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Archive for 2016

Remembering Our Beginnings

Sixty-five years ago this month, God was stirring in the hearts of some of His people to begin a new church in our community.  One of the primary reasons a new church was considered was related to the population growth in our city and county. Census data shows that the city of Macon had grown by 21.4% (57,865 to 70,252) between 1940 and 1950.  Likewise, Bibb County had grown 36.2% (from 83,783 to 114,079) over the same decade.  It was in the context of this population boom that our church...

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Join me at the Fall Family Festival

I hope you will join me and hundreds of Inglesiders and guests at the Fall Family Festival on Wednesday night, October 19. It’s a great night of fellowship, food, and fun for all ages.  And, if you have a friend that you want to introduce to Ingleside, it’s a great event to invite them to attend with you. It all occurs here at Ingleside on the east side of our campus.  Start time is 5:30 p.m., and we wrap it all up at 8:00 p.m. The food options are fantastic.  Our own...

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Save the Dates

As you are penciling in priorities on your calendar between now and the end of the year, I hope you will include these opportunities for growth, outreach, service, fellowship, and worship. Wednesday, October 19       Fall Family Festival Invite a friend and join hundreds of Inglesiders and guests for a great night of food, fun, and fellowship with live music, games, and inflatables for the kids. November 4-6                        Acts 1:8 Weekend With...

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Build a Bridge

Are you a bridge builder?  Fully devoted followers of Christ eagerly embrace their role of building bridges to people who need to know the Lord and need to be connected to his body, the Church. Bridges of love and friendship – across which we share the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ – are built in many ways. Relationships.  The most natural place to build a bridge for the gospel is in the relational network that we already have:  with relatives, with people at work, with...

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Identity and Mission

Identity and mission have always been critical issues for leaders and organizations.  A clear sense of who you are and what you are supposed to do is essential. In Matthew 16, the identity and mission of Jesus come into sharp focus.  He asked his followers, “Who do you say that I am?”  The answer was articulated by Peter and affirmed by Jesus:  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16, ESV). Then comes the statement of mission.  Jesus declared: “I will...

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Will You Be “All In”?

We recently learned together as we read “a chapter a day” through 1 Corinthians that God expects every follower of Christ to “strive to excel in building up the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12, ESV). Another way of stating this truth is that God expects us to be “all in” in terms of our commitment to our local church. Here are some very practical steps you can take to be “all in” and to help our church achieve its full redemptive potential. Pray –  ask God to grant...

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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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Guidance You Can Trust

One of our forefathers in the faith from whom I still learn with some regularity is Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  He was a pastor in London, England, from 1854 until his death in 1892. Spurgeon was also a prolific writer, and one of his most read works contains morning and evening devotionals.  This morning’s meditation focused on Psalm 73:24, which says:  “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory” (ESV).  About this verse, Spurgeon writes: “Be...

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The Right Time, the Right Way

  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, NIV) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this passage in...

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Back to School, Back to Church

By this point in the month of August almost every school in our region is back in session.  For many Ingleside families the rhythms of summer are giving way to the more structured cadences of a new school year. I hope part of your pattern this fall will be regular participation in worship at Ingleside.  So, if your schedule has kept you away more than usual this summer, I hope to see you back at church on Sunday! I’ll be sharing the second message in a series called, The Pursuit of...

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