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5-3-2009
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5-10-2009
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5-17-2009
#657
5-24-2009
#658
5-31-2009

5-3-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #654
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Mark Rogers

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Humor of the Week
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My mind works like lightning,
One brilliant Flash and it is gone.

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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 Very much enjoyed reading today's Service… it caused me to remember back. I distinctly remember feeling so grown up and knowledgeable when I finally got to the third grade. It's probably one of those “it's all relative” things I think maybe…

Today's Sunday Service, #654, is another Excellent Offering from our beloved Church Within Minister, Minister Mark Rogers…

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Quotes
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(From: Abraham Lincoln)
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

(From: Alan Cohen)
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

(From: Anais Nin)
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

(From: Anais Nin)
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

(From: Anne Wilson Schaef)
Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo)
Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.

(From: etus)
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

(From: Eric Hoffer)
In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

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The Sermon
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Dear Fellow students in the great school of life,

        I was reflecting the other day on how we all seem to be at our own different stations of awareness in life. Because we all are on different "pages" so to speak we all seem to be able to embrace the lessons that we get as a result of our individual position within the overall curriculum while others are busy wrapping their minds around the lessons they are getting- which seem to be perfectly suited to their level of growth and awareness.
        For instance I considered how I have taken for granted some basic lessons about, say, fairness or equality of the genders or basic questions of human equal rights and I no longer debate the validity of these principals. But I observe that in other cultures or places on this small world some of my brothers and sisters are even now debating and actively resisting and challenging some premises I may take for granted here in my paradigm.

        So clearly we are not all on the "same page" in the great school of life.

        Another stark example for me lately was hearing from a number of people around me and in the news that there is some sort of pervasive fear among the general population that has motivated people in large numbers to go out and buy guns and ammunition to stock up and prepare for...... I don't exactly know what.
        I must admit I felt that same feeling of estrangement toward these folks who I thought were a part of my paradigm, as I felt with other cultures who don't acknowledge basic human rights. After all haven't we all here in this country accepted that we are a "United" States? We have no enemy invading our land from whom we need to defend ourselves by taking up arms and yet somehow when people feel threatened they fall back on the age old tradition of turning to the use of violence to address conflict.
        What about all the talk of freedom and peace certainly within the borders of our own paradigm? What about working together to confront a common threat such as a faltering economy as a country "United" in our efforts? Instead I observe many abandoning these higher Ideals and principals in favor of choosing individual protectionism and violence as an acceptable means to confront this common threat.

        In taking these questions into stillness I received the imagery of our world as a gigantic one room school house. In such a learning environment all the levels of learning exist side by side simultaneously. The students represent the full range of growth and achievement and awareness possible, and all at the same time.
        Using this model I can better appreciate how everyone in the class can be exactly where they are supposed to be and be undergoing the necessary lessons perfectly suited for their level of achievement. It's not that the advanced students are any better than the third graders, they are simply at different levels of maturity. The same appreciation is afforded to all the members of a family unit even though the stations in life are different for each one.

        This analogy greatly helped me to accept the many different pages I observe us to be on while we are all still enrolled in the same school of life. Such a life on such a planet, with so much to learn that it seems it never stops, this school never lets out and as soon as we achieve one level we are given the next part of the curriculum perfectly in sync with our ability to handle it.

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The Prayer
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Thank You Divine Parents for such a grand plan custom tailored for all of your students!
May we bring joy with us into the classroom,

Peace and Love,
Mark Rogers, Minister The Church Within.



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5-10-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #655
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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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[Ed: Indeed… I Have used this one a number of times before… perhaps even so in a previous Mother's Day Service. But I don't care because… it's just too perfectly suited and appropriate for an occasion such as today.]

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

[Ed again: This second one is for those who were disappointed that the first one wasn't new. The rest of you can just ignore it if you wish.]

I can remember the first time I had to go to sleep. Mom said, "Steven, time to go to sleep." I said, "But I don't know how." She said, "It's real easy. Just go down to the end of tired and hang a left." So I went down to the end of tired, and just out of curiosity I hung a right. My mother was there, and she said "I thought I told you to go to sleep."
Steven Wright

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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, you Mothers! ;-)

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #655, is Motherhood…

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The Sermon
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Only they who have personally experienced Motherhood can understand those things that they who Have not, surely Cannot.

Mothers… You Gotta' Love Them!

Nothing less is Good Enough… Nothing more matters as much.

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 2:48-51)
        And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
        And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
        And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
        And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

(From: Anna Quindlen (1953 - ), O Magazine, May 2003)
The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous.

(From: Jill Churchill, O Magazine, May 2003)
The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.

(From: Heather Armstrong, Dooce, 11-15-05)
This is part of the essence of motherhood, watching your kid grow into her own person and not being able to do anything about it. Otherwise children would be nothing more than pets.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-117 Section-2)
The Master went on to explain to John how a child is wholly dependent on his parents and the associated home life for all his early concepts of everything intellectual, social, moral, and even spiritual since the family represents to the young child all that he can first know of either human or divine relationships. The child must derive his first impressions of the universe from the mother's care; he is wholly dependent on the earthly father for his first ideas of the heavenly Father.

(From: Hosea Ballou (1796 - 1861)
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.

(From: Elain Heffner, O Magazine, May 2003)
The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.

(From: Pablo Piccaso)
My mother said to me, if you go into the military, you will become a general. If you go into the clergy, you will become Pope. Instead, I became an artist, and I am Piccaso.

(From: Barbara Schapiro, O Magazine, May 2003)
Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometime, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight.

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

(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.

(From: Bern Williams)
Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for Mothers! They are Truly one of Your Greatest Ideas!!!!

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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5-17-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #656
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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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There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
Robert Byrne

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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 almost Never have anyone in particular in mind when I do a Sunday Service. Today is different. This one is directed specifically at Me (when I use the word “you” I'm really talkin' to myself). It probably won't apply to you at all, but you're welcome to read it anyway just to see some of the things I struggle with…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #656, is “Starting [or: getting started]…

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The Sermon
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If you ever find yourself in doubt as to what your ego's voice sounds like---as compared to say, your Soul's voice [which you undoubtedly hear most of the time] or the “still small voice” of Deity that you are always intently listening for---and you would like a reminder just because it has been so long since it has been “In Control” then… here's a sure fire way I have personally discovered that will invariably help you to hear it at it's loudest and in it's most recognizable form…

Consider starting something that is not already a part of your present comfortable routine.

That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. Ego will almost immediately speak out disguising itself as the Voice of Reason, your Valiant Protector, the one who will Save you from all the Pain and Suffering you would most likely be getting yourself into.

It could be…
starting a diet,
starting an exercise routine,
starting a project,
starting on the realization of your inner Dream,
starting to Grow More Spiritual…

Here's a few (of the many) of ego's verbalizations you may expect to hear…
“Right after…
“Just as soon as…
“When I have enough…
“Tomorrow…
“Next week…
“Eventually…

You remember those, don't you? I'll bet you can remember many others as well… I certainly can. Ego hopes that you might just forget about it, or that you will be just as easily talked out of it later as you were this time.

I finally gave up a lifelong habit of tobacco use last June 3rd (2008). It was of course difficult, and at times Very difficult. Far less though than I had imagined. Maintaining my resolve throughout the incessant barrage of ego excuses and justifications as to why “this isn't the right time” to be attempting such a grueling deed, though truly challenging, was less so for me than actually Starting [not to be confused with the tactic of Saying I'm Starting].

Quitting my tobacco smoking routine of over 30 years helped me to rationalize overeating, and so I gained an unhealthy number of extra pounds that I must now deal with. I know that it will be just as easy to lose weight as it was for me to quit smoking… probably even easier… and the Spiritual stuff Too! Likely even easier, right?

So now all I have to do is decide when to get started on it. There's still plenty of time, isn't there?

“Soon… very Soon!”

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Quotes
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(From: Marcus Garvey)
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.

(From: Alison Headley)
In terms of being late or not starting at all, then it's never too late.

(From: Anne Frank (1929 - 1945), Diary of a Young Girl, 1952)
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-34 Section-7)
        Having started out on the way of life everlasting, having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle, the Spirit of Truth will always speak, saying, "This is the way."

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Vor Game", 1990)
It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Elizabeth Aston, The True Darcy Spirit, 2006)

The trouble with lies was that once started, the fiction had to be continued, and it was hard always to be remembering details that you had made up upon the spur of the moment.

(From: Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989)
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent.

(From: Warren Bennis)
The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely—all your skills, gifts, and energies—in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be and enjoy the process of becoming.

(From: T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965), Little Gidding)
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

(From: J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)
It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-6)
And so, when you once start out to find God, that is the conclusive proof that God has already found you.


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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I'm tired of playing “hide and seek” with You when I am always the one hiding. Is it OK if I seek You for a while?

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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5-24-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #657
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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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Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?
Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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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.

Memorial Day came about to honor the memory of those who died in Service fighting for their version of Freedom or Truth or Justice… for their Ideals. It was intended initially to honor those in the military, and continues to do so, but has grown over years of actual practice by many to include remembering all of our Loved Ones who Served in their own ways and who have passed onward before us.

This is Memorial Day Weekend in the US of A and many of it's people are celebrating the fact that they have a 3 day weekend. Some see it as the beginning of barbeque season (which I don't quite understand because rain or snow only make it taste that much better), while others practice for summer by camping or fishing or boating or some combination of those.

In the colder regions of the country it is a reminder that the time has pretty much come to begin Planting the Gardens…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #657, is Memory…

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Quotes
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(From: P. D. James)
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.

(From: Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park)
If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
        Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship. And all of these memory treasures radiate their most precious and exalting influences under the releasing touch of spiritual worship.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory shall swell when again touched, as surely they will be by the better angels of nature.

(From: Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949), Wisdom and Destiny, 1898)

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.

(From: James Carroll)
We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-4)
        Most of us have come up through lower stages of existence or through progressive levels of our orders, and it is refreshing and in a measure amusing to look back upon certain episodes of our early experience. There is a restfulness in the contemplation of that which is old to one's order, and which lingers as a memory possession of the mind. The future signifies struggle and advancement; it bespeaks work, effort, and achievement; but the past savors of things already mastered and achieved; contemplation of the past permits of relaxation and such a carefree review as to provoke spirit mirth and a morontia state of mind verging on merriment.

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio)
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.

(From: Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.

(From: Milan Kundera (1929 - ), The Book of Laughter and Forgetting)
We must never allow the future to be weighed down by memory. For children have no past, and that is the whole secret of the magical innocence of their smiles.

(From: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised; as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.

(From: Tryon Edwards (1809 - 1894)
The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.

(From: Martin Tupper)
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?

(From: La Rochefoucauld)
Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.

(From: Anatole France (1844 - 1924)
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.

(From: Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing)
Your body is just the place your memory calls home.

(From: Saint Mary Euphrasia (Rose Virginie Pelletier)
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

(From: John Keats (1795 - 1821)
If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me - nothing to make my friends proud of my memory - but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.

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The Sermon
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If you have Good Memories, you either pursued them, created them, or allowed them.

Pursue… Create… Allow…
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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to remember the important things.

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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5-31-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #658
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Minister Mark Rogers

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

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Humor of the Week
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"Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families."

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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 if it isn't the last day of May 2009! June arrives tomorrow already… Month 6 of 12. The Fruit trees have finished their flower and the Berries are beginning theirs. Some will even be ready for harvest this month.
L I B! [a Texan exclamation]

Today's Service from Minister Mark Rogers is a Great reminder… on many levels.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #658, is Friends…

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Quotes
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(From: Miguel de Cervantes)
Tell me what company thou keepst, and I'll tell thee what thou art.  

(From: Lee Iacoka)
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. 

(From: Samuel Johnston)
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.       

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.  

(From: Confucious)
I do not want a friend Who smiles when I smile, Who weeps when I weep,
For my shadow in the pool Can do better than that."


(From: unknown author)

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson)
"A friend is a gift you give yourself."

(From: Robert Lewis Stevenson)
 "We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend"

(From: Nigerian Proverb)
Hold a true friend with both your hands. 

(From: Henry David Thoreau)
 "The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend."

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The Sermon
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Greetings fellow truth seekers,
    Today I am inspired to offer some thoughts on the gifts we are given every day, the ones that are all around us. They bring us more inspiration, more joy and more sorrow, in fact every experience in our lives is made more real by the presence of these gifts.  They are the greatest of all gifts bestowed upon us from on high and so routinely taken for granted.
    I am referring to the gift we all are to each other- to have relationships, show love, demonstrate kindness, be an inspiration, support each other,  give in service,  receive in service or someone to simply share this incredible journey of life with. The greatest punishment for a human is solitary confinement -being deprived of all relationships and conversely the happiest people are often the ones with the most fulfilling relationships. One is considered successful who has the most friends- the most gifts.
    Recently I had cause to be thankful once again for one of my gifts- a friend who brought me such inspiration by simply being himself. He and his wife are both two of my favorite people and  real examples of how to live life with purpose, goodness and grace even under fire. They volunteer their time and energy to many worthy causes and are always interested in doing the right thing even in the face of opposition.
    Without divulging too much personal information my friends were confronted with an ugly unrighteous situation where there was great pressure applied to forgo the truth and betray goodness in favor of some short term "profits". They faced daunting opposition to upholding the truth by ones very close to them but they refused to concede while allowing others to make their own choices and go their own way.
    They also refused to engage in ugly forms of pressure and chose not to return in kind the unkind attempts to wield power if only by unrighteous brute force. Instead they maintained their values, took refuge in the truth and allowed others to make their own choices and go their own way with an example of grace and righteousness all while enduring a painful experience.

    WOW!  Thank you God for these gifts you bring to me (us). What an inspiration!  even in the face of negativity and darkness these lights shine out so brightly they serve to illuminate even the darkest of circumstances. Truly this affirms for me that all things work towards the good and all clouds have a silver lining. Their difficult circumstance brought out the best in them, gave them a chance to live their values and act in accordance with their ideals and beliefs and provided such inspiration for me that it seems the situation was designed to offer these opportunities for growth, action and inspiration.

    When I heard of their difficulties I was moved to pray for them but in doing so I was assured that they were well within the embrace of their divine parents even while in conflict with their earthly parents as was evidenced by the manner in which they conducted themselves in the face of trying and painful circumstances.
    These are the true hero's in my life- friends who seem to act bigger than life, certainly bigger than those around them and in so doing offer the rest of us a gift of immeasurable value, the gift of their example to be inspired by. I will remain forever grateful for my relationship with these gifts from on high.

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The Prayer
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    May we each and every one cherish and celebrate the gifts of grace we are to each other and may we all be in peace and love,

Mark Rogers- Minister The Church Within

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