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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 [...]

17 01, 2020

The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

2020-01-17T10:58:14-06:00January 17th, 2020|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

Nine years ago Dr. Pace mentioning in a sermon that two long-time St. Luke’s members, Bob Eury and Jack Browder, had run over 30 consecutive Houston marathons. (Jack holds the record for the most consecutive marathons run under 4 hours). At the time I remember thinking that running 26 miles was sheer insanity. I often told people that the only time I would run was if somebody was chasing me. However, inspired by those two men and many other runners, I decided to give running a try. I tried a half-mile at first, then built up to three [...]

17 01, 2020

Missing the moments

2020-01-17T09:00:15-06:00January 17th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Missing the moments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gift-giving God, You pour into my life so many blessings that I just miss. You design for me moments that are beautiful and holy, but I fail to experience them in their fullness. Sometimes, I remain too concerned with what seem to be "matters of consequence." Sometimes, I am too lazy to pursue opportunities or dreams. Sometimes, I am riddled with guilt or anxiety or fear, and these steal my joy. But you have put me into a garden of delight, with "every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food," and [...]

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 [...]