23 12, 2016

A PERSONAL PRAYER

2017-03-28T14:55:33-05:00December 23rd, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Loving God, Yes, it is Christmas or almost Christmas. I am going to see lots of people tomorrow. I will place into their hands the wafer and offer them the fruit of the grape. I will look them in the eyes and remind them that these “gifts” are the very presence of your son Jesus Christ, given out of your great love for them. I will tell them that you showed up for them. [...]

18 12, 2016

Love Demonstrated: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for December 18, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:36-05:00December 18th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Some people are easy to love. I feel love for them in my heart, and genuinely want them to know how much I love them. These are my wife, my parents and in-laws, my children and grandchildren, my friends and colleagues and partners in ministry. I feel so blessed to have these people in my life. Still, I don’t let them know how much I love them, at least not enough. I confess that I [...]

11 12, 2016

Rejoicing Today: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for December 11, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:39-05:00December 11th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today is your day. It is a wonderful and amazing day. You made it. You gave it to me as a gift. And what is most important – you are going to go through it with me. That, in and of itself, is the root of my joy. So I will rejoice, today. I bet we have some great stuff today, you and I – some laughter, some fun, some sharing of hearts, [...]

4 12, 2016

The Things That Make Peace: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for December 4, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:42-05:00December 4th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, I get along with most people. You know that, God. I like most folks, and I try to treat people well, with love and care, most of the time. Or so I like to think. I think I “pursue the things that make for peace.” (Romans 14:19) But now a conflict has arisen, and I am not sure what to do about it. I have tried to just ignore it, manage my life around [...]

27 11, 2016

Beacons of Hope: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 27, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:44-05:00November 27th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service.A PERSONAL PRAYERGracious God,Thanksgiving behind us. Christmas still ahead of us. We are now officially in “the holidays.” It is going to be a wonderful time. Our home will be decorated. Our family will gather. Our church will hear and sing beautiful music. Children will dress up in bathrobes and magically become shepherds (or shepherdesses, of course.) But today, as we head into the season, I pray for those for whom the holidays are not so easy. My father-in-law shared with me that as he worked at [...]

20 11, 2016

Overflow of Gratitude: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 20, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:47-05:00November 20th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service.A PERSONAL PRAYERO God, Thank you. Today is one of those days when my gratitude overflows. I am so grateful for family and friends, for work and play, for laughter and tears, for big overwhelming joys and small moments of joy. Funny, those things were around on other days when I wasn’t so thankful. What changed, God?I was reading the Bible this week and came across the story of the feeding of the 5,000, how you had two fish and five loaves. You [...]

13 11, 2016

The Discipline of Kindness: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 13, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:52-05:00November 13th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER O God, I pray for humility today. I am sad when I have friendships strained by our differing viewpoints—political, or religious, or cultural, or otherwise. My convictions matter deeply to me. I will stand by them. I think they are right. I think I am right. I am proud of those convictions, God—maybe too proud. Forgive me, God, for my arrogance and self-righteousness. Help me to embrace what Jesus taught, that the relationships matter [...]

8 11, 2016

Of Alabaster Cities

2017-03-28T14:55:53-05:00November 8th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

I voted early this year. It was an interesting experience, knowing that many of those in line with me were voting differently than I was. In contrast to what we see on the news, it was a very civil and friendly experience. There was nice conversation in the line about the Texans and the weather and the upcoming weekend. The people working the polling place were happy and very pleasant, both to the voters and to one another. The guy who gave me my “I Voted” sticker was absolutely jolly. There was no doubt that all of us, [...]

4 11, 2016

God, as the country we love votes for our leaders this week, remind us of the great privilege it is

2017-03-28T14:55:58-05:00November 4th, 2016|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER O God, Sometimes, it is hard to submit to life, to accept life as it is, not as I would have it to be. When things don’t go my way, I find myself either demanding change or giving up. Neither is the right attitude. God, give me the grace to accept the people you have put into my life as the people for whom I should care, and to whom I should submit. Give me the audacity to ask [...]

30 10, 2016

Dedicated for the Kingdom: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 30, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:01-05:00October 30th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. SOME THOUGHTS TO SHARE Friends, It is an important day this Sunday at St. Luke’s, so I put “Some Thoughts to Share” first.  This week is commitment Sunday for our Rich In Heart Generosity program. If you are a member of St. Luke’s church, you have received a letter from me and a commitment card in the mail. I hope you have been following each day the prayer guide leading up to this Sunday. Please pray about how [...]