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Nevertheless, There is Reason to Hope

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 Gomes, minister at Harvard. In h...

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A Love Test

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 bite him. But a good dog will show con...

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First Free worship playlists on Spotify!

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

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Be Careful To Not Walk On By

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 Monday mornings. They may be th...

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A Church Renewal

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. And I come away asking if this...

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A Season for Receiving

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 the source of many wonderful famil...

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Sincerely Seeking

"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 sincerely seeking God are two separate things. The first-...

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Holy Employed

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'...

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Gracious & Salty Speech

When was the last conversation you had with your neighbor? Becky and I love to connect with ourneighbors. Years ago, in our former neighborhood, we joined forces with several of our friends to hold a "Welcome to Spring" BBQ every May. Then in October we would have a "Fall festival"complete with a fire pit, apple cider and smores. It was always a lot of fun. Our goal was to...

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Rest

How do we find rest?...

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