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September 27, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Be still and know - hey, is anyone listening to me???

I’m worried about my soul. And I am worried about the souls of generations younger than me who are growing up continually distracted, with a smartphone glued to their hand and earbuds secured in their ears. In Psalm 46:10, God invites us to “be still, and know that I am God.” With such a profound invitation, why have we given into the temptation to fill every waking moment with noise?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Psalm 46:10, Information overload, Be still

September 20, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Tear down those affirmation posters!

Last week I went to our town high school’s open house in order to meet some of my children’s teachers. One thing I was struck by as I toured the school was what felt to me like an insane number of posters lining the walls that were designed to boost the students’ self-esteem. Wall after wall was plastered with phrases like “Instead of saying ‘this is too hard’ say ‘I can do hard things!’” and “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think.” With all the affirmation and positivity everywhere a student looks, you would think the school would be filled with confident, high-achieving children! So why are the rates of anxiety and depression higher than ever?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Culture Tags: Identity, Self-esteem

September 13, 2022 by Eric Stillman 1 comments

The strategies of Satan pt. 2

In Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus, he tells his readers that behind every opponent in this world is a spiritual enemy, the devil, who is trying to steal, kill, and destroy God’s good works (John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8). One of the classic books about the devil is Thomas Brooks’ Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, which was published in 1652. Brooks discusses some of the strategies Satan uses to tempt and accuse believers. In last week’s Pulse, I shared four of the temptation strategies discussed by Brooks. This week, I will look at four accusation strategies. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evil Tags: temptation, accusation

September 6, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The strategies of Satan, part 1

In Paul’s letter the church of Ephesus, he tells his readers that behind every opponent in this world is a spiritual enemy, the devil, who is trying to steal, kill, and destroy God’s good works (John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8). One of the classic books about the devil is Thomas Brooks’ Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, which was published in 1652. Brooks discusses some of the strategies Satan uses to tempt and accuse believers. In this week’s post, I will share four of the temptation strategies discussed by Brooks. Next week we will look at four accusation strategies....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evil Tags: temptation, Satan

August 30, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Who are you encouraging?

Nine years ago on Labor Day weekend 2013, NewLife joined together with First Church, Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church, and Center Point Church for the first Cove service. This coming Sunday, we will join together once again as one body of believers, one family of God, to worship our great God. The vision for the Cove service was borne out of a biweekly pastors’ group that I was a part of under the umbrella of Barnabas Ministries...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Encouragement, Barnabas, Cove Service

August 23, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Somebody scratch my itching ears!

In Paul’s second letter to his protégé Timothy, he warns him that the time will come when people will seek out teachers who “say what their itching ears want to hear.” I imagine there have always been teachers like this throughout the history of the church, but this warning is undoubtedly prophetic today. But rather than point the fingers at others, we would be prudent to consider where it is that we are most tempted as American Christians to have our itching ears scratched....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Preaching, Discipleship

August 19, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Whac-a-mole discipleship (2019)

I became a follower of Jesus as a college freshman at age 18. After a couple of years of learning what it meant to follow Jesus and developing some close friendships with my Christian friends, I started to understand the importance of accountability, of having someone that I trusted enough to confess my sins too, someone who would ask me the tough questions about my walk with the Lord. For the past 20+ years, I have always had at least someone that I talk with regularly so that I stay sharp in my discipleship. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” But here’s the thing about accountability and the sincere desire to avoid sin:...Keep Reading

Tags: accountability, Discipleship

August 19, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Whac-a-Mole discipleship (2020)

This past Sunday, I preached on the first chapter of Malachi, a confrontational passage that raises the important question of whether we prioritize God with our time, talent, and treasure, or whether we give Him our leftovers. I have found the passage to be potentially life-changing as I experienced God’s conviction and responded in repentance and obedience. I hope it was the same for you, and if you have not listened to the sermon, I encourage you to listen to it on our website or watch it on our YouTube page. I believe that if you prioritize God, you will experience the power and presence of God in your life, because God will bless those who honor Him....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Discipleship

August 16, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Whac-a-mole discipleship

I became a follower of Jesus as a college freshman at age 18. After a couple of years of learning what it meant to follow Jesus and developing some close friendships with my Christian friends, I started to understand the importance of accountability, of having someone that I trusted enough to confess my sins too, someone who would ask me the tough questions about my walk with the Lord. For the past 20+ years, I have always had at least someone that I talk with regularly about my struggles so that I stay sharp in my discipleship. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” But here’s the thing about accountability...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Sin

August 9, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Why were the old days better?

It must have been a frustrating and arduous journey for the Israelites as they trudged through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. It was hot, there were way too many people around, and there was no comfortable place to lay down and sleep. And did I mention the food? Manna for breakfast, manna for lunch, and – you guessed it – manna for dinner. No wonder they grumbled and complained so often against their leader, Moses....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Faith