The Church Within Sunday Services

for August 2000

Click a box to go to the Individual Service
#202
8-6-2000
#203
8-13-2000
#204
8-20-2000
#205
8-27-2000

8-6-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #202
***********************************************
Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

********************************************
Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat"
********************************************
Update:
        Can you Believe Summer is over half gone already? Most of the wildflowers at Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat" seem to have already completed their cycle, and the early vegetables are beginning to approach the heights of harvest time.

        Soon we must begin preparing the land for the planting of our first Fruit Trees in the Fall. Dead and dying Pines and Stumps must be cleared and moved to where their wood can be prepared for building purposed and for firewood. Small Boulders and Large Rocks must yet be excavated from the orchard areas and transported to where we can use them to build and beautify the Garden Property. Then we can begin to grade and Enrich the Soil in preparation for the Fruit Trees' new Home in The Light and Life Garden. This would have been an Insurmountable Task for our aging bodies to accomplish with only picks and shovels and wheelbarrows, or a job costing many Tens of Thousands of dollars to have others do For us.

        On Tuesday, July 11th, we asked for your Help to purchase a Construction Tractor to make the job possible for Us to do, and You have been Incredible in your response to our need!!! 26 days later, we are but $505. away from making it a reality... from beginning the Task. It is YOU who are making this Phase of The Light and Life Garden Possible, and we are Sincerely Grateful!

        Many together have gotten us This far! Who will yet help to put us Over the Top?

Total Needed to Purchase Tractor:                $4,000.
Total Pledged so far:                                        $3,705.
Total Received so far:                                        $3,495.

Contributions may be sent to:
Church Within
2650 S. Millsap Loop
Post Falls, Idaho 83854

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

Today's Service will be about something that Everyone, from the Youngest Baby to the Oldest Adult, has experienced... if only for fleeting moments, if only for an Instant in Time...

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(A Zen Parable)
        The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.
        One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, "Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?" The master's face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, "What kind of stupid question is that!?"
        This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, "THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-130 Section-4)
        Knowledge is the sphere of the material or fact-discerning mind. Truth is the domain of the spiritually endowed intellect that is conscious of knowing God. Knowledge is demonstrable; truth is experienced. Knowledge is a possession of the mind; truth an experience of the soul, the progressing self. Knowledge is a function of the nonspiritual level; truth is a phase of the mind-spirit level of the universes. The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-42 Section-12)
On a material world you think of a body as having a spirit, but we regard the spirit as having a body. The material eyes are truly the windows of the spirit-born soul. The spirit is the architect, the mind is the builder, the body is the material building.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-101 Section-1)
        The divine spirit makes contact with mortal man, not by feelings or emotions, but in the realm of the highest and most spiritualized thinking. It is your thoughts, not your feelings, that lead you Godward. The divine nature may be perceived only with the eyes of the mind.

(from – The Tao Te Ching - #10)
Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become supple
as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

(From: The RSV Bible - Psalms 25:16-17)
Turn thou to me, and be gracious to me; for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distresses.

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
        I can think of Nothing more Stirring, Nothing more Wondrous, Nothing more Peaceful and Gratifying in Life, than those instantaneous encounters of Total Love and Acceptance experienced in momentary contact within the Eyes of another. You know those moments I'm talking about, don't you... when Two Souls are in Intimate Contact for that brief second before ego instinctively looks away?
        Ego Fears going to "that place" for some reason... it feels vulnerable and exposed and bound to Truth there. It's Not a very comfortable place when hampered by self doubt and unresolved memories of emotional pain and rejection... IS it? And yet, it is the Easiest place where one can Truly experience that most Basic of all Human Needs---Love. Spirit Craves it, Soul Yearns for it, and ego tries to avoid it... that would have a tendency to place a person in somewhat of a Quandary, wouldn't ya Think? How did we get Into this predicament Anyways, and More importantly, How in Heaven do we get ourselves Out of it?

        Well... if you really Look at it, it's rather easy to see how we have become reluctant to look one another in the eys. Because Fear, anger, lust, disapproval, disappointment, hatred, rejection, indifference, and un-truths can Also be communicated through the eyes. That's why. And Those are SO Painful when they happen, that it becomes difficult to trust that we just Might see the Unconditional Love, the Mutual Respect, the Common Bond, the Living Truth that comes in Eye to Eye Direct Soul Contact with others. Trust is Difficult after you have been hurt more than once... Ain't it?

        And yet... Still... we rather unconsciously, or rather Soul-Consciously, send out those little probing glances to one another Seeking Soul Contact... Seeking Understanding and Kindness and Kinship. The Learned habit is to Quickly Look Away lest your True intentions be Mistaken... Again! But Even So, occasionally ya Still get those Flash Moments of Contact with another Soul, and it feels Really, Really Good... Don't it? They are so Innocent and Pure, aren't they? You Instinctively Know that there is Something you could Love about that other person. They happen Just Prior to experiencing Compassion, Love Shared, Acceptance Experienced. They can lead to Courtship, they can lead to Friendship, they can Even Lead to discovering a Particle of God within another, or even Yourself.

        Too Bad the term "Falling In Love" is so Ingrained in today's Society as meaning almost exclusively that, "I want to Court you." isn't it? A Lot of Great and Simple Friendships could be started and maintained if we all knew it was OK to Love one another as Individuals without it being a sexual advance of any sort... I Think! Just a Brother and Sister Friend kind of thing... know what I Mean? It's a little Unnerving when someone gets those two mixed Up, isn't it? ;-)

Anyways...

        I've been discussing most of this with my ten-year-old, Danny, over the last week, trying to help him recognize and appreciate and Practice those moments of Soul Connection. I'm hoping that if he Learns what to Look for at this young age, that then he won't ever have to Fear it as a Teen or Adult. At the very First, I had to continue to Identify each of them to him so that he would "know" the feeling. Each time he completely let down his inner defenses when looking into the "parental eyes", I pointed it out to him: "There it Is! Did you FEEL it? That's your Soul, Danny!" After a short while, he knew how to Find that place of Equal Recognition... Even to Hold it for a few moments, then longer. A few nights ago at bedtime, he and I shared another one of those moments and I right away said, "There it is Again! You felt it Too, Didn't you, Danny! That's your Soul again! I wish there was a Good Name to call those."

        "They're 'Soul Seconds' dad!" he said simply.

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

        "Yes Son!" I returned, " That IS what they are, ISN'T it! Soul Seconds!!!"

        We continued to share "Soul Seconds" that turned into Soul Minutes that turned into a Soul Hour. [So Much for Bedtime! ;-)]

Are you Consciously aware of your Soul Seconds, or do they just go by the wayside? Do you let yourself get the Full Experience of them, or do you cut them short in self-defense?

"Soul Seconds"---Ya Gotta Love 'em!

I Wonder if it's Possible to live a Soul Life... at Least for the Rest of it?

Nah... ya Think? It's Worth a Try!

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        When I can Let Go of my own Illusion of control and Willingly place All Control into Your hands, You give me back Self-Control, and it Sure makes it easier to Safely Reveal my Soul to, and to discover the Soul Of, Others. Help me to better do that Always!

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

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

BACK TO TOP

8-13-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #203
***********************************************
Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow


********************************************
Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat" ********************************************
Update:

Since Wednesday, we have received a few more Contributions and a few more Pledges in our Tractor Drive. We aren't quite There yet, but we are Missing it Closer! Thank you One and All!

Here are the Current Totals:
Total Received so far:                                        $3,561.43
Total Pledged so far:                                        $3,886.43

Only $438.57 left to go... You People are Wonderful!!!

Contributions may be sent to:
Church Within
2650 S. Millsap Loop
Post Falls, Idaho 83854

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

        Next Thursday through Sunday afternoon we will be in attendance at the Northwest Regional TeaM Conference in Coeur d'Alene. Since I have volunteered to serve as Caterer for this four day event, it will be impossible for me to share the Sunday Service on Sunday Morning. Therefore, the Service for next Sunday (August 20, 2000) will be a Sunday Evening Service. [It takes me from 6-8 hours to do these Services each Sunday, so don't be too surprised if it's a Late Evening Service. :-)]

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(From: Mother Theresa)
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

(From: Teacher JarEl - 7/31/2000)
Just as a change in temperature brings on a breeze, a change in attitude begins to open your heart. Begins to fill you with an inspiration, a desire to make a difference, a desire to change, a desire for something real and substantial. Something which eagerly gets you up in the morning and feeds upon your desire. The fullness of this life is yours for the asking.

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

(From: The RSV Bible - James 1:17-20)
Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.

(From: The RSV Bible - James 3:17-18)
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-191 Section-5)
Jesus:
"Your mission to the world is founded on the fact that I lived a God-revealing life among you; on the truth that you and all other men are the sons of God; and it shall consist in the life which you will live among men--the actual and living experience of loving men and serving them, even as I have loved and served you. Let faith reveal your light to the world; let the revelation of truth open the eyes blinded by tradition; let your loving service effectually destroy the prejudice engendered by ignorance. By so drawing close to your fellow men in understanding sympathy and with unselfish devotion, you will lead them into a saving knowledge of the Father's love."

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
I Love Fruit!

        Fresh from the Tree, Bush, or Vine, Fruit is Sweet, Thirst Quenching, Filling, Nutritious and Delicious. Even frozen, canned, jellied, preserved, or dried, Fruit is Just one of those "Special" kinda' things, Ain't it? There's Just a certain, Unique kind of Satisfaction that you can Only get from Fruit... Know what I Mean? In things, On things, all by Itself... Fruit really Adds to the overall Enjoyment of life, when you really Think about it.

        The Whole Thing about Fruit, I think, is that it provides Pleasure and Enjoyment... And, at the Very Same Time, it contributes to one's overall Health, Growth and Vitality.

Fruit is Good!

        As Much as I Truly enjoy the "Fruits of the Land," even They don't begin to compare with the Lasting Pleasure, Satisfaction and Fulfillment that I get from the "Fruits of the Spirit." There's just Nothing Quite Like sharing Spiritual Fruits back and forth with another... know what I Mean? ...Been There? ...when your Soul just comes Pouring Out to each other and it's just... SO GOOD?!?!

        The Urantia Papers cite the Fruits of the Divine Spirit as being: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace. Those "Fruits" when you Produce, Give OR Receive them, are Also: Sweet, Thirst Quenching, Filling, Nutritious and Delicious AND promote: Health, Growth and Vitality... Don't ya Think?

Ya Ever Notice how Some Fruits take a Lot Longer to Produce than others... but then when they Do Produce, they Produce an Abundance of Fruit, Season after Season? Interesting, That... Isn't it? Guess Everything just has it's Own Time... Suppose?

CLASSIFIED AD:
"Fruit Farmers Needed---Inquire WITHIN."

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        Thank You for Fruits... of ALL Kinds! Teach me to Continually become a Better Producer and a more Regular Consumer of them.

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

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

BACK TO TOP



8-20-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #204
*****************************************************

Today's Service is offered by: Minister Judy Girard


********************************************
Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat"
********************************************
Update:

        Hi Beloveds! Pastor Daniel here...
We are Almost to our Goal in purchasing the Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat" tractor! And Every Bit of it is coming about because of YOU... Your Caring and your Love that You Share!! Thank you All! And Please come visit us.

Purchase Price for Tractor:                        $4,000.00
Received so far:                                $3,841.43

Still short:                                Only $158.57

Contributions may be sent to:
Church Within
2650 S. Millsap Loop
Post Falls, Idaho 83854


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

        Well, we Just now got back from the NW TeaM Conference in Coeur d'Alene at Mark and Mary Rodgers place. We had about 40+- Beautiful Souls in attendance, and a good time was had by all. I am Pretty Exhausted right now... I catered the gathering---Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Thursday Evening thru Sunday Afternoon. It was Truly an Honor to Serve these Beautiful and Highly Talented Brothers and Sisters with an Art of my Own.

        Today's Service is a Beautiful and quite Valuable one in my opinion from our Beloved Minister Judy Girard. Thank you Judy! You can't even Know how very appreciated this is right now!

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(From: Anais Nin)
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud Was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

(From: Mary Manin Morrisey)
Spirit has placed a dream in your heart for a better world, starting with your family, extending to your work, community, country, and stretching beyond your nation. Speak up and inspire others, for you are meant to make a significant and sizable difference.

(From: Teacher JarEl - 7/31/2000)
Just as a change in temperature brings on a breeze, a change in attitude begins to open your heart. Begins to fill you with an inspiration, a desire to make a difference, a desire to change, a desire for something real and substantial. Something which eagerly gets you up in the morning and feeds upon your desire. The fullness of this life is yours for the asking.

(From Marianne Williamson)
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful Beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you NOT to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

(From Carol Lloyd, Creating a Life Worth Living)
Maintaining clarity of vision is an essential difference between those who conceive and REALIZE great ideas and those who simply conceive great ideas.

(from Carl Jung)
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart…
Who looks outside dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

(From the RSV Bible 1 John 3:1)
See what the Father has given that we should be called the children of God.

*******************************************
The Sermon
******************
        What's holding you back from realizing your fullest potential? Have you ever thought about that? God's plan and deepest desire for us is that we are fulfilled, complete, satisfied and perfect. God's desire is for us to manifest the power and glory of God at all times. So often I think we look at our lives with the eyes of limitation. I am becoming more and more convinced that that is not the way God looks at our lives. Can we put on the mind and eyes of God for a moment?

Some questions:

If I could do ANYTHING, without restrictions, what would it be?
If I have an abundance of time, energy and resources, where will I share myself now?
Where would I like to spend more time?
What are my secret dreams and desires?
What's most important in my life? Is that where I am spending most of my time and energy?
What's standing in the way of me moving forward?
What are my absolute priorities?
What limits me?

I am often driven by what I perceive as limitations. As a result, I give myself lots of messages about what I can't do. Recently I came across this:

(Author Unknown)
Watch your thoughts, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become your actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

        A great life begins with an idea. Expressing the idea helps us to fully conceive a plan. Once we have the vision, it is much easier to put it in action. As we go, it become easier and easier. Before we know it we have fully realized the potential idea we had to begin with.

        What are some of the things that get in the way? The first is our beliefs. But, there are several things that weigh us down and prevent us from fully living. Simple things really. There are simple actions to take to transform those things that get in our way. Let me start with just a few.

END PROCRASTINATION. “I'll get to it later.” TODAY make a list of the things in your life you are procrastinating about or the things in your life that you are merely tolerating.

ELIMINATE every item on that list. You CAN do it!

GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR STRENGTHS AND GIFTS. If you have trouble doing that at first, ask a handful of trusted friends, family or professional colleagues what they see. Make appropriate changes in your life to fully honor those gifts in your life.

GET IN TOUCH with WHO you want to be not WHAT you want to be.

MAKE A PROMISE TO YOURSELF never to settle for mediocre again—from yourself or anyone else in your life. Expect the best for and from yourself.

BE INTENTIONAL. Have a plan. Imagine what is possible in your life. Something you can make a big contribution to. Make it big. Accomplishing the vision doesn't require that the vision be immediately attainable or even probable, but that it be POSSIBLE. And with God, all things are possible. Then think about what YOU can do to make this vision happen. What action do you need to take?

LIVE WITH INTEGRITY. Walk the talk. Whatever your talk is, those around you should be able to see it. Identify your values. Re-orient your life and your work around your values. Be a model to others by what you do.

SERVICE. Share what you have learned. Tell people in your life how great they are and how you appreciate them. Deliver Random Acts of Kindness. Support others' success fully. Make people more important than ANYTHING else.

GET A LOT OF SUPPORT.

CELEBRATE A NEW LIFE!

        We are not powerless to change. We have choices to make. Priorities to realize. Creating a high quality life is an absolute goal. When you take good care of yourself, it is always in others' best interest as well.
        In each of us is an element of the divine. Rightly we are called Children of God. Do others see that divinity? Do you?

        So today, remember to be Who you are. Remember to say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them. If you have hurt someone, tell them you are sorry. Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell at least one person TODAY what they mean to you. It would be tragic, if when you decide it is the right time, it is too late. The only right time is NOW. “Seize the Day.” Never have any regrets.


*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Conceive It, Believe It, take steps to Achieve It. Leave it to God and prepare to Receive it.

God, help me to remember this always. All things are possible. I am prepared and willing to receive all that you have in store for me today.


God's love and abundant blessings,

Judy Girard,
Minister
The Church Within

BACK TO TOP



8-27-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #205
*************************************************
Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

********************************************
Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat"
********************************************
Update:
We HAVE the Tractor!!! It was Delivered to Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat" on Friday, and YOU have made it Possible... YOU have made it a Reality! Pictures will be available at our Web-Site Soon!

It has been sitting unused for the past 8 years, so as soon as we have enough funds available, it needs to have all the Fluids and Filters changed (engine, transmission, power steering, hydraulics), and it needs a new Starter and a little electrical work---probably around $500-$700. worth only because I have the technology to do the servicing work myself, or it would typically cost a couple thousand---but it will ultimately Serve us Well and make possible otherwise indomitable tasks! Thank you, Thank you, Thank YOU!!!!! All contributors to the "Tractor Fund" will be Permanently Remembered in an on-site Sculpted Monument as soon as I discover the right Piece of Wood that is Worthy of it! If you had wanted to contribute to the Tractor endeavor but didn't yet, it's not too Late!!! Minor Repair, Service and Maintenance are still needed.

Tractor Contributions may be sent to:
Church Within
2650 S. Millsap Loop
Post Falls, Idaho 83854

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

What do you think about when you are all by yourself?

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(From: The KJV Bible - Luke 20:36)
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God,

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #16)
If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-1 Section-19)
The true perspective of any reality problem--human or divine, terrestrial or cosmic--can be had only by the full and unprejudiced study and correlation of three phases of universe reality: origin, history, and destiny. The proper understanding of these three experiential realities affords the basis for a wise estimate of the current status.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-1 Section-19)
        The study of causation is the perusal of history. But the knowledge of how a being becomes does not necessarily provide an intelligent understanding of the present status and true character of such a being.

(From: G.K. Chesterton)
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-111 Section-1)
And it is not so much what mind comprehends as what mind desires to comprehend that insures survival; it is not so much what mind is like as what mind is striving to be like that constitutes spirit identification. It is not so much that man is conscious of God as that man yearns for God that results in universe ascension. What you are today is not so important as what you are becoming day by day and in eternity.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 6:25-34)
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-10)
        That evening while teaching in the house, for it had begun to rain, Jesus talked at great length, trying to show the twelve what they must be, not what they must do. They knew only a religion that imposed the doing of certain things as the means of attaining righteousness--salvation. But Jesus would reiterate, "In the kingdom you must be righteous in order to do the work." Many times did he repeat, "Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." All the while was the Master explaining to his bewildered apostles that the salvation which he had come to bring to the world was to be had only by believing, by simple and sincere faith. Said Jesus: "John preached a baptism of repentance, sorrow for the old way of living. You are to proclaim the baptism of fellowship with God. Preach repentance to those who stand in need of such teaching, but to those already seeking sincere entrance to the kingdom, open the doors wide and bid them enter into the joyous fellowship of the sons of God." But it was a difficult task to persuade these Galilean fishermen that, in the kingdom, being righteous, by faith, must precede doing righteousness in the daily life of the mortals of earth.

(From: New KJV Bible - Acts 17:27-28)
“so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'”

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #22)
When the ancient Masters said, "If you want to be given everything, give everything up," they weren't using empty phrases. Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-110 Section-3)
I cannot but observe that so many of you spend so much time and thought on mere trifles of living, while you almost wholly overlook the more essential realities of everlasting import, those very accomplishments which are concerned with the development of a more harmonious working agreement between you and your Adjusters (ed: Adjuster = God Within You). The great goal of human existence is to attune to the divinity of the indwelling Adjuster; the great achievement of mortal life is the attainment of a true and understanding consecration to the eternal aims of the divine spirit who waits and works within your mind. But a devoted and determined effort to realize eternal destiny is wholly compatible with a light-hearted and joyous life and with a successful and honorable career on earth. Co-operation with the Thought Adjuster does not entail self-torture, mock piety, or hypocritical and ostentatious self-abasement; the ideal life is one of loving service rather than an existence of fearful apprehension.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-3 Section-1)
        The creature not only exists in God, but God also lives in the creature. "We know we dwell in him because he lives in us; he has given us his spirit. This gift from the Paradise Father is man's inseparable companion." "He is the ever-present and all-pervading God." "The spirit of the everlasting Father is concealed in the mind of every mortal child." "Man goes forth searching for a friend while that very friend lives within his own heart." "The true God is not afar off; he is a part of us; his spirit speaks from within us." "The Father lives in the child. God is always with us. He is the guiding spirit of eternal destiny."

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
What do you think about when you are all by yourself?

Do you think about what Could have been... what Might have been... or what you think Should have been? Sure... Who Doesn't to some degree or another, Right? Do these thoughts fill you with Regret and have a Negative, Paralyzing effect on your attitude and ability to function in a Loving and Compassionate manner? Hate when THAT happens... don't You? Why do we LET it happen? It isn't as if we have no Choice whatsoever in what we think about... Is It? We Could choose to think about... what Can be... what Might be... or about what Should be... don't ya Think? 'Course we DO do that Too... it's just a matter of which one is most Dominant in our minds, wouldn't you say? The former stops us in our tracks or makes us retreat... the latter draws us onward or urges us Forward.

Where would You rather go today?

What do you think about when you are all by yourself?

Do you incessantly Judge yourself: for your past failures, for your imperfections, for your incompleteness, for your less than perfect choices? The phrase, "Judge Not" comes to mind right now. Why is it so easy to Forget that phrase in those moments do ya think? Couldn't one rather observe how those things have determined their Path to the Present Moment---to their Present opportunity to Choose the Best course of action---and let them inspire a better choice THIS time? That Should be possible... Shouldn't It? The first makes us feel like a failure---like a loser---like an incompetent, the last fosters Understanding, illuminates Potential, gives Hope.

Which would You rather have today?

What do you think about when you are all by yourself?

Do you think about Dreams: that didn't come true, that you've abandoned, that you've for the most part let die? How depressing! That would make one want to stop Having dreams, wouldn't it? What value would life Have without Dreams? Little in My mind. Why is it so Easy to remember the Dreams that Didn't manifest, and forget the ones that Did? SOME did, Didn't they? But... do we Dare to Dream THE Dream... the BIG One... the one we keep Hidden and Safely Buried inside our Soul? What if it Can happen... What if it Should happen? Locked away it Won't happen, Will it? Being Afraid to Dream Sucks, while Pursuing a Dream is the most Rewarding Experience there Is. Think about it!

Where can you go from Here?
Where would you Like to go from here?
Is anything really Stopping you from Going there?
If it's God's Will, CAN anything stop you from going there? IS it God's Will? There's only One way to find out and that's to Try Going there! If it Isn't God's will that you Get there, then why would you Want to be there Anyways? AHHH.... but if it IS! How GRAND would life be Then?!?! Worth Thinking about, No?

What do you think about when you are all by yourself?

Choose your thoughts Wisely!

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        You've shown me again and again that the Dreams of my Soul can come True... as Long as I Let them... as long as I let You Unfold them... as long as I provide the Motion and let You provide the Direction.

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

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

BACK TO TOP

Back to Sunday Services Page

Church Within Home Page

donations