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2-2-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #331
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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The worst moment for an atheist is when he feels grateful and has no one to thank.

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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 sincerely want to Thank you all for being here today…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #331, is …Gratitude

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 92:1-2)

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to thy name, O Most High; to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night,

(From: Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683)
God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.

(From: Charles E. Jefferson (1860 - 1937)
Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.

(From: Albert Schweitzer)
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

(From: Minearsia 11/30/01 - the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Real gratitude moves out from a person in constantly enlarging circles like the ripples that occur when a rock is thrown into a pond. The understanding of ones sonship/daughtership forever breaks the barriers of race, of sex, of intelligence, of experience, of culture, of religion, and so forth, so that one can see that every other mortal and celestial being is his brother, his sister, her brother, her sister.

(From: The RSV Bible - Hebrews 12:28)
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe;

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-8)
        To some individuals prayer is the calm expression of gratitude; to others, a group expression of praise, social devotions; sometimes it is the imitation of another's religion, while in true praying it is the sincere and trusting communication of the spiritual nature of the creature with the anywhere presence of the spirit of the Creator.

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

(From: Minearsia 11/30/01 - the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
But you may ask me, "How does one increase a sense of gratitude?" My friends, here you're going to hear the familiar answer. You must shift your attention to a review of this reality that I have been describing—your relationship to God and to each other. As long as this is the orientation of your minds you will not have trouble staying in a mode of gratitude. It is only when you slip out of this thinking and see yourself as separate people, in competition with other people and potentially at war for your own needs in a needy world where there is not enough to go around, that you develop the non-gratitude mode of thinking: the resentments, the anger, the sense of being a victim, etc.

(From: Denis Waitley)
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.

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The Sermon
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It is Good to Have Gratitude… and even Better to Show it. Don't you think?

There really aren't too many things that make ya feel much better than when someone shows you that they really appreciated something you did for them… Think about it. Whether or not they will admit it, Gratitude is something that just about Everybody craves to receive.

Funny it is though, how it is far easier to remember when others forget to show their gratefulness, than when we ourselves in fact forget to show our own, is it not?

“Why you UN-Grateful…!” I'll bet we each Think that line a lot more times than we actually Say it, ya Think? Gee… I Hope that others don't think that about Me… I wonder if they do?

Do I show my Gratitude to others as much as I'd like others to show theirs to me? I sure Hope so… but I suspect not.

Do I show my Gratitude to God as often as I ought? How many times have I Said---“Thank God!!!”---without actually thinking about it? Do those times count? …even though sometimes they just kinda' slip out unintentionally? They must count for Something, do you Think? I know when I add the 'You' and say “Thank 'You' God!!” that it's intentional and usually pretty heartfelt at the time… come to think about it, even though the---“Thank God!!!”---may be involuntary, it's usually every bit as Heartfelt… both of them just seem to originate from somewhere deep within myself. Do you ever notice that? It's Always a Good feeling when you get one of those little recognitions that God has noticed you and done something personally just for you, isn't it? You get those, don't you?

I've known people during my life that have had a Real Issue with showing any kind of gratitude. Have you known people like that? Their responses sound more like, “Well it's about Time I got something I deserved.” or like “God had nothing to do with it, I'M the one that did all the work and deserves all the credit.” A certain perpetual bitterness always seems to show through and they never really give the impression of being genuinely Satisfied with anything. It's easier sometimes to have Pity for them than sympathy. Once though, I Did witness someone like that experience (possibly for the first time in a Long time), a Pure and Inescapable feeling of Gratitude for something that was obviously Unselfishly and Unexpectedly done for them. Their eyes just filled up with tears and they began to cry. That person was never quite the same after that… all of a sudden like, they just seemed to notice and appreciate every little thing that was done for them, and they always after that radiated a certain new enjoyment for life.

Since then I try to never underestimate the Healing Power of Pure and Simple Gratitude.

How do you show Yours?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I am Grateful for Everything You give to me even when I forget to show it. If I never would forget to show my Gratitude, then You would be always in my mind as well as in my heart… and that would be a Good thing. Heal my forgetfulness.

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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2-9-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #332
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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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By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd be grown up.

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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 topic of today's Sunday Service, #332, is Maturity …

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-6)

        "This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted to the universe; you have been born again--born of the spirit--and henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you. Arise, young man! Say farewell to the life of cringing fear and fleeing cowardice. Hasten back to duty and live your life in the flesh as a son of God, a mortal dedicated to the ennobling service of man on earth and destined to the superb and eternal service of God in eternity."

(From: Fritz Kunkel)
To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.

(From: Edward Weeks)
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.

(From: Abraham 10/14/96 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Spiritual maturity is not to say, "I am mature while my brothers remain ignorant," no. Spiritual maturity is to recognize your cosmic responsibility and make your decisions therefrom.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
The mature human being soon begins to look upon all other mortals with feelings of tenderness and with emotions of tolerance. Mature men view immature folks with the love and consideration that parents bear their children.

(From: The RSV Bible - Philippians 3:15-16)
Let those of us who are mature be thus minded; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

(From: Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)
It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

(From: Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)
What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the mature life.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-1)
To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future.

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The Sermon
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Isn't it funny how so shortly after we have attained a New Level of Personal Maturity, we inadvertently stumble onto the first step of a Long Stairway to the Next Higher Level?

What's even Funnier is, that split second just before the stumble when we were thinking that maybe we had already reached the Final Level…

Maturity comes not without a sense of humor.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for Loving me in spite of my many imperfections.

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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2-16-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #333
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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 guy stopped at a local gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the old hole.

        The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can into a trash container and heading down the road toward the men.

        "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with all this digging and refilling?"

        "Well, we work for the government and we're just doing our job," one of the men said.

        "But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the taxpayers' money?"

        "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us: me, Elmer and Leroy. I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back. Well, Elmer's job's been cut... so now it's just me an' Leroy"

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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.

Where do you go when no one else seems to have “The Answer” you need?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #333, is Going Within…

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Quotes
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(From: Eric Hoffer)
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-148 Section-6)

“No more shall suffering mortals be denied the comfort of knowing the love of God and understanding the mercy of the Father in heaven. While the speech of God spoken from the whirlwind was a majestic concept for the day of its utterance, you have already learned that the Father does not thus reveal himself, but rather that he speaks within the human heart as a still, small voice, saying, `This is the way; walk therein.' Do you not comprehend that God dwells within you, that he has become what you are that he may make you what he is!"

(From: Jean Houston)
We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-3 Section-1)
The creature not only exists in God, but God also lives in the creature. "We know we dwell in him because he lives in us; he has given us his spirit. This gift from the Paradise Father is man's inseparable companion." "He is the ever-present and all-pervading God." "The spirit of the everlasting Father is concealed in the mind of every mortal child." "Man goes forth searching for a friend while that very friend lives within his own heart." "The true God is not afar off; he is a part of us; his spirit speaks from within us." "The Father lives in the child. God is always with us. He is the guiding spirit of eternal destiny."

(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: Machiventa 2/16/9 - tmarchives.com)
Each of you in this room has a spirit of God active within your daily life. Call upon this spirit to guide you, to lead you, to help you, to inspire you. Call upon this spirit to show you the way to a better life, to show you how to love yourself and others. This spirit is ever ready to hear you and to share with you its experiences. It is only a matter of time and hard work on your part in order for you to attune yourself to the leadings of this spirit.

(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 (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: Joseph Chilton Pearce)
We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself.


(From: Helen Keller)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.

(From: Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855)
Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.

(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: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

(From: Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)
The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.

(From: John Milton (1608 - 1674)
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears, is more than a King.

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

(From: Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

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The Sermon
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Go Within for any additional comments that may be necessary…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for Being Here!

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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2-23-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #334
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

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Humor of the Week
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Holding on to Resentment is like drinking Poison and waiting for the Other person to die.

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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 topic of today's Sunday Service, #334, is resentment…

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Quotes
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(From: Ham 12/23/01 – the Nashville TeaM)
The spiritual life, for those who have the courage to truly follow it, is one of decreasing burden and increasing joy. Following the Master requires you to put down guilt, put down remorse, resentment. It requires you to take up something new in its place. For when you live for him, you take on responsibilities to love your neighbors, the responsibility to forgive and to be loving toward all that you come into contact with.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:4-7)
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(From: Ham 3/15/98 – the Nashville TeaM)
I want you all to think about where you want to be in love. Do you truly want to love every person you know and come in contact with? Or, are there some that you hold on to an inner grudge or resentment and do not want to love? Be honest with yourselves. Is there someone that holding a grudge against gives you some kind of gratification? I want you, in this moment, to consider putting that gratification in your special bag that you give to the Master. Can you give that up in exchange for greater love, do you really want to love this person or these persons?

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. That is part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure continuously without resentment.

(From: Mark Twain)
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

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The Sermon
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The trouble with resentment lays not so much in the fact of its appearance in our minds… in an imperfect world such as this, there is Much that deserves the indignant resentment of good caring people. Prejudice, Physical/Mental/Emotional Abuse, Greed, Indifference, Unfairness, Injustice, Rape, Murder (and no doubt many others you can think of)… I'd think it would be alright, even Just, to Resent those kind of things, wouldn't you?

No, the Real trouble with Resentment is when it is held within the Heart and directed at a Person or at any Group of Persons. That is the kind of resentment that can put one's Spiritual Attitude in Peril. It must be one of those, “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner” sorta things… ya know what I Mean?

I'll bet that Most if not All of you have at least once, and likely a number of times, experienced one of those “Spiritual Highs.” Right? You were THERE! “The world IS a Loving Place as long as I am Loving!” You Made it, and It was Great! “My Life is going to Change from This Moment ON!” And it Did!!!

…until What??? What exactly Is it that Can bring a person Down from that Heavenly Perspective into “the same old lousy routine” again? Many might blame “Reality” but, I would be willing to bet that the start of the “downfall” could be traced back through some issue of personal resentment. Ain't nothin' but Pride that can knock a person down out of Spirituality as sure as Resentment does.

Both Personal Pride and Personal Resentment are malignant forms of “Psyche Cancer” that inhibit one's ability to experience God. Fortunately though, there IS a Cure for these vicious Soul invaders called “ForLove.”

It is a Balm consisting of 1-part Forgiveness and 2-parts Unconditional Love.
Directions: Apply Liberally at the first signs of Resentment or Pride. Continue to apply Freely until all symptoms of the disease have disappeared completely. To prevent future infection, use this product at least 12-14 times daily for the rest of your life.
*Note* This product is to be taken Internally---Guaranteed Safe and Habit Forming.

“ForLove” - why Else would you do it?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to Know people as You do so that I may always Love them the way You do. Thank You Father!

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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