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March 17, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Why did Jesus die?

Isaiah 53:5-6 - He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Salvation

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

Tags: Sin

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

Tags: God, Prayer

March 1, 2010 by Laura Motola 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Laura Motola - Spiritual Warfare

Today‘s guest blogger is Laura Motola. As we focus on spiritual warfare with our memory verses for February, Laura will be sharing her reflections on spiritual warfare....Keep Reading

Tags: Guest Blogger, Spiritual Warfare

February 16, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley - the armor of God

Today‘s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since August, after moving up from New Jersey, and is an engineer who also works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity College. As we focus on spiritual warfare with our memory verses for February, Jim will share the second part of what he wrote, ‘œPreparing for battle.‘...Keep Reading

Tags: Guest Blogger, Spiritual Warfare

February 9, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley - Know your enemy

Today‘s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since August, after moving up from New Jersey. He is an engineer who also works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As we focus on spiritual warfare with our memory verses for February, Jim will share on ‘œknowing your enemy.‘...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Spiritual Warfare

February 2, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A moving story from Haiti

This week‘s Pulse is a moving story from Haiti that I have copied from Albert Mohler‘s blog, www.albertmohler.com. Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his blog is the most popular Christian blog, according to technorati.com. As someone with a heart for adoption and who himself has been adopted (by my Father in heaven - see Galatians 4:4-7), I found this story particularly poignant....Keep Reading

Tags: Suffering, Salvation

January 26, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I am the greatest!

‘œEarly in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, ‘Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.‘‘ (1 Samuel 15:12)...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

January 19, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And God said, "Go hang thyself"?

The story goes that there once was a man who, in order to seek God‘s will for his life, was fond of opening up his Bible and reading whatever verse he first laid his eyes on, so that he might obey it. One day, as this man was going through a particularly difficult time with his family, he sought the Lord for guidance. Opening his Bible and pointing, he found his finger resting on the second part of Matthew 27:5, which read ‘œThen Judas went out and hanged himself.‘ Puzzled by the Lord‘s directions, but still hungry for a word from God, he called a ‘œdo-over‘ and flipped to another page, where his eyes fell on the latter half of Luke 10:37: ‘œJesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.‘‘ Flustered, but chalking it up to coincidence, the man decided to give his method one last chance. Saying a quick prayer, he flipped the pages and inserted his finger between two of them, pointing to the end of John 13:27. There, staring up at him, were these words: ‘œ‘What you are about to do, do quickly,‘ Jesus told him.‘...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Bible

January 12, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (January 12, 2010)

Today‘s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since August, after moving up from New Jersey. As we continue our focus on Scripture memory in 2010, Jim is going to share with us about the blessing this practice has been in his life....Keep Reading

Tags: Bible, Guest Blogger