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11-7-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #163
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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.

How do you Compare?

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Quotes
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(from: "The Shadow Matrix" - ©1997 by Marion Zimmer Bradley)
“If you study human history, I think you will find that people are so emotionally invested in doing things in their customary manner that they prefer to resist change, even when it is in their own interest.”

(from: the Urantia Papers - Paper-160 Section-1)
Successful living is nothing more or less than the art of the mastery of dependable techniques for solving common problems. The first step in the solution of any problem is to locate the difficulty, to isolate the problem, and frankly to recognize its nature and gravity. The great mistake is that, when life problems excite our profound fears, we refuse to recognize them. Likewise, when the acknowledgment of our difficulties entails the reduction of our long-cherished conceit, the admission of envy, or the abandonment of deep-seated prejudices, the average person prefers to cling to the old illusions of safety and to the long-cherished false feelings of security. Only a brave person is willing honestly to admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers.

(from: Albert Einstein)
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

(from: the Nashville Transcript of 10-24-99 – Teacher Ham)
To the man or woman who trusts completely in God, all things earthly can crash and yet you are confident that this crash is a way to redirect your life.

(from: the Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-2)
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 [ed: Adjuster = God Within], 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: Eagle Man; Mother Earth Spirituality 1990).
We two-leggeds can approach others of completely different cultures and creeds, in peace and support. We must shed our narrow-mindedness; we must stop exploiting one another....We are fortunate that modern technology allows communication with our so-called adversaries who, in reality, want peace as much as you and I do. Communication and universal understanding coupled with generosity and sharing can do more for world peace and the ultimate rehabilitation of Mother Earth than all of the weapons can do.

(from: the Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-7)
The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward-looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul. Truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly co-ordinated and unified in God, who is love.

(from: the Tao Te Ching - #67)
Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I 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 RSV Bible - Galatians 6:9)
And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.

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The Sermon
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compare---comparison---compares---compared---comparing---comparable---comparative---comparatively

Do you Compare?

I don't mean this in the adjective way, because You are Incomparable---Beyond Compare! No other person throughout History, nor into the infinite Future will ever, Can ever, have exactly the same Experiences, Life Situations, Relationships, Feelings, Personality, Gifts, as You. You are a Unique, One-of-a-Kind, Priceless, and Incomparable Child of God. So any Attempt at Personal Comparison with another can yield no more than a Frustrating Futile Fabrication of False Feelings. ;-)

Do you Compare?

By this I mean, Do you make Comparisons? Well Sure you do... of Course you do... we All do. It is a Necessary element of material existence, is it not? We compare Prices... we compare Products... we compare Cars, Houses, Places to Live... we compare Political Structures, Parties and Candidates... we compare belief Systems, Theologies, and Philosophies... we compare Good, Better and Best. We Need to make comparisons in order to make intelligent Choices... isn't that So? And yet... the Net Results of any Comparison yield No More than Personal Opinion, Personal Choice or Personal Preference. What is Good, Better or Best for ME, may very well be... is Likely to be... Must be... Most Assuredly Is... Different from what is Good, Better or Best for You or anyone Else. Suppose? Certainly we all share Many things in common, but Never everything or there would be no such thing as Choice... Would there? So, Comparison is a Good thing... for the Most part.

But Comparison can Also be used as a form of unfair manipulation... a dysfunctional habit... a slow-acting poison... a Trap that we all have gotten caught in at one time or another. It is the Trap of Comparing the Goodness or the Value of People based on External or Material or Variable indications or apparencies. It is also the Trap of trying to Force another or yourself to accept something without the option of a Personal Choice. This form of Comparison we aught to learn to avoid, ignore, and Eliminate from our present/now experiences. We Need to for our Emotional and Spiritual Health!

Comparisons designed to Manipulate another/others against their Will---against their Choice--- are Unhealthy for, and Unworthy of, an Enlightened Person... a Spiritual Person... an Unconditionally Loving Person. Unfortunately, this type of Comparison is still widely practiced in relationships... in friendships... in families... in careers... in churches... in Society. It is Almost unavoidable in Today's World. It is next to Impossible to not fall prey to it at Some time or another in Human Life... ain't it?

But... is it something we want to pass on to future generations? Is it something we want to Encourage? Is it something we want to continue to Perpetuate? Do we want it to become or stay a part of our Children's Lives just because it was an unwelcome and self-limiting part of our own? Does it feel Good to have yourself compared to others? Does it feel good to compare Yourself to others? Does it feel good to compare others to Yourself? I've never gotten a particularly warm fuzzy feeling from any of those kinds of comparisons... have You?

You cannot compare two or more Priceless Things and definitively prove that one has more Value than another. You are Priceless... I am Priceless... People are Priceless. We are All Unique and One of a Kind. There is None more Valuable to God than any other. There is None Less Valuable to God than any other.

Learn to Appreciate Yourself for the goodness of who you Are and can be, and Others for the goodness of who They Are and can be.

There's Just... no... Comparison!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for Loving me even though I fall miserably below Perfection.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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11-14-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #164
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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.

Today's service is about... well, it's Kinda' about... well, How ABOUT I just let you read it for yourself...
;-)

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Quotes
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(from: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

(from: the RSV Bible - Corinthians II 12:15)
I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-34 Section-6)
The Spirit never drives, only leads. If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. Every step you take must be one of willingness, intelligent and cheerful co-operation. The domination of the Spirit is never tainted with coercion nor compromised by compulsion.
And when such a life of spirit guidance is freely and intelligently accepted, there gradually develops within the human mind a positive consciousness of divine contact and assurance of spirit communion; sooner or later "the Spirit bears witness with your spirit (the Adjuster) that you are a child of God."

(from: Mary Manin Morrissey)
Along our spiritual journey, every one of us is thrust into the desert.
We find ourselves in a relationship wasteland or financially barren. We feel lost and abandoned, but it is during this time in the desert that God grows our souls.

(from: the NASB Bible - Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

(from: The Urantia Papers - Paper-112 Section-2)
The material self, the ego-entity of human identity, is dependent during the physical life on the continuing function of the material life vehicle, on the continued existence of the unbalanced equilibrium of energies and intellect which, on Urantia, has been given the name life. But selfhood of survival value, selfhood that can transcend the experience of death, is only evolved by establishing a potential transfer of the seat of the identity of the evolving personality from the transient life vehicle--the material body--to the more enduring and immortal nature of the morontia soul and on beyond to those levels whereon the soul becomes infused with, and eventually attains the status of, spirit reality. This actual transfer from material association to morontia [ed: Soul] identification is effected by the sincerity, persistence, and steadfastness of the God-seeking decisions of the human creature.

(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.
        As you grow older in years and more experienced in the affairs of the kingdom, are you becoming more tactful in dealing with troublesome mortals and more tolerant in living with stubborn associates? Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul. If you possess these rare and charming gifts, as the days pass you will become more alert and expert in your worthy efforts to avoid all unnecessary social misunderstandings. Such wise souls are able to avoid much of the trouble which is certain to be the portion of all who suffer from lack of emotional adjustment, those who refuse to grow up, and those who refuse to grow old gracefully.

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The Sermon
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Ya ever have those times when you just sit and think about your Two different inner Characters? You've felt that haven't you---the two different and seemingly opposed parts of you that hang out in your mind together and debate over the physical control of your body?

There's the one that thinks/acts primarily in, and out of, Fear and has a tendency to suggest, or respond in, one or more of fear's associated proclivities. You know, like: distrust, anger, hatred, blame, prejudice, greed, envy, selfishness, covetousness, jealousy, untruthfulness, vanity… and all those other things ya don't like about others but have a tendency to try to justify inside yourself? It's not like this part of us is necessarily evil mind you… it has it's place, it's value, in the struggle for self preservation. It's just Afraid…Confused… Ignorant. It remembers and replays Every memory of physical and emotional Pain, and Suffering, and Failure, whenever it is time to make choices and/or decisions. It does this of course in a vain effort to try and avoid more of the same. It is the Ego. Personal Physical preservation is it's job… and Fear is it's most frequently used tool. It speaks Loudly and incessantly in the debate for Control.

And then there's the Other… the one that thinks/acts completely in, and out of, Love. It is the Gift Giver in us… the Truth, Beauty and Goodness Seeker… the Service Performer… the Artist… the Appreciator… the Adventurer… the Hero… the Lover. It is the Progenitor of all that you DO like about others, and that you Can like about Yourself. It is that part of you that is in direct contact with the Divine. It is the Soul. Transformation and Growth and Spiritual Survival is it's job… and Love is it's Only tool. It speaks Softly and Maturely and debates for the Wisdom to give Control over to God.

Which one makes more of your decisions for you? Which one do you Allow to make more of the decisions for you? Are you Satisfied with the decisions you make? Do they bring more Love, or more Fear into your life… more Inner Peace, or more Disruption… more Progress, or more Stagnation? In any given moment, which one would you Rather have making the important decisions for you… your ego or your Soul?

Making a Conscious Soul decision can be quite difficult at times… don't ya Think? It's like the Inertia of ego is so heavily ingrained in the instinctual way of doing things, that making a Soul Choice seems Truly an insurmountable Effort. Indeed it Does take a concerted Effort, a Childlike Determination, a selfless act of Bravery, to make and enact a Soul Choice… a Soul Decision. One must be willing to Risk being Vulnerable, for the taking of each step on the Path of Soul and there is Nothing that ego hates Worse than that feeling of Vulnerability. Seems quite the Paradox… No? Any Wonder why we get so Confused in our minds sometimes? The ONLY way to resolve the issue of Vulnerability, is with Faith and Trust. Faith that you are Indeed Cared for and Loved by God… and Trust that each step you take in Sincerity will bring you yet another step closer to your Divine Destiny---to God. Yes. Making a Conscious Soul decision CAN be quite difficult at times. The utter Simplicity of the Answer is often difficult to Believe, and the painlessness of the Good Result often makes it all too easy to Forget.

The Path of Soul is Simplicity in itself. It is the Loving Path… the Truthful Path… the Beautiful Path… the Good Path. Is it Painless? Not Always. Is it Effortless? Certainly not at First, but it becomes easier with devoted Practice. Is it Satisfying, Rewarding, Fulfilling? Oh Yes… Yes Indeed!

At least… That has been This reporters Experience.
“That's my Story, and I'm Stickin' To it!”

Ya ever have those times when you just sit and think about your Two different inner Characters?
Nah… me Neither. ;-)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Shower us in Your Love. And... can I borrow a Wash Cloth?

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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11-21-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #165
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Judy Girard

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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.

Is it possible to live a life on this world without self-doubt?

I Doubt it... ;-)

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(from: the NASB Bible - Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

(from: Mary Manin Morrissey)
A wonderful life is not an end product. A wonderful life is a way of living, a way of realizing our full potential as sons and daughters of the living God.

(from: Catherine Ponder, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity)
You are prosperous to the degree that you are experiencing peace, health, and plenty in your world. While prosperous thinking means many things to people, basically it gives you the power to make your dreams come true, whether those dreams are concerned with better health, increased financial success, a happier personal life, more education and travel, or a deeper spiritual life.

(from: Mary Manin Morrissey )
Along our spiritual journey, every one of us is thrust into the desert. We find ourselves in a relationship wasteland or financially barren. We feel lost and abandoned, but it is during this time in the desert that God grows our souls.

(from: Emmet Fox, Around the Year with Emmet Fox)
What you think upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your own life. Whether the subject of your thought be good or bad, the law works and the condition grows. Any subject that you keep out of your mind tends to diminish in your life, because what you do not use atrophies.

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The Sermon
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For the past several weeks I have had an almost nagging feeling that I had a sermon to write. That's how sermons come to me. The ideas start mulling around inside of me and it starts to occur to me that it's time to write. I seem to have little control over that and writing on a schedule doesn't seem to work for me. So I sat down and after three separate attempts to write something, there I sat. The feeling was still there, but the words did not seem to be coming. I stopped for awhile and just went to a silent space to listen to what was going on. It was then that the words began to come and what had been mulling in my head began to take form and make sense.

What I have struggled with lately is the difference between what my head and heart believes to be true and what I live out. For instance, I believe that we are created in the image and likeness of our Divine Creator. I believe that because of that we are treasured and loved beyond the scope of our belief. I believe that we are blessing. I believe that the light of our loving Parent shines in us and through us. And I believe that if we rely on the Source of Life for all that we need that we need not fear anyone or anything.

And then I looked at the reality of my life. Recently, I have been sick. In my head I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I needed to turn to God, to put my trust in my loving Parent and rely on that Healing Power to care for me. It's easy and it's at the core of what I believe. Trust in God, my loving Parent. It seems pretty simple.

Now for the reality check. I was scared and felt alone and depressed. In spite of my belief and sincere effort on my part, I could not seem to carry out what I said I believed. I could sense that there were several things I just needed to turn over to God. I needed to let go of those things over which I had no control and let God handle them in whatever way was appropriate. I fought and struggled. I tried harder to do something—anything – to get better. The longer that went on, the harder things became. Now in addition to not feeling well, I was beating myself up for failing to live out what I said I believed. I chastised myself for hanging on to things that I knew I had no control over. I became more and more depressed and disappointed in myself. You can imagine the deep hole I was falling in to. I began to doubt nearly everything.

Ever have days like that??

All the while I still had this nagging feeling that it was time to write. What could I possibly have to say? I mean, after all, here I was failing miserably in my own life journey. With what authority or wisdom could I offer anything to other folks on a spiritual journey? Somehow, I had become convinced that no one else on a spiritual path ever had moments like this. I became very focused on my failures and almost seemed to lose sight of what was ahead of me. I was losing sight of God's presence in my life and of how far I had traveled in my life already. It was somewhere in that moment that it came to me again that it is in our weakness that we are most loveable. That it is precisely because I sometimes lose my way that I need the light of others to shine on my path. It is when I am most vulnerable that I am also most able to receive God's love. I was evaluating and judging my life based on a perfect vision of the how to achieve that which I desired. I was losing sight of what was in my heart. I was so preoccupied with fixing what I perceived to be wrong that I was losing sight of the bigger picture. I insisted on looking back on where I had failed on not ahead to where I was going. My focus had shifted from the desired intent. Once my focus shifted, I was inadvertently focused on my failure. So where was most of my energy going? Not on my desired outcome, but on the failure. Now, it doesn't take much to figure out that the more attention we give something in our lives the more prominent it becomes. So failure loomed larger than life and I seemed to have little room in my life for appreciation or even love.

So, I began to shift. To look at things just a little differently. To consciously ask for guidance and help and to recognize the many people who surround me who light the way for me. Praying for guidance and believing we have received it brings our actions into alignment with the Divine Will. Affirming the truth about life and ourselves will set into motion those spiritual principles to which we adhere. We always get exactly what we need, when we need it, even if we don't know what we need. Focusing on our deepest desire brings about positive results. Expectations always determine results. When we expect to be guided and protected and to receive the benefits of our relationship with our Heavenly Parent, we can expect the results of all of our endeavors to be favorable.

So all of my shortcomings, all of my unhealed pains, all of my loose ends and unresolved issues do not make me an unworthy servant of God. It only speaks of my need for the Divine in my life, of my dependence of my heavenly Father to light my path, to guard me from my biggest foe (me), and to guide me in His ways.

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The Prayer
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Dear Loving and Ever- Patient Parent,
Help me to see clearly that union with you is my deepest desire. What I need to know today is that I am deeply and continuously loved in spite of myself. My life's goal is to grow in that love, bask in that love and share that love so that others may see your glory. Help me to focus on that; to focus on your light and love. When I feel I have failed, I need to remember to focus on where I am going and not necessarily on where I have been. The light of your love will guide the way—if I let it.

God's Love and Abundant Blessings,

Judy Girard,
Minister, Church Within


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11-28-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #166
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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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 answer to the Million Dollar Question is Love. Why is that so difficult to Remember sometimes?

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Quotes
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(Quoted in "The Little Zen Companion", P. 377)
A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said: "I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood. Will you be gracious enough to show me the way to Zen?" The Master said: "Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?" The monk said: "Yes, I do." The Master said: "Here is the entrance."

(from: the Tao Te Ching)
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

(from: The RSV Bible - Psalms 27:13)
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-2 “The Nature of God” Section-6)
The affectionate heavenly Father, whose spirit indwells his children on earth, is not a divided personality--one of justice and one of mercy--neither does it require a mediator to secure the Father's favor or forgiveness. Divine righteousness is not dominated by strict retributive justice; God as a father transcends God as a judge.

(from: The RSV Bible - Psalms 145:7-9)
They shall pour forth the fame of thy abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-2 “The Nature of God” Section-7)
The overstressed and isolated morality of modern religion, which fails to hold the devotion and loyalty of many twentieth-century men, would rehabilitate itself if, in addition to its moral mandates, it would give equal consideration to the truths of science, philosophy, and spiritual experience, and to the beauties of the physical creation, the charm of intellectual art, and the grandeur of genuine character achievement.

(from: the Tao Te Ching)
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-2 “The Nature of God” Section-7)
The discernment of supreme beauty is the discovery and integration of reality: The discernment of the divine goodness in the eternal truth, that is ultimate beauty. Even the charm of human art consists in the harmony of its unity.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-2 “The Nature of God” Section-7)
        Happiness ensues from the recognition of truth because it can be acted out; it can be lived. Disappointment and sorrow attend upon error because, not being a reality, it cannot be realized in experience. Divine truth is best known by its spiritual flavor.

(from: The RSV Bible - Galatians 5:22-23)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-2 “The Nature of God” Section-7)
Truth is coherent, beauty attractive, goodness stabilizing. And when these values of that which is real are co-ordinated in personality experience, the result is a high order of love conditioned by wisdom and qualified by loyalty.

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The Sermon
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        I will Never forget the first time that I woke up and realized that I was my Soul Self. Ego had seemed then to have dissolved completely in less than a moment. What had replaced it was Awe, Humility, Excitement, and an Incredible sense of Adventure. I had discovered that I could Know God as a real Person... a Loving Parent... a Dear and Cherished Friend. I could Feel God's presence wherever I went... wherever I Was. I saw Evidence of God in the Power of the Ocean... the Serenity of a Lake... in the Grandeur of the Mountains and in the Soaring of a Bird. Every Love Song sounded as if it had been sung directly to God. Every Eye that I looked into with Love showed me another glimpse of God's Goodness. Lying was not an option because the Truth tasted so Good. Fear was not an option because during that time it just didn't Exist. Hatred and Prejudice and Jealousy and the desire to Manipulate others... they just disappeared and in their place, was Love and Acceptance and Exhilaration and Emotional Peace. I talked to God every morning, and every Experience felt like God was talking Back to me... communicating with me.

        It was Quite a Time! I Knew that I would Never be Satisfied with anything less. It lasted for about three or four Months. I'm not Exactly sure how long it lasted, because when I finally recognized that the Old ways were back in place I realized they had Been there a while. I had somehow become complacent... over dependent on the past and too focused on the future. Material concerns had become dominant in my thoughts and satisfaction was escaping my grasp. I was forgetting to talk to God every morning... I was forgetting to look for that Special kind of communication. Somehow I had lost sight of the fact that the only time I truly Experience God is in the Present... Right Now.

        I wanted Desperately to be back in my Soul-Self... in Touch with God. I wanted the "Awe, Humility, Excitement, and an Incredible sense of Adventure" again. Had I Totally Lost it? Would it Ever come Back again? I HAD to believe that it Could. The alternative was Unthinkable. I HAD to go on with a trusting Faith that it Would come back... and after half a year of struggle and frustration, it Did.

        Again, I discovered that I could Know God as a real Person... a Loving Parent... a Dear and Cherished Friend. I could Feel God's presence wherever I went... wherever I Was. Again, Every Eye that I looked into with Love showed me another glimpse of God's Goodness. It WAS Real! I had not Imagined it! It Again became the Driving Force in my life, and Again, I Knew that I would Never be Satisfied with anything less. And AGAIN, it only lasted me a few months. This time however, I knew the cause of it's departure. It was kind of forcibly Ripped from me this time My wife left me and took my child. Had I Totally Lost it? Would it Ever come Back again? I HAD to believe that it Could. The alternative was Unthinkable. I HAD to go on with a trusting Faith that it Would come back... and after almost a year of struggle and frustration, it Did... Again. But only after I finally became willing, AGAIN, to turn my life Totally over to God... to accept Whatever the Consequences.

        "Awe, Humility, Excitement, and an Incredible sense of Adventure" returned. THAT was the consequence of turning my life Totally over to God. That time it lasted for three and a half Years. I Shared every Moment, every Thought with God. I Knew that I would Never be Satisfied with anything less.

        Life is a Struggle. Material Existence requires the Continual exercise of patience and Faith. I KNOW that I will get it back again... because I KNOW that I will Never be satisfied with anything Less.

        Will I Ever be able to Get it and Keep it Forever? Yes. I have Faith that I Will... someday... when I can get it through my Thick Human Skull that I must Continually Earn it... must Continually Practice it... must Continually Live it. I will Never be Completely Satisfied with anything Less.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Take my life into Your Hands and Make of it what You Will... I will Never be Completely Satisfied with anything Less.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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