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#980
8-2-2015
#981
8-9-2015
#982
8-16-2015
#983
8-23-2015
#984
8-30-2015

8-2-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #980
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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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God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.

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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.

Go, if you will for a moment, into that place within... of serenity and peace... of silence and intuitive understanding... It is there that you may commune with your Creator...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #980, is Ego and Soul…

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Quotes
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(From: "Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography" by Henry Wood -1893 )
"If we WILL, we can turn our backs upon the lower and sensuous plane, and lift ourselves into the realm of the spiritual and Real, and there gain a residence. The assumption of states of expectancy and receptivity will attract spiritual sunshine, and it will flow in as naturally as air inclines to a vacuum.... Whenever the thought is not occupied with one's daily duty or profession, it should be sent aloft into the spiritual atmosphere. There are quiet leisure moments by day, and wakeful hours at night, when this wholesome and delightful exercise may be engaged in to great advantage. If one who has never made any systematic effort to lift and control the thought-forces will, for a single month, earnestly pursue the course here suggested, he will be surprised and delighted at the results, and nothing will induce him to go back to careless, aimless, and superficial thinking. At such favorable seasons the outside world, with all its current of daily events, is barred out, and one goes into the silent sanctuary of the inner temple of soul to commune and aspire. The spiritual hearing becomes delicately sensitive, so that the 'still, small voice' is audible, the tumultuous waves of external sense are hushed, and there is a great calm. The ego gradually becomes conscious that it is face to face with the Divine Presence; that mighty, healing, loving, Fatherly life which is nearer to us than we are to ourselves. There is soul contact with the Parent-Soul, and an influx of life, love, virtue, health, and happiness from the Inexhaustible Fountain."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-3)
        The simple prayer of faith evidences a mighty evolution in human experience whereby the ancient conversations with the fictitious symbol of the alter ego of primitive religion have become exalted to the level of communion with the spirit of the Infinite and to that of a bona fide consciousness of the reality of the eternal God and Paradise Father of all intelligent creation.
        Aside from all that is superself in the experience of praying, it should be remembered that ethical prayer is a splendid way to elevate one's ego and reinforce the self for better living and higher attainment. Prayer induces the human ego to look both ways for help: for material aid to the subconscious reservoir of mortal experience, for inspiration and guidance to the superconscious borders of the contact of the material with the spiritual

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-5)
Human happiness is achieved only when the ego desire of the self and the altruistic urge of the higher self (divine spirit) are co-ordinated and reconciled by the unified will of the integrating and supervising personality. The mind of evolutionary man is ever confronted with the intricate problem of refereeing the contest between the natural expansion of emotional impulses and the moral growth of unselfish urges predicated on spiritual insight--genuine religious reflection.

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The Sermon
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Today's first quote speaks of a place that I have visited and now return to as frequently as I am able. For many years I knew of it only in unfulfilling word symbols, but once I allowed the Inner Presence of God to show me the way into it, there was born the insatiable quest to make it my home, my sanctuary. It is a Wondrous place... a place built of Love, of Compassion, of Nurture, of Truth Beauty and Goodness. There I find only Peace, Security and Fulfillment. It is a place without fear, without deception, without material neediness. Therein are All of my Real needs met/provided for. The more regularly I seek to find this place, the easier it becomes to find. The more often I find it, the longer it seems I am able to stay. Neglect to enter for any length of time... and the entryway becomes obscured for a while. Sometimes a short while and sometimes not so short. Each time I am drawn away from it, I am shown one more of the many hurdles I must yet surmount before I may take up permanent residency. It is a place not attained without a healthy measure of struggle. Ego is a master at identifying the obstacles which stand in the way of its becoming an enduring abode. For that Attribute of ego, I am forever thankful... even though mightily challenged. The place that I eagerly pursue is "the inner temple of soul"... a place not so far out of reach as to be unattainable on this mortal plane of existence. It is a place that I can only describe as "the kingdom of heaven" that "is within."

Soul is the higher self, a child of the Divine. The soul knows Love and where it may readily be found. It is the repository wherein all personal experiences of love reside and have dominion. Soul is the conjoint offspring of the assenting "human self" and the all loving Divine Inner Partner. It grows and thrives whenever ego consents to defer its own will unto the Will of God.

Ego is the purely human self, the human child. In those times when the ego truly "Feels" loved and appreciated by others, it shows no compulsion to exhibit the unattractive traits of egotism. Its prevailing tendency to be egocentric and self-absorbed are effectively eliminated by Love received and freely given. Ego incessantly seeks for love, acceptance and approval, and it deserves them... but quite often it struggles in confusion as to the most appropriate place in which to find them.

It has been said: "Seek first the kingdom of God, and when you have found entrance thereto, all things needful shall be added to you." This is not idle speculation, it is an experiencble reality within the grasp of each and every of God's children.

God Shows the Way... Soul recognizes and remembers the Way... it is Ego which chooses to follow the Way or not. Ego cannot be despised into submission, it must be Loved into peaceful and Soul satisfying surrender.

"Ego... ya gotta Love it."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Show me that way again...? Or is it that you are showing me a better way
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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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8-9-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #981
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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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Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up , examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

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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.

Ya gotta do it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #981, is Duty…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-0 Section-2)
Man's consciousness of moral duty and his spiritual idealism represent a value level—an experiential reality—which is difficult of symbolization.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-16 Section-7)
        Intelligence alone cannot explain the moral nature. Morality, virtue, is indigenous to human personality. Moral intuition, the realization of duty, is a component of human mind endowment and is associated with the other inalienables of human nature: scientific curiosity and spiritual insight.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-16 Section-9)
Only a God-knowing individual can love another person as he loves himself.
        Self-consciousness is in essence a communal consciousness: God and man, Father and son, Creator and creature. In human self-consciousness four universe-reality realizations are latent and inherent:
1. The quest for knowledge, the logic of science.
2. The quest for moral values, the sense of duty.
3. The quest for spiritual values, the religious experience.
4. The quest for personality values, the ability to recognize the reality of God as a personality and the concurrent realization of our fraternal relationship with fellow personalities.
        You become conscious of man as your creature brother because you are already conscious of God as your Creator Father. Fatherhood is the relationship out of which we reason ourselves into the recognition of brotherhood.

(From: The KJV Bible - Matthew 5:43-48)
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
        Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-1 Section-0)
        This magnificent and universal injunction to strive for the attainment of the perfection of divinity is the first duty, and should be the highest ambition, of all the struggling creature creation of the God of perfection. This possibility of the attainment of divine perfection is the final and certain destiny of all man's eternal spiritual progress.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-163 Section-4)
Teach that man's whole duty is summed up in this one commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself.

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The Sermon
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Many like to define “Duties” for others but those are more properly called requirements or chores than actual Duties.

Many impose “Duties” upon themselves... perhaps choices would more accurately describe those things, or preferences maybe...

Duty?
Duty??
I got your Duty Right Here!

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 22:37-40 )

Our Whole Duty is to Love! God... Ourselves... All Others.
Love transforms a Duty into a Privilege.
Let us be about our Duty...

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Love is always Your answer... I want it also to always be mine.

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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8-16-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #982
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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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Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

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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's possible to be doing it without fully being it, but if you Are Being it, you are constantly doing it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #982, is Loving…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 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.

(From: Lao Tzu )
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

(From: Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680 )
The pleasure of love is in loving.

(From: The RSV Bible -John 13:34-35 )
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
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.

(From: Ken Keyes Jr., Handbook of Higher Consciousness )
A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.

(From: Barbara De Angelis )
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.

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The Sermon
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If you wish to be loved unconditionally, then Love Unconditionally. If you would desire to be served unselfishly, then Serve Unselfishly. If you would Truly be Lovable, then go directly to the Original Source of Love, for there alone will you experience the absolute of Lovability.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I know I have an infinitely long way to go, but I wish to be as Loving as 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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8-23-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #983
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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 things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

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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.

Once again and still, It's all about...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #983, is Love…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-1)
The parent is able to view the immaturity of the child in the light of the more advanced parental maturity, the riper experience of the older partner. With the earthly child and the heavenly Father, the divine parent possesses infinity and divinity of sympathy and capacity for loving understanding. Divine forgiveness is inevitable; it is inherent and inalienable in God's infinite understanding, in his perfect knowledge of all that concerns the mistaken judgment and erroneous choosing of the child. Divine justice is so eternally fair that it unfailingly embodies understanding mercy.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #8 )
The Supreme good flows like water nourishing all things without trying to. It seeps everywhere, even to the low places that people disdain.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-5)
Human love may indeed be reciprocal, but divine love is outgoing in all its satisfaction-seeking. The less of love in any creature's nature, the greater the love need, and the more does divine love seek to satisfy such need. Love is never self-seeking, and it cannot be self-bestowed. Divine love cannot be self-contained; it must be unselfishly bestowed.

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The Sermon
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Have you ever felt like you had more love... more caring... more compassion than you could possibly need? Now I'm not talking about physical attraction and it's associated rituals here. I mean the kind of Love where you are allowed to feel unconditionally accepted and appreciated for Exactly who you Are. The kind of Love that Encourages you to follow your Heart and your Dreams and your Ideals because they are valuable to You. Do you receive enough of that kind of Love? Do you allow it... trust it? Do you give enough of that kind of Love or are you maybe sometimes afraid it might be rejected?

There's Never TOO Much of it, Right?

Let God's Love always flow through you!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
         Let me never thirst for the Love that You so freely provide through my brothers and sisters.

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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8-30-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #984
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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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There is a growing suspicion that what the world needs now is a religion that will cover the other six days of the week.

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

Ego is constantly wrestling with the past and the future. Soul lives more in the...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #984, is Now…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-5)
        But you should believe me when I say that the hour will soon come—even now is—when all sincere worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for it is just such worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Your salvation comes not from knowing how others should worship or where but by receiving into your own heart this living water which I am offering you even now.

(From: Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987 )
The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #2 )
Therefore the Master acts without forcing
and teaches without words.
Events happen and she lets them come;
events pass and she lets them go.
She has everything but possesses nothing,
she acts without expectation.
When her work is complete, she forgets it and moves on.
She is forever in the now.

(From: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890 )
Art is something greater and higher than our own skill or knowledge or learning. That art is something which, though produced by human hands, is now wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man's soul.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-5)
        The Father's love follows us now and throughout the endless circle of the eternal ages. As you ponder the loving nature of God, there is only one reasonable and natural personality reaction thereto: You will increasingly love your Maker; you will yield to God an affection analogous to that given by a child to an earthly parent; for, as a father, a real father, a true father, loves his children, so the Universal Father loves and forever seeks the welfare of his created sons and daughters.

(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians II 6:2)
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-40 Section-10)
        As mortals you can now recognize your place in the family of divine sonship and begin to sense the obligation to avail yourselves of the advantages so freely provided in and by the Paradise plan for mortal survival, which plan has been so enhanced and illuminated by the life experience of a bestowal Son. Every facility and all power have been provided for insuring your ultimate attainment of the Paradise goal of divine perfection.

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965 )
Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.

(From: Ann Richards )
The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.

(From: Octavio Paz (1914 - )
Beyond happiness or unhappiness, though it is both things, love is intensity; it does not give us eternity but life, that second in which the doors of time and space open just a crack: here is there and now is always.

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The Sermon
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What is it that we so fear about NOW that we spend so little time there?
Is it that we are afraid NOW may turn out like one of those uncomfortable “thens”?
Is it that we are afraid that NOW might not turn out to be what we hope it will?

NOW is when we are IN Love...
NOW is when we are IN Service...
NOW is when we can FEEL Compassion...
NOW is when we can participate in the creation of our Life...

"Then" is where God Was. "When" is where God will be. "NOW" is where God IS.
NOW is Being with God...
NOW is the only time we can really experience God's sheer Beauty and Truth and Goodness and Love.
NOW is also the only time we can experience the God's Presence in our life.
NOW is when we can experience God's Love pouring out to us from another.
NOW is when we can feel God's Love overflowing from ourselves.
Not Yesterday or last year or "when I was...", not tomorrow or next year or "when I get..."
Right NOW!

When you are entranced by the Beauty of your surroundings, when you are engrossed in a well written story, when you are singing in joy without thought, when you are sharing your Soul with another... You are experiencing NOW... you are experiencing God's Presence in your life. NOW is where all the grace of God is freely available for you to use in your life. Now is where Love is.

Allow NOW.
Enjoy NOW!
Feel God's Love pouring into you and out from you NOW.
Experience the Pure Joy of Life... NOW.

NOW is the Greatest “Present” we can give to ourselves and to Others!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Oh, Here You Are!

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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