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I Just Wish I Could…

Grow in self-control. Understand the Bible more clearly. Be a better parent. Be a better spouse. Discern God’s will for my life. More effectively lead. Handle conflict more graciously. Pray confidently. Share the gospel clearly. Don’t we all have a spiritual “wish I could” list? Perhaps it’s not written down. But at the very least, our mind conjures up ways we deem ourselves deficient every day. If we are honest, that list can get awfully long. Some of us let it get us down....

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United by our Leadership (Part 6 of the Series)

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those three decades, we have learned some important truths about our unity – some of which I am recounting in this series of articles. In earlier installments (read them all here), I have addressed (1) why we should talk about this topic now; (2) how unity is both a gift and a goal; (3) seven dimensions of our spiritual unity; (4) how we are united by what we believe – our doctrinal unity; and (5) how...

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United by a Common Purpose (Part 5 of the Series)

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those two decades, we have learned some important truths about our unity – some of which I am recounting in this series of articles. In part 1 of this series, I offered three answers to the question of why we should talk about this topic now.  Part 2 focused on the fact that the Bible says that our unity is both a gift and a goal.  Part 3 looked at seven dimensions of our spiritual unity.  Last week...

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United by What We Believe (Part 4 of the Series)

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those three decades, we have learned some important truths about our unity – some of which I am recounting in this series of articles. In part 1 of this series, I offered three answers to the question of why we should talk about this topic now.  Part 2 focused on the fact that the Bible says that our unity is both a gift and a goal.  Last week we looked at seven dimensions of our spiritual...

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Unity: 7 Ways that We Are One (Part 3 of the Series)

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those three decades, we have learned some important truths about our unity – some of which I am recounting in this series of articles. In part 1 of this series, I offered three answers to the question of why we should talk about this topic now.  Last week, we focused on the fact that the Bible says that our unity is both a gift and a goal.  This week let’s look at seven ways the Bible says that we...

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Unity: A Gift and a Goal (Part 2 of the Series)

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those three decades, we have learned some important truths about prizing and protecting our unity – some of which we are highlighting again now. Last week, in part 1 of this series of articles on unity, I offered three answers to the question of why we should talk about this topic now.  This week, let’s focus on the fact that the Bible says that our unity is both a gift and a goal. Unity is a...

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Bible Basics about Unity

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those three decades, we have learned some important truths about prizing and protecting our unity – some of which probably ought to be highlighted again now. “Why”, some will ask, “does our church need a fresh reminder of what the Bible teaches about unity?  Is there some problem or issue?”  Thankfully, the answer is no. To my knowledge, our church remains strong and united with high levels...

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Biblical, Balanced, & Blessed

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bicycle?  Did you start with training wheels?  Did someone who loved you run along beside you steadying the bike with their hand?  What was the key to success?  It was learning to be balanced. What about roller skating or skateboarding?  Do you remember learning how to position your feet and shift your weight so that you could stay upright?  So many nuances, but the goal was simple.  Stay balanced. A few years ago I took a surfing...

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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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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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