Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog
Pastor's Blog

A Wise Way Forward

The church of Jesus Christ was intended to gather and to scatter. We gather for worship, fellowship, instruction, inspiration, and encouragement (cf. Hebrews 10:24-25). We scatter to share the gospel, to love our neighbors in Jesus’ name, and to be “salt and light” in the places where we live, work and play (cf. Matthew 5:13-16). Yet, beginning on Sunday, March 15, we temporarily suspended any on-campus, in-person assemblies at Ingleside. Why?  It has been a way of...

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Until We Meet Again

It’s been five Sundays. That’s how many we have missed since we last met together for on-campus, in-person worship services at Ingleside. Given our Governor’s statewide Shelter in Place order (issued on April 2 and currently set to expire on April 30), we know that we will not meet for at least two more weeks. So, until we are able to meet again, here is an updated list of practical steps we can take to help us flourish spiritually, to honor God, and to love our neighbors...

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Easter Worship by Livestream

This will be a Resurrection Sunday to remember, will it not? Instead of gathering with thousands on our campus to remember Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and to celebrate his victory over sin and death, we will stay home and connect with one another for worship by livestream. You may participate at ingleside.org/live (and on Facebook and YouTube).  I hope that you will join us and invite others to do the same. Though our circumstances have been temporarily and radically...

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Worship by Livestream through April 26

Are you missing our weekly gatherings at Ingleside? I know that I surely am!  I’m missing the interaction and encouragement of our times of worship together and our face-to-face fellowship with one another. Yet, to honor the directives of our governing authorities and because we want to love our neighbors by doing our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we will continue to suspend any on-campus worship services or other activities through Thursday, April 30. Until it is...

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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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Faithful in a Crisis

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis unfolds around us, it’s good to be reminded that God is sovereign and he “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, ESV). As we trust and follow Jesus, he will give us the wisdom, hope, strength, and encouragement that we need no matter what tomorrow may bring. So, here are five practical steps you can take to walk faithfully with the Lord during these uncertain days. ... First, engage with God through...

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Two Coronavirus Questions

Note: For the latest updates, visit ingleside.org/updates. You have no doubt been flooded with the talk of the new year that is the coronavirus, or COVID-19. It has had a significant effect on the health and lives of those in China and is increasingly impacting other areas of the world. Perhaps you have been or know someone who has been personally affected by it. In the swarm of news reports and social media posts, you may be asking two questions: “How is my church responding?” and...

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Membership and Missions: Options this Month

Church membership is biblical.  As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:  “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27, ESV; cf. Romans 12:4-5). Membership is a way of saying:  “I’m committed to Jesus and to his body, the church.  You can count on me to use my gifts for the good of others in this church family.  I will worship, grow, serve, give, and go with the gospel alongside others in this church family.  I’m...

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Join us for “Big Wednesday”

On Wednesday night, March 4, we are encouraging everyone—all ages and life stages—to gather for worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center followed by an Ice Cream Social in the Gathering Area. Who? Every age and life stage! (Birth through age 4 in childcare during worship; with their parents for the social) When? Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Where? Worship Center What? Worship, Lord’s Supper, Baptism, and Ice Cream Social Why? To encourage and...

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Healthy Processes, Healthy Results

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV84) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this...

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