapel, we will be back to our full worship schedule this Sunday, August 21. As a reminder, we will worship in five services as follows: 8:30 a.m.         Traditional Worship in the Chapel 9:40 a.m.         Blended Worship in the Worship Center 11:00 a.m.       Blended Worship in the Worship Center 11:00 a.m.       Contemporary...

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Back to School, Back to Church

Now that summer rhythms are giving way to school schedules, make sure that Sunday worship is in your weekly routine. Scripture is clear: God is honored, and we benefit when we gather with other believers to worship (cf. Hebrews 10:24-25). This Sunday, August 14, we will have three worship services:  9:40 blended, 11:00 blended, and 11:00 contemporary. Then, on Sunday, August 21, our traditional service in the chapel at 8:30 will be added back to the schedule. I’m looking forward...

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Kicking Off a New Semester

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the summer season will officially end on Thursday, September 22. However, if your yearly schedule is driven at all by the educational calendar, you know the book is closing on the summer for many. This change of rhythm also leads to new opportunities to grow in Christ. I hope you will take note of the kickoffs listed below. Sunday, August 7 Regular Sunday Morning Schedule Resumes – After a July hiatus, we will return to our two Blended...

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Are You Ready to Go?

In Monday’s A Chapter A Day (II Corinthians 5), we were reminded of a few central truths about our role in kingdom building. Namely that: .. Christ reconciled us to himself and declared that one of our ministries is that of “reconciliation.” (v. 19) We are ambassadors for the gospel to a lost world. (v. 20) God often makes his appeal of the gospel to the lost world through us. (v. 20) Of course, you can be a minister of reconciliation to Christ at home, in your...

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