"True Faith"
(by Ethel D. Compton 11/30/1960)

6-10-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #543
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Minister JoiLin Johnson

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Story of the Week
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True Faith
(by Ethel D. Compton 11/30/1960)

Nothing builds faith like reading or hearing the faithless! I can listen to anyone's thoughts, and if they're well presented, I get something out of them, and as a rule, find myself in agreement in many ways. But my faith in a Supreme God is quite unshakable. I have not seen Him, I know of no one who has, but God is there just as surely as anything He has created. I cannot see the ultraviolet rays of the sun…although they have been proven to exist…but everyone accepts them. With my natural equipment, (and otherwise, so far as I know), I cannot see oxygen, but I know I am breathing it. One accepts the things they are taught when they are taught emphatically. We know we cannot breathe without oxygen, but who doubts that the air he breathes contains enough of it to support life? Who doubts that there will be sufficient five minutes from now, tomorrow? No one I know is stupid enough, or lacking in faith enough to not believe he will be provided with the material he must have to breathe, despite the fact that he has never seen it. But God? Too many today deny Him because He doesn't shine from the sky like the sun.

I have seen God's hand in much of my life and it's a comforting thing to me to know He is there. I don't have to see Him. I haven't head Him speak in sepulchral tones, but I know He has spoken to me. And I know He will speak to me again. I know He has helped me and will help me again. I don't know how or why, but I know He listens and watches, ready to unravel the skeins of our lives when we get them hopelessly knotted, just as surely as my mother could cope with the outrageous knots in the much-used yarn I learned to knit with. I knew I had to give up in my four-year-old limitedness, but I hadn't the smallest doubt that she could do it. My small mind then readily admitted defeat after sufficient trying, and just as readily admitted that my mother's capabilities and powers were far greater than mine….unlimited in my thinking then. Mama could do it, was all I knew. I didn't question it. She didn't have to cite her experience with knot-tangled wool, or give testimony about the speed or dexterity of her fingers. I just turned the whole mess over to her when it got too hopeless and she would return it to me ready again for knitting. And even now, I can recall the grateful new beginning I would make, with all my mistakes lovingly removed. I can recall how I would take up my knitting again, more confidently, not weighed down by the knots I had made. They were gone, and surely, this time I wouldn't make so many!

How wonderful for God's children if they would offer up their lives to Him when they got hopelessly snarled, with a simple, trusting, “Help me, dear Father!” How wonderful if we accepted His love and guidance, His help, as trustingly as we accept the air.
How odd it is to me that all minds can accept the “laws of the universe” simply because they have been written into weighty tomes, because brilliant men say these laws are so. Yet many there are, who cannot accept…or worse yet, say they cannot accept…God, in spite of the brilliant men who urge us to believe. Perhaps the Bible, and other books that hold religious truths, should be hidden away on dusty library shelves where one would have to sneak it out. Perhaps belief would come more readily it we had to work to get it. Believing is just too simple for many of us.

I believe gladly, easily. I don't understand radio or television in the slightest. And don't bother explaining. I know they are there. And I know God is here.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved.
(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-3)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        However it was that You taught me to recognize Your Presence, Thank You. If You show me how I will show others.

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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