19 10, 2018

Praying 101, by Babs Smith

2018-10-19T09:23:29-05:00October 19th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

As a typical Methodist child of the early 1930s, my first prayers likely began “Now I lay me down to sleep.” Children tend to mimic and absorb that which they see repeatedly, and my parents were a praying pair that left a mark on my heart and head… prayers are powerful. Experiencing others praying for me through several very critical illnesses in childhood left no doubt that prayers were answered. I knew I had been blessed by those prayers. I also began to recognize that sometimes God’s answers are not ones we expect or want to hear, much [...]

19 10, 2018

Just Pray

2018-10-19T09:18:44-05:00October 19th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I know we talk, but sometimes I think I am doing it wrong. Sometimes I feel like I am just talking to the wall.  Sometimes I feel like I am faking it. Sometimes my prayers are just ramblings in my head. Sometimes I can't even concentrate long enough to think of what to say. Sometimes I forget to intentionally pray. Sometimes I just repeat words I know from memory, because it is all I can come up with. Does this actually do anything? I confess that I get frustrated when the things I pray [...]

12 10, 2018

Giving Ourselves Away, by Kristin and Lance Reynolds

2018-10-12T09:31:46-05:00October 12th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Giving ourselves away in generosity and service can be a difficult calling to fulfill.  Like most families, our family faces challenging demands on our time and financial resources. At times it can be a daunting task to meet all of our obligations, and the thought of adding more demands can be overwhelming. When Kristin and I think about generosity, we try to stay grounded with one simple word… gratitude. Growing up we were blessed with parents who lived their lives full of gratitude.  Each Sunday we would watch our parents put a check in the offering plate regardless [...]

12 10, 2018

Show Me… The Money

2018-10-12T09:27:33-05:00October 12th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God, you seem to be meddling in every single part of my life. First how I spend my time and talent. Then my relationships. Now it is my money.  And there is something about Jesus talking about my finances that really makes me uncomfortable. What does that say about me? I'm not sure I want to know. Perhaps I am the "rich young man who went away sorrowful, for he had [...]

5 10, 2018

Do This in Remembrance of Me, by Ann Pierce Arnett

2018-10-05T11:07:56-05:00October 5th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

When the disciples gathered with Jesus for the Passover meal, Jesus surprised them by washing their feet as if he were their servant. It didn’t seem right. That wasn’t what their Messiah should be doing. Then, as they were eating and praying, Jesus changed the traditional words and told them that every time they shared the bread and drank the wine, they should remember him. And there was that time Jesus asked the disciples to feed all those people on the hillside who had come to hear him speak. Not only did they have to share their friend [...]

5 10, 2018

Together is Better

2018-10-05T10:59:53-05:00October 5th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER It is time for confession, God - sometimes people bug me. The ongoing give and take of life, negotiating the agendas of other folks, taking the time to listen to different opinions, turning the other cheek and forgiving and peacemaking and all that - it can get exhausting. God, can't you make all the people who disagree with me move away? Can't you make everyone else change? It is so hard to work together... in our world, in our country, in the workplace, in the family, even in the church. Sometimes I think I should [...]