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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

June 8, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How do people change?

This past Sunday, I preached about the gospel and personal growth, and how the deeper our belief in the good news of Jesus Christ’s death for our sins is, and the more we look to Him for our hope, peace, love, significance, and life, the more we have the power to overcome the challenges we face. During the sermon, I briefly mentioned my lifelong struggle with time management and prioritizing. I’ve tried every different system under the sun, put up motivational quotes and sticky note reminders, sought out accountability, installed deadlines - all with limited progress. Why is this the case? Do I just need to find a doctor who will prescribe me with a pill? Have I just not found the right system?...Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Discipleship

June 1, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Returning to Jesus

Whenever I am reading through the Bible, I always experience a sense of welcome familiarity upon returning to the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - that feels like returning home after a long trip. As rich as many of the Old Testament books can be, they often require an understanding of the history and key people of Israel, as well as familiarity with the general scope of the Bible. But the Gospels are familiar ground, the stories of Jesus’ life both beautiful and easier to relate to....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, NewLife

May 25, 2010 by Tammy Choleva 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Tammy Choleva (May 25, 2010)

Today’s guest writer is Tammy Choleva. Tammy’s testimony is a response to this past Sunday’s sermon on how the gospel transforms our approach to our community....Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Guest Blogger

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

May 11, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What’s your motivation?

I was reading John Shore’s conversion story the other day on The Huffington Post, and as I was glancing through some of the comments, I saw one that read: “It seems as if this is virtually the same conversion story that I’ve heard from so many Christians. It is primarily based on fear. What a sad reason to change your life as there are so many other ways. Fear, as a motivator, doesn’t seem like a very nice reason to embrace a religion, but it seems as if it is the main reason that so many people do. Just because you are filled with fear about death or your own failings as a person, that doesn’t validate a religion or God...”...Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Discipleship

May 4, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Is it wrong to be rich?

One of the most powerful and challenging books I have ever read is Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s The Cost of Discipleship. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor during the reign of Adolf Hitler who participated in the German Resistance movement against Hitler and was eventually imprisoned and executed in 1945 at the age of 39 for this act of treason. As I prepare to preach on how the gospel transforms our approach to money this coming Sunday, I wanted to share with you a very challenging (and humorous, ironically) passage from The Cost of Discipleship regarding Jesus‘ interaction with the man who has come to be known as the Rich Young Ruler:...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Money

April 27, 2010 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (April 27, 2010)

This week‘s guest blogger is Anthony Varesio. Anthony and his family have been a part of NewLife for a little less than a year, and Anthony was recently baptized. Anthony will be contributing to the NewLife blog once a month with his, as he puts it, ‘œunfiltered 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: Discipleship, Guest Blogger