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4-7-2013
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4-14-2013
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4-21-2013
#862
4-28-2013

4-7-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #859
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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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One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.


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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.

Anybody ever tell you that you are really different?
Did it bother you?
It shouldn't...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #859, is Uniqueness…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-12 Section-7)
The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all eternity.

(From: Ham 9/24/2000 – the Nashville TeaM)
Don't be afraid of your own uniqueness, embrace it.

(From: Martha Graham (1894 - 1991 )
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882 )
Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-112 Section-0)
Personality is unique, absolutely unique: It is unique in time and space; it is unique in eternity and on Paradise; it is unique when bestowed — there are no duplicates; it is unique during every moment of existence;

(From: Teacher Daniel - 2/17/95– the Pocatello TeaM)
You are very beautiful and unique. You each are a unique expression of the First Source, the God of us all, the I AM. My friends I would invite you to relish your own uniqueness and relish the uniqueness of your brothers and sisters.

(From: Lynn Johnston)
We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we're doing!

(From: Sidney Madwed )
If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.

(From: Ham 3/13/94 – the Nashville TeaM)
Little does any one man give except the imprint of his unique personality onto others. He who is wise uses his uniqueness, celebrates his differentness and exults in its changing nature

(From: Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.

(From: The Book of Runes - #2 - Partnership / A Gift)
For true Partnership is only achieved by separate and whole beings who retain their uniqueness even as they unite. Remember to let the winds of Heaven dance between you.

(From: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900 )
At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

(From: Viggo Mortensen )
Everyone has it in them to be an artist. No matter what you pursue in life you can still express your own unique artistic vision. And that is the most important thing to do. It doesn't matter what those around you think or say about your art, what matters is to just go through the process of creating. It's only within that process that you can understand.

(From: Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983 )
Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments. It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-1)
It is this divine in man that gives origin to his unselfish interest in the welfare of other men. But since personality is unique — no two mortals being alike — it inevitably follows that no two human beings can similarly interpret the leadings and urges of the spirit of divinity which lives within their minds.

(From: Hilary Duff (1987 - )
Mom always tells me to celebrate everyone's uniqueness. I like the way that sounds.

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The Sermon
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What is it about you that makes you truly Unique?
Do you suppose that is what others would think is really Unique about you?
Do you think that it is easier to identify your Own Uniqueness or someone else's?

Is Uniqueness determined by how a person is different, or by how they are special?
Or... is it both?

We are all so very different from one another... it's exceedingly simple to recognize just how someone else is different-Unique from you and, you are from them.

Finding the numerous ways that other people are Special-Unique is Far more complicated... it often requires special effort and personal interest. You have to Want to know how they are Special-Unique.

Do you Look for the ways that others are Uniquely Special?
Do you allow others to see all of the ways that You are?

Embrace the Uniqueness... Theirs and Your Own

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for our Differences... for our Specialness... for our Uniqueness. It is what makes life interesting.

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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4-14-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #860
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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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I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is 'when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce 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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Here's one I don't think I've used before. At least the quotes didn't seem familiar...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #860, is Anticipation…

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes -#9 - Defense / Avertive Power / Yew Tree )

        As we are tested we fund the power to avert blockage and defeat. At the same time, we develop in ourselves an aversion to the conduct that creates stress in our lives.

        If there appears to be an obstacle in your path, remember that even a delay may prove beneficial. Do not be overly eager to press forward, for this is not a situation in which you can make your influence felt. Patience is the counsel Eihwaz offers: nothing hectic, no acting needy, or lusting after a desired outcomes. This Rune speaks to the difficulties that arise at the beginning of new life. Often it announces a time of waiting---for a spring to fill up with water, for fruit to ripen on the bough.

        Perseverance and foresight are called for here. The ability to foresee consequences before you act is a mark of the profound person. Avert anticipated difficulties through right action, this Rune is saying. For even more than we are “doers”, we are “deciders.” And once the decision is clear, the doing becomes effortless.

        Receiving the rune Eihwaz, you are put on notice that through inconvenience and discomfort, growth is promoted. This may well be a trying time; certainly it is a meaningful one. As the wood of the yew tree becomes the bow of the Spiritual Warrior, so the obstacle on your path can become the gateway to a new life unfolding.

Set your house in order, tend to business, be clear, and wait on the Will of Heaven.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-7)
        Worship is intended to anticipate the better life ahead and then to reflect these new spiritual significances back onto the life which now is. Prayer is spiritually sustaining, but worship is divinely creative.

(From: Samuel Smiles )
“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.”

(From: Samuel Johnson)
“Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.”

(From: Josh Billings (1818 - 1885 )
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

(From: Publilius Syrus (~100 BC )
The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.

(From: Abbe Guillaume Raynal)
The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents him; it is the lapidary who gives value to the diamond which the peasant has dug up without knowing its value.

(From: C. C. Colton )
Men of strong minds and who think for themselves, should not be discouraged on finding occasionally that some of their best ideas have been anticipated by former writers; they will neither anathematize others nor despair themselves. They will rather go on discovering things before discovered, until they are rewarded with a land hitherto unknown, an empire indisputably their own, both right of conquest and of discovery.

(From: Jerry Uelsmann )
“Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-14 Section-5)
        Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.

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The Sermon
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Anticipation Can Be A Two Way Street

For some, Anticipation can provide the delight of...
Enthusiasm
Expectancy
Eagerness
Opportunity
Hope

And yet for others, Anticipation may provoke feelings of...
Suspense
Edginess
Apprehension
Anxiety
Fear

Now of course each of us may indeed experience Anticipation on both sides of that two way street at various different times and, for a variety of different reasons. Chances are also very good that no two people experience Anticipation in quite the same way or for the same reasons. It would of course depend upon their previous experiences in similar circumstances, would it not? Perhaps personality Also plays some small role in how one might experience Anticipation, don't you think?

Let's imagine for example that I had a Vacation coming up... My Anticipation would be the Delight of Enthusiasm, Expectancy, Eagerness, Opportunity and Hope... Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy... this is Going to be Great! (in fact I Do and it Is) Now someone else in Anticipation of a vacation may very well look toward it with trepidation, anxiety and apprehension... What if something bad happens? What if I forget something I need? What if my expectations are disappointed?

Now let's imagine there was an important Test coming up... Some might Anticipate it as an opportunity to prove themselves, while others may Anticipate it with a fear of failure.

What about meeting with God? How does Your Anticipation play out?
Hope and Eagerness?
or...
Anxiety and Fear?

Life is both Vacation and Test... Let us learn the joy of both.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for all the Opportunities!

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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4-21-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #861
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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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By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

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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 could be about pain and suffering... but no.
It could be about anger and rage... though it isn't.
It could be about physical desires... not this time...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #861, is Passion…

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Quotes
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(From:
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC )
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), De Profundis, 1905)
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

(From: H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

(From: Bernard M. Baruch (1870 - 1965 )
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-1)
        The wise and effective solution of any problem demands that the mind shall be free from bias, passion, and all other purely personal prejudices which might interfere with the disinterested survey of the actual factors that go to make up the problem presenting itself for solution. The solution of life problems requires courage and sincerity. Only honest and brave individuals are able to follow valiantly through the perplexing and confusing maze of living to where the logic of a fearless mind may lead. And this emancipation of the mind and soul can never be effected without the driving power of an intelligent enthusiasm which borders on religious zeal. It requires the lure of a great ideal to drive man on in the pursuit of a goal which is beset with difficult material problems and manifold intellectual hazards.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), The Prophet )
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite.

(From: Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892 )
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-7)
        Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.

(From: Honore De Balzac (1799 - 1850 )
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

(From: Georg Wilhelm, O Magazine, September 2003 )
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.

(From: Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784 )
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

(From: Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)
It's the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-2)
An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one's fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Adjuster, all of which lead directly to an increased desire to do the Father's will, thereby fostering the divine passion to find God and to be more like him.

(From: Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane Commencement Speech, 2009 )
Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.

(From: Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)
What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life.

(From: Nicholas Chamfort (1741 - 1794)
His passions make man live, his wisdom merely makes him last.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-5)
        Do not try to satisfy the curiosity or gratify all the latent adventure surging within the soul in one short life in the flesh. Be patient! be not tempted to indulge in a lawless plunge into cheap and sordid adventure. Harness your energies and bridle your passions; be calm while you await the majestic unfolding of an endless career of progressive adventure and thrilling discovery.

(From: Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)
"Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

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The Sermon
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What are you Passionate about?

What is your Passion?
Have you one?
Are you able to pursue it?

Fortunate are they who are able to survive and make a living through the pursuit of their Passion... fortunate and extremely rare. Most must find time or make time in order to spend time with their Passions. Far too many have not yet discovered their Passion or know not even that they are permitted to have one. Sadder are they who have known but abandoned their Passion(s).

Even if it is but seldom one gets the opportunity... even if the time for it is severely limited... time spent pursuing, practicing, enjoying their own Passion gives pleasure to life... helps a person to appreciate the life they have been given... gives one reason to endure the hardships and bear the burdens that living gives rise to.

Never attempt to prevent or deny another their Passions... especially if you perceive that someone else has ever denied you yours. Rather... support them and encourage them to pursue their Passions even when you do not share them. They may then be the more inclined to support and encourage you in your own.

Passion

Live with it...

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for all your encouragements.

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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4-22-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #862
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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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One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

Will Durant

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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.

There is so much in the world today that seems disingenuous. We need more of the...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #862, is Genuine…

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The Sermon
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These are the 15 “Genuine” things from today's 15 quotes. They are not in the same order as are their associated quotes. Their particular arrangement is purposeful as is the particular arrangement of the quotes. I will leave it up to you to identify the purpose of each...

“Genuine...

...goodness”
...self-respect”
...morality”
...character achievement”
...religiosity”
...desire”
...personal religious experience”
...inward certainty”
...conditions of our lives”
...meekness”
...religion”
...unselfish love”
...compassion”
... appreciation”
...goodness”

“Genuine goodness” appears in 2 different quotes so I used it twice... at the beginning and at the end.

Genuine Goodness Belongs at the Beginning and at the End of All Things... Wouldn't you say?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-54 Section-1)
        True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.

(From: Charles Spencer )
Genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)
The overstressed and isolated morality of modern religion, which fails to hold the devotion and loyalty of many twentieth-century men, would rehabilitate itself if, in addition to its moral mandates, it would give equal consideration to the truths of science, philosophy, and spiritual experience, and to the beauties of the physical creation, the charm of intellectual art, and the grandeur of genuine character achievement.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955 )
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)
        All truth — material, philosophic, or spiritual — is both beautiful and good. All real beauty — material art or spiritual symmetry — is both true and good. All genuine goodness — whether personal morality, social equity, or divine ministry — is equally true and beautiful.

(From: Simone de Beauvoir )
It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes.

(From: Bertrand Russell )
“No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-4)
Genuine religion renders the religionist socially fragrant and creates insights into human fellowship.

(From: Amelia Earhart )
“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Friedrich von Schiller )
“Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quick sand to virtue”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-11)
“Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Genuine meekness has no relation to fear. It is rather an attitude of man co-operating with God — “Your will be done.” It embraces patience and forbearance and is motivated by an unshakable faith in a lawful and friendly universe. It masters all temptations to rebel against the divine leading.

(From: Dalai Lama)
“I would like to explain the meaning of compassion, which is often misunderstood. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the rights of the other: irrespective of whether another person is a close friend”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-8)
The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith; that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode of living. Faith is a living attribute of genuine personal religious experience.

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The Sermon (Epilogue)
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How Genuine do you allow others to be?
How Genuine do you allow Yourself to be?
Is it not “The Genuine” that Truly gives Meaning and Value to Life?

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Quotes (Epilogue)
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(From: The Movie “Leap of Faith”)
“You're the Genuine Article kid. You can't fake the Genuine article”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us all to Seek the Genuine, to Value the Genuine, to Allow the Genuine, to Request the Genuine and to Be More Genuine.

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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