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#528
12-3-2006
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12-17-2006
#531
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12-3-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #528
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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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If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You get another 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.

Well… Here's a topic that I try to avoid whenever possible. I guess that this morning, it wasn't. Oh No! Not the “P” word again….

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #528, is Patience…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #67)
Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

(From: Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

(From: Sharmon - 11/12/06 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Patience is the recognition of the need for growth in oneself and likewise the recognition of the requirement to wait for conditions to ripen. Trust will drive you forward. Patience will stabilize your progress.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #15)
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
“Learn to weigh the consequences of your sayings and your doings. Remember that the reaping is in accordance with the sowing. Pray for tranquility of spirit and cultivate patience. These graces, with living faith, shall sustain you when the hour comes to drink the cup of sacrifice.”

(From: Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?

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

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
He that can have patience can have what he will.

(From: Comte de Buffon (1707 - 1788)
Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-1)
        Patience is exercised by those mortals whose time units are short; true maturity transcends patience by a forbearance born of real understanding.
        To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future.

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The Sermon
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One thing about life on this confused little world that we live in is, that there are Innumerable (dare I say well neigh Infinite), opportunities for every man, woman and child who lives, ever did live, or ever Will live, to learn and practice The Art of Patience. I Truly tried to think of something, Anything at all in human experience, that has anywhere's Near as much overall and Universal effect and impact upon every human life as Patience (needing it; wanting it; praying for it; suffering for a lack of it; suffering for other's lack of it; having no other option than merely Enduring it)… and I could not. Even Love and Physical Survival I had to put slightly behind it in ranking simply because most of the time, Patience is pretty much required for the other two to be successful. From the very First moment the umbilical is cut and we are on our own, to the very last breath we take before we graduate from this sphere to the next level of existence, Patience is affecting our lives. The newborn knows only “I Need something, I don't know what, and I Need it Now!” and yet it is forced to wait (seconds seem like hours when you are only minutes old ;-). And at the other end of life, well… it doesn't take a lot of imagination to imagine a few Patience likelihood's that occur moments before death now, does it?

So OK… in my experience, it is the things that are most persistently causing struggle or difficulty in my life that I most need to learn some important Life Lesson from. Does it seem like that to you as well?

In that light, let's look then at Patience…

“Whoa, Dude! That must be like some Totally Crucial Lesson I need to learn from it if it's so like, Always Now… you Know?” …or another way of saying that might be…
“Wow, now that I think about it, I Really need to Learn that one if I want to be truly Successful in life, wouldn't you say?” …or maybe even…
“Indeed! God must feel that Patience is an Essential Quality for me to attain in this life since I am given Endless Opportunities to acquire, practice, strengthen and perfect it… ya Think?

So why do we fight it so much? Why do we struggle against it so incessantly? Why is it so difficult for us to want to go with the flow of it?

I dunno… maybe it's because we are not fully accustomed to the Perfect unfolding of God's time yet. Our own infinitesimal human comprehension of time is so planet-bound and so limited by our relatively short mortal life spans, that we are unable to fully appreciate the beauty and symmetry of slow and progressive unfoldment of God's Perfect Will. We are too easily drawn into the “If I don't get it Now, I might not get it at All” mindset.

Alright, so… what if I were able to acquire enough Wisdom and Trust so that I had No Doubts Whatsoever that Everything that is God's Will for me is Everything that I really and truly want and need? Could I not more Patiently await it's Perfect timing knowing that what God wills is inevitable… even though I may immaturely make numerous choices that inevitably postpone my own ability to embrace it? What if “It is not yet time” were more of an enticement forward and less of a disappointment backstep? “This isn't it? Then the Reality of it must be even Better than “This” appeared to be from my current perspective! There is More for me to Discover yet… Cool!”

Patience…
If you can't fight the river, you might as well float along with it and enjoy the scenery along the way… If God put you in a river you can't get out of, it's probably taking you to a place that you really want to Be.

In the first part of this sermon I inadvertently termed it “The Art of Patience” not really knowing why I did so. But now that I Think about it… Yeah, it would be good to make it into an art form… wouldn't it?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be more Patient with You… it is in my best interests to be so.

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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12-10-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #529
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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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A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out.

(From: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742 - 1799)

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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.

OK so… Today's Topic came to me and while rolling it around in my mind a bit, it struck me that it was rolling in a somewhat similar channel to a recent Service I did. So I checked the Service Archives at our web-site and found that in fact, it was the Topic of Service #526---“Erroneous Assumptions”---that had given me the feeling of similarity. While they often lead to similar ends, and frequently can be found intertwined with one another, they are indeed different subjects that might beneficially be assessed individually.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #529, is Expectations…

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The Sermon
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Indeed it is Good to have an idea of what to expect when making choices… when facing life's myriad situations… when building relationships. Experience, knowledge and wisdom work together to help us be able to better forecast what to expect from a given situation and also give us the ability to make appropriate adjustments when the unexpected occurs.

On the other hand, Expectations, especially those that depend upon the personal choices and actions of other people, are far more likely to lead to disappointment than to contentment. I have found that the level of Disappointment is most often equivalent to the degree of Expectation.

Some would say that in order to avoid disappointment it is better to lower one's expectations… others would declare that one must raise their expectations if they are to excel. Personally I find it far more enlightening and satisfying during those occasional times when I am able to have No fixed Expectations at all. It gives me the freedom to observe and assess reality as it naturally unfolds, rather than getting caught in the trap of trying to control everything with my own personal expectations of what I think “should” be.

Having Expectations is Far less likely to encourage “hand in hand” and, far More likely to insure “foot in mouth.”

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
Then said Jesus: "If, therefore, you serve me with a whole heart, make sure that you are devoted to the welfare of my brethren on earth with tireless affection. Admix friendship with your counsel and add love to your philosophy. Serve your fellow men even as I have served you. Be faithful to men as I have watched over you. Be less critical; expect less of some men and thereby lessen the extent of your disappointment.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #55)
The Master's power is like this.
He lets all things come and go
effortlessly, without desire.
He never expects results;
thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed;
thus his spirit never grows old.

(From: Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?

(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behavior we expect from other people.

(From: R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn)
Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights.

(From: Fritz Perls)
I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-3)
Of the teacher more is expected than of the pupil; of the master more is exacted than of the servant. Of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom more is required than of the citizens of the earthly rule.

(From: Diana Spencer)
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #15)
The Master doesn't seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.

(From: Klarixiska - 10/1/99– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Your expectations are, of course, your limitations as well.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #2)
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

(From: Steve Jobs)
Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #10)
Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Dissolve my expectations and replace them with the childlike excitement of new discovery.

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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12-17-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #530
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

[OK… so which way did You read 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.

This morning while meditating and listening for a topic for today's Service, I got a very clear and persistent word inserting itself into my consciousness. Now this particular word has come up a number of times in my services over the past several weeks, so I thought I'd go back and see why. In looking back over the recent weeks Sunday Services, I discovered the Topics: Erroneous Assumptions---Patience---Expectations. Hmmm… I thought. They all kind of Do go together to some extent do they not? …sort of like a kind of connected Series maybe? (I've never done one of those before… that I know of.) They can All certainly have an active impact upon the amount of today's topic one might experience…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #530, is Disappointment…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-0)
        Jesus' earthly life was devoted to one great purpose--doing the Father's will, living the human life religiously and by faith. The faith of Jesus was trusting, like that of a child, but it was wholly free from presumption. He made robust and manly decisions, courageously faced manifold disappointments, resolutely surmounted extraordinary difficulties, and unflinchingly confronted the stern requirements of duty. It required a strong will and an unfailing confidence to believe what Jesus believed and as he believed.

(From: Solonia - 1/21/2000 – the Garden TeaM)
The step of Faith does not routinely bring expected results, rather it is far more likely to reveal new and previously unrecognized perceptions. The discovery of our Father's will is often made possible through actively finding out what indeed is Not His will. Disappointments, rather than putting you into a place of inaction, should rather stimulate you further to step again; to continue your forward motion; to seek to discover all of those things which are Not the will of our Father, thereby revealing by process of elimination what indeed, truly Is His will. Do not let the fact of results which appear to run contrary to your expectations, stifle the exuberance of your seeking. It is natural to take a moment of reflection to sort out your feelings of disappointment, and indeed it is also healthy, for in so doing is the next step made clearer to you through a better understanding of how your will may more closely co-inside with Father's Will.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
Anxiety must be abandoned. The disappointments hardest to bear are those which never come.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 5:5 )
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-7)
Happiness ensues from the recognition of truth because it can be acted out; it can be lived. Disappointment and sorrow attend upon error because, not being a reality, it cannot be realized in experience. Divine truth is best known by its spiritual flavor.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-5)
        "Much of man's sorrow is born of the disappointment of his ambitions and the wounding of his pride. Although men owe a duty to themselves to make the best of their lives on earth, having thus sincerely exerted themselves, they should cheerfully accept their lot and exercise ingenuity in making the most of that which has fallen to their hands. All too many of man's troubles take origin in the fear soil of his own natural heart.”

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #55)
The Master's power is like this.
He lets all things come and go effortlessly, without desire.
He never expects results;
thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed;
thus his spirit never grows old.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-3 Section-5)
Is courage--strength of character--desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.

(From: Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park)
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

(From: Beverly Sills)
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

(From: Barbara Paley)
In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other rewards.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-6)
        One of the most amazing earmarks of religious living is that dynamic and sublime peace, that peace which passes all human understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil. Such levels of spiritual stability are immune to disappointment. Such religionists are like the Apostle Paul, who said: "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else shall be able to separate us from the love of God."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-6)
        Even as mortals, so have these angels been father to many disappointments, and they will point out that sometimes your most disappointing disappointments have become your greatest blessings. Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity. And from them you will learn to suffer less through sorrow and disappointment, first, by making fewer personal plans concerning other personalities, and then, by accepting your lot when you have faithfully performed your duty.

(From: Robert Anthony)
When you are done chasing the rainbow... given all of life's disappointments and tribulations --all that may really be of any value is how we love and how we are loved!

(From: Abraham 2/12/96 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
I ask you to look deep into your total self and ask yourself, 'what is it about me that embodies all goodness and truth.' Ask yourself, 'without Father who am I?' Many times we face bitter self disappointments and we chastise our mistakes and loathe our ignorance when all along the goodness was there and not being utilized. I ask everyday, 'Father make me like you.' I recognize the source of all goodness and I crave to be like the source. I desire to know God and be like Him. I have made the conscious choice to be God-like and Father has responded.

(From: Robert Anthony)
If we could only share our hopes, our dreams, our disappointments, our fears, our achievements, and our discoveries.... the world would be a little kinder and a lot more forgiving.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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The Sermon
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In the Universe Scheme of Reality, Disappointment is truly nothing more, nor Less, than a Personal Progress Indicator.

Disappointment, when viewed in retrospection by the Observing Self, can shed light upon one's misperceptions, misunderstandings, lack of relevant information, or steps off from their Truest and most rewarding Path.

Now, this is Not intended to be taken as a… “Look how many times I have been disappointed. See how many times I have screwed up.” …self-judgmental sort of thing, but rather as a way of looking at disappointment with a “different pair of glasses” so to speak… seeing it more as an “interactive navigational guidance system” for Life.

If I am disappointed, Why am I disappointed?

Was it an Assumption proved erroneous?
Was it an Expectation shown to be unrealistic?

Am I disappointed in you, or am I disappointed in Me?
Am I disappointed in me, or am I disappointed in my current abilities?

How might I adjust my perceptions so that I no longer can see the experience as disappointing?

Ever notice how little children deal with disappointment… not their initial outburst reaction to it, but how quickly they get over the effect of it? It's like they feel it, smell it, taste it then drop it and continue on in their persistent exploration of Life.

What a Concept, Huh?

“Unless you become as little children…”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You must get a real Kick out of watching us learn and grow! Thanks for watching out for us even when we can't discern that you are there.

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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12-24/25-2006 Church Within's Sunday & Christmas Service #531
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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It was the day after Christmas at a church in Los Angeles. The pastor of the church was looking over at the cradle in the Nativity scene when he noticed that the Baby Jesus was missing from among the figurines. He ran outside immediately and saw a little boy with a red wagon. In the wagon was the figure of the little infant.

He walked up to the boy and asked ," Well, where did you get Him, my friend ?"

The little boy replied," I got Him from the church "

" And why did you take Him ?", the pastor continued.

The little boy replied, " Well about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and told Him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give Him a ride around the block in 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.

I was musing upon what “Adam” would say on a day like today if he were still around, and then it came to me. He would say, “Merry Christmas Eve!” …and I shall do likewise.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Lo and Behold, this is our 10th Church Within on-line Christmas Service!

I thought it would be fun for this 10th anniversary Christmas Service to start with an excerpt from each of our previous Christmas Services starting with our first one in 1996… so I did, and it Was. ;-)

They are then followed by the Quotes and Sermon for 2006…

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Quotes from Our Past
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(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 1996)
On this day that the world celebrates the birth of the Christ Child , let us give to him a gift. The greatest gift we could possibly give to the one who has everything. Let us Love each other Unconditionally and Serve each other Unselfishly as He asked us to.

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 1997)
Dearest Father [please fill in your own favorite name for the Universal Source],
Thank You for the gift of Your Child, our Master and brother. His life was such an incredible example of Supreme and loving devotion to the doing of Your Divine Will. Help us to follow in his footsteps of Love and Compassionate Service to all of our fellow beings. Give us the Courage to maintain the spirit of this season tomorrow and the next day and for the rest of our lives. Let us each be a unique revelation of Your Eternal Love to one another, and help us also to accept it in return. So very many of us feel unworthy of this precious gift that You so freely give to us. Show us the error of
this way of thinking.

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 1998)
Dear Infinitely Loving Parent,
Help me to greet each and every morning from This day forward, with the same Anticipation... Excitement... Wonder... and Love that I feel in that first aware moment of every Christmas Morning. And help me to discover the Gift of each day that You leave for me to find and unwrap.

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 1999)
I identified with the baby Jesus. Tiny, dependent, nurtured, loved. I don't think it was an accident that God chose to manifest as a child. It is as a child that I can allow my heavenly parent to care for me, nurture me, guide me and love me.

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 2000)
Jesus Loved people and people loved Him. He Cherished the Children and the Children Cherished Him. And This is why the world remembers him, This is why the world Celebrates his Birth.

He told us he would send his Spirit to dwell with us... The Spirit of Truth, of Compassion, of Love. Do you Feel it? Are you aware of it Right Now? That Spirit of acting the part of Santa Claus, of sharing your Love and of bringing Joy to others (You know the one), is but a partial reflection, a human representation, of that Loving and Giving Spirit of the one whose birth is celebrated on Christmas Day.

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 2001)
Who Loves All the Children?
Who knows if you are sleeping or awake?
Who knows if you've been bad or Good?
Who can be in every home… Who can be in Every Heart… all in one single night?
Who is the True Gift Giver?
“Who Loves ya baby?”

Ask a little child, the answer would Likely be Santa Claus, right?
Yes, yes… and it also Perfectly would describe Jesus as well… don't ya Think?
But then, who do you think was the Inspiration for Santa Claus… I mean Really?
Inspired Men? Certainly… Inspired by Whom?
Precisely!

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 2002)
So very little has been humanly recorded over the ages about the superb and exquisite life that followed this momentous entrance of our dearly beloved Sovereign into your world. If only you could have personally witnessed the unconditional love and benign service which characterized his life in the flesh, your world would be such a wonderfully different place than it is now at this point in time. And yet... Still, we have much hope for you. For this brief time in each year, the majority of you enter truly into the spirit of love and compassion and giving that characterized his entire life. How exquisitely marvelous would your world become if only you could, if only you Would, carry the Spirit of this Christmas Season into and throughout the coming year. You have the latent ability to do it you know... it is not in any way beyond your God Given capabilities.

If only you Would...

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 2003)
I always wondered what you could give a guy like Jesus for his Birthday (even if it's only the actual day that most people celebrate it). My mom always said, “Give Him your Love!” That worked for me. I really Did Love Him and Christmas just helped me to remember it more often!

One year… not too long ago… I thought that there should be some Other way I could give a gift to Jesus in celebration of His Birthday. What would make Him Happier than Anything Else that I could Think of besides Loving Him? AH-HAA!! I could love His Children!!! Not just Some of them… but All of them!!! The Un-loved… the Un-fortunate… the Disheartened… as Well as those that I already found to be Lovable. Love All of His Children! …can't give Him a much better birthday Present than That, can you? Can you?

The Great Gift for the One who really Does have Everything…

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 2004)
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.

(From: the Christmas Service from "Church Within" 2005)
I believe that the “fruits” of our Individual and Unique “Gifts” are intended to be for the benefit of all of Creation… for the benefit of This world as well as the Next. Any time Your God Given Gift directly benefits another single person, it Indirectly benefits Many, Many Others as well… Exponentially. Every time we use our Gifts with loving intent, the World is Changed because of it. Indeed we may not be able to See the extent of the change (in fact it is likely that most will not), but never the less, it is a Reality.

The Greatest Gift that any of us can give, is the Gift of Our Self. It may or may not be a gift that all are able to appreciate… but if only even One appreciates it, then it is a gift well Given.

Give the Gift of Yourself this Christmas. The Wealthiest person on Earth is incapable of giving Anything of greater value!!!



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Quotes for 2006
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(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 2:6-7)
And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-8)
        The Master came to create in man a new spirit, a new will--to impart a new capacity for knowing the truth, experiencing compassion, and choosing goodness--the will to be in harmony with God's will, coupled with the eternal urge to become perfect, even as the Father in heaven is perfect.

(From: Arthur Jersild)
Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment.

(From: Dalai Lama, (in exile) Associated Press, 5/14/01)
It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart, that is very crucial. World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.

(From: Dalai Lama, The Times (1999)
Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source of both inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.

(From: Martin Luther King)
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

(From: The Dalai Lama (1935 -)
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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The Sermon
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Is it true that when I feel Compassion for another that I perhaps do not even know, that it is indeed God's Love for that person that I am able to feel? It truly feels that way to me.

When you feel Compassion, do you not also feel a certain sense of Love as well?

The next time I am having any difficulty feeling God's Love… maybe it would help me to remember that.

Compassion is Love Recognized.
Love is Compassion Attained.

This Christmas, Give the Gift of Love to all whom you know and care about and the Gift of Compassion to All Others. I'm pretty sure that Jesus would consider it the best Birthday Present he'd ever been given.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Show me Your Compassion and teach me to turn it into Love.

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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12-31-2006 Sunday Service #532 & 2007 New Year's Service
of the Church Within
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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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An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.
(Bill Vaughan)

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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.

Good Lord… another new Year! Thank You Good Lord!!

Tired of making “Resolutions” year after year? Maybe there's a different answer…

The topic of today's Service, #532, is Newness…

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Doesn't it seem like we spend much of our lives searching, often vainly, for that pleasurable and joyful Feeling of Newness?

A New Year!!!

“New Year's” has always seemed able to bring about for me, that special “Feeling of Newness” that is so attractive in life. Does it do that for you as well?

When I was very young, say about 9 and under, Everything was New and Exciting because I hadn't yet begun to think I Knew everything yet. New Year's Day always seemed to get the “older” folks (over 10), pretty excited, pretty Celebratory if you will, and so I quite naturally joyfully and exuberantly joined in the Celebration. “Happy New Year!!” Of course back then every day to me had that “Feeling of Newness” about it so… if the Grown-Ups who seemingly knew Everything were getting excited, well…

So starting at about age 10 or so (give or take), when the fantasies and fairy-tales began to lose their reality for me, that “Feeling of Newness” started to become just a bit more valuable to my growing young self. Of course I was already beginning to feel like I Knew Everything… Today was pretty much like Yesterday and Tomorrow will probably be fairly much like today, so… New Places and New Experiences and New “Things” well… Those were what I Waited for. New is Good! New Year? Yay…

In my teens I was pretty darn sure I finally already Did know everything, so Material things seemed paramount in providing that increasingly elusive “Feeling of Newness” that was so yearned for, so Important. All the New Physical and Emotional and Psychological changes I was experiencing were gradual enough that they went mostly unacknowledged unless of course they were painful. Girls and Cars and “Grown-Up Toys” served to renew the “Feeling of Newness” that so characterized the early childhood days.

After the Hormones settled in a bit, the “frantic” began to dissipate for me somewhat and the world began to open up significantly. Now “in charge” of life, the Newness was up to Me… I was no longer subject to it's whims, I could find and discover and create it myself. Hope was alive and well, opportunity was wherever I chose to look for it. The “Feeling of Newness” was available as long as I made the effort to actualize it. Life's “Milestones” became farther apart, but somehow the “before you know it” factor became increasingly recognizable at the same time.

The first realizations of “middle age” start to bring on a moderate sense of urgency to the “Feeling of Newness” quest. The recognition if inevitable mortality has a way of rousing that in a person's consciousness. Do I still have time to fix my mistakes… to change directions… to realize “the Dream” to… create something New? Newness becomes more and more Precious.

For some, the “frantic” of the teen years resurfaces at this point disguised as something different. “Buy something New!” Nope… that didn't do it.
“Something Bigger!” Well… lasted a bit longer, but that didn't do it either.
“New Environment!” Maybe… but not fully.

Less and less do the “things of this world” serve to satisfy the insatiable craving for the “Feeling of Newness” that truly cannot be found outside of oneself, but only within.
A New Attitude…
A New Perspective…
A New Paradigm…
A New Understanding…
A New Resolve…
Indeed These are the things that we can yet change, and these come Only from Within. They come not without effort… perhaps even the most Challenging effort of a lifetime. But then, Great Also is the Reward.

How do I Get there?
Have you ever watched a little child get a New Gift and then after taking it out of the box… spend hours playing with the Box?

Yeah… It's kinda' like That…

How's that saying go?

“Unless you become as a little child…” Yeah! That's the one.

Happy New Year!

Let it be.

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(From: Oprah Winfrey)

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-6)
Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

(From: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

(From: John Cage (1912 - 1992)
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-157 Section-2)
Do not allow yourselves to become blinded by prejudice and paralyzed by fear. Neither permit reverence for the traditions so to pervert your understanding that your eyes see not and your ears hear not. It is not the purpose of true religion merely to bring peace but rather to insure progress. And there can be no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth, the ideals of eternal realities. The issues of life and death are being set before you--the sinful pleasures of time against the righteous realities of eternity. Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope. And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows."

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

(From: Sir William Bragg (1862 - 1942)
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-144 Section-4)
No child has aught to do with earning the status of son or daughter. The earth child comes into being by the will of its parents. Even so, the child of God comes into grace and the new life of the spirit by the will of the Father in heaven. Therefore must the kingdom of heaven--divine sonship--be received as by a little child. You earn righteousness--progressive character development--but you receive sonship by grace and through faith.

(From: Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
Every new life is a new thing under the sun; there has never been anything just like it before, never will be again. A young man ought to get that idea about himself; he should look for the single spark of individuality that makes him different from other folks, and develop that for all he is worth. Society and schools may try to iron it out of him; their tendency is to put it all in the same mold, but I say don't let that spark be lost; it is your only real claim to importance.

(From: Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.

(From: Sean O'Faolain (1900 - 1991)

There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Grant me the Wisdom to recognize that Every day, everything is New.

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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