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September 26, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Is that really what the Bible teaches?

Five hundred years ago, reportedly on October 31st, 1517, a 33 year-old monk, priest, and professor named Martin Luther posted what came to be known as the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The door was used as a sort of church bulletin board for church and academic announcements, and Luther used it to call into question the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences. Indulgences were essentially orders given by the pope that forgave sins in exchange for financial donations, which were used to build St. Peter’s in Rome. As Luther read the Bible, he rightly concluded that this practice was not only an egregious scam, but completely against the teaching of Scripture, that forgiveness of sins comes by repentance and faith in Jesus’ death on the cross. This past week, Christianity Today published an article written by Costi Hinn, the nephew of the modern-day prosperity preacher Benny Hinn, about his experience working with his uncle....Keep Reading

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October 18, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Is your Bible more like a fortune cookie or a sword?

A common approach to reading the Bible is what you might call the fortune cookie approach: search for inspirational sayings or insightful aphorisms that will help you face the challenges of your day. That isn’t always a bad thing; often we genuinely want to know what the Bible has to say to help us in our fears or anxieties, or to find hope for our future in a dark time. And the Bible has plenty to say to encourage us in those seasons. But that can’t be the only approach....Keep Reading

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September 22, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Is the Bible reliable?

When you listen to a sermon at NewLife, you can’t help but recognize a basic, unspoken assumption underneath what is being preached: the Bible is the reliable and authoritative Word of God. Every week, the text of Scripture is read, studied, and applied to our lives as if it is true, and as if our role is to trust in what it tells us and submit to what it commands us to do. But no one can truly get to that point without first answering this question: is the Bible reliable? Can we trust that what we read in the Bible is historically accurate? Or are we basing our lives on one long game of telephone, with words and meanings that have been altered over the centuries?...Keep Reading

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April 21, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Bible is not about you

So, how is your New Year’s resolution going? It is probably a safe bet that many of you made a resolution that had something to do with the Bible ...Keep Reading

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February 17, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don't give up reading through the Bible this year!

So, how is that “read through the Bible in a year” plan going? Okay, so I’m sure not all of you set that as a goal, but for those who did, I am guessing that you have been slogging through Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers for some time now, struggling to find the relevance of tabernacle dimensions and animal sacrifices to your 21st century life. I can say this confidently because I have also been (unsuccessfully) reading through Leviticus for going on two weeks now. Can I offer some advice?...Keep Reading

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January 8, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Bible is not about you (2013)

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)...Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Bible

February 28, 2012 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (February 28, 2012)

Today’s post is written by Anthony Varesio in another installment of his “Imperfekt Chronicles.” “It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees” (Deuteronomy 17:19)...Keep Reading

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February 7, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

My most quoted Bible verses

As I was preaching on Sunday, I quoted Ephesians 2:8-10, and found myself saying something like “I could probably use this passage in my sermon every week, it’s so important.” As I reflected on that comment, I started thinking about what passages I quote most often in my sermons, and what that must say about my theology. So, here is my unofficial top 5 list of most used Bible passages, with my brief comments on why these matter so much to me:...Keep Reading

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November 2, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Not many should presume to be teachers

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11)....Keep Reading

Tags: Preaching, Bible

January 19, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And God said, "Go hang thyself"?

The story goes that there once was a man who, in order to seek God‘s will for his life, was fond of opening up his Bible and reading whatever verse he first laid his eyes on, so that he might obey it. One day, as this man was going through a particularly difficult time with his family, he sought the Lord for guidance. Opening his Bible and pointing, he found his finger resting on the second part of Matthew 27:5, which read ‘œThen Judas went out and hanged himself.‘ Puzzled by the Lord‘s directions, but still hungry for a word from God, he called a ‘œdo-over‘ and flipped to another page, where his eyes fell on the latter half of Luke 10:37: ‘œJesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.‘‘ Flustered, but chalking it up to coincidence, the man decided to give his method one last chance. Saying a quick prayer, he flipped the pages and inserted his finger between two of them, pointing to the end of John 13:27. There, staring up at him, were these words: ‘œ‘What you are about to do, do quickly,‘ Jesus told him.‘...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Bible

January 12, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (January 12, 2010)

Today‘s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since August, after moving up from New Jersey. As we continue our focus on Scripture memory in 2010, Jim is going to share with us about the blessing this practice has been in his life....Keep Reading

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January 5, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A New Year‘s challenge

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)...Keep Reading

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October 15, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And down the stretch they come‘¦

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11)...Keep Reading

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