Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

In today’s blog, I want to: (1) wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving; (2) invite you to “Christmas with Ingleside; and (3) celebrate good news regarding the SOGI ordinance. Happy Thanksgiving! The Scripture says: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV). This exhortation means that even though this year has been full of unexpected challenges and the future may still seem clouded with more uncertainty...

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Thanksgiving Celebration – November 24

In today’s blog, I want to make sure you know about: (1) our Thanksgiving Celebration service; (2) our “Christmas with Ingleside” television outreach; and (3) next steps related to the SOGI ordinance. I hope you have already made plans to join us for our Thanksgiving worship celebration on Tuesday night, November 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.  We will have great music, I’ll share a biblical message, and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. Seating will be...

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

The Scripture says that there is a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to let your voice be heard. The Macon-Bibb County Commission is scheduled to vote on a sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance on Tuesday, November 17 that will impact every business and place of public accommodation in our county.  You may read the ordinance here. Where does it stand?  The ordinance passed the Committee of the Whole meeting of the Macon-Bibb...

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Thanksgiving Celebration – November 24

Scripture makes clear that it honors God and is good for us when we offer thanksgiving to the Lord. Do you recall the words of Psalm 100?  It says: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4, ESV). Likewise, the Apostle Paul exhorts: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts...

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Will You Be Salt and Light?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us that we should be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Just as salt flavors food and as light dispels darkness, we are to influence our world – primarily through our witness and through our good works. In our current context, another specific way that we can influence the overall character of our culture is when we cast our vote. Our choices at the ballot box allow us to support values that honor God and lead to human flourishing. So,...

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Is Your Vision Big Enough?

It’s all too easy for our perspective on life to become too tightly focused. The legitimate, daily demands of family, work, and school can become all-consuming. Even in our spiritual lives, we can lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why it’s good for us to be reminded that God is at work all around the world. Truth be told, we all need to be challenged to look beyond our usual horizons and consider how God would have us to be involved personally in his global mission...

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New Worship Schedule Begins This Sunday

Our traditional worship service is scheduled to resume this Sunday, October 18. As was the case pre-pandemic, we will meet in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Reservations are required (make them here) and seating will be limited to 25% of capacity (125 worshipers).  We will practice social distancing, and face coverings are strongly encouraged. Limited preschool care by reservation will also be available. New Sunday Worship Schedule.  As we re-start our traditional...

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Worship Schedule Changes – October 18

We are preparing to resume our traditional worship service on Sunday, October 18. As was the case pre-pandemic, we will meet in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Reservations will be required and seating will be limited to 25% of capacity (125 worshipers).  We will practice social distancing, and face coverings are strongly encouraged. Limited preschool care by reservation will also be available. Sunday Worship Schedule Revision.  As we re-start our traditional worship...

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Traditional Service Resumes October 18

In today’s blog I want you to know about (1) plans to re-start our traditional worship service; (2) adjustments to our Sunday worship schedule; and (3) new Overseer officers elected for the coming year. Traditional Worship Re-start.  We began to re-gather for in-person, on-campus worship on Sunday, June 14. At first, we had only two blended services in our Worship Center.  Then, on September 13 we added back our contemporary worship serve and kids worship. Now, we are preparing...

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Worship Update and Holiday Planning

In today’s blog, I want to give you (1) an update on our weekly worship gatherings and (2) our plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Worship Update.  We began to re-gather for in-person, on-campus worship on Sunday, June 14.  So far, so good. In fact, this past Sunday we welcomed 892 worshipers on campus.  At the same time, about 920 worshipers participated online. So, if because of your age or health situation it’s wisest and best for you to continue to worship with us...

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