No Strings Attached

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Salvation is a free gift to all those who humbly accept it.

(Listen to the song of the day “There Is Three” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 23:13

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.”

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We hear Jesus once again sharply criticizing the scribes and Pharisees.

They were the religious leaders who apparently were more harsh rulers than caring pastors.

They held people to the letter of the law without compassion…thereby locking the kingdom of heaven.

In refusing to attend to their needs, the religious leaders also locked the kingdom of heaven to themselves.

No one experienced the transforming love that God was yearning to give.

The laws are there to help guide us but not as iron rods to beat us.

The law will not transform anyone.

It’s only through receiving undeserved and unmerited love, mercy and forgiveness that we can actually experience transforming grace and know who God is.

This is also the pathway to wholeness and the kingdom of heaven.

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Listen to my song “There Is Three” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream 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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