The Way

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May compassion guide our words and actions.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 12:7

“If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men.”

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The Pharisees condemned Jesus’ followers for picking the heads of grain and eating them on the Sabbath which was against the religious rules.

This rule was made so people would set aside all their work to honor God on the Sabbath. The rule was well-intentioned.

But there was a reason why Jesus’ followers were breaking the rule: They had had nothing to eat and were hungry.

With Jesus…mercy and compassion overruled the rule!

Jesus quotes the prophet Hosea (Hosea 6:6) to the Pharisees…but to no avail.

They are black and white thinkers. They are incapable of thinking beyond their either-or, dualistic minds.

For Jesus…the “letter of the law” always deferred to the “way of love.”

It’s not about how well we follow the rules. It’s not about being right…but about being in right relationship with God and our neighbor.

It’s about a way of life.

That’s why the first followers of Jesus were called followers of “the Way” (Acts 9:2).

We are called to temper all rules with mercy and compassion…but don’t be surprised if you get criticized and ridiculed when you do.

Jesus promised his followers that they’d be persecuted (Matthew 24:9). But he also promised them they would have “abundant life” (John 10:10).

This is the way of love.

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE.

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CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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God Is Present

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Renewal begins now…and now…and now…etc.

(Listen to my song “I Will Give You Rest” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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Does it seem like you are on a runaway train?

Life can get so hectic.

Schedules are packed.

Seems like we are always trying to prove something…achieve something…accomplish something.

Are we also trying to prove our worthiness to God?

Are we trying to earn accolades from our Creator?

Jesus said that if we know him…then we know God (John 14:7).

Did you ever see Jesus require worthiness for his help or attention? No!

God’s love is a free gift!

Relax. Life is not a contest.

Our egos hate that…but it’s true!

Jesus invites us to simply come to him and allow him to lift your burden.

Stop.

Breathe deeply.

As St. Paul said: In God “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Accept the free gift of Grace and then rest in it.

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Listen to the song of the day “I Will Give You Rest” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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Open Your Heart

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No college degrees are needed to know God.

(Listen to my song “Listen to Your Heart” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 11:25

Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”

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The “wise” and the “learned” sometimes think brain power equals superiority.

But God seems to have a particular fondness for the simple and humble.

When our egos are in control…we are often quite unaware of God’s Presence. That’s because we are too full of ourselves.

If a person is only motivated by his or her ego’s insatiable desires to be the center of the universe…that person will never truly become the “real self” that God intended…but only the “false self.”

Simply observe your ego’s demands.

This will begin the process of the ego’s diminishment and give your true self a chance to emerge

Jesus opened himself totally to God’s will and allowed God to define him: “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

Each of us is also God’s beloved child.

For us to know who we truly are…we must put a childlike trust in our Creator…open our ears, eyes and hearts…and then begin to live the answer!

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Listen to the song of the day “Listen to Your Heart” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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Believe

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Our Source is an Eternal Fount of Unconditional Love.

(Listen to my song “God Is” by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 69:33-34

“See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, take heart! For the Lord hears the poor, does not spurn those in bondage.”

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Are you struggling?

Do you feel like you have chains binding you that you just can’t remove?

Do not turn from God in shame!

This is exactly when to open your heart to the Love that made you.

How else can you experience Unconditional Love?

God wants to be with you in your pain and free you.

Jesus mirrored the face of God to all those who were oppressed or struggling. He was always reaching out to the “lowly ones” and all who were left out…all those who were ill and infirm.

You cannot do anything that would make God love you more or less.

This Love is Eternal. That, my friend, is truly great news!

So “be glad; you who seek God, take heart!”

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Listen to my song “God Is” by clicking HERE.

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CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

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Be You

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To live your calling requires listening and letting go.

(Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 10:39

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

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This is one of Jesus’ key, transformational teachings.

It is similar to a “koan” which is defined as: “A paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.”

This saying of Jesus is very meaningful to me. The “life” my ego manufactured as a radio newscaster needed to be lost or let go…so that my true life…or as Thomas Merton would have put it, my true self…could be found.

When I am most truly myself…I am using my gifts and talents in the service of others which in turn gives me great peace and joy.

Are you being your true self?

What do you need to let go of…so you can find the life you were meant to live?

Practice being still and letting go of your thoughts and concerns. Start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20 minutes.

Not only will you start to find a new inner peace, but you may find yourself drawn in a new direction.

Read the words of Jesus…especially the Beatitudes. Follow his ways.

Let Love be your motivation.

Some habits will have to be left behind so that new life-giving ones can develop.

New life starts now.

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Listen to the song of the day “Take the Road Less Traveled” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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Let Go

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Is your yearning to satisfy your ego’s wants or your true self’s needs?

(Listen to my song “Glorify You with Me” by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 37:4

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart’s desire.

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How comforting is today’s verse!

So hopeful.

It resonates deep within me.

How I yearn for…what?

I’ve yearned for many things…but if and when those things are manifested in my life…they’ve never completely satisfied the yearning.

Well…maybe briefly. But the yearning returns. Take comfort in knowing that this yearning is built-in-the-fabric of all that is:

“We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now” (Romans 8:22).

St. Paul wrote about it. We…and all creation…are “groaning in labor pains.” That captures the feeling pretty well.

God is drawing us…enticing us if you will…to God’s self.

It’s a love story. God is the Lover and we are the beloved.

When you let go of your ego’s understanding of what will satisfy that deep yearning…you can simply go-with-the-flow of the Love that is calling you.

This will require a contemplative practice…periods of meditation or centering prayer.

Then…even now…your “heart’s desire” is in the process of being revealed.

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Listen to the song of the day “Glorify You with Me” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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Servant’s Heart

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What if we made a practice out of setting aside our egos’ desires?

(Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 10:8-10

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep.

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Jesus’ message is SO counter-cultural!

Give without expecting a reward.

Have no security net besides a Higher Power.

Put your faith in a radical trust that when you give…you will receive.

Let go of and do not cling to possessions as you go on life’s journey.

Our culture tells us the opposite: expect rewards; crave rewards; compete for rewards…and amass as many rewards as you can. This idea appeals to the ego.

But Jesus says to let go of your ego and simply follow him.

That means living his message of love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness and just treatment of all people.

Many choose the culture’s way and end up materially full…but spiritually empty, unhappy, unfulfilled and full of regrets.

Some will choose the narrow path of Jesus.

Which way will you choose?

The decision always starts now.

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Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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