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#315
10-6-2002
#316
10-13-2002
#317
10-20-2002
#318
10-27-2002

10-6-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #315
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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.

A Very Special Thank You to our Very Own Minister Judy Girard for Today's most Exceptional Sunday Service!!! This is a Master Key for unlocking many doors to Spiritual Freedom and Attainment.

Open the Door…

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Quotes
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(Song Lyric by E.Y. Harburg)
Somewhere over the rainbow,
way up high,
there's a land that I heard of...once in a lullaby,
Somewhere over the rainbow,
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true…

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The Sermon
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The grey sky of morning one day this past week contained an ominous quality. The clouds were so thick you felt like you could almost touch them. I remember having a sense that the thickness of the clouds was much like my heart had been feeling lately: grey, thick, heavy and about to burst. Living in the land of drought, the clouds and the accompanying moisture were a welcome sight to see. Still I couldn't help but get the sense that they were a reflection of what I was feeling.

Later in the day was when I saw it. Faintly sandwiched between the clouds was the mere hint of a rainbow. Barely visible were the bands of color, with a straining, subtle expectancy as the dim colors arched upward. It was the beginnings of a rainbow. The hint of a possibility of something beautiful, magical and rare. Merely a hint and nothing more. At times, you could barely see it.

Would the rainbow become more of a rainbow? Or would it retreat?
Would all the pieces that need to come together to create a vibrant halo of color in the sky so the rainbow would flourish, or would one of the factors jump out of balance, thus erasing the hint? Which would be created? Nothingness or gloriousness?

In your life, where are there hints of a rainbow? What is standing in the way of your magnificent rainbow?

Perhaps it is overanalysis. Sure, planning is valuable. And becoming paralyzed by considering “What happens if X happens? What happens if Z happens? What happens if Mary tells John that C might have a negative effect on D so then X is a moot point anyway?” And what if a huge meteor pummels Earth and tomorrow ALL of the planet is destroyed? There are days I would consider that a blessing. Between my own personal depression and watching the impending doom of the imminence of war is enough to make me think that ending the world via a giant meteor may be a blessing. Surely, God has something more in store for us than self-destruction by means of a nuclear or chemical war.

Having a game plan is always a good thing. A good coach knows that a game plan is consistently modified once the ball is put into play. Who knows what the other side has up their sleeves? Instead of getting stuck in the worry whirlwind, put together a framework and wait with joyful anticipation of the positive potential.

Maybe you are constantly looking at your rainbow from a perspective of fear. From the disempowering rather than the compelling. Fear is especially insidious, because it can come cloaked in many disguises. It may appear to be care and concern, or it may appear as discernment. Another costume it wears is tradition. You know this one, when your friend says, “Why change? This is the only way we have ever done it!” At times, it is cloaked in the shroud of rules and regulations. Lists of things we are told to believe, adhere to or have allegiance to. Definitely the death knell of a rainbow in the making.

Or, another way to make your rainbow in the making disappear is to give up on its existence right as it is about to burst forth with colorful splendor. Norman Vincent Peale wrote these insightful words on this subject: “Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.” Countless inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and people just like you have given up right on the verge of their personal tipping point to success.

And then there are the people who stay in pursuit of their rainbows.

As a child, Richard Branson, noted Entrepreneur, was diagnosed with dyslexia. His scores on standardized tests were dismal, pointing to the likelihood of a less than stellar future. Perfect example of how radically off the mark prophesies based on “standardized tests” can be for children. These tests don't measure the passionate drive that fills an individual. They can not hold onto embers that are just waiting to burst into flames. They can not possibly see what can happen by adding the positive support and nurture of family members and teachers: people who instead of looking at the numbers on a standardized test and instead look into the soul and say, as Branson's Grandmother said, “You've got one go in life. Make the most of it.” What a difference when someone believes enough in us that we can, in turn, believe in ourselves. Richard Branson obviously saw the glimmer of a rainbow and then made sure the environment was right to bring it to fruition.

Media magnate, Oprah Winfrey, hardly had an easy early life, yet she has said, “All my life I have known I was born to greatness.” Her reality was poverty, molestation, incompletion of her college studies and then having to switch gears on her dreams from newscaster to morning show host. Did any of these negative moments get in her way of pursuing her greatness?

Many other people would have gotten discouraged. They had a PLAN to become a newscaster, what a step down to be a morning show host! Oh, really?

Who hosts the news for Nashville, Tennessee's nightly newscast? Sure, the people in Nashville and the surrounding areas are well aware of their beloved news anchors. I am sure they do a terrific job. But who else knows them?

Who is Oprah Winfrey? If you have been awake for the last decade, you are well aware of Oprah. A role model who saw a glimmer and has been riding her rainbow ever since. Not only that, she has taken the world along with her, enlightening millions as she creates the life of her dreams. Even her fiancé has celebrity status. His name is Steadman. You probably already knew that.

And Oprah's radiance births rainbows every day from her Chicago studios. Recently, I watched half of her program, seeing the ever salty, very down to earth Dr. Phil dispensing common sense relationship advice to controlling wives and the men who love them. Imagine that glimmering rainbow: a success story in the making, along comes Oprah, and Dr. Phil now has a huge following. His “tell it like it is style” and simple strategies continue to build rainbows for people each time he appears on Oprah's show.

I sat at the intersection, looking at the hint of a rainbow, wondering what its message was for me. I sighed at the beauty of it, the quiet whispers from the possibility of the rainbow to my soul.

I turned the corner towards my house. Less than a block later, I saw it. The rainbow, in full majestic color. No longer a hint, but a reality. Beautifully and magnificently formed beyond what any artist could create. My eyes filled with tears.

All I had to do was turn the corner. All YOU have to do is turn the corner. Turn away from the tyranny of overanalysis. Turn away from “what if?” paralysis. Away from a lifetime of being fearful, of being somehow not enough, away from “but we have always done it this way.” Away from following rigid rules and expectations. Turn the corner to embracing your greatness. Take the embers deep within you let the fire burn. Say what is so in your life, and then agree to it! Take action on it! Now!

Vic Braden said, “The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.” Your rainbow is stunning. I can see it from my window. The sun is shining upon it, reflecting that glint of “Yes, I can!” in your eyes. Today, show your rainbow to others. Watch the magic as it unfolds before you. Your rainbow is always there, simply waiting for you to bring it out in all its glory. Right now, it looks fantastic.


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The Prayer
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Loving God and Holy Creator,

The rainbow has long been the sign of your covenant with us. How quickly we forget that you are always there. The God who walks with us, nurtures us, sustains us and creates rainbows amidst the clouds of our lives. If I am focused on all of the “what-ifs” in my life I often miss the brilliance of the rainbow. Help me to see the rainbows and to create more brilliant rainbows so that others experience the magnificence of your love and glory.

Amen.


God's love and abundant blessings,


Judy Girard,
Minister, The Church Within

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10-13-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #316
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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 man walked out into the street and managed to get a taxi just going by. "What luck" he thought, as he slid into the cab. "Perfect timing".

"You're just like Bill", said the cabby.
"Who?" Asked the passenger.
        "Bill Smith. There's a guy who did everything right". The cabby said. "Like my coming along when you needed a cab. It would have happened like that to Bill every time."
        The passenger said "Nah. There are always a few clouds over everybody."
        The cabby said, "Not Bill. He was a terrific athlete. He could have gone on the pro tour in tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star".

The passenger said, "Bill was really something huh?"
        The cabby continued, "Oh yeah. Bill had a memory like a trap. He could remember everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which fork to eat with. He could fix everything. Not like me, I change a fuse, and the whole neighborhood blacks out."

The passenger said, "No wonder you remember him."
"Well, I never actually met Bill," said the cabby.
"Then how in the world do you know so much about him?" asked the passenger.
"I married his widow," replied the cabby!

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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.

Autumn is such an Appealing Season, is it not? The Beauty, the Harvest, the Satisfaction of the Fruits of our Labors...
Rather than regretting the end of Summer, or anxiety over the coming of Winter, let us Rejoice in the Goodness of This Season... it will be over before we know it.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #316, is Soul Appeal…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 12:1-2)
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-152 Section-6)
The second night of their sojourn at Gennesaret the Master again told the apostles the parable of the sower and added these words: "You see, my children, the appeal to human feelings is transitory and utterly disappointing; the exclusive appeal to the intellect of man is likewise empty and barren; it is only by making your appeal to the spirit which lives within the human mind that you can hope to achieve lasting success and accomplish those marvelous transformations of human character that are presently shown in the abundant yielding of the genuine fruits of the spirit in the daily lives of all who are thus delivered from the darkness of doubt by the birth of the spirit into the light of faith--the kingdom of heaven."

Jesus taught the appeal to the emotions as the technique of arresting and focusing the intellectual attention. He designated the mind thus aroused and quickened as the gateway to the soul, where there resides that spiritual nature of man which must recognize truth and respond to the spiritual appeal of the gospel in order to afford the permanent results of true character transformations.

(From: The American Standard Bible - Timothy I 5:1-2)
Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

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The Sermon
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Why is it that humans spend so much of their time in appealing to the egos of one another do you think?
Rather are we not (if you Really contemplate it), more attracted to those who instead… Appeal to our Souls and to our Spirits?

Existence on this world seems so much to be a continual battle of egos---ours with ourselves, ours with others, others with ours, and others with others (if ya know what I mean :^)---that it's a Wonder, nay almost a Miracle, that anyone gets along at All.
But then again… there Are those moments of Soul and Spirit Too, aren't there… the moments of Love… of Openness… of Trust… of Compassion and Understanding… of inner Peace and Contentment… Moments of Wonder and Exhilaration and Awe? Of Course there are! These are the Moments we truly Live and Yearn for, are they not?

If you put all of your present Ego struggles on one side of a scale, and all of your current Soul experiences on the other side of it, which one would tip the scales in it's favor? As with All of us, it is the side which gets the most attention, the most Focus.
On the one side is how to Get …
On the other, how to Give and Accept.

On the one side how to Force things to happen according to Your will…
On the other, is Allowing them to happen according to God's Will.

On the one how to personally Control what is on the Outside…
On the other, Self Control Within and allowing God control of the rest.

Ego side, Power and Material Wealth...
Soul side, Personal Strength and Spiritual Value.

Ego side, Dominate others...
Soul side, Appreciate others.

Ego side, Co-dependence...
Soul side, Independence as a Child of God.

Ego side, what Others think of me...
Soul side, what I think of me and what God thinks of me.

Ego side, Criticize...
Soul side, Encourage.

Ego side, Deceit...
Soul side, Truth.

Ego side, Doubt...
Soul side, Faith.

Ego side, Despair...
Soul side, Hope.

Ego side, Selfishness...
Soul side, Love.

Ego side, My way...
Soul side, God's way.

Jesus did not spend his time on this world appeasing or appealing to people's Egos. Always did he appeal to their Souls and to their Spirit Within... it is why they Loved him so much. He sought not man's approval, only God's. He Loved without condition, and was Loved in reciprocation. He did not spend his time in Judgment, but rather invested his time in Loving Friendship.

Is not Life so Much Better when we do Likewise?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me with my transition.

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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10-20-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #317
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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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        Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on his computer. They had been going at it for days, and God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally, God said, "Cool it. I am going to setup a test which will take two hours and I will judge who does the better job. So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused.
They did spreadsheets.
They wrote reports.
They sent faxes.
They sent e-mail.
They sent out e-mail with attachments.
They downloaded.
They did some genealogy reports.
They made cards.
They did every known job.
        But, ten minutes before the time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, the rain poured, and, of course, the electricity went off.
Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed in every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. The electricity finally flickered back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically screaming, "It's gone! It's all
gone! I lost everything when the power went out!" Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all his files from the past two hours.
Satan observed this and became even more irate! Wait! He cheated! How did he do it??!!"

God shrugged and said, "Jesus Saves!"

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

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #317, is Passion…

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Quotes
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(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

(From: Claude A. Helvetius)
Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.

(From: Abraham 10/13/2002 - the Woods Cross TeaM)
Imagine your soul as an empty vessel. What do we fill our souls with on a daily basis? For some employment takes up a great deal of space, as does the struggle for material well-being. Some feed the desires of the flesh and that does seem to bring temporary happiness. Some fill their souls with mindless entertainment or things that one does not require to do too much deep thinking. Filling our vessel with these activities is not going to promote balance nor self-mastery.

(From: Bertrand Russell)
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

(From: The RSV Bible - Colossians 3:12-4)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

(From: George Washington Carver)
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong -- because someday you will have been all of these.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.

(From: Bernard M. Baruch)
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.

(From: Albert Einstein)
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

(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, 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: Abraham 10/13/2002 - the Woods Cross TeaM)
To serve is to be about the Father's business. This always enlarges the concept of God, the Father, while decreasing our overgrown sense of ego-self, and yet therein lies the feeling that the love of God is at hand. In serving, mind goes beyond self toward the good of the whole and that is without a doubt most helpful in attaining self-mastery.

(From: Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
"Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-99 Section-7)
Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.
Man can never wisely decide temporal issues or transcend the selfishness of personal interests unless he meditates in the presence of the sovereignty of God and reckons with the realities of divine meanings and spiritual values.

(From: Søren Kierkegaard)
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.

(From: Ivan Pavlov (1849 - 1936)
Be passionate in your work and in your searching.

(From: Ice T)
Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.

(From: Chang Ch'ao)
Passion holds up the bottom of the universe and genius paints up its roof.

(From: Honore De Balzac)
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

(From: Hugh Young)
If a thing is worth doing at all, it's worth doing as well as you can possibly do it. Pick out something you think is worthwhile and do it or work at it with passion. Do it with all your might.

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The Sermon
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Do you consider yourself a Passionate person?

What are you passionate about?
What keeps you keeping on in the face of all disappointment?

What fuels your will to live and experience and grow?

Does it sometime seem that you have lost your passion... given it up... had it stolen from you?
Don't you hate when that happens?
What do you do when it becomes overly obvious that it has happened once again?
        ...do you get Bored with life?
        ...do you withdraw from it?
        ...do you go into a depression?
        ...do you try to placate the ego with trinkets or material possessions?
Or perhaps,
        ...do you pray?
        ...do you go to God for direction?
        ...do you devote yourself to something you deem to be worthwhile?
        ...do you seek nourishment for the Soul?
How does one discover “True Passion” or the get the “True Passion” back?

Children are very Passionate individuals... do you ever watch them?
They are just So Devoted (if it is something they Enjoy... of course), to whatever they may be doing... to Discovering something New and Exciting... they are ever Hopeful, Expectant, Optimistic... shouldn't we take a lesson from children?

Do we forget that we are still Children... Children of God?
We haven't even Begun to discover the Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love that our Divine Parent has planned for us... waiting for us! They are our Birthright as members of God's Family. We must be Passionate about finding them and allowing them into or lives... we must be Passionate about discovering God's will for our Own selves, for therein do we most certainly encounter Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love.

Mortal Passions Can overwhelm, can isolate us, unless kept in balance... but the passion for God's Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love... No amount of that Passion is too much!

Be Passionate about something and Com-passionate about everything.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Be the Source of all of my Passions.

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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10-27-2002 Sunday Service of the Church Within #318
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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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This older Jewish man was on the operating table awaiting surgery. As he was about to receive the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son, the Surgeon.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me... your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife."

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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.

October 23rd 1995 was the date that the Church Within first became a “legal” non-profit Church. That would mean that Wednesday of this past week, we had our 7th Anniversary. At times it feels like only yesterday... at others, it feels like a Lifetime.

Last week's Sunday Service was on the subject of “Passion.”
The topic of today's Sunday Service, #318, is Compassion…

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(From: The RSV Bible - Colossians 3:12-4)
The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD, and all thy saints shall bless thee! They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and tell of thy power, to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to thee, and thou givest them their food in due season. Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. He fulfils the desire of all who fear him, he also hears their cry, and saves them.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-137 Section-7)
        While Jesus later directed that the apostles should go forth, as John had, preaching the gospel and instructing believers, he laid emphasis on the proclamation of the "good tidings of the kingdom of heaven." He unfailingly impressed upon his associates that they must "show forth love, compassion, and sympathy." He early taught his followers that the kingdom of heaven was a spiritual experience having to do with the enthronement of God in the hearts of men.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr.)
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-180 Section-5)
The old religion taught self-sacrifice; the new religion teaches only self-forgetfulness, enhanced self-realization in conjoined social service and universe comprehension. The old religion was motivated by fear-consciousness; the new gospel of the kingdom is dominated by truth-conviction, the spirit of eternal and universal truth. And no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of kingdom believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness which characterizes the spirit-born sons of the living God. Neither tradition nor a ceremonial system of formal worship can atone for the lack of genuine compassion for one's fellows.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 10:30-37)
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-8)
        The Master came to create in man a new spirit, a new will--to impart a new capacity for knowing the truth, experiencing compassion, and choosing goodness--the will to be in harmony with God's will, coupled with the eternal urge to become perfect, even as the Father in heaven is perfect.

(From: Ham 12/30/2001 - the Nashville TeaM)
Compassion is very important in your life. Always remember to afford yourself that same compassion and understanding that you so readily give to others. Learn to say to yourself, "I did my best today and therefore everything is going by the Father's will". The Father asks only that you believe and follow him, grow in your love for him, and your way will be secure.

(From: Dean Koontz)
Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.

(From: U Thant)
Wars begin in the minds of man, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.

(From: Barry Lopez - Arctic Dreams)
How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

(From: Ham 10/20/2002 - the Nashville TeaM)
Year by year, little by little as you each grow in the spirit so do you advance the spirit in your world. There is no substitute for individual spiritual growth; there is no magic road, no instantaneous healing, no instant conversion that can take the place of the small steps one after another of the spiritual progressor.
Wisdom is not bestowed in a blinding flash of light. Wisdom is gained by difficult daily struggles, by individual adjustment, by the tiny changes that are wrought in your hearts by the spirit's presence and influence day by day.
The harsh realities of life must be faced with the spirit. It does not serve the spirit to weave fantasies or to set one's self above the struggles of daily living for it is in those struggles, those small adjustments, that the spiritual progress of your planet depends.

(From: Aaron 9/14/2002 - the Garden TeaM)
Show others the depth of your compassion. You will find that you are going to enjoy being who you are even more and more.

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The Sermon
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Compassion...
        ...allows one to let go of Grudges.
        ...allows one to conquer Anger.
        ...allows one to see the Motive of an action.
        ...allows one to truly Forgive.
        ...allows one to truly Care.
        ...allows one to Truly Love.
        ...allows one to Truly Live.
Truly Live, Love, Care, Forgive Others (and Yourself), see the Motive, Conquer Anger, and let go of Grudges. Have Compassion... Be Compassionate!

“As you sow, so also shall you reap.”

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The Prayer
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Dearest God,

Parent of All, Partner of my Soul, Pattern of Compassion and Mercy and Divine Light, Thank You for those times when I can truly recognize Your presence and ministry within my own heart, pouring forth in spite of my fears; In spite of my anger; In spite of my pain; In spite of my humanity. Thank You Most Loving One for those little reminders that I truly AM Your loved child, even in my ignorance, even in my immaturity, even in my incompleteness. I crave more of those times when my evolving self allows Your expression through me, when we are as one. I want this ALL of the time, Dear Father, not merely once in a while. I want it when I work, I want it when I play, I want it when I am with your other children, I want it when I feel all alone, I want it when I express myself, I need it to express 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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