“Arms Open Wide”

An Easter Poem by Merissa Lee Kelley His arms were stretched to nail to the crossBut they would have reached out in graceFor God so loved the world He gaveHis only Son to take our place. A rescue mission was fashionedBeyond the scope of manBeyond the realm of finite timeGod had formed redemption’s plan. The […]

What are the BEST GIFTS? Week Three: HOPE

You and I both know that the BEST GIFT was given on that first Christmas long ago when God gave us the Ultimate Gift: His one and only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Never before or since has humanity been given such a precious and costly gift! John 3:16 says it to us plainly: “God […]

Dancing with Jesus

GraceInside is very blessed to have Chaplain Daniel Theiben set apart to minister to the men incarcerated in the Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC’s) “Restorative Housing Units” (the most secure and lonely cells at the two highest security state prisons – Red Onion State Prison and Wallens Ridge State Prison – both located in Wise […]

All of Us are Broken, but None are Beyond Hope

by Chaplain Nick Meyer, Coffeewood Correctional Center In October 2022, some inmates from the Spanish church group approached me to ask about getting baptized. I coordinated with a couple of volunteers who brought a 12-part teaching on baptism for the full church, approximately 30-40 inmates. By January 2023, they had finished these catechism classes and […]

Where can we find HOPE when all seems HOPELESS?

Jerusalem – c. 33 A.D. A group of devastated, mournful women went to the tomb of Jesus on that first Easter morning – wishing to further show their love and pay their respects by bringing spices to anoint His dead body.   This was the One that they had HOPED was the long promised Messiah, […]