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5-4-2008
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5-11-2008
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5-18-2008
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5-4-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #602
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
(M. Cartmill)

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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.

Where would we be today if the visionary men and women of our past had not spoken out?

Where will we be tomorrow if the visionary men and women of today do not?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #602, is Visionaries …

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Quotes
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(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic)
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), The Fountainhead)
Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential

(From: John Macy)
The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things that a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.

(From: Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991)
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

(From: The ASB Bible - Ezekiel 12:21-23)
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, "The days are long and every vision fails'? "Therefore say to them, "Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will make this proverb cease so that they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel." But tell them, "The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision.

(From: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

(From: Joseph Murphy)
We go where our vision is.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-141 Section-6)
“I came not to take away that which you had from your forefathers but to show you the perfected vision of that which your fathers saw only in part.”

(From: Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)
We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere - your ideal of what you long to attain - the ideal of health, efficiency, success.

(From: The RSV Bible - Habakkuk 2:1-3)
I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end--it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-148 Section-6)
When the suffering servant obtains a vision of God, there follows a soul peace which passes all human understanding.

  • (From: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968), 1966 speech to South African young people)
    Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny. There is pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live.

    (From: Jim Sorensen)
    A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare.

    (From: Robert Collier)
    Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

    (From: Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)
    You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.

    (From: Viggo Mortensen)
    No matter what you pursue in life you can still express your own unique artistic vision. And that is the most important thing to do. It doesn't matter what those around you think or say about your art, what matters is to just go through the process of creating. It's only within that process that you can understand.

    (From: Barack Obama, speech, Aug. 7, 2006)
    Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)
            The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward-looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul. Truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly co-ordinated and unified in God, who is love.

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    The Sermon
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    What is it that makes a person a Visionary?

    Is it that they can see what others cannot?
    Or perhaps that they can see what most others as of yet, have not or do not or will not?

    Is it being able to see into the future?
    Or is it possibly that they, perchance, are able to discern a little more of the underlying potential already emerging in the present?

    Is it Prophecy or Insight… Prediction or Foresight… hearing God's commands from the whirlwind or the mountaintop, or listening to and embracing God's everpresent promptings in the Heart and in the Soul?

    What is the difference between a Prophet and a Visionary? Is there one?

    What if you had a Vision of a more Godlike way and did not share it and live it and encourage it?

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    The Prayer
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    Dear God,
            Clear my vision when it is foggy, correct my vision when it is faulty, and give me vision where I have none. Help me the better to see through Your eyes.

    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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    5-11-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #603
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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)

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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 believe that there are no persons more Deserving of Respect than are Loving Mothers. What better examples of Unconditional Love do we have in the visible world?

    Happy Mother's Day Moms!

    The topic of today's Sunday Service, #603, is Deserving Respect…

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    Quotes
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    (From: Francis Maitland Balfour)
    The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.

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

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

    (From: Joan Didion (1934 - ), "Slouching Towards Bethlehem")
    Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.

    (From: The ASB Bible - Romans 12:17-18 )
    Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

    (From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.

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

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

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-84 Section-7)
    Respect of the child for his parents arises, not in knowledge of the obligation implied in parental procreation, but naturally grows as a result of the care, training, and affection which are lovingly displayed in assisting the child to win the battle of life. The true parent is engaged in a continuous service-ministry which the wise child comes to recognize and appreciate.

    (From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), Analects)
    A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?

    (From: Emerson)
    The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

    (From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
    Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-126 Section-0)
    Jesus had great respect for the sincere Pharisees and the honest scribes, but he held the hypocritical Pharisees and the dishonest theologians in great contempt; he looked with disdain upon all those religious leaders who were not sincere.

    (From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
    It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

    (From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
    Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

    (From: Immanuel Hermann Fichte)
    If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.

    (From: Koran)
    He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.

    (From: Pliny The Elder (23 AD - 79 AD)
    True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.

    (From: Johnson)
    The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain.

    (From: Mary Lyon)
    Let us forever forget that every station in life is necessarily, that each deserves our respect; that not the station itself but the worthy fulfillment of its duties, does honor the man.

    (From: U Thant)

    Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.

    (From: Norman Douglas)
    There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-171 Section-7)
            Goodness always compels respect, but when it is devoid of grace, it often repels affection. Goodness is universally attractive only when it is gracious. Goodness is effective only when it is attractive.

    (From: Bryant McGill, Stanford Lectures on Poetry, 1990)
    In order to deserve, we must pay our dues and steadily work for perfection. We must relish in struggle, and relinquish pride. We must dispel fear and seek enlightenment. We must shun division and honor love. We must know our hearts and seek to understand others. We must try, live, create, feel, grow and love.

    (From: Nelson Mandela)
    For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

    (From: Jane Addams (1860 - 1935), Speech, Honolulu (1933)
    Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.

    (From: Benito Juarez Garcia, Former (late 1800's) President of Mexico)
    Among the individuals, as well as among nations, respecting the other people's rights leads to peace.
    [Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la Paz.]


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

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    The Sermon
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    One thing that Receives, Gives, Preserves and Sustains… that truly Deserves Respect… is Genuine Goodness.

    Well… I guess that about covers it for today.

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    The Prayer
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    Dear God,
            Help me to be Good.

    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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    5-18-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #604
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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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    Advice is like cooking -- you should try it before you feed it to others.
    (Julia Childs)

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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.

    My family always enjoyed gaming with words when I was growing up---mom perhaps not as much as dad and us five kids. ;-) Word definitions were monitored closely by all of us, and when words were used by any of us in such a way that more than one meaning could be interpreted in that specific framing of the words, then we would pretty much invariably choose the unintended connotation and respond to that one instead (usually the most humorous interpretation possible). We were all pretty good at the family game and rarely did any take offence when caught in the act of being unspecific enough with our words… it was just as funny to get called on our own double edged statements as it was catching the others at it. We were all fairly evenly matched, though dad was the “master” so he had a slight but varying edge over the rest of us. It was always Really fun if we “caught” Him when he hadn't intended to “leave us an opening” (I could tell by the glint in his eye with his delivery if he was “testing” our gaming abilities or not). The “game” taught me to choose my words very carefully and to make sure that I was saying precisely what I meant to say (including the use of statements that Do have more than one interpretation so that they Will be interpreted in more than a single way).

    So with that bit of background… When I was in my mid to late 20's, around the time just after I first discovered The Urantia Book (or more correctly, It discovered Me), I became tired of the 'ol standard “Good!” response that was so prevalent anytime a person asked “How 'ya doing?” or “How's it going?” The opening conversation was usually like, “How's it going?”--- “Good.”--- “How are You doing?”---“Good”---“Good, good.” …and then nobody really knew specifically how anyone else was Really doing or feeling and then you'd just move on to less personal topics without giving it a second thought.

    It was then that I remembered “The Family Word Game” and the next time someone asked me how I was doing, I answered, “Tolerable!” knowing that it could of course be taken a couple of different ways. More often than not, people would respond, “ Oh, that's too bad, what's wrong?” …whereupon I could come back with, “Nothing! If something was wrong I would have said, 'Intolerable' … Tolerable is Good, isn't it?” It usually got a smile out of them and then they'd proceed to fill me in on what was really going on in their lives and I could share what was really going on in mine. After a relatively short while, all of my friends and most of my regular acquaintances (in response to my answer, “Tolerable.”), would say, “Yeah… Me too!” …then we'd share personal experiences and get to know one another better. So…

    The topic of today's Sunday Service, #604, is Tolerance…

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    Quotes
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    (From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-2)
    "The human tongue," said Jesus, "is a member which few men can tame, but the spirit within can transform this unruly member into a kindly voice of tolerance and an inspiring minister of mercy."

    (From: Brooks Atkinson (1894 - 1984), Once Around the Sun (1951)

    In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
            As you grow older in years and more experienced in the affairs of the kingdom, are you becoming more tactful in dealing with troublesome mortals and more tolerant in living with stubborn associates? Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul. If you possess these rare and charming gifts, as the days pass you will become more alert and expert in your worthy efforts to avoid all unnecessary social misunderstandings. Such wise souls are able to avoid much of the trouble which is certain to be the portion of all who suffer from lack of emotional adjustment, those who refuse to grow up, and those who refuse to grow old gracefully.

    (From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
    I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-3)
            My philosophy tells me that there are times when I must fight, if need be, for the defense of my concept of righteousness, but I doubt not that the Master, with a more mature type of personality, would easily and gracefully gain an equal victory by his superior and winsome technique of tact and tolerance. All too often, when we battle for the right, it turns out that both the victor and the vanquished have sustained defeat. I heard the Master say only yesterday that the "wise man, when seeking entrance through the locked door, would not destroy the door but rather would seek for the key wherewith to unlock it." Too often we engage in a fight merely to convince ourselves that we are not afraid.

    (From: George Santayana (1863 - 1952), Winds of Doctrine (1913) ch. 4)
    Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-8)
    Faith never shuns the problem-solving duty of mortal living. Living faith does not foster bigotry, persecution, or intolerance.

    (From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
    When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-84 Section-7)
    The family is the fundamental unit of fraternity in which parents and children learn those lessons of patience, altruism, tolerance, and forbearance which are so essential to the realization of brotherhood among all men.

    (From: Marc Maihueird)
    Love is what we call the situation which occurs when two people who are sexually compatible discover that they can also tolerate one another in various other circumstances.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-7)
    A compassionate father is freely forgiving; fathers do not hold vengeful memories against their children. Fathers are not like judges, enemies, or creditors. Real families are built upon tolerance, patience, and forgiveness.

    (From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), 'Optimism,' 1903)
    The highest result of education is tolerance.

    (From: Dominique de Menil)
    What should move us to action is human dignity: the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.

    (From: Frank Crane)
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
    If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.

    (From: Dee W. Hock, Fast Company)
    It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
    True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes.

    (From: R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn)
    There is a wide world out there, my friend, full of pain, but filled with joy as well. The former keeps you on the path of growth, and the latter makes the journey tolerable.

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    The Sermon
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    It is possible for there to be Tolerance without Love…
    But it is next to Impossible for there to be True Love without a healthy measure of Tolerance.

    Tolerance is the realization that another may have an equally defensible perspective that is un-similar or in contrast to one's own.

    Tolerance can encourage Unity without the growth inhibiting influence of uniformity.

    Tolerance is inherent in the genuine appreciation of diversity.

    Tolerance widens the gateway to Truth discovery, opens the door to love, and creates the avenue toward Peace and Co-operation.

    …Got Tolerance?

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    The Prayer
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    Dear God,
            Though I work very hard at developing Tolerance, still I catch myself falling short of it from time to time. Please help me to more universally embrace this vital attribute of Spiritual Maturity.

    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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    5-25-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #605
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    Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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    Humor of the Week
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    If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

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

    Over the many years that we have been doing these weekly on-line Sunday Services of the Church Within, I every once in a while share with you in this segment of the Service, what it was that had inspired the topic of the day's Service.

    Today will be another of those “once in a while” occurrences.

    This past week's S.O.W. Seeds Story, “A Candle Loses Nothing” [if you haven't read it yet… do check it out], prompted me to re-evaluate one of my long held perspectives, and So…

    The topic of today's Sunday Service, #605, is Perception…

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    Quotes
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    (From: The RSV Bible - Acts 10:34-35)
    And Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

    (From: R. A. Salvatore, Siege of Darkness)
    To any intelligent being, there is no emotion more important than hope. Individually or collectively, we must hope that the future will be better than the past, that our offspring, and theirs after them, will be a bit closer to an ideal society, whatever our perception of that might be... It is at those times when we feel we are contributing to that ultimate end... we feel true elation.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-3)
            When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved.

    (From: William Blake (1757 - 1827)
    When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.

    (From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-2)
    Goodness, like truth, is always relative and unfailingly evil-contrasted. It is the perception of these qualities of goodness and truth that enables the evolving souls of men to make those personal decisions of choice which are essential to eternal survival.

    (From: Miyamoto Musashi)
    Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.

    (From: Hans Margolius)
    Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

    (From: Anatole France (1844 - 1924), Thais)
    ...it is not by reflection and intelligence, but by perception, that the highest and purest truths are attained.

    (From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
    Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.

    (From: Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
    No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

    (From: Jeffrey Edwin Ross)
    We cannot view the world through another being's eyes. Love is knowing, without a doubt, another's perception of the world and being content with having no evidence.

    (From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
    All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.

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    The Sermon
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    Through the course of my life, I have been offered Many, many different opportunities to change or alter my current perspectives of Reality. [note: You may use either definition of “current”---flowing or present---as it suits your tastes… they both work. ;-)]

    In some cases it has worked out that I was required to mostly discard the old perspective because it was in fundamental conflict with my personal experiences of Truth that the New Perspective/Paradigm had already Gifted me with. But in Most cases I have found that my “current” perspectives haven't actually needed to be replaced, but rather enhanced or evolved to a higher or more encompassing level of Perception that I was previously unequipped to assimilate more fully before.

    Our Perception is a flowing and perpetually in motion reality that grows as we grow. New components are thrown into the mixture with every encounter, with every experience, with every Thought. Perception is essentially the “Active” element of our presently held Perspectives.

    So for a long time I was satisfied with the apparent success of my perception that, “If I choose to act Lovingly, then I will be able to “draw out” loving reactions from others.” [It was a Quantum Leap from the perspective I had held previous to it for so very long, which went something like: “Some people are just way better than others at being Loving.”, or maybe “Some just are, and some just aren't.”] Heck, it actually Worked quite well in practice, and it lasted for some time before I had the growth in Perception that realized how egotistical it might seem to be to think that I was somehow rescuing Lovingness from it's snare within another.

    That growth of perception told me that it was more correct that, “If I choose to act Lovingly, then others will know they are safe to act as their True Loving Selves when they are with me.” This improved perspective worked even better than it's predecessor in practice and seemed almost as if it were the definitive answer… Until I Read what became our Story of the Week that I mentioned in today's “Welcome” section. The Story didn't actually change my perception because it agreed with the one that I already held. But it did cause me to once again challenge my own perception to try and see from perhaps even a higher perspective…

    God's Infinite Love is the Everpresent/Omnipresent Flow of Reality. “When I choose to Be Loving, then I am a part of that Flow of Love and can see only the Love that others have already Within them. I need not “draw it out” of them, I need not make it “safe to act as their True Loving Selves” (as if it were not already), I need only to Be In God's Flow of Love Together with them, because In that Flow we Are our True Loving Selves.”

    Is it a Perspective? …or is it Perception?
    Is it Neither? …or is it Both?

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    The Prayer
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    Dear God,
            Keep challenging my perspectives with Your higher degrees of Perception.

    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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