Dying and Rising


If you’re struggling…know that God is leading you to new life.

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


Philippians 2:5-8

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.


Jesus gives us the model…the blueprint…for taking part in God’s great, on-going love story.

It’s all about dying to our ego’s self-centered desires for power, prestige and possessions…emptying ourselves…so that in return we can be filled with the fullness of life.

In letting my false self die…paradoxically my true self starts to live.

Dying-and-rising is the pattern of all life.

Love gives itself away completely and freely…then resurrection and new life follow.

Our way to wholeness and completion (salvation) is through our human experience of dying and rising. 

Jesus “saves” us by showing us this.

He demonstrates the pattern that leads you to being your true self and enjoying abundant life now…as well as eternal life in the future.

So be present.

Empty yourself of self-centered desires.

Serve others humbly without looking for gain.

Accept whatever losses you are faced with in the journey.

Then…when life’s ending comes…the transition to eternal life will be seamless, smooth, and joyful…because the process had always been well-practiced.


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

Sample and/or purchase my songs by clicking HERE.

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

Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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