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#767
7-3-2011
#768
7-10-2011
#769
7-17-2011
#770
7-24-2011
#771
7-31-2011

7-3-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #767
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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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"There is no such thing as a weird human being. It's just that some people require more understanding than others."
(Tom Robbins)

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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.

Quite often painful experiences put us into a situation where the result can be…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #767, is Personal Growth…

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The Sermon
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Human beings have an inclination to associate growing with pain…
Hence the term “growing pains.”

But in the realm of Personal Growth we must be reminded from time to time that Growth does not really lead to or require pain… rather it is Pain that leads to and requires Growth.

And though Growth does not lead directly to pain, the conscious avoidance of Personal Growth inevitably does. If God wants us to learn something, it is best not to fight it.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
You can know the truth, and you can live the truth; you can experience the growth of truth in the soul and enjoy the liberty of its enlightenment in the mind, but you cannot imprison truth in formulas, codes, creeds, or intellectual patterns of human conduct.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 13:31-32)
"The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
        Man cannot cause growth, but he can supply favorable conditions. Growth is always unconscious, be it physical, intellectual, or spiritual. Love thus grows; it cannot be created, manufactured, or purchased; it must grow. Evolution is a cosmic technique of growth. Social growth cannot be secured by legislation, and moral growth is not had by improved administration.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.

(From: Xenophon (434 BC - 355 BC)
If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation.

(From:
Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!

(From: Susan Taylor)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        Religion cannot be bestowed, received, loaned, learned, or lost. It is a personal experience which grows proportionally to the growing quest for final values. Cosmic growth thus attends on the accumulation of meanings and the ever-expanding elevation of values.

(From: George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-9)
You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul to the transforming embrace of spiritual growth.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it "the first law of personal growth."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-5 )
Spiritual growth is greatest where all external pressures are at a minimum. "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

(From: Susan Taylor)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
Progress is always meaningful, but it is relatively valueless without growth. The supreme value of human life consists in growth of values, progress in meanings, and realization of the cosmic interrelatedness of both of these experiences. And such an experience is the equivalent of God-consciousness.

(From: Joanna Field)
I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.

(From: M. Scott Peck)
Everything that happens in life is there to aid our spiritual growth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
There are present in all normal mortals certain innate drives toward growth and self-realization which function if they are not specifically inhibited. The certain technique of fostering this constitutive endowment of the potential of spiritual growth is to maintain an attitude of wholehearted devotion to supreme values.

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

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to embrace the opportunities for Growth that You provide.

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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7-10-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #768
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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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Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?

Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680)

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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 good would life be without…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #768, is Memories…

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The Sermon
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Our lives, our development, our progress all depend upon our individual personal experiences. And though facts are an important part of personal experience, and of one's understanding of the world, and of life and of love… facts play a far lesser role in the realm of our personal experiential growth than do our individual Memories of those experiences.

I believe it is our Personal Memories that truly make us who we are and that define who we are as unique individuals… and I believe it is our own distinctive personalities that define what specific Memories we create as we journey through life. This is clearly illustrated in the fact that you and I may intimately share a personal experience and yet have completely different Memories of that experience. Our previous or past Memories condition, and many would even say determine the nature of the Memories that we are creating in this present moment.

We may have Memories of pain and suffering, or Memories of anxiety and fear. We may have Memories of relationships and friendships, of Love and of laughter and joy. It is inevitable that each of us has a combination of all of those types of Memories. Are our Memories haphazard and beyond our control… or can we wholly create the kind of Memories we would wish to carry through life with us? Obviously we have a certain measure of control over much our Memory creation, but it is equally obvious that we cannot completely control every circumstance wherein our Memories find origin. If we led completely solitary lives, perhaps we might have complete control of our Memories… but what value would they have if there were no one to share them with. What value would Memories have if there were no one else to make those Memories With?

The Greatest Memories are those that we create together… even if we do not remember them the exact same way…

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Quotes
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(From:
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)

History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man.

(From: Alexander Smith (1830 - 1867)
Memory is a man's real possession...In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
        Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship. And all of these memory treasures radiate their most precious and exalting influences under the releasing touch of spiritual worship.

(From: Arsene Houssaye)
We must always have old memories and young hopes.

(From: Harlan Ellison)
Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.

(From: Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005)
Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for the stage where upon we make and enjoy our Memories.

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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7-17-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #769
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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 you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.

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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 looks for it… at times it is quite difficult to find…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #769, is Comfort…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Said your Master, "Happy are they who mourn"--if a friend is at hand to comfort. 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.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.

(From: The RSV Bible - Philemon 1:7)
For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-170 Section-7)
        Jesus was never in a hurry. He had time to comfort his fellow men "as he passed by." And he always made his friends feel at ease. He was a charming listener.

(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-9)
"Go into all the world and preach the glad tidings of the kingdom. Liberate spiritual captives, comfort the oppressed, and minister to the afflicted. Freely you have received, freely give."

(From: The ASB Bible - Psalm 23:4)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-3)
… when religion is wholly spiritual in motive, it makes all life more worth while, filling it with high purposes, dignifying it with transcendent values, inspiring it with superb motives, all the while comforting the human soul with a sublime and sustaining hope. True religion is designed to lessen the strain of existence; it releases faith and courage for daily living and unselfish serving.

(From: The ASB Bible - Psalm 119:76-77)
O may Your loving kindness comfort me, According to Your word to Your servant. May Your compassion come to me that I may live, For Your law is my delight.

(From: Charles Kingsley (1819 - 1875)
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

(From: Alan Alda (1936 -)
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.

(From: Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty... Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.

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The Sermon
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It is not the Comfort we acquire for ourselves that determines true success, but rather the Comfort we give to others.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be a channel of Your Divine Comfort.

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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7-24-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #770
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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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Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don't recognize you.

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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 deals with it in their own way.
That is of course contingent upon whether one has in fact chosen to deal with it yet…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #770, is Pain…

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Quotes
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(From:
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973)
Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.

(From: Lady Bird Johnson (1912 - 2007)
It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Difficulties, sorrow, disappointment, and defeat are more painful and disheartening when borne alone. Association does not transmute evil into righteousness, but it does aid in greatly lessening the sting. Said your Master, "Happy are they who mourn"--if a friend is at hand to comfort. 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.

(From: Salma Hayek)
It's very easy to feel someone's pain when you love them.

(From:
Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude)

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-7)
        The unfailing kindness of Jesus touched the hearts of men, but his stalwart strength of character amazed his followers. He was truly sincere; there was nothing of the hypocrite in him. He was free from affectation; he was always so refreshingly genuine. He never stooped to pretense, and he never resorted to shamming. He lived the truth, even as he taught it. He was the truth. He was constrained to proclaim saving truth to his generation, even though such sincerity sometimes caused pain. He was unquestioningly loyal to all truth.

(From: The RSV Bible - Hebrews 12:11-13)
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Is pleasure--the satisfaction of happiness--desirable? Then must man live in a world where the alternative of pain and the likelihood of suffering are ever-present experiential possibilities.

(From:
Anne & Todd McCaffrey – “Dragon's Time” A Trader saying )
“Pain's part of living. Love is extra, pain's a given”

(From: Erica Jong)
The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel.

(From: Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Oedipus at Colonus)
One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-86 Section-2)
        Anxiety was a natural state of the savage mind. When men and women fall victims to excessive anxiety, they are simply reverting to the natural estate of their far-distant ancestors; and when anxiety becomes actually painful, it inhibits activity and unfailingly institutes evolutionary changes and biologic adaptations. Pain and suffering are essential to progressive evolution.

(From: Jerome K. Jerome (1859 - 1927), "Idle thought of an Idle Fellow")
Time has laid its healing hand upon the wound when we can look back at the pain we once fainted under, and no bitterness or despair arises in our heart.

(From: The KJV Bible - Revelation 21:4)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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The Sermon
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There are of course a number of different types of pain…
The Pain of Hunger,
The Pain of Injury,
The Pain of Disease.
There is the Pain of Discouragement,
And the Pain of Rejection,
And the Pain of Loneliness.
Let us not forget the Pain of Regret,
Or the Pain of Sorrow,
Or the Pain of Loss.

Thinking about it, perhaps it would be more accurate to label these as different Categories of Pain rather than different Types of Pain… each one may have a near infinite variety of potential Causes. One could say that the different Types of Pain would actually be: Physical, Mental and Emotional.

There are some good things about the Memory of Pain… for one, if it is indeed a Memory then it's not there at the moment… and for another, the Memory of Pain can help us to avoid those things that previously caused the Pain. But too often Pain is simply unavoidable. This fact causes the ego to have a great Fear of Pain. Often the Fear of Pain is as bad or worse than the actual Pain itself… and sometimes the Fear of Pain can actually be a primary cause of Pain.

I am wholly convinced that the experience of Pain never comes without an essential lesson. When the lesson is avoided or ignored, the Pain will persist or even intensify… when the lesson has been learned, the Pain can begin to diminish and go away.

Pain is a universal experience of mortal Life. No human being can completely avoid it. It is one thing that we all have in common with one another. Pain should teach us Compassion. Compassion should inspire us to Share another's Pain. Sharing leads to Love.

Love is the preventative of many kinds of Pain…
Love is the antidote for many kinds of Pain…
Love is the cure for many kinds of Pain…
Love is the therapy for every kind of Pain.

Pain is inevitable…
Love is a Choice

Love…
Use it Freely.
Use it Well.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I Pray that I may one day be able to thank You for the pain.

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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7-31-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #771
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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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You can't argue with all of the fools in the world. It's easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they're not paying attention.

Christopher Paolini, Author of Eragon and Eldest. Quote from Eragon

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

You can Pay it… you can Give it… you can even Stand at it…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #771, is Attention…

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The Sermon
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Sometimes it seems as though everything and everyone is continuously competing for your Attention doesn't it? Maybe it is because your Attention is so very valuable. Think about it…

Your own body does not hesitate to demand your Attention when it is hurt or injured. Pain can be a real attention getter can't it? There are times when it will allow little Attention to be shared elsewhere, doesn't it seem? As irritating as that may be, it does serve a valuable purpose in that it will alert us to problems that may threaten our physical survival… or that will get worse if not dealt with. Hunger and thirst are a couple of Attention getters that our body uses without restraint, and I do not doubt that you can come up with several others as well.

You Attention is valuable if not crucial to just about everything that you do in life, even without consideration for the personal safety matters. Anything that you wish to do well requires your Attention… the more difficult the task, the more focused your Attention will need to be. Your Work, your Home, your Family… these are real Attention dominators… and rightfully so. Much of our mortal life is devoted to them, if not dependent upon them… certainly made better by them.

I find that when I can give all of my Attention to God, I have more than enough Attention available for everyone and everything else as well. Since God is Love, Perhaps Love is where all Attention should be focused…

Just a thought…


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Quotes
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(From:
George Lucas)

The hero is going down the road and meets this poor and insignificant person. The goal or lesson is for the hero to learn to respect everybody and to pay attention to the poorest person because that's where the key to his success will be.

(From: Solonia - 3/13/04 – The Garden TeaM)
There is something that it would behoove all of you to begin consciously practicing, and that would be on Focusing your Attention, your Attentiveness, to the moment at hand.

(From:
Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)

The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.

(From: Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)
If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)
        Philosophers commit their gravest error when they are misled into the fallacy of abstraction, the practice of focusing the attention upon one aspect of reality and then of pronouncing such an isolated aspect to be the whole truth.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

(From: John Holt)
No use to shout at them to pay attention. If the situations, the materials, the problems before the child do not interest him, his attention will slip off to what does interest him, and no amount of exhortation of threats will bring it back.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-4)
While light dispels darkness, it can also be so "blinding" as to confuse and frustrate. We are admonished to let our light so shine that our fellows will be guided into new and godly paths of enhanced living. Our light should so shine as not to attract attention to self.

(From: Krishnamurti)
When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely-- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears - when you give your whole attention to it.

(From: Oprah Winfrey, Stanford Commencement Address, 2008)
Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream.

(From: The ASB Bible - Hebrews 2:1 )
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

(From: Paulo Cuelho, The Alchemist)
The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.

(From: Solonia - 3/13/04 – The Garden TeaM)
Whatever your hand finds to do, give it your full attention. Whomever you chance to be with, give them your full focus. When you practice the stillness, this attentive focus is what you seek with our Father.

(From: E. F. Benson)
When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.

(From: Simone Weil (1909 - 1943)
Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.

(From: Kevin Kelly, in 'Wired')
The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention.

(From: Matt Damon, in the film "Good Will Hunting")
Bad times wake us up to the good times we weren't paying attention to.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me with this.

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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