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#567
9-2-2007
#568
9-9-2007
#569
9-16-2007
#570
9-23-2007
#571
9-30-2007

9-2-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #567
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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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Many folks want to serve God…

…but only as advisors.

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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.

Do you ever have a song that just keeps playing over and over in your head?
Is it ever because the words to that song are something you really need to hear?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #567, is Glory…

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Quotes
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(From: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-32 Section-5)
        There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. We are all part of an immense plan, a gigantic enterprise, and it is the vastness of the undertaking that renders it impossible to see very much of it at any one time and during any one life. We are all a part of an eternal project which the Gods are supervising and outworking. The whole marvelous and universal mechanism moves on majestically through space to the music of the meter of the infinite thought and the eternal purpose of the First Great Source and Center.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:16 )
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-174 Section-5)
Some of you are tempted to love the glory of men more than the glory of God.

(From: Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-192 Section-2)
Then said Jesus: "If you would serve me, serve my brethren in the flesh even as I have served you. And be not weary in this well-doing but persevere as one who has been ordained by God for this service of love. When you have finished your service with me on earth, you shall serve with me in glory.

(From: John Hope Franklin)
We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths... and tell the world the glories of our journey.

(From: Joseph P. Thompson)
Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.

(From: Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

(From: Lois McMaster Bujold)
But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), "Where I Live")

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

(From: Pliny The Elder (23 AD - 79 AD)
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.

(From: Jackie Mason)
By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting; in whose name; in whose strength; in whose glory? What faith, humility, self-denial, and love of God and to man have there been in all my actions?

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-133 Section-4)
"You do well to seek for a religion of eternal salvation, but you err to go in quest of such a glorious truth among man-made mysteries and human philosophies. Know you not that the mystery of eternal salvation dwells within your own soul? Do you not know that the God of heaven has sent his spirit to live within you, and that this spirit will lead all truth-loving and God-serving mortals out of this life and through the portals of death up to the eternal heights of light where God waits to receive his children? And never forget: You who know God are the sons of God if you truly yearn to be like him."

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The Sermon
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As I was laying in the hot-tub in my “Stillness Meditation” and listening for “the still small voice” that comes from within (hoping for the topic for this service), the melody and words of the first verse of a song started playing over and over in my head…

“Tonight it's very clear
As we're both lying here
There's so many things I want to say
I will always love you
I would never leave you alone”

Now… I know this to be from the song “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera of course, but somehow it felt… significant, as if the words were a message to me or perhaps something that I needed to hear…

“I will always love you; I would never leave you alone”

Sounds just like what God Would say, doesn't it? Yeah… well… I thought so too. And then I got to thinking… ya Know… why is it so hard for me to remember that all of the time? Well of course then the next stanza of the song began playing in my head and I realized that it's words were pretty much identical to what I was feeling at the moment…

“Sometimes I just forget
Say things I might regret
It breaks my heart to see you crying
I don't wanna lose you
I could never make it alone”

I Do just forget sometimes, don't you? And when I Do forget the Love of God, sometimes hurtful or unloving words escape my mouth… things that later I wish I hadn't said or had said rather in a loving way. In those moments of reflection upon my imperfections, I remember those times when I Do allow God to be active in my life… and how in contrast that is to those times when I forget. It reminds me of how important it is for me to be aware of God's Presence in each moment…

“I don't wanna lose you; I could never make it alone”

There's something about admitting to myself that, I Know I can't make it without God's help, that re-instills my determination to always work in partnership with God. And then I strongly feel like…

“I am a man who will fight for your honor
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
We'll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love”

I Want to be the person that God wants me to be, because that is the “me” that I can always feel good about and satisfied with… in Partnership with God, sharing Love…

“You'll keep me standing tall
You'll help me through it all
I'm always strong when you're beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone”

In Love, With God… Therein lies True Strength. I can remember many times in my youth when I was so proud of myself for being able to do something all by myself without any help. Years and years of repetitive experience though have shown me that in Truth I do nothing of Lasting Value without God's help… even though I may have been unaware of it during the moments of unfolding.

“I have always needed you; I could never make it alone”

I often wonder, Why would I even Want to 'make it alone' knowing that I can make it together in partnership with God… with and in Love?

“We'll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love”

Yeah! THAT's why I like to do it in partnership with God! Forever for the Glory of Love! At the end of my human life, I would like nothing better than to be able to say to my Maker…

“We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love”

(Quoted Lyrics are from the song, “Glory Of Love” sung by Peter Cetera)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        When I do it with You, it is Always for 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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9-9-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #568
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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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If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.
(Professor Irwin Corey)

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
(E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
(E. Joseph Cossman)

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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.

Over the years I've come to realize that Change is Inevitable and Hope is Indispensable…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #568, is Hope and Change…

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The Sermon
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There are two constants in the life of a little child… Hope and Change.

For the little child, Change is much more than simply inevitable. To the little child, Change is something that is accepted, expected, looked forward to, even longed for. Indeed, the little child needs and craves a certain level of consistency, stability and reliability, but for the little child, Change represents Newness more than it does insecurity… new experiences, new understanding, new discoveries, New Hope.

For the little child, Hope is undying… Hope is the way of life. Hope is what sustains a child through defeat and disappointment. A child never willingly gives up Hope… when one Hope seems dashed, another quickly replaces it. Unless it is stolen from them or purposefully driven out of them by those that they trust, children always will hold confidently and joyously to Hope.

“Unless you become as a little child…”

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Quotes
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(From: Tom Bodett)

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

(From: Erik H. Erikson)
Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)
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-132 Section-3)
Man tends to crystallize science, formulate philosophy, and dogmatize truth because he is mentally lazy in adjusting to the progressive struggles of living, while he is also terribly afraid of the unknown. Natural man is slow to initiate changes in his habits of thinking and in his techniques of living.
Revealed truth, personally discovered truth, is the supreme delight of the human soul; it is the joint creation of the material mind and the indwelling spirit. The eternal salvation of this truth-discerning and beauty-loving soul is assured by that hunger and thirst for goodness which leads this mortal to develop a singleness of purpose to do the Father's will, to find God and to become like him. There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress.
But truth can never become man's possession without the exercise of faith. This is true because man's thoughts, wisdom, ethics, and ideals will never rise higher than his faith, his sublime hope.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 8:24-25 )
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

(From: Robert H. Goddard (1882 - 1945)
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

(From: Charles F. Kettering (1876 - 1958)
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.

(From: Daniel H. Burnham (1846 - 1912)
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood...Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.

(From: Steve Jobs)
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), "Strength to Love")
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

(From: Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923)
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.


(From: Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

(From: Christina Baldwin)
Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.

(From: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 5:4-5 )
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.

(From: Henri-Frédéric Amiel)
Hope is only the love of life.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-9)
The ideal of religious philosophy is such a faith-trust as would lead man unqualifiedly to depend upon the absolute love of the infinite Father of the universe of universes. Such a genuine religious experience far transcends the philosophic objectification of idealistic desire; it actually takes salvation for granted and concerns itself only with learning and doing the will of the Father in Paradise. The earmarks of such a religion are: faith in a supreme Deity, hope of eternal survival, and love, especially of one's fellows.

(From: Dale Carnegie)
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

(From: King Whitney Jr.)
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

(From: Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

(From: Bernard M. Baruch (1870 - 1965)
Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it.

(From: James Burgh)
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.

(From: Hugh Macleod)
Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that it's primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it's a primal calling.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

(From: Dan Millman, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior)
Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

(From: Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality)
Change should be a friend. It should happen by plan, not by accident.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-157 Section-2)
“Do not allow yourselves to become blinded by prejudice and paralyzed by fear. Neither permit reverence for the traditions so to pervert your understanding that your eyes see not and your ears hear not. It is not the purpose of true religion merely to bring peace but rather to insure progress. And there can be no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth, the ideals of eternal realities. The issues of life and death are being set before you--the sinful pleasures of time against the righteous realities of eternity. Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope. And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows."

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 15:13 )
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You never fail to give me Hope… and that alone will never change.

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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9-16-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #569
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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 few weeks ago, I came across this exercise suggested for older adults.
It's designed to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders.
It seems so easy, so I thought I'd pass it on to some of my friends.
The article suggested doing it three days a week. Here is how it works:

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full  minute, and then relax. Repeat and try to reach ten reps.

Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After your strength builds up and you can do ten reps each time, move up to 10-lb potato sacks.

Then try 50-lb potato sacks…

…and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand  and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this  level)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

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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… I was out attempting to meditate in the hot-tub to get a “theme” for today's Service and I got the word… Relax. Ah-Ha I thought! Relaxation, yeah that's it. Everyone needs a little relaxation… time to ponder… time to review what is good about life… time just to be with God… no inner talk, just Listening. Yeah, and then… well come to think about it, I was still a little bit tense myself at the moment, and it was getting a little bit difficult to keep my train of thought on the relaxation thing so… “What?” “Oh… Me?” “Yeah, I guess that would be a good idea.” Sorry guys. The relaxation one was being directed at Me instead of you… but if you really need or deserve some, then by All Means… feel free to claim some of that one for yourself as well.

So… I relaxed. O let my muscles relax… did a little gratitude review… and just relaxed there with God… no praying, just listening. Well I'll tell ya'… I sure needed That! I was in this place of peace and quiet almost feeling like I was floating outside of my physical body when… a “Word” floated me right back in…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #569, is Responsibility…

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The Sermon
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Now… if you're an adult, especially if you are one who has been one for a fair while, then the word Responsibility can sometimes initially bring up thoughts of physical or mental exhaustion, or perhaps regret from thinking about ones that feel as if they haven't gotten quite enough of your attention. You may even be tempted to say something like… “Hey! Don't talk to me about responsibilities… I got Enough responsibilities… I got MORE than enough responsibilities… I actually got Way Too Many responsibilities!” …or some such. Not that any of those kind of thoughts came to Me, mind you… Good Lord, No! <grinning>

Well… yeah… maybe a little… at First. There I was, finally relaxing and at peace… the tension of the day (or longer), nicely drained away from my body and mind… blissful silence… and then I get loud and clear, “Responsibility.” Well Sure… what are You going to think of first in that scenario? But then shortly afterward I get, “Relax… not exactly That kind of responsibility. There are many different types of Responsibility you know.” So I thought, “Oh yeah. Sure. OK. Well then… there's:

Responsibility to…

…Family of course.
Loving and Appreciating them individually and as a whole for who they are is a Responsibility that, taken Seriously can cover most if not all of one's needful family responsibilities. There are others of course… Some real that are yours and, some perhaps imagined that do not really belong to you.

…your Work.
Generally I have found that trying to be dependable, and doing a quality of work that I feel pleases God, pretty much covers it.

…your Friends.
Loving them and being yourself works.

…Others.
Friendliness and compassion plus personal honesty and integrity go a long way toward fulfilling our responsibilities to those outside of our circle of family and friends and workplace.
But of course, they are also essential components of our “inside the circle” relationships as well.

…Society.
…Church.
…Country.
…World.
Again, being an involved Loving and Caring person will encompass all of the basic responsibilities each has to these. Greater responsibility in these areas, though optional, is highly beneficial to the overall environment that one lives in, and therefore those that have the ability and the will to Serve the larger cause are encouraged to “give back” and re-circulate the Gifts which they have been given.

…to Ourselves.
Perhaps the most Important Responsibility a person has, and often it is the one most often overlooked, is the Responsibility to themselves. Personal well-being [physical and emotional health]; personal Growth [the appropriation of knowledge, wisdom and spirituality]; personal Truth [discovering it, embracing it, living it]; personal Happiness [happiness is inevitably a personal choice… no one else can Make you be happy against your will]; Personal Relationship with God [no one can give it to you… like happiness it must be Chosen. But it also must be Allowed. “Ask and you shall receive.”]

Ya' Know? If I had Started with the personal Responsibility of building a “Personal Relationship with God” then maybe, all of the Other Responsibilities would have already been a settled issue. Ya Think? But then… reminders once in a while have their values as well I guess.

True Responsibility is never drudgery.
True Responsibility is always a Privilege.

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-159 Section-5)
He [Jesus] never exhorted his followers patiently to bear their obligations but rather with energy and enthusiasm to live up to the full measure of their human responsibilities and divine privileges in the kingdom of God.

(From: the Dalai Lama)
I believe that to meet the challenge of the next century, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind.

(From: Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

(From: Joan Didion "Slouching Towards Bethlehem")
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968), The Pursuit of Justice, 1964)
The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use - of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.

(From: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
The price of greatness is responsibility.

(From: Bob Dylan)
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

(From: Oscar Arias Sanchez)
The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves.

(From: Stan Lee, Spider-Man comic)
With great power comes great responsibility.

(From: Henri-Frédéric Amiel)
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

(From: Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine)
We are each responsible for our own life - no other person is or even can be.

(From: Paul Tournier)
That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life.

(From: Ann Richards)
If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities.

(From: Holly Lisle, Fire In The Mist, 1992)
Actions have consequences...first rule of life. And the second rule is this - you are the only one responsible for your own actions.

(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

(From: Alan Paton (1903 - 1988)
To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.

(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-178 Section-1)
        As mortal and material men, you are indeed citizens of the earthly kingdoms, and you should be good citizens, all the better for having become reborn spirit sons of the heavenly kingdom. As faith-enlightened and spirit-liberated sons of the kingdom of heaven, you face a double responsibility of duty to man and duty to God while you voluntarily assume a third and sacred obligation: service to the brotherhood of God-knowing believers.

(From: Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.

(From: Edwin Louis Cole)
Maturity comes not with age but with the acceptance of responsibility. You are only young once but immaturity can last a lifetime!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is to You, First and Foremost, that I am responsible.

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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9-23-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #570
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29
th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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"Experience is like the light at the stern of a ship, it shows you where it's been, but not where it's going."
Sorensen)

I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy.
Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived.
(Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged)
Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged.
I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.
(Jules Feiffer (1929 - )

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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.

“True Responsibility is always a Privilege.” …was the sentence that ended last week's sermon on “Responsibility.”

So then I got to thinkin'… I must've said it numerous times over the years that…
“The very End of any lesson is simply the very Beginning of Another lesson.”
(or something like that… ;-)
So what “point” am I trying to make here? Well…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #570, is Privilege…

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The Sermon
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The first concept that pops into my head when I hear the word Privilege is, It's an Honor… rather than it's simply being some special advantage, immunity, right, or granted benefit.

For example:
I feel it is a great Privilege to be a Parent.
or…
It is a Privilege for me to have an intelligent, loving and caring Spouse.
or…
It is a Privilege to be in a position to Serve to others.
or…
The Greatest Privilege is knowing God as a Parent.

If the word Honor were inserted in place of the word Privilege in any of those examples… or “and Honor” was added to the word Privilege [as in: Privilege and Honor]… their meaning and implication would, to me, remain the same.

The Great Privilege and Honor is knowing that I am God's child.

That noble Privilege inspires in one a certain sense or feeling of personal responsibility.
…the responsibility (Privilege and Honor), of being Good.
…the responsibility (Privilege and Honor), to be Loving, Caring and Compassionate.
…the responsibility (Privilege and Honor), of Acting like a son or daughter of God.
…the responsibility (Privilege and Honor), of being in Service to your brothers and sisters.

Enjoy the Privilege…

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Quotes
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(From: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969), Inaugural Address)

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

(From: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778), Essay on Tolerance)
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-7)
To enjoy privilege without abuse, to have liberty without license, to possess power and steadfastly refuse to use it for self-aggrandizement--these are the marks of high civilization.

(From: Solonia 3/5/04 – the Garden TeaM)
“All of you who truly know that you are sons and daughters of our beloved and Almighty Father have a duty, a responsibility, and in my eyes, the greatest privilege to be as loving comforters to those who are unsure, to those who are easily swayed by what they hear, to those who do not yet know the sweetness of being God's beloved child.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-6)
“And all those who know the way of truth and enjoy the assurance of knowing God should esteem it a privilege, not a duty, to offer guidance to their fellows in their efforts to find the satisfactions of living.”

(From: Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

(From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege - my *privilege* to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-142 Section-4)
“And this duty of man is expressed in two great privileges: sincere worship of the infinite Creator, the Paradise Father, and loving service bestowed upon one's fellow men. If you love your neighbor as you love yourself, you really know that you are a son of God.”

(From: Ham 4/19/98 – the Nashville TeaM)
Serving God through serving another of his children is in fact the highest privilege of human existence. Therefore, be strong, have courage, show your love openly and let go of any anger or unthinking frustration that can cloud your thinking and steer you in the wrong direction.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It is a Privilege and Honor to know and love You.

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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9-30-2007 Sunday Service of the Church Within #571
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th 1996

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Humor of the Week
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Advice is like cooking -- you should try it before you feed it to others.
(Julia Childs)

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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… it's been a very long time since I explored this particular topic of discussion…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #571, is “ All In the Eyes”…

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Quotes
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(From: Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.

(From: John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Strawberry Fields)
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 13:15-17)
For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-157 Section-2)
Do not allow yourselves to become blinded by prejudice and paralyzed by fear. Neither permit reverence for the traditions so to pervert your understanding that your eyes see not and your ears hear not. It is not the purpose of true religion merely to bring peace but rather to insure progress. And there can be no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth, the ideals of eternal realities.

(From: Bill Hicks)
It's just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.

(From: Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-142 Section-6)
Jesus answered: "Already does the spirit of the Father in heaven indwell you. If you would be led by this spirit from above, very soon would you begin to see with the eyes of the spirit, and then by the wholehearted choice of spirit guidance would you be born of the spirit since your only purpose in living would be to do the will of your Father who is in heaven. And so finding yourself born of the spirit and happily in the kingdom of God, you would begin to bear in your daily life the abundant fruits of the spirit."

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 20:33-34 )
They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him.

(From: Michael Bridge)
When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-142 Section-6)
When the wind blows, you hear the rustle of the leaves, but you do not see the wind--whence it comes or whither it goes--and so it is with everyone born of the spirit. With the eyes of the flesh you can behold the manifestations of the spirit, but you cannot actually discern the spirit."

(From: Saint Jerome (374 AD - 419 AD)
The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

(From: The RSV Bible - Ephesians 1:18)
…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…

(From: Michael Wilding)

You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.

(From: Ellen DeGeneres)
Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-42 Section-12)
        On a material world you think of a body as having a spirit, but we regard the spirit as having a body. The material eyes are truly the windows of the spirit-born soul. The spirit is the architect, the mind is the builder, the body is the material building.

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To one who abides in Love and is accustomed to searching in the eyes of others for the glimmer of Truthfulness, the ray of Hope, the expression of Compassion and the reflection of Brotherly/Sisterly Love, it seems no special feat of accomplishment to discern another person's true intentions. For their Soul remains open for others to enter and share in the Joy of Goodness and Respect. You can see the Light of Decency, Kindness and Integrity when you look into their eyes if truly your own eyes are open and caring.

But to one who dwells in a place of self-doubt, fear, mistrust, or even (God forbid), habitual dishonesty, that doorway into the soul of another is closed… not by the others but by themselves. Indeed they must willfully struggle to hold the door closed for fear that someone might see their pain, their suffering, their inner doubts, their sadness, the confused and battered little child… everything that they dread might be revealed by their openness. When they pretend to look you in the eyes so as to appear more truthful and open, the spiritually observant will detect in their eyes the “slightly glazed over, trying to look past or through you with a smile on their face” look… or the glaring defiant stare… or the piercing intrusion of self-righteous anger. None of these will allow a person see past the block they have placed in front of the carefully guarded entrance to their soul. Their “true colors” fade into the starkness of black and white and their perception of reality is limited to choices of “either/or” and “My way or the highway” thinking.

Little do they know that the Two Way Soul Connection lets flow only Love, Compassion and Understanding… Friendship, Kindness and Empathy. Falseness and lies become apparent to the discerning only in undefined contrast… quite simply because nonreality does not contain these higher expressions of Soul and Spirit.

If you are thinking that this sermon is being presented as a lesson in Truth discernment and falseness discovery, then perhaps you are not entirely mistaken… but even More so it is offered in Hopes that the Personal Freedom and Friendly Contact provided by an Open and Sharing Soul connection may become more and more sought after… more and more embraced by the general populace of this strife torn but beautiful world that we live in.

I don't know about you, but I personally am quite ready and determined to allow more of this Soul Freedom into my own life. For Truly, it is the higher and most direct roadway to Inner Peace.

Got Hope?
Got Love?
Got Peace?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Hold Open my Soul to the current of Your Love that can then flow through me to my brothers and sisters… Your Children.

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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