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#880
9-1-2013
#881
9-8-2013
#882
9-15-2013
#883
9-22-2013
#884
9-29-2013

9-1-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #880
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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 try to take it one day at a time...
but sometimes several days attack me all at once.

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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.



The topic of today's Sunday Service, #880, is Rebirth…

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The Sermon
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Rebirth... To be Reborn... Born Again...

Whenever we gain a New and Superior Understanding... Each time we accomplish a Personal Goal... Every time we attain a new Level, a new Plateau... We have the potential of experiencing a Rebirth.

A Regaining of Perspective
A Renewal of Enthusiasm
A Transformation of Attitude
A Reenergizing of Passion
A Regeneration of Dreams
A Rejuvenation of the Soul
A Revival of the Spirit

Rebirth isn't a one time thing... it is a progressive and continuous Journey of realization.

Are we There yet?

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes -#23 - Standstill / That Which Impedes / Ice (Isa)

You may find yourself entangled in a situation to whose implications you are, in effect, blind. You may be powerless to do anything except submit, surrender, even sacrifice some long-cherished desire. Be patient, for this is the period of gestation that precedes a rebirth.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-6)
        This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted to the universe; you have been born again — born of the spirit — and henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you.

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

(From: Pablo Casals )
" Each day I am reborn. Each day I must begin again."

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-2)
        Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Self-mastery is the measure of man's moral nature and the indicator of his spiritual development. In the old order you fasted and prayed; as the new creature of the rebirth of the spirit, you are taught to believe and rejoice. In the Father's kingdom you are to become new creatures; old things are to pass away; behold I show you how all things are to become new. And by your love for one another you are to convince the world that you have passed from bondage to liberty, from death into life everlasting.

(From: Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola )
“We have made thee neither of heaven nor of earth,
Neither mortal or immortal,
So that with freedom of choice and with honor,
As thought the maker and molder of thyself,
Thou mayest fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer.
Thou shalt have the power out of thy soul's judgment,
to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine.”

(From: Bill McCartney )
“It boggles my mind that someone can see life breathed into a baby, watch the grass die and then come to life again, see leaves fall and watch the rebirth of a tree, or gaze on any of the majestic splendor that is this earth and not be overpowered by the presence of an Almighty God!”

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

(From: Jack Kornfield )
“To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each new one.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Renew my Spirit.

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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9-8-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #881
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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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The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here is one of the winners:
Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

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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.

Ya know? I think it has been quite a while since I have put together a Sunday Service on the topic of...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #881, is Personal Growth…

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The Sermon
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This is possibly the first, or perhaps only the second time that I have used only quotes from the Urantia Book in the 881 Sunday Services I have offered here. I have decided to do so because these particular quotes were/have been/Are valuable to my own Personal Growth over these last 35 years that I have been reading the UB. They are not in the order that they were presented in the book, but I Did place them in a specific, purposeful order that represents my own Growth. I hope it works for You!

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
        The association of actuals and potentials equals growth, the experiential realization of values. But growth is not mere progress. Progress is always meaningful, but it is relatively valueless without growth. The supreme value of human life consists in growth of values, progress in meanings, and realization of the cosmic interrelatedness of both of these experiences. And such an experience is the equivalent of God-consciousness. Such a mortal, while not supernatural, is truly becoming superhuman; an immortal soul is evolving.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-110 Section-6)
The growth of the parts does not equal the true maturation of the whole; the parts really grow in proportion to the expansion of the entire self--the whole self--material, intellectual, and spiritual.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-154 Section-2)
        Universe difficulties must be met and planetary obstacles must be encountered as a part of the experience training provided for the growth and development, the progressive perfection, of the evolving souls of mortal creatures. The spiritualization of the human soul requires intimate experience with the educational solving of a wide range of real universe problems. The animal nature and the lower forms of will creatures do not progress favorably in environmental ease. Problematic situations, coupled with exertion stimuli, conspire to produce those activities of mind, soul, and spirit which contribute mightily to the achievement of worthy goals of mortal progression and to the attainment of higher levels of spirit destiny.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-117 Section-3)
Man consciously grows from the material toward the spiritual by the strength, power, and persistency of his own decisions;

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        There are present in all normal mortals certain innate drives toward growth and self-realization which function if they are not specifically inhibited.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-150 Section-5)
It is forever true, `the just shall live by faith.' Entrance into the Father's kingdom is wholly free, but progress--growth in grace--is essential to continuance therein.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
        Some persons are too busy to grow and are therefore in grave danger of spiritual fixation. Provision must be made for growth of meanings at differing ages, in successive cultures, and in the passing stages of advancing civilization. The chief inhibitors of growth are prejudice and ignorance.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
Children are permanently impressed only by the loyalties of their adult associates; precept or even example is not lastingly influential. Loyal persons are growing persons, and growth is an impressive and inspiring reality. Live loyally today--grow--and tomorrow will attend to itself. The quickest way for a tadpole to become a frog is to live loyally each moment as a tadpole.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
        Man cannot cause growth, but he can supply favorable conditions. Growth is always unconscious, be it physical, intellectual, or spiritual. Love thus grows; it cannot be created, manufactured, or purchased; it must grow. Evolution is a cosmic technique of growth. Social growth cannot be secured by legislation, and moral growth is not had by improved administration. Man may manufacture a machine, but its real value must be derived from human culture and personal appreciation. Man's sole contribution to growth is the mobilization of the total powers of his personality--living faith.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-9)
If you would engage in effective praying, you should bear in mind the laws of prevailing petitions:

1. You must qualify as a potent prayer by sincerely and courageously facing the problems of universe reality. You must possess cosmic stamina.

2. You must have honestly exhausted the human capacity for human adjustment. You must have been industrious.

3. You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul to the transforming embrace of spiritual growth. You must have experienced an enhancement of meanings and an elevation of values.

4. You must make a wholehearted choice of the divine will. You must obliterate the dead center of indecision.

5. You not only recognize the Father's will and choose to do it, but you have effected an unqualified consecration, and a dynamic dedication, to the actual doing of the Father's will.

6. Your prayer will be directed exclusively for divine wisdom to solve the specific human problems encountered in the Paradise ascension--the attainment of divine perfection.

7. And you must have faith--living faith.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-157 Section-6)
        Thus did Jesus exemplify in his life what he taught in his religion: the growth of the spiritual nature by the technique of living progress. He did not place emphasis, as did his later followers, upon the incessant struggle between the soul and the body. He rather taught that the spirit was easy victor over both and effective in the profitable reconciliation of much of this intellectual and instinctual warfare.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
"Build well the foundations for the growth of a noble character of spiritual endowments," he said: "In order to yield the fruits of the spirit, you must be born of the spirit. You must be taught by the spirit and be led by the spirit if you would live the spirit-filled life among your fellows. […] Your spirit nature--the jointly created soul--is a living growth, but the mind and morals of the individual are the soil from which these higher manifestations of human development and divine destiny must spring. The soil of the evolving soul is human and material, but the destiny of this combined creature of mind and spirit is spiritual and divine."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-180 Section-5)
        Divine truth is a spirit-discerned and living reality. Truth exists only on high spiritual levels of the realization of divinity and the consciousness of communion with God. You can know the truth, and you can live the truth; you can experience the growth of truth in the soul and enjoy the liberty of its enlightenment in the mind, but you cannot imprison truth in formulas, codes, creeds, or intellectual patterns of human conduct. When you undertake the human formulation of divine truth, it speedily dies. The post-mortem salvage of imprisoned truth, even at best, can eventuate only in the realization of a peculiar form of intellectualized glorified wisdom. Static truth is dead truth, and only dead truth can be held as a theory. Living truth is dynamic and can enjoy only an experiential existence in the human mind.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)
Give every developing child a chance to grow his own religious experience; do not force a ready-made adult experience upon him. Remember, year-by-year progress through an established educational regime does not necessarily mean intellectual progress, much less spiritual growth. Enlargement of vocabulary does not signify development of character. Growth is not truly indicated by mere products but rather by progress. Real educational growth is indicated by enhancement of ideals, increased appreciation of values, new meanings of values, and augmented loyalty to supreme values.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to willingly follow Your perfect way for my Growth.

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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9-15-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #882
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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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Doing 120 mph in a 65 mph zone, he knew he was in trouble when the cop pulled in behind him with the roof lights on. Figuring he could just lose the cop, he floored the Ferrari… 130, 140, 150… and still the cop was right on his tail. So he floors it... 170, 180… Still, he could not ditch the cop. Giving up, he pulled over.

The cop approached the car, "Give me one good reason why I shouldn't give you the biggest ticket this world has ever seen."

"Well," he stated, "Just last week my wife ran off with a cop."
"SO WHAT?!?!" the cop screamed.

"I thought you were trying to bring her back."

The cop laughed so hard that he had to let the speeder go with a warning.

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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.

How good is your sight?
How about your In-Sight...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #882, is Perception/Misperception…

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Quotes
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(From:
Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Lovers and Madmen, 1994 )
Talking perceptions, people. Do we really see each other for what we really are, or do we just see what we want to see, the image distorted by our own personal lenses?

(From: C. W. Leadbeater )
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

(From: Hans Margolius )
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-104 Section-3)
As the cosmic consciousness of mortal man expands, he perceives the interrelatedness of all that he finds in his material science, intellectual philosophy, and spiritual insight. Still, with all this belief in the unity of the cosmos, man perceives the diversity of all existence.

(From: Anatole France (1844 - 1924), Thais )
...it is not by reflection and intelligence, but by perception, that the highest and purest truths are attained.

(From: Miyamoto Musashi )
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-106 Section-9)
        Time, space, and experience are man's greatest aids to relative reality perception and yet his most formidable obstacles to complete reality perception.

(From: William Blake (1757 - 1827 )
When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-48 Section-7)
You cannot perceive spiritual truth until you feelingly experience it, and many truths are not really felt except in adversity.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book )
Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.

(From: R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn )
Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-3)
        When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved.

(From: Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984 )
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

(From: Jeffrey Edwin Ross )
We cannot view the world through another being's eyes. Love is knowing, without a doubt, another's perception of the world and being content with having no evidence.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-130 Section-4)
The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882 )
Our life is not so much threatened,
As our perception.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882 )
Do what you know and perception is converted into character.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-133 Section-4)
“My brother, I perceive you are seeking for truth, and I suggest that the spirit of the Father of all truth may chance to dwell within you. Did you ever sincerely endeavor to talk with the spirit of your own soul? Such a thing is indeed difficult and seldom yields consciousness of success; but every honest attempt of the material mind to communicate with its indwelling spirit meets with certain success, notwithstanding that the majority of all such magnificent human experiences must long remain as superconscious registrations in the souls of such God-knowing mortals.”

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The Sermon
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Close your Eyes. Now... what do you See??

Nothing or Everything?

If it is Nothing, then you are looking only through your body's material eyes.
It is a Misperception, or perhaps rather... a Missed Perception.
Indeed you did... Miss Perception if you could see only nothing.

If it is Everything... then in fact you are in that Place of Stillness, where you come in contact with God, The Source, The Spirit, your Inner Self... seeing with your Soul's Eyes.
That is true Perception.

Can you See/Feel the difference?

Now Open your Eyes...

Don't Look...
Observe... Perceive...

See Everything!

It's Only a Matter of Perception.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to see More from Within... to See More with Your Eyes.

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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9-22-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #883
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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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If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We couldn't even eat hash with safety.

Josh Billings (1818 - 1885

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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.

I got to thinkin' about what to do Today's Service on and then I heard in my mind, “You can't go wrong with...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #883, is Faith…

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The Sermon
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Living, Saving Faith is no Less than the Valiant Attempt to Live your Cherished Beliefs, and Pursue your Dearest Dreams... all the while being Willing to Adjust, Change or even Discard Any and Every Part of them that proves fallacious or untrue, all the Time Trusting that God Will and Is Guiding you toward what is True and what is Good and what is Best for you.

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-155 Section-6)
        Your religion shall change from the mere intellectual belief in traditional authority to the actual experience of that living faith which is able to grasp the reality of God and all that relates to the divine spirit of the Father. The religion of the mind ties you hopelessly to the past; the religion of the spirit consists in progressive revelation and ever beckons you on toward higher and holier achievements in spiritual ideals and eternal realities.

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

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

(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.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 21:22)
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

(From: Sophia Loren )
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.

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

(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: Leo Braeck )
Through faith man experiences the meaning of the world; through action he is to give to it meaning.

(From: Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862 )
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.

(From: Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226 )
Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.

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

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

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-8)
        Belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes the mode of living. The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith; that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode of living. Faith is a living attribute of genuine personal religious experience. One believes truth, admires beauty, and reverences goodness, but does not worship them; such an attitude of saving faith is centered on God alone, who is all of these personified and infinitely more.
        Belief is always limiting and binding; faith is expanding and releasing. Belief fixates, faith liberates. But living religious faith is more than the association of noble beliefs; it is more than an exalted system of philosophy; it is a living experience concerned with spiritual meanings, divine ideals, and supreme values; it is God-knowing and man-serving.

(From: The RSV Bible - Matthew 9:29)
"According to your faith be it done to you."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Guide my steps of Faith.

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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9-29-2013 Sunday Service of the Church Within #884
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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 haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.
David Sedaris

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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.

Like it or not... You can Always Count on it...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #884, is Change…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-55 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.
Your religion shall change from the mere intellectual belief in traditional authority to the actual experience of that living faith which is able to grasp the reality of God and all that relates to the divine spirit of the Father. The religion of the mind ties you hopelessly to the past; the religion of the spirit consists in progressive revelation and ever beckons you on toward higher and holier achievements in spiritual ideals and eternal realities.
While the religion of authority may impart a present feeling of settled security, you pay for such a transient satisfaction the price of the loss of your spiritual freedom and religious liberty. My Father does not require of you as the price of entering the kingdom of heaven that you should force yourself to subscribe to a belief in things which are spiritually repugnant, unholy, and untruthful. It is not required of you that your own sense of mercy, justice, and truth should be outraged by submission to an outworn system of religious forms and ceremonies. The religion of the spirit leaves you forever free to follow the truth wherever the leadings of the spirit may take you. And who can judge--perhaps this spirit may have something to impart to this generation which other generations have refused to hear?

(From: The Book of Runes - #1 The Self)
        The starting point is the self. Its essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to your Self is primary, for from it flows all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine.
        Remain modest---that is the Oracle's counsel. Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted, and moderate, for then you have a true direction for your new way of life.
        Being in the world but not of it, that is implicit here. And yet do not be closed, narrow, or judging, but remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides. Nothing less is called for from you now.
        This is a time of major growth and rectification and, as a rule, rectification must come before progress. The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms, and the self must know stillness before it can discover it's true song.

(From: James Gordon, M.D. )
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.

(From: Elizabeth Aston )
One's life is not as fixed as one believes. Surprises may lie in store for you, the unexpected often tends to happen, sometimes bringing in its train the most delightful change in one's life or circumstances.

(From: The Tao Te Ching - #74 )
If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren't afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can't achieve.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-3)
        Values can never be static; reality signifies change, growth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-112 Section-5)
Human life is an endless change of the factors of life unified by the stability of the unchanging personality.

(From: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882 )
All things must change to something new, to something strange.

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

(From: Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993 )
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-147 Section-3)
“None of us can do much to change the difficulties of life unless we discover the Father in heaven so wills. After all, we are all beholden to do the will of the Eternal. If you could all be healed of your physical afflictions, you would indeed marvel, but it is even greater that you should be cleansed of all spiritual disease and find yourselves healed of all moral infirmities. You are all God's children; you are the sons of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you. And when the time of judgment shall come, fear not, you shall all find, not only justice, but an abundance of mercy.”

(From: Peter McWilliams, Life 101 )
I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

(From: Carol Burnett )
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

(From: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987 )
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

(From: Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC )
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

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

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-2)
        The cry of the righteous is the faith act of the child of God which opens the door of the Father's storehouse of goodness, truth, and mercy, and these good gifts have long been in waiting for the son's approach and personal appropriation. Prayer does not change the divine attitude toward man, but it does change man's attitude toward the changeless Father. The motive of the prayer gives it right of way to the divine ear, not the social, economic, or outward religious status of the one who prays.

(From: Lynn Hall, Where Have All the Tigers Gone?, 1989 )
We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.

(From: Max Frisch )
Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.

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

(From: Henri-Frédéric Amiel )
All appears to change when we change.

(From: Samahria Lyte Kaufman )
Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.

(From: W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965 )
If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.

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

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-4)
Remember, even if prayer does not change God, it very often effects great and lasting changes in the one who prays in faith and confident expectation.

(From: Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004 )
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.

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The Sermon
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Change is the River of Life!

You can try to swim against the current, yet still does The River carry you where it will or...

You can Go With the Flow and Grow.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to Always Change for the Better. Your Will Be Done.

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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