After Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas area earlier this fall, one of the eeriest things I heard about was the floating ant mounds that were being spotted in the floodwaters....

At this point in the Exodus narrative, the first three plagues have occurred over the land of Egypt, and Pharaoh has not budged in his stance of holding the Israelites captive (Exodus 7:3-5)....

I tend to have some (or a lot of) freak-out moments. Google is not my friend, and I often wish WebMD wasn’t even a thing. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack then you know when that feeling comes over you, the only thing you want to do is get out. I’ve had the feeling before that I just need to run—to get away and find a safe place. ...

We often buy into the idea of our own personal sovereignty rather than acknowledging the only Sovereign. Our culture has created a narrative with us at the center of everything. Instead of trusting in a God whose character does not change, we attempt to trust in our wavering abilities and unstable emotions and character....

The problem of affordable housing throughout the Upstate is multi-faceted, and it’s our desire to partner with organizations like Homes of Hope who are a part of the solution. Grace Church has donated a residential lot and $35,000 to Homes of Hope to build a home....

Lee and Joy Foster began visiting Grace Church with their three sons a little over two years ago. Their two oldest boys, Sam and Myles, have autism, and the church setting had been challenging for them in the past. Myles, 13, was apprehensive about joining a Camp Grace classroom and took a few months to warm up to the idea. . . Read as Myles’ mother, Joy Foster, writes about his experience at Camp Grace Weekend and how it impacted both her son and their family....

This weekend Matt Williams presented Matt Gaymon as a candidate for the governing elder board of Grace Church. Matt has been faithfully serving the church for 15 years, and we are looking forward to the possibility of this addition to our church leadership. As part of the selection process, Matt has been sitting in with our elders for over a year, and we believe that he is well-equipped for consideration in this role for our church family....

When I think about the different, clearly defined stages of my life thus far—middle school, high school, college—I can easily see how in each of those stages I had identifiers: things that I clung to with everything to ensure consistency and stability in my understanding of who I was. I was continually looking to my interests and my circumstances to better understand my identity, and as those things changed, my identity naturally followed suit....

When I see clear evidence of God’s power and direction, it’s easy for me to trust and believe Him. Exodus 4:29-30 begins with the miraculous signs Moses performs to show the Israelites God’s power, authority, and control. And the Israelites respond appropriately to this display of God’s sovereignty: “When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped” (Exodus 4:31). They were convinced; they believed that God was with them....

My nine-year-old son loves to talk. He can chatter endlessly. And he only knows one volume: loud. I constantly remind him to use his inside voice, but I am still seeking evidence that he even has one. His greatest challenge is that he speaks before he thinks. Am I the only one who can relate?! I once heard an acronym for the word T.H.I.N.K that has helped me in training my son—and myself....

Through the obedience of Moses and Aaron, we are reminded that obeying God does not guarantee that things will get easier for us. We trust in a God who is sovereign and bigger than short-term suffering; His plans exceed our momentary affliction. ...

A massive storm may hit our state and neighboring states early next week. We are preparing alongside local churches and organizations to meet the potential needs of friends, family, and neighbors. The uncertainty of the weather - from the intensity of a storm to the areas of impact- is difficult to plan for. Our goal is to be prepared so that we are able to act when and if the need arises....

When we get older, we often see the events of our past with folly and foolishness compared to where we are now and where our thinking is. What is powerful to me, though, is to see how God is working on and developing us in the process....

We can all agree that spewing thoughtless, harmful words to others is damaging. But I have another idea to consider—what about the unspoken word, the silence we sit in, the words we withhold? What if we really took the time to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in every encounter with others and allowed God’s truth to be what flowed out of us?...

In Exodus 3, God reveals Himself to Moses in the midst of obscurity. Although Moses’ circumstances are seemingly bleak, God asserts Himself as bigger than the moment while at the same time personally engaged with Moses’ life. Although the timeline of Moses’ life appears to be a lot of waiting, God has been actively working in the background....

Each year from August to May, Grace Church offers an internship called Cultor House. The internship provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to mature in their faith and grow in their ministry capacity, while also gaining experience in a part-time job outside of the church. Through the Cultor House experience, interns will be taught by church staff on various topics, including theology, leadership, femininity, and masculinity. Keep reading to learn more about our seven Cultor House interns....

I somehow made it into my thirties without a major tragedy in my life. My adolescence was peppered with significant trials, suffering, pain, and the like, but I had no battling experience with a mighty all-consuming tragedy. Then last summer the sky opened up and it poured the kind of unrelenting, inconceivable pain from loss which can only be traversed with a lifeboat....

Driving to lunch yesterday I saw a frightening thing. Another car had made a very wrong turn and was traveling the wrong way down an exit ramp of a major interstate, about to enter the wrong side of oncoming traffic! My first reaction was to yell, “stop!”...

Often we find ourselves in seasons where we feel far from the work that God is doing. In Exodus 2, Moses’ circumstances leave him in a foreign land with a new family and far away from everything he had ever known. In what appears to be a season that lacks Kingdom work, we find that God is perfectly orchestrating and working through the intricate details of Moses’ life to bring redemption to His people....

Caring for orphans through foster care and adoption can be difficult and draining. When we've been in our most difficult days we have been blessed by the volunteers who are willing to serve our family by playing with our children one night a month so that my husband and I could have a night away....

“Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done" (Exodus 1:8). Historically and culturally, Ancient Egypt is fascinating to me. It was home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth and was a major world power for millennia. It was known as a center of trade, wealth, and knowledge. Geographically, it was a unique and beautiful place, and was the location of not just one but two of the Wonders of the Ancient World....

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Proverbs 13:3). The word of God speaks clearly about the power of the tongue to wound or heal. Throughout my life I have used the written word as a source of healing and power while many times unwittingly allowing the spoken word to be a source of destruction. ...

Much like the cross is the sign of God’s faithfulness to us in the New Testament, the book of Exodus and the cry of God’s people in Egypt is God’s reminder to His people of His faithfulness in the Old Testament. He heard our cry—He rescued us. The story of Exodus paints a bigger picture of God’s sovereign work in the background, intricately folding each nation and people group into His redemptive plan....

One could easily be overwhelmed and confused by the many different translations available these days. The Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, which makes translation necessary—but why are there so many? And are they really all that different? Is one better than another?...

I find myself in somewhat of a unique place when it comes to the power of words and how I have seen their power of death take over not in what was said, but in what was not said. Words that are spoken have the ability to encourage and bring life or wound and bring death; but I would argue that every time we choose not to speak, it also holds those same capacities....

When we encounter the Bible, we are encountering God. Through His Word, we are reproved, corrected, and trained in the way we should go; it defines and directs our lives. Will you listen to how God is speaking to you through His Word today or will you reject what He has exposed in you? ...