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13 01, 2020

Thank You for My Church, by Cindy Pierce

2020-01-23T09:39:56-06:00January 13th, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Thank You for My Church, by Cindy Pierce

This note was given to the Pierces on the 50th anniversary of St. Luke's founding by their grandson Allen Pierce, age 6. In 1945, my mother and father-in-law, Betty R. Pierce (96) and the late George F. Pierce, Jr. were a young married couple in their twenties with a child and one on the way.  George’s uncle, Bishop A. Frank Smith, invited them to the organizational meetings for a “new church in the west of Houston." George said, “He wanted me to be involved in the beginning stages of this new church that he knew was going [...]

10 01, 2020

Rejoice Always!

2020-01-10T08:45:56-06:00January 10th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Rejoice Always!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of Love, It seems that in my spirit, there are two songs playing, both demanding my attention, both wanting me to sing along. One song is full of discord, anxiety, worry. It is a song with many voices, the voices of expectations at work, the challenges of relationships, the nitty-gritty demands of getting from one day to the next. It is the song of a world that is in turmoil, of fussing and fighting, of regrets about the past and fears about tomorrow. But the other voice, God, is your voice. It is a [...]

31 12, 2019

Special Edition: Forty Days of Joy!

2019-12-31T10:55:14-06:00December 31st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Special Edition: Forty Days of Joy!

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious and Loving God, Today, I am filled with joy. I am so grateful that on Sunday morning, you finally healed my mom, taking her to be in your presence. Her confusion and anxiety are replaced by perfect peace, her pain and isolation have now disappeared. Before, she saw you only through a glass dimly. Now she sees you face to face. She has fought the good fight. She has finished the race and received the crown of righteousness you have for her. How can one be sad, grieve, and be joyous all at the [...]

20 12, 2019

The end game of salvation!

2019-12-20T09:07:55-06:00December 20th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The end game of salvation!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, I have been waiting, longing for you to save me. Yes, you entered my life with your grace a long time ago, and began that process of salvation. I responded to that grace as a youth, and knew that my sins were and are forgiven, and that I am loved and accepted just as I am. I guess I thought that is what salvation was really all about. But as the days and years have passed, I see that there is so much more to salvation than that. I am praying for [...]

13 12, 2019

Christmas Festival this week!

2019-12-13T09:10:39-06:00December 13th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Christmas Festival this week!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, There are so many broken hearts who need to know your saving love. During the Christmas season, the hurt and emptiness from loss, from betrayal, from loneliness can be overwhelming. I pray today for those who grieve, for those who have lost the ability to experience great joy or great pain, for those who live each day with overwhelming anger, for those who smile on the outside but weep in their souls. God, come and save them and heal their hearts. In the name of the coming Christ Child, I pray, Amen. SOME THOUGHTS [...]

6 12, 2019

God, save your people!

2019-12-06T08:50:36-06:00December 6th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on God, save your people!

A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Do you remember the little boy and his family that I met at the hospital? I pray that you would keep that little boy alive, that he would recover from the terrible disease from which he is suffering. Do you remember the lady I met who showed me pictures of her bombed-out home in Syria? I pray that her family back there would be able to rebuild their lives and return to their homes and that the war there, and every war, would come to an end. Do you remember the girl I [...]

27 11, 2019

Do you need a savior?

2019-11-27T11:42:42-06:00November 27th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Do you need a savior?

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of my salvation, What must I do to be saved from my sins? Is it saying the right words, that I "accept you" as savior? Is it actually believing that? What changes do I have to make in my life? Do I have to behave a certain way along with saying it and believing it? Surely there is something I have to do. Surely there is a formula of some kind, a protocol for salvation. If I do X, I will receive salvation... so what is the X I have to do? Show me, [...]

15 11, 2019

What happens in the end?

2019-11-15T08:45:17-06:00November 15th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on What happens in the end?

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever... Sometimes, life just doesn't seem at all right. I see the pictures from around the world where people are suffering. I catch a glimpse of families who work hard at two jobs and earn just a sliver of what I am so blessed to receive. I have been given a wonderful education, with every break possible provided to me, and yet others must go to schools which are little more than babysitting. Warfare is just something on television, a long way away from my door, but for others, [...]

8 11, 2019

I luv ya, tomorrow…

2019-11-08T10:04:47-06:00November 8th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on I luv ya, tomorrow…

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, sometimes, when I think about the future, I get anxious. I have worries about kids and grandkids. I fret about stuff at work. I have fears about health. I worry about money and have anxiety about our country and our world. I know those fears are natural and very human, but I don't think the attitude of the Christian toward the future should be fear. I know that you are at work all around me, and your kingdom is growing and emerging whether I see it or not. And as Paul says in Romans, [...]

1 11, 2019

What happens when we die?

2019-11-01T09:29:53-05:00November 1st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on What happens when we die?

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, It is hard to lose someone you love. I remember when I lost my first friend, Steve, in high school. And my sister Laura a few years later. And my sister Patti. And all of those grandparents I knew and loved. I am grateful that my parents are still alive. I never want to be preoccupied with death - either my own or that of loved ones. I know that you are concerned about growing your Kingdom on earth rather than your children making it to heaven. Nonetheless, I do wonder. Are these people [...]