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December 15, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Tolerance, high standards, and amazing grace

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘œTeacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?‘ They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘œIf any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.‘ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘œWoman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?‘ ‘œNo one, sir,‘ she said. ‘œThen neither do I condemn you,‘ Jesus declared. ‘œGo now and leave your life of sin.‘ (John 8:1-11)...Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Discipleship

December 8, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Looking for a good funeral to attend‘¦

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. (Ecclesiastes 7:2)...Keep Reading

Tags: Death, Discipleship

December 1, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Desperation

There is a fine line between desperation and despair, between (as the dictionary puts it) having an urgent need and giving up hope. Desperation, on the one hand, is an essential (but difficult) place to be in for the disciple of Jesus. Despair, on the other hand, is a terrible and deadly place to end up. I have found in my short life that God often wants to bring his children to the point of desperation, to a place where they recognize that they can not make it on their own strength, but that they are utterly dependent on Him for everything. However, I have also found that Satan is always lurking right around the corner, whispering in our ears, and doing his very best to turn that desperation into despair, to cause God‘s children to lose hope and turn away from the only one who can save them....Keep Reading

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

November 17, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A story worth living

One of my favorite authors is a man named Donald Miller, who is best known for his 2003 book Blue Like Jazz. Miller writes with wit, creativity, and disarming honesty in the style of a memoir, reflecting on his life and what he has learned about God and himself through his experiences. Blue Like Jazz is currently in the process of being made into a movie, and Miller‘s most recent book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, is about what he learned about his life and God‘s grand story while the screenwriters ‘œedited his life‘ for the big screen. His reflections on the boring, uninspired story he was living and the grand story of risk and adventure that God was calling him to live were fascinating to read, and really challenged me to reflect on the story I find myself in and to walk with faith and courage. Let me share a few quotes from the book that really spoke to me:...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

November 10, 2009 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (November 10, 2009)

Today‘s Pulse of NewLife is written by guest writer Anthony Varesio. Anthony and his wife Carrie live in Glastonbury, and have been attending NewLife for about eight months....Keep Reading

Tags: Guest Blogger, NewLife

October 27, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A.W. Tozer‘s Five Vows for Spiritual Strength

Today‘s post comes courtesy of my friend Ben Dubow, who blogs over at www.faithautopsy.com. In one of his latest posts, he referenced A.W. Tozer‘s Five Spiritual Vows. Tozer was a 20th century Christian & Missionary Alliance preacher and author who died in 1963, and whose words are incredibly challenging. You can read Tozer‘s whole discourse at http://www.neve-family.com/books/tozer/FiveVows.html; Ben‘s well-done summary is below:...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Guest Blogger

October 20, 2009 by Eddie Mui 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Eddie Mui (October 20, 2009)

Today‘s post is written by guest blogger Eddie Mui. Eddie lives in South Windsor with his wife, Fabiola, and young children Joshua & Sarah. He‘s the one often playing the funny looking drum-like instrument (it‘s called a cajon) on Sundays, and will be leading worship this Sunday....Keep Reading

Tags: Guest Blogger, God

October 15, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And down the stretch they come‘¦

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Bible

October 6, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

You don‘t have to go to church to be a spiritual person pt. 2

Last week I reference an article in The Hartford Courant and asked the question of why we shouldn‘t all just be spiritual people while keeping our distance from organized religion. After all, with the options available to us today, it is possible to listen to your favorite preacher, worship band, and even to financially support your favorite cause, all from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about the messiness of relating to other people. Thank you to all who shared your thoughts on the blog or on my Facebook page. Here are my thoughts on the matter:...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife