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October 4, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

My house shall be called a house of prayer

“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Mark 11:15-17)...Keep Reading

Tags: Prayer

September 27, 2011 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest blogger: Jim Quigley (September 27, 2011)

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Guest Blogger

September 20, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

God stories

“We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) As a preacher, I have learned that one of the best ways to connect a message to a listener is to tell a personal story. As I prepare a sermon, my first priorities are to try to faithfully communicate the intent of the original author, as well as to discern what the text means for us in 21st century America. Then, after I have accomplished those goals, I try to make the message more interesting and memorable by adding personal stories, analogies, quotes, and so on....Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

September 13, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Reflections on the 10th anniversary of 9/11

As I reflected on the 10th anniversary of September 11th in preparation for this Sunday’s worship service, I found myself drawn to passages that looked forward to that day when Jesus would return and set everything right. Passages like Isaiah 2:4: “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” And Revelation 21:3-4: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” It is hard to make sense of a tragedy as terrible as September 11th, but one thing that I believe most people of all religious, political, or national backgrounds can agree upon is that we long for the day when there is no more war, no more death, no more mourning or crying or pain....Keep Reading

Tags: God, American Culture

July 19, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Confession

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:5-10)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Sin

July 12, 2011 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Brad Brinkley (July 12, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Brad Brinkley. Brad and his wife Taylor have been a part of NewLife since last November....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

July 5, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The pursuit of pleasure

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship

June 21, 2011 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest blogger: Jim Quigley (June 21, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley, who is leaving this Saturday for Peru for a mission trip....Keep Reading

Tags: Guest Blogger

June 14, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Evil beyond words

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’” (Revelation 6:9-10)...Keep Reading

Tags: Missions, Sin

June 7, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A story of grace and mercy

Today’s post is a story from Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel. If you have never read this book, do yourself a favor and add it to your summer reading list....Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, God