The Church Within Sunday Services

for December 2002

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#322
12-1-2002
#323
12-8-2002
#324
12-15-2002
#325
12-22-2002
#326
12-29-2002

12-1-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #322
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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 man rushed into the doctor's office and shouted, Doctor! I think I'm shrinking!! The doctor calmly responded, Now, settle down. You'll just have to be a little patient.
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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.

Happy December! December is a Good Month… albeit it Does seem to come around again and again awfully Quickly, does it not?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #322, is Glory…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - John 5:44)
How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

(From: Jackie Mason)
By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting; in whose name; in whose strength; in whose glory? What faith, humility, self-denial, and love of God and to man have there been in all my actions?

(From: Joseph P. Thompson)
Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-8)
        "`Then shall your light break forth as the morning while your health springs forth speedily. Your righteousness shall go before you while the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will cry out, and he shall say--Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.'"

(From: Theodore Roosevelt)
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:16)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(From: Sir Winston Churchill)
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

(From: Pliny The Elder (23 AD - 79 AD)
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991)
Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 6:28)
…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-175 Section-1)
“Remember, I have taught you that he who would be greatest among you should become the server of all. If you presume to exalt yourselves before God, you will certainly be humbled; but whoso truly humbles himself will surely be exalted. Seek in your daily lives, not self-glorification, but the glory of God. Intelligently subordinate your own wills to the will of the Father in heaven.

(From: The KJV Bible - Luke 2:14)
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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The Sermon
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What Greater Glory is there than Living Humbly as a Child of God… Embraced by and Fully Aware of the Divine Presence in each Present moment of life?

None that I have ever experienced.

It is the True Glory… It is Glorious beyond words.

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The Prayer
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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be…        

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
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The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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12/8/2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #323
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Jill Mary Megow

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Humor of the Week
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A daddy was listening to his child say his prayer.
“Dear Howard,” the child began.
At this, dad interrupted and said, “Wait a minute. How come you called God, Howard?”
The little boy looked up and said, "That's what they call Him in church. You know the prayer we say, "Our Father, who art in Heaven, Howard be Thy name."

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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.

It seems like the Longer I live, the less inclined I am to put my trust in “the things of this world.” When I was younger, I used to know exactly what kind of things I needed to make my life more satisfying… at least I Thought I did. The older I get, the more I realize that God is Far more adept at making my life satisfying than I am. I wonder if that realization is just a part of the normal learning process?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #323, is Faith.

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Quotes
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(From: Friedrich Von Schlegel)
“In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.”

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-137, Section-8)
        “Unless you seek entrance into the kingdom with the faith and trusting dependence of a little child, you shall in no wise gain admission.”

(From: The KJV Bible - Ephesians 2:8)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-137, Section-8)
“…now have I come proclaiming faith, the gift of God, as the price of entrance into the kingdom of heaven. If you would but believe that my Father loves you with an infinite love, then you are in the kingdom of God.”

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The Sermon
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        Have you ever noticed that the word “faith” seems to be one that most of us usually use when we attempt to describe to others our personal religious beliefs, or a “religious experience” we have had? Like when someone says, “Yeah, ya' just gotta' have faith, that's all.”
        With what amazing sureness they seemed to make that statement! Didn't even think twice about it. No sireee! A statement made with the sureness of a wonder-filled, all-trusting, little child. And if you were to ask them to explain it, you would probably discover that they are at a loss for words.
        And with equal assuredness have you ever exclaimed, “Faith is what pulled me through That time!” or “Without faith I wouldn't Be here today!”? I'll bet every one of you has had at least one of those “strange” experiences in your life. You know, one of those times when there was No Way for you to explain how or why some “gift”, some “answer” arrived in your life when you most needed it. You tried every conventional way you could think of to solve your problem, but none of them worked. So Finally—when all else failed—you decided to pray about it… and Then, out of the blue, the solution arrived from a source you could never have imagined or created by yourself. Don't you just Love those wonderful surprises? In your statements about the experience, you gave “Faith” the credit. But what do we mean when we make those “faith” statements? What IS faith?
        Well, in preparing for today's sermon, I asked that question, “with faith” that I would receive the answer. And lo and behold, in searching for the quotes for today's sermon, I found the definition to be quite simple:
        
        Faith is God's gift to us—in return for believing in Him and His infinite love for us.

        And, gosh darn, you know what? I've discovered it works—Every time I use it!
                
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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for the ultimate gift we can ever receive as your children—Faith. It is the gift inherent in every problem we encounter, if only we will discover and use it. Please gently remind us how to Live it every day.

I wish you all great joy in your daily faith journey,
Minister Jill
        



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12-15-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #324
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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 positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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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.

For all who may be wondering about the current progress of our “Light and Life Sanctuary” here at the property, I will present it's “year in review” on the last Sunday of this year, December 29th. It is evolving Quite Nicely!

Ego is more than capable of changing your mind…

…but Soul is Vital to a Positive change in your Attitude.


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #324, is …Attitude

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)

Divine truth must not be discounted because the channel of its bestowal is apparently human. Many of your brethren have minds which accept the theory of God while they spiritually fail to realize the presence of God. 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: Mahatma Gandhi)
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-8)
Words are irrelevant to prayer; they are merely the intellectual channel in which the river of spiritual supplication may chance to flow. The word value of a prayer is purely autosuggestive in private devotions and sociosuggestive in group devotions. God answers the soul's attitude, not the words.
Prayer is not a technique of escape from conflict but rather a stimulus to growth in the very face of conflict. Pray only for values, not things; for growth, not for gratification.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-8)
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. If you could only know your fellows, you would eventually fall in love with them.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-3)
“You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes"

(From: Norman Vincent Peale)
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-3)
When men shut off the appeal to the spirit that dwells within them, there is little that can be done to modify their attitude.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
"Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Genuine meekness has no relation to fear. It is rather an attitude of man co-operating with God--"Your will be done." It embraces patience and forbearance and is motivated by an unshakable faith in a lawful and friendly universe.

(From: Patricia Neal)
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

(From: Wilfred Peterson)
The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. . . . Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world. And you don't have to be a poet or a philosopher to know which is best.

(From: Linda Dillow, "Calm My Anxious Heart")
Ultimately, contentment is more a shift in attitude than a change in circumstances.

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The Sermon
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People may not be able to read your thoughts with any great degree of accuracy… thoughts can be easily hidden or changed from one moment to the next.

Your Attitudes, on the other hand, are far more visible, nearly impossible to hide for any significant length of time, and change only over time and with conscious and determined effort.

There is little more attractive, more endearing, than a Loving and Considerate Attitude… nor is there much that is more uncomfortable, more unpleasant, than a self-centered and insensitive attitude.

Do you ever wonder what your attitude looks like to others? What does it look like to You?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I want Your attitude for my own.

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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12-22-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #325
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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 priest and a rabbi were traveling on a plane. After a while the priest turned to the rabbi and asked, "Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?" The rabbi responded, "Yes, that is still one of our beliefs." The priest then asked, "Have you ever eaten pork?" To which the rabbi replied, "Yes, on one occasion I did succumb and tasted pork."

The priest nodded in understanding and went back to his reading.

After a while the rabbi asked the priest, "Father, is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?" The priest replied, "Yes that is still very much a part of our faith." The rabbi then asked him, "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptation of the flesh?" The priest replied, "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith."

The rabbi nodded understandingly for a moment and then said, "A lot better than pork isn't it?"

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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.

Do you ever experience those periods of time when you just can't seem to escape being irritated at everything and everyone no matter how hard you try not to be?

Don't ya Hate when that happens?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #325, is Rest…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-3)
“None of us can do much to change the difficulties of life unless we discover the Father in heaven so wills. After all, we are all beholden to do the will of the Eternal. If you could all be healed of your physical afflictions, you would indeed marvel, but it is even greater that you should be cleansed of all spiritual disease and find yourselves healed of all moral infirmities. You are all God's children; you are the sons of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you. And when the time of judgment shall come, fear not, you shall all find, not only justice, but an abundance of mercy.”

(From: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.

(From: Herodotus (484 BC - 430 BC)
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-143 Section-3)
Upon reaching the top of the mountain, Jesus seated them about him while he said: "My brethren, you must all learn the value of rest and the efficacy of relaxation. You must realize that the best method of solving some entangled problems is to forsake them for a time. Then when you go back fresh from your rest or worship, you are able to attack your troubles with a clearer head and a steadier hand, not to mention a more resolute heart. Again, many times your problem is found to have shrunk in size and proportions while you have been resting your mind and body."

(From: Captain J. A. Hadfield)
This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.

(From: William Penn (1644 - 1718)
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

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The Sermon
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The Rest is up to You!


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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for this timely reminder!

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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12-29-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #326
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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 Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Does anyone here know what we mean by sins of omission?" A small girl replied, "Aren't those the sins we should have committed, but didn't?"

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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.

        When I went to bed last night, the grounds outside were bare and wet. When I woke up this morning to do the Sunday Service, Everything outside had been blanketed with 2 ½ inches of Pristine and Beautiful Snow. This is our First Snow of the '02-'03 Winter Season, at the Light and Life Sanctuary in North Idaho, that actually Covered everything! Given this year's “El Niño” weather patterns we have experienced so far, it may just melt off within a few days (or not), but it Sure is Stunningly Attractive right Now! (Of course I haven't had to go outside and shovel, plow or Drive in it yet. <Grin>)

On another note…

        After the Prayer at the End of Today's Service (because of it's length), I have included the “Light and Life Sanctuary” end of the year Progress Report that I promised you!

        I had hoped to have New Pictures of the Property and the Progress at the Light and Life Sanctuary available at the Web-Site today so you could click here and go see what it is starting to look like. I've already scanned most of our current (and past) pictures, but still need to build and publish the Web-Page for them to be viewed. (Including the long ago promised pictures of the Church Tractor that so many of you helped us to Purchase for the Property.) But I ran out of time and it will have to wait until the first few weeks of January.
        The Church had an Olympus D-520 Digital Camera donated to it for Christmas, so future photos (once I fully learn to use it effectively), will no longer have to wait for me to “finish the roll” and then many months later “get them developed” and then more later “scanned” and then (after a time) added to the Church Within Web-Site, before you will be able to see them. YAY!!!!

Stay Tuned…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #326, is Vulnerability…

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Quotes
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(From: Madeleine L'Engle)
When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-2)
Jesus portrayed the profound surety of the God-knowing mortal when he said: "To a God-knowing kingdom believer, what does it matter if all things earthly crash?" Temporal securities are vulnerable, but spiritual sureties are impregnable. When the flood tides of human adversity, selfishness, cruelty, hate, malice, and jealousy beat about the mortal soul, you may rest in the assurance that there is one inner bastion, the citadel of the spirit, which is absolutely unassailable; at least this is true of every human being who has dedicated the keeping of his soul to the indwelling spirit of the eternal God.

(From: Ham 12/22/2002 - the Nashville TeaM)
For the beauty of life to be touching your souls you must also be vulnerable to the sadness of life. You must be vulnerable to the many winds of fate which blow about you ceaselessly. These things however are temporary, these blows to the soul are quickly healed when you are dedicated to living the spiritual life. Being vulnerable does not mean being foolish or childish. I mean to illustrate rather the attitude of having an open heart and once you decide to open your heart more and more to the Father's love, the more you will see that the world is also filled with his love. And the more you will love his many children with all their seeming strangeness, their differences, their fears and their failures. The more your heart is vulnerable, the more your heart is vulnerable to love. And love is the greatest experience humankind can attain.

(From: C.S. Lewis)
To love is to be vulnerable.

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        Little Children have a very Precious form of Vulnerability, wouldn't you say? It's one of the main things that makes them so Endearing to “Grown Ups.” Sure, kids are Physically Cute… but without that Wide Eyed-Excited, Full Steam Ahead-Fearless, I want to Learn-Openness, Bring it On-Hopeful, I Believe-Trusting, Praying in Confidence, Open to Love “Vulnerability” that is so much a part of their very Nature… I don't think that they would so effectively embed themselves into our Hearts and Souls as they so do.

You were like that once, at one time or another… do you remember?

        But Children must grow up and learn to Survive in this Harsh World, and so sooner or later (the Teen Years come to mind), they begin to build Emotional Walls of Defense to protect against the bitter blows of fearful hatred, cruelty, insensitivity and indifference, so seemingly Rampant in our adolescent world. The Illusion of Invulnerability, sometimes typical of this particular phase of life (along with Raging hormones of course ;-), allows/provides for the exploration of a new and heretofore untried Arena of emotional ups and downs, a New and unrecognized Form of Vulnerability… Romantic Love. It was about this time in life that I learned (however incorrectly), to equate Vulnerability with stupidity or foolishness or gullibility. Few, if any, pass through these treacherous years without becoming somewhat expert at “Wall Building.”

        Love unanswered or rejected is a very Stinging experience. Enough of these experiences, and even the most Hearty of individuals may succumb to the inclination to let ego completely “Wall Out” any opportunity for Vulnerability. Unfortunately, these walls of “Protection” concurrently and quite effectively barricade against the possibility of experiencing Unconditional Love as well, and only Unconditional Love that is Alive and Active is Truly Soul Satisfying.

        It's Funny (well… not actually Funny, funny), how the Walls we build to keep out the Pain and the Hurt and the Suffering are Far more efficient at keeping it In than at keeping it Out… isn't it? After a shorter or longer time, what was intended to be an internal place of Safety becomes rather an Oppressive Prison, than the desired haven of peace… Love is more Remembered than Experienced, even Friendship may become shallow and conditional.

        Ego might be able to convince you that this walled in “Cage” is inescapable, but Soul knows that it is in possession of the Key to Escape. The Key is, “Willingness to be Vulnerable” and ego must agree to put the Key in the Lock and Turn it. It is the Soul's job to gently, and oftentimes covertly, convince the ego to recognize and Use the Key… to Risk Vulnerability once again---the Vulnerability of the Little Child---in an effort to Bring the Love Back Alive in life.

Our Heavenly Parent wants us each to Freely Live and Learn and Love, but we must Consciously and Continually Choose to do so… we must Use the Key.

Are you In or Out???

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You have Never abused or taken unfair advantage of my vulnerability. I Trust Fully in Your Parental Love for me. Help me Always to be open and willing to Share it with my mortal brothers and sisters of this world.

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Light And Life Sanctuary Update (2002 in Review)
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Just like last year… I got somewhat less accomplished than I had hoped, and Far more accomplished than I could possibly have Imagined. Actually, the only 2 things I can think of that I Didn't get done this year that I had wanted to, were the Front Deck and the new Metal Roof… well, and Firewood. They'll just have to wait 'till '03 I guess.

Here are the (somewhat in order) things that got done at The Light and Life Sanctuary this year:
“Thank You Again!”

[2002 - still winter]
Completely gutted and remodeled Kitchen/Dining/Common area---Including: electrical, lighting, plumbing, drywall, texture, paint, wallpaper, window, floor, and building and installing all new birch cabinets. (this whole project wasn't completed until mid April.)

[Spring thaw]
With the Backhoe, I trenched 150ft. long X 4ft. deep (through mostly rock), and buried Water Line and electrical to the Upper Patio Area and the Faith Garden.

[Spring]
I moved, sifted rocks out of, and graded, about 30 yards of good soil for the lawn and Rose Garden area of the Upper Patio, then installed the treated 4X4s and frame lumber for the eventual surrounding fence.
I then finished widening the Driveway/Entry then graded it and spread and compacted 30+ yards of Road Base.
When that was finished, we laid Lawn Sod in the Patio area and created a log raised-bed flower garden.
As Spring warmed and dried a little, I began using our portable chainsaw mill to slice up some of our downed trees so that I could mill it into Blue Pine Fence Boards to go on the fence framing.
On Mother's Day we started the Patio Rose Garden with 4 new Rose bushes.
The rest of the Spring was spent in expanding the Raspberry beds by about 50%, planting Grapes and Kiwis, and finishing the pathways, terracing and stairs in the upper 2/3 of the Faith Garden.

[Summer]
We continued Terracing, routing drip lines for the Grapes and Kiwis and Lemon-Thyme, and building the walkways in the lower third of the Faith Garden during the month of June.
Harvesting Raspberries was a daily job during July which netted about 1-2lbs of fresh Raspberries per day. The Blueberries were starting to ripen and we got about a dozen or so Cherries form our first year Montmorency Cherry tree. The Italian Plum tree also started producing fruits in It's first year.
Outside of the Faith Garden, we began removing Pines and starting roads/pathways into what will eventually (hopefully next year), become the Second of the “Fruits of the Spirit Gardens.”
In July we also installed a new Doorway and mini-deck from the house out to the Patio/Jacuzzi area and installed the Fence Gates at both ends.
In August we found out we would be hosting the North Idaho Michael's Birthday Celebration Weekend this year, and with a lot of help from our friends we began clearing trees and downed slash and extending the roadways to make camping sites well into the future Second Garden area. After the Gathering, I continued this work well into the Fall season.

[Fall]
I continued widening the upper Parking area into the hillside another 15-20 feet and extended the Driveway Entry about another 20X20ft with half of the dirt and rock from the widening of the Parking area. The other half of the dirt and rock was used to backfill and grade for an extension and leveling of the new South Yard of the upper property.

[Late Fall]
I had to go “Back to the Nets” as it were, and help a dear friend build Custom Cabinets in his cabinet shop while I waited for a professional Logger to come in and Log the rest of our property for us so we could afford to put a new roof on the Residence/Church Office.

[Now]
The Logger is about 85% finished with logging the 5 acres for us. The Property is Really Opened Up now… The new Views are Incredible and access to new areas of the property---new walkways, new Gardens, new Meditation areas--- are becoming more and more apparent!

I can't WAIT 'till Springtime!!!!!


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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