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#737
12-5-2010
#738
12-12-2010
#739
12-19-2010
#740
12-26-2010

12-5-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #737
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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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No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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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.

At this time of year, it is quite common to hear the phrase, “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #737, is Inner Peace…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - 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 Tao Te Ching - #52)
If you close your mind in judgments
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.
If you keep your mind from judging
and aren't led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 8:6)
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - 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: The ASB Bible - Romans 14:19)
So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

(From: Robert J. Sawyer (1960 - ), "Calculating God", 2000)
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.

(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: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - 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.

(From: Catherine de Hueck Doherty)
Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you.

(From: The ASB Bible - James 3:18)
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-133 Section-9)
And Jesus replied, "Peace be upon you, and may the blessing of the Father in heaven ever abide with you."

(From: The ASB Bible - Luke 2:1)
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!"

(From: Johnny Carson (1925 - 2005)
If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.

(From: Darren John Main, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic)
As I have practiced yoga in the quest for inner peace I have found that my spiritual practice doesn't end when I leave the yoga mat. That is the beginning. While having a time of quiet each day is essential for our spiritual health, it is what we do in the world that propels us forward as individuals and as a society.

(From: Will 11/8/91 – the Tallahassee TeaM)
You each have your own ways of receiving God in your own lives.

He reaches out daily to contact you and waits only for you to be receptive. If only you could see each other as God sees you not as merely mortals but as His children, just as you love your own children. Every day work to find His will. Every day work to find good in each other. Every day work to find peace; to be peacemaker and to resist the temptation to clash with your brother.

It is only in this way that you can find inner peace and begin to totally attune your will to God. He who reaches out to you can only find you if you are receptive and you who let your light shine must do so before all men so that they too may find the Father. In doing so, we may bring all men to God and work for a time when the whole world shall have knowledge of Him and be enlightened with the spirit of God.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-34 Section-6)
Such spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 14:27)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

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The Sermon
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In Unconditional Love…
There is Inner Peace.

When in Loving Unselfish Service…
There is Inner Peace.

With God as a Constantly Close Companion…
There is Inner Peace.

Got Peace?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I want to share all of my life with 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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12-12-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #738
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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 all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

[ed: And… are they enjoying the show do you think?? ;-)]

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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.

If we all understood things in exactly the same way, some things in life would be a lot easier… but many other valuable and enriching things would be quite impossible. So the value of…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #738, is “Interpretation…

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Quotes
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(From:
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), "Walden")
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, poverty, nor weakness, weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-4)
The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.

(From: Abraham 11/17/03 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Any mortal with desire to follow a divine path must embrace the truth of reality, and yet leave room in the mind for evolution or change. One way to continue to serve the ego is to excuse yourself from responsibility for your life. One can blame their parents, spouse, employer and even their church for the misfortune in their life. This keeps ones mind in a state of being a victim, being helpless, without options, without personal power. As you mature in the spirit you are seeing with the eyes of the spirit and while the cup of truth is bitter from time to time, you are willing to drink it, for new growth results.
        Life is what it is. Your interpretation of it is everything. Your willingness to be open or to be taught determines your levels in spiritual advancement. I would say that a balanced perspective in experience will enable you to withdraw the values and meanings therefrom. Those who dare to be transformed by the spirit will find their fear of truth greatly decreased. A spirit driven mortal embraces truth as it is, in whatever form and enthusiastically looks for the meanings and values therein.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-5)
Goals rather than creeds should unify religionists. Since true religion is a matter of personal spiritual experience, it is inevitable that each individual religionist must have his own and personal interpretation of the realization of that spiritual experience.

(From: Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004)
I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-1)
The unity of religious experience among a social or racial group derives from the identical nature of the God fragment indwelling the individual. It is this divine in man that gives origin to his unselfish interest in the welfare of other men. But since personality is unique--no two mortals being alike--it inevitably follows that no two human beings can similarly interpret the leadings and urges of the spirit of divinity which lives within their minds.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-1)
In reality, every human being defines religion in the terms of his own experiential interpretation of the divine impulses emanating from the God spirit that indwells him, and therefore must such an interpretation be unique and wholly different from the religious philosophy of all other human beings.

(From: John Locke (1632 - 1704)
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
        Love, unselfishness, must undergo a constant and living readaptative interpretation of relationships in accordance with the leading of the Spirit of Truth. Love must thereby grasp the ever-changing and enlarging concepts of the highest cosmic good of the individual who is loved.

(From: Marcel Duchamp)
The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

(From: Abraham 12/13/2004 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
It is true that the material eyes are the windows of the soul. What you see and your interpretation of it does directly affect moods, attitude and spiritual growth.

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The Sermon
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Much of our human ability to interpret the events of life is acquired/formed/molded in our childhood. A childhood environment filled with trauma and distress will of course produce different interpretations than will one of safety and protection. While childhood understanding indeed forms the foundation of our interpretive tendencies throughout life, the acquirement of experience, maturity and wisdom can modify, adjust or revise how we as individuals tend to interpret the things that influence our lives.

We can wish that others would interpret things exactly the same way that we do, but expecting them to is unrealistic at best and can lead to much personal disappointment. It is entirely possible for people to have similar interpretations of things in certain instances, but it is the exception rather than the rule.

Interpretation is a necessity of life. We must each have, and continually work to develop, our own personal interpretation of the meaning of life.

The most difficult thing to interpret is another's intentions. When trying to do so, the wisest course to follow is to error on the side of interpreting them as loving rather than as mean. Your interpretation will be far more likely to prove correct than not.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Please guide my interpretation of the world.

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

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

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12-19-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #739
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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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There was a person who sent ten puns to friends with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.

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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.

Ever wonder why some people just don't seem to “Get it?”…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #739, is Understanding…

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Quotes
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(From: Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

(From: Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
Love as Thought is Truth.
Love as Action is Right Conduct.
Love as Understanding is Peace.
Love as Feeling is Non-violence.


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-3)
Universe progress is characterized by increasing personality freedom because it is associated with the progressive attainment of higher and higher levels of self-understanding and consequent voluntary self-restraint.

(From:
Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC), On the Universe)

Much learning does not teach understanding.

(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Laws)
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

(From: Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.

(From: The ASB Bible - James 3:13)
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-52 Section-5)
Mutual understanding and fraternal love are transcendent civilizers and mighty factors in the world-wide realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: General Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964)
A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.

(From: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.

(From: Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986), Dune (First Law of Mentat)
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:2)
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

(From: Colby Dorr Dam)
Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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.

(From: Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

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The Sermon
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There is a Huge difference between knowing something and Understanding it. One does not always gain Understanding in the pursuit of knowledge, but one Always gains knowledge in the pursuit of Understanding.

Seek Understanding.
Pray for Understanding.

Understanding… be satisfied with nothing less.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Show me the way to greater Understanding.

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

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

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12-25-2010 Christmas & Sunday Service of the Church Within #740
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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 Hope you all had a Merry and Blessed Christmas and shared it with ones that you Love… I did.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #740, is Christmas…

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(From: The First
Christmas Service of The Church Within 12-25-96)
On this day that most of the world unites to celebrate the birth of our Master Jesus, let us remember the real importance of the life that He lived on this planet. Jesus experienced human life as lived by each and every one of us. This Divine Son of God came into this world as a helpless infant, totally dependent on the love and nurturing of his human parents. When he was hungry, they fed him. When he was dirty, they cleaned him.

When he was tired, he was laid to sleep. Every necessity of human life had to be provided for him as is the case with all human babies. His family was not rich in material pleasures. His first bed was a manger, a trough where animals were fed. His first meal was at his mother's breast. A blanket was his first clothing. The Prince of Peace was born, not into a wealthy royal family, but into a poor one. From this humble beginning, The Son of God and The Son of Man began his life as one of us.

He experienced joy and sorrow as do we. He had to learn to survive in the human world, the same as any other child, and yet, he grew to be the greatest man who ever walked the face of this strife torn planet. Certainly he was the Son of God, yet are not each one of us also God's children? He knew that God was his Father... should we not also? He loved unconditionally and served unselfishly. This is what He would have us learn from his life among us. He once said: "Love one another as I have loved you." and "He who would be greatest among you, let him be server of all." Should this not be the purpose of our lives, our supreme privilege?


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.

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The Sermon
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We do not celebrate the birth of Jesus because He died for us…

We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus because He Lived for us! He ministered to the sick and the afflicted… He comforted the poor and the downtrodden. He taught us who our neighbor is… He showed us who Our Father is. He showed us how to Live… He showed us how to Love.

Let us Learn from His example… Let us Follow his Example.
Celebrate the Life of Jesus… Every Day!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May we all learn and practice His Gentle, Loving 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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