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February 23, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

In memoriam: Gino Marozzi

I met Gino Marozzi in the fall of 1998. I was the 22-year-old youth pastor of NewLife Christian Fellowship, and his twin daughters, Nikki & Tori, had just started attending my youth group. Soon, they began attending NewLife on Sundays, and Tori expressed an interest in singing on the worship team. Gino joined her, eager to support his daughter as the loving father he was....Keep Reading

Tags: fellowship, Love, Gino Marozzi

March 17, 2020 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don't stop "gathering" together

Let us not give up meeting together, the writer of Hebrews tells us. Unless, of course, a massive virus breaks out and the government limits public gatherings to the size of two basketball teams. We are in unprecedented times. Earlier today I was listening to a pastor talking about how the last time his church closed its doors on a Sunday was during the Spanish flu of 1918, when the local government asked every church to shutter its doors in order to help prevent the contagion from spreading and the death toll from rising. I suppose as long as this sort of thing only happens once every century, we can manage....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, fellowship, Coronavirus

December 5, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

If you were struggling in life, would you go to church?

I have been taking a class on substance abuse counseling this fall, and one of the assignments was to visit a couple of AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings. I had always heard that these groups often succeed in creating the kind of atmosphere and community that the church is meant to display. My experience proved this to be correct, especially in one important way that I think is worthy of consideration. One of the ways the church goes wrong, especially with young people, is by preaching the “gospel of sin management” ...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, fellowship

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

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