You Have Been Raised

With more and more churches choosing smaller worship teams over choirs, I sometimes miss hearing the sound of a large group of men and women leading congregations in worship. I thought this performance from Covenant Life Church was beautiful… 

“You Have Been Raised” is featured on the new Sovereign Grace album Risen.

You can download Risen from Amazon for $6.99.

All I Have Is Christ

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Philippians 1:21

Christ gave His life for us, would we do the same for Him?

The following video featuring the Sovereign Grace song, “All I Have Is Christ,” challenges us to remember that it’s far better to have Jesus and nothing else than to have everything without Him…

Video: Action Jones
Photo: stockers9

Gospel Coalition Gift Bundle Giveaway

Having the opportunity to attend an event like the Gospel Coalition Conference this past week was an incredible blessing I wish I could share with each one of you. With that thought in mind, I’m excited to let you know that I left the conference on Thursday with a bit more to share than quotes and videos alone. With the help of Revive Our Hearts, Moody Publishers, and Sovereign Grace Music, I’ve assembled a little something I’m going to call The Gospel Coalition Gift Bundle, and very soon, one of you will be blessed to call this prize your own.

The TGC Gift Bundle includes the following items… 

A Girls Gone Wise pin

A Sovereign Grace Music 8-Song CD sampler

A copy of Voices of the True Woman Movement

A copy of Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

A copy of Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian

I could also refer to this prize pack as A Few of My Favorite Things, since Mary Kassian, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and Sovereign Grace Music have all been a great source of encouragement to me over the last several years. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my joy over these wonderful resources with one of you!

To enter the TGC Gift Bundle Giveaway, simply add your comment to this post including your email address (which will not be publicly visible). At midnight on Monday night (April 18th), I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner!

(Shipping to U.S. addresses only) 

Photo: Ivan Prole

Risen

After hearing Sovereign Grace Music for the first time a few years back, I quickly found myself with a new favorite in worship music. For the last several months I’ve been eagerly awaiting the newest release from Sovereign Grace, an album called Risen which was released yesterday. Risen is comprised of 13 songs celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sovereign Grace Music is directed by Bob Kauflin, a talented composer, vocalist, and former member of the Christian group GLAD. In this promo video, Kauflin explains the inspiration behind Risen

For the next two weeks, you can download Risen for $5 at the
Sovereign Grace store. I’ve already bought my copy!

Jesus, Thank You

“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!”

Psalm 105:1-2

Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Music leads worship with the beautiful song, “Jesus, Thank You,” at the Next Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s one of my favorites.

“Jesus, Thank You” was featured on the Sovereign Grace album Worship God Live. You can listen to and purchase the album HERE.

Jesus, Thank You

The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me

Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You

By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end

Lover of my soul
I want to live for You

 

Photo: SCapture

Words and music by Pat Sczebel

Glorying Only In the Cross

“But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Galatians 6:14

Three of my favorite things in one video–creative artwork, Sovereign Grace music, and John Piper’s preaching. Enjoy!

 

For more great worship music like this, check out the entire album…

 The Cross-Centered Life

“The Gospel Song”

Holy God in love became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross he took my sin
By his death I live again

Video: Chris Powers

Turning Two

“Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday, dear Blog-e-e-e-e,

Happy Birthday to you!”

 

They grow up so fast, don’t they? It seems like only yesterday that I somewhat spontaneously decided to set up a blog and write my first article. My husband had been telling me for a few months that I should start a blog, but I hadn’t really given it much thought until one morning when I was suddenly inspired to take the plunge. Now, here we are, celebrating my little blog’s entrance into the terrible twos. Hopefully, they won’t be quite as bad as all of those stories I’ve heard.  :)

Of course, we all know that birthdays just aren’t birthdays unless gift-giving is involved, but it’s kind of difficult to give a blog a gift. So, you know what that means… I’m going to give a gift to one of you! No, wait, I take that back. In honor of Precious Adornment’s two years of life, I’m going to give someone two gifts! Yes, indeedy, for today’s birthday giveaway, the winner will choose two of the following items   

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris (Hardcover)

 Sons & Daughters by Sovereign Grace Music (Audio CD)

 

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper (Paperback)

 

Betty Crocker Recipe Magazine (1 year subscription–6 issues)

 

Crazy Love by Francis Chan (Paperback)

Exciting, huh? Ok, so here are the ground rules for the birthday giveaway:
  1. Since this is a blog for women, only women are allowed to enter. (Sorry, guys.)
  2. Shipping will be available to U.S. addresses only. If you live outside the States, you can still enter, you’ll just have to come to the U.S. to retrieve your winnings.
  3. This one’s not a rule, just a request. If you have enjoyed and benefited from reading Precious Adornment, would you consider suggesting this blog to your friends? You could do this through the Precious Adornment Facebook page by using the “Suggest to Friends” link or by emailing your friends a link to the blog. This would be most appreciated by yours truly.
  4. To enter, simply add a comment to this article, telling me and everyone else about your very favorite birthday present of all time, or if you can’t remember one, just tell us about an interesting birthday memory. You can describe as much or as little as you like, but I do enjoy a good story.
  5. Make sure you include your email address when you comment. The address will not be displayed to the public, but it will allow me to contact you if you win, which is a not so minor detail.
  6. The Giveaway will run for two days, so at midnight (EST) tomorrow night (Saturday, June 26), I’ll use Random.org to choose our birthday winner. 

Let me get things started…

When I turned 16 years old, I had a little party at my house. At the time, my grandpa was living with my family, and because of his dementia, it was an interesting time in our lives to say the least. That particular day, he was in a very cantankerous mood for whatever reason, and he kept bugging my mom to take him somewhere. At one point, my friends, my sister and I were in my bedroom, and my mom came in for a moment of peace. But, unfortunately, my grandpa was not to be deterred by the closed door, so he started shouting and kicking the door (I can’t remember if curse words were involved on this particular occasion or not). Fortunately for me, I was never a terribly cool kid, so even though embarrassment was involved, this incident didn’t significantly affect my reputation. :)

Ok, now your turn! 

Photo: Karen Barefoot

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Lyrics for Little Ears

“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”

Psalm 95:1

The kind of music kids listen to makes a difference. I speak from experience here. My sister and I grew up on a steady musical diet of Psalty the Singing Songbook, Colby the Musical Computer, and Bullfrogs and Butterflies. We spent countless hours playing our little records and singing along to songs that taught the truths of Scripture in fun and memorable ways. As we listened to our favorite albums, we learned lessons about loving God and others, sharing, forgiving, memorizing Scripture, and much more. The lyrics not only entertained us, but they also helped to point our young hearts in a Godward direction. And that’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Sovereign Grace Music is one ministry that understands the impact biblically-based lyrics can have on the hearts of children. They’ve just released a brand new album for kids called Walking with the Wise that my future children will definitely have in their music library. This album, like all that Sovereign Grace produces, skillfully combines high quality music with rich Scriptural truth.

Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Music describes the ministry’s latest project: 

As the title suggests, this album will be 13 songs based on the book of Proverbs, with titles like Lazy Bones, A Cheerful Heart, To Tell the Truth, and Trust in the Lord. We try to aim our kids’ albums at  a 6-10 year old audience, although we’ve been told that older and younger children, and even parents, enjoy them, too. Since we’re aware that not every 6-10 year old who will be singing these songs has actually trusted in Christ and turned from their sins, most of the songs are more instructional in nature and are meant to teach truth as well as express a heart to follow the Lord. We also try to weave in the centrality of Christ and the gospel so that the songs don’t end up simply encouraging a moralistic response. You know, “Just do the right things and you’ll be a Christian.”

Visit the Sovereign Grace Store to listen to song samples and download the entire album for $6.

Illustration: Robert Proksa

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Adopted and Adored

“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

Ephesians 1:4b-6

I recently purchased a new t-shirt to wear to an upcoming pro-life event. The slogan on my new shirt reads “Adoption Rocks!” Since I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment, I look forward to sporting my new tee and spreading the message that adoption is a truly wonderful thing. 

In our society today, you hear a lot more about adoption than you would have a decade or two ago. It seems that a lot of people, celebrities included, have discovered the beauty of building a family through adoption. And that fact is one worth celebrating.

As Christians, our reasons for celebrating adoption are multi-faceted. Not only do we rejoice in the concept of orphans being forever joined with a loving family, but we also revel in the knowledge of personally experiencing that kind of love. Born as spiritual orphans, we would still be hopeless and helpless had not Jesus Christ made it possible for us to become children of God through faith in Him (John 1:12).

Recently, I told you how much I enjoy music that helps me to meditate on the truths of God’s Word, and for that reason, I’ve come to rely on the work of Sovereign Grace Music. Recognizing a topic that had previously been neglected in Christian music, they recently produced an album which focuses solely on the beautiful truths of our adoption into God’s family.  Here’s their description of this special project called Sons & Daughters:

These songs are meant to direct our attention to the unfathomable love God has shown us in adopting us through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5). We are now part of God’s family—in Christ we will forever be the objects of God’s particular and passionate mercy and love. That biblical reality, rather than leaving us focused on ourselves, drives us once again to proclaim the greatness of the God whose grace turns hopeless rebels into precious children.

“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:6)

The following video provides a sample of the beautiful music and rich theology you’ll find on this album:

You can download Sons & Daughters for $9 here. I highly recommend it.

Video: Chris Powers

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