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2-5-2006
#486
2-12-2006
#487
2-19-2006
#488
2-26-2006

2-5-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #485
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th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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The Baptists believe in The Right to Life before you're born. They also believe in Life After Death, but that is a privilege and you have to earn it by spending the interim in guilt-ridden misery. At an early age I decided that living a life of pious misery in the hope of going to heaven when it's over is a lot like keeping your eyes shut all through a movie in the hope of getting your money back at the end.

(From: A. Whitney Brown, "The Big Picture")

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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.

Today I decided to borrow a Subject that a lot of other churches in America seem to spend an overabundance of their time with

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #485, is Sin & Guilt & Shame …

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The Sermon
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Sin & Guilt & Shame

Man! Those words take me back (thankfully they do not continue to 'rule' me as they once did).

But… I remember when they represented a whole understanding of life. “You should be Ashamed of yourself!” ; “You should feel Guilty!” ; “You're a Sinner, you've always Been a sinner and, you'll always Be a sinner!” I'd be willing to bet that just about Anyone brought up Catholic or one of the many various Christian sects are more or less familiar with those phrases, or some variation of them, on some level. Personally, I didn't get any of that from my quite religious parents or family (for Some reason, they thought that Religion was all about Love and Compassion and doing what is Right)… no, Actually, I got the Sin/Guilt/Shame “paradigm” from going to church and from the nuns at catholic grade school.

Thank God that my Parents and Family had Much more personal influence upon my growing soul than did church or school! Mom and dad wouldn't exactly “openly” disagree with what was taught at church or school, but they would always give me a more “love based” explanation if I happened to ask.

When I was old enough to be no longer under the direct influence of my Parents, what “The Church” taught about “Sin & Guilt & Shame” just didn't seem to have the fear based draw for me anymore. Somehow, through it all, I had managed to develop a Very Real personal and Loving relationship with “Jesus” that just didn't “fit” with the 'theology' that was being taught. So… contrary to all previous 'catholic' injunctions against “mingling” with “Protestant Christians” I decided to investigate 'the rest' of Christianity. I mused, “Maybe They know My Jesus.”

“Sin & Guilt & Shame”
“Deja vu all over again.”

“Sin & Guilt & Shame”
Keep the masses coming back…

“Sin & Guilt & Shame”
Keep the Collection Baskets Full…

-SIGH- I guess I just don't 'fit in' with the “traditional” views.

“Sin & Guilt & Shame”
It's just a “Money Pit”

“Sin & Guilt & Shame”

Don't Buy It!!!!

“Love & Compassion & Service”
Now There's a “stock” worth Investing in!

It's the only one that TRULY pays Perpetual Dividends that you Can “take With you.”

“Love & Compassion & Service”
Yeah! Now That would be a nice change! Don't you Think?

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Quotes
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(From: R. A. Salvatore, “Sojourn")
Guilt resembles a sword with two edges. On the one hand, it cuts for Justice, imposing practical morality upon those who fear it. But there is another side to that weighted emotion. Conscience does not always adhere to rational judgment. Guilt is always a self-imposed burden, but it is not always rightly imposed.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-89 Section-10)
        The sense or feeling of guilt is the consciousness of the violation of the mores; it is not necessarily sin. There is no real sin in the absence of conscious disloyalty to Deity.

(From: The RSV Bible - Timothy II 2:15)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

(From: Wayne Dyer)
The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty or judgmental about any other time, the better I feel about the quality of my work.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 12:6-7)
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

(From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

(From: Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Honor and shame from no condition rise.
Act well your part: there all the honor lies.


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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You have Never made me feel Sinful or Guilty or Shameful… Only loved… as Your Child. Thanks for that!

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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2-12-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #486
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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One Sunday morning, the minister noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque.  It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it.

The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the minister walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning Alex."
 
"Good morning sir," he replied, still focused on the plaque.  "Sir, what is this?" he asked the minister.  
 
The minister said, "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.  
 
Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible, and trembling with fear, asked, "Which service...the 9:45 or the 11:15?"

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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 would this morning like to extend my Sincere and Heartfelt Appreciation to each and every one of you who are actually here reading this Sunday Service. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have this job. I won't mention any names… you know who you are. <smile>


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #486, is Appreciation…

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The Sermon
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There are many aspects of “Appreciation” that could be considered here today in an appropriate context for a Sunday Service (especially one of My typical Sunday Services <grin>)…

It could be about Art/Music Appreciation (indeed, I personally consider Music to be an Art Form in itself, yet still… it is Undeniably “Art” as is Writing, Cooking, and anything Else anyone might be “particularly” Good at and reveals with their Soul). Fortunately, there is so Vast a Variety of Art (and Music ;-) such that every being living upon this little planet of ours can find some to Appreciate.

It Could be about “Art” Appreciation, but perhaps another time…

Then there's the kind of Appreciation one has for the “Standout” type people of the Present or in History who's life contributions have made nearly worldwide impact. For me it's: Michelangelo, DaVinci, Newton, Galileo, Einstein, … Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, the Dahli Lama… The Beatles, The Moody Blues, the Doobie Brothers, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer… Buddha, Jesus… These are but a Few of the Greats that have significantly influenced My Own life. Each person has their Own unique and personal list of “Significant Standouts” that they Appreciate… that Deserve Appreciation…

All Indeed worthy of a Sunday Service on “Appreciation.” But not This Sunday.

Have you ever felt like you weren't/aren't appreciated enough?

Well duh… like who Hasn't, right? It IS a fairly integral part of the “human condition” is it not? Feeling under-appreciated? Why is that do you think? Ya know what I think? I think that “Appreciation” is what humankind craves perhaps as much as or even more than Any Other single thing in the Universe… as much as Love perhaps People. Want to feel Appreciated… for what they Do, for who they Are, for what they Care about, for their Intentions. We all have a Need to feel Appreciated… to feel that we are of value. Perhaps it would not be amiss to infer that the Craving for Appreciation is a Primary Factor in all personal and social interaction. If Everyone in the world felt adequately Appreciated, would the world not be a more Peaceful, Accepting and Loving place? Ya think it Wouldn't?

Well… as much as I was personally drawn to focus upon that particular “theme” of Appreciation for today's Sunday Service… there is yet another perception/concept of “Appreciation” that grabbed me by the Heart today… that inspired me to chose Appreciation as the topic for today's Sunday Service…

It's about Showing Appreciation. To God Indeed for the Grace that has been bestowed, for the Gifts we have been given… for the Love… for the Life. It is all too easy to covet and stress over those things that the ego Wants and has not. Why then is it so difficult to Appreciate/acknowledge/remember those things that already we have been given… been Gifted with… been Graced with… Attained? Why do we forget the Needs and Desires we Truly Have that have been already Fulfilled? Are they not worthy of Constant Appreciation? Are the things that we have not, of more importance than those things which we have already been given?

How much do you feel Appreciated for all that you give?

How much do you show Appreciation to others for all that They give?

Is there a correlation?

Perhaps it is worth considering… ya Think?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "Intelligent children do not fear their father in order that they may receive good gifts from his hand; but having already received the abundance of good things bestowed by the dictates of the father's affection for his sons and daughters, these much loved children are led to love their father in responsive recognition and appreciation of such munificent beneficence. The goodness of God leads to repentance; the beneficence of God leads to service; the mercy of God leads to salvation; while the love of God leads to intelligent and freehearted worship.

(From: Thomas Hughes )
Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.

(From: William Dean Howells )
I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-2)
Many noble human impulses die because there is no one to hear their expression. Truly, it is not good for man to be alone. Some degree of recognition and a certain amount of appreciation are essential to the development of human character.

(From: Christiane Northrup, M.D. )
Feeling grateful to or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-2)
An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one's fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Adjuster, all of which lead directly to an increased desire to do the Father's will, thereby fostering the divine passion to find God and to be more like him.

(From: Barbra Streisand )
Imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same. My idea of a perfect world is one in which we appreciate each other's differences; one in which we are all equal but definitely not the same.

(From: Henry Clay (1777 - 1852)
In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

(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.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for all You have Given me… even for (maybe even Especially for), those things that I have not yet acquired the maturity to fully appreciate yet.

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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2-19-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #487
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil. Your taxes are due again--enjoy paying them.

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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.

Today's Sunday Service was inspired by all who come face to face with adversity and do not run away from it regardless of how insurmountable or overwhelming it may appear…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #487, is Courage…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-3)
True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals."

(From: Ham 5/23/2003 – the Nashville TeaM)
It takes great courage to make sacrifices for a higher ideal and it takes greater courage to swim against the tide in pursuit of that ideal. When you are completely alone in maintaining the rightness of your vision, when your loyalty is such that you will sacrifice comfort for the sake of greater truth, that is when you are tested and found not wanting. It is easy to jump in when others are jumping in, it is easy to advance on a field of battle when you are surrounded by your comrades advancing, but it takes courage to advance alone.

(From: John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848 )
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

(From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977), The Diary of Anais Nin, volume 3)
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)
Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-6)
        But true religion is a living love, a life of service. The religionist's detachment from much that is purely temporal and trivial never leads to social isolation, and it should not destroy the sense of humor. Genuine religion takes nothing away from human existence, but it does add new meanings to all of life; it generates new types of enthusiasm, zeal, and courage.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 16:13-14)
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-143 Section-1)
The courage of the flesh is the lowest form of bravery. Mind bravery is a higher type of human courage, but the highest and supreme is uncompromising loyalty to the enlightened convictions of profound spiritual realities. And such courage constitutes the heroism of the God-knowing man.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

(From: Confucius)
To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.

(From: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971), in a sermon in 1943)
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

(From: Saint Francis de Sales)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

(From: John Lancaster Spalding)
The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-2)
Association with one's fellows is essential to the renewal of the zest for life and is indispensable to the maintenance of the courage to fight those battles consequent upon the ascent to the higher levels of human living. Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. The presence of a friend enhances all beauty and exalts every goodness.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

(From: Mary Anne Radmacher)
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of that day that says, "I will try again tomorrow."

(From: The RSV Bible - Joshua 1:9)
Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

(From: Walt Disney (1901 - 1966)
All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

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The Sermon
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It takes little if any courage to merely “Talk the Talk”
…but Every Ounce of personal Courage to truly “Walk the Walk.”

Got Courage?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give me the Courage to Love Unconditionally.

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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2-26-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #488
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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Sunday after church, a mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about.
        The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt."

Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, Mom asked the pastor what the lesson was about.
        He told her it was, "Be not afraid, the comforter is coming."

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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.

What do you think of when I mention the word Consequence?
Does it bring to mind the word Results or perhaps the word Reward?
No?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #488, is Consequences…

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Quotes
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(From: Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences.

(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
The weak indulge in resolutions, but the strong act. Life is but a day's work--do it well. The act is ours; the consequences God's.

(From: Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895 )
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-84 Section-7)
It is civilization's protection of the child from the natural consequences of foolish conduct that contributes so much to modern insubordination.

(From: Holly Lisle - “Fire In The Mist” 1992 )
Actions have consequences...first rule of life. And the second rule is this - you are the only one responsible for your own actions.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
When anger rises, think of the consequences.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

(From: Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)
Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence.
Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.


(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900 )
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, "Memory", 1996 )
His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
Learn to weigh the consequences of your sayings and your doings. Remember that the reaping is in accordance with the sowing. Pray for tranquillity of spirit and cultivate patience.

(From: Dr. Maxwell Maltz )
Study the situation thoroughly, go over in your imagination the various courses of action possible to you and the consequences which can and may follow from each course. Pick out the course which gives the most promise and go ahead.

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The Sermon
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Ya know, sometimes I think that “Consequences” get a bad rap. More often than not, when I hear the word Consequence(s) or perchance use it, it tends to refer to some negative type of result. Doesn't it seem that way to you? Like for example, take the term “Pay the Consequences.” “You're going to Pay the Consequences for your action!” or, “I hope you're willing to Pay the Consequences if you do that.” Remember “Truth or Consequences?” I used to Love the show as a lad, but the “Consequences” always seemed to be the inevitable Alternative to Winning. [As a matter of fact, I just looked up the word Consequences in my program's Thesaurus and the only two synonyms it gave were: penalty, and cost. Go Figure!]

Why do we and society not more often equate the word Consequences with “Getting Results” or even better, with “Earning Rewards”? Why do we have that innate tendency to want to Avoid so called “negative” Consequences, rather than actively seeking advantageous/favorable/rewarding Consequences?

Infants and little children are Expert at learning from, and adapting their actions to receive favorable consequences. When they get unpleasant Consequences from their actions in a given circumstance, they quite naturally just try something else until they receive the desired consequence. The “Consequences of Actions” are children's primary, and most Dependable learning tools. Children rarely Fear consequences until they are actually “taught” to fear them. Indeed Some Consequences can be extremely harmful or even deadly, like the consequence of drinking or eating poison, or running out into a busy street, or jumping off a roof, or playing with sharp objects… concerning Consequences that involve physical danger, it is more than appropriate to use fear to prevent them if necessary. But on the whole, Consequences are a Valuable thing to gain Experience and Wisdom from.

Oftentimes in life there is a time delay between Actions and their Consequences… even perhaps to such a degree that one may not recognize which action resulted in “this particular consequence.” It is also true that when personal actions involve “personal expectations” regarding other individuals, positively intended actions do not always produce desired consequences… as in the case of the child who Wants to Help and gets inadvertently yelled at for “getting in the way”, or the little one who lovingly draws a pretty picture for mommy or daddy and then gets punished just because it happens to be on the wall. Imagine how Confusing that must be to the as yet unaware child.

It is sad to see young people being constantly “rescued” from experiencing the Consequences of their Actions. Is that Wise? Wouldn't that give them the erroneous impression that the Choices they make and the Actions that they take don't matter one way or another. How are they to learn the inevitability of cause and effect if they are artificially denied the opportunity of experiencing the natural outworking and consequences of their choices? How is one to attain Wisdom without a personal experiential appreciation of consequences?

Ignorance cannot discern the True relationship of Choice and Action to other than immediate Consequences. When phases of Ignorance are eventually replaced with Knowledge and Comprehension, then it becomes more possible to recognize more and more long term Consequences that may be precipitated by personal choices and actions. But Knowledge and Comprehension alone cannot distinguish between “Relatively Painless Choices” and “The Best Possible Choices” without the Wisdom garnered through Personal Experience. Knowledge and Comprehension are not Equivalent to Wisdom, but Wisdom is not attained without them.

It is the Acquirement and Use of Wisdom that in the long run allows one to begin Choosing their Consequences… in effect Regulating their Actions so as to allow the most Desirable Consequences to result. Wisdom is the Culmination and the Reward of the personal experiencing of Consequences. Wisdom recognizes the Supreme Value of All Consequences that inevitably led up to it's Attainment.

Oh, if Only I had more Wisdom!!!

Well, I guess I had better get to working on it, you think?
See you next week…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to more easily learn and make the Wiser Choices that more closely resemble Your Will. Thanks!

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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