The Kingdom of God—Within and Around Us!
Some thoughts from Sylane Mac
It’s still early enough in 2010 to acknowledge the entering into a new year and into a new decade. It’s still early enough in 2010 to ask ourselves some introspective questions…and some broader thinking questions. Actually, asking these kinds of questions is always a good idea. As is doing something about the answers we get-especially when (and IF) we invite God to be the One who answers us!
So, let’s each ask ourselves first the introspective questions: How is my life-my mind, my heart, my words, my actions, my reactions, my relationships, my stewardship of my body and all of my resources-reflecting the passionate love that Christ has for me…the sacrificial, unfailing love that cost Jesus His Holy Life to save me and to transform me to be more and more like Him?
And let’s each ask ourselves the broader thinking questions: What am I doing, not just for my own spiritual growth or even to help grow my own church, but what am I doing for the growth of the Kingdom of God-for, and with, the whole Body of Christ-since we all are called to be Ambassadors of Christ (not Ambassadors of our own home church or favorite way to worship, study and fellowship)?
As we ask ourselves these questions-and open ourselves to seeking God’s perspective, passion and purpose for both our personal and universal Body of Christ growth-I have no doubt that our God will answer!
Let’s each allow God’s Spirit and God’s Word to minister to us and challenge us-whatever the calendar date…or the life season we may be in-to live and grow in the present moment as His children and to live to help grow the Kingdom of God for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ!
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Each one should use whatever gift
he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking
the very words of God.
If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength
God provides, so that in all things
God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory and the power
for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:8-11
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, on corners and in coffee shops!
REJOICE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST!
Update on events for end of 2009
November 6-8-Sylane Mack presented the four session, oft-requested Harvest of Hearts at the Women’s Retreat for Lawndale Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA. God’s love and transforming power was declared and deeply responded to by those who attended this retreat held at S.P.A.D.E. International Conference Center in Kempton, PA. Kyoko Iwashita Kneller ministered faithfully and lovingly as the TBG prayer partner and team member.
November 14-Lydia Austin led an all day/3 session retreat for the women of Abundant Life Community Church of Port Murray, NJ held at The Inn at Panther Valley in Allamuchy, NJ. Lydia’s teaching was powerfully and passionately based on James 1:22–“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”-and is appropriately and encouragingly entitled: Just Do It!
December 5-Lydia Austin gave a special Christmas presentation called Joy to the World!– at a Morning Christmas Tea for the women of Langhorne Terrace Ministries in Langhorne, PA. Rachel Mack, another of our TBG Speakers, ministered with grace and enthusiasm as the TBG prayer partner and team member.
March 1-5-Sylane will be at Bethel University and Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota.
- Throughout the week she will be speaking in various classes, at a Community Life Gathering Lunch and at the Friday Chapel Service.
- The schedule still very fluid-venues will be added even while Sylane is there! Go for it, God!
March 6-Transformed By Grace celebrates our 7th Anniversary as a not-for-profit ministry!!! Join us in prayer and thanksgiving for all that God has done and is continuing to do as we yield to His leadership and minister to many lives-through speaking events and private counseling-with the love, grace, truth and transforming power of our Lord Jesus Christ!
March 9 and 10-Sylane will be speaking with young men in 2 different Therapeutic Group Sessions and to a Parent/Family Group Meeting over these 2 days at Mathom House, a Rehabilitation Center for Adolescent Sexual Offenders. These 3 sessions will be Sylane’s 20th, 21st and 22nd time ministering with different groups connected with Mathom House since 2003. Thank you, Mighty God!
April 29–May 1-Sylane will attend and present at the BAACC Summit VIII in Atlanta, Georgia. On Saturday, May 1, Sylane will present a workshop entitled, Transforming Counseling: Counselors as Vessels of God’s Freeing Truth –based on Romans 8:6 –“The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace”
Registration for the BAACC Summit VIII can be made at www.BAACConline.net (Sylane serves as Assistant Chaplain to the Board of Advisors for BAACC.)
Update on CONVINCED!
We are thanking God deeply for what we have already seen and heard as to how our Lord is using the book, Convinced!, written by Sylane Mack, to minister to those who have read it since its publication on November 13, 2009.
Kathy Watson, one of our faithful Partners in Grace, wrote her own personal review-reaction to Convinced!:
Every day God is present in our lives, writing our life story, our testimony. We would all have to admit there are times we would rather forget, choosing rather to lock the door and forget about our ugly, shameful times. Instead, in writing Convinced!, Sylane has fully opened the doors to her dark places in order to give each of us hope and the assurance that God is with us in the midst of our darkest days and nights. God stepped into her life when Sylane was only 7 years old and took hold of her heart, but did not take away the pain. It was wonderful to read how, as her life went on, God continued to use amazing people to draw her closer to God, and how she found the loving, Abba Father she was seeking. The bookend to Sylane’s salvation is her witness to her abusers and her unrelenting desire to see each of them know the loving God of grace and salvation that transformed her life. We are blessed to read her testimony and find hope in this broken, sinful world-and to be Convinced! that God’s love changes everything!
You may order your copy (or several!) today via:
http://www.createspace.com/3404109 (our preferred site )
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