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3-3-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #284
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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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        A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably involved. 
        The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with  her  boys. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually.
        So the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon. The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?" The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed.  So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!?"  The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.
        When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?"   The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it!"

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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.

What makes you feel Really, Really Good?
        There are probably a number of things, Right? But one thing in particular comes to my mind this morning…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-195 Section-9)
Modern men and women of intelligence evade the religion of Jesus because of their fears of what it will do to them--and with them. And all such fears are well founded. The religion of Jesus does, indeed, dominate and transform its believers, demanding that men dedicate their lives to seeking for a knowledge of the will of the Father in heaven and requiring that the energies of living be consecrated to the unselfish service of the brotherhood of man.

(From: Halford E. Luccock)
Many years ago Rudyard Kipling gave an address at McGill University in Montreal. He said one striking thing which deserves to be remembered. Warning the students against an over-concern for money, or position, or glory, he said: "Some day you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are."

(From: Elbert Hubbard)
Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-142 Section-7)
Jesus said: "The people of another age will better understand the gospel of the kingdom when it is presented in terms expressive of the family relationship--when man understands religion as the teaching of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, sonship with God." Then the Master discoursed at some length on the earthly family as an illustration of the heavenly family, restating the two fundamental laws of living: the first commandment of love for the father, the head of the family, and the second commandment of mutual love among the children, to love your brother as yourself. And then he explained that such a quality of brotherly affection would invariably manifest itself in unselfish and loving social service.

(From: The KJV Bible - Romans 7:6)
but now we are clear from the law, having died in that in which we were held, so that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of letter.

(From: Abraham - 2/17/2002 Woods Cross TeaM)
        We need not to serve out of spiritual obligation, no. We need to serve because that is the energy that moves life. Service is the act and love is the consequence. We become more humbled in true service, not exalted because we show ourselves to be good and highly worthy of our fellows praise. Service becomes an honor--not a duty. It becomes a feeling that you stand side-by-side working with Father.

(From: Woodrow Wilson)
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-170 Section-3)
The religion of the kingdom is personal, individual; the fruits, the results, are familial, social. Jesus never failed to exalt the sacredness of the individual as contrasted with the community. But he also recognized that man develops his character by unselfish service; that he unfolds his moral nature in loving relations with his fellows.

(From: Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell)
The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not "to have and to hold" but "to give and serve." There can be no other meaning.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 22:27)
For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-1)
“My kingdom is founded on love, proclaimed in mercy, and established by unselfish service.”

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-188 Section-4)
Jesus taught that service to one's fellows is the highest concept of the brotherhood of spirit believers. Salvation should be taken for granted by those who believe in the fatherhood of God. The believer's chief concern should not be the selfish desire for personal salvation but rather the unselfish urge to love and, therefore, serve one's fellows even as Jesus loved and served mortal men.

(From: The RSV Bible - Galatians 5:13-14)
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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: Albert Schweitzer)
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

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The Sermon
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        Yesterday as I was leaving a store, a little girl who couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old was exiting just ahead of me with her family. Instead of hurrying to keep up with her parents and little sister, she stopped, turned around, and held the door open for me. I looked her in the eyes, smiled, and said, “Thank you very Much!” She beamed a great big smile back at me and then turned around as if nothing had happened and went on with her family. She had just performed a simple, conscious, loving, unselfish act of Service. She had no way of knowing that I did, but I thought about her act more than just a few times that afternoon.

        Unselfish Service takes on Many Forms. It can be an involved undertaking, or it can be as simple as a smile. Either way, it can make others feel good, and it can make You feel good. The more you do, the better you feel.

Feel Good.
Be of Good Cheer.
Be in Service.

There are So Many Ways… and so Many Opportunities.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        In serving You, I serve others. In serving Others, I serve 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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3-10-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #285
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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 the story of a Parson who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets." <GRIN>

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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.



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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-91 Section-6)
No matter how difficult it may be to reconcile the scientific doubtings regarding the efficacy of prayer with the ever-present urge to seek help and guidance from divine sources, never forget that the sincere prayer of faith is a mighty force for the promotion of personal happiness, individual self-control, social harmony, moral progress, and spiritual attainment.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 14:22)
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.

(From: Seneca [3 BC - 65 AD])
To see a man fearless in dangers. untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared, all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.

(From: Helen Keller)
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-3)
        "Happy are the poor in spirit, the humble, for theirs are the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.
        "Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
        "Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
        "Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
        "And even so speak to my children these further words of spiritual comfort and promise:
        "Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Happy are they who weep, for they shall receive the spirit of rejoicing.
        "Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
        "Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
        "Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.

(From: Plato)
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

(From: Benjamin Franklin)
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-165 Section-4)
And then, turning to all who were about him, he said: "Take heed and keep yourselves free from covetousness; a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he may possess. Happiness comes not from the power of wealth, and joy springs not from riches. Wealth, in itself, is not a curse, but the love of riches many times leads to such devotion to the things of this world that the soul becomes blinded to the beautiful attractions of the spiritual realities of the kingdom of God on earth and to the joys of eternal life in heaven.

(From: Margaret Bonnano)
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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: Ayn Rand)
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

(From: The Dalai Lama)
External happiness cannot last long without its counterpart. If something is missing in your heart--then despite the most luxurious surroundings, you cannot be happy. However, if you have peace of mind, you can find happiness even under the most difficult circumstances.

(From: Abraham Lincoln)
People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

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The Sermon
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“Don't worry…”

You have an Infinitely Loving, Merciful, Unselfish, Attentive and Devoted Parent/Companion/Friend, who is God. So What's there to Worry about?

If you had nothing other than Enough Love, would you be Happy? Enough would be Constantly Aware of, Surrounded by, Enveloped in, Love. Any less just wouldn't Be enough.

Love comes from Within… God is Within… Love comes from God… God is Love.
Share Love… Share God… Share what is Within you.

Give Enough Love… Share Enough Love… Have Enough Love…

“…Be Happy!”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Let's Love together!

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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3-17-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #286
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Judy Girard

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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.

        I woke up at Midnight and couldn't get back to sleep, so I decided it might be a good time to go and contemplate the Sunday Service for today. I usually don't check my e-mail first because if I have an idea in my head, e-mail can be a little distracting, but for some reason I hit the download button… and there it Was. Not an Idea for Today's Sunday Service, but the Whole Sunday Service ITSELF! Right There in Front of me… just Waiting to be Cut and Pasted into the master document. I Love when That happens! ;-)
        Thank you Minister Judy! Very Excellent Surprise… and a VERY Excellent Sunday Service!!!!

Enjoy…

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Quotes
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True joy and the exhilarating feeling of being at peace with yourself and your world comes to the person who lets his or her physical world flow from the pleadings of the soul. (Wayne Dyer)

If I love with my spirit, I don't have to think so hard with my head.
(Peggy Cahn)

Every human being possesses all 88 keys on the piano, but most of us restrict our melodies to the middle octave.
(Gottesman and Mauro)

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The Sermon
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Friday I spent the day with my not quite 5-year-old granddaughter. She always reminds me of the important things in life. She is one of the most spiritual people I know. Here are some of the things she taught me:

1) You can learn something from just about anybody. A big yellow bird, a yellow bear and a big blue dog are all likely candidates. Be open to learn with your eyes, minds and hearts. Learning new things is fun
2) When things are scary, it is best to hold on to someone's hand
3) You should always have a dream about what you want to do when you grow up
4) Ask questions. Tons of questions. Ask different people. Getting different answers is half the fun
5) Focus. Whether it is on work or on play, relationships, yourself or God. Get things clear and in focus
6) When something hurts, you need a hug and kiss to make it feel better
7) Do things your way and be yourself. It's the only way. You can't be someone else or live someone else's dreams.
8) When you are tired, take a rest. When you get up have milk and cookies. Life will be better
9) Fairy tales are good for us. If you believe in them, you are closer to living them
out. Happily ever after is a nice thing to hope and strive for
10) If there is something you want, tell others you want it. The chances of getting it are better
11) Listen
12) Don't avoid the things in life that make you look silly or you will never have any fun
13) Share your toys with your friends. If they don' share with you, they probably aren't your friends.
14) Be nice to others to teach them to be nicer to you.
15) Enjoy life's unexpected treasures like snow days.
16) Play all the keys on the piano; not just the ones you can reach or think sound good.
17) Remember to bless all your families, friends and even strangers at least once during the day. Take time to tell God "thanks."
18) There are things we don't understand. And that's okay.
19) Color outside the lines sometimes and draw things the way you see them or the way you want them to be. Be creative
20) There's nothing better in the world than someone ringing the doorbell and asking if you can come out to play. Always be willing to play. Don't spend time sad and alone. Ring someone's doorbell and invite them to play.        

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The Prayer
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Dear God,

Help me to remember to live life with the enthusiasm of a young child. We are all your children. It is no accident that you create us all as children who can experience you with joy and wonder. Remind me Frequently of the value of seeing the world with child-like wonder. Thank you!


God's love and abundant blessings!

Judy Girard
Minister - Church Within

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3-24-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #287
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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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Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
(Henry Kissinger)

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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.

I am nearing completion of the kitchen/dining area remodel… just in time for Spring Garden chores it appears. Friday we still had a fair amount of snow left on the ground… today the Tulips we planted last year are already pushing their way out of the unfrozen soil. Another year of Growth proceedeth apace…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
11. The weak indulge in resolutions, but the strong act. Life is but a day's work--do it well. The act is ours; the consequences God's.

(From: Hannah Whitall Smith, 1902)
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Give all to love; obey thy heart.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-1)
“I say to all of you: Freely you have received the good things of the kingdom; therefore freely give to your fellows on earth."

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 10:42)
And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-171 Section-7)
        Jesus spread good cheer everywhere he went. He was full of grace and truth. His associates never ceased to wonder at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth. You can cultivate gracefulness, but graciousness is the aroma of friendliness which emanates from a love-saturated soul.
        Goodness always compels respect, but when it is devoid of grace, it often repels affection. Goodness is universally attractive only when it is gracious. Goodness is effective only when it is attractive.
        Jesus really understood men; therefore could he manifest genuine sympathy and show sincere compassion. But he seldom indulged in pity. While his compassion was boundless, his sympathy was practical, personal, and constructive. Never did his familiarity with suffering breed indifference, and he was able to minister to distressed souls without increasing their self-pity.
        Jesus could help men so much because he loved them so sincerely. He truly loved each man, each woman, and each child. He could be such a true friend because of his remarkable insight--he knew so fully what was in the heart and in the mind of man. He was an interested and keen observer. He was an expert in the comprehension of human need, clever in detecting human longings.
        Jesus was never in a hurry. He had time to comfort his fellow men "as he passed by." And he always made his friends feel at ease. He was a charming listener. He never engaged in the meddlesome probing of the souls of his associates.
        As he comforted hungry minds and ministered to thirsty souls, the recipients of his mercy did not so much feel that they were confessing to him as that they were conferring with him. They had unbounded confidence in him because they saw he had so much faith in them.
        He never seemed to be curious about people, and he never manifested a desire to direct, manage, or follow them up. He inspired profound self-confidence and robust courage in all who enjoyed his association. When he smiled on a man, that mortal experienced increased capacity for solving his manifold problems.
        Jesus loved men so much and so wisely that he never hesitated to be severe with them when the occasion demanded such discipline. He frequently set out to help a person by asking for help. In this way he elicited interest, appealed to the better things in human nature.
        The Master could discern saving faith in the gross superstition of the woman who sought healing by touching the hem of his garment. He was always ready and willing to stop a sermon or detain a multitude while he ministered to the needs of a single person, even to a little child. Great things happened not only because people had faith in Jesus, but also because Jesus had so much faith in them.
        Most of the really important things which Jesus said or did seemed to happen casually, "as he passed by." There was so little of the professional, the well-planned, or the premeditated in the Master's earthly ministry. He dispensed health and scattered happiness naturally and gracefully as he journeyed through life. It was literally true, "He went about doing good."
        And it behooves the Master's followers in all ages to learn to minister as "they pass by"--to do unselfish good as they go about their daily duties.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 6:31-38)
And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

(From: Heda Bejar)
The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.

(From: Ruth Stout)
Working in the garden...gives me a profound feeling of inner peace.

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The Sermon
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        When we choose Good, we are choosing God's will whether we know it or Not... and that is Good. Most are willing to admit that God is the Source of all Goodness and Love (in theory at least <g>), but then fail to give Him credit when that Goodness flows through themselves. If only more people could recognize and Embrace that the Goodness in their Lives is Of God and With God. Alas… but it is not yet so. Someday perhaps…

        God works His Greatest Miracles Through those of His Children who are willing to serve in Love, merely for the sake of Love… because They Feel it and they can't help but want Others to “Feel it” as well. They do it not for wealth nor notoriety, they do it simply… because they Care.

        Serve only in Love and Father makes sure we are where we need to be, when we need to be there, for Whatever service most needs to be done, for whomsoever needs the service. Those willing to Serve our Father's Children, Our brothers and sisters, at Any time are given ample opportunity to Do so. "As he passed by..." was Jesus' way of ministering... and he didn't need to check back to see how his participation in their lives worked out. He did his part "In the Moment" and knew that he had done enough for that moment. If people sought him out again, he was once again, there In the Moment with them... not to reminisce but to continue moving forward. Jesus looked for the Good in people and Found it, and reflected it back to them… then helped them to strengthen their resolve for more of that goodness in their life. He also knew that Our Father's Spirit within them would help them to work out the details of how best to go about living in Goodness.

        There was once a beloved Community Garden that everyone in the small community cared for as if it were their very own. No one was able to come and care for it every day, they had jobs and lives to go about. But every day, Someone was there to tend it… to see to it's needs. Seeds planted by one, would likely be watered or fertilized or weeded by others. Everyone did what they could, when they could, Because they all want to see the garden Thrive. And the Garden Did Thrive, because it was Loved by Many. All served in the Garden, and All Benefited from the bounties of the Garden.

        What if we all cared for one another in this world in that same way?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I am at Your Service. Do with me as You Will.

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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3-31-2002 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #288
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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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I have six locks on my door, all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three of them.

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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 Easter All!

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Quotes
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(From: Olfana 4/17/95 - Half Moon Bay TeaM -
www.hmbtm.com)
He showered this world with forgiveness and compassion! He saw, with sinless eyes, the drama unfolding before him. His heart opened to the pain and suffering, the fear and turmoil, that surrounded him in these final moments of his life--and with his compassionate heart, he offered forgiveness to all who sought to see him suffer. His nobility within this tragic drama was remarkable. His kind regard to all who judged him was most amazing. He did not look with anger upon any who condemned him. He saw them as the immature, and struggling, confused Children of God that they were. His focus was upon the Father. He redeemed this world through the power of the Father's Love!

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-6)
Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity. And from them you will learn to suffer less through sorrow and disappointment, first, by making fewer personal plans concerning other personalities, and then, by accepting your lot when you have faithfully performed your duty.

(From: Young)
We rise in glory as we sink in pride.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-3)
Faith acts to release the superhuman activities of the divine spark, the immortal germ, that lives within the mind of man, and which is the potential of eternal survival. Plants and animals survive in time by the technique of passing on from one generation to another identical particles of themselves. The human soul (personality) of man survives mortal death by identity association with this indwelling spark of divinity, which is immortal, and which functions to perpetuate the human personality upon a continuing and higher level of progressive universe existence. The concealed seed of the human soul is an immortal spirit.

(From: Liza Minnelli)
Reality is something you rise above.

(From: Nancy Kerrigan)
Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 5:29-32)
and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true.

(From: Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
The future belongs to those who can rise above the confines of the earth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-3)
“But my Father works, and I would work, to improve your earthly state but more especially to insure your eternal estate. None of us can do much to change the difficulties of life unless we discover the Father in heaven so wills. After all, we are all beholden to do the will of the Eternal. If you could all be healed of your physical afflictions, you would indeed marvel, but it is even greater that you should be cleansed of all spiritual disease and find yourselves healed of all moral infirmities. You are all God's children; you are the sons of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you. And when the time of judgment shall come, fear not, you shall all find, not only justice, but an abundance of mercy. Verily, verily, I say to you: He who hears the gospel of the kingdom and believes in this teaching of sonship with God, has eternal life; already are such believers passing from judgment and death to light and life. And the hour is coming in which even those who are in the tombs shall hear the voice of the resurrection."

(From: The RSV Bible - John 11:25-26)
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

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The Sermon
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May Your Own Spirit this day experience a New Resurrection… a New Life.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to Rise above my problems.

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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