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#763
6-5-2011
#764
6-12-2011
#765
6-19-2011
#766
6-28-2011

6-5-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #763
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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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Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
Why do "tug" boats push their barges?

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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.

Creativity is not so much a matter of Art as Art is a matter of Creativity…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #763, is Creativity…

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The Sermon
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Sometimes it seems like we really have to dig deep to find our Creativity, doesn't it? And yet it constantly flows naturally through each of us as we make our way through life. The results of Creativity are as unique and singular as is the personality through whom it emerged. I would go so far as to say that Creativity is the primary way that Personality reveals itself to others, to itself, and to the world. We do not always understand or even recognize certain aspects of Creativity in others… which is by no means all that surprising seeing as how we rarely discern the greater part of our Own.

Our individual Creativity is revealed in so many ways that we become unaware that it is actually functioning at all times… in our mannerisms, our preferences, our choices… even in our personal habits and humor. Disclosed in the way we work, in the way we play, in the way we communicate our ideas and ideals… Creativity helps to define who we are as children of God.

Creativity is not so much a possession as it is a tool. Most often Creativity is used unconsciously… how much better it performs when used with awareness and purpose.

Creativity… have you got it In you? Think ya Don't?

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Quotes
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(From:
Dee Hock)

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-4)
        Inner creativity contributes to ennoblement of character through personality integration and selfhood unification. It is forever true: The past is unchangeable; only the future can be changed by the ministry of the present creativity of the inner self.

(From: Rita Mae Brown)
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.

(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-111 Section-4)
You cannot completely control the external world--environment. It is the creativity of the inner world that is most subject to your direction because there your personality is so largely liberated from the fetters of the laws of antecedent causation.

(From: Scott Adams (1957 - ), 'The Dilbert Principle')
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

(From: Christopher Zeeman)
Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.

(From: Gilda Radner (1946 - 1989)
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-4)
        The advances of true civilization are all born in this inner world of mankind. It is only the inner life that is truly creative.

(From: James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.

(From:
Ilya Prigogine (1917 -)

The future is uncertain... but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.

(From: Norman Podhoretz)
Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite, and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-7)
And it was, and is, ever thus. That which the enlightened and reflective human imagination of spiritual teaching and leading wholeheartedly and unselfishly wants to do and be, becomes measurably creative in accordance with the degree of mortal dedication to the divine doing of the Father's will. When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Strengthen my awareness.

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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6-12-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #764
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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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An elderly gentleman.... 
Had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100% 
The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, 'Your hearing is perfect.. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.' 

The gentleman replied, 'Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!' 

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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.

As I do every once in a while when having difficulties settling upon a topic for the Sunday Service, this morning I drew a Rune to see if perhaps I might discern a topic in it's description…

(From: The Book of Runes - #11 - Possessions / Nourishment / Cattle (Fehu))
Fehu is a Rune of fulfillment: ambition satisfied, love fulfilled, rewards received. It promises nourishment, from the most worldly to the sacred and Divine. For if the ancient principle “As above so below” is true, then we are also here to nourish God.

This Rune calls for a deep probing of the meaning of profit and gain in your life. Look with care to know whether it is wealth and possessions you require for your well-being, or rather self-rule and the growth of a will.

Another concern of Fehu is with conserving what has already been gained. It urges vigilance and continual mindfulness, especially in times of good fortune, for it is then that we are likely to collapse ourselves into our success on the one hand, or to behave recklessly on the other. Enjoy your good fortune and remember to share it; the mark of a well-nourished self is the willingness to nourish others.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #764, is Fulfillment…

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Quotes
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(From: Elyon - 3/25/94 – The Spokane TeaM)
Let fulfillment of the heart be a lesson for each of you. To have your inner being growing abundantly, with fulfillment of love, of serving and receiving and taking care of your own being.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #44)
If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.

Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-3)
While faith is the energy of the better life, nevertheless, must you work out your own salvation with perseverance. If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation.

(From: Erich Frohm)
As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself.

(From: H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You)
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

(From: Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning)
Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

(From: Abraham 6/5/95 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
You God-conscious children are extremely blessed for your fulfillment comes from Father. You know this!

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-170 Section-2)
The new gospel affirmed that human salvation is the revelation of a far-reaching divine purpose to be fulfilled and realized in the future destiny of the endless service of the salvaged sons of God.

(From: Anthony Robbins)
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.

(From: Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

(From: Jim Beggs)
To find fulfillment...don't exist with life - embrace it.

(From: Coventry Patmore)
The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.

(From: George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-39 Section-4)
Ever and anon there is a pause in the Paradise ascent, a short breathing spell, during which universe horizons stand still, creature status is stationary, and the personality tastes the sweetness of goal fulfillment.

(From: Michael 8/5/2004 – the Lightline TeaM)
Always look to our Father for your ultimate fulfillment, for your continual guidance, but be ready to learn from the least of my children. Be willing to discern through faith truth as it is revealed to you. Father reveals wisely; He will not lead you astray.

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The Sermon
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What is Fulfillment?

Is it having wealth and/or power?
Is it having an impressive home or all the right toys?
I am sure there are those who think so… personally I don't believe that Fulfillment has much at all to do with “having.” Having would be mostly ego fulfillment.

Fulfillment has more to do with doing I should think… doing your best… completing a project or quest… achieving a goal… a job well done. The Fulfillment of doing well is renewable and truly feeds the soul.

There is another type of Fulfillment. It is the Fulfillment of Being… Being a good Person… Being a good Parent… Being a good Partner… Being a good Friend… Being the best Child of God you can be. Being Fulfilled is ennobling to both Soul and to Spirit

Fulfillment… not a gift, an Accomplishment

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I have You with me, my Fulfillment is Certain.

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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6-19-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #765
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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 the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
Charles Wadsworth

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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.

Well… Happy Father's Day!
Always remember, It is no easier being a Father than it is being a child…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #765, is Fathers…

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Quotes
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(From: Rudyard
Kipling)
All we have of freedom –
all we use or know --
This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.


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

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
A father's love need not pamper, and it does not condone evil, but it is always anticynical. Fatherly love has singleness of purpose, and it always looks for the best in man; that is the attitude of a true parent.

(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: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-10)
There is present that natural affection between every normal child and its father which insures an understanding and loving relationship, and which forever precludes all disposition to bargain for the Father's love and mercy.

(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 Book - Paper-54 Section-5)
Supreme justice is dominated by a Father's love; therefore will justice never destroy that which mercy can save.

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The Sermon
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Fathers,
        Love and Cherish your children in every way that you can. And linger not so much upon the ways that as yet you cannot, , for as you Grow in Experience and in Understanding and in Wisdom, it becomes easier to forgive imperfection… perhaps even your own. Love wins in the end.

Children,
        Love and Cherish your fathers in every way that you can. And linger not so much upon the ways that as yet you cannot, for as you Grow in Experience and in Understanding and in Wisdom, it becomes easier to forgive imperfection… someday even your own. Love wins in the end.

Fathers and Children,
        Feel God's Love… flowing in and pouring out. It is that connection with each other that we so cherish.

Love is the Quest, the Journey, the Means, and the Reward.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for being the Perfect Parent. Help us all to be more and more like You in that way.

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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6-26-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #766
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Today's Service was offered by: Minister Rick Giles

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Humor of the Week
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God made man in His Image, then man returned the favor. - Voltaire

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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.

Our beloved brother and minister of the Church Within, Rick Giles, left this world late Tuesday evening to begin the next phase of his eternal journey of love and life in the Father's Mansions. He will be dearly missed here, but how can we begrudge him the reward of a Beautiful Life well lived in Loving Service and Cherished Friendship. Bon Voyage dear brother… we shall see you again when We get there.

So I thought it would be appropriate today to do a replay of the very first Sunday Service that Minister Rick did for the Church Within back in 2004. The Humor of the Week is the same one Rick used back then, as are the Quotes, the Sermon and the Prayer. What was first has become last…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #766, is The Path Toward Enlightenment…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-2)
        Spiritual development depends, first, on the maintenance of a living spiritual connection with true spiritual forces and, second, on the continuous bearing of spiritual fruit: yielding the ministry to one's fellows of that which has been received from one's spiritual benefactors.

(From: The KJV Bible - John 4:13-14)
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

(From: The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 5.12)
A Karma-yogi, abandoning the fruit of work, attains Supreme Bliss while others, who are attached to the fruits of work, become bound by selfish work.

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The Sermon
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I thought I would share something I wrote back in the late seventies. I was working in the garden and this "thought" kept running around in my head. So, I stopped everything and wrote it down.

The Path Toward Enlightenment:

This path requires much effort. It is much like digging a spring garden. Much cultivation is needed; the weeds of the mind must be removed; fear which chokes character; envy, a pride which crowds love; inertia which blocks growth.

As one reaches the end of soul cultivation, sincere, disciplined, and devoted effort must be applied. Row after row may lead to the feeling that enough has been done already, or perhaps the feeling that one has done greatly. Pursue! The end is near; the effort is more intense.

Final cultivation, however, is not enlightenment. Now begins the process of fertilization. Diligent study of the writings of the sages, one pointed and wholehearted meditation and worship, complete dedication to the complete fulfillment of God's will. All these must enrich one's life.

Fertilization is itself not enlightenment either. Next comes the planting of the spiritual seeds in this soul soil, free from mind weeds and enriched with devoted practice. These seeds are the seeds of truth, beauty, goodness, high ideals, spiritual love, compassion and mercy, tolerance, patience, grace, peace, sincerity, consistency, constancy, and consecration.

Upon completion of planting, enlightenment has not been attained. The most important stage has begun, the grace of divine ministry; the spiritual sun which illuminates our being must be received. The spiritual bestowal's, the water of God which nourishes our seedlings must be received. Vitalization of our efforts comes from God.

This is not full enlightenment. Now begins our bearing period. In divine partnership we put forth spiritual fruit; wholehearted service ministry for our brethren on the path of soul cultivation, fertilization, and seeding; and honest prayer for the grace bestowal's of God upon us all.

This is the harvest. This is enlightenment. We have not acquired it; we may have taken part in preparing it; it is not ours; enlightenment gained is enlightenment shared - only. Given by God, bestowed by his children, received by our brothers and sisters...with pure love.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May all the seeds of spirit laying dormant within our souls be germinated by your blessed presence and grow into the full flowering of spiritual attainment and leave with another the seed for growth as well.

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

Rick Giles
Minister of The Church Within

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Thank you for sharing Life with us Rick!
'Till we meet again…

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


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-94 Section-8)
" ...the Infinite Spirit and his co-ordinate Spirits do downstep themselves, do joyfully undergo an amazing series of divinity attenuations, until they appear as angels to stand by your side and guide you through the lowly paths of earthly existence."

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