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June 19, 2012 by Tammy Choleva 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Tammy Choleva (June 19, 2012)

Today’s Pulse article is written by NewLife’s Tammy Choleva, who blogs at Reading

Tags: Prayer, Guest Blogger

June 12, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Sowing, reaping, and the mercy of God

This past Sunday, I spent a good portion of my sermon looking at Galatians 6:7-9, where Paul outlines the law of sowing and reaping. As he writes, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” As I prepared to preach on this passage, I focused mainly on the “sowing” part, challenging everyone to sow to please the Spirit instead of the sinful nature....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

June 5, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Facebook and the comparison game

This past Sunday, I preached on Galatians 5:26-6:10, focusing to a large extent on 5:26, which reads: “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Paul was reminding the Christians in Galatia that because they were justified (made right with God, given eternal worth, deemed important and valuable) by faith in Jesus and not on the basis of their performance, they were now free from the comparison game. In other words, they no longer needed to base their self-worth on whether they were better or worse than other people. It no longer mattered if they were more religious, or more successful, or a better parent, or had more money, or were better looking than those around them; they no longer needed to look to those things to justify themselves, because they were already justified. Conversely, it no longer mattered if they were less religious, less successful, a worse parent, had less money, or were uglier than those around them; they no longer needed to look to those things to condemn themselves, because they had already been justified by God. And as a result, they no longer needed to be conceited" to think of themselves more highly than they ought" or provoke or envy each other, looking down in superiority or looking up in anger at others....Keep Reading

Tags: American Culture, Discipleship

May 29, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Not a religion, but a relationship

Consider this quote, which I heard recently: “Christianity is not primarily a teaching nor a philosophy nor even a way of life. It is before everything else a relationship to a person. The New Testament in a sense will not even discuss with us the kind of life we are going to live until we have come to a satisfactory answer about him. All along the bible shuts us down to this one matter and holds us up against this one thing. It refuses to even discuss our questions and our problems with us. Before we can discuss how to live, what have you made of Him?”...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

May 22, 2012 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (May 22, 2012)

My faith light has been shining through more and more as my walk with Christ has grown stronger, attracting more and more questions from non-believers and “on-the-fencers”. After a while, a common denominator emerged in their queries; they all begin with: “Why does God...” Why does God permit suffering; why does God let children die; why does God permit wars; why does God never answer my prayers; why does God let evil go unchecked. Usually I would just respond with the same look most people would have if under interrogation; turns out that didn’t help much in the witnessing or saving department....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Guest Blogger

May 15, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The orphan and the widow

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach

May 8, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Begin the day with God, or begin the day with your idols

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

May 1, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Remembering Rich Mullins

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Missions

April 24, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Remembering Chuck Colson

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

April 17, 2012 0 comments

Guest blogger: Anthony Varesio (April 17, 2012)

Today’s Pulse article is written by Anthony Varesio, in another installment of his Imperfekt Chronicles. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Guest Blogger