True Self

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How are you reflecting the image of your Creator?

(Listen to my song “Changed” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Colossians 3:9-10

Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.

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It seems we all form what Thomas Merton called a “false self” before our soul’s misery will finally force us to see the delusion.

Most of us spend our early years conforming to what our culture and/or parents want us to be.

We try to be “successful” based on the criteria of power, prestige and possessions.

There is never enough to satisfy our egos’ need for more.

Usually it takes having the rug pulled out from under us…some type of fall or suffering…before we wake up and ask: “What is my life really about?”

Your “true self” can only rise when your false selfdies.

One sure way to discover your true self is to follow Jesus.

He will lead you to cast off your “old self with its practices” so that a new self…the one made “in the image of its creator” can emerge.

However…the ego will not willingly give in after years of being in charge.

The “me-centered” old self will demand attention.

But as a Christ-consciousness begins to grow in you, you will suddenly be able to observe what’s happening.

It’ll be an awakening.

And then, without judgment, you’ll allow the old self to be dismantled.

What is your unique image of God to the world?

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Listen to the song of the day “Changed” 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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Love Is Winning

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In the midst of suffering…a Great Compassion is sustaining everything.

(Listen to my song “Come to Jesus” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Luke 6:17-18

A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.

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When you watch Jesus, you see that his mission was always about healing.

He wanted to free people who were being oppressed in body, mind or spirit.

The oppression was sometimes inflicted by illness…but sometimes it was inflicted by the rulers in government or religion.

This required Jesus to speak truth to power without resorting to violence.

It also required him to reach out to those on the fringes of society…those who needed help.

Jesus wanted to restore all those who were suffering to wholeness.

He wanted to dissolve the illusion of separation.

He wanted all to know that they were included and loved by God…just as they are.

This is what Jesus wants for you.

We are all broken in some way.

Jesus said that he came to be a physician for the sick (Mark 2:17).

Bring your pain and brokenness to the Divine Healer.

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Listen to the song of the day “Come to Jesus” 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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Breathe

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A sacred peace is available in each moment.

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

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Psalm 62:6

My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.

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What if each day when we awaken from sleep…we would take a deep breath and simply rest in the Presence of God?

What if as we sat down to breakfast before we took that first sip of coffee…we would take a deep breath and simply rest in the Presence of God?

What if after we got in the car before we started the engine…we would take a deep breath and simply rest in the Presence of God?

What if as we found ourselves in the frenzy of angry drivers on the road…we would mentally pause, take a deep breath and simply rest in the Presence of God?

What if when someone says something offensive to us that before we responded…we would take a deep breath and simply rest in the Presence of God?

What if when things don’t go our way that before we made a knee-jerk reaction…we would take a deep breath and simply rest in the Presence of God?

I’m thinking if we made a practice of this…we would find more peace in our lives and in our relationships.

God’s Presence is always here, always with you and for you.

Allow that Presence to give you hope now…and now…and now…with each breath.

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Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” by clicking HERE.

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

Remember…God loves you!

 

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Have Faith

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If we trust and persevere…tragedies are transformed to triumphs.

(Listen to my song “Heal Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Romans 8:28

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

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God can transform any negative to a positive…when we open our hearts to Love.

It happens over and over as we see tragedies turned into triumphs.

Look at what Jesus did on the cross?

He turned what appeared to be the greatest tragedy in history…to the greatest victory.

Love does indeed win!

When disaster strikes…a Great Compassion rises within people whose response then overwhelms the bad with good.

God’s plan of creation is beyond our imaginations…but each of us was created to be a part of that amazing plan of self-giving, creative love.

For me…a ruptured appendix appeared to be a horrendous disaster…but the spiritual transformation it led me to made it one of the most treasured, positive experiences of my life.

Whatever you are dealing with now…turn it over to God.

Let it go, trust…and see what happens!

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

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

Remember…God loves you!

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Let Love Lead You

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To live a fulfilling life…requires growth and change.

(Listen to my song “I Want to Follow You” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Luke 5:11

When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

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What would it take to make you totally change the direction of your life in an instant?

Jesus had just told three fishermen to cast their nets again after they had caught nothing all night. When Peter, James and John lowered their nets this time, they caught so many fish that their nets were tearing.

Peter’s reaction was, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

It’s as though he felt he didn’t deserve such a miracle of generosity

Isn’t that how we are?

We look at our imperfections and the selfish choices we have made and feel that we aren’t worthy of God’s love.

And yet Jesus seems to say that our worthiness or achievements have nothing to do with God’s response to us. 

God’s response is out of unconditional Love for us.

It’s the kind of love that, if we opened ourselves to it, might move us to change our lives and drop all the trivial pursuits for happiness that will never satisfy our souls.

Following Jesus is the way to living as your true self.

The way will not be easy…but Love will carry you to the life you were meant to live.

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Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” 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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Purpose in Life

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How are you being called to make the world a more compassionate place?

(Listen to my song “You’ll Lead Me” by clicking HERE)

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Luke 4:42-43

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

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Even Jesus needed to withdraw to “a deserted place” so he could better “hear” God speak in the silence of his heart.

It is from this practice of contemplative listening that Jesus understood his purpose: to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God.”

The “good news” is that “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15 and Matthew 3:2)…meaning right here, right now.

God’s Love and Presence is available to everyone in the present moment and it’s entirely free.

You are totally accepted as is.

Jesus also understood that his purpose was not to bask in the accolades of his adoring fans…but to move out of his comfort zone and tell others the “good news” as well.

If you are a follower of Jesus…then it is your job, too.

How are you being called to be a messenger of the good news of God’s unconditional love for all?

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Listen to the song of the day “You’ll Lead 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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Rest

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When times get tough…know that God infinitely loves you.

(Listen to my song “I Will Give You Rest” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear?

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Jesus lived in the Presence of the awareness of God’s unconditional Love.

He knew there was no lasting happiness to be found in the power, prestige and possessions offered by this world.

The Light that will lead you in life…is Love.

A sure way to allow this Light to lead you is by following Jesus.

As it says in the Gospel of John: “What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:3-5).

Is there something weighing heavy on your heart?

Is there some apparent obstacle in your path?

Rest in Jesus. Allow his peace to fill you. 

Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

He is the light of the world

That Light will lead you through the darkness of any situation to new life and true growth.

So what is there to fear?

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Listen to the song of the day “I Will Give You Rest” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my CD’s on iTunes by clicking HERE.

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

Remember…God loves you!

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