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March 1, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Wonder

“As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him” (Mark 9:15)....Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Discipleship

February 24, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Death

“Earthquake leaves 100 dead in New Zealand.” “Car hits pedestrian at CCSU.” “Man murdered in Bristol.” I find watching the news to be an incredibly frustrating experience. Over the span of 30 seconds, we are told about a tragedy that has happened in a nearby town “man murdered in Bristol” and then, when that 30 seconds is up, it’s on to the next story. For the majority of these tragic stories, they so quickly become yesterday’s news, as life goes on for most of the world. But for the family of that murdered man... life will never be the same. When that 30 second story is about someone you love, life as you knew it has stopped. You are left picking up the pieces and trying to make sense of life, while the rest of the world has already forgotten and moved on to the next tragedy. And, of course, that doesn’t even take into account the many others whose tragedy is not newsworthy, but simply shows up as one of the twenty obituaries in the morning paper. For the rest of the world, life goes on" another day, another death, another tragedy. But for you, life has forever changed, and there is no “moving on.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Death

February 15, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Keeping your faith during the hardest trials

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” - Oswald Chambers...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

February 8, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

God will routinely give you more than you can handle

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21)...Keep Reading

Tags: Discipleship, Missions

February 1, 2011 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest blogger: Jim Quigley (February 1, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:28-32)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

January 25, 2011 by Gordon Lawrence 0 comments

Guest blogger: Gordon Lawrence (January 25, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Gordon Lawrence, a long-time member of NewLife as well as a volunteer with Free Inside prison ministry. He is writing today to share about his experience with Free Inside, as well as to share some of the opportunities for people to partner with this important ministry....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Outreach

January 18, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

One of my favorite stories of 2010

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)...Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Money

January 11, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don’t go it alone

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

December 22, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A Christmas gift

The following is reprinted from a blog post I wrote last Christmas:(Matthew 2:11) “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”...Keep Reading

Tags: Christmas

December 14, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What would you like me to write about?

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is" his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2)....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship