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Balanced Planning in the New Year

Posted onDecember 29, 2014 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

As we approach the New Year many people begin to make plans and set goals for 2015. Some set financial goals or weight loss goals. Others make travel plans and decide on Bible reading plans. I could go on, but you get the picture. Planning is a good thing (cf. Prov. 21:5). I think it’s a part of what it means to be created in the image of God. After all God has a plan for all of history which culminates in the coming of Christ (cf. Eph. 1:10). But we live in a fallen world. And so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we go about planning in the wrong way from time to time....Keep Reading

Straight Talk on Giving

Posted onNovember 14, 2014 | by: Mike Andrus | 0 comments

This is the last of a series of articles on the topic of giving. We have dealt with some basic principles of giving, some obstacles to giving, and some wrong ways to give. (You can read the previous articles here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) Now I wish to share some positive principles of giving by focusing primarily on 2 Corinthians 9....Keep Reading

Straight Talk on When Not to Give

Posted onOctober 17, 2014 | by: Mike Andrus | 0 comments

Giving is not always godly. It is not always generous or selfless. Sometimes it can be manipulative, hypocritical, even greedy. The Bible is not unequivocally positive in its attitude toward giving. As a matter of fact, it often warns us about the dangers of giving if we fail to do it God’s way....Keep Reading

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