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5-6-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #550
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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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We have to believe in free will. We've got no choice.
(From: Isaac Singer)


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

We humans were given this Really Cool Tool to use in the creation of our life…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #550, is Free Will…

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Quotes
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(From: Solonia - November 30, 1993)
That which you desire, that which is also the will of our Father, is there for the taking. You are never abandoned. You may go through times of doubt, of struggle, of unfulfilled desires. This too is part of the outworking of the Father's will in your development. Working through these times is an experiential acquirement which so deeply affects your progression. Take time with your Father, our Father, and communicate your feelings about such times as these. The answers will be forthcoming, although perhaps not as speedily as you would prefer.

Impatience is a part of your natures. It is not something to be despised, but is something to work through. It is a part of you which helps you to continue in your development. It, however is not your goal. Your goal is to subject your impatience to Your will, and the will of your Father. Supersede these times with faith and trust and love and the knowledge that this too shall pass.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-5)
        Man, in his spiritual domain, does have a free will. Mortal man is neither a helpless slave of the inflexible sovereignty of an all-powerful God nor the victim of the hopeless fatality of a mechanistic cosmic determinism. Man is most truly the architect of his own eternal destiny.

(From: Elyon - 3/22/2007 – The Lightline TeaM)
It is your free will to choose how to live and it is not much time in your earthly abode that goes by before you begin to notice that certain life experiences are worth pursuing and others lead to trouble.

(From: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

(From: Sovereign)
The forces of good and evil are working within and around me, I must choose, and in a free will universe I do have a choice.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-5 Section-6)
        Having thus provided for the growth of the immortal soul and having liberated man's inner self from the fetters of absolute dependence on antecedent causation, the Father stands aside. Now, man having thus been liberated from the fetters of causation response, at least as pertains to eternal destiny, and provision having been made for the growth of the immortal self, the soul, it remains for man himself to will the creation or to inhibit the creation of this surviving and eternal self which is his for the choosing. No other being, force, creator, or agency in all the wide universe of universes can interfere to any degree with the absolute sovereignty of the mortal free will, as it operates within the realms of choice, regarding the eternal destiny of the personality of the choosing mortal. As pertains to eternal survival, God has decreed the sovereignty of the material and mortal will, and that decree is absolute.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.

(From The Band: RUSH, “Free Will”)
You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose free will.


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The Sermon
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The Good thing about Free Will is that I have a choice, I can Choose.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose what is Good.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to do what I think is Right.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to Learn and Grow from my choices.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to do what I see as Compassionate.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to do what I feel is Loving.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to be a Friend.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to gain Knowledge.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to use my Knowledge To Benefit Myself And Others.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose which way to turn.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can Choose to turn to God.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to discover what God's Will is, for me and My Life.

The Good thing about Free Will is that I can choose to Do and Be what I think is God's Will for me.

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The Downside of Free Will, is that I can Also choose, Not to use it for things that are Good…

Free Will is a Gift. Use it Wisely.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for giving me the Choice. 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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5-13-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #551
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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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My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

[I know, I know… I've used this one more than once already, but Hey! It's a good one and it Is Mother's Day for goodness sake. ;-)]

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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.

So! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all o' you Mothers out there. You most certainly Deserve Far more credit than you are given verbally… though very Much Appreciation is truly felt that somehow escapes getting put into words.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #551 , is Spring…

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Quotes
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(From: Buddha)

The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.

(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 87:7 )
Singers and dancers alike say, "All my springs are in you."

(From: Malvantra - 4/13/03 – The North Idaho TeaM)
I urge you to kindle a sensitivity of freshness, of newness. Just as spring recurs yearly, it brings newness and freshness and upliftment. While the mind may know, it is the heart that needs to be recharged periodically.

(From: Anne Bradstreet (1612 - 1672), 'Meditations Divine and Moral,' 1655)
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

(From: The Book of Runes - #23 - Standstill / That Which Impedes / Ice)
Remain mindful that the seed of the new is present in the shell of the old, the seed of unrealized potential, the seed of the good. Trust your own process, and watch for signs of Spring.


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

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

(From: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Beauty is a form of genius--is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.

(From: Nadine Stair)

If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds, I would pick more daisies.

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

(From: Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

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The Sermon
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Ordinarily I do a Spring Sermon more near the first Sign of Springtime, but this year I've been more busy than usual Preparing our “Fruits of the Spirit Gardens” for the Growing Season… Weed control, Pruning, Fertilizing, Potting Starts, Fruit Protection…

This year for some reason, I waited… 'till now. The Incredible Mass of fruit flowers on the Cherries, Pears and Plums have already lost their petals to the tiny swelling fruits… apples are in full bloom, and Raspberries and Blueberries are just starting their flowering stage. It is the time of Spring in the Northwest Inland USA, that is a step beyond wondering how all the Fruits fared during the winter season… and Growers can look upon their fruit trees and vines and say, “Oh Yeah!” It is also the time when the more tender Vegetable Gardens are in various stages of preparation. Professional Farmers have been working at it for a while already, but the bulk of Home Gardeners are just now beginning to get Motivated into Action.

The First day of the '07 Coeur d'Alene “Farmers Market” was yesterday and I rented a little space from my friend and sold some of our potted Raspberry Starts. The weather was mid-upper 70's, sunny and Gorgeous, and the people came out in Droves. Many of the vendors remarked on this being one of the best Opening Days for the “Farmers Market” in memory. There were trays and trays and a wide variety of multi-sized pots filled with young, carefully tended, ready for planting, vegetable, fruit and flower plants, just waiting to be taken home and planted… and tended… and loved.

There was a palpable atmosphere of Expectancy and Anticipation in the air… Excitement for what is to come. A healthy percentage of the shoppers at the Market yesterday were Mothers… from soon-to-be to, first became one only days ago to, keeping track of all the kids to, Grandmothers, and likely even to, Great-Grandmothers… Mothers caring for their Children and, Children caring for their Mothers.

Most Mothers endow the child with feelings of Safety, of Nurture, of Compassion… of Loving, “even though” and, of unlimited potential yet to actualize.

Let us Celebrate Mothers and Springtime together today, for Both give us lasting experiential moments of God's Love to carry through our lives.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You yet Again for Mothers!

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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5-20-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #552
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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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In making up the character of God, the old theologians failed to mention that He is of infinite cheerfulness. The omission has caused the world much tribulation.
(Michael Monahan)

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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, #552, is Character(istics?)…

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The Sermon
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More than once in my life, I have had someone (most often… different someone's), tell me, “Hey! You're a real Character.” Almost every time I have been able to take it as somewhat of a compliment… even when, perchance, it may have not necessarily been meant as one. ;-) I guess you would call that one in my vast herd of personal Characteristics.

Characteristics of course, come in a Wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors… well… so to speak, anyway. Some are considered positive and some are considered negative (mostly determined by who is doing the considering).

Now… “Characteristics” may very well help to establish which “Character” one may choose to, or may inadvertently, assume in the portrayal of Life… but they really are (characteristics that is), not indicative of true “Character.” Characteristics may of course be used as Tools for the building of Character, but they should not be mistaken as actual Character itself.

Being Smart is a characteristic… being Wise shows Character
Being Knowledgeable is a characteristic… having Wisdom is a Character trait.
Being Aware of what is Right and Wrong is a characteristic… Choosing Right over Wrong demonstrates and indeed Strengthens Character.

Being Wealthy/Rich/Well-off is a characteristic… what one does with it is determined by the Level of Character they have so far attained.
Having Power is a characteristic… using that Power for the Enhancement of the Good of All demands Strong Character.
Being Materially Successful is a characteristic… Being Spiritually Successful, requires the continual Building of Personal Character.

Being Truthful is a characteristic… being Honest continually Reinforces Character.
Being Likable is a characteristic… being Truly Loving is the Pinnacle Attainment of all Character Building.

Do we spend more time chasing after characteristics than we do developing and purifying our own True Inner Character? Each of us must make that call for our own self of course. Others may Think they know our True Character… and perhaps they do on some level, but at best it can only be a partial view of the actual reality.

I don't believe that Character is something you either Have or Don't have. I believe it is something we must actually Build and Maintain for ourselves day by day and over the course of an entire Lifetime. If I find that I am able to maintain Character is some areas of my life but am unable to consistently maintain it in other areas… then it is in those other areas that I need to do some more “Construction.” Quite often when I “go to the Site” I will realize that the Foundation “has already been poured” or, the “Roof” is on already or, the whole “Outside” is finished but the “Inside” still needs a lot of work. I tend to view these unfinished projects not as having been abandoned, but rather as being “In Progress” and I'm simply “out shopping” for new “Tools” or “Materials” so that I may continue the work.

A little bit of Character, Embraced and Faithfully Used, can aid in the expansion of a stronger and more Life Enhancing Character.

True Character is always Selfless, Sincere, Compassionate and Loving. Be True to Yourself, True to your Ideals and True to God… therein lies the Answer to Acquiring True Character.

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Quotes
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(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the field, but not to describe human character.

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.

(From: George Matthew Adams)
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

(From: Samuel Smiles)
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest; better to lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune.


(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects)
When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

(From: Jean de la Bruyere (1645 - 1696)
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.

(From: Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief's which we endure help us in our marching onward.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
Strong character, commanding personality, is only acquired by converting the natural urge of life into the social art of living, by transforming present desires into those higher longings which are capable of lasting attainment, while the commonplace lure of existence must be transferred from one's conventional and established ideas to the higher realms of unexplored ideas and undiscovered ideals.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-117 Section-5)
When man decides, and when he consummates this decision in action, man experiences, and the meanings and the values of this experience are forever a part of his eternal character on all levels, from the finite to the final. Cosmically moral and divinely spiritual character represents the creature's capital accumulation of personal decisions which have been illuminated by sincere worship, glorified by intelligent love, and consummated in brotherly service.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 5:4 )
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

(From: Abigail van Buren)
The best index to a person's character is
(a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and
(b) how he treats people who can't fight back.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-184 Section-2)
It requires a great and noble character, having started out wrong, to turn about and go right. All too often one's own mind tends to justify continuance in the path of error when once it is entered upon.

(From: Marie Leneru, Oprah Magazine, May 2004)
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962), My Day)
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

(From: Elmer G. Letterman)
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them.

(From: William Carleton)
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.

(From: George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.

(From: Henry Clay (1777 - 1852)
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

(From: John Ballantine Gough)
A man is what he is, not what men say he is. His character no man can touch. His character is what he is before his God and his Judge; and only he himself can damage that. His reputation is what men say he is. That can be damaged; but reputation is for time, character is for eternity

(From: Jack Miner)
A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.

(From: Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC)
A man's character is his guardian divinity.

(From: Roger Babson)
Property may be destroyed and money may lose it's purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge, and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.

(From: R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn)
Is yours an honest lament?...Most are not, you know. Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights.

(From: Anne Frank (1929 - 1945)
The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

(From: H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You)
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        The more like You I strive to be, the more is Character possible to see. Teach me Your Loving Ways.

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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5-27-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #553
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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Humor of the Week
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God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, "Lord, we don't need you anymore.  Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing.  In other words, we can now do what you did in the 'beginning'."

"Oh, is that so?  Tell me..." replies God.

"Well, " says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of You and breathe life into it, thus creating man."

"Well, that's interesting .  Show Me.  "

So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.

"Oh no, no, no..." interrupts GOD… "Get your own dirt."

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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.

You will probably notice that there is only One Quote for today's Service (How Odd is That? ;-) Well… Today will be a little different from my usual format.

I would like to extend a Special Thanks to me' good friend Gus who's e-mail got me Inspired to go back and read the “S.O.W Seeds Story of the Week” a second time.
[Had I a “Guinness” I'd drink a “Black an Tan” in your honor Gus! But a' course I don't… so I hope you'll settle for a toast with a glass of our “Faith Garden, 2006 crop, “Elder-Glenora” wine (that I made with the Elderberries and “Glenora” Grapes we grow here). It's still about 4 months away from bottling, but it has Exceptional character already… so I'm Toast'in ya' wi' the Best Dear brother Gus!]

So Anyway… In the Re-read of This Week's Story, I noticed that a selected portion of the story (I used it as Today's Quotes), quite excellently depicted a sequence of events similar to one I had shared many Years ago in a Sunday Service that I had done in an attempt to describe Today's Topic…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #533, is “The First Voice You Hear…

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Quotes
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(From: “The New Preacher” Author Unknown - C.W. S.O.W Seeds Service #443)
When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, "You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it." Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet."

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change."

[Read the whole Story at: http://www.churchwithin.org/sows.html or http://www.churchwithin.org/sowarchive.html after June 1st.]

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The Sermon
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“When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.”

        You've had experiences similar to this, haven't you? I would bet that your internal conversation in that moment followed rather closely to the pattern that follows. The First Voice you hear (and sounds just like You), reveals the Right/Honest/Best course of action to follow. It comes Just a half second before you really have time to think about it…

“As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, "You'd better give the quarter back.”

        Now… instead of “You'd better…” I usually hear something like, “You ought to…” or, “You should…” at this point. Sometimes it is, “I ought to” or “I should” but, the message is the same… “This is the Best Thing to Do.” So, in My paradigm, God is the Source of Everything that is True, Beautiful, Good and Loving. And for me, “The first voice I hear” is God's voice… suggesting… teaching… showing the True way.

“It would be wrong to keep it.”

        In my own experience, God never tells me what is wrong… No, for me, God only mentions what is Right. Ego is truly the master at identifying everything that is wrong (And what is wrong with everything ;-). But in This line of thought, I think it is the Soul making the “First” response to the “God Prompting”--- “It would be wrong to keep it.” [Back into “My paradigm” for a bit… Our Souls are in contact with God, can easily recognize God's voice. Our Soul Self to me is like the accumulation of all of our Good choices and Good experiences… from where Art and Music and Excellence of any kind can show forth in our lives… Because of that direct contact with God.] So then, I think that that initial response by Soul, to God's suggestion, follows the pattern…
1.] Self recognizes that there is a choice to be made between right and wrong…
2.] “the still small voice” (“God Prompting”) suggests the Right choice…
3.] Soul identifies why it is the “Right” choice…
4.] Ego argues and justifies all of the other choice options it can think of…
5.] The combined “Self” enacts the choice, sometimes ego wins out, sometimes Soul does…

“Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount?”

        Here begins the ego's case: first minimalize the situation…

“Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it.”

        …then justify not doing the right thing…

“Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet."

        …and Finally, try to convince the Self that doing the wrong thing is somehow sanctioned by God…


        How well do you pay attention to the little conversations that go on in your mind? Do you ever give it much thought? I'm not really sure why I do, or exactly what series of events and choices in my life prompted me to start paying attention to them… but at some point years ago, I began to observe them going on within myself. That was when I really started recognizing “The Pattern” and how consistently internal conversation follows it.

        If perchance you have never noticed or recognized The Pattern before, try and remember to think about it the next time you have had one of those little internal conversations with yourself. See if yours doesn't follow that very same pattern.

1.] Self recognizes that there is a choice to be made between right and wrong…
2.] “the still small voice” (“God Prompting”) suggests the Right choice…
3.] Soul identifies why it is the “Right” choice…
4.] Ego argues and justifies all of the other choice options it can think of…
5.] The combined “Self” enacts the choice, sometimes ego wins out, sometimes Soul does…

        Why did I spend all this time with this? Well… a lot of people think that God never talks directly to them… they feel like they are all alone with their choices… they may feel like they have been abandoned by God, or aren't good enough for God to pay any attention to them… they might think that God is far off somewhere too busy to care about their “insignificant” issues.

        To those people I say, “Think Again!” God is not only Within you, but a Part of you… always suggesting what is True, Beautiful, Good and Loving… what is Right.

        “The First Voice You Hear…”

“When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change."”

        This time, Soul got to make the choice…
        This time…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        The Sooner I recognize and listen to and follow Your Lead, the Better I Feel about 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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