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6-7-2009
#660
6-14-2009
#661
6-21-2009
#662
6-28-2009

6-7-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #659
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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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Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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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.

Regardless of the Importance of Telling it, Recognizing it is Equally Important…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #659, is “The a b c of Truth…

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The Sermon
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“The a b c of Truth”

Let me break that down if I may…

It would look something like this:

The Truth,
a Truth,
b Truth,
c Truth,
…and forget not,
of Truth.

“a Truth” must surely “b Truth” for one to genuinely “c Truth” but only if truly it is “of Truth” or, in other words of “The Truth.”

“The Truth” is of course known perfectly Only by God. “The Truth” in fact, Cannot be fully known by Any, other Than God. You may or may not recall that I have discussed many a time over the years the topic of Truth being relative, and indeed it could in no way be otherwise. How relative is Truth? Well… relative and perhaps equivalent I should surmise, to one's full and intimate grasp of Infinity. Yeah… I get it pretty much, don't You? (Infinity is that little sideways 8 thing Isn't it? ;-)

OK… so let's just consider the possibility that (however unlikely as it may be ;-), we (you or I or they), may in reality have a “less than Godlike” perspective of “The Truth.” It wouldn't exactly be the end of the World now… would it?

There is no limit as to how often an individual can experience “a Truth.” Neither is there a limit to a person's ability to discover New Truth. Is that not in fact the Point of Life? To experience “a Truth” that is New… that has somehow eluded us previously… that adds to our cumulative attainment of Maturity and Understanding and Wisdom? There is little quite so personally satisfying as discovering “a Truth” previously unrecognized. It's all a part of “The Truth” after all. Every time we grasp “a Truth” it brings us closer to “The Truth.” The more one is able to “c Truth” accurately, the better they will be able to “b Truth.”

Truth is Reality Itself. Day by day… we may come closer and closer… but never quite there or there would be no more of the wonderful little revelations that are so rewarding and fulfilling.

One can Always have More of it, but never All of it.

[a=a; b=be; c=see]

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-6)
God is the first truth and the last fact; therefore does all truth take origin in him, while all facts exist relative to him. God is absolute truth. As truth one may know God, but to understand--to explain--God, one must explore the fact of the universe of universes. The vast gulf between the experience of the truth of God and ignorance as to the fact of God can be bridged only by living faith. Reason alone cannot achieve harmony between infinite truth and universal fact.

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Importance of Being Earnest)
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

(From: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

(From: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902), 1890)
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
The true believer does not grow weary in well-doing just because he is thwarted. Difficulty whets the ardor of the truth lover, while obstacles only challenge the exertions of the undaunted kingdom builder.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.

(From: Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)
The truth is more important than the facts.

(From: The RSV Bible - Timothy II 1:14)
guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-3)
“You cannot stand still in the affairs of the eternal kingdom. My Father requires all his children to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the truth. You who know these truths must yield the increase of the fruits of the spirit and manifest a growing devotion to the unselfish service of your fellow servants. And remember that, inasmuch as you minister to one of the least of my brethren, you have done this service to me.”

(From: The RSV Bible - John 8:32)
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Share with me always as much Truth as I am able to handle.

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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6-14-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #660
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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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At sixteen I was stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self- confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence?
(Jules Feiffer)

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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.

Why is it that the closer one gets to a Goal, the more relentless becomes the fear of not actually being capable of attaining it? (If you have never actually experienced that phenomenon… Congratulations!!! You are Probably Immune to it!!! …so far. ;-)

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #660, is “Confidence replacing Fear…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "Your forebears feared God because he was mighty and mysterious. You shall adore him because he is magnificent in love, plenteous in mercy, and glorious in truth. The power of God engenders fear in the heart of man, but the nobility and righteousness of his personality beget reverence, love, and willing worship. A dutiful and affectionate son does not fear or dread even a mighty and noble father. I have come into the world to put love in the place of fear, joy in the place of sorrow, confidence in the place of dread, loving service and appreciative worship in the place of slavish bondage and meaningless ceremonies. But it is still true of those who sit in darkness that `the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.' But when the light has more fully come, the sons of God are led to praise the Infinite for what he is rather than to fear him for what he does.

(From: King Whitney Jr.)
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

(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 RSV Bible - John I 4:17-21)
In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us. 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: Anna Freud (1895 - 1982)
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals."

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

(From: Philip Adams)
It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.

(From: Nicholai Velimirovic)
Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you.

(From: Alec Waugh)
A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.

(From: The ASB Bible - Hebrews 4:16)
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-8)
Have faith--confidence in the eventual triumph of divine justice and eternal goodness.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), "Walden", pp. 323- 324)
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that 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. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

(From: Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)
We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.

(From: Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008), Prey)

Each generation writes off earlier errors as the result of bad thinking, of less able minds--and then confidently embarks on making fresh errors of its own.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-7)
        Jesus was an unusually cheerful person, but he was not a blind and unreasoning optimist. His constant word of exhortation was, "Be of good cheer." He could maintain this confident attitude because of his unswerving trust in God and his unshakable confidence in man. He was always touchingly considerate of all men because he loved them and believed in them. Still he was always true to his convictions and magnificently firm in his devotion to the doing of his Father's will.

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The Sermon
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Confidence is the Companion of True Faith.
How Confident do you feel?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I am Confident of Your Love, Your Wisdom and Your Patience. I thank You Wholeheartedly for all three because my need of them seems never-ending.

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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6-21-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #661
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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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When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910

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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.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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? Men ought always to pray and not become discouraged.


Happy Father's Day and first full day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere!!! I am feeling like our Summer here in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area of the Inland Northwest is going to be Extraordinary this year. After such a Thrashing Snow Load as we had this past Winter (2008 was brutal on Both ends), I wouldn't have even known how to Ask for a better Spring season than we have just experienced. It is as if “the table is set” for a Summer to Remember.

Yeah… well… Or not…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #661, is Discouragement…

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The Sermon
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Discouragement is truly something that every human being must deal with from time to time during this imperfect mortal lifetime. None are immune… none avoid it entirely. At times it almost seems as if Discouragement is the rule rather than the exception, does it not? Even the most optimistic of Optimists experience frequent, sometimes significant occasions of Discouragement in life… it is not the sole possession of those with a more pessimistic nature. It will without prejudice attack the weakest and the most powerful, the poorest and the richest, the ignorant and the wise.

Why do you think it is that Discouragement is so universally experienced? Is overcoming it such a valuable lesson after all? I wonder. Would Courage be valued so highly without it? Perhaps not. What if there were no possibility of Discouragement… would the sweetness of Encouragement then be rendered useless?

Would having a world without Discouragement be worth living in a world without Encouragement?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-3)
        In the realm of religious experience, spiritual possibility is potential reality. Man's forward spiritual urge is not a psychic illusion. All of man's universe romancing may not be fact, but much, very much, is truth.
        Some men's lives are too great and noble to descend to the low level of being merely successful. The animal must adapt itself to the environment, but the religious man transcends his environment and in this way escapes the limitations of the present material world through this insight of divine love. This concept of love generates in the soul of man that superanimal effort to find truth, beauty, and goodness; and when he does find them, he is glorified in their embrace; he is consumed with the desire to live them, to do righteousness.
        Be not discouraged; human evolution is still in progress, and the revelation of God to the world, in and through Jesus, shall not fail.

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

(From: Ham 9/12/99 – the Nashville TeaM)
The man of the spirit turns toward the spirit for spiritual comfort for every minor disappointment, every tiny misstep, every time there is potential for discouragement. And in so doing, he saves his soul from going down. When you turn to the spirit, turn to the Father, and feel His immediate comfort, His immediate encouragement in the heart, you are strengthened and you are given that which you need to go on, to go forward through any misfortune, any difficulty which may beset you. So the life of the spirit led mortal does not especially change outwardly, but the spirit led mortal changes within, and his life grows in purpose and he is increasingly happy with himself and his life no matter what befalls him.

(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: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
        Do not become discouraged by the discovery that you are human. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful. Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences. The mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity. Lighten your burdens of soul by speedily acquiring a long-distance view of your destiny, a universe expansion of your career.

(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: Thomas J. Watson)
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't as all. You can be discouraged by failure - or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that's where you will find success.

(From: Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)

If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-126 Section-5)
…he did not falter; he was not discouraged. He lived on, day by day, doing well the present duty and faithfully discharging the immediate responsibilities of his station in life. Jesus' life is the everlasting comfort of all disappointed idealists.

(From: Richard L. Evans)
Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Human beings unfailingly become discouraged when they view only the transitory transactions of time. The present, when divorced from the past and the future, becomes exasperatingly trivial. Only a glimpse of the circle of eternity can inspire man to do his best and can challenge the best in him to do its utmost. And when man is thus at his best, he lives most unselfishly for the good of others, his fellow sojourners in time and eternity.

(From: Florence Scovel Shinn)
Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.

(From: Abraham 5/22/95 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
During times of discouragement I ask you to truly open yourselves and realize the being that dwells within you, your personal Monitors, your Indwelling Father Fragments. If you stop to ponder this internal guide and realize they are of our Paradise Father and God is love. Our Indwelling Fragments are God. God is love. This love may help you through these times of discouragement, knowing of His love for you can help rejuvenate you.

(From: Dale Carnegie)
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or is discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I am most Discouraged, it is You who puts me at ease.

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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6-28-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #662
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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A magician pulls rabbits out of hats. A research psychologist pulls habits out of rats.

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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.

There are,
some that irritate… and some that inspire.
some that are harmful… and some that are healthy.
some that we gladly share… and some we wish we did not.

Mine are my assignment and Yours are yours…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #662, is Habits…

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Quotes
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(From: Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

(From: Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)
Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-3)
        Man tends to crystallize science, formulate philosophy, and dogmatize truth because he is mentally lazy in adjusting to the progressive struggles of living, while he is also terribly afraid of the unknown. Natural man is slow to initiate changes in his habits of thinking and in his techniques of living.

(From: Edward Everett (1794 - 1865)
Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.

(From: Thomas Troward)
Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable.

(From: Juliene Berk)
Habits - the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction. You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

(From: W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

(From: Ralph W. Sockman)

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life.

(From: Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.

(From: J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

(From: George Lois)
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        Religious living is devoted living, and devoted living is creative living, original and spontaneous. New religious insights arise out of conflicts which initiate the choosing of new and better reaction habits in the place of older and inferior reaction patterns. New meanings only emerge amid conflict; and conflict persists only in the face of refusal to espouse the higher values connoted in superior meanings.

(From: Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.

(From: Kenich Ohmae)
It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
        "But let me warn you against the folly of undertaking to surmount temptation by the effort of supplanting one desire by another and supposedly superior desire through the mere force of the human will. If you would be truly triumphant over the temptations of the lesser and lower nature, you must come to that place of spiritual advantage where you have really and truly developed an actual interest in, and love for, those higher and more idealistic forms of conduct which your mind is desirous of substituting for these lower and less idealistic habits of behavior that you recognize as temptation. You will in this way be delivered through spiritual transformation rather than be increasingly overburdened with the deceptive suppression of mortal desires. The old and the inferior will be forgotten in the love for the new and the superior. Beauty is always triumphant over ugliness in the hearts of all who are illuminated by the love of truth. There is mighty power in the expulsive energy of a new and sincere spiritual affection. And again I say to you, be not overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good."

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC), Dhammapada)
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…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.


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The Sermon
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In the Habit Garden,
Good Habits must be carefully cultivated and diligently nurtured.
Bad Habits emerge unbidden and are as tenacious as weeds.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to become a better Gardener.

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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