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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

Hope Away from Home

Posted onFebruary 7, 2020 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

How do we live as Christians in a world that is not our home? 1 Peter answers this question. Even though we live in relative ease as Christians in American society, if we’re trying to bear witness at all for Christ, we will face trials of various kinds....Keep Reading

Four Quick Reads on Evangelism

Posted onJanuary 23, 2020 | by: Chris Helding | 0 comments

We’ve mentioned quite a few resources in our evangelism series, and several of you have asked for our staff book list. I’ll just mention a few. All of these have influenced the way our staff thinks about evangelism, and they also have the advantage of being bite-sized and easy to understand...Keep Reading

Ten Ways to Connect with Your Neighbors over the Holidays

Posted onNovember 14, 2019 | by: | 0 comments

Where you live is no accident. Do you believe that? I know it might seem inconsequential, but the truth is, wherever you live is the place God has sent you (John 20:21). Your neighborhood is the key place where you are called to exhibit the love of God, care for your neighbors, and welcome others just as the Father has welcomed you....Keep Reading

Revelation and Redemption

Posted onAugust 2, 2019 | by: Chris Helding | 0 comments

An enslaved people in a foreign land, a paranoid dictator, an unlikely hero. Fire, water, thunder, and lightning! The book of Exodus has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. But all of this drama is wasted if we miss the message it’s trying to communicate......Keep Reading

More Than a Movement, Part 2

Posted onApril 23, 2019 | by: | 0 comments

We live in an age of movements. Whether it’s technological, political, or social---movements bombard us and call us to action. Calling us to imagine a better future. Calling us to leave our mark on the world. Yet there is one movement that has outlasted them all. One movement that has turned the world upside down. One movement greater than any human effort. The very movement of God. Join us as we return to the book of Acts......Keep Reading

Gospel-Worthy Living

Posted onFebruary 9, 2019 | by: Chris Helding | 0 comments

What makes a life worthy? How do you know if your life was a success? What does your “best life” really look like? In his letter to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul tells us the true measure of success: a worthy life looks a lot like Jesus’ life. ...Keep Reading

Traveling Together

Posted onJanuary 4, 2019 | by: | 0 comments

As a church community we know our mission, “to make disciples,” but how do we do it? Is it anything more than just a good intention? How do we purposefully grow in discipleship and invite others into this pilgrimage? The possibilities might seem endless, but as a church we believe we are called to specific pathways for discipleship. It’s not a road we walk alone, rather a path we must travel together....Keep Reading

Incarnate: Why the Manger Matters

Posted onNovember 30, 2018 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

Christmas is many people’s favorite time of the year. It’s a time to be with family, to go to Christmas parties, and to exchange gifts. It’s also a time to remember the reason for the season! Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Christmas landscapes are full of Santa Claus pictures and blow ups, but they’re also full of nativity scenes. We see mangers everywhere. But why does the manger matter? The manger represents the incarnation of the Son of God. The manger reminds us that God the Father sent his Son to save us from our sins. The Nicene Creed says, “[Jesus Christ], for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.”...Keep Reading