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8-3-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #357
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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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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


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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 I will be in San Diego visiting with my beloved Mother and Siblings... so next Sunday's Service will be sent out late Friday or early Saturday, before I leave (this time) rather than after I get back. Thinking about my Mom's life this morning inspired Today's Sunday Service.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #357, is Goodness…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 23)

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

(From: “The Angel Stones Oracle” Ó1999 - #12)
        Being good is being as Godlike as you can possibly be. Goodness is a state of being. Doing good, automatically Happens as a result of, being good. The mere act of doing good things does not automatically make one into a good person, although it is perhaps a helpful place to start. Simply do your best to be your best, and the doing of good will come effortlessly. You will no longer frantically look for goodness. It will quite naturally find you.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.

(From: Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)
        Some men's lives are too great and noble to descend to the low level of being merely successful. The animal must adapt itself to the environment, but the religious man transcends his environment and in this way escapes the limitations of the present material world through this insight of divine love. This concept of love generates in the soul of man that superanimal effort to find truth, beauty, and goodness; and when he does find them, he is glorified in their embrace; he is consumed with the desire to live them, to do righteousness.
         Be not discouraged; human evolution is still in progress, and the revelation of God to the world, in and through Jesus, shall not fail.

(From: Josephine Hart, "Sin")
We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. And however futile each individual act of courage or generosity, self-sacrifice or grace-it still proves the thing exists. Each act adds to the fund. It needs replenishment.

(From: Loretta - 1/7/2000 – the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
You have been told and you understand that a person sees what they pay attention to. As our Master would not pay significant attention to evil, so he saw the goodness of his Father everywhere present. But most amazingly he saw His Father's goodness in the minds and hearts of other human beings. He looked past their defenses. He looked past their errors. He even looked past their sins and sensed the beauty of their inner Being. While God is resplendent in glory, His glory is muted in nature, although it is there. His glory is more manifest among personalities, persons, for He is the direct author and creator of personality.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-6)
        God-knowing individuals are not discouraged by misfortune or downcast by disappointment. Believers are immune to the depression consequent upon purely material upheavals; spirit livers are not perturbed by the episodes of the material world. Candidates for eternal life are practitioners of an invigorating and constructive technique for meeting all of the vicissitudes and harassments of mortal living. Every day a true believer lives, he finds it easier to do the right thing.
        Spiritual living mightily increases true self-respect. But self-respect is not self-admiration. Self-respect is always co-ordinate with the love and service of one's fellows. It is not possible to respect yourself more than you love your neighbor; the one is the measure of the capacity for the other.
        As the days pass, every true believer becomes more skillful in alluring his fellows into the love of eternal truth. Are you more resourceful in revealing goodness to humanity today than you were yesterday? Are you a better righteousness recommender this year than you were last year? Are you becoming increasingly artistic in your technique of leading hungry souls into the spiritual kingdom?

(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-106 Section-9)
        To material, evolutionary, finite creatures, a life predicated on the living of the Father's will leads directly to the attainment of spirit supremacy in the personality arena and brings such creatures one step nearer the comprehension of the Father-Infinite. Such a Father life is one predicated on truth, sensitive to beauty, and dominated by goodness. Such a God-knowing person is inwardly illuminated by worship and outwardly devoted to the wholehearted service of the universal brotherhood of all personalities, a service ministry which is filled with mercy and motivated by love, while all these life qualities are unified in the evolving personality on ever-ascending levels of cosmic wisdom, self-realization, God-finding, and Father worship.

(From: John Dryden (1631 - 1700)
Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.

(From: Heloise (1098 - 1164)
Riches and power are but gifts of blind fate, whereas goodness is the result of one's own merits.

(From: Machiventa Melchizedek - 7/6/01 – the Snowbird TeaM Conference)
And so it is time for you to increase your sharing. To begin to unfold the goodness that lies within you. Do not let others suggest that your goodness is weakness, for all of you know it is not. Again, whenever you need strength simply go to the well of love and you will be reinforced, just as the Master was.

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The Sermon
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Admire Goodness
Esteem Goodness
Respect Goodness
Seek Goodness
Cherish Goodness
Anticipate Goodness
Crave Goodness
Recognize Goodness
Emulate Goodness
Practice Goodness
Exercise Goodness
Exude Goodness
Emanate Goodness
Radiate Goodness

And do all this in Love...

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the Source of All Goodness... You are its Inspiration. There is no True Goodness that is separate from You. When I recognize Goodness in any of my Human Brothers and Sisters, then have I recognized a part of You in their Lives. Help me grow each day to recognize and reflect more and more of Your Infinite Goodness.

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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8-10-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #358
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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(From: Thomas Szasz)
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

(From: Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)
It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

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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.

As I told you last Sunday, I am in San Diego this weekend visiting and conferring with Family... hence the reason that the Service is early this week.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #358, is Enduring Happiness…

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Quotes
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(From: Teacher Daniel 7/18/93 – the S.E. Idaho TeaM)

And, so, today, let us look at this concept of happiness. Many of you work through trials, through many experiences, where growth is the outcome, and often times there is an atmosphere that surrounds you where you wonder if happiness will ever again be available to you. I would like each of you to take a few minutes to think about what happiness is. How can it be measured? What does it mean?

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-4)
        Happiness and joy take origin in the inner life. You cannot experience real joy all by yourself. A solitary life is fatal to happiness. Even families and nations will enjoy life more if they share it with others.

(From: Dr. Smiley Blanton)
The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.

(From: James Oppenheim)
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

(From: C. P. Snow (1905 - 1980)
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

(From: Abraham - 4/22/96 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
For ages man has searched for real happiness. Man has strived to make his life easier. He has worked to find abundance in living. He has searched to contain beauty all in the hope that he could find lasting authentic happiness. It is true still to this day mortals continue their search for inner fulfillment and happiness. The search is still as primitive as it was long ago. There seems to be more options to find inner happiness, but it still seems an endless cycle of repetition, mortals striving for more, more wealth, more power, more freedom and more ego satisfaction. These mortals remain empty, always looking outside themselves for true happiness and fulfillment.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-7)
        Intellectual self-consciousness can discover the beauty of truth, its spiritual quality, not only by the philosophic consistency of its concepts, but more certainly and surely by the unerring response of the ever-present Spirit of Truth. Happiness ensues from the recognition of truth because it can be acted out; it can be lived. Disappointment and sorrow attend upon error because, not being a reality, it cannot be realized in experience. Divine truth is best known by its spiritual flavor.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 9)
One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

(From: the Dhammapada)
If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse... If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source.

(From: Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.

(From: Margaret Lee Runbeck)
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

(From: Agnes Repplier (1855 - 1950)
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Happiness depends upon ourselves.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 12)
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables)
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 14:22)
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-10)
        "I will every day thank God for his unspeakable gifts; I will praise him for his wonderful works to the children of men. To me he is the Almighty, the Creator, the Power, and the Mercy, but best of all, he is my spirit Father, and as his earth child I am sometime going forth to see him. And my tutor has said that by searching for him I shall become like him. By faith in God I have attained peace with him. This new religion of ours is very full of joy, and it generates an enduring happiness. I am confident that I shall be faithful even to death, and that I will surely receive the crown of eternal life.”

(From: Jesus - The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-3)
“Increasing happiness is always the experience of all who are certain about God.”        

(From: Ham 1991 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
        Each of you has guidance, and this guidance can be strong or weak or non-existent. Therefore, by your decisions, you strengthen your reception of guidance by choosing the Father's will. By so choosing, it is easier. By so choosing, you lighten your burden. By so choosing, life becomes a pleasure, not a struggle. You become a fountain of spiritual refreshment to your fellows, not a burden to them. You become a light in the darkness to all around you, not another stumbling block in their darkness. The light within your heart will shine brighter, the love that you bestow upon your fellows more genuine, and your happiness will increase. Happiness is not found anywhere else, not true happiness.

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The Sermon
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Enduring Happiness isn't a result of 'having'...

Enduring Happiness is a State of BEING.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        The doing of Your Will in Loving Service is the Source of True, Lasting Happiness.

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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8-17-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #359
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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! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me.

"Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.

"It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.

Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

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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.

On the Path of another you may Talk the Talk,
But only on Your Own can you Walk the Walk.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #359, is The True Path…

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Quotes
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(From: “The Angel Stones Oracle” - 1999 - #10)
        Divine Truth does not come neatly wrapped in any single package. It is acquired in steps and stages as you grow in your ability to perceive it. If you are feeling unsatisfied, as though something is missing from your life, it is time to let go of old preconceptions and ask the Spirit of the Creator within to lead you on the path of higher and greater understanding. Be willing to follow that path unconditionally, “…and the Truth shall set you Free.”

(From: “Dune” - Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-34 Section-6)
        The Spirit never drives, only leads. If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. Every step you take must be one of willingness, intelligent and cheerful co-operation. The domination of the Spirit is never tainted with coercion nor compromised by compulsion.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.

(From: Josephine Preston Peabody)
One never learns by success. Success is the plateau that one rests upon to take breath and look down from upon the straight and difficult path, but one does not climb upon a plateau.

(From: The RSV Bible - Hebrews 12:11-13)
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-184 Section-2)
It requires a great and noble character, having started out wrong, to turn about and go right. All too often one's own mind tends to justify continuance in the path of error when once it is entered upon.

(From: JarEl - 10/18/99– the Arcadia, CA TeaM)
There is, in the realm of man's spirit, that burdensome responsibility to forgo yourself, and to embrace that which is unknown to you. That which is unknown to you is within. God does not choose a difficult path for you, but that the path to God is often, not the most comfortable path you will find yourself on.

(From: Thomas J. Watson)
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

(From: Frank A. Clark)
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

(From: John Schaar)
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.

(From: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

(From: Sarah Ban Breathnach)
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

(From: Tomas - 08/10/03 Rio Ranch NM TeaM)
And so the ultimate path to take, for those of you who discern the Value of evolving life as well as the ideals of Infinity, is to do as you have been admonished in your teachings, and that is to LIVE that which you believe rather than to ESPOUSE what you believe. As in parenting, it is how you live your life that your children are impressed, and not by what you Tell them.

(From: Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD)
One path alone leads to a life of peace: The path of virtue.

(From: “The Angel Stones Oracle” - 1999 - #7)
        Take extra care at this time not to take on as your own, the difficulties and struggles that are intended for someone else's growth. They will deplete your own energies and deprive another of the opportunity for strengthening theirs. You can not reasonably expect personal progress while one or both of your feet are straying upon the path of another. Keep your focus patiently and with peaceful resolve upon your own process, your own path, and calmly await the unfolding of your own next lesson.

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The Sermon
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There is but ONE Path that will lead you to Success...

There is but ONE Path that will lead you to Happiness...

There is but ONE Path that will lead you to Fulfillment...

There is but ONE Path that will lead you to Completion...

There is but ONE Path that will lead you to your Ultimate Destiny...

There is but ONE Path that will lead you to God...

It will lead you into Truth...
It will lead you into Beauty...
It will lead you into Goodness...
And, it will lead you into Love.

There is but ONE True Path and Only One...

Your Path!

Choose Wisely your steps upon it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Guide me upon My Path. You are Truly the Only One who knows where it has taken me... and where it Leads.

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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8-24-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #360
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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! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
W. Somerset Maugham

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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.

Has anyone ever told you that your expectations are too high?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #360, is Expectations…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-4)
        Remember, even if prayer does not change God, it very often effects great and lasting changes in the one who prays in faith and confident expectation. Prayer has been the ancestor of much peace of mind, cheerfulness, calmness, courage, self-mastery, and fair-mindedness in the men and women of the evolving races.

(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

(From: Jack Nicklaus)
Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's levels of aspiration and expectation.

(From: Leo Buscaglia)
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 24:42-44)
Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

(From: Ettiene De Grellet)
I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

(From: Fritz Perls)
I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.

(From: Thomas - 4/14/2000– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
If your expectations are low and you expect little out of life then you will be rewarded with exactly what you expect—very little in the way of satisfaction and change. And if your expectations are high you open yourself up to the possibility of attaining them.

(From: Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)
Life is largely a matter of expectation.

(From: Francis Crawford)
To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

(From: Benjamin Lipson)
You can't expect to win unless you know why you lose.

(From: Ham - 1/27/02 – the Nashville TeaM)
        As one progresses in the spirit, the inner life become fully as important as the outer life and eventually more important. By the inner life, I refer to one's relationship with God or all spiritual reality. Eventually, that relationship becomes more important than anything else in life and all the rest of life tends to mirror or reflect one's inner life. Yes, there will be problems, yes there will be material ups and downs. But, for the life of the believer, everything seems to be steadily improving regardless of the circumstances in the outer life.
        The believer's expectations are so high that they transcend this world. The believer brings the values of the spirit to bear on everyday reality in the material world. Things which to a pilgrim in an earlier state, even an unbeliever, that seem to be lightly regarded become extremely valuable to the person of the spirit. The value of life, the wonder of reality, the value of love, the value of other human beings, all these things increasingly are raised in the life of the believer.

(From: Olfana 2/01/94 – the Half Moon Bay, CA. TeaM)
Much good can come from reaching past the easy efforts. Extend yourselves in faith and then wait with expectation to see what comes from God to you.


(From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.

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The Sermon
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Live in Perpetual Expectation of Spiritual Opportunities to experience God's Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love... and these Expectations will, Ultimately, Always be met.

Spiritual Expectations for Yourself Alone can never be set too high... only too low.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Whenever I expect to discover Your Love, never am I disappointed!

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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8-31-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #361
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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! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.
(John Updike)

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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 know I've broached the subject of Today's Service before in the past... and I Know that it is about a Quality in humankind that is Severely Needed yet, sadly lacking... and I Know that when I Have it active my life, Life is Far more Pleasant and Rewarding (than when I don't)... and I Know I've tried as hard as I could not to Pray for it because of the consequences of that particular type kind of Prayer, but... yes... once again it is a Service about...

“The Dreaded 'P' Word”...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #361, is Patience…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-84 Section-7)
The family is the fundamental unit of fraternity in which parents and children learn those lessons of patience, altruism, tolerance, and forbearance which are so essential to the realization of brotherhood among all men.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-1)
Patience is exercised by those mortals whose time units are short; true maturity transcends patience by a forbearance born of real understanding.

(From: The RSV Bible - Colossians 1:11-12)
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.

(From: Dutch Proverb)
A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.

(From: Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
Our patience will achieve more than our force.

(From: Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
The strongest of all warriors are these two -- Time and Patience.

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 25:15)
With patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.


(From: Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

(From: Comte de Buffon (1707 - 1788)
Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.

(From: Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966), "Unkempt Thoughts")
You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 8:25)
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.

(From: Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?

(From: Daisaku Ikeda)
With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

(From: Peter Marshall)
Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.

(From: Horace Bushnell)
It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is simple patience.

(From: Tarkas 4/03/94 – the Half Moon Bay, CA. TeaM)
Now consider patience from the broader perspective of God's timing. When you allow yourself to see that the best outworking of events comes with guidance from God, then you hold lightly to your plan, your expectations of how things may go. It is not an abandonment of your schedule; it is merely an open-minded attitude that perhaps alterations to your timing schedule are the Father's, and therefore, most welcome in the events of your life. Patience requires a gentleness in your attitude, a willingness to allow for quiet moments of contemplation.

(From: Brian Adams)
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

(From: Tarkas 4/03/94 – the Half Moon Bay, CA. TeaM)
Then there is the patience you show to yourself. This can be a great challenge at times. We can be so harsh in our judgment of our own efforts. This is not of God. The angry, insistent voice saying, "This is not enough. This fails. This is inadequate." This is not God speaking within you. This voice comes from pain, rejection, the inability to see you in your full capacity. Do not allow this voice to speak for you. It is indeed a spirit poison which contaminates all that it touches. Let yourself realize that patience cultivates an attitude of good humor toward yourself and others. It is the desire to see your flaws, and others', as the weaknesses that create the challenge for you and others in life. It is as if God has put these vulnerabilities into our natures with the intention of allowing us to remain humble, and at the same time, recognize more clearly that we all, indeed, have growth yet to accomplish in our ascendant careers.

(From: Saint Francis de Sales)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

(From: Jesus - The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
“Learn to weigh the consequences of your sayings and your doings. Remember that the reaping is in accordance with the sowing. Pray for tranquility of spirit and cultivate patience. These graces, with living faith, shall sustain you when the hour comes to drink the cup of sacrifice.”

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 8:15)
And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.

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The Sermon
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[Today's Sermon is a short message from Me to me. Who Knows? It may even relate to you in some small insignificant fragment of a way.]

(BEGIN INTERNAL DIALOGUE:)

(ego:) Go Ahead. Pray for Patience! Keep praying for it... again and again and Again! You'll REGRET it!!! I Promise you!

(Soul:) Ahh... but only for a short while... Trust! Act! When you choose to co-operate with the Divine Indweller, the “still small voice” that injects and offers the brotherly and more loving choices, the Struggle is but for a moment in time... a mere Instant of Eternity. The Satisfaction of Mastering Patience is the compensation, the contentment, the Fulfillment of Life Itself.

(ego:) Yeahbuttt... you remember the Last time I prayed for Patience! What did I Get, Huh? Just More and More occasions where Patience was Required!

(Soul:) You mean Opportunities?

(ego:) Yeah... What-Ever!

(Soul:) They Are Opportunities to exercise and Strengthen your Patience you know... when you Have it... You remember how Good you feel, don't you?

(ego:) Well... yeah... but...

(Soul:) Isn't it Worth it?

(ego:) ummm...

(Soul:) You don't see yourself as Lazy, do you?

(ego:) NO!!! well... maybe just once in a while, on occasion... I suppose...

(Soul:) And on those “Rare” occasions Patience weakens a bit?

(ego:) I guess...

(Soul:) And if those occasions somehow, just kind of happen, consecutively... does it not weaken a little bit Further?

(ego:) yeah...

(Soul:) Patience can atrophy if you let that happen too often, and then we almost have to start all over again.

(ego:) I can get it back...

(Soul:) Certainly you can.

(ego:) I Can!!

(Soul:) Of Course you can! With exercise your Patience can be Strong and Flexible and Durable! I've seen you Do it! Masterful! Truly Master-Full when you Joyfully Exercise it!

(ego:) Yeah?

(Soul:) Indeed! Don't you Remember?

(ego:) Sure! It was Great!

(Soul:) It IS Great!

(ego:) Yeah... that too.

(Soul:) Is it not Worth Praying for?

(ego:) Yes! but...

(Soul:) Shall we Pray for it then?

(ego:) yes, but...

(Soul:) How about if we Pray for our Father's Strength to Aid us in exercising the Patience?

(ego:) That could work...

(Soul:) It DOES work... it Will work!

(ego:) Alright. Let's get it Over with then...

(Soul:) You'll Thank yourself for it!

(ego:) I know...

(Soul:) Shall we?

(ego:) Yes.

(Soul:) Let us Pray...

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The Prayer
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(ego And Soul:)
Dear God,
        Help me to have Patience, and give me Your Strength to Endure in it.

(END INTERNAL DIALOGUE)

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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