Cheers!

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We are created and sustained by an Eternal Love.

(Listen to my song “Give Praise and Thanks” by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 47:2

All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries. For the Lord, the Most High, inspires awe…

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In the midst of struggles and hardships…there is much to be thankful for…to be in amazement over.

Look at the mind-boggling expanse of the universe (which is still expanding).

Look at the beauty of a tiny flower.

Look at the mountains or the sun setting on the ocean.

And each of us…each of us is part of this awesome creation.

Each of us is loved unconditionally by our Creator.

We are surrounded with and immersed in blessings.

Take a moment to give praise and thanks.

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Listen to the song of the day “Give Praise and Thanks” 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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Grace Abounds

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Letting go leads to life to the full.

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

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Acts 1:3

He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

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Jesus’ resurrection changed everything.

It validated his life’s mission…and that was to bring about the “kingdom of God.”

The “kingdom” of which Jesus speaks is one where love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and sharing are the keys to living…not power, prestige, wealth and domination.

The “kingdom of God” is founded in the process of letting go…and is grounded in Grace.

Despite Jesus’ Gospel message…his followers asked if he was going to “restore the kingdom to Israel?”

They still didn’t get it…and 2000 years later…the world still doesn’t.

Each of us needs to ask ourselves whether we are living for the kingdom of God…or the kingdom of the world?

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Listen to the song of the day “God Is the Goal” 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 Giver

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God is as close to you as your breath.

(Listen to my song “Breathe On Me” by clicking HERE)

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Acts 17:26-28

“…he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being.’”

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The seasons remind us that the budding life of springflourishes in summer but wanes in autumn and then withers in winter.

How sad if that was the end.

But it’s not.

Life is revived again in the spring. God is Present throughout.

Sometimes God seems so far away. Other times, God’s Presence fills us as we experience a joyful smile…a beautiful sunset…a selfless act of kindness or a loving hug.

God is with us through each of our cycles of dying and rising. There is an emptying…and then a refilling and God is in the midst of it all.

In him we live and move and have our being.”

God is a mystery…way beyond the grasp of our minds. But within each of us is an intense longing to know our Creator.

Could that be because God has first longed for us and we are simply responding?

Be present to this inner longing.

Rest in the peace and quiet of each moment…where God yearns to be with you.

Set aside ten or twenty minutes today to simply be.

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Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On 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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Big Picture

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The Love that creates and sustains the universe…is Infinite.

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

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Psalm 138:8

The Lord is with me to the end. Lord, your love endures forever.

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As we grow older it becomes more apparent how fragile life really is…and how precious.

We sooner or later realize that material things eventually lose their luster and crumble.

Some relationships change and wither.

How wonderful it is to know that God never changes.

Our Creator’s love for us is constant, deep and eternal.

It always was and always will be.

Love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

It’s a Love that holds you now.

Put your faith in that. Be present to it.

And don’t worry…because this Love will never let you go.

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Listen to the song of the day “God Is” 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 Compassionate

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May our choices inspire unity…not division.

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

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John 16:2-3

“They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.”

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Have you ever been excluded or thrown-out?

Jesus was…and he warned his followers that they would get the same treatment.

Some people throw out others based on their religious beliefs. Some are thrown out due to their behavior.

Jesus was thrown out because he preached against excluding anyone.

For him…the law was important but love always took precedence.

Notice how Jesus rejected no one…even people involved in morally questionable behavior.

He could both not condone their behavior and at the same time remain in relationship with them.

This is “both-and” thinking (or what is known as “third-way” thinking)…not the typical “either-or” approach.

Jesus reached out to the outcasts to show them who God is…the very face of Unconditional Love. Many of them were transformed. Their lives were changed for the better and many became followers of Jesus.

How can I show that same unconditional love to those I encounter?

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” 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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Listen

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How are you being called to share God’s love?

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

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Psalm 57:9-10

Awake, my soul; awake, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn. I will praise you among the peoples, Lord; I will chant your praise among the nations.

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For me these verses took on a literal meaning.

It wasn’t until my soul was awakened that I started writing and singing songs of praise to God.

My soul was awakened when my misery rose to such a level that my ego was forced to surrender. It could no longer prop up the false self it had created.

My true self was hidden under layers of masks. My “soul pain” had finally overwhelmed my ego’s resistance.

Is your soul awake

Are you being your true self?

This requires listening to the gentle nudges of God in your heart. To do so…you will need to practice being present to the Divine Presence. Otherwise…the noise of the world and your mind’s non-stop commentaries will enslave you.

I once heard this piece of advice from spiritual writer and speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer: “Don’t die with your music still inside you.”

What is your “music” that is meant to be shared with others?

What unique gifts do you have to offer the world from your awakened soul?

Go forth glorifying God with your life!

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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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Becoming Whole

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Love is the only path to joy.

(Listen to my song “Shall We Sing” by clicking HERE)

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John 15:10-11

“If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

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We know that God’s love is unconditional…so just because we slip up on keeping the commandments doesn’t mean that God withholds that love.

But it does mean that we would move away from the flow of God’s love.

It would be like singing in a great chorus but purposely singing out of tune. When we are keeping the commandments…we are in the flow of God’s love and are singing a beautiful harmony in the great chorus.

When we remain in God’s love…our hearts are transformed and we will naturally want to spread that love to others.

It would be like participating in a circle of giving and receiving love…the very life of the Trinity.

Contemplate for a moment how God loves you unconditionally.

Allow that to settle into your heart.

Feel the joy that Jesus wants you to experience…and then share it with someone else.

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Listen to the song of the day “Shall We Sing” 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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