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)....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

Our community group recently finished sharing life stories. The process is challenging as we seek to be transparent—to focus less on what has happened to us and more on where God has been moving and drawing us to Himself....

I had always considered myself an open book; I was always “open” about my struggles and willing to tell anyone anything—that is, until my deceived heart convinced me that my struggles were now “too big” for me to ever fully expose in front of anyone....

Last week I decided to do some cleaning which entailed cleaning out my closet. In the process of that daylong chore, I found two things that I would have sworn were gone forever; a pair of earrings and my journal from the college years....

We just finished studying the book of Hebrews as a church where arguably the main point of the entire book can be boiled down to: Jesus is better. The author uses Melchizedek, Abraham, Moses, the Tabernacle, and more to make the point that Jesus is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

I've always been fascinated by small towns. Maybe it was the teaser I got by growing up on the edge of an old family farm, or maybe it was my overactive, Tom-Sawyer-and-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder mind, but I've always been irresistibly drawn to a Mayberry lifestyle on the...

The prayer I prayed the most before we left for Israel was that I would retain and remember as much as possible. While I still fear that I might forget, what the Lord did for me instead was refocus my thoughts on what I needed...

Upon returning from our recent trip to Israel, I have frequently been asked, “What was the one thing that was most impactful for you on the trip?” My answer has been consistent: it would have to be the time we spent in the Garden of...

“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward...

I am so thankful to say I have a baby boy growing inside of me right now. His name is Thomas, and we are so excited to meet him in the next month or so. As the weeks wind down, I’m well aware of how...