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#689
1-3-2010
#690
1-10-2010
#691
1-17-2010
#692
1-24-2010
#693
1-31-2010

1-3-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #689
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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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Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
Mary Hirsch

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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.

It turned into a dry and balmy 33°F tonight here in this Inland Northwest part of the USA amid the pines and currently barren fruit trees. Somewhat uncommon here in early January. The body was achy and the hot tub was calling. InDeed. Very soon the turbulent hot waters were kneading away some of the pains and I was able to relax into a listening meditation. Oftentimes this little ritual of sorts will give rise to a key word or phrase which then morphs into the “Topic” for the Sunday Service. At first I tried really hard to listen, but I just didn't hear anything. After a bit I realized that maybe I was trying too hard and it was getting in the way of my listening ability… I had to let go of the trying. I took a deep breath… held it for a couple seconds… breathed it out slowly… “Allowance.” Huh? Allowance? Did you get an Allowance when you were growing up? It seemed like many of the kids I knew growing up got an Allowance of some sort. Maybe they had some tasks or chores that they had to fulfill in order to receive it, but maybe they didn't, they just got it on a regular basis all the same. I never got an “Allowance” per se so my depth of personal understanding of the concept is at somewhat of a handicap. I questioned, “Why then would you want me to do a service on 'Allowance?'” I tried the calming and listened once again… “No, Not 'Allowance'… ALLOWance!” Oh… Sure… well then That's very Different then, Isn't it? Geeze!

Oh… Yeah………….. I see what you mean…

OK… so long as You put it that way then…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #689, is “To Allow…”

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Quotes
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(From: Abraham 10/21/96 – the Woods Cross TeaM)

It is possible to receive understanding through your willingness to step aside and allow Father to work, and I say, it is not always through a difficult means, no. I would also say that many spiritual lessons also appear in the midst of joy and your allowance to be loved and served by our Father and your fellows. Jesus on the last supper chose to demonstrate to His apostles that even He, a man and God, would kneel to wash His brethren's feet. He demonstrated that all who would be served in the kingdom must also serve. He demonstrated to each of His fellows that His humble act was proof that His love for them went beyond mere words. His actions spoke volumes. One and all knew of His divinity, and yet, humbly allowed the Master to wash each ones feet, even the feet of the one who would betray Him. Do you see how the Master would stop at nothing to serve? Jesus genuinely loved His fellows and proved it everyday. I am saying this evening that Michael still desires to serve you and as does also the Father. You, His children of light, are wholly deserving of the divine blessings. It would be of great benefit if you could recognize these blessings and be in humble gratitude. Without allowing the Father to bestow upon you His spiritual gifts and divine joy you are only reaping half of your spiritual harvest.

(From: Shakti Gawain)
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-3)
Religious experience is the realization of the consciousness of having found God. And when a human being does find God, there is experienced within the soul of that being such an indescribable restlessness of triumph in discovery that he is impelled to seek loving service-contact with his less illuminated fellows, not to disclose that he has found God, but rather to allow the overflow of the welling-up of eternal goodness within his own soul to refresh and ennoble his fellows. Real religion leads to increased social service.

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

(From: Robyn Davidson)
The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of an endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-1)
What knowledge and reason cannot do for us, true wisdom admonishes us to allow faith to accomplish through religious insight and spiritual transformation.

(From: Mortimer Adler)
You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.

(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: Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973)
A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.

(From: Paulo Coelho, Brida)
True love allows each person to follow his or her own path, aware that doing so can never drive them apart.

(From: Dr. David M.)
Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects)
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.

(From: Isadora Duncan)
The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.

(From: Juliene Berk)
Habits - the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction. You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

(From: Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), O Magazine, September 2002)
I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

(From: Scott Adams (1957 -)
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

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The Sermon
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Do, Do, Do, Do, Do…

It is the “material” way. “If you don't do it, it won't get done.” (Well… probably not the way You want it to anyway. ;-)

We Do of course live in the Material world, and “Doing things” is essential to our material survival.
Some Choose what they Do…
Some choose to Do as little as possible…
Some choose to Do everything…
Some Do only as they are told…
Some prefer telling everyone else what to Do.

We are taught from very young, perhaps unconsciously… perhaps not, that we must Do this, or Do that… that we must take Control of our lives, that we must Control our own destiny… even if it means that one must Control others in order to do so.

Is that why it is so difficult for human beings to sometimes just Allow?

Allow others to be who they are…
Allow our selves to be who we truly are…
Allow God into our daily routine…
Allow God to guide our footsteps…
Allow God's Will to unfold in our lives.

The part of us that is Other than Material, More than Material, our Soul and our Spirit, very often seems to Require us to release control from time to time in order to be successful Spiritually and Emotionally.

The Artist must Allow the Art…
The Musician must Allow the Music…
The Soul must Allow God…
…to flow Through them unimpeded and without restriction.

When one tries to Control the Art, it is no longer true Art.
When one tries to Control others, they become less capable of self-control.
When one tries to Control or manipulate God, they fool only themselves.

Of Course we must take Control of some things (Self, especially), we must Do Many things. We are as yet Material beings and our Material survival depends upon it but…

Some things are just out of our control. Sometimes it is not about what we must Do but rather Who we should Be. Often times we miss out on a lot of the Good things in life because we do not Allow them room in our life to unfold.

Allow God…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Let's talk about my Allowance…

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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1-10-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #690
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Critic as Artist, 1891)

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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 was remembering back in my 20's (yes… I can still remember back that far ;-), my answer to the questions, “How's it Going?” or, “How are You doing?” or, “How are Things?” …would always be, “Tolerable.”
Not used to a response other than “Good! How are You?” …some would say, “That's too bad…” or, “What's Wrong?” With a grin I would point out that Tolerable is a Good thing… it means that it is not Intolerable. <grin>

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #690, is Tolerance…

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The Sermon
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Tolerance… Right! Like you or I or anyone else needs any help in That Area! We are so Loving… and Accepting… and… well… Tolerant of others' perspectives and motivations all of the time, are we not? Ok well maybe… not All of the time. Maybe just Most of the time, yeah. For No one is Perfect, right?

OK, ok, ok. So… Sometimes I am Tolerant… I Try to be I want to be, don't you. Yes of Course you do. You are not the one who sometimes struggles with it, I am. Alright then… so just in case you or someone you know might also toil with Tolerance from time to time like myself (on a much lesser scale undoubtedly), maybe Tolerance wouldn't be such a worthless subject to explore today…

Tongue in Cheek humor aside for now…

Why is tolerance so difficult for human beings?
Why for Me?

Why such a struggle to fully attain it?
Why to Maintain it?

What really Is tolerable to me?
And what truly is not?

Tolerance is the companion to patience… but we won't talk about That word… Ho no… That's a whole Other can of worms… we'll just let That one Go for the present moment, shall we?

Love, Yes! Love Indeed! It Is… the Provider, the Source and the Sustainer of Tolerance. Love often Demands Tolerance… not that They have it, but that I do.

It is the things that you really Love about another person that help you to tolerate some of the things that might not be so easy to tolerate otherwise. It is usually the things that we may not like that we see in ourselves that we find most difficult to tolerate in others. Ever notice that? Kind of funny, No? Then sometimes too it is but the things that we find it difficult to understand about another that taxes our tolerance level. Just the act of Trying to understand them often will relieve much of the building pressure though.

But Here is what I Love about You and those other things pale in their significance compared to That. When Love's Light is shining, Tolerance becomes less and less the chore.

Isn't Tolerance often just the Price we pay for Love?

The Love of a Friend (incoming or outgoing), rarely finds the Price too high… even if at times it may seem a bit “spendy.” ;-)

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-1)
        When men dare to forsake a life of natural craving for one of adventurous art and uncertain logic, they must expect to suffer the consequent hazards of emotional casualties--conflicts, unhappiness, and uncertainties--at least until the time of their attainment of some degree of intellectual and emotional maturity. Discouragement, worry, and indolence are positive evidence of moral immaturity. Human society is confronted with two problems: attainment of the maturity of the individual and attainment of the maturity of the race. The mature human being soon begins to look upon all other mortals with feelings of tenderness and with emotions of tolerance. Mature men view immature folks with the love and consideration that parents bear their children.

(From: R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn)
There is a wide world out there, my friend, full of pain, but filled with joy as well. The former keeps you on the path of growth, and the latter makes the journey tolerable.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        In physical life the senses tell of the existence of things; mind discovers the reality of meanings; but the spiritual experience reveals to the individual the true values of life. These high levels of human living are attained in the supreme love of God and in the unselfish love of man. If you love your fellow men, you must have discovered their values. Jesus loved men so much because he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.

(From: The ASB Bible - Ephesians 4:2-3 )
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

(From: Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbors as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant of others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.

(From: George Washington Carver (1864 - 1943)
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong -- because someday you will have been all of these.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-7)
A compassionate father is freely forgiving; fathers do not hold vengeful memories against their children. Fathers are not like judges, enemies, or creditors. Real families are built upon tolerance, patience, and forgiveness.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), 'Optimism,' 1903)
The highest result of education is tolerance.

(From: John W. Gardner (1912 - 2002)
I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-181 Section-2)
When the new teacher comes, let him teach you the poise of compassion and that sympathetic tolerance which is born of sublime confidence in me and of perfect submission to the Father's will.

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 2:4)
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-1)
        When men dare to forsake a life of natural craving for one of adventurous art and uncertain logic, they must expect to suffer the consequent hazards of emotional casualties--conflicts, unhappiness, and uncertainties--at least until the time of their attainment of some degree of intellectual and emotional maturity. Discouragement, worry, and indolence are positive evidence of moral immaturity. Human society is confronted with two problems: attainment of the maturity of the individual and attainment of the maturity of the race. The mature human being soon begins to look upon all other mortals with feelings of tenderness and with emotions of tolerance. Mature men view immature folks with the love and consideration that parents bear their children.

(From: The ASB Bible - Corinthians II 11:19)
For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.

(From: Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)

Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.

(From: Ralph W. Sockman)
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

(From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.

(From: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
As you grow older in years and more experienced in the affairs of the kingdom, are you becoming more tactful in dealing with troublesome mortals and more tolerant in living with stubborn associates? Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul. If you possess these rare and charming gifts, as the days pass you will become more alert and expert in your worthy efforts to avoid all unnecessary social misunderstandings.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I think about the tolerance that Jesus had to have possessed while he was living here among us… him being who He is and we being who we are, it just boggles my mind. Help me to attain a greater measure of that kind of tolerance and Love.

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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1-17-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #691
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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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We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads.
      That's my story and I'm sticking to 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.

I've done Sunday Services over the years using the search words Gratitude, Thankfulness, Appreciation… Not too sure if I've used Today's Topic word or not. I haven't got time at the moment to go over the last 690 Sunday Services to see whether or not I have or not. Besides… does anyone really care? Some of today's quotes you may recognize that I have indeed used before, but used in conjunction with other topics at other times. One of those I actually used as recently as last Sunday in the “Tolerance” service. Well… I assure you it will be used in a completely different context today… ;-)

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #691, is Gratefulness…

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Quotes
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(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: Celia Thaxter)
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

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

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

(From: Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005)
Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.

(From: J. C. Penny)
I am grateful for all my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.

(From: Ann Frank, Diary of Ann Frank)
I want to go on living even after my death,
And therefore I am grateful to God
For giving this gift…
Of expressing all that is in me.


(From: G. E. Lessing (1729 - 1781)
One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.

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The Sermon
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There is a certain Genuineness in Gratefulness I think. To me Gratefulness has it's own unique Energy about it. Perhaps because Gratefulness always seems Spontaneous, Unexpected, a Natural Reaction to a life event.

Always I feel Gratefulness in those, “Oh Thank God!” moments… You know the ones, don't you? And also in those, “Oh! Thank You God! (ie: this couldn't have happened without You)” moments as well. Loved ones, friends, acquaintances, even apparent strangers make choices that directly result in personal Gratefulness… and what immediately comes to mind? “Thank God!” Is it that I am experiencing God through them? Is it that I am experiencing Them through God? Yes to both perhaps?

Gratefulness is a result/reaction to:
Love
Compassion
Understanding
Discernment
Perception
Awareness
Recognition
And…
Unselfish Service

Gratefulness is something that I have because of You… because of God… because of You And God together.

Anyway…
I Thank God for You!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I am Grateful for the Gifts that You have given to me… equally so for the people You have Shared with me.

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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1-24-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #692
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.

(Bill Nye “the Science Guy”, Interview with Wired.com, April 2005)

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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.

Ever feel like you could be missing out on something?
Me neither…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #692, is Opportunities…

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The Sermon
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There are so Terribly many Opportunities that are missed in a lifetime.

So Busy Out Looking for them… often unaware of the two in my presence and three I pass by while rushing to the one I think I discern over there. I get there and, “Oh… not what I thought it was. Oh well, just one more opportunity missed.” “OK, where should I look Next?”

Had I been Watching for Opportunity I would not have missed the five. Watching involves awareness and interest and curiosity and attention. Watching finds what is there to see. Looking for something requires one to define the “something” thus narrowing the viewpoint.

Our Heavenly Parent provides us each with unimaginable Opportunities wherever we are… wherever we go… wherever we happen to find ourselves.

Observe your Surroundings… Be Aware… Be watching for the Opportunities to Share, to Give, to Receive… to Learn, to Grow, to Succeed… To Serve, to Show Compassion, to Comfort… be watching for Opportunities to Love. God Provides. Watch and see…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-2)
Jesus taught his followers that, when they had made their prayers to the Father, they should remain for a time in silent receptivity to afford the indwelling spirit the better opportunity to speak to the listening soul. The spirit of the Father speaks best to man when the human mind is in an attitude of true worship.

(From: William Bridges)
Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.

(From: David Sarnoff)
Success, in a generally accepted sense of the term, means the opportunity to experience and to realize to the maximum the forces that are within us.

(From: C. Mather)
Our opportunities to do good are our talents.

(From: John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-25 Section-4)
As you journey toward your Paradise goal, constantly acquiring added knowledge and enhanced skill, you are continuously afforded the opportunity to give out to others the wisdom and experience you have already accumulated

(From: From the last episode of "Cheers")
Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.

(From: Margaret Cho, weblog, 03-09-04)
If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love's reach.

(From: The RSV Bible - Galatians 6:10)
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men…

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-7)
"Become interested in your fellows; learn how to love them and watch for the opportunity to do something for them which you are sure they want done," and then he quoted the olden Jewish proverb--"A man who would have friends must show himself friendly."

(From: Jane Wyman (1914 -)
The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.

(From: Walt Kelly (1913 - 1973), "Pogo")
We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

(From: Ellen Metcalf)
You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-108 Section-6)
        You humans have begun an endless unfolding of an almost infinite panorama, a limitless expanding of never-ending, ever-widening spheres of opportunity for exhilarating service, matchless adventure, sublime uncertainty, and boundless attainment.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.

(From: Denzel Washington (1954 -)
I say luck is when an opportunity comes along, and you're prepared for it.

(From: Charles Victor Cherbuliez)
What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

(From: Unknown)
Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.

(From: Bayard Taylor)
Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-32 Section-5)
        There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving!

(From: Robert Collier)
The great thing is the start - to see an opportunity for service, and to start doing it, even though in the beginning you serve but a single customer - and him for nothing.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I pray for better awareness and better powers of observation to recognize the many Opportunities You Lovingly place along my life's path.

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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1-31-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #693
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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How to make God laugh? Tell him your future plans.
Woody Allen

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

The Last day of January 2010 already… Good Lord! Why… I've barely begun to set the itinerary for my year! ;-) …

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #693, is Plans/Paths/Unfolding …

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Quotes
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(From: Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004)
Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-6)
…sometimes your most disappointing disappointments have become your greatest blessings. Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity. And from them you will learn to suffer less through sorrow and disappointment, first, by making fewer personal plans concerning other personalities, and then, by accepting your lot when you have faithfully performed your duty.

(From: Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad)
Zeus does not bring all men's plans to fulfillment.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-108 Section-6)
You humans have begun an endless unfolding of an almost infinite panorama, a limitless expanding of never-ending, ever-widening spheres of opportunity for exhilarating service, matchless adventure, sublime uncertainty, and boundless attainment.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

(From: Thomas J. Watson)
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

(From: Napoleon Hill)
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

(From: Wilfred Peterson, This Week (Oct. 1, 1961)
The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. . . . Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

(From: Max Frisch)
Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
Religion is a revelation to man's soul dealing with spiritual realities which the mind alone could never discover or fully fathom. Intellectual strivings may reveal the facts of life, but the gospel of the kingdom unfolds the truths of being.

(From: Andy and Larry Wachowski, The Matrix, 1999)
There's a difference between knowing the Path and walking the Path.

(From: Daniel H. Burnham (1846 - 1912)
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

(From: Karl Menninger)
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

(From: Sarah Ban Breathnach)
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.

(From: John Lennon (1940 - 1980), "Beautiful Boy")
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

(From: Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), O Magazine)
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.

(From: W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951)
This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-5)
Harness your energies and bridle your passions; be calm while you await the majestic unfolding of an endless career of progressive adventure and thrilling discovery.

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The Sermon
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Well… I got to thinking this week about making Plans for things and then how tempting it is to try and limit/define how those plans “Should” unfold to my satisfaction. But then again, Why Shouldn't I define them… and then again, Why Should I? Do I really Need to define them? Don't get me wrong. Plans and planning are an essential part of material life… for building things, for going places, for setting material goals… the Values of Good Planning are not in question here. So what am I getting at here?

God will Unfold for us each, the most Incredible life experiences… if only we will not try to set limits upon what they should, or should not look like. He puts Treasures along our path for us that we can miss or ignore if they do not fit neatly into our preconceived concepts… our Plans. Sometimes these Treasures are Side Trips or Adventures… Most often they are People… occasionally they are even answers to Long forgotten prayers that could not have been adequately answered any sooner or in any other way. At rare and special times, they are all three rolled into one.

When I was a little kid in Catholic grade school, I kinda thought that God was always trying to catch me doing something wrong… that that was his job (well… that's sort of how they made it seem ;-). I later in life went through a phase of thinking that doing God's Will meant I would have to miss out on or, give up a lot of things that I rather enjoyed or clung to for reasons of my own, that I'd have to be all holy and pious all the time… silly youngster. It took me a while before I fully realized that God in Fact wants my life to be filled with Love, and Joy, and Laughter, and Personal Growth, and Understanding… and Truth.

God's Will for me and you and all of us as individuals is greater and better and more exciting than any of us can possibly imagine! Make Plans Indeed! …but allow them to be flexible and open to adjustment. Follow Your Own Path with the wonder and excitement and curiosity of the little child seeking Riches and Rewards! …but do not be so focused upon the goal ahead that you miss what is at hand. Allow God's Will to Unfold in your Life with Your Active Participation! No Buts. ;-) What does, or will God's Will Unfolding in your life Look like to you?

God Only Knows!
But you Can…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for that Part of You that you give to each of us… that resides within 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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