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#366
10-5-2003
#367
10-12-2003
#368
10-19-2003
#369
10-26-2003

10-5-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #366
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

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Humor of the Week
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        A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named Ahmal. The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him Juan.
        Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal.
        Her husband responds, “They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal.”

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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, #366, is Reactions…

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Quotes
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(From: Dale Carnegie)
It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.

(From: Vernon Howard - “The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power”)
You feel good not because the world is right, but your world is right because you feel good.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather that hostile.

  1. (From: Welmek 11/19/92 – the TeaM Archives)
        Once we understand that emotions arise as the reaction to an external event, such as behavior of another human being, we can see how it is that we can learn to control our reaction and thus begin to exercise what we had talked about as self-control, because it is we who are deciding whether or not to experience the emotion or not to experience the emotion.

(From: Vernon Howard - “The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power”)
        An obvious fact about negative feelings is often overlooked. They are caused by us, not by exterior happenings. An outside event presents the challenge, but we react to it. So we must attend to the way we take things, not to the things themselves. It is our happy responsibility to react constructively.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 8/16/92– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Have patience with all. Have patience in all of your dealings. While you may feel inclined to react, it is he who can slow his reactions down so that intelligent action can take place, who changes the world; changes whole situations from a negative aspect to a positive, changes a bad temper into one that is rational, changes a relationship from one of defensiveness to one of compatibility and compromise.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-4)
        Religious living is devoted living, and devoted living is creative living, original and spontaneous. New religious insights arise out of conflicts which initiate the choosing of new and better reaction habits in the place of older and inferior reaction patterns. New meanings only emerge amid conflict; and conflict persists only in the face of refusal to espouse the higher values connoted in superior meanings.

(From: Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-3)
        Through religious faith the soul of man reveals itself and demonstrates the potential divinity of its emerging nature by the characteristic manner in which it induces the mortal personality to react to certain trying intellectual and testing social situations. Genuine spiritual faith (true moral consciousness) is revealed in that it:
1. Causes ethics and morals to progress despite inherent and adverse animalistic tendencies.
2. Produces a sublime trust in the goodness of God even in the face of bitter disappointment and crushing defeat.
3. Generates profound courage and confidence despite natural adversity and physical calamity.
4. Exhibits inexplicable poise and sustaining tranquility notwithstanding baffling diseases and even acute physical suffering.
5. Maintains a mysterious poise and composure of personality in the face of maltreatment and the rankest injustice.
6. Maintains a divine trust in ultimate victory in spite of the cruelties of seemingly blind fate and the apparent utter indifference of natural forces to human welfare.
7. Persists in the unswerving belief in God despite all contrary demonstrations of logic and successfully withstands all other intellectual sophistries.
8. Continues to exhibit undaunted faith in the soul's survival regardless of the deceptive teachings of false science and the persuasive delusions of unsound philosophy.
9. Lives and triumphs irrespective of the crushing overload of the complex and partial civilizations of modern times.
10. Contributes to the continued survival of altruism in spite of human selfishness, social antagonisms, industrial greeds, and political maladjustments.
11. Steadfastly adheres to a sublime belief in universe unity and divine guidance regardless of the perplexing presence of evil and sin.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
Failure is defined by our reaction to it.

(From: Chris Everett)
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that is a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-2 Section-5)
        The Father's love follows us now and throughout the endless circle of the eternal ages. As you ponder the loving nature of God, there is only one reasonable and natural personality reaction thereto: You will increasingly love your Maker; you will yield to God an affection analogous to that given by a child to an earthly parent; for, as a father, a real father, a true father, loves his children, so the Universal Father loves and forever seeks the welfare of his created sons and daughters.

  1. (From: Will 3/8/92 – the Tallahassee TeaM)
From this day forward, I would ask that you look upon each person you come into contact with as a child of God. See that person as nothing else, but as someone who needs an avenue of love to them. React only in love and display yourselves as persons of tolerance of love of a high spiritual nature, one that the Father can be proud of.

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The Sermon
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One of the most Fundamental Laws of Physics is said to be that: “For every action, there is an equal and corresponding Reaction.” It's known as the “Law of Cause and Effect.” On the Material/Physical plane this “law” is consistent and relatively predictable. Given precise conditions, certain actions will invariably produce certain reactions.

Step into the realm of Emotions however and we find quite a different story, don't we? An action still produces a Reaction, but the reaction is more often than not wholly unpredictable and oftentimes totally inappropriate to the given action. Sometimes a person will react to a particular action in a Negative manner, and other times the same action might result in a Positive reaction. It is my personal experience that a reaction of the Ego self tends heavily toward the Negative, and the higher nature (or Soul Self as I like to call it), is more inclined to react in a Positive and Loving way.

Our Reactions to outside stimulus are an Excellent Gauge of how well we are doing at overcoming the inherent tendencies of our Ego with the Loving and more Mature inclinations of our Soul. It's funny, isn't it, how much easier it is to recognize another's Egocentric reactions/behaviors than it is to recognize our own?

Do you spend as much time observing your own reactions as you do the reactions of others?

When you catch yourself in a Negative Reaction, are you able to “step outside of yourself” and discover the root truth of, “Why did I react that way?” Being able to do so is the first step in changing one's reactions from the (ego) negative to the (Soul) positive.

“I had a Choice, didn't I?”

“Did I make the best choice or have I given up my personal freedom to act in the way I would prefer?”

“Have I let myself become a Slave to negativity?”

“Could I have acted more Lovingly if I had thought about it?”

Think about it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I realize that it is my own personal choice as to how I will feel about any given situation or occurrence. No one can Make me feel bad unless I Choose to feel bad. No one can make me feel Good unless it is my Choice to feel good. I am at the whim of no other unless I choose to be so. Help me to make Mature, Wise and Loving Choices... Help me to become more and more like 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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10-12-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #367
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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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The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.
Doug Larson

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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, #367 , is Blame…

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Quotes
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(From: Erica Jong)

Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-148 Section-5)
Man should not blame God for those afflictions which are the natural result of the life which he chooses to live; neither should man complain of those experiences which are a part of life as it is lived on this world. It is the Father's will that mortal man should work persistently and consistently toward the betterment of his estate on earth. Intelligent application would enable man to overcome much of his earthly misery.

(From: Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988), 'Bendigo Shafter')
A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.

  1. (From: Abraham 3/2/03 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Most mortals have experienced a fair amount of turmoil and most are educated and even strengthened from it. There comes a point in the mortal career where you know that you know, meaning you seek not to blame others for your personal difficulties, but take responsibility for your own life.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

(From: The RSV Bible - Philippians 2:14-15)
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.

(From: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.

  1. (From: Confucius)
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.

(From: Ham - 4/12/01– the Nashville TeaM)
Often times in life, there are times when certain doors close and that is exactly what is supposed to happen. That is what the Father's will is for you. But, to move forward, to move beyond that closed door, you must not hold any old feelings about that situation which keeps drawing you back there in your mind and emotions. Pray for those people until you can feel love for them. Once you really feel this and have sympathy for them and understanding, then you will be free to move on. Trust that the Father will open that door which is meant to be opened. Do not blame yourself, do not blame others. Simply accept everything as it is with love in your heart for all.

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The Sermon
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One may blame Government...
One may blame Greed...
One may blame Theology (often mistakenly called Religion)...
One may blame Ignorance...
One may blame Social Immaturity...

...for Much of the Present state of the environment of our world that we live in.

But each Individual is wholly responsible for their own personal choices, actions, reactions, and feelings. For those, none other can ever be truthfully blamed.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        We truly wish to be about Your business dearest Parent... Help us to free ourselves so that we may lovingly do so. Let us be an emanation of your Love to our brethren in their own unique emergence into the Light of Your Presence. And let us forever cast aside those things that are not of You.

        Give us the sight, dear God, that we may see you within each of our fellows... thereby enhancing our own individual understanding of You... and let All who see, work together for the promotion of Your Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, so that our world may become that which You would have it be.

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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10-19-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #368
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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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Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press: 'Ctrl Alt Delete' ...and start all over?

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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, #368, is Living Faith…

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Quotes
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(From: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

(From: George E. Woodberry)
If you can't have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.


(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world. And you don't have to be a poet or a philosopher to know which is best.


(From: The KJV Bible - Hebrews 11:1)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.

(From: Henry S. Haskins)
Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine.


(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 14:22)
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.

(From: Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6)
        Convictions about God may be arrived at through wise reasoning, but the individual becomes God-knowing only by faith, through personal experience. In much that pertains to life, probability must be reckoned with, but when contacting with cosmic reality, certainty may be experienced when such meanings and values are approached by living faith. The God-knowing soul dares to say, "I know," even when this knowledge of God is questioned by the unbeliever who denies such certitude because it is not wholly supported by intellectual logic. To every such doubter the believer only replies, "How do you know that I do not know?"

(From: General Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964)
A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-8)
        Belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes the mode of living. The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith; that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode of living. Faith is a living attribute of genuine personal religious experience. One believes truth, admires beauty, and reverences goodness, but does not worship them; such an attitude of saving faith is centered on God alone, who is all of these personified and infinitely more.

(From: William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.

(From: Susan Taylor)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.


(From: Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965)
I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6)
        Belief may not be able to resist doubt and withstand fear, but faith is always triumphant over doubting, for faith is both positive and living. The positive always has the advantage over the negative, truth over error, experience over theory, spiritual realities over the isolated facts of time and space. The convincing evidence of this spiritual certainty consists in the social fruits of the spirit which such believers, faithers, yield as a result of this genuine spiritual experience. Said Jesus: "If you love your fellows as I have loved you, then shall all men know that you are my disciples."

(From: Tomas 9/14/99 – the Butler PA. TeaM)
        Now is the time for you to walk in faith, for you to have faith not only in the intellectual realms of your mind but in the living of it. The quality of living faith is very real and requires of you a performance that may not feel right and natural to you at first but which will feel right and natural as you pick up confidence in your new level of appreciation for the life adventure presented to you and for you. Now is the time also, as you adapt to your new plateau of living faith, to ground yourself in your understanding of your reality through greater connection to the Father through conscientious Stillness. Seek confirmation from the Father that you are on the right path. Ask Him to attend to you and to go with you into your unknown realm of experience.

(From: Jesus - The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-0)
        "And now you should give ear to my words lest you again make the mistake of hearing my teaching with the mind while in your hearts you fail to comprehend the meaning. From the beginning of my sojourn as one of you, I taught you that my one purpose was to reveal my Father in heaven to his children on earth. I have lived the God-revealing bestowal that you might experience the God-knowing career. I have revealed God as your Father in heaven; I have revealed you as the sons of God on earth. It is a fact that God loves you, his sons. By faith in my word this fact becomes an eternal and living truth in your hearts. When, by living faith, you become divinely God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise.

(From: Teacher Daniel - 9/20/02– the S.E. Idaho TeaM)
To sum up...when we say you need living faith we do not mean credulity. We do not mean intellectual laziness. We do not mean cynical skepticism either. We mean the willingness to commit in your own minds to the highest truth that you know, to commit in the sense of living it and not merely thinking about it, putting it into practice in your lives. Always remember that you can be dead right about the facts and altogether wrong about the truth.

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The Sermon
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“Living Faith” is something Extremely Important to have.

but...

Living “Faith” is something even More Important to Do, because without Living “Faith” you really don't Have “Living Faith”---merely intellectual beliefs. Jesus never said, “Your beliefs have saved you.” Rather did he say, “Your Faith has saved you.”

Living “Faith” requires unconquerable Hope and rugged Courage.

It entails a Supreme Trust in the Ever-present Love, Mercy and Watchcare of God.

Living “Faith” demands an unwavering dedication to the discovery of Truth.

It is by Living “Faith” that one is Truly able to discover what is God's Will... and, what is Not God's Will.

Living “Faith” does not always get you what you may want in the moment... in the situation, but it Does Invariably provide for you what you Genuinely Need for your Highest Good in the Present and in Eternity.

It is my personal experience that Living “Faith” actually Reveals God's Will. Whenever my Hopes seem to be dashed upon the jagged rocks of personal disappointment, then God has something even better for me far beyond what I had originally Hoped for... but if I am not Living “Faith” then I am unable to see it.

Are you Living “Faith” or just talking about it?

Talk is cheap.

Living “Faith” is Priceless!

Matthew 17:20 “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."

...even if it requires you to move the mountain one grain of sand at a time.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        My Faith in You is unconquerable. My Faith in this world and in humankind needs help. Help me.

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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10-25-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #369
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
(Thomas A. Edison)

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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.

There are still a number of Projects here at the Light and Life Sanctuary that I am endeavoring to wrap up before the onslaught of Winter is upon us, so I am going to postpone the promised “Update” on the Garden property for another few weeks so as to give y'all a more accurate accounting of the year's progress. (In other words, I've been pretty durn busy around here and haven't had the time to write the Update yet... but will as soon as I am able. <g>)


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #369, is Results…


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Quotes
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(From: The William Feather Magazine)

Too many of us wait to do the perfect thing, with the result we do nothing. The way to get ahead is to start now. While many of us are waiting until conditions are "just right" before we go ahead, others are stumbling along, fortunately ignorant of the dangers that beset them. By the time we are, in our superior wisdom, decided to make a start, we discover that those who have gone fearlessly on before, have, in their blundering way, traveled a considerable distance. If you start now, you will know a lot next year that you don't know now, and that you will not know next year, if you wait.

(From: Vernon Howard - “The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power”)
        Learn to be indifferent to the results of your efforts in the human affairs of moneymaking, friendships, career, and so forth.
        Notice the tormenting worry over results. Will the new friends like us? Can I make the sale? Will my marriage be happy? Can I succeed at this? Concern with results is a major torture to man. Moreover, it is the very thing that unconsciously causes failure.
        Meet both so-called good results and so-called bad results with quiet indifference. Neither make any difference as far as your personal happiness is concerned.

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


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-4)
Without a worthy goal, life becomes aimless and unprofitable, and much unhappiness results.

(From: Willie Nelson)

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

(From: Sidney Madwed)
The birthplace of success for each person is in his Inner-Consciousness. The Inner-Consciousness will use whatever it is given. If constructive thoughts are planted positive outcomes will be the result. Plant the seeds of failure and failure will follow. And since the only real freedom a person has is the choice of what thoughts he will feed to his Inner-Consciousness he is totally responsible for the outcomes he gets.


(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6)
And it is not so much what mind comprehends as what mind desires to comprehend that insures survival; it is not so much what mind is like as what mind is striving to be like that constitutes spirit identification. It is not so much that man is conscious of God as that man yearns for God that results in universe ascension. What you are today is not so important as what you are becoming day by day and in eternity.

(From: The RSV Bible - Isaiah 32:17)
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever.

(From: The Bhagavad Gita (2.48) - Translated by Ramanand Prasad)
Do your duty to the best of your ability, O Arjuna, with your mind attached to the Lord, abandoning (worry and) attachment to the results, and remaining calm in both success and failure. The equanimity of mind is called Karma-yoga.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-1)
The experience of religion eventually results in the certain consciousness of God and in the undoubted assurance of the survival of the believing personality.

(From: Alexander Clark)
Let us watch well our beginnings, and results will manage themselves.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #55)
The Master's power is like this.
He lets all things come and go
effortlessly, without desire.
He never expects results;
thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed;
thus his spirit never grows old.

(From: Machiventa Melchizedek - 3/7/92– the Tallahassee TeaM)
Dreams do not come true unless you are willing to work to make them come true. It is hard work, but you will find that the rewards are great. I wish you well in your endeavors. Pursue your dreams and you can only have positive results. You may not get exactly what you dreamed for, but it may open up other doors that you never thought possible. One never knows. If you never try you surely have no hope of securing any results at all.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-117 Section-5)
"The act is ours, the consequences God's."

(From: The Bhagavad Gita (2.57) - Translated by Ramanand Prasad)
Those who are not attached to anything, who are neither elated by getting desired results nor troubled by undesired results, their Prajna is deemed steady.

(From: Lantarnek Melchizedek 11/2/97 – the North Idaho TeaM)
Time and space for an ascending creature demands fault and error and the necessity for correction. This is the secret of the line "judge not". Judge not the results of your action but rather investigate the causes and effects and project a new course. All results are stimulants for future growth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)
Art results from man's attempt to escape from the lack of beauty in his material environment; it is a gesture toward the morontia level. Science is man's effort to solve the apparent riddles of the material universe. Philosophy is man's attempt at the unification of human experience. Religion is man's supreme gesture, his magnificent reach for final reality, his determination to find God and to be like him.

(From: Solonia - 1/21/01 The Post Falls TeaM)
Be energized; be spurred on; be excited by the potentials which always seem to be just beyond your reach. For these experiences do in fact provide for you, not only increased growth and maturity, but also a better and more clear concept of what it is that will truly serve you in the unfolding of your highest dreams. You are truly the architects of your dreams. Father, being perfect in wisdom and understanding, will reveal the more Divine way for them to unfold in order to serve the greatest number of people in the most beneficial and satisfying way. It is only when you cling too tenaciously to your own perceptions of what the results Should be (by Your standards), that discordance occurs.

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The Sermon
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Last week's Sunday Service was about Living Faith.
This week's is about Results.

One of the most Important Lessons I have learned (am Ever learning) about Living in Faith, is that of being wholly unconcerned with Results. Not that I don't Anticipate Results, for in fact I Do. Results are Inevitable! Results Happen! Every time I take a Step in Faith, I am Assured of Results, and I confidently Expect them.

What I time and again find that I should be “Unconcerned” about is, any expectations of SPECIFIC Results when I take that step of Faith. When Living in Faith, God always takes care of the Results. The Results don't always look like what I Thought or Hoped they would... often it is very difficult for me even to recognize them as being in any way beneficial, at least at First. Many times it is only in a moment of delayed Retrospect that I am able to appreciate how Truly Providential the initially unwelcome Results actually Were. My Preferred Results would have been in Every way Limiting, and yet God's Results were in Every Way Furthering, Growth Promoting, Freeing and often even Astonishing.

When proceeding in Faith, God's Results prove to be Far Beyond any I could possibly imagine to orchestrate myself, and yet they satisfy inner dreams and longings I feared even to acknowledge that I had.

Act in Faith!
Act in Love!
Let Go of any Expectations for Results!
Let Go, and Let God!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Discovering Your Divine Will is my Supreme Satisfaction, my Ultimate Reward, my Perfect Result. Your Will be done Father. Thank 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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