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7 08, 2020

Failure!

2020-08-07T09:49:37-05:00August 7th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of grace, of love, and of justice, I love it when things go well when it seems you are blessing my work and life with success. I praise you for bringing results for bringing fruit to the efforts. I praise you when I feel productive, and when I feel the tasks I do actually matter. But sometimes, that is not the case, and success is hard to come by. Sometimes, I am in a batting slump. Sometimes, I completely fail. These are the times, God, when I need you the most when I cry [...]

7 08, 2020

August 7: Money Doesn’t Make a Very Good God Rev. Mike Tyson, Director of the Vibrant Church Initiative and life-long member of St. Luke’s

2020-08-07T09:47:54-05:00August 7th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

1 Timothy 6:6-12 6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from [...]

6 08, 2020

August 6: When You Know Better, Do Better, by Karen Limmer, member of St. Luke’s since 2008, member of The Table class

2020-08-06T08:30:36-05:00August 6th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Luke 12:48 (NIV) “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Reflection: This poignant verse comes out of a story that is uncomfortable to read. Luke 12:41-48 is a parable about masters and servants, which is a parallel to God and us. The first part of this scripture makes me cringe (I encourage you to read it) and is a little hard for me to follow until verse 48, which is so powerful, and is crystal clear: “From everyone who has [...]

5 08, 2020

August 5: Wisdom Doesn’t Have an Age Bracket, by Pat Deckert, November 1988 Docent Chairman, Good Will Class and Women’s Night Circle Group Communicator

2020-08-05T08:40:01-05:00August 5th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Ephesians 4:1-7 and 14-16 (New Living Translation) Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, [...]

4 08, 2020

August 4: Out of the Fish and under a Tree, by Shelby Olive, Communications Associate

2020-08-04T08:29:59-05:00August 4th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Jonah 4:6-11 6 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than [...]

3 08, 2020

What St. Luke’s Taught Me by Gene Graham

2020-08-03T10:36:45-05:00August 3rd, 2020|75, All blogs|0 Comments

I joined St. Luke’s in 1983, when I moved back to Houston from New York City to continue my career in oil and gas finance and banking.  I am profoundly grateful for the life-changing, spiritual-awakening opportunities St. Luke’s has offered me and for the many life-long friendships that have grown out of the St. Luke’s family. My early life at St. Luke’s developed along two parallel tracks: administrative and teaching. In the late 1980’s, I was excited to join the church’s finance committee.  That first committee assignment began a long period of service on the finance and executive committees.  The [...]

3 08, 2020

August 3: It’s Always Back to School for Us, by Rev. Michelle Manuel

2020-08-03T08:10:46-05:00August 3rd, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Luke 6:27-36 (CEB) 27 “But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other one as well. If someone takes your coat, don’t withhold your shirt either. 30 Give to everyone who asks and don’t demand your things back from those who take them. 31 Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you. 32 “If you love those who love you, why should you be commended? Even sinners love those who [...]

31 07, 2020

The power of sacrifice

2020-07-31T10:05:13-05:00July 31st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

God, Remember In a Pastor’s Bible Study last week, when we were talking about St. Paul toiling and even suffering for the sake of the Colossian church? Remember Cliff Ritter asking me about my calling? It was a moment when it came clear to me that I sure don’t want to suffer, and it made me wonder if I have it in me to really struggle to the point of suffering for you and your mission. You said “if any want to be my followers, let them deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) I don’t [...]

31 07, 2020

July 31: The Sea Was No More, by Amy Kelley, Director of Program Ministries – Gethsemane

2020-07-31T08:48:24-05:00July 31st, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Revelation 21:1-7 (NRSV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their [...]

30 07, 2020

June 30: Do Not Worry, by Peggy Roe, Board of Trustees

2020-07-30T09:59:40-05:00July 30th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Matthew 26:25-33 (NSRV) 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about [...]