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25 03, 2020

Wednesday, March 25: The Pits, by Lori Fahrbach, Children’s Ministries 1st-5th Grade

2020-03-30T13:59:28-05:00March 25th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on Wednesday, March 25: The Pits, by Lori Fahrbach, Children’s Ministries 1st-5th Grade

Psalm 40 NRSV: To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. 1 I waited patiently for the Lord;     he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the desolate pit,     out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock,     making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth,     a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear,     and put their trust in the Lord. 4 Happy are those who make     the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud,     to those who go [...]

24 03, 2020

Tuesday, March 24: Wait Confidently, by Mike Mosby

2020-03-24T08:33:33-05:00March 24th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on Tuesday, March 24: Wait Confidently, by Mike Mosby

Psalm 27:14 NRSV14 Wait for the Lord;    be strong, and let your heart take courage;    wait for the Lord! Reflection:Waiting is not always a part of our lives since we live in a world with many conveniences. Amid the global viral pandemic of COVID-19, waiting has now become the “new normal”. This is not really a normal wait though. We are waiting for answers from government leaders and health officials, waiting to go back to church, sporting events, schools and even back to our favorite restaurants. Sadly, this waiting is more than just an inconvenience for many families, it [...]

23 03, 2020

Monday, March 23: Rooted, by Rev. Michelle & Quentin Manuel

2020-03-23T09:32:48-05:00March 23rd, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on Monday, March 23: Rooted, by Rev. Michelle & Quentin Manuel

Psalm 1 NRSV 1 Blessed is the one     who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take     or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,     and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,     which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—     whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so the wicked!     They are like chaff     that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will [...]

20 03, 2020

A Personal Prayer from Dr. Tom Pace

2020-03-20T14:37:59-05:00March 20th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|2 Comments

Dear God, This morning, in my study time, I read these words in your Scripture. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) So that is what I am praying for today. I am praying for you to speak to the anxious places of my heart and fill me with hope and joy and peace that it overflows into every personal interaction I have with my close family, and every virtual or distance interaction I have [...]

28 02, 2020

A Fearless Moral Inventory

2020-02-28T09:03:10-06:00February 28th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A Fearless Moral Inventory

A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, The twelve steps teach that there comes a time to take a "fearless moral inventory" of my life. Lent is that time. A "moral inventory," because there is a need to be specific, to recognize that in my preoccupation with my own needs and wants, my own agenda and desires, I have hurt other people, and my sin separates me from you. God, you know they aren't intentional, these shortcomings. Mostly, they are just failures: Failures of self-discipline. Failures of generosity. Failures of understanding. Most of all, failures to [...]

21 02, 2020

Boundaries

2020-02-21T13:34:27-06:00February 21st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Boundaries

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I need to learn some things. I need to learn when to say no, and when to say yes. I need to be clear about what I am responsible for, and what I am not responsible for. I want to know how to help others without being a "fixer." I need to understand when it is ok to say "Sorry. It's not my problem." How do I know when it is time to intercede for someone else and when it is none of my business? I watch people struggle, sometimes people I love, and [...]

7 02, 2020

My Small Group, by Jess Martin

2020-02-07T09:42:50-06:00February 7th, 2020|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on My Small Group, by Jess Martin

When I first began attending St. Luke’s after moving to Houston post-grad, I fell in love with the church and community spirit, but struggled to find my own personal connection amongst the many friendly faces. One Sunday, when I heard about the upcoming small group launch, my ears perked up, and I counted down the days until the launch. I was nervous, and had to remind myself that the whole group of women was just as new to the group as I was! Opening yourself up and learning to be vulnerable was tough those first few [...]

7 02, 2020

We are all parents…

2020-02-07T09:00:48-06:00February 7th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on We are all parents…

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, It is the greatest joy in the world to be a parent. Looking back, I remember mostly good times when our kids were smaller, speckled with a few hard ones. I have regrets about how I parented, and I can openly confess those to you now. I talked about faith at church but didn't speak much about it at home. I either withdrew from conflict or screamed and yelled. I taught my kids virtually nothing about money, or sex, or drugs and alcohol, or any of those important things they should know about. And [...]

31 01, 2020

A New Take on Forgiveness

2020-01-31T09:14:49-06:00January 31st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A New Take on Forgiveness

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, So many things seem to rob me of joy. Fear about the future. Anxiety about meeting other people's expectations. Frustration and anger and disillusionment that others don't meet my expectations. Wounds I have received. Regret about things I have done or left undone. Sins I have committed against you. Expectations of myself, and disappointment that I don't meet them. So many things I just need to let go of. I just need to let it go. Letting it go isn't easy, God. How can I do it? But you have let go of my [...]

24 01, 2020

The real joy of life

2020-01-24T09:04:20-06:00January 24th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The real joy of life

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Helping you to grow your Kingdom is hard work. Sometimes, I am weary. Sometimes, I am discouraged. But you told me that if I gave myself fully to your mission, I would find joy, and that is what I have discovered. There is so much joy in putting my shoulder to the wheel to do something that matters. There is so much joy in seeing the fruit of your Spirit, the impact of the movement of your people in the world. There is so much joy in finding others who care deeply about the [...]