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8-3-97
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8-3-97 - Sunday Service of Church Within #45
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The Quotes
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(A principal of Science)
        For every action there is a resultant and corresponding reaction.

("The Karate Kid" - Daniel LaRusso)
        What goes around comes around.

(Galatians 6:7)
        Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

(Ramana Maharshi)
        He gives the fruit to each person according to his actions [karma]. That means that Iswara is only an agent and that he gives wages according to the labor done. That is all.

(Sri Swami Sivananda)
        The consequence of an action is really not a separate thing. It is a part of the action and cannot be divided from it.

(The Urantia Papers; Paper-148 Section-6)
        Although transgression of divine law is sooner or later followed by the harvest of punishment, while men certainly eventually do reap what they sow, still you should know that human suffering is not always a punishment for antecedent sin.

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The Sermon
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        I have yet to encounter a belief system [and I have encountered many, I assure you] which has no equivalent for a concept equivalent to Karma. Although described by each in subtly different ways and called by many different names, it is one belief that most on this planet would agree to be fairly consistent with reality.

        If you never service your car, chances are really good that it will eventually break down. If you kick a large rock, chances are really good that it will hurt. If you continually try to hurt someone, chances are really good that it will cause them to avoid you. If you continually look to see all the evil and sin that is evident in this world, chances are really good that, for the most part, that is what you will find.

        Why is it that generally when we pause to consider cause and effect, our first inclination is to look at the negative side of it? If you do something bad, you will get something bad. It seems like from the time we come into this world, we are told: "don't do..."; "Thou shalt not..."; "it is against the law to...". I think that the reason is primarily one of Fear. We are afraid to do something wrong lest we reap the bitter consequences. How often is that fear the cause of our resigning ourselves to expect only pain and suffering so that we end up doing nothing at all?

        The negative side of karma usually seems to provide somewhat more quickly recognized results than does the positive side. Or at least so it appears on the surface. I'm beginning to experience in my own life, that this is not really so. I am discovering that giving unconditional love... or being kind... or performing an unselfish service gives Instant results. one day I just decided to look for them... the "good" results. Know what? I just used to take those results for granted. They were so immediate that they passed by my conscious mind with hardly another thought. But... they were there... and they always had been. Ain't dat sumpthin!!! Hidden there right in front of my very eyes.

        Good begets Good... Unconditional Love begets Unconditional Love... Unselfish Service begets Unselfish Service. The results may not always happen where we might expect or wish that they would from a circumscribed viewpoint, but in the Big Picture they invariably manifest in exactly the right place for the greatest good of all concerned.

        John Lennon once wrote: "Instant Karma's going to get you." Instant Karma may not be recognizable to the ego, but it is truly perceivable by the Soul.

Do Good, Love Unconditionally, and Serve Unselfishly... "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

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The Prayer
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Dearest Creator of all that is,
        I know that until I grew up, I mistook the corrective actions of my earthly parents as being induced by anger rather than by love... but then I grew up and recognized the truth.
        I know that until I grew up, I thought that I must somehow atone for my immature actions or my parents wouldn't be able to love me... but then I grew up and recognized the truth.
        I know that until I grew up, I thought I could get away with doing things wrong... but then I grew up and recognized the truth.
        I know that until I grew up, I believed that there was more evil in the world than good... but then I grew up and recognized the truth.
        I know that until I grew up, I believed that You were the cause of my pain and suffering as well as of my joy and happiness... but then I grew up and recognized the truth.
        Dear God, help me to grow up spiritually according to Your Will... I wish to know the Whole of Your Truth.


Father's Eternal Parental Love,
Pastor Daniel

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8-10-97 - Sunday Service of Church Within #46
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The Quotes
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(Matthew 9:29-30)
        Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straightly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

(The Urantia Papers - Paper 103 Section 8)
        If you truly believe in God--by faith know him and love him--do not permit the reality of such an experience to be in any way lessened or detracted from by the doubting insinuations of science, the caviling of logic, the postulates of philosophy, or the clever suggestions of well-meaning souls who would create a religion without God.
        The certainty of the God-knowing religionist should not be disturbed by the uncertainty of the doubting materialist; rather should the uncertainty of the unbeliever be mightily challenged by the profound faith and unshakable certainty of the experiential believer.

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

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The Sermon
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        Regardless of our individual theological and doctrinal choices... regardless of whether we consider ourselves to be Christian, Hebrew, Buddhist, Taoist, Wiccan, Islamic or any other of the myriad paths to God consciousness... truly there is one thing that is universal to, and indispensable to all. That thing is Faith.

        What about Faith? What REALLY, is Faith? I saw this framed on a friends wall one time and I have never been able to get it out of my mind since: "FAITH - is knowing that if you must step off a cliff, either a step will appear or you will be taught how to fly." I would add from my own experiences of faith that it is also taking that step when it is apparent to you that you must, with full and complete trust in the outcome.

        Faith is so much more than our beliefs. Our beliefs are merely intellectual knowledge... data if you will, until they mold our actions, until they exemplify who we are. Only then does belief reach the reality of Faith. You can tell people about your Beliefs... but ever must you 'show' them your Faith. Faith must be Alive... in action... progressive... or it is but a belief, an opinion.

        Faith is not so much a belief in instantaneous miracles as in progressive miracles. The Faith that "can move mountains" does not sit still just believing and waiting for it to happen. The Faith that "can move mountains" is the one that begins by moving the first pebble... the first grain of sand... and then another... and so on, with the complete Trust that indeed it can and will be moved.

        Beliefs are the seed, and soil, of true Faith. Seed must be viable and alive for it to sprout and soil must be tilled, refreshed and enriched for the ultimate development of a plant. So must we keep our beliefs viable and alive, tilled, refreshed and enriched for ultimate development of our Faith. The fruits of Faith are more seed... and the results of Faith are continual growth and the abundant proliferation of Truth Beauty and Goodness.

        Have Faith in the Goodness and the Love of the Eternal Source. Have Faith that you are a cherished and cared for Child of the Infinite Parent. Have Faith that you are already IN the Kingdom of Heaven... and then begin moving pebbles and grains of sand. Have Faith, be Fruitful and Multiply.

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The Prayer
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Dearest Creator/Parent of all that is,
        Strengthen my resolve to step forward continually in a wholehearted, trusting and childlike Faith. Help me, not only to perpetually discover Your Truth Beauty and Goodness but also to reveal it. Allow me to be the canvas, the clay, the block of marble from which a fragmentary piece of Your Art may be created.
        You are my Divine Parent and I know nothing but Unconditional Love when I choose to remain in Your ever welcoming embrace. Help me to share Your Love that I experience with all of my brothers and sisters now and into eternity. Thank You for making me a part of Your Family.


Father's Eternal Parental Love,
Pastor Daniel

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8-17-97 - Sunday Service of Church Within #47
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A Quote
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"And when they lead you to judgment, be not anxious about what you shall say, for the spirit of my Father indwells you and will at such a time speak through you."
(The Urantia Papers: Paper-140 Section-9)

(Matthew 10:19-20)
When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

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The Sermon
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        The first time I was to give a "spiritual" presentation in front of a bunch of people, the thought of doing so terrified me. Even though I had my speech all prepared, all written down and all I had to do was to read it, I was still somewhat petrified. I didn't want to look like I was just standing up there reading, yet I was afraid that I would get lost at some point and look dumb no matter how well I had it memorized. Why had I ever volunteered to do it in the first place? These are the things I thought about while I awaited my turn to speak.

        "You're on." the voice in my head said. "HELP!" said another. I stepped up to the podium trying not to look nearly as frantic as I felt. I introduced myself... all eyes were upon me waiting for me to speak... and after All the time I spent memorizing, I couldn't remember the first line. "Great start." I thought. I looked at my script and began to read, not looking up until I had read two paragraphs. I looked at the audience... into their eyes... and all of a sudden my fear vanished. I began talking to them, but it wasn't from what I had previously prepared. I was cognizant of the words as I spoke them, but what was prompting them and where I was going with them was beyond me. Yet from the look in their eyes, I could tell that the people were interested in what I had to say.

        Since I felt a little better, I tried going back to my prepared material, and immediately became uncomfortable again. "What is going on here?" I wondered. Again I looked back into the eyes of the people... and, again, all of a sudden my fear vanished... and, again the words flowed from my mouth.

        When my talk was finished, people came up to me and told me how meaningful it had been for them. Funny... I couldn't even remember much of what I had talked about until they reminded me.

        Since that speaking engagement I no longer fear talking in front of people. I also no longer prepare a speech beforehand. I just look into the eyes...

        How often in every day life do we "prepare a speech" for what we are going to say to someone rather than just being in the moment with them and looking them in the eyes and really communicating with them?

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The Prayer
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Dearest Original Source and Universal Parent,

        In all that I do, in all that I say,
ever Guide me in every Way.
        You, the Source of all that is True, Beautiful, Loving and Good,
help me to Be, all that I should.
        Whenever I'm worried, whenever I fear,
give me reminders that You're always here.
        Most gracious Creator of Earth Wind and Sea,
don't let me forget that You care about me.


Father's Eternal Parental Love,
Pastor Daniel

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8/24/97 - Sunday Service of Church Within #48
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Welcome
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Good morning, and welcome to Church Within. Pastor Daniel is in Colorado this Sunday attending a conference. This is Jill Megow, his wife and one of three ordained ministers of Church Within. It is my privilege and joy to be with you today in Daniel's absence.

Daniel set the computer up for me to do a sermon in the same format as he does his services. Yet, as I sat down for this special sharing, I was reminded that each of us is unique in our self-expression and God-expression. And I am guided to simply share what flows through my uniqueness rather than attempting to copy him.

Finding Your Special Space
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Most people I know who seek communion with Our Father in Heaven tell me they have a special place, a special time, and/or a special way of establishing silence and serenity within that brings Him to them. I would like to encourage you to create that special space before experiencing this Sunday Service. Join me when you are ready.

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The Sermon
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Take a few moments now in silence to feel the serenity of your space. Beautiful stillness. Now feel the serenity of my space reaching out to you. Father within me connecting personally with the Father within you. We are connected in and through His Love. Can you feel it? I can. My body is tingling, but it is a calm, gentle, tingle, not a racing tingle. There is a peaceful smile on my lips. All I know in this moment is His Love...for me, for you, for all there is... and we are One in this special moment of sharing.

It seems like it is only in these special moments that we allow ourselves to feel unconditionally loved. We let go, ever so briefly, of all our critical self-judgments... doesn't it feel wonderful to bask in the Light of His love?

Why do you suppose we find it so difficult to allow ourselves to feel his love ALL THE TIME? To be in this space constantly? To accept in each conscious moment that we are lovable? Why do we deny ourself this joy? Why do we fight His Love so tenaciously? Why can't we love ourself as He loves us?

"Love thy neighbor as thyself." Have we not all grown up with this saying being taught to us? Have you ever stopped and really thought about what that simple statement says?

How much do you love yourself? Look deep. Look within all this week. Perhaps you will discover you are one of the few who truly does love ALL THAT YOU ARE, all that you do for yourself, for others, to yourself, and to others. But perhaps, to your amazement, you will discover that your list of what you dislike about yourself is much longer than your list of what you find lovable. Hmmm?

You might discover that it is very hard to write down lovable things about yourself. We have been taught that that is "being conceited" and "being self-centered". You might find that it is much easier to
be reminded of ALL THE THINGS you hate about yourself, and you'll be reminded of the number of times you actually say them...

"I hate my temper." "I hate my lack of control." "I hate how I criticize others." "I hate myself." "Oh, shame on me for thinking..." "I'm so stupid." Ladies, how many times have you said, "I hate my thunder thighs" or "I hate my nose," and FELT that hate deeply? Gentlemen, how many times have you said, "I hate my big belly," or "I hate my skinny legs," and FELT that hate deeply?

Is it any wonder that we live in a world where we observe so much dislike and distaste and criticism directed toward others? All the isms... racism, sexism, ageism. etc. Are we perhaps unknowingly, ignorantly, projecting our self-hate onto our neighbors? And as a result we walk around in utter confusion at all the verbal and behavioral cruelty we see and experience personally daily? Of course we're confused. Because we are inherently loving. We are Our Father's children and our Father is Unconditional Love. When we discover how little we truly love ourself, is it no wonder that we cannot love our brothers and sisters?

"Love thy neighbor as thyself." Perhaps it is the toughest commandment of all to live up to, simply because we have not been taught to love ourself; to appreciate the wonder of our unique beingness as a child of God. If we cannot see and appreciate the beauty in ourself, is it any wonder that we have difficulty seeing and appreciating the beauty in our brothers and sisters?

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The Prayer
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Beloved Father, Creator of All, teach us how to love ourselves. Help us discover and believe in the wonder-fullness of all that we are, the goodness and love that we truly are but know not yet how to express perfectly. Show us the way to embrace ourselves with the same love You embrace us with. Teach us self-compassion and self-mercy in the same way You give it to us, that we might then be able to give it to all our brothers and sisters. Guide us in your loving ways that we may create Heaven on Earth through discovering You within us, and Being you in our self-expression to all others.

Father's Infinite Love through me as I know Him, to all of you, my beloved brothers and sisters,

Jill Megow, Minister


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8/31/97 - Sunday Service of Church Within #49
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Siblings, and welcome to Church Within.

        First, I would like to thank Minister Jill for filling in for me while we were away. I hope her Service touched you as it did me. I sincerely appreciate the work of love she performed, and as you may recognize, I have adopted much of her format into the weekly Sunday Services. She, along with our other two ministers Sheila and Tom, will be frequently [I hope ;-)] sharing in the opportunity of doing the Sunday Service messages.

        It is good to be back after my 9 day trip to the "Love in Action" Conference at Snow Mountain Ranch in the Mountains of Colorado. It was an Incredible journey of Faith, Trust, Love, Service and Wonder at the Magnificent Beauty of The Supreme. My seven year old son and I drove from Coeur d'Alene Idaho, thru Central Montana and Eastern Wyoming to Colorado, then back by way of Northern Colorado thru Utah, Southeastern Idaho, and Western Montana until, physically weary but spiritually energized, we arrived back home to our comfortably small 2 bedroom duplex home in Northern Idaho.

        Such an Exquisite work of Supreme Art is our world. The element etched landscape, so slowly and lovingly revealed to us by the awesome tools of our Eternal Creator.

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Going Within
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        "Finding Your Special Space" is the title used by Jill for this part of her Service last week. For me, that "Special Space" is where I can be with my Creator in silent worship and communication... Within.
        Take a moment or two to go to YOUR "Special Space"... that place of Comfort and Love and Parental Embrace. When you have become permeated with it's essence... proceed onward with today's journey.

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Quotes
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( Zen parable )
        Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto.
One day the governor of Kyoto called upon him for the first time. His attendant presented the card of the governor, which read: "Kitagaki, Governor of Kyoto. "I have no business with such a fellow," said Keichu to his attendant. "Tell him to leave."
        The attendant carried the card back with apologies. "That was my error," said the governor, and with a pencil he scratched out the words 'Governor of Kyoto'. He handed the card back to the attendant and said, "Ask your teacher again."
        "Oh, is that Kitagaki?" exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card. "I want to see that fellow!"

(The Urantia Papers Paper-48 Section-4)
        "When we are tempted to magnify our self-importance, if we stop to contemplate the infinity of the greatness and grandeur of our Makers, our own self-glorification becomes sublimely ridiculous, even verging on the humorous. One of the functions of humor is to help all of us take ourselves less seriously. Humor is the divine antidote for exaltation of ego."

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The Sermon
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        Do we take ourselves too seriously or do we have that rare gift of being able to laugh at and embrace our own personal immaturity?

        I am beginning to embark upon the never ending path of learning to laugh. I am beginning to recognize that the "Titles", the "Positions", the human "Honors"... are not what make me who I am. They have little value, really, in the Cosmic scope of things. Do the angels, or the higher personalities, or those who have progressed onward from this life on the path of attainment respect us more for our labels... our external appearance... or for that which resides within us? Do they more respect the "title" of Doctor, or that which the doctor does in loving service for others? What about the "titles" of "Ph.D." or "President" or "General" or "Congressman" or... "Pastor"... do they make us who we are... do they make us more important... really?

        What is it truly that makes us FEEL important? I used to think it was status or material success or how others saw me... I am discovering that it is how I see myself... and how the Creator sees me. Are we better persons because of the things that we have, or call ourselves, or intellectually believe in... or for the things that we do in unselfish and unconditional Love and Service to ourselves and others and to God?

        There is nothing wrong with having things that we want and need, or titles that we earn or are identified by... not unless they become our main focus above and beyond our duties of Love and Service as God's humble Children. Human goals and attainments are invaluable aids in keeping us moving forward in the Mortal struggle... as long as they do not supplant our Real Goal... our Real Attainment... that of becoming more and more like our Divine Parent.

        Go Within... Communicate with Your Divine Source... and discover wherein lies your own true value... as a son or daughter of God.

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The Prayer
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Dearest Parent... Source of all that is True, Beautiful and Good,
        I accept Your way for me. Never have You given me experiences that were unnecessary for my ultimate growth and development. Even when I have chosen my way over Yours, I have learned from the emptiness and futility that I experienced. Thank you for allowing me to burn my hand when I touch something hot so that I may learn what truly serves me... and others... and You. And thank You also for all of the times when You lovingly protected me from any real harm brought on by the circumstances of my immaturity.
Truly do I wish to be more like You... show me the way dear Father. It is My will that Your Will be done... help me always to remember this throughout my earthly mortal struggles and beyond.


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

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

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