23 10, 2016

A Small Investment in Something that Matters: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 23, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God,                   There are so many things that are obligations, things I have to do. I hear people say “the only thing you have to do is pay taxes and die.” Nope. At least it doesn’t feel that way to me. Because I am in relationships, because I live in a world where other people live, I have certain duties to perform as a husband, a father, a son, a friend, a citizen, a pastor, a leader, a member [...]

9 10, 2016

The Rich in Heart: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 9, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for all you have done for me. Thank you for the basic joys of life—food, family, friends, shelter and security, health and freedom. Thank you for equipping me with the internal resources to live a good life, for health and wits and education and motivation. Thank you for planting within me gifts that the Holy Spirit has brought to life in me. Yes, O [...]

30 09, 2016

The Harvest is Coming: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 2, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Give me patience, and I want it right now! I find myself often feeling frustrated. I am frustrated when things don’t happen fast enough for me. I like a microwave world, where I can push a button and it happens right now. And I am frustrated when things don’t work out the way I want them to, when my plan for life doesn’t come to pass. I confess that sometimes; I am arrogant enough to [...]

25 09, 2016

Living Out Faith: Inside Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for September 25, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Amazing God, There have been times I haven’t lived my faith so well, but you were always there holding me up, loving me, inviting me to love you back. There were times I didn’t pray or read my Bible at all, and you still were there loving me. There have been times I have done things that were just plain wrong, hurtful to others, against everything I believe in. You were still there loving me. There are days [...]

18 09, 2016

Side by Side with Each Other: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for September 18, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service.   A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I’m to preach this week on talking to our families about faith. That feels like asking Hakeem Olajuwon to talk about what it is like to be short. I don’t know how to do it. I don’t talk to my kids or my parents or even my wife about it very much. I preach it on Sundays, and give my whole heart to following you all the time, but it is hardest [...]

11 09, 2016

A Spirit of Love: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for September 11, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of grace, I confess that sometimes it feels easier to go it alone. There are days that other people rub me the wrong way. There are days I want to retreat to my cave and hide. But boy, it can get lonely in that cave. It seems that when I push people away, or hide from others, I find that I accidentally push you away as well. And the one person who is [...]

4 09, 2016

Just Enough: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for September 4, 2016

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We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of grace, I am looking for just the right balance. I am content, but I don’t want to be complacent. I am fully satisfied, but I know things can get better. I am so very grateful for my life and the world just as it is, but that nagging sense of “not good enough,” and a desire to push for better continues to plague me. How do I know which attitude to claim [...]

28 08, 2016

Think of What is True and Honorable: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for August 28, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:29-05:00August 28th, 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, You are a remarkable creator, and every part of your creation is magnificent. The world around me, the life you have given me, the gifts and graces which you breathed into me, the people I have the privilege of loving, the city and country I live in… all of these are so amazing. I confess that too often I focus on the faults in myself, my neighbor, and my world, and fail [...]

21 08, 2016

Always Rejoicing: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for August 21, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:32-05:00August 21st, 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. Sometimes, I need an attitude adjustment. My life is good. Yes, there are some challenges, but often I find myself annoyed more than I should be, and show myself to others as grumpy and cynical and negative. There is much around me that I cannot control, but I can control how I respond to it. One of the most magnificent chapters in all of Scripture is the fourth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. During the first three weeks of [...]

14 08, 2016

Turning Over a New Leaf: Inside-Out Habits With Dr. Tom Pace for August 14, 2016

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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 Loving God, Every once in a while, I get a reminder that I am mortal. I lead a memorial service and realize that there will be one for me as well. I sort through old family stuff and throw away papers and notes that belonged to parents and grandparents and realize how soon we fade into memory. I wonder what I have passed on to those who follow me, to my children, to those [...]