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December 5, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

If you were struggling in life, would you go to church?

I have been taking a class on substance abuse counseling this fall, and one of the assignments was to visit a couple of AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings. I had always heard that these groups often succeed in creating the kind of atmosphere and community that the church is meant to display. My experience proved this to be correct, especially in one important way that I think is worthy of consideration. One of the ways the church goes wrong, especially with young people, is by preaching the “gospel of sin management” ...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, fellowship

January 12, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A healthy dependence

There is a dangerous myth floating around our culture that the healthier you are, the more you do not need anyone. In counseling circles, therapists use words like “codependent” and “enmeshed” to negatively label people who are too reliant on others for their own functioning. While there are certainly ways we can negatively relate to and need others, the truth is that a stubborn independence is just as unhealthy. We were created for relationship, and we need others if we are going to live a healthy and fulfilled life....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: fellowship, Friendship

October 13, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Do you love it when others suffer?

Sports, and in particular rooting for sports teams, can so often bring out the worst in people. I want my team to win – and sometimes just as much, I want YOUR team to lose. As the saying goes, “my two favorite teams are the Red Sox and whoever is playing the Yankees.” The competitive nature of sports makes it almost second nature to rejoice at the misfortune of others, to cheer while others agonize....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: fellowship, Competition

September 30, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Go beyond surface questions

This past weekend was our second annual men‘™s conference at NewLife. The two men most responsible for creating the first conference, Eric Hesselbach and Paul Joss, made the decision before the first conference to use exclusively NewLife men as the main speakers and leaders of breakout discussion groups instead of bringing in someone from the outside. The reason is that while bigger conferences such as Iron Sharpens Iron or Women of Faith might expose us to more polished, gifted speakers who can inspire and teach us, there is something more beautiful and practical about using men from our own church who would be available for follow-up conversations and relationship at any point throughout the year....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: fellowship, Men's conference

August 13, 2013 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest blogger: Anthony Varesio

Today‘s Pulse article is written by Anthony Varesio, in another installment of the Imperfekt Chronicles. ‘œFinally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.‘ (1 Peter 3:8-9) I am forever in awe of all the wonders that God provides us. The beauty and mystery of our natural world, those ‘œquiet‘ miracles that so often go unnoticed, unexplainable yet perfect timing, life altering epiphanies (The Holy Spirit at work in us), and the power of the connections we experience as we share our lives together....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: Guest Blogger, Anthony Varesio, fellowship