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September 12, 2023 by Michael Bird 0 comments

Guest blogger: Michael Bird

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Hebrews 11, which shows the great people of God clinging to their faith in him despite troubling circumstances. I have some “unsung heroes” I think of when I read this passage. From the Old Testament, the example of Jonathan comes to mind....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Hebrews 11

September 5, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Be still and know that He is God

If you are anything like me, your life can quickly become pretty undisciplined if you’re not vigilant. All of my best intentions and carefully chosen habits can suddenly get flattened by the tidal wave of life when I lose focus. My diet turns into chips and ice cream, my bed time careens past midnight, and life begins to feel like a chaotic mess....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Be still and know that I am God

August 29, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

When the good news isn't really good news

A few years ago, I read a lengthy article on the Financial Times website about Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and the prosperity gospel ( In case you’re unaware, Lakewood Church is the largest church in America, and millions more watch Joel Osteen every week on TV or online. Early on in the article is a paragraph that sums up very well Lakewood’s approach to the Christian faith:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Sin Tags: Sin, Salvation, good news

August 22, 2023 by Eric Stillman 1 comments

Restore the joy of our salvation

I am a Chicago Cubs fan, and last week, there was a wonderful moment for those of us who still enjoy watching baseball. One of the Cubs rookies, Christopher Morel, hit a game-winning home run and, abandoning all decorum, sprinted joyfully around the bases, tearing off his shirt for the final 90 feet and leaping on to home plate and the embrace of his teammates ( It wasn’t the fact that the Cubs won that brought tears to my eyes; it was the unbridled exuberance that young man showed as he lived out a moment that he had undoubtedly dreamed about growing up in the Dominican Republic....Keep Reading

Posted in: Joy Tags: Salvation, David, Joy

August 15, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

My baptismal awakening

This coming Sunday, we will be baptizing four people at NewLife at Mill Woods Park after the worship service. Baptism is the sign of the new covenant, which is a fancy way of saying that the act of baptism points like a sign to the gospel of Jesus. As the individual goes under the water and then is brought back out, they are identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus, proclaiming that they have died to their old self and have been raised to new life with Christ, as the water symbolically washes away their sins. While many churches baptize infants into the community of faith, our understanding of the Bible is that because baptism is a sign of the new covenant, it is something that should be entered into when an individual is old enough to profess faith in Jesus....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Sin, Baptism

August 9, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Courage for this cultural moment

Near the end of Revelation, John, the author of the book, records God speaking about the new heavens and the new earth, the final destination for all who have trusted in Jesus for salvation. In verse 8 of chapter 21, God shifts his focus to the lake of fire, the final destination for all who have not trusted in Jesus. Among the types of people He lists are some of the usual suspects: the unbelieving, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the idolaters. But the first kind of people listed are surprising: the cowardly. Why would that be on the list, let alone listed first?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Culture Tags: Discipleship, Courage, Cowardice

August 3, 2023 by Joe Barone 0 comments

Guest blogger: Joe Barone - A gate and a promise

On day 3 of a 10 day group tour of Israel, we entered Tel Dan Nature Reserve in Northern Israel, near the Lebanon border. This spectacular area is the site of the ancient city of Dan, nearly 5000 years old. According to the Bible (1 Samuel 3:20), Dan is the northernmost point of ancient Israel. It sits at the southern base of Mount Hermon in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Snow melt and rain waters from Mount Hermon, whose summit sits on the borders of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, feed the Dan Stream, one of the 3 sources of the Jordon River. Along the multiple hiking trails are fresh water springs, streams, waterfalls, well preserved remnants of settlement pits, ritual compounds, a flour mill, and gate complexes....Keep Reading

Posted in: Jesus Tags: Jesus, Gates, Israel

July 18, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

God's good is not like our good

Expectations are a tricky thing. On the one hand, they can help us live life with purpose, goals, and hope for the future. But when we stop and reflect, we often find that much of our bitterness and disillusionment in life has come because of expectations we placed on others – spouses, parents, friends, pastors – that they did not meet. And this is just as true of our relationship with God. If we’re not careful, we can end up bitter at God because of expectations that we put on Him to do something that He has never promised....Keep Reading

Posted in: God's character Tags: God's love, God's goodness, disillusionment

July 11, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Purity of heart and the distractions that war against us

Quick question: what do you think the chances are that you will be able to read this article from the first line to the last line without getting distracted by your phone, your wandering thoughts, or something else? Still with me? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes this incredible promise: ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Purity of heart, distractions

July 4, 2023 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Fighting against unspeakable evil

On July 4th, a new movie was released called The Sound of Freedom. Starring Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, the film is based on the life of Tim Ballard, a Department of Homeland Security agent who left his job to go deeper into the underground world of child trafficking in order to rescue children. Although I have yet to see the movie, I listened recently to an interview with Ballard and Caviezel and I hope to see the movie soon. As I reflected upon the interview and the brutal reality of child sex trafficking, there were two main questions that were raised in my mind:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evil Tags: evil, The Sound of Freedom, child trafficking