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#893
12-1-2013
#894
12-8-2013
#895
12-15-2013
#896
12-22-2013
#897
12-29-2013

12-1-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #893
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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 Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

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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.

It is always a good idea to be doing it...
But not so good an idea to be intent on being it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #893, is Focus…

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Quotes
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(From: Solonia 3/13/04 – the Garden TeaM)

There is something that it would behoove all of you to begin consciously practicing, and that would be on "Focusing your Attention," your Attentiveness, to the moment at hand.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910 )
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

(From:
Arthur S. Golden )
A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        You cannot truly love your fellows by a mere act of the will. Love is only born of thoroughgoing understanding of your neighbor's motives and sentiments. It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: The Book of Runes -#1 - The Self (Mannaz)
        The starting point is the self. Its essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to your Self is primary, for from it flows all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine.
        Remain modest---that is the Oracle's counsel. Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted, and moderate, for then you have a true direction for your new way of life.
        Being in the world but not of it, that is implicit here. And yet do not be closed, narrow, or judging, but remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides. Nothing less is called for from you now.
        This is a time of major growth and rectification and, as a rule, rectification must come before progress. The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms, and the self must know stillness before it can discover it's true song.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book )
Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.

(From: Solonia 3/13/04 – the Garden TeaM)
        Jesus was always focused; always attentive to the task at hand, or the person at hand. And this is because he knew that when the Father chanced to put this person in his presence, through the circumstances of life, that indeed in that moment that was the most important person in the world for him. This level of focused loving attention that the Master lived in his every moment was made possible, because in every moment his focused attention was on our Eternal Father. He was always aware of the Father's Presence in every act of goodness and caring, and in all that was beautiful. Jesus was able to do this because his love was so genuine and personal. It was his attentiveness, his focus, which allowed him to recognize how he may be in service to his brothers and sisters, and it was because of the unconditional-ness that people felt of his love, that they were able to open their souls to him so freely.

(From: Matthias, Correction Weblog, 11-01-03 )
Sometimes it seems like God is difficult to find and impossibly far away. We get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we can focus on. What we forget is that God's love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them.

(From: Shakti Gawain )
As long as we focus on the outside, there will always be that empty, hungry, lost place inside that needs to be filled.

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The Sermon
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Focus

Do you ever have any difficulty staying in it?
Yeah... me neither. It's such an Easy thing, isn't it?
But of course there are those Totally infrequent but occasionally unavoidable times when some inescapable interruption steals it away for some millisecond or two before complete Focus returns to it's previous state. You know that feeling, right?
Yeah... me neither, either.

Focus

Easy a thing it is not. Our Focus requires... well... Focus. It requires being in the Moment, attentiveness, alertness, awareness and concentration. We are of course talking here about the Act of Focusing rather than the Focus upon which we are indeed... Focusing. Focusing is always active, never passive... it requires personal participation.

Focus

We shouldn't be too hard on ourselves when we fail to stay in Focus. Life is filled with seemingly an infinite number distractions, after all. Focusing is akin to meditating. It doesn't always come easy. Perhaps Focusing is not Meant to come easy, but is rather a goal to be sought after and strived for. Maybe being in Focus is the reward rather than the task.

Focus

If one has a clear and cherished Focus, the Focusing becomes easier. Our Focus can be immediate, it can be short term, it can be long term, it can be lifelong, it can even be an Eternal Focus. Indeed our Focus can and Should be All of these... but then in practice and in reality, living and learning and growing and maturing are the things that in fact Determine our Focus, no? And Too... they help us to decide whether a Focus is to be primary or secondary. If our Primary Focus is on the Eternal, do all other Focuses then become secondary, or can they All be primary? Can something truly be a genuine Focus if it is Not primary? Hmm... something for each to consider perhaps...

Focus...

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When You are my Focus, all else is so clear and in Focus.

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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12-8-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #894
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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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On the way to preschool, the doctor had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little girl picked it up and began playing with it.

"Be still, my heart," thought my friend, "my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps!"

Then the child spoke into the instrument: "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?"

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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.

This morning I asked God for help and drew a Rune to suggest the topic for today...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #894, is Partnership…

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The Sermon
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[Yesterday I unfortunately cut off the tip of my right index finger with my mandolin slicer. Fortunately it was not nearly as bad as it could have been and I will be fine once it has healed. Today however it is quite a painful ordeal to type, so I made a particular effort to find quotes and put them into an order that would allow them hopefully, to give today's message adequately without further input from me...]

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes -
#2 - Partnership / A Gift (Gebo)

        Drawing this Rune is an indication that Partnership in some form is at hand. But you are put on notice not to collapse yourself into that union. For true Partnership is only achieved by separate and whole beings who retain their uniqueness even as they unite. Remember to let the winds of Heaven dance between you.
        There is another realm of Partnership that we are being called to consider. For the path of Partnership can lead you to the realization of a still greater union---union with the Higher Self, union with the Divine. The ultimate gift of this Rune is the realization of the Divine in all things: God always enters into equal partnerships.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-116 Section-0)
Experiential growth implies creature-Creator partnership — God and man in association.

(From: Aristotle )
“Friendship is essentially a partnership.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-118 Section-5)
        In the beginning the Father does all, but as the panorama of eternity unfolds in response to the will and mandates of the Infinite, it becomes increasingly apparent that creatures, even men, are to become God's partners in the realization of finality of destiny. And this is true even in the life in the flesh; when man and God enter into partnership, no limitation can be placed upon the future possibilities of such a partnership.

(From: Alice Walker quotes (American writer, b.1944 )
“Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-32 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: A. Lou Vickery )
When progress is looking for a partner it doesn't turn to those who believe they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever searching and striving to become the best they possibly can.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-2)
Jesus said: The will of God is the way of God, partnership with the choice of God in the face of any potential alternative. To do the will of God, therefore, is the progressive experience of becoming more and more like God, and God is the source and destiny of all that is good and beautiful and true.

(From: Benjamin Franklin )
“All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be the best Partner I can be.

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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12-15-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #895
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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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Last Christmas, grandpa was feeling his age, and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult. So he decided to send cards with checks to everyone instead. In each card he wrote, "Buy your own present!" and mailed them early.

He enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities, and it was only after the holiday that he noticed that he had received very few cards in return. Puzzled over this, he went into his study, intending to write a couple of his relatives and ask what had happened. It was then, as he cleared off his cluttered desk that he got his answer.

Under a stack of papers, he was horrified to find the gift checks which he had forgotten to enclose with the cards

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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.

What could be better than...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #895, is Peace…

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Quotes
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(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.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-181 Section-1)
        The peace of Jesus is, then, the peace and assurance of a son who fully believes that his career for time and eternity is safely and wholly in the care and keeping of an all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful spirit Father. And this is, indeed, a peace which passes the understanding of mortal mind, but which can be enjoyed to the full by the believing human heart.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - # 16)
        Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.
        Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity.
        If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.

(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-140 Section-1)
        “The power of this kingdom shall consist, not in the strength of armies nor in the might of riches, but rather in the glory of the divine spirit that shall come to teach the minds and rule the hearts of the reborn citizens of this heavenly kingdom, the sons of God. This is the brotherhood of love wherein righteousness reigns, and whose battle cry shall be: Peace on earth and good will to all men.”

(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 ASB Bible - Romans 14:17)
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-6)
“Although this gospel of the kingdom never fails to bring great peace to the soul of the individual believer, it will not bring peace on earth until man is willing to believe my teaching wholeheartedly and to establish the practice of doing the Father's will as the chief purpose in living the mortal life.”

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945 )
We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.

(From: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul.

(From: Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471), 1420 )
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-31 Section-3)
Cheerfulness and gladness are the rewards of deeds well done and to the glory of the Immortal. No man can rob you of the liberty of your own mind. When the faith of your religion has emancipated your heart, when the mind, like a mountain, is settled and immovable, then shall the peace of the soul flow tranquilly like a river of waters.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-157 Section-2)
“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: Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970 )
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will finally know peace.

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The Sermon
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Peace on earth and good will to all men.

Do we Look for Peace or turn away from it?
Do we Allow Peace or stand in its way?
Do we Embrace Peace or discard it?

We Desire Peace...
We Wish for Peace...
We Pray for Peace...

Do we truly understand what it is we Desire/Wish/Pray for?
Do you?
Would we indeed know Peace if we witnessed it first hand?
Have you?
Can we experience Peace when all around us seems in chaos?
Don't you?

Believing that God Loves us...
Knowing that our Creator Watches Over us...
Trusting that our Divine Parent Takes Constant Loving Care of us...

That is the True Inner Peace that the Heart and Soul Crave and that only Faith can give to us.

Let there be Peace on Earth and let it Begin Within Me.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I remember You are with and within me, then do I feel the Peace... I pray that we All may feel it more often than we do already.

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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12-22-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #896
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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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Hmmm... and yet another day has passed and I did not use Algebra once... Very Interesting!

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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 the Season for Many Things, but Mostly 'tis the Season for...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #896, is Giving…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #
56)
Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.

Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.

Be like the Tao.
It can't be approached or withdrawn from,
benefited or harmed,
honored or brought into disgrace.
It gives itself up continually.
That is why it endures.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-3)
“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: Lao-Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC )
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

(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.

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

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

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

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-1)
“I say to all of you: Freely you have received the good things of the kingdom; therefore freely give to your fellows on earth.”

(From: Damien Hess )
Service...
Giving what you don't have to give.
Giving when you don't need to give.
Giving because you want to give.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC )
If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

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

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-181 Section-1)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I make these gifts not as the world gives — by measure — I give each of you all you will receive. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”

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The Sermon
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It is not so much “the thought that counts” in Giving... it is the Love that Counts...

Be Freely Giving of Your Love...
Indeed it is the Greatest Gift you can Give to another...

Love is the Reason for Giving, the Joy of Giving, the Value of Giving... it is the Essence of Giving! The Giving of Your Love is The Giving of Yourself.

How much Love can you Give?
How Much Have You?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I have nothing of true value I can Give to You other than my Love, and that I give to You freely.

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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12-29-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #897
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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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Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.


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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.

It is Unique... it is One of a Kind... one may go so far as to say it is a Revelation...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #897, is Art…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-56 Section-10)
The supreme beauty, the height of finite art, is the drama of the unification of the vastness of the cosmic extremes of Creator and creature. Man finding God and God finding man--the creature becoming perfect as is the Creator--that is the supernal achievement of the supremely beautiful, the attainment of the apex of cosmic art.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - # 27)
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955 )
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist

(From: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
Art is something greater and higher than our own skill or knowledge or learning. That art is something which, though produced by human hands, is not wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man's soul.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955 )
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

(From: Gabriel 6/2/1997 – the Northwest TeaM Conference)
Your art is your life; create a masterpiece.

(From: Susanne Langer (1895 - 1985 )
In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

(From: Auguste Rodin)
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-45 Section-7)
The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.

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The Sermon
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Art, rather than an enactment of will, is a journey of discovery. True Art is always the result of a partnership between the Artist and the Creator. The Artist may or may not know what to call the Force that assisted them in the performance of their Art, but truly they felt the Touch that was not their own.

Let God bring the Creativity and the Art out of You!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for the gift of creation that you so freely share with us when we allow you to.

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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