When we are truly present to ourselves and others…we are free.

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


John 8:24

“For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”


Jesus invites us to go deeper than a superficial understanding.

When Moses asked for God’s name, God said, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14).

God is “Being” itself.

In today’s scripture verse, Jesus said he is one with God.

Earlier Jesus had said that if we know him…we know God.

Jesus is at one with our Creator who is always in the now…always present to us.

So for us to be present to God…we must be present to what is.

That requires letting go of our attachments to the things of this world…all the things that entice our egos into thinking that they will bring us lasting happiness…but are actually distractions that will lead us to a self-centered dead end.

When we turn away from what is Life-Giving, we might as well be dead.

Jesus said that he is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

He showed us that by following his example of lovingly serving others…we find the path to life.


Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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