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Archive for 2017

Join me at the Fall Family Festival?

I hope you will join me, hundreds of Inglesiders, and guests at our Fall Family Festival on Wednesday evening, October 25. 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 our church, it’s a wonderful 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. Be sure to bring your appetite with you....

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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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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out Ingleside, virtually all are asking some form of the question:  “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer 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 questions newcomers are asking are sometimes more specific and more nuanced, even if they are rarely spoken aloud. Consider a few...

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See you at the Concert?

This Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. An added bonus unique to our concert is that our Ingleside choir will be backing up the Gettys.  What a night of praise and worship it will be! So, get your tickets now.  They are available here online and in our Ingleside Bookstore. Save the Dates As you are penciling in priorities on your calendar between now and the end of the year, I hope you will...

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Two Questions

I’d like to ask you two questions this week. First, do you have your tickets yet?  Second, did you miss the huddle? Do you have your tickets yet?  On Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. An added bonus unique to our concert is that our Ingleside choir will be backing up the Gettys.  What a night of praise and worship it will be! So, get your tickets now.  They are available here and in...

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On the Horizon

As we recover from the storm, I’m thankful to be part of a church that has shown love and compassion in concrete and tangible ways to so many in our community. As normalcy returns and school-schedule rhythms get 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...

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Join Me at the Concert?

On Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristin Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. Don’t know the Gettys?  Well, I’ll bet you know at least one of their songs.  Keith is co-writer of “In Christ Alone.” And though it was composed only in 2001, “In Christ Alone” is now fast-becoming a classic.  It’s sung regularly in churches all across the stylistic spectrum and is consistently in the Christian Copyright Licensing...

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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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Back to School, Back to Church

For many Ingleside families the rhythms of summer are giving way to the more structured cadences of a new school year. By this point in the month of August, almost every school system in our region is back in session. So, this Sunday, August 20, in each of our worship services we will recognize and pray over educators and students – asking the Father’s favor and provision for this new school year. I hope you will be able to join us! From Guest … to Regular Attender … to...

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