Church Within Logo
   

The Church Within Sunday Services

for June 2006

Click a box to go to the Individual Service
#502
6-4-2006
#503
6-11-2006
#504
6-18-2006
#505
6-25-2006

6-4-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #502
****************************************************************************
Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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

********************************************
Humor of the Week
*****************
A lawyer guy and a blond gal happen to be sitting next to each other on a long flight from  L.A. to New York. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blond is tired and just wants to take a nap,  so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, saying that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains how the game works . . " I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me, and vice-versa."

Again the blond politely declines and tries to get some sleep. The lawyer figures he's pretty smart and since his opponent is a blond he will easily win the match, so he makes another offer. "Okay, how about this? If you don't know the answer you pay me only $5, but if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500."

This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, she agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question.
"What's the distance from the earth to the moon ?"

  The blond doesn't say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a  five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it's the blonde's turn.  She asks the lawyer . . "What goes up a hill with  three legs, and comes down with four?" The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his  references. He taps  into the Air-phone with his modem and searches the Internet and even the Library of Congress. Frustrated he sends E-mails to all his coworkers and friends he knows. All to no avail. After over an hour of searching for the answer he finally gives up.

He wakes the blond and hands her $500. The blond politely takes the $500 and  turns away to get back to sleep. The lawyer, who can't believe he's been outsmarted by a blond, is going nuts trying to figure it out.

He's more than a little frustrated! He wakes the blond again and asks.
"Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?"

So the blond reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

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

Having a little difficulty deciding upon a theme for Today's Service, this morning I decided to reach into my bag of “Angel Stones” to see what message they might have to offer. As it so happened, the stone that my fingers felt like they were drawn to and that I pulled out of the bag had on it the symbol of a heart---Angel Stone #17 - The Love Stone…

Go figure…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #502, is Love…

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(From: The Angel Stones Oracle (©1999-CWI) - #17 Love/The Heart/Emotions)

The Soul approaches confrontation quite differently than ego does. It uses Self-Respect, Non-Attachment, and Love. Soul respects its own path and also the path of others. It does not fear change, but embraces it for what it has to offer, and therefore it has no particular expectations to fulfill. Always does Soul approach confrontation Lovingly.

(From: Hadewijch of Antwerp)
May your service of love a beautiful thing; want nothing else, fear nothing else and let love be free to become what love truly is.

(From: Karen Sunde)
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-139 Section-4)
"My little children, love one another."

(From: Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
The pleasure of love is in loving.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-5)
        The measure of the spiritual capacity of the evolving soul is your faith in truth and your love for man, but the measure of your human strength of character is your ability to resist the holding of grudges and your capacity to withstand brooding in the face of deep sorrow. Defeat is the true mirror in which you may honestly view your real self.

(From: Emmet Fox )
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open.

(From: The Buddha )
The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

(From: Ice T, The Ice Opinion)
Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 4:20-21)
If any one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
There is no remedy for love but to love more.

(From: Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.

(From: Roy Croft)
I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 4:11-13)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit.

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

(From: Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Where there is love there is life.

(From: Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944eck)
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

(From: Nat King Cole (1919 - 1965)
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

(From: Og Mandino )
Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.

(From: The Angel Stones Oracle (©1999-CWI) - #17 Love/The Heart/Emotions)
        Love, and experience God. Love, and experience People. Love, and experience Life. Give, and you shall receive. Seek, and you shall find. Let Love liberally pour out from you, and it will continually be freely poured into you. Love… ever Recycle it.

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
Love is the vehicle…
Love is the fuel…
Love is the road…
Love is the map…
Love is the destination.

Without Love, you're not really going anywhere.

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        Guide me on Your Pathway of Love. Wherever it leads is where I truly need and want to be.

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

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

BACK TO TOP

6-11-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #503
****************************************************************************
Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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



********************************************
Humor of the Week
*****************
Oliver's Law: A closed mouth gathers no feet.

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

When asked, “What type of Religion is the Church Within?” my response is that it is All Faith… because seriously it IS, All about Faith. Not about any particular “belief system” in fact, rather… it's about Yours and about mine and about Everyone's Personal Spiritual Experience… Anyone's personal relationship with that which draws them closer toward their Source of Goodness and Love and Life and Fulfillment.

There is So Much that every Loving and Compassionate Belief System (Theology), has to offer to the more complete understanding of our Creator… how could any One have it all? …how could any One be totally without?

That said… Today's Service is about something that should be applicable to all Truth Seekers… theology, doctrine and dogma aside…


The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 503, is Innocence…

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
Being Innocent (Innocence), to some may insinuate being Naïve or Ignorant or overly Susceptible.

That's not the type of Innocence I will be considering here today.

Rather, let us today ponder upon the Innocence…

…of Childlike Wonder,

…of Untainted Hopefulness,

…of Sheer Joyfulness,

…of Pure Motivations,

…of Good and Sincere Intentions.


Let us ponder upon the Innocence of the Little Child. To me, it is these Childlike Qualities of Innocence that are what cause children to be so Irresistible, so Charming, so Adorable, so Endearing. Few indeed are untouched by the Innocence of a child. Perhaps it is because we remember and crave that very same Innocence that was in ourselves as a child. Maybe it is because we somehow seem to lose it as we get older (or at least Think that we have in some way lost it).

How many Yearn for those days of childlike Innocence? …the Wonder of a Butterfly …the Hope of Dreams fulfilled …the pure and simple Joy of Life? Do you?

You know… I don't think that the Innocence is something that we lose so much as we cover it up, we bury it, we deny it. Why is that do you think? Have we too confused Innocence with being naïve, with being ignorant, with being susceptible to being taken advantage of? Have cynicism or pride or fatalism or indifference or feelings of guilt so taken over life that the Pure Innocence has become indiscernible within us?

Perhaps as an adult, one just needs to look at Innocence in a new light… from a higher level of Wisdom and Maturity…. In order to recognize that it is still there within us. Indeed it is with the Light of Love that the reality of Innocence may be once again glimpsed, experienced, embraced.

Maintain True Innocence.

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

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

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

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-4)
"Justice makes a nation great, and the greater a nation the more solicitous will it be to see that injustice shall not befall even its most humble citizen. Woe upon any nation when only those who possess money and influence can secure ready justice before its courts! It is the sacred duty of a magistrate to acquit the innocent as well as to punish the guilty. Upon the impartiality, fairness, and integrity of its courts the endurance of a nation depends. Civil government is founded on justice, even as true religion is founded on mercy."

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

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

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

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

(From: Vicomte de Valmont, Les Liaisons Dangereuses )
What then have I done? What, except yield to a natural feeling, inspired by beauty, sanctioned by virtue and kept at all times within the bounds of respect. It's innocent expression prompted not by hope but by trust.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 18:3)
"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children…

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        Let us embrace the Innocence that comes with the recognition that we are truly Your children.

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

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

BACK TO TOP

6-18-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #504
****************************************************************************
Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

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

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

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

********************************************
Humor of the Week
*****************
"Hey, Mom," asked Little Johnny, "can you give me twenty dollars?"

"Certainly not," she said.

"If you do," he went on, "I'll tell you what dad said to the maid when you were at the beauty shop."

His mother's ears perked up and, grabbing her purse, she handed over the money.
"Well? What did he say?"

"He said, 'Hey, Marie, make sure you wash my socks tomorrow.'"

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

Sometimes Fathers are perceived as being angry. Sometimes maybe human fathers are… but on Father's Day…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #504, is Fathers…

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
Being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.

(From: The RSV Bible - James 1:19-20)
Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
Resentment is anger directed at others--at what they did or did not do.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
Guilt is anger directed at ourselves--at what we did or did not do.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
When anger rises, think of the consequences.

(From: Pythagoras (582 BC - 507 BC)

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

(From: Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)
If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.

(From: Joan Lunden, in Healthy Living Magazine)
Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.

(From: Abraham 12/4/95 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
You can believe yourselves to be angry at others and tend to lay blame onto others, when in truth, this is a covering up of the anger you feel for yourself.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-4)
        "Anger is a material manifestation which represents, in a general way, the measure of the failure of the spiritual nature to gain control of the combined intellectual and physical natures. Anger indicates your lack of tolerant brotherly love plus your lack of self-respect and self-control. Anger depletes the health, debases the mind, and handicaps the spirit teacher of man's soul.

(From: Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)
If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: 'I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.

(From: James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-142 Section-2)
"When your children are very young and immature, and when you must chastise them, they may reflect that their father is angry and filled with resentful wrath. Their immaturity cannot penetrate beyond the punishment to discern the father's farseeing and corrective affection. But when these same children become grown-up men and women, would it not be folly for them to cling to these earlier and misconceived notions regarding their father? As men and women they should now discern their father's love in all these early disciplines. And should not mankind, as the centuries pass, come the better to understand the true nature and loving character of the Father in heaven?

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
Perchance on “Father's Day” we may be able to keep confined to the deep dungeons of memory, those times when we correctly or incorrectly perceived our father's anger at or disappointment in us.

Maybe rather, it is a day that we are more able to remember how truly our dad Desired/Desires to be a good father… irregardless of how perfectly or imperfectly he seems to have accomplished that wish in the past. Being human does indeed limit to one degree or another one's ability to actually Attain perfection, does it not?

I think that those fathers that really do care and want to be good fathers, do accomplish it on some level. My dad may not have been perfect in every way, but he was perfect for me… perfect for me becoming who I am today. I'm a dad, so I know how difficult it is to be a good one. I know how often I fall short of being as good a dad as I truly desire to be… I guess being a good dad is something that I will never be able to stop learning, at least as long as I remain human anyway.

On Fathers Day let us ponder upon the Good and Loving things we know or remember about our dads.

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        Happy Fathers Day!

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

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

BACK TO TOP

6-25-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #505
****************************************************************************
Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

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

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

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

********************************************
Humor of the Week
*****************
A priest asked: What is Fate, Master?

And he answered:
It is that which gives a beast of burden its reason for existence.
It is that which men in former times had to bear upon their backs.
It is that which has caused nations to build byways from City to City
upon which carts and coaches pass, and alongside which inns have come
to be built to stave off Hunger, Thirst and Weariness.

And that is Fate? said the priest.

Fate ... I thought you said Freight, responded the Master.

That's all right, said the priest. I wanted to know what Freight was too.

(Kehlog Albran, "The Profit")

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

After spending a number of hours this morning collecting a goodly number of quotes for today's service, we had a power outage and I lost all but two of them. For some reason, auto Recover didn't work this time and I didn't particularly feel like spending an additional 3 hours going back and finding them all over again… so what you see is what you get. Perhaps it is as it Should be.

This is not an excuse for my only having 2 quotes today… but it is most certainly my reason…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #505, is Reasons vs. Excuses …

********************************************
Quotes
*******
(From: Jesus, in The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
Divine truth must not be discounted because the channel of its bestowal is apparently human. Many of your brethren have minds which accept the theory of God while they spiritually fail to realize the presence of God. And that is just the reason why I have so often taught you that the kingdom of heaven can best be realized by acquiring the spiritual attitude of a sincere child. It is not the mental immaturity of the child that I commend to you but rather the spiritual simplicity of such an easy-believing and fully-trusting little one. It is not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-3)
Those who avoid evil by seeing things as they are gain joy by thus embracing the truth. Make an end of your misery by loathing sin. When you look up to the Noble One, turn away from sin with a whole heart. Make no apology for evil; make no excuse for sin. By your efforts to make amends for past sins you acquire strength to resist future tendencies

*******************************************
The Sermon
***********
Do you ever find yourself making up excuses rather than giving the true reasons?
If so you are not alone. I doubt that any are wholly immune to this practice. For some it actually becomes habit.

Once I actually catch myself making excuses without thinking, I must begin to wonder, “Is there anything wrong with my actual reasons?” If not, then Why do I ever feel the urge to find an excuse?


Do you prefer having believable excuses for why you can't or shouldn't try to do or be something…
or do you perhaps prefer having reasons for why you should?


I have absolutely No Excuse for what I believe or for what I do.
But I Do have Reasons that are validated by my own personal experiences. Is it so much different for you?

Got Reasons?

*******************************************
The Prayer
**********
Dear God,
        You know my true reasons for all that I do and all that I am. Should that not be sufficient?

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

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

BACK TO TOP

Back to Sunday Services Page

Church Within Home Page

donations