Sunday, August 29, 2010

How the Gospel Transforms Work!

I unearthed a lot of good material that did not make it into today's sermon. If you would like to think more about how the gospel transforms your work, I suggest you look at these sites.

I was pleased to find out the August 28, 2010 issue of World Magazine is about work and labor. In that issue they pointed me to a work in progress called, Theology of Work. Though it wasn't helpful now, I am hopeful that a future visit to this site will yield some useful insight. Another site they recommended did have more content, Monday Church. The Biblical Theology of Vocation is very helpful.

The Wikipedia article on Labor Day even includes ideas for celebrating the holiday if you are bored next weekend. May you work and rest, labor and take holiday, to the glory of God.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

David Livingstone on Sacrifice

A few weeks ago I included this quote from David Livingstones address to students at Cambridge University in a message and was asked to share it:

People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of the great debt owing to our God, which we could never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own reward of healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with such a word, such a view, and such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering or danger now and then, with a forgoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause and cause the spirit to waver and sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in and for us. I NEVER MADE A SACRIFICE. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father's throne on high to give Himself for us. (Quoted in Desiring God, John Piper, Multnomah Press: Portland, 1986, p. 201)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Books in the Library

These are the new and donated books now found in the library at New Life Riverfalls.

Teen Section:
Extreme Faith by Dave Parker
Stories for a Teen's Heart by Alice Gray

Non-Fiction Section:
The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (225.5)
Pain's Hidden Purpose by Don Baker (231)
A Young Woman's Friend and Guide by John Angell James (248)
Crazy Love by Francis Chan (248.4)
Gladys Aylward (Missionary to China) by Sam Wellman (266)
Being the BODY by Charles Colson & Ellen Vaughn (262)
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper (232.96)
Inside Afghanistan by Franklin Graham (958.1)
Home-Making by J. R. Miller (248)

Fiction Section:
The Crossroad by Beverly Lewis
The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis
The Courtship of Nellie Fisher:
The Parting (1) by Beverly Lewis
The Forbidden (2) by Beverly Lewis
The Longing (3) by Beverly Lewis
What Once We Loved by Jane Kirkpatrick
A Name of Her Own by Jane Kirkpatrick
Over Coffee (We shared our Secrets) by Julie Surface Johnson
The Women of Catawba by Hilda Stahl
Walks the Fire by Stephanie Grace Whitson
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Garage Sale for the Guatamala Team

The New Life Church Guatamala Mission team will be holding a fundraising garage sale on August 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 4254 Spring Rock Circle in West Linn.
Donations to the garage sale would be appreciated. (No clothing please.) Call Val Matijacic at 503-322-7639 or 503-657-9070. If you have large items to donate, Val can pick them up.
Please come support the mission trips to Guatamala.

Worship in the Sun

We had a wonderful day of worship and fellowship on Sunday as we met outside in Wilsonville for our annual, combined, outdoor service and picnic. People praised God together and got a peak at what is to come in Wilsonville. It is so exciting to see God's people gathering together, encouraging one another, and planning to be a part of this next chapter of New Life Church!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Calling All Artists for Help with Sermon Artwork

Want to help the church and work on something worthwhile? We are looking forward to a great fall. We'll begin a new series of messages on Sunday mornings from the book of Galatians called, Rooted in the Gospel. We're inviting anyone who wants to create graphic artwork for this series to submit it by September 1 to the church office. We'll publish all entrants on the blog and want to use one for a PowerPoint background and handouts. We may let blog readers pick their favorite.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Outdoor Service and Picnic

Our annual outdoor service and picnic will be next week, August 15th, beginning at 10:00. The picnic will follow.

We will hold it at the future home of New Life Church Wilsonville. You can find a map along with the address here (the link is fixed).

We are doing this for several reasons:

  • It is a great opportunity to bring someone with you who might not come to a church building.
  • We want to hang out together. It will be great to have our Robinwood and River Falls congregations together.
  • We want to expose you to the church plant work that is going on in Wilsonville and solicit your prayers and help.
  • And, it was always the most popular teachers in high school who took class outdoors -- it is just fun.

I hope you can make it. It will be a good day, as always, for New Life Church.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Rafting Trip on the Clackamas River

Men's Ministry is hosting a rafting trip down the Clackamas River on August 8th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome (children with parents) but space IS limited. Meet at Barton Park at 2:00. Parking at the park is $5.00. Transportation will be available to the launch site at Carver. Life jackets and ice cream will be provided.
If interested contact Larry Richardson at 503-320-1171.