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March 31, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don't cry for Jesus; cry for yourself

Eleven years ago, Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ hit movie theaters. Many movies have been made about the life and death of Jesus, but Passion undoubtedly contained the most intense and visceral depiction of Jesus’ suffering and death. Many moviegoers ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Jesus Tags: Salvation, Jesus' death

March 3, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Who is the hero of your story?

As we enter the third month of 2015, one thing has been clear this year for me: it has been the year of the funeral. In January, I performed the celebration of life service for Phil Vaglica, the first member (although not the first person) of our church to pass away while I’ve been the pastor. A few weeks later I was attending Wes Feshler’s funeral, remembering another man who had been a part of our church and a wonderful brother in Christ over the past few years. Last week, I found myself performing a funeral for another woman, the mother of a good friend who had recently visited our church. And I know that other church members have lost close family members and friends already in 2015 as well. One of the most meaningful moments for me of Phil’s celebration of life service was ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Jesus Tags: Jesus, Death

May 6, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

To live is Christ...

This past Sunday, Eric Hesselbach preached from Philippians 1 on the subject of identity. In Philippians 1:21, Paul utters the famous line, ‘œFor to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.‘ From Paul‘s perspective, the only things that really mattered were knowing Jesus and seeing more people come to know Him. Because his joy and purpose was found in Jesus, he could rejoice even in prison, when others unfairly maligned his reputation, and even when facing death, as long as more people were being transformed by the gospel. It was clear that Paul‘s identity was not found in anything else ‘" not his freedom, his fame, his health, his reputation ‘" it was only found in who He was in Jesus....Keep Reading

Posted in: Jesus Tags: Identity

November 19, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Ragman

As I prepared for this past Sunday‘s sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan, and especially how Jesus showed us mercy when we were in need, I was reminded of a short story/drama called The Ragman by Walter Wangerin. I‘ve reprinted it below: I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for. Hush, child. Hush, now, and I will tell it to you....Keep Reading

Posted in: Jesus Tags: Jesus, The Ragman