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Easter Service of the Year 2002

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Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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3-31-2002 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #288
Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
I have six locks on my door, all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three of them.

Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

Happy Easter All!

(From: Olfana 4/17/95 - Half Moon Bay TeaM -
He showered this world with forgiveness and compassion! He saw, with sinless eyes, the drama unfolding before him. His heart opened to the pain and suffering, the fear and turmoil, that surrounded him in these final moments of his life--and with his compassionate heart, he offered forgiveness to all who sought to see him suffer. His nobility within this tragic drama was remarkable. His kind regard to all who judged him was most amazing. He did not look with anger upon any who condemned him. He saw them as the immature, and struggling, confused Children of God that they were. His focus was upon the Father. He redeemed this world through the power of the Father's Love!

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

(From: Young)
We rise in glory as we sink in pride.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-3)
Faith acts to release the superhuman activities of the divine spark, the immortal germ, that lives within the mind of man, and which is the potential of eternal survival. Plants and animals survive in time by the technique of passing on from one generation to another identical particles of themselves. The human soul (personality) of man survives mortal death by identity association with this indwelling spark of divinity, which is immortal, and which functions to perpetuate the human personality upon a continuing and higher level of progressive universe existence. The concealed seed of the human soul is an immortal spirit.

(From: Liza Minnelli)
Reality is something you rise above.

(From: Nancy Kerrigan)
Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 5:29-32)
and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true.

(From: Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
The future belongs to those who can rise above the confines of the earth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-3)
“But my Father works, and I would work, to improve your earthly state but more especially to insure your eternal estate. 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. Verily, verily, I say to you: He who hears the gospel of the kingdom and believes in this teaching of sonship with God, has eternal life; already are such believers passing from judgment and death to light and life. And the hour is coming in which even those who are in the tombs shall hear the voice of the resurrection."

(From: The RSV Bible - John 11:25-26)
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

The Sermon
May Your Own Spirit this day experience a New Resurrection… a New Life.

The Prayer
Dear God,
        Help me to Rise above my problems.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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