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Easter Service of the Year 2015

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Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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4-5-2015 Easter Sunday Service of the Church Within #963
Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
The state of Kentucky currently has 4.9 Million barrels of Bourbon aging... this exceeds the state's own population.

Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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.

Happy Easter!

The topic of today's Easter Sunday Service, #963, is… well...

(From: The ASB Bible - Luke 15:11-31)
And He said, "A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them. "And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. "So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. "And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. "But when he came to his senses, he said, "How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! "I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'

"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. "And the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his slaves, "Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. "And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. "And he said to him, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' "But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. "But he answered and said to his father, "Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

"And he said to him, "Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. "But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'"

The Sermon
Many would say that Jesus died for us.

I say that Jesus Lived for us. He showed us Love, he showed us Compassion, he showed us Unselfishness. He taught us that God was not a vengeful, angry ruler, but rather a Loving and Compassionate Father!

Jesus died, yes... the most torturous agonizing death we can imagine. He showed us, that throughout it all, still he showed us only Love, Compassion and Forgiveness. While being nailed to the cross... “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” While hanging on the cross... he yet ministered to and forgave the thief hanging on a cross next to him, “Verily, verily, I say to you today, you shall sometime be with me in Paradise.” Jesus died in ransom for our sins? To appease Who... our Loving and Compassionate Father? I'm not thinkin' “Our Father” would actually be needing or demanding some cruel agonizing death of an innocent Son for forgiving His children their sins. (read the Parable of the Prodigal's Son with discernment).

Jesus Rose from the dead and appeared to many, to show us that we can as well... that there Is Life After Death... after Here! Just Love God, and Love your Neighbor.

Fill your lives with Love and Compassion rather then hatred and revenge and... You Too shall Rise!

The Prayer
Dear God,
        You are 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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