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26 04, 2019

Gratitude in Hard Times

2019-04-26T08:53:58-06:00April 26th, 2019|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Gratitude in Hard Times

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, Sometimes, I win. Sometimes I lose. Sometimes the blues get ahold of me, ah just when I thought I had made it. (With thanksgiving to Carole King, "Sweet Seasons." But all you boomers knew that.) It is so easy to give thanks in the good times. My heart is overwhelmed with how you have blessed me. Thanksgiving flows naturally from my heart filled with gratitude. But there are days things aren't going so well. I am so grateful that those are few and far between, but who knows what life will bring. I can [...]

19 04, 2019

Good Friday? An Even Better Sunday!

2019-04-19T08:55:55-06:00April 19th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Good Friday? An Even Better Sunday!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of indescribable, unfathomable, incomprehensible love, As dawn broke on Friday morning, your beloved Son was on the way to the court of the pavements between the fortress and the temple. The long prayer of agony in the garden was accomplished. The betrayal was complete. The arrest was carried out. The midnight trial was over. Peter's denial was so fresh on his mind. Still ahead was the unfaithfulness of the crowd, the treachery of the religious leaders, the weak will of Pilate, the scourge and the thorns and beatings, the long walk with a crosspiece [...]

12 04, 2019

Save us!

2019-04-12T09:37:06-06:00April 12th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Save us!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of grace, Just like every year, I am trying to figure out what to say about Palm Sunday. There will be hosannas and palm branches waving, church family picnics and children's choirs singing and such happy worship. It all reminds me of donkeys and parades, children making a pathway of green for your entrance into Jerusalem. Yet there is something that seems shallow about Palm Sunday. I will say Jesus is king, but do I really mean it? Do I recognize his complete authority over me? Do I recognize that nothing I have belongs [...]

5 04, 2019

It’s not supposed to be easy

2019-04-05T09:56:10-06:00April 5th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on It’s not supposed to be easy

A PERSONAL PRAYER  Dear Jesus, The other day after a sermon about the idols we worship, someone confessed to me that he has made "comfort and happiness" his god. I thought a lot about that. I think I can make the same confession. So many times I long for life to be easy. I find myself wondering why everything seems challenging, why nothing just flows along nicely without any bumps and bruises along the way. I think, "well, I must be doing something wrong. If I was doing it right, then life would be going smoothly." Ah, but now I see it. It isn't supposed [...]

29 03, 2019

Wine-making with Jesus

2019-03-29T09:24:07-06:00March 29th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Wine-making with Jesus

A PERSONAL PRAYER God - Father, Son, Holy Spirit, You do some pretty amazing things. I am particularly fond of how you turn water into wine. You did it at that wedding in Cana long ago, and I wish I had been there to see it, and taste the finest wine you provide. But I can see how you do it even today. You take the water that falls on the earth, and you draw it into the roots of the vine, flavor it with nutrients from the soil and energy from the sun, and turn it into sap. You [...]

22 03, 2019

The Breath of God

2019-03-22T08:59:37-06:00March 22nd, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Breath of God

A PERSONAL PRAYER  God, I am ready to receive your Holy Spirit. I like to think that I am doing the best I can do. I am trying to be a good husband, a good father, a good son, a good friend, a good citizen, a good neighbor, a good pastor, and overall just be a good person. Yes, I probably can try a little harder and do a little more. But honestly, I feel like I have been trying harder and doing more, and I am not making a lot of progress. It can be pretty frustrating, [...]

15 03, 2019

Show me the way

2019-03-15T09:11:31-06:00March 15th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Show me the way

A PERSONAL PRAYER  God of love, When I am lost, find me and bring me home. When I am weary, give me the strength to walk one more step, get through one more day, face one more challenge. When I am joyous, show me how I can share my joy with others. When I am confident, temper my confidence with humility. When I am wrong, give me the grace to repent with authenticity. When I am right, remind me that I could be wrong. When I am self-righteous, make clear to me my sin, and knock me low. [...]

8 03, 2019

A look in the mirror

2019-03-08T09:06:08-06:00March 8th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A look in the mirror

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, This morning, I stepped out of the shower and looked in the mirror. The bright lights revealed who I really am. It wasn't pretty. So I put on my clothes and hoped it would cover up the truth. This afternoon, God, I studied my scripture, and I saw in there a reflection of who I really am. It wasn't pretty. Most of the time, I put on my smile and positive attitude and go out and just do my best. But God, that isn't what this Lenten season is about. Lent is about seeing the truth, not hiding from it, or [...]

1 03, 2019

Dealing with the hurt

2019-03-01T10:39:57-06:00March 1st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Dealing with the hurt

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am not sure exactly what to pray for today. Lots of strong emotions all around. You tell me that if I will just come into your presence, you will hear and understand the greatest need of my heart. My heart breaks as I talk to some people today. I pray for comfort and healing for them. I pray that they don't turn away from you, or from your son Jesus. I know how much you love them, and I know you want them to know that. Show me how to tell them. God I ask forgiveness for [...]

26 02, 2019

A Message from Tom Pace from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

2019-02-26T18:54:50-06:00February 26th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Message from Tom Pace from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

Friends, The called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to deal with issues around same sex marriage and ordination is concluding. The body passed an amended version of the plan called “The Traditional Plan,” which continues the current United Methodist position that same sex weddings cannot be officiated by our clergy or in our churches, and self-avowed practicing LGBT men and women may not be ordained. It also adds increased accountability for bishops and boards of ministry in enforcing this covenant. However, many of the components to increase that accountability already have been ruled in violation [...]