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#963
4-5-2015
#964
4-12-2015
#965
4-19-2015
#966
4-26-2015

4-5-2015 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #963
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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 state of Kentucky currently has 4.9 Million barrels of Bourbon aging... this exceeds the state's own population.

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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!

The topic of today's Easter Sunday Service, #963, is… well...

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Quotes
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(From: The ASB Bible - Luke 15:11-31)
And He said, "A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them. "And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. "So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. "And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. "But when he came to his senses, he said, "How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! "I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'

"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. "And the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his slaves, "Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. "And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. "And he said to him, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' "But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. "But he answered and said to his father, "Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

"And he said to him, "Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. "But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'"

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The Sermon
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Many would say that Jesus died for us.

I say that Jesus Lived for us. He showed us Love, he showed us Compassion, he showed us Unselfishness. He taught us that God was not a vengeful, angry ruler, but rather a Loving and Compassionate Father!

Jesus died, yes... the most torturous agonizing death we can imagine. He showed us, that throughout it all, still he showed us only Love, Compassion and Forgiveness. While being nailed to the cross... “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” While hanging on the cross... he yet ministered to and forgave the thief hanging on a cross next to him, “Verily, verily, I say to you today, you shall sometime be with me in Paradise.” Jesus died in ransom for our sins? To appease Who... our Loving and Compassionate Father? I'm not thinkin' “Our Father” would actually be needing or demanding some cruel agonizing death of an innocent Son for forgiving His children their sins. (read the Parable of the Prodigal's Son with discernment).

Jesus Rose from the dead and appeared to many, to show us that we can as well... that there Is Life After Death... after Here! Just Love God, and Love your Neighbor.

Fill your lives with Love and Compassion rather then hatred and revenge and... You Too shall Rise!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are 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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4-12-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #964
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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 best time to plant an oak tree was twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today.

James Carville

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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.

If you don't go for it, you cannot achieve...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #964, is The Best…

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Quotes
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(a Zen Parable )
When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.
"Give me the best piece of meat you have," said the customer.
"Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best."
At these words Banzan became enlightened.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
There is positive strength in the knowledge that you live for the welfare of others, and that these others likewise live for your welfare and advancement. Man languishes in isolation. Human beings unfailingly become discouraged when they view only the transitory transactions of time. The present, when divorced from the past and the future, becomes exasperatingly trivial. Only a glimpse of the circle of eternity can inspire man to do his best and can challenge the best in him to do its utmost. And when man is thus at his best, he lives most unselfishly for the good of others, his fellow sojourners in time and eternity.

(From: Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993 )
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'

(From: Harold Taylor )
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

(From: Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC )
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

(From: Sharon Salzberg)
Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.

(From: Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD )
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

(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: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-133 Section-4)
“You do well to choose the best and esteem the good, but are you wise when you fail to discern the greater things of mortal life which are embodied in the spirit realms derived from the realization of the presence of God in the human heart? The great thing in all human experience is the realization of knowing the God whose spirit lives within you and seeks to lead you forth on that long and almost endless journey of attaining the personal presence of our common Father, the God of all creation, the Lord of universes.”

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #68 )
The best athlete wants his opponent at his best.
The best general enters the mind of his enemy.
The best businessman serves the communal good.
The best leader follows the will of the people.

All of them embody the virtue of non-competition. Not that they don't love to compete, but they do it in the spirit of play. In this they are like children and in harmony with the Tao.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
Fatherly love has singleness of purpose, and it always looks for the best in man; that is the attitude of a true parent.

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The Sermon
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Good Enough isn't always...
Good enough.

But when what you do is The Best that you can do...
it is Always Good Enough.

Care enough to try for The Best!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are The Best!

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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4-19-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #965
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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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"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

(Parental Advice)

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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.

Ya' can't Live without it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #965, is Growth…

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(From: The Urantia Book - 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 Tao Te Ching - #64 )
The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout. The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-2)
Spiritual growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings, and then a discovery of values. The evidence of true spiritual development consists in the exhibition of a human personality motivated by love, activated by unselfish ministry, and dominated by the wholehearted worship of the perfection ideals of divinity. And this entire experience constitutes the reality of religion as contrasted with mere theological beliefs.

(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 Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        Children are permanently impressed only by the loyalties of their adult associates; precept or even example is not lastingly influential. Loyal persons are growing persons, and growth is an impressive and inspiring reality. Live loyally today—grow—and tomorrow will attend to itself. The quickest way for a tadpole to become a frog is to live loyally each moment as a tadpole.

(From: Frank A. Clark )
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.

(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: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-8)
Genuine prayer adds to spiritual growth, modifies attitudes, and yields that satisfaction which comes from communion with divinity. It is a spontaneous outburst of God-consciousness.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961 )
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: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
Man cannot cause growth, but he can supply favorable conditions. Growth is always unconscious, be it physical, intellectual, or spiritual. Love thus grows; it cannot be created, manufactured, or purchased; it must grow.

(From: The Book of Runes - #19)
The Universe and your own Soul are demanding that you do, indeed, grow.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-8)
Jesus' philosophy of life is without religious introspection. The carpenter's son never taught character building; he taught character growth, declaring that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.

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

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-5 Section-3)
The spiritual growth of the soul takes place wholly independently of the intellectual self- consciousness.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980 )
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

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The Sermon
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That which is not Growing is dying...

Growth is better!

Grow...

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I want to grow up to be like 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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4-26-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #966
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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's this blonde out for a walk. She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank.

"Yoo-hoo" she shouts, "how can I get to the other side?"

The second blonde looks up the river then down the river then shouts back,
"You are on the other side."

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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's something we all want...
It's something all humans could be more perfect at showing...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #966, is Appreciation…

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(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: Margaret Cousins)
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is neccessary.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-1 Section-6)
        The more completely man understands himself and appreciates the personality values of his fellows, the more he will crave to know the Original Personality, and the more earnestly such a God-knowing human will strive to become like the Original Personality.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778 )
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-84 Section-7)
The true parent is engaged in a continuous service-ministry which the wise child comes to recognize and appreciate.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961 )
An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

(From: Elizabeth Aston )
It is a sadness of growing older that we lose our ardent appreciation of what is new and different and difficult.

(From: William Dean Howells )
I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.

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The Sermon
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Appreciation

How do You show it? You Do show it right? Well yeah... of Course you do! Everyone does in some form or another.

When you Appreciate Things it's easy to show it... Isn't it? Ya just do it without thinkin about it.

Is it just as easy to show appreciation for People? Not only for what they do for you, but also for who they Are? Some might find this more difficult than others. There are also those who find it extremely difficult. Is it a personality thing or is it perhaps because of certain life experiences people have had that makes it easy or hard for them?

What about God? Do you Appreciate what God does for you? God does so Very Much for each of us that it's often easier to identify the things He doesn't do for us than those He does. Do you recognize the good things that God does for you in the moment or more in retrospect? How do you show God your Appreciation? Just Noticing is Good! Saying Thank You is Great! Doing something special for another to show God your Appreciation is Excellent!

God never expects our Appreciation and thus is never disappointed by our failure to show it. We could all learn from that.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for Everything... even when I don't recognize all that you do for me!

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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