April 2009–This is Easter!

April 2009—TBG Newsletter 

THIS IS EASTER TIME!

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THIS MAKE TO US?

I pray that it does, and will, make a very real difference to each and every one of us.

 Jesus makes a difference. Jesus makes us different.

 Without Jesus we are left without experiencing the deepest, truest love that we could ever know.

 With Jesus the love of God breaks into our hearts and our consciousness in inexplicably deep and real ways. And we know that this is the love for which our souls have always craved. And nothing will ever separate from this love that we now have in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 8:39)

 Without Jesus we are left condemned because of our sins that are ugly and evil and have separated us from the Holy and Righteous One.

 With Jesus we have been set free from condemnation and the punishment of death. By Jesus’ sacrifice, the shedding of His blood on the cross-the giving of His own life for ours-we have been made holy in God’s sight, without blemish and free of accusation.(Colossians 1:21-22) Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 Without Jesus we are left to die in our human mortality without hope, without assurance of eternal life with God.

 With Jesus we have been given the sure hope and God’s own faithful promise of eternal life with our Heavenly Father! (John 3:16-17) Jesus conquered death once and for all through His glorious, mortality-crushing resurrection! And with Jesus we will be raised to eternal life-raised up imperishable, immortal-in joy and victory! (1 Corinthians 16:51-54)

Without Jesus we are left trying to desperately fill our own needs, by our own insufficient power. And we do this in the emptiness and ugliness of living out our lives and our relationships in our own ego-centric, self-seeking, self-justifying-often hateful and hurtful-ways.

With Jesus, by God’s divine power we have been given everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness! (2 Peter 1:3) There is no striving. No fight to get what we need. We have been given it all in Jesus. We must live out this truth-and get to know–all that we have already received!

With Jesus-here are a few of the everything things we have been given:

We have been given weapons and divine power to demolish strongholds, and arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against knowledge of God. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) And, I know that Love and Forgiveness are two of God’s greatest divine weapons!

We have been given the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

We have been given renewed and transformed minds by the power of God’s love and mercy. (Romans 12:1-2)

We have been given forgiveness of all our sins and we have been given the power to forgive all that we would consider unforgiveable. We have been given the power to love the unlovable. We have been given the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts. (Colossians 3:12-15)

We have been given a new LIFE! We are a new creation! The old is gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

How’s that for a difference?!

Will you and I choose to let these truths of Jesus make a real difference within each of us?

Will you and I choose to let these truths of Jesus make a real difference in the way live out each day, and each relationship, we have been given in our lives?

MAY WE EACH CELEBRATE A VERY REAL EASTER

 EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES!

 -TO CELEBRATE WITH US!-

Speaking Events Completed:

January 15Mindy Benjamin, one of our TBG Counselors, reflects on her speaking engagement:

I had the privilege to speak at a MOPS (Mother of Pre-Schooler’s) meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  The topic was Beating the Winter Blues.  One thing that I have learned as a mother is that I set the tone of the house. This can be a challenging responsibility. Especially during the winter months.  I was able to share some different ways to handle everyday situations and hopefully share some new ideas to help break up the day.  I was also able to encourage them to take care of themselves.  Something I think we moms tend to forget to do.  However, I emphasized that we don’t need to just physically take care of our bodies we also need to take care of ourselves spiritually.  God has given us these precious little ones, for only a short time. We empty ourselves out for them and for the others around us on a daily basis.  Therefore, we need to be filling ourselves up.  I encouraged them to fill up with The Word. I know from personal experience, there is no way I can do this calling on my own. 

March 10 and April 2-Lydia Austin tells us about two recent speaking engagements:

I had the fun opportunity to speak to two MOPS groups this Spring.  The topic; How to bring JOY into your boring-day-to-day-routine-carousel-ride of mommy-hood.  JOY – Jesus Over Yourself!  What Joy and Freedom there is in that!!  He makes our ordinary extraordinary!!  AMEN!!  The first group at Christian Life Center in Bensalem (assisted by Kelsi Austin and Karen May) had about 70 moms gathered in a lobby colorfully decorated with a circus theme.The second at liberti roxborough church in Philadelphia (DeAnne Harland assisted) was a smaller intimate setting with moms so open to God’s promises. We were blessed by these wonderful women and touched by the opportunity to share of our true source of abundant JOY and to spend time praying for individual mommies.  May God’s truth bring JOY into all your lives every single minute of every single day!

April 7-2 Sessions at Mathom House-Sylane Mack

Our long-standing, relationship with this Rehabilitation Center for Adolescent Sexual Offenders continues to bring opportunities to share God’s Word of forgiveness, healing and transformation through Jesus Christ.

1st Session-was a training program to the Front Line Staff of MH. First, telling my own story from victim to more than a conqueror through the life-changing, mind-healing love of Jesus. I, then, gave specific intervention approaches-that go beyond rehabilitation to true transformation-to use when working with both perpetrators and victims, I call: Transforming Children of Hurt into Children of Hope.

2nd Session-I spoke to a small group at the Family Night Gathering so that they could hear and know how and why I have been brought in by MH as part of their son’s (foster-son’s or grandson’s) therapeutic program. I shared God’s work of transformation in my own life, while making it clear that God’s same loving intervention and transformative power are available to each of their sons and to each family member as well.

What a powerful privilege we have been given to declare with so many at Mathom House, so often, that Jesus came to save and heal all of us-who are each, in some way, both offender and victim!

This is the continuous, real message of Easter!

Our Next Scheduled Event:

May 2-Rachel Mack will present Mother Knows Best? for a Ladies Tea at Trinity Bible Church (located near Georgine’s Restaurant) in Bristol, PA. All women are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend. Lunch will be served. For details and registration, please contact Connie Springfield by April 18th at: 215-805-4203.

Remember to join us on the 10th day of each month as we passionately PRAY for God’s life-giving, life-freeing, transforming work to be done in the lives of all with whom we minister-at conferences, counseling sessions or on corners and in coffee shops!

Please SERVE with us as a Partner in Grace. Your prayers and financial gifts provide tangible and much needed support for both the Counseling and Conference ministries through which we share the transforming grace of Jesus!