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9-3-2006
#516
9-10-2006
#517
9-17-2006
#518
9-24-2006

9-3-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #515
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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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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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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.

Life is not all just Black and White with shades of Grey… rather it about the discernment of Living Color…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 515, is Personal Experience…

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The Sermon
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There is a Big difference between, being Mistaken or perhaps Incorrect, and being “Wrong”… don't you think? Well… not “on paper” perhaps so much… that's all pretty black and white, and detached somehow. But in the realm of Personal Experience and personal Feelings, the word “Wrong” seems to carry a far different implication than do either of the terms Mistaken or Incorrect… doesn't it to you?

Think about it.

Don't you Hate when someone else tells you that you are Wrong? Don't you then have this “almost” unshakable impulse to prove that you are in fact Right, and that rather it is They that are Wrong? Why is that do you think? Experience, maturity and wisdom may effectively help one to resist or avoid that impulsive urge to retaliate in kind, but they don't exactly eliminate it altogether without purposeful personal effort, now Do they? ;-)

Making Mistakes is an inevitable part of life, of learning and growth… why, it's almost to be expected, right? Today, making a mistake does not carry the same stigma as it once did not so long ago. There is not so much shame and disgrace attached to the making of mistakes these days… Heck, Everybody does it, right? If I make a Mistake, I can say “Oops!” and rectify the situation… if the mistake didn't kill me.

Being incorrect or perchance somewhat inaccurate isn't even so bad, because I can make corrections or adjustments if necessary (little ones of course ;-). I can live with that. No big deal, right?

But the fear of being “Wrong” though… well now that's downright Threatening to most, doesn't it seem? Especially if it is someone other than self that is making the observation/accusation. “Wrong” just seems so Final, doesn't it… so all encompassing? “Wrong” is so often associated with complete failure, when in fact no one is ever completely wrong, just as no one is ever completely right.

Right and Wrong are not “Black and White” they are relative… Relative to personal experience. My personal experience must define what is right and wrong for Me, but it would be presumptuous in the extreme for me to expect that my own personal experiences are the definitive examples of what should be right or wrong for You… and vice-versa.

We may both be relatively incorrect in our individual perceptions of our own personal experiences as regards “factual reality”… but if our experiences had any personal Meaning for us, then they can Hardly be considered Wrong, albeit they may well be incomplete to a greater or lesser degree.

Trust your own personal experiences, but do not dismiss those of any other just because they may differ from your own.

All are on their way… but none have yet truly Arrived.

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Quotes
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(From: Phil Jackson)
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.

(From: Abraham 8/14/06 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
It seems many times in this society that age is detested or unvalued--that is materialistically speaking. Should society view age with spiritual logic, they could learn so much from those who know. Those who have lived have a great deal to offer the inexperienced.

(From: Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), "Last Chance to See")
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

(From: Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)
Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us

(From: e e cummings (1894 - 1962)
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-1 Section-2)
Those who know God have experienced the fact of his presence; such God-knowing mortals hold in their personal experience the only positive proof of the existence of the living God which one human being can offer to another.

(From: Dr. Thomas Dooley)
Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991)
Experience suggests it doesn't matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.

(From: Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963), "Texts and Pretexts", 1932)
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6)
        Faith transforms the philosophic God of probability into the saving God of certainty in the personal religious experience. Skepticism may challenge the theories of theology, but confidence in the dependability of personal experience affirms the truth of that belief which has grown into faith.
Convictions about God may be arrived at through wise reasoning, but the individual becomes God-knowing only by faith, through personal experience. In much that pertains to life, probability must be reckoned with, but when contacting with cosmic reality, certainty may be experienced when such meanings and values are approached by living faith. The God-knowing soul dares to say, "I know," even when this knowledge of God is questioned by the unbeliever who denies such certitude because it is not wholly supported by intellectual logic. To every such doubter the believer only replies, "How do you know that I do not know?"

(From: Elyon - 7/30/06 – The North Idaho TeaM)
We draw together and respect one another because of the common recognition of the holy One. There is no greater satisfaction to the human heart than an experience of God. Even the descriptions, the explanations, any other indications of God pale in comparison to the profound and direct interface.


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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Just point me in the right direction… as many times as I stray from my own path.

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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9-10-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #516
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'I' and add 'es'"

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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.

Believe it or not, Today's Sunday Service was inspired by, to me, a very special and unique “NASCAR” driver, Kasey Kahne. It is not the first time he has inspired one of my Sunday Services and I can honestly assume that it will likely not be the last. The Sermon is a Parable of sorts, though perhaps not entirely similar to what is most commonly perceived as being an actual “Parable”…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 516, is Humility…

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Quotes
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(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

(From: Ham 6/22/92 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
Humility is the true attitude of the soul in its open and receptive form. Humility is becoming to all, for it shows the willingness of each person to be God-led, God-directed, and God-revealing. Humility is the essence of true religious faith healing. It is the beginning of the truth of the wise knowingness, for without the tender shoot of humility these branches of wisdom will never be. Humility is the correct and only correct attitude of the one child toward the one Father.

(From: John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
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-167 Section-1)
Forget not, every one who exalts himself shall be humbled, while he who truly humbles himself shall be exalted.

(From: The ASB Bible - Proverbs 29:23 )
A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

(From: Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644)
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.

(From: Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-175 Section-1)
Remember, I have taught you that he who would be greatest among you should become the server of all. If you presume to exalt yourselves before God, you will certainly be humbled; but whoso truly humbles himself will surely be exalted. Seek in your daily lives, not self-glorification, but the glory of God. Intelligently subordinate your own wills to the will of the Father in heaven.

(From: Saint Bernard (1090 - 1153)

It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.

(From: James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)
The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "Humility, indeed, becomes mortal man who receives all these gifts from the Father in heaven, albeit there is a divine dignity attached to all such faith candidates for the eternal ascent of the heavenly kingdom. The meaningless and menial practices of an ostentatious and false humility are incompatible with the appreciation of the source of your salvation and the recognition of the destiny of your spirit-born souls. Humility before God is altogether appropriate in the depths of your hearts; meekness before men is commendable; but the hypocrisy of self-conscious and attention-craving humility is childish and unworthy of the enlightened sons of the kingdom.
"You do well to be meek before God and self-controlled before men, but let your meekness be of spiritual origin and not the self-deceptive display of a self-conscious sense of self-righteous superiority. The prophet spoke advisedly when he said, `Walk humbly with God,' for, while the Father in heaven is the Infinite and the Eternal, he also dwells `with him who is of a contrite mind and a humble spirit.'


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The Sermon
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OK, I admit it… I have become a NASCAR Fan since the turn of the Millennium… a
Devoted fan since 2004 when a young driver named Kasey Kahne was chosen to drive the #9 UAW Dodge for the Team of Ray Evernham Motorsports. There was something about Kasey from the very first time my family and I saw him race in the NASCAR Cup Series, and from his first live interview after the race, that made us fall in love with him as a person and as “Our” driver. It was something in his eyes that was just so Attractive, so Endearing to us. Kasey's eyes revealed a childlike Excitement, Enthusiasm and Wonder along with Goodness and a Pure and Genuine Humbleness that might be considered somewhat rare in the sport of Auto Racing.

Kasey races hard every race and he races to win, but he uncompromisingly races “clean”… in his three seasons of “Cup” racing I have Never once seen him intentionally “get ahead” at the expense of another driver. If he cannot win on his own merit and that of his team, then so be it. He will not wreck another driver nor aggressively “bump” them out of his way just to serve his own purposes… just to win a race or to improve his own position. In fact, way more often than once he has wrecked his own car and his own chances at getting ahead to prevent himself from wrecking another driver. I have not observed this same degree of respect for others, this confident self respect and sincere humility, in many of the other Championship Quality racers with such reliable consistency. Even though many of the other NASCAR drivers have repeatedly gotten ahead at his expense over the past three years, Kasey has not succumbed to that temptation.

In this his third year, Kasey Kahne has won 5 of the season's races so far… more than any other of the near 50 professional “Nextel Cup” drivers… and last evening earned his way into what is called “The Chase for the Championship” where the top 10 drivers of the year compete with their teams in the last ten races of the year for the 2006 NASCAR Championship.

Congratulations Kasey!!! You and your Team Deserve It!!! You are truly Artists of your craft.

In the congratulatory interviews with Kasey Kahne after last evening's race in Richmond Virginia, his eyes and indeed his whole demeanor still embodied that very same “childlike Excitement, Enthusiasm and Wonder along with Goodness and a Pure and Genuine Humbleness” that so characterizes this Brilliant young man. He is Truly one of the Very Best in the world at his art, and he knows it… yet, never have I observed a single shred of the egotistical in him. He Knows and shares that he could never have come so far all on his own no matter How Good he is at what he does.

To me, this is exemplary of the True and Worthwhile Humility that All of us need to strive towards in our lives… no matter What we do and no matter how Good we are at it.

God has given to us each, Vastly Diverse and Wonderful Gifts that we may use and share in our lives. With Personal Devotion and in Thankfulness, Graciousness and Humility are we able to use and enjoy these Gifts to their Fullest.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for Everything that You give to us… may we each be ever more and more deserving of such an honor.

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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9-17-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #517
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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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God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past.   Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.  “They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster. “No,” said another, “he's just for good luck.” A third child brought the argument to a close.   “They use the dogs”, she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”

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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.
        Looking for God is a Good thing… but there is something even better…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, # 517, is Finding God…

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Quotes
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(From: Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

Whether one is Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, how you live your life is proof that you are or not fully His. We cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt people. We don't know in what way God is appearing to that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefore, who are we to condemn anybody?

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
God enters by a private door into every individual.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-7)
        The God-knowing individual is not one who is blind to the difficulties or unmindful of the obstacles which stand in the way of finding God in the maze of superstition, tradition, and materialistic tendencies of modern times. He has encountered all these deterrents and triumphed over them, surmounted them by living faith, and attained the highlands of spiritual experience in spite of them. But it is true that many who are inwardly sure about God fear to assert such feelings of certainty because of the multiplicity and cleverness of those who assemble objections and magnify difficulties about believing in God. It requires no great depth of intellect to pick flaws, ask questions, or raise objections. But it does require brilliance of mind to answer these questions and solve these difficulties; faith certainty is the greatest technique for dealing with all such superficial contentions.

(From: Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
It is not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God.
When you once begin to find God in your soul, presently you will begin to discover him in other men's souls and eventually in all the creatures and creations of a mighty universe.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-117 Section-6)
Men all too often forget that God is the greatest experience in human existence. Other experiences are limited in their nature and content, but the experience of God has no limits save those of the creature's comprehension capacity, and this very experience is in itself capacity enlarging. When men search for God, they are searching for everything. When they find God, they have found everything. The search for God is the unstinted bestowal of love attended by amazing discoveries of new and greater love to be bestowed.

(From: Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables)
To love another person is to see the face of God.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-3)
And when a human being does find God, there is experienced within the soul of that being such an indescribable restlessness of triumph in discovery that he is impelled to seek loving service-contact with his less illuminated fellows, not to disclose that he has found God, but rather to allow the overflow of the welling-up of eternal goodness within his own soul to refresh and ennoble his fellows. Real religion leads to increased social service.

(From: Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683)
God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-131 Section-10)
All good things come down from the Father of light, in whom there is no variableness neither shadow of changing. The spirit of the true God is in man's heart. He intends that all men should be brothers. When men begin to feel after God, that is evidence that God has found them, and that they are in quest of knowledge about him. We live in God and God dwells in us.

(From: Mary Daly)
It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.

(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-155 Section-6)
I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make--the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-195 Section-6)
And so, when you once start out to find God, that is the conclusive proof that God has already found you.

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The Sermon
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Love and God are inseparable.

Where one is, so also is the other.

Have you ever personally experienced God?

Have you ever personally experienced Love?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You are the Source of all Love. Thank You for letting us share it with one another.

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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9-24-2006 Sunday Service of the Church Within #518
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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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.

Have you ever looked at yourself and wished that you were able to be an artist?

Well Look Again.
You very well may already Be one and not realize it…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #518, is “Being an Artist”…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-5 Section-4)
The domains of philosophy and art intervene between the nonreligious and the religious activities of the human self. Through art and philosophy the material-minded man is inveigled into the contemplation of the spiritual realities and universe values of eternal meanings.

(From: Auguste Rodin)
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

(From: Viggo Mortensen)
Everyone has it in them to be an artist. No matter what you pursue in life you can still express your own unique artistic vision. And that is the most important thing to do. It doesn't matter what those around you think or say about your art, what matters is to just go through the process of creating. It's only within that process that you can understand.

(From: Ham 9/24/2000 – the Nashville TeaM)
True art is never created from the mountain tops of giddy self-exaltation. When the artist exalts himself, he has already fallen. Scientists, of course, are artists as well. There is art in taking the facts of observation and seeing within those facts a higher pattern. There is art in this expression when the pattern is revealed to others. The principle that allows the artist to surrender to a higher mind is the same for a scientist. Flashes of insight come to those who open themselves to receiving flashes of insight.

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.

(From: Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

(From: Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.

(From: Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
        The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.

(From: Abraham 11/10/02 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
A true artist always takes notice of those details that are not usually noticed. The artist sees with the divine eyes. The artist comprehends to the soul level. Any good artist knows that the creation cannot be rushed or hurried through. Where is the joy in that? Where is the beauty?

(From: Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

(From: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

(From: Isak Dineson)
Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

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The Sermon
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True Art is an Expression of the Divine, Through and from Within the Artist.
Art is a Gift from the Divine, to the Children of the Divine.
The Artist does not “do” Art---The Artist participates in the Revelation of Art.

I wasn't very good at “Art” when I was growing up. I could neither draw nor color worth a darn and when I tried to make something out of clay the result was just as unrecognizable to me as it was to everyone else. I enjoyed trying, but I became convinced that I just didn't have it in me to be an artist.
At 18 while living on my own, I went out and bought a set of Artist Paints and brushes, took them home and laid down on the floor with them. I squeezed out a few different colors of paint onto a makeshift palette and began “doodling” with them on a rectangular piece of cereal box. Before I realized it I had a fair little painting of a sunset that I was looking at and wondering, “Where the heck did That come from?” It had just kind of Happened without any conscious effort on my part. It felt to me like no time at all had really passed and yet it was three hours later than when I had begun. The experience had felt like I was just watching my hand go to work without any real awareness of making it do so. It felt so good I immediately tried to paint something else… and was rewarded with a similar experience and after a few more hours, another small painting.
        Some days later I tried to do another painting and failed miserably at it. Over the course of a few years I had more successes and more failures and at some point recognized that the results were determined by whether I was able to get into “The Space” or not. My ability to find The Space with my painting was erratic and inconsistent and after a number of consecutive failed attempts I just kind of gave it up.

        At 31 I decided to try to carve a wooden “Cigar Store Indian” for my business because I couldn't afford to buy one. I bought a small electric chain saw, cut down a dying elm tree in my back yard and began making a few preliminary cuts. All of a sudden I “saw” something in the grain of the wood that looked to me like the shape of a full feathered headdress. Without thinking, I began cutting excess wood away from it and after a few hours of being unaware of anything else but following the grain I realized that, “I was doing it Again!” I had once again found “The Space” of detachment, watching my hands working as though someone else was guiding them for me. Each time I set down my tools and observed the results of “my” work, I knew in my Soul that I could not have done that on my own, that I had simply been a participant in the process of it's unfolding. Each time I picked the tools back up and found a place on the carving that “begged” to be worked on, I once again became the observer, the assistant, the channel---a willing Partner in the co-creation of a piece of Art.
Over the next eight months that it took me to finish the project, I realized that I had been Intimately Involved with The Creator during this whole process… that I had willingly allowed myself to become a Tool of The Creator and thereby share in the experience of revealing Art.
After I finally finished carving my new “Cigar Store Indian” I shortly realized that Having it was not Nearly so Satisfying as was that “Connection with God” I had while carving it. Within a month I was going through some pretty severe withdrawals until I started carving on another piece of wood. The Connection was immediately renewed and sustainable as long as I was carving.
After three consecutive successful sculptures, I realized that indeed I was an artist after all. I just couldn't draw at all or paint consistently… I was a Sculptor, not a painter. Sculpture became my “Sure” Connection with God. Being an artist was nothing like what I thought it would be like… but it was So Much Better than I ever imagined that it Could be like.

An Artist doesn't really have to Think About doing their Art… they just have to get “Into The Space” and Allow it to unfold through them. I now call it The God Space.

Every One of God's Children (and that means you and everyone else), has at least One and more likely multiple ways that they can be an Artist. Each is given at Least one Gift but many fail to look for it diligently until they find it. Sometimes it finds them but they fail to recognize it. Many times they practice it without discovering “The Connection” or wrongly assume that they are not an Artist because their particular Art is not universally recognized as such.

These days, more and more things are being recognized as art forms besides drawing, painting and sculpting… besides music and dancing and acting… beyond writing, photography or cooking. Football, Baseball, Race Car Driving can all be an Art. Homemaking, Parenting, even Video Gaming can be raised to the level of Art. Indeed Any act of creativity whatsoever where a person is able to “Let go and Let God” is an expression of Art, and it's performer an Artist.

Whatever your Gift, allow it to become an Artform… allow the Creator to participate with you, through you, As you. Anything that you accomplish and are not quite sure how it is that you were able to do so… anything that you are able to do consistently without even consciously thinking about it… anything that may serve you as a form of Meditation…That is one of your Arts, one of your Gifts.

If you have not yet found your Art, your Gift… for God's Sake (and your own as well), KEEP LOOKING! It is there awaiting your discovery. And when you do find it…

Let Go and Let God…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for the experience of Co-Creating with You. It is as Valuable and as Nourishing as is the experience of Love… Truly it is a personal experience of 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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