Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Western Seminary

I was away the past couple days in Sacramento at a Western Seminary Board of Trustees meeting. We have such a sense of responsibility for the future of Christian leadership. I trust you will pray for the seminary.

One of my responsibilities is to help with their alumni contacts. Here is, what else, a blog that I am working on to help do thatl

Friday, January 26, 2007

Get to Know Your Bible

Every Christian will be better off if they know their way around the Bible. Here are a couple songs that will help you learn the order of the books of the both Old Testament and the New Testament. Some of you may have sung these before. Many of you will recognize the artist (scroll down)!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

First Wednesday

First Wednesday begins February 7th, 7:15-8:15 PM at New Life Robinwood. Come pray and worship together as we continue our church wide prayer focus into 2007. First Wednesday, every month on the First Wednesday of the month!

O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalms 141:1-2 (NIV)

Double Blessing!

Bob BinswangerPastor NathanThe past three weeks I have enjoyed one of the blessings of being a multi-site church. I have gone to Robinwood for one service then to Riverfalls for the next. My soul has been doubly fed and doubly blessed. What does God have for me this morning?Pastor Tim leading worship

I thank the Lord for His great provision for our church of faithful and able preachers, worship leaders, encouragers and servants. I have been doubly blessed and so has New Life church!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Middle School Tubing Trip

Food, friends, and fluffy snow -- that's a certain mix for a good time. Forty middle school students and seven adults went to Mt. Hood on Saturday and had a blast. Four of them indicated a desire to accept Christ. Thank you for your prayers for our young people.

Here are some pictures:

Saber-toothed tuberThe New Life Synchronized Eating TeamFriendsUp hill is hard workWhat's so funny?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Help for (back) end times!

Here are a pair of shorts. They could help you with your eschatology or they could simply help you figure out right from left.

There's nothing like a good souvenir from your favorite book. . .and this is nothing like a good souvenir.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Women's Retreat Starts Today

The women of New Life Church are undetered by the weather. They will not stop because of a small flood at Aldersgate Conference Center. No, nothing will prevent them from retreating. While everything else has come to a sliding halt this week, the 2007 Women's Retreat begins on schedule today. Please remember to pray for them.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The New Neighbors Are Moving Out Already!

Several people near our house have been out and active. Here is a sampling of their efforts. Too bad all the snowmen are leaving us so soon. In fact, only one of them is still standing.

While they all started with white snow, the creativity that went into the different incarnations of the snowmen was fascinating to me.

I hope you enjoyed yourself in the snow. I have to admit I found it easier to take pictures of snowmen than to actually make them myself.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What did you do in the snow?

What did you do in the snow today? I was out driving a BMW Z4. If you don't believe me you can ask my kids.

We were out on a winter-driving practice run when we came upon a 58 year-old Vietnamese woman who had been sitting in her car for an hour and a half. She was more than happy to let me drive her home, perhaps because I was wearing my credentials, a hat that said, "Montana State University." For the record, driving a Z4 in the snow is like driving a snow disc, only without having as much control!

The first incident came as I tried to climb in. When the roof is up on this car, it is very small, about the size of a Chevron Car you can find at your gas station. I bonked my head and apologized. I tried to scoot the seat back. She told me it was back as far as it went. My knee didn't bend enough. I couldn't get in. Some rescuer I was. I finally wedged myself in. I did have more room when I opened the window, so we drove with the windows open. I could also wave people to pass me with my arm out the window.

She was off to the side because she couldn't climb the hill. So I decided to back it out from the side of the road. When I did the front end began to slide and we did a 180 and drove the opposite direction. I made it look like I meant to do that. I decided to take her around Willamette to her home.

I made the bad decision to try the little hill at 19th street. We didn't make it. Instead we began sliding backwards toward a wall of garden rocks. I couldn't steer at all, like a snow disc without any control. By this time a small crowd, including a policeman, had gathered to see this sports car crash into a rock wall. Sliding backwards, I put the car into drive and spun the tires while two people pushed us into the middle of the road. We backed down and successfully made it all the way around Willamette. I was heading toward Summerlinn when she pointed down Debok and shouted, "No, that's where I live!" By then it was too late to make the turn and we spun another 180. I drove back to the corner of Blankenship and Ostman where I made a reverse U-turn. And we tried again. This time we made the turn onto Debok.

We were within 20 yards of her house when I swung wide to try to drive through the gates and into the driveway of the apartments. Only then did I see the two other cars parked beside the entrance -- they didn't make it. We climbed to a stop, started spinning and sliding backwards. That's when I noticed a brick pillar behind me. I still do not know how we were able to avoid that, but we backed down on Debok and found her a parking spot across from the entrance to her apartments. And, I walked home!

Things to consider next time:

  • Don't drive a car you can't afford to fix.
  • Chances are the sports car is on the side of the road in a snow storm -- for a reason!
  • Make sure you can get in a car if you are going to rescue someone.
  • Don't forget about your kids in the family van. (They got stuck twice getting home and got yelled at by the police).
  • If you can't put the top down, at least drive with the window open.
  • If you're going to negotiate an opportunity to drive a BMW convertible, don't do it in the snow. (That whole "closed track, professional driver" thing sounds pretty good).
  • If you can't find your snow disc, rent a BMW Z4.


Snow! Smile!West Linn/Wilsonville Schools are cancelled today, so the church office is closed also. Daytime activities will also be cancelled today. Women's Bible Study will be CANCELLED tonight, too.

Please drive carefully and ENJOY THE SNOW!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Today's Encouragement

God seldom grants enough encouragement for you to bank and store away for a rainy day. But, today's encouragement came pretty close. Steve Burlew of Banner of Truth Trust bought me coffee and we enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship in the Lord. He is on a Northwest Tour from his Pennsylvania home-base. Somehow I ended up on his itinerary. My last two book purchases have both included Banner of Truth books.

And, on another literary note, the church got its first affiliate check from CBD because someone bought books through our website. Thank you. If you have books to buy, please use the links on the bookstore page of our website.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Praise and Thanksgiving


Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it,
sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigor,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease of freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express, for what thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

-- Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett, Banner of Truth, 1975; p. 15.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Manna Cupboard News-Part 2

We have more details about our new opportunity to minister to our neighbors at the transitional housing group down the block from us.This will be an ongoing effort to reach out to those in our own neighborhood that are in need of God's love and compassion.

Bridges to Change would be happy to receive a box of food each week containing the following items to help their residents to ease into their "new life".

1 jar peanut butter
1 jar jelly/jam
3-4 cans of soup/ramen
2 boxes hot or cold cereal
3-4 cans of vegetables
2 -3 boxes of prepared dinners (hamburger helper/rice dinner for example)
2 packages of jello or pudding
2-3 cans of tuna or canned meat
2-3 packages of candy

They also have a clothing cupboard that we could help fill. They could use men or women's clothing that is clean and in good condition that would be appropriate for them to wear to a job interview.

If you would like to participate in this great new outreach ministry, bring food or clothing to the church foyer Manna Cupboard or call Dianne Froode @697-4876 or Barbara Gustafson @ 650-9037.

Look before you leap. . .

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Flu Facts

Do you have the Flu?* Here at FluFacts are some keys to avoiding it, recognizing it, and recovering from it.

* If the answer is "yes", get well soon!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Wayne Rodenbaugh 11/20/24 - 1/5/07

Wayne RodenbaughA memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in New Life Church in West Linn for Wayne Rodenbaugh, who died Jan. 5 of cancer at age 82.

Wayne, who trusted Christ as his Savior in the last years of his life, leaves a dear wife, Paulette, and daughter Linda behind. He is "in action" in this photo cooking breakfast for a company.

Recent Shepherding Upgrade

In an effort to be better shepherds, the pastoral staff at New Life Church has just subscribed to Wolf-Tracker. Wolf-Tracker is designed to better protect the church from, ahem, wolves in sheep's clothing.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


Here's an article by Chuck Colson that highlights research on the giving of Conservative Christians and Secular Liberals. He suggests it may provide a witnessing opportunity.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Best of the Web!

I have been receiving the Best Of The Web from the Wall Street Journal by email for a year or so. It is somewhat political so I've not refered you to it before (even though the politics are frequently quite entertaining). But I thought the very bottom story today was worth pointing out. It highlights two stories, both from the Associated Press, which are based on the same survey. One says American's are optimistic about 2007 and the other says that Americans are pessimistic about 2007. Fascinating!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Each Day A Little Life

I count each day a little life,
With birth and death complete;
I cloister it from care and strife
And keep it sane and sweet.

With eager eyes I greet the morn,
Exultant as a boy,
Knowing that I am newly born
To wonder and to joy.

And when the sunset splendors wane,
And ripe for rest am I,
Knowing that I will live again,
Exultantly I die.

O that all Life were but a Day,
Sunny and sweet and sane!
And that at Even I might say:
“I sleep to wake again.”
– Robert Service