The Gospel

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Heaven is available for all who seek it.

(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Luke 13:29-30

“And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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Jesus seemed to be telling his listeners that you may be surprised at the people you meet in heaven.

All are invited as a free gift.

Does that upset you?

Are you irked that even “those people” will be there?

Jesus instructed his followers, “Stop judging, that you may not be judged” (Matthew 7:1).

Judgement is not for us to do. That’s God’s territory.

And thank God…that God is Love (1 John 4:8).

I’m convinced that the only people who won’t be in the Presence of the fullness of God’s Love…will be those who don’t want to be…as well as those who don’t want to be with “those people.”

Heaven is always an open invitation through God’s grace.

Our status in society will have no clout in the afterlife. All will be equal.

All will be offered complete and total love and forgiveness.

We’re meant to live in this knowledge now and to share the unconditional love of God with others now…so that when it’s time to transition from this life to the next…the transition will be full of peace and joy.

After all, Jesus said that “The kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:21).

And as St. Catherine of Siena stated, “The path to heaven lies through heaven, and all the way to heaven is heaven.”

Take some time to ponder those two statements…and rest.

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Listen to the song of the day “All Are Welcome” on the Give Praise and Thanks 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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