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#628
11-2-2008
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11-9-2008
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11-16-2008
#631
11-23-2008
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11-30-2008

11-2-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #628
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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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If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

And…

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Both from 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.

The topic of last week's service was “Morals” and so this week I decided that…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #628, is Values…

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The Sermon
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Is there a correlation between what a person values and their own personal Values?

I think there would have to be at least Some relationship, don't you? Some might even say that the latter is Entirely dependent upon the former. What do you think?

What are the things that you value most? Do they determine what you see as your Core Values?

Do things that you value materially ever conflict with the things that you Value morally or Spiritually? When they do, which one wins the duel?

Imagine for a moment that wealth or power were what you valued most. That would certainly affect your Values, wouldn't it? I'll bet that you have encountered people in your lifetime that had “Values” (or lack of same), based upon their craving for power and wealth, haven't you? How did it make you feel about your own personal Values?

Then Imagine that Love and Peace were what you valued most. Of course, you don't need to use your imagination, do you? But imagine what those other people would feel like if instead of wealth and power, Love and Peace were what They Valued the most. I'll bet their lives would be a lot more satisfying, for themselves and equally as much for others.

I wonder if we can change our Values simply by changing the things that we Value?
Ya Think?

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Quotes
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(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Prejudice blinds the soul to the recognition of truth, and prejudice can be removed only by the sincere devotion of the soul to the adoration of a cause that is all-embracing and all-inclusive of one's fellow men. Prejudice is inseparably linked to selfishness. Prejudice can be eliminated only by the abandonment of self-seeking and by substituting therefor the quest of the satisfaction of the service of a cause that is not only greater than self, but one that is even greater than all humanity--the search for God, the attainment of divinity. The evidence of maturity of personality consists in the transformation of human desire so that it constantly seeks for the realization of those values which are highest and most divinely real.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #31)
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-136 Section-6)
There are higher values in mortal existence--intellectual mastery and spiritual achievement--which far transcend the necessary gratification of man's purely physical appetites and urges. Man's natural endowment of talent and ability should be chiefly devoted to the development and ennoblement of his higher powers of mind and spirit.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

(From: Michael Josephson)
If we keep treating our most important values as meaningless relics, that's exactly what they'll become.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values -- that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-8)
        Jesus frequently warned his listeners against covetousness, declaring that "a man's happiness consists not in the abundance of his material possessions." He constantly reiterated, "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" He made no direct attack on the possession of property, but he did insist that it is eternally essential that spiritual values come first.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-3)
…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.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Atlas Shrugged)
Love is our response to our highest values. Love is self-enjoyment. The noblest love is born out of admiration of another's values.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-92 Section-7)
        Primitive religion was largely a material-value consciousness, but civilization elevates religious values, for true religion is the devotion of the self to the service of meaningful and supreme values. As religion evolves, ethics becomes the philosophy of morals, and morality becomes the discipline of self by the standards of highest meanings and supreme values--divine and spiritual ideals. And thus religion becomes a spontaneous and exquisite devotion, the living experience of the loyalty of love.

(From: Ignazio Silone)
On a group of theories one can found a school; but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
He who cherishes the values of culture cannot fail to be a pacifist.

(From: Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is Love that I value the most. Help me to value the things of this world less.

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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11-9-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #629
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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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Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: 'Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each.'

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys.

They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys!

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works

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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 find it extremely exciting to see that the people of the United States of America, as evidenced by the recent election that was held this past week, have found a sense of unity in their diversity and have, as a healthy majority, chosen an alternative to the policy of governing through Fear. Indeed this New Alternative seems to be re-defining or even eliminating certain traditional social boundaries that were heretofore impenetrable. There seems to be abundantly more of this New Alternative to fear, not only in the USA, but even worldwide… a sense of celebration, of relief, maybe even camaraderie of a sort.

One can only…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #629, is Hope…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-2 - Speaking of Jesus)
        The Master was admired by all who met him except by those who entertained deep-seated religious prejudices or those who thought they discerned political dangers in his teachings. Men were astonished at the originality and authoritativeness of his teaching. They marveled at his patience in dealing with backward and troublesome inquirers. He inspired hope and confidence in the hearts of all who came under his ministry. Only those who had not met him feared him, and he was hated only by those who regarded him as the champion of that truth which was destined to overthrow the evil and error which they had determined to hold in their hearts at all cost.

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-81 Section-6)
        Leadership is vital to progress. Wisdom, insight, and foresight are indispensable to the endurance of nations. Civilization is never really jeopardized until able leadership begins to vanish. And the quantity of such wise leadership has never exceeded one per cent of the population.
        And it was by these rungs on the evolutionary ladder that civilization climbed to that place where those mighty influences could be initiated which have culminated in the rapidly expanding culture of the twentieth century. And only by adherence to these essentials can man hope to maintain his present-day civilizations while providing for their continued development and certain survival.

(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-157 Section-2)
“Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope. And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows."

(From: The RSV Bible - Acts 17:27-28)
that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, for 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your poets have said, 'For we are indeed his offspring.'

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-9)
The ideal of religious philosophy is such a faith-trust as would lead man unqualifiedly to depend upon the absolute love of the infinite Father of the universe of universes. Such a genuine religious experience far transcends the philosophic objectification of idealistic desire; it actually takes salvation for granted and concerns itself only with learning and doing the will of the Father in Paradise. The earmarks of such a religion are: faith in a supreme Deity, hope of eternal survival, and love, especially of one's fellows.

(From: King Whitney Jr.)
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-34 Section-6)
"The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 5:2-5)
Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

(From: Erik H. Erikson)
Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 8:24-28)
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-4)
Man cannot hope to live up to his highest ideals, but he can be true to his purpose of finding God and becoming more and more like him.

(From: Robert H. Goddard (1882 - 1945)
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), "Strength to Love")

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-3)
This is true because man's thoughts, wisdom, ethics, and ideals will never rise higher than his faith, his sublime hope.

(From: Daniel H. Burnham (1846 - 1912)
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood...Make big plans, aim high in hope, and work.

(From: Jim Henson)
When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here. It's a wonderful life and I love it.

(From: John Lennon (1940 - 1980), in Imagine)
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will live as one.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-3)
…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: The ASB Bible - Romans 15:13)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Sermon
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I'm thinkin' that the Quotes pretty well summed up the Hope Points that I was intending to make with today's service. So now the only question is…

Got Hope?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        There is only one thing that I can think of to say to You today. Thank You!!! …OK, two things. I Love You!!!

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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11-16-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #630
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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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For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.
Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

True humor has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together.
(Hugh Prather)

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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.

Ok…

Who likes riddles?

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The Sermon
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In some it may seem abundant… yet in others it can appear practically non existent.
Knowledge always enhances it… and yet it can manifest with but a minimum of knowledge.
Though indeed it is a gift… truly it must be earned.
What it reveals is always of great value… though not always what you might in fact prefer.
There is always enough for now… but never enough past tomorrow.
If you earnestly ask God for it… you will be given, at the very least, more than you already have.

All may be said to have some…
None may be said to have all…
Most possess far less than they presume…
Few possess it in any great measure…
But they who so do, maintain it only in Humility and through Wisdom.

If one has it and does not share it… of what great value is it?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #630, was and is Understanding…

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Quotes
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(From: Paul McCartney, The Observer (1987)

The issues are the same. We wanted peace on earth, love, and understanding between everyone around the world. We have learned that change comes slowly.

(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Laws)
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

(From: The ASB Bible - James 3:13-18)
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-1)
        "When a wise man understands the inner impulses of his fellows, he will love them. And when you love your brother, you have already forgiven him. This capacity to understand man's nature and forgive his apparent wrongdoing is Godlike. If you are wise parents, this is the way you will love and understand your children, even forgive them when transient misunderstanding has apparently separated you. The child, being immature and lacking in the fuller understanding of the depth of the child-father relationship, must frequently feel a sense of guilty separation from a father's full approval, but the true father is never conscious of any such separation.

(From: Colby Dorr Dam)
Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-1)
        "A part of every father lives in the child. The father enjoys priority and superiority of understanding in all matters connected with the child-parent relationship. The parent is able to view the immaturity of the child in the light of the more advanced parental maturity, the riper experience of the older partner. With the earthly child and the heavenly Father, the divine parent possesses infinity and divinity of sympathy and capacity for loving understanding. Divine forgiveness is inevitable; it is inherent and inalienable in God's infinite understanding, in his perfect knowledge of all that concerns the mistaken judgment and erroneous choosing of the child. Divine justice is so eternally fair that it unfailingly embodies understanding mercy.”

(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.

(From: John Claypool)
We do not first get all the answers and then live in the light of our understanding. We must rather plunge into life meeting what we have to meet and experiencing what we have to experience and in the light of living try to understand. If insight comes at all, it will not before, but only through and after experience.

(From: The ASB Bible - Proverbs 4:7)
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-191 Section-5)
“Your mission to the world is founded on the fact that I lived a God-revealing life among you; on the truth that you and all other men are the sons of God; and it shall consist in the life which you will live among men--the actual and living experience of loving men and serving them, even as I have loved and served you. Let faith reveal your light to the world; let the revelation of truth open the eyes blinded by tradition; let your loving service effectually destroy the prejudice engendered by ignorance. By so drawing close to your fellow men in understanding sympathy and with unselfish devotion, you will lead them into a saving knowledge of the Father's love."

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), 'On Giving,' The Prophet, 1923)
It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

(From: Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC), On the Universe)
Much learning does not teach understanding.

(From: H. H. Williams)
Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.

(From: Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986), Dune (First Law of Mentat)
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

(From: John Locke (1632 - 1704)
Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing.

(From: Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772)
True wisdom is seeing what is beneficial to your eternal life, and managing your life according to that. You do this when you not only know these things and grasp them with your understanding, but also will and do them.

(From: Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.

(From: H. Stanley Judd)
The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.

(From: W. Clement Stone)
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignorance.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

(From: Tich Nhat Han, The sun my heart)
Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion, great understanding goes with great compassion.

(From: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.


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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I have discovered that pridefulness cannot co-exist along side of genuine understanding. The more I truly understand of You, the more evident becomes the growing feeling of childlike humility. Help me to Truly Understand.

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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11-23-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #631
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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 bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
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.

If there is one thing that the inherent idealism of the child cries out for and demands perhaps more than any other thing, it would have to be….

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #631, is Fairness…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-2)
The first promptings of a child's moral nature have not to do with sex, guilt, or personal pride, but rather with impulses of justice, fairness, and urges to kindness--helpful ministry to one's fellows. And when such early moral awakenings are nurtured, there occurs a gradual development of the religious life which is comparatively free from conflicts, upheavals, and crises.

(From: Ham 9/19/99 – the Nashville TeaM)
A child asks why about everything. As a child grows and begins accepting everything the way it is, without question, he loses his sense of wonder as well as his sense of fairness and accepts the status quo without question and just does his best to get by like everybody else. Those who keep asking why are those who give to society, who can dare to imagine things being different. They are the people who challenge the rest of society to question. Maybe this can be better? Maybe the world can be a better place?

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #8)
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-178 Section-1)
You may always labor to persuade men's minds, but you must never dare to compel them. You must not forget the great law of human fairness which I have taught you in positive form: Whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them.

(From: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas)
If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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.

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I must admit that Fairness is just as important to me today as it was when I was a little child, maybe even more so. It deeply saddens me to see people who have actually given up on Fairness… either in their own personal hope for it, or in their willingness to afford it to others.

A few seem to want what they call Fairness for themselves, but are at the same time unwilling to grant it to others. That wouldn't actually be true Fairness then, would it?

Others may feel as if they have never experienced actual Fairness toward themselves and therefore may honestly doubt it's reality.

Fortunately we also have examples of people to whom Fairness is not only a reality, but also a way of Life. These care not so much for fairness towards themselves as toward others and actually personally strive toward Fairness to All. They have experienced that as others are accorded Fairness, their own is in turn enhanced.

In All Fairness…

…does true justice lie.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to see all sides that I may perceive better Your Perfect Fairness.

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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11-30-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #632
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"

If I trade you a nickel for your Paradigm, I've profited by fifteen cents.
;-)

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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 had a little difficulty this morning finding adequate quotes for the word “Paradigm” that fit with my perspective of the perception that I preferred to be discerned from Today's Sunday Service. Instead of drastically limiting the quotes for the day, I decided to broaden the “search” parameters just a bit and so…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #632, is: “Paradigms, Perspectives, Perception and Discernment…

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Quotes
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(From: Donella Meadows, The Global Citizen)

Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.

(From: Elyon - 10/25/08 – The North Idaho TeaM)
Try to the best of your capacity to not resist when there is fluctuation and change in the normal routine for it is your resistance to change which is your greatest obstacle in being comfortable with the new circumstance. All things change, everything changes, you are changing hour by hour, day by day. Allow that new paradigms may arise and be adopted as they are useful and serviceable to you and, that they may become outmoded and outgrown and in need of revision and then, as the universe would have it, change happens.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
The golden rule, when literally interpreted, may become the instrument of great offense to one's fellows. Without a spiritual discernment of the golden rule of wisdom you might reason that, since you are desirous that all men speak the full and frank truth of their minds to you, you should therefore fully and frankly speak the full thought of your mind to your fellow beings. Such an unspiritual interpretation of the golden rule might result in untold unhappiness and no end of sorrow.

(From: Marin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (1963)
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

(From: Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Johnson)
The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-2)
        Goodness, like truth, is always relative and unfailingly evil-contrasted. It is the perception of these qualities of goodness and truth that enables the evolving souls of men to make those personal decisions of choice which are essential to eternal survival.
        The spiritually blind individual who logically follows scientific dictation, social usage, and religious dogma stands in grave danger of sacrificing his moral freedom and losing his spiritual liberty. Such a soul is destined to become an intellectual parrot, a social automaton, and a slave to religious authority.
        Goodness is always growing toward new levels of the increasing liberty of moral self-realization and spiritual personality attainment--the discovery of, and identification with, the indwelling Adjuster [ed: God Within]. An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one's fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Adjuster, all of which lead directly to an increased desire to do the Father's will, thereby fostering the divine passion to find God and to be more like him.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961), "Memories, Dreams, Reflections", 1962)
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Walden)

When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-2)
Goodness is living, relative, always progressing, invariably a personal experience, and everlastingly correlated with the discernment of truth and beauty.

(From: Bob Conklin)
If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-3)
        When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved.

(From: William Blake (1757 - 1827)
When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.

(From: Hans Margolius)
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

(From: Anatole France (1844 - 1924), Thais)
...it is not by reflection and intelligence, but by perception, that the highest and purest truths are attained.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.

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The Sermon
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A person's Paradigm, their overall Perspective of reality, is always relevant to the degree of their personal Perception, and/or Discernment of reality. Sadly for many, it is often determined more by what they want to believe [frequently supported by prejudicially selected facts laced with more or less unsupported fiction], than it is upon any particular desire to work to discover the actual Truth. Fear is usually a dominant factor in that equation though seldom is that fact apparent to the perception of the individual(s) personally involved in the choosing… perhaps it is a fear of change, or of facing the unknown---hopefully it is not a fear of having to think for one's self… preferring to be told what to think instead. The Fear Paradigm is always in danger of being proved false or worse, of being manipulated by those who would take unfair advantage of another's ignorance to profit themselves. This is no indictment of those who cannot change their Paradigm… only of those who can but will not for selfish and greedy reasons. Far fewer are they who can but won't… the majority would if they were able.

And yet… there are also many who prefer to live in a Paradigm of Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love. Their Paradigm is allowed and even encouraged to grow and evolve and mature. They expect their perspectives of reality to change and adjust and shift just as their own perceptions do as their capacity for discernment grows. They are not so easily manipulated as those whose fear determines the greater part their actions and choices.

Truthfully, the Majority of people find their Paradigm lies somewhere in between those two examples… depending, more or less upon fear or upon Love.

Where do you find yourself? Is it where you wish to be?
Can you change it if no and maintain it if yes?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to see things more clearly tomorrow than I do today or did yesterday.

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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