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#362
9-7-2003
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9-14-2003
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9-21-2003
#365
9-28-2003

9-7-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #362
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.
Bob Hope

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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.

Ego is ever apprehensive about all of the things it perceives that it doesn't have.
Soul is ever appreciative of the Bounty it continually shares in.

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #362, is Abundance…

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Quotes
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(From: The KJV Bible - John 10:10)

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

(From: Jesus - The Urantia Papers - Paper-137 Section-8)
        "I have come to preach the glad tidings of the kingdom. I have not come to add to the heavy burdens of those who would enter this kingdom. I proclaim the new and better way, and those who are able to enter the coming kingdom shall enjoy the divine rest. And whatever it shall cost you in the things of the world, no matter what price you may pay to enter the kingdom of heaven, you shall receive manyfold more of joy and spiritual progress in this world, and in the age to come eternal life.
        "Entrance into the Father's kingdom waits not upon marching armies, upon overturned kingdoms of this world, nor upon the breaking of captive yokes. The kingdom of heaven is at hand, and all who enter therein shall find abundant liberty and joyous salvation.

(From: Abraham - 9/1/2003– the Woods Cross TeaM)
In this mortal life we thrash about in our aloneness, fear of the unknown, lack of control and at times faithlessness. Father gave us one another so we may be abundant in all our undertakings. He gave us one another to be a life preserver for our foundation of faith and freedom from fear. It is difficult at times to slow down the mind and consult with the internal Father and our brethren to find renewed faith, energy and abundance.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.

(From: Sidney Madwed)
To be healthy, wealthy, happy and successful in any and all areas of your life you need to be aware that you need to think healthy, wealthy, happy and successful thoughts twenty four hours a day and cancel all negative, destructive, fearful and unhappy thoughts. These two types of thought cannot coexist if you want to share in the abundance that surrounds us all.

(From: Emulan - 9/1/2003– the Woods Cross TeaM)
The human mind has its techniques in which it learns to reconcile itself with the various things in mortal living. Plants respond to water and light, but these are only nutrients to produce what is really life-giving---that is energy, that is the source in which all things are brought to life. Love is a nutrient that stimulates energy within the mind that produces various chemicals which maintains balance. Love is life-giving. To love without expectation is to maintain a flow of divine energy that is unstoppable, always circulating, always producing. To block that flow of energy is to be judgmental, be critical, be self-aggrandizing and jealous, as if one should have something while you lack.

(From: The KJV Bible - Isaiah 55:7)
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

(From: Jesus - The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-1)
“And even so shall my heavenly Father show the more abundant mercy to those who freely show mercy to their fellows. How can you come to God asking consideration for your shortcomings when you are wont to chastise your brethren for being guilty of these same human frailties? I say to all of you: Freely you have received the good things of the kingdom; therefore freely give to your fellows on earth.”

(From: Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
Life in abundance comes only through great love.

(From: Tomas - 08/31/03 Rio Ranch NM TeaM)
To those who love the Lord, what does it matter if all things temporal vanish? For in time all things temporal WILL vanish for you, and can you still rejoice in the abundance of your being? Are you still whole and complete as a personality, even without your methods, gurus, and teachers?

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-8)
        Jesus frequently warned his listeners against covetousness, declaring that "a man's happiness consists not in the abundance of his material possessions." He constantly reiterated, "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" He made no direct attack on the possession of property, but he did insist that it is eternally essential that spiritual values come first.

(From: R. D. Hitchcock)
Wealth is not of necessity a curse, nor poverty a blessing. Wholesome and easy abundance is better than either extreme; better for our manhood that we have enough for daily comfort; enough for culture, for hospitality, for charity. More than this may or may not be a blessing. Certainly it can be a blessing only by being accepted as a trust.

(From: Sidney Madwed)
When you have too much month for you paycheck, then what you need to do is realize that there is abundance all around you, and focus on the abundance and not your lack and as night follows day abundance will come to you.

(From: The Urantia Papers - 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 - Corinthians II 9:8)
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.

(From: Charlie Packard)
You can't think yourself into better living...
but you Can Live yourself into better Thinking.

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The Sermon
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The pursuit of material abundance seldom generates a greater understanding of or capacity for Spiritual Abundance.

But the quest for Spiritual Abundance consistently yields an improved recognition of and availability to material abundance.

You CAN have it both ways, but it depends entirely on what you choose as your starting point.

It's never too late to make a fresh start, and only You and God know whether or not you need to.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Continually refresh my perspectives that I may be ever mindful of all that You have provided.


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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9-14-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #363
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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        During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself."
        He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, "No one can change destiny."
        "Quite right," the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.
(A Zen Parable)

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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.


The topic of today's Sunday Service, #363, is Confidence…

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Quotes
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(From: Philip Adams)
It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-146 Section-3)
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: Abraham - 8/6/2000– the North Idaho TeaM)
Today I wish to bring focus upon the word "confidence", for it is a useful trait in proper application. It is likewise useful even while uncertain, for you can use a confidential approach to your uncertainty in order to gain needed input, insight, or skill of what you lack that brings uncertainty. This confidentiality I refer to is that "confidence" in the presence of the Father for that strength, for the assurance, and for the understanding that all that is the Father is resident to be applied on your behalf as you are ready and able to receive.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale)
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-6)
        It is only natural that mortal man should be harassed by feelings of insecurity as he views himself inextricably bound to nature while he possesses spiritual powers wholly transcendent to all things temporal and finite. Only religious confidence--living faith--can sustain man amid such difficult and perplexing problems.
        Of all the dangers which beset man's mortal nature and jeopardize his spiritual integrity, pride is the greatest. Courage is valorous, but egotism is vainglorious and suicidal. Reasonable self-confidence is not to be deplored. Man's ability to transcend himself is the one thing which distinguishes him from the animal kingdom.

(From: Ham - 9/81/02 The Nashville TeaM)
Maintain spiritual grace. Remember that as you grow in the spirit, you are spiritually fragrant to others and they will be drawn unto you. Having spiritual grace is that confidence, that spiritual essence which does not allow for intimidation but rather allows for a gracious manner with all.

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians II 3:4)
Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.

(From: Will 5/10/92 – the Talahassee TeaM)
Our Father spares nothing from His children. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find for in searching for the Father's love surely nothing shall be withheld from you. Those of you who are in doubt, I say to you, have confidence and doubt not. Love all and let that love come from the Father and let it be shed on all others, for once the Father's love is flowing, there is no way to stop it. Those who are truly seeking to do the Father's will, act as a conduit for that love. All other activities seem to be less important because the doing of the Father's will is of primary importance. Nothing else matters. The only thing that matters is finding the Father's will and doing it.

(From: Lao-Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-0)
        Jesus does not require his disciples to believe in him but rather to believe with him, believe in the reality of the love of God and in full confidence accept the security of the assurance of sonship with the heavenly Father. The Master desires that all his followers should fully share his transcendent faith. Jesus most touchingly challenged his followers, not only to believe what he believed, but also to believe as he believed. This is the full significance of his one supreme requirement, "Follow me."

(From: The RSV Bible - Hebrews 4:16)
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt)
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: Baltasar Gracian)
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.

(From: Elyon - 4/7/02– the North Idaho TeaM)
        A certain element to confidence is a sense of stability, fidelity, trustworthiness, as would be the case if you step upon a bridge you are confident it will sustain your weight and carry you across. Naturally confidence is gained through experience by having exerted in an unfamiliar arena and witnessed for yourself success, to have witnessed attainment where beforehand you were uncertain if you would be in any way capable of accomplishing the goal. But there is another aspect to confidence besides an experiential exposure and the trust in yourself that results, and that is the ability to seek counsel, to receive wisdom in the advice of fellows, to receive coaching and encouragement. This confidence is the precursing confidence to successful attainment rather than the confidence that follows after the experience of success. It does no one well to struggle through uncertainty, to apply oneself in a manner wherein one is unfamiliar both in skill and in knowledge, by oneself.
        Support, counsel, is vital to bringing that sense of fulfillment, worth, and ability when your goal is attained and the task is over. To approach uncertainty without confidence indicates, or should, to you that you have some preparatory work ahead of that which you seek to do that is bringing this uncertainty. It is not the time for a false confidence, a blinded pursuit, an aggressive push without the use of wisdom or insight. It is not a weakness to present to another your frailties, for they are not false but rather are markers of areas of need that can be filled with the help of another, can be addressed in preparation that you may work around the lack if you are not situated to replace that lack with the required mechanism to accomplish your task.

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 2:28-3:1)
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that every one who does right is born of him. See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

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The Sermon
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Are you Confident of your ability to Survive in this life?

Are you Confident of your own Survival into the Next Life?

Are you Confident of God's Infinite Love for you?

If you are truthfully able to answer “Yes” to at least two of the above questions, then you've got it Made!

If not... Why not?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I have Perfect Confidence in Your Love and Ever-present Watchcare. Help me in my mortal struggle to perfect also my trust in Your Perfect Timing.


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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9-21-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #364
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other."

He addressed the man, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?"

Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?"

The rest of the story is not pleasant

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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'm hoping to have a “Light and Life Sanctuary” Update for you within the next few weeks or so, so Stay Tuned. A Lot has been evolving over the course of the year!

The Fruits in Harvest at the “Sanctuary” right now are: “Red Sensation” Bartlett Pears; “Nitaka” Asian Pears; “Johnagold”, “Golden Supreme”, and “Harlson” Apples and, the native Elderberries.

If you would humor me today for a bit, first try reading all of the words of the following “quotes” as if they were all a part of one long paragraph (or series of paragraphs), without pausing to identify the authors (just the actual quotes themselves). Then afterward, go back and see from whence they each originated if you so wish. You'll know why I've asked you to when you're finished doing so... at least I Hope you will. ;-)

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #364 , is Seeking…

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Quotes
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(From: Madame de Lambert)
The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them and they make us despair in losing them.

(From: Will 1/19/92 – the Talahassee TeaM)
You are a seeker of knowledge, a seeker of truth, and that in itself has carried you a long way toward finding the Father and seeking the knowledge. I congratulate you, that you have been able to stay on your path. Sometimes that path has not always been easy, but you have maintained it just the same. Be ever aware that the Father will continue to uphold you, to lead you, to guide you in all things and in this manner, bring you to Him. You need not worry, my child. Everything is as it should be. Be at peace, for you have learned well and while there is much more to learn, you are well on your way. Be not concerned.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-5)
        And for a long time there will live on earth those timid, fearful, and hesitant individuals who will prefer thus to secure their religious consolations, even though, in so casting their lot with the religions of authority, they compromise the sovereignty of personality, debase the dignity of self-respect, and utterly surrender the right to participate in that most thrilling and inspiring of all possible human experiences: the personal quest for truth, the exhilaration of facing the perils of intellectual discovery, the determination to explore the realities of personal religious experience, the supreme satisfaction of experiencing the personal triumph of the actual realization of the victory of spiritual faith over intellectual doubt as it is honestly won in the supreme adventure of all human existence--man seeking God, for himself and as himself, and finding him.

(From: John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.

(From: Erich Frohm)
As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 12:29-32)
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well. "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

(From: Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)
The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

(From: Teacher Daniel 8/11/95 – S.E. Idaho TeaM)
Therefore look into your heart. Know that for sure there is no need for the true seeker to need any outside source for spiritual growth. Spiritual knowledge and understanding of the purpose of life is from within. All growth must come from within.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-133 Section-4)
"Worship only God, who is your true spirit ancestor. Remember that the Father's spirit ever lives within you and always points your soul-direction heavenward. If you follow the unconscious leadings of this immortal spirit, you are certain to continue on in the uplifted way of finding God. And when you do attain the Father in heaven, it will be because by seeking him you have become more and more like him.

(From: Erich Frohm)
As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

(From: Ham - 9/14/03 The Nashville TeaM)
        A child may conceive of God as the great punisher, the one who punishes him for his sins. And, of course, this is often a useful tool for parents and society to influence behavior that is not necessarily seen by others. It is a subtle form of thought police that steers young people toward behaviors that society deems fruitful and away from those behaviors society deems destructive.
        But to the true spiritual seeker who leaves behind his youth for the uncharted waters of spiritual adventure, God becomes unfathomable love, unsearchable wisdom, limitless forgiveness, and the bestower of eternal life all for the simple act of faith on the part of the believer.

(From: H. Jackson Browne)
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

(From: Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), The Fountainhead)
Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential

(From: Matsuo Basho)
Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.

(From: Robert Kennedy)
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-195 Section-9)
Modern men and women of intelligence evade the religion of Jesus because of their fears of what it will do to them--and with them. And all such fears are well founded. The religion of Jesus does, indeed, dominate and transform its believers, demanding that men dedicate their lives to seeking for a knowledge of the will of the Father in heaven and requiring that the energies of living be consecrated to the unselfish service of the brotherhood of man.

(From: Ham - 11/5/2000 – the Nashville TeaM)
        Think of yourself not so much as a crusader for righteousness but rather as a seeker of righteousness, a seeker of truth. It is always a great temptation for intelligent beings to grasp what truth they have and want to spread that truth, or be a crusader for that truth. But, in doing so, one loses track of the seeking. Even the master as he taught and spoke to the masses, remained also a seeker, seeking not to give out a portion of truth, but rather seeking to be the living truth in all its aspects. Remain always as a seeker.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 7:7-8)
"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

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The Sermon
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I would find it exceedingly difficult to believe that any of you who might possibly be here, and are actually still Reading this somewhat unorthodox style of Sunday Service, could in any way Not consider yourself to be a genuine Seeker. (I'm Not assuming that you have necessarily found your Truth here, but at the Least that you have come Seeking for the outside chance of finding some that speaks to your Soul.)

You Are a Seeker, aren't you?

What is it exactly that you are Seeking?

Do you Know?

If So... then a Finder as Well, you are.

One thing remains Forever True, and that is:

“Seek and you shall Find.”

Never stop Seeking... and you will never stop Finding.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You alone I seek, and in so doing I find Everything along the way.


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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9-28-2003 Sunday Service of the Church Within #365
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Jill Mary Megow

Please Freely Share any of our Church Within Services with Any and All whom you feel might Appreciate them. If you have received this Service from a friend and would like to subscribe to our Weekly On-Line Services, send an e-mail with your request to: seewithin@churchwithin.org Thank You! ...and Please Visit our Church Within Web-Site at http://www.churchwithin.org (Site Hosting Donated by Weboholic.com Copyright © 1998 -2002)

[Note:]
For your reference enjoyment:

Most of the Sunday Service Quotes from “TeaM” sources have been found on-line at: http://www.tmarchives.com

and... Most of the Quotes I use from “Individual People” I get on-line from: http://www.quotationspage.com

Both Sites are Fountains of Information and have Exceptional “Search” capabilities... I recommend them Highly!

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Humor of the Week
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An English professor wrote the words, "woman without her man is nothing" on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it correctly.

The male students wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing."
The female students wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."

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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, well... Today marks the 365
th Sunday Service of the Church Within. That would mean if you were to read one of them a day, every day, it would take you a Year to read them all. Our first On-Line Service was on September 29th 1996... almost exactly Seven Years ago, and I did it at the instigation of my Beloved wife, Minister Jill. She had said that, since we didn't have a church building (or any means of attaining one), why not just do one and send it out over the Internet. What a Concept! It has been an Incredible Learning experience... one that will Continue.
        I feel it is very appropriate under the circumstances that my wife, Minister Jill, authored Today's landmark Sunday Service! It's a Good one! Hope you enjoy it!!!

You are All Very Much Appreciated for being here!

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #365, is “Catching Yourself Being God's Great Kid!”

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Quotes
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(From: Cherie Carter-Scott, “If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules”))
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.

(From: Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-1968]))
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-1118 Section-4)
Childlike trust secures man's entrance into the kingdom of heavenly ascent, but progress is wholly dependent on the vigorous exercise of the robust and confident faith of the full-grown man.

(From: Menacius [371 BC - 289 BC] Works)
Sincerity is the way of Heaven.

(From: Patricia Neal, actress)
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

(From: The Bible, King James-Classic Version, Mark 9:37)
Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

(From: Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999)
Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.

(From: The Bible, Revised Standard Version, Colossians 3:12)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience.

(From: Aristotle [384 BC - 322 BC], Nichomachean Ethics)
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

(From: The Bible, Revised Standard Version, John III 1:5)
Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers...

(From: Dale Carnegie)
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

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The Sermon
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About a month ago I asked God to help me figure out a way to help our almost-14 year old son, Danny, discover and embrace what a great kid he is. About a week later... I had to get my ego out of the way before I could hear Father's response, ... ;~) ... I was inspired to come up with a jar labeled, “Danny's 'I Got Caught Being a Great Kid' Rewards Jar.” I then came up with a variety of rewards for him to earn as a result of Daniel and I catching him being a great kid. I printed them out, 30 to a sheet of paper. Things he really likes or wants, ie: “collect 100 of these reward tickets and we will buy you a new video game,” “collect 5 of these and you get to rent a movie,” or simple ones like, “You just earned a candy bar, or “You get a popcorn snack after school.” Every time we spontaneously catch him being a great kid, he gets to draw a ticket out of the Ticket Jar. He loves it, and we love seeing him begin to appreciate all that is wonderful about him. However, we also had to help him identify the qualities of a great kid. It was amazing how fast he caught on to the idea. He and I sat down at the computer, and once I gave him a jump-start on understanding “the ways he can be” and “the things he can do” as a family member to be a great kid, he and I came up with a “100 Ways To Be A Great Kid” list in less than 20 minutes.

I'm curious. Do you appreciate all that is wonderful about you? Have you ever stopped to think about how many times a day God catches You being His Great Kid? As a jump-start, how about if we look for “10 Ways God Caught Me Being His Great Kid Today.” Perhaps He caught me...

  1. feeling sincere compassion for a co-worker today, and expressing it.
  2. faithfully giving thanks to Him for the abundance of love in my life.
  3. forgiving another for their harsh words.
  4. giving words of encouragement and appreciation to a weary grocery clerk today.
  5. worshipfully thanking Him for the beautiful, sunshine-filled morning that greeted me.
  6. asking Him for guidance to resolve my life problems for the day.
  7. being filled with appreciation today for my wonderful family.
  8. making the commitment upon rising today that, “My will is Your Will, Father.”
  9. asking Him to show me how to be His Love in everything I do today.
  10. allowing Him to guide my every thought, word, and deed this day.

If you will look at yourself with the same Unconditional Love with which Our Heavenly Father views you, I Know you will be able to come up with 90 more ways God caught you being a Great Kid of His today! Can you do it in 20 minutes? Give it a try! And then spend the rest of the day, each day of the week, appreciating yourself for the ways you are God's Great Kid and seeking to turn the 100 ways into 125, then 150, then 175. You've got the idea. And next week... begin appreciating the rewards He has bestowed upon you.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to appreciate myself the way You appreciate me, and guide me to become even more like you each day as I live my life as your little child.        Help me further to recognize every reward is life as coming from You.

Let us always remember that We are ALL loved equally by Our Father, and we are deserving of His Love,

Minister Jill

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