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Seeking Eeyore

Posted onApril 22, 2018 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

Each week as I prepare for my sermons, there are things I find in my study that I simply don’t have time to include. They get left on the cutting room floor. A lot of what gets left out isn't needed in the sermon, but sometimes I run across something I really want to share. That happened last week. I was really blown away by some observations James Montgomery Boice made in his sermon on Thomas, and I’ve been mulling them over since....Keep Reading

Kitchen Project Update: March 22

Posted onMarch 22, 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

Kitchen Project Update: March 14

Posted onMarch 14, 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

Kitchen Project Update: Feb. 24

Posted onFebruary 24, 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

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