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6-29-2003



6-1-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #348
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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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A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.
Mark Twain

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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 had planned to give a complete “Light and Life Sanctuary” Update today, but today's Service turned out a little long, so I will forego it until next week. For now though, Everything is looking quite Happy and Healthy!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #348, is Reaching…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Peter II 3:9)

The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-144 Section-2)
        "Prayer is entirely a personal and spontaneous expression of the attitude of the soul toward the spirit; prayer should be the communion of sonship and the expression of fellowship. Prayer, when indited by the spirit, leads to co-operative spiritual progress. The ideal prayer is a form of spiritual communion which leads to intelligent worship. True praying is the sincere attitude of reaching heavenward for the attainment of your ideals.”

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

(From: Cervantes, "The Impossible Dream")
One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

(From: Michael Hanson)
To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.

(From: Zig Ziglar)
Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.

(From: Andrew 12/30/02 – the Arcadia TeaM)
Progress is being made, do not be discouraged. Allow the love that you have to flow out to the world, allow it to flow out to everyone that you meet, to everyone that you know. Don't be afraid, have faith, stand up, reach out to people that you normally would not reach out to. Look for that spark of God in their lives, look for that unique definition of the Father that only they can present to you.

(From: Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.

(From: Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever)
There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.

(From: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

(From: Gautama Siddhartha Buddha)
Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.

(From: Mehmet Karagoz)
When you have reached a point at which you cannot see more, You must remember that there may be a point beyond this at which you can see everything.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-4)
        And it is in this business of facing failure and adjusting to defeat that the far-reaching vision of religion exerts its supreme influence. Failure is simply an educational episode--a cultural experiment in the acquirement of wisdom--in the experience of the God-seeking man who has embarked on the eternal adventure of the exploration of a universe. To such men defeat is but a new tool for the achievement of higher levels of universe reality.

(From: Robert Collier)
Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

(From: Machiventa 3/15/99 – the North Idaho TeaM)
        Each of you must understand that Father did not create you just to abandon you. He wants to nourish, love, and care for you. Lighten your trials and move to let God hold your hand as he tells you what a precious child you are. Isn't this easier than the negative darkness you invite into your life? With God involved in your day to day journey, he will remind you that, so long as you welcome a place for him in your heart, all will be good. Reach for his hand in the darkness, and you will come into the light. When in the light reach out to others in the darkness and pull them into the light. So many are stumbling around in the darkness and don't even realize there is a better place.

(From: Landor 3/15931 – the Kona TeaM)
Grasp hold of the wonderful truth, of the presence of the infinite God within your mind. Hear His gentle and guiding words, His comfort, His love, forgiveness, His mercy. Reach deeper within your soul, within your heart, within your mind to find Him, to embrace Him. Commit yourself to His will.

(From: Frederick Buechner)
The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.

(From: Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp - or what's a heaven for?

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The Sermon
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Reaching is Always at least somewhat of a stretch.
You never Reach for something that is already comfortably within your grasp.
One is never bored while they are actively Reaching for something.

Observe infants and little children…

They always Reach for the things that they need or want. Even before verbal language is acquired, they can communicate with their parents by Reaching. When they Reach for something, they put all of their focus into the effort. If it is something unsafe that the child reaches for, the wise parent keeps it out of Reach. But if it is something that is safe and/or good for the child, the Loving Parent will put it within their reach. When an infant or child Reaches out to, or up to their Parent, almost invariable, they are picked up and held and comforted.

So also is the relationship between the individual human being and the Divine Parent.

Growth always requires a certain measure of Reaching.

Never stop Reaching!

“Unless you become as a little Child…”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May I Never stop Reaching for You

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

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

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6-8-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #349
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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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Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
(From: "The Little Prince" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

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

This morning I began my day with an early morning Meditation walk through the continually evolving Gardens of “The Light and Life Sanctuary.” For a couple of weeks now I have been promising a “Progress Update” (much Progress has occurred even in just the last two weeks), so I thought it appropriate to assess its development as of this very morning (the “Light and Life Sanctuary Update” will be at the end of Today's Service.). The walk was Glorious and in fact, Today's Service was inspired by it.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 349, is the Alliance of Growth and Patience…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 65:9-10)

Thou visitest the earth and waterest it, thou greatly enrichest it; the river of God is full of water; thou providest their grain, for so thou hast prepared it. Thou waterest its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.

(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: The RSV Bible - Luke 8:15-17)
And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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: Saint Francis de Sales)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

(From: Will - 7/23/93 – the Tallahassee TeaM)
The days and nights flow into one another so quickly yet the time can seem long, the days passing slowly as you enter a phase wherein you are not capable of detecting growth. This does not mean growth does not occur. It is a subtle thing. Just as you are not always aware of the passage of time, so also are you not aware of the growth process.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-3)
        The association of actuals and potentials equals growth, the experiential realization of values. But growth is not mere progress. 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. Such a mortal, while not supernatural, is truly becoming superhuman; an immortal soul is evolving.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.

(From: Saint Augustine (354 AD - 430 AD)
Patience is the companion of wisdom.

(From: Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

(From: An Unidentified Teacher - 11/3/93 – the North Idaho TeaM)
Continue always to strive for the Father's will. That alone constitutes our eternal goal. The Father wills nothing for His children which is not for their eternal benefit. That which you need for your growth is the Father's will. Be not afraid of the changes in you that the doing of God's will will bring, for these are the changes which will bring you ever closer to the realization of His presence within you.

(From: Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

(From: William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

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

(From: Brian Adams)
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-284 Section-6)
While the spirit techniques of mercy ministry are beyond your concept, you should even now understand that mercy is a quality of growth. You should realize that there is a great reward of personal satisfaction in being first just, next fair, then patient, then kind.

(From: Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966)
You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.

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

(From: Daisaku Ikeda)
With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

(From: Susanne Langer (1895 - 1985)
In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

(From: The RSV Bible - Ephesians 4:1-3)

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

(From: Tarkus 12/'92 – the Cincinnati TeaM)
In thinking about spiritual growth I want you to realize that this is a personal growth process. It involves the relationship between yourself and the Father. Keep this in mind, as many are very eager to do the Father's will and reach to others. But I encourage you at this point in time to make your purpose primarily on your own growth, and your own self. I do not want you to avoid sharing love and interacting with others but I wish for now your priority to be on your own growth, not so much on concerns for others in whom you see the need for growth.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

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The Sermon
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Patience is not acquired without Growth
Growth is not acquired without Patience

Grow in Patience
Be Patient and Grow

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Lend to me Your Patience that I may more Fruitfully Grow in Your Will.

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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The Light and Life Sanctuary Update – 6/8/03
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Our last Light and Life Sanctuary Update was on April 6th and I had told you of the recent property logging and my felling of about 60 additional smaller unhealthy Pines, hence, the newly revealed View which required the 6 fruit tree transplantings, and the 4 new bare-root Fruit trees (2-Peach trees, 1-Apricot tree and a Ranier Cherry tree) three of which were still waiting to be planted in the newly opened up ¾ acre site of the (as yet un-named) Third of our Sanctuary's Fruit and Worship Gardens. Well… Here's where we stand as of today…

Garden #1---“The Faith Garden”---is beginning to Thrive in developing its Fruits.
        The Red Raspberries are Extremely Abundant in flowers and budding new berries and will be ripening later this month and throughout the months of July and early August. Judging by last year's raspberry harvest, I estimate full production this year at around 5lbs of fresh berries per day if we can pick them all.
        The 7 varieties of Blueberry plants have increased in size by over 25% since first bud and are already heavily laden with clusters of little green fruits---harvest July-August.
        The 2 transplanted Plum trees are expanding greatly in foliage this year, but the shock of moving seems to have delayed the production of fruit 'till next year.
        The Montmorency Cherry Tree (also transplanted earlier in the year), is also growing well and will produce a small crop of “sour” cherries this summer. The just planted Ranier Cherry tree is acclimating wonderfully but will not likely bear first fruits for a year or two.
        The 2 Issai (smooth skinned) Kiwi vines are growing at an unbelievably rapid rate and are covered with flower buds. The First Fruits should ripen in the Fall.
        The Pear Trees, in their second full undisturbed season are also getting their First Fruits this season. The first ones we planted in the spring of 2001 got their first few flowers this Spring and are starting to produce about a dozen or so fruits. We don't have a clue as to what variety they are because they were started from the “suckers” of a dwarf root stock (I had begun to think that they were a non-fruiting variety used only to “dwarf” Standard Pears, but then God surprised us with some flowers and fruit---go Figure!). There are two such trees, one I Braided 3 trunks together (the trunks are now merging into one) and the other I Spiraled 2 trunks around each other (they are merging into a single spiral trunk Pear tree). The “Red Sensation Bartlett” is Covered with baby red pears (some already 1½”-2” long). NEW bare-roots planted this season are a “Red D'Anjou” pear and a “Bosk” pear. Both trees, after an excruciatingly slow start are now leafing out and appear quite satisfied with life in the Faith Garden.

ALSO NEW in The Faith Garden this Spring…

        A New raised-bed patch of “Fall Gold” Golden Raspberries. They are an ever-bearing variety and will by next year produce two crops a year---one in June before the Reds begin, and another in August after the Reds are finished. It's difficult to describe the flavor of Golden Raspberries. They still taste like raspberries, but have a delightfully different quality about them…
        5 baby Maple trees planted in an indentation of Rock Outcropping which I will be growing into a miniature Bonsai Forest of Maples…
        AND, a New Rose Garden. As many of you already know, “The Faith Garden” was named in Memory of Faith Forman Coulby--- the mother of Susan Kimsey. In July of 2001, Susan asked me if she and her husband could come one day and plant a Rose Bush in The Faith Garden in honor of her mother. As fate would have it, Susan also Graduated to the next life before she was able to come and plant the Rose. So this Spring, I started a small Rose Garden within the Faith Garden and planted in it a Fragrant Red Rose (a “Mr. Lincoln”) in Loving Memory of Susan's Mother, and right next to it I Planted a Fragrant Pink Rose (a “Camelot”) in Loving Memory of Susan Kimsey. The third and final Rose in this small rose garden is a White Rose (a “Pristine”). It is not in memory of, but in Living Tribute To my Dearly Beloved Wife Jill whose Continued Dedication and Hard Work as a Master of Social Work is making the vast majority all of this work at The Light and Life Sanctuary Possible! We plan to eventually bring in smooth pebbles for all of the Walkways in the Faith Garden, but it may take quite a while due to lack of funding.

Garden #2---the Patio Garden---is nearing completion. The concrete brick Patio is complete, the Lawn is Luxurious, the 4 Roses are beginning to bloom, the Jacuzzi is warm and waiting for your visit, the Five-Variety Apple tree is absolutely loaded with it's First season of “Gala”, “Red Fugi”, “Golden Supreme”, “Johnagold” and “Red Delicious” Apples. New this year is a Newly planted “Van” Cherry tree that will likely fruit next year. In this garden we also have 3 different varieties of Potted Tomato plants and a new Patio table and chairs with an 11' Market Umbrella for shade and relaxation from which one can overlook most of the property.

Garden #3---a New and as yet Un-named ¾ acre Garden---has a “Harlson” Apple tree (already fruiting), Brand new “Chinese Apricot”, “New Haven Peach”, “Elberta Peach” and “Nitaka Asian Pear” Trees (1 of each). Thanks to the Unselfish Help and Hard Work of Justin Poole (my Step-Son) and Jacki Whitner (my Step-Daughter) both in their early 20's, we have been able to clear out close to 50 downed Pine trees and forest rubble into the beginnings of a Beautiful New Worship Garden.

Garden #4---The Zen Garden---has just been recognized. Already planted is a small Bing Cherry Grove of 3 trees, the largest of which has it's First Cherries starting to mature. It is the Upper-most level of the Property and the Backhoe and I have been carving 2 driveways up into it. Along the side of one of the drives is being Terraced with large logs and eventually the terrace gardens will be filled with Perennial Flowers (again, as funds allow).

That's about it for now!

If you have any Young and Vigorous Family Members who are looking for something Rewarding and Productive to do with their time this Summer (Even Yourself ;-), All are Welcome to come and Participate for a spell in the Evolution of The Light and Life Sanctuary. Bring a tent and sleeping bags---meals, companionship and Jacuzzi will be provided for all Laborers. (Monetary Contributions to this Non-Profit Cause will also be accepted. <g>)

The Church Within
“Light and Life Sanctuary”
1004 S Millsap Loop
Post Falls, North Idaho 83854
(208)777-8077

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6-14-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #350
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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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Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
Bill Cosby

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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.

Being a Father is so much more than just the result of a biological function.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 350, is Fathers…

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Quotes
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(From: Austin L. Sorensen)

A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-144 Section-2)
        "Which of you who is a father, if his son asks unwisely, would hesitate to give in accordance with parental wisdom rather than in the terms of the son's faulty petition? If the child needs a loaf, will you give him a stone just because he unwisely asks for it? If your son needs a fish, will you give him a watersnake just because it may chance to come up in the net with the fish and the child foolishly asks for the serpent? If you, then, being mortal and finite, know how to answer prayer and give good and appropriate gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the spirit and many additional blessings to those who ask him?

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 6:9-10)
Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

(From: Tyron Edwards)
Whoever in prayer can say, "Our Father," acknowledges and should feel the brotherhood of the whole race of mankind.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-10)
        "The Lord our God is one Lord, and you should love him with all your mind and heart while you do your very best to love all his children as you love yourself. This one God is our heavenly Father, in whom all things consist, and who dwells, by his spirit, in every sincere human soul. And we who are the children of God should learn how to commit the keeping of our souls to him as to a faithful Creator. With our heavenly Father all things are possible. Since he is the Creator, having made all things and all beings, it could not be otherwise. Though we cannot see God, we can know him. And by daily living the will of the Father in heaven, we can reveal him to our fellow men.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:16)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(From: David B. Haight)
Love is this divine ingredient. It alone describes what can be our perfect relationship to our Heavenly Father and our family and neighbors, and the means by which we accomplish His work.

(From: Mary Howitt)
God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race - to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affection; to give our “should”s higher aims; to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. My soul blesses the great Father, every day, that he has gladdened the earth with little children

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-1)
        "The Father in heaven loves his children, and therefore should you learn to love one another; the Father in heaven forgives you your sins; therefore should you learn to forgive one another.

(From: Ham - 4/13/03 – the Nashville TeaM)
        The way toward closeness with Father is ever trust in him. And trust means that you must release your old fears, preconceptions, and ideas of who you are and what your future will be. Growth in the spirit can be painful. It is hard to let go of the old armor, the old protection from the world that you have grown used to. It is hard to release control of your lives. It is hard to trust the Father in ever greater measures. None of this is easy. If it were, it would not be so valuable.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-169 Section-1)
        "One day, when he was very hungry, he came to himself and said: `How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare while I perish with hunger, feeding swine off here in a foreign country! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no more worthy to be called your son; only be willing to make me one of your hired servants.' And when the young man had reached this decision, he arose and started out for his father's house.
         "Now this father had grieved much for his son; he had missed the cheerful, though thoughtless, lad. This father loved this son and was always on the lookout for his return, so that on the day he approached his home, even while he was yet afar off, the father saw him and, being moved with loving compassion, ran out to meet him, and with affectionate greeting he embraced and kissed him. And after they had thus met, the son looked up into his father's tearful face and said: `Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no more worthy to be called a son'--but the lad did not find opportunity to complete his confession because the overjoyed father said to the servants who had by this time come running up: `Bring quickly his best robe, the one I have saved, and put it on him and put the son's ring on his hand and fetch sandals for his feet.'
         "And then, after the happy father had led the footsore and weary lad into the house, he called to his servants: `Bring on the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry, for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they all gathered about the father to rejoice with him over the restoration of his son.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 12:32)

"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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The Sermon
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To All Fathers who Unconditionally Love their Children… Have a Happy Father's Day!
To all other fathers… work on it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Happy Father's Day!

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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6-22-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #351
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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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Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995)

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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.

Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to recognize courage in someone other than yourself? Funny isn't it?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #351, is Courage…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
        The wise and effective solution of any problem demands that the mind shall be free from bias, passion, and all other purely personal prejudices which might interfere with the disinterested survey of the actual factors that go to make up the problem presenting itself for solution. The solution of life problems requires courage and sincerity. Only honest and brave individuals are able to follow valiantly through the perplexing and confusing maze of living to where the logic of a fearless mind may lead. And this emancipation of the mind and soul can never be effected without the driving power of an intelligent enthusiasm which borders on religious zeal. It requires the lure of a great ideal to drive man on in the pursuit of a goal which is beset with difficult material problems and manifold intellectual hazards.

(From: George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-99 Section-7)
        Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-6)
        Do not be so slothful as to ask God to solve your difficulties, but never hesitate to ask him for wisdom and spiritual strength to guide and sustain you while you yourself resolutely and courageously attack the problems at hand.

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

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 16:13-14)
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

(From: Reinhold Niebuhr [1892 – 1971] - from a sermon in 1943)
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy)
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

(From: Erica Jong)
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow talent to the dark place where it leads.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

(From: Daniel Boorstin)
The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

(From: Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960)
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”

(From: Ham - 5/25/03 – the Nashville TeaM)
        But real courage comes with loyalty to the highest truth, loyalty to living spiritual reality. And, when you walk this path, there may be times when people will say you are crazy, that your vision of what you want to accomplish is futile and that you can't change what is happening now, the best you can do is to swim along. It takes great courage to make sacrifices for a higher ideal and it takes greater courage to swim against the tide in pursuit of that ideal. When you are completely alone in maintaining the rightness of your vision, when your loyalty is such that you will sacrifice comfort for the sake of greater truth, that is when you are tested and found not wanting. It is easy to jump in when others are jumping in, it is easy to advance on a field of battle when you are surrounded by your comrades advancing, but it takes courage to advance alone.

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The Sermon
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I would be willing to bet my Entire Year's Salary as a Pastor, that Every Single One of you who is reading this right now, has… “A Dream.” (OK, so my entire Pastor's salary for a year is $00.00… but anyway, just to make the bet seem more meaningful, let's Pretend, that I make what most Other Pastors make in a year. Alright?)

So… Back to your “Dream.” Now this isn't just Any old dream I'm talking about here… it's not really just “A” Dream… it's “THE Dream.” You know the one I'm talking about… don't you? Or has something perhaps come about in your life that has made you forget it---well, Tried to anyway ;-)---or perhaps to bury it as an unrealistic or childish fantasy---or to give it up because it's not the same dream as your “partner” has? But it's Still There, Isn't it. DO you know the one I'm talking about? If not, Ask yourself the following question and I'm quite sure it will come back to you:

        “If it was at all Possible, if I had All the Money I needed, if I had All of the Knowledge I needed, if I had All of the Experience I needed, AND, If I had All of the Outside help and cooperation I needed… I would Most Wish My Personal Legacy to the World could be ______.”

You know which one I mean now? I like to call it the Soul Dream. Yeah, now That's what I'M talkin' about… Not the basic Ego dream of Fame, Fortune, and Material Prosperity. It's The BIG one!

Isn't it sad how whenever your Higher Self dares to even Think about “That Dream”, the human ego self blurts right in with: “Don't be an unrealistic fool.” or, “You'll only just Fail again.” or, “Who the Hell do you think You are?” or if ego is being really tricky, “Sure! Just as Soon as we have 'All the Money'---'All of the Knowledge'---'All of the Experience' and 'All of the Outside help and cooperation' that we need, then we'll Get started on it.”

I believe that the Ultimate test of one's Human Courage, is having None of those “Needs” nor any obvious means of attaining them, and against all odds with nothing but your Faith to sustain you in the effort, putting one foot forward in front of the other in Active Pursuit of “That Dream.”

I Know that some of you have already done or are doing this, and that it has become one of the most Valuable parts of your Life. But I also know that at least one or two of you may not have yet taken the first step… or maybe the second, third, or fourth. It could take a Thousand steps, and each and every one of them will require a greater or lesser amount of Faith and Courage to keep on going… even when the Manifestation of That Dream starts to look a little different than you imagined it would.

How Courageous are you?

Have you Courage enough to Walk The Walk?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When my Courage weakens, give me Your Strength. When my Faith weakens, give me a kick in the behind.

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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6-29-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #352
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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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By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Robert Frost

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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'm discovering that when it comes to experiencing the Rewards of True Faith, you can't just be Half-Full.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #352, is Faithfulness…

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Quotes
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(From: The KJV Bible - Luke 16:10)

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-34 Section-6)
        The consciousness of the spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a spirit-led mortal, "for the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance." Such spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit.

(From: The KJV Bible - Corinthians I 10:13)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-2)
        "God is our Father; the Lord is our redeemer. God has created the universal hosts, and he preserves them all. His righteousness is like the mountains and his judgment like the great deep. He causes us to drink of the river of his pleasures, and in his light we shall see light. It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to the Most High; to show forth loving-kindness in the morning and the divine faithfulness every night. God's kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness. Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for God is with me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

(From: John Greenleaf Whittier (1851)
O, sometimes gleams upon our sight,
Through present wrong, th'eternal right;
And step by step since time began,
We see the steady gain of man.

Thru' the harsh noises of our day,
A low sweet prelude finds its way;
Through clouds of doubt and creeds of fear,
A light is breaking calm and clear.

Hence-forth my heart shall sigh no more,
For olden time and holier shore;
God's love and blessing, then and there,
Are now and here and ev'ry-where.


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The Sermon
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When I am Truly Faithful to God,
Then can I be Honestly Faithful to Myself.
When I am being Honestly Faithful to myself,
Then can I be Genuinely Faithful with Others.

I told that to someone one time and they said to me, “You're Full of it!”

Pretty Sure that they Must have been implying that they thought I was Faith-Full, I Thanked them and said, “Well, I Try to be.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        In all that I Do, may I be Faithful to You.

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

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

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