28 09, 2018

Make a Difference!

2018-09-28T13:24:35-05:00September 28th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, Use me as you see fit. I want to be "useful to the master," (2 Timothy 2:21), to make a difference, to be your instrument that moves the world a little bit closer to the way it was created to be, the way it one day will be once again. I know that you have put your light in my heart, and no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, but on a lampstand where it lights up the house. And I pray for my church, that St. Luke's [...]

21 09, 2018

People

2018-09-21T12:48:00-05:00September 21st, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER I love you, God. So thank you today for people to love, as I act out my love for you. Thank you today for people who love me. Thank you for a place to belong, a community where I am welcomed, pursued, valued. Thank you for showing up in our midst, the Holy Spirit binding us together. I confess, God, that sometimes I get confused about what matters. I find myself focusing on tasks to be done, milestones to be reached, instead of the people who join me in the work. Too often, I look [...]

13 09, 2018

What will you die (or live) for?

2018-09-13T16:07:38-05:00September 13th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Please come this Sunday, September 16, to our Fall Gathering: Catch the Vision event in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. The Get Connected Fair will be held just before and after, beginning and 5:30 p.m. We will be looking together at St. Luke's dreams and goals for 2019, praying together about God's purpose for us and considering ways we can join in the work together. Please come! A PERSONAL PRAYER God, The alarm went off this morning and I was excited to get out of bed. I knew there was work to do. I felt an urgency, [...]

7 09, 2018

Fall Kickoff

2018-09-07T10:23:16-05:00September 7th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. Friends, It's Fall Kickoff Sunday at St. Luke's! (Cheers from the crowd.) I hope you plan to be here. I am beginning a new sermon series aimed at building your life and your family on a solid foundation - "Starting with Middle C." Over the next three weeks, we will be going to the basics. Convictions - in what do you believe with all your heart? Commitment - for what are you willing to [...]

24 08, 2018

A Year Ago

2018-08-24T08:49:57-05:00August 24th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: 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, Sometimes, it seems like much more distant past than one year ago. Sometimes, it seems like it was just yesterday. Many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing, a newsreel that we can play back in our minds. I wondered if Dee and I would be stuck in Los Angeles after a week with our daughter, and while everyone else was escaping Houston, we [...]

17 08, 2018

Respect

2018-08-17T09:04:18-05:00August 17th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: 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 us all, I feel like there is fracturing all around me. We are pulling apart, separating into camps, •  unable to see any truth or goodness in people with whom we disagree, •  unwilling to give certain others the benefit of the doubt, •  quickly sizing up the color of the jersey of people we meet, •  speaking much but listening little, •  failing to see others as part [...]

10 08, 2018

Is it my best?

2018-08-10T14:59:07-05:00August 10th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today, I want to see the amazing gifts all around me. The letter of James reminds me that "every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..." (1:17) I know what is the proper response to a gift - to appreciate it, to enjoy it, to experience it fully, and most of all to be grateful for it. This very day is that kind of gift, coming down for me from your gracious and generous nature. I pray for a heart and mind to receive [...]

3 08, 2018

In the Eye of the Beholder

2018-08-03T08:58:51-05:00August 3rd, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of everything good, Your Scripture tells us that "no one can see God." (1 Timothy 6:16). Sometimes, though, when I see something incredibly amazing and beautiful, I wonder if maybe I have seen you after all. Yes, God, I can hear your warning now. I know I must be careful not to confuse you - the creator, with things of the world -- your creation. The pagans worshipped the forces of creation as if they were gods themselves, and I don't want to do that. Instead, I love and worship you, the one who [...]

27 07, 2018

100% pure…

2018-07-27T09:02:43-05:00July 27th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of transformation, I must have a corrupted file somewhere in the operating system of my mind. The thoughts I think. The passions that pop up when I don't expect it. The angers and resentments that won't go away. The fears that eat at me. I can't seem to shake them. I continue to think about how your son taught us: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8) I am a long way from pure in heart, I am afraid, so does that mean that I won't see you? [...]

20 07, 2018

Let justice roll down like waters…

2018-07-20T09:31:06-05:00July 20th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of justice... I don't understand why I was born who I am, with the resources I have been offered and the love that has been poured into me, while my Zoe Ministries friend, the Guatemalan boy of twelve, has grown up in a family where his mother is dead and his father is disabled, so he has to be the primary breadwinner. Or why my children were given a stable home with loving parents, while the average foster child changes families seven times. I can go on and on. It doesn't seem right. It [...]