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6-6-2010
#712
6-13-2010
#713
6-20-2010
#714
6-27-2010

6-6-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #711
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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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Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988), Time Enough For Love

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.
Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)

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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.

How do you measure success?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #711, is Progress …

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-150 Section-5)
By faith recognize the indwelling spirit of God, whose acceptance makes you a son of God. Have you not read in the Scriptures where it says, `In the Lord have I righteousness and strength.' Also where the Father says, `My righteousness is near; my salvation has gone forth, and my arms shall enfold my people.' `My soul shall be joyful in the love of my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation and has covered me with the robe of his righteousness.' Have you not also read of the Father that his name `shall be called the Lord our righteousness.' `Take away the filthy rags of self-righteousness and clothe my son with the robe of divine righteousness and eternal salvation.' It is forever true, `the just shall live by faith.' Entrance into the Father's kingdom is wholly free, but progress--growth in grace--is essential to continuance therein.

(From:
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

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

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), The Broken Wings)
I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        But the great problem of religious living consists in the task of unifying the soul powers of the personality by the dominance of LOVE. Health, mental efficiency, and happiness arise from the unification of physical systems, mind systems, and spirit systems. Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

(From: W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963), last message to the world, 1957)
Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
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.

(From: Henry Steele Commager)
Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.

(From: Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-194 Section-3)
The spirit guides into all truth; he is the teacher of an expanding and always-growing religion of endless progress and divine unfolding.

(From: Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972)
Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

(From: A. Lou Vickery)
Nothing average ever stood as a monument to progress. When progress is looking for a partner it doesn't turn to those who believe they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever searching and striving to become the best they possibly can.

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

(From:
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
Growth is not truly indicated by mere products but rather by progress. Real educational growth is indicated by enhancement of ideals, increased appreciation of values, new meanings of values, and augmented loyalty to supreme values.

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The Sermon
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Progress

There are those who fear it
…those who refuse it
…those who avoid it
…those who resist it.

There are those who accept Progress
…those who desire it
…those who beg it
…those who require it.

Progress

There are those who claim it
…those who pretend it

There are those who strive for it
…those who attain it

Over the course of a lifetime most will inevitably live through all of those experiences to a greater or lesser degree at some point. Much of a person's perception of Progress depends upon the current circumstances of course, but a great deal depends also upon one's relative level of maturity at any given moment… does it not?

What is Progress really? How do you measure it?
Do you measure it differently for others than you do for yourself? If so, whose Progress do you measure more harshly, yours or theirs? Why Is that do you think?

Some are satisfied with the experience of slow and steady Progress, but others feel a need to see it more rapidly and more definably for their own personal contentment. One is not necessarily right and the other wrong. Both have their values as well as their drawbacks. It is in co-operation that True Progress is most faithfully served, and in demanding uniformity that it is more likely prevented.

Progress

Whatever the method, whatever the timeframe…
When it concerns your own, don't be satisfied without it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Anytime I come to know You better, that to me is true progress.

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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6-13-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #712
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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 two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

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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.

Today's Topic wasn't what I expected…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #712, is Expectations…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-9)
Descriptive words of things beautiful cannot thrill like the sight thereof, neither can creedal words inspire men's souls like the experience of knowing the presence of God. But expectant faith will ever keep the hope-door of man's soul open for the entrance of the eternal spiritual realities of the divine values of the worlds beyond.

(From: Solonia 1/21/2000 – the Garden TeaM)
The step of Faith does not routinely bring expected results, rather it is far more likely to reveal new and previously unrecognized perceptions

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-4)
        Remember, even if prayer does not change God, it very often effects great and lasting changes in the one who prays in faith and confident expectation. Prayer has been the ancestor of much peace of mind, cheerfulness, calmness, courage, self-mastery, and fair-mindedness in the men and women of the evolving races.

(From:
Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

(From: Solonia 1/21/2000 – the Garden TeaM)
Do not let the fact of results which appear to run contrary to your expectations, stifle the exuberance of your seeking. It is natural to take a moment of reflection to sort out your feelings of disappointment, and indeed it is also healthy, for in so doing is the next step made clearer to you through a better understanding of how your will may more closely co-inside with Father's Will.

(From: The Book of Runes - #6 - Initiation / Something Hidden / A Secret (Perth)
A counsel against expecting too much, or expecting in the ordinary way, for the old way has come to an end. You simply cannot repeat the old and not suffer. Call in your scattered energies, concentrate on your own life at this moment, your own requirements for growth. More important, Perth counsels you not to focus on outcomes, nor to bind yourself with the memory of past achievement. In so doing, you rob yourself of a true present, which is the only time in which self-change can be realized.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #55)
The Master's power is like this.
He lets all things come and go
effortlessly, without desire.
He never expects results;
thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed;
thus his spirit never grows old.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
But you who have been called out of darkness into the light are expected to believe with a whole heart; your faith shall dominate the combined attitudes of body, mind, and spirit.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-192 Section-2)
Then said Jesus: "If, therefore, you serve me with a whole heart, make sure that you are devoted to the welfare of my brethren on earth with tireless affection. Admix friendship with your counsel and add love to your philosophy. Serve your fellow men even as I have served you. Be faithful to men as I have watched over you. Be less critical; expect less of some men and thereby lessen the extent of your disappointment.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #77)
Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
They take from those who don't have enough
and give to those who have far too much.

The Master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.
She acts without expectation,
succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn't think that she is better
than anyone else.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-3)
Of the teacher more is expected than of the pupil; of the master more is exacted than of the servant. Of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom more is required than of the citizens of the earthly rule.

(From: Partricia Neal)
A master can tell you what he thinks of you. A teacher though, awakens your own expectations.

(From: Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)
Life is largely a matter of expectation.

(From: Beau M. Jackson)
Don't be content by just beating others expectations, beat your own expectations as well.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-4)
        In all your praying be fair; do not expect God to show partiality, to love you more than his other children, your friends, neighbors, even enemies.

(From: Steve Jobs (1955 -)
Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
        Jesus did not expect his followers to achieve an impossible manifestation of brotherly love, but he did expect them to so strive to be like God--to be perfect even as the Father in heaven is perfect--that they could begin to look upon man as God looks upon his creatures and therefore could begin to love men as God loves them--to show forth the beginnings of a fatherly affection.

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The Sermon
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Do you expect too much of yourself… do you expect too little? What is 'just enough' expectation to have of oneself?

Some say that if you lower your expectations of yourself, you will not be so often disappointed. Others say that so lowering your expectations will result in you achieving far less than you otherwise could or should. Still others will recommend having no expectations whatsoever

Who is right and who is wrong? Is there a right or wrong of it?
Cannot sometimes lowering your expectations be the right thing to do… and other times the wrong thing?

Cannot Raising your expectations sometimes be the wrong thing, while at other times be the right thing to do?

What about having No Expectations? If it causes you to take no action at all when action is called for, then might that not be the wrong thing? Having No expectations of others on the other hand, is pretty dependably the right thing to do in almost every occasion… both for your piece of mind and theirs as well.

No other can live up to your or my expectations. Do we not each have difficulty enough living up to our own???

Whatever your personal expectations for yourself, it is between you and God to determine, and God is always happy to help you with that.

Having personal expectations for others to live up to leaves God out of the equation… it is strictly an ego exercise in futility. God does not participate in those.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Grant me wisdom… I am willing to work for it.

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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6-20-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #713
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. "It has been ten years," said the head monk. "What are the two words you would like to speak?"
"Bed... hard..." said the monk.

"I see," replied the head monk.

Ten years later, the monk returned to the head monk's office. "It has been ten more years," said the head monk. "What are the two words you would like to speak?"

"Food... stinks..." said the monk.

"I see," replied the head monk.

Yet another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk who asked, "What are your two words now, after these ten years?"

"I... quit!" said the monk.

"Well, I can see why," replied the head monk. "All you ever do is complain."

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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.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads!


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #713, is Being Receptive…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
Love, freely receive from both divine and human sources regardless of your deserts, and love freely in return.

(From: The Book of Runes - #1 - The Self (Mannaz)
        The starting point is the self. Its essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to your Self is primary, for from it flows all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine.
        Remain modest---that is the Oracle's counsel. Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted, and moderate, for then you have a true direction for your new way of life.
        Being in the world but not of it, that is implicit here. And yet do not be closed, narrow, or judging, but remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides. Nothing less is called for from you now.

(From: The RSV Bible - Galatians 3:2)
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?

(From: Sophy Burnham)
We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-117 Section-6)
        All true love is from God, and man receives the divine affection as he himself bestows this love upon his fellows. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. Man can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within his heart. The Father's love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man's personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows.

(From: Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961)
You are the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. If you seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency.

(From: Madam Guizot)
Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-144 Section-2)
Again I say to you: Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door of salvation will be opened.

(From: Pierre Charron)
He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestows should never remember it.

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

(From: The RSV Bible - Timothy I 4:4)
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-193 Section-0)
Love all men as I have loved you; serve your fellow mortals as I have served you. Freely you have received, freely give.

(From:
Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)

Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.

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The Sermon
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Of all the things in life that we “should” be Receptive to, the one that truly matters most and gives lasting value to all the others, is being Receptive to Love… Receptive to Giving it as well as Receiving it. After all… Love is both Source and Destiny.

Being Receptive to Love, is being Receptive to God. You can't go wrong with that.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is when I am Receptive to You that I most appreciate Life. Oh… 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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6-27-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #714
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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The nicest thing about the future is it always starts tomorrow.

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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.

Do you ever get tired of the same old…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #714, is Routine…

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Quotes
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(From: Elyon - 1/17/93 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Routines, while sometimes seeming to be unimaginative, have much merit if the routine is of a positive nature. By bringing yourself in the routine of giving your life to the Father each day -both your good times and the bad times- by coming to the awareness that He is there with you through your day; by listening for His guidance in your life, and by taking what you know to be right and bringing that forth in your life amidst the commonplace duties that you fulfill; by affecting those around you in a positive light, this would be a routine that would be considered most admirable.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 7/19/02– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
When you wake in the morning stop yourselves from thinking of your routine, or thinking back to yesterday, or planning for the week ahead. Stop yourselves and say to yourself, "Wait. I will take a few moments to center myself in the love of God, to give thanks for life itself, and to turn over my will and my personality to the guidance of that great part of me which comes from the very Source of all things and beings, of all that is." That time does not have to consume long minutes. It is a directional change. Once that's done, then you can move on to unfold your day.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-144 Section-4)
        Prayer and its associated worship is a technique of detachment from the daily routine of life, from the monotonous grind of material existence. It is an avenue of approach to spiritualized self-realization and individuality of intellectual and religious attainment.

(From: Tomas - 3/3/95– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Any break in a routine is a pause to perceive life from an altered vantage point. The more often you in your busy days stop to smell the roses, ponder the presence of spirit personalities

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)
Only a poet can discern poetry in the commonplace prose of routine existence.

(From: Louis Pasteur (1822 - 1895)
Without theory, practice is but routine born of habit. Theory alone can bring forth and develop the spirit of inventions.

(From: Abraham 3/27/95 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Sometimes it is the little things that can wear on your tolerance level. Rest or diversion from routine can greatly improve your attitude.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

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The Sermon
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Make God an integral part of your daily Routine… but never let your personal relationship with God become in any way Routine.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Knowing You helps me the better to know and love others.

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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