In today’s blog, I want to: (1) wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving; (2) invite you to “Christmas with Ingleside; and (3) celebrate good news regarding the SOGI ordinance.
The Scripture says: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV).
This exhortation means that even though this year has been full of unexpected challenges and the future may still seem clouded with more uncertainty than usual, God is still on the throne . . . and he is worthy of our praise and our gratitude.
So, take time today to turn your heart toward heaven. Gratefully acknowledge that God is the giver of “every good gift” in our lives (James 1:17, ESV).
As the old hymn says, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one; And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”
Make sure to give thanks to God on this Thanksgiving Day . . . and every day!
Christmas with Ingleside – December 12 & 19
In a typical year, literally thousands of people would gather on our campus in multiple presentations for a joyful musical celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
However, this is not a typical year. So, given the realities and challenges of COVID-19, this year we have made another plan.
On Saturday nights, December 12 & 19, at 7:00 p.m. we will broadcast Christmas with Ingleside – a one-hour, Christmas music special on 41NBC (WMGT). It will include great numbers from recent Ingleside Christmas programs, as well as a brief gospel presentation with an opportunity to respond.
So, put it on your calendar now. Invite friends and family to join you, and plan to be part of Christmas with Ingleside on December 12 or 19.
Good News on the SOGI Ordinance
I’m pleased to report that on Wednesday, November 25, Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed the proposed Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ordinance which had passed the Commission by a 5-4 vote on November 17.
I’m very grateful that so many of you reached out to the Mayor to encourage him to veto this legislation. He reported receiving more than 1,000 emails.
Now it is time to write the Mayor once again to express your gratitude for his wise and courageous leadership on this issue. His email address is: email@example.com.
It would also be appropriate to reach out again to Commissioners Joe Allen, Mallory Jones, Scotty Shepherd, and Valerie Wynn to express your thanks for their opposition to this ordinance. You may find their contact information here.
As I wrote in my blog on November 12: “Let’s be clear. No one should favor unjust discrimination. All people are created in the image of God. All people should be treated with dignity and respect. All citizens should have equal justice under law. But to grant special rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is not good public policy and will not produce fairness for all.”
Thank you again for letting your voice be heard!
Finally, on this Thanksgiving Day, I want you to know how very grateful I am for you and for your partnership in the gospel. God’s blessings on our journey together have been abundant, and I’m convinced that the best is yet to come!
Your Pastor and Friend,