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2-1-2015
#955
2-8-2015
#956
2-15-2015
#957
2-22-2015

2-1-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #954
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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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If I could get a grip on Reality...

...I'd choke it!

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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.

Ya gotta ask for it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #954, is Guidance…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - 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 ASB Bible - Psalm 31:1-5)
IN You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength. Into Your hand I commit my spirit;

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #51 )
The Tao gives birth to all beings, nourishes them, maintains them, cares for them, comforts them, protects them, takes them back to itself, creating without possessing, acting without expecting, guiding without interfering. That is why love of the Tao is in the very nature of things.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-1)
        “The man who knows God looks upon all men as equal; they are his brethren. Those who are selfish, those who ignore their brothers in the flesh, have only weariness as their reward. Those who love their fellows and who have pure hearts shall see God. God never forgets sincerity. He will guide the honest of heart into the truth, for God is truth.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 16:13)
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

(From: Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park )
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

(From: The RSV Bible - Isaiah 58:11)
And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

(From: The Land Before Time )
Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.

(From: Shakti Gawain )
Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC )
To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-8)
... refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.'”

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC )
There is no being of any race who, if he finds the proper guide, cannot attain to virtue.

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The Sermon
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Ask God for Guidance...

...and then listen for it... watch for it!
Maybe you will hear words, Perhaps you will see a Sign, or maybe you will not.

It may come as a feeling... as a knowing... as an understanding.
Wait for it! Be not impatient!!!
The Prayer for God's Guidance is Never ignored... it is Always answered... when the time is right... not before nor after.

Will Guidance come to you the way you expect it to?
Possible but Unlikely... but come it will.
Pay attention or you could miss it.

God's Guidance is available to Everyone!
Will you recognize it when it comes to you?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Strengthen my Faith and my Resolve... and my Patience.

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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2-8-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #955
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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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Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

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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.

I doubt that there is anyone who has ever lived on this world that has Not experienced...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #955, is Anger…

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The Sermon
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There are indeed many causes for Anger...

Impatience
Intolerance
Ignorance

Frustration
Disappointment
Misunderstanding

Grief
Pain
Fear

You can be Angry at...

Forgetfulness
Stupidity
Meanness

Situations
Conditions
Inanimate Objects

God
Others
Yourself

Regardless of the cause or the target of Anger, most would agree that Anger is not a preferable state to be in, wouldn't you say? Yet few, if any, who experience Anger think that they aren't Entitled to it. We tend to think that we have a Right to our Anger and that it is totally Justified... that there are reasonable grounds for holding On to it.

Do you ever notice that the tendency is to get Angry at others for the same things that you get Angry at yourself for, or that others have gotten Angry at you for in the past? Funny isn't it? Well... maybe not “funny - ha ha” but “funny strange” indeed. Why is that do you think?

What are the things that cause Your Anger? How do you deal with Anger when it rears it's ugly head?

As many causes and reasons as there are for Anger, there is Truly only One Cure for it...

...that would be Love of course. Anger is like Darkness, Love is like Light.
Light dispels Darkness
Love dissolves Anger

Don't we all need more Love in our lives?

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 15:1)
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-4)
        “Anger is a material manifestation which represents, in a general way, the measure of the failure of the spiritual nature to gain control of the combined intellectual and physical natures. Anger indicates your lack of tolerant brotherly love plus your lack of self-respect and self-control. Anger depletes the health, debases the mind, and handicaps the spirit teacher of man's soul. Have you not read in the Scriptures that `wrath kills the foolish man,' and that man `tears himself in his anger'? That `he who is slow of wrath is of great understanding,' while `he who is hasty of temper exalts folly'? You all know that `a soft answer turns away wrath,' and how `grievous words stir up anger.' `Discretion defers anger,' while `he who has no control over his own self is like a defenseless city without walls.' `Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous.' `Angry men stir up strife, while the furious multiply their transgressions.' `Be not hasty in spirit, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.'” Before Jesus ceased speaking, he said further: “Let your hearts be so dominated by love that your spirit guide will have little trouble in delivering you from the tendency to give vent to those outbursts of animal anger which are inconsistent with the status of divine sonship.”

(From: The ASB Bible - James 1:19-20)
But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC )
Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)
Impatience is a spirit poison; anger is like a stone hurled into a hornet's nest.

(From: Lord Chesterfield (1694 - 1773 )
Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.

(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 37:8)
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

(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: Yoda, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi )
Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

(From: James Thurber (1894 - 1961 )
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 14:29)
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
Being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion.

(From: Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD )
If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: 'I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.

(From: Joan Lunden, in Healthy Living Magazine )
Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.

(From: Jack Layton )
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I truly feel you with me, Anger is never present. I pray to feel You with me in Every Moment. Help me with that please.

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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2-15-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #956
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet.

Rodney Dangerfield (1921 - 2004)

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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.

Are You a Human Doing or a Human...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #956, is Being…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #29 )
There is a time for being ahead, a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion, a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous, a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe, a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are, without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way, and resides at the center of the circle.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-10)
…Jesus talked at great length, trying to show the twelve what they must be, not what they must do. They knew only a religion that imposed the doing of certain things as the means of attaining righteousness--salvation. But Jesus would reiterate, "In the kingdom you must be righteous in order to do the work." Many times did he repeat, "Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." .... But it was a difficult task to persuade these Galilean fishermen that, in the kingdom, being righteous, by faith, must precede doing righteousness in the daily life of the mortals of earth.

(From: The Book of Runes -#8 - Fertility / New Beginnings)
Being centered and grounded, freeing yourself from all unwanted influences, and seeing the humor, you are indeed prepared to open yourself to the Will of Heaven, and can await your deliverance with calm certainty.

(From: Shakti Gawain )
When I'm trusting and being myself... everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.

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

(From: Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937), The Last Asset, 1904 )
There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness.

(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 6:27)
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

(From: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965 )
For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.

(From: Dale Carnegie )
Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.

(From: The Book of Runes -#24 - Wholeness / Life Forces / The Sun's Energy)
Practice the art of “Doing without doing.” Aim yourself truly and then maintain your aim without manipulative effort, for by our own power we do nothing. Even in loving, it is Love that loves through us. This way of thinking and being integrates new energies and permits you to flow into Wholeness, which is the ultimate goal of the Spiritual Warrior.

(From: Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904 )
Being in love shows a person who he should be.

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The Sermon
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So often we waste our days... weeks... months... (years?) ...trying to:
Do... Do... Do...
Get... Get... Get...
Go...Go...Go!!!
Should our lives truly be about: What we need to Do? What we need to Get? Where we need to Go? Shouldn't there be More that concerns us... that deserves our focus?

Too frequently we allow our minds to be filled with:
“If only I could...
“If only I had...
“As soon as...
“Just wait until...
“Someday I will...
“If it wasn't for _______...

        ...Then I'd Really be Happy!”

These are Ego struggles... every one of them. They are not bad in and of themselves... they help us survive in the Material world. But there is more to life... MUCH, much more. Not only should we do... we also must BE. Not only should we get... we also must GIVE. Not only should we go... we also must ARRIVE.

The term “Human Being” can be looked at two ways.
Being can be seen as a noun: [being (bee-ing) n. 1. something that exists and has life.] OR...
It can be looked at as a verb: [being (bee-ing) v. 1. living, occupying a position. 2. having a certain identity, quality, or condition. 3. equaling, becoming. 4. the supreme purpose or essence.

A Human Being (noun) is what we all are... we have no choice in the matter.

A Human Being (verb) is our Soul Becoming, really Living, striving for the Supreme Purpose. Are we merely a being... or are we truly Being?

It is a good question to ask ourselves from time to time. Don't you Think?

Being all that we can be is one of the few things, if not the only thing, that our Divine Creator wants of us.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Remind us to take time to be with You... to be still and to listen for Your guidance... to share with You our thoughts and feelings and emotions. Help us to Be Your Love, Your Light... a revelation of You that only our own unique personality Can be.

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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2-22-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #957
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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 source, close to a source who knows someone whose best friend knows a custodian at ESPN (probably the same guy that started deflategate) says:

“Pete Carroll, former head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, is reported to be very near to signing on as a special consultant to The Pope in Vatican City. The Pope looks to recruit Carroll to be a spokesman for the Catholic Church because he is the first man in history that made 100 million people jump up and yell “Jesus Christ!” at the same time.
More information will be reported as this story is followed.”

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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.

This is a Sunday Service Story I wrote back in 1997. I happened upon it and mused that it would be a good one to share with you again...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #957, is Brothers…

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The Sermon
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Once upon a time there were three brothers. In age, three years separated the first and second brother and seven years the second and third.

William Jr., the eldest, was very intelligent but was not endowed with an equally high level of common sense or empathy. His mind was very quick with facts and figures, and he easily got top grades in school, but was unthinking when it came to dealing with others. This is not to say that Bill was knowingly unkind for he was not, but quite often he would say things without thinking and as a result would hurt the feelings of his contemporaries and especially his younger brother, Jim. Bill had a few close acquaintances, but no one he could really call a best friend.

James, the second born, had to struggle continuously just to keep up with his school work. He put all of his effort into it, but somehow, his grades were always just below average. Almost everyone loved Jim. He was so sincere and caring about the feelings of everyone else, that he attracted many friends who would do anything for him. There were a few who would take advantage of his somewhat below average intelligence, but his friends quickly came to his defense. He could never understand why his elder brother was always so irritated with him or why the two of them bickered and fought so much. Jim kept his distance from Bill as much as possible, but sharing a room with him didn't afford much peace at home.

Joshua was the youngest of the three. He was a very bright child, but was not as quick at retaining information as was Bill. He had a heart of gold, but didn't share it as openly as did his brother Jim. It was hard for Josh to pay close attention to the school subjects which he deemed “useless” but he always seemed to learn enough about them to squeak by a passing grade. Those subjects which he really enjoyed, he excelled in. He loved music and art and was always satisfied with his own results, but his lack of conformity seldom produced better than average grades in the two. Josh had a few exceptionally close friends which he did everything with, one in particular whom he had met at a very early age, but he was not so universally accepted as was his brother Jim. He had a strong sense of his own individuality and detested the conformity required to be “One of the Crowd”. Josh was fairly well liked my most and was dearly loved by both of his elder brothers. If not for his frequent intervention and humorous demeanor, his two brothers would have fought with each other far more often than they did.

The boys' parents loved them each uncompromisingly for their uniqueness and allowed them to each express themselves in their own special way. It pained them to see their two older boys at such odds with each other, but for the most part they wisely let them work out their own difficulties with each other. Only when the confrontations came to blows and they feared for the safety of either of them did they ever physically intervene, and then only to separate them until tempers could cool down.

The family did as much together as their individual schedules would allow... Sundays they always spent together doing things and going places and there were seldom any conflicts when all were involved in mutual sharing.

As the years passed, Bill and Jim became more widely separated in their love for each other and seldom communicated with each other except when absolutely necessary. Josh spent time with each of them individually because he loved and respected them both, but not often did the three of them do things together anymore. Josh sorely missed the times when the three of them did things as a team. He always tried to coordinate things that the three of them could do together, but either Bill or Jim would find an excuse to cancel these well intended attempts at unity.

When Joshua reached the age of 20, their parents died in an auto accident. This brought the three brothers together again for the first time in 10 years outside of family holiday gatherings. William Jr. and James were both married now with two children each. Joshua was as yet unmarried but was “on a mission” to find the “right” lady. Financially, none of the three young men had “made it” yet as had their father. At the reading of the will it was learned that each of them was to be made an equal partner in their father's flourishing business, IF all three of them agreed to take an active and equal part in the running of the business. If NOT, the business would be closed down and all assets were to be donated to their father's favorite charity. It was a very successful enterprise and as none of the three were very content with the present work they were doing, and couldn't bear the thought of their dad's lifelong venture just closing down without a visible trace, they decided to try to work together for the common benefit. Josh was ecstatic at the possibility that the three of them would be working together... Bill and Jim were somewhat less than so.

Bill being the eldest of the three, quickly decided to take charge, much to the dismay of Jim... and even Josh, although he wasn't particularly sure as to why it “felt” wrong. Bill was obviously the intellectual superior of the three, but his imagination and his leadership skills were severely lacking. Jim was a natural “People Person” and could always in a loving way get the best out of others, but he didn't have the cognitive skills nor the drive to be in charge. Besides, he just didn't WANT that job, he just didn't want Bill to have it. Josh just kept quiet, knowing inside that his age was a major stumbling block to HIS consideration for the position. He was quiet, that is, until Jim and Bill got into a heated argument about each others deficiencies. Then Josh did what he did best. He diffused the situation by putting his arms around his brothers and gently reminding them each of their positive and beneficial qualities. Bill and Jim finally agreed with Josh regarding the unique qualities of the rival brother. Slightly embarrassed by their vehemence, Bill and Jim looked into each other's eyes and suddenly, simultaneously, realized that their “baby brother” had just proven his maturity. The one thing they both had in common was their love for their little brother, and in that moment they were both quite proud of him. Again Jim and Bill looked at each other, and for the first time with mutual respect. They Nodded in recognition and then together, as one, they turned toward Josh. “You are in charge!” they both said to Joshua.

Josh felt very small all of a sudden. “I c-can't do it. I'm too young for the job!” he stammered. His brothers just grinned. “You CAN do it, and you WILL... with the two of US at your side.” The three brothers hugged... and cried... in Joy. With the Unique talents that they each possessed, they WOULD make it.

And they DID make it! Indeed they even Improved on what their father had left for them... much to their Joyful surprise.

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The Prayer
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Dearest Father,
        You have given us Much. To EACH of us You have given many unique qualities and experiences to share and to grow from. Help us to achieve a unity of purpose in the furtherance of Your Divine Will for our planet. Continue to remind us that it is Unity rather than uniformity which can accomplish the seemingly impossible... We seem to forget at times.
        Strengthen our Souls to withstand the debilitation of egoistic despair. Grant us Your guidance that we may accomplish our own self discovery and mastery. Give us the sight to recognize You at our side, ever encouraging us to BE all that we CAN be.
        We Love You dear God... help us to likewise Love each other as You do.

Father's Love... through me... to all of 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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