Come Together

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Working for unity is hard but eternally important.

(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

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Private prayer, taking quiet time to be with God, is crucial in the spiritual journey.

But Jesus makes it clear that it’s not just about “me and Jesus.”

He makes it clear that we are called to reach out to others and make communal connections.

This is one reason why many gather at church on Sunday. We are also called to gather in small groups of friends to pray or form communities of support.

But each of us is also called to get outside our comfort zones and form relationships with people who don’t share the same views or look the same.

When we do this…Jesus promised that he’d be there, too.

There is a very palpable, powerful vibe when we gather for a loving purpose.

Be courageous…and try it.

It’s not easy when others espouse hateful ideologies. You don’t have to agree with those whose beliefs you find morally repugnant…but you do have to realize that God is in them as well.

How else will there ever be positive change in them or in you…if we live in separation and the delusion that all are not one in God?

As St. Paul put it, “For ‘In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Jesus said to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27).

So even with our enemies…especially with our enemies…we are called to make an effort to come together.

This is very difficult…but necessary training to enter the kingdom of God…both now and forever.

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Listen to the song of the day “All Are Welcome” 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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