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7-1-2007
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7-8-2007
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7-15-2007
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7-1-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #558
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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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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

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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 am going to give you a word, and you say the first thing that it makes you think about, OK?
The word is: Innocent…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 558, is “the Innocents…

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Quotes
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(From: William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.

(From: Moliere (1622 - 1673)
No one is safe from slander. The best way is to pay no attention to it, but live in innocence and let the world talk.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-4)
        Meeting a poor man who had been falsely accused, Jesus went with him before the magistrate and, having been granted special permission to appear in his behalf, made that superb address in the course of which he said: "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. Upon the impartiality, fairness, and integrity of its courts the endurance of a nation depends. Civil government is founded on justice, even as true religion is founded on mercy."

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.

(From: Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
For I do not believe God means us thus to divide life into two halves - to wear a grave face on Sunday, and to think it out-of-place to even so much as mention Him on a week-day. Do you think He cares to see only kneeling figures and to hear only tones of prayer - and that He does not also love to see the lambs leaping in the sunlight, and to hear the merry voices of the children, as they roll amoung the hay? Surely their innocent laughter is as sweet in His ears as the grandest anthem that ever rolled up from the "dim religious light" of some solemn cathedral?

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-139 Section-8)
        The other apostles held Jesus in reverence because of some special and outstanding trait of his replete personality, but Thomas revered his Master because of his superbly balanced character. Increasingly Thomas admired and honored one who was so lovingly merciful yet so inflexibly just and fair; so firm but never obstinate; so calm but never indifferent; so helpful and so sympathetic but never meddlesome or dictatorial; so strong but at the same time so gentle; so positive but never rough or rude; so tender but never vacillating; so pure and innocent but at the same time so virile, aggressive, and forceful; so truly courageous but never rash or foolhardy; such a lover of nature but so free from all tendency to revere nature; so humorous and so playful, but so free from levity and frivolity. It was this matchless symmetry of personality that so charmed Thomas. He probably enjoyed the highest intellectual understanding and personality appreciation of Jesus of any of the twelve.

(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.

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The Sermon
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“The Innocents”

Innocent #1

When one is Naïve, Ignorant, Unaware… they are said to be Innocent. In fact that is one of the definitions given in the dictionary for the word Innocent. Unfortunately, when Innocence is used in this context, it is more often than not, meant to be interpreted as a derogatory statement. How sad that some misinterpret it that way...

Little Children are Naïve… it is one of the Endearing things about them… they are naturally Trusting and Hopeful and they are Ignorant of things like Fraud, Deceitfulness and Treachery.
“Unless you become as a little child…”

Little Children are Ignorant… they have not yet had the opportunity to learn about many things. But then… they constantly hunger for a new knowledge and understanding of things so… that's a Good thing… don't you Think? Little Children are Unaware of their own Ignorance because they are too busy trying to learn about the things they don't know yet.
“Unless you become as a little child…”

Little Children are Unaware… they do not expect Menace, or Hatred or Deception to be everywhere they look unless specifically taught to. Little Children quite naturally seek out Kindness, Love, Truth and Wisdom. It is a Lifelong Search.
“Unless you become as a little child…”

Innocent #2

Another much used definition for the word Innocent is the term “Not Guilty.” It is most often used in this way to describe the result of a Verdict made necessary by an accusation, whether it be in a Family situation or in a Social situation or a Justice situation. Little Children are Keenly Aware of Injustice, and Crave Justice in it's Pure and True Form. It is unfortunate that many children are incorrectly taught to believe that Punishment is the result of Justice when Righteousness is truly what Justice Seeks to provide.
“Unless you become as a little child…”

Innocent #3

Trusting and Hopeful, Informed, Knowledgeable and Understanding, Kind, Loving, Truthful and Wise… These are all traits of “The Other” definition of Innocent… the Wholly Positive form of Innocence. It is the Innocence one would expect of a Child of God. It is the Innocence that attracts Love and upholds Peace, that radiates Compassion and a devotion to Fairness, that earns Honest Respect and characterizes True Friendship. This Innocence is in no way childish, but is in every way Childlike.

“Unless you become as a little child…”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for being my Parent.

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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7-8-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #559
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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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God loves everyone, but probably prefers "fruits of the spirit" over "religious nuts!"

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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.

How do you define “Success”?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #559, is “Motivation…

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Quotes
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(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another's way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit.

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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.

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The Sermon
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I got to thinking last night (oh…oh… watch out! he's doing That again…)… yeah, so… I was thinking about what exactly it is that Motivates me. Not so much all of the temporary motivations that come along to keep me moving Forward instead of backward along my path, as much as, what Is my Main Motivation in life?

Do you ever ask yourself that? I must confess… I do not do it very Often. This was just one of those rare assessment moments that pop up ever so infrequently.

So I did a quick review of my vast holdings and it became immediately obvious to me that “Material Wealth” must Certainly not be My main motivation… or I would have put Much more of my time, planning and effort into making that a reality… which I guess I didn't and so it Isn't. ;-) I'm not saying I have not ever “played That Game” only that, I never found enough Lasting satisfaction in it to make me want to devote all of my time to it. I have seen over and over again how one can have All of the Material Goodies in life and still feel inwardly, quite unsatisfied. How victorious is That? And I have seen also Many constantly struggling to have all the earthly “Toys” and just not making it to the level that most would deem to be “Successful” in the so called “real” world… frustrated that no amount of material gain is ever Enough… True Happiness just always beyond reach (been there done That!).

And then I thought,
“OK… well… so there's one thing that I guess really Isn't my primary motivation… so what then Is?” “Is it Power?” (Oooops… wrong Again!) “Hmmm… Fame! That's it, No?” (No.) Those Also get a person hopelessly stuck in a Loop that “almost” reaches True Happiness before it makes you start searching for it all over again. o.K. so… Whatever it is that motivates me to the core of my being… it must not be all that Popular. [grin] But then… maybe it Is more popular than is apparent…?

My Main Motivation, my Primary Motivation in life seems to me to be the quest for Spiritual Success… Spiritual Wealth. And That means (to me) having more and more of those Soul inspiring “Now Moments With God” that are so Energizing and Motivating. You know the ones I'm talking about? The ones that Really Change the way you Think about things? The ones that “Change your Life” from that moment Forward! You really Feel the Connection in those moments, Don't you? When you Free your Will to the influence of the Infinite Source [“Let go and let God.”---“Allow the Muse.”---“Soul it.”---in whatever way You identify it…]? Now be honest… at least One of them (likely More) have been able to Keep you in “The Space” for Days, maybe Weeks, Months, even Years! [Or even better… Right Now!]

The more Extended Term Connections with “God”, “The Source”, “Enlightenment” (again… use “whatever human word form” that best describes that relationship for You), are the ones that inspire the words… “Now I Know This one is Real!” Yeah… You know the ones! Don't you just wish those could last Forever… you know, like… all the Time? Right Now and Always?

There were Many times when I wondered… “Was it Real? …or, “Did I Imagine it all?” or, “If it Was 'Real' then, where did it Go?” … but then… I KNOW it Was real because I was There! You know what I mean Don't you? The actual event itself probably wouldn't have had been that big a deal for anyone else in that specific (unique) moment of time… but for You it Was… Wasn't it? Why is that so hard to maintain? How many times did you try to “replicate the moment” in order to get back to Exactly the “Same Place” before you realized that you can never get “there” in the same exact way twice? For me it was quite a few. But then I realized… if I am moving Forward on my Spiritual Journey, the “Same Place” is “back there” somewhere. I must find and enter “The Doorway” Here… where I find myself now.

If there is any recognizable space of time in Between those “Now Moments With God”… then it is Clear evidence that I still have something to Learn before I actually “Get There” …maybe even Two things or even… (a chilling but logical realization…), Many Things! ;-)

“Now Moments With God” are Saturated with Love. They reveal Truth and Beauty and have only Goodness as their Ultimate Goal. They can be experienced alone, but are even Better when shared and experienced with Others. It really isn't so much connected with Talking or Philosophizing about God as it is about Feeling the Presence of Goodness and Love. Successful Relationships are Built upon it… are Sustained by it… Thrive when surrounded by it.


So… what is it that serves as Motivation for Your life? Does it work as well for you as you Wish it would?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is my connection with You that Motivates me and Defines my level of Success. Help me to be more Successful.

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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7-15-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #560
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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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Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

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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.

OK… Time for another Service about the “P” word.

No, not patience (Thank God!)…

This one's about the Other “P” word…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #560, is Perseverance…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
Then said Jesus: "If you would serve me, serve my brethren in the flesh even as I have served you. And be not weary in this well-doing but persevere as one who has been ordained by God for this service of love.

(From: Christopher Reeve)
I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

(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: Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD), Lives)
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

(From: Ham 11/8/98 – the Nashville TeaM)
Everyone has a level of both patience and a capacity for perseverance that increases with spiritual growth. The immature personality cannot exhibit patience for very long nor can he or she derive satisfaction from perseverance at all. The mature person, on the contrary, has seemingly boundless patience and endless capacity to persevere for the righteous cause in the face of adversity.

(From: The Book of Runes - #13 - Harvest/Fertile Season/One Year- Jera)
You have prepared the ground and planted the seed. Now you must cultivate with care. To those whose labor has a long season, a long coming to term, Jera offers encouragement of success. Know that the outcome is in the keeping of Providence and continue to persevere.

(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.

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

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-3)
While faith is the energy of the better life, nevertheless, must you work out your own salvation with perseverance. If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation.

(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

(From: Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

(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: Ham 1/27/92 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
You are all undergoing intensive training/testing for greater responsibilities and goals in the future. Keep your head above water by keeping the goal of your life in focus. It will invariably lead you to higher ground. Keep the attitude of perseverance and steadfastness in your life's reaction patterns. Doubt not the rewards of faith and loyalty, and trust in your inner guidance always.

Effort is required of you to reach your temporal destinations, as well as the eternal destination.' All effort is rewarded. No effort goes unnoticed. You are all treading the path of mortal ascension and are required, therefore, to exert yourselves to put one foot before the other, and walk firmly, steadily, and surely ahead.

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The Sermon
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Patience waits for the enjoyment of the Harvest…
Perseverance tills the soil, plants the seed, fertilizes, waters, protects the plant, and then does the picking.

Patience focuses upon the Goal…
Perseverance makes the Journey.

Patience waits for things to get done…
Perseverance does the things that need to be done.

Patience waits…
Perseverance Creates.

Got Perseverance?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Strengthen my Perseverance… Please.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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7-22-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #561
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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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Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.

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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, #561, is “The Soul…

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The Sermon
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It seems to me as though there as many different perceptions or understandings of “The Soul” as there are individuals who contemplate it. For those who have experientially in truth discovered their own Soul, words (it is soon afterward discovered) are inadequate to explain such a profound and all-encompassing experience. Though time and again I have attempted to describe my own experience of Soul, still I fall short of being able to put into plain words what it is for me and what it feels like exactly.

This morning I decided to quote search the word Soul to see how others have tried to describe their experiences of “The Soul.” I was amazed but undaunted at the Vast Quantity of material there was for me to choose from. I decided to use only quotes that resonated with my own personal experience of Soul… in hopes of better describing that experience. I actually used less than 10 percent of all the quotes that I read. After collecting them all, I sorted and arranged them in a very specific order so as to best tell the story of my own Soul using the words of others…

Anyway, I hope it may bring a little more clarity as to what I am talking about when I use the word Soul…

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Quotes
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(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC), quoted by Plato, 'The Death of Socrates')

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

(From: Hazrat Inayat Khan)
The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.

(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-133 Section-4)
"My brother, I perceive you are seeking for truth, and I suggest that the spirit of the Father of all truth may chance to dwell within you. Did you ever sincerely endeavor to talk with the spirit of your own soul? Such a thing is indeed difficult and seldom yields consciousness of success; but every honest attempt of the material mind to communicate with its indwelling spirit meets with certain success, notwithstanding that the majority of all such magnificent human experiences must long remain as superconscious registrations in the souls of such God-knowing mortals."

(From: Colby Dorr Dam)
Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement.

(From: Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915)
I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)
        Some men's lives are too great and noble to descend to the low level of being merely successful. The animal must adapt itself to the environment, but the religious man transcends his environment and in this way escapes the limitations of the present material world through this insight of divine love. This concept of love generates in the soul of man that superanimal effort to find truth, beauty, and goodness; and when he does find them, he is glorified in their embrace; he is consumed with the desire to live them, to do righteousness.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.

(From: Maya Angelou)
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-171 Section-7)
You can cultivate gracefulness, but graciousness is the aroma of friendliness which emanates from a love-saturated soul.

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

(From: Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

(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 now wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man's soul.

(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: Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-195 Section-5)
We find God through the leadings of spiritual insight, but we approach this insight of the soul through the love of the beautiful, the pursuit of truth, loyalty to duty, and the worship of divine goodness. But of all these values, love is the true guide to real insight.

(From: George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.

(From: Pamela Vaull Starr)
Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.


(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: 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: Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)
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: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.

(From: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

(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: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-3)
        Revealed truth, personally discovered truth, is the supreme delight of the human soul; it is the joint creation of the material mind and the indwelling spirit. The eternal salvation of this truth-discerning and beauty-loving soul is assured by that hunger and thirst for goodness which leads this mortal to develop a singleness of purpose to do the Father's will, to find God and to become like him. 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: Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), inscription beneath his bust in the Hall of Fame)
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

(From: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

(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: 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: Marion Woodman)
It is amazing that our souls -- our eternal essences, with all their hopes an dreams and visions of an eternal world -- are contained within these temporal bodies.

(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: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-3)
        "While you cannot observe the divine spirit at work in your minds, there is a practical method of discovering the degree to which you have yielded the control of your soul powers to the teaching and guidance of this indwelling spirit of the heavenly Father, and that is the degree of your love for your fellow men. This spirit of the Father partakes of the love of the Father, and as it dominates man, it unfailingly leads in the directions of divine worship and loving regard for one's fellows.”

(From: Edward Chapin)
Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

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

(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 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: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

(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: 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: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-7)
        The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward-looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul. Truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly co-ordinated and unified in God, who is love.

(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; therefore, who are we to condemn anybody?

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!

(From: Solonia 4/18/2004 – the Garden TeaM)
What must you do to prepare yourself for "The Big Game" my friends? You must enact in your lives those teachings of Truth that you have been given, those lessons of growth and maturity that the Spirit of Truth has impressed in your Souls. You must listen for our Father's Voice from the Spirit that indwells you, and you must Exercise daily to strengthen your personal resolve, to sharpen your skills that have been bestowed upon you as a gift from your Eternal Father. You must continue in your search for new Truths, and more especially for New Understandings of the Truth that you have already discovered in your many ways.

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

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to live more from my Soul than from my ego.

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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7-29-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #562
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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A closed mouth gathers no foot.

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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.

Though you may but rarely see the end from the beginning…
And, though at times it may seem like an eternity…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #562, is “What goes around, comes around…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-8)
        As man shakes off the shackles of fear, as he bridges continents and oceans with his machines, generations and centuries with his records, he must substitute for each transcended restraint a new and voluntarily assumed restraint in accordance with the moral dictates of expanding human wisdom. These self-imposed restraints are at once the most powerful and the most tenuous of all the factors of human civilization--concepts of justice and ideals of brotherhood. Man even qualifies himself for the restraining garments of mercy when he dares to love his fellow men, while he achieves the beginnings of spiritual brotherhood when he elects to mete out to them that treatment which he himself would be accorded, even that treatment which he conceives that God would accord them.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 7:7-12 )
"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-3)
"…for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap." True, even in the justice of reaping the harvest of wrongdoing, this divine justice is always tempered with mercy. Infinite wisdom is the eternal arbiter which determines the proportions of justice and mercy which shall be meted out in any given circumstance.

(From: Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention)
By prizing heartfulness above faultlessness, we may reap more from our effort because we're more likely to be changed by it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
"Happy are the poor in spirit--the humble." To a child, happiness is the satisfaction of immediate pleasure craving. The adult is willing to sow seeds of self-denial in order to reap subsequent harvests of augmented happiness. In Jesus' times and since, happiness has all too often been associated with the idea of the possession of wealth. In the story of the Pharisee and the publican praying in the temple, the one felt rich in spirit--egotistical; the other felt "poor in spirit"--humble. One was self-sufficient; the other was teachable and truth-seeking. The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 6:25-34 )
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
"Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

(From: Robert Collier)
You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving - and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it - and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return.

(From: The RSV Bible - Galatians 6:7-10 )
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men

(From: Anthony Norvell)
Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.

(From: Wayne Dyer (1940 - )
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

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The Sermon
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“What goes around, comes around…
Karma…
“As you sow, so also shall you reap…
The Law of Cause and effect…
Divine Justice…

Call it what you will.
Apply it to whatever you wish.
Attribute it to Whomever or Whatever you want.

But be not so naive as to think that it is not real…
…nor so immature as to think that it does not apply to you…
…nor so juvenile as to think that you are immune from it's effects.

If you Sincerely Bestow Love, you will Truly Receive Love in return… though not always will you receive it from the one to whom you tried to give it…

If you Sow Goodness, then ultimately it is Goodness that you will Reap… though not always will you recognize the one as a direct consequence of the other.

If you unconditionally Give Control over to God, then will you be given back control over yourself… though a longer or shorter measure of time may pass before you are able to fully appreciate it.

“And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

The True Harvest Will Come… but not before it's appropriate time.

Live Love…
        …and Prosper.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        

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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