Mar 31

Gifts to Give (Risen CD’s)

2011 at 5:21 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Biblical Womanhood

Thanks to all of you who expressed your care for family and friends by wanting to bless them with a Risen CD. We wish we could send one to everyone who wrote us, and we pray all who are suffering will be encouraged and comforted by the glorious reality of Christ’s resurrection.

I would love to give one to my friend Leigh. She is a godly, wonderful, solo mum of three and a selfless and supportive friend to me. Life has been very difficult since our last earthquake (Christchurch, New Zealand) and it’s hard to look forward and not give in to fear. I would love to give her a present which would encourage her and remind her of the hope we have in our risen Lord. Thanks very much.

I’d love to give this new Sovereign Grace cd to my husband. He is gearing up for a deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan. I’m sure he could use some inspirational songs to take with him.

I would like to give a Risen CD to my friends Gabe and Monica. Their two year old son passed away last Monday evening after being hit by a car while playing outside at a friend’s home. Gabe and Monica are Acts 29 church planters. In the face of this tragedy, and through the depths of their sorrow and mourning, they have portrayed the beauty of the gospel to those around them in so many ways. They used their son’s funeral as an opportunity to welcome others into God’s story of redemption, evidenced in their beautiful little boy’s heart for serving, and have unceasingly proclaimed the glory of the gospel as their only hope. The truth of the resurrection, and the hope of Christ’s return has taken deeper root in my heart and the hearts of those in our community since his death. I believe this cd could provide their family with encouraging reminders of their hope in Jesus as they fight for joy in the midst of their mourning.

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.” 2 Timothy 2:8

Mar 30

Risen CD Giveaway

2011 at 4:57 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement

It’s March. It’s cold. It’s a good time for a giveaway.

The newest music album from Sovereign Grace entitled Risen came out last week, and is the best yet (in my humble opinion). But since we girltalkers know next to nothing about music, we asked Mike (our in-house music consultant) to write up a review. Here’s what he had to say:

risenJust in time for Resurrection Sunday, Sovereign Grace Music has masterfully compiled thirteen doctrinally rich and musically appealing songs to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Released March 22nd, the Risen album quickly climbed to 9th place on Amazon’s mp3 downloads. Apparently the news is out and people are enjoying the combination of sound theological lyrics, memorable melodies, and musical excellence that make “Risen” among Sovereign Grace Music’s best albums to date.

Here is the description of the album from the insert:
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” These words, spoken by an angel to the women at Jesus’s tomb, changed history forever. Christ’s resurrection was more than a display of raw supernatural power. It was the single event that assures us that his payment for our sins has been accepted. God’s wrath is satisfied. Death is defeated. The powers of darkness are overcome. Sin’s dominion has been broken. And the life of the age to come has dawned.

The songs on this album celebrate these realities experienced and enjoyed by all who place their faith and hope in Jesus Christ.

As we often do with girltalk givaways, we’d like to give you a gift to give away. So write and tell us who you would like to give a Risen cd to and why, and we’ll pick three winners by tomorrow.

To listen to clips and purchase Risen, visit the Sovereign Grace website.

UPDATE: Contest is closed. Thank you!

Mar 29

Excuses and Exceptions

2011 at 3:33 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Marriage

Some of you might be asking, “I want to be a gospel wife. I agree with what Scripture says about the responsibility of a bride—for other women. But what about my case? Does God really expect me to submit to my husband?”

“My husband is lazy and inconsiderate.”
“My husband spends all his free time watching ESPN.”
“My husband is irresponsible with the finances.”
“My husband never helps with the children.”
“My husband doesn’t lead our family well.”
“My husband isn’t a Christian.”

Not surprisingly, Scripture anticipates that question. While it does not fail to offer hope to women in difficult marriages, 1 Peter 3:1 clearly stipulates that wives are to submit to their husbands “even if some do not obey the word.” Unless a moral issue is at stake, we are obliged by Scripture to submit to our husbands. As Elisabeth Elliot bluntly puts it, God’s Word does not “give us any footnotes.”

Of course, we must never follow our husbands’ leadership into sin. For while their leadership is genuine, it is by no means absolute. Our preeminent authority is God Himself, and a no time should our submission violate any of His expressed commands (Acts 5:29).

And neither do we ignore our husbands’ sin or its potential consequences for our families. We’ll talk more about what a gospel wife’s submission looks like in every day life when we continue our series.

(adapted from Feminine Appeal)

Mar 28

“So Was Jesus”

2011 at 3:00 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Gospel

“Your soul’s business is in the hand of a High Priest who can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities…He well knows that world through which you are struggling, for He dwelt in the midst of it thirty-three years. He well knows ‘the contradiction of sinners’, which so often discourages you, for He endured it Himself (Heb. 12:3). He well knows the art and cunning of your spiritual enemy, the devil, for He wrestled with him in the wilderness. Surely with such an advocate you may well feel bold.

Are you alone in the world, and neglected by those who ought to love you?

So also was Jesus.

Are you misunderstood, misrepresented, slandered and persecuted?

So also was Jesus.

Do you ever feel great agony and conflict of mind? Do you feel in darkness as if God has left you?

So did Jesus.

It is impossible to conceive a Savior more suited to the wants of man’s heart than our Lord Jesus Christ—suited not only by His power, but by His sympathy—suited not only by His divinity, but His humanity…[He] is the most loving and sympathizing of friends, as well as the mightiest and most powerful of Saviors….you want no comfort…so long as you can repose your weary soul on the Man Christ Jesus.” ~J.C. Ryle, Holiness, pp.240-242