Contemplation

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Silence is brimming with wisdom and peace.

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

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Have you ever considered these words of Jesus closely?

“Go to your inner room.”

What is your “inner room”?

It’s that place at the center of your being…where your true self and God meet.

It’s the place of pure Presence.

The Creator of the universe is there to commune with you and to speak with you.

But to hear the voice of your Creator you must be willing to turn off the noise of the world…be still…and simply be with God.

Jesus said that we should not be like the ones who believe they will be heard because of their many words.

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8).

God wants to give you what you truly need.

Listen.

God speaks in silence.

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Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” 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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Big Picture

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God loves all unconditionally…so that we would too.

(Listen to my song “You’ll Lead Me” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 5:43-45

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”

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Jesus tells us we must do what goes against every fiber of our being.

I mean…is he serious about loving our enemies?

Yesthat’s what he said!

When was the last time you heard someone preach on that scripture? Not often to never.

When it comes to loving our enemies…let’s face it: We don’t.

It just doesn’t make sense to our logical minds. It’s only when we are transformed by receiving mercy when we don’t deserve it…that we seem to be able to grant the same mercy to others.

Jesus invites us to step beyond the egoic consciousness that divides and separates. God’s sunshine and rain falls on all people.

Are we open to working on forgiving and loving the people who hurt us?

Are we praying for the conversion of terrorists?

Are we praying for the grace to be able to have a change of heart?

Instead of trying to change someone else…Jesus asks each of us to change.

Such transformation will only happen through a relationship with God.

It takes grace.

It’s not easy following Jesus…but following him would change each of us…and the world as well.

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Listen to the song of the day “You’ll Lead 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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Be

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Presence dissolves all worry, regret and resentment.

(Listen to my song “God’s Love Is All You Need” by clicking HERE)

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2 Corinthians 6:2

Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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This whole business about being present and being centered in the now…is not some new age concoction.

St. Paul was aware of the importance of the moment.

Saints and mystics were all aware that the only time that is real…the only time that you can connect with the Living God…is now.

What happened yesterday is a shadow and what is to happen in the future is unknown.

God is present here and now and it’s the only place and time where you can connect to your Loving Source.

It’s the only place and time where you can rest in a Love that is unconditional…a Love that completes and saves you.

Stop and take a few slow, deep breaths.

Allow that Presence to fill you.

Now is a very acceptable time!

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Listen to the song of the day “God’s Love Is All You Need” 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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Paschal Mystery

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Every struggle leads to new life when we trust in Love.

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

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2 Corinthians 4:8-10

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

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Jesus gave us the blueprint on how to live our lives.

He showed us that we would have crosses to bear in this life…difficulties that would come our way.

When you follow Jesus and treat all people as equal…love all people regardless of their actions and use your life to make the world a more compassionate and just place…you will be met with resistance by those who don’t believe as you do.

The world that clings to power, prestige and possessions will meet you with opposition.

That world is attached to the idea that these things will bring security and control. But they are all illusions that will eventually disintegrate…certainly when physical death occurs.

Usually it takes some form of suffering before your ego and the false self it has created will be forced to let go of the illusion of control. Then we are able to allow God to lead us.

Then even when met with resistance…we can react in love while still standing for justice.

We will be walking with Jesus. We will be living signs of Christ.

We will be his hands and feet. And if metaphorically our hands and feet are also nailed to a cross…we know with confidence that we also will experience resurrection and new life…not only at death but in each struggle along the way.

For nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39).

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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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Building Bridges

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What if repairing all relationships was a top priority?

(Listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 5:23-24

“Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

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Notice how Jesus lays the responsibility for making amends with someone who is angry at you…on you.

Being in right relationship seems to be generally more important to Jesus than being right.

If we’re honest with ourselves, being right is almost always an ego thing. Jesus makes it clear that a right relationship with God also depends on a right relationship with others.

We are all part of one body.

If we want our relationship with God to be a good one…then we have to make sure that our relationships with family, friends, strangers and all of creation…are okay too.

And how about our relationships with the people we dislike? How are those going?

Remember, Jesus said we must love our enemies (Matthew 5:44)!

Each of us needs to ask ourselves: How can I change so that all may be one?

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Listen to the song of the day “Make Me a Channel” 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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Rejoice!

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God is love and love never fails…which is great news!

(Listen to my song “Lift Up Our Voices” by clicking HERE)

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2 Corinthians 3:4

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

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St. Paul knew the love of God through the risen Christ.

The God of legalism and punishment was the God Paul use to believe in when he was known as Saul…a man who persecuted Christians in the name of God.

But everything changed after his mystical encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus when he was transformed.

Over time…Saul became known as Paul…a man who believed in a God of grace and forgiveness. His encounter with Christ came when he was least worthy…when he was persecuting Christians.

Forgiveness and Unconditional Love changed him.

Jesus showed each of us how to live…responding to persecution with love…even while hanging on the cross when he forgave those who had crucified him.

This is the reality of who God is.

God is love (1 John 4:8) and love drives out fear.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

It is the risen Christ who gives us this confidence!

This is reason to rejoice!

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Listen to the song of the day “Lift Up Our Voices” 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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Shine

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Share God’s love.

(Listen to my song “May I Be Light” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 5:14-15

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.”

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It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, what your outer appearance is or how you feel.

You have a Light inside of you that is a reflection of your Creator. 

Scripture says that you are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).

You are meant to shine God’s light in your own unique way into the darkness of the world to bring hope, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and restorative justice.

It starts now…or in any next moment.

You don’t have to have your life all together or pass any worthiness test to shine your light. It’s always there and always will be there.

Your light is like none other!

Don’t waste any more time with excuses.

Start your grand adventure in God’s great love story.

You are the light of the world!

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Listen to the song of the day “May I Be Light” 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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