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Easter Service of the Year 2007

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Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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4-8-2007 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #546
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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The doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months.

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

Usually on Easter Sunday, I do a Service on Resurrection. This being our 10th Church Within Easter Service, the “pickings” for new material are seemingly getting a bit thin. Though using a few excerpts from our past Easter Services as quotes for Today's service, I think I still may have gotten one more Fresh one out of the topic…

The topic of today's Easter Sunday Service, #546, is once again. 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?"

(From: The 2005 Easter Service of the Church Within)
May the Son-Rise…
Inspire Your Sunrise!

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-3)
“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: Sr. Joan Chittester, a Roman Catholic, Benedictine nun)
“ The old news about Easter is that it is about the resurrection. The new news may be that it is not so much about the resurrection of Jesus as it is about our own.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-0)
"I lived my life in the flesh to show how you can, through loving service, become God-revealing to your fellow men even as, by loving you and serving you, I have become God-revealing to you. I have lived among you as the Son of Man that you, and all other men, might know that you are all indeed the sons of God.

(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-187 Section-2)
Jesus' only words, as they nailed him to the crossbeam, were, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

(From: The 2005 Easter Service of the Church Within)
Resurrection isn't so much about “coming back from the dead,” I think…
As it is…
About the Continuance… the Revitalization… the Transformation… the Renewal of Life…
…after what only Looked, like death.

The Sermon
For Many, Easter is about the Resurrection of Jesus. For others it is about the coming of Spring and New Life unfolding. For others still, Easter is about candy and Easter Egg Hunts. Even there are those who think of Easter as, “The Other day each year that I have to dress up and go to church.”

I think that this year, I will discourse upon Resurrection of a different sort…

The personal Resurrection from: Fear, Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy, Distrust and Fear.

Now, some may read that last line and think, “Oops! Pastor Daniel accidentally used the word Fear twice.” Others may have read it and thought, “I wonder if there is a Reason that he used the word Fear two times?” A few might look at it and just nod and smile.

So OK, I Did use the word Fear twice and… I did have a reason and… if you will look again…

“Fear, Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy, Distrust and Fear”

…you will notice that “Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy, Distrust” lie in between Fear and Fear. It is my observation, that Fear always comes Before “Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy, Distrust” and Fear is most often what immediately Follows “Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy, Distrust” as well. “Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy, Distrust”… they are but Symptoms. Fear is the Disease.

To one who is Truly without Fear… Anger, Hatred, Resentment, Prejudice, Jealousy and Distrust have no place in which to function.

Where there is Fear, there is no True Peace. Where there is True Peace, there is no Fear.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear... And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

(From: Frank Herbert - “Dune”)

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(From: The KJV Bible - Matthew 5:9 )

It's Easter and Time for a Resurrection!!!

…Time for a “Resurrection from the Dead!”
…from the dead weight of Fear.

Fear is the Disease, Love Is The Antidote.

The Prayer
Dear God,
        Those who teach that You must be Feared, really don't Know You very well, Do they? And they who would knowingly Use Fear to Control and Manipulate the uninformed? Well, They just don't know You at All.

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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