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2-3-2002
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2-3-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #280
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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 country preacher decided to skip services one Sunday and head to the hills to do some bear hunting. As he rounded the corner on a perilous twist in the trail, he and a bear collided, sending him and his rifle tumbling down the mountainside. Before he knew it, his rifle went one way and he went the other, landing on a rock and breaking both legs. That was the good news. The bad news was the ferocious bear was charging at him from a distance, and he couldn't move.

        "Oh, Lord," the preacher prayed, "I'm so sorry for skipping services today to come out here and hunt. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish: Please make a Christian out of that bear that's coming at me. Please, Lord!"

        That very instant the bear skidded to a halt, fell to its knees, clasped it paws together and began to pray aloud right at the preacher's feet:

        "Dear God, bless this food I am about to receive . . ."

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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.

Have you ever had anyone say to you---“Oh, you're just a dreamer.”---or other such equivalent line? How did it make you feel? Did you take it as a Negative, or as a Positive statement? What do you think might have happened if you had said, “ Why Yes! I Am a Dreamer. Thank you very much for Noticing!”

Just something to Think about…

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Quotes
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(From: Mahatma Gandhi)
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

(From: Max Planck)
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them to see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

(From: Epictetus [55 AD - 135 AD])
When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

(From: Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 13:10-12)
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light

(From: Dr. Martin Luther King)
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi)
        In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

(From: Henry George)
Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.

(From: Nelson Mandela)
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:14-16)
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-0)
When, by living faith, you become divinely God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise.

(From: Rantarason - The Garden TeaM 2-2-02)
You are not waiting for Light and Life, Light and Life are waiting for You.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

(From: Euripides)
Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.

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The Sermon
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No one can See the Light For you.
One can be Shown Light, but still must one choose to See it… and Allow it… and Seek it… and Follow it.
See the Light!

No one can Live your Life For you.
One can be Shown a way to live Life, but still must one choose to Live it… and Enhance it… and Enjoy it… and Dedicate it.
Live Life Fully!

No one can Dream your Dreams For you.
Others can play a Part in Your Dream, if that is Their choice, but still only You can choose to Enable that Dream… can choose to Pursue it… can choose to Create it… to Unfold and Manifest and Fulfill it.
Dare to Dream!

“Some people say I'm a dreamer.
But I'm not the Only one.
I hope some day you'll join us.
And the World will be a Different one.”
        (John Lennon)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is by Your Light that I seek to Live and so also to Dream. Light my Way.

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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2-10-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #281
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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“I wanna be a bear”

If you're a bear, you get to hibernate.
You do nothing but sleep for six months.
I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate,
you're supposed to eat yourself stupid.
I could deal with that, too.

If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business.
You swat anyone who bothers your cubs.
If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too.
I could deal with that.

If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling.
They EXPECT that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

I wanna be a bear

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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.

The opening ceremony of this year's Olympics had a lot to do with Inspiring Today's Service…

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Quotes
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(From: The KJV Bible - Luke 17:21)
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-5 Section-2)
What a mistake to dream of God far off in the skies when the spirit of the Universal Father lives within your own mind!

(From: Epictetus [50 AD - 138 AD])
When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room, remember, never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone, but God is within, and your genius is within.

(From: David Sarnoff)
Success, in a generally accepted sense of the term, means the opportunity to experience and to realize to the maximum the forces that are within us.

From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-133 Section-4)
        "You do well to seek for a religion of eternal salvation, but you err to go in quest of such a glorious truth among man-made mysteries and human philosophies. Know you not that the mystery of eternal salvation dwells within your own soul? Do you not know that the God of heaven has sent his spirit to live within you, and that this spirit will lead all truth-loving and God-serving mortals out of this life and through the portals of death up to the eternal heights of light where God waits to receive his children? And never forget: You who know God are the sons of God if you truly yearn to be like him."

(From: Chuang-tzu [369 BC - 286 BC])
Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-143 Section-2)
        "By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not--it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you. If, then, the spirit dwells within you, you are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons of the spirit. The new law of the spirit endows you with the liberty of self-mastery in place of the old law of the fear of self-bondage and the slavery of self-denial.

(From: Epictetus [50 AD - 138 AD])
The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi)
        The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

(From: Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
        "Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

(From: Francois De La Rochefoucauld)
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Forward---Page 1)
But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience--God-consciousness.

(From: Henry David Thoreau - “Walden” pp. 323- 324)
        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 Papers - Paper-34 Section-6)
Even though you must live your material life through, even though you cannot escape the body and its necessities, nonetheless, in purpose and ideals you are empowered increasingly to subject the animal nature to the mastery of the Spirit. There truly exists within you a conspiracy of spiritual forces, a confederation of divine powers, whose exclusive purpose is to effect your final deliverance from material bondage and finite handicaps.

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The Sermon
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The “Theme” of this year's 2002 Winter Olympics that are now being held in Salt Lake City,Utah is:

“Light The Fire Within”

I Like that theme! To me, That is, in a nutshell, what a Full and Rewarding Life on this planet is all About… Lighting the Fire Within. And, Keeping it Lit of course. ;-)

“Light The Fire Within”

God provides the Spark, but We must provide the Tinder for the Spark to take hold.

Though Others may often help to provide Kindling, We must provide the Firewood, the Fuel, that keeps the Fire burning… that makes available the Warmth and the Light.

Keep in mind that some fuels are more efficient than others. Those that burn up quickly must be replenished Often and have a tendency to produce an overabundance of ash and creosote… both of which must be disposed of at some point to maintain Fire safety and efficiency. Those that are unseasoned are hard to keep Lit. The Best fuels are those that burn Slow and Long and Hot. They need replenishing Far less frequently and leave the least amount of residue… Plus they provide greater and longer lasting satisfaction.

“Light The Fire Within”

The fire in your belly or the one that has been lit Under you by another (for simplicity I'll call these the “Ego fire”), may suffice to put you in motion so that you will Do something, even if it is only to keep moving… but it is the Fire Within your Soul that Allows and Inspires you to do Great Things. The “Ego fire” is usually sufficient to keep your body alive… but it is the Fire Within your Soul that lets your Spirit Thrive.

“Light The Fire Within”

And let it provide Warmth and Illumination for any and All who come near.

“Light The Fire Within”

He/She who has Fire also has Friends. They who have Friends have also Love.

“Light The Fire Within”

And Never let it go completely out.

“Light The Fire Within”

Let it Burn… Let it Burn… Let it Burn…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for Your Spark of Love, and of Light and Life, and of Truth, Beauty and Goodness. With You in my life, I am never cold nor lonely.

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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2-17-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #282
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Jillmary Megow

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Humor of the Week
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         The man approached the Zen master who was selling hot dogs from a hot dog stand on the corner of a busy street and jokingly said, "Make me one with everything!" The man then gave the Zen master $20 and got his fully loaded hot dog. When he asked for his change, the Zen master said, "Change must come from within."

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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.

A Huge Thank You to Minister Jill for Today's Exceptional Sunday Service!!! I was thus able to spend the morning Texturing the walls and gluing on the Laminate for the new Kitchen Cabinets we will finish building and installing this week

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Quotes
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(From: Anonymous)
        There is no problem, without a gift for you in its hand."

(From: Marcel Proust)
        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 Urantia Papers - Paper 24 Section 6)
        Those who know God have experienced the fact of his presence; such God-knowing mortals hold in their personal experience the only positive proof of the existence of the living God which one human being can offer to another. The existence of God is utterly beyond all possibility of demonstration except for the contact between the God-consciousness of the human mind and the God-presence of the Thought Adjuster that indwells the mortal intellect and is bestowed upon man as the free gift of the Universal Father. (Ed. Note: "Thought Adjuster" is another term for "God Within".)

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper 31 Section 1)
        When Jesus talked about "the living God," he referred to a personal Deity--the Father in heaven. The concept of the personality of Deity facilitates fellowship; it favors intelligent worship; it promotes refreshing trustfulness. Interactions can be had between nonpersonal things, but not fellowship. The fellowship relation of father and son, as between God and man, cannot be enjoyed unless both are persons.

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The Sermon
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        "There is no problem, without a gift for you in its hand."

         "Oh yeah. Sure. That's a bunch of b.s. If you want to be an unrealistic Pollyanna, go ahead, but the truth is a problem is just that! A problem. There's no GIFT in it. Man, my whole life is nothing but one problem after another."

        The above reaction is certainly a common one for many. Have you ever thought about different people you know and the different ways they each initially react, and then respond to their life problems? How is it that some people "rise to the occasion" while others drown themselves in self-pity, hatred, bitterness, resentment, or sorrow? Can you remember the many times you have "marveled" at the way someone has managed to turn a personal tragedy into a new found peace? How have they done that?

        What if that "gift" is God-consciousness becoming Our consciousness? Could it be that when we turn to God in our pain and suffering that He shows us a new way to perceive what our life is truly about, what the struggle is "really" about, and what is truly valuable and important? Could it be that the gift is to discover:

---that He is our source of all wisdom and comfort?
---that He heals what truly needs healing in us, our mind and heart, rather than our problem?
---that He desires a personal relationship with us so He can work with and through us?
---that the problem is His way of helping us discover Him as the answer in all life situations?
---that when our soul comes alive, the human burdens don't seem to be a problem any more?
---that when we become desirous of being His Will, we feel carefree, unworried?
---that He inspires us to rise above the problem and discover and become our greatest potential?

Could it be?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for the Gift of You in our life. Thank you for the gift of problems that give us the opportunity to choose You and Your Perceptions as the answer.        
        
We ALL are indwelt with the Infinitely Loving Embrace and Wisdom of our Universal Parent.
May we all see through our Father's eyes and respond with his loving compassion to one another,

Minister Jill Megow

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2-24-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #283
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Jillmary Megow

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Humor of the Week
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        A little girl was deeply involved in her drawing when her teacher stopped and asked her what she was drawing. The little girl said, “I'm drawing a picture of God's face.” The teacher reminded the young one that no one knows what God looks like.
        In a matter-of-fact tone, the little girl responded, “They will when I'm finished.”

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

Well, another Sunday of Kitchen Construction for me today---Install New Window, Lighting Fixtures, Electrical Switches and Outlets, Plumbing and, of course, New Insulation and Drywall. A Gigantic THANK YOU once again to Minister Jill for stepping up and performing Today's Excellent Sunday Service!!!

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Quotes
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(From The Bible, RSV, John 1:18)
No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-28 Section-1)
        Even though material mortals cannot see the person of God, they should rejoice in the assurance that he is a person; by faith accept the truth which portrays that the Universal Father so loved the world as to provide for the eternal spiritual progression of its lowly inhabitants; that he "delights in his children."

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The Sermon
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Good morning, all. I love that story of the little girl drawing God. I can picture in my mind her head bent intently over her work, and without even raising her head, simply responding to her teacher with the sureness of a child of God. We may not be able to see Him with our human eyes but as children of God, no matter our age, surely God does delight in our sureness of Him to the point of being able to draw Him for others to see.

In our daily living, how can we “draw” our Father for others to see? I share with you below quotations that may inspire you to discover how you can Live your “drawing of God” each day.

(From: Unknown Author)
        If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves, and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day.

(From: George Washington Carver)
        How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

(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.

(From: Harry Edwards)
We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for your Presence in our mind and heart that we may know your surety and “draw” you in our every thought, word, and deed that others may see you as we each have come to know you.         

We are ALL his little children, living in His Embrace. Let us all draw him, with the zeal of the young child's knowingness, in our own daily living choices,

Minister Jill

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