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#976
7-5-2015
#977
7-12-2015
#978
7-19-2015
#979
7-26-2015

7-5-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #976
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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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He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Thinking you don't need it is definitive evidence that you Do...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #976, is Improvement…

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Quotes
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(From: J. K. Rowling )
Achievable goals are the first step to self improvement.

(From: Charles F. Kettering (1876 - 1958 )
Every great improvement has come after repeated failure. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are the posts on the road to achievement.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101 )
Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?

(From: Ham 9/9/2001 – the Nashville TeaM)
There is no human being so perfect as to not require some improvement.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
Walk through life eager and open to self-improvement and that which is going to best help you evolve, because that's really why were here: to evolve as human beings.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book )
Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement.

(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.

(From: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965 )
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book )
Continually strive to improve yourself.

(From: Lloyd Dobyns and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality )
Continual improvement is an unending journey.

(From: Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963 )
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people.

(From: Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)
We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.

(From: Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873 )
"Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

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The Sermon
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Never are we too old for personal Improvement...
Never are we too young.

Never are we too good for personal Improvement...
Never are we too flawed.

One cannot become the best without Improvement.
One cannot stay the best without Improvement.

Improvement is the pathway to every goal...
Improvement IS the Eternal Goal.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

This indeed is the call to Improvement.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me always to Improve.

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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7-12-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #977
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Today's sermon is a little story I wrote many years ago. For some reason it felt appropriate to share it today.

It doesn't really contain the key word, but it embodies it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #977, is Diversity…

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The Sermon
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A long, long time ago, when our world and it's civilization were in their infancy, God ran into a little problem. Not that it was really a problem for God, mind you, the problem was only ours. We were incapable of fathoming the fullness of the Divine Source of All. Our ignorance and immaturity made it humanly impossible. So the problem God faced was, "How do I reveal myself to my Children? How do I let them know who I AM?" No One people, much less person could even begin to comprehend Her/Him in Full and yet, God wanted to be truly Known... not just on the surface, but Intimately... Completely. "If I give each of my children the knowledge of All of me, then none of them will ever have an intimate understanding of Any part of me."

From this author's perspective, God faced a Real Dilemma But then, I'm just one of the children, so what would you expect? Anyway, here is what God, in Infinite Wisdom did. Mankind was well nigh separated into relatively small pockets of divergent civilization. In one, God seeded the concept of His/Her Absoluteness... the All that Is... the Un-namable, Un-knowable... the I AM. To another was given the perspective of God as the Beauty and Grandeur and Power in Nature. Yet on another was bestowed the "personal" view of an All Powerful and Just Ruler... and on another, of an all Loving and Merciful Parent. To every civilization was given a different piece of the Whole in hopes that they would each learn as much as possible about their own unique part. God knew that one day the separation of all the different peoples would no longer exist, and that eventually as human comprehension evolved and increased, humanity would at some point grow enough to realize that to Really understand, they would have to find all the pieces and figure out how to put them all back together again.

The civilizations grew and along with them, their individual concepts of God grew stronger and more definite. As the boundaries of distance between them diminished and societies started interacting with each other, they discovered they had different understandings of God. Unthinkable! Each was So sure that they had THE CORRECT UNDERSTANDING and that consequently the others must be somewhat if not completely wrong. "How could the others NOT be wrong about God since their beliefs are so very different from what I have experienced?" The boundaries of physical distance became boundaries of philosophical and theological distance. The original Truths that each were given, rather than being united into a more complete understanding of God, were entombed in doctrine and dogma and inflexibility. Wars were fought over it. People died defending the fragment of Truth that they held on to so dearly. Couldn't they See? Obviously not. Was their ego so unavoidably overpowering that they were blind to the pieces of Truth held in trust by others? Obviously so... and little has changed over millenniums.

What about the present generation of humanity? Are we ready yet to begin seeking and finding the different Pieces of God wherever they may be and to try putting them together into a more enlightened and Whole understanding of our Creator, or will we yet continue on in immaturity and incompleteness? Will we bury ourselves in One Book or keep trading book for book for book forever? Could this be the generation that the world and God has been waiting for? God, I Hope so!

But then, this was all just a fictional account... or Was it?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-1 Section-5)
        God is not hiding from any of his creatures. He is unapproachable to so many orders of beings only because he “dwells in a light which no material creature can approach.” The immensity and grandeur of the divine personality is beyond the grasp of the unperfected mind of evolutionary mortals. He “measures the waters in the hollow of his hand, measures a universe with the span of his hand. It is he who sits on the circle of the earth, who stretches out the heavens as a curtain and spreads them out as a universe to dwell in.” “Lift up your eyes on high and behold who has created all these things, who brings out their worlds by number and calls them all by their names”; and so it is true that “the invisible things of God are partially understood by the things which are made.” Today, and as you are, you must discern the invisible Maker through his manifold and diverse creation, as well as through the revelation and ministration of his Sons and their numerous subordinates.

(From: Maya Angelou )
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

(From: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900 )
At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

(From: H.P. Lovecraft )
It is the greatest mercy that humankind cannot connect up all its diverse bits of information, but a day is coming when we will and the question is whether we will embrace that light, or run from it into the sheltering shadows of a new dark age.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for that piece of You that is mine...

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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7-19-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #978
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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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ECLIPSE
What an English barber does for a living.

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It costs us nothing, it's value is Priceless...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #978, is Kindness…

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Quotes
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(From: CWI Service #145 )
        Isn't it neat those times when ya recognize that, just by being the self that you most truly like, you have brightened someone's day a little? Maybe it's just a loving look into their eyes and a smile. Or perhaps it's just sharing a bit of encouragement with someone who looks like they need it, a bit of humor, the knowing that someone really Does care. You Do Care, don't you?
Ya ever stop to think about what happens when a seemingly insignificant act of kindness, of love on your part, helps to cheer up or reassure or enhance the determination of one of your earthly brothers or sisters, even if only for the next hour or so? Others they come into contact with may have their spirits lifted because you cared. And people that They then come in contact with, and... well, it might just possibly go a lot farther than you would ever believe.
What could happen if just by being the self that you most truly like, you brighten up say... two peoples day... or three... or... Good God, the possibilities are Endless! Yes...

(From: The RSV Bible - Colossians 3:12-14)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-8)
Relate yourself to every man as if you were in his place. Recompense injury with kindness. If you love people, they will draw near you—you will have no difficulty in winning them.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996), The Greatest Miracle in the World )
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.

(From: William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850 )
That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

(From: Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC), The Lion and the Mouse )
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

(From: Dalai Lama )
There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

(From: Lao-Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC )
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

(From: Robert J. Furey )
Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

(From: Prophet Mohammed, Muslim )
Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965 )
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

(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.

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The Sermon
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There is a lot to be said for the value and effectiveness of “Random acts of Kindness.” When Kindness comes unexpected and anonymously it makes an impression... one not soon forgotten. Often it will elicit from the recipient the exclamation, “Thank God!” Seriously, is that not the most appropriate response a person could possibly make? When you, when I perform a “Random Act of Kindness” is it not the Love of God in our own lives that Inspired it? Our Souls know the reality of that, though egos often like to claim credit for the act.

Openly showing Kindness to another is Also motivated by the Love of God working with us and through us. Kindness given without ego, Kindness shared in the Moment, Kindness bestowed in Love... can help to change the world for another.

How does a Kindness shown to You make you feel?

Kindness
Give it!
Live it!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for letting me share Your Infinite Kindness.

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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7-26-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #979
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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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In early times in Japan, bamboo-and-paper lanterns were used with candles inside. A blind man, visiting a friend one night, was offered a lantern to carry home with him.
"I do not need a lantern," he said. "Darkness or light is all the same to me."
"I know you do not need a lantern to find your way," his friend replied, "but if you don't have one, someone else may run into you. So you must take it."
The blind man started off with the lantern and before he had walked very far someone ran squarely into him.
"Look out where you are going!" he exclaimed to the stranger. "Can't you see this lantern?"
"Your candle has burned out, brother," replied the stranger.

(a Zen Parable)

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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 are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

While searching for a topic for today's Service I came upon another story I had written some years back in the 90's. I thought I'd share it with you for today's sermon. hope yo0u like it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #979, is Dreams…

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Quotes
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(From: Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805 )
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

(From: Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924 )
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862 )
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

(From: Christopher Reeve )
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

(From: Ann Faraday )
In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862 )
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.

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The Sermon
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One summer evening on their tenth birthday, twin sisters Mary and Marie were allowed to spend the night alone out under the stars for the first time. They had hoped for a camping trip, but their parents being poor could afford no more than a borrowed tent and two sleeping bags arranged lovingly in the back yard. Mom and Dad had everything set up and ready to surprise them when they came home from playing at their friends that day, including store bought snacks and sodas which were a luxury that they were pressed to afford at the time. Although it was somewhat less than they had hoped for, Mary and Marie were very excited when they saw their "campsite" and could hardly wait until nightfall when they could begin their adventure.

Mom and Dad kissed them goodnight, and the two girls were free at last to enjoy their evening's solitary experience. It was the first time they truly felt left to themselves and it was fun. They sipped on their sodas and munched on chips and cookies saving their candy bars for last. After hours of talking and giggling, they slipped quietly into the sleeping bags and stared wishfully up at the stars. "What do you wish for when you grow up?" asked Mary. Marie thought for a second and said, "I want to be rich and famous and help poor people!" Mary considered that for a moment and said, "Yeah! That's My dream Too!" That night the girls made a pact. They would let nothing stand in their way until that dream they shared came true. Quietly, each lost in their own thoughts of what that dream might mean to them, they drifted off to sleep.

The years passed but Mary and Marie never lost sight of their childhood dream. They both studied hard in school and eventually received full scholarships to college. To help with personal expenses, Mary got a part time job cooking and making beds at a local homeless shelter. It hardly paid anything at all, but she felt good about helping those who were suffering from the hardships of life. There she met and fell in love with a young man who volunteered his time seeking job placements for those at the shelter. All of her free time she spent helping him and eventually became quite good at it herself. After Mary graduated from college they married.

Marie didn't have to work. She got herself a rich boyfriend who was studying to become a lawyer like his dad and grandfather. She didn't really love him, but she saw him as a means to her fame and fortune. Marie attended all of the elegant parties and social functions deemed necessary by her boyfriend and his family. She was given a car and all the expensive clothes she could ever want and became quite the social showpiece. Even though Marie came from a "questionable" background in the eyes of her boyfriend's parents, she did carry herself acceptably and they were allowed to marry shortly after he entered his father's law practice.

Slowly the twins began to drift apart. They still talked with one another when their schedules permitted, and reminisced about their youth, but as time went on there was less and less that they could find in common to talk about. They began to go their separate ways to find the answer to their dreams.

Mary and her husband worked hard and saved enough to rent a small office where they set up business helping homeless people to get free education and training for good paying jobs. They received a modest compensation from the employers who hired their clients. They both loved their work and they did their jobs well. In time they became quite well known and appreciated by most of the area's employers, and by those who were in need of work. They didn't have much in the way of luxuries, but they were supremely happy with each other and their unpretentious lifestyle.

Marie had all of the material things she had ever dreamed of. She was rich and she was well known by all of the "right" people because of her husband and his family. Hardly a day went by that she didn't go out shopping or to luncheons with the girls to talk about their husbands whom they rarely spent time with except at functions. Once in a while, when her friends weren't there, she would give a few dollars to the "poor people" who happened to get her attention while out shopping. It didn't make her feel very good, but at least it took care of her responsibility to live up to her childhood dream, didn't it? For the most part, Marie felt lonely and unsatisfied but couldn't for the life of her figure out why. She had all the things she had ever dreamed of but still somehow felt empty.

Which of the two girls had their dream come true?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for the Dreams that You inspire... help us to recognize the difference between them and the ones that our egos hold to.

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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