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Above All

September 25, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

I love the the Acts of the Apostles. Once again I have been reading this New Testament story and 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 displayed every day i... Keep Reading

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You Are What You Celebrate

July 28, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

As I prepared to “be” Gideon for VBC, and then to preach about Gideon, my initial response to the story was the same as it has been for years: I was staggered by the foolishness of the Israelites, by their capacity to forget and abandon God. When you think about their history from Egypt up until the time of the Judges, it seems a... Keep Reading

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Ask for the Holy Spirit

May 30, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22-23; ESV)   On Sunday mornings, we have been studying the fruit of the Spirit.  Some have asked, how can this fruit be ours?  How ca... Keep Reading

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Finishing the Story

May 9, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

When we think of the gospel, our minds tend to gravitate toward the surprising and dramatic reversal of the cross and resurrection. This is perhaps only natural, as together those two events represent the great turning point of the story, where the apparent defeat of Jesus by crucifixion is revealed to be the very means by which God wins His... Keep Reading

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Full of the Spirit

March 7, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-21)   &ld... Keep Reading

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God Works the Night Shift

February 1, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and... Keep Reading

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How to Deal with Our Scribbled Lives

January 3, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Imagine a Christian sitting down with a blank page and pen. He begins to write out his perfectly scripted life, explaining how he would love others, how he would structure his prayer life, or how he would build a beautiful Christian family. But indwelling sin and Satan crouch at his elbow, disrupting every pen stroke and messing up every wor... Keep Reading

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How to Pray for the Elections

October 28, 2016 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

I have been struggling recently in my prayer life. Not with praying per se, but with how to pray. Specifically, how to pray for the upcoming elections. So what did I do? I went to Scripture. And I found some answers. In Paul’s great teaching on prayer from 1 Timothy 2:1-3 one of his major points is that we ought to pray for rulers an... Keep Reading

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Changing My Thinking

September 21, 2016 | by: Jason Pensa | 0 Comments

It can be so easy to follow and copy the customs and ways of this world. Even as Christians we might want to fit in, be liked and even not stand out. We might want to go with the flow or be thought of as progressive and modern. We are creatures of conformity.... Keep Reading

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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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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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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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Generous Living

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

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 y... Keep Reading

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I Love The Fall

October 21, 2015 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

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 ha... Keep Reading

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Join Connections Today!

September 24, 2015 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

New Connections Group starts this October!... Keep Reading

All-Church Concert of Prayer

August 19, 2015 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

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 ... Keep Reading

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Serve Minneapolis

August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thank you to all who went out in the community last year and served—displaying 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 Em... Keep Reading

Good Deeds

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

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 Spir... Keep Reading

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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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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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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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Rest

September 2, 2014 | by: Mike Graff | 0 Comments

How do we find rest?... Keep Reading

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