Abiding Peace

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Cultivate your connection with the Source of Life.

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

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John 15:4

“Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.”

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Jesus says that God is the vine grower, he is the vine, and we are the branches.

How can we make sure that our lives will “bear fruit”?

Jesus says by remaining in him.

How do we do this?

By getting to know him through reading his words in the gospels and meditating on them;

By following his example of letting go of our ego’s desires and serving those in need;

By being his hands and his feet…allowing Jesus to live through us.

In the prayer known as the “Our Father”…Jesus instructed us to pray these words to God: “Your will be done” (which of course means…not my will be done!).

By consciously being connected to Jesus as a branch is to the vine…we are promised life to the full.

We will find our true selves.

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

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Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On 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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Live

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What better way to praise God than to be yourself.

(Listen to my song “How Wonderful to Me” by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 145:10

All your works give you thanks, O Lord, and your faithful bless you.

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All of God’s creation is living fully in the moment…just “being” to the fullest extent.

Every bug, every bird, every flower, every tree, every animal…is just being itself with every fiber of its being. 

No cat is thinking, “I wish I was a dog.” No flower is thinking, “I’d rather be a tree.” They are “all in.”

They are completely content at being what they are…to the fullest degree. And in doing so…they are giving thanks and praise to their Creator.

The question is…are we doing the same?

Is each of us being the unique person that God created…to the fullest measure?

Set aside time each day to simply be present to the Divine Presence.

Rest in that Presence.

Experience God’s unconditional love and acceptance. Then respond by sharing your gifts and talents for the good of someone else.

Your acts will be acts of praise to God…and reason to be very thankful.

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Listen to the song of the day “How Wonderful to 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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Peace of Christ

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When we love unconditionally…we experience the Presence of God.

(Listen to my song “God’s Love Is All You Need” by clicking HERE)

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John 14:23

Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”

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There are many ways to experience the constant love of God…through creation, relationships, music, art, a child’s smile, etc.

These are the moments when we are truly present to the Divine Presence all around us…and within us.

Another sure way to experience God’s love…is by living out the words of Jesus. 

When we follow his ways…when we live the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)…when we love unconditionally…we will experience inner peace and joy.

Allow this peace to satisfy your inner yearning and longing, to fill that emptiness inside. It is then that you will begin to discover your True Self.

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Listen to the song of the day “God’s Love Is All You Need” 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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Grace

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Circumstances that appear dark will be overcome by the Light.

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

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John 14:1-3

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”

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This is such a comforting message from Jesus.

And yet there are so many people who fear death. I’ve met many in my ministry to the sick and elderly. And no wonder…with so much fear having been preached to them over their lives!

And yet Jesus preached over and over to not be afraid.

He showed us that life does not end…but is transformed!

Death is not an end but a doorway to new life.

Jesus promised that he would prepare a place for us.

Remember that scripture says that God is love (1 John 4:8). And it also says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

So know that you are eternally loved!

Whatever you are struggling with now…remember that the Love that created you is with you…now and forever.

Nothing can stop transformation and new life from happening…if you are open to it!

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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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Keep the Faith

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Love is winning and will have the final say.

(Listen to my song “Salvation” by clicking HERE)

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John 12:44-45

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.”

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This is a very comforting thought.

Jesus basically said, “If you want to know what God is like…look at me.”

Humanity’s understanding of God evolved over thousands of years…usually reflecting the way human beings behaved. If they were vindictive and vengeful…well then…God was vindictive and vengeful as well.

But a Benevolent Consciousness was in the process of rising in human beings. This Love fueling the universe was always a constant…but it was we who had to change.

Did you ever see Jesus squash anyone? How about threaten to destroy anyone? No!

Jesus gave all of himself in life to show love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion equally to all. He spent his time with those on the margins…those who were rejected by society. He didn’t condemn anyone…even the woman caught in adultery.

The only people who really angered Jesus were the self-righteous, judgmental religious leaders.

Jesus offered compassion to those who messed up…to those who were broken and in need. 

Isn’t that all of us?

Jesus reflected a Creator who loves everyone.

Bask in that knowledge…and be thankful.

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Listen to the song of the day “Salvation” 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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Listen

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The Love that created us is speaking in the silence.

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” by clicking HERE)

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John 10:27-28

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.”

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How can you hear the voice of God if you are not listening?

If your life does not include setting aside some quiet time for listening…or simply being present…how can you hear God’s voice speak to you in the depths of your heart?

It’s not just the cacophonous noise of the world that we are immersed in…but also the constant noise inside our heads. Most of the time our minds are running with non-stop commentary.

Thoughts after thoughts after thoughts, etc.

So stopbe still…and be silent.

If you listened you would hear words of unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness. As Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice…and they follow me.”

Why would you follow if you didn’t trust that voice?

Following the Good Shepherd would be a joy!

Notice that Jesus does not say that when his sheep follow him that one day he will give them eternal life. He says, “I give them eternal life.”

It begins now.

If you want to experience a taste of this freedom, if you want to experience amazing grace nowlisten for the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Read and meditate on the words of Jesus in scripture.

Follow where he leads and experience life that has no end…right now.

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Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” 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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Everything Belongs

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What if we all practiced compassion?

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

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John 10:16

“I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

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We all start out in life believing that we are at the center of the universe.

It’s all about me.

Sadly, some people never seem to get beyond this delusional perspective.

The ego feeds on being separate from others…inflating its own self-importance…always judging who is right and who is wrong. Of course…the ego always judges itself to be right!

The ego wants me to believe that I am on the winning side…that I am in the “in” group. Of course, that would mean that someone else is not.

When we exclude we are clearly not being Christian. Jesus reached out to all the outcasts.

He insisted that all will be one flock and that he will be the one shepherd.

This is what the kingdom of God is about…diverse yet one.

For this to happen…egos will have to diminish. As John the Baptist said, “Jesus must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).

Ask yourself: “How can I change to be more merciful and accepting that everything and everyone belongs?

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Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On 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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