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March 12, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Honor your elders

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task... The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 3:1, 5:17) When the Bible lays out what the leadership of the local church should look like, one of the main emphases is on a group known as elders. The elders of the church are to be men (or men and women, depending on your reading of the relevant texts) whose role is to set an example of godly living for the church, shepherd the church (through nurturing, directing and guarding the sheep), and oversee the secular affairs of the church (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-4, and Acts 20:28-31). While some elders may be financially compensated for their service (see 1 Timothy 5:17-18), most elders serve not for financial gain but rather out of a love for God and for His church....Keep Reading

Tags: Leadership, Church

March 5, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Hypocritical Christians

One of the biggest reasons people turn away from God and the Christian faith is the hypocrisy of Christians. Even those who have very little knowledge of the Bible know that the message of Jesus had something to do with love and moral living, and when they see followers of Jesus who preach love but live lives marked by looking down on the world, judging others, or moral failure, they are turned off from Christianity. Add to the everyday hypocrisy of believers bigger scandals such as the Catholic sex abuse scandal or the shady dealings of some televangelists, and it’s no wonder that many people in our world have a hard time embracing the Christian message....Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Evangelism

February 26, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

An important step towards forgiveness

This past Sunday, I talked about forgiveness: what it is, where to find the power to forgive, and how to go about doing it. One of the steps that can help us to forgive people who have hurt, mistreated, or abused us is to work on understanding them and their story. When we are hurt, we tend to caricaturize the other person, blowing their faults and negative qualities out of proportion: “He’s a jerk.” “She’s just disrespectful.” “They are just awful people.” We see ourselves as complicated people, full of good and bad qualities, but when someone hurts us, we can tend to magnify those negative qualities and in the process dehumanize them and make it easier for us to feel like they deserve our hatred....Keep Reading

Tags: Forgiveness

February 19, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Honoring God

Thirteen years ago, when I was the youth pastor of NewLife, I went along with the senior pastor and elders of our church to visit the Brooklyn Tabernacle in order to sit in on a staff meeting, meet some of the pastors, and participate in their Tuesday evening prayer meeting. This visit was soon after their pastor, Jim Cymbala, had released his first book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, and our church leadership, like many others, was challenged by the devotion to prayer displayed by the people of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, and so we wanted to go down and observe it firsthand. The whole experience was truly impressive, but the most memorable aspect was how the people of the church treated the prayer meeting. Although the meeting did not begin until 7 PM, thousands of people arrived early - even up to two hours early - to sit in silence and prepare their hearts to seek and worship the Lord. I was amazed by the honor that this church showed towards their God, and their desire to not only set aside Tuesday evening but arrive early in order to spend time worshiping Him and seeking His face....Keep Reading

Tags: God

February 12, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments


This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, as we set our face towards the cross and prepare ourselves for Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus. Historically, Lent is supposed to be a time of preparing oneself for Easter through prayer, repentance, fasting, and almsgiving. Basically, Lent is about self-denial, considering ways we can deny ourselves in order to come to a greater appreciation for how Jesus denied Himself, took up His cross, and died for us. I would encourage you to find something that you can give up so that you might gain such an appreciation....Keep Reading

Tags: Lent

February 5, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Love keeps no record of wrongs

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships

January 29, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Be reconciled

“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, NewLife

January 22, 2013 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

We’re on the move...

Today’s blog post is written by Jim Quigley, who is coordinating the move to our new location. ...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife

January 15, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments


“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2)...Keep Reading

Tags: Preaching

January 8, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Bible is not about you (2013)

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)...Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Bible