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for May 1999

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5-2-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #136
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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

Something is Coming. Don't ya Feel it?

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Quotes
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(from: the Bhagavad-Gita)
Whosoever works for me alone, makes me his only goal and is devoted to me, free from attachment, and without hatred toward any creature---that man, Oh Prince, shall enter into me.

(As told by: Joseph Chasing Horse)
One of those prophesies was that the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it would be near the time when she would return again to purify the world. What she meant by that was that she would bring back harmony again and balance, spiritually.

[..... ]

"Mention that we are praying, many of the medicine people, the spiritual leaders, the elders, are praying for the world," says Joseph Chasing Horse. "We are praying that mankind does wake up and think about the future, for we haven't just inherited this earth from our ancestors, but we are borrowing it from our unborn children."

(from: "Will" 4/25/99)
Spring is coming, my dear ones. This is your sister Will.
As you see occurrences happening in your world, it may be difficult for you to realize that the season of spring for your civilization is indeed approaching rapidly. From your observations, it may appear that you are still entrenched within the throes of winter. Wars, killings, greed, theft, they are all a part of the winter season you are experiencing. But already is the thaw beginning, and each of you is part of the thaw. As you allow the Father's warmth and light to flow through you, you aid the thaw of all of the crystallized ways of thinking that your world has been frozen by. You cannot expect yourselves as individuals to thaw an entire world, yet without your participation, your part of the world could still remain frozen. Take your concepts of the Father and your Creator and Mother Spirit and allow them to warm that which is around you. Already are the buds beginning to open, foliage beginning to appear. Watch for opportunities to aid the thawing process, for you will also be providing moisture for the new growth.

(from the Urantia Papers - Paper-176 Section-2)
        "And now concerning the travail of Jerusalem, about which I have spoken to you, even this generation will not pass away until my words are fulfilled; but concerning the times of the coming again of the Son of Man, no one in heaven or on earth may presume to speak. But you should be wise regarding the ripening of an age; you should be alert to discern the signs of the times. You know when the fig tree shows its tender branches and puts forth its leaves that summer is near. Likewise, when the world has passed through the long winter of material-mindedness and you discern the coming of the spiritual springtime of a new dispensation, should you know that the summertime of a new visitation draws near.

(from: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff - pg.80)
Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least they do when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, "This isn't supposed to be happening this way," and trying hard to make it happen some other way. If you're in tune with The Way Things Work, then they work the way they need to, no matter what you may think about it at the time. Later on, you can look back and say, "Oh, now I understand. That had to happen so that those could happen, and those had to happen in order for this to happen...." Then you realize that even if you'd tried to make it all turn out perfectly, you couldn't have done better, and if you'd really tried, you would have made a mess of the whole thing.

(from: "The Song of the Bird" by Anthony de Mello)
        A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him.
        Finally he wrote the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: "What shall I do now?"
        In due course the reply came: "We suggest you learn to love them."

("Onward" - a Song by Chris Squire and "Yes")
Contained in everything I do
There's a love, I feel for you
Proclaimed in everything I write
You're the light
Burning, brightly
Onward through the night
Onward through the night
Onward through the night of my life

Displayed in all the things I see
There's a love you show to me
Portrayed in all the things you say
You're the day
Leading the way
Onward through the night
Onward through the night
Onward through the night of my life

(from: the RSV Bible - John I 3:18-19)
Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and reassure our hearts before him


(from: "Lone Man" Isna-la-wica of the Teton Sioux)
... I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.

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The Sermon
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No matter what you choose to call it... no matter how you choose to define it... no matter what or Who you may think it will bring... no matter if you deny it entirely... no matter if you are totally ignorant of it... our Planet, our World, our Civilization is in the early Springtime of a New Era/Age/Millenium/Whatever.

Everyone is looking for Something Better for their life, for their experience of the world in which they live. For Ages, humankind has been frozen in a greedy search for material comfort, wealth, power... human survival. Even Still, rapidly approaching our 3rd Millennium AD, we are bombarded by examples of the winter freeze. But really look around you... really see what is occurring around the world today. There are Buds of Caring and Compassion beginning to appear everywhere you search. Yes, you must Search sometimes, but they are there. There are New Leaves of Spirituality appearing on many diverse Trees. All growing... all adding to the Emergence of Spring.

Still there is Ice... Still does a Snow Storm threaten from time to time... Still does the Frost intimidate the new growth. But it Cannot/Willnot prevail. The Son has begun the thaw of our planet. The Warmth of the Son is beginning to melt the "glaciers" of hatred, prejudice, ignorance. Love and Compassion and the Desire to Help/Serve others and the Quest for Truth, Beauty and Goodness and the Spring Fever Expectations of Something Special approaching... All of these are indications, are Evidence that the Season is changing.

Love, Serve and be Compassionate... Be a part of the Thaw.

What or Who is Coming? You have felt it haven't you? Maybe it's a Yearning, maybe a Feeling, maybe a Knowing. Whatever it is, it's kinda hard to ignore... Don't ya think?

Some Fear what is to come. They see it as a catastrophe, a destruction, an apocalypse, an end of everything familiar. If you happen to be living in the middle of a frozen lake and refuse to move, the coming of Spring and Summer would appear quite terrifying, would it not?

Others Welcome what is coming. They see it as the Dawning, the Healing, the Maturing, the Beginning of a New Season of Growth and Abundance. When one is a Gardener, the thaw begets a certain feeling of Eagerness, Anticipation and Excitement. Certainly much hard work is ahead. The Soil must be tilled, weeded, fertilized. Seed must be planted and tended. But the Gardener knows that a good Harvest is worth the effort.

Life itself is Growth.

Winter is ending... Spring is Here... Summer is Approaching...

Let the Light in. Focus the Warmth of your Love upon the old Ice of Fear...

Help to Prepare the Soil for what is Coming.

Everyone is looking for Something Better for their life, for their experience of the world in which they live. Let us together Make it So... for Everyone.

Ya Gotta Want it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Make of me a Lens to magnify Your Light and to the better focus the warmth of Your Love upon the Ice of fear.

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

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

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5-9-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #137
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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.

So... where shall we go with Today's Sunday Service? I seem to recall that this particular day is Significant for some reason... Hmmm... it's right on the tip of my tongue.... Oh well. Let's just read some "Quotes" and see if it comes to me in time for the Sermon....

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Quotes
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(by: Albert Einstein 1879-1955)
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."

(from: Gandhi)
My effort should never be to undermine another's faith but to make him a better follower of his own faith.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-3)
        They learned that, when religion is wholly spiritual in motive, it makes all life more worth while, filling it with high purposes, dignifying it with transcendent values, inspiring it with superb motives, all the while comforting the human soul with a sublime and sustaining hope. True religion is designed to lessen the strain of existence; it releases faith and courage for daily living and unselfish serving. Faith promotes spiritual vitality and righteous fruitfulness.

(from: Luther Standing Bear of the Oglala Sioux 1868-1937)
Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.

(by: Ralph Waldo Emerson )
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

(by: ---Anonymous)
FEAR brings Illusions
Illusions bring Doubts
Doubts bring Confusion
Confusion brings Fear

Thus the cycle of darkness regenerates itself.

PEACE brings Stillness
Stillness brings Knowing
Knowing brings Truth
Truth brings Freedom
Freedom brings Joy
Joy brings Love
Love brings Peace

And so it is that we grow in light.

(from: The Book of Angel Stones by D.Megow - #12 - GOODNESS)
Being Good is being as Godlike as you can possibly be. Goodness is a state of being. Doing good automatically Happens as a result of Being Good. The mere act of doing good things does not automatically make one into a good person, although it is perhaps a helpful place to start. Simply Do your best to Be your best and the doing of Good will come effortlessly. You will no longer frantically look for goodness. It will quite naturally find you.

(from: "Stormqueen" a Darkover Novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley)
"You have no power over the world or the things of the world, my son; you have renounced all desire for that power. The power you have come here to attain is the power over the things within."

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The Sermon
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Today, in Conscious Cooperation with the leadings of the Divine Source Within you, Be an example of all that you know is Loving and Good and Beautiful and True. That, above All, is the Greatest Gift you can give to those whom you Love and... to yourself.

As Mom always said: "Be Good."

A Good and Happy Mother's Day to All

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for Mothers. Truly can we learn from them of Your Unconditional Love and Support for Your children.

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

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

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5-16-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #138
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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.

        In the 2½ years that I have been presenting these weekly on-line Church Within Services, I have discovered, in my weekly quest for quotes, an Incredible Wealth of Rare and Precious Spiritual Gems of Truth and Beauty and Goodness [sometimes well hidden ;-)] from countless different sources. It has Truly been a Priceless Education for which I shall forever be Exceedingly Grateful. I couldn't even begin to hazard a Guess at how many different books and spiritual texts I have read and/or studied in that period of time. I have seen the Love of God and the Experiences of Soul expressed in so Many different ways, that I cannot anymore Help but Love All of God's unique and diverse Children. It will never cease to amaze me how much Goodness there is to find in this wide world of ours if only one will open their eyes and look for it.

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Announcement
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[If you've already read this announcement, go ahead and scroll past it to the Quotes ;-)]

Since October 23, 1995 when we were first incorporated as a Nonprofit Church, we have been operating the Church Within out of our quite small livingroom. [except for half a year when it was operated from a significantly smaller... corner of my bedroom. ;-)] Approximately a year ago, we were listed for the first time in our local "yellow pages" directory as an independent church. We had no idea of the response this would bring in. Besides a continual request for a place to attend regular live services, there has been numerous calls from those desiring Spiritual Counseling. These we have accommodated to the best of our abilities in our "livingroom office". The demand for service is rapidly growing beyond our material limitations and it is becoming apparent that we must grow to meet the demand.

This morning I have decided to face one of my greatest fears. It is a job that is the responsibility of a church's pastor, so I am told, that until today I have conveniently been able to avoid and postpone. The job of Asking his Congregation for Help with a Church matter. All of you who weekly read and enjoy and value these services of Church Within are my Congregation, so it is only to God and to You that I can turn to for this help.

We have just seen what could be the Perfect place to serve as Church and Counseling Office and rectory, as well as Chapel, and Guest quarters. It was built in 1910 and has been lovingly and meticulously maintained by the same family since 1920. The Loving elderly couple that own it have no one to pass it to, and it is physically becoming too much for them to keep up. The 1/3 acre yard is LARGE, Pristine, almost an Eden, and would serve admirably for outdoor weddings and services with Plenty of room for building expansion when ever it might become necessary. The property is Zoned Commercial and has High volume visibility. It is almost impossible to live in our city without passing it from time to time, yet it is peaceful and serene at the same time. They are asking $130,000. for it.

If the Church Within was affiliated with any of the established churches of our day, $130,000. would be no more than a drop in a bucket. But then If the Church Within was affiliated with any of the established churches of our day, we would not be allowed to provide the particular kind of Services that We do. We will never compromise the Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love found in ALL sources, by limiting ourselves to established doctrine. To the Church Within, $130,000. might as well be 130 million. Even a down payment on that amount, to us, is but a Dream.

If any of you beloved Children of God are so inclined or led to personally contribute to the cause of the expansion of the Church Within, please send your tax-deductible Contributions to:
"Church Within Building Fund"
PO BOX 293
CDA, ID 83816

All contributions earmarked for "Church Within Building Fund" will be placed in a Property/Building Trust account for the Church Within, and will be used for no other purpose.

[This announcement/request will be repeated in the Church Within Services for a period of one month. We sincerely hope and pray that you are not offended by it in any way.] {only 2 more weeks to go... after this one.<G>}

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Quotes
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(from: Eagle Man; Mother Earth Spirituality 1990).
We two-leggeds can approach others of completely different cultures and creeds, in peace and support. We must shed our narrow-mindedness; we must stop exploiting one another....We are fortunate that modern technology allows communication with our so-called adversaries who, in reality, want peace as much as you and I do. Communication and universal understanding coupled with generosity and sharing can do more for world peace and the ultimate rehabilitation of Mother Earth than all of the weapons can do.

(from: "Stormqueen" a Darkover Novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley)
Holy Bearer of Burdens, strengthen me to bear my share of the world's weight..."

(The Urantia Papers - Paper-99 Section-5)
        Primitive man made little effort to put his religious convictions into words. His religion was danced out rather than thought out. Modern men have thought out many creeds and created many tests of religious faith. Future religionists must live out their religion, dedicate themselves to the wholehearted service of the brotherhood of man. It is high time that man had a religious experience so personal and so sublime that it could be realized and expressed only by "feelings that lie too deep for words."

(from: the RSV Bible - Peter II 1:3-7)
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature. For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

(The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
        In physical life the senses tell of the existence of things; mind discovers the reality of meanings; but the spiritual experience reveals to the individual the true values of life. These high levels of human living are attained in the supreme love of God and in the unselfish love of man. If you love your fellow men, you must have discovered their values. Jesus loved men so much because he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship.

(by: Albert Einstein 1879-1955)
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."

(The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
        And so, while they paused in the shade of the hillside, Jesus continued to teach them regarding the religion of the spirit, in substance saying:
        You have come out from among those of your fellows who choose to remain satisfied with a religion of mind, who crave security and prefer conformity. You have elected to exchange your feelings of authoritative certainty for the assurances of the spirit of adventurous and progressive faith. You have dared to protest against the grueling bondage of institutional religion and to reject the authority of the traditions of record which are now regarded as the word of God. Our Father did indeed speak through Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea, but he did not cease to minister words of truth to the world when these prophets of old made an end of their utterances. My Father is no respecter of races or generations in that the word of truth is vouchsafed one age and withheld from another. Commit not the folly of calling that divine which is wholly human, and fail not to discern the words of truth which come not through the traditional oracles of supposed inspiration.

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The Sermon
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Do I look to experience all the Colorful Beauty of Truth yet persistently seek only the black and white of it?

How Silly of me.

Do I wish to receive Love without limits or conditions yet put conditions and limits on the Love that I give?

What an absurd concept.

Do I wish that others could know the Real me and yet not let them see into the depths of my Soul?

Tried it... not possible.

Do I wish to understand All that God IS in my own way and yet refuse others the right and honor of doing the same?

What kind of sense would That make?

Why do I continue to do those things? Gee... I don't really Know why... I... I guess it's just a bad habit. Perhaps it is a habit I should break, or better yet Replace with a Good habit. YEAH! That's what I'll Do!
I'll make it a habit to seek Everywhere for pieces of the Truth...
I'll make it a habit to Love Without conditions, Without limits... I'll make it a habit to let others see into the depths of my Soul and to look into theirs...
I'll make it a habit to Honor the Rights of others to see God as they Will.

If I DO all of these things, maybe I might learn something New and Wonderful and Good! It's worth a Try... don't ya Think?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        For all that ails my spirit, You and Yours are the Cure. Remind me to take my medicine. I still forget sometimes. Why is that?

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

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

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5-23-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #139
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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 truly better than a Loving Personal Relationship?

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A Repeated Announcement
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[If you've already read this announcement, go ahead and scroll past it to the Quotes ;-)]

        Since October 23, 1995 when we were first incorporated as a Nonprofit Church, we have been operating the Church Within out of our quite small livingroom. [except for half a year when it was operated from a significantly smaller... corner of my bedroom. ;-)] Approximately a year ago, we were listed for the first time in our local "yellow pages" directory as an independent church. We had no idea of the response this would bring in. Besides a continual request for a place to attend regular live services, there has been numerous calls from those desiring Spiritual Counseling. These we have accommodated to the best of our abilities in our "livingroom office". The demand for service is rapidly growing beyond our material limitations and it is becoming apparent that we must grow to meet the demand.

        This morning I have decided to face one of my greatest fears. It is a job that is the responsibility of a church's pastor, so I am told, that until today I have conveniently been able to avoid and postpone. The job of Asking his Congregation for Help with a Church matter. All of you who weekly read and enjoy and value these services of Church Within are my Congregation, so it is only to God and to You that I can turn to for this help.

        We have just seen what could be the Perfect place to serve as Church and Counseling Office and rectory, as well as Chapel, and Guest quarters. It was built in 1910 and has been lovingly and meticulously maintained by the same family since 1920. The Loving elderly couple that own it have no one to pass it to, and it is physically becoming too much for them to keep up. The 1/3 acre yard is LARGE, Pristine, almost an Eden, and would serve admirably for outdoor weddings and services with Plenty of room for building expansion when ever it might become necessary. The property is Zoned Commercial and has High volume visibility. It is almost impossible to live in our city without passing it from time to time, yet it is peaceful and serene at the same time. They are asking $130,000. for it.

        If the Church Within was affiliated with any of the established churches of our day, $130,000. would be no more than a drop in a bucket. But then If the Church Within was affiliated with any of the established churches of our day, we would not be allowed to provide the particular kind of Services that We do. We will never compromise the Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love found in ALL sources, by limiting ourselves to established doctrine. To the Church Within, $130,000. might as well be 130 million. Even a down payment on that amount, to us, is but a Dream.

        If any of you beloved Children of God are so inclined or led to
personally contribute to the cause of the expansion of the Church
Within, please send your tax-deductible Contributions to:

"Church Within Building Fund"
PO BOX 293
CDA, ID 83816

All contributions earmarked for "Church Within Building Fund"
will be placed in a Property/Building Trust account for the Church
Within, and will be used for no other purpose.

[This announcement/request will be repeated in the Church Within Services for a period of one month. We sincerely hope and pray that you are not offended by it in any way.] {only 1 more week to go... after this one.<G>}

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Quotes
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(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-1 Section-7)
        Man does not achieve union with God as a drop of water might find unity with the ocean. Man attains divine union by progressive reciprocal spiritual communion, by personality intercourse with the personal God, by increasingly attaining the divine nature through wholehearted and intelligent conformity to the divine will. Such a sublime relationship can exist only between personalities.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-10)
        The love of the Father operates directly in the heart of the individual, independent of the actions or reactions of all other individuals; the relationship is personal--man and God.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-143 Section-6)
        The theme of Jesus' teaching on Mount Gerizim was: That he wants all men to see God as a Father-friend just as he (Jesus) is a brother-friend. And again and again he impressed upon them that love is the greatest relationship in the world--in the universe--just as truth is the greatest pronouncement of the observation of these divine relationships.

(from: Eagle Man in the book - "Mother Earth Spirituality" 1990)
Peace of the souls who realize their relationship to the universe and the Great Spirit who is at the center of the universe... This center is the same for everyone everywhere. Peace between two people recognizing the kinship of all people... Peace between nations recognizing that all people are family or kin, and children of the Great Spirit.

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The Sermon
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        I remember well what the larger part of my life was like... before... when God was "out there" someplace far away... Unapproachable... beyond comprehension. When I remembered to pray, it was usually because of some kind of human tragedy, or because I wanted/desired some sort of material manifestation. Of course I always Hoped for an answer, but rarely did I honestly expect one. God was too far away... had too much else to do that was soo much more important than listening to or answering MY pleas. I'd asked God for This or for That before and not gotten them the way I wanted. Wasn't that evidence that I wasn't heard? Who was I to think I could actually communicate with God, for God's sake?

When I began to think of God as being Everywhere... All around us... in Everything, it made me think about God a lot more... to see God's hand in all things True, Beautiful and Good. My attitude was one of worshipful awe, but also one of personal insignificance... I could Observe the handiwork of God, but not yet could I feel like an actual part of it. It felt better than seeing God only as the distant Potentate... practically un-reachable, but still after a time I felt that even That didn't satisfy me completely. Something, I couldn't quite put my finger on it, was still missing... there Had to be More.

        I think what has had the Greatest Influence upon me in my entire life, is my recognition of a Personal relationship with God... as a Parent... as a Guide... as a Friend. That Relationship is in fact, the whole of my Religion, my Beliefs, my Faith... my Life. I Talk with God now... True conversations. I communicate in my way, with human thoughts and words. Sometimes it is in Worship, sometimes in Prayer, sometimes just to fortify and acknowledge that God is really there and always available, listening, caring, helping, Loving.... Within and Through others... even through myself when I acknowledge and allow it.

        Does God communicate back to me? Of Course! Not so much in human words, but rather in inner feelings... Not so much in giving me exactly what I ask for, but always in giving me exactly what I need... Not so much in dramatic exhibitions of glory, but in Every expression of Love.

        It is Good and Wonderful to understand God, but it is even Better to Know God in your own personal experience... as a Loving Parent... as a personal Guide... as a Beloved Friend and Ever-present Companion.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I'm listening. Talk to me.

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

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

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5-30-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #140
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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 usually like to use quotes from a wide variety of sources in my Sunday Services. Today I was unable to do so. I did a word search for each of the words - cooperate; co-operate, cooperation; co-operation - in every Spiritual Text that I have in my computer --- 5 different versions of the Bible; the Tao Te Ching; the Koran; the Bhagavad Gita; Native American Quotes; The Urantia Papers --- only one contained even one of those, to me, important words. I guess those words must be relatively New to human language, to human concept, to human understanding. Yeah, they probably are. So anyways... today I had to choose quotes from only the 135 search results I got from that single written source. Hope you all don't mind too much. I did my best.

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An Announcement
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We wish to thank those individuals who have so lovingly contributed to the continuing Growth of Church Within.

"Church Within Building Fund"
PO BOX 293
CDA, ID 83816

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Quotes
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(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-6)
        In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-99 Section-5)
        Just as certainly as men share their religious beliefs, they create a religious group of some sort which eventually creates common goals. Someday religionists will get together and actually effect co-operation on the basis of unity of ideals and purposes rather than attempting to do so on the basis of psychological opinions and theological beliefs. Goals rather than creeds should unify religionists. Since true religion is a matter of personal spiritual experience, it is inevitable that each individual religionist must have his own and personal interpretation of the realization of that spiritual experience. Let the term "faith" stand for the individual's relation to God rather than for the creedal formulation of what some group of mortals have been able to agree upon as a common religious attitude.

(from: The Urantia Papers - 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: The Urantia Papers - Paper-34 Section-6)
        The Spirit never drives, only leads. If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. Every step you take must be one of willingness, intelligent and cheerful co-operation. The domination of the Spirit is never tainted with coercion nor compromised by compulsion.

(from: Webster's Dictionary on-line)
co·op·er·ate
verb 1 : to act or work with another or others : act together 2 : to associate with another or others for mutual benefit

co·op·er·a·tion noun 1 : the action of cooperating : common effort 2 : association of persons for common benefit

co·op·er·a·tive adjective 1 a : marked by cooperation b : marked by a willingness and ability to work with others 2 : of, relating to, or organized as a cooperative

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-68 Section-1)
        Primitive human beings early learned that groups are vastly greater and stronger than the mere sum of their individual units. One hundred men united and working in unison can move a great stone; a score of well-trained guardians of the peace can restrain an angry mob. And so society was born, not of mere association of numbers, but rather as a result of the organization of intelligent co-operators. But co-operation is not a natural trait of man; he learns to co-operate first through fear and then later because he discovers it is most beneficial in meeting the difficulties of time and guarding against the supposed perils of eternity.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-71 Section-5)
In advanced civilizations co-operation is more efficient than competition. Early man is stimulated by competition. Early evolution is characterized by the survival of the biologically fit, but later civilizations are the better promoted by intelligent co-operation, understanding fraternity, and spiritual brotherhood.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Even though you are effectively armed to meet the difficult situations of life, you can hardly expect success unless you are equipped with that wisdom of mind and charm of personality which enable you to win the hearty support and co-operation of your fellows.

(from: the MSWord Thesaurus)
cooperation
- collaboration; assistance; help; support; teamwork; mutual aid

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The Sermon
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        Ah, the struggles, the lessons, the challenges of Life! Are they not so much simpler and more enjoyable with a little Loving co-operation?

Religious battles and antagonisms could end as a result of more God loving co-operation.

The final chapter in the book of "human world war" can only be written with world-wide co-operation.

Would there be any reason for divorce from a relationship based wholly in unselfish Loving Co-operation?

Wouldn't the Parent/Child relationship be so much easier if only there was "a little more" co-operation? How does a child Learn co-operation? Do we teach co-operation? Are we examples of co-operation? Do we help them to appreciate the Value of co-operation?

Ya ever wonder what your life would be like if you always, or even more often than not, lived in dedicated co-operation with God? God could only want what is Best for each and all of us, right? Why is it then so hard for us to choose that very special co-operation? Don't WE want what is best for us too?

Have we any Idea at all what true co-operation IS? I often wonder.

What do I know about co-operation?

Well... it Feels good when ya Get it. I know That much.

And well, yeah... I feel pretty darn good while I'm in the process of Giving it too... don't you?

Let's see... Ahh! It requires teamwork of some sort. That's a Given... No?

OH! And wouldn't there have to be some kind of common Goal or Ideal for there to be any need for co-operation? Yeah... Sure there would... Don't ya Think?

[note - In the following dialogue, the word "They" is used to mean: Everybody else that isn't you or me.]

I want Peace... You probably want Peace... "They" probably want Peace...
Yeah... That's a common Goal, or at least a common Ideal.

I want to better understand God... You probably want to better understand God... "They" probably want to better understand God...
That's One Goal/Ideal all religion apparently shares.

I want Loving Relationships... You probably want Loving Relationships... "They" probably want Loving Relationships...
Filled with personal and mutual Satisfaction, with Joy, with Respect, with Encouragement, with Love, with Compassion, with Co-operation.

I want what is Best for me... God wants what is Best for me.
You want what is Best for you... God wants what is Best for you.
"They" want what is Best for them... God wants what is Best for them.

"OK God... What do You want?"

"Well... I'm Listening!"

"If only I could get those words 'Loving Co-operation' from repeating over and over in my mind I could probably Hear You better God. I really DO want to know what YOU want."

"Oh! Is that You saying those words?"

"Nah... It's Probably just me. Probably just my ego wanting to THINK that it's actually capable of hearing Your words. Ya Think?"

"Loving Co-operation" Hmmm... maybe it just might Work.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Teach me how to live in Loving Co-operation with You, with my Family, with my Friends, with the World, with Your Universe and all of it's Inhabitants. I'm not so good at it yet, but I'm willing to learn, to try, to practice, to co-operate.

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

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

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