12 06, 2016

The Root of Peace: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for June 12, 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 love and peace, Sometimes, an evil spirit comes over me, God, just like one came over King Saul. Sometimes it is depression, or jealousy, or rage, or out of control ambition, or greed, or snarkiness, or all sorts of other spirits. I refuse to give in to those spirits, God. I won’t let them take me over completely. I turn to you, the only one who can rescue me from such a spirit. [...]

12 06, 2016

Prayer and Peace: Inside Out Habits with Dr. Pace June 12

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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 love and peace, Sometimes, an evil spirit comes over me, God, just like one came over King Saul. Sometimes it is depression, or jealousy, or rage, or out of control ambition, or greed, or snarkiness, or all sorts of other spirits. I refuse to give in to those spirits, God. I won’t let them take me over completely. I turn to you, the only one who can rescue me from such a spirit. [...]

5 06, 2016

State of the Heart: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for June 5, 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 mercy, Oh, how quick I am to judge others. I don’t want to categorize people, but I do: Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, black or white or Hispanic, gay or straight, old or young, rich or poor, Longhorns or Aggies, with me or against me. I could go on and on. And then, of course, I form judgments about those people based on the category. If it isn’t about appearance, it is about their opinions [...]

29 05, 2016

The Path of Least Resistance: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 29, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:19-05:00 May 29th, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Most things have come easy for me. I was blessed with a supportive family, a first class education, and the resources I have needed to accomplish my goals. As I came into the ministry, I simply followed the path of least resistance, and walked through the doors you opened for me. I stand in awe of those whose life circumstances meant they had to dig deeper—those who went to college at night, [...]

22 05, 2016

Training for Christ: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 22, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:22-05:00 May 22nd, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, You know I am a part of the people called Methodist, and our book of order is called The Discipline. But I am not so disciplined. I want to be. I know that those things I do every day will make the greatest difference in my life. I can’t go to the gym once, or even once in a while, and expect it to make a difference. I can’t pray only [...]

15 05, 2016

Suffering for Christ’s Sake: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 15, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:25-05:00 May 15th, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Come, Holy Spirit! God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – I long for you to come and fill me, fill your whole church, with your power.  I read how on the day of Pentecost, your Holy Spirit fell upon those ordinary people, and they were transformed. They spoke in other tongues, that people of every race and tribe might know your love. They worked miracles that could not be accomplished by their own [...]

8 05, 2016

Slow Down: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 8, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:29-05:00 May 8th, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER God of Love, I am in awe of the shower of relationships you have sent my way. I am surrounded by an amazing family, a wonderful group of friends, teammates who share my passions, and a congregation of people who love and support me. I confess, O God, that even with all of these wonderful and amazing relationships, sometimes I seal myself off from the love of those folks you send my way. Sometimes, I [...]

1 05, 2016

Heart Transformations: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for May 1, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:30-05:00 May 1st, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, You know that I want to be successful, not so much in terms of money or prestige or power, but I want to make a difference in the world. I want to reach my potential, to be used by you to do something that matters. And yet, you call me not so much to be successful, but to be faithful. You call me not so much to do what is effective, [...]

24 04, 2016

Valleys and Pastures Ahead: Inside-Out Habits for April 24, 2016 with Dr. Tom Pace

2017-03-28T14:57:34-05:00 April 24th, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Loving God, When I look back over my life, it has been a pretty good road. Lots of wonderful times, wonderful people, wonderful opportunities. I have made some wonderful friends, and served in some wonderful churches. I have laughed a lot, and worked pretty hard, and had the joy of seeing fruit of my labor. And the neatest part of all was that I got to do all of that with you. [...]

17 04, 2016

Sabbath Rest: Inside-Out Habits for April 17 with Dr. Tom Pace

2017-03-28T14:57:39-05:00 April 17th, 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. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER “I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.”  “Sometimes, I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain. And then the Holy Spirit, revives my soul again…” “When you’re weary. Feelin’ small…” O God, apparently, I am not the only one who sometimes feels depleted and discouraged, burned out and worn out. The songwriter expresses it so well. When that happens, I don’t feel your joy bubbling up inside me. I need [...]