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#828
9-2-2012
#829
9-9-2012
#830
9-16-2012
#831
9-23-2012
#832
9-30-2012

9-2-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #828
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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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Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
Kin Hubbard (1868 – 1930)

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It's not just about telling the truth…
It is about Loving truth…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #828, is Honesty…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-160 Section-1)
        Successful living is nothing more or less than the art of the mastery of dependable techniques for solving common problems. The first step in the solution of any problem is to locate the difficulty, to isolate the problem, and frankly to recognize its nature and gravity. The great mistake is that, when life problems excite our profound fears, we refuse to recognize them. Likewise, when the acknowledgment of our difficulties entails the reduction of our long-cherished conceit, the admission of envy, or the abandonment of deep-seated prejudices, the average person prefers to cling to the old illusions of safety and to the long-cherished false feelings of security. Only a brave person is willing honestly to admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers.

(From: The Book of Runes - #4 - Separation / Retreat / Inheritance)
This is not a time to be bound by old conditioning, old authority. Consider not only what will benefit you, but what will benefit others, and act according to the Light you possess now in your life. Because you may be called upon to undertake a radical departure from old ways, total honesty is required. Otherwise, through negligence or refusal to see clearly, you may cause pain to others and damage to yourself.

(From: Ham 6/18/2000 – the Nashville TeaM)
Honesty is loyalty to truth. When you are loyal to your highest truth, then honesty naturally flows into your life and through you.

(From: Henry Louis Mencken)
“The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them”

(From: The RSV Bible - Proverbs 12:17)
He who speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

(From:
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?

(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: Thomas Jefferson)
“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”

(From: The ASB Bible - Luke 8:15)
"But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-193 Section-2)
“Salvation is the free gift of God, but those who are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow creatures. And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.”

(From: Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD), Morals)
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.

(From: John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.

(From: Nelson Mandela)
“…the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, of humility.”

(From: Spencer Johnson)
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”


(From: George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

(From: Joan Boysenko, Pocketful of Miracles)
If our actions stem from honesty, kindness, caring, and vision, then no matter what the result of our efforts, we have added something of value to our souls and to the world.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-3)
“True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief. No man is at any time disturbed by his neighbor's attitude when he has perfect confidence in the truth of that which he wholeheartedly believes. Courage is the confidence of thoroughgoing honesty about those things which one professes to believe. Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals.”

(From: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
“Honesty is the best policy.”

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The Sermon
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Do you value Honesty?
How much do you value it?
Do you expect it of others?
Do you demand it of yourself
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Honesty…
Sincerity…
Truthfulness…
Integrity…

These are Good things, are they not?
Indeed, Excellent things… truly Godlike things!

Do you feel as if Honesty is adequately rewarded in our society?
Do You reward Honesty?
Do you ever feel as if dishonesty is rewarded more so than Honesty?
Do you ever knowingly reward dishonesty? Do you ever do it innocently?

Do you value Honesty?
How much do you value it?
Do you expect it of others?
Do you demand it of yourself
?

How loyal do you think you are you to Truth?
Do you care?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us all to see that Loyalty to you can not be separated from loyalty to Truth.

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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9-9-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #829
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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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You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.

George Burns (1896 – 1996)

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

When there is something you might not fully understand, do you ever….

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #829, is Wonder…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        The soil essential for religious growth presupposes a progressive life of self-realization, the co-ordination of natural propensities, the exercise of curiosity and the enjoyment of reasonable adventure, the experiencing of feelings of satisfaction, the functioning of the fear stimulus of attention and awareness, the wonder-lure, and a normal consciousness of smallness, humility. Growth is also predicated on the discovery of selfhood accompanied by self-criticism — conscience, for conscience is really the criticism of oneself by one's own value-habits, personal ideals.

(From: Gerry Spence)
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.

(From: Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Antigone)
Numberless are the world's wonders, but none More wonderful than man.

(From: Herbert W. Boyer)
Wonder is what sets us apart from other life forms. No other species wonders about the meaning of existence or the complexity of the universe or themselves.

(From: Alan Alda)
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content.

(From: William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), A Midsummer Night's Dream)
But wonder on, till truth makes all things plain.

(From: M. C. Escher (1898 - 1972)
He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

(From: Greek Proverb)
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.

(From:
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

(From: Jim Henson)
When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here. It's a wonderful life and I love it.

(From: Anne Frank (1929 - 1945)
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

(From: C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.

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The Sermon
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Think of the word Wonder.

When you think of the word Wonder, what does it first make you think of?

Is it a query (I Wonder)… a desire for discernment, awareness, knowledge, clarity or understanding?

Or is it a thing (A Wonder)… something grand, impressive, magnificent or majestic?

It matters not really which, because within moments afterward you considered the other, didn't you?

(as a verb) --- Wonder - Wonders - Wondered - Wondering
(as a noun) --- Wonder - Wonders – (as an adjective) Wondrous – Wonderful

When you think about the Universe… does its wonder make you Wonder?
How about when you think about God… the Greatest Wonder of all?
Makes you Wonder… doesn't it?

Wonder is a Good thing.
Life is Filled with Wonder!
Don't Waste it!!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thank You for not having to Wonder about 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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9-16-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #830
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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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Going to church doesn't make you a Christian…

… any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.



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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Seems to me quite some while since we mused here upon today's topic so… why not?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #830, is Faith…

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Quotes
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(From:
Henry H. Haskins)

He who loses money losses much. He who loses a friend loses more. But he who loses faith loses all.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-3)
While faith is the energy of the better life, nevertheless, must you work out your own salvation with perseverance. If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation.

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-13 Section-2)
The angels really find it hard to understand why you will so persistently allow your higher intellectual powers, even your religious faith, to be so dominated by fear, so thoroughly demoralized by the thoughtless panic of dread and anxiety.

(From: Alfred A. Montapert)
Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world. And you don't have to be a poet or a philosopher to know which is best.

(From: Rabbi David Wolpe)
Faith is not the knowledge of what the mystery of the universe is, but the conviction that there is a mystery, and that it is greater than us.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 14:22)
The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-102 Section-6)
        Belief may not be able to resist doubt and withstand fear, but faith is always triumphant over doubting, for faith is both positive and living. The positive always has the advantage over the negative, truth over error, experience over theory, spiritual realities over the isolated facts of time and space. The convincing evidence of this spiritual certainty consists in the social fruits of the spirit which such believers, faithers, yield as a result of this genuine spiritual experience. Said Jesus: “If you love your fellows as I have loved you, then shall all men know that you are my disciples.”

(From: The ASB Bible - Romans 12:3)
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
The faith that stand on authority is not faith.

(From: Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.

(From: George E. Woodberry)
If you can't have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.

(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: Susan Taylor)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.

(From: Henry S. Haskins)
Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine.

(From: The RSV Bible - Hebrews 11:1)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-4 Section-4)
        The consciousness of a victorious human life on earth is born of that creature faith which dares to challenge each recurring episode of existence when confronted with the awful spectacle of human limitations, by the unfailing declaration: Even if I cannot do this, there lives in me one who can and will do it, a part of the Father-Absolute of the universe of universes. And that is “the victory which overcomes the world, even your faith.”

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

(From:
Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the spirit. I have called you out of the darkness of authority and the lethargy of tradition into the transcendent light of the realization of the possibility of making for yourselves the greatest discovery possible for the human soul to make — the supernal experience of finding God for yourself, in yourself, and of yourself, and of doing all this as a fact in your own personal experience. And so may you pass from death to life, from the authority of tradition to the experience of knowing God; thus will you pass from darkness to light, from a racial faith inherited to a personal faith achieved by actual experience; and thereby will you progress from a theology of mind handed down by your ancestors to a true religion of spirit which shall be built up in your souls as an eternal endowment.

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The Sermon
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We may tell others about our beliefs… our tendency may even be to go into a great deal of, perhaps even excessive, detail about them.

Genuine Faith on the other hand, is demonstrated. Our True Inner Faith essentially defies adequate description.

Belief is Theory, Faith is Practice.
Belief, Intellectual… Faith, Experiential

Faith is Living… Faith is the verifier of beliefs… the revealer of Truth.
Not a theology… not a church… Faith does not define… nor does it constrain.
Faith Illuminates… Faith Liberates.

The walk of Faith does not always verify ones beliefs, but frequently it uncovers previously unsuspected Truth.

It requires Trust to take the steps of Faith…
Trust in Goodness,
Trust in Love.

Do you Trust God?
Take the Steps…

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Always You show me what I need… remind me to keep my eyes open.

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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9-23-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #831
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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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Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Our son Danny was Just offered his first full-time job surveying on Friday. It is in another state 3 hrs away. At 22 this will be his first time on his own without a safety net. He had to leave the next day, Saturday, to find a place to live so he could begin work on Monday. I remember when I had to leave everything I knew for the first time to get my first full-time job… it was scary, but Oh What an Adventure it turned out to be…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #831, is Adventure…

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The Sermon
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Rarely is a personal Adventure characterized by continuous uninterrupted enjoyment. Adventure can indeed be scary, strenuous, exhausting, even painful. But also can Adventure be thrilling, exhilarating, enlightening, stimulating and yes, inspiring. The one thing Adventure is Not, is Boring.

A Personal Adventure is usually appreciated and enjoyed most fully from the vantage point of retrospect. In looking back upon it, one is more able to recognize the joys, benefits and accomplishments while overlooking many of the inevitably associated inconveniences and struggles. Oftentimes it is the overcoming of difficulties and obstacles that one remembers most fondly about an Adventure. Adventures can reveal to us strengths we didn't know we had, and can eliminate limits we thought were insurmountable. They are also good at teaching us humility and self-control if perchance we overestimate our abilities.

There are Big Life Changing Adventures, and there are little life enhancing Adventures. They all have their value. They all together make us who we are, and Show us who we are. Some Adventures are More Significant, but none are insignificant.

Adventure is a part of Life itself. Let it help to conquer your fears.
Learn from it… Grow from it… Embrace it…

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Quotes
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(From:
William Feather)
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure”

(From: G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
Progress is made possible by inherent motion, advancement grows out of the divine capacity for action, and achievement is the child of imaginative adventure. But inherent in this capacity for achievement is the responsibility of ethics, the necessity for recognizing that the world and the universe are filled with a multitude of differing types of beings. All of this magnificent creation, including yourself, was not made just for you. This is not an egocentric universe. The Gods have decreed, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and said your Master Son, “He who would be greatest among you let him be server of all.”

(From: Wilfred Peterson)
“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints”

(From: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)
There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

(From: Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

(From: Sally Ride)
“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary”

(From: Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.

(From: Oprah Winfrey)
The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
        Service — purposeful service, not slavery — is productive of the highest satisfaction and is expressive of the divinest dignity. Service — more service, increased service, difficult service, adventurous service, and at last divine and perfect service — is the goal of time and the destination of space. But ever will the play cycles of time alternate with the service cycles of progress.

(From: Laurence Sterne)
“A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        The soil essential for religious growth presupposes a progressive life of self-realization, the co-ordination of natural propensities, the exercise of curiosity and the enjoyment of reasonable adventure, the experiencing of feelings of satisfaction, the functioning of the fear stimulus of attention and awareness, the wonder-lure, and a normal consciousness of smallness, humility.

(From: Frank Moore Colby)
“Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance?”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-14 Section-5)
        Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.

(From:
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997)

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

(From: Marie de Floris)
“Hunting God is a great adventure.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
Never forget there is only one adventure which is more satisfying and thrilling than the attempt to discover the will of the living God, and that is the supreme experience of honestly trying to do that divine will.

(From: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-5 Section-1)
        The great God makes direct contact with mortal man and gives a part of his infinite and eternal and incomprehensible self to live and dwell within him. God has embarked upon the eternal adventure with man. If you yield to the leadings of the spiritual forces in you and around you, you cannot fail to attain the high destiny established by a loving God as the universe goal of his ascendant creatures from the evolutionary worlds of space.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Keep us safe in our adventures.

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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9-30-2012 Sunday Service of the Church Within #832
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Humor of the Week
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A few years ago, a young priest went to work in an Abbey and his first job was to copy the ancient scriptures of the bible by hand. One day he noticed a problem. All the priests, who were doing the same thing, were making copies from other copies and he went to the Abbot and told him about it.

" Father..." The young priest explained, "If there was just one mistake made then it's been repeated over and over again!"

The Abbot thanked the priest for noticing the problem and disappeared. Hours later, when no one had seen him all day, the worried priest went searching and finally found him sobbing over the original text, which had been locked away in the Monasteries safe for centuries.

" We forgot the "R"!" He kept saying, over and over.

The young priest was somewhat taken aback at his distress and said;
"Father, what's wrong?"
Tearfully, the old Abbot looked up and said;

"Celebrate… the word was celebrate"

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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. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Often it seems to be lacking…

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #832, is Fairness…

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Quotes
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(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: The Tao Te Ching - #8)
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-54 Section-1)
        There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.

(From: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas)
If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.

(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:
G. Campbell)

Free and fair discussion will ever be found the firmest friend to truth.

(From: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-193 Section-2)
And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.

(From: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-4)
Eternal justice and divine mercy together constitute what in human experience would be called fairness.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Sooner of later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.

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The Sermon
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Children are always concerned with Fairness. Isn't it a good thing that they are?

Are you as concerned with Fairness now as you were when you were a child… or have you maybe become cynical or apathetic towards it? We've all heard it many, many times, “Life isn't Fair.” Have we not?

Nature may not seem to be Fair to the individual, but neither is it unfair. Nature can be neither… it has no choice but to be what it is, consistent.

People on the other hand Can be Fair or unfair. They Do have a choice. Do you ever notice how some people seem totally devoted to Fairness, while others appear completely unconcerned with it? Why is that do you think? Which category do you fall into?

Sometimes unfairness can result as a consequence of a choice made with faulty or incomplete information (as most parents with multiple children can attest to ;-) ), but can a person be forced to choose to be knowingly unfair? Is there ever a valid excuse for choosing unfairness?

Love and Compassion are discernable components of Fairness. Are they ever found in unfairness?

Be Loving.
Be Compassionate.
Be Fair.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help us always to be Fair.

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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