V. Justice – 5.1 #trrts | trrts.com

 

STEP V. JUSTICE 

The final aspect of the Romans Road to Salvation is the result of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins.

Keywords: Justified, Faith, Peace, Relationship, In Christ, Separation

V Justice

 

 

 

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On the narrow path. Straight and narrow
I follow my compass. Guided by the arrow
Feeling all alone. Alone on this road
I’m on the road. The Romans roadTherefore, since we are justified
acquitted, declared righteous in His eyes
given a right standing with God through faith
Let’s grasp the fact that this love can’t be replaced

And we have the peace of reconciliation
to hold and to enjoy with God and no explanation
except through our Lord & Savior – Jesus Christ
The Messiah, The Anointed One, The Way, Truth, & Life

Praise God for this hero whom rescued us
set us free before we went back to dust
I can fathom love no longer lacking trust
in our Heavenly Father, whom we love so much

“Thank you Dad for sending your son
We couldn’t overcome debt, but he’s the one
Now we live victoriously, we have won
He set us free thanks to the justice done”

Therefore, there is now no condemnation
judged not guilty, of doing wrong in this nation
for we are those who are in Christ
who live and walk in everlasting life

No longer after the ways of the flesh
but after the ways of the spirit (so fresh)
so breathe this breath as we stay clean
and reflect what it means in John 3:18

So let us all believe and let us have faith
I pray we are elected to be blessed with grace
be the salt and light watch the darkness escape
and the flavorless have no favor or taste

“Thank you Dad for sending your son
We couldn’t overcome debt, but he’s the one
Now we live victoriously, we have won
He set us free thanks to the justice done”

In everything, we have won more than a victory
because of Christ who loves us so dearly
I am sure nothing can separate us from God’s love
no powers from below and no powers from above

Not angels or spirits, not life, not even death
not the past or the future, nor presents or debt
nothing in all creation can separate us
from God’s love in ou Lord, Christ Jesus

So throw up your V celebrate with me
step 5 of the romans road to victory
marching to salvation the rest is history
Throw up your V we’re victorious in He

Perago

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Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Would you like to follow the Romans Road to Salvation? If so, here is an example of a prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation!

“God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

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The 1st step on the Romans Road to salvation
is Romans 3:23, hear my explanation“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
We have all sinned. We have all done things wrong
displeasing to God & no one is innocent
So lets 180 the script. It’s time to repent
a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives.
In Romans chapter 3 you will find it described

Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin
The punishment that we have earned for our sins is Grim
Not just physical death, but eternal death kids
Keep traveling the Romans Road to salvation

“but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! His love is the love we can trust

Jesus’ death paid for the price once and for all of our sins.
All this is proved through Jesus’ resurrection
This proves that God accepted Jesus’ death
as the payment for our sins. So take a deep breath

The fourth stop on the Romans Road 10:9 just see
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.” Because of Jesus’ death

on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him,
trusting His death as the payment for our sins
And we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says
“for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins
and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation,
the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone to savor
who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation
is found in romans 5:1; the results of salvation.
this wonderful message, “Therefore, since we have
been justified through faith, we have

peace with God through Jesus Christ. This is it
Through Our Lord we can have a relationship
of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us,
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation that reaches us”

Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf,
we will never be condemned or take a sinful bath
Finally, we have this precious promise of God
from Romans 8:38-39, now we belong

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, neither the present condition
nor the future, nor any powers, neither height
nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from what we lacked before
By the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Would you like to follow the Romans Road to salvation?
If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God.

Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God
that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation.
The words themselves will not save you.
Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide saving truth!

“God, I know that I have sinned against you
and am deserving of punishment.\
But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve
so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven.

With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation.
Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness -
the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

credits

from TRRTS, released 2014
Lyrics & Music by Chris Treborn
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

IV. Call – 10.9 #trrts | trrts.com

A Day's Wage

 

 

STEP IV. CALL

The fourth step on the Romans Road to Salvation is Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Keywords: Call, Confess, Believe, Rescued, Saved. 

 

IV Call

 

 

 

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Now for Step four on this Romans tour
Romans 10:9 is rather Devine
in that if you confess you will be blessed
Jesus Christ as Lord & believe like before
That in your heart & that from the dark
God raised him from the dead, and
You will be saved because you have faith
In death on our behalf take this spiritual bath

All we have to do is believe in Him,
trusting His death as the payment for sin
& we will be saved! Thanks to Jesus for this day
You’ve died in our place now let’s talk about grace
How could you replace all of our disgrace
How could we take what you did to the grave
AnchorMEN, let’s share the good news thanks to you
You provided a way like the entrance to a gate

And now we will pray that we can find the way
Sharing the directions through all the intersections
With our neighbors and especially our fam
It’s time to be a man accept this sacrificial lamb
The great I am with him all is grand
So let’s take a stand & follow his plan
He will guide our steps he knows what’s next
So, before you relax just take a deep breathe

Because tonight
is the night
we begin this flight
and regain our sight
Call it the red eye
watch the son rise
We cannot deny
the reason for his life
Because tonight
is the night
we begin this flight
and regain our sight
Call it the red eye
watch the son rise
We cannot despise
the purpose of his demise

III. Gift – 5.8 #trrts | trrts.com

STEP III. GIFT

The third step on the Romans Road to Salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins.

Keywords: Gift, Life, Love, Paid. 

 

III Gift

 

 

 

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Sin pays
off with death. But
God’s gift
is eternal life
Sin pays
off with death. But
God’s gift
is eternal life

Sin pays off with death. But God’s gift is eternal life
given by Jesus Christ our Lord our lord our lord and savior
But God showed how much he loved us
by having Christ die for us
even though we were sinful
We are what Christ was sent for

You can receive a whole healed put together life
Right now with more and more abundant life
On the way. Don’t delay because today’s your day
So make way. Don’t say wait. So now let’s pray

If you work hard for sin your whole life
Your pension is death the opposite of life
Get the gift of real life delivered by our master Christ
He has paid the price thanks to his sacrifice

Now we’ve been set free & we’re God’s slaves
This will make you holy eternal life giving thanks
We’re helpless yes. No one is willing to die
For an honest person? No one will ask why

Something even greater than friendship is ours
Now that we are at peace with the living God
We will be saved by the life of his son
Although we lost it all. We have won!

Sin pays off with death. But God’s gift is eternal life
given by Jesus Christ
our Lord our lord our lord and savior
But God showed how much he loved us
by having Christ die for us
even though we were sinful
We are what Christ was sent for

Though someone might be willing to die
For a truly good person. Go and ask why
Well God showed how much he loved us
By having his son die and be crushed

And even though we were sinful sinners
God has accepted & adopted us as winners
New beginners & humble beginnings that’s love
All because of his son sacrificed his life’s blood

We are also kept from God’s righteous anger
We were enemies and distant strangers
But through his son he has made peace with us
Now we have his friendship and his trust

Something even greater than friendship is ours
Now that we are at peace with the living God
We will be saved by the life of his son
Lost it all yet true victory has been won!

II. Death 6.23 #trrts | trrts.com

PearlessPairable

 

STEP II. DEATH 

The second step on the Romans Road to Salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin –“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death! Keywords: Wage, Death, Eternal.

Keywords: Debt, Wages, Death, Eternal. 

 

II. Death

 

 

 

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You can be slaves of sin and die,
or you can be obedient slaves of God know why
and be acceptable to him.
You used to be slaves of sin.
But I thank God that with all your heart
you followed the example set forth
in the teaching you received.
Now you are set free
from sin and are slaves who please God.
I am using these everyday examples, all because
in some ways you are still weak.
You used to let the different parts of your body speak
& be slaves of your evil thoughts.
But now you must make every part of your body serve God,
so that you will belong completely to him.
When you were slaves of sin,
you didn’t have to please God.
But what good did you receive from the things you did?

All you have to show for them is your shame,
and they lead to death in the grave
Now you have been set free from sin,
and you are God’s slaves. This will make you holy again
and will lead you to eternal life.
Sin pays off with death that’s right
But God’s gift is eternal life
given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Goodbye old self goodbye old friends
Goodbye old me goodbye old sins
We have been freed and born again
Our savior rescued us from our sin

Now we’re on the road to salvation
We’re on the road to salvation
Lets share the good news across the nation
The Romans road to salvation

I. Fallen – 3.23 #trrts | trrts.com

Ø Welcome

 

 

STEP I. FALLEN 

The first step on the Romans Road to Salvation is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives.

Keywords: Sin, Fallen, Short, Standard. 

 

I. Fallen 3.23

 

 

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What’s the difference between the sinner and the saint?
we are all ruled by sin, just as it has been said.
The Scriptures tell us, “No one is acceptable to God!
Not one of them understands or even searches for God.
They have all turned away and are worthless.
There isn’t one person who does right. Are they all worth less?
Their words are like an open pit, and their tongues are good (wait)
only for telling lies like deadly fangs of a snake,
Spitting bitter curses. Till their hearses
These people quickly become violent. Wherever they go,
they leave ruin and destruction. As if they don’t know
They don’t even fear God.” God treats everyone alike.
He accepts people only because they have faith
in his son Jesus Christ.All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
This is our story yet we give our own glory
This is His story and he alone deserves glory
Singing empty praises, you’re not telling the whole storyGod shows how angry he is with all the wicked youth
sinful people do evil things to crush the truth.
They know all that can be known about God, I mean
Although God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen.
God has shown what these are like by all he has made.
These people don’t have an excuse for how they behave
They know Him, but they don’t honor or thank him from the heart
Their thoughts are useless, their minds are stupid and they’re left out in the dark.
They claim to be wise, but they are fools. They don’t worship God
Instead, they worship human looking idols… who are flawed
God let these people go their own way to do what they wanted to do,
their filthy thoughts made them do shameful things with their bodies too
They gave up truth about God for a lie, and worshiped creation
instead of God, who will be praised forever and ever! Amen!

Perago #trrts | trrts.com

More than an outro, this is a reprise of the entire album, all 5 steps included. It is finished.

 

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Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Would you like to follow the Romans Road to Salvation? If so, here is an example of a  prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation!
 

“God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

A Day’s Wage #trrts | trrts.com

When approaching the 5 steps of TRRTS, I was trying to figure how to add to the performance and the story of these scripture heavy songs. I decided to use the parable about A Day’s Wage. I knew this applied to Salvation or the Kingdom of Heaven as Jesus puts it. Without doing into the doctrine of election or free will, I thought this would be a great story to share within the context of The Romans Road To Salvation.
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Matthew 20:1-16English Standard Version (ESV)

Laborers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius[a] a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’[b] 16 Sothe last will be first, and the first last.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 20:2 denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
  2. Matthew 20:15 Or is your eye bad because I am good?

PearLess PairAble #trrts | trrts.com

When approaching the 5 steps of TRRTS, I was trying to figure how to add to the performance of these scripture heavy songs. I decided to grab an old song of mine and remake it since it applies to the theme within TRRTS. This song (originally called When Adam Ate The Apple) is the perfect bridge between FALLEN and DEATH. If Romans contains the road to salvation within its text, then Genesis contains the fall of mankind and the origin of how death entered the world. This is why this pear-less pair-able makes sense to include within the them of The Romans Road To Salvation.

 

 

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When Adam ate the apple, that was the first day…
when he knew it was wrong to walk away.
He became ashamed because he disobeyed.
He wish he didn’t take a bite, and true he would’ve stayed.
He found out the truth, though it was strange.
He could have lived forever without any change.
When Adam ate the apple, that was the genesis.
The beginning of the end.
Now, it’s time to finish this!

 

Ø. Welcome – 1​.​16 #trrts | trrts.com

THE ROMANS ROAD TO SALVATION
lays out the plan of salvation through a series of Bible verses from the book of Romans. When arranged in order, these verses form an easy, systematic way of explaining the message of salvation & hope in Christ, Jesus.There are many different versions of The Romans Road
To Salvation with slight variations in Scriptures, but
the basic message and method is the same. Many people memorize and use The Romans Road To Salvation when sharing the Good News. This is what we plan to do. Share the Good News as AnchorMEN with our families and our local communities.

 

 

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(The) Romans road (to)
Sal-vation!*Welcome friends and family
To: The Romans Road to Salvation
Let me greet you with peace and grace
I hope this reaches you… (in your place not in your face)*

This is for your kids and the future generations
This is for our legacy and the lasting nations
When we are gone and our lives live on
No names will be remembered all except for one

Jesus, the notorious the glorious the story of us
don’t ignore us we are simply Christians
sent here on a mission
*To share this divine vision and pray you heed the wisdom
Don’t keep it to yourself please share it with friends as well as your children*
Don’t just read it & learn it you gotta walk it and talk it out
Gotta live it don’t keep it in your pocket gotta give it out
These free gifts are for everyone
These simple truths are for everyone
For all your daughters and all your sons
For all your peers for everyone!

Beyond the pain we will endure the rain
They think we’re insane we’ll our savior was slain
It’s not a game plus we prayed for change
So where’s the change you are the change
Lets be the change and change the game
We can make a change for a change in his name

I said Jesus. Our savior and our Christ.
The messiah. The author & finisher of life
He died for our sins. He sacrificed
Go check the facts You know that’s right
He died and rose again. Soon he will be back my friend
He will make you strong. Where you’re failin’ and lackin’

These free gifts are for everyone
These simple truths are for everyone
For all your daughters and all your sons
For all your peers for everyone!

No more slackin’ or relaxin’
it’s time to take action He’s coming back son

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An Introduction to Romans #trrts | trrts.com

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We pray this resource can be a tool you can use to lead your flock down the road to righteousness no matter their age. As an AnchorMAN, I Chris Treborn wanted to share the good news of Jesus with my family, especially my young children.

At first this was a hip-hop project of a Gospel message & Rap lyrics. Although these lyrics are scripture heavy, the words are simple enough to memorize especially with the beat.

My plan slowly faded and God took control. It turned into a site and a resource. It turned into a leader’s guide to help people like you understand the scriptures found in the book of Romans, and some key words that helped define each step. I even researched illustrations for us to share with our kids to help them relate to the message here.

The more I share The Romans Road To Salvation, the bigger the vision becomes. I am currently finishing up the recording of the Soundtrack to this project, and I pray we can help launch a discussion with your family, a small group, a bible study, or even a sermon series. Only God knows the limit to what TRRTS can do for you and your flock, your family, your community.

With your help, we can do the great commission and go and make disciples. And not only that, but we can teach these simple truths that will help lay the foundation and provide a road map for their road to righteousness. Of course there is only One Way. Through Jesus Christ. So let’s unite in the Holy Spirit and go forth.

We have been called to be AnchorMEN. Men and spiritual leaders anchored into Christ as our solid rock. We are breaking the chains of disconnected generations and connecting to the cornerstone.

Let’s do what AnchorMEN do, and share the Good News.
In Jesus’ name! A-MEN!!!

Chris Treborn | AnchorMEN

Pastor Anthony Trask of Fellowship Church in Salem, Oregon shares valuable insight on the Book of Romans from the Apostle Paul’s perspective.

from TRRTS Sermon by Anthony Trask Music by Chris Treborn

Portland, Oregon expecting the “Big One” #Preppers

Think of Oregon geology as a clock, measuring time in earthquakes—40 major coastal quakes over the last 10,000 years. Tick: a magnitude 8 on the Richter scale. (Bigger than the quake that killed 63 people in the Bay Area in 1989.) Tock: a magnitude 9. (Same as the 2011 quake that killed almost 16,000 in Japan.) On average, a major quake uncorks in this area every 243 years, the last one on January 26, 1700—314 years ago.

Right. We’re overdue.

When the next Big One does happen, a 700-mile chunk of tectonic plate known as the Juan de Fuca, stretching from British Columbia to Northern California, will slide beneath the North American plate, causing the entire Northwest coastline to sink by up to 6.6 feet. The resulting quake won’t be a California-style short blast of energy along a fault line in the earth’s upper crustal zone. It will be bigger, deeper, and longer: 3–4 minutes, with potentially dozens of aftershocks, some very powerful, for days, even months, later.

Hillsides will slide. Buildings will collapse. Roads will buckle. High-rises will sway. Bridges will crack. Some will fall. Pipes will snap. Within 20 minutes, the first of several 40-foot tsunami waves will wash the Oregon Coast’s low-lying towns away.

If our next “subduction zone” quake unleashes its full potential, it will be the worst natural disaster in US history. But there are crucial steps we can take, as individuals, families, and a community. Preparation may mean the difference between finding your loved ones or not; between sleeping inside your mildly damaged house or on a cot in a refugee center; between going hungry and thirsty for days or managing until supplies arrive. And, yes: between living and dying. For the Northwest, preparedness could mean the difference between bouncing back in years or not bouncing back for decades.

Officials are working hard on the problem. More than 160 scientists, engineers, and infrastructure managers volunteered thousands of hours of time to develop the Oregon Resiliency Plan, a blueprint for averting the worst scenarios and a quicker recovery. “[B]usiness as usual,” the panel concluded, “implies a post-earthquake future that could consist of decades of economic and population decline—in effect, a ‘lost generation’ that will devastate our state and ripple beyond Oregon to affect the regional and national economy.”

With their recommendations in mind, here’s a guide to what’s being done and what all of us should do. The Big One is inevitable—right now, or 50 years from now. What happens before and after is up to us.

1. WHAT BUILDINGS WILL FALL DOWN?

We like old buildings and have a perennially weak economy. Result: Portland has about 1,800 “unreinforced masonry” (i.e., old brick) buildings, more than 40 of them schools or day cares. If not retrofitted, they are all likely to collapse. More modern steel and concrete buildings will stand, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be safe to enter or use postquake. What’s more, building codes assume short, quick, California-style quakes. How Portland’s modern buildings will fare in a subduction event’s longer shake isn’t well understood. The best seismic building system is called “base isolation,” in which buildings slide atop pads within a kind of tub. Japan has 6,400 base-isolated buildings that remained functional after the 2011 quake. Portland has one: Pioneer Courthouse, retrofitted in 2005.

WHAT WE’VE DONE: In 2012, Portland voters passed a $482 million bond to improve schools, much of it planned for seismic retrofitting. A 1998 bond allowed the Portland Fire Bureau to retrofit or rebuild all 30 of its facilities for the strongest earthquakes. The bureau also now has “urban search and rescue” squads on both sides of the river trained to find people in rubble. Multnomah County is in the process of planning how to choose shelter locations in the aftermath. “One of the biggest challenges in disaster planning is making a plan based on what people will do, not what you want them to do,” says Alice Busch, emergency manager for the Department of County Human Services. 

What we should do: Steve Novick, the city council’s most aggressive preparedness proponent, wants urban renewal funds to retrofit the Pearl District and Old Town. Portland lets developers build bigger if they install eco-roofs, locker rooms, family-size apartments, and 15 other “bonus” options. Resiliency planners recommend adding similar incentives to encourage earthquake-ready buildings. 

2. WHAT ABOUT MY HOUSE? 

Wood-frame houses generally fare well in earthquakes. But of Portland’s estimated 152,000 single-family homes, 70 percent were built before the first seismic code in 1978. That means they probably are not bolted to their foundations—and will thus rattle off and be largely uninhabitable.

WHAT WE’VE DONE: With $100,000 in FEMA funds, Novick started a pilot program for 22 homeowners to bolt their houses down. He also did his own. Cost: $4,000. So did Carmen Merlo, director of the city’s emergency bureau, whose complicated foundation necessitated lifting her house. Cost: $25,000.

What we should do: Just do it. Anchoring most homes costs no more than $5,000. “If Phil Knight decided he cared more about earthquakes than curing cancer,” Novick quips, “he could pay for almost everybody to bolt their houses to their foundations.” Novick wants to require earthquake readiness disclosure for any home sale. (Astoria requires disclosures in known landslide areas.) He also is exploring requiring automatic gas shutoff valves in new construction. (LA already does.)

THE FAMILY PLAN: When the big shake comes, you’re going to want to connect with your brood as quickly as possible.

  1. Sit down with your family and/or friends to  discuss what to do. Imagine different times of day and scenarios—particularly who will be on what side of the river.
  2. Set up at least two places to meet: one outside of your home, the other outside of your neighborhood.
  3. Designate a contact—outside of Portland. Phone lines within and into the city will be jammed. Outbound calls, however, should be easier to make, particularly to other regions of the country. Aunt Myrtle in Kansas, or your college roommate who lives in Manhattan, can become a central information hub.
  4. Know your evacuation routes! Portland’s emergency planners have developed hazard maps for every neighborhood that include evacuation routes, hospital locations, and other emergency services.
  5. Have family documents organized and ready to grab and go. That means Social Security cards, insurance information, passports, and birth certificates.
  6. Get some bikes. Fuel might be tight for days, even months. You’ll need to get around. And what’s more fun than family bike rides? We won’t have Netflix for a while.

3. HOW WILL WE GET AROUND?

By foot, bike, and boat, mostly. The region’s quake planners agree: people will be stuck where they are for quite some time. Prepare to bond with the people you’re with—whoever they are—or get walking.

BRIDGES: Top-heavy, counterweighted lift spans like the Hawthorne, Steel, and Interstate will likely collapse. So will ramps leading to just about all the bridges.

ROADS: Vast swaths of the city’s roadways, built on fill and alluvial deposits, will crack and sink.

THE TUNNEL: Highway 26’s West Hills Tunnel was built before seismic codes. It may prove impassable.

THE GEAR: All of the city’s road-clearing equipment is stored beneath the certain-to-collapse Fremont Bridge ramps. Seemed like a good idea at the time!

THE FUEL: Most of Oregon’s fuel supply arrives to the “Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub,” a six-mile stretch of fuel storage tanks and refineries next to the Willamette River between the St. Johns and Fremont Bridges—all built atop vulnerable fill and alluvial deposits. Several multinational energy companies are involved; some have seismically upgraded some of these facilities, others have not. Most fuel gets here by way of a single, vintage 1960s pipe from Washington—owned and operated by BP—beneath the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The movement of the rivers could cause the pipe to snap. In other words, peak oil (and natural gas) may come a little early.

STANDING SPANS: The soon-to-be finished Tilikum Crossing and Sellwood Bridge are both built to withstand major earthquakes, as is the aerial tram.

THE BOATS: The Portland Spirit, tugs, and other rivercraft will become ferries.

THE HQ: Novick is pushing for $2.2 million to seismically update the city’s vehicle and equipment fuel storage tanks and open a new west-side emergency management center and equipment storage facility, possibly in the decommissioned SFC Jerome F. Sears Army Reserve Center.

4. WHAT WILL WE EAT? 

“Portland’s DIY mentality will help,” says Merlo. “The people who preserve their own food, ride bikes, catch rain water, raise chickens, and garden will thrive after an earthquake.”

Yes, it’s that bad. Consider:

1. The quake will shake the whole Northwest, from British Columbia to California.

2. Grocery and “big-box” stores built before the 1995 seismic-code upgrade are likely to suffer severe damage, according to Oregon planners.

3. I-5 bridges, highways, and railroad lines may not be passable.

4. Only one Port of Portland terminal (6) has been seismically retrofitted.

5. Anyway, the post-quake tsunami (see page 94) is likely to devastate the jetties at the Columbia River’s mouth, making the famously tricky bar crossing even more treacherous. Dikes and pilings protecting the river’s shipping lanes could collapse, making the lanes impassable.

6. Portland International Airport sits on the kind of loose fill that turns to jelly—a phenomenon known as liquefaction—in an earthquake.

7. FEMA’s primary emergency response airport is in Redmond, 145 miles away.

WHAT WE’VE DONE: Multnomah County has developed a task force—governments, restaurants, homeless organizations, churches, and others—to respond. “We’re on the cutting edge,” says Alice Busch of the county’s human services department. “We’re encouraging people to be self-reliant.”

What we should do: Retrofit critical routes. Create an inventory of World War II–style temporary bridges. Stock up.

Befriend a neighbor who makes kimchi. Could come in handy.

5. WHAT WILL WE DRINK?

Before Bull Run, booze was safer to drink than water. Turn the clock back. Your faucets (and toilets) will be dry for weeks, maybe months. The Bull Run dams are expected to survive, but 65 percent of the city’s water mains are brittle cast iron. Reservoirs will crack; treatment facilities and pump stations will fail. The result: a total loss of water pressure—both for drinking and for putting out fires. For the first couple of weeks, water will have to be pumped, purified, and trucked. Firefighters will pump the Willamette into 10,000-gallon tank trucks, or directly to fires with Portland’s three fireboats. Sewers will fail. Bucket-flushing toilets at home will only clog the system. Going au naturel, over time, will pollute the ground supply and river. Figure on a year to flush.

WHAT WE’VE DONE: The Portland Water Bureau has strengthened one conduit from Bull Run, with plans to update the other two in the five-year budget. New tanks completed at Powell Butte and Kelly Butte by next year and at Washington Park by 2020 (replacing the beloved open-air reservoirs) will be quake-proof, and the new Tilikum Crossing and Sellwood Bridge both carry water lines.

What we should do: Upgrading the entire system would be like rebuilding the city. Planners recommend a “backbone” of new pipes to critical care facilities, firefighting nodes, and distribution points. Next step: within five years, the Water Bureau will begin a $56.6 million seismically “hardened” water line across the Willamette. At home, invest in a storage tank or water purifier (see sidebar, left). The Portland group Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human outlines an emergency “two bucket” toilet system to maintain hygiene.

6. HOW WILL WE COMMUNICATE?

Smoke signals! Kidding. Well, maybe. 

Phoning within the city, checking Facebook, and doing business may be difficult for weeks. Vulnerabilities range from major fiber lines running underground and over those damned bridges to wireless antennas sitting on liquefaction soils or on buildings that will collapse or be unusable. According to the Oregon Resiliency Plan’s analysis, restoring full communications will take up to three months. 

WHAT WE’VE DONE: The city has established a network of 48 Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Nodes that will be deployed in red-and-white tents in parks and open spaces throughout the city to receive shortwave radio transmissions. 

What we should do: Get to know your neighbors, so when the shaking stops you have the beginnings of a cohesive community. Figure out the planned site of the nearest emergency node—find maps here. Designate a family contact outside the western states.

And join the safety net!

Portland’s population: 600,000. Professional emergency responders: 1,700. Do the math.

“You shouldn’t expect the knight in shining armor to come in and rescue you,” says Marcel Rodriguez. “If you’re going to be rescued, it’s going to be by your neighbors.” Rodriguez, a 47-year-old mergers and acquisitions specialist, joined the Riverdale–Tryon Creek Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) a decade ago. Trained by the city-run program in basic first aid, fire suppression, rescue, and other handy skills, he and the 663 other local NET members covering 95 neighborhoods plan to offer cohesion amid chaos. Yet according to city emergency director Carmen Merlo, we still need more—way more. San Francisco, she points out, has 16,000 trained volunteers.

Anyone 14 or older can join a NET by completing an online training course of 17 introductory videos and undergoing a mandatory background check. Then comes a seven-session course, culminating in a four-hour exercise in the field. There is also an intensive version, given in three, all-day Saturday sessions.

“We don’t need everyone to be a ‘doomsday prepper,’” says Rodriguez. “Just tackle the small scale: make sure your family is safe, then your neighbors, then your neighbors’ neighbors, and go from there. Having a basic plan and some basic skills gets you a foothold.”

7. AND, ER, THIS TSUNAMI?

The Japanese earthquake in 2011 generated tsunami waves up to 132 feet high, washing over areas in which nearly 300,000 people lived. The Northwest’s wave will be comparatively shallow at up to 30–40 feet. But the 22,000 full-time residents who live in the areas the tsunami will flood—plus tourists—will have just 15–20 minutes to get themselves to higher ground. Consider Seaside, where 83 percent of the population and almost 100 percent of the city’s critical facilities are in the tsunami zone. (The state geology department offers a trove of maps and other information.) For people in the inundation zone, any possessions not on their backs (or in storage outside the flooded zone) will be gone. And, thanks to crumbling bridges and landslides, they will be cut off from the east side of the Coast Range for weeks—maybe months.

In other words, if you’re on the coast when the Big One hits, your stay may prove longer than you planned.

WHAT WE’VE DONE: Waldport, Lincoln County, Cannon Beach, and Seaside are laying plans to move schools. Between 2000 and 2010, more than 50 percent of growth in coastal communities has been outside of the tsunami zone.

What we should do: Relocate all of the coast’s critical facilities outside the tsunami zone and make at least some of them tsunami-resistant. Use hotel room–tax funding to bankroll education campaigns and evacuation plans for tourists. And for you weekenders: pack a lightweight survival kit for your next coastal vacation.  

THE PORTLAND EARTHQUAKE SURVIVAL KIT

We should prepare to spend at least one week off the grid. (Maybe six months.) Get ready for your most rustic staycation ever!

Chris Treborn performs live @ HopePointChurch for the NW Fellowship Conference

Chris Treborn performs live at Hope Point Church in South Salem, Oregon on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 for their Northwest Fellowship Conference.

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Being compared and judged in Christian Hip-Hop

When I 1st performed in Church,

they compared me to KJ-52.

When I 1st performed in Oregon,

they compared me to Braille.

I was offended by these comparisons. Mainly, because I didn’t want to be labeled a white rapper. Unfortunately, if you are a Christian that uses Hip-Hop culture and Rap as a tool to share the gospel, love & life, you are going to be labeled forever more. I had to get over it.

I then studied these two individuals after the claim and found out this wasn’t an attack on my character or style. This was a compliment. Since 2006 both of these artists have been the hardest working emcess in the industry. They have been through a lot. They have paved the way. They have knocked down a lot of doors and walls in the music scene which I have unknowingly benefited from.

The thing I admire the most about these two artists is their business mind. How they share music and how they approach the industry just astonishes me. Not just because of their methods, but because they are successful in mostly every thing they do.

They impress me. They inspire me.

So the next time you are compared to someone else, don’t be quick to deny the claim. Instead, sit back and think about it for a minute. Realize, we are not in a competition. We are in a community. Let’s continue to build one another up!

Blessings family!

Chris Treborn | AnchorMEN

2 Corinthians 5:17

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#GoodNews: Selfish kid finds identity in sibling’s death

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For as long as I can remember, my parents have been divorced and I have had two separate homes.

My mom lived with her parents in Oakland, California and that is where I was raised. It was great to share those days with my grandpa from eating popcorn and drinking rootbeer to playing with trains. I don’t recall anything specific that he ever shared with me, but at 5 years old, I was deeply sadened when he died.

The good thing about having two parents and two homes, was having everything I wanted. I was an only child and I was spoiled. My dad always rewarded me for good grades. He used to pick me up after school and take me to karate classes. The crazy thing was this was like driving from Salem to Portland after school just to come back after karate. But that is how much my dad loved me. That was how much I was spoiled.

I loved my dad’s. I enjoyed my friends there every weekend. Eventually my mom got remarried and had 3 kids with my step-dad. This was rough for me because I was no longer the only child, and no longer was I spoiled. Sharing wasn’t my best attribute. My dad also remarried, but at age 12 I moved in with my dad and began middle school. I had my friends and I made new ones.

Somewhere along the way, I wasn’t getting the best of grades and I wasn’t being the best kid. But high school came and I joined the football team with my friend. I had never played before and so I was a wide-receiver and a corner back. Not that I was starting or anything, but I did what I could.

I was 14 years old when my mom had her 3rd child with my step dad. Because she already had my sister and brother, this new sister wasn’t a huge deal to me. The same year my dad and step mom had a daughter as well. I was again sharing my parents with a sibling, and I was still selfish and learning to share. After having 3 other siblings, this new sibling wasn’t a huge deal to a 14 year old like me, so I never had any pictures taken with her. I never really held her. I was a freshman and everything was new for me again. I was detached.

6 weeks into the football season I finally proved myself worthy to start on defense. Wednesday night the coach let me know I was starting. I was so excited to tell my dad. When I got my home my dad and step mom were crying. They kept saying “we lost her”, but I was confused. I knew they were talking about my sister, but I thought she got kidnapped or something. I finally figured out that she had died of what is known as SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. Basically, she just stopped breathing.

I was so distraught and depressed. For one, I was being selfish. For two, I never took the time out to spend time with my sister. This is what really got me depressed. At this point in my life I got obsessed with death and questioned why God would allow such a thing to happen. It didn’t make sense to me. My dad and step mom cursed God for taking their baby.

All I could do is ask why and look into the Bible to see if there were any answers. My obsession with scriptures like “an eye for an eye” came from my interest in some tattoos on my favorite rapper. But that is another story.

My step mom ended up giving me this bible that changed my life. There was so much good stuff in here and great poetry – which I really appreciated. Throughout my search for answers and facing my depression I just couldn’t do it on my own. I was desparate for love and attention – something I missed as an only child. But girls at school didn’t give me the time of day. Nothing ever worked.

So one day, my friend invited me to a youth group much like this thing tonight. He told me there would be free grub and maybe some cute girls. Open-mindedly I accepted his offer and came to a church for a youth night.

I do not remember the sermon given or anything really except for the fact that Jesus was tugging at my heart. I knew I was lost and confused in my life. I had been taking the wrong directions. Jesus was my answer. Jesus was my guide and my hero. I took the preacher’s advice and called on the name of Jesus. I asked him to be in my heart and take over my thoughts. Jesus right then rescued me from hurting myself and falling deeper into depression.

My thoughts and feelings on death changed. I looked at girls differently. I wanted to help others. I wanted to help people find answers. I felt Jesus lead me to a better way and a better path. My life took a 180.

The hardest thing was that even though all this occured inside of me, the outside didn’t seem different to anyone. I didn’t have a church to go to every week. I didn’t have great friends around me encouraging me to deepen my relationship with Jesus. I had to do it all on my own.

By God’s grace I was able to express myself and share my talent for poetry through music. I began writing raps and began sharing stories about positive things. That is how I really got into music. I wanted to share my new life and my new love with everything willing to listen.

God has done so much for me and through me since he chose me at age 14. I was 16 when I met Jesus. But the whole thing was lined up for something I didn’t see or understand at the time.

Now, I am married to a wonderful women that believes in God like I do. We adopted her nephew right after getting married. And we just recently had a child of our own as well. No longer am I lonely or depressed. I am definitely fulfilled by God’s love and he has blessed me with a family. Now my music means much more than it did 7 years ago.

This new found love has been the greatest thing to ever happen to me. And to think that a child with divorced parents, and a child with a sibling that died all of a sudden, a child that was lost and depressed and shy… to think… this child has grown into a family man that God intended on growing up. And look at me now. All because I accepted the gift of Jesus.

✪ TOUR Dates! ✪ Josh Garrels 2013 NW Tour

You’ve heard him sing Anchor with Beautiful Eulogy, now see him Live in Oregon (BC & Washington shows are sold out!)

September 18 – Portland, OR
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
7:00 Doors – 8:00 Show
$15 General Admission
Minors OK with Gaurdian
Pre-order tickets here:

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September 19 – Bend, OR
Sons of Norway Lodge
549 NW Harmon Blvd
Bend, OR 97701
7:00 Doors – 8:00 Show
$15 Advance – $18 Show
All Ages
Pre-order tickets here:

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September 21- Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
291 W 8th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
6:00 Doors – 7:00 Show
$12 Advance & Door
All Ages
Pre-order tickets here:

https://joshgarrelseugueneor.eventbrite.com

Josh Garrels 2013 Northwest Tour – with special guests Loud Harp and A Boy & His Kite.

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© Josh Garrels

✪ FREE Event! ✪ Family Fair @ KROC

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FREE! | September 7th, 2013 | 11AM-5PM
Get ready for some great family fun!
• FREE admission
• FREE face painting
• FREE gym games and family activities
• FREE Madjek Jump Tents and Events
• FREE kids’ activities
• FREE rock wall climbing
• FREE swimming and water slides
Plus a food court, vendor fair, and much more – come and see!

#WWYD: Would you fire your pastor if he attended a NaS / Hip-Hop Concert?

Recently unheard of a pastor that got fired for attending a Rick Ross concert. I don’t know his heart or his testimony or his reason for attending the show.

But what if YOUR pastor attended a hip hop concert? Would you want him gone from leading the flock? Or do you think he has just cause to attend such an event?

Here’s the story: Pastor Fired!

Would Would You Do?

PR: Album Release! Can’t Stop – Benjiman

ALBUM RELEASE:

It’s Tuesday December 17th, 2013 and Benjiman released his album on Save The City Records!

You can support your favorite Oregon Emcee and buy his album on iTunes —> HERE @ j.mp/cantstopben  <—

 

INTERVIEW:

We have been privileged to perform with Benjiman at many events, like Ike Box’s first Christian Hip-Hop Concert, as well as opening for GRITS & CookBook (of LA Symphony).

Benjiman has always been a humble man of God, and a blessing to have around.  His performances are real professional and he gives 110% no matter his musical support (sometimes solo, sometimes with a DJ, & sometimes with a full band).

In the month of June we celebrated the independent success of Benjiman and prepare to hear his first album in nearly 4 years.  Here are some Questions I asked Benjiman and his answers.

Q: How long have you been writing, playing, recording music?

A: I wrote my first “real” song when I was 13 years old. It was a rock song that I can’t remember now. The first time I performed live was when I was 16, I first stepped into a recording studio at 17.

Q: What has been the biggest influence on your style & your lyrics?

A: I have been a fan of organic music since day one. I love music that has feeling to it. No matter the genre if it has feeling and emotion to it I dig it. Lyrically I enjoy a good story, or a good wordsmith.

Q: Where was the first time you performed in front of an audience?

A: The first time I performed live was at a Christmas event at our church. I did a Christmas Rap in 1992

Q: What was your most memorable performance?

A: Probably a show called “Gametime in Tennessee” it was held in Neyland stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. I got to open for Isreal Houghton and Group 1 Crew in the second largest stadium in College sports.

Q: What would an artist like you need to get more exposure, reach more listeners, & sell more CDs so that you can be noticed and possibly get signed?

A: I think anytime your message is put out there it’s positive and has a chance to impact new listeners.

Q: What are you reading right now?

A: Sometimes I like to go into the new testament and just read all the red letters, you know all the things Christ said. That’s what I’m doing right now. It just helps me out a ton on the day to day.

Q: What are your thoughts on family?

A: I am married with 2 small boys, so family to me is a strong dynamic. But I think family goes beyond blood and also includes brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers in the faith.

Q: When did you receive Christ?

A: At 5 years old in 1980

Q: What does the church mean to you?

A: Church means a place of nourishment and fellowship, also a place of convictions and reality. You must have all those different elements or you’re lacking in some aspects in the growth of your pursuit.

Q: What is the best way for fans/venues to experience your music and get in contact with you?

A: Hit me up on Facebook at fb.com/benjiman.hulburt

www.savethecityrecords.com

www.benjimanofficial.com

twitter.com/benjimanskript

Benjiman

Benefit Concert: Driving Tabitha!

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When: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 6:15pm

What: This is a benefit to raise funds to provide Tabitha Schulke with a wheelchair equipped van!

Who: Featuring Performances By Starship Renegade, Cry Of Stones, Unlockable Praise, & The Mzungu’s!

Invite friends via Facebook!

@KevlarHipHop’s #NothingSpecial – Spoken Word Challenge on #Identity

Please go support one of the finest emcees – Kevlar and watch his Spoken Word contest video 100 times.

More info here: spokenwordchallenge.tumblr.com

Redemption Rocks! (Update)

Redemption Rocks! Concerts was founded by David Evarts in Eugene Oregon many years ago. It was built on the premise of giving Christian artists a platform to connect with fans, listeners a platform to connect with good positive music, and people an opportunity to make lasting connections.

We are dedicated to bringing the people of the Willamette Valley in Oregon a wide variety of concerts by artists who share our Christian faith. We support and promote all kinds of different music including (but not limited to) rock, hip-hop, pop, folk, blues, jazz, & contemporary worship! We also support comedy, dance, and any other forms of artistic expression that are being used bring glory to our creator!

In early 2012, David decided that it was time to begin a transition into other directions that he felt called toward. He asked Camron “eCsiLe” Darby to take over the reigns of Redemption Rocks! Concerts and continue the legacy of great shows. Camron agreed and began discussions with his partners at Soul Anchor Music to merge the two ventures into one. Along with Chris Treborn, Markus “Twenty Peace” Vrieze, and several other great brothers in Christ, they are working hard to formulate a plan to take Redemption Rocks into the future without forgetting it’s awesome past!

You are welcome to volunteer, spread the word, or just enjoy the shows that we bring to you. We welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, & faiths because we are first and foremost about loving people wherever they are at! Redemption Rocks! Concerts are a gift to you from Soul Anchor Music & heart to heart Church in Monmouth, but we are happy to work with anyone who shares the same passion and goals as us!

God bless you all!

-Camron “eCsiLe” Darby

Redemption Rocks! transitions to new beginnings

All Good Things……

No Redemption Rocks! Concerts is not ending, but it is changing and it’s time to tell you all about it and introduce you to someone.

Looking back, I think we hosted our first concert in 2002. This means that I’ve been involved with organizing and promoting Christian concerts for about ten years. It has been great. I’ve seen lots of wonderful things happen. I have many people who I still owe big thank yous and I’ve seen many wonderful things happen. In order to build and do my best at a given show, I’ve often had to dedicate essentially all of my time, outside of my day job, to Redemption Rocks! stuff. But, now it is time for me to focus on other interests and other parts of my life more. Thus, I will no longer be leading Redemption Rocks!

Allow me to introduce to you Camron Ecsile Darby. Camron will now be leading Redemption Rocks! Concerts. Camron resides in Salem, where he has been putting together local Christian concerts and organizing groups of Christian musicians. (His stage name is Ecsile.) Camron has impressed me in that his focus is primarily on people and the music. He seems far less concerned with making a name for himself than with sharing his music and serving peoples needs.

Redemption Rocks! will change. There is likely to be fewer concerts by big name, national artists that have Redemption Rocks! directly involved. I’ll be leaving the artistic decisions and such to Camron and just coming on board to help when he needs me. Many concerts will be held in Salem, thus spreading out our geographical base more. There will be more of a returned focus on local artists. I think this can all be for the good. We’ll still post information on all of the Christian shows in the area that we hear about and put together calendars of upcoming shows for you.

Thank You all for volunteering, spreading the word, coming to shows and being involved in Redemption Rocks! Getting to know and serve alongside so many of you has been an honor. I hope many of you will pitch in with Camron to continue to make fun, exciting, meaningful things happen and I hope to see you around.

Blessings! -David Evarts

‘Sitting On Sidelines’ by Chris Treborn Available NOW!

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#SoS Blog ~ Foster Parents Story #TeamTreborn (C and C plus J)

My idea of life was traumatized when I was 14 years old. Most importantly, my baby sister stopped breathing after 87 short days of life. Not even three months old and she was gone. My world was shaken and turned upside down.

 

As I began dating a few years later, girlfriends always wanted to talk about having kids. I was afraid to have kids. I didn’t want my baby to die of S.I.D.S. like my sister Samantha. My fear prevented me from even thinking of having kids.

It’s not that I don’t like children and it’s not like I don’t want to raise children. I might be a natural parent / father figure after my experience of being an older brother to 3 other siblings and being a youth leader. The thought that stayed in my head was adoption. I always thought there were too many homeless kids out there. There were too many orphans. There were too many children without parents or a home. If I wanted to be a parent, I knew I’d better raise a kid that needed a dad and/or a home. Help the kids that are living first. Don’t be selfish and make your own kids. This was my thought process. I felt that almost anyone can make a baby, but it takes a real person to be a parent. I decided as a teen I would take care of a kid that needed it, instead of bringing a new life to this current world.

As I became an adult, I began meeting single mothers with boys and girls that had no dad at home. Some had no dad in the picture at all. I felt if I wanted to be a dad, I could easily marry a woman with a child. That would fill my need to be a parent and I would be more than pleased to take care of a child that needed to be taken care of. Be a dad. Be a father figure. Even if they throw a ‘step’ in there somewhere. I knew what I wanted to do.

Eventually, I realized that my procrastination to have a child of my own would only disappoint my parents and prevent them from becoming grandparents. I came to the conclusion I would adopt a child before I created my own. That became my plan. Now, I had to find a mate, a suitable mother to help me raise a child. I had to find someone that wants to adopt as well. Put an orphan’s needs before their own wants. That’s the woman I desired.

 

I met Courtney. Two years ago we had an impromptu date on February 20th. This date was filled with discussion about our goals and what we wish to accomplish. Obviously, we didn’t want to date to just date, but if we dated, we wanted to know what our plan was when it came to children.

I shared my point of views and we instantly clashed. She wanted to get married and have kids soon after the wedding and I thought that was just out of the question. She didn’t want to adopt, she wanted to have babies with her husband. Create a big family. I guess it was only going to work if we gave way a bit.

God took his time and reconstructed my way of thinking. I slowly began to overcome my fear of having kids and I knew I loved Courtney, so if I wanted to marry her, I’d have to be willing to have kids soon into the marriage. I gave in to love. My wants took the back burner.

Before we were engaged, we had pre-marital counseling sessions. This allowed us to discuss our future family and what we planned on seeing in two years, five years, ten years, and so on. We both shared our initial views of what we expected before we had became a couple. We both decided the other’s idea was better. Together we decided we would wait 3 years to have a child. That’s our plan. Don’t tell God your plans because He might laugh and show you His plan instead.

 

Two years ago when we first chatted about all this, we didn’t realize we would be where we are today. 6 weeks after we were married Courtney’s brother came back into her life and so did her nephew Jayden. This meant they both got introduced into my life, being her newly-wedded-husband. Next thing I know, I have a brother-in-law and a nephew in our home. Never did we imagine we would have a 6-month-old baby in our house 6 weeks into the marriage.

We remained in our nephew’s life because his life at home wasn’t the best and my brother-in-law wasn’t prepared to take care of his son as he got his life back on track. We were happy to watch & babysit Jayden whenever we could. Our goal was to keep him away from second hand smoke to help his lungs develop. Since we first met him, we’ve taken him to the doctor’s just about every other week. He had croup and developed what was beginning to look like infant’s asthma.

Our new plan was to watch him as much as possible and help his lungs develop and get back on the track they should be on. Once the mother stopped caring we knew we had to step in. We knew we could offer the care and support he needed to survive so early in his little life. This meant we were going to fight for custody.

Next thing we know, the mother is out of the picture, she didn’t call or txt or anything. She disappeared to be off the grid. As another month and a half goes by we decided to get a lawyer and fight for custody since the mother has abandoned the child. It was our responsibility and duty to meet his needs and help him survive, by any means necessary.

Of course we prayed and prayed throughout the entire process that God would provide and He has never let us down. We’ve been able to meet every need and pay every bill. Our Church blessed us and so did our community, from clothes to food to toys and other things a baby needs, even a place to sleep and bathe and get dressed. Everything needed was taken care of. And all we did was be obedient to God and take care of our nephew like he was our own child.

We were prepared to go to apply for financial assistance to help pay for the lawyer to get custody. It took a lot of prayer and a lot of unselfishness and a lot of help from our friends and loved one. But we were ready to what is right for this child.

Out of the blue we get a phone call. It’s DHS asking to talk to us about our nephew. This could be good or bad. I mean, extremely good, or extremely bad. This could change everything. Again.

Next thing you know, DHS is on our nephew’s side, which meant they were on our side. Because we were taking care of him for over a month, they knew it was in the best interest of the child to stay at the safe-haven his was at. This kid had a fighting chance. We were right there by his side to do the right thing and do what ever it takes. DHS had to approve us before they would allow him to stay with us. In fact, they wanted us to become his temporary foster parents and they would help assist his financial needs each month. Again, he had a fighting chance, and an aunt and uncle to fight with him and fight for him. On the 7th day, we were approved and certified foster care parents.

So here we are. Looking back to two years ago. Even if you look back one year ago, we never imagined this being our outcome. We never saw this coming. Being newlyweds. We didn’t expect or plan this. But God knew all along. He had a plan. He had an expectation of us. It’s funny because Courtney (before meeting me) wanted to have a child early on in marriage and create a family right away. It’s funny because I said I didn’t want to have kids right away, I wanted to adopt instead… that was before I met Courtney.

And even though we both changed our minds and were willing to give up our selfish needs for the other’s wants and desires, we both essentially got what we wanted all along. Holy God. Seriously.

God is beyond amazing. Just look at this underdog story. He took the death of a baby. He took a fear of a teenager. He took a motherly instinct. He combined it all, and made a testimonial gumbo of goodness and grace and triumph. He made it all through two babies and a married couple. This was all apart of His design. He knew it would come to this. He knew this would happen. The scenario is so unique and abstract; the only intervention possible would have to be divine.

#SoS Blog ~ Valentine’s Story

Oh, Valentine’s Day. How bitterly that rolls off the tongue. I guess it only takes one person to ruin your whole lovey-day-experience. Mine was ruined in 2005.

I was dating a girl from Stanford in 2003 and she was pretty cool. I wrote a majority of my album ‘Landscape of time’ while visiting her. She inspired me to learn more. She inspired me to be a better writer and artist. But it got to a point where she was hindering me from hanging with my friends, going to church, & performing at shows.

We had a pretty decent give and take relationship. Whenever holidays or birthdays came, we got something for the other. And sometimes we would try to one-up the other by getting a gift that was bigger or better than the other’s gift. One time, she bought a cd deck for my car and replaced the two front speakers as well. Of course, I bought her almost every season of Friends. So it wasn’t like I didn’t give her gifts.

I say this to tell you about Valentine’s Day 2005. I bought her another season of her favorite tv show and I got her chocolates and a nice card. I even bought a gift card for her favorite clothing store. I was set. I drove about 80 miles to visit her at Stanford for Valentine’s Day. When we exchanged gifts she opened hers first and kind of threw a fit. She handed me a card and some candy. I’m looking for more. As she saw me look she said “yeah, I got you something else. Speakers for the rear of your car. But, I’m not going to give them to you. I don’t think you deserve them. They cost a lot of money and you only got me a DVD set. So, I’m going to keep them.” I was so confused and distraught. Where did I go wrong. Was my gift really lacking? I guess she wanted more out me. More gifts. Or at least more expensive gifts.

We had a nice heated discussion and I basically drove back home as a single man. She had ended the relationship on V-Day. Wow. I was surprised. I was upset. I was disappointed.

I was… relieved.

I might be the underdog, but I always bounce back. I might fall down but I always get up and return to pursue love again. Unfortunately, this earth has fleeting beauty and a lack of true love. Only God can show true love. Only God can give love that is unconditional. It is best that we as finite beings look up to Him and try to replicate his ways and give His kind of love. That is our success story. Our testimony is in Him! I would not have found my wife. The woman God created for me. To balance me out. If it weren’t for my mistakes, my failures, my trying, my being number 2. Being the underdog. Sitting on sidelines. God has blessed me through my trial and tribulations and after pursuit and dedication I have surpassed my pride, my ambition, my swagger. I have found reconciliation through realization and humility. I am humble now.

Thank you God for testing me. Thank you God for blessing me. Look where we are now. We are becoming AnchorMEN. We have more than a hope, we have a truth, a design, a purpose. Let’s continue what Jesus has started.

We all need an S.O.S.
We can’t continue to be Sitting On Sidelines.
If we’re playing to win, then let’s Win The Day!

We all have a story about being number 2. What’s yours?
Share your story about Sitting On Sidelines, as the underdog, or #2 below or @ http://SoulAnchorMusic.com/SoS

Hear more of my story (in the form of hip-hop) @
http://j.mp/sittingonesidelines

NBC’s Grimm Features Local Talent

Salem, Ore. –

Local Salem actor, Mike Dunay, is guest starring in NBC’s new hit series “Grimm” this coming Friday, Dec. 16th. “Grimm” is based on the classic Brother’s Grimm fairy tales, but with a modern twist as they unfold in present day Portland, Ore. The show has received rave reviews as NBC’s number one new series, which plays at 9 p.m., Friday nights.

“Grimm” shoots in Portland, Ore. and surrounding areas that offer a rich diversity of backdrops. Episode seven titled “Let Your Hair Down,”(Dunay’s episode), was filmed among North Portland neighborhoods, in a sound stage in the northwest industrial area and in the forests of Roslyn Lake Park, outside of Sandy, Ore. In the episode, Dunay plays a camper who is on an off trail backpacking trip in route to an unfamiliar lake. “Many think of the forest as a quiet, serene place, but my character meets terrifying new challenges in a backpacking trip gone wrong,” Dunay says.

Dunay began acting in middle school and was involved in Gresham High School’s drama program. He has worked as a professional actor since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Carnegie Mellon University. Following graduation, Dunay pursued a career in Los Angeles where he acted in a number of independent films, including just released on DVD, “The Open Door”, which shares the same horror/thriller genre as “Grimm.”

Dunay notes, “Working on the set of Grimm was a thrilling experience. It was great to be on a set full of local talent.” He hopes Grimm’s success will draw more interest to the Willamette Valley’s film and television industry. While he’s not filming, you can find Dunay serving at Salem’s popular Italian restaurant, Gamberetti’s.

For more information, reach Mike Dunay by phone at 503-586-3609 or by email at mike.dunay@gmail.com. You can also watch his demo reel and see his IMDB site.

Hosea Youth Services Tonight! (Updated)

Chris Treborn is prepared to share his life & experience through his music with the homeless youth tonight @ Hosea Youth Services in Eugene, Oregon.

He has put together a powerful, testimonial performance set featuring songs he’s written between 2002-2011.

Setlist:

1. When Adam Ate The Apple
from the album “Landscape of time”
2. Let Me Out
remixed to the “Angry” instrumental
3. I Don’t Wanna Be Alone
remix of “This Is Me” to Tedashii’s “Last Goodbye” instrumental
4. Put Me In Coach
5. Dum Dum
freestyle featuring eCsiLe
6. Footsteps Beside Me
from “The Emancipation of Camron Darby” featuring eCsiLe

Event @ Hosea Youth Services on November 4th with eCsiLe, Kirk Bathke, Chris Treborn,

Living Witness, & Mending Hope to share with the homeless youth of Eugene.

eCsiLe (w/ Kirk Bathke & Dylan Jeffus), Chris Treborn, Living Witness, and Mending Hope will all be sharing music ministry with the youth at Hosea Youth Services. This event will also feature special guest speaker Frank Caudillo.We will be gathering donations of much needed living supplies to assemble gift packages for these homeless teenagers from the streets of Eugene. Bring an item from the list below and come enjoy some quality hip-hop music.

If you can’t make it to the show YOU CAN STILL HELP! Please contact eCsiLe or one of the other artists if you have items on the list that you can donate to this worthy cause.

Here are the needs:

Adult sized backpacks
Gloves
Stocking Caps
Bottled water
Breakfast/granola bars
Sunflower seeds
Small (sealed bagged) snack foods
Band-Aids
Anti-biotic ointment
Chapstick/Lip Balm
Blankets
Sleeping Bags
Watches
Portable CD Players

Contact one of the artists if you have new or used (good quality) items you can donate to this worthy cause. Thanks and God bless!

ABOUT HOSEA YOUTH SERVICES:

Location
Affiliation
Hosea Youth Services
About
Befriending Eugene, area homeless and at risk youth since 1997 . . . Operating our Drop in Center to meet basic needs and provide a refuge from the dangers and desperation of street life we hope to bring hope through sincere and consistent service.
Personal Information
Since 1997 . . . faith based outreach to homeless and displaced youth in Eugene, Oregon and outlying communitees.From our Drop in Center in the heart of Eugene we offer a meal, shower and laundry facilities, clothing, personal hygene items, and much more in a secure, restful and encouraging setting for youth 22 and under.

We think of our Center as a place for struggling youth to escape, even for a short time, the dangers and desperation of the streets.

We also offer refferals for many other services.

Email
info@hoseayouth.org
Phone
Website

NEW SINGLE: Put Me In Coach by @ChrisTreborn – http://itun.es/iBf66q

Put Me In Coach | http://j.mp/PMICiTunes

Also, you can preview the Remix and buy the Maxi-Single @ BandCamp

The underdog anthem from Chris Treborn & Marcos is officially available online now! Get the single at your favorite digital mp3 outlets for $.99.

This anthem was created for all the athletes that got next. It is dedicated to all the runner-ups. Put Me In Coach goes out to all the youth, not just in Salem, but for everyone across the nation that is young and unashamed.

Don’t let them make fun of you, just because you’re young. Set the example and do it with style. From what you say, to what you do. By your love and by your faith as you stay pure and true.

Even if you’re not currently playing the field, it’s better to be sitting on sidelines than standing in the bleachers simply spectating. Remember, you got next!

HELP:

We would love to get your feedback and your reviews on this song. Is it a hit single? should we make more songs like this? should Marcos be featured on every song? etc. Let us hear your voice. And please support us by retweeting, reposting, and sharing this content with all of your friends and acquaintances. We greatly appreciate you help and support.

Thank you!

Soul Anchor Music

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Chris Treborn returns to create new music that will motivate the underdogs and inspire everyone that is next in line. His new music is perfect for individual anthems and team mantras. The moment, you own it. So win the day!

ABOUT:

Chris Treborn, Marcos Esquivel, & Evan Beranek team up to make an underdog anthem.

“Put Me In Coach” featuring Marcos is the lead single from the upcoming Chris Treborn album ‘Sitting On Sidelines’. It is a collaboration album between producer Evan Beranek and emcee Christian Treborn. After Christian was spitting rhymes at Young Life Club, kids noticed how well the two sounded together. ‘S.O.S.’ is dedicated to all the athletes, especially all the second string players, and the practice squad. It contains dance, hip-hop, and techno tunes to get your adrenaline pumping and your thoughts provoking. This album is for anyone that never got their chance to shine and give em what they got.

Most of us have experienced ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ at one point in our lives. It’s all about being ready to play. Even if you’re not out there – starting, you got next. So be prepared for the game. Plus it’s better to be ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ than to be watching from the stands. Be a participator, not a spectator. ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ is not just about sports and athletics either, it’s about relationships too! So whatever the situation may be, remember to be prepared, because the opportunity will be yours! Carpe Diem – WTD!

Chris Treborn | Put Me In Coach (feat. Marcos) | direct link to —> iTunes.

Also, check this out: Chris Treborn is listed in NEW ARRIVALS for Christian Rap – here!

P.S.

Here are the lyrics:

You can say; “We’re destined for greatness!”
You can say; “You were made for this!”
Well, I was!
So…Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!I’ve been practicing so hard just to make it
If I had a chance you know how far I’d take it
Trust me I’m a great kid, soon I’ll be praised
Thanking my parents for the child they raised
Not boasting or bragging, I’m chosen I’m handling
I’m hot-roasted and handsome, this energy I’m channeling
If only, I could get it out, put it on the field
From a play to a set, from a tackle to a steal
(yeah) I gotcha, I’ll put the ‘D’ in defense
I am D man, so stop playing on the fence
This game is for real, so you got to get it right
Put me in coach, ‘cause I’m down for life
Even if I fall, even if I stumble
I will not whine, and I will not grumble
I will get back up and give another 1-10
‘Cause to give up is just another dumb sin …so…

PUT ME IN COACH, I’M READY FOR MY CHANCE
I’VE PREPARED ALL SEASON, IT’S TIME TO ADVANCE
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU WON’T REGRET IT
GAMBLE WITH ME, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU BET IT

YOU CAN PUT ME IN, YOU CAN PUT ME IN COACH
YOU CAN PUT ME IN, PUT ME IN ONCE AGAIN
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M NOT JUST A KID

So…
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

[I won’t let em make fun, just cuz I’m young
I’ll be an example and I’ll set it with style
By what I say, by what I do
By my love and faith, staying pure and true]

This is how I do, this is how it is
Giving a shout out to all the other kids
That be dealing with the biz, from a sizzle to a fizz
We will stand strong, we will place my bid
Use the gift given, thanks for the support
To every one who put their faith in any sort
We will not let you down, we’ll just be around
If not in the city, then we got to rep the town
This is for our school, even the alumni
We got to prove ourselves, no longer a dumb guy
Got to be so fly, if you let us spread our wings
Like the voice of an angel, listen as he sings

YOU CAN PUT ME IN, YOU CAN PUT ME IN COACH
YOU CAN PUT ME IN, PUT ME IN ONCE AGAIN
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M NOT JUST A KID

So…
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

YOU CAN PUT ME IN, YOU CAN PUT ME IN COACH
YOU CAN PUT ME IN, PUT ME IN ONCE AGAIN
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M NOT JUST A KID

So…
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

PR: Lead single “Put Me In Coach” from ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ by Chris Treborn (Link + Lyrics)

Chris Treborn returns to create new music that will motivate the underdogs and inspire everyone that is next in line. His new music is perfect for individual anthems and team mantras. The moment, you own it. So win the day!

ABOUT:

Chris Treborn, Marcos Esquivel, & Evan Beranek team up to make an underdog anthem.

“Put Me In Coach” featuring Marcos is the lead single from the upcoming Chris Treborn album ‘Sitting On Sidelines’. It is a collaboration album between producer Evan Beranek and emcee Christian Treborn. After Christian was spitting rhymes at Young Life Club, kids noticed how well the two sounded together. ‘S.O.S.’ is dedicated to all the athletes, especially all the second string players, and the practice squad. It contains dance, hip-hop, and techno tunes to get your adrenaline pumping and your thoughts provoking. This album is for anyone that never got their chance to shine and give em what they got.

Most of us have experienced ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ at one point in our lives. It’s all about being ready to play. Even if you’re not out there – starting, you got next. So be prepared for the game. Plus it’s better to be ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ than to be watching from the stands. Be a participator, not a spectator. ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ is not just about sports and athletics either, it’s about relationships too! So whatever the situation may be, remember to be prepared, because the opportunity will be yours! Carpe Diem – WTD!

Chris Treborn | Put Me In Coach (feat. Marcos) | direct link to —> CD Baby.

Also, check this out: Chris Treborn is listed in NEW ARRIVALS for Christian Rap – here!

HELP:

We would love to get your feedback and your reviews on this song. Is it a hit single? should we make more songs like this? should Marcos be featured on every song? etc. Let us hear your voice. And please support us by retweeting, reposting, and sharing this content with all of your friends and acquaintances. We greatly appreciate you help and support.

Thank you!

Soul Anchor Music

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FREE CONCERT: @eCsiLeHiphop in Eugene tonight!

Fans, Friends, Family:

eCsiLe & Kirk Bathke will be in Eugene TONIGHT as we have an amazing opportunity to share music and fellowship along with Jeff from Five Iron Frenzy and Seraphica!

If you live in the area come out and hang with us!

Hosea Youth Services
834 Monroe St. Eugene, OR 97403 at 6pm!

God bless you!

-eCs

Be sure to see where eCsiLe performs next at SoulAnchorEvents

PR: “The Emancipation Of Camron Darby” @eCsiLeHipHop In Stores Now!

Please go support our local favorite; eCsiLe & buy his latest release – “The Emancipation Of Camron Darby” which is now available online.

Here are a few sites you can check out for more!

YouTube
iTunes
AmazonMP3
CD Baby