Let Love Flow

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May our motives be grounded in giving…not grabbing.

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

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Mark 10:29-30

Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age.”

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Jesus gives us another lesson today in letting go of attachments.

When we let go of our attachments to all things…even our families…to enter into the Presence of the unrestricted Flow of God’s Love…we experience deep peace.

It is from this place that we are able to cooperate in the channeling of this love to all.

We will be basking in Grace.

Our culture encourages the opposite: grab as much as you can for yourself. This is consumerism. The more stuff we have…the more likely we will become attached to something that will direct us off course.

Jesus calls us to turn away (“repent”) from this way of trying to attain happiness.

He says instead of taking…try giving.

As long as we believe our possessions or status define us…Jesus said you will never know who you truly are. You must disassociate yourself from those things. This is not renouncing…but not identifying with them.

It is only when you let go of the things you’ve been grasping…that your hands will be free to give. And paradoxically…it is then that your hands will be free to receive what God wants to give you.

There will be a free-flowing circle of giving and receiving.

It is only in giving yourself away in the service of others that you will finally find your true self…your true calling

That will be worth a hundred times more than any possession you could ever grasp!

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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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Be Free

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Know that God’s love is free and always given…so share it.

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

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Mark 10:21

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

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This “rich man” was doing all the right things…following all the commandments and religious rules.

But he wondered if that was enough to “make it” to heaven? He wanted Jesus to tell him exactly what he would have to do to inherit eternal life.

Seems he wanted to earn it.

But eternal life or the kingdom of God is a free gift and available to anyone who is open to receiving love and giving love.

And this is only possible when we aren’t attached to things that we mistakenly believe will give us happiness. 

The source of happiness is God alone.

Power, prestige, possessions, and even loved ones and religion itself can become attachments…obsessions of the ego.

They  are not bad in and of themselves…as long as they are not blocking us from our Loving Source (God).

Jesus knew the rich man was attached to his riches…and was trying to earn what was already given.

What or who are you so attached to or obsessed with…that it is blocking you from being open to the flow of God’s love…and sharing it with others?

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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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True Wealth

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Take a moment…and give thanks for your friends.

(Listen to my song “Come to Jesus” by clicking HERE)

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Sirach 6:14-15

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.

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Take a moment to cherish any true friendship you may have.

Such a friend is with you both in the good times and the bad.

And if by chance you yearn to find such a friend…know that you always have that in Jesus. I know that sounds trite…but I know it to be true.

Jesus showed us this in the way he reached out to all people…especially the broken, lonely and rejected.

So you know that he will never abandon you and is always with you and for you.

If you would prefer to think of this Divine Companion as “Spirit” or “God” or “Love” then use whatever word you like.

The Love that made you could never leave you.

Have faith that this is truth…and then look around you.

Who in your life needs such a friend?

Could that friend be you?

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Listen to the song of the day “Come to Jesus” 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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Compassion Calls

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What is distracting you from your life’s purpose?

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

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Mark 9:43

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.”

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Jesus was not being literal about cutting off your hand!

He was using hyperbole…exaggeration…to make his point.

Whatever is enticing you to make a selfish, non-life-giving choice…that influence needs to be removed

If not…you are basically throwing your “true self” away into a garbage dump (which is what Gehenna was…a place where garbage was constantly being burned).

By choosing to satisfy your ego…or “small self”…you will never discover the “true self” that God is calling you to be. 

That would truly be a waste!

The “you” that God made you to be can only be realized and actualized if you surrender the insatiable demands of your ego for self-gratification and use your gifts and talents to make the world a more loving, compassionate and just place.

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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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New Life Ahead

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Let the Light of Love lead you through the struggles.

(Listen to my song “Salvation” by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 23:4

Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side.

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Life is filled with ups and downs.

Jesus showed us the pattern of salvation throughout his ministry.

Struggles and brokenness would be transformed into new life and wholeness by the grace and unconditional love of God. 

The blind would see, the deaf would hear and the dead would be raised. What appeared to be the end when Jesus was crucified was followed by a glorious new beginning at the resurrection.

Death could not defeat Jesus…and so it cannot defeat us either. 

This is also true for all the small deaths we encounter along life’s journey.

What appears to be an obstacle is actually an opportunity. What on the surface appears to be tragic can be transformed into triumph…if we have faith in the God of Love.

Cling to this Hope in the dark valleys of life and you will be led again and again to shining and glorious mountaintops.

New life is on the way.

Hold on…and trust.

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Listen to the song of the day “Salvation” 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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Counter Culture

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May we aspire to help those in need.

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

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Mark 9:35

Jesus said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

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Jesus’ followers had given up possessions but they were having trouble letting go of two other ego cravings: power and prestige.

In today’s scripture…they had been arguing over who among them was the greatest.

Jesus told them the greatest was the one who put others first…the one who was the servant of all.

Jesus was always turning the world’s ways upside down.

Our culture tells us to strive to be first. It says that winning is everything. Of course, when one person wins…everyone else loses.

Jesus told his followers that in God’s kingdom the highest place of honor goes to the person who willingly descends from the top to being with those at the bottom…to serve those who are counted as last by the culture.

This is Jesus’ command to all who call themselves “Christians.”

Jesus said that whatever we do for “the least of these”…we are doing for him (Matthew 25:40).

Here is the question for each of us to answer: What is my main motivation…to serve myself…or others?

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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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Salvation

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When we drop our masks…our true selves are revealed.

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

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Mark 8:35

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”

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Jesus often taught through paradox…defined as “a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.”

When you save your life…you actually lose it. But when you lose your life for the sake of spreading Jesus’ message…you actually save your life.

How so?

Although I wouldn’t have consciously admitted it, there was a time when I was a radio news anchor that I craved a certain amount of fame and attention. But eventually…I became miserable.

“My” life was largely formed by my ego. I had built up what Thomas Merton would have called my false self.

When I finally started following a deep, spiritual yearning in my heart…I started to feel a sense of both excitement…and dread! I had to let go of 20 years of what I had worked hard to become.

It felt like dying…but it was actually a new birth.

It was through my ego-crushing, faltering steps away from my former life that I found more life than I ever thought was possible in ministry.

Jesus knows what he’s talking about!

What is the deep, spiritual yearning inside of you asking you to walk away from…so you can be led to your true self?

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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.

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

Remember…God loves you!

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