God Is Present

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Love dissolves all divisions right now…if we choose it.

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

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Luke 17:20-21

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.”

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I think this is an amazing teaching from Jesus since my experience tells me that most people think that the “kingdom of God” is something that comes when we die or at the end of time.

Don’t most people think of the “kingdom of God” as “heaven”…a final reward that we hopefully reach one day?

That would make your life your own little “personal salvation project” (Thomas Merton’s term)…and avoid any real responsibility to anyone else or the rest of creation.

This teaching of Jesus is probably ignored by most people because it short-circuits the notion that God’s kingdom is distantout there somewhere…sometime in the future.

It requires a whole new mindset to understand this…and it just might transform you.

This is a very important teaching to sit with and to ponder. “For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.”

That means now.

This line is also sometimes translated, “The kingdom of God is within you.”

If God is Love…then the Source of Love is among you and within you.

Are you aware of this?

If not…why? And if so…would anyone experience it by your presence?

When you know the kingdom of God is here…it requires you to respond.

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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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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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