Have Faith

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Peace is present in each moment…if you are.

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

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Psalm 46:2

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.

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God pervades all reality.

God is not out there.

God is not off in some distant place coldly observing us.

God is with us and also within us.

“For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:28).

God is intimately close to you…as close as your very breath.

Our Creator is Love itself…right now…as in “ever-present.”

So learn from the past but let it go. It’s over.

Plan for the future…but do not fret over it as it is not yet and so it is not real.

Now is where you will find God…patiently and lovingly drawing you to the future…inviting you to co-create what will be.

So in times of trouble, allow this awareness to envelop and embrace you.

God will never abandon you. Impossible! 

So do not be afraid.

Be at peace.

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

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Remember…God loves you!

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Christianity 101

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To love…is the only thing that really matters.

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

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Romans 13:8

Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

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Some people are so focused on not breaking a Commandment that they forget that Jesus said the real focus should be on love.

The focus should not be on a negative…but a positive.

In today’s scripture verse, St. Paul tells us not to get so wrapped up in what not to do…that we forget what we are here to do: to love.

The Commandments are supposed to free us from the chains that keep us from loving.

When asked which Commandment was the greatest, Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).

If we simply love…then the Ten Commandments would not even be necessary.

Do you know that God loves you infinitely?

Allow that understanding to settle in your soul.

You are loved infinitely just as you are!

Now…what can you do today to share this Infinite Love?

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Called to Share

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May we use our gifts and talents for the good.

(Listen to my song “Shall We Sing” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Romans 12:6

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.

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What are your talents?

Each talent is a gift from God.

Whatever passions you may have…they are gifts from God.

They were all freely given to you…built in at birth.

How are you developing them and cultivating them? That is your responsibility.

Your talent might be singing, artistry or dancing…or such things as critical thinking, math ability, public speaking, teaching, healing or making others laugh.

You may have a talent to make money or to make others feel welcome.

Whatever our gifts are…St. Paul in today’s scripture verse is urging us to use them to make the world a more loving, merciful, forgiving, compassionate and just place.

The kingdom of God is on the verge of breaking into the present moment…if only we cooperate.

This is also the key to finding your true self and the path to true joy and freedom.

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Listen to the song of the day “Shall We Sing” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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The Gospel

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Since God is Love…Love is the beginning and the end.

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

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Romans 11:32

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

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God purposely made us imperfect knowing that we would disobey…so that God could show us love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion.

Life is not about us being perfect. That would set us up for failure.

It’s about us being perfectly loved by God.

It’s about us receiving love in our imperfection…and then sharing it.

That’s how you learn the depths of love. Someone has to model it to you.

God doesn’t love us because we are good but because God is good.

It is easy to love those who love you back…but what about those who don’t?

What about those who are hard to love because of their imperfections?

Being a Christian is not about being perfect but being in need of the Great Physician.

It is only when we experience the love and compassion of God in our imperfection that we can be transformed and be able to extend the same kind of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion to others. 

As Jesus said, “When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you” (Luke 14:13-14).

God is inviting you to the banquet. Invite someone else as well!

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Love Rules

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May all our actions be regulated by compassion.

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

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Luke 14:5-6

Then Jesus said to them, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” But they were unable to answer his question.

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Jesus had just healed a man in front of the Pharisees (the religious leaders) on the Sabbath day.

This broke the Jewish law which banned any sort of work on the day of rest.

Jesus broke that law.

However, Jesus told them that love is always the determining factor when it comes to our actions.

Love wins out over the law. 

The Pharisees (and many people today) are stuck in an “either-or” mind.

For them, the law is the determining factor.

Either you keep the law and are inor you don’t and are out.

Jesus is saying we need a “both-and” mind. 

I can both keep the law and break it when Love says to do so.

Following the rules can make someone “right” but also self-righteous and heartless.

Compassion and forgiveness require an open mind and a transformed heart.

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Remember…God loves you!

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Resurrection Ahead

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Struggles and sorrow lead to new life and joy if we trust in Love.

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

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Wisdom 3:2-3, 7

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. They shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble.

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On this “All Souls Day”…to those who have lost a loved one or are dealing with a recent loss or an impending loss…take comfort in today’s scripture.

“Dying and rising” happens over and over throughout our lives.

Struggles and defeats are transformed into sources of strength and victories.

It happens when seemingly “bad” times are resurrected into “good” times through the transforming power of Love.

These transformations give us hope that when our physical life ends…a glorious transformation is in the works.

Cling to Jesus who showed us that the path to death always leads to resurrection and new life.

Always!

Have no fear.

As Jesus said, “And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day” (John 6:39).

Count on it!

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Happiness

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To be fully me…is to be free of any attachments.

(Listen to my song “Glorify You with Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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Everyone wants to be happy…and in the Beatitudes, Jesus gives us the blueprint for being happy.

The very first line (today’s scripture verse) is the key to having life to the full.

Cling to nothing!

Do not hold on to anything so as to be attached or identified by it. But, at the same time…do not renounce those things.

Be able to both accept and enjoy the blessings God brings into your life and be able to let them go…passing them on to others.

When we are not attached to things that don’t last…we will be open to experiencing the things that do last

We will be able to begin experiencing the kingdom of God…right now.

We will be able to begin experiencing the joy of the Divine Presence.

Unhindered by attachments, each of us is free to love fully and to be the unique, beloved child of God that God intended

As it says in the First Letter of John, “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

For when I am fully me…God’s glory is fully revealed.

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Listen to the song of the day “Glorify You with Me” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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