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2-3-2008
#590
2-10-2008
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2-17-2008
#592
2-24-2008

2-3-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #589
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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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Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
(another one from Stephen Wright)

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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.

To those of you living in the USA in one of the February 5th Primary states, I Pray that you will take God into that voting booth or caucus room on Tuesday with you, and represent yourself and God according to your conscience and your highest Ideals. But then, I didn't have to tell you that, for a Child of God would do no less, would they?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #589, is Duty…

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Quotes
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(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900), The Stones of Venice, 1880)

We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it; which last is itself another form of duty.

(From: Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778), The Social Contract, 1762)
The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-133 Section-4)
        To the Roman centurion he said: "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things which are God's. The sincere service of God and the loyal service of Caesar do not conflict unless Caesar should presume to arrogate to himself that homage which alone can be claimed by Deity. Loyalty to God, if you should come to know him, would render you all the more loyal and faithful in your devotion to a worthy emperor."

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), 'Treasury for the Free World,' 1946)
It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.

(From: Norman Douglas)
It's the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.

(From: Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

We only know of one duty, and that is to love.

(From: Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)
The first duty of love is to listen.

(From: Charles Buxton)
The first duty to children is to make them happy, If you have not made them so, you have wronged them, No other good they may get can make up for that.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.

(From: Robert E. Lee (1807 - 1870)
Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.

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The Sermon
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As a Child of God (and I'm assuming that you already Know this to be the Truth)…
…What do you perceive your Duties As a Child of God to be?

The first thing that came to my mind when I asked myself that question was,
“Act like one.” “So… What exactly would that entail?” I queried back to some part of myself. And then the old, “What Would Jesus Do?” answered back… and then, “What would All the Great men and women of the past and present do?”

Interesting to ponder, isn't it?
Well… Love of course must come to mind, for Love is the embodiment of it All, is it not? A Child of God would Live “In Love” I should think.

But more specifically, “What does that 'Child of God' Love Look like to me, broken down into it's essential components? How shall I Live that Love in my every day life?”
I think a Child of God would…
…Have Compassion.
[Jesus showed us That one pretty well… ya Think? He Ministered to the Poor and to the Sick… He gave Hope to the hopeless, as well as to the hopeful… He was the Personification of Kindness, even when upon the cross as he ministered to the thief on the cross next to him.]

I think a Child of God would also…
…consider it a duty to stand up for Justice and for Fairness and for Integrity… and Against tyranny, usury and oppression.

I think a Child of God would…
…want to help Feed the Hungry, Shelter the Homeless and Encourage the Downtrodden as well, don't you? At Least as well as they are Able to… like in Matthew 25:35-40 for example:
        "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
        "Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? "And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? "When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
        "The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

I think a Child of God would…
…never be completely at ease until All men, women and children were given equal opportunities for the pursuit of happiness, success and respect.

I think a Child of God would…
…never cease in the eternal duty/quest to become a Better Child of God than they are right now.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I consider it my duty to learn and to grow and to love and to become more and more like You.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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2-10-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #590
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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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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
(Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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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.

Do you ever feel like you are a slave to the way things are and totally ineffective at having any influence upon helping things to become as they should be?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #590, is “Freedom…

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The Sermon
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“Freedom!!!” Yes… Freedom.

Freedom to do… What exactly?
Freedom From… what exactly?

Those are the questions to ask oneself regarding a reflection upon Freedom, or would you disagree?

Of course… other types of questions arise as well when the topic of Freedom is raised, like…
Am I really Free?
Am I free Enough?
Am I as free as I would Like to be?
Do I really Want to be Free?
Any “No” answers to one or more of the last four questions might quite naturally lead one to consider:
Does something/anything/everything inhibit me in my Freedom to be Me?
What is it that still keeps me feeling captive/enslaved/imprisoned?
What can I do to be More Free?
How Badly do I want to be free?

What does Freedom Look like to you?

Topmost on my own “Freedom To” list is, Freedom to Think for Myself… Freedom to make my own informed decisions… and Freedom to Choose for Myself. Now it is quite easy to Say that I might already have these Freedoms in theory, but in actual Practice in daily life… what kinds of things do I just accept (either in ignorance or in apathy) without question… without validating them for myself… without testing them in my own personal experience? And… what are the things in the “Freedom from” list that are inhibitive, or restrictive to a person's “Freedom To” list?

So then… let us explore what I would consider to be high in my “Freedom From” list…
Freedom from Tyranny… Freedom from Oppression… Freedom from Manipulation… Freedom from Intimidation…. Freedom from Coercion… Freedom from Repression… and I'm sure you could fill in more than a few others that I have left out due to space restrictions. ;-)

The “Freedom From” list, it is becoming more transparent to me, IS what limits our ability to practice and enjoy our “Freedom To” list.

There are of course many established Institutions that benefit materially by our ignorance, our tendency to accept without question, our desire to “fit in” and our fear of being seen as different. Most of them prefer the general public to remain uninformed, unquestioning, and fearful that we won't be accepted for who we are unless we do as they say. These long entrenched “Institutions” rely on their power to control large numbers of individuals… they prefer to keep the people tied inescapably to the past, and fearful of the Future. People that are afraid will most often do as they are told. Governments, Social Strata, Churches… Industries, Corporations, Media… These Institutions benefit most when the masses are kept uninformed, unquestioning, and fearful. Funny isn't it that these very same Institutions rely overwhelmingly upon the active support of the uninformed, unquestioning, and fearful people for their very existence?

If we Truly wish to be Free then…
we must hold our Institutions accountable…
we must Insist that they Serve Us, rather than us them…
we must Strive towards Freedom for All…
we must Never stop Learning…
we must Endeavor to stay Informed…
we must Question without resignation or surrender…
and we must Never Fear to be in every Respect, the Unique and Matchless Individual that God Made us to be.

Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love… are the Freedom Givers. Seek them and discover God. Discover and Keep God in your daily life, and you will have found True Freedom.

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Quotes
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(From: James A. Garfield (1831 - 1881)
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
I should wish to see a world in which education aimed at mental freedom, rather than imprisoning the minds of the young in a rigid armor of dogma calculated to protect them though life against the shafts of impartial evidence.


(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), 1931)
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

(From: John G. Riefenbaker)
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-134 Section-6)
        If one man craves freedom--liberty--he must remember that all other men long for the same freedom. Groups of such liberty-loving mortals cannot live together in peace without becoming subservient to such laws, rules, and regulations as will grant each person the same degree of freedom while at the same time safeguarding an equal degree of freedom for all of his fellow mortals.

(From: Bob Dylan (1941 -)
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

(From: Nelson Mandela (1918 -)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

(From: Oscar Arias Sanchez (1941 -)
The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves.

(From: Mikhail Bakunin (1814 - 1876)
The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.

(From: Malcolm X (1925 - 1965)
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), 'Out of My Later Years,' 1950)
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

(From: Patricia Sampson)
Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.

(From: Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 -)
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

(From: Krishnamurti)

Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
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: The Book of the Golden Precepts)
The way to final freedom is within thy self.

(From: Bell Hooks)
The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom...

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Inaugural address, January 20, 1961)
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

(From: John Milton (1608 - 1674)
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865 )
Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.


(From: Robert Jackson)
The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.

(From: John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.

(From: David Riesman)
The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
        While the religion of authority may impart a present feeling of settled security, you pay for such a transient satisfaction the price of the loss of your spiritual freedom and religious liberty. My Father does not require of you as the price of entering the kingdom of heaven that you should force yourself to subscribe to a belief in things which are spiritually repugnant, unholy, and untruthful. It is not required of you that your own sense of mercy, justice, and truth should be outraged by submission to an outworn system of religious forms and ceremonies. The religion of the spirit leaves you forever free to follow the truth wherever the leadings of the spirit may take you.

(From: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914 -)
Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.

(From: Sri Madhava)
Freedom, then, lies only in our innate human capacity to choose between different sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all our lives.

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

(From: Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 11, 08-22-04)
Question how much freedom your path affords you. Be utterly ruthless about it. It's your freedom that will get you to where you want to go.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is when I Embrace Your Will that I feel most Free.

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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2-17-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #591
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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 clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
(Stephen Wright)

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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 think that fear and guilt are relied upon much more than is actually good for us…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #591, is Conscience…

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Quotes
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(From: Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-92 Section-2)
Conscience is not a divine voice speaking to the human soul. It is merely the sum total of the moral and ethical content of the mores of any current stage of existence; it simply represents the humanly conceived ideal of reaction in any given set of circumstances.

(From: Ricther)
The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-2)
A misguided conscience can become responsible for much conflict, worry, sorrow, and no end of human unhappiness.

(From: Carl G. Jung)
Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, "There is something not right," no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.

(From: Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.

(From: Harper Lee (1926 - ), To Kill a Mockingbird)
Before I can live with other folks, I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

(From: Jeremy Taylor (1613 - 1667)
He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-154 Section-6)
Jesus fully understood how difficult it is for men to break with their past. He knew how human beings are swayed by the preacher's eloquence, and how the conscience responds to emotional appeal as the mind does to logic and reason, but he also knew how far more difficult it is to persuade men to disown the past.

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

(From: Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.

(From: James F. Clarke)
Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.

(From: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.


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The Sermon
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There is a definite advantage to having a so called “good conscience” when it comes to living a life dedicated to Goodness and Justice and Principals. And yet… conscience alone is not always dependable when it comes to making decisions for Growth and Progress. Conscience is not the “Voice of God” reminding us of our mistakes or our failures or of our sins… the ego is quite adequately armed and ready to reiterate all of our imperfections and shortcomings. Conscience, rather than hailing from the Divine I perceive, is a tool that evolves over time as a human social mechanism. It is indeed impressionable as is evident in the effects that family, friends, society and Theology have upon it.

I grew up as a practicing and rather loyal Roman Catholic who went to Catholic schools for twelve years. Fortunately, my parents and family instilled in me a feeling that conscience was more about being good and loving (or less than good or loving), than it was about regret for any inherent evil and sinfulness. Did I do something that knowingly hurt someone else in a way that they didn't deserve? Was I honest with others… was I considerate? These, in my family it seemed to me, were the all important considerations when assessing whether my conscience was bothering me or not… whether I felt guilty or not. Parochial school on the other hand… now that was a conscience manipulating environment of unimaginable persistence… well, maybe not so unimaginable if you have experienced similar types of circumstances. ;-)

Society as well uses it's influence to try and mold the conscience of it's members through it's promotion of the current Mores upon which the larger portion of people more or less depend so that they may more easily coexist with one another. Social Conscience, it might be noted, has a tendency to evolve at a far higher rate of speed than does conscience associated with theological dogmas and doctrines.

One must indeed follow the dictates of their own conscience if he or she is to progress both Morally and Spiritually. But as grows the person, so also must grow the perception and maturity of the conscience, or personal progress slows or pauses or even stops all together. Conscience is as Unique to each individual as is personal experience and personality… though our “institutions” that prey upon it might wish it was otherwise. I cannot impose my own conscience upon you or anyone else just as you cannot replace my conscience with yours.

I believe that we each must listen for that “still small voice within” that says “This is the way, walk therein.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Show me The Way anew with each step that I take in life.

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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2-24-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #592
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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 sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, “I'll give each of you just one wish.”

“Me first! Me first!” says the admin. clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world”

Poof! She's gone.

“Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.”

Poof! He's gone.

“OK, you're up,” the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

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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.

As long as I can remember, I have been adamantly opposed to anything resembling uniformity. For some reason I have never wanted to be defined by how closely I conform to circumscribed and arbitrary generalizations. I was always however attracted to, and enjoyed, Teamwork and Co-Operation… for the very reason that they both benefit greatly from a diversity of skills and perceptions that can Unite in Purpose towards a common goal.



The topic of today's Sunday Service, #592, is Unity…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-99 Section-5)
        Just as certainly as men share their religious beliefs, they create a religious group of some sort which eventually creates common goals. Someday religionists will get together and actually effect co-operation on the basis of unity of ideals and purposes rather than attempting to do so on the basis of psychological opinions and theological beliefs. Goals rather than creeds should unify religionists. Since true religion is a matter of personal spiritual experience, it is inevitable that each individual religionist must have his own and personal interpretation of the realization of that spiritual experience.

(From: Ham 8/15/2004 – the Nashville TeaM)
Therefore, these fears existing within are only unreal barriers toward self unity. Fear has no reality in itself, it is only an impulse toward self-preservation, which is limited as ego preservation, in the mind. The true self, the whole self, the complete self, the personality, unifies experience, actualizes spiritual growth, and coordinates the two in harmonious balance.

(From: Abdul Baha, April 19, 1912, Earl Hall)
The most important principle of divine philosophy is the oneness of the world of humanity, the unity of mankind, the bond conjoining East and West, the tie of love which blends human hearts.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
The religion of the spirit requires only unity of experience--uniformity of destiny--making full allowance for diversity of belief. The religion of the spirit requires only uniformity of insight, not uniformity of viewpoint and outlook. The religion of the spirit does not demand uniformity of intellectual views, only unity of spirit feeling.

(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 3:8 )
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-5)
        When a member of a social religious group has complied with the requirements of such a group, he should be encouraged to enjoy religious liberty in the full expression of his own personal interpretation of the truths of religious belief and the facts of religious experience. The security of a religious group depends on spiritual unity, not on theological uniformity.

(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 133:1 )
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

(From: Ham 8/1/93 – the Nashville TeaM)
When we work for ourselves alone, all is vanity, all striving fruitless, and all accomplishment is barren and devoid of reality But when we work for the spirit who lives within us, the God of all creation, then our efforts are fruitful, all our doings meaningful, and all our striving sanctified. When one reaches such a state of grace, then are there no accidents in life. All acts, large and small, become unified into a meaningful whole. All circumstances contain harmony and all disunity contains unity.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)
The truth, beauty, and goodness of man's world are unified by the increasing spirituality of the experience of mortals ascending toward Paradise realities. The unity of truth, beauty, and goodness can only be realized in the spiritual experience of the God-knowing personality.

(From: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

(From: Avadhuta Gita)
Truly, it is by the grace of God
That the knowledge of Unity arises within.

(From: Aaron 5/3/94 – the Spokane, WA TeaM)
Your testing is how to relate to one another in a group atmosphere, knowing that never will everyone agree on the same thing, but that you can agree that everyone is beautiful and each of you has God, and so with this you need not have to disagree, but set aside judgment of beliefs for the sake of unity. You all have fountains of truth, and this is your knowledge gained and experience learned.

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The Sermon
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Unity… what a rare commodity it is in the world of today. At least that is true in the world that we are able to see in the “Main Stream Media” presentations of these present times. The “ruling class” in the apparent power struggles that permeate our planet, benefit from disunity and fear. The more they are able to make the masses believe that Unity and Co-operation are beyond realization, and even detrimental to their own interests, the easier it is to manipulate them into giving up their power and declining into apathy. This in turn makes the “ruling class” more powerful and consequently far richer. They cannot succeed in this endeavor however when the majority of people are Unified in purpose toward Compassion, Truth and Social Justice.

Unity on a Grand Scale, has as yet not had the opportunity to exercise it's power over the inequity and suppression we have grown so accustomed to. And yet… I see a Ray of Hope beginning to penetrate the gloomy darkness that has kept us held captive for so long. There is more a Unity of purpose beginning to develop within the hearts and souls of many people in today's world. There is a slowly but steadily growing feeling that perhaps Unity is Not totally beyond our grasp. Perhaps Unity will be actualized when we finally come to the realization that Unity does not at all require uniformity for it's vitality and effectiveness… the realization that Unity is Strengthened and Energized by diversity rather than weakened by it.

Perhaps Unity will be actualized when we give it our full support any time we see it sprouting up.
Perhaps Unity will be actualized when we put it at the top of our wish list.
Perhaps Unity will be actualized when we simply allow it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        In our Love and Respect for You may we find our Unity.

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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