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#928
8-3-2014
#929
8-10-2014
#930
8-17-2014
#931
8-24-2014

8-3-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #928
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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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Nothing's so apt to undermine your confidence in a product as knowing that the commercial selling it has been approved by the company that makes it.

Franklin P. Jones

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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 won't get to far without it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #928, is Confidence…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-6)
        It is only natural that mortal man should be harassed by feelings of insecurity as he views himself inextricably bound to nature while he possesses spiritual powers wholly transcendent to all things temporal and finite. Only religious confidence--living faith--can sustain man amid such difficult and perplexing problems.
        Of all the dangers which beset man's mortal nature and jeopardize his spiritual integrity, pride is the greatest. Courage is valorous, but egotism is vainglorious and suicidal. Reasonable self-confidence is not to be deplored. Man's ability to transcend himself is the one thing which distinguishes him from the animal kingdom.

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 3:21-26)
My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-8)
Have faith--confidence in the eventual triumph of divine justice and eternal goodness.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962 )
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

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

(From: Rosalynn Carter)
You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934 )
Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862 )
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993 )
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy

(From: Anna Freud (1895 - 1982 )
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-1)
Childlike trust secures man's entrance into the kingdom of heavenly ascent, but progress is wholly dependent on the vigorous exercise of the robust and confident faith of the full-grown man.

(From: David Nicholls, One Day, 2010 )
If I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996 )
Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.

(From: Dale Carnegie )
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

(From: Robert J. Ringer )
If you are prepared, then you are able to feel confident.

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The Sermon
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Confidence...

You either Have it, be it little or a lot...
...or you do not.

Have You?

Confidence...

All would agree to it's undeniable Value and yet...
...some would propose that one could have too much of it.

Too much? Indeed? Rather... is there Enough?

Confidence...

True Confidence is neither prideful nor egotistical...
True Confidence is the companion of honest Respect and Faith filled Trust.

Confidence...

Where does it come from?
Where does it reside?

Confidence permits you to take the step you might not.
Confidence encourages you to try though you doubt.
Confidence allows you to reach beyond your apparent limits.
Confidence motivates you to succeed though faced with the threat of failure.

Nothing inspires Confidence like a childlike Trust in the Love and Care of God.

Do you have it?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        With You on my side I can have no doubt.

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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8-10-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #929
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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'd like mornings better if they happened in the afternoon.

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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 is the opposite of “cease and desist”...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #929, is Persistence…

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The Sermon
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There are good, positive types of Persistence and then there are bad, let's call them negative types of Persistence.

The Negative would look like perhaps...
Continually doing the same thing over and over that you know is wrong or hurtful or spiteful.
Doing things that don't work again and again and again expecting them to work This time.
or...
You could name a few yourself I'm sure... those things, perpetuated, that cause and maintain bad or harmful habits. Funny how it can be easier to observe this phenomenon in others, than in ourselves, isn't it? Well... not Overly funny I guess.

But today's topic is not about the Negative aspects of Persistence, it refers instead to the Positive, Good and Loving aspects of Persistence. (It can also be easier to observe This phenomenon in others, than in ourselves... truth be Told. Ever wonder why?)
Being Positively Persistent can rather, create Good habits if, of course, one is Persistent enough about it.

Positive Persistence is about Being...

...Persistent in Learning.
...Persistent in Personally Growing.
...Persistent in Reaching toward our Goals.
...Persistent in Seeking Maturity and Wisdom.
...Persistent in Serving our Heavenly Parent by Lovingly Serving one another.
...Persistent in Trying to be More like God.
...Persistent in Loving.
...Persistent in Caring.

We must knowingly Persist in our Positive Persistence or it will dissipate and become difficult to find.

Persist in Goodness and in Love.
Can you?
Do you?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
The more steadfastly you behold, and the more persistently you pursue, the concepts of divine goodness, the more certainly will you grow in greatness, in true magnitude of genuine survival character.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882 )
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

(From: Tobias Wolff, 'In Pharaoh's Army' )
We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book )
Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.

(From: Marabel Morgan, The Electric Woman)
Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790 )
Energy and persistence conquer all things.

(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. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, "Here comes number seventy-one!"

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-3)
The soul partakes of the qualities of both the human mind and the divine spirit but persistently evolves toward augmentation of spirit control and divine dominance through the fostering of a mind function whose meanings seek to co-ordinate with true spirit value.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May I be Persistent in my Love and in my search for 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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8-17-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #930
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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 lot of people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity...

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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.

The news doesn't show enough of it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #930, is Kindness…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-8)
He is a wise man who regards all parts from the point of view of the whole. Relate yourself to every man as if you were in his place. Recompense injury with kindness. If you love people, they will draw near you--you will have no difficulty in winning them.

(From: The RSV Bible - Colossians 3:12-14)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

(From: Lao-Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC )
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

(From: Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC )
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

(From: Robert J. Furey )
To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

(From: Dalai Lama )
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-2)
The first promptings of a child's moral nature have not to do with sex, guilt, or personal pride, but rather with impulses of justice, fairness, and urges to kindness--helpful ministry to one's fellows.

(From: Joan Boysenko, Pocketful of Miracles )
If our actions stem from honesty, kindness, caring, and vision, then no matter what the result of our efforts, we have added something of value to our souls and to the world.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996), The Greatest Miracle in the World )
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson )
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

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The Sermon
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Kindness...

It is a Pleasure to Witness... a Joy to Receive... a Delight to Bestow!
Never is there too much... the hunger for it is Insatiable.

If you have Kindness in your life you are experiencing God!
From a distance as an Observer of God's Loving Kindness...
From without as a Recipient of God's Loving Kindness...
From Within as a Giver of God's Loving Kindness.

Whenever one gives Kindness, God is their partner.

Now imagine life without Kindness. I Pray it is something you must try to imagine!
Many need not imagine it at all... far too many experience it first hand.
They see too few examples...
They are surrounded by cruelty...
They Yearn to Impart it but their efforts seem to fail.

What if you were given the opportunity show them a Kindness that would change their life, would you?
What if you were given those opportunities every day and didn't even know it?
Can you be sure that you are not? How would you know?

You would if you could, right?
You do when you can, don't you?
Could you do more?
Can you?

Let Kindness Dominate your life!
There is No Greater Joy!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the Source of, and the Inspiration for, all Kindness. I pray for Your help in sharing it.

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

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

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8-24-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #931
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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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The secret of enjoying a good wine is to first open it and allow it to breathe. If it does not look like it is breathing, give it mouth to mouth.

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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.

Thinking back on it all...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #931, is Reminiscing…

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Quotes
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(From: Michael 6/23/2009 – the Marin TeaM)

(The human soul) Though you can rarely just command this greater part of yourself to come forth, in your meditations, maybe getting together and reminiscing with childhood friends, you can be amazed that it seems like all that childhood is still there--all those adolescent struggles, all your early adulthood--everything that made you who and what you are--is all still there somehow--another infinity to this conscious you.

(From: Lyia Singleton )
“...we've been reminiscing. That's all we have - the good times.”

(From: Marques Hagans)
“It's good to reminisce. But that game has no effect on how this game's gonna be played.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
During the play of time you should envision the work of eternity, even as you will, during the service of eternity, reminisce the play of time.

(From: St. Elmo's Fire )
“Someday, when we both reminisce we'll both say, 'There wasn't too much we missed,' and through the tears we'll smile when we recall we had it all for just a moment.”

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The Sermon
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The ego always Remembers!
But only the Soul can truly Reminisce!!

Remembering... about love achieved, love given away, love lost.
Reminiscing... about Love Received, Love Felt, Love Shared.

Remembering can be exhausting...
Reminiscing is always refreshing.

Remembering sees the suffering and pain along the path...
Reminiscing sees what they have Taught us upon our Journey.

It is good to always remember.
It is Excellent to soothingly Reminisce!

Let a restful period of Reminiscing Begin!

It Rejuvenates us and helps us to Look Forward to the Challenging Tasks still ahead... still to be experienced.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        In all my Reminiscing, You are always present.

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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