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July 20, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don't cling to worthless idols

Many years ago, I remember someone telling a story that went something like this: There once was a little girl who had a necklace made of plastic pearls that she loved to wear. One night, her father came and kindly asked her, “would you please give me your pearls?” The little girl refused, because she did not want to give them up. Night after night, her father would say good night, tuck her in, and then ask “would you please give me your pearls?” And night after night, the little girl would say no. ...Keep Reading

Tags: Grace, Discipleship, idols, Trust

June 3, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Profit and loss

In Philippians 3, Paul uses an accounting metaphor to describe how his attitude changed when he met Jesus. Before knowing Jesus, his profit column was filled with all the things that gave him status and worth: his lineage, his morality, his involvement with the religious elite. But after Jesus, all that was in the profit column was moved to the loss column, as Jesus alone occupied the profit column. As I reflected on this, I began to realize how true this is. Whether or not we are aware of it, we spend so much of our lives trying to convince ourselves and others that we are worth something....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, idols