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#798
2-5-2012
#799
2-12-2012
#800
2-19-2012
#801
2-26-2012

2-5-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #798
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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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When a man marries a woman, they become one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It shows without saying…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #798, is Caring…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-4)
        God is the sure refuge of every good man when in need; the Immortal One cares for all mankind. God's salvation is strong and his kindness is gracious. He is a loving protector, a blessed defender. Says the Lord: 'I dwell within their own souls as a lamp of wisdom. I am the splendor of the splendid and the goodness of the good. Where two or three gather together, there am I also.'

(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 5:6-7)
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-2)
…a good and true father not only loves his family as a whole — as a family — but he also truly loves and affectionately cares for each individual member.”

(From: Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park)
Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about.

(From: Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky, 2006)
The lessons this life has planted in my heart pertain more to caring than crops, more to Golden Rule than gold, more to the proper choice than to the popular choice.

(From: Joan Boysenko, Pocketful of Miracles)
If our actions stem from honesty, kindness, caring, and vision, then no matter what the result of our efforts, we have added something of value to our souls and to the world.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #13)
See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.

(From: Abraham 8/21/06 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
There is no magic wand. There is caring individuals who do what they can to promote truth, beauty and goodness. A little willingness is all that is required to create positive change.

(From: Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic)
Why do we have to wait for special moments to say nice things or tell people we care about them?

(From: Rabbi Harold Kushner)
Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.

(From: Eric Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania Commencement Address, 2009)
In a world where everything is remembered and everything is kept forever, you need to live for the future and things you really care about.

(From: James F. Hind)
People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.

(From: Wayne Dyer)
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC), quoted by Plato, 'The Death of Socrates')
I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.

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The Sermon
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Caring

It is something to Do…
It is something to Be.

It is a Result of Love…
It is Evidence of Love.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for Caring for us!

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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2-12-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #799
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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 Senior Moment)

Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal pat down.  I was looking for my keys.  They were not in my pockets.  A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.  Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car.  Frantically I headed for the parking lot.  My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.  My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.  Her theory is that the car will be stolen.  As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion.  Her theory was right.  The parking lot was empty.  I immediately call the police.  I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered.  I always call her “honey” in times like these.  “I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.”

There was a period of silence.  I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane's voice, “Ken,” she barked, “I dropped you off!”

Now it was my time to be silent.  Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”

She retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car!”

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Loyalty, Dedication and Commitment are all a part of it…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #799, is Devotion…

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Quotes
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(From: Dictionary.com)

de·vo·tion [dih-voh-shuhn] noun
1. profound dedication; consecration.
2. earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc.
3. an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.: the devotion of one's wealth and time to scientific advancement.
4. Often, devotions. Ecclesiastical . religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use.

(From: John D. Rockefeller (1839 - 1937)
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-92 Section-7)
Primitive religion was largely a material-value consciousness, but civilization elevates religious values, for true religion is the devotion of the self to the service of meaningful and supreme values. As religion evolves, ethics becomes the philosophy of morals, and morality becomes the discipline of self by the standards of highest meanings and supreme values — divine and spiritual ideals. And thus religion becomes a spontaneous and exquisite devotion, the living experience of the loyalty of love.

(From:
Albert Einstein)

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.”

(From: Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
If I were told that what I shall write will be read in twenty years by the children of today and that they will weep and smile over it and will fall in love with life, I would devote all my life and all my strengths to it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: Barack Obama)
The leaders we revere and the businesses that last are generally not the result of a narrow pursuit of popularity or personal advancement, but of devotion to some bigger purpose. That's the hallmark of real success.

(From: Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919))
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.

(From: Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park)
Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

(From: Frank Lloyd Wright quotes)
“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-6)
Religion is not a specific function of life; rather is it a mode of living. True religion is a wholehearted devotion to some reality which the religionist deems to be of supreme value to himself and for all mankind. And the outstanding characteristics of all religions are: unquestioning loyalty and wholehearted devotion to supreme values.

(From: Mother Teresa)
“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”

(From: Ross Parmenter)
“The need for devotion to something outside ourselves is even more profound than the need for companionship. If we are not to go to pieces or wither away, we must have some purpose in life; for no man can live for himself alone.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
There are present in all normal mortals certain innate drives toward growth and self-realization which function if they are not specifically inhibited. The certain technique of fostering this constitutive endowment of the potential of spiritual growth is to maintain an attitude of wholehearted devotion to supreme values.

(From: Henry Miller quotes)
“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.”

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The Sermon
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To…
…Our Highest Ideals…
…Our Heartfelt Principles…
…Our Most Revered Values…
…do we owe our Loyal Devotion.
For Surely they have been planted within us and lovingly nurtured by our Creator.
That Core Devotion is the measuring stick by which we may measure our True Devotion to God, and also it is the Soil from which our Devotion to one another may sprout and grow and flourish and bear fruit.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the Source and the Goal of my Devotion.

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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2-19-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #800
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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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With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit.

'May I see the new baby?' I asked
'Not yet,' She said 'I'll make coffee and we can visit for a while first.'
Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, 'May I see the new baby now?'
'No, not yet,' She said.
After another few minutes had elapsed,
I asked again, 'May I see the baby now?'
'No, not yet,' replied my friend.
Growing very impatient, I asked, 'Well, when can I see the baby?'
'WHEN HE CRIES!' she told me.
'WHEN HE CRIES?' I demanded. 'Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?'
'BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM,O..K.?'

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Sometimes it is the Process… the Act of…
For today's purposes, it is the Result of the Act…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #800, is Discoveries…

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The Sermon
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A Personal Discovery is a thing of joy… an experience of satisfaction… an encounter with fulfillment… a valuable accomplishment. Human Life is Filled with Discoveries… perhaps even defined by them. Little Discoveries, Big Discoveries, Life-Changing Discoveries… All are valuable, all are precious.

What would you say is your Greatest Discovery so far? Do you have one that stands out… Above the others? How much does it affect the way that you think? How much does it influence the way that you live your life? Do you consider your greatest Discovery a trophy or a Personal Transformation?

A Discovery is a Reward… but even more so it is a Starting Point…

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Quotes
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(From:
Arthur C. Clarke)
If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run - and often in the short one - the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.

(From: Frank Herbert)
“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”

(From: Will Durant (1885 - 1981)
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

(From: Joanna Field)
I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.

(From: Darid - 5/40/97 – The North Idaho TeaM)
The unity to be realized in this world is the understanding of the unique relationship every child has with our Creator, and this is realized in the sharing of our inner life with our fellows. The unity becomes overtly recognizable. Each individual discovers the Father in his own heart and soul, but to realize the camaraderie of kinship, we must discover this same Father in others. This discovery removes the conflicts that arise from misunderstanding.

(From: Rabindranath Tagore)
“To understand anything is to find in it something which is our own, and it is the discovery of ourselves outside us which makes us glad. This relation of understanding is partial, but the relation of love is complete. In love the sense of difference”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-10)
Jesus' disciples should be more than conquerors, even overflowing sources of inspiration and enhanced living to all men. Religion is only an exalted humanism until it is made divine by the discovery of the reality of the presence of God in personal experience.

(From: Samuel Smiles)
“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”

(From: Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
        I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the spirit. I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make — the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience. And so may you pass from death to life, from the authority of tradition to the experience of knowing God; thus will you pass from darkness to light, from a racial faith inherited to a personal faith achieved by actual experience; and thereby will you progress from a theology of mind handed down by your ancestors to a true religion of spirit which shall be built up in your souls as an eternal endowment.

(From: Ben Okri)
“Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I'm so thankful that I Discovered You, and even more so that I Keep Discovering 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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2-26-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #801
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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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Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.

Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Sometimes just getting up in the morning requires it…


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #801, is Courage…

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The Sermon
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One must have…

…Courage to love
…Courage to trust
…Courage to be unique
…Courage to be yourself
…Courage to move forward
…Courage to do what is right
…Courage to speak what is in your heart
…Courage to stand up for what you believe
…Courage to let go of mistaken perceptions
…Courage to endure the pain
…Courage to be different
…Courage to persevere
…Courage to survive
…Courage to live

People have far more Courage than they believe themselves capable of.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Is courage — strength of character — desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.

(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: Anna Quindlen (1953 -)
Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and, yes your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world.

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

(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: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe.

(From: Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)
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: 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: Lao Tzu)
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

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

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

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-3)
True religion is designed to lessen the strain of existence; it releases faith and courage for daily living and unselfish serving.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.

(From: Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

(From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

(From: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)
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: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

(From: Ruby Dee)

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

(From: Thucydides (471 BC - 400 BC)
Self-control is the chief element in self-respect and self-respect is the chief element in courage.

(From: Christopher Paolini, Quote from Eragon)
Many people have died for their beliefs… The real courage is living and suffering for what you believe.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.

(From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but with courage -- it can be delightful.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the source of my courage. In You I Trust!

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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