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#915
5-4-2014
#916
5-11-2014
#917
5-18-2014
#918
5-25-2014

5-4-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #915
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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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Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
(Jane Wagner, and Lily Tomlin)

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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.

Is it something you feel... something you do... something you crave... something you need?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #914, is Touch…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-12 Section-7)
        Even though the Paradise Father functions through his divine creators and his creature children, he also enjoys the most intimate inner contact with you, so sublime, so highly personal, that it is even beyond my comprehension--that mysterious communion of the Father fragment with the human soul and with the mortal mind of its actual indwelling. Knowing what you do of these gifts of God, you therefore know that the Father is in intimate touch, not only with his divine associates, but also with his evolutionary mortal children of time. The Father indeed abides on Paradise, but his divine presence also dwells in the minds of men.

(From: Tom Hopkins )
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.

(From: Don DeLillo, White Noise)
That which we fear to touch is often the fabric of our salvation.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #26)
If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
If you let restlessness move you,
you lose touch with who you are.

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

(From: George Gissing (1857 - 1903 )
It is the mind which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), The Hunchback of Notre Dame )
Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.

(From: Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon )
All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be.

(From: Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870 )
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts.

(From: Leo Buscaglia (1925 - 1998 )
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

(From: J. K. Rowling )
We touch other peoples lives simply by existing.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-0)
        Jesus does not require his disciples to believe in him but rather to believe with him, believe in the reality of the love of God and in full confidence accept the security of the assurance of sonship with the heavenly Father. The Master desires that all his followers should fully share his transcendent faith. Jesus most touchingly challenged his followers, not only to believe what he believed, but also to believe as he believed. This is the full significance of his one supreme requirement, "Follow me."

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The Sermon
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You want sugar or cream in your coffee?
Just a Touch...

Is there something that would make you feel more satisfied, more alive, more Loved?
Just a Touch...

A Touch can be such a small simple thing...
A Touch can be a real Life Changer.

A Touch can be light as a feather...
A Touch can be an enveloping hug.

A Touch can be a simple affirmation...
A Touch can be a mind expanding revelation.

A Touch is physical...
A Touch is mental...
A Touch is Spiritual.

A Touch is Comforting...
A Touch is Assuring...
A Touch is Exhilarating.

Touch a Hand...
Touch a Heart...
Touch a Soul...
Touch a Life.

Touch is Feeling...
Touch is a Feeling...
Touch is Contact.

Feel the Touch of Love...
Feel the Touch of Awareness...
Feel the Touch of God.

Touch...
Can't Live without it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I feel Your Touch... Your Touch is Love.

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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5-11-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #916
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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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Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
Bill Cosby

Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!
Derwood Fincher

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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.

Hey you Mothers... Happy Mother's Day!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #916 is Allowing…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-157 Section-2)
Do not allow yourselves to become blinded by prejudice and paralyzed by fear. Neither permit reverence for the traditions so to pervert your understanding that your eyes see not and your ears hear not.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #12 )
The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.

(From: Shakti )
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.

(From: Oprah Winfrey )
I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

(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: H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946 )
We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-192 Section-2)
“Never allow a change in your outward work to influence your allegiance. Have faith in God to the end of your days on earth. Never forget that, when you are a faith son of God, all upright work of the realm is sacred. Nothing which a son of God does can be common. Do your work, therefore, from this time on, as for God. ”

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882 )
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.

(From: Bob Newhart )
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.

(From: Mortimer Adler )
You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.

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The Sermon
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There are a fair number of things which we, as God's Children, should not Allow... should Never Allow.

And yet we do...

You know what they are. I won't remind you today.

There are as well quite a number of things which we, as God's Children, should Always Allow.

And yet we do not. Here are a few just in case you forgot...

Allow yourself to be who you truly are...
Allow others to be who They truly are...
Allow Love to flow freely from you to others...
Allow Love to flow freely from others to you...

Allow Truth to Reveal itself to you...
Allow Beauty to Inspire you...
Allow Goodness to Motivate you...
Allow your Faith to Prove it to you...

Allow yourself to Share it all with God...
Allow God to Share it All with you!

The choices are yours...
Are you Allowing the wrong things or the Right things?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I choose to Allow Your Will to influence my life.

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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5-18-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #917
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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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Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, 'Father, my dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' a mass for the poor creature?' Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no telling' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.' Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?' Father Patrick exclaimed, 'Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?

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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.

Ya gotta Want it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #917, is God's Will…

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The Sermon
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        Before I discovered the truth about it, I was fairly resistant to the prospect of choosing God's Will for my life. I didn't want to give up all of the things I liked and enjoyed. I didn't want to turn into someone that wasn't the Me that I wanted to be.

        Most organized religions (Theologies), teach that we are all sinners and can't get away from it... better Fear God if you know what's good for you. “Don't do This!” “You're Not allowed to do That!”         Is it any wonder that I was fearful of wanting God's Will in control of my life?

        When I found out that doing God's Will isn't about any of that... God's Will is All about Loving and wanting what is Good for everybody and even for yourself... my perspective on God's Will changed. I had to learn to Trust God though... I had to really take to heart the All Loving Parent, God... forget completely about the false concept of an “angry judge” compiling a list of all my sins and failures. Loving human parents always want what is best for their children. Being human of course, they do not always Know what is truly best for their children, but they want it none the less. Our Loving Divine Parent Wills what is best for all of us no less than our earthly parents (maybe even more so? ;-)... however God really Does know what is best for each and every one of us.

        I asked myself one day, “If you trust God's Love, why on earth Wouldn't you want God's Will for you???” I was convinced that I really Did trust God, so my answer was, “Uh....... yeah, why Wouldn't I?” So I told God, “OK!! Of Course I want Your Will for me, I'm willing to give up Anything if it is against Your Will!” Everything changed in that moment. But Nothing changed except my perspective and understanding. It wasn't about giving things up... it wasn't at All about Not doing things... It was about Doing things for God and for all... Loving things... Caring things... Good things.

Are you being Loving? Are you doing your Best? Then you are doing God's Will!!

Are you being Unloving? well... God's Will is Better! Feel the difference.

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 6:9-15)
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(From: Solonia 2/28/04 – the Garden TeaM)
Aligning one's self with Father's Will wholeheartedly reveals great and higher Truths. Love of Truth brings a greater desire for what truly is Father's Will.

(From: Jason Mraz )
Friends are great and always seem to work by the appropriate will of God.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-5)
No mortal who knows God and seeks to do the divine will can stoop to engage in the oppressions of wealth. No noble man will strive to accumulate riches and amass wealth-power by the enslavement or unfair exploitation of his brothers in the flesh.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 12:50)
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."

(From: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274 )
...the goodness of the will depends on the intention of the end.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-12 Section-7)
The will of God does not uniformly prevail in the heart of the God-seeking material mortal, but if the time frame is enlarged beyond the moment to embrace the whole of the first life, then does God's will become increasingly discernible in the spirit fruits which are borne in the lives of the spirit-led children of God.

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 12:2)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-144 Section-4)
Prayer is the sincere and longing look of the child to its spirit Father; it is a psychologic process of exchanging the human will for the divine will. Prayer is a part of the divine plan for making over that which is into that which ought to be.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-5)
This choosing does not so much consist in the negation of creature will — “Not my will but yours be done” — as it consists in the creature's positive affirmation: “It is my will that your will be done.”

(From: The Tao Te Ching - # 38)
Therefore the Master concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface,
with the fruit and not the flower.
He has no will of his own.
He dwells in reality,
and lets all illusions go.

(From: Solonia 2/4/2000 – the Post Falls TeaM)
You have much grace available to you, dear ones. You may avail yourselves of it at any time you actively and consciously choose Father's Will.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
        “Never forget there is only one adventure which is more satisfying and thrilling than the attempt to discover the will of the living God, and that is the supreme experience of honestly trying to do that divine will. And fail not to remember that the will of God can be done in any earthly occupation. Some callings are not holy and others secular. All things are sacred in the lives of those who are spirit led; that is, subordinated to truth, ennobled by love, dominated by mercy, and restrained by fairness — justice. The spirit which my Father and I shall send into the world is not only the Spirit of Truth but also the spirit of idealistic beauty.”

(From: Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970 )
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.

(From: Harold Taylor )
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

(From: The Book of Runes -#8 - Fertility / New Beginnings)
Being centered and grounded, freeing yourself from all unwanted influences, and seeing the humor, you are indeed prepared to open yourself to the Will of Heaven, and can await your deliverance with calm certainty.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I want Your Will!

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

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

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5-25-2014 Sunday Service of the Church Within #918
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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 little boy went up to his father and asked: 'Dad, where did my intelligence come from?' The father replied. 'Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.'

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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.

Either you got it...
or you don't....

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #918, is Determination…

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The Sermon
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The last time I used the Topic of Determination for the Sunday Service I believe that I was on the other side of it... I had it and plenty to spare. It felt Good... nothing could deter me from my focus. I Was Determined!! I've had in my life a fair number of periods, often extended ones, where my Determination seemed unshakable. I had set my sights on a goal and took those first few steps which set my Determination into motion.

I'm sure you have had comparable experiences yourself, no?

Some of them are personally profound enough to effect permanent results. We can look back on them and remember the personal efforts it required to realize them... ad then with an inner smile acknowledge how amazingly Simple it had actually been once the Determination had been found and set into place. Lesson Learned!

Others, well... for some reason their results have a tendency to appear more in the category of temporary or transient goals. It took the same level of Determination to accomplish them, and it took the same requisite steps to install that Determination onto the hard drive of the mind. Seems as though there is more to the lesson than was at first apparent. What Are those steps again??

Well, there's the First step of course! Funny how many times that first step needs to be taken before all the required follow up steps are taken, isn't it? And Strange how the actual number of necessary follow up steps can be so variable... so seemingly arbitrary. Sometimes the first step is all it takes, and other times the 11
th step isn't even quite enough. Yeah, but once you Got it... in retrospect it took exactly the right number of preliminary steps, didn't it?

What is it exactly that allows us to lose our Determination for certain things? Sustained weariness of course... chronic pain can have an effect... repetitive forgetfulness maybe... a lack of continual rewards I wonder... a change of focus perhaps... was that vital component of the lesson possibly learned and now others must be realized before continuing on with the grander lesson?? Yes, any or all of these could do it. Maybe it's all just a requisite part of being human... maybe the perpetual goal of survival is the culprit. I guess it doesn't really matter of course how Determination is lost, but rather how and where it may be Found again and restored to it's place of effectiveness.

Is your Determination in place and strong?
...or are you taking the follow up steps right now to make it so?
Do you need to take that first step for the very first time?
...or do you need to take it again?

I pray that this is the last time I will have to take that same first step!
I want to Finish this lesson, or at least continue on in it!
I Want My Determination Back!!!

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Quotes
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(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910 )
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.

(From: F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)
One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-2)
...no religious development occurs without conscious effort and positive and individual determinations.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-5)
        The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

(From: Rosalind Sussman Yalow )
We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage, and determination to succeed.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101 )
Stubbornness is also determination. It's simply a matter of shifting from "won't power" to "will power."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-3)
Religious insight possesses the power of turning defeat into higher desires and new determinations. Love is the highest motivation which man may utilize in his universe ascent.

(From: Henry Van Dyke )
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.

(From: Tommy Lasorda )
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.

(From: Claude M Bristol)
Constant and determined effort breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-3)
Religion is man's supreme gesture, his magnificent reach for final reality, his determination to find God and to be like him.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-5)
...that most thrilling and inspiring of all possible human experiences: the personal quest for truth, the exhilaration of facing the perils of intellectual discovery, the determination to explore the realities of personal religious experience, the supreme satisfaction of experiencing the personal triumph of the actual realization of the victory of spiritual faith over intellectual doubt as it is honestly won in the supreme adventure of all human existence — man seeking God, for himself and as himself, and finding him.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Please strengthen and help me to sustain my Determination.

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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