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The Power of a Simple Question

Posted onSeptember 24, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

A simple question can change everything. Last week, five guys from my small group got together for a 6:30 breakfast. We arrived downtown before the sun was up, ready to enjoy great fellowship over some Eggs Benedict. None of us were expecting an evangelism opportunity....Keep Reading

There Have Been Bad/Good Days Before, Part 1

Posted onSeptember 18, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of remembering and retelling God’s stories. Explicitly this includes the stories of the Bible and the Story of the Bible, the story that points to and is Jesus. Also explicitly such storytelling includes the “smaller” ways God works in individuals’ lives like the stories Lori Day told at the Gala. But I would like to add a third kind of storytelling to this...Keep Reading

An Interview on Memorization

Posted onSeptember 13, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

First Free Women are gearing up to hide God’s Word in their hearts this fall. Here’s an interview with Lindsey Claassen, whose desire to memorize the Word of God is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness to those who are called by his name....Keep Reading

A Plea to Our God

Posted onSeptember 6, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Here is one woman’s response to last week’s sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23. May it encourage you in your own response: Father of Glory, Author and Sustainer of Life, It is you who gives me my life, my breath, my being; ...Keep Reading

Answered Prayer in the Czech Republic

Posted onSeptember 4, 2013 | by: Sonya Wilson | 0 comments

This year was First Free’s tenth camp partnering with the Litomerice church. We were amazed and thankful for how God used this year’s team of five: Mark, Amy, Jim, Sonya and Maureen. It was a smaller number than in previous years, but God provided just what was needed....Keep Reading

Finding JOY in Memorizing the Word

Posted onAugust 28, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Already anticipating the next women's retreat? Start gearing up for it now, and join First Free Women this fall as we find JOY in memorizing God's Word together! Preparing your hearts and minds now will make you ready to receive powerful truths from the book of Philippians later at the March 7-8, 2014, Women's Retreat. ...Keep Reading

Missions Sunday Preview - 2013

Posted onAugust 26, 2013 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Missions Sunday is coming up on October 13! 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

We Are to Be the "Rememberers"

Posted onAugust 13, 2013 | by: Lindsey Ayres | 0 comments

As a creative writing teacher, I think a lot about stories, mostly how to help my students tell them better. But as my preschooler gets older and his attention span for more developed plots gets longer, I also think about what stories to tell him. This idea really hit home for me as I listened to Lori Day speak at the Gala this year....Keep Reading

Chances to See

Posted onAugust 9, 2013 | by: Claire Chapman | 0 comments

God showed me exciting things over a ten day trip to Moldova in Eastern Europe. Our team of twelve partnered with a small rural church to fit eyeglasses and organize a VBS program. The people of rural Moldova were so thankful for whatever help our team provided. One grandmotherly woman with a purple scarf tied on her head and a long dress stands out....Keep Reading

Stuck in the Mud

Posted onJuly 25, 2013 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

I will venture to say that many of us do not always feel “eager” to become like Christ. We confess our sin and want to be rid of it, but often resist the godly qualities that are supposed to replace those sins. We don’t want to do the work involved. We cling to sin we’ve always believed to be part of our personality--" fear, apathy, temper, worry. We know how to make a pretense of growth with our outward acts and words; all the while, what continues to grow down in our very deepest places, is something quite different. And our contentment with these things keeps us stuck, like feet in mud....Keep Reading