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3-2-2008
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3-2-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #593
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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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Once again from Stephen Wright:

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

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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.

With all the talk these days about Experience and Judgment, perhaps we should also be considering another thing as well that should be a part of the same equation.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #593, is “Wisdom…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-9)
        When reason once recognizes right and wrong, it exhibits wisdom; when wisdom chooses between right and wrong, truth and error, it demonstrates spirit leading. And thus are the functions of mind, soul, and spirit ever closely united and functionally interassociated. Reason deals with factual knowledge; wisdom, with philosophy and revelation; faith, with living spiritual experience. Through truth man attains beauty and by spiritual love ascends to goodness.

(From: Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.

(From: The ASB Bible - James 1:4-6 )
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-5)
        Forceful ambition, intelligent judgment, and seasoned wisdom are the essentials of material success. Leadership is dependent on natural ability, discretion, will power, and determination. Spiritual destiny is dependent on faith, love, and devotion to truth--hunger and thirst for righteousness--the wholehearted desire to find God and to be like him.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

(From: Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)
Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.

(From: The ASB Bible - James 3:17-18)
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

(From: N. Sri Ram)

There is no wisdom without love.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #33)
Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

(From: Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

(From: Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

(From: Marilyn vos Savant)
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

(From: H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

(From: Claudia Young)
If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn't be any old fools.

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

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

(From: Chuang-tzu (369 BC - 286 BC)
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

(From: Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
        Knowledge is possessed only by sharing; it is safeguarded by wisdom and socialized by love.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-174 Section-1)
Love is the outworking of the divine and inner urge of life. It is founded on understanding, nurtured by unselfish service, and perfected in wisdom.

(From: David Starr Jordan (1851 - 1931)
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

(From: Saint Augustine (354 AD - 430 AD)
Patience is the companion of wisdom.

(From: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

(From: Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim
Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame,
Obtained with labor, for mankind employed,
And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.


(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

(From: Rabbi Ben-Azai)
In seeking wisdom thou are wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou are a fool.

(From: Sun Tzu)
It does not take sharp eyes to see the sun and the moon, nor does it take sharp ears to hear the thunderclap. Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious.

(From: Caecilius Statius (220 BC - 168 BC)
Wisdom oft lurks beneath a tattered coat.

(From: Arthur C. Clarke)
Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.

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The Sermon
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Experience… Wisdom… Judgment…

No one would deny that Wisdom is Dependent upon Experience. It can be said that Without Experience, there Is no Wisdom. It is also pretty much universally observable that Experience does Not always lead one to Wisdom and in fact… most Often does not. Undeniably, each and every one of us, regardless of our age, possesses a Whole Lifetime of Experience… and yet I might postulate that nary a one of us has even begun to Approach the completed attainment of Wisdom. That is only to be expected though since none alive has had yet a completion of experience.

I think that Albert Einstein summed up rather wisely as to why Experience doesn't always lead to Wisdom with his comment, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Personally, I might replace the word “Insanity” with, “Resistance to Wisdom” in context with today's theme… Resistance to Wisdom is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Wisdom is often the result of recognizing and incorporating into living, the undeniable fact that Similar Actions inevitably produce Similar Results. I know I have said it many times and would be surprised if you have never said something like, “Boy, I'll never do That again!” [yeah, right… Tell me you haven't.] ;-) Would you not agree that an inner statement to that effect would indicate the acquirement of a certain aspect of Wisdom? Unless of course one Continued to do it over and over again despite having said the words… whereupon it would suggest that the wisdom of the moment was merely recognized in potential rather than actually embraced as a personal reality of one's experience.

This is where Judgment comes in. Wisdom usually leads to the use of better Judgment… and the use of Good Judgment generally leads to an enhancement of Wisdom. The two sort of go hand in hand, wouldn't you agree? A person would hardly be considered Wise if they continually showed the use of bad Judgment. Now, that is not to suggest that occasional errors in Judgment are indicative of a lack of Wisdom, for truly those occasional errors could be closer tied to a specific lack of, yes… Experience. Experience is once again equally as important to the acquirement of Judgment as it is to Wisdom. And once again, does not inevitably lead to it.

Experience… Wisdom… Judgment…

The three are interrelated to be sure. But hardly in equal proportions.

So Wisdom…

Is it Cumulative?
Perhaps.

Is it Earned?
Indeed!

Is it Inevitable?
Apparently not.

Is it Desirable?
Is anything else but love More so?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Grant me the Wisdom to Learn from my mistakes, and the Judgment to avoid repeating them.

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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3-9-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #594
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going.
J.B. Priestley

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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.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #594, is Respect…

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Quotes
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(From: George Lucas (1944 -)
The hero is going down the road and meets this poor and insignificant person. The goal or lesson is for the hero to learn to respect everybody and to pay attention to the poorest person because that's where the key to his success will be.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-5)
        Spiritual living mightily increases true self-respect. But self-respect is not self-admiration. Self-respect is always co-ordinate with the love and service of one's fellows. It is not possible to respect yourself more than you love your neighbor; the one is the measure of the capacity for the other.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 13:7-8 )
Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #8)
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

(From: U Thant)
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-138 Section-8)
        The disciples early learned that the Master had a profound respect and sympathetic regard for every human being he met, and they were tremendously impressed by this uniform and unvarying consideration which he so consistently gave to all sorts of men, women, and children. He would pause in the midst of a profound discourse that he might go out in the road to speak good cheer to a passing woman laden with her burden of body and soul. He would interrupt a serious conference with his apostles to fraternize with an intruding child. Nothing ever seemed so important to Jesus as the individual human who chanced to be in his immediate presence. He was master and teacher, but he was more--he was also a friend and neighbor, an understanding comrade.

(From: R. C. Samsel)
Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-71 Section-3)
        A moral society should aim to preserve the self-respect of its citizenry and afford every normal individual adequate opportunity for self-realization. Such a plan of social achievement would yield a cultural society of the highest order.

(From: H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

(From: Richard Bach, Illusions [1977])
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-25 Section-3)
The higher a creature's education, the more respect he has for the knowledge, experience, and opinions of others.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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The Sermon
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Genuine Respect is not encouraged by fear, but rather by Love.
True Respect can not be demanded or enforced, it must be earned and deserved.
Honest Respect does not compel, but instead encourages.
Lasting Respect will not be achieved by way of deception, but rather as a response to Compassion and Honesty and Integrity.

Far more Respect is won in honoring one's own uniqueness than in chasing after artificial conformity.

Show the kind of Respect you wish to see…
Give the kind of Respect that you wish to receive.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to grow in Love and Compassion and Wisdom that I may be more worthy of receiving respect and more generous in giving it.

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

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

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3-16-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #595
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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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Who says today's kids aren't smart? At a high school in Montana a group of students played a prank. They let 3 goats loose in the school.

Before they let them go they painted numbers on the sides of the goats. On the first goat they painted the number 1, on the second goat they painted the number 2 and on the third goat they painted the number 4.
 
Local school administrators spent most of the day looking for #3.

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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.

Over the past week, one word in particular kept going over and over in my mind… so I thought that perhaps it should be the topic for today's Sunday Service…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #595, is Fairness…

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The Sermon
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Most have heard it… said it… perhaps more often felt it… in a variety of different ways, situations, circumstances…

The world is not fair.
Life is not fair.
That's not fair!

Have you ever noticed that the young, most especially the children, are acutely aware of the concept of Fairness? It seems as though Fairness is one of the most all important Issues for a child.

As we age, the matter of Fairness appears to become less of a concern… or is it rather that we have become more discouraged and apathetic based upon our apparent lack of ability to do anything about it? Have we come to the point of believing that unfairness is inevitable… that the “deck is stacked” too heavily against Fairness? Lord, I Hope not!

Everyone wants to be treated Fairly. And Most I would venture to say would like to see Everyone be treated fairly. We do not Lose that childhood desire for Fairness, Do we? It is still there, is it not? And yet in all honesty, one must recognize that there are indeed far too many individuals in society who have lost or given up or abandoned any desire for Fairness… who seem to almost disdain any practice of fairness just as long as they personally benefit in some way from the perpetuation of un-fairness. Why is it so difficult to overcome the obstacles to Fairness? Perhaps it is because Fairness does not fare well in a part-time role. One cannot truly be altruistically fair in some circumstances and blatantly un-fair in others. I say that because it would hardly be fair in the True sense of the word, to be selectively fair.

In all Fairness, I should point out that even when a person honestly Strives to be Fair in all situations, the end result does not always come out Appearing to be fair to all interested parties. Someone will almost always, fairly or unfairly, feel as if they had been treated un-fairly.

Too many, even of those who deeply desire Fairness, would submit to the evidence of so called reality, and admit that… “It's just the way things are.” How sad that any would use that as an excuse that might allow un-fairness to continue on or even to spread beyond it's already powerful hold on society.

If we were to look beyond our own personal life experiences of Fairness and un-fairness, to the “Big Picture” of Fairness in human society, an argument could be made that the concept of Fairness is actually an evolving thing… and that the reality of Fairness grows as society grows. The overall perceptions about Fairness today are far more, shall I say, Fair, than they were 25 years ago… and those more fair than 50 years ago… and those indeed more fair than 100 years ago. This same pattern of Fairness follows true to form regardless of how far back into the past one chooses to take it. That being said, it might benefit us to look at How Fairness achieves progress… how does it continue to advance amid all of the obvious examples of un-fairness that continue to force themselves upon our daily consciousness?

I would suggest that it is not only because we have become more and more aware of un-fairness in the world we live in, due to more universal methods of communication and cross fertilization of ideas and ideals… though indeed that may play a vital role in the further evolution of Fairness. I propose that rather, Fairness is more positively affected by you and I and a steadily increasing percentage of individuals who desire and try to Live their own lives more fairly, more justly, more impartially… and who will actively participate in the quest for Fairness for All.

Perhaps it is a good time to “become as little children” and value Fairness as much as we did in our youth. Ya Think?

In all Things be Fair!

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-4)
"Justice makes a nation great, and the greater a nation the more solicitous will it be to see that injustice shall not befall even its most humble citizen. Woe upon any nation when only those who possess money and influence can secure ready justice before its courts! It is the sacred duty of a magistrate to acquit the innocent as well as to punish the guilty. Upon the impartiality, fairness, and integrity of its courts the endurance of a nation depends. Civil government is founded on justice, even as true religion is founded on mercy."

(From: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-193 Section-2)
And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #8)
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-133 Section-4)
        Judge justly, even mercifully, even as you shall some day thus crave merciful consideration at the hands of the Supreme Arbiter. Judge as you would be judged under similar circumstances, thus being guided by the spirit of the law as well as by its letter. And even as you accord justice dominated by fairness in the light of the need of those who are brought before you, so shall you have the right to expect justice tempered by mercy when you sometime stand before the Judge of all the earth."

(From: Barack Obama)
We admire those who have climbed to the top of the ladder. We just need to be sure that the ladder doesn't get taken away from the rest of us. We want a system based on fairness – not special favors.

(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. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-4)
        Mercy is the natural and inevitable offspring of goodness and love. The good nature of a loving Father could not possibly withhold the wise ministry of mercy to each member of every group of his universe children. Eternal justice and divine mercy together constitute what in human experience would be called fairness.

(From: Knute Rockne)
"Win or lose, do it fairly."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-2)
The first promptings of a child's moral nature have not to do with sex, guilt, or personal pride, but rather with impulses of justice, fairness, and urges to kindness--helpful ministry to one's fellows. And when such early moral awakenings are nurtured, there occurs a gradual development of the religious life which is comparatively free from conflicts, upheavals, and crises.

(From: H. Jackson Brown Jr)
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Let me in all ways be fair.

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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3-23-2008 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #596
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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 has been a rumor lately that Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers might be merging. The name of the new company will likely be, Fairwell Honeychild.

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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 Easter everyone!

The topic of today's Easter Sunday Service, #596, is Easter?…

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(From: The ASB Bible - John 14:2-4 )
"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. "And you know the way where I am going."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-191 Section-5)
“Your mission to the world is founded on the fact that I lived a God-revealing life among you; on the truth that you and all other men are the sons of God; and it shall consist in the life which you will live among men--the actual and living experience of loving men and serving them, even as I have loved and served you. Let faith reveal your light to the world; let the revelation of truth open the eyes blinded by tradition; let your loving service effectually destroy the prejudice engendered by ignorance. By so drawing close to your fellow men in understanding sympathy and with unselfish devotion, you will lead them into a saving knowledge of the Father's love. The Jews have extolled goodness; the Greeks have exalted beauty; the Hindus preach devotion; the far-away ascetics teach reverence; the Romans demand loyalty; but I require of my disciples life, even a life of loving service for your brothers in the flesh."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-194 Section-3)
When man yields the "fruits of the spirit" in his life, he is simply showing forth the traits which the Master manifested in his own earthly life. When Jesus was on earth, he lived his life as one personality--Jesus of Nazareth. As the indwelling spirit of the "new teacher," the Master has, since Pentecost, been able to live his life anew in the experience of every truth-taught believer.
        Many things which happen in the course of a human life are hard to understand, difficult to reconcile with the idea that this is a universe in which truth prevails and in which righteousness triumphs. It so often appears that slander, lies, dishonesty, and unrighteousness--sin--prevail. Does faith, after all, triumph over evil, sin, and iniquity? It does. And the life and death of Jesus are the eternal proof that the truth of goodness and the faith of the spirit-led creature will always be vindicated.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        There are those who say I should fear You, but instead I choose to love You. There are those who say that Your Son died for our sins, but rather I choose to believe that he Lived so as to show us how to avoid sinning. There are those who teach that the most significant thing about Easter is that Jesus, Your Son, rose from the dead… but I choose to value the most Extraordinary thing about Easter as being that he showed us how All of Your Loving Children may one day do the same. Thank you for showing us “The Way, the Truth and the Life.”

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The Sermon
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Celebrate Easter in whatever way brings you into a closer and more meaningful relationship with your Creator. After all… isn't it less significant what others may believe or what I might believe than what You truly believe in your own Heart and Soul?

Amen…
and Amen. ;-)


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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3-30-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #597
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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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Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

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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.

Ordinarily around this time of the year, I do a Sunday Service on the Beauty and Goodness of SPRING! Over the last week or so, we here in the Inland Northwest of the U.S.A. have received in excess of another foot (more or less) of snow…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #597, is: (the “P” word again ;-)…

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Quotes
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(From: Robert Hugh Benson)
It seems to me probable that anyone who has a series of intolerable positions to put up with must have been responsible for them in some extent; not that it was simply "their fault" - I don't mean that- but that they have contributed to it by impatience, or intolerance, or brusqueness- or some provocation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-118 Section-1)
        Patience is exercised by those mortals whose time units are short; true maturity transcends patience by a forbearance born of real understanding.

(From: The Book of Runes - #6 - Initiation (Perth) “Reversed”)
        A counsel against expecting too much, or expecting in the ordinary way, for the old way has come to an end. You simply cannot repeat the old and not suffer. Call in your scattered energies, concentrate on your own life at this moment, your own requirements for growth. More important, Perth counsels you not to focus on outcomes, nor to bind yourself with the memory of past achievement. In so doing, you rob yourself of a true present, which is the only time in which self-change can be realized.
        You may feel overwhelmed with exhaustion from meeting obstruction upon obstruction in your passage. Yet you always have a choice: you can see all this apparent negativity as “bad luck” or you can recognize it as an obstacle course, a challenge specific to the initiation you are presently undergoing. Then each setback, each humiliation, becomes a test of character. When your inner being is shifting and reforming on a deep level, patience, constancy and perseverance are called for. So stay centered, see the humor, and keep on keeping on.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 8:24-26 )
Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-7)
        Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.

(From: Brian Adams)
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
It is rather an attitude of man co-operating with God--"Your will be done." It embraces patience and forbearance and is motivated by an unshakable faith in a lawful and friendly universe. It masters all temptations to rebel against the divine leading.

(From: Joseph Rickaby)
A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.

(From: The ASB Bible - Galatians 5:22-23)
…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

(From: Comte de Buffon (1707 - 1788)
Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.

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The Sermon
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A lot of people think they have an issue with the subject of Today's Service… “Patience.”
But I'm thinkin' maybe… the issue isn't so much with Patience as it is with Impatience. Don't you think?

I think it's all a question of Timing really… “God's Timing” to be more precise. To one who has discovered, and consciously and wholeheartedly Embraces the fact that God's timing is “Perfect Timing,” Impatience really plays less of a defining Role in their life. Patience is a byproduct of learning to actually Enjoy God's Timing.

In touch with God's timing:
“It didn't happen when I thought it would.”

Dissatisfaction with God's timing:
“It didn't happen when I thought it Should.”

Never fear to move boldly towards your desired outcomes… but at the same time, never presume that God's Perfect timing will be in total compliance with Your desired timing.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Your timing has always proved to be best in my experience… why would I ever want any less?

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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