Posts with the category “discipleship”

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Do you know God, or just know ABOUT God?
April 9th, 2024
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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If you want to really live, you're going to have to die
March 26th, 2024
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses thei...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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You're only as sick as your secrets
March 19th, 2024
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 and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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One thing you lack...
January 16th, 2024
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21)As I type...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Give us today our daily bread
January 9th, 2024
Today's blog post is adapted from the June 14th, 2022 post.After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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The importance of spiritual disciplines
December 5th, 2023
1 Samuel 3:4-5 - The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”The Old ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Are you confused? Or just disobedient?
November 14th, 2023
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-- yes, even his own life-- he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Be still and know that He is God
September 5th, 2023
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:10-11)If you are anyt...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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My baptismal awakening
August 15th, 2023
“Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raise...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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In your struggle against sin...
May 30th, 2023
Today’s Pulse article is adapted from the March 9th, 2021 Pulse.“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:4)Hebrews 11 is one of the mo...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Faithful no matter the result
April 11th, 2023
Today’s blog post is adapted from the January 4th, 2022 post.Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better res...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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"What if you only had one month to live?" is the wrong question
March 29th, 2023
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destr...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Offering our imperfect worship
March 7th, 2023
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)It is probably impossible to truly understand the motivations and desires that operate within us at any given time as we go about our daily lif...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Who are you when no one is looking?
February 14th, 2023
“Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Do something small for God (2014)
January 31st, 2023
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain”(1 Corinthians 15:58)O...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Do something small for God
January 31st, 2023
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)The Apostle Paul spent a great deal of ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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I don't know what to do
January 17th, 2023
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)In 2 Chronicles 20, we read a story of an army from Edom that was attacking Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel, and its k...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Lord, you are more satisfying than chocolate (2022)
January 10th, 2023
“I have food to eat that you know nothing about… my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:32,34)I still remember one of the lessons I taught to the NewLife Junior ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Guest blogger: Joe Barone - What, me worry?
January 3rd, 2023
Today’s Pulse article is by guest writer Joe Barone, and is entitled “What, Me worry?”Worry. It’s a word that brings to mind skipped meals, knotted stomachs, cold sweats and sleepless nights. Worry is...  Read More
by Joe Barone
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I've been there - let me help you get back on track
December 20th, 2022
Today’s Pulse article is adapted from the December 5th, 2017 Pulse. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-- of whom I am the wor...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Dig until you uncover the truth
November 1st, 2022
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)       ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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The refiner's fire
October 25th, 2022
“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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The God who redeems the gap
October 18th, 2022
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war again...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Whose approval are you seeking?
October 4th, 2022
Matthew 6:1-6 - Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.John 5:44 - How can you believe if you a...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Be still and know - hey, is anyone listening to me???
September 20th, 2022
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.           ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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The strategies of Satan pt. 2
September 13th, 2022
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but a...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Who are you encouraging?
August 30th, 2022
When Barnabas arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. (Acts 11:23)Nine years ago on Labor Day weekend 20...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Somebody scratch my itching ears
August 23rd, 2022
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-- with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctr...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Whac-a-mole discipleship
August 16th, 2022
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2)I became a follower of Jesus as a c...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Why were the old days better?
August 9th, 2022
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. (Ecclesiastes 7:10)It must have been a frustrating and arduous journey for the Israelites as they trudg...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Give us this day our daily (spiritual) bread
June 14th, 2022
After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does no...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Living with humble confidence
May 24th, 2022
Today’s post is adapted from the January 29th, 2019 NewLife blog.“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteou...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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I know the plans I have for you... slavery
May 17th, 2022
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)In last week’s Pulse, I talked about Romans 8:2...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Watch out for the spiritual crash
April 19th, 2022
Today’s Pulse article is adapted from the April 23rd, 2019 Pulse. “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. An...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Guest blogger: Amy Swanson
March 8th, 2022
Today’s Pulse article is written by Amy Swanson."Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher t...  Read More
by Amy Swanson
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The heart of fasting
February 22nd, 2022
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  17 But when you fa...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Are you confused? Or just afraid to obey?
February 8th, 2022
Today’s post is adapted from the November 26th, 2019 NewLife blog.“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Watch out for humble disobedience
February 1st, 2022
The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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God intends it for good
January 25th, 2022
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)It is undoubtedly an imprecise endeavor to try to understand thin...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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The true measure of success
January 11th, 2022
We live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)I recently read a passage from J. I. Packer’s A Passion for Faithfulness: Wisdom from the Book of Nehemiah that I found to be a great warning and enco...  Read More
by Eric Stillman