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9-5-2010
#725
9-12-2010
#726
9-19-2010
#727
9-26-2010

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9-5-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #724
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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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When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.
(Bernard Bailey)

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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.

So my initial thought was to do today's service on the topic of Making Plans, but there were so Few applicable quotes that I just couldn't get anywhere with it. One quote from the process did survive however to make it into Today's Service. It's the last quote before the prayer…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #724, is Disappointment…

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The Sermon
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I cannot imagine a human life lived without the encounter of at least a few, perhaps many, more likely countless experiences of disappointment. Can you? I mean… think of a normal childhood for example (if even there is such a thing as normal in regards to childhood). Childhood is a breeding ground, if not an incubator for all manner of disappointments. A child expects so much of life that, disappointment is potential in every living experience of it.

Disappointment does not lessen with age, does it? The disappointments of adolescence seem to far outweigh those of childhood… at least to an adolescent they do. Though disappointments may be slightly less numerous during the adolescent stage of life, thanks to experience and being able to avoid many of childhoods previous disappointments, they have a tendency to be far more intense (due perhaps to the associated hormonal imbalance that so characterizes this period). But life goes on and hopefully the disappointments of adolescence have been survived and learned from, right?

You would think that by the time we reach adulthood, having already passed through the rigors of childhood and adolescent disappointments, we would be well neigh immune to whatever few additional disappointments life could throw at us, wouldn't you? It wasn't the case though… Was it? Why it is almost as if they actually Multiplied if you can believe that. How can that be Possible?

Disappointment seems to be such an integral part of life, perhaps it even might has some incomprehensible form of value to it… do you think? What could that Be though? Disappointment is just so Disappointing! What could be good about That?

Well… disappointment could be a form of Stimulus, couldn't it? Maybe it could even be a Motivation or an Incentive of sorts… even an Inspiration to attempt something else, something previously unconsidered or unimagined. Disappointment could even guide a person onto new and fruitful pathways, unless they have allowed themselves to become immobilized by it.

Disappointment is inevitable. No one is immune to it.
How a person reacts to disappointment is a choice. It IS possible to acquire immunity to the negative effects of disappointment…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-6)
        "Much of man's sorrow is born of the disappointment of his ambitions and the wounding of his pride. Although men owe a duty to themselves to make the best of their lives on earth, having thus sincerely exerted themselves, they should cheerfully accept their lot and exercise ingenuity in making the most of that which has fallen to their hands. All too many of man's troubles take origin in the fear soil of his own natural heart.

(From: Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970)
I must be an optimist, because a pessimist is never disappointed.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
There is an art in defeat which noble souls always acquire; you must know how to lose cheerfully; you must be fearless of disappointment.

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 5:3-5)
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

(From: Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park)
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-3 Section-5)
Is courage--strength of character--desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.

(From: Robert Anthony, Great American Poets 2002)
If we could only share our hopes, our dreams, our disappointments, our fears, our achievements, and our discoveries.... the world would be a little kinder and a lot more forgiving.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
Personality association and mutual affection is an efficient insurance against evil. Difficulties, sorrow, disappointment, and defeat are more painful and disheartening when borne alone. Association does not transmute evil into righteousness, but it does aid in greatly lessening the sting.

(From:
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
        God-knowing individuals are not discouraged by misfortune or downcast by disappointment. Believers are immune to the depression consequent upon purely material upheavals; spirit livers are not perturbed by the episodes of the material world.

(From: Beverly Sills)
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-6)
        One of the most amazing earmarks of religious living is that dynamic and sublime peace, that peace which passes all human understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil. Such levels of spiritual stability are immune to disappointment.

(From: Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-6)
        Even as mortals, so have these angels been father to many disappointments, and they will point out that sometimes your most disappointing disappointments have become your greatest blessings. 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.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        You Never disappoint me.

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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9-12-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #725
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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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Disciple:
Oh wise and all knowing one, take me to the realm of perfect peace.

Master: If I take you to that realm, it will no longer be peaceful.

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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.

After sorting and arranging the quotes for today's Service, I read them through once in order. I realized that they had well said, already, the very same message I had been intending to write into the Sermon. So, I decided for today's sermon, to put together all of the quotes in order and remove their sources so that they would more smoothly convey for you what I Would have written…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #725, is Inner Strength…

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The Sermon
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        “The power of this kingdom shall consist, not in the strength of armies nor in the might of riches, but rather in the glory of the divine spirit that shall come to teach the minds and rule the hearts of the reborn citizens of this heavenly kingdom, the sons of God. This is the brotherhood of love wherein righteousness reigns, and whose battle cry shall be: Peace on earth and good will to all men.”

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.


Your own nature is creating what is happening, and you are not without power. The inner strength you have funded until now in your life is your support and guide at a time when everything you've taken for granted is being challenged.

Greatness lies not so much in possessing strength as in making a wise and divine use of such strength.

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

        Do not be so slothful as to ask God to solve your difficulties, but never hesitate to ask him for wisdom and spiritual strength to guide and sustain you while you yourself resolutely and courageously attack the problems at hand.

If you close your mind in judgments
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.
If you keep your mind from judging
and aren't led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.

Seeing into darkness is clarity.
Knowing how to yield is strength.
Use your own light
and return to the source of light.
This is called practicing eternity.

        Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship. And all of these memory treasures radiate their most precious and exalting influences under the releasing touch of spiritual worship.

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.


Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit.


        The measure of the spiritual capacity of the evolving soul is your faith in truth and your love for man, but the measure of your human strength of character is your ability to resist the holding of grudges and your capacity to withstand brooding in the face of deep sorrow. Defeat is the true mirror in which you may honestly view your real self.

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

There is positive strength in the knowledge that you live for the welfare of others, and that these others likewise live for your welfare and advancement. Man languishes in isolation.

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.


And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

“Your righteousness shall go before you while the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will cry out, and he shall say--Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.”

[Did you by any chance feel like you could identify some of the sources of the paragraph quotes while you were reading through? If so, read on see the Quotes with their sources attached to them… How did you do?]

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-140 Section-1)
        “The power of this kingdom shall consist, not in the strength of armies nor in the might of riches, but rather in the glory of the divine spirit that shall come to teach the minds and rule the hearts of the reborn citizens of this heavenly kingdom, the sons of God. This is the brotherhood of love wherein righteousness reigns, and whose battle cry shall be: Peace on earth and good will to all men.”

(From: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.

(From: The Book of Runes - #19 - Hagalaz)
Your own nature is creating what is happening, and you are not without power. The inner strength you have funded until now in your life is your support and guide at a time when everything you've taken for granted is being challenged.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)
Greatness lies not so much in possessing strength as in making a wise and divine use of such strength.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #33)
Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

(From: The ASB Bible - Psalm 28:7)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-6)
        Do not be so slothful as to ask God to solve your difficulties, but never hesitate to ask him for wisdom and spiritual strength to guide and sustain you while you yourself resolutely and courageously attack the problems at hand.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #52)
If you close your mind in judgments
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.
If you keep your mind from judging
and aren't led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.

Seeing into darkness is clarity.
Knowing how to yield is strength.
Use your own light
and return to the source of light.
This is called practicing eternity.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-4)
        Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification. Thus build up for yourself and in yourself reserve galleries of beauty, goodness, and artistic grandeur. But the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship. And all of these memory treasures radiate their most precious and exalting influences under the releasing touch of spiritual worship.

(From: Anna Freud (1895 - 1982)
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

(From: McCallister Dodds)
Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
        The measure of the spiritual capacity of the evolving soul is your faith in truth and your love for man, but the measure of your human strength of character is your ability to resist the holding of grudges and your capacity to withstand brooding in the face of deep sorrow. Defeat is the true mirror in which you may honestly view your real self.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

(From:
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-2)
There is positive strength in the knowledge that you live for the welfare of others, and that these others likewise live for your welfare and advancement. Man languishes in isolation.

(From: William Arthur Ward)
A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.

(From: The RSV Bible - Mark 12:28-31)
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-8)
“Your righteousness shall go before you while the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will cry out, and he shall say--Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Give me the Strength and Endurance to be in Service to Your Children at all times. Help me to be an overflowing vessel 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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9-19-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #726
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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 does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

(From: Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens")

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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.

Ever try to get another to see things Your way? How'd that work out for you?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #726, is Perspective…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-99 Section-7)
In the midst of the confusions of a rapidly changing environment mortal man needs the sustenance of a far-flung cosmic perspective.
        Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.
        Man can never wisely decide temporal issues or transcend the selfishness of personal interests unless he meditates in the presence of the sovereignty of God and reckons with the realities of divine meanings and spiritual values.

(From: The Book of Runes - #11)
You fall short in your efforts, you reach out and miss, you watch helplessly while what you've gained dwindles away. Observe what is happening. Examine these events from an open perspective and ask, “What lesson do I need to learn from this in my life?”

(From: Abraham 6/24/02 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
What is it that you soulfully desire? How does your perspective on life in general help you to attain that desire? What limiting perspectives may keep you from finding that one thing you so much desire? Some hunger for freedom, and from their perspective, they can see no way to attain that. Some desire peace, and get the exact opposite, because of how they perceive the happenings of everyday life and the meanings and values that come with it.
True perspective comes from knowing the personality of our Father, yes, the true nature of God. Knowing Father brings you to a place in your own thinking where self does not come first, but the will of God does.

(From: Dee W. Hock, Fast Company)
It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-4)
A one-eyed person can never hope to visualize depth of perspective.

(From: Darid - 5/4/97 – The Spokane/North Idaho TeaM)
I refer to understanding another individual from their viewpoint, understanding another individual from your viewpoint, and understanding both your perspectives from the Father's viewpoint. Yes, intolerance can be an issue of less importance when you approach one who irritates you through their behavior by sharing your inner life rather than a motivation seeking to correct their inner approach to reality.

(From: John Constable (1776 - 1837)
I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-118 Section-1)
        To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future.
        The time unit of immaturity concentrates meaning-value into the present moment in such a way as to divorce the present of its true relationship to the not-present--the past-future. The time unit of maturity is proportioned so to reveal the co-ordinate relationship of past-present-future that the self begins to gain insight into the wholeness of events, begins to view the landscape of time from the panoramic perspective of broadened horizons, begins perhaps to suspect the non-beginning, non-ending eternal continuum, the fragments of which are called time.
        On the levels of the infinite and the absolute the moment of the present contains all of the past as well as all of the future.

(From: “Time and a Word” – Yes - David Foster (composer )
In the morning when you rise
Do you open up your eyes
See what I see?
Do you see the same things
Every day?

Do you look for a way
To start the day
Getting things in proportion?
Spread the News
And help the world
Go round?

Have you heard of a time
That will help us get it together again?
Have you heard of the word
To stop us going wrong?

Well the time is near
And the word, you'll hear.
When you get things in perspective.
Spread the News
And help the world
Go round?

There's a time
And the time is Now
And it's right for me
It's right for me
And the time is Now

There's a word
And the word is Love
And it's Right for me
It's right for me
And the word is Love.

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The Sermon
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It is not unusual for humans to wish that everyone would see from the same Perspective… more accurately perhaps, that everyone would see it from Our Own Personal Perspective… our own being the Correct Perspective of course. How silly that they do not see things the way I do, is it Not? Perhaps it is not that they Will not so much as that they Can not. After all, my Own Perspective is changing/adjusting/evolving almost continuously, now that I think about it.

Every time I learn something, my Perspective makes an almost unconscious adjustment to the way I perceive things. Can't help it really. It is the way of Life for less than perfect creatures. There is but One Perfect Perspective, and that is God's… the rest of our Perspectives fall short. God's Perspective is our ultimate Goal hardly our possession. We can partially share in it, but we cannot own it completely.

Perspectives are limited by:

Age or Size…
Environment or Upbringing…
Immaturity or Ignorance…
Prejudice of Greed…
Ability or Choice.

Perspectives are enhanced by:

Learning and Growth…
Environment and Upbringing…
Information and Knowledge
Wisdom and Understanding.        

Listen to other Perspectives…
Share your own.

You cannot impose your Perspective on another… It is selfish to try.
As hard as it is to imagine, theirs may be more mature than your Own.
True Maturity Convinces by Demonstration…
Never by Imposition.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to better share in Your Perspective.

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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9-26-2010 Sunday Service of the Church Within #727
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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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Few things are more satisfying than seeing your own children have teenagers of their own.
Doug Larson

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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.

It is what everyone seeks…
It is the reason for doing things…
It always seems like there's never enough…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #727, is Satisfaction …

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-3)
Jesus revealed and exemplified a religion of love: security in the Father's love, with joy and satisfaction consequent upon sharing this love in the service of the human brotherhood.

(From: Chuck Colson, Radio Broadcast on 10/3 and 10/4)
You find the meaning in life by giving yourself away not by satisfying yourself. The most gratifying thing, at 73 years old, is to be able to think that your life was used to help others.

(From: The Urantia Book - 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: The RSV Bible - Psalm 90:14)
Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

(From: Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), to his students)
Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-1 Section-6)
        The more completely man understands himself and appreciates the personality values of his fellows, the more he will crave to know the Original Personality, and the more earnestly such a God-knowing human will strive to become like the Original Personality. You can argue over opinions about God, but experience with him and in him exists above and beyond all human controversy and mere intellectual logic. The God-knowing man describes his spiritual experiences, not to convince unbelievers, but for the edification and mutual satisfaction of believers.

(From: The RSV Bible - Isaiah 58:10-11)
if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-39 Section-4)
There is no material reward for righteous living, but there is profound satisfaction--consciousness of achievement--and this transcends any conceivable material reward.

(From: The ASB Bible - Matthew 5:6)
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

(From: Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'

(From: Maxwell Maltz)
We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

(From: Chris Messina, Cashing In or Selling Out)
Look at what your idea of success would be. The more that you take in external motivators, the more it reduces your ultimate satisfaction because it doesn't come from inside.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
Human love may indeed be reciprocal, but divine love is outgoing in all its satisfaction-seeking. The less of love in any creature's nature, the greater the love need, and the more does divine love seek to satisfy such need. Love is never self-seeking, and it cannot be self-bestowed. Divine love cannot be self-contained; it must be unselfishly bestowed.

(From:
Wayne Dyer)

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.

(From: William Dean Howells)
I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.

(From: Johnson)
The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain.

(From: William Raspberry)
Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.

(From: Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.

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The Sermon
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We each have our own individual things that bring us Personal Satisfaction… things that we enjoy doing… that provide us with feelings of pleasure… of accomplishment, but…

There is no greater Satisfaction…
…than being Valued for who you Are.
…than being Appreciated for your Efforts.
…than being in Loving Service.
…than attaining a desired Goal.
…than practicing your Art.
…than recognizing Truth.
…than experiencing Beauty.
…than savoring Goodness.
…than sharing Love.

There is no greater Satisfaction than Knowing God.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
         I'm glad I Know 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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