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#754
4-3-2011
#755
4-10-2011
#756
4-17-2011
#757
4-24-2011

4-3-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #754
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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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We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)

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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.

Everyone should have some…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #754, is Respect…

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The Sermon
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What is Respect exactly? It is something that everyone wants certainly. Indeed it is something that everyone thinks that they deserve at least some measure of. Is Respect something that we show to others as much as we wish it were shown to us?

Respect means different things to different people… and they often Want it for totally different reasons… surely they Give it for a variety of different reasons. It is not always easy to respect others in the way they might wish to be respected… as much as we may truly respect them… especially if it is completely unlike our own cravings for respect. What we may respect about another is not necessarily what they might respect about themselves.

Perhaps we cannot define Respect… Perhaps defining Respect Limits it.

Respect is not always evidence of Love, but Love is always evidence of a measure of Respect.

Love

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Quotes
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(From:
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-126 Section-0)
Jesus had great respect for the sincere Pharisees and the honest scribes, but he held the hypocritical Pharisees and the dishonest theologians in great contempt; he looked with disdain upon all those religious leaders who were not sincere.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-84 Section-7)
Respect of the child for his parents arises, not in knowledge of the obligation implied in parental procreation, but naturally grows as a result of the care, training, and affection which are lovingly displayed in assisting the child to win the battle of life. The true parent is engaged in a continuous service-ministry which the wise child comes to recognize and appreciate.

(From: Will 12/15/91 – the Tallahassee TeaM)
By treating each other with respect and showing concern for the dignity of each other, you are on the path to what we see as a loving relationship among yourselves.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-138 Section-8)
        The disciples early learned that the Master had a profound respect and sympathetic regard for every human being he met, and they were tremendously impressed by this uniform and unvarying consideration which he so consistently gave to all sorts of men, women, and children. He would pause in the midst of a profound discourse that he might go out in the road to speak good cheer to a passing woman laden with her burden of body and soul. He would interrupt a serious conference with his apostles to fraternize with an intruding child. Nothing ever seemed so important to Jesus as the individual human who chanced to be in his immediate presence. He was master and teacher, but he was more--he was also a friend and neighbor, an understanding comrade.

(From: Richard Bach, Illusions [1977])
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

(From: U Thant)
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
        
(From: Jane Addams (1860 - 1935)
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.

(From: Bill Kelly, Blast from the Past, 1999)
Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-25 Section-3)
The higher a creature's education, the more respect he has for the knowledge, experience, and opinions of others.

(From: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
        Spiritual living mightily increases true self-respect. But self-respect is not self-admiration. Self-respect is always co-ordinate with the love and service of one's fellows. It is not possible to respect yourself more than you love your neighbor; the one is the measure of the capacity for the other.

(From:
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I do not respect you out of fear, but rather out of Love.        

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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4-10-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #755
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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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People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
David H. Comins

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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 couldn't figure out what to write about today and then what popped into my mind but….

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #755, is Ideas…

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The Sermon
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Ideas…

They are essential to intelligent life. Ideas regularly appear in our minds without effort… seemingly at times out of nowhere… and then other times we can hunt and search for them incessantly while they remain hidden and beyond our reach.

Ideas are very good things to have but it becomes obvious to us early on in life that not all ideas are good ones. Some of them can get us into a great deal of trouble and some can actually be fatal if acted upon. Intelligence is not necessarily required in order to Have ideas, but it is often useful in helping us to survive them and always a key factor in helping us to profit by them.

Ideas may lie dormant within our minds for years, seemingly insignificant, until other apparently random unassociated Ideas are introduced and combine to create new and transcendent Ideas otherwise impossible of realization. How many of these Ideas pass us by un-embraced because we allow ourselves to be distracted by flashy trinkets or the promise of wealth without effort?

Knowledge and Wisdom help us to make the best use of our Ideas. Ignorance can make our Ideas worthless.

Choose Knowledge… seek Wisdom.

Perhaps one of Your Ideas could be one to make the world a better place for everyone…

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Quotes
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(From:
William O. Douglas (1898 - 1980)
The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-1)
Eternal truth should not be slighted because it chances to be found in company with obsolete ideas regarding the material world. The more of science you know, the less sure you can be; the more of religion you have, the more certain you are.

(From: Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986)
I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.

(From: J. B. S. Haldane (1892 - 1964)
So many new ideas are at first strange and horrible, though ultimately valuable that a very heavy responsibility rests upon those who would prevent their dissemination.

(From: Arthur C. Clarke)
New ideas pass through three periods:
- It can't be done.
- It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
- I knew it was a good idea all along!


(From: John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946)
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

(From: Oliver Wendell Holmes)
"A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions."

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-13 Section-7)
        Ideas are not simply a record of sensations; ideas are sensations plus the reflective interpretations of the personal self; and the self is more than the sum of one's sensations. There begins to be something of an approach to unity in an evolving selfhood, and that unity is derived from the indwelling presence of a part of absolute unity which spiritually activates such a self-conscious animal-origin mind.

(From: Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.

(From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-2)
You cannot conceive of religion without ideas, but when religion once becomes reduced only to an idea, it is no longer religion; it has become merely a species of human philosophy.

(From: Thomas J. Watson)
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

(From:
J. Arthur Thomson)

The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-4)
        Ideas may take origin in the stimuli of the outer world, but ideals are born only in the creative realms of the inner world. Today the nations of the world are directed by men who have a superabundance of ideas, but they are poverty-stricken in ideals. That is the explanation of poverty, divorce, war, and racial hatreds.

(From: Hyman Rickover (1900 - 1986)
Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Epistles)
The best ideas are common property.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-6)
The expansion of material knowledge permits a greater intellectual appreciation of the meanings of ideas and the values of ideals. A human being can find truth in his inner experience, but he needs a clear knowledge of facts to apply his personal discovery of truth to the ruthlessly practical demands of everyday life.

(From: John Cage (1912 - 1992)
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

(From: Hugh Macleod)
Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships, that is why good ideas are always initially resisted. Good ideas come with a heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it.

(From: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)
Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.

(From: Reed Markham)
Successful innovators recognize that discovery of great ideas come from looking at the same thing as everyone else and observing something different.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-68 Section-4)
        The survival of a society depends chiefly on the progressive evolution of its mores. The process of custom evolution grows out of the desire for experimentation; new ideas are put forward — competition ensues. A progressing civilization embraces the progressive idea and endures; time and circumstance finally select the fitter group for survival.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to recognize those Ideas that are coming from You!

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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4-17-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #756
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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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There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.

James Branch Cabell (1879 - 1958)

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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 Main thing about today's topic is… you either get it, or you don't…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #756, is Satisfaction…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-181 Section-1)
The peace of Jesus is the joy and satisfaction of a God-knowing individual who has achieved the triumph of learning fully how to do the will of God while living the mortal life in the flesh.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 14:8)
"Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied."

(From: Chris Messina)
Look at what your idea of success would be. The more that you take in external motivators, the more it reduces your ultimate satisfaction because it doesn't come from inside.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
To a child, happiness is the satisfaction of immediate pleasure craving. The adult is willing to sow seeds of self-denial in order to reap subsequent harvests of augmented happiness.

(From: William Raspberry)
Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.

(From:
Johnson)

The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
        Service--purposeful service, not slavery--is productive of the highest satisfaction and is expressive of the divinest dignity. Service--more service, increased service, difficult service, adventurous service, and at last divine and perfect service--is the goal of time and the destination of space.

(From: Maxwell Maltz)
We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-39 Section-4)
There is no material reward for righteous living, but there is profound satisfaction--consciousness of achievement--and this transcends any conceivable material reward.

(From: Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
You should realize that there is a great reward of personal satisfaction in being first just, next fair, then patient, then kind.

(From: Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922)
Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfillment of animal desires.

(From: Jean-Jaques Rousseau)
As for you, your happiness is complete; it remains merely to enjoy it. And to become perfectly happy you are in need of nothing more than to know how to be satisfied with being so.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-2)
        Until you attain Paradise levels, goodness will always be more of a quest than a possession, more of a goal than an experience of attainment. But even as you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you experience increasing satisfaction in the partial attainment of goodness.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:6)
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

(From: Betty Friedan (1921 - 2006)
We need to readjust the definition of success to account for time outside of work and satisfaction of life, not just the dollars-and-cents bottom line.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-34 Section-6)
        It is the presence of the divine Spirit, the water of life, that prevents the consuming thirst of mortal discontent and that indescribable hunger of the unspiritualized human mind. Spirit-motivated beings "never thirst, for this spiritual water shall be in them a well of satisfaction springing up into life everlasting." Such divinely watered souls are all but independent of material environment as regards the joys of living and the satisfactions of earthly existence. They are spiritually illuminated and refreshed, morally strengthened and endowed.

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The Sermon
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We go through our whole life seeking Satisfaction… from the first moment of our birth until our last moment of consciousness.

Needs, wants, curiosity… the very longings of our Soul and of our Inner Spirit… all of these things plead for Satisfaction. Does not our very survival depend upon it? Our physical vehicle (body) demands Satisfaction for its hunger for food, its need for comfort and rest, its wish for movement and action and it's yearning for sensations. Is it not the same for our minds, souls and Spirits as well? The hungers and needs and wishes and yearnings may be different for them all, but still they all Have… hungers, needs, wishes and yearnings. Do they not?

Body – Mind – Soul – Spirit
Often the urge for Satisfaction is so strong that when it is missing from one of those four parts of who we are, we compensate by substituting a Satisfaction from one of the other three. Mind, Soul and Spirit are not always so simply satisfied as the body, so quite often the human tendency is to give the body a “reward” of Satisfaction and hope that the self is somehow appeased. The human mind may rather easily be able to convince itself that it is then satisfied, but it is a temporary measure at best. It is my contention that the human mind and its associated operating system, the ego, are the most difficult of the four to fully satisfy (not going out on a limb too much there, Is it? ;-). Dissatisfaction does have a way of keeping us in motion, doesn't it? That's not really such a bad thing… it's a necessary thing actually. It keeps us searching, seeking, learning, experiencing.

The Body is never permanently Satisfied… it cannot be.

The Mind is never truly Satisfied… it will not be.

The Soul is never fully Satisfied… but often it is.

The Spirit is never completely Satisfied… yet it is Always completely Satisfied.

From where do you receive your greatest Satisfaction?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Your Love is the source of all Satisfaction.

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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4-24-2011 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #757
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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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"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." -- Henry Ward Beecher

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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.

To all of you who celebrate it…
Happy Easter!

It is hard to find new topics for Easter…

The topic of today's Easter Sunday Service, #757, is Resurrection…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-68 Section-0)
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. In truth, whosoever lives and believes in me shall never really die.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-190 Section-0)
        All this power which is inherent in Jesus — the endowment of life — and which enabled him to rise from the dead, is the very gift of eternal life which he bestows upon kingdom believers, and which even now makes certain their resurrection from the bonds of natural death.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 15:42-44)
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-3)
Those who experience the resurrection from the dead are more like the angels of heaven, and they never die. These resurrected ones are eternally the sons of God; they are the children of light resurrected into the progress of eternal life.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 22:30-32)
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living."

(From: Hal Borland)
“To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity.”

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The Sermon
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All around the world people are today celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. It is also a day that the emerging new growth of Spring reminds people of the fresh new life resurrected from the dormancy of winter. Children of all ages find excitement and joy in the seeking and finding of hidden treats.

Easter is a day of celebrating Newness and Discovery and indeed Life itself… Life Renewed, Life Resurrected.

The material recycles. It is Life that Resurrects.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May I every morning, Resurrect your Love in my heart and soul.

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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