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12 05, 2017

My Two Hearts, by Brindley Ginn

By | 2017-05-12T09:24:01-05:00 May 12th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I always knew growing up that I was adopted, but I didn’t understand what it really meant until I was in 7th grade when my mom and I would sit on the couch into the late hours of the night and I would ask her question after question. My mom was limited on what she knew, but the one thing she always circled back to was reminding me that my birth mom did what she did because she loved me and wanted the best life possible for me. Through these conversations, Mom supported me to one day meet [...]

12 05, 2017

Loving on a Mom (and others)

By | 2017-05-12T08:54:05-05:00 May 12th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Loving and Gracious God, Last week, I was going through my closet and found that photo album from 1982 given to me when I left the church in Duncanville. There were pictures of all the kids in the youth group being silly, signed with their names at the back of the album… The memories rush through me… I loved those kids and their families. It was such a special gift to spend that time with them.  You know, I can’t remember any of the Sunday School lessons I taught them, and only one or two of [...]

9 05, 2017

Color Therapy

By | 2017-05-09T09:54:23-05:00 May 9th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

For many years, I went to the Starbucks in Highland Village six days a week. Sunday morning adrenaline seemed to take care of my energy level, but Monday through Saturday, you would find me there, reading and drinking coffee for an hour or so. Because I was such a regular, I came to know the other folks who were just as faithful, and over the years, I started calling them my “Starbucks friends.” One morning, the handsome dad of a beautiful family (one of my SF) came over to me and said, “We have a piece of art [...]

5 05, 2017

Two Friends: A Sole Hope Story

By | 2017-05-05T10:15:37-05:00 May 5th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Note: Jiggers are parasites with health implications. The social stigma that comes with them is crippling to those who are infected. Sole Hope makes a difference by providing shoes that offer protection for vulnerable children. Samuel Samuel lives in a village called Bujagali. He’s seen his community fall on hard times. He’s seen his brothers and sisters get so many jiggers (parasites that enter bare feet) they could barely walk to school. In fact, he knew of very little outside his own village. Until Sole Hope picked up Samuel and his sibling for medical treatement in their clinic, [...]

5 05, 2017

Do You Care?

By | 2017-05-05T10:11:11-05:00 May 5th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I saw a T-shirt last week, while in line to go onto the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It said “Attempting To Care.” It struck me at first as somewhat cynical, but then I realized it probably summed up a lot of us. God, I confess my own compassion fatigue. I grow weary of the procession of people I see on TV affected by international crises, weather catastrophes, and personal misfortune. I drive by the homeless man on the street, and want to look away. I have enough trouble carrying my own burdens… I can’t carry the pain of the whole [...]

3 05, 2017

Sole Hope: A Pair of Shoes Can Change Lives

By | 2017-05-03T09:09:03-05:00 May 3rd, 2017|All blogs|0 Comments

In remote villages and slums of Africa where children do not have access to closed-toed shoes, infections enter through the feet, making it difficult, if not impossible, for children to walk and care for themselves. These infections can even claim limbs and lives. A pair of Sole Hope shoes can make the difference between life and death.  Sole Hope is a non-profit that provides shoes and offers hope to orphans, vulnerable children and communities in Africa through education, jobs, and medical relief while empowering people to live healthier lives, free of foot-related diseases. All of the shoes are [...]

1 05, 2017

The Waters of Baptism, by Dr. Tom Pace

By | 2017-05-01T10:47:44-05:00 May 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

We stood in the River Jordan, along with hundreds of other pilgrims from around the world who came to the Jordan to be baptized or remember their baptisms.  We read the verses from Mark, in which Jesus is baptized by John.  We prayed together, asking God’s blessing on the water and on us gathered together.  And we recalled together what baptism means: 1. It is a sign of God’s grace, something God does rather than something we do. God chose us before we chose God. That is why we don’t actually rebaptize; God didn’t mess it up the [...]

28 04, 2017

A “Chance” Meeting

By | 2017-04-28T09:18:05-05:00 April 28th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Rev. 7:9 As Bonnie Hellums was walking down the hall of the church a couple of Sundays ago, she happened to hear a woman, with a foreign accent, asking a church greeter how to find the Encounter Service. The lady was there with a little boy. Bonnie said she was going to the service and would be glad to show them where it was. On the [...]

28 04, 2017

Finish your creation, God!

By | 2017-04-28T09:11:46-05:00 April 28th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERO Christ, you who are God and sitteth at the right hand of the Father, I praise you today for your mighty power and for your great love. When I consider all your promises, that you sent your Son so that your kingdom, the kingdom of heaven, will overcome the kingdom of the world…, that things will be made right, I am filled with hope and gratitude.  When I envision the day that the hungry are fed, that the hurting are comforted, that the sick are healed, that the swords are beat into plowshares, that those imprisoned in oppression [...]

21 04, 2017

Double Dip Feelings – by Rev. Elizabeth Matthews Duffin

By | 2017-04-21T09:06:32-05:00 April 21st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My husband Seann and I have two kids: James is almost four and our daughter Sara is seven months. We are both pastors, and two years ago we moved—we were sent from the church where we had been on staff together, to serve in new places. When we were leaving, one of the families gave us a book: Double Dip Feelings. It’s a collection of vignettes to help children understand emotions. But, just like the children’s messages here are for the children, but also for you, the book was for our son, but also for us. It goes [...]