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5-5-2002
#294
5-12-2002
#295
5-19-2002
#296
5-26-2002

5-5-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #293
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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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If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

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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.

A Word to the Wise?

?is Sufficient.

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 3:13-14)
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold.

(From: Joseph Wood Krutch)
Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far-seeing than we were two hundred years ago. But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.

(From: Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD)
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-9)
        When theology masters religion, religion dies; it becomes a doctrine instead of a life. The mission of theology is merely to facilitate the self-consciousness of personal spiritual experience. Theology constitutes the religious effort to define, clarify, expound, and justify the experiential claims of religion, which, in the last analysis, can be validated only by living faith. In the higher philosophy of the universe, wisdom, like reason, becomes allied to faith. Reason, wisdom, and faith are man's highest human attainments. Reason introduces man to the world of facts, to things; wisdom introduces him to a world of truth, to relationships; faith initiates him into a world of divinity, spiritual experience.

(From: The RSV Bible - James 1:5-6)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

(From: Alfred North Whitehead)
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: Abraham 4/28/02 - The Woods Cross TeaM)
In the mere act of service you can literally feel the hand of God on your shoulder, ever bestowing on you strength and confidence to move through the world with focus and courage to be about the Father's business, yes.

(From: Reinhold Niebuhr)
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

(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: Henry David Thoreau)
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.

(From: Saint Augustine)
Patience is the companion of wisdom.

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 4:7)
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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.
        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.

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

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The Sermon
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Age does not bring the Certainty of Wisdom, only the more opportunity to exercise it.

Knowledge and Experience are essentials to Wisdom, but they hardly guarantee it.

Neither is an Understanding derived from Knowledge and Experience, the assurance of Wisdom.

Mistakes do not warrantee the acquirement of Wisdom, but learning from mistakes Does.

Age, Knowledge, Experience, Understanding, Mistakes? all Can lead to Wisdom.

Wisdom is Free, but it comes not unearned.

Wisdom is a Choice? making the Right Choice.

Wisdom? one can Never have it All, but one can ALWAYS have More.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I choose Your Will.

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

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


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5-12-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #294
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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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If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it will always be yours. If it doesn't come back, it was never yours to begin with. But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and doesn't appear to realize that you had set it free.......You either married it or gave birth to 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.

Happy Mothers Day!

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 1:8-9)
Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and reject not your mother's teaching; for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold)
His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.

(From: Florida Scott-Maxwell)
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

(From: Dorothy Fisher)
A mother is not a person to lean on but person to make leaning unnecessary.

(From: Mark Twain)
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

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The Sermon
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Five Priceless Gifts to give your Mother for Mother?s Day

1] Love
2] Acknowledgement
3] Gratitude
4] Respect
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5] Being the kind of person that she can look at and know that she has been a good mother.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Bless All Mothers this day and Every Day. Heaven Knows they Deserve 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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5-19-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #295
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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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If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is---- it's 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.

All too often it seems, the System gives more deference to law than to Justice itself, doesn?t it? Don?t ya Hate when that happens?

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Quotes
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(From: Plato)
Mankind censures injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.

(From: Montesquieu, 1742)
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 11:52)
Woe to you lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering."

(From: The American Standard Bible - Matthew 23:23)
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr.)
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-1)
Discipline must be maintained, justice must be administered, but in all these matters the wisdom of the brotherhood should prevail. Jesus invested legislative and judicial authority in the group, not in the individual. Even this investment of authority in the group must not be exercised as personal authority. There is always danger that the verdict of an individual may be warped by prejudice or distorted by passion. Group judgment is more likely to remove the dangers and eliminate the unfairness of personal bias. Jesus sought always to minimize the elements of unfairness, retaliation, and vengeance.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 1:17)
and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared."

(From: Abraham Lincoln)
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

(From: William Shakespeare - "The Merchant of Venice", Act 4 scene 1)
        The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. 'T is mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway, It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's, When mercy seasons justice.

(From: Ham 2/24/02 - The Nashville TeaM)
        True freedom is found in self-restraint and healthy boundaries. The maturity of the person is measured by one?s ability to exhibit self-restraint, restraint in word, and restraint in action. You cannot grow in the spirit without recognizing the difference between true and false freedoms. Self-control creates the boundaries in which happiness can be nurtured.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy)
        It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-8)
        As man shakes off the shackles of fear, as he bridges continents and oceans with his machines, generations and centuries with his records, he must substitute for each transcended restraint a new and voluntarily assumed restraint in accordance with the moral dictates of expanding human wisdom. These self-imposed restraints are at once the most powerful and the most tenuous of all the factors of human civilization--concepts of justice and ideals of brotherhood. Man even qualifies himself for the restraining garments of mercy when he dares to love his fellow men, while he achieves the beginnings of spiritual brotherhood when he elects to mete out to them that treatment which he himself would be accorded, even that treatment which he conceives that God would accord them.

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The Sermon
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So often it seems as though Justice is inexorably slow in its manifestation, doesn?t it?

Of one thing we can all be certain. We will eventually receive Justice from God.

Now the Question is: will we be penalized by that Justice, or will we be vindicated and set free by that Justice?

Make Sure you are Worthy of the Type of Justice you would most Prefer.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be Just and Merciful and Wise and Loving in all of my interactions with others and also with myself.

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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5-26-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #296
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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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Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.

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Light And Life Garden Update
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        It has been an Extremely Busy and Rewarding Spring so far here at the Light and Life Gardens in North Idaho.
        We have recently trenched in 150 feet of Water line and electricity (through mostly rock) so that we now have water and power all the way out to the Faith Garden without stretching hoses and extension cords. This would have been impossible without the Backhoe Tractor that so many of you generously contributed to! Thanks Again!!
        Also this Spring we moved (and sifted rocks out of) about 50 yards of topsoil to the Patio area overlooking the Faith Garden, and now have about 450 sq/ft. of beautiful lawn and our first Rose Garden adjacent to the concrete area where the Jacuzzi is. The Tulips are in full swing and the first of the Roses are just starting to bloom. The 5 Variety Apple Tree we planted last year is lush with leaves, but it could be another year or so before it flowers.
        Another Spring project has been (and still is) to double the width of the main level parking area by cutting 15 additional feet into the hillside of the Uppermost level of the property and tractoring in a new drive up to the top level which will one day be another of our Gardens. This Upper area has the Richest Black Soil (about 3-4 feet deep) we have discovered on the property to date. I have already logged it and will begin chainsaw milling it?s bounty into lumber for fences and benches and the like next week.
        In the Faith Garden itself, of those things we planted last year, the Raspberries are flourishing and flowering and will undoubtedly produce in Abundance this season and the Blueberries, although not quite as prolific, will produce quite well this year Too! One of the Plum trees, one of the Cherry trees, and one of the Pear trees are also in full flower and will undoubtedly produce their first Fruits in the months to come. The Grapes we planted last fall are just now beginning to leaf out---finally---and in a few years should begin fruiting. A delightful surprise popped up in the blueberry patch this Spring! Morel Mushrooms!!! For those unfamiliar with Morels, they are one of the Choicest edible mushrooms available and often sell for $18.00 lb or more in stores. The have a Very short growing season, so unless you visit within the next couple of weeks, you?ll miss them until next year.

        We hope Many of you will come visit and retreat with us this year! Don?t forget, you Always have an Open Invitation!!!


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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.

Upon Reflection??.

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(From: Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784)
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

(From: Charles Dickens)
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-5)
        Human happiness is achieved only when the ego desire of the self and the altruistic urge of the higher self (divine spirit) are co-ordinated and reconciled by the unified will of the integrating and supervising personality. The mind of evolutionary man is ever confronted with the intricate problem of refereeing the contest between the natural expansion of emotional impulses and the moral growth of unselfish urges predicated on spiritual insight--genuine religious reflection.

(From: Ham 5/12/02 - The Nashville TeaM)
        Much, very much, spiritual growth is achieved through the breaking down or releasing of resistance. Your souls crave goodness and they crave to reflect the divine nature. Letting go of your resistance to this natural power is the key to spiritual growth. You do not become increasingly identified with the spirit through your own decision or will. But, it is the supreme decision that decides to release the resistance to this fatherly grace. God does all the work. Your part is to release the brake, so to speak.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-142 Section-2)
And should not mankind, as the centuries pass, come the better to understand the true nature and loving character of the Father in heaven? What profit have you from successive generations of spiritual illumination if you persist in viewing God as Moses and the prophets saw him? I say to you, Jacob, under the bright light of this hour you should see the Father as none of those who have gone before ever beheld him. And thus seeing him, you should rejoice to enter the kingdom wherein such a merciful Father rules, and you should seek to have his will of love dominate your life henceforth."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-2)
In substance Jesus said: The will of God is the way of God, partnership with the choice of God in the face of any potential alternative. To do the will of God, therefore, is the progressive experience of becoming more and more like God, and God is the source and destiny of all that is good and beautiful and true. The will of man is the way of man, the sum and substance of that which the mortal chooses to be and do. Will is the deliberate choice of a self-conscious being which leads to decision-conduct based on intelligent reflection.

(From: Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 27:19)
As in water face answers to face, so the mind of man reflects the man.

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The Sermon
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The more one Reflects upon Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love?
That much more do they Reflect Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love.

What do You spend most of your time Reflecting upon?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be a better Reflection of You.

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

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


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