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5-1-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #445
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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 we are tempted to magnify our self-importance, if we stop to contemplate the infinity of the greatness and grandeur of our Makers, our own self-glorification becomes sublimely ridiculous, even verging on the humorous. One of the functions of humor is to help all of us take ourselves less seriously. Humor is the divine antidote for exaltation of ego.
(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-4)

I've learned....
That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

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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, it's May already! Here at “The Light and Life Sanctuary,” All of our Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries, Peaches, Apricots and Blueberries are in Full Flower (actually, Apricots, Peaches and Plums are about finished). The Blackberries and Golden and Red Raspberries are starting to produce the first of this year's flower buds. All the Grapes are just starting to unfold their first leaves, as are the Kiwi's, and all of the Lilacs and Roses are healthy and flourishing. It looks as though we will have an overwhelming Abundance of Fruits this year!!! What an Incredible Antidote for the doldrums of Winter!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #445, is an Antidote…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-144 Section-4)
        Prayer is an antidote for harmful introspection. At least, prayer as the Master taught it is such a beneficent ministry to the soul. Jesus consistently employed the beneficial influence of praying for one's fellows. The Master usually prayed in the plural, not in the singular. Only in the great crises of his earth life did Jesus ever pray for himself.

(From: Joan Baez)
Action is the antidote to despair.

(From: Solonia – 1/24/04 – the Garden TeaM)
When the Master walked this world, ever was he open to personal human contact with his Heavenly Father. He shared his experiences with our Father. He kept himself aware of Father's presence in every moment and did as you have been told, he went off by himself frequently to commune with the Father in private, and this is what we offer you as the antidote to your personal stress that you have been experiencing and will experience throughout this transitional growth period in your world.

(From: Gail Godwin)
The best antidote I have found is to yearn for something. As long as you yearn, you can't congeal: there is a forward motion to yearning.


(From: Teacher Daniel - 5/19/2000– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Therefor, the antidote to self judgment (and judgment) of others, is sincere desire for service to another brother and sister. This is, along with worship and prayer, the effective cleanser of all motivation.

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.


(From: Solonia – 1/24/04 – the Garden TeaM)
        I would remind you at this time of the antidote, so to speak, that we gave you back then. Indeed, you already know what it is. It is the one- on-one, personal time with our beloved Father. It is stillness. It is meditation. It is at-oneness. It is time set aside from the daily toil to commune with your Divine Parent.

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The Sermon
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“The Problem”
Stress…
Despair…
Pride…
Prejudice…
Judgment…
Selfishness…
Hatred…
Fear…

“The Antidote”
Love.

Be a part of the Solution.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        If all people only knew of Your Infinite Mercy and Compassion, Your Perfect Love, then would the main reasons for their fears and hatred have an antidote.

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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5-8-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #446
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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

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

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Humor of the Week
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My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

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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 MOTHER'S DAY!! Even if you aren't one, you undoubtedly had one. ;-)

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #446, is Mothers…

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Quotes
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(From: Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973), quoted in O Magazine, May 2003)

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same.


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The Sermon
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Mothers…

Ya Gotta Love 'em!!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        “Mother” must also be a part of Your Infinite Nature… else how could You have done so Incredibly well in their creation?

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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5-15-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #447
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

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

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

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Humor of the Week
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I've learned....That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

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

        Today's Sunday Service was Inspired by a 25 year old young man named Kasey Kahne. Kasey is in his 2nd year of NEXTEL Cup Racing (his first year, 2004, he won the Rookie of the Year award); Driver of the #9 Dodge Charger, sponsored by the Dodge Dealers of America, and owned by Ray Everham.
        How is it that Kasey is the Inspiration for today's Service you may ask? Well, let me tell you the story…

        My wife Jill, my son Danny, and I started watching the NEXTEL Cup car races some years back when Dodge started racing again after quitting the race circuit back in the late 70's. Sometimes we'd watch, but it was no big deal if we missed a few races… that is until last year when 24 year old Kasey Kahne started driving the Red #9 Dodge in the “Cup” races. In his first five races, he got two Second place finishes and a third (each race has 43 drivers). In his TV interviews, he came across as Kind, Humble, Respectful and Committed to Fair Play. Consequently, my family became “Hooked on NASCAR” and devotedly watched every week to watch Kasey get his first Win. Week after week after week… “Something” prevented him from getting the win---seemingly never his own fault (everything that Could happed to prevent it, Did). By the end of the 37 race season, Kasey had 13 top 5 finishes and earned the title of “2004 NEXTEL Rookie of the Year” without winning a single race. But Jill and Danny and I Knew… it was just a matter of time… “Next Year” we prayed.
        This year, 2005, through the first 10 “Cup” races of the season, it still seemed like “fate” was in full swing against Kasey ever getting that ever elusive First Win. But Kasey and his Team persevered, and last night at the “Chevy American Revolution 400” at the Richmond International Raceway, in his 48
th “Cup Race” Kasey got his First NASCAR Cup Win! CONGRADULATIONS Kasey!!! The Perseverance paid off. Now with that behind him… The Bigger Challenge lies ahead.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #447, is Perseverance …

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Quotes
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(From: Christopher Reeve)

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.


(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.


(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.


(From: Sidney Madwed)
If you want to be truly successful, invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it, and focus on it, and persevere, your success will blossom.


(From: The Bible - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

(From: Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD), Lives)
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-3)
While faith is the energy of the better life, nevertheless, must you work out your own salvation with perseverance. If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation.

(From: John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

(From: The ASB Bible - Timothy I 6:9-12)
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

(From: Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-115 Section-7)
All this must be according to the Father's plan, which has predicated finite progress upon effort, creature achievement upon perseverance, and personality development upon faith.

(From: Ham - 11/8/98 – The Nashville TeaM)
        Everyone has a level of both patience and a capacity for perseverance that increases with spiritual growth. The immature personality cannot exhibit patience for very long nor can he or she derive satisfaction from perseverance at all. The mature person, on the contrary, has seemingly boundless patience and endless capacity to persevere for the righteous cause in the face of adversity.
        The person who is working toward a greater, more profound righteousness knows that he or she is on the side of reality and the overall trend of the universe, even the march of history, and this person is un-dissuaded by the seeming realities of overwhelming odds. When you stand on the side of goodness, truth, and beauty, on the side of increasing compassion and expanded realization of humanity's brotherhood, then you cannot fail. This is a fact and it is also the truth.

(From: The Bhagavad Gita (16.01-16.03)
The Supreme Lord said: Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in the yoga of knowledge, charity, sense restraint, sacrifice, study of the scriptures, austerity, honesty; Nonviolence, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, equanimity, abstaining from malicious talk, compassion for all creatures, freedom from greed, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness; Splendor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, absence of malice, and absence of pride; these are the qualities of those endowed with divine virtues

(From: The ASB Bible - James 1:12)
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
Then said Jesus: "If you would serve me, serve my brethren in the flesh even as I have served you. And be not weary in this well-doing but persevere as one who has been ordained by God for this service of love.

(From: The ASB Bible - Peter II 1:5-7)
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

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The Sermon
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Funny how once obstacles are overcome and a “goal” is achieved… another and more difficult goal with new and unexpected hurdles replaces it… isn't it? It never seems easy until after you've attained it and you can look back and say, “That wasn't so bad!”

But in-between the “I can do it” and the “I Did it!” it can appear pretty dismal at times. You know what I mean, don't you? During the inevitable in-between times, when the obstacles seem insurmountable, do you ever get frustrated and ask yourself, “Is it Worth it???” I guess we wouldn't be human if we didn't… ya Think? This is as applicable to the challenge of Personal Spiritual Growth, as it is to the material challenges of human existence… More actually.

Is it worth the painful rigors of continued Perseverance toward a goal that seems so out of reach?

You KNOW that it IS.

Don't you?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give me Your Strength to Persevere in Faith and Trust. Your Rewards are so Very Worth whatever the effort required!!!

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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5-22-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #448
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th 1996

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

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

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

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

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

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Humor of the Week
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I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.
Richard Diran

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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, #448, is Your Spiritual Garden …

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Quotes
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(From: Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, The Rickover Effect)

The un-trodden path is choked by the weeds of tradition. Be not afraid to cut through.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.

(From: Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
A good garden may have some weeds.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-6)
Even now you should learn to water the garden of your heart as well as to seek for the dry sands of knowledge. Forms are valueless when lessons are learned. No chick may be had without the shell, and no shell is of any worth after the chick is hatched.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'


(From: Clare Ansberry, The Women of Troy Hill)
Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.


(From: James Allen)
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

(From: Stephen R. Covey, First things First)
If there is no gardener there is no garden.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-8)
"`Then shall your light break forth as the morning while your health springs forth speedily. Your righteousness shall go before you while the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will cry out, and he shall say--Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.'"

(From: The ASB Bible - Isaiah 61:11)
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.


(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999)
A hundred objective measurements didn't sum the worth of a garden; only the delight of its users did that. Only the use made it mean something.

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The Sermon
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Your “Spiritual Life” is like your own personal Garden.

        Some are satisfied with, and achieve great pleasure and beauty from something as simple as a Rock Garden. No two Rock Gardens are alike; each has it's own unique layout, and it's own unique variety of rocks… even though often, certain varieties of rocks may find themselves frequently used in many a different Rock Garden. Though a Rock Garden may have an occasional tree or plant or flower, it is obvious to others who may see it that it is indeed, a Rock Garden.

        Others achieve their personal fulfillment by planting a Flower Garden. Flowers have great Beauty and many have the added benefit of an enticing Fragrance as well. Like the Rock Garden, no two Flower Gardens are exactly the same. Some may grow only one type of Flower because it is their favorite; others might choose to have a wide variety of Flowers because they like them all. The choice is as individual as the individual gardener. Unlike the Rock Garden which remains relatively stationary (and others must come into it to appreciate it's value), the Flower gardener, may take some of the beauty of their Flower Garden outside of their garden… into their home, or given away as a gift, or even marketed for the personal enjoyment and emotional nourishment of self and others. Flowers that have been cut and brought outside the garden, provide an opportunity for appreciation that is excellent and yet only temporary… eventually they wither, dry up, lose their beauty and aroma, and must be replaced.
        Irregardless of the types of flowers chosen and planted, even though within it's boundaries a Flower Garden may even incorporate some of the natural beauties of a Rock Garden, perhaps some select Fruits or Vegetables, those who may see it will know it as primarily a Flower Garden.

        Then are those gardeners who prefer growing a Vegetable Garden. Vegetables in the well tended Vegetable Garden provide not only the emotional nourishment of their Beauty, but also an over all Sustaining Nourishment for any body that happens to consume them. Vegetables are almost always grown to be Shared and Consumed by more than just the individual gardener… by family, friends… they may even provide sustenance for others whom the gardener has never even met.
        Each creator of a Vegetable Garden will have his/her own unique personal preferences and variety of vegetables grown… though many a vegetable variety will find it's way into most Vegetable Gardens. From year to year, the selection of vegetables in any given garden may vary slightly… perhaps maybe even drastically. Every year, a Vegetable Garden must be prepared anew… re-tilled, re-fertilized, re-planted. While the “fruits” of the labor may change from season to season, the Labors involved in the maintenance of a successful Vegetable Garden remain the same… irregardless of the tools you have acquired along the way to help in the process.
        You may grow a few fruits, you may grow a few flowers, you may even incorporate appealing rocks into the overall design, but if your main focus is Vegetables, it is still a Vegetable Garden.

        Let us not leave out the Fruit Garden. The Fruit Garden requires a great deal of initial labor (like All Gardens), and it requires a certain amount of continued maintenance (like All Gardens), and it is unique to its originator depending upon the varieties chosen (like All Gardens), and though it does not give of its initial bounty (like all Other Gardens) for perhaps a number of seasons, once it is well established its harvest continues to increase from year to year without the seasonal re-planting… but then it Does require a certain amount of pest control and yearly pruning to insure its health and productivity.
        A fully established and well cared for Fruit Garden will inevitably produce more “fruits” than can be consumed by its creator, and has the potential to nourish Many who may never personally see it. It may incorporate aspects of a Rock Garden, or a Flower Garden, even a section of Vegetable Garden, but if the primary focus in on Fruit, it will likely seen as a Fruit Garden.

        Your individual Garden, your Spiritual Life, is Entirely your own choice. No matter what type of “Garden” you choose to create, it has the potential to provide Beauty and Goodness and Nourishment… for You, and Others as well. Be sure to Share it, and learn to appreciate the Gardens that others have labored to create, even though it may be totally unlike your own Garden.

        Whether your Garden is small or large…
        Whether your Garden is Rock, Flower, Vegetable, Fruit, or any combination…

Three Inevitable Things you share in common with Every Other Gardener is:

        Labor,
        Maintenance and,
        Weeds.

Don't let your “Weeds” get out of control.
Unchecked, they can overtake Any Garden.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help our Spiritual Gardens to Flourish.

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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5-29-2005 Sunday Service of the Church Within #449
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

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

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

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

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Humor of the Week
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Don't assume malice for what stupidity can explain.

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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.

How often do you feel inspired to do something “nice” for another?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #449, is Loving Service …

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 22:37-40)

And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-92 Section-4)
The essence of his teaching was love and service, the loving worship which a creature son voluntarily gives in recognition of, and response to, the loving ministry of God his Father; the freewill service which such creature sons bestow upon their brethren in the joyous realization that in this service they are likewise serving God the Father.

(From: Abdul Baha)
Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-180 Section-1)
The consciousness of sacrifice implies the absence of that wholehearted affection which would have made such a loving service a supreme joy. The idea of duty signifies that you are servant-minded and hence are missing the mighty thrill of doing your service as a friend and for a friend. The impulse of friendship transcends all convictions of duty, and the service of a friend for a friend can never be called a sacrifice.

(From: As told in Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes)
A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one. The grandson asked him, Which wolf will win the fight in your heart? The grandfather answered, The one I feed.

(From: Ken Keyes Jr., Handbook of Higher Consciousness)
A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.

(From: Barbara de Angelis)
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are for loving in the present.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-3)
        Religious desire is the hunger quest for divine reality. Religious experience is the realization of the consciousness of having found God. And when a human being does find God, there is experienced within the soul of that being such an indescribable restlessness of triumph in discovery that he is impelled to seek loving service-contact with his less illuminated fellows, not to disclose that he has found God, but rather to allow the overflow of the welling-up of eternal goodness within his own soul to refresh and ennoble his fellows. Real religion leads to increased social service.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 25:35-40)
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-2)
Salvation is the free gift of God, but those who are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow creatures. 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.

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The Sermon
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Have you ever done something “nice” for someone and they didn't notice it?
How did it make you feel afterward?

Do you think that maybe others may occasionally have done something “nice” for you that you failed (for whatever reason), to notice?
Was it Intentional?

Think about it.

When any unselfish Loving Service to another goes seemingly unnoticed or apparently unappreciated by them, be assured and continually encouraged by the unquestionable fact that it does Not go unnoticed or unappreciated by God.

All Loving Service is Inspired by God.

Let yourself be so Inspired!

The True Reward is in the feeling you experience while Giving.
It can never be taken away from you… only irrationally relinquished.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the Source of all that is Loving and Good and Compassionate. As I find these things motivating my heart and soul, so also have I found You in my own personal experience.

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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