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#789
12-4-2011
#790
12-11-2011
#791
12-18-2011
#792
12-25-2011

12-4-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #789
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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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Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.

Regina Nadelson

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Few things fill a persons time like…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #789, Anticipation…

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Quotes
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(From:
Samuel Smiles)

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.

(From: Elbert Hubbard)
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of troubles

(From: Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.

(From: Anna Neagle)
But if we learn to think of it as anticipation, as learning, as growing, if we think of the time we spend waiting for the big things of life as an opportunity instead of a passing of time, what wonderful horizons open out!

(From: Norman Cousins)
“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.”

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

(From: Abraham 12/10/01 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
What is consuming your energy? Find a few minutes every day to be quiet, to allow, to rebuild trust and faith. What stage of this mortal life are you at now? What have you learned? What is there to feel that anticipation of adventure for the next stage?

(From: Samuel Johnson)
“Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-14 Section-5)
        Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.

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The Sermon
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While listening for a subject for today's service, the word Anticipation came into to my mind. It Immediately made me think of that type of Anticipation of the little child for Christmas, or for their birthday, or for any new and exciting adventure…

I was seeing Anticipation as, Joyful Expectancy, Eagerness, Hope, Yearning… Childlike Anticipation.

It didn't occur to me at the time that Anticipation can also be, and often is perceived as a time of, worry, fear, depression, despair… an Anticipation produced by frequent disappointments, letdowns, and unmet expectations… most common in adults.

Personally I do not equate Anticipation with Expectation.
Anticipation to me is alluring…
Expectation, limiting.
Anticipation allows wondering…
Expectation requires defining.
Anticipation may lead to surprises…
Expectation can bring about disappointments.

Anticipating trouble may allow one to avoid it…
Expecting trouble can unconsciously cause it.

May we keep our expectations low, and our Anticipation High!

“Unless you become as a little child…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I tell you what I want, please give me what I need.

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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12-11-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #790
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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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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Tis' already the second Sunday of 2011… Were did the year go???
This time of year has a way of putting people into the Spirit of…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #790, is Giving…

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Quotes
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(From:
Johnson)

Being reproached for giving to an unworthy person, Aristotle said, "I did not give it to the man, but to humanity."

(From: George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-3)
         Said Jesus that night as they went to their rest: “Freely have you received; therefore freely should you give of the truth of heaven, and in the giving will this truth multiply and show forth the increasing light of saving grace, even as you minister it.”

(From: Baltasar Gracian)
The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.

(From: Robert Collier)
You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving - and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it - and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-30 Section-3)
        The entire ascendant plan of mortal progression is characterized by the practice of giving out to other beings new truth and experience just as soon as acquired. You work your way through the long school of Paradise attainment by serving as teachers to those pupils just behind you in the scale of progression.

(From: Hannah Whitall Smith, 1902)
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

(From:
Joyce Grenfell)

I have come to believe that giving and receiving are really the same. Giving and receiving - not giving and taking.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-9)
What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings! Descriptive words of things beautiful cannot thrill like the sight thereof, neither can creedal words inspire men's souls like the experience of knowing the presence of God

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

(From: John Gray, "Children Are From Heaven")
It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.

(From: Lao-Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

(From: Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.

(From: Maya Angelou)
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

(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: Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.

(From: Sheldon Kopp)
In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

(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-91 Section-8)
        God answers man's prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness.

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The Sermon
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It can be rightly said that Receiving is an essential part of Giving but then… That, would be another sermon. Giving could also be thought of as a description of a type of person… one who continually enjoys the personal act of Giving to others but… that too shall have to await another time.

The “Giving” that first came to mind when the word entered my mind was the Imparting, or Bestowing, or Sharing type of Giving. You know… like the Giving of a Gift. What Kind of Gift you ask? Well…

Giving…
…something the other person really wants. (of course)
…something the other person truly needs. (as well as wants)
…something the other person wouldn't think of getting for themselves.
…something the other person couldn't get for themselves.

Giving…
…something with value.
…something with purpose.
…something with meaning.
…something with significance.
Giving…
…the greatest thing you can give.

Giving…
…a part of yourself.

Giving…
…Love.

Love is where True Giving comes from…
…it is the Source…
…it is the Gift.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I Trust 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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12-18-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #791
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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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For what I have received, may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.
Storm Jameson

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

In last week's Sermon I shared: “It can be rightly said that Receiving is an essential part of Giving but then… That, would be another sermon.” So…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #791, is Receiving…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-5)
“God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Your salvation comes not from knowing how others should worship or where but by receiving into your own heart this living water which I am offering you even now.”

(From: Joyce Grenfell)
I have come to believe that giving and receiving are really the same. Giving and receiving - not giving and taking.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-2)
They who would receive mercy must show mercy; judge not that you be not judged. With the spirit with which you judge others you also shall be judged. Mercy does not wholly abrogate universe fairness. In the end it will prove true: “Whoso stops his ears to the cry of the poor, he also shall some day cry for help, and no one will hear him.”

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 18:2-7)
And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. "Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-94 Section-6)
“The Absolute Deity does not strive but is always victorious; he does not coerce mankind but always stands ready to respond to their true desires; the will of God is eternal in patience and eternal in the inevitability of its expression.” And of the true religionist he said, in expressing the truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive: “The good man seeks not to retain truth for himself but rather attempts to bestow these riches upon his fellows, for that is the realization of truth.”

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

(From: Madam Guizot)
Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-1 Section-4)
The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 21:22)
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-144 Section-2)
Again I say to you: Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door of salvation will be opened.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

(From: The RSV Bible - Mark 10:15)
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-9)
“Go into all the world and preach the glad tidings of the kingdom. Liberate spiritual captives, comfort the oppressed, and minister to the afflicted. Freely you have received, freely give.”

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-10)
…I am going to do my best to treat each of my fellow mortals just as I think God would like to have him treated. And when we live this sort of a life in the flesh, we may ask many things of God, and he will give us the desire of our hearts that we may be the better prepared to serve our fellows. And all of this loving service of the children of God enlarges our capacity to receive and experience the joys of heaven, the high pleasures of the ministry of the spirit of heaven.

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The Sermon
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The Joy of Giving is proportional to the Joy of Receiving.

Be a good Receiver… it is a Valuable Gift to the Giver.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May we all receive Your gifts with Joy.

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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2011 Christmas Sunday Service of the Church Within #792
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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Merry Christmas!

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A Christmas Story
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“In the Eyes of an Angel”
(A Christmas Story ©2002 By: Pastor Daniel J. Megow)

        Long, long ago, in a land far away, was born to your world a child of promise. Although his coming had been foretold to you for many a century, so very few of your kind were present to witness this magnificent and singular occurrence. But we were there... watching and waiting in splendid expectancy. We had been anxiously anticipating this moment for millennium. You see, this was the hour that our beloved parent and master was to begin the living of a mortal life as one of his lowliest of children... as a human being. We were somewhat fearful of the hazards attendant upon such a course of action, but he so dearly wanted to personally experience your kind of life that we were unwilling to try and dissuade him from his purpose. Much pain and sorrow and confusion had befallen your planet in it's short history, and he was sure that if only he could personally reveal to you the true nature of the Father and Divine Source of us all, that one day you would overcome the unfortunate results of your isolated and rebellion torn existence.

        The earth parents chosen for him by Gabriel seemed, on the material level, rather ordinary for their time, his father Joseph, an earnest and hardworking carpenter, and his mother Mary, a loving and dedicated young maiden and homemaker. They were poor in the things of your world, but they hardly noticed it for they were so very much in love with each other.

        It happened that the two needed to leave their modest home to attend to a civic responsibility, and even though the hour of birth drew near, the young couple journeyed far to be present for it. Upon arrival to their destination, they were somewhat dismayed to find that there was not a room for them to stay since multitudes of others were also present for the census. But because the young lady was heavy with child, they were offered a choice to room with the animals, which under the circumstances they were quite happy to accept. Before long it became apparent that their nine months of awaiting the birth their child was at an end. Just as all mortal children before and since have been born into your world, our revered Lord and Master entered the stage of human existence as a totally dependent and helpless babe of the realm. As he was lovingly laid in the simplest bed of straw, all of us who were watching from on high rejoiced in adoration and awe. Never before had we witnessed such an event of this magnitude and importance. A celestial cheer reverberated throughout creation in that moment... little did we know at the time, of the brutal and torturous death that would befall this magnificent little miracle of life.

        There was no human fanfare associated with this glorious episode. Only his mother, her cousin and his dad had any inkling of his true nature at the moment of his birth. At his previous direction, we had told no others beforehand so that his opportunity for a normal childhood could unfold unhampered. Only to three wise and noble men from the east was I allowed to reveal the circumstances of the birth of this apparently normal child of destiny, and they journeyed far to honor his coming with gifts.

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

If only you Would...

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The Sermon
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Give Love…
Receive Love…
Be Love.

Get it?
Got it?
Good!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for Jesus!

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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