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#667
8-2-2009
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8-9-2009
#669
8-16-2009
#670
8-23-2009
#671
8-30-2009

8-2-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #667
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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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I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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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 not be here to send out the Sunday Service, so I will send it early instead.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #667, is Determination…

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The Sermon Part A
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While searching for quotes for today's service, they all seemed unfamiliar to me when used in this particular context. I recognized that in most likelihood, I have not previously done a Sunday Service on the topic of “Determination” before.

I wonder why that is, since it is such a key part of living and growing and… succeeding. Maybe I had not fully recognized it's essentialness to my personal progress so keenly before. I wonder why That was? Hmmm…

I certainly Recognize active “Determination” when I observe others using it… seems to come so naturally to them… why then not to me?

It's just the Getting it and Hanging on to it part that causes me such difficulty… When I finally do Get it, I really Have Got it (pretty much)…

        “Where Oh Where has the Determination gone?”
        “Where Oh Where can it be?”

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Quotes
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(From: Richard M. DeVos)

If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination.

(From: Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-5)
        And for a long time there will live on earth those timid, fearful, and hesitant individuals who will prefer thus to secure their religious consolations, even though, in so casting their lot with the religions of authority, they compromise the sovereignty of personality, debase the dignity of self-respect, and utterly surrender the right to participate in that most thrilling and inspiring of all possible human experiences: the personal quest for truth, the exhilaration of facing the perils of intellectual discovery, the determination to explore the realities of personal religious experience, the supreme satisfaction of experiencing the personal triumph of the actual realization of the victory of spiritual faith over intellectual doubt as it is honestly won in the supreme adventure of all human existence--man seeking God, for himself and as himself, and finding him.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-13 Section-4)
        The determiner of the differential of spiritual presence exists in your own hearts and minds and consists in the manner of your own choosing, in the decisions of your minds, and in the determination of your own wills.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
Stubbornness is also determination. It's simply a matter of shifting from "won't power" to "will power."

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

(From: Marian Evans)
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

(From: Martha Washington (1732 - 1802)
I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-194 Section-3)
        To Jesus, mortal life had dealt its hardest, cruelest, and bitterest blows; and this man met these ministrations of despair with faith, courage, and the unswerving determination to do his Father's will. Jesus met life in all its terrible reality and mastered it--even in death. He did not use religion as a release from life. The religion of Jesus does not seek to escape this life in order to enjoy the waiting bliss of another existence. The religion of Jesus provides the joy and peace of another and spiritual existence to enhance and ennoble the life which men now live in the flesh.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.

(From: Tommy Lasorda)
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects)

The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-6)
        The self has surrendered to the intriguing drive of an all-encompassing motivation which imposes heightened self-discipline, lessens emotional conflict, and makes mortal life truly worth living. The morbid recognition of human limitations is changed to the natural consciousness of mortal shortcomings, associated with moral determination and spiritual aspiration to attain the highest universe and superuniverse goals. And this intense striving for the attainment of supermortal ideals is always characterized by increasing patience, forbearance, fortitude, and tolerance.
        But true religion is a living love, a life of service.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 3/13/84– the Pocatello TeaM)
Determination, determining to be determined, means that you are exercising free will choice. In this regard I ask you to think about the many ways in which you are a determined individual in the areas of your personal life, in the areas of your personal life through relationships, in the area of your physical life, and the area of your spiritual life.

(From: Plotinus (205 AD - 270 AD)
Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.

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The Sermon Part B
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I seem to require of myself a really good personal Reason, and then an Exceedingly high level of Determination for doing anything that requires me to put out an elevated degree of sustained effort towards a personally desired goal. I'm not really sure why that is… it is just a reflective observation that caused me to think about all this Determination stuff. When it is something I am doing for someone else's needs, reasons are not so difficult for me to find and Determination just seems an automatic part of the process. But when it is doing something for myself that I need (over and above what I may think that I want), Determination seems very difficult to find.

I can find Motives galore and Reasons in profusion. Intellectual Comprehension of the situation is important of course, but quite easily attainable without much pain. Resolution may be enough to get me to “Start” on it for a day or two… a couple of hours at Least! But Resolution for me requires both Persistence and Determination or else it is nothing more that a stated desire. Perhaps it is different for others, but personally when other people try to help me find Determination it becomes harder to find, not easier.

I guess there is really only one place to truly discover Determination in the final analysis… and that is Within. I've never found it anywhere else no matter how hard I have tried.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to embrace the Determination I require.

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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8-9-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #668
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Mark Rogers

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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.

We are on our way to San Diego for a week [I need some oral surgery and my nephew is the best Oral Surgeon there is and I trust him implicitly], and so… you are receiving this week's Sunday Service (and next week's SOW Seeds Story) early because I won't be here to send them. Hopefully I will be back in time for next week's Sunday Service, but if not, I will send one as soon as I get back.

Today's excellent service is by Minister Mark Rogers that I have been saving for this very instance.

Thanks Mark!!!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #668, is Truth…

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The Sermon
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(From: Mark Twain)

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.

Greetings kind People,

        Once again it is my privilege to join you here in this forum to explore spiritual principals and seek deeper meanings and values in the truths we are exposed to. Truths we are exposed to -huh. Hmm.

        I guess that leads into something I have been contemplating lately. I can't help but observe in this life that truth is not the constant we might like it to be but rather "relative" in relation to the one observing the truth.

        So how is it then that the same "truth" or event or writing or song or poem will have a different meaning to each and every observer? After all the event or truth or song was the same was it not?

        I have been trying to get my head around the major significance the observer has in the interpretation of the observed. We all have our frame of reference and our set of experiences and understanding with which we define and interpret any given circumstance or expression or truth. I have referred to this foundation of perception as our individual filter through which we pass the incoming data to be processed. Our brain lives to categorize and define incoming data all in relationship to other data that it has stored.

        So the question arises - are we capable of truly seeing things as they are out there or has our mind so organized and categorized what we are seeing to fit in with what it is familiar or with what we have seen before to the point of compromising our ability to see the "real truth" contained within?

        I believe this is why we witness different "Takes" on the same material because in fact we are all in different places of awareness and understanding based on our current experiential data base. We even notice we can watch a movie again and get something different out of it each time or we can re read a book over again and pick up more the next time. The movie was the same, the book didn't change but our perception, our interpretation did and so our experience is different each and every time.

        I remember the parables offered by Jesus and how they meant different things to different people based on personal experience and interpretation. Does this imply that all these different truths were contained within the same words comprising the parables offered? I believe it does in so much as the deeper values and meanings are as the underlying tone behind the word symbols comprising the parable or song or sermon.

        In the end we do the best we can to try to communicate with some accuracy the meaning and motivation behind the material manifestation of words, thoughts, and even our deeds but then after our attempts are made these offering are then subject to interpretation by all the observers out there. This is how truth is relative.

        This is how "my" truth may be right and correct for me at any given time and inappropriate or inaccurate for anyone else at the same time. This basis of understanding or context for understanding is often referred to as wisdom- the accumulated data base with which to interpret "reality".

        All this talk has me wondering if I have been at all successful in my attempts to communicate the thoughts I have had on the subject of truth and what your interpretation of my attempt will be. I guess this is where we have to trust that the tone or flavor of this gesture will come through even if my choice of words or thought patterns might be less than perfect.

        I trust that we will all get the truth we need, just when we need it and that "the Truth will set us free".
 
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Quotes
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(From: Albert Einstein)
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

(From: Albert Einstein)
The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . . The ordinary objects of human endeavor -- property, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.

(From: Buddha [paraphrased])
Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true

(From: Clarence Darrow)
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.

(From: Elizabeth Kenny)
Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route.

(From: Emily Dickinson)
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it.

(From: Galileo)
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

(From: George Bernard Shaw)
New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.

(From: Henri Frederic Amiel)
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.

(From: Henry David Thoreau)
The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.

(From: John Locke)
It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.

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Wishing you all Beauty, Goodness and Truth,  

Mark Rogers, Minister, The Church Within.

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8-16-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #669
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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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I had amnesia once…

…or twice.

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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.

Well, it's good to be back home after 8 days gone (6 of them spent mostly driving).

Life goes on…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #669, is “Words That End in 'pathy”…

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The Sermon
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There are those who choose Antipathy…

an·tip·a·thy n. 1. a feeling of strong dislike or hostility. 2. an attitude of antagonism or aversion.

Why would anyone actually Choose that? (You'd never choose that would you? It's hard to imagine isn't it?) Maybe they don't actually choose it… it could just be the result of fear or ignorance, couldn't it? Unfortunately there appears to be a lot of it going around these days… antipathy I mean… although yes, there seems an overabundance of fear and ignorance as well. There's got to be some relation there… don't ya Think?

There is in fact so much visible Antipathy in the world today, and seemingly so little that can be done about it, it almost would make one feel tempted to stop caring anymore… it would certainly be a lot Easier not to, wouldn't it? But, That then would be choosing Apathy…

ap·a·thy n. 1. Lack of interest or concern; indifference. 2. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.

That's not good. Where would You be if you stopped Caring? Apathy is most likely what got such a noticeably large segment of society to this “Antipathy” point in the First place if I'm not mistaken.

Wouldn't it be better to choose Sympathy whenever possible?

sym·pa·thy n. 1. a. The act or power of sharing the feelings of another. b. A feeling or an expression of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; compassion or commiseration. 2. a. A relationship or an affinity between people or things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other. b. Mutual understanding or affection arising from this relationship or affinity.

It is difficult sometimes to have Sympathy for those captives of Antipathy when Apathy would be a so much simpler course of action… and yet Sympathy is what they need and crave most. They are Afraid… they are Ignorant… like angry confused little children. The mature Must have a certain amount of Sympathy, though Wisdom should stop one short of actually enabling the behavior. In reality we All need and deserve a healthy portion of Sympathy. Life on this world is neither painless nor easy. One may have Sympathy for any but themselves… self bestowed sympathy inevitably does more harm than good.

I don't know whether or not Empathy is something that can actually be chosen…

em·pa·thy
n. 1.
Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
2. The ability to sense and understand someone else's feelings as if they were one's own

I have always considered Empathy to be a Gift or an Ability one has, rather than something they may choose to acquire. Perhaps though it is an Ability available to All who would choose to use, practice, and exercise it? Some seem to have Empathy in abundance, while others none at all… and still others appear to have it sometimes but not always. I wish I had Empathy in Abundance, but I think I may be more of a “sometimes” person. I wonder if anything would happen if I Practiced more? I think it might be worth experimenting, don't you?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-1)
"My brethren, you err in your opinions because you do not comprehend the nature of those intimate and loving relations between the creature and the Creator, between man and God. You fail to grasp that understanding sympathy which the wise parent entertains for his immature and sometimes erring child.”

(From: Grenville Kleiser)
There are fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of someone less fortunate. Today you can make your life - significant and worthwhile. The present is yours to do with as you will.

(From: Jane Goodall (1934 -)
The greatest danger to our future is apathy.

(From: R. A. Salvatore)
Loss of empathy might well be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen enemy, tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength.

(From: Dorothy Thompson (1894 - 1961)
Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-191 Section-5)
Let faith reveal your light to the world; let the revelation of truth open the eyes blinded by tradition; let your loving service effectually destroy the prejudice engendered by ignorance. By so drawing close to your fellow men in understanding sympathy and with unselfish devotion, you will lead them into a saving knowledge of the Father's love.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

(From: Dean Koontz)

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-181 Section-2)
And then answered Jesus: "You will learn to love your brethren more when you first learn to love their Father in heaven more, and after you have become truly more interested in their welfare in time and in eternity. And all such human interest is fostered by understanding sympathy, unselfish service, and unstinted forgiveness.

(From: Charles Fillmore)
“Here is a mental treatment guaranteed to cure every ill that flesh is heir to: sit for half an hour every night and mentally forgive everyone against whom you have any ill will or antipathy”

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), My Religion, 1927)
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

(From: John Lennon (1940 - 1980)
Apathy isn't it. We can do something. So flower power didn't work. So what. We start again.

(From: Meryl Streep (1949 -)
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

(From: Tryon Edwards (1809 - 1894)
Quiet and sincere sympathy is often the most welcome and efficient consolation to the afflicted. Said a wise man to one in deep sorrow, "I did not come to comfort you; God only can do that; but I did come to say how deeply and tenderly I feel for you in your affliction".

(From: Albert Einstein 1879-1955)
“My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.”

(From: Bertrand Russell V. Delong)
The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Love is the Key to it all, Isn't it? Yeah… I thought so.

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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8-23-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #670
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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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I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.
 
 I asked them, 'If I sold my house and my car, had a big yard sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?'
 
'NO!' the children answered.
 
'If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?'
 
Again, the answer was 'No!'   By now I was starting to smile.
 
 ' Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?'
 
Again, they all answered 'No!'. I was just bursting with pride for them.
 
I continued, 'Then how can I get into heaven?' 

A six year-old boy shouted out 'YUV GOTTA BE DEAD!'

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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 Life was Easy, Everyone would be good at it…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #670, is Trivialities …

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The Sermon
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There are Trivialities that distract and divert a person from those things which Truly Are Important…
And…
There are many things Truly Important in life that often incorrectly get set aside or dismissed as Trivial.

Only Wisdom forged between the Anvil of Knowledge and the Hammer of Experience can adequately ascertain which is which.

Do you ever feel distracted or diverted?
Me Neither… but if I ever Did it would be a good time for me to do a Triviality Assessment, don't you Think?

What are the things in life that are Truly Important?
What are the things in life that are Truly Trivial?

Only You can know and discover that.
I can not know or discover it For you and you can not know or discover it for Me. We can share our personal discoveries and perceptions with one another… and sometimes it may strike a chord within the other's soul, but just as often and possibly even more often, it might not. It is a Joyful experience when it Does, is it not? Worrying or stressing over when or why it might Not though… yeah… clutching to trivialities.

When and While one allows God to actively share their life with them, Nothing is ever Trivial.

“Go With God.” Live with God.

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes - #14 - Opening / Fire/Torch (Kano )

This is the Rune of opening, renewed clarity, dispelling the darkness that has been shrouding some part of your life. You are free now to receive, and to know the joy of non-attached giving.

Kano is the Rune for the morning of activities, for seriousness, clear intent, and concentration, all of which are essential at the beginning of work. The protection offered by Kano is this: the more light you have, the better you can see what is trivial and outmoded in your conditioning.

(From: Aaron - 9/3/04 – The Lightline TeaM)
At this time, we want you to know that aside from your union with the Divine, all else is trivial in comparison.

(From: W. M. L. Jay)
Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Said your Master, "Happy are they who mourn"--if a friend is at hand to comfort. There is positive strength in the knowledge that you live for the welfare of others, and that these others likewise live for your welfare and advancement. Man languishes in isolation. Human beings unfailingly become discouraged when they view only the transitory transactions of time. The present, when divorced from the past and the future, becomes exasperatingly trivial. Only a glimpse of the circle of eternity can inspire man to do his best and can challenge the best in him to do its utmost. And when man is thus at his best, he lives most unselfishly for the good of others, his fellow sojourners in time and eternity.

(From: Ham 9/20/98 – the Nashville TeaM)
Where there is love, all things are possible and where there is love, all else is trivial.

(From: Abraham 12/10/01 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
…it is all the more difficult to be in touch with that Father-fragment when you are in a state of self-guarding or preoccupied with trivial things. “Stillness” practice is keeping those lines of communication open. Without this practice it becomes somewhat difficult to be spirit led. A few moments of silence every day increases trust in Father and you feel protected; you feel watched over and cared for.

(From: Quentin Crisp)
Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 1/29/06– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
When you put the greater good forward, this is not intended to suggest sacrifice, but rather an awareness of God's strength and power within you, a decision to let smallness go by the wayside in the more petty and trivial concerns of life and to replace them with those aspects associated with the high road, with the fruits of the spirit. And so as you make your daily decision, your hourly decisions, your minute-by-minute decisions, an awareness of the immense supporting love available to you can assist you in a balanced perspective, a gentle reply, the humorous outlook, the joyous response.

(From: Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)
No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to remember always that You live with me.

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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8-30-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #671
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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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Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

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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.

You can look at anything and rightfully say, “That has a cause.” But some things that you may see can actually inspire you to say. “That is a Worthy Cause!”

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #671, is: Serving The Cause…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Prejudice blinds the soul to the recognition of truth, and prejudice can be removed only by the sincere devotion of the soul to the adoration of a cause that is all-embracing and all-inclusive of one's fellow men. Prejudice is inseparably linked to selfishness. Prejudice can be eliminated only by the abandonment of self-seeking and by substituting therefor the quest of the satisfaction of the service of a cause that is not only greater than self, but one that is even greater than all humanity--the search for God, the attainment of divinity. The evidence of maturity of personality consists in the transformation of human desire so that it constantly seeks for the realization of those values which are highest and most divinely real.

(From: Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)
The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.

(From: Teddy Roosevelt)
It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-0)
        The faith of Jesus visualized all spirit values as being found in the kingdom of God; therefore he said, "Seek first the kingdom of heaven." Jesus saw in the advanced and ideal fellowship of the kingdom the achievement and fulfillment of the "will of God." The very heart of the prayer which he taught his disciples was, "Your kingdom come; your will be done." Having thus conceived of the kingdom as comprising the will of God, he devoted himself to the cause of its realization with amazing self-forgetfulness and unbounded enthusiasm. But in all his intense mission and throughout his extraordinary life there never appeared the fury of the fanatic nor the superficial frothiness of the religious egotist.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
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: The RSV Bible - John I 2:10)
He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-181 Section-2)
And then, when you are blessed with spiritual vision, go forth to your work, dedicating your life to the cause of leading mankind to search for God and to seek eternal realities with the eye of spiritual faith and not with the eyes of the material mind.

(From: Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD)
The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all.

(From: Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
A man who works beyond the surface of things, though he may be wrong himself, yet he clears the way for others and may make even his errors subservient to the cause of truth.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.

(From: Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

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The Sermon
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It is a Privilege to Serve in The Cause of Goodness, isn't it? You in your way and I in mine… each in their own… No two the same yet all in unity consciously or not.

Goodness is of God. God is its Source… its Bestower… its Inspiration. Where Goodness is, there also is God. Where Goodness is conceived… where Goodness is perceived… where Goodness is believed… where Goodness is received… There is God. Goodness is evidence of the reality of God

A devout religionist may Serve in The Cause of Goodness… in fact they must or how devout could they be. One who is atheist or agnostic may (and most do), admirably Serve in The Cause of Goodness… and when they do, their Souls experience God, the Real God. God cares more about That than whether or not they believe in some arbitrary religious description of the Person of God.

God is our intimate Partner anytime we choose to allow and embrace and serve Goodness.

Goodness is Served when Love is Shared.

Do you Serve in the Cause of Goodness?
Do you do so on Purpose?

Every day wherever we are, Goodness may be Served.

I very much appreciate the way the late Edward Kennedy once put it:
“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to devote myself better to The Cause for Goodness… Your Cause.

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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