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What's Their Gospel Message?

Posted onJune 4, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

Knowing the true gospel is of central importance to reading spiritual books with discernment. Every spiritual book has a gospel, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right gospel. For example, the health and wealth movement preaches a gospel which is certainly false. And there are numerous other forms of gospels that you’ll find in spiritual books that are anything but biblical. They may use biblical words but that doesn’t mean they’re preaching what the Bible is teaching. How can you tell the true gospel from its false counterparts?...Keep Reading

Are My Ears Itching?

Posted onJune 2, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

What do itching ears have to do with reading spiritual books with discernment? A lot actually. Not physically itching ears, of course, but spiritually itching ears. The apostle Paul says, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4). Whether its end times predictions or books promising heaven-like experiences on earth (or about their experiences in heaven; or hell!), the problem with many spiritual books today is that they are written more towards people with itching ears than to fill people with sound doctrine....Keep Reading

Missions Sunday Preview

Posted onMay 30, 2014 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Missions Sunday is coming up on June 29! In recent years, our Missions Sundays have been in October. So, why June this year? It’s simple: more of our missionaries will be back in Wichita to participate in June than in October. 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

How Are They Using Their Bible?

Posted onMay 29, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

Remember the TV show M*A*S*H? A classic scene from that show is when Father Mulcahy, the chaplain of the 4077th army surgical hospital, accidentally gets drunk when he hears that his Cardinal is coming to hear him preach. He’s so nervous he’s encouraged to take a shot of whiskey to cool his nerves. He then enters the tent, approaches the pulpit, and begins to preach (in inebriated fashion) from Leviticus 10:9, “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die...” The scene is certainly comical. But there’s a form of “inebriating preaching” that is anything but funny....Keep Reading

What Do They Mean When They Say _________?

Posted onMay 23, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

I recently attended a funeral service where the person giving the eulogy began reading from the Bible. He made mention to the plan of salvation and so forth. Then---to the great shock of everyone---he pulled out a second book. ...Keep Reading

How to Read with Discernment: 5 Reasons

Posted onMay 21, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

”Watch out for wooden nickels.” Ever heard that phrase? That’s something my grandpa used to say to me. Now, why would he say that? He wanted to impart some wisdom. There are many tricksters in the world and you and I are far more prone to deception than any of us are willing to admit....Keep Reading

What Aren't They Saying?

Posted onMay 21, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

Have you ever been cornered by a salesman that was trying to make you an offer you couldn’t refuse? The deal sounds good, but in the back of your mind you know there’s a catch. There’s something he’s not telling you. The same could be true of commercials and internet advertising. The problem is not in what they’re saying, but in what they’re NOT saying....Keep Reading

God at Work in Uganda

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

God is doing a great work in the lives of orphans in Uganda and in the life of our church as well. Robin Willford, a First Free member, was a part of our recent March trip to Uganda with the Global Orphan Project. You will see what God is doing through her answers below. I hope you will consider how you can be more of a part of missions at First Free, whether it be going, sending, praying, welcoming, or training!...Keep Reading

God At Work in NYC

Posted onApril 11, 2014 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Our college missions team to New York City had an amazing time. God worked in and through them in some powerful ways. By partnering with Urban Nations to work with immigrants and refugees from over 25 countries, our team made a real impact on a short 8-day trip. Below you’ll see what Kate Dorsey had to say about her experience in New York City, and what it means for her going forward. Enjoy! ...Keep Reading

The Easter 1K Project

Posted onApril 5, 2014 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Easter Sunday is right around the corner---April 20th this year. As an effort to share the good news with more people, I’ve initiated the Easter 1K Project for First Free! The Easter 1K Project is loosely based on Bible Mission International’s “1:10 Project”...Keep Reading