Eternal Perspective

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To let go…and to love…leaves a lasting legacy.

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

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1 Timothy 6:7

For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.

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You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t take it with you.”

Why does today’s verse from St. Paul seem so obvious and yet so thoroughly ignored by much of the world?

So many people spend their lives trying to accumulate more and more wealth and possessions…only to leave it all behind when their earthly lives end.

As each moment passes…you are one moment closer to exiting your earthly experience.

Each of our lives is a precious gift from God.

How will you spend each “next moment” of that precious gift?

Will you pursue wealth to build your own kingdom that will end in dust or will you be a channel of your Creator’s love in building God’s kingdom that will last forever?

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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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Vocation

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How can we live for the greater good of all?

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

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Ephesians 4:1-3

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the body and one Spirit…

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What is the “call” you have received?

It is no doubt rooted in some passion you have or deep interest as well as a talent you were blessed with.

It is never too early or too late to start responding to that call.

The call will lead you to help or to serve others.

This is what it’s like to be a follower of Jesus…not simply a believer.

It’s not easy. St. Paul ended up in prison and eventually put to death.

Jesus promised that his followers would be persecuted.

But despite the hardships, Paul urged us to treat others with humility, gentleness, and patience.

Do we bear with one another to preserve the unity of the body of Christ…or are we quick to cast out or reject those who differ with us?

We are all called to work for unity.

Jesus ate with the tax collectors and the sinners.

Do we?

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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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All Are Welcome

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Reach out to those who are left out.

(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Luke 7:34

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”

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We all at some point have judged someone only to find out later that we were wrong.

We didn’t know the whole story.

I’m sure at some point we all have been falsely judged as well. 

Jesus knows what this is like.

Just because he was partying with outcasts and those of questionable moral behavior…doesn’t make him a “glutton and a drunkard.”

I’m sure Jesus didn’t approve of all their behavior…but that didn’t keep him from being in relationship with them.

Jesus joined those had been kicked-out by the religious leaders.

That’s because they were still God’s children, all worthy of God’s love.

Jesus accepted everyone at his table.

How else would they experience God’s unconditional love?

The questions for each of us are:

Who am I kicking-out or excluding?

And how can I change…in order to accept that person at my table with the same unconditional love of God?

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Listen to the song of the  day “All Are Welcome” 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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Life Song

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Is your life in tune with your soul?

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

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Psalm 101:1

I sing of love and justice; to you, Lord, I sing praise.

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Jesus taught that the greatest commandments were to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

He also taught the “golden rule”: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).

Each of us must ask ourselves these questions:

Do I bring people together…or do I divide them?

Do I build up or do I tear down?

Am I a channel of God’s love to the world?

To I stand with the rejected and the outcast?

What is the song that you are singing with your life

When your life is a song of love and justice…then it is a song of praise to God.

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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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Let It Go

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We are immersed in God’s loving Presence.

(Listen to my song “Heal Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusted and found help.

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To whom do you run when you need help?

In your daily struggles…to whom do you turn?

God is always present.

In a sense, God is Presence.

As St. Paul put it: “For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:28).

And that Presence is also Love because “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

Jesus showed us the true nature of God by healing and restoring to health all who came to him in faith.

Jesus showed us that God is with us even in our struggles and turmoil.

He joined the outcast and the sick.

What else would Loving Presence do?

So in times of need…trust your heart to the Love that created you and sustains all things.

You may not get exactly what you want…but you will get what you need for healing, restoration and wholeness.

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Listen to the song of the day “Heal 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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Choose Love

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Compassion has the power to transform the world one person at a time.

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

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1 Timothy 1:13

I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.

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Before his conversion…St. Paul (known as “Saul” at the time) was basically a terrorist.

He thought wiping out the new followers of Jesus was his calling.

He thought God liked what he was doing.

Paul looked on approvingly at the stoning of the first Christian martyr.

He led the persecution of Christians.

And what was God’s response to Saul? Mercy and forgiveness.

What?!

Well…how else would Love respond?

And because of this response, Paul was transformed. He became perhaps the greatest Christian evangelist and missionary ever.

How many more potential “St. Pauls” are living today?

Who will be the one who risks responding to hate…with love?

On the cross Jesus forgave the most unjust act ever thereby transforming it into the most loving act in history.

May each of us be inspired to become ambassadors of mercy…not revenge.

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Listen to my song “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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Pour Me Out

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The path of love requires self-emptying.

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

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Luke 6:35

“Love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”

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How’s this working for you?

This is one of the key teachings of Jesus and probably one of the most ignored.

It’s hard and sometimes seemingly impossible. But Jesus practiced what he preached.

When hanging on the cross, he asked God to forgive his unrepentant murderers: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

In today’s world…look at all the vitriol over who is right and who is wrong. This is caused by egomania run amok.

Disagreements over ideas turn into rage and ostracizing those who think differently.

But Jesus says we should love those people…even the ones who might hate us!

This is the example Jesus set for us to follow…but how blatantly we have ignored this teaching!

To be a follower of Jesus…we must love everyone.

We must grapple with this…not so we can feel guilty when we fail or to fear punishment for failing…but so we can be transformed for the better…so we can spiritually grow.

This is a matter of the heart…not the head. As St. Paul says, “knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). It’s time to build up.

Jesus warned his followers that they would be persecuted…so we can count on that.

This doesn’t mean we have to roll over and be walked on. It means to both stand up for what you believe is right…and to be loving at the same time.

It’s a tall order.

But love changes hearts and changes lives. 

Can we actually love our persecutors? It will require letting go of our egos and asking for the grace to take part in the building of the kingdom of God.

The world desperately needs this radical change!

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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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