“Contract Vs. Covenant” #TheMinglingOfSouls – Matt Chandler on Intimacy

In the covenant of marriage, husband and wife give themselves to each other. It’s not fifty-fifty; it’s one hundred-one hundred. At any given time either spouse won’t have 100 percent to give, but this does not diminish the other’s commitment because they are not in a contract but a covenant. As in the covenant of grace initiated by God to save sinners, one party can give 100 percent even if the other gives nothing.

In a gospel-centered marriage, you give yourself to your spouse regardless of the goods or the services because that’s what true love is and because that’s what glorifies God.

If everything goes great and you find out as you start your life together that the marriage is exactly what you expected, you’re in. But if you’re like very other normal human being and things get a little problematic, and you find out you married a sinner who’s got some crazy he or she was hiding away, you’re still in.

This is why biblical marriage is so serious—and why divorce is so serious. Ephesians 5 helps us see the weight of the glory of the gospel. Submission is weighty. Sacrifice is weighty. They are weighty like the good news of Jesus Christ is weighty. They are as heavy as the cross.

And in forgiving and loving our sinful spouse, we begin to understand on a much smaller scale what it meant for our holy God to forgive and redeem us.

God’s relationship to the church is not contractual; it’s covenantal. And what’s mind-blowing about God’s covenantal love toward the church is that God fulfills the obligations of both parties! God has put on my life the command that I am to love my wife, Lauren, as Christ loved the church. That is God’s command on my life—regardless of whether or not she reciprocates that love. I don’t love her as Christ loved the church in order to get something from her; I love her that way because that is what God has commanded me to do, and that’s the way he has loved me.

* What is the difference between a contract and a covenant? Do you show this one-way, unconditional, covenantal love to your spouse? What steps can you take to show more of this type of love?

Marriage Like Christ and the Church
22Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. 
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30because we are members of His body. 31For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wifeand the two shall become one flesh32This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to itthat she respects her husband.
Solomon’s Wedding Day
7“Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon; 
Sixty mighty men around it, 
Of the mighty men of Israel.
8“All of them are wielders of the sword, 
Expert in war; 
Each man has his sword at his side, 
Guarding against the terrors of the night.

@ChrisTreborn re-releases #trrts a week after #TimeCapsule2099

Last week Chris Treborn released his latest album Time Capsule 2099 and this week he re-releases his summer release The Romans Road To Salvation.

Time Capsule was produced and recorded by Treborn on his iPhone. After finding success with quality in recording, he decided to re-record TRRTS on his iPhone as well.

You can get The Romans Road To Salvation here at (name your price to donate)

You can also get Time Capsule 2099 here at ($5.99)

If you would like to purchase the instrumentals as well, get the extended version of Time Capsule here at ($9.99)

Soul Anchor Music is also releases an extended version of both albums (TRRTS vs. 2099) combined. You can get that here at ($9.99)




Chris Treborn’s new album + instrumentals comes out today!

Beginning Tuesday September 30th, 2014 – Chris Treborn released a single track from his latest project and it ended Tuesday December 30th, 2014.


In 2007 Chris Treborn began creating a music project beyond his imagination.  His inspiration was a Digital Time Capsule that was set to launch around that time called KEO.

The freedom to pen your own ideas, thoughts, & message to be read years from now was the muse for this project. Original titled ‘Christian’s Time Capsule’ a future reflection of Chris Treborn’s style and thoughts was to be released after ‘Christian’s [Memory Box]‘ (a collection of his favorites songs).

The project has since been shelved and merely a work in progress that continues to be in the process of creation.  Chris Treborn has penned close to a dozen songs and has produced a majority of the compositions to accompany his futuristic lyrics.  His lyrics are all futuristic, but the lyrics also speak of past events that remain relevant to this day.  All songs written have a certain feeling to them.  They are telling stories that will last the generations and stand the test of time. These everlasting truths will be comprehended by future generations and hopefully even Treborn’s descendents.

Throughout this ‘Time Capsule’ Chris Treborn intends on using his freedom of speech to share his knowledge and truth.

The goal is to have this Hip Hop styled album be relevant and remain true even in the year 2099.