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26 06, 2020

Don’t Forget Gratitude

2020-06-26T09:11:19-05:00June 26th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today, I am practicing gratitude. On days when life seems wonderful, it is easy to thank you for that wonder. On days when I am weary and annoyed, grumpy, and resentful, I pray for the discipline to practice gratitude with even more fervor. This morning, I am grateful. Grateful for both the sunshine and the rain, for the breath I took first thing this morning, and the sensation of my feet on the ground. Grateful for shelter in the storm, for a bed in which to sleep, food in the pantry, light and air conditioning [...]

19 06, 2020

Your Unfailing Love

2020-06-19T08:25:52-05:00June 19th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Your Unfailing Love

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today, I choose you. I choose to love you with my heart, my mind, my soul, my strength. I choose to love the other people you love. I first chose you decades ago, a commitment I made to follow your son Jesus. But I know that there are days I haven’t chosen you, when I haven’t loved you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, and I haven’t loved my neighbor as myself. I am quite fickle in my faith – up and down based on events in my world and the circumstances in my life.  While I seek [...]

5 06, 2020

People Need to know The Story!

2020-06-05T12:19:32-05:00June 5th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on People Need to know The Story!

I was in a casual conversation a few days ago with one of our members. We found ourselves discussing all the challenges going on around us - the death of George Floyd, the peaceful protests as well as the violent ones, the Covid-19 virus, the unemployment, the divisions in our country, and all the rest of it. My friend then asked, "What is wrong with us? Is there any hope?" It is the right question for us to ask... This Sunday, we begin a sermon series, "The Story of God and Us." Over the next eight weeks, we [...]

29 05, 2020

Come, Holy Spirit!

2020-05-29T11:45:03-05:00May 29th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Come, Holy Spirit!

Gracious God - Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Today, I pray for my Church. On that day of Pentecost, two millennia ago, you chose to come as Spirit and shape us into a community to be your presence in the world, a people to be shaped not by regulations but by the Spirit, a people who live and love like Jesus, a unified movement to actually be your body in the world. You breathed your Spirit into our lungs that we together might be your resurrected body. And you have never given up on us. We are "by schisms [...]

22 05, 2020

Join the Service

2020-05-22T07:43:54-05:00May 22nd, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Join the Service

God of grace and truth, I am thinking today about all those who serve: waitstaff and police officers, physicians and nurses and sanitation workers, custodians and attorneys, teachers and firefighters, parents and politicians, soldiers and administrative assistants, civil servants and coaches, landscapers and financial planners, and so many many more. When I open my eyes and look around, there are scores of people who give of themselves, paid and volunteer, to make a difference in my life and in the lives of those I care about. God, I take them for granted too often. Grant me the humility [...]

15 05, 2020

It All Belongs to You

2020-05-15T10:43:34-05:00May 15th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on It All Belongs to You

God, I am so grateful for your provision - everything I have really belongs to you, and I am just a steward of an infinitesimally small part of your resources. I can't say that I "give" to you, because you can't give to someone who owns it already! But you have put me in charge of this very small part of the world that belongs to you, and you have given me "dominion" over it. I pray that you would lead me to manage it wisely. I confess to you, God, that I have sought to surrender to [...]

8 05, 2020

Pass the love on (Mom’s Day)

2020-05-08T10:16:35-05:00May 8th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pass the love on (Mom’s Day)

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am so thankful today for all those who have loved me. Grandparents. Parents. In-laws. Amazing wife. Children. Friends. Teachers. Pastors. Youth counselors. Coaches. And I am so thankful for the ways they loved me. Peanut butter sandwiches and bean with bacon soup. Car rides. Words of encouragement. Tuition payments. Challenges, and hard conversations. Smiles in the hallway. Laughter. Hugs and kisses. Moments of forgiveness and forbearance. Each of them flow over me to shape me into who you want me to be. God, today I will have the opportunity to pass on that same love, [...]

1 05, 2020

Organizing Your Life

2020-05-01T09:17:59-05:00May 1st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Organizing Your Life

A PERSONAL PRAYER  God of Glory, I have been thinking about creation lately. If you didn't already know, you did a really good job with the whole creation thing. First, there are parts I can see. Like mountains and rivers and trees and all the usual things. These inspire and amaze me - just the basics. And as if that isn't enough, there is a whole world so small I can never see it, at work all the time in my body and all around me. If you unraveled all of the DNA in my body, it would [...]

24 04, 2020

Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it’s off to work I go

2020-04-24T08:28:46-05:00April 24th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it’s off to work I go

A PERSONAL PRAYER  Hey God, I spoke with a friend in the oil industry yesterday, who lost his job when his whole team was eliminated. He was grieving the loss - friends he loves, people he has worked with for years, projects he has been a part of making happen. I know he isn't the only one in that state of loss, and there will be more to come. God, I pray for discernment for these folks about what to do next. I pray for your provision for them. I pray for you to lift their spirits, and [...]

17 04, 2020

Take care of your health

2020-04-17T10:57:42-05:00April 17th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Take care of your health

Hey God, Wow. I wish I could find words to express the gratitude I feel for the beauty of these past few days. I breathe in deeply, and there is something about the air that just brings joy and a spirit of life. I sit outside on the patio and "work from home," and just bask in the beauty of it all. What a gift, God. Thank you. Thank you for the gift of life itself, for the majesty of nature, for the new life of Spring, for each moment in which your creation speaks aloud with your [...]