New Life


The pathway of spiritual growth is Love-spawned change.

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


Mark 2:22

“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”


Jesus was and is “new wine.”

His teaching was utterly new and different.

He showed us the face of a God who is self-giving and unconditionally lovingnot a revenge-seeking tyrant bent on punishing.

The “new wine” Jesus brought could not be held in the old religious structures.

“New wineskins” were needed. That required transformation…which means change.

Allow this same Unconditional Love to transform and change you.

Following Jesus is supposed to lead to a transformed way of life filled with meaning, growth and fulfillment. Religious tradition certainly has its revered place…but we must think in terms of “bothand.”

We both hold onto and celebrate tradition…and we open ourselves to the new wine God is always pouring.

What creative and unique “wineskin” is God calling each of us to create…to hold the new wine that is being poured? What are the new ways that God is inspiring us to express and to live the Gospel message today?

Or are we refusing to open ourselves to the new wine and wineskins?

One approach leads to endless life, adventure, deepening mystery and joy…while the other leads to a gloomy, static dead-end.

Which is your spiritual life like?

If you belong to a worshipping community…which is it more like?

Open yourself to this “new wine” and to the Self-Giving, Unconditional Love who says, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).


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 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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