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#758
5-1-2011
#759
5-8-2011
#760
5-15-2011
#761
5-22-2011
#762
5-29-2011

5-1-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #758
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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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The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.

(From: Joseph Sobran)

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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, #758, is Honor…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
Now, mistake not, my Father will ever respond to the faintest flicker of faith. He takes note of the physical and superstitious emotions of the primitive man. And with those honest but fearful souls whose faith is so weak that it amounts to little more than an intellectual conformity to a passive attitude of assent to religions of authority, the Father is ever alert to honor and foster even all such feeble attempts to reach out for him. But you who have been called out of darkness into the light are expected to believe with a whole heart; your faith shall dominate the combined attitudes of body, mind, and spirit.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 2:6-7)
For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life

(From: Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Honor and shame from no condition rise.
Act well your part: there all the honor lies.


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-0)
Always did the Master co-ordinate the faith of the soul with the wisdom-appraisals of seasoned experience. Personal faith, spiritual hope, and moral devotion were always correlated in a matchless religious unity of harmonious association with the keen realization of the reality and sacredness of all human loyalties--personal honor, family love, religious obligation, social duty, and economic necessity.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 12:10-12)
love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-13 Section-9)
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. With all your quest for knowledge, get understanding. Exalt wisdom and she will promote you. She will bring you to honor if you will but embrace her."

(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians II 8:21)
for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of men.

(From: Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
To honor the God-knowing leaders of the past may indeed be worth while, but why, in so doing, should you sacrifice the supreme experience of human existence: finding God for yourselves and knowing him in your own souls?

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 13:7-8)
Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

(From: H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, "A Civil Campaign", 1999)
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.

(From: Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)
What is left when honor is lost?

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-3)
        Truth is living; the Spirit of Truth is ever leading the children of light into new realms of spiritual reality and divine service. You are not given truth to crystallize into settled, safe, and honored forms. Your revelation of truth must be so enhanced by passing through your personal experience that new beauty and actual spiritual gains will be disclosed to all who behold your spiritual fruits and in consequence thereof are led to glorify the Father who is in heaven. Only those faithful servants who thus grow in the knowledge of the truth, and who thereby develop the capacity for divine appreciation of spiritual realities, can ever hope to "enter fully into the joy of their Lord."

(From: The ASB Bible - Philippians 4:8)
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

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The Sermon
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It is a Great Honor to Serve God…
It is a Great Honor to Serve Gods Children…
It is a Great Honor to Serve Truth and Beauty and Goodness.

There is no Honor in greed…
There is no Honor in selfishness…
There is no Honor in prejudice.

Live Honorably.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to live with Honor.

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

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

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5-8-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #759
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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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Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

Nobody loves me but my mother,
And she could be jivin' too.
B. B. King

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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!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #759, is Mothers…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-84 Section-7)
Love of offspring is almost universal and is of distinct survival value.

(From: William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863)
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children

(From: The ASB Bible - Proverbs 1:8)
Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching; Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.

(From: Abraham 4/3/95 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Motherhood may not be biological so much as it is an attitude of love and nurturing to those in need.

(From: Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)
A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.

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

(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: Dorothy C. Fisher (1879 - 1958)
A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

(From: Steven Wright)
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."

(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-Maxwell)

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

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The Sermon
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The Most Valuable Gifts you can Give your Mother for Mother's Day are…

Love…
Acknowledgement…
Thankfulness…
Respect…
and…
Being the kind of person that she can watch and know without a doubt that she has been a good mother.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Mothers were one of your Best 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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5-15-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #760        
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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 do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?

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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 wife Jill and I are tomorrow morning beginning our first True Vacation together in like… Ever. Our destination is the North-Central coast of Oregon to enjoy the Pacific Ocean for a week. But then, vacation is not completely about where were going, but about…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #760, is The Journey…

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The Sermon
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When I was much younger and people would tell me that it wasn't so much about the destination, as it was about the Journey, I thought that meant… stop asking when we are going to get there and look at how pretty the view is. My young mind just wanted to get to where we were supposedly going, and the “Journey” to me seemed like the thing that stood between me and being there. “Journey” was more a test of my young patience. Eventually I learned that Vacation and Journey were somewhat synonymous.

Age has provided a larger more diversified perspective of “The Journey” for me. The Journey now is more about discernment, about encounters, realizations… about discovery. The Journey leaves “routine” in its wake and uses expectations only as a lure. The Journey is about being in the moment and fully enjoying this very instant… this Present Experience. I wish I didn't have to rediscover that so often. Perhaps a short vacation from everyday routine will help to make me remember that even the routines of life are a part of The Journey.

Even this short human life that we experience in the flesh is just a small but significant Part of
The Journey. I am glad that You are a part of my Journey and that I am a part of yours!

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-133 Section-4)
“You do well to choose the best and esteem the good, but are you wise when you fail to discern the greater things of mortal life which are embodied in the spirit realms derived from the realization of the presence of God in the human heart? The great thing in all human experience is the realization of knowing the God whose spirit lives within you and seeks to lead you forth on that long and almost endless journey of attaining the personal presence of our common Father, the God of all creation, the Lord of universes.”

(From: The Book of Runes - #20 - A Journey / Communication / Union / Reunion)
Heaven above you and the Earth below you unite within you and support you on your way. A simple prayer for the Soul's journey is: I will to will Your Will.


(From: Stephen Covey)
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

(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.

(From: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
Time is the one universal endowment of all will creatures; it is the “one talent” entrusted to all intelligent beings. You all have time in which to insure your survival; and time is fatally squandered only when it is buried in neglect, when you fail so to utilize it as to make certain the survival of your soul. Failure to improve one's time to the fullest extent possible does not impose fatal penalties; it merely retards the pilgrim of time in his journey of ascent. If survival is gained, all other losses can be retrieved.

(From: Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961)
The longest journey is the journey inward.

(From: Cynthia Ozick)
Nothing is so awesomely unfamiliar as the familiar that discloses itself at the end of a journey.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

(From: Robert A. Ward)
I wish you sunshine on your path and storms to season your journey. I wish you peace in the world in which you live... More I cannot wish you except perhaps love to make all the rest worthwhile.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-1)
If any man chooses to do the divine will, he shall know the way of truth. It is literally true, “Human things must be known in order to be loved, but divine things must be loved in order to be known.” But honest doubts and sincere questionings are not sin; such attitudes merely spell delay in the progressive journey toward perfection attainment.

(From:
Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC), The Way of Lao-tzu)

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Discovering You is my Journey.

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

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

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5-22-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #761
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Rick Giles

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Humor of the Week
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Om - Yahweh          Um - Yeah!

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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 will be on the road all day driving home from my and Jill's vacation on the Central Oregon Coast and Washougal Washington, so it would have been extremely difficult to get the Sunday service out today without the much appreciated help of our dear friend and Church
Within minister…
Thank You to Minister Rick Giles for today's Great Sunday Service!!!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #761, is Light and Darkness…

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The Sermon with Quotes
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Light is often used to describe the manifestation of the transcendent divine spirit in the realm of phenomena. Applied to spirituality the word also depicts enlightenment and illumination in mind and soul. Light is the bestowal of grace upon oneself. Mystical or extraordinary experiences often use this word. Phrases like “enshrouded in light”, “blinded by the light”, or “let your light shine” are employed. Darkness, on the other hand, can be associated with evil, ignorance, or separation from God. As in the “Dark Night of the Soul” by Saint John of the Cross, it implies a lack or negativity.

I believe the two, darkness and light, should not be valued as one good and the other bad. For without one there is not the other. Granted, it is recorded in the Bible:
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."
Genesis 1:3-4 (KJV)

But what makes light good? Is it its contrast with darkness?

'And the Light shineth in the Darkness: and the Darkness comprehended it not.'
(St John, chap. 1, v. 5)

Or is Light and Darkness interdependent? Again, what makes light good?

Let's take a look a tangible example of light in the physical world:

We see light during the daytime. It comes to us when the earth has rotated to the point where we are in direct line with the sun. At night we have no light for the shadow of the earth shades us from the sun. Yet, there is darkness during the day. If one were to rise ever higher into the atmosphere, eventually going beyond the atmosphere, one would increasingly perceive a darkening of the sky. Eventually all would be dark. Why? It is because in order for us to see light it needs to reflect itself upon something. Light is not seen in a vacuum. So out of the darkness came light. How? The universe of objects came into being upon which light could illuminate. Perhaps this describes St. John's dark night of the soul. He detached himself from the world; he emptied himself from the objects that grab one's attention in ordinary life. There was no longer anything upon which light may shine; therefore the darkness. The 'goal of God' in creating the universe was to make phenomena “appear” out of the primordial void. That being done God deemed it to be good, that is, accomplished. If it is good; then before creation, was there only bad (or not good)?

Asian religions speak of a void or an emptiness that lies behind all things. It has been described as the Tao that cannot be named in the Tao Te Ching. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna that “Whatever is endowed with glory, brilliance, and power; know that to be a manifestation of My splendor. He also says, “People do not know My true transcendental nature, therefore, they fall. In the Hebrew Kabbalah God is never seen, but the shechinah (light of holiness) can be seen. In Gnostic doctrine Light is the manifestation of Spirit in Matter.

These viewpoints indicate a presence, state, or reality that lies outside the usual sensory experiences of the human being. Light, on the other hand can be experienced inside sensory experiences.

So what makes light good?
It becomes the avenue where by this transcendental nature can be experienced. Said Jesus: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)

If light can only be seen in atmosphere, and the only way the divine can be seen is through the luminosity of spirit in matter, and if that is good, then that which lies behind it is a condition that is not a darkness but a translucent reality. It will allow the propagation of light “through space” until it alights upon the soul. Then the divine can bee seen. Then does your light shine.

The Darkness, the void, emptiness, the dark night of the soul, the suns rays traveling through the vacuum of space are all ways to describe what cannot be put into finite words. So what bearing has that have on you and me? We are the presences upon which the light from beyond may beam. We become the manifestation of the good that God saw when dividing the light out of the darkness.

Angela of Foligno said:

“All the grace which has been granted to me is little beside the infinite good which I see in the divine darkness. I see nothing and I see all; the more this infinite good is seen in the darkness, the more it is certain and the more it exceeds all things.”


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The Prayer
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Dear God,

We see-

Bright light: your glory in universe manifestation!
Upon us it has fallen.
What pleasure it is to reflect this light.
Humbly received, given as well.

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

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

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5-29-2011 Sunday Service of the Church Within #762
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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 is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ('Eureka! I found it!), but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)

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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.

Is there anything better than…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #752, is Discovery…

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Quotes
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(From:
James Dean)

I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-14 Section-5)
        Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.
        Curiosity — the spirit of investigation, the urge of discovery, the drive of exploration — is a part of the inborn and divine endowment of evolutionary space creatures. These natural impulses were not given you merely to be frustrated and repressed. True, these ambitious urges must frequently be restrained during your short life on earth, disappointment must be often experienced, but they are to be fully realized and gloriously gratified during the long ages to come.

(From: John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.

(From: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

(From: Sir William Bragg (1862 - 1942)
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-2)
        Spiritual growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings, and then a discovery of values. The evidence of true spiritual development consists in the exhibition of a human personality motivated by love, activated by unselfish ministry, and dominated by the wholehearted worship of the perfection ideals of divinity. And this entire experience constitutes the reality of religion as contrasted with mere theological beliefs.

(From: Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-4)
The hunger and thirst for righteousness leads to the discovery of truth, and truth augments ideals, and this creates new problems for the individual religionists, for our ideals tend to grow by geometrical progression, while our ability to live up to them is enhanced only by arithmetical progression.

(From: Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

(From: Claude Bernard (1813-78)
The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.

(From:
Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)
The discernment of supreme beauty is the discovery and integration of reality: The discernment of the divine goodness in the eternal truth, that is ultimate beauty.

(From: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make — the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience.

(From: Alexander Smith (1830 - 1867)
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

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The Sermon
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How Magnificent the Allure and Thrill of Discovery… something new, something exciting, something previously unimagined… Discovery of self, of others, of the world… Discovery of Truth, of Reality… of God. The little child knows this… the little child knows nothing else… Discovery is life's purpose to the little child.

The Joy of Discovery is the same for you is it not? Certainly the focus is modified, is adapted as we age, as we grow, as we mature. But still we unfailingly reach toward Discovery… do we not? We would never get discouraged… we would never give up that childlike Quest… would we? Why… what would life Be without Discovery???

Life is a Treasure Hunt. Never forget that!

Unless you become as a little child….

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me the better to discover You in the eyes, in the Soul of others.

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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