Stories of Grace are powerful testimonies of how God has done incredible things in the lives of believers. It is our belief that by learning of God's grace, and seeing it in action through the trials and tribulations of others, that you will begin to take notice of God's presence in your own life, and in your own struggles. Just a small awareness of His grace can anchor you through the fiercest storms. We hope these Stories of Grace will encourage and lift you up as much as they have for us.

If you have a special story of God’s grace that you would like us to consider writing, please contact Pastor Roger Cook at roger.cook@southsidefamily.com.
Answering The Call
September 1st, 2019
It was a beautiful fall Tuesday in early September.  Our location in Michigan was bright and sunny. The students in our school were busy in the pursuit of academics, and their after school athletics.  Little did I realize that on this beautiful day the storm winds of one of the greatest disasters in American history were beginning to blow.  The school day began at 8:30 am, and the routines of the ...
Sky Watch
May 30th, 2019
Men and women of the United States Armed Forces are constantly on duty all over the world with the expressed responsibility of protecting America and its citizens.  Chuck Woods was one of those valiant defenders.  His service began in 1952 when he joined the United States Air Force at eighteen years of age.Chuck had wanted to be a pilot as long as he could remember.  Unfortunately, this tall, slen...
Running The Race
May 20th, 2019
I was so amazed at what I was seeing, that I began filming it with my phone.  Her team had struggled to keep up with the other teams on the 4x200 relay at the biggest middle school track event of the year.  When they handed Gwyn the baton for the anchor leg, the task appeared to be impossible.  I believe this young lady, with her long powerful strides, was born to run. I was at the meet that day a...
The Wounded Sparrow
April 22nd, 2019
Cymonne Pyles was a vibrant, and active, child who loved gymnastics, cheerleading and singing.  Midway through her eighth year of life the headaches began.  As they became a more regular occurrence her doctor thought they might be of the migraine variety or perhaps caused by stress.  Her parents, Jeff and Debbie, wondered how stress could be a problem with a child who had invited Jesus into her he...
The Cirlce of Grace
March 18th, 2019
The time was 1960, and the place was a Baptist church in Taylor, Michigan. The event was a youth rally and a certain thirteen year old girl was in the audience. The Spirit of God was moving in her heart, and at the time of invitation she left her seat with the intention of putting her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.One volunteer counselor that night was a teacher in the Tayl...
Working The List
February 18th, 2019
God does all things well.  Elaine knew it and she believed it, but the winds of sorrow that swept into her heart that day, were physically painful.  Her son, Brent French, had lost his battle with the dreadful disease, cancer (large cell lymphoma).  To put it simply, she was brokenhearted.Some have likened grief to standing in the shallows at a beach with large breakers hitting the shoreline.  It ...
When Someday Became Today
January 21st, 2019
It was a beautiful fall day as the warm sun burned off the morning chill. I arrived, left the parking lot, and entered the school building. The faculty meeting would begin in a few moments, and there were things to be done. Soon the majority of the three hundred plus cars that shuttle children to our school would be entering the parking lot and dropping their precious cargo at designated locations...
Journey Of Grace
December 17th, 2018
He had served the Lord as worship leader at Marcus Point Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida for about 18 years. He was a loving husband and father who always had a heart to see people come to salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, and to lead the congregation in meaningful worship. The people of Marcus Point loved this man who showed them his faithful heart every day.  But…something was wrong with ...
Obedient At Last
November 19th, 2018
Under hospice care and 88 years old, Tom realized his days were numbered. But he also realized there were things he needed to get done. There was one in particular. He had trusted the Lord many years ago, but had not followed the Lord in baptism. This was his one great regret as a believer.The Heavenly Father, knowing the desire of Tom’s heart, sent a person and a church to help in the fulfillment...
Out of The Ruins
October 22nd, 2018
In 1943, the city of Berlin, Germany, was being bombed by the Allies almost every day making it an extremely unsafe place to live. Because of this great danger, the Panaczek family moved from there to another area of Germany. Two years later they were forced to return to Berlin by the occupying Russian authorities. After the war, the city was divided into four sectors and the Panaczek family found...