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17 06, 2016

Always Give Thanks – Inside Out Habits with Dr. Pace June 17

2017-03-28T14:57:02-05:00June 17th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Some weeks are harder than others. We had five funerals for lovely people at St. Luke’s over the last week, all members of our congregation. And there is the Orlando tragedy. And a baby is killed by an alligator. And it is really hot and miserable outside. And the parking lot is a long way off to walk in the heat. You know, all that sadness and annoyance kind of piles up [...]

12 06, 2016

The Root of Peace: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for June 12, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:04-05:00June 12th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

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 of love and peace, Sometimes, an evil spirit comes over me, God, just like one came over King Saul. Sometimes it is depression, or jealousy, or rage, or out of control ambition, or greed, or snarkiness, or all sorts of other spirits. I refuse to give in to those spirits, God. I won’t let them take me over completely. I turn to you, the only one who can rescue me from such a spirit. [...]

12 06, 2016

Seeds Do Sprout by Sid Davis

2017-03-28T14:57:05-05:00June 12th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

There are stories that have a place in my memory like a painting in a gallery, and this one has earned a place of prominence. I tell parents and singers as often as I can that through our youth choir, Pure Sound, we are building a soundtrack in their heads, so when life gets hard—and it will, if it hasn’t already—this music and theology will help them through tough times. Years ago, Phillip Storey graduated a year early from Episcopal High School and went to spend a year with a family in South America where he could hone his Spanish [...]

12 06, 2016

Prayer and Peace: Inside Out Habits with Dr. Pace June 12

2017-03-28T14:57:07-05:00June 12th, 2016|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

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 of love and peace, Sometimes, an evil spirit comes over me, God, just like one came over King Saul. Sometimes it is depression, or jealousy, or rage, or out of control ambition, or greed, or snarkiness, or all sorts of other spirits. I refuse to give in to those spirits, God. I won’t let them take me over completely. I turn to you, the only one who can rescue me from such a spirit. [...]

5 06, 2016

How Far Can Your Dollar Go?

2017-03-28T14:57:09-05:00June 5th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A single dollar doesn’t get you much today. You can’t even buy a cup of coffee or a gallon of gas with a buck. But when all our singles are combined, we have some buying power. During the month of June, St. Luke’s will revive one of our traditions and dedicate the $1 bills from the offering to benefit a community partner. “Good for a Guitar” is a 10-week summer program for 6-12 grade students attending the youth program at Wesley Community Center. In 2015, 16 students completed the inaugural program that teaches guitar fundamentals to students without access to affordable instruction. Research shows that there are many [...]

5 06, 2016

State of the Heart: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for June 5, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:14-05:00June 5th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

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 of mercy, Oh, how quick I am to judge others. I don’t want to categorize people, but I do: Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, black or white or Hispanic, gay or straight, old or young, rich or poor, Longhorns or Aggies, with me or against me. I could go on and on. And then, of course, I form judgments about those people based on the category. If it isn’t about appearance, it is about their opinions [...]

29 05, 2016

How God Can Use Any Platform to Glorify His Name

2017-03-28T14:57:17-05:00May 29th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Candace Payne went mega-viral overnight as the “Chewbacca Mask” lady who had us all keeling over in uncontrollable laughter. In five days, it became the most popular video on the Facebook live platform. In case you’re not one of the 150 million people who’s witnessed this hysterical masterpiece, allow me to indulge you: Google “Chewbacca mask lady.” https://youtu.be/Ji1XFQa2Bhs Here is the best part—Candace is not just another funny lady looking to use her 10 minutes of fame to gain more popularity for herself. She has a higher purpose: to serve God. America’s latest Internet sensation is also a worship [...]

29 05, 2016

The Path of Least Resistance: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 29, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:19-05:00May 29th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

  We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Most things have come easy for me. I was blessed with a supportive family, a first class education, and the resources I have needed to accomplish my goals. As I came into the ministry, I simply followed the path of least resistance, and walked through the doors you opened for me. I stand in awe of those whose life circumstances meant they had to dig deeper—those who went to college at night, [...]

22 05, 2016

When Music Leads to Flourishing

2017-03-28T14:57:20-05:00May 22nd, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Yellowstone Academy’s mission is to provide a high quality faith-based education exclusively to students from economically disadvantaged families that will prepare them for academic success in high school, college, and beyond. It is a Houston community where every child, regardless of their economic means, receives an education that cultivates their intellect, nourishes their spirit, and empowers them to create a fulfilling future. Their community flourishes when the teachers are able to realize the potential of all children. Barney Smith, co-founder of British a capella group, Voces8, one of the most versatile and best loved vocal ensembles has experienced Yellowstone [...]

22 05, 2016

Training for Christ: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 22, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:22-05:00May 22nd, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

  We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, You know I am a part of the people called Methodist, and our book of order is called The Discipline. But I am not so disciplined. I want to be. I know that those things I do every day will make the greatest difference in my life. I can’t go to the gym once, or even once in a while, and expect it to make a difference. I can’t pray only [...]