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June 8, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How do people change?

This past Sunday, I preached about the gospel and personal growth, and how the deeper our belief in the good news of Jesus Christ’s death for our sins is, and the more we look to Him for our hope, peace, love, significance, and life, the more we have the power to overcome the challenges we face. During the sermon, I briefly mentioned my lifelong struggle with time management and prioritizing. I’ve tried every different system under the sun, put up motivational quotes and sticky note reminders, sought out accountability, installed deadlines - all with limited progress. Why is this the case? Do I just need to find a doctor who will prescribe me with a pill? Have I just not found the right system?...Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Discipleship

June 1, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Returning to Jesus

Whenever I am reading through the Bible, I always experience a sense of welcome familiarity upon returning to the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - that feels like returning home after a long trip. As rich as many of the Old Testament books can be, they often require an understanding of the history and key people of Israel, as well as familiarity with the general scope of the Bible. But the Gospels are familiar ground, the stories of Jesus’ life both beautiful and easier to relate to....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, NewLife

May 25, 2010 by Tammy Choleva 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Tammy Choleva (May 25, 2010)

Today’s guest writer is Tammy Choleva. Tammy’s testimony is a response to this past Sunday’s sermon on how the gospel transforms our approach to our community....Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Guest Blogger

May 18, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Pedophile priests

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1)...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, Sin

May 11, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What’s your motivation?

I was reading John Shore’s conversion story the other day on The Huffington Post, and as I was glancing through some of the comments, I saw one that read: “It seems as if this is virtually the same conversion story that I’ve heard from so many Christians. It is primarily based on fear. What a sad reason to change your life as there are so many other ways. Fear, as a motivator, doesn’t seem like a very nice reason to embrace a religion, but it seems as if it is the main reason that so many people do. Just because you are filled with fear about death or your own failings as a person, that doesn’t validate a religion or God...”...Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Discipleship

May 4, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Is it wrong to be rich?

One of the most powerful and challenging books I have ever read is Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s The Cost of Discipleship. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor during the reign of Adolf Hitler who participated in the German Resistance movement against Hitler and was eventually imprisoned and executed in 1945 at the age of 39 for this act of treason. As I prepare to preach on how the gospel transforms our approach to money this coming Sunday, I wanted to share with you a very challenging (and humorous, ironically) passage from The Cost of Discipleship regarding Jesus‘ interaction with the man who has come to be known as the Rich Young Ruler:...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Money

April 27, 2010 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (April 27, 2010)

This week‘s guest blogger is Anthony Varesio. Anthony and his family have been a part of NewLife for a little less than a year, and Anthony was recently baptized. Anthony will be contributing to the NewLife blog once a month with his, as he puts it, ‘œunfiltered and in-progress diary of the personal challenges and revelations that come with my pursuit of becoming a better person and living ‘The Way‘.‘...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Guest Blogger

April 20, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments


‘œYet to all who received [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband‘s will, but born of God.‘ (John 1:12-13)...Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel

April 13, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What style of preaching is best?

For this week‘s post, I wanted to turn things around on you and ask your opinion on something: What do you think of topical sermons?...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Preaching

April 6, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Practical Christianity

Jerry Bridges, in his book The Gospel for Real Life, tells a story about a Southern plantation owner who left a $50,000 inheritance (equivalent to about $500,000 today) to a former slave who had served him faithfully all his life. The lawyer for the estate duly notified the former slave of his inheritance and told him that the money had been deposited for him at the local bank. However, weeks went by, and the former slave never called for his inheritance, and so that banker called again to tell him that he had $50,000 to draw on at any time. The former slave replied, ‘œDo you think I can have fifty cents to buy a sack of cornmeal?‘...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Salvation