Church Within
New Years Service for 2010

Offered by

Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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1-1-2010 New Year's Service of the Church Within
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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 grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond.  I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard.  We rode our pony.  We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in.  At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

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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 wish a Cheerful and Progress Filled 2010 to you all!!!

The topic of today's 2010 New Year Service, is The Quest…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-5 Section-4)
        The morality of the religions of evolution drives men forward in the God quest by the motive power of fear. The religions of revelation allure men to seek for a God of love because they crave to become like him. But religion is not merely a passive feeling of "absolute dependence" and "surety of survival"; it is a living and dynamic experience of divinity attainment predicated on humanity service.

(From: Solonia 11/17/04 – the Lightline Teleconference)
In your quest to serve, forget not to allow others the honor of serving you as well. Others receive great joy in being of service to you. Do not forget that, do not block that joy. Serve and be served as brothers and sisters who have attained a level of maturity to go beyond the bickering part of siblinghood.

(From: Eugene S. Wilson)
Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-3)
        Religious desire is the hunger quest for divine reality. 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: Aaron - 4/26/94– the Spokane WA TeaM)
Continue on in spirit, taking the journeys forward through all of the struggles. Let your material bonds weigh lightly upon your quest, for though they attach themselves to you, they no longer must guide you, for you have found the Inner Guide, the Higher Guide. Take the truth and let it envelop your whole being.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-1)
Creation is in the Creator and the Creator in his creation. We search for the Most High and then find him in our hearts. You go in quest of a dear friend, and then you discover him within your soul.

(From: Ham 9/26/99 – the Nashville TeaM)
There is nothing holding you back or impeding you in your spiritual quest except illusion. Fear is an illusion, loneliness is an illusion, feeling misunderstood is an illusion. I know that you are always thinking of the higher, spiritual way and that you are truly trying to walk a higher path and to live an ever more righteous life. Relax, allow yourself time for refreshing the spirit with humor. The Master said once that life is like a bridge from one existence to the next. It is not wise to try to build a home on it. That means there is nothing worth holding on to. Everything changes, so walk forward without fear and be happy.

(From: Harold Bloom )
We read frequently if unknowingly, in quest of a mind more original than our own.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-2)
Knowledge is an eternal quest; always are you learning, but never are you able to arrive at the full knowledge of absolute truth. In knowledge alone there can never be absolute certainty, only increasing probability of approximation; but the religious soul of spiritual illumination knows, and knows now. And yet this profound and positive certitude does not lead such a sound-minded religionist to take any less interest in the ups and downs of the progress of human wisdom, which is bound up on its material end with the developments of slow-moving science.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

(From: Elyon - 2/23/94 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Fear not your leap from the nest. Your wings have been strengthened, have been exercised. You are ready. When you take the leap they will support you. They will carry you on high. That is the only way to your soaring, to your quest for your Father.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        Religion cannot be bestowed, received, loaned, learned, or lost. It is a personal experience which grows proportionally to the growing quest for final values. Cosmic growth thus attends on the accumulation of meanings and the ever-expanding elevation of values. But nobility itself is always an unconscious growth.

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The Sermon
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So much of life's efforts and struggles are spent in the Quest of discovering One's Own Personal Truth, that when a person truly and undeniably Finds some of it, the temptation is to presume that The Quest has finally been attained.

Silly Human Mortals, aren't we? The acquirement of a Truth, while indeed it signifies an accomplishment of note, invariably heralds the beginning of something rather than a culmination of anything more than one leg of a journey. Knowing the Truth is one thing. Living that Truth is the True Quest though, isn't it? Wasn't it all along… in Reality?

The Quest ever goes on… the True Quest is Eternal, yet each must pursue and be True to their own Quest. Mine could not fulfill your Quest nor could yours fulfill my Quest… though often we may walk side by side traveling in the same ultimate direction towards our unique personal goals.

New Years can be a time of making resolutions or a time of Renewing The Quest. Choose whichever one works for You. After all, it's Your Quest!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Becoming more and more like You is my Quest. I have a long, long way to go, but at least I have started upon it.

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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