Grace Blog

May. 10, 2017
Selling a human being. Abusing a child. Stealing from a widow. Most, if not all of us, would agree that using force or fraud to exploit the vulnerable is evil. We carry within us an innate sense of right and...
Apr. 15, 2017
Mark 16:6, “Do not be alarmed,” he (an angel) said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has Risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him…” The existence of the New...
Apr. 14, 2017
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Humans fear death. Our society tries to pretend that death is not as bad as it...
Apr. 13, 2017
Matthew 27:31, “Then they led Him away to crucify Him…” It has become fashionable to wear crosses around the neck. This is not necessarily worn as a sign of faith, but as an accessory. When I worked at a...
Apr. 12, 2017
John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Thursday of Easter week is known as Maundy Thursday. The word Maundy comes from a root word meaning...
Apr. 11, 2017
Hebrews 5:7 – “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent...
Apr. 10, 2017
Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." One of the purposes of Easter is to awaken us to new life and remind us of the sin for which Jesus died. When...
Apr. 9, 2017
Mark 1:4 – "John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance. . ." John is the one who helps us prepare for the life and death of Jesus. John tells us how to get ready: repent and...
Apr. 8, 2017
Dear Parents, Many parents do not give the true meaning of Easter any more attention than they give Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Both are nationally recognized holidays and both receive little attention on our...
Dec. 15, 2016
We’re already a couple days into our 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. For many of the challenges, we encourage you to pray for individuals you may be inviting to Christmas Eve or that you will be interacting...
Nov. 15, 2016
The little boy was sitting in the middle of the gymnasium, all alone and in tears. He had come to The Refuge with his godmother who was serving as part of the Breaking Free's weekend away for young women who...
Nov. 1, 2016
According to the late Dr. Bill Bright, ninety-five percent of Christians will go to the grave without ever leading someone to Christ. Consider that for a moment. Only five percent of Christians are actively...
Oct. 24, 2016
With all that our students and their teachers and their parents go through during the school year, we do not want to leave them with just the prayer that Pastor Troy Dobbs prayed on Teacher Commissioning...
Oct. 13, 2016
Born and raised Jewish in a broken home in the suburbs of Chicago, John Steger chose life on the streets and striving for material things to gain security and peace. He became successful in the automotive...
Sep. 22, 2016
Craig McLain has accepted the call to serve as Executive Pastor with Grace Church. As Executive Pastor, he will assume a strategic role working closely with Pastor Troy and our Board of Elders to help define...
Sep. 8, 2016
Grace Kids had a wonderful start to Sunday school in September, having over 650 kids in the infants through fourth grades coming through the program in just the first week. With that many kids coming to learn...
Aug. 25, 2016
When Jake and Jess Donatelle first walked into a Connections Night at Grace three years ago, they had no idea they would be leaving connected with a small group of people who have become some of their closest...
Aug. 23, 2016
The average person spends 33% of their total lifetime engaged in some form of work. With this in mind, how do you view working a third of your life? Many people see it as drudgery, being forced to labor 40+...
Aug. 18, 2016
For the past year, Jose and Jessica Sturgeon—along with their three children, Audri, Isaiah, and Isabelle—have been serving at Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Bingham Academy serves as a school for...
Aug. 16, 2016
In a church the size of Grace, it can be difficult to know where to get connected in the maze of ministries we have available. This becomes increasingly difficult as life picks up in the fall and becomes busy...

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