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Gratitude for Easter at Ingleside 2023

As I reflect on our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this past weekend, my heart is filled with great gratitude – and I hope yours is too! The powerful presence of God’s Spirit in our worship services was evident in the warm fellowship, the joyful songs, and the many who responded to the gospel with repentance, faith, and obedience. Attendance in our five services totaled 4,035 on-campus, with 304 joining on the livestream for a total of 4,339...

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The Power and Promise of a Personal Invitation

Few moments are freighted with as much possibility and risk as the moment of a personal invitation. Think about it. A guy decides to personally invite the girl he recently met to get a cup of coffee or to dinner and a movie. Risky? You bet. She may say, “no thanks.” Filled with possibility? Of course. It may mark the beginning of a relationship that lasts a lifetime. A leader personally invites you to accept a key position on the new team. Risky? Certainly. There is no guarantee...

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Send Relief: How to Help in Jesus’ Name

The images and headlines from Turkey and Syria are shocking as the full extent of the devastation following the recent earthquakes is being assessed. News reports confirm that the death toll has now passed 17,000 and hundreds of thousands are homeless. If your heart is moved and you want to help in Jesus’ name, where do you turn?  What is a trusted channel for our resources? I recommend that we pray and that we give through Send Relief. A prayer guide and link to give are...

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Ukraine: Help and Hope in Jesus’ Name

As war has engulfed Ukraine and millions of people are being displaced, many are asking:  what can I do to help? I suggest two things: we can give, and we can pray. For more details, please watch the short video below from Dr. Paul Chitwood, the President of the International Mission Board (IMB).  You may remember that Dr. Chitwood was our guest at Ingleside for our 2020 Acts 1:8 Weekend. .. Send Relief is the collaborative compassion ministry of the International Mission Board...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m praying the Father’s favor for you and your family on this Thanksgiving Day! It’s a great day to say out loud or to write down on paper the blessings for which we are thankful. It’s good for us and it honors God when we acknowledge that every good gift we have comes from the hand of our Heavenly Father (cf. James 1:17). As Beverly and I count our blessings, we are especially thankful for you and your partnership in the gospel (cf. Philippians 1:3-5). The fellowship we...

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Gratitude for Jay and Evelyn Anne Turner

We will celebrate with Jay and Evelyn Anne Turner this Sunday as Jay retires as our Traditional Worship Arts Pastor after ten years of faithful and fruitful service on our team. Only eternity will reveal all who have been touched and blessed by Jay’s ministry of music, by his care and compassion, and by his personal investment in the lives of so many. I hope you will plan to participate in a drop-in reception honoring the Turners from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Gathering Area of the...

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Join me at the Fall Family Festival?

I hope you will join me, hundreds of Inglesiders, and our guests at our Fall Family Festival on Wednesday evening, October 20. 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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Are You Praying for Afghanistan?

In today’s blog, I want to: (1) encourage you to pray for believers in Afghanistan, (2) make sure you know about a change to our WMAZ-TV program; and (3) report the results of our Semi-Annual Church Conference. Are You Praying for Afghanistan? As the collapse of Afghanistan has unfolded, our hearts have been shocked and grieved by the scenes at the Kabul airport as thousands are seeking to flee the danger that is to come. I hope you have been praying for our President and those who...

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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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What’s Your Heart Condition?

If the doctor wants to know the condition of your heart, he may measure your pulse rate, take your blood pressure, listen with a stethoscope, or run an EKG. If necessary, he might even do a heart catheterization to see if there are any blockages, to measure blood flow, or to identify problems with the heart valves. The point is that there are tests we can run to reveal the overall health of our heart. In a similar way, Jesus gives us a test that is a sure indicator of the spiritual...

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