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#811
5-6-2012
#812
5-13-2012
#813
5-20-2012
#814
5-27-2012

5-6-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #811
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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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If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Jill and I just got back home from our vacation last night. We got to the “Surfrider Resort” in Depoe Bay on the Oregon Coast late afternoon Tuesday and went for a relaxing dinner before we settled into out room. I got to go out crabbing and bottom fishing early Wednesday morning and came back with 2 Dungeness Crabs and 6 Black Bass. Our really good friends arrived at their room at the Surfrider Thursday afternoon and the four of us shared Crab and Fish for dinner along with a generous quantity of Excellent wine and companionship. The two of us into rock hunting got to the beach for low tide Thursday at 5:30am and spent a few hours finding Agates and Jasper and whatever attracted our eye. Our friends did dinner for us all Friday evening… more wine and played games. Then Saturday morning Jill and I packed up for the 10 hour drive home. Now that we're back home we can relax and reflect…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #811, is a few “re_____” words…

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The Sermon
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In the Physical life, the Body and Mind need regular interludes from the repetitive requirements of survival with adequate time to be…
Readjusted…
Restored…
Revived…
Refreshed…
Rejuvenated…
Renewed…
In the Spiritual Life of the Soul and Spirit, these “re's” are perhaps even More Essential.

People can do it With you, but they can't do it For you.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-4)
Humor and play--relaxation--are never reactions of progressive exertion; always are they the echoes of a backward glance, a reminiscence of the past. Even on Urantia [ed: Earth] and as you now are, you always find it rejuvenating when for a short time you can suspend the exertions of the newer and higher intellectual efforts and revert to the more simple engagements of your ancestors.

(From: Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC), The Way of Lao-tzu)
To be worn out is to be renewed.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), Essay: Nature)
To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.

(From: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

(From: Susan Taylor)
We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.

(From: William Penn (1644 - 1718)
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

(From: Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973)
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
Believers must increasingly learn how to step aside from the rush of life--escape the harassments of material existence--while they refresh the soul, inspire the mind, and renew the spirit by worshipful communion.

(From: Okakura Kakuzo)
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.

(From: Betty Friedan (1921 - 2006)
We need to readjust the definition of success to account for time outside of work and satisfaction of life, not just the dollars-and-cents bottom line.

(From:
Audrey Hepburn)

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;

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

(From: Margaret Wheatley)
When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), The Prophet)
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

(From: Deepak Chopra, The Path to Love)
The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted,
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters returning
Back to their springs, like the rain shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.


(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-6)
        "This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted to the universe; you have been born again--born of the spirit--and henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you. Arise, young man! Say farewell to the life of cringing fear and fleeing cowardice. Hasten back to duty and live your life in the flesh as a son of God, a mortal dedicated to the ennobling service of man on earth and destined to the superb and eternal service of God in eternity."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for Everything!

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

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

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5-13-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #812
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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)

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Happy Mother's Day Moms!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #812, is Mothers…

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The Sermon
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Always Devoted… Always Caring… Always Nurturing… Always Forgiving…

Their Love is Encouraging… Their Love is Supporting… Their Love is Healing… Their Love is Enduring…

Words that give Confidence…
Kisses that Heal…
Hugs that Comfort…
Love that is Real.

Mothers are a Lot like God in So Very Many Ways.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for Mothers!

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

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

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5-20-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #813
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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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I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
E. B. White (1899 - 1985

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

I saw a quote on Facebook from Charles Darwin that I didn't remember seeing before. I used it in today's Quotes… It is what prompted today's Topic…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #813, is Change…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-112 Section-0)
Personality is changeless in the presence of change.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-4)
Personality is that cosmic endowment, that phase of universal reality, which can coexist with unlimited change and at the same time retain its identity in the very presence of all such changes, and forever afterward.

(From: The Book of Runes - #1)
The starting point is the self. Its essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to your Self is primary, for from it flows all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine.
Remain modest---that is the Oracle's counsel. Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted, and moderate, for then you have a true direction for your new way of life.
Being in the world but not of it, that is implicit here. And yet do not be closed, narrow, or judging, but remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides. Nothing less is called for from you now.

(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Dialogues, Theatetus)
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.

(From: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
All things must change to something new, to something strange.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #74)
If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
Values can never be static; reality signifies change, growth.

(From: The Book of Runes - #5 )
Since self-change is never coerced---we are always free to resist---remain mindful that the new form, the new life, is always greater than the old.

(From: Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004)
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.

(From: Charles Darwin)
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.

(From: W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943)
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.

(From: Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923)
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.

(From:
William James (1842 - 1910)

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

(From: Annie Lennox)
Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

(From: Henri-Frédéric Amiel)
All appears to change when we change.

(From: The Book of Runes - #6 - Reversed)
You simply cannot repeat the old and not suffer. Call in your scattered energies, concentrate on your own life at this moment, your own requirements for growth. More important, Perth counsels you not to focus on outcomes, nor to bind yourself with the memory of past achievement. In so doing, you rob yourself of a true present, which is the only time in which self-change can be realized.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), Analects)
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

(From: R. D. Laing)
We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

(From: Bernard M. Baruch (1870 - 1965)
Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

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The Sermon
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Change

Inevitable though it is, the tendency still, as often as not, is a certain measure of resistance. Change leads to growth, and growth comes not without personal effort and a fair amount of discomfort. No one likes unnecessary discomfort, or needless effort. But… There can be no growth without Change.

Change can not be stopped… and as hard as one may try to do so, neither can it be ignored. To ignore Change is to ignore reality. To avoid Change is to be imprisoned by it… fear, the jailor.

Change, just for the sake of Change however, is equally undesirable. Sometimes Change makes things worse rather than better if Wisdom is not its guide.

From Change comes Growth… from Growth is Wisdom earned… From Wisdom is Change effectively incorporated into our lives.

Change is the environment wherein Wisdom can grow.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us to Grow in Wisdom.

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

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

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5-27-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #814
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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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A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon.
"How do you know what to say?" he asked.
"Why, God tells me."
"Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?"

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

They are what makes Facebook so successful.

So simple even children can make them…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #814, is Friends…

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The Sermon
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I do not believe that we come into contact with other people accidentally. I believe that God always plays a prominent role in determining who we each meet in life and when and where those encounters take place.

Sometimes it is for a lesson that we or they or both of us may benefit from…
Many times it is an opportunity to be in service…
Always is it an occasion to be a Friend.

A Friend can be someone you encounter but once, yet cannot forget.
A Friend can be someone you see once in a while, and enjoy in the moment.
A Friend can be someone you experience every day, and rarely weary of.

Friendship can be casual…
Friendship can be occasional…
Friendship can be close…
Friendship can be intimate.

Friendship requires that we Share a part of ourselves.

Sharing a part of ourselves may not always result in Friendship, but the chances are better than even that it will… even if it be but momentary.

Be a Friend.

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-7)
"Become interested in your fellows; learn how to love them and watch for the opportunity to do something for them which you are sure they want done," and then he quoted the olden Jewish proverb--"A man who would have friends must show himself friendly."

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
The only way to have a friend is to be one.

(From: William Arthur Ward)
A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.

(From: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.

(From: Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude)
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. The presence of a friend enhances all beauty and exalts every goodness. By intelligent symbols man is able to quicken and enlarge the appreciative capacities of his friends. One of the crowning glories of human friendship is this power and possibility of the mutual stimulation of the imagination.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
A friend is a second self.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
A friend is a gift you give yourself.

(From: Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-1)
The impulse of friendship transcends all convictions of duty, and the service of a friend for a friend can never be called a sacrifice.

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.

(From: Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-1)
"The spirit of the everlasting Father is concealed in the mind of every mortal child." "Man goes forth searching for a friend while that very friend lives within his own heart." "The true God is not afar off; he is a part of us; his spirit speaks from within us."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I remember to treat you like, and talk to You as my friend, my life always seems to go so much better.

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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