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1-1-2011
#742
1-9-2011
#743
1-16-2011
#744
1-23-2011
#745
1-30-2011

1-1-2011 New Years and Sunday Service of the Church Within #741
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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 we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.
(From: Professor Irwin Corey (1914 -)

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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.

A Happy New Year we wish to you All! Did you make a New Years Resolution?

The topic of today's New Years Service and Sunday Service, #741, is Change…

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The Sermon
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Ahhh… a Fresh New Year is upon us! It is the time when so many people's minds turn to thoughts of New Years Resolutions… a resolution to do “This” finally or, more likely it is a resolution to stop doing “That” finally.

Resolutions are a simple thing to make really. You've probably heard the saying, “If it were easy, Everyone would do it.” Well… resolutions fall into that category don't you think? So Incredibly easy to Make, yet… so very difficult to follow through with, wouldn't you say? Who among us has not made a resolution in this life? Who among us has not failed in the final accomplishment of some resolution or another? In fact those times when a person holds True to a resolution are so special, so Rare, that they are often worn openly like a Badge of Honor. Far more resolutions fall to the way-side than don't though… do they not? Why is that do you think?

Why do people Make resolutions then when they so often are unsuccessful? What is it that people are truly Wanting when they make a resolution? Why… it is Change of course that they desire… people make a resolution because they want something or other to Change about their life or their situation or their environment. But Change is Difficult! Change takes a long Time! Who wants to go through all the struggles and expend all the effort that Change requires when it is so much easier to make a nice, neat, simple little resolution once a year when no one really expects to succeed at it Anyway?

At least with resolutions we are on the right track. Resolutions are inevitably about a modification or alteration of the self in some way. Funny though when people talk about Change… it often (usually?), is about others doing the changing. Change becomes much simpler when it is others that must make it. Almost as simple as… Making a Resolution.

Is there something about yourself that you would like to Change this year?

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Quotes
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(From:
Dan Millman, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior)
Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
All things must change to something new, to something strange.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-2)
        The cry of the righteous is the faith act of the child of God which opens the door of the Father's storehouse of goodness, truth, and mercy, and these good gifts have long been in waiting for the son's approach and personal appropriation. Prayer does not change the divine attitude toward man, but it does change man's attitude toward the changeless Father.

(From: Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

(From: James Gordon, M.D.)
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.

(From: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.

(From: Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923)
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.

(From: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.

(From: Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004)
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
You must be the change you want to see in the world.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

(From: Stephen Covey)
We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give me strength and resolve.

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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1-9-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #742
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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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Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents the week before Christmas.

At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs.

"I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..."

"I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO..."

"I PRAY FOR A NEW VCR..."

His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said, "Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn't deaf."

To which the little brother replied, "No, but Grandma is!"

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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.

Everything is Go, Go, Go. Gotta get This done… gotta do That!
Can't Stop… Must Keep Moving… Need to Prove my Worth, Prove my Value!
Oh? Really? To Whom exactly…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #742, is Stillness…

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Quotes
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(From:
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-148 Section-6)
No more shall suffering mortals be denied the comfort of knowing the love of God and understanding the mercy of the Father in heaven. While the speech of God spoken from the whirlwind was a majestic concept for the day of its utterance, you have already learned that the Father does not thus reveal himself, but rather that he speaks within the human heart as a still, small voice, saying, `This is the way; walk therein.' Do you not comprehend that God dwells within you, that he has become what you are that he may make you what he is!"

(From: The Book of Runes - #23 – Standstill / That Which Impedes / Ice)
Submit and be still, for what you are experiencing is not necessarily the result of your actions or habits, but of the conditions of the time against which you can do nothing. What has been full must empty; what has increased must decrease. This is the way of Heaven and Earth. To surrender is to display courage and wisdom.

(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), 1712)
Our imagination loves to be filled with an object or to grasp at anything that is too big for it's capacity. We are flung into a pleasing astonishment at such unbounded views and feel a delightful stillness and amazement in the soul at the apprehension of them.

(From: Indira Gandhi (1917 - 1984)
We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

(From: The Book of Runes - #1 – The Self )
The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms, and the self must know stillness before it can discover it's true song.

(From: Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

(From: Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.

(From: The Book of Runes - #21 – Gateway/Place of non-action )
Be still, collect yourself, and wait on the Will of Heaven.

(From:
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "King Henry V", Act 3)

In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility

(From: James Carroll)
We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

(From: Katha Upanishad)
When the five senses and the mind are still, and the reasoning intellect rests in silence, then begins the highest path.

(From: Will 12/15/91 – the Talahassee TeaM)
Clear your mind. Don't think about anything. Don't think about not thinking. I like to use the example of the water in the glass. The more you try to calm the water, the more it is stirred. Just allow it to fall into the bottom and come to rest naturally and you will find that there is a stillness which has great vitality. You will be able to discern the vitality of God, Himself, even in what you formerly thought were the empty spaces. Those who can find meaning in the empty spaces are truly on the right path. Do you think you can do that?

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The Sermon
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There is never enough time for Stillness. No matter how hard one looks for it, it cannot be found…
“There's So much to do…
“I'm in the middle of something…
“All of this needs to get done first…
“I'll do it later…
“I just can't find the time…

One cannot find the time for Stillness…

Indeed one must…
…Make time for Stillness.
…Sacrifice time for Stillness.
…Surrender time for Stillness.

Create some time for Stillness. It requires very little of it.
Ten Minutes of Stillness time every day---Time alone with God/Time listening for The Still Small Voice Within---can make life better… Does make life better… Will make life better.

Stillness – 10 minutes every day
100% Guaranteed!!!
Try it Free for 30 days! If you are not completely Satisfied, return it for a complete Refund… Better yet, Keep it and your investment will be returned to you a hundred-fold.

I've Done it. It Works!
Now my greatest challenge is to stop thinking about doing it again… and just DO it…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Why did I stop? How did I forget? Help me to remember.

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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1-16-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #743
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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 was driving home one day when I saw the flash of a traffic camera.

I figured that my picture had been taken for exceeding the limit even though I knew that I was not speeding. Just to be sure, I went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed.

Now I began to think that this was quite funny, so I drove even slower as I passed the area once more, but the traffic camera again flashed.
 
I tried a fourth and fifth time with the same results and was now laughing as the camera flashed while I rolled past at a snail's pace.

Two weeks later, I got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.

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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.

Everyone has it in some form or another…
Every form has the potential for Inestimable Value…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #743, is Creativity…

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The Sermon
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Creativity

Too many believe that they do not have any.
That perception is in error.

They may have been wrongly taught that they have none…
They may have stopped looking for it…
They may not yet recognize their own…
They may deny that which they Do have…
Maybe they judge their own form of Creativity to be of less Value than those forms they observe displayed by others…
Possibly their own is so familiar and naturally occurring that they see nothing all that special about it…
Perhaps it is not the kind that they wish they had…

Aren't you glad that We are not they?
Isn't it fortunate that We know God shares His Creativity with All of His Children?
Can you imagine what it would be like if we didn't know?

We Do know… don't we?
If perchance not… Shouldn't we?

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Quotes
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(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 8:16-21)
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

(From: Ambrose 5/5/96 – the Tallahassee TeaM)
You all hold within you so many creative gifts from the Father that in great measure you have not yet understood. Each of you have held within your hearts and minds so many gifts the Father gave and wishes to be extended through you; gifts of creativity, writing, painting, nurturing, all expressions of love are counted among these gifts. We would encourage you each to do some deeper searching and seek to discover the many gifts you hold, for in the future you will be given many opportunities to share them and grow from them.

(From: Edward De Bono)
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

(From: Mary Lou Cook)
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

(From: Erich Fromm)
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-4)
        You cannot completely control the external world--environment. It is the creativity of the inner world that is most subject to your direction because there your personality is so largely liberated from the fetters of the laws of antecedent causation.

(From: Thomas Moore)
If we were to bring creativity down to earth, it would not have to be reserved for exceptional individuals or identified with brilliance. In ordinary life creativity means making something for the soul out of every experience.

(From: Nnamdi Azikiwe)
Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.

(From: Etty Hillesum)
I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-4)
        Inner creativity contributes to ennoblement of character through personality integration and selfhood unification. It is forever true: The past is unchangeable; only the future can be changed by the ministry of the present creativity of the inner self.

(From: John Updike)
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.

(From: Arthur Koestler)
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

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

(From: I Ching)
Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the universe and are appointed by Heaven.

(From: Brian W. Aldiss)
Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.

(From: Robert Bresson)

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for the opportunity of sharing a part of creating with You. It is a rare and precious gift indeed.

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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1-23-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #744
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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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Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

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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.

If there were more of it, the world would be a much better place…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #744, is Justice…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-4)
Mercy is simply justice tempered by that wisdom which grows out of perfection of knowledge and the full recognition of the natural weaknesses and environmental handicaps of finite creatures.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Merchant of Venice")
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice.


(From: Abraham 1/8/01 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
God's justice always outweighs mans, and even though it is hard to see that in your mortal form, know that the universes are busy behind the scenes seeing that divine justice reigns supreme. How much more can a man appreciate justice when he has experienced injustice. How much more fair will you be when you have been treated unfairly?

(From: R. J. Baughan)
We find greatest joy, not in getting, but expressing what we are. Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not in the taking and holding, but in the doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things, but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), "Strength to Love")
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

(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: The Magna Carta)
To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice.

(From: Henri-Frédéric Amiel)
The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.

(From: Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005)
I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-4)
"Justice makes a nation great, and the greater a nation the more solicitous will it be to see that injustice shall not befall even its most humble citizen. Woe upon any nation when only those who possess money and influence can secure ready justice before its courts! It is the sacred duty of a magistrate to acquit the innocent as well as to punish the guilty.

(From:
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

(From: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

(From: Earl Warren (1891 - 1974)
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

(From: Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC)
If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-8)
Have faith--confidence in the eventual triumph of divine justice and eternal goodness.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.

(From: George Bancroft)
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-3)
You are all God's children; you are the sons of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you. And when the time of judgment shall come, fear not, you shall all find, not only justice, but an abundance of mercy. Verily, verily, I say to you: He who hears the gospel of the kingdom and believes in this teaching of sonship with God, has eternal life; already are such believers passing from judgment and death to light and life.

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The Sermon
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Justice

Do you Fear it or do you Crave it?

When you wish it upon another, do you see Justice as a punishment or as a reward?

Is getting revenge God's Justice?
Would you not expect that God's Justice would be more concerned with the provision of Compassion and Love… as of a Parent for their beloved Child?

Divine Justice is about getting what is Truly deserved, based upon intent and without penalty for immaturity… it is about Fairness.

The world we live in is not always fair… in fact it seldom seems to be fair.
But in the end, God is Always Fair.

Fairness

Do you Fear it or do you Crave it?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May I Never have cause to fear Your Justice.

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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1-30-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #745
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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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Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice?"
George Carlin (1937 - 2008)

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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 take issue with the term, “Fake it 'till you make it.” I think it's really just more about…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #745, is Practice…

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The Sermon
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In sports, one practices before the game… a rehearsal.
In Life, Practice Is the Game… it is the Performance.

Do you truly Believe if you are not Practicing what you Believe?

The greatest joy of the artist comes while Practicing their Art.

As we Practice, we get better at what we are Practicing. Beginners and Masters alike must Practice to be more than an observer. The act of Practice makes one a Participant.

Is there something, Anything you would like to be competent, good or better at?
The one sure way is to Practice it.

Practice is not a chore, it is the Mission.

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Quotes
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(From:
Yogi Berra (1925 –)
In theory there's no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-170 Section-3)
        The righteousness of any act must be measured by the motive; the highest forms of good are therefore unconscious. Jesus was never concerned with morals or ethics as such. He was wholly concerned with that inward and spiritual fellowship with God the Father which so certainly and directly manifests itself as outward and loving service for man. He taught that the religion of the kingdom is a genuine personal experience which no man can contain within himself; that the consciousness of being a member of the family of believers leads inevitably to the practice of the precepts of the family conduct, the service of one's brothers and sisters in the effort to enhance and enlarge the brotherhood.

(From: Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)
The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-52 Section-7)
Generation after generation, more and more of the race step into line with those who practice justice and live mercy.

(From: Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)
Practice is the best of all instructors.

(From: Augustus Octavius)
Practice, the master of all things.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-136 Section-4)
It had always been Jesus' practice, when facing any new or serious decisions, to withdraw for communion with his own spirit that he might seek to know the will of God.

(From: The Dalai Lama (1935 -)
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

(From: Gideon 5/3/94 – the Spokane TeaM)
When you see that you have a problem in some area you can best dissolve this problem by seeing what it is, then establishing how you would react better, and then practicing this over and over until you can perceive the understanding beyond the problem. As you proceed in your lives you can move forward in a balanced manner, consistent, by forging out your ways of being. If you would be good then you must practice being good.

(From: Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC)
Practice and thought might gradually forge many an art.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-10)
“ But first of all I am going to practice worshiping God by learning how to do the will of God on earth; that is, I am going to do my best to treat each of my fellow mortals just as I think God would like to have him treated. And when we live this sort of a life in the flesh, we may ask many things of God, and he will give us the desire of our hearts that we may be the better prepared to serve our fellows. And all of this loving service of the children of God enlarges our capacity to receive and experience the joys of heaven, the high pleasures of the ministry of the spirit of heaven.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Please remind me to Practice Your Presence. Being with You makes everything better.

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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