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 [...]

2 11, 2018

Don’t miss today

2018-11-02T09:17:34-05:00November 2nd, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Don’t miss today

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, I have been thinking that today might be my last day on earth. Who knows what today, or tomorrow, or the next day will bring? I might have 10,000 days left in my life, and I might have just this one. I don't want to throw today away or miss the experience of this hour or even this minute.  And yet, I am always hurrying on to the next thing, always running from one thing to the next, living in tomorrow, regretting what I missed or did yesterday, reminiscing about the good old days, dreaming [...]

26 10, 2018

It is amazing what commitment will do

2018-10-26T09:40:15-05:00October 26th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on It is amazing what commitment will do

A PERSONAL PRAYER Jesus, This Sunday, I will recommit my life to being your follower. I pray that you will show me the steps I need to take to follow you. You know my desire to live the way you taught us to live. You know my desire to be an instrument of your love. But too often, my desire remains just that - a desire only. I know what I am to do, but I don't do it. Forgive me. Fill me with your Spirit that I might walk the walk, one step at a time. Show me what is the next [...]

19 10, 2018

Just Pray

2018-10-19T09:18:44-05:00October 19th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Just Pray

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I know we talk, but sometimes I think I am doing it wrong. Sometimes I feel like I am just talking to the wall.  Sometimes I feel like I am faking it. Sometimes my prayers are just ramblings in my head. Sometimes I can't even concentrate long enough to think of what to say. Sometimes I forget to intentionally pray. Sometimes I just repeat words I know from memory, because it is all I can come up with. Does this actually do anything? I confess that I get frustrated when the things I pray [...]

12 10, 2018

Show Me… The Money

2018-10-12T09:27:33-05:00October 12th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Show Me… The Money

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, you seem to be meddling in every single part of my life. First how I spend my time and talent. Then my relationships. Now it is my money.  And there is something about Jesus talking about my finances that really makes me uncomfortable. What does that say about me? I'm not sure I want to know. Perhaps I am the "rich young man who went away sorrowful, for he had [...]