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8-7-2005
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8-7-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #459
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th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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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.

Last night in the Jacuzzi while staring up at the stars, I found that as I looked at one individual star or at the more recognizable constellations, everything looked like it was in two dimensions… a picture. Realizing that what I looked at is indeed Three dimensional, I tried looking beyond the “singular” perspectives into Space…between the stars. All of a sudden I recognized this incredible Perception of Depth… the nearness of some stars and the vast distance of others, and the correlation between them and me. It made me feel quite small, but at the same time, a Part of Something Grand and Huge beyond imagination. So…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #459, is Depth Perception…

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The Sermon
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[editor's note: I almost Always compile the quotes for the Sunday Service prior to composing the Sermon---even when I get the occasional “bump” to use the quotes After the Sermon as I am doing today. This is one of those rare occasions when I actually wrote the Sermon first, and then went to find the quotes afterwards.]

Depth Perception…
or rather,
Depth of Perception.

How would you rate your Depth of Perception?

Compared to Whom?
Why… Compared only to yourself, of course.

Your Depth of Perception, like mine, like Every Individual Personality is of course, Unique and, therefore Valuable to the overall perception and experience of the Whole. No one of us has experienced the School of Life in exactly the same ways as any other… insert Totally Unique Personalities into extremely similar (even Identical) situations, and the Perception is indeed One-of-a-Kind… Priceless beyond Measure (in a “Masterpiece” sort of way).

It would follow then, that Your personal Depth of Perception is Incomparable to Any other. I can not compare my Depth of Perception to Yours… I can have no clue as to what your Depth of Perception Is, nor you mine. It is Exclusive, Distinct, Matchless, Ever-Moving (Forward (hopefully ;-).

I Can Compare My Depth of Perception though… to what it was yesterday, or last week, or last year… I can compare it to what it was Five years ago, Ten, Twenty… Thirty, Forty… yeah, alright… Fifty years ago. But I can't justifiably compare it to anyone Else's.

It's “Funny” (funny-strange, not funny ha-ha) how sometimes people think that they can artificially impose their Own experiential perceptions upon others, Isn't it? But it's not that uncommon in today's world then… Is it? Sometimes it almost seems like the “Norm” rather than the exception. Heck, I've been caught more than once in both sides of That Trap before. Last time, I had to chew my ego off just to get Out of it. That was quite a while ago though… it's had time to grow back. ;-)

Every New and Individual Experience has the potential of increasing one's Depth of Perception… if one is able to Let it of course.

Take Spiritual Experience for an example…

The more Varied the Experiences, the Bigger the Perspective can be… if of course one Chooses to view the bigger Perspective. But even if one chooses to view the “Single Star” or the “Single Constellation” there is multilevel Depth of Perception potentially contained within that single perspective.

Only You can choose the level of your own Depth of Perspective.

It's “Funny” (funny “ha-ha”, not funny-strange this time) how when I get to those “points” of thinking that “I've Got It!” the depths of my perspective stop getting deeper after a short time and things inadvertently start flattening out into two dimensions again. (funny-sad really while I'm stuck in it… but Truly Funny “Ha-Ha” after I escape back into my “Depth of Perspective” mode.)

So the question I must ask myself now is, is my Depth of Perception in “static” or in progressive mode?

Where's Yours?

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Quotes
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(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.

(From: R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn)
Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-3 –“Jesus”)
When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved.

(From: William Blake (1757 - 1827)
When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-4)
        A one-eyed person can never hope to visualize depth of perspective. Neither can single-eyed material scientists nor single-eyed spiritual mystics and allegorists correctly visualize and adequately comprehend the true depths of universe reality. All true values of creature experience are concealed in depth of recognition.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.

(From: Hans Margolius)
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

(From: Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

(From: Ham 5/23/01 – the Nashville TeaM)
The personality itself is what shapes perspective and shapes perception. If every person perceived reality exactly the same way, there would be no personality difference. Reality is a matter of personality perception through the mind. Thus, reality, as it is perceived, is slightly different for every single person. Because of the common mind, you all share similar perceptions, but at the same time each perception is modified by the personality.
Reality is not found in its entirety through the material senses. Reality consists of sensory perception, mindal level meaning for that perception, and spiritual value of that perception and meaning. Reality, then, must always be three-fold. You have facts as they are perceived, the meaning that correlates those facts, and then the value of the meaning.

(From: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930), A Study in Scarlet)
The chief proof of mans greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Though I am but a speck, still I can feel the depth of Your Love for me and for everyone else. Teach me this greater Depth of Perception.

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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8-14-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #460
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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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If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
Voltaire

You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
Anne Lamott

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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.

Do you ever wonder how other people see you? How do you see Yourself?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #460, is Image…

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Quotes
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(From: Abraham 8/2/04 – the Woods Cross TeaM)

I am positive everyone here could bring up an image of a brave individual who dared to stay the course of their heartfelt truth. These brave souls are those who have not sought fame or fortune, just simply a place for truth, a place for peace.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-3 Section-4)
        Finite appreciation of infinite qualities far transcends the logically limited capacities of the creature because of the fact that mortal man is made in the image of God--there lives within him a fragment of infinity. Therefore man's nearest and dearest approach to God is by and through love, for God is love. And all of such a unique relationship is an actual experience in cosmic sociology, the Creator-creature relationship--the Father-child affection.

(From: The RSV Bible - Genesis 1:27 )
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

(From: Mary Daly)
It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.


(From: Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.

(From: George Bancroft)
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

(From: Fr. Francis Mulcahy - M*A*S*H*( 1981) Season-9 “Blood Brothers”)
        “God didn't put us here for that pat on the back. He created us so He could be here Himself… so that He could Exist in the Lives of those He created in His Image.”

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The Sermon
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This last quote (the inspiration for today's Sunday Service), from the character Fr. Francis Mulcahy in the M*A*S*H* TV series, caught me by surprise one evening a few months ago while I was watching the show with my family. You know… kinda put a lump in my throat which caused my eyes to water. It was the last line of an impromptu Sunday Sermon he was giving (after arriving for it extremely late), for the camp and a visiting Cardinal.

You see, the “padre” had been being a royal pain to everybody in camp trying to impress “The Cardinal” with how good a job he had been doing here… Then… he was led to the side of a young soldier who had just been diagnosed with Leukemia. The young man was devastated, and yet his greater concern was for the recovery of his friend, his comrade, his brother. He was determined to stay at his brothers' side until he could talk to him and Know was going to be alright, though the doctors wanted to rush him off for the treatment of his cancer. It caused Fr. Mulcahy to reflect upon his own recent treatment of His friends in the MASH unit, until “Klinger” finally found him and informed him that he was already a half hour late for his Sunday Service “for the Cardinal.” He Rushed to the Service in his bathrobe and with a great deal of Intense emotion gave the following sermon:
        “I want to tell you about two men, each facing his own crisis. The first man you know rather well, the second is a patient here.”
        “Well, the first man 'thought' he was facing a crisis, but, what he was really doing was… trying to impress someone… he was looking for recognition, encouragement, a 'pat-on-the-back'. And then, whenever that recognition seemed threatened, he reacted rather childishly, blamed everyone for his problems but himself, because he was thinking only of himself.”
        “But the second man was confronted by the greatest crisis mortal man can face, the loss of his life. I think you'll agree that the second man had every right to be selfish, but instead he chose to think Not of Himself… but of a brother… a Brother! And when the first man saw the dignity and the Selflessness of the second man, he realized how Petty and Selfish he had… I! I… i had been. It made me see something more clearly than I've ever seen it before…”
        “God didn't put us here for that pat on the back. He created us so He could be here Himself… so that He could Exist in the Lives of those He created in His Image.”



It made me think… What kind of experience am I giving God in My life? Most Certainly not a Perfect one, That's for sure! But… can I give the gift of my own experience of, Becoming Perfect to the One who knows only Being Perfect? That would be a pretty good Gift for the One who has (and IS), Everything… wouldn't you say? I mean… what Else of can I give to God Really… other than my love of course which, originated with God in the First place?

Give the Gift of Life!
Yours.
It is more Valuable than you can ever Begin to Imagine!

'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' (Matthew 25:40)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I want to be like You when I grow up. Please help me to grow in Your Image.

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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8-21-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #461
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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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Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
(Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
(Rotarian)

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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.

Before I get started, I would like to wish a Very Happy Birthday to a Dear, Trusted and Precious Friend of mine. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!!!

        So… As I was sitting here wondering what the “Topic” of the Sunday Service would be today, I noticed the bag of Runes sitting on the end of the desk. I had uncovered them earlier on Saturday in what turned out to be a somewhat feeble attempt at re-arranging the desk's clutter. When I saw them, it reminded me…
        Back in the mid to late 1990's, I would every once in a while draw a “Rune” to get the Theme for the week's Sunday Service. Then I would type in “The Book of Runes” description for that particular Rune as the first Quote of the Service. It seems like quite a while since I've done that!
        So… I decided to try it once again today since it had always seemed to work out quite satisfactorily in the past.
        As usual, the description for the “stone” I drew out of the bag is today's first quote.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #461, is The Test…

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

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

If there appears to be an obstacle in your path, remember that even a delay may prove beneficial. Do not be overly eager to press forward, for this is not a situation in which you can make your influence felt. Patience is the counsel “Eihwaz” offers: nothing hectic, no acting needy, or lusting after a desired outcome. This Rune speaks to the difficulties that arise at the beginning of new life. Often it announces a time of waiting---for a spring to fill up with water, for fruit to ripen on the bough.
Perseverance and foresight are called for here. The ability to foresee consequences before you act is a mark of the profound person. Avert anticipated difficulties through right action, this Rune is saying. For even more than we are “doers”, we are “deciders.” And once the decision is clear, the doing becomes effortless.

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

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

(From: The 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: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Epistles)
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.

(From: Vernon Sanders Law)
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honor)
...tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.

(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

(From: Henri-Frédéric Amiel)
The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-28 Section-6)
Trust is the crucial test of will creatures. Trustworthiness is the true measure of self-mastery, character.

(From: Walter J. Lippmann)
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.

(From: Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-2)
        Through religious faith the soul of man reveals itself and demonstrates the potential divinity of its emerging nature by the characteristic manner in which it induces the mortal personality to react to certain trying intellectual and testing social situations. Genuine spiritual faith (true moral consciousness) is revealed in that it:

        1. Causes ethics and morals to progress despite inherent and adverse animalistic tendencies.
        2. Produces a sublime trust in the goodness of God even in the face of bitter disappointment and crushing defeat.
        3. Generates profound courage and confidence despite natural adversity and physical calamity.
        4. Exhibits inexplicable poise and sustaining tranquility notwithstanding baffling diseases and even acute physical suffering.
        5. Maintains a mysterious poise and composure of personality in the face of maltreatment and the rankest injustice.
        6. Maintains a divine trust in ultimate victory in spite of the cruelties of seemingly blind fate and the apparent utter indifference of natural forces to human welfare.
        7. Persists in the unswerving belief in God despite all contrary demonstrations of logic and successfully withstands all other intellectual sophistries.
        8. Continues to exhibit undaunted faith in the soul's survival regardless of the deceptive teachings of false science and the persuasive delusions of unsound philosophy.
        9. Lives and triumphs irrespective of the crushing overload of the complex and partial civilizations of modern times.
        10. Contributes to the continued survival of altruism in spite of human selfishness, social antagonisms, industrial greeds, and political maladjustments.
        11. Steadfastly adheres to a sublime belief in universe unity and divine guidance regardless of the perplexing presence of evil and sin.
        12. Goes right on worshiping God in spite of anything and everything. Dares to declare, "Even though he slay me, yet will I serve him."

(From: The RSV Bible - James 1:12)
Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.

(From: Thomas Higginson)
The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers...but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds.

(From: The RSV Bible - Thessalonians I 5:19-21)
Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good

(From: D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.

(From: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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: Richard Bach)
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished.
If you're alive, it isn't.


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The Sermon
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The Classroom:
Earth

The Class: Life 101

Class Duration: Birth to Material Death

Course Requirements: Live, Learn, Grow and Love

Textbooks: You may choose your own “personal” textbook from the well-neigh limitless variety of available material. Any that increase your own personal ability to “Live, Learn, Grow and Love” are satisfactory choices. (hint: the exposure to, and study of, a wide variety of texts is highly encouraged for maximum learning and enjoyment of this class.)

Lab: Lab is held daily and is a necessary requirement for experiential validation of personal progress. Lab class will convene wherever you are, and at any moment. Do your best to be prepared for it at all times and to give it your All.

Tests: Tests are frequent and unannounced. If you survive a test, you have passed it. (note: The same test may be repeated over and over again. If you discover that you are taking a test that you thought you had previously passed, do not fret. You are being given an opportunity for an even greater and deeper understanding of the material.) If you pass but one test in this entire class, you are eligible for advancement to the next higher level of learning.

Grading: Ignorance is not a consideration in your final grade. Grading is based solely on the personal effort, desire and sincerity of each individual student. Overall Outcomes, while not totally irrelevant to individual personal progress, do not in any way affect whether or not you pass or fail this course. Failure must be a conscious and informed personal choice… it is never accidental nor unintentional.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        With You as my Teacher, I Cannot Fail… unless I Consciously choose to.

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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8-28-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #462
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

[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: Kurt Vonnegut)
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

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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.

Remember just before, and right at the turn of, the Millennium/Century when Love and Spirituality seemed to be flowering and prospering? Well… four years and almost 8 months later it seems as if we have regressed many decades. How long will it take us to overcome this set back? Sometimes it just gets So….

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #462, is Frustration…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-4)
        "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and be led to glorify your Father who is in heaven."
        While light dispels darkness, it can also be so "blinding" as to confuse and frustrate. We are admonished to let our light so shine that our fellows will be guided into new and godly paths of enhanced living. Our light should so shine as not to attract attention to self. Even one's vocation can be utilized as an effective "reflector" for the dissemination of this light of life.
        Strong characters are not derived from not doing wrong but rather from actually doing right. Unselfishness is the badge of human greatness. The highest levels of self-realization are attained by worship and service. The happy and effective person is motivated, not by fear of wrongdoing, but by love of right doing.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-5)
        The world is filled with lost souls, not lost in the theologic sense but lost in the directional meaning, wandering about in confusion among the isms and cults of a frustrated philosophic era. Too few have learned how to install a philosophy of living in the place of religious authority. (The symbols of socialized religion are not to be despised as channels of growth, albeit the river bed is not the river.)

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 6:27-36)
        "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.
        And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
        And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
        And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
        But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.
        Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

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The Sermon
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Whenever I get really frustrated with the way things are… in direct opposition to what they could/should be…

It helps to review the 51 years of my life and know with the certainty of experience, that even “This too shall pass.”

Truth and Love WILL PREVAIL over deception and induced fear… but we must desire them badly enough to realize it in our own lifetimes.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Fire that Desire within me…. and show me the Loving “ways” in which to channel it.

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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