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9-6-2009
#673
9-13-2009
#674
9-20-2009
#676
9-27-2009

9-6-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #672
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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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One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

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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.

If there were only one thing that I had more trouble learning than anything else…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #672, is Learning Lessons…

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Quotes
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(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 11:29-30)
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

(From: Henry L. Stimson (1867 - 1950)
The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-1)
        "Let me emphatically state this eternal truth: If you, by truth co-ordination, learn to exemplify in your lives this beautiful wholeness of righteousness, your fellow men will then seek after you that they may gain what you have so acquired. The measure wherewith truth seekers are drawn to you represents the measure of your truth endowment, your righteousness. The extent to which you have to go with your message to the people is, in a way, the measure of your failure to live the whole or righteous life, the truth-co-ordinated life."

(From: Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.

(From: George Washington (1732 - 1799)
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience.

(From: Vernon Sanders Law)
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-16 Section-7)
        Only a personality can know what it is doing before it does it; only personalities possess insight in advance of experience. A personality can look before it leaps and can therefore learn from looking as well as from leaping.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

(From: Al Franken, "Oh, the Things I Know", 2002)
Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-6)
Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity. And from them you will learn to suffer less through sorrow and disappointment, first, by making fewer personal plans concerning other personalities, and then, by accepting your lot when you have faithfully performed your duty.

(From: Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.

(From: Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-6)
        You will learn that you increase your burdens and decrease the likelihood of success by taking yourself too seriously.

(From: James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)
Life is a long lesson in humility.

(From: John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-2)
“...no man is a stranger to one who knows God. In the experience of finding the Father in heaven you discover that all men are your brothers, and does it seem strange that one should enjoy the exhilaration of meeting a newly discovered brother? To become acquainted with one's brothers and sisters, to know their problems and to learn to love them, is the supreme experience of living.”

(From: Martha Beck)
Every instance of heartbreak can teach us powerful lessons about creating the kind of love we really want.

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101)
If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.

(From: George Lucas)
The goal or lesson is for the hero to learn to respect everybody and to pay attention to the poorest person because that's where the key to his success will be.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-179 Section-3)
“If, then, the Master has washed your feet, why was it that you were unwilling to wash one another's feet? What lesson should you learn from this parable in which the Master so willingly does that service which his brethren were unwilling to do for one another?”

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The Sermon
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Have you ever caught yourself saying to another…
“Oh, I've already learned That lesson.”

Have you ever caught yourself saying to yourself…
“But, I've already Learned that lesson…”

Have you ever caught yourself saying to God…
“Why do I have to Repeat that lesson?”

Lessons, Lessons, Lessons…
Learning Lessons!!! It just never seems to End…

You'd think that that was the only reason we were Here on this world, wouldn't ya? Is it?
Well… what if it Is???

Learning how to Love… now That's a Good thing. Not a lesson that is easily learned, is it. It seems like ya gotta just keep Learning, and Learning, and Learning it. Wouldn't you think we would be able to just Learn it and then we wouldn't have to Struggle so much with it all the time? And then it Hit me… We DO learn it, Every time… but only that part of it. Every new lesson in Love gives us the opportunity to learn and experience More and More of Love. Hmmm… I guess if I have to experience it to Learn it then… that might not be a bad thing at all. There's worse things than experiencing Love I guess… even if I have to keep Learning all the time…

Other of Life's Lessons can be like that too….

“I already Did that didn't I??”
        Something very much Like it…

“Did I fail the other time(s)?”
        No, you learned those parts well…

“Why do I have to Repeat that lesson?”
        You have learned so many diverse other things since then, you are now ready and equipped to learn new parts to that lesson, higher understandings of that lesson… have a deeper look into the true reality of that lesson.

“Won't I Ever learn it?”
        Of course you will! You will Always Learn it! The more you learn it, the more you will Love to Learn it! Eventually you will Crave new opportunities to learn More of it.

“Is there a Key to learning it?”
        Of Course! Love is the Key to learning All of it!!

“Will I ever learn All of it?”
        Not yet…

“Ever?”
        Not yet.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Teach me what I most need to learn.

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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9-13-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #673
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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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I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.

(Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), retort to a heckler asking him to state his beliefs, Time Magazine, November 1, 1963)

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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.

Tuesday at Music Night, the card flipping process revealed two words which, while trying to think of a relationship between them, yielded a fascinating connection… at least I thought it was. Those of you who may as yet be unfamiliar with “the card flipping process” that occasionally gives me Sunday Service Topics… There is a tray with over 100 2X3 cards, each having a different spiritual type word on it that sits on the back of the commode… whenever someone at Music Night needs to use the rest room, they randomly flip to a new word and we keep track of the words and sometimes discuss possible correlations. So there were only two words this last Tuesday and they were…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #673, is Redemption/Life…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-194 Section-2)
        Jesus lived on earth and taught a gospel which redeemed man from the superstition that he was a child of the devil and elevated him to the dignity of a faith son of God. Jesus' message, as he preached it and lived it in his day, was an effective solvent for man's spiritual difficulties in that day of its statement. And now that he has personally left the world, he sends in his place his Spirit of Truth, who is designed to live in man and, for each new generation, to restate the Jesus message so that every new group of mortals to appear upon the face of the earth shall have a new and up-to-date version of the gospel, just such personal enlightenment and group guidance as will prove to be an effective solvent for man's ever-new and varied spiritual difficulties.

(From: The ASB Bible - Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2)
        Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
        Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you…

(From: Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-188 Section-5)
Salvation does not slight wrongs; it makes them right. True love does not compromise nor condone hate; it destroys it. The love of Jesus is never satisfied with mere forgiveness. The Master's love implies rehabilitation, eternal survival. It is altogether proper to speak of salvation as redemption if you mean this eternal rehabilitation.

(From: Audrey Hepburn)
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

(From: Etty Hillesum)
We are always in search of the redeeming formula, the crystallizing thought.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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The Sermon
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So… Redemption and Life… what's the Link, what's the association?

I got to musing… life is but a long and arduous series of redemptions if ya' think about it. Being such imperfect beings as we apparently are, the endless opportunities for error and subsequent remorse give us near unlimited excuses for an almost continual need of redemption. Now don't get the idea that I am in any way trying to diminish the importance, indeed the Essentialness, of redemption in the process of living Life, for that is not the case at all.

Redemption in fact is indispensable for coming to terms with our own immaturity and overcoming it's relentless withdrawal towards inactivity or retreat. The experience of achieved redemption serves to temporarily lift the oppressive weight of guilt and regret from one's shoulders. Redemption allows a person to see that they have survived a life ordeal regardless of how impossible that had seemed while imprisoned in it.

As long as there is ego, the solace of Redemption will be required for personal well-being. Ego is the ever vigilant keeper of the tally and incessant reminder of each and every mistake error or failure that are inherent in the process of Personal Spiritual Growth… the process of Life. Oftentimes egotism is but the assumed mask that obscures the feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness and fear that human imperfection precipitates.

Redemption is the reminder that we are but little children learning the lessons of Life and of Eternity… indeed God's Children. God's Love and Care and Mercy are not dependent in any way upon our redemption… but oftentimes our ability to accept and embrace them are.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank you for providing us each everything we need to attain maturity… painful as the procedure may seem at times.

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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9-20-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #674
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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The advantage of exercising every day is so that when you die, they'll say, 'Well, he sure looks good doesn't he?'

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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 got to thinking that it has been a Long, Long time since I have done a Sunday Service on the topic of Love… but then I realized that they are ALL truly about the topic of Love so…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #674, is Compassion…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-4)
        God is inherently kind, naturally compassionate, and everlastingly merciful. And never is it necessary that any influence be brought to bear upon the Father to call forth his loving-kindness. The creature's need is wholly sufficient to insure the full flow of the Father's tender mercies and his saving grace. Since God knows all about his children, it is easy for him to forgive. The better man understands his neighbor, the easier it will be to forgive him, even to love him.

(From: Dalai Lama, The Times (1999)
Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source of both inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.

(From: U Thant)
Wars begin in the minds of man, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.

(From: Dalai Lama, (in exile) Associated Press, 5/14/01)
World peach must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
The old religion was motivated by fear-consciousness; the new gospel of the kingdom is dominated by truth-conviction, the spirit of eternal and universal truth. And no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of kingdom believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness which characterizes the spirit-born sons of the living God. Neither tradition nor a ceremonial system of formal worship can atone for the lack of genuine compassion for one's fellows.

(From: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
Compassion is the basis of all morality.

(From: Martin Luther King)
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-171 Section-7)
        Jesus really understood men; therefore could he manifest genuine sympathy and show sincere compassion. But he seldom indulged in pity. While his compassion was boundless, his sympathy was practical, personal, and constructive. Never did his familiarity with suffering breed indifference, and he was able to minister to distressed souls without increasing their self-pity.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-161 Section-2)
He unfailingly responds to the spectacle of human need; suffering never fails to appeal to him. His compassion is moved alike by physical suffering, mental anguish, or spiritual sorrow. He is quick to recognize and generous to acknowledge the presence of faith or any other grace in his fellow men. He is so just and fair and at the same time so merciful and considerate. He grieves over the spiritual obstinacy of the people and rejoices when they consent to see the light of truth.

(From: Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004)
Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.

(From: The ASB Bible - Luke 10:30-37)
"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. "And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. "Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. "But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. "On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.'
        "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?"
        And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

(From: Leo Rosten (1908 -)
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is (merely) to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate. I think it is above all to matter, to count, to stand for something. To have it make some difference that you lived at all.

(From: The Dalai Lama (1935- )
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

(From: Tich Nhat Han, The sun my heart)
Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion, great understanding goes with great compassion.

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The Sermon
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Compassion…

You Gotta' Feel it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I know that it is You who allows me to feel Compassion, and who provides me the opportunities to. I pray that I may never reject a single one.

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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9-27-2009 Sunday Service of the Church Within #675
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Weekly On-Line Services Since September 29, 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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If a man yells “You Lie!” in a room filled with politicians, how do they know who he's talking to?

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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.

Last week the Sunday Service Topic was “Compassion” so naturally this week…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #675, is Mercy…

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Quotes
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(an On-Line definition)
Mercy n.
1. Compassionate treatment
2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving
3. Something for which to be thankful; a blessing
4. Alleviation of distress; relief

(From: Thomas Adams)
He who demands mercy and shows none burns the bridges over which he himself must later pass.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-2)
They who would receive mercy must show mercy; judge not that you be not judged. With the spirit with which you judge others you also shall be judged. Mercy does not wholly abrogate universe fairness. In the end it will prove true: "Whoso stops his ears to the cry of the poor, he also shall some day cry for help, and no one will hear him."

(From: The RSV Bible - James 2:13-17)
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment. What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-4)
        Mercy is the natural and inevitable offspring of goodness and love. The good nature of a loving Father could not possibly withhold the wise ministry of mercy to each member of every group of his universe children. Eternal justice and divine mercy together constitute what in human experience would be called fairness.

(From: The KJV Bible - Micah 6:8)
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

(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: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Merchant of Venice", Act 4 scene 1)
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'T is mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice.


(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-132 Section-4)
"Justice makes a nation great, and the greater a nation the more solicitous will it be to see that injustice shall not befall even its most humble citizen. Woe upon any nation when only those who possess money and influence can secure ready justice before its courts! It is the sacred duty of a magistrate to acquit the innocent as well as to punish the guilty. Upon the impartiality, fairness, and integrity of its courts the endurance of a nation depends. Civil government is founded on justice, even as true religion is founded on mercy."

(From: Anna Jameson)
All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the safe and just side of a question is the generous and merciful side.

(From: Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), speech in Washington D.C., 1865)
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

(From: Miguel De Cervantes (1547 - 1616)
Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 5:3-10)
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
All things are sacred in the lives of those who are spirit led; that is, subordinated to truth, ennobled by love, dominated by mercy, and restrained by fairness--justice.

(From: Rich Mullins)
We never understand what we're praying; and God, in His mercy, does not answer our prayers according to our understanding, but according to His wisdom.

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The Sermon
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Just as Love and Compassion are perpetually linked, love being the source and revelation of compassion and compassion being an inevitable manifestation and expression of love, so too are Compassion and Mercy inescapably linked. Compassion begs the release of Mercy. Mercy is invariably evidence of Compassion, “an inevitable manifestation and expression of Love.”

None are exempt from the need for Mercy, be it occasional or continual… just as none are without ample opportunity to impart Mercy to others in need.

Why would anyone ever knowingly constrain or withhold Mercy from a fellow Human Being if it was well within their power to grant it? Jesus didn't… Jesus wouldn't.

“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy”
but…
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

It really is ALL about Love you know.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I wish to be more like 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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