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12-5-2004
#428
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#429
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12-5-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #427
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th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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        While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, the minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.
        Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his Father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn .. and into the hole he gooooes."

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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.

A dear friend from Oregon, John Montchalin, called me last night asking for prayers. John has contracted the “Muppet” virus (so named because it is what caused the sudden death of Jim Henson), is undergoing Serious Lung Surgery in the next day or so. I know that some of you know John (he and his son John were at the A.L.L. Conference at Bogus Basin this summer). If you would, Please Include John in your Prayers. Thank You!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #427, is exclusion and inclusion…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-137 Section-8)
        "I have come to proclaim the establishment of the Father's kingdom. And this kingdom shall include the worshiping souls of Jew and gentile, rich and poor, free and bond, for my Father is no respecter of persons; his love and his mercy are over all.

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Prejudice blinds the soul to the recognition of truth, and prejudice can be removed only by the sincere devotion of the soul to the adoration of a cause that is all-embracing and all-inclusive of one's fellow men. Prejudice is inseparably linked to selfishness. Prejudice can be eliminated only by the abandonment of self-seeking and by substituting therefor the quest of the satisfaction of the service of a cause that is not only greater than self, but one that is even greater than all humanity--the search for God, the attainment of divinity. The evidence of maturity of personality consists in the transformation of human desire so that it constantly seeks for the realization of those values which are highest and most divinely real.

(From: Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-551 Section-3)
…that when truth becomes formulated as a boundary line of self-righteous exclusiveness instead of serving as signposts of spiritual guidance and progress, such teachings lose their creative and life-giving power and ultimately become merely preservative and fossilizing.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 3:27)
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith. For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.

(From: Linda R. Dominguez, How to Shine at Work, (McGraw-Hill)
Strength, courage and power do not exclude kindness, understanding and consideration. You can be strong and kind; you can be courageous and understanding; you can be powerful and considerate.


(From: Cesar Chavez, letter)
Kindness and compassion toward all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.

(From: Veronica - 3/4/95 – The Volcano, Hawaii TeaM)
Separateness is the mirage of detachment that appears above the arid desert of exclusion and fear. The parched souls of ignorance thirst for the sparkling oasis of divine love but cannot see beyond the imagined dunes of judgment and derision. Once you recognize your intrinsic supreme alliance to others in the divine symbiosis of your origin, you will linger in the lush valleys of fraternal harmony that will perpetually refresh your spirit with the kinship of cherished cooperation and the tender solidarity of brotherhood.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-152 Section-6)
"You see, my children, the appeal to human feelings is transitory and utterly disappointing; the exclusive appeal to the intellect of man is likewise empty and barren; it is only by making your appeal to the spirit which lives within the human mind that you can hope to achieve lasting success and accomplish those marvelous transformations of human character that are presently shown in the abundant yielding of the genuine fruits of the spirit in the daily lives of all who are thus delivered from the darkness of doubt by the birth of the spirit into the light of faith--the kingdom of heaven."

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The Sermon
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One thing that has always bothered me about many “Organized Religions” is their doctrines of exclusiveness and exclusion.

Jesus never excluded Anybody from his ministry of Love and Service and Mercy.

Should we?

In your Compassion, in your Love, in your Service… exclude none, Include All… Unconditionally.

I think God would want it that way.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to accept and include All as Your beloved Children, as my Brothers and Sisters, for it is the Truth.

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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12-12-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #428
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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        A couple in their nineties (or their fifties, sixties, seventies or eighties) is having problems remembering things, so they decide to the go the doctor for a checkup. The doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

        Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. His wife asks, "Where are you going?"
        "To the kitchen," he replies.
        She asks, " Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?"
        The husband says, "Sure."
        She gently reminds him, "Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?"
        He says, "No, I can remember that!"
        She then says, "Well, I'd like some strawberries on top. You'd better write it down 'cause I know you'll forget it."
        He says, "I can remember that! You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries."
        She adds, "I'd also like whipped cream. Now I'm certain you'll forget that, so you'd better write it down."
        Irritated, he says, "I don't need to write it down! I can remember that! Ice cream with strawberries! And whipped cream!" He then grumbles into the kitchen.

        After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.
        She stares at the plate for a moment and says, "Where's my toast?"

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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.

Today, I have decided once again to put today's “Quotes” After the Sermon… for some reason, it just seemed like a Good thing to do.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #428, is Seeing the Goodness…

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The Sermon
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        Last night I watched the movie, “A Carol Christmas” that was playing on the Hallmark channel. This particular variation of the classic “A Christmas Carol” puts a self-centered, cruel and lonely TV host named Carol into the character of a “Scrooge” who is visited by her late Aunt who was instrumental in molding her into the mean-spirited person she has become. Carol is, of course, told that she will be visited by three spirits in an effort to show her the error of her ways… and the error of her perceptions… in hopes that she may avoid the evil fate that awaits her.
        You know the Theme, and this rendition followed it well although, rather uniquely. Suffice it to say it, like all the other adaptations that have been done over time, it brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes… tears of understanding, of recognition and of Joy. It also caused me to ponder a little deeper and to recognize the very method whereby the “Scrooge” was transformed into a person of goodness and caring and love.

        In my earlier years, I initially perceived that Fear of punishment was the basis for “Scrooge's” conversion. Later in life, I figured his life change was fueled more by the regret of things/people/love… lost, ignored or rejected. Last night I experienced that, what Really initiated the metamorphosis of “Scrooge” and softened the hardness of heart was, the Goodness. The “Spirits” of Christmas Past, Present and Future, showed “Scrooge” the Goodness once experienced… then taken for granted… then eventually rejected and ridiculed… almost, completely forgotten. Scrooge was given the experience of “Seeing the Goodness” and I believe now that, That, is what truly touched the Soul and broke through the Ice of loathing and spite that had become so entrenched in life's habits and behaviors, had entombed and locked away the very Essence of Goodness and Love which were so unsuspectingly craved.

“Seeing the Goodness” that is under the surface, perhaps buried, perchance hidden, possibly forgotten, probably merely unrecognized… “Seeing the Goodness”---actual or potential---within Others and within Ourselves… can and Will, change Everything.

“Seeing the Goodness” transforms the Attitude.

Are you fully satisfied with your Attitude?

See Goodness!

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-6)
        In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God.

(From: Josephine Hart)
We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. And however futile each individual act of courage or generosity, self-sacrifice or grace, it still proves the thing exists. Each act adds to the fund. It needs replenishment.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
As they walked along, Jesus said to John, "John, do you love me?" And when John answered, "Yes, Master, with all my heart," the Master said: "Then, John, give up your intolerance and learn to love men as I have loved you. Devote your life to proving that love is the greatest thing in the world. It is the love of God that impels men to seek salvation. Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful."

(From: The Tao Te Ching #8)
The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.

(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.


(From: The Tao Te Ching #27)
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the Master is available to all people and doesn't reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations and doesn't waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.

What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man's job?
If you don't understand this, you will get lost, however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-3)
        Religious desire is the hunger quest for divine reality. Religious experience is the realization of the consciousness of having found God. And when a human being does find God, there is experienced within the soul of that being such an indescribable restlessness of triumph in discovery that he is impelled to seek loving service-contact with his less illuminated fellows, not to disclose that he has found God, but rather to allow the overflow of the welling-up of eternal goodness within his own soul to refresh and ennoble his fellows. Real religion leads to increased social service.

(From: The KJV Bible - Matthew 5:16)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-141 Section-7)
        Jesus endeavored to make clear that he desired his disciples, having tasted of the good spirit realities of the kingdom, so to live in the world that men, by seeing their lives, would become kingdom conscious and hence be led to inquire of believers concerning the ways of the kingdom. All such sincere seekers for the truth are always glad to hear the glad tidings of the faith gift which insures admission to the kingdom with its eternal and divine spirit realities.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 10/18/92 – The Pocatello TeaM)
Goodness is a wonderful avenue for transgressing to a higher level in human relationships. This week with those whom you meet, I ask that you recall, you search, you observe, you find some quality that will show the goodness of this person. You see, when you can begin to see the good in others, when you can understand and believe that all of your brothers and sisters manifest good, you will begin to see all life in this greater Godlike perspective.

(From: Sue Patton Thoele, The Courage To Be Yourself Journal)
At the center of each human heart is goodness, layered over with hurt, confusion, and mistaken ideas. Our task is to gently peel off layer after layer until the unfettered heart can shed its love upon the world.


(From: Teacher Daniel - 10/18/92 – The Pocatello TeaM)
So, as with all things, this week begin by seeing the goodness first within your own being. Realize the qualities of your being which are good. This is an important assignment for until you can understand the goodness that you have, how difficult it will be to understand and see the goodness in others. As you come into that understanding about your nature, then proceed to the outer realm. And with every person you meet, make it a habit to reflect on the positive, on the goodness, rather than on the weakness, the negative of that individual. When you do this, your relationship with that other person will change, for they will be seeing their own goodness reflected back by you.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Through Your Eyes may I see Goodness… help me the better to see always through Your Eyes.

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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12-19-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #429
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Abraham Lincoln

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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.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #429, is Concerning Priorities…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-188 Section-4)
Jesus taught that service to one's fellows is the highest concept of the brotherhood of spirit believers. Salvation should be taken for granted by those who believe in the fatherhood of God. The believer's chief concern should not be the selfish desire for personal salvation but rather the unselfish urge to love and, therefore, serve one's fellows even as Jesus loved and served mortal men.

(From: Tom Hopkins)
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.


(From: Victor Kiam)
What's really important in life? Sitting on a beach? Looking at television eight hours a day? I think we have to appreciate that we're alive for only a limited period of time, and we'll spend most of our lives working. That being the case, I believe one of the most important priorities is to do whatever we do as well as we can. We should take pride in that.


(From: Tomas - 6/16/04– the LightLine TeaM)
What is the goal here? What is the priority? If the priority and the goal is truly divine, then it will come to pass. If it is less than divine, there may be obstacles to overcome, but therein will be lessons learned. And through it all, there is the family of God that thrives on these kinds of opportunities and challenges, that truly do make history, that you will look back on in years to come and remind yourself, "oh, me of little faith."

(From: Robert J. McKain)
Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.

(From: Anatolia - 11/16/03 – The Rio Rancho NM TeaM)
So I invite, for your consideration, a priority to be placed upon your awareness of who you are and your place within creation. For to be self-aware is to be on the path of self-awareness. Even a dog or a cat is self aware, but for their capability to know where they fall within the breadth of possibility within creation is not theirs to enjoy, for You have the opportunity to sit at the hand of God, to share in the glory and the manifestation of All-That-Is.

(From: Buddha)
The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.


(From: Teacher Malcom - 9/6/99 – The Cambridge, Ontario, Canada TeaM)
When your priorities are in order then is your life in order and in harmony. Everything flows smoother and in harmony with the will of the Father, when you ask that He be an integral part of each moment of your day.

(From: Ham - 5/31/01– the Nashville TeaM)
When you have your priority be the spirit, then you respect the spirit, you can release your mind to his watch care and give over the problems of the day. The Father delights in helping his children. But, like stubborn children, human beings want to do it all themselves and not allow the Father's help. The world doesn't stop for you, no, but worry can stop.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-176 Section-3 – Jesus)
“You who are God-knowing and gospel-believing have already received the assurances of eternal life. Since your lives have been lived in the spirit and for the Father, nothing can be of serious concern to you. Kingdom builders, the accredited citizens of the heavenly worlds, are not to be disturbed by temporal upheavals or perturbed by terrestrial cataclysms. What does it matter to you who believe this gospel of the kingdom if nations overturn, the age ends, or all things visible crash, since you know that your life is the gift of the Son, and that it is eternally secure in the Father?”

(From: Elyon - 1/5/97– the North Idaho TeaM)
The change of the year is a perfect time to examine your priorities. Recommit to those priorities that you feel are worthy, perhaps even shake loose those priorities you deem no longer worthy. I would encourage you to do a self-exam and go over in your mind those aspects of your lifestyle and your habits that you deem worth spending and allocating the time on and those habits and lifestyles which no longer seem as important as they once may have been. Take this opportunity to adopt your highest ideal and to let go your lowest ideal. You will see the positive effects if you do this.

(From: H. L. Hunt)

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.

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The Sermon
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"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "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." Matthew 22:36-40

What if one was to consider these two “commandments” to be rather, their First and Second Priorities?

Do you think it might positively change the way that they lived their life?

So many seem to put God last or near last on their list of Life's Priorities… rather than First.

Is that Wise?

Where is God on Your Priority List?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I remember to put my relationship with You as my First Priority, all else flows in greater Harmony in my life. I have experienced this fact again and again and again. So why is it so hard for me to remember at All times? Help me to do that Father. This I pray.

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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12-25-2004 Christmas & Sunday Service #430 of the Church Within
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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        A few days before Christmas, a six year old boy and his little three year old brother were watching families pause to look at and admire the life-size Nativity Scene that was set up outside of the local neighborhood church. After quite a while of silent observation, the three year old looks up at his big brother and asks, “Who IS that?”
        Without so much as a pause, the “elder” sibling looks knowingly into his little brothers eyes and simply states, “That's Santa Clause when he was a Baby!”

(Think it Ain't? Think Again! ;-)

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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.

This year, Christmas being on Saturday, I decided to combine the Christmas and Sunday Service just because.

So… I thought I'd start with some of the words from a popular Christmas Song…

“He knows when you are sleeping,
He knows when you're awake,
He knows when you've been bad or good,
So…”

The topic of today's combined Christmas and Sunday Service, #430, is For Goodness Sake…

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Quotes
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(From: Charles Spencer)

Genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-6)
        The "richness of the goodness of God leads erring man to repentance." "Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights." "God is good; he is the eternal refuge of the souls of men." "The Lord God is merciful and gracious. He is long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth." "Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who trusts him." "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He is the God of salvation." "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up the wounds of the soul. He is man's all-powerful benefactor."

(From: Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.


(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.


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The Sermon
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Goodness is not God. BUT… Goodness IS Most Certainly Godlike.

God Is Goodness, just as God is Love, is Truth, is Beauty.

I think that being “Good,” gets a bad rap these days. Know what I mean? Sometimes it's almost as if you're being caused to feel embarrassed if you just go about your life trying to be Good. Do you know why that is? Being Good isn't something that should be humiliating, is it? Maybe it's because there are those who Pretend goodness… sometimes it seems like there is a disproportionate number of those around. It hurts to be fooled… more especially if you've been fooled before… and who Hasn't? It makes Goodness hard to believe sometimes… But…

True Goodness is an Incredible thing to experience, is it not? …in Others? … in Yourself? Personally, I think it's Worth ANY risk of possible disappointment, don't you? Goodness is just so, Alluring… so, Appealing… so Satisfying! You do something Good with or, For someone, and it's just… The Best… isn't it? Even when you see someone do something good for another, it feels Good, doesn't it? …and when someone does something Good for You, how does that make you feel?

I just think that Goodness is Worth Trusting. The Vast Majority of people Really Are Good… at least in Intention… when given the opportunity.

Do people give you the opportunity to be Good?
Do You give Them the opportunity to be Good?

There are lots of different reasons to do or to Be Good.

For me, I think the Best reason is to…

“…be Good, for Goodness' sake.”

Be Good for the sake of Goodness!

Just Because…

Merry Christmas!

Be Good!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be Good for You're sake… and for 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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