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Kitchen Project Update: Feb. 16

Posted onFebruary 16, 2018 | by: First Free | 0 comments

Construction is underway for our new kitchen area. Track the transformation as we post updates here throughout the project! If you look in the gym you'll quickly notice a wall that was constructed to section off the construction area. Here's a peek behind the doors into the changes taking place:...Keep Reading

Committed Community

Posted onFebruary 1, 2018 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

In the Christian life, we need each other. One of God's intended pathways to spiritual growth is the family of believers serving and supporting one another. On Sunday we looked at some of the more informal ways we can do this. In that sermon I referenced our True Community series and encouraged you to listed to this sermon on Committed Community. In it I covered more of the formal or programmatic ways that this happens in the life of the church. And at the end my good friend Wes Penner shares his experience of serving at First Free. ...Keep Reading

Word and Prayer Resources

Posted onJanuary 18, 2018 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

We’re two weeks into our “Means of Grace” series. The means of grace are simply the ways God has given us to grow in grace, as Peter said (2 Peter 3:18), or to become more like Jesus (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18). I’m encouraged by how many of you have given me feedback, shared your stories with me, and asked questions about application. You wouldn’t believe how much more feedback I get on topical sermons than expository ones. Who knew!? For as much as I talk about expository preaching, it must be God’s sense of humor. So in answer to some of your questions over the last two weeks, and as promised, here’s a list of resources and suggestions on how to give yourselves more fully to the Word and prayer so that you can grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ....Keep Reading

Advent Week 4: LOVE

Posted onDecember 24, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

There is not a more appropriate focus for the week of Christmas than love. God IS love! It is part of his perfect character and is seen in all his deeds. J I Packer states, “To know God’s love is indeed heaven on earth.” He further defines God’s love as an “exercise of his goodness towards sinners… he has given his Son to be their Savior.” Christ’s coming is the ultimate expression of God’s love for the world. How do we respond to such amazing, humbling love? In lives of worship and obedience, joyfully sharing his love with the dying world around us. God IS love....Keep Reading

Advent Week 3: JOY

Posted onDecember 17, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

Advent is a season of waiting. For children each day’s (slow!) passing means Christmas is one day closer. Presents under the tree, baking cookies, and other special Christmas traditions all add to the expectant waiting for the big day. It is hard to wait patiently! As God’s people waited for Jesus, they endured much suffering. The joyful hope of the promised Messiah sustained them. And what joy welcomed baby Jesus! The angels announced to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great JOY…”. When the wise men saw the star that led them to Jesus, ”they rejoiced exceedingly with great JOY”! John the Baptist, declared that the coming of Jesus caused his “JOY to be complete.”...Keep Reading

Advent Week 2: PEACE

Posted onDecember 13, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

From the end of the Old Testament until the grand announcement of Christ’s birth that begins the New Testament, God was silent. For hundreds of years God’s people did not hear from him. No prophecy. No comfort or guidance. Generations of waiting, hoping, remembering, and retelling God’s mighty deeds. Some remembered the promise of God to send a deliverer. Some celebrated Passover and prayed for the lamb who would take away the sins of the world. There was no peace for God’s people. The nations around them grew strong and their kings ruled cruelly over God’s people. How long, oh Lord? It is hard to wait! Waiting is discouraging and difficult. It is easy to think you’ve been forgotten...Keep Reading

Advent Week 1: HOPE

Posted onDecember 3, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, are days of great preparation. We prepare lists of gifts to purchase, groceries to buy, and parties to attend. There are lists of chores to be done from cleaning and decorating the house and yard to mailing Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. Advent...Keep Reading

Gala in the Garden: Discovering God

Posted onJuly 28, 2017 | by: Jo Coltrain | 0 comments

We expected nothing less. As usual, it was a beautiful evening at Botanica as ladies and girls gathered for the Gala in the Garden on June 28. Probably the most beautiful aspect of our time together, however, was how Debbie Shoberg told her story of...Keep Reading

Purposeful Partnership: The Wichita Bible Translation Project

Posted onFebruary 22, 2017 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

We are so excited about a new missions partnership at First Free! As you know, we want to see the gospel go wide to all peoples. We have a strategic emphasis in missions on getting the gospel to unreached people groups, meaning ethnolinguistic people groups without a viable, indigenous witness for Christ. Or more simply, a group that speaks the same language, without anyone from that group who can tell them about Christ....Keep Reading

Judges: A Visual Overview

Posted onFebruary 17, 2017 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

As we head into our series in the book of Judges, I found this video to be a great summary of the book and where we are headed! I hope you find it helpful in giving you a "map" of the book and understanding why we are studying this dark period in Israel's history. ...Keep Reading