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#833
10-7-2012
#834
10-14-2012
#835
10-21-2012
#836
10-28-2012

10-7-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #833
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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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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Ever notice how bad human beings are at adequately assessing another's true intentions? What is it that makes it so difficult?


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #833, is Intent…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #27)
A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn't reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn't waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.

What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man's job?
If you don't understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
The factors of religious growth may be intentional, but the growth itself is unvaryingly unconscious.

(From: Brendan Francis)
If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.

(From:
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

A good intention but fixed and resolute - bent on high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us "like the fabled specter-ships," which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-4)
        God the Father deals with man his child on the basis, not of actual virtue or worthiness, but in recognition of the child's motivation — the creature purpose and intent. The relationship is one of parent-child association and is actuated by divine love.

(From: Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004)
If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again.

(From: Thomas Jefferson)
“Difficulties indeed sometimes arise; but common sense and honest intentions will generally steer through them.”

(From: William Temple, Sr.)
“Good intentions are at least, the seed of good actions; and every one ought to sow them, and leave It to the soil and the seasons whether He or any other gather their fruit”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-3)
“In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and their sincere intentions.”

(From: William A. Foster)
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

(From: Angelina Jolie)
I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)
Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.

(From: Angela Merici)
“In the fulfillment of your duties, let your intentions be so pure that you reject from your actions any other motive than the glory of God and the salvation of souls”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-133 Section-4)
Your fellows must judge you by what you did, but there is a Judge to whom you may appeal for forgiveness, and who will judge you by your real motives and better intentions.

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The Sermon
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There is quite the difference between intend and Intent.

Intend to---yet to be.
Intended to---didn't happen.

Intent is not so much about what, as it is about why.
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The road to Heaven is paved with Loving Intentions.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I am so grateful that You know and understand our real Intentions. We are so used to them being misinterpreted and/or judged as antagonistic that we at times can forget that they began in love and respect.

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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10-14-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #834
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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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Denial is great while one is in it. It's the coming out of it that presents the challenge.

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

How much do you care about…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #834, is Truthfulness…

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Quotes
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(From:
James Allen - New Zealand Minister of defense 1855-1942)
“The suspicious believe everybody to be suspicious; the liar feels secure in the thought that he is not so foolish as to believe that there is such a phenomenon as a strictly truthful person; the envious see envy in every soul; the miser thinks everybody is eager to get his money”

(From: Chanakya - 350 BC-275 BC)
“What vice could be worse than covetousness? What is more sinful than slander? For one who is truthful, what need is there for austerity?”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-189 Section-2)
Truth having to do with spiritual realities and eternal values cannot always be built up by a combination of apparent facts. Although individual facts may be materially true, it does not follow that the association of a group of facts must necessarily lead to truthful spiritual conclusions.

(From: an Indian Proverb)
“Subdue untruthful men by truthfulness; Vanquish an angry man by gentleness; And overcome the evil man by goodness”

(From: Sri Guru Granth Sahib)
“What good is social class and status? Truthfulness is measured within. Pride in one's status is like poison - holding it in your hand and eating it, you shall die.”

(From: The ASB Bible - Corinthians II 13:8)
For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

(From: Edward R. Murrow (1908 - 1965)
To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.

(From: Frederick Douglass 1817-1895)
“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous”

(From: Sri Guru Granth Sahib)
“One whose mind is contented with Truthfulness, is blessed with the Lord's Glance of Grace.”

(From: Kevin Spacey)
“It's a journey towards truthfulness, towards reality.

(From: The ASB Bible - John 4:24)
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
All truths, not merely ideas, but truthful faces, truthful pictures or songs, are highly beautiful.

(From:
Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

“For the progress of humanity, work alone is not adequate, but the work should be associated with love, compassion, right conduct, truthfulness and sympathy. Without the above qualities, selfless service cannot be performed.”

(From: Lydia M. Child)
Be spontaneous, be truthful, be free, and thus be individuals!

(From: Dalai Lama)
“Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is important to check your goal and motivation thoroughly. One should be very truthful, honest, and reasonable. One's actions should be good for others, and for oneself as well. Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret.”

(From: Rig Veda)
“There is no religion greater than truth and a truthful person knows no fear. ”

(From: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh - Indian Spiritual leader, 1931-1990)
“I am happy whatever you become; just remain truthful and sincere to your own being. ”

(From: Sri Guru Granth Sahib)
“Becoming truthful, we merge with the True One; remaining blended with Him, we shall never be separated again.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
“True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals.”

(From: Sri Guru Granth Sahib)
“Truth is higher than everything; but higher still is truthful living.”

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The Sermon
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If Truthfulness truly matters to you, you will first demand it of yourself and then equally of those things which you choose to champion and believe in.

Does Truthfulness truly matters to you?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us all to discern Truthfulness and falseness and to choose only Truth.

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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10-21-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #835
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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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To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Surviving takes a fair amount of it...
Living takes a good deal more...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #835, is Devotion…

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The Sermon
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Said Jesus,
“You see how difficult it is for those who have riches to enter fully into the kingdom of God! Spiritual worship cannot be shared with material devotions; no man can serve two masters. You have a saying that it is 'easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the heathen to inherit eternal life.' And I declare that it is as easy for this camel to go through the needle's eye as for these self-satisfied rich ones to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Devotion to Wealth
Devotion to Power
Devotion to Material Things
Devotion to Self Importance

These forms of Devotion leave little if any room for...

Devotion to Principles
Devotion to Ideals
Devotion to Integrity
Devotion to Righteousness
Devotion to Fairness
Devotion to Compassion
Devotion to Goodness
Devotion to Truth
Devotion to Love

Much less to the mortal life transcending commitments of...

Devotion to your Fellow Man
Devotion to Family
Devotion to God

Where lies the focus of your own Devotions?

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-6)
Religion is not a specific function of life; rather is it a mode of living. True religion is a wholehearted devotion to some reality which the religionist deems to be of supreme value to himself and for all mankind.

(From: Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
If I were told that what I shall write will be read in twenty years by the children of today and that they will weep and smile over it and will fall in love with life, I would devote all my life and all my strengths to it.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009)
The leaders we revere and the businesses that last are generally not the result of a narrow pursuit of popularity or personal advancement, but of devotion to some bigger purpose. That's the hallmark of real success. The other trapping of success might be the by product of this larger mission, but it can't be the central thing.

(From: Ursula K. LeGuin)
“The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it,”

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

(From: Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-1)
Love is the rule of living within the kingdom — supreme devotion to God while loving your neighbor as yourself.

(From:
Sri Sathya Sai Baba quotes (Indian Spiritual leader, b.1926)

“Devotion is not a uniform to be worn on certain days and then to be put aside.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
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 Prayer
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Dear God,
        Devotion to You includes Devotion to all that is True, Beautiful, Good and Loving.

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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10-28-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #836
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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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It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me.

"Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.

"It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.

Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Everyone needs some form of it or another from time to time...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #836, is Healing…

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The Sermon
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Inner Healing is never a simple undertaking. In fact it is the Most Difficult of human tasks. The true origin of an injury to the spirit is almost never clearly discernable... if in fact the wound is even perceived at all.

There is no quick fix. No one can cure it for you. Personal inner Healing is a singular journey... You must do it for yourself. Those who have overcome similar issues can be of assistance but only you can take the steps. Books and Scriptures may help you to discover the pathway, but it is you that must travel it.

If you let God know that you wish to be Healed he will accompany you on the journey... give you strength when you are weak... carry you when you feel as if you can't take another step. Your Divine Parent wants you healed as much as you do. Put your trust in God

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes - #20 A Journey / Communication / Union / Reunion )

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.

...A simple prayer for the Soul's journey is: I will to will Your Will.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-3)
“If you could all be healed of your physical afflictions, you would indeed marvel, but it is even greater that you should be cleansed of all spiritual disease and find yourselves healed of all moral infirmities. You are all God's children; you are the sons of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you. And when the time of judgment shall come, fear not, you shall all find, not only justice, but an abundance of mercy.”

(From: George Melton)
Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure.

(From: Marianne Williamson)
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”

(From: Hippocrates (460 BC - 377 BC), Precepts)
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

(From: Ivy Compton-Burnett)
“Time is not a great healer. It is an indifferent and perfunctory one. Sometimes it does not heal at all. And sometimes when it seems to, no healing has been necessary.”

(From:
Jerome K. Jerome (1859 - 1927)

Time has laid its healing hand upon the wound when we can look back at the pain we once fainted under, and no bitterness or despair arises in our heart.

(From: Sherri Reynolds, A Gracious Plenty)
What matters is this: you can look at a scar and see hurt, or you can look at a scar and see healing. Try to understand.

(From: Tori Amos)
“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-6)
“God is good; he is the eternal refuge of the souls of men.” “The Lord God is merciful and gracious. He is long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth.” “Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who trusts him.” “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He is the God of salvation.” “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up the wounds of the soul. He is man's all-powerful benefactor.”

(From: Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)
To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.

(From: Hubert H. Humphrey)
“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-145 Section-4)
“Rejoice not that my Father is powerful to heal the body, but rather that he is mighty to save the soul. Let us go to our rest, for tomorrow we must be about the Father's business.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us to heal Father.

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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