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11-1-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #680
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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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You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when you get winded from walking up to knock on the door.

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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.

Why do we make everything so Incredibly Complicated? Why do we taunt our resolve by proving to ourselves how unbelievably difficult an uncompleted task is? It shouldn't be so hard… should it? Last week the Sunday Service topic was “ego” so maybe there is some relation… or not. Maybe that is just the natural outworking of what inevitably comes between the conceptual beginning and the experiential end of an important enterprise.

Do you think?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #680, is “Simplicity in itself…

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Quotes
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(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963), from Mere Christianity)

It is no good asking for a simple religion. Real things are not simple. They look simple, but they are not. The table I'm sitting at looks simple: but ask a scientist to tell you what it is really made of - all about the atoms and how the light waves rebound from them and hit my eye and what they do to my optic nerve and what it does to my brain - and, of course, you'll find that what we call 'seeing a table' lands you in mysteries and complications which you can hardly get to the end of. A child saying a child's prayer looks simple. And if you are content to stop there, well and good. But if you are not - and the modern world usually is not - if you want to go on and ask what is really happening - then you must be prepared for something difficult. If we ask for something more than simplicity, it is silly then to complain that the something is not more simple.

(From: The History Channel documentary, “Hippies”)
One of the most common mistakes, and the one that caused most communes to founder, was underestimating just how complicated the Simple life could be.

(From: Abraham 4/1/01 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
In this complicated world we have forgotten the serenity in simplicity.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
Children are naturally trustful, and parents should see to it that they do not lose that simple faith. In dealing with children, avoid all deception and refrain from suggesting suspicion. Wisely help them to choose their heroes and select their lifework.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #67)
have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
Many of your brethren have minds which accept the theory of God while they spiritually fail to realize the presence of God. And that is just the reason why I have so often taught you that the kingdom of heaven can best be realized by acquiring the spiritual attitude of a sincere child. It is not the mental immaturity of the child that I commend to you but rather the spiritual simplicity of such an easy-believing and fully-trusting little one. It is not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God.

(From: Ham 11/8/98 – the Nashville TeaM)
The way forward often is made easier when one reverts to simplicity and steps back from the complexities of the situation into a more simple, even child like moral sense.

(From: Jessie Sampter)
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

(From: Hans Hoffman)

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

(From: Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC), The Way of Lao-tzu)
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.


(From: Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963), Les Enfants Terribles)
The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.

(From: Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Rhetoric)
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.

(From: Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.

(From: Lao-Tzu)
Learning builds daily accumulation, but the practice of Tao builds daily simplification. Simplify and simplify, until all contamination from relative, contradictory thinking is eliminated.

(From: Christopher Zeeman)
Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.

(From: Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)
True refinement seeks simplicity.

(From: Elyon - 7/7/02 – The North Idaho TeaM)
The simple truths that Jesus taught bring delight to the soul when the luminosity of enlightenment dawns upon a personality, the comfort and joy from the profound simplicity of his message of love. He taught simple truths because, when it comes to relationship with God, it is simple. Your endeavor to understand the universe will unfold great complexity, but your experience in relationship with God will increasingly unfold its simplicity.

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The Sermon
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“Why… it is Simplicity in itself!”

I have said that more than a few times to myself before, have you? Seems to me though that I say it most sincerely, with that supreme joy of new discovery, at either the “Conceptual Beginning” or the “Experiential End” of a personal endeavor /quest /journey… be it physical, emotional or Spiritual (though all three play their role in each experience). The beginning one is usually characterized or accompanied by some statement such as, “YES!!! Of Course!!! I can See that!!!”; “Why… it is Simplicity in itself!” Whereas the final recognition and realization of completion tends more to engender the, “Why… it is Simplicity in itself! Why could I not fully incorporate that Sooner!”

Between those two milestones of “Simplicity in itself” lies one of the most complex, convoluted and challenging of Paths… hardly simple at All. Though it is not uncommon to find oneself regularly explaining to others just how incredibly Simple it is, “…if only you will just do it.” Of course that most often precedes actually experientially achieving it yourself… afterward you have too much compassion to say anything so insensitive and inaccurate. You Know better now…

At the beginning a person may visualize the final step and recognize just how simple it is to take that final step. Just after taking the final step, one may turn around to reflect on just how Simple Indeed that “final step” was to take. It is from the difficult and seemingly unending steps in between that we most surely gain the Knowledge and Wisdom that make taking the “final step” at all possible… though indeed it was but the Simplest of steps, was it not?

There is nothing at all Simple about attaining Simplicity… unless of course you “become as a little child.”

The Ultimate Simplicity is Giving it all to God.
The Interminable Difficulty is giving it ALL to God…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Why is it so difficult and simple to give up those final Exceptions?

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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11-8-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #681
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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 a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger.

Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)

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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 do not remember the last time I addressed today's topic… it could as easily have been weeks ago as years ago. The Quotes that found me today seem to express a unique perspective, so perhaps they relate to a different aspect of the topic than those explored previously…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #681, is Knowledge…

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Quotes
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(From: Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.

(From: Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)
That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.

(From: T. T. Munger)
Knowledge and personality make doubt possible, but knowledge is also the cure of doubt; and when we get a full and adequate sense of personality we are lifted into a region where doubt is almost impossible, for no man can know himself as he is, and all fullness of his nature, without also knowing God.

(From: Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321), The Divine Comedy)
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-2)
Knowledge is an eternal quest; always are you learning, but never are you able to arrive at the full knowledge of absolute truth. In knowledge alone there can never be absolute certainty, only increasing probability of approximation; but the religious soul of spiritual illumination knows, and knows now.

(From: Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), speech at the University of Wisconsin)
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.

(From: Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954)
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

(From: Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), Sybil, 1845)

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.

(From: Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects)
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-25 Section-4)
In the universal regime you are not reckoned as having possessed yourself of knowledge and truth until you have demonstrated your ability and your willingness to impart this knowledge and truth to others.

(From: Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.

(From: The RSV Bible - Philippians 1:9-10)
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-176 Section-3)
“You cannot stand still in the affairs of the eternal kingdom. My Father requires all his children to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the truth. You who know these truths must yield the increase of the fruits of the spirit and manifest a growing devotion to the unselfish service of your fellow servants. And remember that, inasmuch as you minister to one of the least of my brethren, you have done this service to me.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:2)
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

(From: Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

(From: Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-3)
There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress.

(From: Hippocrates (460 BC - 377 BC), Law)
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.

(From: Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

(From: Marilyn vos Savant)
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-25 Section-3)
The higher a creature's education, the more respect he has for the knowledge, experience, and opinions of others.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-4)
        Knowledge is the sphere of the material or fact-discerning mind. Truth is the domain of the spiritually endowed intellect that is conscious of knowing God. Knowledge is demonstrable; truth is experienced. Knowledge is a possession of the mind; truth an experience of the soul, the progressing self.

(From: Sidney Madwed)
If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.

(From: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

(From: Thomas Arnold)
Real knowledge, like everything else of value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for, studied for, thought for, and, more than all, must be prayed for.

(From: Avadhuta Gita)
Truly, it is by the grace of God
That the knowledge of Unity arises within.


(From: Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.

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The Sermon
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Observe the little child…

So Enthusiastic to Discover… so Eager to Know.
Knowing no limits… Everything's New.
Want to know More… Need to know All!!!

Gotta have Knowledge…
Have to find Out!

Don't you Remember?
Search hard and deep.

Imitate the little child…

NO!!!

BECOME the little child.

'Cause unless you Do….

(Don't be Childish… be Childlike.)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        The more that I know You the more I want to know Of 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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11-15-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #682
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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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Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. 

On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him. 'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.' 

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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.

Have you ever frantically looked for something that was missing only to discover that it was right there in front of you all the time? Funny how that happens sometimes isn't it?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #682, is “Looking for Goodness?”…

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The Sermon
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It almost makes sense… the saying, “If you look for Goodness, you will find it.” Did I say almost? Should be more than almost, shouldn't it?

Indeed it is virtually inevitable that if one actively looks for evil or negativity or falsehood, they will invariably find it (rare is the individual who has not personally experienced the reality of that truism), and Looking for Goodness should be equally as dependable a precursor to finding Goodness, wouldn't you think? Of Course!!! Though… sometimes it does seem like Goodness may be slightly more difficult to locate… alright, occasionally a Lot more difficult. But why would that be? God is everywhere right? Goodness should then potentially or perhaps actually be everywhere as well, wouldn't that follow? Why can't I find it everywhere? Then again… if I have to look for it at all, wouldn't that signify that I'm not currently seeing it for some reason?

Perhaps the more appropriate question would be, “Why can't I See it everywhere?” or “Why Don't I see it everywhere?” “Darn Pesky evil stuff getting in the way all the time… Hate when it does that!” How is it that others can sometimes see Goodness in a place that I do not? …or that I at times can where they might not?

The more concerned I am about Me doing what is right and good and loving, the less concerned I have to be about whether others are or not. In fact, when I Only concern myself with personally doing what is right and good and loving, it becomes increasingly easy to see most others actively trying to do the same. It is almost as if we each create our own environment for Goodness around us and make it possible for it to flourish… or not.

Did I say almost?

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Quotes
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(From: Alfred A. Montapert)

The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-56 Section-10)
The recognition of goodness implies a mind of moral status, a personal mind with ability to discriminate between good and evil. But the possession of goodness, greatness, is the measure of real divinity attainment.

(From: Sue Patton Thoele, The Courage To Be Yourself Journal)
At the center of each human heart is goodness, layered over with hurt, confusion, and mistaken ideas. Our task is to gently peel off layer after layer until the unfettered heart can shed its love upon the world.

(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: The RSV Bible - Romans 15:14)
I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.

(From: Josephine Hart)

We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. And however futile each individual act of courage or generosity, self-sacrifice or grace-it still proves the thing exists. Each act adds to the fund. It needs replenishment.

(From: Heloise (1098 - 1164), Letter)
Riches and power are but gifts of blind fate, whereas goodness is the result of one's own merits.

(From: Anne Rice (1941 -)
Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
As the days pass, every true believer becomes more skillful in alluring his fellows into the love of eternal truth. Are you more resourceful in revealing goodness to humanity today than you were yesterday? Are you a better righteousness recommender this year than you were last year?

(From: Johann Kaspar Lavater)
There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

(From: Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274), Summa Theologica)
...the goodness of the will depends on the intention of the end.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.

(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.

(From: Lao-tse)
"Goodness begets goodness, but to the one who is truly good, evil also begets goodness."

(From: Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772), From the book "Arcana Coelestia")
You are not made happy by the true things you believe from your faith, but by the goodness which comes from your faith.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-3)
Religious experience is the realization of the consciousness of having found God. And when a human being does find God, there is experienced within the soul of that being such an indescribable restlessness of triumph in discovery that he is impelled to seek loving service-contact with his less illuminated fellows, not to disclose that he has found God, but rather to allow the overflow of the welling-up of eternal goodness within his own soul to refresh and ennoble his fellows. Real religion leads to increased social service.

(From: Meladee McCarty)
Live your life as though there is great joy to be experienced... an abundance of goodness in each person you come in contact with, and the knowledge that you have enough inner wisdom to answer the mysteries that challenge you.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Please correct my vision that I may more clearly and surely See.

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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11-22-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #683
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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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An elderly gentleman...

Had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, 'Your hearing is perfect.. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.' 

The gentleman replied, 'Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!' 

[ed: Remember this one on Thanksgiving. ;-)]

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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.

Does it ever seem like there is nothing good left to discover? I pray that is not ever the case…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #683, is Discovery…

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The Sermon
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As a little child, Life is one exhilarating Personal Discovery after another. All is still new… All is still Exciting. Every Discovery is Life Changing… for the most part. Do you remember the feeling? I do… it is the same feeling I get when I have one of those Personal “AhHA!” moments. Is it the same for you?

I'm discovering that the “AhHA!” moment is essentially only the First Phase of a Life Changing Discovery. Often it is enough to actually change the way I Think about and Perceive things. It's not as if I have to, in reality, give anything else up… more a shifting of perspective. A pleasurably Renewed Attitude is often the result of the “AhHA!” Discovery… an attitude that seems it will last a lifetime.

Phase Two begins with telling everybody about it and how important it is for them to realize it too, and usually ends with the Discovery that they do not care about it nearly as much as you do. If only you could make them Understand how much it would Help them! It is best to spend as little time as possible lingering in Phase Two, quickly proceeding on to Phase Three, but far too often a person can find themselves stuck in Phase Two for years at a time.

Three entails the Discovery that it is not enough to Know it and tell about it… that I must actually Live the “Life Changing Discovery” as well. This is where the real Work begins. The Work can seem a drudgery or it can be perceived as a Joy. The “become as a little child” suggestion can be really helpful in determining ones attitude and ability to accomplish the Lessons of Phase Three satisfactorily. Phase Three is the crucial phase. It is a sufficient and potentially satisfying goal in itself.

Every once in a great while there is a Phase Four Discovery. It is usually characterized by the Discovery, “Oh My God! I had it right in the very first realization… I just needed to experience it Personally!!!” It is not uncommon for a Phase Four Discovery to be such an instantaneous experience so as to become overlooked and consequently perceived as a new Phase One Discovery….

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-3)
        Revealed truth, personally discovered truth, is the supreme delight of the human soul; it is the joint creation of the material mind and the indwelling spirit. The eternal salvation of this truth-discerning and beauty-loving soul is assured by that hunger and thirst for goodness which leads this mortal to develop a singleness of purpose to do the Father's will, to find God and to become like him. There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress.

(From: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914 -)

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.

(From: Will Durant (1885 - 1981)
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-6)
        Do not become discouraged by the discovery that you are human. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful. Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences. The mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity.

(From: James Joyce (1882 - 1941)
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

(From: Samuel Smiles)
He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

(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: Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-111 Section-6)
A human being can find truth in his inner experience, but he needs a clear knowledge of facts to apply his personal discovery of truth to the ruthlessly practical demands of everyday life.

(From: Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954)
If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.

(From: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.

(From: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

(From: Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

(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.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-117 Section-6)
        Men all too often forget that God is the greatest experience in human existence. Other experiences are limited in their nature and content, but the experience of God has no limits save those of the creature's comprehension capacity, and this very experience is in itself capacity enlarging. When men search for God, they are searching for everything. When they find God, they have found everything. The search for God is the unstinted bestowal of love attended by amazing discoveries of new and greater love to be bestowed.

(From: Joanna Field)
I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - 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.

(From: James Dean)
I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Until I know and understand everything as well as You do, the opportunities for Discovery will not end. Help me to see them as I did when I was a little child.

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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11-29-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #684
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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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Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

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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.

Time passes while a person not paying attention… it can quite easily pass one by if they are not careful.
There is actually only one time a person can truly be a part of it…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #684, is “the Time is Now…

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Quotes
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(From: Epicurus (341 BC - 270 BC)
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

(From: George Harrison (1943 - 2001)
It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-5)
The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

(From: Octavio Paz (1914 -)
Beyond happiness or unhappiness, though it is both things, love is intensity; it does not give us eternity but life, that second in which the doors of time and space open just a crack: here is there and now is always.

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians II 6:2)
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-2)
        Time is an invariable element in the attainment of knowledge; religion makes its endowments immediately available, albeit there is the important factor of growth in grace, definite advancement in all phases of religious experience. Knowledge is an eternal quest; always are you learning, but never are you able to arrive at the full knowledge of absolute truth. In knowledge alone there can never be absolute certainty, only increasing probability of approximation; but the religious soul of spiritual illumination knows, and knows now.

(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), "Walden")
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

(From: Ann Richards)
The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.

(From: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
Art is something greater and higher than our own skill or knowledge or learning. That art is something which, though produced by human hands, is now wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man's soul.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-118 Section-10)
But man can even now foretaste this providence in its eternity meanings as he ponders the universe fact that all things, be they good or evil, work together for the advancement of God-knowing mortals in their quest for the Father of all.

(From: Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad)
I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

(From: David Foster - “Time and a Word” YES - Jon Anderson)
There's a Time, and the Time is Now and it's Right for me… It's right for me, and the time is Now.

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The Sermon
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Living in the now was a lot easier as a child… or so it seems.
Perhaps it is just that I was more intent upon not missing anything.

And maybe it was because I made fewer plans. Plans can have a tendency to set Now aside for a spell. At least this is true when plans become a blueprint rather than a map. Yet life becomes far more complex as an adult and planning becomes more and more of a necessity just to keep things organized (or at least to avoid overmuch chaos ;-). Ya know, Now that I think about it…

Could it be so simple as, the child spends more time playing? Rarely is a child unable to find time for play unless restrained. True Play is always experienced in the Now Moment… or is it that the Now Moment is always experienced in True Play? Possibly both. I'm not talking only about frivolous play, but serious and intent play as well. But indeed there are many other experiences wherein the Now Moment is predictably experienced besides just Play… maybe Play is a component rather than an environment…

Practicing one's Talent/Gift/Art? Now Moment.
When Life happens? Now.
Experiencing Love? Definitely Now Moment!

In Touch With God?
Only Now… Every Now.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I never want to feel like I have to make time “for” You, but rather always “with” 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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