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Advent Week 4: LOVE

Posted onDecember 24, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

There is not a more appropriate focus for the week of Christmas than love. God IS love! It is part of his perfect character and is seen in all his deeds. J I Packer states, “To know God’s love is indeed heaven on earth.” He further defines God’s love as an “exercise of his goodness towards sinners… he has given his Son to be their Savior.” Christ’s coming is the ultimate expression of God’s love for the world. How do we respond to such amazing, humbling love? In lives of worship and obedience, joyfully sharing his love with the dying world around us. God IS love....Keep Reading

Advent Week 3: JOY

Posted onDecember 17, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

Advent is a season of waiting. For children each day’s (slow!) passing means Christmas is one day closer. Presents under the tree, baking cookies, and other special Christmas traditions all add to the expectant waiting for the big day. It is hard to wait patiently! As God’s people waited for Jesus, they endured much suffering. The joyful hope of the promised Messiah sustained them. And what joy welcomed baby Jesus! The angels announced to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great JOY…”. When the wise men saw the star that led them to Jesus, ”they rejoiced exceedingly with great JOY”! John the Baptist, declared that the coming of Jesus caused his “JOY to be complete.”...Keep Reading

Advent Week 2: PEACE

Posted onDecember 13, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

From the end of the Old Testament until the grand announcement of Christ’s birth that begins the New Testament, God was silent. For hundreds of years God’s people did not hear from him. No prophecy. No comfort or guidance. Generations of waiting, hoping, remembering, and retelling God’s mighty deeds. Some remembered the promise of God to send a deliverer. Some celebrated Passover and prayed for the lamb who would take away the sins of the world. There was no peace for God’s people. The nations around them grew strong and their kings ruled cruelly over God’s people. How long, oh Lord? It is hard to wait! Waiting is discouraging and difficult. It is easy to think you’ve been forgotten...Keep Reading

Advent Week 1: HOPE

Posted onDecember 3, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, are days of great preparation. We prepare lists of gifts to purchase, groceries to buy, and parties to attend. There are lists of chores to be done from cleaning and decorating the house and yard to mailing Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. Advent...Keep Reading

Gala in the Garden: Discovering God

Posted onJuly 28, 2017 | by: Jo Coltrain | 0 comments

We expected nothing less. As usual, it was a beautiful evening at Botanica as ladies and girls gathered for the Gala in the Garden on June 28. Probably the most beautiful aspect of our time together, however, was how Debbie Shoberg told her story of...Keep Reading

Purposeful Partnership: The Wichita Bible Translation Project

Posted onFebruary 22, 2017 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

We are so excited about a new missions partnership at First Free! As you know, we want to see the gospel go wide to all peoples. We have a strategic emphasis in missions on getting the gospel to unreached people groups, meaning ethnolinguistic people groups without a viable, indigenous witness for Christ. Or more simply, a group that speaks the same language, without anyone from that group who can tell them about Christ....Keep Reading

Judges: A Visual Overview

Posted onFebruary 17, 2017 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

As we head into our series in the book of Judges, I found this video to be a great summary of the book and where we are headed! I hope you find it helpful in giving you a "map" of the book and understanding why we are studying this dark period in Israel's history. ...Keep Reading

The Best Day of the Week

Posted onJanuary 22, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

Nick Kennicott, in his blog post titled, The Best Day of the Week...for Your Kids, states, “...if we are to do [the Sabbath] rightly and call the Sabbath a delight (Isaiah 48:13) we need to think about how we can cultivate that delight instead of dread in our children’s (and our own) hearts on the Lord’s Day.”...Keep Reading

Seven Ideas for Helping Kids Grow Spiritually in 2017

Posted onJanuary 1, 2017 | by: Judy Hollander | 0 comments

The new year has begun and will pass by at an astonishing rate. Isn’t that what we say at the end of each year, ‘It went so fast!’ Time with your children at home is short. Determine to make the most of each year by making spiritual goals as a family. Here are a few ideas to get you going!...Keep Reading

Global Opportunities in Wichita!

Posted onSeptember 1, 2016 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Last Sunday, I walked into the gym here at First Free after church. What a beautiful sight! It was the annual Great Giveaway organized by Randell Harms. There were about 100 international students and a few Americans, sitting around tables eating together. Along the outer walls of the gym were stacks of household goods for these students to take to their apartments for free. A couple hours later, some First Free volunteers would load up their trucks with mattresses, kitchen utensils, and all sorts of other things, to drive students back to their apartments near campus....Keep Reading