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July 12, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Love your neighbors

The first time I heard Jesus’ great commandment, which is found in Matthew 22:34-40, my seven year-old brain assumed that “love your neighbor” meant to love the Heaths and the Blooms, the two families who lived next door to us. Eventually, of course, I came to understand that Jesus’ exhortation was not meant to be taken literally, but that my neighbor was any other human being (even our enemies, as Jesus illustrates in the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37). But what if Jesus really did mean to truly focus on loving our actual neighbors, the ones that live around us? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Love Tags: Outreach, Love

April 16, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Salt and light, on a deathbed or on the basketball court

This past Sunday, Jim Quigley preached from Matthew 5:13-16 on how Jesus calls his disciples the salt and light of the world. The implication is that wherever there is darkness and decay, Jesus‘ followers should be there, acting as a preservative and purifier like salt, and shining the light of Christ through word and deed. I was reminded of this truth recently during of all things, a college basketball game......Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Outreach, Discipleship

January 2, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Discerning love

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Prayer

December 11, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Christmas and the incarnation of the Son of God

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Christmas

November 13, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Love Does

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Missions

May 15, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The orphan and the widow

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach

January 25, 2011 by Gordon Lawrence 0 comments

Guest blogger: Gordon Lawrence (January 25, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Gordon Lawrence, a long-time member of NewLife as well as a volunteer with Free Inside prison ministry. He is writing today to share about his experience with Free Inside, as well as to share some of the opportunities for people to partner with this important ministry....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Outreach

January 18, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

One of my favorite stories of 2010

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Money

December 3, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A different kind of Christmas

Matthew 10:8 - Freely you have received, freely give. Is there a crazier juxtaposition in the calendar year than Thanksgiving and Black Friday? On the former day, we are encouraged to reflect on what we are thankful for, to enjoy what we have, and to develop an attitude of gratitude. And then, millions of people set their alarms for some ridiculous hour so that they can push through the crowds the next morning in order to get the best deals on toys and goods for the holiday season. In the blink of an eye, gratitude turns to covetousness; thanksgiving to full-blown consumerism....Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Christmas

August 25, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Church vs. Strip Club

In my last sermon before I went on vacation, I told the story from Luke 7 about the sinful woman who crashed the Pharisees’ dinner with Jesus and honored Jesus by anointing his feet with her tears when she saw how Simon the Pharisee was publicly shaming Jesus (read Luke 7:36-50 if you have no idea what I’m talking about). Near the end of that passage, Jesus says “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” This incident is just one of many where, in the end, the proud religious man is challenged and the “sinner” is shown love and compassion instead of judgment and condemnation....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Outreach

May 25, 2010 by Tammy Choleva 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Tammy Choleva (May 25, 2010)

Today’s guest writer is Tammy Choleva. Tammy’s testimony is a response to this past Sunday’s sermon on how the gospel transforms our approach to our community....Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Guest Blogger

November 25, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Do Christmas differently this year

Is there a crazier juxtaposition in the world than Thanksgiving and Black Friday? On the former day, we are encouraged to reflect on what we are thankful for, to enjoy what we have, and to develop an attitude of gratitude. And then, millions of people set their alarms for some ridiculous hour so that they can push through the crowds the next morning in order to get the best deals on toys and goods for the holiday season. In the blink of an eye, gratitude turns to covetousness; thanksgiving to full-blown consumerism....Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Money