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September 17, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Two ways to answer your critics

Lately I have found that when I am accused of wrongdoing, I have two potential responses competing in my mind. The first is to defend myself, to give all the reasons the accuser is wrong, and to point out all the way my accuser is just as guilty as I am. My second response is to not only agree with my accuser but to add to my accuser’s list all the other ways that I am guilty which they neglected to mention. The first response feels like the right way to go. After all, I am standing up for myself and declaring that I am not such a bad person after all, nor am I alone in being imperfect. The second response, however, is both humble and brutally honest about who I am....Keep Reading

Tags: Identity, Criticism

August 6, 2019 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Who are you, really?

This past Sunday, during my sermon on overcoming guilt and shame, I discussed the importance of finding our identity and self-worth in who God says we are. I am fairly certain that we have all been the victims of individuals who have shamed us at some point in our lives and told us terrible things about us (or done terrible things to us) that have shaped the way we see ourselves. And for many of us, we are our own worst enemies, berating and belittling ourselves in ways that we would never do to another person. But the more we come to believe the things that God says about us, the more we can reject the insults, scorn the shame, and walk in the humble confidence that comes from knowing who we are in Christ. And who does He say that we are? Read below:...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Identity

August 28, 2018 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How do you see yourself?

One of the mysteries of the gospel of John is that one of the disciples is referred to as “the disciple Jesus loved.” According to church history, this disciple is none other than John himself, the author of the book. Consider what you would be like if you saw that as your primary identity, the way you viewed yourself....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Identity

April 4, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How do you see yourself?

One of the mysteries of the gospel of John is that one of the disciples is referred to as “the disciple Jesus loved.” According to church history, this disciple is none other than John himself, the author of the book. Consider what you would be like if you saw that as your primary identity, the way you viewed yourself. Not a mother or father. Not a husband or wife. Not a teacher or carpenter. Not an athlete or an artist. Not a good person or a screw-up. Not even a Christian, or one who loves God. I am the one that Jesus loves....Keep Reading

Posted in: God's love Tags: Identity, God's love

May 5, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The sure foundation of the gospel

Bright and early this morning, I was standing on one of the top rungs of my extension ladder, leaned up against a branch of a pine tree in my neighbor’s yard, trying to pull my cat out of the tree without losing my balance. We had heard Pumpkin’s cries throughout the night, but he was too high to reach without a ladder, and we dared not frighten our neighbors by bringing a ladder on to their property in the middle of the night. But once dawn broke, Michele and I were there with our ladder, and there I was, climbing through the pine tree to reach our cat. One ripped shirt and many scars later, I managed to unhinge our wide-eyed feline from the branch where he spent the night, and to bring him safely down to solid ground. This past month, I have been preaching through a sermon series that examines the implications of the gospel for various areas of our life. One of the repeated themes is that the gospel teaches us to find our identity and our self-worth in God’s great love for us instead of rooting it in anything else....Keep Reading

Posted in: Gospel Tags: Gospel, Identity

May 6, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

To live is Christ...

This past Sunday, Eric Hesselbach preached from Philippians 1 on the subject of identity. In Philippians 1:21, Paul utters the famous line, ‘œFor to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.‘ From Paul‘s perspective, the only things that really mattered were knowing Jesus and seeing more people come to know Him. Because his joy and purpose was found in Jesus, he could rejoice even in prison, when others unfairly maligned his reputation, and even when facing death, as long as more people were being transformed by the gospel. It was clear that Paul‘s identity was not found in anything else ‘" not his freedom, his fame, his health, his reputation ‘" it was only found in who He was in Jesus....Keep Reading

Posted in: Jesus Tags: Identity