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#306
8-4-2002
#307
8-11-2002
#308
8-18-2002
#309
8-25-2002

8-4-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #306
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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 father was approached by his small son, who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

        His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?"

        The son replied, "I do know!"

        "Okay," said his father. "So, Son, what does the Bible mean?"

        B = BASIC I = INSTRUCTIONS B = BEFORE L = LEAVING E = EARTH

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

        I always liked that short phrase that Jesus would finish up parables with from time, "Those with ears to hear, let them hear."

        That's kind of what it's all about, don't you Think?

        What follows today is not exactly a "parable" so I thought maybe we could Start with that phrase if that's OK with you.
        "Those with ears to hear, let them hear."

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Quotes
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(From: Confucius)
        If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-1)
        Religious experience is markedly influenced by physical health, inherited temperament, and social environment. But these temporal conditions do not inhibit inner spiritual progress by a soul dedicated to the doing of the will of the Father in heaven. 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 RSV Bible - Matthew 6:25-26)
"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?

(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."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-6)
Religion is not a specific function of life; rather is it a mode of living. True religion is a wholehearted devotion to some reality which the religionist deems to be of supreme value to himself and for all mankind. And the outstanding characteristics of all religions are: unquestioning loyalty and wholehearted devotion to supreme values.

(From: Theodore Roosevelt)
        It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

(From: Ham 6/23/2002 - the Nashville TeaM)
You are all growing and making progress in your lives. You are each moving forward with your commitment to your struggle to be more and more God-like in your humanness. You are all working to create lives that are an expression of your values. It is a joy to work with such honest and courageous people.

There is also within you each a struggle for balance and for inner peace. I say a struggle for inner peace because so much of your lives are engaged in the battle of living that peace can be elusive. Each of you is also going through inner change, transition, in your lives.

All of you have been relatively wild in your youths. You have been people that rebelled, that charted out a course of individualism. None of you are the docile types who follow the beaten path. You have all been thought of as somewhat crazy by your peers and family at one time or another. And this very rebelliousness, this refusal to be simply accepting of life as you find it, this is what makes you part of that precious few who do in fact change the world just a little bit.

People tend not to question the reality that is taught, the world view that is passed from one generation to the next. But every so often, there is a generation of original thinkers born into this world and these people are instrumental in changing the course of history in actual fact. You, my friends, are so absorbed in your immediate problems and your immediate struggles that you fail to see that you are truly part of something much larger and much more important, far reaching, and noble. For as you work and worry and struggle with life, you are actualizing higher values than those who have gone before you. You are bringing forth the fruit of a growing tree, a tree with roots deep in the human soil, but with branches reaching up to heaven receiving life from the greater spiritual realms.

This generation has a very important role to play in the future of your world. The values which you bring to bear in your daily lives are greater and more profound than most generations before you had to tackle. The progress of humanity depends on this very thing, this very ability of you children to reach high for spiritual strength, value, and purpose and to pull this into your every day lives.

Progress of a nation, or a civilization is not found in the speeches of its leaders. It is not found in its political organization, in its justice system, in its philosophy, nor in its art, though all those things reflect what I speak of. Progress is truly made when you grapple with the problems of the day and grasp for the highest response, the highest valued understanding you can achieve and bring this down to the level of the small daily trouble. You do not make progress by espousing one set of values in church on Sunday or in synagogue, or at a mosque, and then using the common value, the everyday coinage of how people treat one another in your daily lives. Civilization does not progress by reverting to magic, superstition, nor idolatry, though these things are rampant in all society throughout the world. They are simply unacknowledged.

When you live by a higher value system, others do not mistake it in your lives, it is plain to everyone. When you live on a higher spiritual plain, you give light to those who sit in darkness. It does not help them to talk about light, you must be light.

Again, do not be surprised to find that you are human. Have sympathy with your human failings as you would that of a child. Don't try to hide your shortcomings from your selves. Acknowledge them, embrace them and transform them. It takes true courage to see yourselves, to admit your failings to God and yourselves. This is the root of humility. Humility is honesty.

When you have tried something, tried and failed, that is when you can glimpse your true self. It is also when you can remove your fear of failure. It is also when you can understand that within failure, there is really the truth of victory. When you have tried and failed, there is nothing left to do but try again and then the fear of failure is not so strong and eventually the understanding grows that there is no failure. You each grow in your inner truth through all your experiences. It is this inner truth which glows in the darkness of ignorance. It is this inner truth which draws others to you.

The world is made up of darkness and light. The more you incorporate the values of the spirit, the more you grow toward that light, the more you become that light. Make no mistake, you are like candles that the Father places to give light to his children. The Father will place you where you need to be. Think only of growing in the light and shining more and more and thus you will be placed higher and higher.

You are all doing wonderfully well. I know you question yourselves, I know you doubt yourselves, and you doubt your purpose at times. But let me reassure you each that the light within you is just beginning to burn and you absolutely must shine your light for all to see. That is your purpose.

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The Sermon
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Today, let the Quotes stand on their Own. They Do.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Place me where I need to be. Give me the experiences that I need to have. Connect me with people I need to know. And give me a piece of Your Wisdom that I may find the Gift in Each and every One of them. Thank You Father.

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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8-11-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #307
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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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On the first day of school, a first grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

[So THAT'S what that note said! ;-)]

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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.

Are you the same today as, say… yesterday…last week… last month… last year… five years ago… ten?

Or, are you getting Better with each passing… year… month… day… hour… moment?

Is Life like a stagnant pond, or like a flowing River?

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Quotes
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(From: Pearl Buck)
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

(From: Ham 7/21/2002 - the Nashville TeaM)
        But life is dynamic. To be engaged you must change. Those who hear the Father's voice and respond to his call know that they must continually leave the old behind and embrace the new. They continually say that life has not turned out the way they thought it would, it is better. It is better not to be in such control. It's better to follow the Father's calling where ever it may lead you. It's better to be unconcerned with the path and only concerned with your own growth. It's better to change as the Father would have you change than to stagnate in your own expectations.

(From: The RSV Bible - Ephesians 4:23-24)
and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-5)
        Kingdom believers should possess an implicit faith, a whole-souled belief, in the certain triumph of righteousness. Kingdom builders must be undoubting of the truth of the gospel of eternal salvation. Believers must increasingly learn how to step aside from the rush of life--escape the harassments of material existence--while they refresh the soul, inspire the mind, and renew the spirit by worshipful communion.

(From: The Way of Lao-tzu)
To be worn out is to be renewed.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 12:2)
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

(From: Abraham 7/22/02 - Woods Cross TeaM )
With spiritual maturity you feel a certain peace that you are progressing, small as it may be, you are moving forward. In a spiritual youth it appears that nothing ever changes and you are stuck. In making the effort to walk with Father you are moving into your eternal potential, your true uniqueness as His beloved child.

(From: Susan Taylor)
We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-2)
Isolation tends to exhaust the energy charge of the soul. Association with one's fellows is essential to the renewal of the zest for life and is indispensable to the maintenance of the courage to fight those battles consequent upon the ascent to the higher levels of human living. Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. The presence of a friend enhances all beauty and exalts every goodness.

(From: Deepak Chopra)
The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.

(From: The American Standard Bible - Corinthians II 4:16-18)
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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The Sermon
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Renew
Renewal
Renewed

Isn't it time?

Ya' Think?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Guide my Life… Refresh my Soul… Renew my Spirit in Your Ways.

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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8-18-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #308
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You!

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Humor of the Week
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        A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover.

        The little boy watched in amazement, and then asked, "What's the matter—haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

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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.

Next Sunday's Service (8-25-2002), will be an Evening Service, due to the fact that we will be hosting the Inland Northwest Annual "Michael's Birthday Celebration" here at the Light and Life Sanctuary. It will be a weekend camping Gathering that will go from Friday Afternoon thru Sunday noon.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #308, is Unity…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-10)
As long as men measure only by the yardstick of the things of a physical nature, they can never hope to find unity in time and space.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-1 Section-7)
         Man does not achieve union with God as a drop of water might find unity with the ocean. Man attains divine union by progressive reciprocal spiritual communion, by personality intercourse with the personal God, by increasingly attaining the divine nature through wholehearted and intelligent conformity to the divine will. Such a sublime relationship can exist only between personalities.

(From: Ham 8/11/2002 - the Nashville TeaM)
        The master said time and again, "love one another". Love implies acceptance. When you love someone, you accept who they are suspending judgment, letting go of criticism, and most importantly, when you love another you love some part of yourself as well. When you criticize another, you are criticizing yourself.
        All people need love and you yourselves need it especially, for love will be what sustains you. Let go of petty criticisms. Be large enough to allow love in to all sides of your hearts. Let go of your pain and do not use it against others. Release your anxieties and do not burden others with your fears.
        Embrace the Father fully and completely without reservation, without hiding anything for this is salvation. This is being reborn. Let the Father's love roll over you like an ocean. Let it wash away all your pain and fear and doubt.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #79)
        Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.
        Therefore the Master fulfills her own obligations and corrects her own mistakes. She does what she needs to do and demands nothing of others.

(From: The RSV Bible - Ephesians 4:1-6)
        I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-141 Section-5)
"What I require of you, my apostles, is spirit unity--and that you can experience in the joy of your united dedication to the wholehearted doing of the will of my Father in heaven. You do not have to see alike or feel alike or even think alike in order spiritually to be alike. Spiritual unity is derived from the consciousness that each of you is indwelt, and increasingly dominated, by the spirit gift of the heavenly Father.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-5 Section-4)
        The great and immediate service of true religion is the establishment of an enduring unity in human experience, a lasting peace and a profound assurance.

(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 3:8-11)
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing. For "He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-182 Section-1)
        "And now, my Father, I would pray not only for these eleven men but also for all others who now believe, or who may hereafter believe the gospel of the kingdom through the word of their future ministry. I want them all to be one, even as you and I are one.

(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 133:1)
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

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The Sermon
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Each and every one of us has a Unique Individual Personality.

Each and every one of us has a different Job to do, a different Service to perform, a different Purpose to Fulfill, our Own Life to Live.

When individuals dedicate their Unique Individuality to Personally discovering the Will of God, there grows among them a Unity of Purpose, a United Brotherhood, a Divine Union of Love.

Dedicate Your Unique Individuality to Personally discovering the Will of God, and let us all Unite in the Eternal Quest for Love.

"You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope some day you will join us,
and the World will be as one."
(John Lennon - "Imagine")

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        In You may I find my True Self, and In and Through You do I Discover the Beauty and Goodness of all Others.

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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8-25-2002 Sunday Evening Service of the Church Within #309
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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 we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.
;-)

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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.

This weekend at the "Light and Life Sanctuary"… Friday, Saturday and Sunday …we hosted a Wonderful Gathering of about 20 Beautiful Souls to Celebrate "Christmas in August." Gifts of Love and Talent were freely exchanged.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #309, is Change…

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Quotes
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(From: Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC)
Nothing endures but change.

(From: Nelson Mandela, 'A Long Walk to Freedom')
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

(From: King Whitney Jr.)
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

(From: Ham 7/21/2002 - the Nashville TeaM)
How do you know you are growing truly in the spirit?
       You who experience this growth actually feel the difference and acknowledge the changes taking place within you. You see your love expanding and being refined at the same time. It is easier to love and to be loved every day. You know you are growing when you feel the pain of inner change occur, and then become comfortable and part of who you are.

(From: Aldous Huxley)
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
Whet the appetites of your associates for truth; give advice only when it is asked for.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-129 Section-1)
There was something gracious and inspiring about the personality of Jesus which invariably attracted young people. He always made them feel at ease in his presence. Perhaps his great secret in getting along with them consisted in the twofold fact that he was always interested in what they were doing, while he seldom offered them advice unless they asked for it.

(From: Thomas Jefferson)
I never told my religion nor scrutinize that of another. I never attempted to make a convert nor wished to change another's creed. I have judged of others' religion by their lives, for it is from our lives and not from our words that our religion must be read. By the same test must the world judge me.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi)
We must become the change we wish to see.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale)
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #74)
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

(From: Carol Burnett)
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

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The Sermon
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You can change Your Clothes…

You can change Your Mind…

You can change Your Perception…

You can change Your Paradigm…

You can change Your Attitude…

You can change your Habits…

You can change your Life…

You can change Yourself…

But…

Hold no expectations that you can or should change Others, for this inevitably leads to unending disappointment and hurt feelings if not outright resentment.

The Change we see that others need is quite likely a reflection of the change we most need ourselves.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Have You got any spare Change?

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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