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29 03, 2019

Bible Buddies, by Sydney Collie and Madeline Beem

2019-03-29T09:28:42-05:00March 29th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Bible Buddies, by Sydney Collie and Madeline Beem

Madeline and I both joined the St. Luke’s staff family in the summer of 2018. It is the first time both of us have worked on a church staff. We confess that we thought the need for daily time with Jesus would be less than before, but we were wrong! When Pastor Katie suggested to all of the St. Luke’s staff that we pick a Bible buddy for the Lenten season, Maddie and I decided to get together once a week to study the Word. We have experienced life-change already. One of the things we have discussed is [...]

29 03, 2019

Wine-making with Jesus

2019-03-29T09:24:07-05:00March 29th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Wine-making with Jesus

A PERSONAL PRAYER God - Father, Son, Holy Spirit, You do some pretty amazing things. I am particularly fond of how you turn water into wine. You did it at that wedding in Cana long ago, and I wish I had been there to see it, and taste the finest wine you provide. But I can see how you do it even today. You take the water that falls on the earth, and you draw it into the roots of the vine, flavor it with nutrients from the soil and energy from the sun, and turn it into sap. You [...]

22 03, 2019

Sheila’s Story, by Pat Witherspoon-Hall

2019-03-22T09:10:01-05:00March 22nd, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Sheila’s Story, by Pat Witherspoon-Hall

“Sheila” found Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) in early 2019 through a local church, where she had initially turned for help in her time of need. The hard-working 34-year-old mother of two children—ages 10 and 1—had recently moved to Houston from another state to flee domestic abuse. Sheila was working as a healthcare assistant but had no local support system to rely upon. In recent weeks, her homeless family had been living in their car. The church and CCSC worked together to help stabilize Sheila’s family and find safe housing. On a few occasions in the subsequent weeks, [...]

22 03, 2019

The Breath of God

2019-03-22T08:59:37-05:00March 22nd, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Breath of God

A PERSONAL PRAYER  God, I am ready to receive your Holy Spirit. I like to think that I am doing the best I can do. I am trying to be a good husband, a good father, a good son, a good friend, a good citizen, a good neighbor, a good pastor, and overall just be a good person. Yes, I probably can try a little harder and do a little more. But honestly, I feel like I have been trying harder and doing more, and I am not making a lot of progress. It can be pretty frustrating, [...]

15 03, 2019

Some things you have to unlearn, by Rev. David Horton

2019-03-15T09:15:25-05:00March 15th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Some things you have to unlearn, by Rev. David Horton

An eighth grader at Jane Long Academy, located only one block to the east of Gethsemane, stabbed and killed another eighth grader after school on Wednesday, March 6. It was Ash Wednesday, the day that God literally rubs mortality in your face. The boys had crossed over Bellaire Blvd to a convenience store on the corner. It was there that one of the boys purchased a brownie and the other boy asked for a bite of it. The first boy said no. The second boy said a few choice words he shouldn’t have. Then the first boy pulled [...]

15 03, 2019

Show me the way

2019-03-15T09:11:31-05:00March 15th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Show me the way

A PERSONAL PRAYER  God of love, When I am lost, find me and bring me home. When I am weary, give me the strength to walk one more step, get through one more day, face one more challenge. When I am joyous, show me how I can share my joy with others. When I am confident, temper my confidence with humility. When I am wrong, give me the grace to repent with authenticity. When I am right, remind me that I could be wrong. When I am self-righteous, make clear to me my sin, and knock me low. [...]

8 03, 2019

Let’s make Lemonade!, by Claud Riddles

2019-03-08T09:15:47-06:00March 8th, 2019|We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Let’s make Lemonade!, by Claud Riddles

In 1915, Elbert Hubbard coined the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. This optimistic phrase has been used and published by many people.  Perhaps you have said this phrase when faced with adversity or a misfortune? Four years ago, I found myself facing a dilemma while leading a Covenant Bible Study. Earlier in March that year, one of the members had been notified that he was no longer needed in his job. At the end of the month, I received similar news.  In both cases, the people participating in that study rallied around us, praying that [...]

8 03, 2019

A look in the mirror

2019-03-08T09:06:08-06:00March 8th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A look in the mirror

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, This morning, I stepped out of the shower and looked in the mirror. The bright lights revealed who I really am. It wasn't pretty. So I put on my clothes and hoped it would cover up the truth. This afternoon, God, I studied my scripture, and I saw in there a reflection of who I really am. It wasn't pretty. Most of the time, I put on my smile and positive attitude and go out and just do my best. But God, that isn't what this Lenten season is about. Lent is about seeing the truth, not hiding from it, or [...]

1 03, 2019

Dealing with the hurt

2019-03-01T10:39:57-06:00March 1st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Dealing with the hurt

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am not sure exactly what to pray for today. Lots of strong emotions all around. You tell me that if I will just come into your presence, you will hear and understand the greatest need of my heart. My heart breaks as I talk to some people today. I pray for comfort and healing for them. I pray that they don't turn away from you, or from your son Jesus. I know how much you love them, and I know you want them to know that. Show me how to tell them. God I ask forgiveness for [...]