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#423
11-7-2004
#424
11-14-2004
#425
11-21-2004
#426
11-28-2004

11-7-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #423
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
        Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882)

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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.

This morning I awoke with a song going over and over in my mind. Has that ever happened to you? I went out to the kitchen to make my first pot of Coffee… it was still there. Even while using the “facilities” it continued to repeat itself in my consciousness. I then decided to do my morning Stillness/Meditation and… the words to the song just wouldn't go away. Go Figure! The song is one I wrote last year and just finished earlier this year called “Thank You Father,” and is the last song on the new “Ultimatüm” CD that we completed producing in July.

The song is still this very minute playing over and over upon my consciousness…

So…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #423, is Thankfulness…

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Quotes
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(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-2)
Jesus deplored that so little of the spirit of thanksgiving was to be found in the prayers and worship of his followers. He quoted from the Scriptures on this occasion, saying: "It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to the name of the Most High, to acknowledge his loving-kindness every morning and his faithfulness every night, for God has made me glad through his work. In everything I will give thanks according to the will of God."

(From: Ham - 5/2/04 – The Nashville TeaM)
        When one is thankful for anything one's soul takes on a particular attitude. This attitude aids in humility, meekness, and grace. Being filled with thanksgiving is also preparatory for being filled with praise for God. This then opens the soul to worship, the sublime experience of loving God and receiving his love at once.
        Worship is an experience of love which uplifts and transforms the soul. It is experiencing love purely, not as loving or receiving love, but as being love. Worship is a state of the soul transcending time and space. It is a state wherein the creature and creator merge as one, a state wherein the great I AM is tasted and eternity felt. Thanksgiving prepares the soul. It is a method of making soul adjustments to God. One can recognize the great benefits of thanksgiving and begin to give thanks consistently through dedication to the Father's will.

(From: Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961)
For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 6/21/92– the South Idaho TeaM)
In your ability to see the good, to be thankful for the things you have, you are taking away those limitations which would normally confine you to a very narrow channel.

(From: The RSV Bible – Timothy I 4:4)
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.

(From: Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683)
God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.

(From: Sarah Ban Breathnach)
Every time we remember to say "thank you," we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.

(From: Meister Eckhart)
If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice.

(From: William Arthur Ward)
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you"?

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The Sermon
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Have you ever tried being Truly Thankful and unhappy at the same time?

Bet you can't do it.

Doesn't it always feel better to be happy?

“Thank You, God!”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! It's All Good!

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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11-14-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #424
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th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

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Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.
        
Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)

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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.

Well, last week's service was about Thankfulness to your Creator and remembering to actually Be thankful for all of the things that just “seem” go right in life… for all of the things that inspire the personal recognition of Beauty… and for those times when we are able to observe (and more especially to be a part of), Goodness. How did you do this week? It sounded like a pretty good idea at the time didn't it? In retrospect of the week, I can honestly say without hesitation… I didn't do as well as I had hoped. Guess that's one of those things that takes a lot of practice to get really good at… I'd better start right now before I get to This week's service. “Thank You God!”

OK… So… with That in mind, let's move on to today's subject of discussion…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #24, is Walking the Talk…

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Quotes
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(From: Sidney Madwed)

In the study of one's personal language and self-talk it can be observed that what one thinks and talks about to himself tends to become the deciding influences in his life. For what the mind attends to, the mind considers.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-195 Section-10)
Religion is only an exalted humanism until it is made divine by the discovery of the reality of the presence of God in personal experience.

(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.


(From: Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)
We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk the less.

(From: The Tao #5)

The Tao is like a bellows: it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
Hold on to the center.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-2)
You may preach a religion about Jesus, but, perforce, you must live the religion of Jesus.

(From: Elyon - 5/17/98 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Your surety is as something more than you are right now. The best way to achieve this growth is to fully live and immerse yourselves in the principles to the best of your capacity. Talking the talk is far easier than walking the walk. You will discover that walking the walk is a much longer process, a much more intense process than the discovery of these principles through your mind.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Read not to contradict and confute…nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

(From: The Tao #17)
The Master doesn't talk, he acts. When his work is done, the people say, "Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!"

(From: John Updike's mother)
If you talk enough, you don't feel you have to do anything.

(From: Johnny Unitas)
Talk is cheap. Let's go play.

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The Sermon
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I believe that the larger majority of people in the world today---some to a greater extent, some to a lesser---Do actually “Walk The Walk.” “The Walk” in my experience, is not limited to, or by one's “theology” (that which some call “religion”), nor is it entirely determined by a person's “philosophy” (The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs), even an individual's personal “morals” (the judgment of the goodness or badness of human conduct), do not fully govern the direction or extent of “The Walk.” Everyone is essentially on their own distinctive and individual rendition, or version, of “The Walk” that has been determined by their own unique experiences of life and of God. Really, a person's own distinctive relationship with and to “The Source” (however conceived), constitutes “The Walk” for that person.

“Walking the Talk” now… That's a different story entirely in my estimation. “The talk” IS about one's theology and philosophy and morals. “The Talk” IS about Beliefs and Convictions and about interpretations of Right and Wrong. “The Talk” tends to seem a little more weighty on the side of “what everyone should do” or “what you should do” than it actually is on the side of “what *I* should do.” Have you ever noticed that? Pretty much everyone (again, to a greater or lesser extent), Talks “The Talk.” I wonder though… how many actually “Walk” their own “Talk”? Do You? I know for a fact that I could do a lot better at it. I Have done a lot better at it, during remembered times in the past… and I Try to stay conscious of “Walking” my “Talk” in the present, but “Walking the Talk” is not really something a person can do once and then consider that they've accomplished it, is it? As “The Walk” in actuality progresses, “The Talk” also moves onward (hopefully forward)… seemingly just ahead (almost in reach) of the actual “Walk” itself.

“The Talk” is kind of like a Map. You can study it well and Know the right direction for you to take… you can be proficient at describing to another the best route to follow… but unless you actually begin to actively “Walk” in the direction of the goal (indicated by “your map”), your map will not get you anyplace.

As they say, “Talk is Cheap.”
Walking it takes a bit more Effort, but one can never know the True Value of “The Talk” without personally experiencing “The Walk.”

In more ways than one, Walking is a Good Exercise.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Walk with me.

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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11-21-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #425
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th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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[ed: I know I've used this one before… but… it just seemed to go with today's Service Topic (ie: it has “the word” in it), so…]

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
        (W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #425, is Perfection…

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Quotes
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(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.

(From: Burk Hudson)
Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.

(From: Solonia - 10/7/04– the LIGHTLINE TeaM)
In every phase of your being and every step in your growth from now and even on in to eternity, your perception of truth, your recognition of beauty, your understanding of and your ability to enact goodness will always be relative, and it will be relative to the eternal perfection of our Father.

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

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-11 Section-9)
Every God-knowing mortal who has espoused the career of doing the Father's will has already embarked upon the long, long Paradise trail of divinity pursuit and perfection attainment.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.


(From: Saint Francis de Sales)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

(From: Michaelangelo)
Trifles go to make perfection,
And perfection is no trifle.


(From: Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

(From: Solonia - 10/7/04– the LIGHTLINE TeaM)
You do well my dear friends, to keep your spirits in motion. You seek perfection and, though discouraging at times, you maintain hope because you know that you are a beloved child of God.

(From: Francois Fenelon)
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-5)
When the mental mobilization is absolutely total on any level of the psychic upreach toward spirit attainment, when there exists perfection of the human motivation of loyalties to the divine idea, then there very often occurs a sudden down-grasp of the indwelling spirit to synchronize with the concentrated and consecrated purpose of the superconscious mind of the believing mortal.

(From: The KJV Bible – Matthew 5:48)
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-1 Section-0)
…mortals can hardly hope to be perfect in the infinite sense, but it is entirely possible for human beings, starting out as they do on this planet, to attain the supernal and divine goal which the infinite God has set for mortal man; and when they do achieve this destiny, they will, in all that pertains to self-realization and mind attainment, be just as replete in their sphere of divine perfection as God himself is in his sphere of infinity and eternity. Such perfection may not be universal in the material sense, unlimited in intellectual grasp, or final in spiritual experience, but it is final and complete in all finite aspects of divinity of will, perfection of personality motivation, and God-consciousness.

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The Sermon
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Perfection is not so much about achieving perfect Material Results. Those we may strive for, but rarely if ever are Material Results perfectly attainable. With our imperfect human perception, we probably wouldn't recognize it even if it actually was possible to achieve “perfect Material Results” in such an imperfect world as our own. This is not to say that human beings cannot achieve a degree of relative perfection in the material arena and in this material life… it is only absolute perfection that is beyond us.

Attainable however, even though if only for the briefest moment, is the perfection of Motivation, of Purpose, of Attitude. We lowly humans Can have a Perfect Motive. We Can have a Perfect Purpose. We Can (though this one may be Extraordinarily difficult <grin>), have a Perfect Attitude. Not always maybe, but at least Sometimes we can… and every time we are able to, it brings us one step closer.

God's Perfection will always be a distant goal for humans and for humanity, but it is a Goal worthy of striving for, because even a taste of Relative Perfection is Excellent to experience.

Are you trying? Then that's just Perfect!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to attain the level of Your Perfection that I am capable of.

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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11-28-2004 Sunday Service of the Church Within #426
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it--and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again--and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
        
Mark Twain

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

        Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
        
Franklin P. Jones

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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 hope Thanksgiving was a wonderful experience for you this year. My new 3 month old grandson Cohen attended his first Thanksgiving at our home this year and I had a little time, before I had to cook the meal, to spend one-on-one with him while his mom, dad, sister and grandma were conversing with one another. Cohen was laying in his little swing-thing acting a tad fussy while I sat on the floor next to him. There was a moment there when I was able to make eye contact with him that was a pretty incredible experience I'd like to share with you. There was nothing else in my mind in that moment but Love, and as he looked back into my eyes I could see a very definite “recognition” that produced a beaming smile on his face and in his eyes. I was pretty sure that it wasn't me he recognized in that moment since I hadn't seen him since the day he was born and his eyes were closed then. It must have been the Love that he recognized that made him smile like that. Do you think? Truly an experience I will not forget!

Well… in case you haven't figured it out yet,

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #426, is Experience…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6)
        Faith transforms the philosophic God of probability into the saving God of certainty in the personal religious experience. Skepticism may challenge the theories of theology, but confidence in the dependability of personal experience affirms the truth of that belief which has grown into faith.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
By far the best proof is experience.

(From: Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.


(From: Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.


(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Truth is what stands the test of experience.

(From: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)
All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.


(From: John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.


(From: Rodin (1840 - 1917)
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

(From: Solonia - 2/28/04– the Garden TeaM)
        Discovering Father's Will is not something you do by talking or by reading or by listening, although these indeed can and do lead you in the direction of discovering Our Father's will for you, but the Truth of discovering Father's Will is acquired only through personal experience. You can say, “I Know that is Father's Will for me,” but if you have not experienced the reality of this, first hand, then regardless of how true it may be in potential, it is but a statement. It has not the power to personally affect your life and the lives of those whom you touch.

(From: Hosea Ballou (1796 - 1861)
Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.


(From: Edwin P. Whipple)
Knowledge, like religion, must be "experienced" in order to be known.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-1 Section-2)
Those who know God have experienced the fact of his presence; such God-knowing mortals hold in their personal experience the only positive proof of the existence of the living God which one human being can offer to another.

(From: Leo Braeck)
Through faith man experiences the meaning of the world; through action he is to give to it, meaning.

(From: Denis Waitley)
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.


(From: Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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.

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

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
        I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the spirit. I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make--the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience. And so may you pass from death to life, from the authority of tradition to the experience of knowing God; thus will you pass from darkness to light, from a racial faith inherited to a personal faith achieved by actual experience; and thereby will you progress from a theology of mind handed down by your ancestors to a true religion of spirit which shall be built up in your souls as an eternal endowment.

(From: Solonia - 3/13/04– the Garden TeaM)
When your focused attention is upon the Heavenly Father, then everything and everyone else that you experience, is perceived far more clearly and purely. It is as if you could see, where before you could not.

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The Sermon
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What is it like for you when you personally experience God in your life?

Have you?

Do you?

Often?

Often enough?

Always?

Always IS possible… just difficult when ego is in charge of the personality.

I wish Soul were “in charge” more so than ego.

Don't you?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I want to experience You Always!

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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