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3-6-2005
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3-13-2005
#439
3-20-2005
#440
3-27-2005

3-6-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #437
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th 1996

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

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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One day, Harry and Sarah were having a petty argument.

After shouting back and forth, Sarah finally says, "Let's make a deal. To
end this argument, you acknowledge that I am right and I will admit that I am
wrong."

Harry thought for a moment, agreed, and asked her to go first.

Sarah replied, "I'm sorry Harry, I am wrong."

In response, Harry shouts happily, "You're right!"

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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.

We were able to purchase a used Dell Latitude C600 PIII 750 Laptop Notebook Computer on E-Bay this last week thanks to your help! It is supposed to arrive on Wednesday of this week. It will serve our purposes admirably to insure that we will be always able to continue offering our Sunday Services and Story of the Week on time and without fail... even when "On the Road." Also will it insure that we have a back-up computer at all times in case there are ever any computer problems.
You are appreciated! Thank You!!

Also I would like to take the time to acknowledge those of you who have recently sent us your comments and/or responses and/or acknowledgements. I Do so much Value your comments even if I don't get around to responding to each of you individually. I recently started a new job doing leather work to help keep up with rising cost of survival necessities, so my time to devote to writing e-mails has been lessened considerably (reading them takes the majority of my allotted e-mail time ;-).

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #437, is Acknowledgement…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Successful living is nothing more or less than the art of the mastery of dependable techniques for solving common problems. The first step in the solution of any problem is to locate the difficulty, to isolate the problem, and frankly to recognize its nature and gravity. The great mistake is that, when life problems excite our profound fears, we refuse to recognize them. Likewise, when the acknowledgment of our difficulties entails the reduction of our long-cherished conceit, the admission of envy, or the abandonment of deep-seated prejudices, the average person prefers to cling to the old illusions of safety and to the long-cherished false feelings of security. Only a brave person is willing honestly to admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.


(From: Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-2)
"It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to the name of the Most High, to acknowledge his loving-kindness every morning and his faithfulness every night, for God has made me glad through his work. In everything I will give thanks according to the will of God."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-27 Section-7)
Worship is the conscious and joyous act of recognizing and acknowledging the truth and fact of the intimate and personal relationships of the Creators with their creatures.

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


(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. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.


(From: Seneca (5 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: an Oriental Proverb)
If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.

(From: Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004)
Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.


(From: Teacher Daniel - 5/5/94 – The Pocatello,ID TeaM)
…be gracious; acknowledge the graciousness of your fellows; thank people for reality when it is offered, not for things, not for habit, but for real. Each gesture is a cry for acknowledgement and acceptance. Let them know you see who they are and what they do to honor life and their part in it, for this is ultimately their faith in ultimate truth…

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The Sermon
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Everyone yearns for Acknowledgement of their sincere efforts.

Now I'm not talking about an “ego stroking” Acknowledgement here, which is highly temporary and only momentarily satisfying, but rather the kind of Acknowledgement that says, I See You… I recognize your genuine effort… I understand your good intentions… I consider you as an Asset… I Value you as a Unique Child of God… you know, Those types of Acknowledgement.

There just never seems to be enough of that kind of General Acknowledgement in daily life, does there?

Acknowledgement is a gift that we can give to one another that costs nothing and is Valued more than anything else in the world, except perhaps Love… but then, Acknowledgement is actually a Form of Love, isn't it? It takes no great effort or understanding or compassion to acknowledge a persons deficiencies or incompleteness or error… why does it seem such an exertion at times to Acknowledge the Goodness? It really Shouldn't, should it?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I acknowledge Your Loving presence in my life. Help me to acknowledge Your Loving presence in the lives of others as well.

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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3-13-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #438
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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Nine year old Joey, was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved."

"Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked.

"Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe 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.

This week the Crocus and Pigmy Daffodils flowers made their initial appearance, and the buds of the Lilac and Service Berry shrubs are beginning their break into renewed growth for a new year. Also the purple, yellow and white of the first wildflowers are emerging into our North Idaho landscape. It's kind of exciting! These are traditionally the initial harbingers of Springtime here in the Inland Northwest part of the United States where the Church Within's “Light and Life Sanctuary” slowly but surely develops it's way into existence. It seems like a particularly early Spring for us this year. While the rest of the US seems to have gotten “dumped on” for much of this past winter, we have had one of our driest in recorded history. I'm suspecting that our Summer will have more rainfall than is normal for our area, but it is only a hunch… we are not prone to an abundance of Summer rain showers.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #438, is Spring Inspiration…

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The Sermon
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Regardless of Winter conditions, the awakening of Spring certainly has it's way of inspiring a certain palpable sense of anticipation of new growth and new potential… and not only for just the plants and trees and fruits, but also for the human Spirit.

Inspiration and Anticipation are most potent tools in the striving for an actualization of our potential… for an experiential realization of Personal Spiritual Growth. True Indeed, timely preparation and wise planning help to determine the outcome of the eventual Harvest, but without Inspiration and Anticipation, they have a difficult time manifesting to their capabilities.

What do you anticipate for yourself for the year ahead?
Is your Inspiration of sufficient strength to carry you ever Forward and Upward?

If so… Excellent!
If not, are you quite sure you are looking in the right place for your Inspiration?

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Quotes
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(From: Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad)

A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth - and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.


(From: William A. Ward)
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-176 Section-2)
“But you should be wise regarding the ripening of an age; you should be alert to discern the signs of the times. You know when the fig tree shows its tender branches and puts forth its leaves that summer is near. Likewise, when the world has passed through the long winter of material-mindedness and you discern the coming of the spiritual springtime of a new dispensation, should you know that the summertime of a new visitation draws near.”

(From: Adele Brookman)
Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.


(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

(From: Susan J. Bissonette)
An optimist is the human personification of spring.


(From: Jack London (1876 - 1916)
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.


(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-6)
Set your mind at work to solve its problems; teach your intellect to work for you; refuse longer to be dominated by fear like an unthinking animal. Your mind should be your courageous ally in the solution of your life problems rather than your being, as you have been, its abject fear-slave and the bond-servant of depression and defeat. But most valuable of all, your potential of real achievement is the spirit which lives within you, and which will stimulate and inspire your mind to control itself and activate the body if you will release it from the fetters of fear and thus enable your spiritual nature to begin your deliverance from the evils of inaction by the power-presence of living faith. And then, forthwith, will this faith vanquish fear of men by the compelling presence of that new and all-dominating love of your fellows which will so soon fill your soul to overflowing because of the consciousness which has been born in your heart that you are a child of God.

(From: Tomas – 3/9/03– the Rio Rancho, NM TeaM)
Take this time once again to renew yourselves, to feel the flow of the Spirit within you and within the material creation. Observe the process of life unfolding once more, the dormancy of winter exploding into the spectacle of springtime. Appreciate these precious moments in time wherein your core self is renewed and made more because of that which you have been in hope of becoming -- more than you were -- remembering the cycle of growth, of life and death, in anticipation of evermore resurrecting from the crucifixions of mortal experience, growing ever more fruitful and abundant, trimming your old branches and becoming wiser in how you strive for the sun.

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


From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.

(From: Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self- consciousness.

(From: Annie Besant)
Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.

(From: Mary Baker Eddy)
Love inspires, illuminates, designates and leads the way.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Be my Inspiration.

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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3-20-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #439
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible; Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse. Little Bobby was excited about the task. But, he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.

On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Bobby was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my shepherd and that's all I need to know!"

(ed: Ya think it Ain't? ;-)

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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.

        Last evening, the family watched the movie, “Gladiator” on TV. The reason I tell you this, is that the ruler at the time (in the movie), was Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius was portrayed by Richard Harris (always one of my personal favorite actors since “Camelot” came out), as a wise and just ruler of his time.
        Now, the name Marcus Aurelius rung a bell in my mind… I remembered I had used Quotes of his in past Sunday Services… so this morning I began looking for a “Topic” for today's service by going to
www.quotationspage.com and doing an “author search” for Marcus Aurelius, hoping that a particular word from a quote of his might stand out that would serve as today's topic. Usually I search by a specific topic word rather than by author, but I hadn't gotten the “Nudge” yet as to what the “word” was so…
        There were close to six pages of quotes by Marcus Aurelius. While reading through them, I randomly picked out (one at a time), about a dozen of them that resonated with me and copied and pasted them into my “Today's Quotes” master page. My “Today's Quotes” master page is where I usually paste all of my Sunday quotes from the various sources (and then rearrange them into such an order that they seem to me to flow smoothly into one another), before pasting them into my “Sunday Service” master page. I had just gotten them all arranged into what felt like a good continuous stream of thought, and then started reading them from the bottom of the page to the top just to see if any might possibly be better placed.
        Well… while I was reading them it struck me that I liked the quote message better when the quotes were read in the opposite order of which I originally had them placed, so I inverted them, added two seemingly appropriate quotes I found in the Urantia Papers at the end, then copied and pasted them below. Then I re-read them in their present order and finally, the “Topic” for the Service snuck into my mind…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #439, is “Life is what you Make it”…

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Quotes
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(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.


(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Rodan of Alexandria- Paper-160 Section-3)
        The effort toward maturity necessitates work, and work requires energy. Whence the power to accomplish all this? The physical things can be taken for granted, but the Master has well said, "Man cannot live by bread alone." Granted the possession of a normal body and reasonably good health, we must next look for those lures which will act as a stimulus to call forth man's slumbering spiritual forces. Jesus has taught us that God lives in man; then how can we induce man to release these soul-bound powers of divinity and infinity? How shall we induce men to let go of God that he may spring forth to the refreshment of our own souls while in transit outward and then to serve the purpose of enlightening, uplifting, and blessing countless other souls? How best can I awaken these latent powers for good which lie dormant in your souls? One thing I am sure of: Emotional excitement is not the ideal spiritual stimulus. Excitement does not augment energy; it rather exhausts the powers of both mind and body. Whence then comes the energy to do these great things? Look to your Master. Even now he is out in the hills taking in power while we are here giving out energy. The secret of all this problem is wrapped up in spiritual communion, in worship. From the human standpoint it is a question of combined meditation and relaxation. Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity. And this interchange of strength for weakness, courage for fear, the will of God for the mind of self, constitutes worship.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-2)
Said Jesus: "Let your supreme delight be in the character of God, and he shall surely give you the sincere desires of your heart." "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act."

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The Sermon
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Life is what you Make it.

Life…

What do you make of it?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Make me into an overflowing vessel of Your Love.

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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3-27-2005 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #440
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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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.

After what appeared to be a deathlike state… the Buds of the Fruit trees are beginning to Burst forth into New Life! What can be learned from this?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #440, is Easter…

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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-193 Section-1)
The acceptance of the doctrine of the fatherhood of God implies that you also freely accept the associated truth of the brotherhood of man. And if man is your brother, he is even more than your neighbor, whom the Father requires you to love as yourself. Your brother, being of your own family, you will not only love with a family affection, but you will also serve as you would serve yourself. And you will thus love and serve your brother because you, being my brethren, have been thus loved and served by me.

(From - Sr. Joan Chittester, a Roman Catholic, Benedictine nun)
“ The old news about Easter is that it is about the resurrection. The new news may be that it is not so much about the resurrection of Jesus as it is about our own.”

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-931 Section-0)
I lived my life in the flesh to show how you can, through loving service, become God-revealing to your fellow men even as, by loving you and serving you, I have become God-revealing to you. I have lived among you as the Son of Man that you, and all other men, might know that you are all indeed the sons of God. Therefore, go you now into all the world preaching this gospel of the kingdom of heaven to all men. Love all men as I have loved you; serve your fellow mortals as I have served you. Freely you have received, freely give.

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The Sermon
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May the Son-Rise…

Inspire Your Sunrise!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I do not at all question the reality of Life After Death… It is life Before death that gives me question. Show me Your Answers that I may grow in Maturity, Love and Compassion while I continue to tarry in This world.

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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