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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 Dictionary.com, 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

COVID-19 Weekly Update #2

Posted onMarch 20, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

A lot can change in a week, right? As we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 situation we’ll be providing a weekly email update which will also be posted here on our blog. As we said last week, we are willingly submitting to our local restrictions and abiding by CDC guidelines. This now means we won’t be gathering as a church through May 1 and will watch for changing guidelines. But while we can’t physically gather, our mission continues...Keep Reading

Service and Event Cancellation

Posted onMarch 13, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

It is with great love and care that we have made the hard decision to cancel all events for the next two weeks, through March 28. Decisions beyond that time frame will be made and communicated as we continue to respond to this situation......Keep Reading

Coronavirus Response

Posted onMarch 12, 2020 | by: First Free | 0 comments

As news and details surrounding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly changing, we want to let you know our leadership team is monitoring the situation closely. We highly value gathering together for worship and are currently moving forward with all planned activities. We also are continuing to evaluate the situation daily with these three priorities in mind:...Keep Reading

Habits of Evangelism

Posted onFebruary 12, 2020 | by: Chris Helding | 0 comments

It’s been a little over two weeks since we concluded our Loving the Lost sermon series. Where are you at with evangelism? Is it still on your radar, or is it “out of sight, out of mind?” Our goal all along has been sustained growth in loving the lost. We want every believer to make evangelism part of their daily life. Short-term enthusiasm is great; long-term habits are better....Keep Reading