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October 31, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Learning from the past

Today is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. One of the benefits of anniversaries such as these is the reminder that there is so much wisdom to be gained from people who have been dead and gone a long time. Christian booksellers are concerned with making money, and so they are always pushing the latest and greatest books on us. But a reasoned reflection ...Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, History

August 29, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Praying for Houston

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3) We are experiencing unprecedented crisis and chaos in our beloved city. Right now, all over social media you will find people telling others that they are praying and asking the nation to pray for the people of Houston. How are we to pray? The Scripture is clear on ways to pray in times of distress. As I’m praying, below are my requests to the Father and I thought I’d pass them along to you....Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, Suffering

May 17, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The power of prayer

Today’s post was written by Jordan Standridge on a website called The Cripplegate, and can be found here. May this story encourage you regarding the power of prayer. It was 1872, and D. L. Moody decided to go to England for a time of learning from the great English preachers of that day. He had decided to merely sit and listen, and not do any ministry of his own. One pastor named John Lessey, upon hearing that Moody was in town, begged him to preach in his pulpit on both Sunday morning and Sunday night. Reluctantly, Moody accepted the request of this pastor of a medium-sized congregation in London. The morning sermon did not go well. The people were not responsive. They were bored and didn’t want to be there. Moody, although disinclined to preach in the evening because of the incredible apathy he witnessed in the morning, decided to go ahead and keep his word....Keep Reading

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December 1, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

God is in heaven and you are on earth... so shut up and listen!

I am by nature an introvert, a pretty quiet person. I enjoy extended times of silence, and don’t have an overwhelming need to get together with other people. In some ways, then, the above passage from Ecclesiastes is right up my alley, and has long been one of my favorites. The writer of Ecclesiastes exhorts his listeners to be careful in the words they speak and the vows they make before God, and instead come inclined to listen to God....Keep Reading

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August 4, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How bold should I be in prayer?

When we are going through difficult times, or are watching our loved ones suffer, it can be hard to know the right way to pray. On the one hand, God is our good, all-knowing, and all-powerful heavenly Father, and so we may be tempted to simply pray that God’s will would be done, trusting that He will do what is best. On the other hand, we may feel that it is right to keep on asking and pleading for our desired outcome, believing in faith that God will bring what we ask for to pass. We have all likely heard contradictory advice on this....Keep Reading

Posted in: Prayer Tags: Prayer, Suffering

July 7, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Desperate times call for... prayer

In Tim Keller’s book Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, he talks about how, in his early 50’s, he finally began to truly pray. Even though he had been a pastor (of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) for many years, he had struggled to have a strong prayer life. But then in 2001, the city of New York experienced the horror of 9/11, his wife struggled with the effect of Crohn’s disease, and he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was at this point that Tim’s wife, Kathy, urged him to pray with her every night, something they had always struggled to do. She put it this way:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Prayer Tags: Prayer, Suffering

September 2, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Valley of Vision

Recently I‘ve been reading a collection of Puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision. It is a collection of prayers written by men such as Charles Spurgeon, Richard Baxter, Isaac Watts, David Brainerd, and John Bunyan, among others. I‘ve never been much of a history guy ‘" I realize that most of what I read is either by current authors or is from the Bible ‘" and so reading this book has been an interesting experience. I have found that reading something devotionally from a different time period can be difficult at times, but every once in a while a writer puts things in a way that just cuts to my heart. Below is a prayer called ‘œNeed of Grace‘ that has ministered to me recently, especially the two lines in bold:...Keep Reading

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July 29, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Simple faith

In L.B. Cowman‘s devotional ‘œStreams in the Desert,‘ the entry for August 17th tells a story that I have never forgotten about George Mueller, a great man of faith. The story goes like this: I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, ‘œThe last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said, ‘œCaptain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.‘ ‘œIt is impossible,‘ I said. ‘œVery well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.‘...Keep Reading

Posted in: Faith Tags: Faith, Prayer

October 22, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Praying the Scriptures

One of the best ways to pray, I have found, is to use a passage of Scripture as a guide. This past Sunday, for instance, I preached on the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), where Jesus tells his disciples that God‘s desire is for our hearts to be like good soil that hear and respond to the Word He sows, but that often that seed can be choked out by thorns, scorched by the sun if we have no depth, or snatched away by the enemy. One way to reflect upon that passage, or to apply the sermon to your life, would be to spend time praying through that passage. For instance, something like this:...Keep Reading

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September 11, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

40 Days of Worship and Prayer

Today begins an extraordinarily unique season in our state ‘" 40 Days of Worship and Prayer in churches across Connecticut. In churches across the state, the call has gone out for people to humble themselves, repent of their sin, and cry out for the Lord to pour out His Spirit on our land and bring revival once again. During this season, the focus in our church will be on prayer, worship, and revival, and I want to encourage you to set aside time daily to pray for God to bring revival to our hearts, our church, and our state....Keep Reading

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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

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June 19, 2012 by Tammy Choleva 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Tammy Choleva (June 19, 2012)

Today’s Pulse article is written by NewLife’s Tammy Choleva, who blogs at Reading

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March 13, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Cancer and the healing power of God

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15) When it comes to cancer, most of us are so used to the second part of Romans 12:15 " mourning with those who mourn " that we rarely have the chance to rejoice with those who rejoice. For the past year or so, we have been praying for one of our missionaries, Laura Payne, as she faced the probability of death due to stage 4 cancer. This past week, we received this letter from Steve and Laura:...Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, Missions

February 14, 2012 by James Prignano 0 comments

Guest blogger: James Prignano (February 14, 2012)

Today’s Pulse is written by James Prignano. James, his wife Marcia, and their children Selah, Jonah, and Talia have been coming to NewLife for a few months. This is called “A Midnight Prayer.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, Discipleship

October 4, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

My house shall be called a house of prayer

“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Mark 11:15-17)...Keep Reading

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March 2, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

God, our heavenly ATM machine

Each month in 2010, I am challenging our church to memorize one verse of Scripture together, and to spend time that month meditating on that month‘s theme. In January, we focused on our new life in Christ, memorizing 2 Corinthians 5:17, ‘œTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!‘ In February, the theme was spiritual warfare, with the key verse James 4:7, ‘œSubmit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.‘ In March, we will be focusing on the power of prayer, and the verse I am challenging you to memorize is John 15:7 - ‘œIf you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.‘ This powerful promise is located in a passage where Jesus talks about himself as the vine and us as the branches, and exhorts us that we can do nothing unless we are connected to him. I highly encourage you that when you memorize this or any verse, that you do your best to understand the context in which it is found so that you do not take it to mean something which it does not....Keep Reading

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