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Straight Talk on How You Spend Your Money

Posted onSeptember 19, 2014 | by: Mike Andrus | 0 comments

Why don’t more Christians give according to biblical standards? I’m convinced it’s not because they are selfish or materialistic or lack a spirit of generosity. It’s because they can’t afford it. And why can’t they afford it? Sometimes it’s because their spending habits and debt are out of control....Keep Reading

How to Do One-to-One Discipleship

Posted onSeptember 10, 2014 | by: Jeremy Krause | 0 comments

I love disciple-making and get excited whenever those around me express interest in learning how to better be disciples that make disciples. I tend to bring a few suppositions to the table, but I’ll do my best to share them upfront. Here they are:...Keep Reading

Why Bible Study?

Posted onSeptember 8, 2014 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Over 100 First Free women will be gathering on Tuesday mornings and evenings this fall. Why? They’re going to the age-old, tried and true, classic Bible study--we call it Tuesday Connection. For decades, for generations, for hundreds of years, God’s people have gathered in one way or another to engage his Word together. So, why are we gathering around the Word like this? Studying, doing homework, praying through it, talking about it together? Isn’t this a little...“old-fashioned”? I’m sure we could think of several reasons, but there are three we want to focus on this fall. ...Keep Reading

Your Guide to First Free This Fall

Posted onAugust 8, 2014 | by: First Free | 0 comments

Summer is quickly passing, schools are starting, and it’s almost time to adjust to the new schedules of fall. Don't miss our August newsletter! As we get ready to launch fall programming, here’s the information you’ll need to be ready. Whether you’ve called First Free “home” for years or are new to the church, we hope you’ll take a look and see how you can get connected!...Keep Reading

4 Resources to Help You Know How God Designed You

Posted onJuly 31, 2014 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

If work is the thing that most of us spend most of our time doing, what kind of work should we do? Is the work you’re currently doing the work you ought to be doing? I suspect many of you ask this question from time to time. In Sunday’s sermon, “Work As Vocation,” I gave four questions* to help you evaluate your work. I’d encourage you to listen to the sermon if you missed it and want to hear more about these questions. But to help you answer the first question, I’ve put together a list of helpful books and resources...Keep Reading

Straight Talk on Money Matters, Part 1

Posted onJuly 25, 2014 | by: Mike Andrus | 0 comments

...First Free has had a remarkable history of faithful and generous givers over the past 64 years of our existence. We have never conducted an annual stewardship drive as many churches do; we haven’t had to. Instead we have generally addressed the topic of giving only when it came up in the course of our regular expository preaching. However, several factors have converged to present some new challenges today......Keep Reading

You ARE Called to Missions

Posted onJuly 15, 2014 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

God’s global plan is very clear in Scripture. From God blessing Abraham to bless “all the families of the earth” in Genesis 12 to people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” worshipping the Lord in Revelation 7:9, we see God working to save a remnant from every people group on earth. The Great Commission of Matthew 28 is Jesus’ clear calling for believers to participate in God’s plan. This commission wasn’t just for the disciples. How do I know? There are two clues....Keep Reading

The Gift of Koinonia

Posted onJuly 3, 2014 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

...I’m also thankful for a generous church who gives of their time, treasure, and talents to build up the body of Christ. My reflections on my ability to take a study leave has reminded me of a sermon I preached on the nature of true fellowship (Greek: koinonia). I’d like to share three aspects of biblical koinonia and then show how they relate to where we’re at as a church right now....Keep Reading