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7-3-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #454
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th 1996

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

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[Note:]
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Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

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Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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

What do your eyes see when you are agitated or worried or afraid?

What do your Eyes see when you are in the state of Love and at Peace within?

Is your view of others and the world the same?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #454, is The Eyes of the Soul…

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The Sermon
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A few Sundays ago, the Service was about being “In Love.” Last Sunday it was Inner “Peace.” In reviewing them last evening, I noticed a certain connection… an undeniable relationship between “Inner Peace” and being “In Love.” They usually are found together. Inner Peace is the optimum environment for being In Love… and being In Love is essential nourishment for Inner Peace.

So, after a time of Meditative Stillness and Contemplation, the term “Eyes of the Soul” popped into my mind and I began to flow with it. I started thinking about those times of being In Love and in Inner Peace, and about how different everything looks… as if I really am seeing through totally different eyes and from a different part of my Being. As If? Hmmm… think about it.

The eyes of the ego are pretty myopic---narrow minded---focusing mainly on material survival, personal gain, physical comfort and, anything that may seem to get in the way of or threaten them in any way. They can see offences where none were ever intended, purposeful antagonism in a careless mistake, stupidity where there is only momentary unawareness, threats where none exist.

But the Eyes of the Soul can look at the very same scenario and see something totally different. The Eyes of the Soul let Love and Compassion, Service and Brotherhood, Goodness and Honesty, guide the interpretation of what they see. Our Soul is where we may be in contact with God, and when seeing with the Eyes of the Soul God is the better able to help us see Goodness and Beauty and Truth.

There is a vibrant multihued insight, a multi-dimensional depth of vision and a continuous flow of motion in Soul Vision where ego eyes see only a flat, frozen in time, black and white photo of the past. The Eyes of the Soul help us the better to see what God sees… the Divine Beauty within another person, rather than the unsightliness of human limitation… the Love available to share, rather than the fear that keeps love imprisoned… A Beloved Brother or Sister, rather than an enemy or “just another human to get in my way.”

The Eyes of the Soul are The Eyes of a Child… God's child. They are not childish, they are Childlike… Trusting, Inquisitive, Adventurous, Fearless, Carefree and Impervious to lasting disappointment.

Life is a constant human struggle.

It is also an Exciting and Stimulating Adventure.

It all depends…

…on which “Eyes” you are using to View it.

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Quotes
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(From: Kenich Ohmae)
It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.

(From: The Bhagavad Gita – 11:08)
But, you are not able to see Me with your physical eye; therefore, I give you the divine eye to see My majestic power and glory.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-4)
The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.

(From: George Gissing (1857 - 1903)
It is the mind which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.

(From: Monjoronson - 3/15/04– the Center for Christ Consciousness)
Find your desire to look through the eyes of a child in viewing the world; with the innocence and sweetness and purity of a child unseared by sin and unmarred by injustice and inequity. Find your desire for all of your perspectives and viewpoints on life to be seen through these child-like faith eyes.

(From: Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, 1998)
Outings are so much more fun when we can savor them through the children's eyes.

(From: Kandice Hehner, Innocent Eyes)
As each child looks at the world through innocent eyes all they can see, Is the worlds way of life and the way they think their lives should be.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), "Nature")
The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eyes and the heart of the child.

(From: Saint Jerome (374 AD - 419 AD)
The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

(From: Michael Bridge)
When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.

(From: Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903)
I shut my eyes in order to see.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

(From: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 - 1851)
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

(From: Dorothea Brande)
The author of genius does keep till his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness of a child, the "innocence of eye" that means so much to the painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word "trite" has hardly any meaning for him; and always to see "the correspondences between things" of which Aristotle spoke two thousand years ago.


(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 11:34-36)
Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light."

(From: Hellen Keller)
To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.


(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables)
Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

(From: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)
There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.

(From: Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878 - 1969)

Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it.


(From: Teacher Daniel - 10/25/92– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Always will you find opportunities to be understanding and tolerant. Always will you know the wonderment of release when you can forgive. Always will you know the pure joy that giving love freely gives to you. Always will you see with spiritual eyes when you can see into the heart and goodness of others. Continue searching for good. Continue to bring forth that into your lives. For, as you are very much aware, that which you focus on is what you will see.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to more clearly see others as You see them… with Love, with Compassion, with Mercy, with Tenderness, and undoubtedly, with a healthy amount of Affectionate Humor.

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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7-10-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #455
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th 1996

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

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
(Frank Leahy)

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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.

This week I have been enjoying attending “The Common Grounds Festival” ( http:// www.commongroundfestival.org ), in Coeur d'Alene, ID and Spokane, WA that is being hosted by the “Association for Light and Life” ( http://www.associationforlightandlife.org/ ). Although it is but one fine part of the festival, the Music alone has served to rejuvenate my Soul.

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

(From: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

This morning I was originally going to do the Service on identifying things that are ego motivated, and things that are Soul inspired… and one way to recognize the difference. But after 4 hours of accumulating and sorting an Overabundance of excellent quotes from a wide variety of different sources (and trying to arrange them into an order that presented a relatively flowing and continuous unity of divergent thoughts), I realized that perhaps it would be better to focus more specifically upon just the Soul.
(Most aspects of Ego are already easy enough for most of us to identify without a lot of help. ;-)

So…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #455, is A View of Soul…

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Quotes
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(From: Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
Whether one is Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, how you live your life is proof that you are, or not, fully His. We cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt people. We don't know in what way God is appearing to that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefor, who are we to condemn anybody?

(From: George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
Each religion, by the help of more, or less myth which it takes more, or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.


(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 1:9)
As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.

(From: Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)
The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.

(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: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.


(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 2)
Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.

(From: Solonia – 4/12/04 – the Garden TeaM)
Each conscious choice for goodness that you make in Full Awareness, frees the function of your Soul that one more step.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
'Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers, and things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art; to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.'


(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic)
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.

(From: Pythagoras (582 BC - 507 BC)
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.

(From John Fletcher (1579 - 1625)
Man is his own star and the soul that can render an honest and perfect man commands all light, all influence, all fate.


(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.

(From: Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC)
The soul is the captain and ruler of the life of morals.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-2)
        True religion is an insight into reality, the faith-child of the moral consciousness, and not a mere intellectual assent to any body of dogmatic doctrines. True religion consists in the experience that "the Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God." Religion consists not in theologic propositions but in spiritual insight and the sublimity of the soul's trust.

(From: Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.

(From: Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784)
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

(From: William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
The passions that build up our human soul,
Not with the mean and vulgar works of man,
But with high objects, with enduring things,
With life and nature, purifying thus
The elements of feeling and of thought,
And sanctifying, by such discipline
Both pain and fear, until we recognize
A grandeur in the beatings of the heart.


(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-5)
        Do not become discouraged by the discovery that you are human. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful. Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences. The mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity. Lighten your burdens of soul by speedily acquiring a long-distance view of your destiny, a universe expansion of your career.
        Make not the mistake of estimating the soul's worth by the imperfections of the mind or by the appetites of the body. Judge not the soul nor evaluate its destiny by the standard of a single unfortunate human episode. Your spiritual destiny is conditioned only by your spiritual longings and purposes.
        Religion is the exclusively spiritual experience of the evolving immortal soul of the God-knowing man, but moral power and spiritual energy are mighty forces which may be utilized in dealing with difficult social situations and in solving intricate economic problems. These moral and spiritual endowments make all levels of human living richer and more meaningful.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.


(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 11:29)
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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The Sermon
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It is to and through the Souls of His Children that the Heavenly Creator actively shares continuous expressions of His Infinite Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

Soul functions in Love, and in Love is Goodness found.

All forms and expressions of, Art and Appreciation, the Majesty and Awesomeness of Nature, Kindness, Goodness, Compassion, Caring, Sharing… are Soul's Active Experience of Beauty.

Living Truth is the continual Discovery of Soul (though all too quickly, human ego claims it as it's own).

Egos react to the world.
Souls act in the World.

Ego is self-aware.
Soul is Other-Aware.

Ego experiences material realities.
Soul can experience Divine Realities.

Ego is in continuous touch with the material world.
Soul is in Touch with The Creator.

The health of our world could really use an Infusion of Soul right now… let us each do our humble part---individual; collective; cumulative---in the process of it's and our Healing.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Strengthen the Souls of we Your mortal Children.

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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7-17-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #456
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th 1996

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

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly."

The other man said, "What is the name of the restaurant?"

The first man thought and thought and finally said, "What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... the one that's red and has thorns."

"Do you mean a rose?"

"Yes, that's the one," replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, "Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

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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 topic of today's Sunday Service, #456, is Humility…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #66)
All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.

(From: Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832)
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.

(From: Veronica – 9/18/94 – the Volcano, HI TeaM)
Arouse your noble ambitions by reflecting on humility and gratitude and liberate your restlessness by abandoning the false barriers of ego. It is hardest to recognize our own faults but easy to recognize defect in others. Relinquish self-importance and reflect on the life-transforming and emancipating qualities of humbleness.

(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.


(From: Jackie Mason)
By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting; in whose name; in whose strength; in whose glory? What faith, humility, self-denial, and love of God and to man have there been in all my actions?

(From: Ham - 9/8/02 – The Nashville TeaM)
The excitement of life is in the new directions and new challenges, win or lose. Humility is hard to find among those who have reached a pinnacle and are coasting there. But, humility is easy to find in those who struggle and try and continue to allow themselves to win and to lose.

(From: Joseph J. Lamb)
The road to success leads through the valley of humility, and the path is up the ladder of patience and across the wide barren plains of perseverance. As yet, no short cut has ever been discovered.

(From: Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644)
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "Humility, indeed, becomes mortal man who receives all these gifts from the Father in heaven, albeit there is a divine dignity attached to all such faith candidates for the eternal ascent of the heavenly kingdom. The meaningless and menial practices of an ostentatious and false humility are incompatible with the appreciation of the source of your salvation and the recognition of the destiny of your spirit-born souls. Humility before God is altogether appropriate in the depths of your hearts; meekness before men is commendable; but the hypocrisy of self-conscious and attention-craving humility is childish and unworthy of the enlightened sons of the kingdom.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
        "Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." Only those who feel poor in spirit will ever hunger for righteousness. Only the humble seek for divine strength and crave spiritual power.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 5:5-7)
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

(From: Ham 6/22/92 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
You cannot walk the way of God without, in true humility, taking the hand of God and allowing yourself to be led.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "You do well to be meek before God and self-controlled before men, but let your meekness be of spiritual origin and not the self-deceptive display of a self-conscious sense of self-righteous superiority. The prophet spoke advisedly when he said, `Walk humbly with God,' for, while the Father in heaven is the Infinite and the Eternal, he also dwells `with him who is of a contrite mind and a humble spirit.'

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #39)
The Master views the parts with compassion,
because he understands the whole.
His constant practice is humility.

(From: Abraham 9/10/01 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
        The humble person first and foremost seeks to serve and minister because he loves God. Love is the desire to do good to others. The humble person desires to serve God by serving God's children. Secondly, the humble person has an overwhelming need to serve out of love for his fellows. With balanced humility you see the world as your home and you crave to do your part as a member of the family.

(From: The ASB Bible - Philippians 2:3-4)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

(From: Veronica – 9/18/94 – the Volcano, HI TeaM)
Continually strive to serve others, and you will attain a true balance of humility and love that will be dynamic to receiving the gifts of grace and enable you to sow seeds of light. Seek the timeless thread of humility throughout your quest for perfection, and the Father will softly lift you to higher vibrations of His purpose and enthrall you with a burning desire to accomplish His plan.

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The Sermon
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When first a Soul recognizes and embraces the truth that it's unexpected and often startling abilities for Creativity and Goodness flow forth from a Source beyond its own capabilities, then is born in that Soul an ennobling experience of the Highest and Truest form of Love inspired Humility. Indeed the Soul deserves commendation for its willing choice to allow the Creative Spirit to pour into and through it in conscious participation, but the Humble Soul knows that it is but a channel wherein the Creator's Living Waters may flow. The human ego may like to think “I did it!” but the Humble Soul knows “God did it and gave me the gift of being an active partner in its unfoldment.”

The personal experience of Higher Inspiration should be sufficient to ensure the active functioning of Humility in the life of a Spirit led Soul. When the Humility is found absent, then ought one question whether the inspiration is Real or egotistically imagined… if determined to be Real, then should Worshipful Humility immediately begin to fill the void… if it does not… well… then… the question was still answered, was it not?

“Got Humility?”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the True Source of All that is Real and Good. Thank You for making it ever available to All who are willing to accept and Flow within it.

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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7-24-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #457
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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Verily I say unto you…
Money

It can buy a house
But not a home

It can buy a clock
But not time

It can buy you a position
But not respect

It can buy you a bed
But not sleep

It can buy you a book
But not knowledge

It can buy you medicine
But not health

It can buy you blood
But not life

So you see money isn't everything
And it often causes pain and suffering

I tell you this because I am your friend
And as your friend I want to
Take away your pain and suffering!!
So
Send me all your money
And I will suffer for you!

Cash only please!

After all, what are friends for, uh??

Let me know if you need my address.

(Ed: I thought it was pretty funny, but if you want to take it seriously… ;-)

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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 look at the state of the world today and wonder, Is it really as bad as we are being told it is by the governments and the media?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #457, is “Is This the best we can hope for?”…

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Quotes
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(From: Joshua L. Chamberlain)
We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour strikes that calls to noble action..., No man becomes suddenly different from his habit and cherished thought.

(From: “Rodan” The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Human life consists in three great drives--urges, desires, and lures. Strong character, commanding personality, is only acquired by converting the natural urge of life into the social art of living, by transforming present desires into those higher longings which are capable of lasting attainment, while the commonplace lure of existence must be transferred from one's conventional and established ideas to the higher realms of unexplored ideas and undiscovered ideals.

(From: Carl Schurz (1829 - 1906)
Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-81 Section-6)
The ideals of one generation carve out the channels of destiny for immediate posterity. The quality of the social torchbearers will determine whether civilization goes forward or backward. The homes, churches, and schools of one generation predetermine the character trend of the succeeding generation. The moral and spiritual momentum of a race or a nation largely determines the cultural velocity of that civilization.
        Ideals elevate the source of the social stream. And no stream will rise any higher than its source no matter what technique of pressure or directional control may be employed. The driving power of even the most material aspects of a cultural civilization is resident in the least material of society's achievements. Intelligence may control the mechanism of civilization, wisdom may direct it, but spiritual idealism is the energy which really uplifts and advances human culture from one level of attainment to another.
        At first life was a struggle for existence; now, for a standard of living; next it will be for quality of thinking, the coming earthly goal of human existence.

(From: Jawaharal Nehru)
Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.

(From: Anne Frank (1929 - 1945)
It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

(From: Samuel Ullman)
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

(From: Elyon - 1/5/97 – The North Idaho TeaM)
I would encourage you and everyone to reach for the highest spiritual ideals and make every attempt in your lives to realize these ideals, to make them part of your being. I would also encourage that minimal amounts of your energy be directed towards any negative aspects of your being. I realize that this is extremely difficult in your surroundings. However, it is important to begin to realize when your energy is being directed in a not-positive direction, to consciously make efforts to redirect this energy into the positive counterparts to that equation.

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.

(From: “Message From Hopi Elders”)

“We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river,
Keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and Celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally,
Least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

WE are the ones we have been waiting for.”

(The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi Arizona)

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        This last Quote, attributed to “The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi Arizona,” was given to me by a friend this week and as I read it, it just seemed to reawaken something within me… a Memory? an Emotion? a Feeling? perhaps, an old and Cherished Ideal? maybe, just maybe, all Four?

        Anyway… It got me to thinking back to the times of the 60's and 70's… the times when I was “growing up” into my teens and early (relative) adulthood.
        I wasn't really a “Hippie” though there was something about their higher Spiritual Ideals that I did resonate with and, I did let my hair grow to a point.
        I wasn't really a “Protester” though in my heart and soul I felt that many of the things being demonstrated against were being protested with good and valid reason.
        I wasn't a “Soldier” though many dear friends were.
        I wasn't a “Part of the System” though I didn't fight it openly… it was more that “The System” just didn't fit Me and who I was becoming through my experiences of life and Spirituality. And it seemed to me that the Majority of “The Baby Boom Generation” (and numerous of those born just before and after), didn't think that “The System” of the time fit Them Either. We felt like we would/should be able to Change the power structure to be more in line with Peace and Love and Brotherhood… it almost seemed like it was starting to Grow in that direction too…

But then… we seemed to Lose it somehow.
How did it Happen?
Did we change our Ideals?
Did we Compromise them?
Did we Forget them?
Did we voluntarily Relinquish them?
Did we just get tired and Quit?

Where are those Ideals of Peace and Love and Brotherhood and Truth and Goodness today?
Certainly they are not running the world right now. Not yet anyway.
Are they gone, or perhaps… only dormant?
Are they still there awaiting the “Right Moment” to re-emerge or, have the intervening decades of indifference and complacency dealt them “the Death Blow?”
Have Materialism and Co-dependency Won, or are they just desperately clinging on to the last vestiges of their power over the mass of the people?

Is it too late for the once claimed Ideals of the “Baby Boomers” to make any kind of real, lasting, beneficial Impact in the world or… is the time only now approaching it's Ripeness?

If you are from that Generation, are the Ideals still Alive within you?
If so, are you actively doing anything to promote them or are you waiting for someone else to take up the torch? Can our world afford to wait for a future generation to take up the cause of Truth, Righteousness, Peace and Love? Should it Have to? Did we learn Anything from those times? Think about it.

I'll close today with a couple of, I think, pertinent quotes. The first, the last line from the Hopi Elders quote…
“WE are the ones we have been waiting for.”

And finally, two from a man who inspired Many of us in our youth with his Spiritual Wisdom, Gandhi…

“One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.”

and…

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give us the Will and the Resolve to Persevere in our quest for Truth, Beauty and Goodness, for Love… and for Peace… and for the Brotherhood of All Your Children.

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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7-31-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #458
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th 1996

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Humor of the Week
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        A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.
        Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?" "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago." "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?" "Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago." Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?"

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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 is folly to trust the words of those who would benefit by your ignorance.
Knowledge and Understanding can help Wisdom to separate fact from falsehood.
No one can truly stop you from gaining Knowledge except you.
Got Knowledge?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #458, is Knowledge…

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(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:2)
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

(From: Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954)
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

(From: Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.

(From: Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC)
Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.

(From: Stephen Hawking)
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

(From: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.


(From: Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

(From: Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

(From: Pliny the Elder (23 AD - 79 AD), Natural History)
Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected?

(From: Maria Mitchell)
We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us; and the more we gain, the more is our desire. The more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-25 Section-3)
The higher a creature's education, the more respect he has for the knowledge, experience, and opinions of others.

(From: Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-25 Section-4)
In the universal regime you are not reckoned as having possessed yourself of knowledge and truth until you have demonstrated your ability and your willingness to impart this knowledge and truth to others.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 2:19-21)
and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--you then who teach others, will you not teach yourself?

(From: Sidney Madwed)
If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.

(From: “Rodan” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-2)
There is positive strength in the knowledge that you live for the welfare of others, and that these others likewise live for your welfare and advancement. Man languishes in isolation. Human beings unfailingly become discouraged when they view only the transitory transactions of time. The present, when divorced from the past and the future, becomes exasperatingly trivial. Only a glimpse of the circle of eternity can inspire man to do his best and can challenge the best in him to do its utmost. And when man is thus at his best, he lives most unselfishly for the good of others, his fellow sojourners in time and eternity.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

(From: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
Art is something greater and higher than our own skill or knowledge or learning. That art is something which, though produced by human hands, is not wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man's soul.

(From: T. T. Munger)
Knowledge and personality make doubt possible, but knowledge is also the cure of doubt; and when we get a full and adequate sense of personality we are lifted into a region where doubt is almost impossible, for no man can know himself as he is, and all fullness of his nature, without also knowing God.

(From: Benjamin Franklin, letter to David Hartley, 12-4-1789)
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: "This is my country."

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The Sermon
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What do You think?
Is there such a thing as having Too Much knowledge, say…

        ...about how Nature really works?
        ...about how Civilization and Society work?
        ...about how this Human Body of ours works?
        ...about how our Brain, and also how our Mind works?
        ...about how this World of ours works?
        …about how the whole Universe works?

Can You know too much…
        ...about Reality?
        ...about the Truth?
        ...about Mankind?

        ...about Compassion?
        ...about Love?
        ...about Relationships?

        ...about Life?
        ...about Yourself?
        ...about God?

Do You have more than you need?
[Now… I didn't say “more than is good for you.” I said, “more than you Need.” ;-)]

Do you have as much Knowledge as you really Want?

I Hope not.


I'll close now with the four quotes that initially inspired Today's Service…

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-6)
        The expansion of material knowledge permits a greater intellectual appreciation of the meanings of ideas and the values of ideals. A human being can find truth in his inner experience, but he needs a clear knowledge of facts to apply his personal discovery of truth to the ruthlessly practical demands of everyday life.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-3)
There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-4)
        Knowledge is the sphere of the material or fact-discerning mind. Truth is the domain of the spiritually endowed intellect that is conscious of knowing God. Knowledge is demonstrable; truth is experienced. Knowledge is a possession of the mind; truth an experience of the soul, the progressing self. Knowledge is a function of the nonspiritual level; truth is a phase of the mind-spirit level of the universes. The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-133 Section-9)
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. With all your quest for knowledge, get understanding. Exalt wisdom and she will promote you. She will bring you to honor if you will but embrace her."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to continuously discover Knowledge, gain Understanding, and acquire Wisdom… that I may the better come to have a Clearer comprehension 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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