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12-6-2009
#686
12-13-2009
#687
12-20-2009
#688
12-27-2009

12-6-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #685
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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A man was telling his neighbor, 'I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect.' 
'Really,' answered the neighbor . 'What kind is it?' 
'Twelve thirty..' 

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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.

Without it, little of great consequence is possible. With enough of it, nothing of true value is Impossible…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #685, is Dedication…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-5)
Modern men have thought out many creeds and created many tests of religious faith. Future religionists must live out their religion, dedicate themselves to the wholehearted service of the brotherhood of man. It is high time that man had a religious experience so personal and so sublime that it could be realized and expressed only by "feelings that lie too deep for words."

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), The Fountianhead)
Morality is judgment to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, and integrity to stand by it at any price.

(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 Book - Paper-132 Section-7)
That which the enlightened and reflective human imagination of spiritual teaching and leading wholeheartedly and unselfishly wants to do and be, becomes measurably creative in accordance with the degree of mortal dedication to the divine doing of the Father's will. When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), The Gettysburg Address)
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

(From: Machiventa 6/14/94 – the Spokane TeaM)
I ask you all to apply yourselves with devotion and dedication that emulates the dedication of your spirit companions. Do it with all that you have, every element of spirit that you have attained. Be not concerned with your short comings. There is not one element within you that could entirely disrupt your actions when your motive in your heart is set upon the light. Be diligent, be loving, and always keep in mind that you belong to the divine family.

(From: Dr. Thomas Dooley)
Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-1 Section-1)
The affectionate dedication of the human will to the doing of the Father's will is man's choicest gift to God; in fact, such a consecration of creature will constitutes man's only possible gift of true value to the Paradise Father. In God, man lives, moves, and has his being; there is nothing which man can give to God except this choosing to abide by the Father's will, and such decisions, effected by the intelligent will creatures of the universes, constitute the reality of that true worship which is so satisfying to the love-dominated nature of the Creator Father.

(From: Viktor Frankl, Man's Search For Meaning)
Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue... as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.

(From: Machiventa 8/15/98 – the Willamette OR TeaM)
Persistence and dedication are powerful creative tools. Do not fear the outcomes, for you are most certainly in the hands of the Father.

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No worthy goal is ever achieved without a significant measure of wholehearted Dedication.

Have you Worthy Goals?

Dedication is like Grace… There is always as much as one is willing to reach for and hold fast to. A person can be Dedicated to ten good things as easily as to one, but cannot be truly dedicated to something good and to something evil at the same time.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Strengthen my dedication to Your ways.

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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12-13-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #686
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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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The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
(Walt West)

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

It is craved by all… and sought perhaps even more ardently than is Love…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #686, is Appreciation…

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The Sermon
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The vast assortment of worldly things we each appreciate is as individual and unique as are each and every one of us. All on some level appreciate Art, Music, Beauty… each differently and in their own way of course. This is not the category of Appreciation though, that I address today…

Appreciation…

Few there are indeed who receive enough or show enough, though I perceive that it is not through any lack of desire to do so.

So much that we each do and think and feel seems to go unnoticed by others… why is it so difficult for “them” to get their priorities straight? Why… it is almost as if they have their own for goodness sake…

Obviously, we each have our own personal thoughts, feelings and priorities and we do the things that we do based upon and because of them… how indeed could it be otherwise. Sometimes though they may overlap or concur or harmonize with some of the personal thoughts, feelings and priorities of others. Associations and friendships and relationships are built upon those occasions wherein they do chance to coincide.

Appreciation…

It is possible to appreciate something about almost anyone… and some things about many… and many things about some… and most things about very few… but everything about no one in particular.

Though we might sincerely wish that another could completely appreciate everything about us that is deserving or that we could fully appreciate them as much as they be worthy of… I can fairly confidently say that only God is actually capable of that Absolute level of Appreciation.

Appreciation…

It should not be allowed to stagnate… It is something that must be allowed to grow.

Appreciation…

Try not to reject it. Try even harder not to withhold it

Appreciation…

Accept it Gratefully… Give it Generously.

Appreciation…

The Gift that will please Everyone… the Gift that keeps on Giving.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-3)
        Truth is living; the Spirit of Truth is ever leading the children of light into new realms of spiritual reality and divine service. You are not given truth to crystallize into settled, safe, and honored forms. Your revelation of truth must be so enhanced by passing through your personal experience that new beauty and actual spiritual gains will be disclosed to all who behold your spiritual fruits and in consequence thereof are led to glorify the Father who is in heaven. Only those faithful servants who thus grow in the knowledge of the truth, and who thereby develop the capacity for divine appreciation of spiritual realities, can ever hope to "enter fully into the joy of their Lord." What a sorry sight for successive generations of the professed followers of Jesus to say, regarding their stewardship of divine truth: "Here, Master, is the truth you committed to us a hundred or a thousand years ago. We have lost nothing; we have faithfully preserved all you gave us; we have allowed no changes to be made in that which you taught us; here is the truth you gave us." But such a plea concerning spiritual indolence will not justify the barren steward of truth in the presence of the Master. In accordance with the truth committed to your hands will the Master of truth require a reckoning.

(From: Dale Carnegie)
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or is discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Many noble human impulses die because there is no one to hear their expression. Truly, it is not good for man to be alone. Some degree of recognition and a certain amount of appreciation are essential to the development of human character.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-6)
        The expansion of material knowledge permits a greater intellectual appreciation of the meanings of ideas and the values of ideals. A human being can find truth in his inner experience, but he needs a clear knowledge of facts to apply his personal discovery of truth to the ruthlessly practical demands of everyday life.

(From: Christiane Northrup, M.D.)
Feeling grateful to or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
In solitude especially do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.

(From: Kanye West)
If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate the moment until it's passed.

(From: Al Franken, "Oh, the Things I Know", 2002)
Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-2)
An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one's fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Adjuster, all of which lead directly to an increased desire to do the Father's will, thereby fostering the divine passion to find God and to be more like him.

(From: Anne-Sophie Swetchine, The Writings of Madame Swetchine, 1869)
Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

(From: Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005)
It is a sadness of growing older that we lose our ardent appreciation of what is new and different and difficult.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

(From: Thomas Hughes)
Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.

(From: Grenville Kleiser)
There are fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of someone less fortunate. Today you can make your life significant and worthwhile. The present is yours to do with as you will.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me the better to show others more of the Appreciation for them that I feel… I can get sidetracked and forget sometimes. Please remind me.

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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12-20-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #687
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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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"Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. 
The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant."
The teacher took the lad aside to correct him.  "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. 
"Sure," said the young boy confidently.  'It means carrying a child."

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

It is one of the Greatest Gifts you can give to Anyone…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #687, is Compassion…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 15:11-32)
        And he said, "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.
        Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!
        I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants."'
        And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry.
        "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!'
        And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-7)
        A compassionate father is freely forgiving; fathers do not hold vengeful memories against their children. Fathers are not like judges, enemies, or creditors. Real families are built upon tolerance, patience, and forgiveness.

(From: The ASB Bible - Psalm 40:11)
You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your loving kindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.

(From: Dean Koontz)
Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.

(From: Tich Nhat Han, The sun my heart)

Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion, great understanding goes with great compassion.

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

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: U Thant)
Wars begin in the minds of man, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
And no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of kingdom believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness which characterizes the spirit-born sons of the living God. Neither tradition nor a ceremonial system of formal worship can atone for the lack of genuine compassion for one's fellows.

(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: The ASB Bible - Nehemiah 9:17)
But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness; And You did not forsake them.

(From: Dalai Lama, (in exile) Associated Press, 5/14/01)
Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-164 Section-1)
Said Jesus: "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of cruel brigands, who robbed him, stripped him and beat him, and departing, left him half dead. Very soon, by chance, a certain priest was going down that way, and when he came upon the wounded man, seeing his sorry plight, he passed by on the other side of the road. And in like manner a Levite also, when he came along and saw the man, passed by on the other side. Now, about this time, a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed down to Jericho, came across this wounded man; and when he saw how he had been robbed and beaten, he was moved with compassion, and going over to him, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and setting the man upon his own beast, brought him here to the inn and took care of him. And on the morrow he took out some money and, giving it to the host, said: `Take good care of my friend, and if the expense is more, when I come back again, I will repay you.' Now let me ask you: Which of these three turned out to be the neighbor of him who fell among the robbers?" And when the lawyer perceived that he had fallen into his own snare, he answered, "He who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said, "Go and do likewise."

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The Sermon
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And Jesus said, "Go and do likewise."

Well… I guess that pretty well sums it all up, wouldn't you say?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You have taught me that All are Deserving of Compassion. Help me to be a better bearer and Bestower of Your compassion.

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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12-27-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #688
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
Rita Mae Brown

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
Arnold Bennett

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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.

In the 13+ years that I have been doing these weekly Sunday Services, I don't think I have ever perused more quotes than for this, today's service… well in excess of 600 and there were many hundreds more that I could have chosen to investigate as well but did not. It is an all important subject such that everyone has something valuable to say about it and to feel about it… so trimming down the numbers of quotes as much as I did took more than several hours. The majority of the quotes I used today are one liners though a few could not adequately be edited further than they already were and maintain the unique perspective that attracted me to using them in this service. That said, every one of them struck a chord in my own experience of the song that is called…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #688, is Friends/Friendship…

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I will be relatively brief with the personal comment (sermon) today… not because I have little to say about Friends and Friendship, but rather because I have so Much to say about them. What indeed Is Friendship among Friends if not Everything?

In my early 20's a good friend of mine in my circle of friends used to say, “Friends don't owe, they take care.” Funny how certain things stay with you over the years and decades, isn't it? Indeed!

The Gift of Friendship may be shared in but a fleeting moment of time, stretched out over a significant number of years, or it can truly continue to unfold over a lifetime. Each experience of Friendship regardless of it's duration, is of immeasurable and infinite Value that should never be underestimated for it's worth. We each are who we are because of them. Virtually Everyone that we meet is a potential source of, or outlet for, Friendship.

I was pretty young when I first felt God's Friendship and not much older when I first offered my own back to God. Do you remember about how old you were? No matter how much time passes between the last time and the next time, that Friendship is always right there waiting whenever I return to it almost as if it had never left me at all but rather I it. Hmmm… something to think about perhaps?

Well… I Did say Relatively brief, didn't I? ;-)

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Isolation tends to exhaust the energy charge of the soul. Association with one's fellows is essential to the renewal of the zest for life and is indispensable to the maintenance of the courage to fight those battles consequent upon the ascent to the higher levels of human living. Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. The presence of a friend enhances all beauty and exalts every goodness. By intelligent symbols man is able to quicken and enlarge the appreciative capacities of his friends. One of the crowning glories of human friendship is this power and possibility of the mutual stimulation of the imagination.

(From: Bertrand Russell)
The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

(From: Douglas Pagels)
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.

(From: Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

(From: The ASB Bible - John 15:13)
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
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: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

(From: Martin Luther King, Jr. )
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.


(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Nichomachean Ethics)
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-7)
        When Ganid inquired what one could do to make friends, having noticed that the majority of persons whom they chanced to meet were attracted to Jesus, his teacher said: "Become interested in your fellows; learn how to love them and watch for the opportunity to do something for them which you are sure they want done," and then he quoted the olden Jewish proverb--"A man who would have friends must show himself friendly."

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

(From: Thucydides (471 BC - 400 BC), Peloponnesian War)
We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.

(From: Dale Carnegie)
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

(From: William Arthur Ward)
A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.

(From: Edna Buchanan)
True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.

(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

(From: Wilma Askinas)
A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.

(From: Celtic Proverb)
A friend's eye is a good mirror.

(From: William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
And say my glory was I had such friends.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
No man is useless while he has a friend.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-3)
In preaching the gospel of the kingdom, you are simply teaching friendship with God. And this fellowship will appeal alike to men and women in that both will find that which most truly satisfies their characteristic longings and ideals.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
In the sweetness of friendship; let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

(From: Cindy Lew)
Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
A friend is a gift you give yourself.

(From: Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

(From: Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.

(From: Richard Bach)
Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

(From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

(From: Karl Menninger)
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

(From: Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude)
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

(From: Edgar Watson Howe (1853 - 1937 )
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-1)
The impulse of friendship transcends all convictions of duty, and the service of a friend for a friend can never be called a sacrifice.

(From: Thomas Hughes)
Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.

(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: William James (1842 - 1910)
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to "keep" by force of inertia.

(From: Charles Spurgeon)
Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship.

(From: Saint Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)
…prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for continually reminding me of everyone I have ever considered Friend, and for being my everpresent Friend.

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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