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11-4-2007
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11-4-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #576
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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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Charity is baking for the church bazaar, compassion is buying it back.
(Julia Childs)

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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.

Often times I stay up late on Saturday evenings to look for quotes for the Sunday Service after the “topic” for it has found me. Well… at 2:30am (after 4hrs of searching and listening), I still had not stumbled upon, nor been provided with a topic that felt right for today's service, so I wearily dragged myself off to bed to get some sleep… hoping the search would be less futile in the morning. My prayer before dozing off was, “Father, please wake me in the morning with the topic that will best suit Your purposes.” Now usually when I have writers block and fall back on this method, something will “click” with me within an hour or so after awakening in the morning… from something I read, or something I hear, or something I think about while trying to clear my brain from it's muddled sleep state, one thing may stand out above the others and then I will start a quote search to see if it pans out.

This morning was quite different from the usual however. At 6:30am I suddenly opened my eyes with one specific word embedded in my consciousness…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #576, is Mercy…

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Quotes
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(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Merchant of Venice")
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice.


(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 5:7 )
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

(From: Thomas Adams)
He who demands mercy and shows none burns the bridges over which he himself must later pass.

(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-4)
        Mercy is the natural and inevitable offspring of goodness and love. The good nature of a loving Father could not possibly withhold the wise ministry of mercy to each member of every group of his universe children. Eternal justice and divine mercy together constitute what in human experience would be called fairness.

(From: Bertrand Russell)

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

(From: John Gay (1685 - 1732)
Cowards are cruel, but the brave
Love mercy, and delight to save.


(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Titus Andronicus")
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-54 Section-1)
        There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness. Only true and genuine liberty is compatible with the reign of love and the ministry of mercy.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-7)
        Jesus' originality was unstifled. He was not bound by tradition or handicapped by enslavement to narrow conventionality. He spoke with undoubted confidence and taught with absolute authority. But his superb originality did not cause him to overlook the gems of truth in the teachings of his predecessors and contemporaries. And the most original of his teachings was the emphasis of love and mercy in the place of fear and sacrifice.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), speech in Washington D.C., 1865)
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-8)
Man even qualifies himself for the restraining garments of mercy when he dares to love his fellow men, while he achieves the beginnings of spiritual brotherhood when he elects to mete out to them that treatment which he himself would be accorded, even that treatment which he conceives that God would accord them.

(From: Rich Mullins)
We never understand what we're praying; and God, in His mercy, does not answer our prayers according to our understanding, but according to His wisdom.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-178 Section-1)
Throughout the vicissitudes of life, remember always to love one another. Do not strive with men, even with unbelievers. Show mercy even to those who despitefully abuse you. Show yourselves to be loyal citizens, upright artisans, praiseworthy neighbors, devoted kinsmen, understanding parents, and sincere believers in the brotherhood of the Father's kingdom. And my spirit shall be upon you, now and even to the end of the world.

(From: The RSV Bible - Jude 1:2 )
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
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.

(From: The RSV Bible - Psalm 23)
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-164 Section-1)
Said Jesus: "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of cruel brigands, who robbed him, stripped him and beat him, and departing, left him half dead. Very soon, by chance, a certain priest was going down that way, and when he came upon the wounded man, seeing his sorry plight, he passed by on the other side of the road. And in like manner a Levite also, when he came along and saw the man, passed by on the other side. Now, about this time, a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed down to Jericho, came across this wounded man; and when he saw how he had been robbed and beaten, he was moved with compassion, and going over to him, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and setting the man upon his own beast, brought him here to the inn and took care of him. And on the morrow he took out some money and, giving it to the host, said: `Take good care of my friend, and if the expense is more, when I come back again, I will repay you.' Now let me ask you: Which of these three turned out to be the neighbor of him who fell among the robbers?" And when the lawyer perceived that he had fallen into his own snare, he answered, "He who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said, "Go and do likewise."

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The Sermon
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It is Mercy that sets us apart.
It is Mercy that follows upon the heels of Compassion and Love.
It is Mercy that keeps us in touch with Divinity.

Mercy… we're going to Need it, so best it is that we should truly Show it in our own lives.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for placing Mercy at the forefront of my thoughts this day… help me to keep it there Every day.

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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11-11-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #577
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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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To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
(Steven Wright)

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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.

Last evening, my wife Jill and I watched the live showing of the “Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Iowa” on CSPAN. It is the traditional “kickoff” function of the Iowa democratic party used to view the candidates and raise money to help fund the Iowa Caucuses. This was the first time I have ever watched one of these things and to tell you the truth, it got me rather “Fired Up.” After it was over, late in the evening, I decided to go to various “Blogs” on the internet to see how others may have viewed it. Well… at 2:30 am, I realized I had not yet begun to consider a topic for today's service and consequently had neither spent the necessary hours of research finding the quotes for it. I was pretty exhausted at that point and decided to sleep on it. Before falling into the unconsciousness of sleep, I remembered how effective it had been last week asking God to wake me at an appropriate time and to provide me with a Topic for the Sunday Service. I decided to try it again This week.

At 5:30 am I awoke hoping that it was not yet time to get up, but alas, that was not the case… one line of an old song started playing repeatedly in my mind, “Convictions… Deep in my heart…” Now, I'm not sure if the words to the original song are exactly the same as (or even similar to), the ones that were attaching themselves to the memorable melody in my head, nor do I know the name of the group who made the song famous way back when… but the insistence of it's repetition in my brain caused me to consider that it was likely the Topic that I should pursue for this morning.

Then the line and melody “Do you care enough To talk with Conviction of the Heart?” from the Kenny Loggins song began it's advance into my consciousness… Go Figure, Huh? …especially when I ultimately realized that the word in the first song was “Suspicions” and not “Convictions.”

Oh well… whatever it takes I guess ;-)…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #577, is “Conviction…

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The Sermon
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Pardon my audacity but… Is Your Conviction showing?

Do others witness the Conviction in you when they are With you?

Now… I'm not asking whether they may be able to actually identify the exact foundation of that conviction or not, so much as… do they Feel it overflowing from you as if you cannot keep it all in?

To me, That is the kind of Conviction that molds and changes the things that are, into the things that Should be… that Aught to be… into the True, the Beautiful, the Good, the Righteous, the Loving things… the things that the Loving, Compassionate and Merciful Divine Parent would Want for All of us children.

Conviction is what is Spiritually Attractive about a person. Indeed there are some that may be a bit fearful of it… perhaps cautious of it… maybe they have not seen a lot of it or experienced much of it in their lifetimes, yet still… the attraction to Conviction is instinctive, almost as if one is being drawn toward the Light.

There are convictions, of the human mind alone, that relate to ones material survival, or comfort, or prosperity, and indeed these serve the purpose of keeping us alive in this material world that we live upon… but they may easily be led astray into a lust for power, wealth, or undue notoriety. They may unintentionally, at first, feed the selfish aspects of our human nature… truly they have an addictive characteristic about them that may breed indifference to the plights and difficulties of others.

Then there are the Convictions of the Soul… most commonly referred to as “Convictions of the Heart.” You know the ones that I am talking about, do you not? Yes… they bring us up from the depths… they draw us out of the darkness. They are the Hope that keeps us from being totally entrapped by despair… they are the Faith in a Higher and more Divine and Just Goodness that keeps us moving Forward rather than standing still or retreating backwards.

“Convictions of the Heart” are the avenues to Personal Spiritual Growth.

“Convictions of the Heart” are the foundations upon which genuine Relationships are built.

“Convictions of the Heart” are the forerunners of inner and outer Peace.

“Convictions of the Heart” are the Harbingers of True Progress in the individual… in the family… in the nation… in the world… indeed in the Universe wherein our very Existence is played out.

Let no one ever need to ask you if you have Personal Conviction, for they will Know it if you Show it.

Got “Convictions of the Heart”???

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Quotes
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(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.

(From: Elyon - 3/30/03 – The North Idaho TeaM)
I am aware of an expression on your world that goes, “drawing a line in the sand”. It is a curious expression for, while it illustrates the taking of sides, it also demonstrates the easy removal of barrier between sides, for sand can easily be changed, and the line disappears. Likewise you have this same flexibility with your convictions. With some reflection you can note that a belief you held in the past you do not hold today. Your convictions shifted. But without convictions uncertainty grows, insecurity grows, inability to act definitely sets in. Conviction brings motivation to action.

(From: The RSV Bible - Hebrews 11:1 )
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-0)
        Religion, the conviction-faith of the personality, can always triumph over the superficially contradictory logic of despair born in the unbelieving material mind. There really is a true and genuine inner voice, that "true light which lights every man who comes into the world." And this spirit leading is distinct from the ethical prompting of human conscience. The feeling of religious assurance is more than an emotional feeling. The assurance of religion transcends the reason of the mind, even the logic of philosophy. Religion is faith, trust, and assurance.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-5)
        It lifts man out of himself and beyond himself when he once fully realizes that there lives and strives within him something which is eternal and divine. And so it is that a living faith in the superhuman origin of our ideals validates our belief that we are the sons of God and makes real our altruistic convictions, the feelings of the brotherhood of man.

(From: Walter J. Lippmann)
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.

(From: Edwin Hubbel Chapin)
No more important duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-3)
“True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals.”

(From: Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
The uncompromising attitude is more indicative of an inner uncertainty than a deep conviction. The implacable stand is directed more against the doubt within than the assailant without.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.

(From: Rabbi David Wolpe)
Faith is not the knowledge of what the mystery of the universe is, but the conviction that there is a mystery, and that it is greater than us.

(From: Elyon - 3/30/03 – The North Idaho TeaM)
My final comment to your statement is that love creates curiosity and the desire to understand another's convictions. Love of oneself allows you to remain firm in your viewpoint even while another believes differently. Love for that other individual allows them to continue their investigation into truth even if it does not align with your perspective.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Though over time my Convictions may appear to Look a little different… yet they have not really changed in reality and You are the Center and Source of each of them.

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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11-18-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #578
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th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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It's a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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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, Jill and Danny and I have been pretty wiped out these past couple'a few weeks. We all have what has been called the “Killer Cold” by the news channels. It is a mutation of the so called Common Cold and is nothing less than Brutal… Head, Chest and Throat (every possible symptom), all rolled into one without relief.

I have never felt so weak from a cold in my 53 years of life. So… with Weakness abounding, what better topic for today's Sunday Service than…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #578 , is Strength…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-156 Section-5)
        The measure of the spiritual capacity of the evolving soul is your faith in truth and your love for man, but the measure of your human strength of character is your ability to resist the holding of grudges and your capacity to withstand brooding in the face of deep sorrow. Defeat is the true mirror in which you may honestly view your real self.

(From: William Carleton)
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
"Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." Only those who feel poor in spirit will ever hunger for righteousness. Only the humble seek for divine strength and crave spiritual power.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.

(From: Anna Freud (1895 - 1982)
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

(From: McCallister Dodds)
Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

(From: Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

(From: Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)
Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

(From: Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time)
Hardness shatters; strength endures.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-148 Section-7)
Greatness lies not so much in possessing strength as in making a wise and divine use of such strength.

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The Sermon
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Strength of Character…
Strength of Convictions…
Strength of Dedication…
Strength of Perseverance…
Strength of Morals…
Strength of Devotion…
Strength of Integrity…
Strength of Resolve…
Strength of Determination…
Strength of Honor…
Strength of Principal…
Strength of Faith…
Strength of Love…

Yeah! Those kinds of Strength! Real strength.

Now That's what I'M talkin' about…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give me the strength to endure.

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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11-25-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #579
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
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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 conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
(Steven Wright)

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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… I'm going to do things a little differently today. If you are completely and totally familiar with my usual Sunday Service format, then in mere seconds you will begin to recognize my deviation from the norm. If on the other hand, you are only somewhat familiar with the more common arrangement of my Sunday Services, it could take you a bit longer. If by chance you are reading one of our Sunday Services for the first time, or have perused but a couple or few of them previously, then it is likely that you will have no idea what on earth I am talking about here in the “Welcome” section of the Service and may need to review a few months of our Sunday Service Archives at the www.churchwithin.org website (it will likely require a modicum of discernment and an innate craving to solve puzzles, but… it Could be fun. ;-)…

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The Sermon
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There are…
…those who fear it.
…those who reject it.
…those who shame it.
…those who often blame it.
…those who try to evade it.
…those who make an effort to sidestep it.
…those who believe they cannot trust it.
…those who feel they don't deserve it.
…those who wish they had never felt it.
…those who think they do not need it.

And Also there are…
…those who Know they truly Need it.
…those who wish they had Always felt it.
…those who Hope and Pray they can deserve it.
…those who Dearly want to Trust in it.
…those who go out of their way to Find it.
…those who every moment Seek it.
…those who feel it the Cause of All that is Good.
…those who Honor it.
…those who Embrace it.
…those who Overflow with it.

I must truthfully admit. In my lifetime, I have experienced being every one of “those” at some point or other. Some were permanent, and some thankfully were transient… some seem to come and go as the Life Lesson requires… some re-rear their heads at the most unbelievable of times. Many of “those” experiences were overlapping and indeed some have mercifully become permanent residents.

When the human child ego self takes charge, I find myself on the negative side of the equation.
When my Spirit Soul self is at the helm, then the positive aspects retain their ennobling dominion.

Everything Depends upon it…
Everything is defined by it's relationship to it…
All that is True, Beautiful and Good, has it as it's Source.
It is the defining characteristic of all True Reality.
It is the Water of Life and has God as it's Source.
It is the Gift of God that all may share who will.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #579, was and is Love…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-6)
        Science is the source of facts, and mind cannot operate without facts. They are the building blocks in the construction of wisdom which are cemented together by life experience. Man can find the love of God without facts, and man can discover the laws of God without love, but man can never begin to appreciate the infinite symmetry, the supernal harmony, the exquisite repleteness of the all-inclusive nature of the First Source and Center until he has found divine law and divine love and has experientially unified these in his own evolving cosmic philosophy.

(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:1-13 )
        IF I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
        If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
        And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
        Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
        Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
        When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(From: Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

(From: Karen Sunde)
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

(From: Anne-Sophie Swetchine)
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-2)
        Spiritual growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings, and then a discovery of values. The evidence of true spiritual development consists in the exhibition of a human personality motivated by love, activated by unselfish ministry, and dominated by the wholehearted worship of the perfection ideals of divinity. And this entire experience constitutes the reality of religion as contrasted with mere theological beliefs.

(From: Ice T, The Ice Opinion)

Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.

(From: The ASB Bible Romans 13:10)
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

(From: Emmet Fox)
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open.

(From: Antonia Brenner)
I lived what most people call the good life. I was happy, but deep inside I always felt that, with the short amount of time we are given to live and love in this world, we spend too much time loving things instead of people.

(From: The ASB Bible - John 13:34-35 )
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)
        God is not the mere invention of man's idealism; he is the very source of all such superanimal insights and values. God is not a hypothesis formulated to unify the human concepts of truth, beauty, and goodness; he is the personality of love from whom all of these universe manifestations are derived. The truth, beauty, and goodness of man's world are unified by the increasing spirituality of the experience of mortals ascending toward Paradise realities. The unity of truth, beauty, and goodness can only be realized in the spiritual experience of the God-knowing personality.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 22:37-40 )
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

(From: W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915)
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:46-48)
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
There is no remedy for love but to love more.

(From: Hadewijch of Antwerp)
May your service of love a beautiful thing; want nothing else, fear nothing else and let love be free to become what love truly is.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are 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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