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10-1-2006
#520
10-8-2006
#521
10-15-2006
#522
10-22-2006
#523
10-29-2006

10-1-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #519
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Joilin Johnson

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Humor of the Week
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A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond.  I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard.  We rode our pony.  We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in.  At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

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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.

Oh Joy of Joi!! Today's Sunday Service Sermon was provided by our Dearly Beloved Minister Joilin Johnson. She sent it to me this week with the disclaimer that she thinks “it needs work” which I just happened to totally disagree with! Personally I think it is Exceptional! Perhaps she just thought so because she didn't send along any quotes or humor with it and that's our usual format… I don't know. So just in case that was what she meant (she most Certainly couldn't have thought the Sermon needed any work whatsoever IMO), I threw in a couple of relevant quotes I found near the end. OH! And some Humor I received from Minister Angus Bowen up top…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #519, is Clutter…

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The Sermon
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Today I want to draw an analogy.  Think of your clothes closet as being related to your life. 

 How full is your closet?  How many things do you keep in there that no longer serve who you are today and who you might become, if only you could.   

Do you keep holding on to clothes that no longer fit you?  Do you have shoes that are so worn they no longer present as wearable?  What about the sweater Aunt Tilly gave you for Christmas that you never liked? And what about all the "stuff" in the back of the closet that hasn't seen the light of day for… how many years?

Do the items you hold on to keep you from becoming the Ambassador for Christ you would like to be?... if only:  you had the time… if only you had the space… if only you saw yourself as noble enough or good enough or “you fill in the blank” enough…

Why do we continue to hold on to what no longer serves us?  Is it from fear?  Fear of becoming?… …becoming what?  Or realizing what? 

There's a part inside of all of us that yearns to be greater than we are right now this moment… what keeps us from becoming that greater self?  Is it not at least in part due to all the clutter we fill our lives with… the busyness we fill our hours, our days with?

What would happen if we dared to let go of some of our “stuff”….would new energy come in to fill the void?  Would we suddenly find ourselves ”free to be Me”?

Let's make a commitment to our greater selves today, to begin to clean out our closets… look for all the clutter and let it go… give it away… even put it in the trash if that is where it really belongs, do whatever we have to do to clean up our closet… to open up the energy in our house… to lighten our emotional load.

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Quotes
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(From: Tomas - 6/3/2004 – the Rio Rancho, NM TeaM)

The initial stages of personal correcting often involve a cleaning house. The mind is filled with clutter and voices of others -- your parents, your peers, authority figures, belief systems -- all that has gone before you to help you function and be functional, but they may not be in your best interest as a Soul-in-becoming. It is a process, then, to identify those voices in the mind … and clean house.

(From: Elyon - 3/30/02 – The North Idaho TeaM)
As is the case with your physical environment so it is in the spiritual realm that over time items accumulate, serve their purpose, and when the purpose has run its course often remain to clutter your environment. Today I ask you to reflect on spiritual clutter, perhaps more accurately conceptual clutter that muddies your clarity, that makes it difficult for you to wade through in order to grasp the spirit angle, the spirit perspective. The final step in this cycle of acquiring, applying, is to release and discard.

(From: Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)
Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

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And now breathe… enjoy the freedom of having the time… of having the space… to realize the deepest yearnings of your heart.

In God's Love,
Minister Joilin

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10-8-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #520
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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.

I have been in San Diego since Wednesday without an active phone line and
will be here `till this coming Wednesday. Fortunately I am going to my
Goddaughter´s house for a party this afternoon and will be able to send
this Sunday Service from there.

The topic of today´s Sunday Service, #520, is "My Mom"...


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The Sermon
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Her given name was Mary Jane, I don´t remember anyone ever really
calling her that though... at least not in My lifetime. Her parents
and her brothers and sisters and, my Dad usually called her Mick. To all
the Grandkids and Great-Grandkids, Mary Jane was always Gramma´, and to
all of her many, many friends she was known as Mickey. But to my sister
and brothers and I she was always and, In all ways, Mom.

I can´t remember many days in my life with her that I didn´t hear my
Mom singing. In my opinion, her voice was one of her greatest God
Given Gifts. Singing was Mom´s Art and her personal Joy. For her it was
a method of Worship, and a lighthearted yet deep expression of her Love.
Her singing could make you giggle, and always make you smile. My mom
always sang in the church Choir (with my dad when he was still living on
This world), and at "Midnight Mass" mom´s solo voice could bring a person
to uncontrollable tears of pure "grab you by the heart-strings" spiritual
emotion.

Another of my mom´s great gifts was her ability to Love
unconditionally. She could, and Would, find whatever was good and
loveable in a person... and any faults that they may have had? Well, mom
just didn´t seem to want to waste her time noticing them. You´ve likely
heard the old saying, "If you can´t find something good to say about
someone, don´t say anything at all." Well... I doubt that my mom ever
heard that directed at her... she could Always find something good to say
about someone. She always found the good within people because that the
only thing she ever Looked for. I don´t know that I ever witnessed my mom
being judgmental toward anyone. She truly took to heart the passage,
"`Judgment is Mine,´ saith the Lord." Wouldn´t we All be a lot happier and
more peaceful if we didn´t try to take upon ourselves those
responsibilities which do not belong to us?

I don´t think that my mom ever knowingly lied to anyone (except
perhaps when playing Cards, and then it was only because it was a
part of the `Game´). Mom would never be considered `truthful to a
fault´ because she was always compassionately truthful... it just
wasn´t in her nature to ever use the truth as a weapon. She quite
simply just Loved the Truth too much.

Last Sunday afternoon, October 1st 2006, my Mom Graduated from this
big School we call Life on Earth, and left us to fend for ourselves
while she goes on to begin her "higher education" in the next life.
Anyone that really knows my mom, or ever knew her, would be able to
recognize, that she very faithfully devoted her whole life to just
this moment in time... the time that she would leave this world to join
her loved ones who went on before her in the Heavenly phase of her life.
Mom Graduated "Magna cum Laude"! Yesterday at her Graduation Ceremony
(some would call it a funeral), I had the honor of presenting the Eulogy
at the church service. Here is one of the things that I shared with the
assembly (paraphrased but relatively accurate): "I am not here today to
mourn mom´s passing, or to be sad that she has gone on to bigger and
better things. Rather I am here to Celebrate her Beautiful Life with
those who had the Great Privilege to know and consequently, to Love her."

She was truly a Remarkable and Spirit-filled woman. "Bon Voyage"
mom, and Aloha! I´ll see you and dad and everybody there when my own
time comes!!!

[This has been a Tribute to: Mary Jane "Mickey" Megow---Dedicated
Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Friend---A Most
Devoted and Faith-Full Daughter of God]

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        My Faith will always be strong and sure because of my mom´s faithful
example. Help me to be more like her in the other ways as well,
because the more I can be like her, the more I will be 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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10-15-2006 Sunday Evening Service of the Church Within #521
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by a three-headed monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow them both. As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, “Oh my God! Help me!” At once the ferocious attack scene froze in one place, and as the atheist hung in mid air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, “I thought you didn't believe in me!”

“Come on God, give me a break!!” the man pleaded. “Two minutes ago I didn't believe in three-headed monsters either!”

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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.

Well… I was having difficulty finding a topic for today's Service, so as has occasionally worked for me in the past, I decided to let my Guides and Teachers lead me to a topic by drawing a Rune. The description for the stone that I drew, number 22, is the first of Today's Sunday Quotes…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #521, is Transformation…

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes - #22 - Breakthrough/Transformation/Day (Dagaz)
Here is the final Rune belonging to the Cycle of Initiation. Drawing Dagaz marks a major shift or breakthrough in the process of self-change, a complete transformation in attitude---a 180-degree turn. For some, the transition is so radical that they no longer continue to live the ordinary life in the ordinary way.
Because the timing is right, the outcome is assured although not, from the present vantage point, predictable. In each life there comes at least one moment which, if recognized and seized, transforms the course of that life forever. Rely, therefore, on radical trust, even though the moment may call for you to leap, empty-handed into the void.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-101 Section-10)
        Religion effectually cures man's sense of idealistic isolation or spiritual loneliness; it enfranchises the believer as a son of God, a citizen of a new and meaningful universe. Religion assures man that, in following the gleam of righteousness discernible in his soul, he is thereby identifying himself with the plan of the Infinite and the purpose of the Eternal. Such a liberated soul immediately begins to feel at home in this new universe, his universe.
When you experience such a transformation of faith, you are no longer a slavish part of the mathematical cosmos but rather a liberated volitional son of the Universal Father. No longer is such a liberated son fighting alone against the inexorable doom of the termination of temporal existence; no longer does he combat all nature, with the odds hopelessly against him; no longer is he staggered by the paralyzing fear that, perchance, he has put his trust in a hopeless phantasm or pinned his faith to a fanciful error.

(From: Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004)
We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it.

(From: Abraham 8/26/96 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Spirituality is not a sideline, hobby or for entertainment. Spirituality is real, eternal and now necessary. Do you see this transformation from purely material self-seeking fulfillment to the eternal and sincere care for the whole of the seen as well as the unseen? These spiritual realities are not to be thrown about verbally, but lived in honest effort and devotion to those that created you.

(From: Napoleon Hill)
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 12:2)
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: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

(From: Ambrose 8/14/94 – the Tallahassee TeaM)
As you have been taught, adversity always has within it seeds of spiritual growth and transformation. Do not blind yourselves to these possibilities. Do not be swept along by the negativity expressed by your less enlightened brothers and sisters, rather help them to see these changes in a more positive light. Whenever you become fearful or full of doubt, do not allow these thoughts to grow, but seek then, guidance from your Father who waits with such patience for you to seek His counsel.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-1)
What knowledge and reason cannot do for us, true wisdom admonishes us to allow faith to accomplish through religious insight and spiritual transformation.

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The Sermon
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Over the course of my life I have experienced a fair number of, what I can only describe as, Significant Transformations. Some might label them Intellectual Transformations, others may regard them as Emotional Transformations, while others yet may insist that they are truly Religious Transformations. Personally I've always tended to use the designation of, Spiritual Transformation or Soul Transformation… though in reality they are all relatively equivalent descriptions of the basically indescribable.

You've had them… have you not? …from time to time? …those Alterations or Modifications of Perspective that just seem to Revise your whole Outlook on things?

For years I was in the habit of attributing those “Quantum” Transformations to whatever particular experience happened to be currently in focus at the moment of metamorphosis. “This Book!” or “That Person!” or … whatever it might have been at the moment that acted as my personal “Trigger” for growth. Then it was, “You Gotta' Read This… then You too will be Transformed as I have been!! ” …or some other equally erroneous perception.

How is it that I was so easily duped into forgetting that Every Single other experience of my life that led up to the eventual “Transformation,” was every bit as Essential to my personal Modification as was “the one” that happened to become that final piece to the puzzle? True it is that oftentimes that final piece Is indeed Significant… I do not mean to belittle it's importance, for without it the personal Transformation may have taken many additional years to accomplish if truly it was at all possible without it.

My point is, that which seems Entirely Significant to my own personal transformation could just as likely have slight or trivial impact upon Yours, depending upon our previous personal experiences… and the inverse is likewise just as true. Yours may have little meaning for me, other than that it worked for you.

Searching for the one-time “quick fix” isn't the solution. Rather it is the daily, moment by moment search for undiscovered Truth that allows one to be ready and able to recognize “the Big Piece” when it happens to appear along their path.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Transform me… as I am capable of accepting it.

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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10-22-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #522
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
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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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Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don't recognize you.

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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.

So… everyone will agree that Nobody is Perfect, right? Now the question is… is that an intelligent observation or, just an excuse?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #522, is Touching Perfection…

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The Sermon
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Though humans may never truly attain complete Perfection, yet still must we reach for it… because there are those times when one may perhaps touch it, if but for merely an instant in time.

Discovering Truth is Touching Perfection.
It creates an appetite for more… does it not?

Witnessing Beauty is Touching Perfection.
The memory of it lives on within us and yet never will we lose the desire for new experiences of it.

Discerning Goodness is Touching Perfection.
“Please sir, may I have some more?”

Experiencing Love is Touching Perfection.
Perhaps that is one reason why we seek it so incessantly.

Discovering, Witnessing, Discerning and/or Experiencing Perfection… is Touching God.
Is there anything really that feels better?

Stay in Touch…

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Quotes
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(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-2)
Spiritual growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings, and then a discovery of values. The evidence of true spiritual development consists in the exhibition of a human personality motivated by love, activated by unselfish ministry, and dominated by the wholehearted worship of the perfection ideals of divinity. And this entire experience constitutes the reality of religion as contrasted with mere theological beliefs.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), The Broken Wings)
I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful.

(From: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)
Trifles go to make perfection,
And perfection is no trifle.


(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-130 Section-4)
The possibility of making mistakes is inherent in the acquisition of wisdom, the scheme of progressing from the partial and temporal to the complete and eternal, from the relative and imperfect to the final and perfected. Error is the shadow of relative incompleteness which must of necessity fall across man's ascending universe path to Paradise perfection.

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 12:2 )
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

(From: Chuck Palahniuk)
A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.

(From: The KJV Bible - Matthew 5:43-48)
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
And then Jesus went on to instruct his followers in the realization of the chief purpose of all human struggling--perfection--even divine attainment. Always he admonished them: "Be you perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect."

(From: Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

(From: Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:1-10)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.

(From: Saint Augustine (354 AD - 430 AD)
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.

(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

(From: Bryant McGill, Stanford Lectures on Poetry, 1990)
In order to deserve, we must pay our dues and steadily work for perfection. We must relish in struggle, and relinquish pride. We must dispel fear and seek enlightenment. We must shun division and honor love. We must know our hearts and seek to understand others. We must try, live, create, feel, grow and love.

(From: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I know that You share with me every experience of Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love… for when I encounter them, I truly Feel 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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10-29-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #523
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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"Dear Lord," the preacher began with arms extended and a rapturous look on his upturned face, "Without You, we are but dust!"
 
 He would have continued, but at that moment one very observant little girl (who was listening carefully) leaned over to her mother and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mommy, WHAT is butt dust?"
 
 Church was pretty much over at that point...

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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.

This week at my other job, I overheard a gentleman make the statement, "Truth is an eternal conversation about things that matter, conducted with passion and discipline." Well… I'm always looking for good quotes for the Sunday Services, and that particular one seemed like a likely candidate. I inquired and was informed that it was a quote by a man named Parker Palmer who has written several good books. I had never heard of him before, so after work I did a “Google Search” and discovered that: “Parker J. Palmer holds the Ph.D. in sociology from UC-Berkeley and has taught at Beloit, Georgetown University, the Pacific School of Religion, and the Quaker Center, Pendle Hill. His most recent book on education is To Know As We Are Known (Harper and Row). Dr. Palmer conducts lectures and workshops on new ways of knowing , teaching and learning.”
At  
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/events/afc99/articles.html  I also got some articles that he had written from which I found some other quotes from him that fit nicely into today's Quotes section of the Sunday Service.
[I included the previous paragraphs today so that when you read the multiple quotes attributed to “Parker Palmer” you might have a little insight into who he is. A Very interesting fellow in my opinion.]

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #523, is “Integrity of Self”…

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(From: Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)
Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.

(From: Parker J. Palmer)
Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks — we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.

(From: Dr. Laura Schlessinger)
The reward for doing right is mostly an internal phenomenon: self-respect, dignity, integrity, and self-esteem.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #8)
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-100 Section-3)
Religion is not a technique for attaining a static and blissful peace of mind; it is an impulse for organizing the soul for dynamic service. It is the enlistment of the totality of selfhood in the loyal service of loving God and serving man.

(From: Ham 10/7/2001 – the Nashville TeaM)
Self-understanding is something which should be never ending. You are a child of infinity and you have an eternal destiny, therefore, self-discovery is also an eternal process. Have courage as you discover who you really are. Each new situation has the effect of eliciting new responses and new self-awareness. Let circumstances challenge you and allow yourselves to open up to new awareness, both outside and inside. You have a choice, you can go through life avoiding stimulation and change or you can embrace the new and honestly confront what you feel and experience.

(From: The Book of Runes - #20 - A Journey/Communication/Union/Reunion (Raido)
The journey is toward self-healing, self-change and union. You are concerned here with nothing less than unobstructed, perfect union. But the Union of Heaven and Earth cannot be forced. Regulate any excesses in your life. Material advantages must not weigh heavily on this Journey of the self toward the Self.

(From: Parker J. Palmer)
What a long time it can take to become the person one has always been. How often in the process we mask ourselves in faces that are not our own. How much dissolving and shaking of ego we must endure before we discover our deep identity---the true self within every human being that is the seed of authentic vocation.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #30)
Because he believes in himself, he doesn't try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself, he doesn't need others' approval.
Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.

(From: John Dewey (1859 - 1952)
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

(From: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902)
Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.

(From: Parker J. Palmer)
Integrity requires that I discern what is integral to my selfhood, what fits and what does not and that I choose life-giving ways of relating to the forces that converge within me: do I welcome them or fear them, embrace them or reject them, move with them or against them? By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

(From: Parker J. Palmer)
No punishment can possibly be more severe than the punishment that comes from conspiring in the denial of one's own integrity.

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations)
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

(From: Parker J. Palmer)
The teacher within is not the voice of conscience but of identity and integrity. It speaks not of what ought to be, but of what is real for us, of what is true. It says things like, "This is what fits you and this is what doesn't." This is who you are and this is who you are not." "This is what gives you life and this is what kills your spirit or makes you wish you were dead." The teacher within stands guard at the gate of selfhood, warding off whatever insults our integrity and welcoming whatever affirms it.

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.

(From: Parker J. Palmer)
We attend to the inner teacher not to get fixed but to befriend the deeper self, to cultivate a sense of identity and integrity that allows us to feel at home wherever we are.

(From: Irving Wallace)
To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.

(From: Zig Ziglar)
The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), The Fountianhead)
Morality is judgment to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, and integrity to stand by it at any price.

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The Sermon
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You can not truly Be the person that anyone else might want you to be… they will never be satisfied that you have accomplished it and more importantly, You will never be personally satisfied by trying to be someone that you are not.

Be Yourself…
…with Determination, with Integrity, and Without Compromise.

Your own Specific, Personal and Unique Gift to the World, and indeed to the Universe, can be shared and given by No Other that You.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You made me who I am for a reason. Help me to discover, honor and embrace that reason.

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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