18 01, 2019

Starving for Love

2019-01-18T09:02:15-05:00January 18th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Starving for Love

It's Houston Marathon Weekend. We are praying for all of those at St. Luke's who are running this year. Don't forget: LOTS of road closures on Sunday morning, so plan your route to St. Luke's. Here are the road closures: http://www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/race-weekend/street-closures/  Remember, Christians in Africa walk MILES to get to church. You can leave a little early and figure out how to get here! A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, "Ah, look at all the lonely people..." Eleanor Rigby...  God of love, the Beatles had it right. There are so many lonely people, so many who are starving for love, starving for someone to really see them [...]

11 01, 2019

Dealing With My Appetites

2019-01-11T08:49:17-05:00January 11th, 2019|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Dealing With My Appetites

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, How much is enough? I confess that it seems no matter what I have, I think more would be better. A bigger house in which all these grandchildren could play would be excellent. A bigger bank account would mean I don't worry at all about money. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a house in the mountains where I could spend summers? I wonder, God, is my desire for such things inconsistent with love for you? In my mind I know that these possessions will provide pleasure and happiness for a while. But [...]

4 01, 2019

Starting the year with gratitude

2019-01-04T08:50:56-05:00January 4th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Starting the year with gratitude

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gift Giving God, I don't understand why I do not always, always, always feel grateful. How do I grumble when you have blessed me so much? Why do I feel this sense of entitlement and resentment, when I have been given so much? So God, in order to change my mindset, let me say thank you and bring to the front of my mind the gratitude that is in my heart. Thank you, God, for (in no particular order)... Your love, made flesh in Jesus Christ, and the eternal abundant life that I have in a relationship with [...]

28 12, 2018

Expectancy

2018-12-28T08:45:35-05:00December 28th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Expectancy

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of hope, I have all sorts of thoughts about a new year. There are things I hope to accomplish and things I hope to change. I know you call me to keep growing, to keep moving forward on my own journey of discipleship. I am reminded that discipline and discipleship are related words, and that my own growth means I will have to do some things differently. Some of them are the same things I have been working on for years. I need your help, God. Some of these things I know I cannot change without your power, [...]

21 12, 2018

O Come Let Us Adore Him

2018-12-21T13:12:48-05:00December 21st, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on O Come Let Us Adore Him

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, I confess that it is hard to keep love for your Son at the center of my heart this season. Seems like I am even more distracted by deadlines and tasks to do than ever. And I confess that much of the time, the familiarity of the Christmas message makes it feel less incredible to me than it really is. I find myself going through the motions. I have taken you for granted, God. I have let my sense of amazement grow cold. How unbelievable is the story of a God who, "did not [...]

14 12, 2018

The Holy Family

2018-12-14T08:48:20-05:00December 14th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Holy Family

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I love my family. I must admit, I am a little too proud of them - all of them. Oh, we are clearly not perfect, and you know that. You know our "stuff" and the tensions and challenges that show up. But you know, too, God, that we work through them because we are "compelled by love" to do so. (2 Corinthians 5:14) And during Christmastime, I am especially thankful to you for my family. What an incredibly amazing gift. You put us here in families. More importantly, though, you came as Jesus Christ so that we might be part [...]

7 12, 2018

A Gift-Giving God

2018-12-07T09:21:57-05:00December 7th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A Gift-Giving God

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious, gift-giving God, There are some amazing people in this world, who reflect your love in tangible ways into my life. A neighbor comes by with tomatoes from his garden. A friend takes the time to write me a note of encouragement. A church member, who I know has limited resources, writes a check to support a project. A colleague takes more than a few minutes to visit with me on the phone when I call. There are signs of generosity all around me. I am so thankful to you for these people, in whom I can see [...]

30 11, 2018

Keep It Simple!

2018-11-30T09:22:03-05:00November 30th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Keep It Simple!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, It is getting pretty crazy. Stuff to do at work. Planning for next year. Thinking about year end. Lots of worship services. Wanting it all to be just right. Stuff to do at home. Christmas gifts to think about. Parties coming up. Christmas cards to send. Thank you notes to write.  So in the midst of all of this, what really matters? It was in the cacophony of Bethlehem, packed full of people because of a census taken by a crazy king, that a simple ordinary thing happened in a simple ordinary stable. A little baby was born, [...]

16 11, 2018

Worry, worry, worry…

2018-11-16T09:20:32-05:00November 16th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Worry, worry, worry…

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, Last night, I lay awake and couldn't sleep. There was this concern spinning around in my head, and I couldn't seem to shake it. It wasn't a really big deal, but it got bigger the more I worried about it. And then today, I thought it would just resolve itself. But it is still there. I can't do anything about it, so I guess I will just worry. I wonder... [...]

9 11, 2018

Maybe if I just ignore it…

2018-11-09T12:12:27-05:00November 9th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Maybe if I just ignore it…

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of light, Another mass shooting, God. I wonder how many times I will lift up to you families of people killed for no good reason.  As always, I pray for comfort and strength for them, and for a community of love to surround them and share in their pain.  And I grieve that it has become so common that we simply gasp one more time and then move on with life.  Is there something we can do about it, God?  Can you do something about it, God?  Or maybe we will just glance at [...]