"Courage Of Conviction"
(By: Steve Goodier)

9-27-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #461

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Story of the Week
Courage Of Conviction
(By: Steve Goodier)

Rollo May so accurately asserts that the op­posite of courage in our society is not coward­ice, but conformity. It takes guts to break from the herd.

Sen. John Tyler was a man who built his life around the courage of his convictions. Consequently, people trusted him enough to elect him President of the United States.

An example of his ability to do what he believed was right, in spite of its unpopularity, occurred once when he was caught up in a critical Senate vote. His vote was the deciding vote and the pressure from his colleagues was tremendous. His name was called and Tyler voted his con­science. He voted against the pressure. Feeling the weight of his vote, he visibly slumped in his seat.

At that moment there was only shocked and unbelieving silence in the great hall. Tyler then arose and walked out, as one writer puts it, "in the proud company of his own self-respect."

He knew that exercising the courage to make those difficult decisions is part of building a life that matters.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
        "Anger is a material manifestation which represents, in a general way, the measure of the failure of the spiritual nature to gain control of the combined intellectual and physical natures. Anger indicates your lack of tolerant brotherly love plus your lack of self-respect and self-control. Anger depletes the health, debases the mind, and handicaps the spirit teacher of man's soul. Have you not read in the Scriptures that `wrath kills the foolish man,' and that man `tears himself in his anger'? That `he who is slow of wrath is of great understanding,' while `he who is hasty of temper exalts folly'? You all know that `a soft answer turns away wrath,' and how `grievous words stir up anger.' `Discretion defers anger,' while `he who has no control over his own self is like a defenseless city without walls.' `Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous.' `Angry men stir up strife, while the furious multiply their transgressions.' `Be not hasty in spirit, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.'" Before Jesus ceased speaking, he said further: "Let your hearts be so dominated by love that your spirit guide will have little trouble in delivering you from the tendency to give vent to those outbursts of animal anger which are inconsistent with the status of divine sonship."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-114 Section-4)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        I Wish To Conform Only to You!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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