Posts with the tag “discipleship”

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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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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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Courage for this cultural moment
August 9th, 2023
“He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, t...  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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Master's level prayer
May 2nd, 2023
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name...  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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Look to the interests of others on Sunday morning
February 21st, 2023
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others...  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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Lord, show me the impact of my sin
January 24th, 2023
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)In the recovery movement, step 4 is daunting yet potentially life-altering one: “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory o...  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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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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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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Freedom: It's not what you think it is
May 3rd, 2022
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)We live in the land of the free, the land of “you do...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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We will do greater things than Jesus?
April 26th, 2022
“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I ...  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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Master's level praying
March 29th, 2022
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name...  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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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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I am the worst of sinners
December 22nd, 2021
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-- of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the wor...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Leave it all on the field
December 14th, 2021
“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hes...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial
December 7th, 2021
“Everything is permissible”-- but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”-- but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthian...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Thank God I'm not like THAT guy
November 16th, 2021
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. ...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Don't cling to worthless idols
July 20th, 2021
When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of t...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Is God really worth it?
July 13th, 2021
“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 it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, e...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Watch your life and doctrine closely
June 22nd, 2021
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)Another day, another report of a pastor behaving badly, ruinin...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Envy rots the bones
June 8th, 2021
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)There are few activities that are as dangerous to my spirit as looking at the websites of other churches. Far from bei...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Don't live a powerless life
May 18th, 2021
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)This Sunday is Pentecost, the day which commemorate...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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To whom do you compare yourself?
May 11th, 2021
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)One of the podcasts I have listened to on occasion over the past few years is called The Happi...  Read More
by Eric Stillman
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Is God really on your side?
April 13th, 2021
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" "Neither," h...  Read More
by Eric Stillman