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12-2-2007
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12-16-2007
#583
12-23-2007
#584
12-30-2007

12-2-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #580
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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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My mother loved children - she would have given anything if I had been one.
Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

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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 ya' Know… I just had so much fun with last week's Service on Love, that I decided to make it into a Series that started last week and will run through the end of 2007. I mean Hey… can you talk too much about Love? Besides, there are so many Definitions and Phases and Expressions of Love… it isn't likely we will even be able to break through the surface in six short weeks, wouldn't you Think?

So… I'll try to explore a different aspect of Love each week with this Series.

OK then… Here's what I came up with for week 2…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #580, is Another Look at Love…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - John I 4:11-13 )
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
        In physical life the senses tell of the existence of things; mind discovers the reality of meanings; but the spiritual experience reveals to the individual the true values of life. These high levels of human living are attained in the supreme love of God and in the unselfish love of man. If you love your fellow men, you must have discovered their values. Jesus loved men so much because he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.

(From: J. E. Buchrose)
Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-171 Section-7)
        Jesus could help men so much because he loved them so sincerely. He truly loved each man, each woman, and each child. He could be such a true friend because of his remarkable insight--he knew so fully what was in the heart and in the mind of man. He was an interested and keen observer. He was an expert in the comprehension of human need, clever in detecting human longings.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 13:34 )
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-180 Section-1)
The Father and I will both work with you, and you shall experience the divine fullness of joy if you will only obey my command to love one another, even as I have loved you."

(From: Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

(From: Solonia 2/7/04 – The Garden TeaM)
The greatest Truth that you can discover in your mortal life is that you are loved. You always have been and into eternity you shall be.

(From: The Urantia Papers -100 Paper- Section-7)
        Jesus was an unusually cheerful person, but he was not a blind and unreasoning optimist. His constant word of exhortation was, "Be of good cheer." He could maintain this confident attitude because of his unswerving trust in God and his unshakable confidence in man. He was always touchingly considerate of all men because he loved them and believed in them. Still he was always true to his convictions and magnificently firm in his devotion to the doing of his Father's will.

(From: Solonia 4/4/04 – the Garden TeaM)
Jesus loved people very much, and always did he look for opportunities to be in loving service with each individual in his presence. And when he so served, he did so In the Moment and For that particular Moment.

(From: Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007), Sirens of Titan)
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-129 Section-0)
The more fully we bestow ourselves upon our fellows, the more we come to love them

(From: Bessie A. Stanley)
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!

(From: David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974)
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.

(From: W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915)
There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.

(From: Lauren Edwards)
I have learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved, the rest is up to them.

(From: Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD), Ars Amatoria)
To be loved, be lovable.

(From: Barbara Johnson, The Joy Journal)
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-191 Section-6)
        "Peace be upon you. That which my Father sent me into the world to establish belongs not to a race, a nation, nor to a special group of teachers or preachers. This gospel of the kingdom belongs to both Jew and gentile, to rich and poor, to free and bond, to male and female, even to the little children. And you are all to proclaim this gospel of love and truth by the lives which you live in the flesh. You shall love one another with a new and startling affection, even as I have loved you. You will serve mankind with a new and amazing devotion, even as I have served you. And when men see you so love them, and when they behold how fervently you serve them, they will perceive that you have become faith-fellows of the kingdom of heaven, and they will follow after the Spirit of Truth which they see in your lives, to the finding of eternal salvation.

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The Sermon
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How do you recognize brotherly Love in other people?
Is it in the words they say?
Is it in the things that they do?
Is it in their body language, or perhaps the look in their eyes?

Are others able to recognize that Love in you?
…by the word that you say?
…and by the things that you do?
…and by the language of your body and by the way you look at them?

True Love can be recognized in others when they allow you to see into their Soul… when they let you see who they Really are without mask and without deceit… without pretense and without lust. Rather, Respect is evident and Compassion is alive… they Care about what you think and feel and are unafraid of sharing their own inner thoughts and feelings.

Do I allow others to see me in this way? Do you?

For myself I may say, sometimes yes… perhaps even more often yes than no. But always? No not yet. It is still a Goal partially achieved in some areas of my life but still lacking or incomplete in others.

But then, how many humans in today's world Are capable of showing Love in every moment? Jesus was able to, but I fear for the rest of us… perhaps we can only aspire to it… then again, maybe I am wrong. Maybe it Is attainable on this world. Who is to say that it is not? Were we not told, “Be you Perfect even as your Father in Heaven is Perfect,” by Jesus himself? I should think that God would be more than willing to help us with the task were we to ask for that help. But our asking once or twice or even many times will hardly be enough. One must ask God for the help daily, hourly, yes, even moment by moment… as Jesus did.

The Ego will resist Unconditional Love out of fear of being hurt. It will make every excuse imaginable for why it cannot be accomplished… afraid of letting past fears and failures show.

The Soul however, just lets the Love shine through.
Let it shine!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me the better to 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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12-9-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #581
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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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Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
(From: Henry Winkler)

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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 is week 3 in the “Love” Series. While listening in stillness for today's Love topic, I heard what sounded like “Love and Relationship” but then again… it could have been “Love in Relationship” and… I'm not all that sure that is wasn't “Loving Relationship” that I was actually hearing, so…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #581, is Love_____ Relationship…

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The Sermon
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There are many types of Relationship that one becomes aware of during the course of a human life, all of which have an assessable effect upon the circumstances and experiences which go into creating/evolving who each of us truly are… but for Today, I will focus only upon Personal Relationships. I will even narrow it down a bit further and concentrate specifically on Personal Relationships that are based in Love.

Love is the indispensable ingredient in a meaningful, personal Relationship with others… with ourselves… and with God.

So let's look at Love and it's essentialness in a Personal Relationship. In my own experience, the Active Act of Love in a relationship is what allows me the Spiritual Peace, the Freedom to Be Myself and… the feeling that it is not only OK to be who I am, and who I aspire to be, but also that there is some degree of appreciation for those things about me that are unique, and even perhaps confusing at times. I called it the “Active Act of Love” because Love is not a passive thing (most especially it is not a Passive Aggressive thing ;-). Love is Living, Love is only able to be experienced Now. Not to discount the supreme value of Remembered experiences of Love, nor the drawing power of the Hoped for experiences of Love… for they are indeed Priceless Assets… but Both are dependent entirely on the Love experienced in the Now Moments of a relationship. Sometimes that Love manifests as a result of doing something together, and other times it shows through in allowing the other person to have their own space to do as they so desire or need. The “Active Act of Love” is able to recognize which time is which, and undertakes the mission of keeping them balanced in a friendly relationship. Respect goes a long way toward facilitating a relationship's “Active Act of Love.”

There are some times when I just like to (or need to), be by myself. Aren't there for you as well? During those times is when I am more able to be consciously involved in the contemplation of my personal relationship with myself and with God.

The deterrents to the capacity for the “Active Act of Love” in a relationship are, Expectations and Assumptions (actual Meanness has the capability of being a destroyer, more than simply a deterrent). Expectations will invariably be the cause of much more disappointment than peace of mind, and assumptions will inevitably lead to higher levels of frustration, rather than harmony. But does it not also to you at times seem as if expectations and assumptions have been given a place of inevitability in what we, as a society define as Relationship? Personally, the only assumption that I feel has any place in a healthy relationship is the assumption of Love, and the only expectation that has any basis for inclusion, is the expectation of Respect…. Never, Ever is there any situation in a Loving Relationship in which meanness is called for or even acceptable.

There are certain things always to be found in a Love-ing Relationship that one need not only to look for, but also to cultivate…
Friendship,
Camaraderie,
Spontaneity,
Consideration,
Honor,
Respect (for the other as well as for self),
Humility,
Admiration,
And Compassion.

When these are present, there also dwells Love.

Commit an “Active Act of Love” in all Relationships… or Better yet, Commit To the “Active Act of Love” that is the foundation for building Loving Personal Relationships…

…with Others.

…with Yourself.

…with your Creator.

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Quotes
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(From: Ham 9/9/2001 – the Nashville TeaM)

        Relationships require constant adjustment. In a healthy, vibrant, growing relationship there must be change and adjustment all the time. All relationships require this. Everyone is changing in imperceptible ways all the time. So each relationship you have requires these adjustments and adjustments require sensitivity.
        The best way you can let go of your old thinking is to really listen to the other person and incorporate a new sensitivity to that person's needs. Many times we come to relationships with expectations and we require that person to fulfill them. This is a sure way to ruin a relationship. Whether it be business or personal, all relationships require constant readjustments.

(From: Sir Hugh Walpole)
The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.

(From: Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D., Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self)

Your purpose in relationships is simply to be your best self, regardless of the circumstances.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-3 Section-4)
        Finite appreciation of infinite qualities far transcends the logically limited capacities of the creature because of the fact that mortal man is made in the image of God--there lives within him a fragment of infinity. Therefore man's nearest and dearest approach to God is by and through love, for God is love. And all of such a unique relationship is an actual experience in cosmic sociology, the Creator-creature relationship--the Father-child affection.

(From: Solonia - 5/15/04 – The Garden TeaM)
Be aware of your true relationship with God, with all of the vast family He has created, with the Angels, indeed with one another, and with yourselves. Focus upon being that perfecting child of the Infinite Creator and allow Love to flow freely into you, out from you, and indeed through you.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-4)
        God the Father deals with man his child on the basis, not of actual virtue or worthiness, but in recognition of the child's motivation--the creature purpose and intent. The relationship is one of parent-child association and is actuated by divine love.

(From: David B. Haight)
Love is this divine ingredient. It alone describes what can be our perfect relationship to our Heavenly Father and our family and neighbors, and the means by which we accomplish His work.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-143 Section-1)
Love is the greatest of all spirit realities. Truth is a liberating revelation, but love is the supreme relationship.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.

(From: Ham 1/26/97 – the Nashville TeaM)
Love is the realization that another person is your brother or your sister. When you understand that basis of the relationship, then you become instantly sympathetic with that person and able to sympathize with their fears or with their anxiety, whatever it is that animates them. It is realizing that the barriers that you all consistently put between yourselves and others are not real.

(From: Alexander Penney)
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-174 Section-1)
        "When a wise man understands the inner impulses of his fellows, he will love them. And when you love your brother, you have already forgiven him. This capacity to understand man's nature and forgive his apparent wrongdoing is Godlike.

(From: Harriet Lerner)
Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-12 Section-7)
        The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man present the paradox of the part and the whole on the level of personality. God loves each individual as an individual child in the heavenly family. Yet God thus loves every individual; he is no respecter of persons, and the universality of his love brings into being a relationship of the whole, the universal brotherhood.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for loving each of us for who we are. Teach us this way that we may become more and more like You.

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

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

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12-16-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #582
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
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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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If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
(Dick Cavett)

And…

Your parents weren't always like this, they only became this way after you came along.
(Bill Gates)

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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.

Here's an aspect of Love that is difficult to remember at times…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #582, is God's Parental Love…

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Quotes
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(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 7:11-12)
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 6:14)
"For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-174 Section-1)
“My brethren, you err in your opinions because you do not comprehend the nature of those intimate and loving relations between the creature and the Creator, between man and God. You fail to grasp that understanding sympathy which the wise parent entertains for his immature and sometimes erring child. It is indeed doubtful whether intelligent and affectionate parents are ever called upon to forgive an average and normal child. Understanding relationships associated with attitudes of love effectively prevent all those estrangements which later necessitate the readjustment of repentance by the child with forgiveness by the parent.”

(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 18:14)
"So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

(From: Ellen Goodman)
The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-6)
        The concept of God as a king-judge, although it fostered a high moral standard and created a law-respecting people as a group, left the individual believer in a sad position of insecurity respecting his status in time and in eternity. The later Hebrew prophets proclaimed God to be a Father to Israel; Jesus revealed God as the Father of each human being. The entire mortal concept of God is transcendently illuminated by the life of Jesus. Selflessness is inherent in parental love. God loves not like a father, but as a father. He is the Paradise Father of every universe personality.

(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 5:16)
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-4)
        God the Father deals with man his child on the basis, not of actual virtue or worthiness, but in recognition of the child's motivation--the creature purpose and intent. The relationship is one of parent-child association and is actuated by divine love.

(From: Heather Armstrong, Dooce, 05-04-06)
We all believe that our children are the most beautiful children in the world. But the thing is, what no one really talks about is the fact that we all really believe it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-92 Section-7)
        Religious meanings progress in self-consciousness when the child transfers his ideas of omnipotence from his parents to God. And the entire religious experience of such a child is largely dependent on whether fear or love has dominated the parent-child relationship.

(From: Marcelene Cox)
Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.

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

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:44-45)
…I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 6:6)
"…go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-5)
Between you and God there is a tremendous distance (physical space) to be traversed. There likewise exists a great gulf of spiritual differential which must be bridged; but notwithstanding all that physically and spiritually separates you from the Paradise personal presence of God, stop and ponder the solemn fact that God lives within you; he has in his own way already bridged the gulf. He has sent of himself, his spirit, to live in you and to toil with you as you pursue your eternal universe career.

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The Sermon
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The Perfect Parental Love of God extends equally to All of our Divine Parent's children. It matters not in the least whether they are aware of it… or not, nor even conditioned upon if they believe… or not. God does not love any one of them more than any other, nor the least any less than the greatest. Rather, the Creator loves each individual Perfectly to their maximum acquired capacity to accept it… the Potential growth of which is Unlimited. Each and Every One is Divinely Loved without limit and without preference.

I have discovered over the years (time and again), that the only limit to my being able to actually feel God's Personal Presence and Divine Parental Love in my life, is my capability to accept and willingly welcome it.

It is very difficult sometimes when mired in the difficulties and injustices that take place in the world around us, to remember that God is always right there… just waiting to be asked for help and advice. Rather than always having the preferred “childlike” feeling of wanting to learn and be more like my Divine Parent, I too many times find myself feeling extremely “childish” when I neglect or do not trust God's advice, or fear even to ask for it because “I Know What It's Going To Be” and my ego doesn't want to go there right at the moment. Do you ever have that kind of experience, or is it just me? ;-)

It's good to know that even when I am being my most unthinking or uncooperative self, that God still Loves me… just as much as I so truly love my Own child through and in all circumstances. If I am able to love my child without condition through the good times and equally as much through the difficult times, how Infinitely more so must our Eternal Parent naturally love each one of us? It is absurd to think that God could possibly Love any of his/her children any Less than we can and do love our own, don't you think?

Whenever one's personal capacity for Love seems “Maxed-out” then, perhaps it is a good time to do some Stretching Exercises.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Teach me Wisdom in these things.

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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12-23-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #583
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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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(From Diane and Ernie)
I was testing the children in my Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.
 
I asked them, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money  to the church,  Would that get me into Heaven?" 
                           
"NO!" the children answered. 

"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard,  and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?"
 
Again, the answer was, "NO!"

By now I was starting to smile. Hey, this was fun!

"Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my husband,  would that get me into Heaven?" I asked them again.   Again, they all answered, "NO!"
 
I was just bursting with pride for them. "Well," I continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?"
 
A five-year-old boy shouted out,
"YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!"

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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.

Some may perhaps notice certain similarities with reference to the “Love Series” Services I have been doing since the last Sunday in November… one [well, “I” anyway], can hardly cover the topic of Love without at least a broad-spectrum inclusion of the “Brotherly Love” connection. With that disclaimer, I will move forward with today's…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #583, is “Committing Brotherly Love…

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The Sermon
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“Committing Brotherly Love”

You know… I think that human beings commit more acts of Brotherly Love each day and over the course of their lives than they give themselves Credit for… more than they even Realize… and for some odd reason, more than they will sometimes Admit to.

Often the “Committing (of) Brotherly Love” by an individual seems to go unnoticed…
                …but that makes it no less Actual in it's offering… wouldn't you say?

Sometimes the “Committing (of) Brotherly Love” by an individual is disregarded as disingenuous…
                …but offered from the Heart/Soul, still it is Genuine… is it not?

Too often the “Committing (of) Brotherly Love” by an individual appears to be outright rejected by the intended recipient…
                …often this kind of rejection is more about the receiver's inability to receive than it is about the giver's intended gift. Not that knowing that makes it hurt any the less… does it?

Even there are some who would, for some inexplicable reason, go as far as ridiculing the “Committing (of) Brotherly Love” by an individual ---as a weakness or, as something done for selfish interests or, as insincere and manipulative…
                …perhaps because they have repeatedly been unjustly accused of these very same things and know no better… don't you think?

It is Your Intention that matters in regards to “Committing Brotherly Love” and not what others may perceive your intention to be. You cannot control how it may be received by another, only how it is given by you.

The Source of all Love knows of your Intent, and that alone should be enough… shouldn't it?

Is it?

“Committing Brotherly Love” is doing something…
A Commitment to Brotherly Love is even more about Being something.

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Quotes
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(From: Tyron Edwards)
Whoever in prayer can say, "Our Father," acknowledges and should feel the brotherhood of the whole race of mankind.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 15:9 )
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.

(From: Abraham 6/5/2000 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
To be endowed with Fatherly affection is fuel to carry on, to face our challenges without complaint and find real joy. If we truly understood the faith Father has in us as His children, we would feel less of a sting from mortal life, and embrace our challenges with the certainty that Father bestows upon us the gifts of His own ability. In Him, we can do all things. Can we become small so that He may make us more than we are? With such a conscious presence of Father's love, power and abilities, how can we not improve in the area of brotherly affection?

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

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-178 Section-1)
        Throughout the vicissitudes of life, remember always to love one another. Do not strive with men, even with unbelievers. Show mercy even to those who despitefully abuse you. Show yourselves to be loyal citizens, upright artisans, praiseworthy neighbors, devoted kinsmen, understanding parents, and sincere believers in the brotherhood of the Father's kingdom. And my spirit shall be upon you, now and even to the end of the world.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), "Strength to Love")
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-1)
        "The Father in heaven loves his children, and therefore should you learn to love one another; the Father in heaven forgives you your sins; therefore should you learn to forgive one another. If your brother sins against you, go to him and with tact and patience show him his fault. And do all this between you and him alone. If he will listen to you, then have you won your brother.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it.

(From: Abraham 4/10/95 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Your world is recognizing this need for brotherly love for all to share in the beat of one heart.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-191 Section-6)
" You shall love one another with a new and startling affection, even as I have loved you. You will serve mankind with a new and amazing devotion, even as I have served you. And when men see you so love them, and when they behold how fervently you serve them, they will perceive that you have become faith-fellows of the kingdom of heaven, and they will follow after the Spirit of Truth which they see in your lives, to the finding of eternal salvation.”

(From: Jane Wyman)
The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.

(From: Aaron - 4/18/04 – the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
An ability to love from afar tentatively begins to build the actual bridge, but it cannot be forced, for a genuine affection must build within you that pervades your being with a sense of brotherly or sisterly love.

(From: Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965)
I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-181 Section-2)
“Dedicate your life to teaching your brethren how to love one another, even as I have loved you."

(From: Nazim Hikmet)
To live; alone and free like a tree, and in a brotherhood like a forest.

(From: The Book of Runes - #24 - Wholeness)
Even in a time of bountiful energy, you are required to face and vanquish your refusal to let right action flow through you. Nourish this capacity, for it is a mark of true humility.
        Practice the art of “Doing without doing.” Aim yourself truly and then maintain your aim without manipulative effort, for by our own power we do nothing. Even in loving, it is Love that loves through us.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-139 Section-4)
        Those characteristics of Jesus which John most appreciated were the Master's love and unselfishness; these traits made such an impression on him that his whole subsequent life became dominated by the sentiment of love and brotherly devotion. He talked about love and wrote about love. This "son of thunder" became the "apostle of love"; and at Ephesus, when the aged bishop was no longer able to stand in the pulpit and preach but had to be carried to church in a chair, and when at the close of the service he was asked to say a few words to the believers, for years his only utterance was, "My little children, love one another."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to more completely Love all of my brothers and sisters, Your children, without condition, as You Yourself so love them.

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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12-30-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #584
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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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I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
(E. B. White --- 1899-1985)

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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.

Love is an Excellent subject, and one that is at the Root of all other subjects. It has been the topic of our discussions here since the last Sunday in November. This being the last Sunday of the year 2007, perhaps it is time for a little change…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #584, is Change…

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The Sermon
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This is what we often hear:
“I've got this Great Idea about what we need to do to change the way things are… to make things Better!”

This is what we often don't hear:
“You go first.” “If it works for you, then I'll try it too.”

This is what we often hear:
“Things have Got to Change!”

This is what we often don't hear:
“When are they going to change it?”

This is what we often hear:
“If everyone would just change…”

This is what we often don't hear:
“If everyone Else would just change…”

This is what we often hear:
“I try to change things, but nobody will help me.”

This is what we often don't hear:
“I am afraid to do it alone.”

This is what we often hear:
“Nothing will ever change.”

This is what we often don't hear:
“I've failed at making changes, so you might as well not try.”

Why is Change so difficult?
Why are people so resistant to Change?
Why does the thought of Change create such fear for so many?

Is it because the Change is something I am unfamiliar with?
Yes.
Is it because Change will take me out of my comfort zone?
Yes.
Is it because I fear that I will have to give up something that I'm not ready to give up yet?
Yes.

Change is the Answer.
But what if I'm asking the wrong question?
Change is unavoidable.
And yet most strive to avoid it.
Change creates the future.
Why then cling so unproductively to the past?

Change is not a slogan to be adopted when it's popular… it is a reality to be embraced.

When you see something that Aught to be changed, do not wait for someone else to do it.. it may never get done. What if you are the only one who truly recognizes the need?

Truth does not Change… but Perception of Truth Changes constantly. It is the curse of imperfection.
There is no Growth without Change, and there is no Change without Growth.

Jesus said: “Be you Perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is Perfect.”

Uh… Yeah… That's going to require a few changes. Don't you Think?

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Quotes
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(From: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.

(From: Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)
I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.

(From: Confucius)
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

(From: The Dalai Lama)
I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.

(From: Steve Jobs)
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

(From: Barack Obama)
And because that someone stood up, a few more did. And then a few thousand. And then a few million. And together, they changed the world.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.

(From: Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-2)
        The cry of the righteous is the faith act of the child of God which opens the door of the Father's storehouse of goodness, truth, and mercy, and these good gifts have long been in waiting for the son's approach and personal appropriation. Prayer does not change the divine attitude toward man, but it does change man's attitude toward the changeless Father. The motive of the prayer gives it right of way to the divine ear, not the social, economic, or outward religious status of the one who prays.

(From: Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-4)
Remember, even if prayer does not change God, it very often effects great and lasting changes in the one who prays in faith and confident expectation. Prayer has been the ancestor of much peace of mind, cheerfulness, calmness, courage, self-mastery, and fair-mindedness in the men and women of the evolving races.

(From: Parker Palmer)
The organizational approach to change is premised on the notion that bureaucracies-their rules, roles, and relationships define the limits of social reality within which change must happen.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

(From: Parker Palmer)
But there is another avenue toward change: The way of the movement. I began to understand movements when I saw the simple fact that nothing would ever have changed if reformers had allowed themselves to be done in by organizational resistance. Many of us experience such resistance as checkmate to our hopes for change. But for a movement, resistance is merely the place where things begin. The movement mentality, far from being defeated by organizational resistance, takes energy from opposition. Opposition validates the audacious idea that change must come.

(From: Professor Irwin Corey)
If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
All things must change to something new, to something strange.

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

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

(From: Carol Burnett)
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

(From: Kathleen Norris)
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.

(From: Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923)
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.

(From: John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
You must be the change you want to see in the world.

(From: Samahria Lyte Kaufman)
Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.

(From: Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
In a progressive country change is constant; ...change... is inevitable.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-112 Section-5)
Selfhood persists in spite of a continuous change in all the factor components of self; in the physical life the change is gradual; at death and upon repersonalization the change is sudden. The true reality of all selfhood (personality) is able to function responsively to universe conditions by virtue of the unceasing changing of its constituent parts; stagnation terminates in inevitable death. Human life is an endless change of the factors of life unified by the stability of the unchanging personality.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
At the beginning of a great national change, the patriot is a scarce man: scorned, ridiculed and forgotten. When his cause succeeds, however, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

(From: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971), in a sermon in 1943)
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I pray that You and Your Love, are the reason for all of my changes.

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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