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10-5-2008
#625
10-12-2008
#626
10-19-2008
#627
10-26-2008

10-5-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #624
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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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My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asked, "Do you know her?"

"Yes," I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since."

"My God!" says my wife, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"

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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.

We are all looking for answers, right?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #624, is Questions…

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Quotes
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(From: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

(From: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-34 Section-7)
        Having started out on the way of life everlasting, having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle, the Spirit of Truth will always speak, saying, "This is the way."

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991)
Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

(From: Thoreau)
The question is not what you look at but what you see.

(From: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

(From: Edward Hodnett)
If you don't ask the right questions, you don't get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the ABC of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.

(From: Allard Lowenstein, O Magazine, September 2002)
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.

(From: Solomon Ibn Gabirol)
A wise man's question contains half the answer.

(From: John Cage (1912 - 1992)
The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.

(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: Henry Drummond)
The world is not a playground; it's a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. And the one eternal question for us all is how better we can love.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, The Warrior's Apprentice, 1986)
What you are is a question only you can answer.

(From: Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It)
How can a question be answered that asks a lifetime of questions?

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The Sermon
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I don't think it would be much of a presumption to allege that the number one Question asked by the majority, if not all, human beings is “Why…?” … asked to themselves, to others or to God. [Following closely upon it's heels would undoubtedly be the Question: “When…?” ;-)]

For the most part, “Why…?” is a good Question. Indeed it is likely at the root of almost all human discovery… innovation… invention… in fact progress of any kind, don't you think? I think the Question “Why…?” is the great promoter of human improvement, advancement, growth. “Why…?” leads to the personal discovery of self and, it leads as well to the personal discovery of God. “Why…?” might be described as the instigator, the prompter, even the motivator.

And yet… even such a vital Question as “Why…?” has it's limitations, it's boundaries. Beyond them, “Why…?” can become a deterrent, a restraint, even, yes, a prison of sorts. There may be others that you could bring to mind, but the one that can be most debilitating in my perspective is some version of the “Why always Me?” or “Why (fill in your own blank) to Me?” Question. This is one of ego's favorite self-pity questions and often, in my experience, leads away from any immediate solution rather than toward it. Sometimes it is a place one can get stuck in for years because they tell themselves that “There is no way out!” when in fact they are stuck simply because they have stopped looking for the way. When I find myself snared in such predicaments [amazing how long it takes sometimes to recognize the entrapment], it is the “What…?” question that has the power to help get me out of them.

“What…?” Indeed.

What am I missing?
What is the Lesson?
What is the Way?
What is the Gift?

The answer to the “What…?” Question is not always immediate, but with resolve and enough patience, the answer is inevitable if not predictable. Then the only Question is…

“How…?”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        What is Your Way and How do I get there?

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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10-12-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #625
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Humor of the Week
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Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves.

(Lord Chesterfield (1694 - 1773), letter to his godson, December 18, 1765)

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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… let's just get right to it today, alright?

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The Sermon
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One must be always aware, wary, cautious and wise in life… because unfortunately there are still those selfish, greedy and power hungry individuals who, if they were to get the opportunity, would use, abuse, confuse, manipulate and enslave others for their own personal gain. There are not that many of them percentage wise, but they seek out positions that artificially give them power over others and are therefore more easily noticeable. They do not use power for the good of all, but abuse it for the profit of themselves and the few who are like them. Not all found in positions of power are such as these, indeed most are not. There are truly good and compassionate and service motivated people who have earned their positions of authority and influence.

So… how do you know which is which?

The ones to be wary and cautious of All have one thing in common… one tool that they will use in every possible way… a single weapon upon which they are all invariably dependent and, without which they are impotent and powerless. It is the weapon of Fear. If they can make you afraid, they can control you, manipulate you, force you to do their bidding without even knowing that you are doing so. They will try to make you believe that they are the cure for your fears, and that those who stand in opposition to them are the cause of all your fear. If they can make you fear, then they can make you hate… if they can make you hate, then you will unconsciously do their dirty work for them. Where there is no fear, there is no hatred…

Hatred is a Symptom…
Prejudice is a Symptom…
Intolerance is a Symptom…
Fanaticism is a Symptom…
Sexism is a Symptom…
Belligerence is a Symptom…
Antagonism is a Symptom…
Hostility is a Symptom…
War is a Symptom…

But Fear IS the Disease. Fear is the infection, the Cause of them all.

Love is the Cure.
Love is the Antidote.
Love is the Preventative.

Where Love Reigns… Fear is Impotent.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #625, is Fear…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-165 Section-3)
“Fear not those who, although they may be able to kill the body, after that have no more power over you. I admonish you to fear none, in heaven or on earth, but to rejoice in the knowledge of Him who has power to deliver you from all unrighteousness and to present you blameless before the judgment seat of a universe.
        "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And yet, when these birds flit about in quest of their sustenance, not one of them exists without the knowledge of the Father, the source of all life. To the seraphic guardians the very hairs of your head are numbered. And if all of this is true, why should you live in fear of the many trifles which come up in your daily lives? I say to you: Fear not; you are of much more value than many sparrows.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-7)
        This man of Galilee was not a man of sorrows; he was a soul of gladness. Always was he saying, "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad." But when duty required, he was willing to walk courageously through the "valley of the shadow of death." He was gladsome but at the same time humble.
        His courage was equaled only by his patience. When pressed to act prematurely, he would only reply, "My hour has not yet come." He was never in a hurry; his composure was sublime. But he was often indignant at evil, intolerant of sin. He was often mightily moved to resist that which was inimical to the welfare of his children on earth. But his indignation against sin never led to anger at the sinner.
        His courage was magnificent, but he was never foolhardy. His watchword was, "Fear not." His bravery was lofty and his courage often heroic. But his courage was linked with discretion and controlled by reason. It was courage born of faith, not the recklessness of blind presumption. He was truly brave but never audacious.

(From: Bill Hicks)
It's just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.

(From: Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986), "Dune")
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-6)
But most valuable of all, your potential of real achievement is the spirit which lives within you, and which will stimulate and inspire your mind to control itself and activate the body if you will release it from the fetters of fear and thus enable your spiritual nature to begin your deliverance from the evils of inaction by the power-presence of living faith. And then, forthwith, will this faith vanquish fear of men by the compelling presence of that new and all-dominating love of your fellows which will so soon fill your soul to overflowing because of the consciousness which has been born in your heart that you are a child of God.

(From: A. S. Neill, Summerhill)
Free children are not easily influenced; the absence of fear accounts for this phenomenon. Indeed, the absence of fear is the finest thing that can happen to a child.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "Intelligent children do not fear their father in order that they may receive good gifts from his hand; but having already received the abundance of good things bestowed by the dictates of the father's affection for his sons and daughters, these much loved children are led to love their father in responsive recognition and appreciation of such munificent beneficence. The goodness of God leads to repentance; the beneficence of God leads to service; the mercy of God leads to salvation; while the love of God leads to intelligent and freehearted worship.

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 4:18)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.

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

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #46)
There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-157 Section-2)
Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope.

(From: The KJV Bible - Psalm 23:4)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

(From: Edward R. Murrow (1908 - 1965)
We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-4)
        Strong characters are not derived from not doing wrong but rather from actually doing right. Unselfishness is the badge of human greatness. The highest levels of self-realization are attained by worship and service. The happy and effective person is motivated, not by fear of wrongdoing, but by love of right doing.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.


(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)
Few persons live up to the faith which they really have. Unreasoned fear is a master intellectual fraud practiced upon the evolving mortal soul.

(From: King Whitney Jr.)
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

(From: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902), 1890)
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

(From: John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)
It seems to me that man has engaged in a blind and fearful struggle out of a past he can't remember, into a future he can't forsee nor understand. And man has met and defeated every obstacle, every enemy except one. He cannot win over himself.

(From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.

(From: Thich Nhat Hanh)
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

(From: Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)
The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

(From: Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Acrisius)
To him who is in fear everything rustles.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power.

(From: Paulo Cuelho, The Alchemist)
The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.

(From: Joseph Chilton Pearce)
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

(From: George Lucas (1944 - ), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.


(From: Marianne Williamson, Return to Love, 1992)
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

(From: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

(From: Marilyn Ferguson)
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of fear is a freedom.

(From: Hadewijch of Antwerp)
May your service of love a beautiful thing; want nothing else, fear nothing else and let love be free to become what love truly is.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I will not fear You. Rather… I will Love 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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10-19-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #626
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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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Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.
George Carlin (1937 - 2008)

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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.

Once you really get to know them, most people are really pretty nice.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #626, is Motive…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        In the mind's eye conjure up a picture of one of your primitive ancestors of cave-dwelling times--a short, misshapen, filthy, snarling hulk of a man standing, legs spread, club upraised, breathing hate and animosity as he looks fiercely just ahead. Such a picture hardly depicts the divine dignity of man. But allow us to enlarge the picture. In front of this animated human crouches a saber-toothed tiger. Behind him, a woman and two children. Immediately you recognize that such a picture stands for the beginnings of much that is fine and noble in the human race, but the man is the same in both pictures. Only in the second sketch you are favored with a widened horizon. You therein discern the motivation of this evolving mortal. His attitude becomes praiseworthy because you understand him. If you could only fathom the motives of your associates, how much better you would understand them. If you could only know your fellows, you would eventually fall in love with them.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another's way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit. Hands off!

(From: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902)
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

(From: The ASB Bible - Proverbs 16:2 )
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

(From: The ASB Bible - Corinthians I 4:5)
Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.

(From: W. M. L. Jay)
In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
        You cannot truly love your fellows by a mere act of the will. Love is only born of thoroughgoing understanding of your neighbor's motives and sentiments. It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

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The Sermon
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Isn't it funny how we always assume that we know what other people's Motives are? Maybe funny isn't exactly the right word… OK.. so choose one you like better from this list: strange, odd, weird, curious, peculiar.

Isn't it ________ how we always assume that we know what other people's Motives are?

Think about how many times in your life other people have misread, or misunderstood Your Motives.
Maybe we would all be better off just being totally certain at all times about our own Motives.

Of course, trying to discern the motives of others is not only unavoidable, it is how friendships are formed and strengthened… it is how we get to truly know and understand and yes, Love others. OK then… one more Quote:

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.

(From: James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Yeah… That would probably do it… Ya' Think?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May my Motives be always determined by Your Love.

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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10-26-2008 Sunday Service of the Church Within #627
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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 pastor of his church had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. Although the man of the cloth coaxed, offered warm milk, etc., the kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.

He tied on the rope, attached the other end to the vehicle, hopped into the car for operation rescue and was working! All the while he checked his progress in the car mirrors frequently. Finally he figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. Just as he moved a bit further forward, the rope broke. The tree went "boiiiing!" and the kitten instantly catapulted through the air and out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten.

So he prayed, "Lord, I must commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.

A few days later while he was at the grocery store, he ran into one of his church
members. He glanced into her shopping cart and was amazed to see a significant amount of cat food. This particular woman NOT a cat lover and everyone knew it, so he asked her in an innocent tone, "My, you're buying a lot of cat food. Have you had a conversion experience?"

She replied, "You won't believe this," and told him how her little girl had continually been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. A few days ago, the child begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it."

She told the pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her
knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this,
but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the
blue, its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her."

Just another reminder never to underestimate either the power of prayer or God's efficient and unique sense of humor.

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

Does it ever bother you when people's words seem to be the opposite of their actions?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #627, is Morals…

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Quotes
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(From: Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC)
The soul is the captain and ruler of the life of morals.

(From: Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

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

(From: The ASB Bible - Peter II 1:5-7)
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-5 Section-5)
But the attainment of levels of morality does not deliver man from the real struggles of mortal living. Man's physical environment entails the battle for existence; the social surroundings necessitate ethical adjustments; the moral situations require the making of choices in the highest realms of reason; the spiritual experience (having realized God) demands that man find him and sincerely strive to be like him.

(From: Sidney Madwed)
Since every judgment is only an opinion based on the limited information at hand, filtered through one's personal value system, it might be safe to assume no two people will judge anything exactly the same. Even concepts of right and wrong, good or bad, good or bad morals and ethics are only opinions, for what may be good in one case may be a disaster in another.

(From: Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855)
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
If your morals make you dreary, depend on it , they are wrong.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-16 Section-7)
        Intelligence alone cannot explain the moral nature. Morality, virtue, is indigenous to human personality. Moral intuition, the realization of duty, is a component of human mind endowment and is associated with the other inalienables of human nature: scientific curiosity and spiritual insight.

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.

(From: Ambrosius Macrobius)
Good laws have their origins in bad morals.

(From: G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.

(From: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
Compassion is the basis of all morality.

(From: Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855)
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-92 Section-7)
        Primitive religion was largely a material-value consciousness, but civilization elevates religious values, for true religion is the devotion of the self to the service of meaningful and supreme values. As religion evolves, ethics becomes the philosophy of morals, and morality becomes the discipline of self by the standards of highest meanings and supreme values--divine and spiritual ideals. And thus religion becomes a spontaneous and exquisite devotion, the living experience of the loyalty of love.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-5 Section-5)
Social service is the result of moral thinking and religious living.

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The Sermon
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Can one be said to have Morality without acting Morally?

Can one be said to have Religion without actually Living it?

It is by their Fruits that you shall know them.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Without Love and Compassion and Service, can there be true religion… can there be true morals?

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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