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#615
8-3-2008
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8-10 -2008
#617
8-17-2008
#618
8-24-2008
#619
8-31-2008

8-3-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #615
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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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One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it.

The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, 'Good morning Alex.'

'Good morning Pastor,' he replied, still focused on the plaque. 'Pastor, what is this?'

The pastor said, 'Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.'

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.

       Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, 'Which service, the 9:00 or the 10:30?'

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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.

If our consideration of wealth were based upon them we would all be rich…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #615, is Memories…

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Quotes
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(From: John Updike (1932 - )

Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews.

(From: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

(From: Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
Our memories are card indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.

(From: Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?

(From: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)
He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.

(From: Anne Rice (1941 - ), "Blood and Gold")
No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase. Suffering may distort my backward glances, but even to suffering, some memories will yield nothing of their beauty or their splendor. Rather they remain as hard as gems.

(From: Lily Langtry (1853 - 1929)
Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.

(From: Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
        Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship. And all of these memory treasures radiate their most precious and exalting influences under the releasing touch of spiritual worship.

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The Sermon
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Memories… Yes… Indeed they are what we all and each have in great abundance, and Really, it is they that define how we see ourselves, and how others see us.

Funny is it not then… how seldom it is that our individual memories truly coincide with the facts of how we truly experienced them in the moment. [yes, Funny-Odd… but also, Funny-Humorous] Truthfully though, I must say I find it quite fascinating how it is that people actually choose to define/remember the memories of their experiences. We each do it differently you know. None of us would completely concur as to facts because our individual perceptions and experiences are so vastly different from one another. My ego would even argue with my own Soul concerning the interpretation of my memories… wouldn't yours?

It is of course impossible for My memory to ever accurately describe Your experience… just as it would be for yours to describe mine. Yet… isn't it the most natural thing in the world to do… to assume that others who have shared an experience with “me” will have the same memory of it as “I” do? Why is that do you think? I'll wager that you can remember at Least one experience in life of thinking or saying to someone, “You mean you Really don't remember that?” or, “But this is how 'I' remember it.” Have you ever noticed how differently from one another even siblings remember the facts of growing up together? We each create our own unique world that we live in based upon our own individual experiences of life, and especially upon our exclusive Memories of those experiences.

Our memories are never untrue though… aside from the small detail that they may be more or less not in agreement with the actual facts of any given situation. Our memories are true because they describe to us the world we currently live in… the only world that we each really Can live in. Our memories really do distinguish us from one another and even from the self we once were but no longer are because of growth and maturity.

When new facts are brought to bear upon old memories, people re-define their past memories… sometimes purposefully but mostly unconsciously. Perhaps it is accurate to postulate that our memories are literally in a constant state of personal evolution or regeneration… just as we are. And isn't that as it Should be? Otherwise it might be too easy to get stuck in what Was and miss what IS right now in This very moment.

As important and as Vital as our memories are, they are only relatively in sync with Reality… only partially. Too much emphasis upon them distracts a person from what is going on in the present moment.

Now is the only place where New Memories begin.

And That is what Life is All About isn't it… New Experiences, New Memories?

Or Not….

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I'll let You take care of the facts… I'll try to interpret them the best that I can. Oh! …and remind me constantly to allow others to do the same, if You would. Thank You!

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

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

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8-10-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #616
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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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An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

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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.



The topic of today's Sunday Service, #616, is Renewal…

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The Sermon
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Recently I discovered a gauge that I could use to indicate how connected and tuned in to God I really was at any given moment. The Gauge is Humble, Spontaneous, Overflowing Gratitude. Yep… that's it… How truly thankful am I for the experiences and opportunities that God is providing for me? During those times in my life when I have felt most in-touch, most in-tune with the Personal Presence of my Creator, Gratitude was always present… was in fact The most natural of feelings for me. When Gratefulness is in my heart, God is there as well. Makes sense, doesn't it?

So… what if I don't feel very grateful? …what if gratitude is not coming so easily to me? …what if my “Gauge” is reading empty? Is there a solution for the empty feelings that a shortage of gratitude can so easily cause?

I think the solution is Renewal. Renewal of commitment, of purpose, of perspective… of my devotion to God and to my brethren…

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Quotes
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(From: Shana Alexander)
We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.

(From: Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC), The Way of Lao-tzu)
To be worn out is to be renewed.

(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 Book - Paper-34 Section-6)
        The divine Spirit is the source of continual ministry and encouragement to the children of men. Your power and achievement is "according to his mercy, through the renewing of the Spirit." Spiritual life, like physical energy, is consumed. Spiritual effort results in relative spiritual exhaustion. The whole ascendant experience is real as well as spiritual; therefore, it is truly written, "It is the Spirit that quickens." "The Spirit gives life."

(From: Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973)
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

(From: The RSV Bible - Ephesians 4:22-25 )
Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 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. Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

(From: Audrey Hepburn)
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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. By intelligent symbols man is able to quicken and enlarge the appreciative capacities of his friends. One of the crowning glories of human friendship is this power and possibility of the mutual stimulation of the imagination. Great spiritual power is inherent in the consciousness of wholehearted devotion to a common cause, mutual loyalty to a cosmic Deity.

(From: Deepak Chopra, The Path to Love)
Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-2)
        "By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not--it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you.

(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: The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-8)
Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will cry out, and he shall say--Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.'"

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians II 4:16 )
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.

(From: Lantarnek - 11/29/98 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Renewal is a refreshment of a status level already accomplished by you. It gives you enthusiasm anew for something which you already have struggled to accomplish.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        With You, All is New.

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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8-17-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #617
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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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Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with that expensive double-pane energy efficient kind, and today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He was complaining that the work had been completed a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.

Hellloooo,...........just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year, that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves!

Helllooooo? It's been a year! I told him. There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung up. He never called back. Guess I won that stupid argument. I bet he felt like an idiot.

[ed: Yes, I am blond… no this didn't really happen to me… but ya Gotta Love it anyway! ;-)]

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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.

There are a number of synonyms for Today's “Topic Word” for example: real, valid, legitimate… and while these would be technically accurate and perhaps the usually used interpretations of the word…

My actual intention for today's meaning of the word would be more appropriately associated with the synonyms: Authentic and Steadfast and True…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #617, is Genuine…

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Quotes
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(From: Ham 9/9/2001 – the Nashville TeaM)

        Sometimes, it is hard to live up to your own expectations. You want to be a certain way or achieve a certain thing and then fall short and feel defeated in your own eyes. This is something that must be released. When you let go of your expectations, you release the chains that are holding you back, the chains that can drag you down.

        More people are stifled by their expectations for how they should be, how they should look, how they should act, what they should accomplish, and so forth than anything else. You all want to mold yourselves instead of letting the Father mold you. When you release your expectations, then you can be spontaneous. Much happiness is found in spontaneity, much growth and forward motion is found in that genuine connection with yourself that can only be had when your expectations are released.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-9)
The ideal of religious philosophy is such a faith-trust as would lead man unqualifiedly to depend upon the absolute love of the infinite Father of the universe of universes. Such a genuine religious experience far transcends the philosophic objectification of idealistic desire; it actually takes salvation for granted and concerns itself only with learning and doing the will of the Father in Paradise. The earmarks of such a religion are: faith in a supreme Deity, hope of eternal survival, and love, especially of one's fellows.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to enduring fact of mystery.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-6)
        But true religion is a living love, a life of service. The religionist's detachment from much that is purely temporal and trivial never leads to social isolation, and it should not destroy the sense of humor. Genuine religion takes nothing away from human existence, but it does add new meanings to all of life; it generates new types of enthusiasm, zeal, and courage.

(From: D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 12:9-10)
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        You cannot truly love your fellows by a mere act of the will. Love is only born of thoroughgoing understanding of your neighbor's motives and sentiments. It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: William Bridges)
Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-54 Section-1)
        True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.

(From: Charles Spencer)
Genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
“True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals."

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-129 Section-4)
True it is, indeed, that in his full, rich, beautiful, and noble life we may all find much that is exquisitely exemplary, divinely inspiring, but this is because he lived a true and genuinely human life. Jesus did not live his life on earth in order to set an example for all other human beings to copy. He lived this life in the flesh by the same mercy ministry that you all may live your lives on earth; and as he lived his mortal life in his day and as he was, so did he thereby set the example for all of us thus to live our lives in our day and as we are. You may not aspire to live his life, but you can resolve to live your lives even as, and by the same means that, he lived his.

(From: Simone de Beauvoir)
It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-8)
        Belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes the mode of living. The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith; that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode of living. Faith is a living attribute of genuine personal religious experience. One believes truth, admires beauty, and reverences goodness, but does not worship them; such an attitude of saving faith is centered on God alone, who is all of these personified and infinitely more.

(From: Emulan 1/12/03 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
As you reflect upon your lives, I am made to wonder how many individuals feel they are living the life they were meant to live? How many are being their genuine selves? When you look at your overall life, what is your measure of joy? What is your measure of comfort and security? How do you greet each day--with enthusiasm or with dread? Answers to these questions can reveal to you if you are living to your highest light. There should be a good measure of gratification, combined with the knowledge that life is work, play and balance in all things.

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The Sermon
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Are you being your True Genuine Self most of the time?
Are you Allowed to be?
Are you Able to be?
Are you Willing to be?
Do you Desire to be?

I need to ask myself these questions from time to time… do you?

It seems difficult in today's society to be consistently Genuine… to be yourself without compromise… doesn't it, sometimes?

For some it may be a desire to Fit In somewhere, when they feel like they do not…

Or perhaps the difficulty comes from a desire to avoid conflict at all costs…

Maybe it stems from the irrational assumption that one can truly change who they Are, simply to suit the fancy of another person… [this one can get extremely chaotic for those who attempt to “change who they Are” for multiple others, all at the same time. (been there, done that ;-)]

It is refreshing, is it not, when you witness someone actually being Completely and Wholly Genuine… Really Opening their Soul up to let you see who is Truly inside? [It is even Astounding if that person might chance to be a Politician or a Pundit or a <quote>Reporter<end quote>]

Why is it that that does not seem to be the Norm but rather the Exception, do you think? It's not a problem for You most of the time is it? Nah… Me Neither! But all those OTHER people, Geeze… why is it so tough for them to be truthful with themselves and others… to be their True Child Of God Selves… to be Genuine?

God Only Knows… Right?

Indeed!

It is during those times when it feels like God and I are Together, that I am most able to feel Truly Genuine with myself and with others. What is it that works for You?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are Reality… All that is Genuine. Help me to more and more become like You.

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

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

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8-24-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #618
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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If you don't have a sense of humor, it is likely you have no sense at all.

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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 am anxiously looking forward to the Changes we will be seeing after the upcoming U.S. Election in November…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #618, is Anticipation…

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Quotes
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(From: Elyon - 11/2/01– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
It is impossible to anticipate the future with excitement without the underpinning substructure of confidence in your relationship to God. If a person does not know God in their own consciousness, or has grossly distorted ideas about God's true character, then the future cannot be viewed with excitement and a sense of adventure, but is more likely to be seen as fearful, uncertain, and the tendency is to stay firmly grounded in the known, which is the present and the past.

(From: Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone.

(From: Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, Timeshifting (1996)
We... anticipate what's to come, then ignore what's actually here.

(From: Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

(From: Michael - 1/15/06 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Be at peace with all that you are, and be of joy and anticipation for all that you are becoming.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-7)
        Worship is intended to anticipate the better life ahead and then to reflect these new spiritual significances back onto the life which now is. Prayer is spiritually sustaining, but worship is divinely creative.

(From: Elyon - 2/13/05 – The North Idaho TeaM)
You who have traversed certain levels of spiritual growth come to recognize that each period of transition may then be followed by a period of reorganization and the establishment of certain new patterns that are now conditioned by your growth, so much so that an individual functioning in awareness finds stimulation and anticipation when encountering the instability of transition and eagerly awaits the opportunity for the formation of a new and improved platform and pattern.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-14 Section-5)
        Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony--these traits inherent in evolving human nature--were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.

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The Sermon
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For me, Exercising Faith is like having an Eager Anticipation for discovering what is God's Will for me… but without the limitations of specific personal Expectations.

So… what is Anticipation if not Expectation?

Well… undefined Expectancy perhaps.
Hopefulness comes to mind as well.
A certain Excitement and Enthusiasm and Zeal would be present in all probability.

I find Anticipation is Best when I have not already tried to define the acceptable outcome.
In other words, When I haven't already tried to tell God what it should look like. Anticipation prevails when I ask God to Show me what something should look like. Then the Anticipation is kept energized by the continual unfoldment… God's Will keeps on unfolding; what I recognize of it today is but a snapshot in time. It's the Gift that keeps on Giving.

It's funny… when I allow myself to be in this kind of state of Anticipation, God shows me or gives to me, far more than I possibly could have expected.

Be in Anticipation of Truth, of Beauty and of Goodness…

“Wait for it… Wait for it…”

Ah Yes. There it is.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It seems like the better I get to Know You, the higher my Anticipations become. How very interesting. Love You!

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

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

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8-31-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #619
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
(Steven Wright)

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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.

Sometimes it is good…
Sometimes it is bad…
At times it seems like it doesn't even exist…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #619, is Judgment (or the Lack of)…

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The Sermon
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A Lack of Judgment indicates…

Inexperience---the person has not yet encountered an experience similar to what would be necessary to gain enough Wisdom to use Good Judgment.

A Failure to Learn from Past Experience---the person has had the experience before, perhaps several or even numerous times, but for some reason was unable to gain the Wisdom needed to avoid making the same mistake again… and again. Fear not… the person will be given unlimited, although progressively painful, opportunities to learn the particular lesson. The more painful it gets… the less Wisdom perhaps actually gained from the lesson.

A Refusal to Learn from Past Experience---the person is actually purposefully lying to themselves and/or to others for some fearful or selfish reason. [Look up: pride, sin or iniquity for further details.]

All have shown a Lack of Judgment at one point or other in their lives. While still a human being, it is most likely that we each will show a Lack of Judgment again.

Constantly in life we are given opportunities to use our, sometimes painfully and rarely easily acquired, Wisdom in the task of Using Good Judgment. No matter how experienced we are, there will always be instances where we will not have enough personal experience in order to completely avoid making mistakes in Judgment. The more Wisdom we have attained (and use) from our past experiences, the less likely we are to repeat painful mistakes.

We are each capable of judging which of the three “Lack of Judgment” indicators is applicable to our own learning situations. We are each capable of adjusting our choices using whatever Wisdom we have so far learned and acquired in our lives up to this point.

We are not qualified to make those same mistake free judgments about anyone other than ourselves though… for that is the other kind of judgment… the kind that belongs to God alone.

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Quotes
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(From: Barry LePatner)
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Free and inexperienced intelligence cannot possibly at first be uniformly wise. The possibility of mistaken judgment (evil) becomes sin only when the human will consciously endorses and knowingly embraces a deliberate immoral judgment.

(From: Sidney Madwed)
Since every judgment is only an opinion based on the limited information at hand, filtered through one's personal value system, it might be safe to assume no two people will judge anything exactly the same. Even concepts of right and wrong, good or bad, good or bad morals and ethics are only opinions, for what may be good in one case may be a disaster in another.

(From: Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Ajax)
Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good That lies within their hands, till they have lost it.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-2)
        When a moral being chooses to be unselfish when confronted by the urge to be selfish, that is primitive religious experience. No animal can make such a choice; such a decision is both human and religious. It embraces the fact of God-consciousness and exhibits the impulse of social service, the basis of the brotherhood of man. When mind chooses a right moral judgment by an act of the free will, such a decision constitutes a religious experience.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it.

(From: Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Experience does not ever err. It is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-118 Section-1)
        In the maturity of the developing self, the past and future are brought together to illuminate the true meaning of the present. As the self matures, it reaches further and further back into the past for experience, while its wisdom forecasts seek to penetrate deeper and deeper into the unknown future. And as the conceiving self extends this reach ever further into both past and future, so does judgment become less and less dependent on the momentary present.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Remind me to actually think about using good judgment rather than old habit.

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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