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September 4, 2018 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How often do you think about heaven?

In a book I read recently, an American Christian interacted with a seminary student from Africa. The man from Africa expressed his amazement at how little Americans speak of heaven in church. In his country, he said, they talk about heaven all the time. But, he realized, Americans don’t talk about it as much here because we have everything we think we want in this life. We are so comfortable that we don’t need to look ahead to heaven. Perhaps there is some truth to this....Keep Reading

Tags: Death, Heaven

April 24, 2018 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Who will be in heaven?

Have you ever listened to a convicting sermon and found yourself saying to yourself, “Boy I hope SHE is listening” or “How I wish HE was here to hear this.” Because, after all, THAT PERSON has sins that need to be confronted, not us. In our pride, we are so often blind to just how desperately we need the amazing grace and refining fire of God. In keeping with the theme of pride, I want to share an excerpt from a Charles Spurgeon sermon that I read recently and found especially encouraging and challenging: ...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Heaven

September 5, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Will the house ever be clean?

It is a continual struggle around our house to keep things clean and in order. As you can imagine, four children (along with the occasional foster child) and a few pets cause their fair share of chaos on a daily basis, and do precious little to help repair the damage. Every night, once the kids finally fall asleep, we find ourselves amazed again at the amount of work that goes into simply maintaining some semblance of order. Having dealt with this experience on a continuous loop for the past twelve years, I have come to realize that there exists, more so in my wife but still to some extent in me, a desire that everything would be in its right place....Keep Reading

Tags: Heaven, Order

June 27, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The hope of heaven

In a book I read recently, an American Christian interacted with a seminary student from Africa. The man from Africa expressed his amazement at how little Americans speak of heaven in church. In his country, he said, they talk about heaven all the time. But, he realized, Americans don’t talk about it as much here because we have everything we think we want in this life. We are so comfortable that we don’t need to look ahead to heaven. Perhaps there is some truth to this...Keep Reading

Posted in: Heaven Tags: God, Heaven

January 5, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

One eye on the cross, one eye on eternity

As a preacher, I have benefited greatly from other preachers who find a way to bring every sermon back to the gospel of Jesus’ sacrificial death for us. These preachers are able to take the story of Joseph in Genesis, a Psalm, a Proverb, or any other Biblical passage, and skillfully show us our need for a Savior, and how Jesus provides what we truly need. Instead of preaching “should” sermons, where we are given an ever-growing list of work we need to do in order to please God, these preachers talk about the work Jesus has done for us, and how we stand righteous before God because of that work, free to follow God without fear of condemnation. These messages reinforce how deep God’s love is for us, how valuable we are in His sight, and how we are free from having to perform for anyone in order to earn that love and value....Keep Reading

Posted in: Heaven Tags: Heaven, eternal life

September 23, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Some day the house will be clean...

It is a continual struggle around our house to keep things clean and in order. As you can imagine, four young children and a few pets wreak their fair share of chaos on a daily basis, and do precious little to repair the damage. Every night, once the kids finally fall asleep, we find ourselves amazed again at the amount of work that goes into simply maintaining some semblance of order. There exists, more so in my wife but still to some extent in me, a desire that everything would be in its right place. Every room would be neat, every chore finished, every crumb off the floor, and every piece of clothing folded neatly in its drawer. Every item on the to-do list would be crossed off, and there would be true rest from the constant work. But such a state of order is always and forever just out of reach....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Heaven