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Risk Running the Race

August 31, 2016 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

I am worn out.   Not from too busy of a summer. Not from chasing the dog around the block. But from watching the Olympics. Hasn’t it been an exciting two weeks? What these amazing athletes can do takes my breath away. The Olympics always remind me of 1 Corinthians 9, where the Apostle Paul says,   “Do you not know t... Keep Reading

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Ordinary Missionaries

August 2, 2016 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

Like its counterpart Luke, the book of Acts is a carefully organized volume. We moved geographically from Jerusalem in Acts 1 to Rome in Acts 28, just as the gospel has been “sent to the gentiles” (Acts 28:28). The result is that in the 28 chapters of the book we get to watch as Jesus' great commission to his followers reaches it... Keep Reading

Up Close & Personal

May 31, 2016 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Howard Hendricks, the longtime professor at Dallas Seminary once said, “You can impress people at a distance; you can only impact them up close”. People usually don’t trust those they don’t know. Add to that, in our day and our culture there is a general mistrust of organized religion. So how do you get the message o... Keep Reading

Living In God's Reality

May 3, 2016 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

Living In God's Reality One of my favorite things about the Apostle Paul is his ability to weave together theology with a call to practical applications. It's an ability that I appreciate more and more as I grow in my own vocation as a pastor. Paul’s theology, while often breathtaking, is never theology for its own... Keep Reading

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They Matter To God

April 5, 2016 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Take a look around your neighborhood. Or around your office. Or school. Or park. Do you see them? They live in the houses next door, they get up every Sunday morning, have a cup of coffee, and read the Star Tribune. But they don’t go to church and they don’t know Christ and they probably don't even have a rel... Keep Reading

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The Greatest Rumor Ever Told

March 23, 2016 | by: Jason Pensa | 0 Comments

Yet, when Jesus shows up it seems Thomas is not with them. So the disciples do what we would expect, they tell Thomas that they've seen Jesus. They report to Thomas that they've seen Jesus, they've touched Him, that He is not dead but alive!!... Keep Reading

True Worship

January 29, 2016 | by: Mike Graff | 0 Comments

"Jesus said true worship must be 'face to face' with God. Worship is not religion or ritual; worship is an intimate and vital encounter with a Person. True worship includes the full recognition of who God is: holy, sovereign, almighty, loving, merciful...... Keep Reading

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Here Am I! Send Me!

January 2, 2016 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Isaiah worshipped! His was a fourfold experience of worship. He saw something. He heard something. He felt something. And he did something. Isaiah saw something. "I saw the Lord seated on the throne, high and exalted" (Isaiah 6:1). John, in his gospel, tells us that Isaiah saw Jesus Christ (John 12:41). For Isaiah, the invisible became visible and the spiritual became real. It was a life-changing experience.... Keep Reading

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Lamppost Highlight

December 8, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Lammpost Highlight with Marlene Maloney We had the opportunity to catch up with Marlene Maloney, who headed up the Community Emergency Services Food Drive this Fall. Here is our conversation about living in community at First Free and talking about what the Food Drive looked like this year. 1. What made you want to head up the food drive*?... Keep Reading

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God on the Ground

December 1, 2015 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature." (Hebrews 1:3) During the Exodus, when the descendants of Jacob were brought out of Egypt, out of captivity and slavery, their God went with them and led them. As a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and God was with them. God’s people witn... Keep Reading

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