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#867
6-2-2013
#868
6-9-2013
#869
6-16-2013
#870
6-23-2013
#871
6-30-2013

6-2-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #867
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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 is consistently one more imbecile than you counted on.

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Sometimes it is limiting...
Sometimes it is monotonous...
Sometimes it is preferred...
Sometimes it is essential...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #867, is Consistency…

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Quotes
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(From:
Sidney Madwed )
The first order of business of anyone who wants to enjoy success in all areas of his or
her life is to take charge of the internal dialogue they have and only think, say and behave in a manner consistent with the results they truly desire.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-16 Section-7)
In the day-by-day life of mortal man, virtue is realized by the consistent choosing of good rather than evil, and such choosing ability is evidence of the possession of a moral nature.

(From: Peggy Noonan )
“Part of courage is simple consistency.”

(From: Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran )
Children will adapt to nearly any rule or routine as long as it is consistently enforced within that particular household.

(From: Maya Angelou (1928 - )
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
        The God-conscious mortal is certain of salvation; he is unafraid of life; he is honest and consistent. He knows how bravely to endure unavoidable suffering; he is uncomplaining when faced by inescapable hardship.

(From: Drew Barrymore )
“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-2)
        The contemplation of nature does logically point in the direction of intelligent guidance, even living supervision, but it does not in any satisfactory manner reveal a personal God. On the other hand, nature discloses nothing which would preclude the universe from being looked upon as the handiwork of the God of religion. God cannot be found through nature alone, but man having otherwise found him, the study of nature becomes wholly consistent with a higher and more spiritual interpretation of the universe.

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The Sermon
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Be Consistently...
Original
Sincere
Loving
Devoted
Passionate

...so that your everyday experiences can be Consistently,
Fresh
Invigorating
Exciting

Consistency need never be...
Monotonous
Wearisome
Uninspiring

“What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he is stuck in a rut.”
(Samuel Clemens... Mark Twain)

Consistently be Learning, Growing, Maturing!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to remain Consistently in Your Presence.

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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6-9-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #868
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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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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

(From: Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), "Last Chance to See" )

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Anyone ever say to you, “You're really different.”???
If so... did that make you feel unsure of yourself?
Or... rather did it make you feel Special?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #868, is Uniqueness…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-1)
In reality, every human being defines religion in the terms of his own experiential interpretation of the divine impulses emanating from the God spirit that indwells him, and therefore must such an interpretation be unique and wholly different from the religious philosophy of all other human beings.

(From: Hilary Duff )
Mom always tells me to celebrate everyone's uniqueness. I like the way that sounds.

(From: Lynn Johnston (1947 - )
We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we're doing!

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-112 Section-0)
Personality is unique, absolutely unique: It is unique in time and space; it is unique in eternity and on Paradise; it is unique when bestowed — there are no duplicates; it is unique during every moment of existence; it is unique in relation to God — he is no respecter of persons, but neither does he add them together, for they are non-addable — they are associable but non-totalable.

(From: Sidney Madwed )
If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.

(From: Martha Graham (1894 - 1991 )
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Mortal man earns even his status as an ascension candidate by his own faith and hope. Everything divine which the human mind grasps and the human soul acquires is an experiential attainment; it is a reality of personal experience and is therefore a unique possession...

(From: Viggo Mortensen )
No matter what you pursue in life you can still express your own unique artistic vision. And that is the most important thing to do. It doesn't matter what those around you think or say about your art, what matters is to just go through the process of creating. It's only within that process that you can understand.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-4)
        Snow crystals are always hexagonal in form, but no two are ever alike. Children conform to types, but no two are exactly alike, even in the case of twins. Personality follows types but is always unique.

(From: Andre Gide (1869 - 1951 )
Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-1)
It is this divine in man that gives origin to his unselfish interest in the welfare of other men. But since personality is unique — no two mortals being alike — it inevitably follows that no two human beings can similarly interpret the leadings and urges of the spirit of divinity which lives within their minds.

(From: Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993), The Medusa and the Snail (1979 )
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.

(From: The Book of Runes - #2 - Partnership / A Gift)
For true Partnership is only achieved by separate and whole beings who retain their uniqueness even as they unite. Remember to let the winds of Heaven dance between you.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-12 Section-7)
        The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all eternity. The Father's love glorifies each child of God, illuminating each member of the celestial family, sharply silhouetting the unique nature of each personal being against the impersonal levels that lie outside the fraternal circuit of the Father of all. The love of God strikingly portrays the transcendent value of each will creature, unmistakably reveals the high value which the Universal Father has placed upon each and every one of his children from the highest creator personality of Paradise status to the lowest personality of will dignity among the savage tribes of men in the dawn of the human species on some evolutionary world of time and space.

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The Sermon
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Unique...

Only one of its kind
Singular
Exclusive
Exceptional
Distinctive
Matchless
Irreplaceable
Rare
You
Me
Everyone

Uniqueness is not something to be hidden...
Uniqueness is not something to be avoided...

Uniqueness is something to be Embraced...
Uniqueness is something to be Admired...
Uniqueness is something to be Celebrated!!!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us to learn a better appreciation for each others Uniqueness.

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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6-16-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #869
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Humor of the Week
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When I first started racing, my father said, "Win the race as slow as you can."

(Richard Petty)

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

I spent Hours last night looking for quotes for today's service... then this morning I realized it's Father's Day, and started over...

Happy Father's Day Dads!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #869, is Fathers…

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The Sermon
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It is just as important for a person to be a good Dad as it is to be a good Father...

Their children likely think it is even More Important.

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "You have been taught that you should `fear God and keep his commandments, for that is the whole duty of man.' But I have come to give you a new and higher commandment. I would teach you to `love God and learn to do his will, for that is the highest privilege of the liberated sons of God.' Your fathers were taught to `fear God--the Almighty King.' I teach you, `Love God--the all-merciful Father.'

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-2)
As time passes, fathers and their children will love each other more, and thus will be brought about a better understanding of the love of the Father in heaven for his children on earth.

(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-142 Section-7)
True fathers take great pleasure in providing for the needs of their children. Many fathers are not content with supplying the mere wants of their children but enjoy making provision for their pleasures also.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-177 Section-2)
As long as we teach the child to pray, "Our Father who is in heaven," a tremendous responsibility rests upon all earthly fathers so to live and order their homes that the word father becomes worthily enshrined in the minds and hearts of all growing children.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-5)
“If we proclaim to you the truths of the spirit, the spirit will witness in your hearts that our message is genuine. Concerning the kingdom and your assurance of acceptance by the heavenly Father, let me ask what father among you who is a worthy and kindhearted father would keep his son in anxiety or suspense regarding his status in the family or his place of security in the affections of his father's heart? Do you earth fathers take pleasure in torturing your children with uncertainty about their place of abiding love in your human hearts? Neither does your Father in heaven leave his faith children of the spirit in doubtful uncertainty as to their position in the kingdom. If you receive God as your Father, then indeed and in truth are you the sons of God. And if you are sons, then are you secure in the position and standing of all that concerns eternal and divine sonship. If you believe my words, you thereby believe in Him who sent me, and by thus believing in the Father, you have made your status in heavenly citizenship sure. If you do the will of the Father in heaven, you shall never fail in the attainment of the eternal life of progress in the divine kingdom.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May all of us Dads be more like You!

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

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

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6-23-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #870
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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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Self-control is not a problem in the future. It's only a problem NOW when the chocolates is next to us.
(Shlomo Bernartzi)

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Inevitably ya gotta give it up to get it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #870, is Power/Control…

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The Sermon
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When you feel Powerless and life seems out of Control, the solution is not dependent upon what others do or do not do. True Power comes only from Within and is accessed dependably only in the exercise of Self-Control. One cannot always Control what they think... only what they choose to dwell upon.

True Control comes from releasing All Control unto God... for That is the Sure method of acquiring Self-Control.

Self-Control is the True Power.

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Quotes
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(From:
Martha Beck )
The power to bring me out of solitude - or to push me back into it - had never belonged to another person. It was mine and only mine.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - 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: The RSV Bible - Galatians 5:22-23)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

(From: The Book of Runes -#25 - The Unknowable (The Blank Rune )
Relinquishing control is the ultimate challenge for the Spiritual Warrior.
        Here the Unknowable informs you that it is in motion in your life. In that blankness is held undiluted potential. At the same time both pregnant and empty, it comprehends the totality of being, all that is to be actualized. And if, indeed, there are “matters hidden by the gods,” you need only remember: what beckons is the creative power of the unknown.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #10 )
Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

(From: Elie Wiesel (1928 - )
Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-54 Section-1)
Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.

(From: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-54 Section-1)
        There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties.

(From: Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907 )
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.

(From: A. J. Kitt )
You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.

(From: Thucydides (471 BC - 400 BC )
Self-control is the chief element in self-respect and self-respect is the chief element in courage.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-2)
“...I come with a new message of self-forgetfulness and self-control. I show to you the way of life as revealed to me by my Father in heaven.”

(From: Daniel Akst )
What self-control doesn't mean is mindless self-sacrifice or knee-jerk self-denial. On the contrary, it represents an affirmation of self, for it requires not the negation of instinct but its integration into a more complete form of character-one that takes account of more than just immediate pleasures and pains. The self-control I'm talking about means acting in keeping with your highest level of reflection.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - # 29)
The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.

(From: Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882 )
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

(From: Helen Mirren )
The control and understanding of our personal fears is one of the most important undertakings in our life.

(From: Tina Turner (1938 -)
The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself - something that's in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: The RSV Bible - Peter II 1:5-7)
For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give me Strength and Understanding.

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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6-30-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #871
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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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Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.

Lane Olinghouse

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It is rightfully said, “You can never go back.” Only...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #871, is Forward…

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The Sermon
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As much as a person might wish it, they cannot prevent the world or others from moving Forward... they can only prevent themselves from moving Forward. But hard as they may try, neither can they stand still... attempting to, inevitably produces personal obstacles, impediments, setbacks and retrograde motion.

Living in Faith invariably moves you Forward. True Faith can never stand still and will not operate in reverse. Everything worth striving for is in Front of you. The road to Heaven, the acquirement of Knowledge, the achievement of Wisdom... All reached by moving Forward. The step of Faith is always a Forward step, and as Jesus said often, it is your Faith that Saves you.

Forward Thinking...
Forward Looking
Forward Motion...
Forward Progress...

The rest of your Life is Before You, Eternity Lays Ahead. Move Forward

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #58 )
When the will to power is in charge, the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Try to make people happy, and you lay the groundwork for misery.
Try to make people moral, and you lay the groundwork for vice.

Thus the Master is content to serve as an example and not to impose her will.
She is pointed, but doesn't pierce.
Straightforward, but supple.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)
        The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward-looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul.

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 4:25-26)
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure.

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945 )
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-81 Section-6)
The quality of the social torchbearers will determine whether civilization goes forward or backward.

(From: Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954 )
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

(From: Robert Frost (1874 - 1963 )
Depression occurs when one looks back with no pride, and looks forward with no hope.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-69 Section-9)
Go forward, not backward! Let evolution proceed! Do not take a backward step.

(From: Hugh White (1773 - 1840)
When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-194 Section-3)
The spiritual forward urge is the most powerful driving force present in this world; the truth-learning believer is the one progressive and aggressive soul on earth.

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

(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.

(From: Friedrich Von Schlegel )
In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-34 Section-7)
        Having started out on the way of life everlasting, having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle, the Spirit of Truth will always speak, saying, "This is the way."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        To reach You we must move Forward. Guide our movements.

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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