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Becoming Pray-ers

June 3, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Fourteen years ago, when I came to First Free as your Sr. Pastor, the task appeared huge. Daunting. Impossible. So I prayed. And others prayed. That is what we tend to do when things in front of us seem impossible; we pray. But when everything is going well and the road in front appears to be smooth, we don’t pray like we should. Our... Keep Reading

The Prayers of Pray-ers

May 4, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

The Bible is all about God, and that is why the practice of prayer is so pervasive throughout its pages. In Genesis we see every one of the patriarchs—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—praying with familiarity and directness. Abraham’s doggedly insistent prayer for God’s mercy on the pagan cities of Sodom and Gomorrah is rem... Keep Reading

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Nevertheless, There is Reason to Hope

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

One of the commencement traditions at Harvard University is Senior Class Chapel. On the morning of their graduation, seniors gather in Memorial Church to hear the minister offer words of solace and encouragement as they leave "the Yard" to take their places in the world. The 1998 senior class heard the unvarnished truth from the Rev. Peter ... Keep Reading

A Love Test

March 4, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

A Love Test by Pastor Joel   How about a love test today? The Associated Press tells the story of such a test. . . for dogs. An instructor from a dog training workshop in Salt Lake City noted that a dog's disposition can be tested by the owner. If the owner will fall down and pretend to be hurt, a dog with a bad temper will tend to ... Keep Reading

First Free worship playlists on Spotify!

March 3, 2015 | by: Mike Graff | 0 Comments

First Free's worship music playlists are now on Spotify!... Keep Reading

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Be Careful To Not Walk On By

February 4, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Who are the people God wants to use you to reach for Him? Think about them for a moment. Who are they? Where do you meet them? Do you know who they are? They may live next door, in your building, or down the street. They may have children in the same school or classroom as your children. They may be co-workers who you share stories with on... Keep Reading

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A Church Renewal

January 2, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

As I have been reading the book of Acts again, I have been caught up in the expectant and vibrant faith of the early church. Their zest for Christ and for sharing His good news, their sacrifice and their ministry -- all draw me up short. The power of the Holy Spirit seemingly displayed every day in the lives of those first disciples amaze me... Keep Reading

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A Season for Receiving

December 2, 2014 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

A Season for Receiving by Jay Pound When I was growing up, Friday night was always family night, and for many winters that meant going to the YMCA. Many of those years we were able to go because of another family in our church, who bought my family a membership as a Christmas gift. Their generosity was a great blessing to my family, and th... Keep Reading

Sincerely Seeking

November 4, 2014 | by: Mike Graff | 0 Comments

“Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”  ~ Hebrews 11:6b (emphasis added) Are you brave enough to answer the question, "Am I sincerely seeking God?"  What would your answer be? Be aware that sincerely seeking God and appearing as though you're s... Keep Reading

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Holy Employed

November 4, 2014 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

During this month of November, I want to think with you about a Christian view of work in our new sermon series, "Holy Employed". We want to explore questions like these: - How does my faith and my work relate to one another? - What does God say about my ordinary Monday through Friday work week? - Isn't work really just a curse? - Does my work really matter? Shouldn't I be giving my life to something with eternal significance?... Keep Reading

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