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October 3, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Las Vegas, sin, and grace

On Sunday night, yet another mass murder occurred in our country. The lives of innumerable people have been profoundly shaken by this terrible tragedy, and so let us lift them up in our prayers, asking that God would bring them His comfort and that He would turn all of our hearts to Him, so that we would walk accordingly to His will for our lives. Much has been said and written this week about what happened in Las Vegas. I just wanted to take this opportunity to reflect upon Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:21-22...Keep Reading

Tags: Sin, Las Vegas

June 14, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

That could have been you in Orlando

As we gathered for church this past Sunday, most of us were unaware of the tragedy in Orlando, or at least the terrible extent of it. Now that we know how awful it was, our prayers go out to the families of the victims as they grieve, and we pray for the church in Orlando, that they might be a light in the darkness in the way they respond to this tragedy. As we consider the terrible hatred and deception that could cause someone to open fire on a crowd of people, I want to share a story with you that I recently heard...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Sin, Orlando

February 9, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I don't understand why I do what I do

In my opinion, Romans 8 the greatest chapter in the whole Bible. Filled with promises about the love of God and His commitment to us, it builds from verse 1’s declaration that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” to the crescendo of verse 35-39, where we are exhorted that NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. Hallelujah! But perhaps just as important as Romans 8 is the end of the preceding chapter, Romans 7. After all, Romans 8:1 begins with “therefore,” which should prompt us to ask what it is “there for.” Romans 8, the passionate declaration of God’s great love for sinful, undeserving humans, follows Paul’s most candid confession of his complete inability to live up to not only God’s standards, but even his own. Listen to these words:...Keep Reading

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September 17, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I do not understand what I do

In my opinion, Romans 8 the greatest chapter in the whole Bible. Filled with promises about the love of God and His commitment to us, it builds from verse 1‘s declaration that ‘œthere is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus‘ to the crescendo of verse 35-39, where we are exhorted that NOTHING can separate us from God‘s love. Hallelujah! But perhaps just as important as Romans 8 is the end of the preceding chapter, Romans 7. After all, Romans 8:1 begins with ‘œtherefore,‘ which means that we should ask what it is ‘œthere for.‘ Romans 8, the passionate declaration of God‘s great love for sinful, undeserving humans, follows Paul‘s most candid confession of his complete inability to live up to not only God‘s standards, but even his own. Listen to these words:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Sin

April 30, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

By what standard do you measure yourself?

As I‘ve been preaching through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) on Sundays at NewLife, one of the repeating themes has been how the Pharisees interpreted the law in such a way that they found themselves on the ‘œrighteous‘ side of the bar. ‘œDo not murder‘ meant don‘t kill anyone, ‘œDo not commit adultery‘ meant don‘t have sex with someone who is not your spouse, and their laws on divorce came to mean ‘œAs long as you give your wife a certificate of divorce, it‘s okay to divorce her.‘ In each case, the Pharisees looked at the law and felt righteous. But one of the things Jesus does in the Sermon on the Mount is to explain the spirit and truth behind each of those laws, and in the process raises the bar to such a height that no one - not even the Pharisees - can end up on the righteous side of the bar on their own merits....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Grace, Sin, Jesus

July 19, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Confession

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:5-10)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Sin

June 14, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Evil beyond words

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’” (Revelation 6:9-10)...Keep Reading

Tags: Missions, Sin

November 23, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Should you delete your Facebook account?

There is a story that has been making the rounds of the news channels and blogosphere this past week concerning a New Jersey pastor who demanded that his 50 married church officials delete their Facebook accounts or resign from their leadership positions. Why? The pastor, Cedric Miller, claims that over the past six months, 20 couples in his 1100 member church have run into marital trouble due to one spouse connecting with an ex-flame via Facebook. Quitting Facebook, he argues, will save marriages....Keep Reading

Tags: Sin, Internet

September 14, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Self-discipline and “other”-discipline

Embarrassing story time: I sucked my thumb at night until I was in third grade. Do you know why I finally stopped? My parents took video of my brothers and me sleeping at night on Christmas Eve, and when they showed it the next day, there I was: eight year-old Eric, curled up with my thumb in my mouth. Needless to say, I was mortified, and never sucked my thumb again....Keep Reading

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May 18, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Pedophile priests

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1)...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Sin

March 10, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Kill it now!

This past Sunday, I preached on one of the most stunning passages in the whole Bible, the story of how King David, the man after God‘s own heart, slept with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his best friends, and then had his friend killed to cover it up. That passage, in 2 Samuel 11, begins famously with these words: ‘œIn the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king‘s men and the whole Israelite army... But David remained in Jerusalem.‘ As the narrator makes clear, if David were only where he should have been, none of this would have happened. But instead, we find David arising from a late afternoon nap, wandering up to the roof of his palace, and seeing Bathsheba bathing naked nearby. One thing leads to another, and soon David has broken almost half of the Ten Commandments in an incredibly thoughtless escapade....Keep Reading

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