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4-6-2003
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4-27-2003

4-6-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #340
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Light And Life Sanctuary Update (Spring 2003)
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In January of this year, the logger we hired to remove the larger of our unhealthy Pines (10” or bigger) and clear areas for future expansions finished with his part of our property clearing project. To save money, we had him leave trees that were under 10” in diameter because I am relatively more comfortable at felling trees smaller than that, and we can use the smaller diameter tree trunks for various landscaping projects in the Gardens and around the Grounds.
When he had finished, we again walked the once overgrown property and were completely Amazed at the New Potentials for Gardens and Walkways and Meditation areas that had been opened up for us. (The work he did for us would have taken me no less than 5 years to accomplish on my own.) Also opened up for us by the loggers tree removal was a potentially pretty Excellent Overlooking View of Western Post Falls and parts of Eastern Washington!
In February, thanks to the lack of snow this past winter, I was able to cut down an additional 60 (plus or minus), of the smaller pines which still blocked the even greater View that now graces the Light and Life Sanctuary property (especially when the evening lights from the valley begin to appear).

Since we now had a View to consider, we realized that three of the fruit trees we had previously planted in the upper part of the Faith Garden (the two plums and the pie cherry), would grow up to block it once again. Since the three Bing Cherry trees we had planted two Springs ago in the bottom section of the Faith Garden would eventually achieve a height of 30-50 ft and take up a lot more room than we had hoped for originally, three weeks ago I began transplanting them to the now cleared top-most ¼ acre of the property which will eventually give us a little more seclusion from the overlooking street. Now there was a place in which to transplant the semi-dwarf plum and cherry trees that would preserve the view. I also had room now to plant a new Semi-dwarf Ranier Cherry tree in the faith Garden as well, which I did yesterday.
The ¾ acre parcel adjacent to the Faith Garden, now cleared, will be the site for our Second in the Series of “Fruits of the Spirit” Meditation Gardens. It already has in it a Harlson Apple tree (which we planted last Fall), and either today or tomorrow I will be planting three more semi-dwarf (10-15ft tall) bare-root fruit trees that I got at a 50% off sale---a “Chinese” (“Mormon”) Apricot tree, a “New Haven” Peach tree, and an “Elberta” Peach tree. I am also hoping to find a few thornless “Blackberry” plants for this garden's berry variety. (Thornless Blackberries have a similar growing pattern to the Thornless Raspberries which flourish in the Faith Garden.)

Spring is Sprung and the Garden labor Intensifies…

Please come Visit and Share in the Bounty of “The Light and Life Sanctuary!”
(We have extra pairs of work gloves if you feel so motivated. <G> ;-)

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Humor of the Week
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The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

With the Fruit Gardens around here now, it has been Quite interesting for me to experientially discover how much Better Fruits flourish with a little selective pruning and thinning! It reminds me of…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #340, Growth and Pruning…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-150 Section-5)
Entrance into the Father's kingdom is wholly free, but progress--growth in grace--is essential to continuance therein.

(From: Olfana 4/14/02 – the North Idaho TeaM)
As we clear out the rubble of winter, as we clear out what we no longer need, as we prune the dead branches and the dry leaves, which still have a purpose by the way in your recycling, let us keep in mind all the elements, all the steps it takes to keep a plant free of danger and surround it with the nutrients of the elements to grow into a healthy plant.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-1)
There are present in all normal mortals certain innate drives toward growth and self-realization which function if they are not specifically inhibited. The certain technique of fostering this constitutive endowment of the potential of spiritual growth is to maintain an attitude of wholehearted devotion to supreme values.

(From: George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-9)
You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul to the transforming embrace of spiritual growth.

(From: Carl Jung)
In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!

(From: Teacher Daniel 8/11/95 – the Pocatello TeaM)
All spiritual growth is not painful for spiritual growth produces inner joy, peace and serenity that is felt when one is in the understanding of love. However, human growth does go through various stages, and the undoing of the past is, indeed, painful.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-3)
But growth is not mere progress. Progress is always meaningful, but it is relatively valueless without growth. The supreme value of human life consists in growth of values, progress in meanings, and realization of the cosmic interrelatedness of both of these experiences. And such an experience is the equivalent of God-consciousness. Such a mortal, while not supernatural, is truly becoming superhuman; an immortal soul is evolving.

(From: Susanne Langer (1895 - 1985)
In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-110 Section-6)
The growth of the parts does not equal the true maturation of the whole; the parts really grow in proportion to the expansion of the entire self--the whole self--material, intellectual, and spiritual.

(From: Xenophon (434 BC - 355 BC)
If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 15:2)
Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-180 Section-2)
The vine is pruned only to increase the fruitfulness of its branches. Every branch coming out of me which bears no fruit, the Father will take away. Every branch which bears fruit, the Father will cleanse that it may bear more fruit.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

(From: The RSV Bible - Galatians 6:9)
And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.

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The Sermon
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Have you ever felt like you were just ripped right out of a semi-comfortable life situation by circumstances seemingly beyond your control? Pretty Traumatic, isn't it? All of a Sudden you find yourself in an unfamiliar environment with all new problems and difficulties and… new Opportunities and Potentials as Well. It's Startling, like ya never even saw it comin'…just out of the blue your whole life, or maybe just your expectations of life, perhaps even your entire Perception/Understanding/Concept of life, …changes. You feel either like a part of you has just been cut away, or like you've been pulled up by the roots and transplanted into a wholly different environment.

I believe it feels that way to us when we have either neglected to do our own personal “Pruning” and Spiritual Growing, or were incapable of discerning where our pruning was needed to Promote our more healthy growth… times when our complacency made it necessary for God to do some more extensive Pruning in our lives… so that we may grow Stronger and more Fruitful.

I'm more and more discovering that a close and personal one-on-one relationship with God makes the occasional but inevitable “pruning” a lot less Distressing to my emotional wellbeing… and… if I actually Ask God to show me where I Need pruning, the Divine Parent will not only do so, but will allow me to prune my own branches if I don't procrastinate too long. Doing your own pruning (with God's Guidance), can be more like an Adventure in Growth, than like the painful unanticipated severance of a limb. Always remember to ask for God's Guidance when pruning out your unproductive branches though, our you may prune too much or too little, or miss one completely, or even remove a branch that didn't Need pruning yet.

Do You have branches that you think might need pruning or even complete removal?

Begin or continue an Adventure in Personal Growth! Ask your Heavenly Parent to show you the way, and Fear Not… for the Divine Caretaker Loves you and Cares for you His beloved child.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Show me those things in my life which are in need of Pruning so that my Spiritual Fruits may be more Bountiful and Nourishing to myself and others.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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4-13-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #341
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #341, is Finding God…

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Quotes
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(From: Nelson Mandela)
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

(From: Franklin P. Adams (1881 - 1960)
I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

(From: George Bernard Shaw - "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (1893) act II)
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

(From: Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)
I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-6)
Science is the source of facts, and mind cannot operate without facts. They are the building blocks in the construction of wisdom which are cemented together by life experience. Man can find the love of God without facts, and man can discover the laws of God without love, but man can never begin to appreciate the infinite symmetry, the supernal harmony, the exquisite repleteness of the all-inclusive nature of the First Source and Center until he has found divine law and divine love and has experientially unified these in his own evolving cosmic philosophy.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-5 Section-5)
Man's physical environment entails the battle for existence; the social surroundings necessitate ethical adjustments; the moral situations require the making of choices in the highest realms of reason; the spiritual experience (having realized God) demands that man find him and sincerely strive to be like him.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi)
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

(From: Ham 11/22/98 – the Nashville TeaM)
Many have asked what is the purpose of life and some have thought the purpose of life was to find God, but you know that God has already found you. Your purpose is then to increasingly grow in the spirit, to actualize your growing and dynamic personalities in reality. And to actually become more and more like the creator by choosing that which is God-like in your highest understanding. The Father lives within each person and has thus given himself to be the perfect guide, the focus of infinite perfection that slowly draws to himself that which is imperfect and thus grows perfection out of imperfection. This could be said to be the Father's will, the Father's plan.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-3)
Religious desire is the hunger quest for divine reality. Religious experience is the realization of the consciousness of having found God. And when a human being does find God, there is experienced within the soul of that being such an indescribable restlessness of triumph in discovery that he is impelled to seek loving service-contact with his less illuminated fellows, not to disclose that he has found God, but rather to allow the overflow of the welling-up of eternal goodness within his own soul to refresh and ennoble his fellows. Real religion leads to increased social service.

(From: Jim Beggs)
To find fulfillment...don't exist with life - embrace it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-8)
Said Jesus: "If you truly want to find God, that desire is in itself evidence that you have already found him. Your trouble is not that you cannot find God, for the Father has already found you; your trouble is simply that you do not know God.

(From: Michele Shea)
Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-117 Section-6)
Men all too often forget that God is the greatest experience in human existence. Other experiences are limited in their nature and content, but the experience of God has no limits save those of the creature's comprehension capacity, and this very experience is in itself capacity enlarging. When men search for God, they are searching for everything. When they find God, they have found everything. The search for God is the unstinted bestowal of love attended by amazing discoveries of new and greater love to be bestowed.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 11:9-10)
And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

(From: Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
Everything has got a moral if you can only find it.

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The Sermon
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Find the Moral.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I earnestly look for You in others, I am the easier enabled to find Your presence within myself.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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4-20-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #342
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

Happy Easter Everyone!!! For Today's Easter Sermon, I have chosen to begin with segments of all of our past Church Within Easter Services… followed by This Year's…

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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-188 Section-5)
The cross is that high symbol of sacred service, the devotion of one's life to the welfare and salvation of one's fellows. The cross is not the symbol of the sacrifice of the innocent Son of God in the place of guilty sinners and in order to appease the wrath of an offended God, but it does stand forever, on earth and throughout a vast universe, as a sacred symbol of the good bestowing themselves upon the evil and thereby saving them by this very devotion of love. The cross does stand as the token of the highest form of unselfish service, the supreme devotion of the full bestowal of a righteous life in the service of wholehearted ministry, even in death, the death of the cross. And the very sight of this great symbol of the bestowal life of Jesus truly inspires all of us to want to go and do likewise.

(From: The KJV Bible - John 20:11-17)
But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-0)
"And now you should give ear to my words lest you again make the mistake of hearing my teaching with the mind while in your hearts you fail to comprehend the meaning. From the beginning of my sojourn as one of you, I taught you that my one purpose was to reveal my Father in heaven to his children on earth. I have lived the God-revealing bestowal that you might experience the God-knowing career. I have revealed God as your Father in heaven; I have revealed you as the sons of God on earth. It is a fact that God loves you, his sons. By faith in my word this fact becomes an eternal and living truth in your hearts. When, by living faith, you become divinely God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise.
"I admonish you ever to remember that your mission among men is to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom--the reality of the fatherhood of God and the truth of the sonship of man. Proclaim the whole truth of the good news, not just a part of the saving gospel. Your message is not changed by my resurrection experience. Sonship with God, by faith, is still the saving truth of the gospel of the kingdom. You are to go forth preaching the love of God and the service of man. That which the world needs most to know is: Men are the sons of God, and through faith they can actually realize, and daily experience, this ennobling truth.
“My bestowal should help all men to know that they are the children of God, but such knowledge will not suffice if they fail personally to faith-grasp the saving truth that they are the living spirit sons of the eternal Father. The gospel of the kingdom is concerned with the love of the Father and the service of his children on earth.
"Among yourselves, here, you share the knowledge that I have risen from the dead, but that is not strange. I have the power to lay down my life and to take it up again; the Father gives such power to his Paradise Sons. You should the rather be stirred in your hearts by the knowledge that the dead of an age entered upon the eternal ascent soon after I left Joseph's new tomb. I lived my life in the flesh to show how you can, through loving service, become God-revealing to your fellow men even as, by loving you and serving you, I have become God-revealing to you. I have lived among you as the Son of Man that you, and all other men, might know that you are all indeed the sons of God. Therefore, go you now into all the world preaching this gospel of the kingdom of heaven to all men. Love all men as I have loved you; serve your fellow mortals as I have served you. Freely you have received, freely give. Only tarry here in Jerusalem while I go to the Father, and until I send you the Spirit of Truth. He shall lead you into the enlarged truth, and I will go with you into all the world. I am with you always, and my peace I leave with you."

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(from: The Church Within – Easter Service 1997)
Why are the Resurrection and subsequent appearances to many so important that even 2000 years later, the large portion of Mankind Celebrate them? Is it because He survived Mortal Death? Many would say so. But to me the true significance is that Jesus showed us, that WE can survive mortal death. If we faithfully choose Father's Will to the best of our ability of recognizing it, we need no longer fear for nor doubt our OWN survival of this life in the flesh.
Already we have survived this Life in the flesh, already have we begun our life in "The Kingdom of Heaven" once we choose in our Soul to accept Father's Will over the will of our own limited human Ego... once we stop telling God what we think we need and joyfully accept that which He offers us... Once we have realized that God's Will for us is so much more Grand than we could ever imagine for ourselves.

(from: The Church Within – Easter Service 1998)
I think I was 8 or 9 the first time I thought of the Resurrection of Jesus Before I thought of the Easter Bunny and the search for goodies... and I was brought up in a very religious Catholic home. Up to that point, the significance of the Resurrection was more than my young mind could grasp. But all of a sudden I thought about Jesus surviving mortal death. I thought that was more significant. Quite frankly, I didn't think much about redemption of sins at that age, what Really touched me was that He was "out there" somewhere and I could talk to him and he would, if I was sincere, listen to me. I could be in Communion with him because of his Resurrection! Ya know... that's Still the most significant thing about Easter to me.

(from: The Church Within – Easter Service 1999 –by: Minister Jill Megow)
Who is your Father? Your Dad? Today, when so many are especially focused on their spiritual beliefs with the celebration of Easter, I hope you will take time to ask yourself that question and find your Very Personal answer... your Own Personal Resurrection.
All faiths, all doctrines genuinely seek to help you know your Father in Heaven. Your Father knows where you are this morning, and He is with you. He Loves You!

(from: Church Within – Easter Service 2000)
Easter with a Child:
Oh BOY! Now I get to be the Easter Bunny!!! Childlike joy Renewed while watching a child find treats... later...

"...and Easter is Really about celebrating Jesus rising up again on the third day after he died."
"Then Why are there Easter Eggs?"
"Well, you've seen little chicks coming out of an egg... I think the eggs are about new life... and Jesus showed us that there is New Life after we die."
"Then Why is there Easter Grass and colored candy?"
"I think they're to celebrate the coming of Spring and all the new growth. New Grass and Flowers and Leaves start coming out from what looked like it had died in the winter."
"Then Why is there an Easter Bunny?"
"Maybe to remind us that there is someone Good and Wonderful that we cannot see with our eyes that puts good things in hard to find places for us to Find."
"Then Why can't we Celebrate and have Easter Every day?"
"That's a good Question."

(from: The Church Within – Easter Service 2001 – by: Minister Judy Girard)
The resurrection to which Easter calls us is our own. We must prepare to find God wherever and whenever God is. We must be prepared to find God in some very unexpected places. To see God in ways we never expected to, to hear God in words we thought we would never hear and maybe don't want to hear. We must open our hearts to fit around God and stop shrinking God to fit into our puny little hearts and minds. We must release the voice and presence of God. We must let God out of the tomb and into our lives. This demands that we let go of those social phobias, which keep us protected from one another. It means that we will reach out to one another –to everyone—to gays and women and men and immigrants and illegal aliens and prisoners and the poor and blacks and yellows and browns and strangers and children. It means listening to those to whom we do not usually listen—to women and angels in particular (those voices that are strangely lacking in most religious traditions). It means emptying tombs and contending with those whose beliefs are different from ours, and with whom it is not apparent that we share anything.

(from: The Church Within – Easter Service 2002)
May Your Own Spirit this day experience a New Resurrection… a New Life.

"Church Within - Easter 2003"

April 9
th 30 A.D.---The First Easter

April 20
th 2003 A.D.---The 1,973rd Easter…

Sometimes the date for Easter Sunday falls in late May… sometimes it comes in April… the actual day of the month varies. The only “given” seems to me to be that Easter always comes in the Springtime…

Only but a few short weeks ago, all of our Fruit Trees, Vines and Bushes appeared at first glance as though they were lifeless skeletons… they looked almost as if they were dead. This morning as I strolled the gardens, every single one of them---Tree, Vine and Bush---was bursting forth with New Growth, New Opportunity for the production of Fruit. They are all So Much Bigger and Stronger and More Vigorous than they were last Spring at this time… It's almost impossible to recognize them as the same ones. With proper care, they will this year undoubtedly produce Fruits Far more Abundantly than in years past

The appearance of death was only an Illusion… the Life Within continues on.

This is what I believe Resurrection is like.

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The Prayer
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Dear Father,
        Resurrect my Spirit this day from the Winter of my earthly discontent.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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4-27-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #343
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

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Humor of the Week
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The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
(Arthur C. Clarke)


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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

I've told you about this before, but I'll tell it again anyway…
On Thursday (sometimes Tuesday) evenings, my friend Rick Giles and I get together to write and produce music (and discuss Spirituality in-between)… Music Night. In Rick's bathroom is a little wooden cradle that holds close to a couple hundred or more 2X3 cards, each with one spiritual type word on it. It has become the custom when one of us has to “use the facilities,” to announce to the other that “I need to flip a card.” We usually keep track of the “words” and by the end of each Music Night it is not unusual that we get some pretty profound combinations of words. This week's combination of flipped cards (in order) was: WILL – HONESTY - DEVOTION

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #342, is WILL HONESTY and DEVOTION…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 8:15)

And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-2)
Salvation is the free gift of God, but those who are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow creatures. And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?

(From: Martin Luther King Jr.)
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

(From: Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
We must prepare to find God wherever and whenever God is. We must be prepared to find God in some very unexpected places. To see God in ways we never expected to, to hear God in words we thought we would never hear and maybe don't want to hear. We must open our hearts to fit around God and stop shrinking God to fit into our puny little hearts and minds. We must release the voice and presence of God.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-67 Section-3)
But it is entirely possible for the indwelling spirit to make direct contact with the decision-determining powers of the human personality so as to empower the fully consecrated will of the creature to perform amazing acts of loyal devotion to the will and the way of the Father in Paradise.

(From: Dr. Thomas Dooley)
Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.

(From: Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

(From: Abraham 12/3/01 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
There is a driving force within the soul of man that seeks to carry him through correction towards progression. To appear to have flaws is not weakness but steps of opportunity for growth. To commit to self-honesty is an opening for a spiritual driving force to give you a more precise thought-energy--leading to a more correct action.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-1)
There are present in all normal mortals certain innate drives toward growth and self-realization which function if they are not specifically inhibited. The certain technique of fostering this constitutive endowment of the potential of spiritual growth is to maintain an attitude of wholehearted devotion to supreme values.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-3)
Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe.

(From: Ham 6/18/2000 – the Nashville TeaM)
Honesty is loyalty to truth. When you are loyal to your highest truth, then honesty naturally flows into your life and through you. But, for the true God knowing man or woman the noble virtues of honor and honesty are not enough, for when you soul is dominated by love, both these virtues are tempered by an overriding kindness and a gentleness of spirit which can be said to be charm or social grace.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: George Bernard Shaw)
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege - my *privilege* to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

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The Sermon
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WILL, HONESTY and DEVOTION

For today's Sermon, “Will” is a Verb.

Will honesty and devotion.

That was it… in a nutshell.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is My will that Your Will be done in my life.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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