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#824
8-5-2012
#825
8-12-2012
#826
8-19-2012
#827
8-26-2012

8-5-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #824
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between 2 trees he thought he could hit through.
Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.
As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"
The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

You may thing you don't have many, but that would be an incorrect assumption…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #824, is Achievements…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
         The career of a God-seeking man may prove to be a great success in the light of eternity, even though the whole temporal-life enterprise may appear as an overwhelming failure, provided each life failure yielded the culture of wisdom and spirit achievement. Do not make the mistake of confusing knowledge, culture, and wisdom. They are related in life, but they represent vastly differing spirit values; wisdom ever dominates knowledge and always glorifies culture.

(From: Barack Obama, Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009)
It's about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up over time, over a lifetime to a lasting legacy. It's about not being satisfied with the latest achievement, the latest gold star, because the one thing I know about a body of work is that it's never finished. It's cumulative. It deepens and expands with each day you give your best. You may have setbacks and you may have failures, but you're not done. You haven't even started.

(From: Florence Scovel Shinn)
Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)
The destiny of eternity is determined moment by moment by the achievements of the day by day living. The acts of today are the destiny of tomorrow.

(From: Blaise Pascal)
“Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.”

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #74)
If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren't afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can't achieve.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-154 Section-2)
The animal nature and the lower forms of will creatures do not progress favorably in environmental ease. Problematic situations, coupled with exertion stimuli, conspire to produce those activities of mind, soul, and spirit which contribute mightily to the achievement of worthy goals of mortal progression and to the attainment of higher levels of spirit destiny.

(From:
Barack Obama)

The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important.

(From: Woodrow T. Wilson)
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

(From: Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-39 Section-4)
There is no material reward for righteous living, but there is profound satisfaction — consciousness of achievement — and this transcends any conceivable material reward.

(From: Harold Taylor)
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-5)
The important thing is not the rapidity of your progress but rather its certainty. Your actual achievement is not so important as the fact that the direction of your progress is Godward. What you are becoming day by day is of infinitely more importance than what you are today.

(From: Samuel Smiles)
He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-6)
“Set your mind at work to solve its problems; teach your intellect to work for you; refuse longer to be dominated by fear like an unthinking animal. Your mind should be your courageous ally in the solution of your life problems rather than your being, as you have been, its abject fear-slave and the bond servant of depression and defeat. But most valuable of all, your potential of real achievement is the spirit which lives within you, and which will stimulate and inspire your mind to control itself and activate the body if you will release it from the fetters of fear and thus enable your spiritual nature to begin your deliverance from the evils of inaction by the power-presence of living faith. And then, forthwith, will this faith vanquish fear of men by the compelling presence of that new and all-dominating love of your fellows which will so soon fill your soul to overflowing because of the consciousness which has been born in your heart that you are a child of God.”

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The Sermon
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There is no Life without Achievement.

More than once in my life I can remember feeling like just getting out of bed in the morning was quite an Achievement… you've probably never experienced that though, have you? ;-)

Physical Survival itself is an Achievement… for the majority of Souls in this world it is the Ultimate Achievement. But of course, even basic Survival entails numerous, almost continuous episodes of Achievement for its realization.

Beyond Earthly Survival, think about some of the important Achievements in your life. It is good to remember them…They give inspiration and incentive for present and future achievements. Achievement should never be seen as the end to anything, but rather the beginning of another. Strive always for new Achievements… they each add value to life.

Our greatest Achievements should inspire the quest for even greater Achievements, and for even the Greatest Achievement of all… Survival After this life. Do we give enough attention to the attainment of That Achievement? No one can answer that question for us…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to Achieve 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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8-12-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #825
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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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"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel0
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

This years Olympics caused me to ponder upon…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #825, is Excellence…

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The Sermon
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Personal…

…Excellence cannot be purchased.
…Excellence cannot be traded.
…Excellence cannot be given.
…Excellence cannot be stolen.

…Excellence is not inherited.
…Excellence is not dropped in your lap.
…Excellence is not stumbled upon.
…Excellence is not accidental.

…Excellence is strived for.
…Excellence is earned.
…Excellence is attainable through personal effort.
…Excellence is an achievement.

Personal Excellence often requires sacrifice and always requires dedication and devotion.

Personal Excellence is rarely achieved without patience, strength, courage, conviction and persistence. But make not the mistake of waiting until you already have them to begin your quest for Excellence, for they are acquired and enhanced as you journey toward it.

Excellence is not the starting point…
Excellence is the Goal.

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Quotes
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(From:
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.

(From: Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883 - 1955)
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands upon himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 12:31-13:7)
But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(From: Prophet Mohammad)
What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

(From: Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973)
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

(From:
Michael J. Fox)

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

(From: Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims)
It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

(From: David W. Johnson)
There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.

(From: Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
Human excellence means nothing unless it works with the consent of God.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-4)
In the last analysis, religion is to be judged by its fruits, according to the manner and the extent to which it exhibits its own inherent and divine excellence.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the Inspiration for, the Pattern of, and the Way to Personal Excellence.

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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8-19-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #826
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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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Our Thornless Blackberries are just starting to come on now and I was out picking Saturday morning. When Blackberries just come right off in your fingers with no tugging, they are so sweet and ripe and delicious… but if they come off with effort they can be really sour.

It reminded me… When I was quite young, at least one of my brothers used to say to me, “Did you know, Blackberries are Red when they're Green?” [kinda one of those family word games that were so popular in my family growing up] I wonder… why didn't they know that, Sometimes they're Green when they're Black? ;-)

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

How much thought do we give to the subject of…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #826, is Trust…

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The Sermon
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With all of the politics going on these days and the violence, theft, dishonesty and unfairness we continually see or hear about in the news and media… everywhere we look we are shown examples of people or things that cannot be trusted…

How do we show our Trust? Do we let others know when we Trust them? Do we show them that we do not? Who do we really Trust? Who Can we Trust? Can we Trust Anyone? Should we Trust anyone? Do we even Trust ourselves? Do we even really Trust God?

Part of life is that we must ask ourselves these questions… and we must answer them as truly as we are able. We are imperfect people. We know our own weaknesses. We do our best and still we fall short of our expectations. We cannot live a satisfying existence without some level of Trust in our lives.

Are we better off Trusting a little Too much, or not quite enough?

What would Jesus do?

What should We do?

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-92 Section-2)
         Then Jesus turned to James, asking, “James, do you trust me?” And of course James replied, “Yes, Master, I trust you with all my heart.” Then said Jesus: “James, if you trust me more, you will be less impatient with your brethren. If you will trust me, it will help you to be kind to the brotherhood of believers. Learn to weigh the consequences of your sayings and your doings. Remember that the reaping is in accordance with the sowing. Pray for tranquility of spirit and cultivate patience.

(From: H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together.

(From: Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom)
Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too--even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Is hope — the grandeur of trust — desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties.

(From:
Mary Field Belenky)

Really listening and suspending one's own judgment is necessary in order to understand other people on their own terms... This is a process that requires trust and builds trust.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-6)
'Of all the sorrows of a trusting man, none are so terrible as to be 'wounded in the house of a trusted friend.'

(From: Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.

(From: Democritus (460 BC - 370 BC)
Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

(From: David Shore)
You're supposed to trust friends. You have no reason to be his friend? That is part of the pleasure of friendship: trusting without absolute evidence and then being rewarded for that trust.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-39 Section-5)
Suspicion is the inherent reaction of primitive men; the survival struggles of the early ages do not naturally breed trust.

(From: Henry L. Stimson (1867 - 1950)
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.

(From: Peter Farquharson)
Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others.

(From: Dr. Frank Crane)
You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
And that is just the reason why I have so often taught you that the kingdom of heaven can best be realized by acquiring the spiritual attitude of a sincere child. It is not the mental immaturity of the child that I commend to you but rather the spiritual simplicity of such an easy-believing and fully-trusting little one. It is not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God.

(From: Shakti Gawain)
When I'm trusting and being myself... everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-3)
My soul is filled with content, and my heart overflows with the bliss of peaceful trust. I have no fear; I am free from anxiety. I dwell in security, and my enemies cannot alarm me. I am satisfied with the fruits of my confidence. I have found the approach to the Immortal easy of access. I pray for faith to sustain me on the long journey; I know that faith from beyond will not fail me.

(From: Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear)
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

(From: Bertrand Russell)
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.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-8)
The highest evidence of the reality and efficacy of religion consists in the fact of human experience; namely, that man, naturally fearful and suspicious, innately endowed with a strong instinct of self-preservation and craving survival after death, is willing fully to trust the deepest interests of his present and future to the keeping and direction of that power and person designated by his faith as God

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be more Trusting.

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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8-26-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #827
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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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“When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'”
(Alfred Hitchcock)

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.”
(Zig Ziglar)

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It can lead you places you may otherwise not have gone…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #827, is Motivation…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        In the mind's eye conjure up a picture of one of your primitive ancestors of cave-dwelling times — a short, misshapen, filthy, snarling hulk of a man standing, legs spread, club upraised, breathing hate and animosity as he looks fiercely just ahead. Such a picture hardly depicts the divine dignity of man. But allow us to enlarge the picture. In front of this animated human crouches a saber-toothed tiger. Behind him, a woman and two children. Immediately you recognize that such a picture stands for the beginnings of much that is fine and noble in the human race, but the man is the same in both pictures. Only, in the second sketch you are favored with a widened horizon. You therein discern the motivation of this evolving mortal. His attitude becomes praiseworthy because you understand him. If you could only fathom the motives of your associates, how much better you would understand them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation.

(From: Les Brown)
“When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation / it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-3)
Religious insights, spiritual motivations, lead directly to religious actions, unselfish acts of social service and altruistic benevolence.

(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.

(From:
Vince Poscente)

“Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do.”

(From: Chris Messina)
Look at what your idea of success would be. The more that you take in external motivators, the more it reduces your ultimate satisfaction because it doesn't come from inside.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another's way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit. Hands off!

(From: Stephen R. Covey)
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

(From: Peter Davies)
“Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-4)
The happy and effective person is motivated, not by fear of wrongdoing, but by love of right doing.

(From: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902), 1890)
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-6)
No act of good is ever wholly lost; it may be long thwarted but never wholly annulled, and it is eternally potent in proportion to the divinity of its motivation.

(From: Dalai Lama)
“Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is important to check your goal and motivation thoroughly. One should be very truthful, honest, and reasonable. One's actions should be good for others, and for oneself as well. Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret.”

(From: Lloyd Dobens)
“The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it.”

(From: Lee Iacocca)
“Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-4)
        God the Father deals with man his child on the basis, not of actual virtue or worthiness, but in recognition of the child's motivation — the creature purpose and intent. The relationship is one of parent-child association and is actuated by divine love.

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The Sermon
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If your Motivations are Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love… your Motivations are of the Spirit and will lead you closer to God. If your Motivations are Wealth, Power, Greed or Selfishness… your Motivations will lead you in the opposite direction.

Motivation is the root of all accomplishment.

What is yours?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Let Love be at the core of my Motivation.

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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