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April 10, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

I am the one Jesus loves

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.” (John 20:1-8)...Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Discipleship

April 3, 2012 by Allie LaCroix 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Allie Dunn (April 3, 2012)

This week’s post is a Palm Sunday reflection written by Allie Dunn, one of the singers on our worship team....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, Guest Blogger

March 27, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The kindness of God

“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:1-4)...Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, God

March 20, 2012 by Jessica Wojcik 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jessica Wojcik (March 20, 2012)

Today’s post is written by Jessica Wojcik, who will be heading to Ecuador on a mission trip this summer....Keep Reading

Tags: Missions, Guest Blogger

March 13, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Cancer and the healing power of God

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15) When it comes to cancer, most of us are so used to the second part of Romans 12:15 " mourning with those who mourn " that we rarely have the chance to rejoice with those who rejoice. For the past year or so, we have been praying for one of our missionaries, Laura Payne, as she faced the probability of death due to stage 4 cancer. This past week, we received this letter from Steve and Laura:...Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, Missions

March 6, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Are you an unintentional Pharisee?

“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) As I’ve been reading and preaching through the Gospel of John, I have been struck again by how severe Jesus’ words are for the Pharisees, the religious leaders of his day. We don’t know much about individual Pharisees just by reading the Gospels, but I would have to imagine that many of them had a genuine desire to know God and to see Israel, God’s people, become great again. The Pharisees were so devoted to the law of God that they added even more laws on top of God’s law, just to make sure they were doing all they could to honor God with their lives....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

February 28, 2012 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (February 28, 2012)

Today’s post is written by Anthony Varesio in another installment of his “Imperfekt Chronicles.” “It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees” (Deuteronomy 17:19)...Keep Reading

Tags: Bible, Guest Blogger

February 21, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Lent and self-sacrifice

Today’s Pulse is a Lenten reflection reprinted from the March 8th, 2011 Pulse....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

February 14, 2012 by James Prignano 0 comments

Guest blogger: James Prignano (February 14, 2012)

Today’s Pulse is written by James Prignano. James, his wife Marcia, and their children Selah, Jonah, and Talia have been coming to NewLife for a few months. This is called “A Midnight Prayer.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer, Discipleship

February 7, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

My most quoted Bible verses

As I was preaching on Sunday, I quoted Ephesians 2:8-10, and found myself saying something like “I could probably use this passage in my sermon every week, it’s so important.” As I reflected on that comment, I started thinking about what passages I quote most often in my sermons, and what that must say about my theology. So, here is my unofficial top 5 list of most used Bible passages, with my brief comments on why these matter so much to me:...Keep Reading

Tags: Bible