27 11, 2016

Beacons of Hope: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 27, 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 PRAYERGracious God,Thanksgiving behind us. Christmas still ahead of us. We are now officially in “the holidays.” It is going to be a wonderful time. Our home will be decorated. Our family will gather. Our church will hear and sing beautiful music. Children will dress up in bathrobes and magically become shepherds (or shepherdesses, of course.) But today, as we head into the season, I pray for those for whom the holidays are not so easy. My father-in-law shared with me that as he worked at [...]

20 11, 2016

Overflow of Gratitude: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 20, 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 PRAYERO God, Thank you. Today is one of those days when my gratitude overflows. I am so grateful for family and friends, for work and play, for laughter and tears, for big overwhelming joys and small moments of joy. Funny, those things were around on other days when I wasn’t so thankful. What changed, God?I was reading the Bible this week and came across the story of the feeding of the 5,000, how you had two fish and five loaves. You [...]

13 11, 2016

The Discipline of Kindness: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 13, 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 O God, I pray for humility today. I am sad when I have friendships strained by our differing viewpoints—political, or religious, or cultural, or otherwise. My convictions matter deeply to me. I will stand by them. I think they are right. I think I am right. I am proud of those convictions, God—maybe too proud. Forgive me, God, for my arrogance and self-righteousness. Help me to embrace what Jesus taught, that the relationships matter [...]

8 11, 2016

Of Alabaster Cities

2017-03-28T14:55:53-05:00 November 8th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

I voted early this year. It was an interesting experience, knowing that many of those in line with me were voting differently than I was. In contrast to what we see on the news, it was a very civil and friendly experience. There was nice conversation in the line about the Texans and the weather and the upcoming weekend. The people working the polling place were happy and very pleasant, both to the voters and to one another. The guy who gave me my “I Voted” sticker was absolutely jolly. There was no doubt that all of us, [...]

4 11, 2016

God, as the country we love votes for our leaders this week, remind us of the great privilege it is

2017-03-28T14:55:58-05:00 November 4th, 2016|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. A PERSONAL PRAYER O God, Sometimes, it is hard to submit to life, to accept life as it is, not as I would have it to be. When things don’t go my way, I find myself either demanding change or giving up. Neither is the right attitude. God, give me the grace to accept the people you have put into my life as the people for whom I should care, and to whom I should submit. Give me the audacity to ask [...]

30 10, 2016

Dedicated for the Kingdom: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 30, 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. SOME THOUGHTS TO SHARE Friends, It is an important day this Sunday at St. Luke’s, so I put “Some Thoughts to Share” first.  This week is commitment Sunday for our Rich In Heart Generosity program. If you are a member of St. Luke’s church, you have received a letter from me and a commitment card in the mail. I hope you have been following each day the prayer guide leading up to this Sunday. Please pray about how [...]

23 10, 2016

A Small Investment in Something that Matters: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 23, 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 Dear God,                   There are so many things that are obligations, things I have to do. I hear people say “the only thing you have to do is pay taxes and die.” Nope. At least it doesn’t feel that way to me. Because I am in relationships, because I live in a world where other people live, I have certain duties to perform as a husband, a father, a son, a friend, a citizen, a pastor, a leader, a member [...]

9 10, 2016

The Rich in Heart: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 9, 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 Dear God, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for all you have done for me. Thank you for the basic joys of life—food, family, friends, shelter and security, health and freedom. Thank you for equipping me with the internal resources to live a good life, for health and wits and education and motivation. Thank you for planting within me gifts that the Holy Spirit has brought to life in me. Yes, O [...]

30 09, 2016

The Harvest is Coming: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 2, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:13-05:00 September 30th, 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. A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Give me patience, and I want it right now! I find myself often feeling frustrated. I am frustrated when things don’t happen fast enough for me. I like a microwave world, where I can push a button and it happens right now. And I am frustrated when things don’t work out the way I want them to, when my plan for life doesn’t come to pass. I confess that sometimes; I am arrogant enough to [...]

25 09, 2016

Living Out Faith: Inside Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for September 25, 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 Amazing God, There have been times I haven’t lived my faith so well, but you were always there holding me up, loving me, inviting me to love you back. There were times I didn’t pray or read my Bible at all, and you still were there loving me. There have been times I have done things that were just plain wrong, hurtful to others, against everything I believe in. You were still there loving me. There are days [...]