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Grateful for 30 Years!

Not many churches and pastors – the data suggests fewer than 3.5% -- have the privilege of doing what we have done over the past few days as we have marked a 30-year ministry milestone together. As Beverly and I reflect on this three-decade journey and the celebration of the last week, our hearts are filled to overflowing with gratitude.  We are eager to say with the Psalmist that the Lord has “dealt bountifully” with us (Psalm 13:6, ESV).  We know that from start to finish it is...

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Calling All Students and Educators

This Sunday, August 18, we will be recognizing and praying over all the students and educators in each of our Sunday morning services at Ingleside. So, no matter what your grade or degree program, and no matter what your role is as an educator (teacher, administrator, coach, counselor, professor, etc.) – I hope you will make plans now to join us. Services are at 8:30 a.m. in our Chapel (traditional), 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. in our Worship Center (blended), and at 11:00 a.m. in our...

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Going with the Gospel…All Summer Long

Though we send Inglesiders to go with the gospel throughout the year, the summer affords us several unique mission opportunities. I know you will celebrate with me that the gospel was proclaimed in the following places around the world: Myrtle Beach – Our Student Sessions choir of 49 students and leaders shared the gospel through outdoor concerts and an arts camp held at a local church. Macon – 48 high school students and leaders did gospel-sharing ministry in our city for a...

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Membership and Missions Options

Every month since September 1997 we have hosted a Discovering Ingleside Membership class.  It’s the way you join our church and commit to membership. The class is typically on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (a complimentary snack supper is served).  This month, as usual, the class will be on Sunday afternoon, March 17. Options this month.  In addition, for those of you who have not been able to make the Sunday afternoon class, this month only we are offering the class...

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Partnerships worth Celebrating

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the church at Philippi, he made it a priority to celebrate their partnership. As the letter begins, Paul says: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, ESV) Like Paul, I want to celebrate several dimensions of our partnership in the gospel today. Partnership in...

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Going with the Gospel

Everyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ should be involved in going with the gospel. Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV). Similarly, In Acts 1:8 Jesus said to his followers: “But you will receive power when...

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What’s Your Next Step?

One of the great themes of this life the Lord has given us is that of progress. Consider the stages of growth. We begin as a dependent infant and move through various phases of physical, mental, and emotional development. Consider our salvation. Repenting and believing in Christ is a spark of spiritual growth, not a fizzling-out flame that leaves us in our sinful patterns. Consider our relationships. Long-term commitment where you make concerted and often difficult efforts to know a person...

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Celebrating When We “Go”

North America. South America. The Caribbean. Eastern Europe. South Asia. No, I didn’t just tell you all of the “bucket list” places I’d like to visit. These are the “here, there, and everywhere” destinations we have sent mission teams to this summer. Nine trips in all, in fact. Perhaps you’ve prayed for some of these, seen pictures on social media, or partnered in some way with a participant. I think it’s appropriate to thank the Lord for these opportunities to be a...

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A Summer of Spiritual Significance

For many families at Ingleside, the rhythms of life will be different as the school year comes to a close. The demands of classes, tests, and extracurricular activities give way to a welcome change of pace. At Ingleside, the summer promises to be spiritually significant.  I want you to know about, participate in, and pray for the ministry and missions that will occur.  Here’s a summary: May 24-28 Denver Mission Trip May 26-June 2 Ukraine Mission Trip June...

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Membership Options

Every month since September 1997 we have hosted a Discovering Ingleside Membership class.  It’s the way you join our church and commit to membership. The class is typically on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (a complimentary snack supper is served).  This month, as usual, the class will be on Sunday afternoon, April 15. Options this month.  In addition, for those of you who have not been able to make the Sunday afternoon class, this month only we are offering the class...

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