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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

Tags: Discipleship, Sin

September 1, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I am not like you

I’ve recently been enjoying John Ortberg’s new book, The me I want to be, in which the author talks about the unique ways God grows each of us spiritually into the people we were created to be. One of the parts that really spoke to me was where Ortberg said this:...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

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

August 10, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. (Philippians 4:4-8)...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

July 27, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The curse of the intelligent man

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

July 13, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (July 13, 2010)

This week’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since last August, after moving up from New Jersey, and is an engineer who also works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity College. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Guest Blogger

July 6, 2010 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (July 6, 2010)

This week’s guest blogger is Anthony Varesio. Anthony will be contributing to the NewLife blog on occasion with his, as he puts it, “unfiltered and in-progress diary of the personal challenges and revelations that come with my pursuit of becoming a better person and living ‘The Way’.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Guest Blogger

June 29, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Dad who never sleeps

A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you- the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8)...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Fear

June 22, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

In memory of Eve Christie (April 2, 1942 - June 16, 2010)

This morning was the memorial service for Eve Christie, a woman of great faith and prayer who was a long-time member of NewLife before moving to a different church in 2008. Eve died last Wednesday of cancer at age 68, but she left a legacy of the power of prayer and the joy of trusting in the Father through even the most difficult circumstances. One of the verses shared during the service was Philippians 1:21 - “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Eve’s life was most certainly about Jesus Christ, and praise God that in death she has only gained a greater relationship with Him....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Death

June 15, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Glastonbury Fight Club

One of the highlights of my week this past month has proven to be Fight Club, the new men’s group that began meeting on Wednesday nights in May. What a privilege it has been to see men sharing their lives and struggles with each other, encouraging each other with Scripture and from personal experience, and forming real friendships. I have found that while there is a place for Bible study, there is also great benefit to beginning with our issues and struggles and then bringing Biblical wisdom into those specific situations. One passage in particular that has ministered to our group has been Micah 7:8-9, which reads:...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship