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Praying Psalm 100

Posted onApril 20, 2020 | by: Jordan Green | 0 comments

Music has a way of recalling the clearest memories and creating the most powerful emotions. It can make you happy when you are sad, or sad when you are happy. The right song can transport you to another time; like how “Wipeout” takes me back to middle school birthday parties at the roller-skating rink. It has the power to take you back to your childhood or teenage years with the remembrance of joys or hardships you thought were long forgotten. In the same way praise calls us to remembrance and transformation. ...Keep Reading

COVID-19 Weekly Update #6

Posted onApril 17, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

Are you growing weary of this new normal? Now that the newness of change has worn off and the celebration of Easter is past, we find ourselves in need of endurance. The fatigue has set in, so where do we turn? Thankfully we aren’t left to ourselves! We find strong encouragement in the Psalms. This coming Sunday we’ll be in Psalm 100 where we see a reminder that the LORD is good and his steadfast love endures forever. That perspective can turn weariness into thankfulness. Especially when we consider the display of that love seen most clearly in Christ. ...Keep Reading

Share Christ, Not COVID

Posted onApril 15, 2020 | by: Chris Helding | 0 comments

He is risen! He is risen indeed! We’ve just celebrated that good news on Easter Sunday; it’s only natural that we should deliver it to others. But how do we do that, given the circumstances? How do we share Christ without sharing COVID? As this pandemic has unfolded, Christian writers have produced scores of articles to help us think of new ways to reach out to those around us and share the gospel while maintaining social distancing. I’ll share one good one at the end of this post and offer a few of my own ideas. But perhaps methods are not our main issue....Keep Reading

COVID-19 Weekly Update #5

Posted onApril 10, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

Today is Good Friday. A day we get up close to death to prepare for the celebration of life in Christ. And this year we don’t have to try very hard to face the reality of death. Its shadow is all around us. We feel an abundance of loss thinking about how different Holy Week is this year. But Sunday’s still coming and the joy to be found in celebrating Christ’s victory over death is greater. It won’t feel like a “normal” Easter Sunday, but that may make its celebration that much sweeter. Take heart, when the world feels uncertain, our hope in Christ is firm....Keep Reading

Praying Psalm 96

Posted onApril 6, 2020 | by: Chris Helding | 0 comments

Poetry is powerful. It engages both mind and heart. It uses a small number of words to convey big truths, imprinting them upon us with vivid imagery, making us feel and experience them. An image is indeed worth a thousand words. An imagination is worth a million. According to, imagination is “the faculty…of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.” Imagination does not deal exclusively with things that are unreal, merely things that are not “present to the senses.” And therein lies its power. The faculties of sight and hearing and taste can only perceive the present, but imagination perceives past and future too....Keep Reading

COVID-19 Weekly Update #4

Posted onApril 3, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

The loss of not being able to gather with you is especially great as we think about entering Holy Week this Sunday. It’s a week full of rich traditions for First Free...Keep Reading

Praying Psalm 91

Posted onMarch 30, 2020 | by: Jo Coltrain | 0 comments

One of the ways Pastor Josh suggested for praying the Psalms was using the ACTS acronym—Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Let’s see how we might use this method to pray Psalm 91. Take a pen and paper and first make some notes as you read this psalm before you begin to pray....Keep Reading

COVID-19 Weekly Update #3

Posted onMarch 27, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

This past week has felt quite different for us as we moved to staff primarily working from home. We have a small crew of people on-site each day to keep things there running smoothly and we are all hard at work to keep our ministry moving forward. Our staff has quickly adjusted to virtual meetings as we check in as a group each morning and then again most afternoons to continue intentionally praying for you. One of our prayers for all of us at First Free comes straight from Psalm 90: “So teach us to number our days that we might get a heart of wisdom.” We pray that you are using these days to allow the gospel to grow deep in your hearts and go wide through you as you look for opportunity to have conversations with people who may not know Christ....Keep Reading

Praying Psalm 90

Posted onMarch 26, 2020 | by: Jordan Green | 0 comments

In 2016, the memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, was at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. It is the memoir of Paul Kalanithi, a young neurosurgeon. As he reflects on a terminal illness that eventually takes his life, he writes, “I began to realize that coming in such close contact with my own mortality had changed both nothing and everything... The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live.” ...Keep Reading

Three Ways to Pray the Psalms

Posted onMarch 25, 2020 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

One of the reasons I decided to cover the Psalms while we’re not able to gather together for corporate worship is because the Psalms teach us how to pray in all seasons of life. It is my prayer that you will grow in prayer during this strange and difficult season of life. Praying is difficult all the time. Our minds wander, we get in a rut, we even get bored. Prayer is especially difficult when we’re living in difficult days. We may not be sure what to pray. That’s where the Psalms come in. ...Keep Reading