For about a decade of my life, between middle school and college, my best friend and I frequently wrote to each other. (She’s now my roommate, so our letter-writing has somewhat dwindled.) At my best, I could turn out a good 20 pages effortlessly. It was great. I loved to share my thoughts with her, to tell her what was going on in my life, to ask about what she was up to....

The writer of Hebrews leaves his audience with a final list of important principles to remember and concludes the book with a reminder of the gospel and a benediction of grace....

I have had a weight problem since I was nine years old. The real issue behind my struggle is food. I began to turn to food as a reward when I was a child. As I got older, I found that food brought comfort. I started sneaking food in secret. Into adulthood, food provided a facade of control and even a sense of achievement. Regardless, food was always there. Unfortunately, so was my ever-increasing weight....

When I was in elementary school, our summer mornings consisted of waking up and running out to the kitchen to see if the counting jar was on the counter. The counting jar was the brilliant invention of my wise mother, who knew that if my siblings and I devoted our brains solely to VeggieTales and Marco Polo all summer, August would be quite a shock to the system....

Matt once spoke about the necessity of remaining close to our Source of Life, Jesus, if we are to be leaders and disciples. One idea that continues to rattle my brain is the idea that in order to continually grow and be filled with Christ, I must first empty myself by taking a risk and allowing the Holy Spirit to move in my life in areas I can't necessarily control. It is easy for me to continue in spiritual disciplines, gathering head knowledge without pausing to reflect on the reason for the disciplines....

The writer of Hebrews continues to warn us not to drift. In order to persevere until the end, we need to have clear direction in our walk of faith, powerful affections toward Jesus, and a healthy combination of fear and hope. The kingdom God has promised us can never be shaken, which should prompt us to respond with gratitude and worship....

I have pretty vivid memories of my childhood—Summer days by the pool spitting watermelon seeds, the first time I tried riding my bike down the neighborhood hill with no hands, teaching my dog to play fetch in the backyard. They come up in waves of nostalgia, and now as an adult, I remember these moments with fondness. We were an average family, and I realize now my parents worked hard to give us a carefree childhood....

I love my life. I have incredible friends, a wonderful church, a great job, and ways I can serve. But unfortunately, like so many of us, I forget how big my blessing is. This morning I felt jealousy because I am “alone”— wanting to be with someone yet not being with someone—while my friends are getting married and have seemingly obtained the best life has to offer....

The examples of faith in Hebrews 11 encourage us to run our own race of faith, looking to Jesus as the reward for our perseverance. As we grow in faith, God disciplines us like a father to make us more and more like Him. Our reaction to His correction reveals the condition of our hearts and determines the life change we need....

This summer we have 28 Kairos interns working in various ministries at Grace Church. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about these guys. Visit our Kairos website for more information about internships at Grace Church....

Faith—the objective content of the future and our subjective certainty about that content—is the one thing we need to face the future. By looking to the ordinary people who have gone before us in faith, we are encouraged to grow more certain about the promises we have received. Our belief in our future home affects how we live in the present....

As we move forward towards the church plant of Grace City Church in Charleston, South Carolina, we are continually grateful for the growth and commitment of those from Greenville who are choosing to step out in faith. We currently have 32 people committed to move to Charleston from Greenville and another 30 people praying and considering....

To be culturally engaged as the Church is to foster relationships that provide opportunities to share the gospel and care for those in need. This is a fundamental value of Grace Church that serves to further the mission to grow the local church by proclaiming the gospel, investing in strategic relationships, and equipping people for a life of service that glorifies God....

Speak Up: Voices for Foster Care Reform® provides a microphone for children in foster care to be heard. Last year, thousands of people across South Carolina joined together as one voice to encourage the legislature to hear and respond to the needs of children in......

The term “already but not yet” is something that sunk in for the first time when I started coming to Grace Church, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since we started our study of Hebrews. This is the very definition and most basic form of the gospel to me: “already but not yet.” Jesus has already gone to the cross; Jesus has already redeemed me and every one of my sins from the past, present, and future—yet here I am, living in the “not yet.”...

Think of your BFF, your closest girlfriend who knows everything about you. Then think of women who are especially dear to you, whose friendship holds a special place in your heart. Finally, think of all the other women who’ve touched your life in some way, who left their unique mark on your heart. ...

The Christian life is marked by faithful endurance produced by confidence and trust in Jesus. We are able to love others and suffer well through the painful situations of our fragile world because we look forward to the hope and promise of our future reward in Heaven. Through pushing forward in serving others and motivating and encouraging those around us, we persevere and hold firmly to this hope we have in Jesus....

I believe one of Satan's greatest tools is shame. He wields it delicately and tactfully, yielding a greater blow than much else can muster. It slides into our hearts after being whispered in our ears and grows and divides like a cancer, forming new lies and belief systems. The thing that is so powerful about shame is that it is based on truth. We have failed. We are broken. We missed the mark. We are unworthy. But, where shame resides, only part of the truth is believed....

Last week, we were reminded of the access to God that we have through Jesus; our need for access is met in Jesus and no longer in the tabernacle. Although the forgiveness of sins used to come through the sacrifice of animals again and again, this access we now have is confirmed with the blood sacrifice of Jesus—once for all. We are released from the penalty of sin as Jesus has presented us to God as clean and holy....

We’ve all heard it said that comparisons are thieves of joy. I think that’s true, but even truer is the fact that the enemy himself is a thief and comparisons are weapons in his arsenal. Lately, I’ve realized that comparison is my default mode....

Over the past year in our Care & Recovery ministries, we have had 162 participants in our care groups: 50 in DivorceCare, over 50 in GriefShare, over 30 in Single & Parenting, 17 in DivorceCare for Teens, and 13 in DivorceCare for Kids....

Since launching over two years ago, Grace Church en Español has grown to have over 17 countries represented in an average worship service. Even with this exciting growth, it is still just a small portion of the 40,000-60,000 Spanish speakers in Greenville county....

I love a good children’s story; I love the way it engages youth and adults in equal measure. Some of these stories will undoubtedly be considered classics for as long as books are read: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, The Giver, even Dr. Seuss. ...

On April 26, those interested in launching Grace Church Travelers Rest met for the second time to discuss the status of the campus. Although we do not have a facility yet, we are excited to move forward with the campus launch as we look for a location, supplies, people to serve in every area of ministry, and equipment. Future interest meetings will continue every month with the tentative plan to launch the campus this October....

Everything we do as an embodied image bearer reflects the nature of God. Do … [you] point others back to Him? (Body Matters, p.42) That question stopped me in my tracks. The idea that everything I do with my body being intended to point to God suddenly became huge. From what I eat to what I wear to what I say to what I do at any given moment, all of it is supposed to point to my heavenly Father....

Although the tabernacle was once a holy place of worship instituted by God, the writer of Hebrews reminds the Hebrew people of its limitations and ultimate failure to perfectly reconcile us to God. The tabernacle was only a precursor to the perfect tabernacle that we now have in Jesus, giving us free and open access to God. ...

Who knows you best? Who has seen you at your best and at your worst? Who has seen you when you're in the in between of your best and worst? Who has seen you when you're energized, upbeat, creative, and goofy? Who has seen you when you're tired, apathetic, bored, and withdrawn? Who has been around you enough to know what you mean even when you fail to adequately communicate yourself? Who has seen you, known you, and loved you?...