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Lamppost Highlight

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*?The name of our small group is S...

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God on the Ground

"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 witnessed His glory and power, a power tha...

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Generous Living

When I was younger, one time I forgot to turn off the faucet. Now that would not have been such a big problem if I had not also put the stopper down. The end result was the sink filled up and overflowed. Romans 5:5 says, "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us". Before you dismiss this as just Paul giving us some theolo...

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I Love The Fall

I love the fall. Although the weather turns cooler and the days start to become shorter, the leaves turn into vibrant kaleidoscopes of color. Browns. Yellows. Reds. Orange. God's creativity once again in full bloom. The fall is also harvest time. Apples to be picked. Crops to be brought in and stored away. It is a time to reap what has been sown. In the New Testament, Je...

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Join Connections Today!

New Connections Group starts this October!...

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All-Church Concert of Prayer

Join Us for the Upcoming All-Church Concert of Prayer! If you have been with us at all this summer, you know that we are in the middle of a preaching series on prayer. Prayer has been integral to the Christian life since the very beginning, with rich, deep roots penetrating all the way back through the Old Testament to Adam and Eve's conversations with God in the Garden o...

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Serve Minneapolis

Thank you to all who went out in the community last year and serveddisplaying being Christ-centered and Christ-sent together! In preparation for Serve Minneapolis this year, here's some feedback from those who stepped out last year to serve in the community: 1. Where did you serve? Dorothy Young: Jerry and I served at the Emergency Services on Franklin Avenue. Kathie ...

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Good Deeds

When Peter explained the gospel for the first time to a group of non-Jewish people, he summarized Jesus' ministry with these words found in Acts 10:36-38, "As for the word of that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), . . . . how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good ...

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Becoming Pray-ers

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 vision at First Free is to be a commu...

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The Prayers of Pray-ers

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 patriarchsAbraham, Isaac, and Jacobpraying with familiarity and directness. Abraham's doggedly insistent prayer for God's mercy on the pagan cities of Sodom and Gomorrah is remarkable (Gen 18:23ff). In Exodus, prayer was the way Moses...

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