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October 26, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The slippery slope into conflict... or reconciliation

This past Sunday, I finished up the sermon series on Biblical communication and conflict resolution. One of the foundational verses on conflict is James 4:1-2: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it.” That passage reveals a simple yet profound truth - conflict usually happens when we do not get what we want. And more than that, conflict gets worse when our desires turn into demands....Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship

October 19, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The freedom of forgiveness

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship

October 12, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (October 12, 2010)

This week’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since last August, after moving up from New Jersey, and is an engineer who also works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity College. The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. -Jonah 1:1-3...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship, Guest Blogger

October 5, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Shrugging off a punch in the face

A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship

September 22, 2010 by Nicole Pace 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Nicole Pace (September 22, 2010)

I was just thinking about Eric’s message on Sunday on Ephesians 4 about living a life “...worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph 4:1). I was thinking about how incredible it is that Paul gave us this charge to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph 4:2). I was also thinking about what it cost Paul to be this bearer of the gospel. He was writing this letter in chains- he was in prison. It cost him everything. I just thought we are kind of too fragile. I remember a few years back when I left my job because I really felt that I had to in order to maintain my walk with the Lord, and at the time I didn’t have another one. I was living home,single, and didn’t have a job, and I felt so completely stripped as a person. It was an awful time, and I realized how much of my identity was in my appearance. We like to feel that we are successful and doing fine and self sufficient financially and in a lot of other ways. Can we realize that sometimes the way God brings us will cause us to lose reputation in the eyes of men?...Keep Reading

September 21, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest blogger: Jim Quigley (September 21, 2010)

This week’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since last August, after moving up from New Jersey, and is an engineer who also works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity College. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) ‘œWhat good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘œGo, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,‘ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.‘ (James 2:14-17)...Keep Reading

September 14, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Self-discipline and “other”-discipline

Embarrassing story time: I sucked my thumb at night until I was in third grade. Do you know why I finally stopped? My parents took video of my brothers and me sleeping at night on Christmas Eve, and when they showed it the next day, there I was: eight year-old Eric, curled up with my thumb in my mouth. Needless to say, I was mortified, and never sucked my thumb again....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Sin

September 1, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I am not like you

I’ve recently been enjoying John Ortberg’s new book, The me I want to be, in which the author talks about the unique ways God grows each of us spiritually into the people we were created to be. One of the parts that really spoke to me was where Ortberg said this:...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

August 25, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Church vs. Strip Club

In my last sermon before I went on vacation, I told the story from Luke 7 about the sinful woman who crashed the Pharisees’ dinner with Jesus and honored Jesus by anointing his feet with her tears when she saw how Simon the Pharisee was publicly shaming Jesus (read Luke 7:36-50 if you have no idea what I’m talking about). Near the end of that passage, Jesus says “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” This incident is just one of many where, in the end, the proud religious man is challenged and the “sinner” is shown love and compassion instead of judgment and condemnation....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Outreach

August 10, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. (Philippians 4:4-8)...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship