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Never the Same - An Introduction to Steve Richardson

Posted onOctober 4, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when a young couple named Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their village carrying their seven-month-old boy Steve--and a message that would change the tribe forever. The year was 1962, and Steve--and later, three more children--spent their youth among the Sawi, learning the language and embracing the culture in ways that would shape the rest of their lives....Keep Reading

There Have Been Bad/Good Days Before, Part 2

Posted onOctober 1, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

In the first part of this post, I discussed one extreme response Christians can have to the cultural forgetfulness we see around us: cluelessly submit without examining the implications of how we think and remember. Our corrective to this is to be active rememberers of God’s stories, how he has worked in the lives of men in history....Keep Reading

The Power of a Simple Question

Posted onSeptember 24, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

A simple question can change everything. Last week, five guys from my small group got together for a 6:30 breakfast. We arrived downtown before the sun was up, ready to enjoy great fellowship over some Eggs Benedict. None of us were expecting an evangelism opportunity....Keep Reading

There Have Been Bad/Good Days Before, Part 1

Posted onSeptember 18, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of remembering and retelling God’s stories. Explicitly this includes the stories of the Bible and the Story of the Bible, the story that points to and is Jesus. Also explicitly such storytelling includes the “smaller” ways God works in individuals’ lives like the stories Lori Day told at the Gala. But I would like to add a third kind of storytelling to this...Keep Reading

An Interview on Memorization

Posted onSeptember 13, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

First Free Women are gearing up to hide God’s Word in their hearts this fall. Here’s an interview with Lindsey Claassen, whose desire to memorize the Word of God is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness to those who are called by his name....Keep Reading

A Plea to Our God

Posted onSeptember 6, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Here is one woman’s response to last week’s sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23. May it encourage you in your own response: Father of Glory, Author and Sustainer of Life, It is you who gives me my life, my breath, my being; ...Keep Reading

Answered Prayer in the Czech Republic

Posted onSeptember 4, 2013 | by: Sonya Wilson | 0 comments

This year was First Free’s tenth camp partnering with the Litomerice church. We were amazed and thankful for how God used this year’s team of five: Mark, Amy, Jim, Sonya and Maureen. It was a smaller number than in previous years, but God provided just what was needed....Keep Reading

Finding JOY in Memorizing the Word

Posted onAugust 28, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Already anticipating the next women's retreat? Start gearing up for it now, and join First Free Women this fall as we find JOY in memorizing God's Word together! Preparing your hearts and minds now will make you ready to receive powerful truths from the book of Philippians later at the March 7-8, 2014, Women's Retreat. ...Keep Reading

Missions Sunday Preview - 2013

Posted onAugust 26, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Missions Sunday is coming up on October 13! Our Sunday morning services will have a missions focus, and Sunday evening we will host our 2nd annual “Trip Around the World.” Let me tell you more about both!...Keep Reading

We Are to Be the "Rememberers"

Posted onAugust 13, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

As a creative writing teacher, I think a lot about stories, mostly how to help my students tell them better. But as my preschooler gets older and his attention span for more developed plots gets longer, I also think about what stories to tell him. This idea really hit home for me as I listened to Lori Day speak at the Gala this year....Keep Reading