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3-29-2009

3-1-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #645
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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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REDNECK LENT

Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak.

But, all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic. And since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday.

The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest.

The Priest came to visit Bubba, and suggested that he become a Catholic.

After several classes and much study, Bubba attended Mass...and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said, "You were born a Baptist, and raised a Baptist, but now you are a Catholic".

Bubba's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood.

The Priest was called immediately by the neighbors, and, as he rushed into Bubba's yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement. There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted: "You wuz born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you is a catfish".

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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.

OK… Well I can see right now that this is going to be Far less simple than I had at first supposed it would be (prior to my shoulder surgery and it's associated healing and recuperation period). The Immobilization Sling on my right arm… The slightly altered capacity brought about by Pain Medications… Oh and then of course there's the actual Pain Itself.

Well in fact all of these things, and perhaps others as well actively participated in the process of Inspiration for Today's Sunday Service…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #645, is: some “Things that Make us Unique”

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The Sermon
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As Unique as is our Individual Personality…
As Unique as our Individual Personal Life's Experiences are…

The Following Categorization of Personal Experiential Life Inevitabilities probably Defines our Individual Uniqueness to one another even More Fully than they…

Let's just call then “The Unavoidables” :

Challenges/Annoyances/ Disappointments/ Irritations/ Trials/ Tribulations/ Difficulties/ Problems/ Impediments/ Handicaps/ Frustrations/ Aggravations/ Affliction/ Anguish/ Suffering/ Torment

As Common as these all are to each and every one of us… My Personal Unavoidables are nothing like Yours and Your Unavoidables are nothing like mine… Yet in fact they appear so Very Similar. My Difficulties are not Your Difficulties but… we both do of course Have Difficulties, do we not? There may be things that absolutely Aggravate me that you may find enjoyable. You may see something as a Fabulous Gift that I can see no other way than as an Irritating Affliction.

Sometimes we are able to laugh at it… Seldom often Enough. Perhaps it is that we can only see the Humor of it when we are no longer able to feel Threatened by it.

We are all so very much alike… Why then are we all so very Different?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-154 Section-2)
        Universe difficulties must be met and planetary obstacles must be encountered as a part of the experience training provided for the growth and development, the progressive perfection, of the evolving souls of mortal creatures. The spiritualization of the human soul requires intimate experience with the educational solving of a wide range of real universe problems. The animal nature and the lower forms of will creatures do not progress favorably in environmental ease. Problematic situations, coupled with exertion stimuli, conspire to produce those activities of mind, soul, and spirit which contribute mightily to the achievement of worthy goals of mortal progression and to the attainment of higher levels of spirit destiny.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-6)
Said Jesus: "My friend, arise! Stand up like a man! You may be surrounded with small enemies and be retarded by many obstacles, but the big things and the real things of this world and the universe are on your side. The sun rises every morning to salute you just as it does the most powerful and prosperous man on earth. Look--you have a strong body and powerful muscles--your physical equipment is better than the average. Of course, it is just about useless while you sit out here on the mountainside and grieve over your misfortunes, real and fancied. But you could do great things with your body if you would hasten off to where great things are waiting to be done. You are trying to run away from your unhappy self, but it cannot be done. You and your problems of living are real; you cannot escape them as long as you live. But look again, your mind is clear and capable. Your strong body has an intelligent mind to direct it. 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.
        "This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted to the universe; you have been born again--born of the spirit--and henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you. Arise, young man! Say farewell to the life of cringing fear and fleeing cowardice. Hasten back to duty and live your life in the flesh as a son of God, a mortal dedicated to the ennobling service of man on earth and destined to the superb and eternal service of God in eternity."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I guess this all will be a Whole Lot Funnier in the Next Life, Right? ;-)


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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3-8-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #646
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Minister Rick Giles

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Humor of the Week
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Manjusri called to Buddha from Heaven, “Buddha, the gates of heaven are open. Enter.” Buddha replied, “I do not see myself on the outside. Why enter?”

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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 would like to, with sincere gratitude, Thank Minister Rick Giles for contributing today's Sunday Service for us. Both because it is Excellent and Timely, and because it saves my shoulder from a great deal of pain.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #646, is Self-forgetfulness …

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Quotes
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(From: The King James Bible - Matthew 6:3)
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Is unselfishness--the spirit of self-forgetfulness--desirable? Then must mortal man live face to face with the incessant clamoring of an inescapable self for recognition and honor. Man could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. Man could never lay saving hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to exalt and differentiate the good by contrast.

(From: The King James Bible – Mark 9:33-37)
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
And no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of kingdom believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness which characterizes the spirit-born sons of the living God. Neither tradition nor a ceremonial system of formal worship can atone for the lack of genuine compassion for one's fellows.

(From: The Bhagavad-Gita – Chapter II – Verse 47)
To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.

(From: The Tao Te Ching – Verse 38)
A truly good man is not aware of his goodness,
And is therefore good.
A foolish man tries to be good,
And is therefore not good.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-6)
You will learn that you increase your burdens and decrease the likelihood of success by taking yourself too seriously. Nothing can take precedence over the work of your status sphere--this world or the next. Very important is the work of preparation for the next higher sphere, but nothing equals the importance of the work of the world in which you are actually living. But though the work is important, the self is not. When you feel important, you lose energy to the wear and tear of ego dignity so that there is little energy left to do the work. Self-importance, not work-importance, exhausts immature creatures; it is the self element that exhausts, not the effort to achieve. You can do important work if you do not become self-important; you can do several things as easily as one if you leave yourself out.

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The Sermon
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How we long for a sense of security in a world of constant change. When everything living grows old and dies; when everything inanimate deteriorates and ceases to be, there is a natural tendency toward a pursuit of the preservation of self. The great assertion of religion is the eternity of God. So we find these religions teaching the pursuit of a relationship with God, be it by way of submission to God's authority, entrance into a fellowship as in a family, or self identification with the Universal being. The result is a preoccupation with one's own welfare.

As one reviews the lives of the great sages and seekers of truth around the world now and in the past it becomes clear that these individuals have put aside self. In an effort to become certain of one's eternal future the end result is to give up one's self importance and accept the fact we exist because God so willed. There is no need to repay God for the gift of life. We owe no debt. The Biblical story of creation was concluded with: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
(Genesis 1:31). So you are GOOD!!! Peace is found in accepting our lot, and day by day, taking little steps at actualizing the potentials of our being bestowed upon us by the Divine Giver.

There is a refreshing freedom found in overcoming such a concern for the worth of oneself. What follows is the joy of sharing in the gift of life with all around us. Compassion follows the recognition of the needs of our fellows. We don't live a righteous life in order to BE saved but do so out in joyful recognition of our already belonging. Kindness becomes natural. All virtues become ends in themselves rather than a means for self preservation.

Self forgetfulness is not a condition of dementia. It is the ability to not make one's self the most important aspect of anything one does. Giving without compensation, loving without response, helping without recognition or reward become natural and spontaneous actions. One does so before even the thought of doing so rises in the mind.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I accept how you made me to be without questioning. Show me your other children in need that they may be comforted.

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

Rick Giles

Ordained Minister of the Church Within

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3-15-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #647
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Minister Mark Rogers

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Humor of the Week
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The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

As most of you know, I am 2 and a half weeks into a 6 week recovery period (no driving) from Surgery on my right shoulder (yes of Course I am right handed ;-). My whole right arm is immobilized in a 24/7 sling that prevents me from moving it more than an inch or two. [I can take it off for a couple minutes at a time to very carefully shower or change my shirt, or to do a couple prescribed therapy exercises, but I must sleep (sort of) with it on]. Computer work is Very difficult, exceedingly slow, and at times a bit painful for me.

SO… it is Wonderful that some of our Church Within Ministers have started sending me Sunday Services to use while I am in the process of Healing! Last week's excellent Service was from Minister Rick Giles, and This Week's is from our Newest Ordained Minister, Mark Rogers! We usually wait for the First contributed Sunday Service of a new minister before we officially introduce them to you, and This one is Mark's First one!!! Welcome Aboard Mark!! Mark wrote his own intro as part of his Service, so let's start with that…

Introduction:

Greeting Beautiful People,
        Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mark Rogers and I am a fellow Minister at the Church Within. It is my great privilege to have this opportunity to come online and interface with such a wonderful group of fellow truth seekers.
        Like many of you I have enjoyed Pastor Daniels Sunday Services for some time now but I even enjoy the opportunity to work together with Daniel in the leathershop making sheepskin and leather goods in our small town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
        Truly we are blessed to be able to come together in this way to share the thrilling experiences in this journey of discovery of the spirit and I feel blessed to be with you here and now.

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The Sermon
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        I would like to share with you a recent experience I had with the convergence of time and space or the here and now of the moment.

        I was driving home from work the other day, minding my own business when upon approaching an intersection on the interstate a pickup truck pulled out in front of me at about 60 mph. In order to avoid hitting the vehicle broadside I swerved hard, braked hard for rapid deceleration, went around just behind him, careened across the intersection and crashed headlong into a large snow drift, and a stop sign, crashed through the snow burm and left the roadway ending up buried in snow in the marshlands.

        I should say here that everything ended up O.K. I missed killing someone and I missed being killed. The snow burm was softened by the rains and the stop sign was already broken all of which broke my fall into the marsh. I was rescued by some good Samaritans who pulled me from my car and the police and tow truck were there in no time. In fact I drove home and was only 90 minutes late with only minor damage to my car. All in all I was surely lucky.

        As I processed and relived the event over in my mind, I began to realize that I was a lot luckier that I originally thought, because of the gift of this experience and how many lessons were contained in that short but intense event.

         The first profound realization was encountering the slowing down of the element of time I experienced. You may have also encountered this phenomenon when in a time of crises or of great importance. It seemed to me from my perspective that the whole event took minutes to unfold and I seemed to have "time" for so many thoughts and observations and decisions and reactions, and all of these were felt and experienced so vividly and profoundly, that I can recall it all in extraordinary detail. My reality took "a long time" and yet I'm sure to the outside observer the whole accident could have been observed to only take a matter of seconds. So which is it then? It must be measured by the one experiencing the segment we refer to as the time that has passed. We all are familiar with time dragging on and also of time flying, meanwhile clinically speaking, the measurement of this period would be consistently the same. So I guess it is as we see it.

        The other “aha” moment of realization that I was gifted with as part of this experience was a sense of how very present I was during the moments (or seconds) of the accident. It was as if I was "Snapped back" into the present moment at the time of crises with a jolt. Snapped back from where I wondered?  Of course I was driving, so a certain amount of my attention and focus was there in order to function as the operator of a motor vehicle. But upon reflection of the events (which I recalled with startling detail), I recalled projecting my attention to when I got home and what I would do when I got there. And then I was recalling a phone conversation I had earlier in the day with a good friend. I was enjoying eating a bag of corn nuts and at the same "time" I was listening to the news on the radio. All this caused me to wonder where I really am at any particular time. It seems as though life and our experience of it is a series of collisions of time and where we are in space as the observers.

        Maybe this experience, or these experiences, help to define these principals in our lives. Where is our consciousness centered - in thoughts of the future or in re-experiencing the past? These moments literally don't exist in this moment, unless we bring them in. I've come to believe that the most significant moment in our lives is surely “this” one - it's the only one that's real now in which our experiences and choices are relevant.

        As well I believe that there is only one significant place we can be while we are practicing being in the moment and that is right where we find ourselves in that moment. We can put ourselves in other locations at will with the thoughts and recollections of the mind, but while we are engaged in this activity, we are unable to be fully present to perceive the colliding space and moment at hand and then it's gone, and just like the sense of not remembering having driven the last few miles, we realize we missed something.

        It has been a pleasure to be here with you now, for whenever you might read this it will be the moment of now for you. I wish you all peace upon your journey of spiritual discovery.  No matter how long it might take I hope you may be there for every moment of all the distance covered and embrace the many gifts along the way.

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Quotes
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"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
~ St. Francis De Sales ~

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
~ Frank Outlaw ~

"If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul."
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner ~

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
~ Epictetus ~

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
~ Author Unknown ~

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

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The Prayer
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        Thank you Divine Parents for the opportunity to receive some of these Divinely orchestrated gifts of experience which are so helpful in illustrating these universe principals in action in our lives. I pray that I might be able to more and more be right here, right now, always present to receive that which you would bring to me.
        
Sincerely Fond Regards,
Mark Rogers 


You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,
The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You.

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3-22-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #648
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Rick Giles

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Humor of the Week
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Three men of faith gathered to share the ways they conduct their service for God. When the question came up as to how donations to the cause were divided between God and the daily needs of their concerns, each had a different reply. One said that he draws a circle on the floor and then takes the money and throws it up in the air. What falls in the circle he keeps. What falls outside the circle goes to God. The next said he does the same except that what falls in the circle goes to God while what falls outside he will keep. The third said his way is even easier. He dispenses with the circle. When he throws the money up what stays up is Gods. What falls down is his!

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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.

Today's Exceptional Service on a topic that few have yet mastered, is the second in three weeks by our Greatly Appreciated Minister Rick Giles. Thank you again Rick for giving my healing shoulder this much needed break!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #648, is Living In The Present …

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Quotes
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(From The Jerusalem Bible: Matthew 6:34)

So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-118 Section-1)
P.1295 In the evolutionary universes eternity is temporal everlastingness--the everlasting now.
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To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future
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The time unit of immaturity concentrates meaning-value into the present moment in such a way as to divorce the present of its true relationship to the not-present--the past-future. The time unit of maturity is proportioned so to reveal the co-ordinate relationship of past-present-future that the self begins to gain insight into the wholeness of events, begins to view the landscape of time from the panoramic perspective of broadened horizons, begins perhaps to suspect the nonbeginning, nonending eternal continuum, the fragments of which are called time.
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On the levels of the infinite and the absolute the moment of the present contains all of the past as well as all of the future. I AM signifies also I WAS and I WILL BE. And this represents our best concept of eternity and the eternal.
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On the absolute and eternal level, potential reality is just as meaningful as actual reality. Only on the finite level and to time-bound creatures does there appear to be such a vast difference

(From the Svetasvatara Upanishad 5:13)
Endless and beginningless is God: In the midst of chaos He
All thing do emanate,-how manifold his forms!-
The one Encompasser of all;
By knowing Him a man is from every fetter freed.

(From the King James Bible: Isaiah 48:12)
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

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The Sermon
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Of ten we are encouraged to live in the present. We can't really live in the past, for living in the past entails re-living that which has past in the present moment. It doesn't bring anything new to the past. It is only a review of what has already transpired coupled with a present take of that event. The same view can be applied to the future. The present moment can only project on to the future what may happen. It is unable to really perceive what will happen. The future may be altered by events which transpire during the tiny time intervals in between the present and the future. So let the past go, be unconcerned of the future, and live where one truly exists in time, the now.

However, the present is a fleeting blip in time. It is a hairline divide between the past and the future. How does one really live in the present when it so fleetingly slips from the future to the past. By the time one gets a grip on what is now, it has passed into history. Someone said to me once, “You're only getting older, and now you're even older, and now you're even older still.”

So how does one live in the present? I have read where the present is referred to as the eternal now. The assertion is that there really isn't a past or a future. Now is all there is. Vision is only a present projection of what we think will transpire. Memory is the present grasp of what we view as having transpired. Can one accurately recall a past event or is it just a current interpretation of it?

I have come to view living in the present as an expansion of the tiny moment of now to an eternal time continuum of “always”, or perhaps “every when”. In other words, to live in the present is to be present at all times. All times are now. The past and the future are not any where but right now. The present is the future and the past undifferentiated by the sequence of moments. Picture a computer document on the monitor screen. One can navigate the document by moving the cursor up or down the page. Where the cursor is may be compared to living in the present with a past (up the page) and a future (down the page). But some programs allow you to grip the document and scroll it by you. You become a fixed point by which the document scrolls. You don't move through the document, the document moves through you (or in front of you - who is stationary). This is the “every when” where one is in a stationary present. One no longer moves through time, time moves around oneself. It is an eternal perspective where time is merely a panoramic landscape.

Records abound of sages and adepts who can not only read the future but view events of the present at remote locations and even go back in time to effect a change in the way events unfold. The resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus is an example. How could they do this? Perhaps it is by living in the “every when” where time is not a limit on what is done.

Theological arguments exist as to whether God has determined what an individual will do in life, or whether one has free will to chose what to do. This question arises from the assertion that if God is omniscient then what one chooses to do is already known. If one is free to choose, God ought not to know that before hand. I assert that the perspective of God as knowing “before” one chooses is to put God into a time continuum of past-present-future. What if we are cursors in the document scrolling along even typing in new keystrokes, while God is the grip who can scroll the past-present-future document in any direction at all, who can see the past as it “was” or could have been, the present as it “becomes” or isn't, and the future as it “will be”, could be or may not be?

In other words who needs time when one is God; when one is in the timeline of past, present, and future one is bound by linearity. Perhaps God has a spherical consciousness which is free of sequential developments. An analogy might help my point: I can read an auto repair manual to understand how to disassemble, repair, and reassemble a certain part in the automobile. In time, if I follow the sequence I can succeed in making the repair. But I could read the manual from back to front, from reassemble to repair to disassemble, or in any order I wish. I could even read the letters of each word in any order I want. God can do this and in every permutation possible at the same time, even what wasn't written. Does that mean God has determined how I repair the part? It only means He knows the All in All, while I do the Each in Each. Therefore, in my view, determinism, and free will are merely questions raised at different levels of reality comprehension. Like wise the present can be viewed as a fleeting moment in time or a grasp of all time regardless of “when”.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Grant me the time to know your eternity.

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

Minister Rick Giles

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3-29-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #649
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Minister Jill M. 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

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Humor of the Week
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Proof of who is your “best friend”:
This will dispel all rumors...

Put your dog and your wife (or husband, or other best friend) in the trunk of the car for an hour.
When you open the trunk, see who is Really happy to see you.

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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, This coming Wednesday will mark the 5th week of 6 that I must keep my right arm and shoulder immobilized so I don't undo the repair job from my surgery. THANK GOD!
Today I would like to Sincerely thank Minister Jill (for giving my shoulder another week off), AND for her Great take on a topic dear to me!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #649, is … Unconditional Love.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-5)
The experience of loving is very much a direct response to the experience of being loved.

(From: H. L. Mencken - US editor [1880-1956])
“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-)3
        "While you cannot observe the divine spirit at work in your minds, there is a practical method of discovering the degree to which you have yielded the control of your soul powers to the teaching and guidance of this indwelling spirit of the heavenly Father, and that is the degree of your love for your fellow men. This spirit of the Father partakes of the love of the Father, and as it dominates man, it unfailingly leads in the directions of divine worship and loving regard for one's fellows.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:4-10)
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. The presence of a friend enhances all beauty and exalts every goodness.

(From: Robert Frost - [1874 - 1963])
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
And so must we clearly recognize that neither the golden rule nor the teaching of nonresistance can ever be properly understood as dogmas or precepts. They can only be comprehended by living them, by realizing their meanings in the living interpretation of the Spirit of Truth, who directs the loving contact of one human being with another.

(Unknown - but it's on my fridge with a picture of a Sheltie.)
“May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.”

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The Sermon
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Are you a dog lover? If not, do you know someone who is? Today's “Humor of the Week” will have every dog lover nodding their head in agreement, and chuckling loudly.

A dog's love is genuinely unconditional.
Isn't that the most wonderful Characteristic about your dog?

No matter what you say or do,
No matter how you feel,
There's your dog!
Looking at you with eyes filled with love…
and patience,
and concern,
and compassion,
and delight,
and hope,
and trust.

Your dog Never judges you.
Your dog Never yells at you.
Your dog Never puts you down.
Your dog Never blames you.
Your dog Never hurts you.

Your dog Always gives you Love.
Pure love.
Sweet love.
Tender love.
Understanding love.
Excited and delightful love.

Do you sometimes look deep within your dog's eyes after he or she has shown you unconditional love, and think, “Oh, how I Wish I could be as loving as you!”?

Maybe that's why God gave us dogs to be pets. You know, kinda like uh, maybe uh, an example of how God wants us to be toward each other. Something like That. Yeah, That's It!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,

Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your unconditional love through our dogs. Guide us all to feel and express that same unconditional love toward each other.        

We ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent.
May we ALL take time to receive it, so we might Live it more easily,

Minister Jill

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