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December 7, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Do you love God?

“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’ (Matthew 22:35-38)...Keep Reading

Tags: God, Discipleship

December 3, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A different kind of Christmas

Matthew 10:8 - Freely you have received, freely give. Is there a crazier juxtaposition in the calendar year than Thanksgiving and Black Friday? On the former day, we are encouraged to reflect on what we are thankful for, to enjoy what we have, and to develop an attitude of gratitude. And then, millions of people set their alarms for some ridiculous hour so that they can push through the crowds the next morning in order to get the best deals on toys and goods for the holiday season. In the blink of an eye, gratitude turns to covetousness; thanksgiving to full-blown consumerism....Keep Reading

Tags: Outreach, Christmas

November 23, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Should you delete your Facebook account?

There is a story that has been making the rounds of the news channels and blogosphere this past week concerning a New Jersey pastor who demanded that his 50 married church officials delete their Facebook accounts or resign from their leadership positions. Why? The pastor, Cedric Miller, claims that over the past six months, 20 couples in his 1100 member church have run into marital trouble due to one spouse connecting with an ex-flame via Facebook. Quitting Facebook, he argues, will save marriages....Keep Reading

Tags: Sin, Internet

November 9, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The constant love of God (one of my favorite stories)

I grew up going to church; however, God did not truly become real until I was 18, right at the beginning of college, as the result of attending a youth group the summer after my high school graduation. As a new Christian, I was full of young enthusiasm for God, for the Bible, and for Christian fellowship, but also very unsure of who God was and what it meant to know and follow Him. I want to share with you a story about one of the first ways God ever answered that question in my life....Keep Reading

Tags: God

November 2, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Not many should presume to be teachers

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11)....Keep Reading

Tags: Preaching, Bible

October 26, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The slippery slope into conflict... or reconciliation

This past Sunday, I finished up the sermon series on Biblical communication and conflict resolution. One of the foundational verses on conflict is James 4:1-2: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it.” That passage reveals a simple yet profound truth - conflict usually happens when we do not get what we want. And more than that, conflict gets worse when our desires turn into demands....Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship

October 19, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The freedom of forgiveness

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship

October 12, 2010 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (October 12, 2010)

This week’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. Jim has been a part of NewLife since last August, after moving up from New Jersey, and is an engineer who also works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trinity College. The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. -Jonah 1:1-3...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship, Guest Blogger

October 5, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Shrugging off a punch in the face

A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, Discipleship

September 22, 2010 by Nicole Pace 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Nicole Pace (September 22, 2010)

I was just thinking about Eric’s message on Sunday on Ephesians 4 about living a life “...worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph 4:1). I was thinking about how incredible it is that Paul gave us this charge to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph 4:2). I was also thinking about what it cost Paul to be this bearer of the gospel. He was writing this letter in chains- he was in prison. It cost him everything. I just thought we are kind of too fragile. I remember a few years back when I left my job because I really felt that I had to in order to maintain my walk with the Lord, and at the time I didn’t have another one. I was living home,single, and didn’t have a job, and I felt so completely stripped as a person. It was an awful time, and I realized how much of my identity was in my appearance. We like to feel that we are successful and doing fine and self sufficient financially and in a lot of other ways. Can we realize that sometimes the way God brings us will cause us to lose reputation in the eyes of men?...Keep Reading