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Laura Nothnagel, Evonne Johnson and Nathan Fry perform O Holy Night in the sanctuary of First Free Rockford.
Song written by Adolphe Adam and Placide Cappeau (public domain).
First Free Rockford’s chorale and orchestra virtually perform His Name Shall Be.
Song written by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman (ThankYou Music).
by Nathan McDonald | 3-minute read
These thoughts are inspired in part by Madeline L’Engle and N.T. Wright, and when I refer to the “Artist,” I am referring to the general sense of the word as someone who creates and holds some skill (or skills) in an art form.
“I am the Lord’s servant, ready to serve.
May it be with me as you have said”
Mary had just received the most mysterious news. An angel declared that she would give birth to a son by the Holy Spirit. She responded with the humility of a servant and the open heart of an artist: I am the Lord’s servant, ready to serve. May it be with me as you have said. Read More
by Jim Killam | 4-minute read
When King Solomon had finished praying to dedicate the temple in Jerusalem, he stood and turned toward the people of Israel.
“May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us,” he shouted.
by Jim Killam | 14-minute read
“There’s no greater feeling than winning a race.”
–Jeff Gordon, NASCAR driver
This is the story of a beautiful girl who won lots of races. It’s about a close family that grew around that girl and protected her, swords drawn. It’s about unconditional love, and a precious gift disguised to some as a burden. It’s a story that changed more people than we can count. Read More
By Jim Killam | 3-minute read
Scripture: Micah 5:2
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
On March 2, 1962, the NBA’s Philadelphia Warriors met the New York Knicks in what looked to be a meaningless, late-season game. Sometimes the league would schedule games in small towns as a way to drum up new fans. This one was in Hershey, Pa., which would be equivalent to the Chicago Bulls playing a game in Belvidere.
History happened that night. Read More
by Cherice Ullrich | 4-minute read
I don’t think you’ll find a single person who will tell you 2020 has been their best year ever. Yet the dismal condition of our world is exactly where I’m finding hope this Christmas.
Let me explain. Read More