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April 28, 2020 by Barb Pizzoferrato 0 comments

Guest blogger: Barb Pizzoferrato

A church I attended about 10-15 yrs ago had what they referred to as Growth Groups. They encouraged people to join one close to their home in order to stay better connected. The group I joined was meeting at the home of a young family, but when the Swine Flu/H1N1 virus hit in 2009, it was relocated to my place. Originally, it was both men and women (married couples & singles), but since the move to my home it’s remained predominantly women. Many years have passed and everyone has since moved on to different churches, but we're still meeting every other week....Keep Reading

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January 12, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A healthy dependence

There is a dangerous myth floating around our culture that the healthier you are, the more you do not need anyone. In counseling circles, therapists use words like “codependent” and “enmeshed” to negatively label people who are too reliant on others for their own functioning. While there are certainly ways we can negatively relate to and need others, the truth is that a stubborn independence is just as unhealthy. We were created for relationship, and we need others if we are going to live a healthy and fulfilled life....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: fellowship, Friendship

October 13, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Do you love it when others suffer?

Sports, and in particular rooting for sports teams, can so often bring out the worst in people. I want my team to win – and sometimes just as much, I want YOUR team to lose. As the saying goes, “my two favorite teams are the Red Sox and whoever is playing the Yankees.” The competitive nature of sports makes it almost second nature to rejoice at the misfortune of others, to cheer while others agonize....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: fellowship, Competition

March 10, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Words of challenge and words of grace

Two of the most influential voices in my life during my youth pastor years were Mike Yaconelli and Ron Luce. They were two men who loved Jesus, loved teenagers and youth pastors, but could not have been more different in their approach to youth ministry. Yaconelli was the co-founder of Youth Specialties, an organization that provided tons of resources and training to youth pastors across the world, but during his later years became a man with an almost singular focus on the importance of helping teens and youth pastors develop intimate relationships with Jesus. He hated how youth ministry had become so focused on big events, big numbers, and attractive personalities, and loved to honor those men and women who may not have fit the stereotypical mold but because of their willingness to love teens were making an eternal difference. He would tell stories about 75 year-old grandmothers, rough-around-the-edges truckers, and scared youth leaders everywhere who just wanted to love young people to Jesus. Yaconelli frequently boasted about being the pastor of the “slowest growing church in America”, a small community church out in California that had shrunk since his arrival, but based on his stories seemed to be made up of a lovable band of misfits who would dare to follow Jesus wherever He led, even if it involved doing things that normal churches might not do. His message was a simple message that always reminded me of Jesus’ incredible love and grace over us, no matter how far we fell short of the ideal....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: Encouragement, Ron Luce, Mike Yaconelli

September 30, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Go beyond surface questions

This past weekend was our second annual men‘™s conference at NewLife. The two men most responsible for creating the first conference, Eric Hesselbach and Paul Joss, made the decision before the first conference to use exclusively NewLife men as the main speakers and leaders of breakout discussion groups instead of bringing in someone from the outside. The reason is that while bigger conferences such as Iron Sharpens Iron or Women of Faith might expose us to more polished, gifted speakers who can inspire and teach us, there is something more beautiful and practical about using men from our own church who would be available for follow-up conversations and relationship at any point throughout the year....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: fellowship, Men's conference

August 13, 2013 0 comments

Guest blogger: Anthony Varesio

Today‘s Pulse article is written by Anthony Varesio, in another installment of the Imperfekt Chronicles. ‘œFinally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.‘ (1 Peter 3:8-9) I am forever in awe of all the wonders that God provides us. The beauty and mystery of our natural world, those ‘œquiet‘ miracles that so often go unnoticed, unexplainable yet perfect timing, life altering epiphanies (The Holy Spirit at work in us), and the power of the connections we experience as we share our lives together....Keep Reading

Posted in: Fellowship Tags: Guest Blogger, Anthony Varesio, fellowship