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#806
4-1-2012
#807
4-8-2012
#808
4-15-2012
#809
4-22-2012
#810
4-29-12

4-1-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #806
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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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Don't take yourself too seriously.

No one else does.

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

April Fool's day is not an excuse to act foolish…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #806, is Ignorance…

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The Sermon
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Ignorance is not equivalent or equal to stupidity.
Ignorance is but a lack of knowledge or a lack of understanding about something.

One may have extraordinary knowledge and understanding of some, even many things and yet remain totally Ignorant about some, even many other things. Knowing and understanding that you are still, and will always to some degree be, Ignorant of many things, is wisdom.

Choosing to remain Ignorant because it is easier than thinking for myself?
Thinking that I already Know and Understand everything?
Now That's being stupid.

Purposefully keeping people Ignorant to gain or maintain power or wealth?
That is just plain evil.

There is a Cure for Ignorance.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-16 Section-7)
        Man's choosing between good and evil is influenced, not only by the keenness of his moral nature, but also by such influences as ignorance, immaturity, and delusion.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), Strength to Love, 1963)
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-4)
The revelations of divine truth are not sealed except by human ignorance, bigotry, and narrow-minded intolerance. The light of the Scriptures is only dimmed by prejudice and darkened by superstition.

(From: Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919)
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.

(From:
Stephen Hawking)

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        Some persons are too busy to grow and are therefore in grave danger of spiritual fixation. Provision must be made for growth of meanings at differing ages, in successive cultures, and in the passing stages of advancing civilization. The chief inhibitors of growth are prejudice and ignorance.

(From: Hazlitt)
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

(From: Anatole France (1844 - 1924)
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-52 Section-6)
Ignorance breeds suspicion, and suspicion is incompatible with the essential attitude of sympathy and love.

(From: Saint Jerome (374 AD - 419 AD)
It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.

(From: Will Durant (1885 - 1981)
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Never underestimate your own ignorance.

(From: Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683)
So long as thou are ignorant be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-4)
“If you could only enjoy the inspiring satisfaction of knowing God as your spiritual Father, then you might employ your powers of speech to liberate your fellows from the bondage of darkness and from the slavery of ignorance.”

(From: Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)
There is no slavery but ignorance.

(From: Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

(From: Jeremy Taylor (1613 - 1667)
It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.

(From: Hippocrates (460 BC - 377 BC)
To really know is science; to merely believe you know is ignorance.

(From: Richard Whatley)
He who is not aware of his ignorance will only be misled by his knowledge.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
To conceal ignorance is to increase it. An honest confession of it, however, gives ground for the hope that it will diminish some day or the other.

(From: Homer Hickam, The Coalwood Way)
It is better to confess ignorance than provide it.

(From: Ling Po, (Chinese, 701-762)
He who neglects to drink from the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-1)
        Your inability or unwillingness to forgive your fellows is the measure of your immaturity, your failure to attain adult sympathy, understanding, and love. You hold grudges and nurse vengefulness in direct proportion to your ignorance of the inner nature and true longings of your children and your fellow beings. Love is the outworking of the divine and inner urge of life. It is founded on understanding, nurtured by unselfish service, and perfected in wisdom.”        

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to lessen my Ignorance.

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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4-8-2012 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #807
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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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Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it.
Hello?

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Happy Easter everyone!

The topic of today's Easter Sunday Service, #807, is Easter…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-188 Section-4)
        When once you grasp the idea of God as a true and loving Father, the only concept which Jesus ever taught, you must forthwith, in all consistency, utterly abandon all those primitive notions about God as an offended monarch, a stern and all-powerful ruler whose chief delight is to detect his subjects in wrongdoing and to see that they are adequately punished, unless some being almost equal to himself should volunteer to suffer for them, to die as a substitute and in their stead. The whole idea of ransom and atonement is incompatible with the concept of God as it was taught and exemplified by Jesus of Nazareth. The infinite love of God is not secondary to anything in the divine nature.
        All this concept of atonement and sacrificial salvation is rooted and grounded in selfishness. Jesus taught that service to one's fellows is the highest concept of the brotherhood of spirit believers. Salvation should be taken for granted by those who believe in the fatherhood of God. The believer's chief concern should not be the selfish desire for personal salvation but rather the unselfish urge to love and, therefore, serve one's fellows even as Jesus loved and served mortal men.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-188 Section-4)
        Mortal man was never the property of the arch deceivers. Jesus did not die to ransom man from the clutch of the apostate rulers and fallen princes of the spheres. The Father in heaven never conceived of such crass injustice as damning a mortal soul because of the evil-doing of his ancestors. Neither was the Master's death on the cross a sacrifice which consisted in an effort to pay God a debt which the race of mankind had come to owe him.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-188 Section-4)
        When once you grasp the idea of God as a true and loving Father, the only concept which Jesus ever taught, you must forthwith, in all consistency, utterly abandon all those primitive notions about God as an offended monarch, a stern and all-powerful ruler whose chief delight is to detect his subjects in wrongdoing and to see that they are adequately punished, unless some being almost equal to himself should volunteer to suffer for them, to die as a substitute and in their stead. The whole idea of ransom and atonement is incompatible with the concept of God as it was taught and exemplified by Jesus of Nazareth. The infinite love of God is not secondary to anything in the divine nature.
        All this concept of atonement and sacrificial salvation is rooted and grounded in selfishness. Jesus taught that service to one's fellows is the highest concept of the brotherhood of spirit believers. Salvation should be taken for granted by those who believe in the fatherhood of God. The believer's chief concern should not be the selfish desire for personal salvation but rather the unselfish urge to love and, therefore, serve one's fellows even as Jesus loved and served mortal men.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 23:32-49)
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last.
Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, and said, "Certainly this man was innocent!" And all the multitudes who assembled to see the sight, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-188 Section-5)
        The triumph of the death on the cross is all summed up in the spirit of Jesus' attitude toward those who assailed him. He made the cross an eternal symbol of the triumph of love over hate and the victory of truth over evil when he prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” That devotion of love was contagious throughout a vast universe; the disciples caught it from their Master. The very first teacher of his gospel who was called upon to lay down his life in this service, said, as they stoned him to death, “Lay not this sin to their charge.”
The cross makes a supreme appeal to the best in man because it discloses one who was willing to lay down his life in the service of his fellow men. Greater love no man can have than this: that he would be willing to lay down his life for his friends—and Jesus had such a love that he was willing to lay down his life for his enemies, a love greater than any which had hitherto been known on earth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-189 Section-4)
        As these women sat there in the early hours of the dawn of this new day, they looked to one side and observed a silent and motionless stranger. For a moment they were again frightened, but Mary Magdalene, rushing toward him and addressing him as if she thought he might be the caretaker of the garden, said, “Where have you taken the Master? Where have they laid him? Tell us that we may go and get him.” When the stranger did not answer Mary, she began to weep. Then spoke Jesus to them, saying, “Whom do you seek?” Mary said: “We seek for Jesus who was laid to rest in Joseph's tomb, but he is gone. Do you know where they have taken him?” Then said Jesus: “Did not this Jesus tell you, even in Galilee, that he would die, but that he would rise again?” These words startled the women, but the Master was so changed that they did not yet recognize him with his back turned to the dim light. And as they pondered his words, he addressed the Magdalene with a familiar voice, saying, “Mary.” And when she heard that word of well-known sympathy and affectionate greeting, she knew it was the voice of the Master, and she rushed to kneel at his feet while she exclaimed, “My Lord, and my Master!” And all of the other women recognized that it was the Master who stood before them in glorified form, and they quickly knelt before him.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-191 Section-6)
        "Peace be upon you. That which my Father sent me into the world to establish belongs not to a race, a nation, nor to a special group of teachers or preachers. This gospel of the kingdom belongs to both Jew and gentile, to rich and poor, to free and bond, to male and female, even to the little children. And you are all to proclaim this gospel of love and truth by the lives which you live in the flesh. You shall love one another with a new and startling affection, even as I have loved you. You will serve mankind with a new and amazing devotion, even as I have served you. And when men see you so love them, and when they behold how fervently you serve them, they will perceive that you have become faith-fellows of the kingdom of heaven, and they will follow after the Spirit of Truth which they see in your lives, to the finding of eternal salvation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-2)
        And to all who love the Lord supremely and their neighbors like themselves, the God of heaven says: 'I will ransom you from the grave; I will redeem you from death. I will be merciful to your children, as well as just. Have I not said of my creatures on earth, you are the sons of the living God? And have I not loved you with an everlasting love? Have I not called you to become like me and to dwell forever with me in Paradise?'”

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The Sermon
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I'm not saying that I do not thoroughly enjoy Easter Eggs and candy and Easter Dinner with Family and Friends, because that would be lying. <grin>

But, Today's Quotes pretty much summed up what Easter means to me Personally.

Take time today to reflect upon what Easter Really Means to You.

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The Prayer
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Dear Jesus,
        Thank you for teaching us how to Love one another. Please help us to better use those teachings in dealing with our fellow man.

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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4-15-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #808
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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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Two men meet on the street: "How are you?" one asks. The other replies: "I'm fine, thanks." "And how's your son? Is he still unemployed?" "Yes, he is. But he is meditating now." "Meditating? What's that?" "I don't know. But it's better than sitting around doing nothing!"

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

As I was in stillness listening for a topic for today's Service, I heard the words “Attitude Adjustment.” Well… I decided it wasn't time for another sermon on attitude yet so…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #808, is Adjustments…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #
77)
As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn't enough.

Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
They take from those who don't have enough
and give to those who have far too much.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-9)
        “A wise man is occupied with the search for truth, not in seeking for a mere living. To attain the perfection of Heaven is the goal of man. The superior man is given to self-adjustment, and he is free from anxiety and fear. God is with you; have no doubt in your heart. Every good deed has its recompense.”

(From: Confucius)
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
        Success may generate courage and promote confidence, but wisdom comes only from the experiences of adjustment to the results of one's failures. Men who prefer optimistic illusions to reality can never become wise. Only those who face facts and adjust them to ideals can achieve wisdom. Wisdom embraces both the fact and the ideal and therefore saves its devotees from both of those barren extremes of philosophy--the man whose idealism excludes facts and the materialist who is devoid of spiritual outlook.

(From: Ham 10/20/2002 – the Nashville TeaM)
Year by year, little by little as you each grow in the spirit so do you advance the spirit in your world. There is no substitute for individual spiritual growth, there is no magic road, no instantaneous healing, no instant conversion that can take the place of the small steps one after another of the spiritual progressor. Wisdom is not bestowed in a blinding flash of light. Wisdom is gained by difficult daily struggles, by individual adjustment, by the tiny changes that are wrought in your hearts by the spirit's presence and influence day by day.

(From: Joseph Chilton Pearce)
We are shaped by each other. We adjust not to the reality of a world, but to the reality of other thinkers.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-81 Section-6)
Time is essential to all types of human adjustment--physical, social, or economic. Only moral and spiritual adjustments can be made on the spur of the moment, and even these require the passing of time for the full outworking of their material and social repercussions.

(From: Denis Diderot)
“There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.”

  1. (From: Elyon - 9/12/93 – The North Idaho TeaM)
All around you are God's children. There is no point in time when anyone need feel alone. All of space is teeming with life and personality and this is the source for the outflowing of love to one another. Many go through life struggling to experience companionship and togetherness only because of the lack of comprehension that everyone is a brother, is a sister. Much of life is spent with the conception that you are on the outside seeking entrance into fellowship. A simple adjustment of perception would remove great distances between the hearts of all. Since the Father has created us all, we cannot be anything else but His family.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul. If you possess these rare and charming gifts, as the days pass you will become more alert and expert in your worthy efforts to avoid all unnecessary social misunderstandings. Such wise souls are able to avoid much of the trouble which is certain to be the portion of all who suffer from lack of emotional adjustment, those who refuse to grow up, and those who refuse to grow old gracefully.

(From:
William Frederick Book)

“Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-3)
        Personal, spiritual religious experience is an efficient solvent for most mortal difficulties; it is an effective sorter, evaluator, and adjuster of all human problems. Religion does not remove or destroy human troubles, but it does dissolve, absorb, illuminate, and transcend them. True religion unifies the personality for effective adjustment to all mortal requirements

  1. (From: Will Durant)
“Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-2)
        Modern religion finds it difficult to adjust its attitude toward the rapidly shifting social changes only because it has permitted itself to become so thoroughly traditionalized, dogmatized, and institutionalized. The religion of living experience finds no difficulty in keeping ahead of all these social developments and economic upheavals, amid which it ever functions as a moral stabilizer, social guide, and spiritual pilot. True religion carries over from one age to another the worth-while culture and that wisdom which is born of the experience of knowing God and striving to be like him.

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The Sermon
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Often times we are tempted to completely discard those things that had at one period or another in our lives served to propel us forward toward new avenues of Personal Spiritual Growth and Discovery. Not of course while they are still working their “magic” on our perceptions and our attitudes, but rather afterwards when the excitement has passed and try as you might, you can't seem to replicate the experiences that were once so transformational. One begins to question the validity or perhaps even the reality of the experience… “But I Know that I Experienced it! I would be being untrue to myself and my personal growth if I denied it!!” And so we hold on to it… file it away somewhere where it won't remind us of our failure to reach perfection yet, even though it felt so Close. In Reality, you couldn't have thrown it away if you had tried… it is an integral part of who you have become. Oh, you can always lie to yourself of course… if you repeat it to yourself often enough you can almost make yourself believe it… almost.

Sometimes it takes but a simple small Adjustment to put everything back into alignment again.
Attitude…
Perception…
Perspective…
Direction…
Choices…

What indeed will it take This time?
Most often you don't really need to change… you just need to Adjust.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to find the proper Adjustments… I've been feeling out of alignment long enough.

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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4-22-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #809
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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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A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Need Answers??

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #809, is Question…

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Quotes
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(From:
Joseph Heller (1923 - 1999), Catch 22)

There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

(From: John J. Plomp)
You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.

(From: James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-7)
        The God-knowing individual is not one who is blind to the difficulties or unmindful of the obstacles which stand in the way of finding God in the maze of superstition, tradition, and materialistic tendencies of modern times. He has encountered all these deterrents and triumphed over them, surmounted them by living faith, and attained the highlands of spiritual experience in spite of them. But it is true that many who are inwardly sure about God fear to assert such feelings of certainty because of the multiplicity and cleverness of those who assemble objections and magnify difficulties about believing in God. It requires no great depth of intellect to pick flaws, ask questions, or raise objections. But it does require brilliance of mind to answer these questions and solve these difficulties; faith certainty is the greatest technique for dealing with all such superficial contentions.

(From: James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

(From:
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

(From: Solomon Ibn Gabirol)
A wise man's question contains half the answer.

(From: Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

(From: John Kerry)
It's time we framed every question - every issue -- not in terms of what's in it for 'me,' but what's in it for all of us?

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), December 11, 1964)
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

(From: Henry Drummond)
The world is not a playground; it's a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. And the one eternal question for us all is how better we can love.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-158 Section-5)
“Question not my Father's power of love, only the sincerity and reach of your faith. All things are possible to him who really believes.”

(From: George S. Patton (1885 - 1945)
When in doubt, observe and ask questions. When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions.

(From: Paul A. Samuelson)
Good questions outrank easy answers.

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The Sermon
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Any Questions??

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to ask the right questions.

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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4-29-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #810
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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 no time like the present for postponing what you ought to be doing.

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It is vitally important to all aspects of life…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #810, is Timing…

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Quotes
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(From: Albert Einstein)

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

(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: Robert Green Ingersoll)
“My creed is that; Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.”

(From: The ASB Bible - Mark 13:33)
"Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-5)
“My son, everything must await the coming of its time. You are born into the world, but no amount of anxiety and no manifestation of impatience will help you to grow up. You must, in all such matters, wait upon time. Time alone will ripen the green fruit upon the tree. Season follows season and sundown follows sunrise only with the passing of time. I am now on the way to Rome with you and your father, and that is sufficient for today. My tomorrow is wholly in the hands of my Father in heaven.”

(From: Hesiod (~800 BC)
Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.

(From:
Anne Sullivan)

“Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.”

(From: Tarkas 4/3/94 – the Half Moon Bay TeaM)
Now consider patience from the broader perspective of God's timing. When you allow yourself to see that the best outworking of events comes with guidance from God, then you hold lightly to your plan, your expectations of how things may go. It is not an abandonment of your schedule; it is merely an open-minded attitude that perhaps alterations to your timing schedule are the Father's, and therefore, most welcome in the events of your life. Patience requires a gentleness in your attitude, a willingness to allow for quiet moments of contemplation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper- 165 Section-5)
Which of you by anxiety can add a handbreadth to your stature or a day to your life? Since such matters are not in your hands, why do you give anxious thought to any of these problems?

(From: Henry Van Dyke)
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

(From: Gloria Naylor)
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go... And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.

(From: Unknown)
“A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-12 Section-7)
        The will of God does not uniformly prevail in the heart of the God-seeking material mortal, but if the time frame is enlarged beyond the moment to embrace the whole of the first life, then does God's will become increasingly discernible in the spirit fruits which are borne in the lives of the spirit-led children of God.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 7:6)
Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.

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The Sermon
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Do you ever feel that some things just don't seem to happen soon enough for your liking? Little things… Big things… personal things… Societal things… It feels as though the timing should be Right but something stands in the way… something prevents its accomplishment. The human tendency is to look for something or someone to blame for obstructing, for blocking those things.

We have all at some time or another had the perception that, “The things that are important to Me don't happen as soon as they should!” Why is that do you think? Could it be that what is important to me right now may be different than what is important to others right now… and that they may all be equally important?

You've prayed for things before, haven't you, that it seemed like the answer was a resounding No? What if God's answer wasn't really a “no” but a not quite yet? “But I'm ready Now!” Are you? Are you absolutely sure? Would that be according to Your Timing or according to God's Timing? “What… there's a Difference? I thought God was Perfect, how could His timing be so Wrong?” “You don't think that it is My Timing that could be so off, do you? I should be the one to Know when the Timing is right for Me, shouldn't I???”

What if yours and my Timing is a little off and it is God's Timing that is actually Perfect? That IS infinitely more likely, wouldn't you suppose? God being Infinite and all?

Wouldn't we all be a lot better off praying for a better understanding of God's Timing than getting frustrated because things don't seem to be happening soon enough for our own personal liking?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to better align myself with Your Timing, because in the long and short run it is what is best for me and everyone else as well.

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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