Church Within
Easter Service of 1999

Offered by

Minister Jill Mary Megow     [visit]

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4-4-99 Easter Sunday Service of Church Within #132
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Today's Easter Service is offered by: Minister Jill Mary Megow

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

Happy Easter!

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Quotes
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(The Urantia Papers - Paper-193 Section-0)
That which the world needs most to know is: Men are the sons of God, and through faith they can actually realize, and daily experience, this ennobling truth. My bestowal should help all men to know that they are the children of God, but such knowledge will not suffice if they fail personally to faith-grasp the saving truth that they are the living spirit sons of the eternal Father. The gospel of the kingdom is concerned with the love of the Father and the service of his children on earth.

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The Sermon
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It's Easter Sunday. Do you know where your Father is?

At 11:30 pm last night, this phrase came to me. Over and over. You know what I mean, don't ya? When you get that broken record playing over and over in your head. Some sort of "message" and you wonder to yourself, "Why am I thinking That?" Well, that's the way it was for me. So, about 15 minutes later, I asked myself, "What would my Father in Heaven want to say to us on this special day for Christian folk, that would be for All His Children, regardless of their religious orientation.

Do you know where your Father is? You can be certain, He knows where you are. He knows, Personally, where each and every one of His beloved children is, in each and every moment. That is how much we are loved; how much we are cherished.

I wonder where your Father, according to your belief system, is. For me, well... it's kind of an interesting story. You see, I was raised with exposure to the world's religions. So I learned at a young age to imagine Him in all sorts of ways. But you know what? I Never imagined Him as a Person. That seems so strange to me now. Because now, I have a different perception from all those I grew up with. Where is my Father? Why right inside of me! He dwells Within Me! He is always with me. He is always guiding me. He gives me encouraging nudges when I have self-doubt. Where do you think the phrase "You GO! Girl" came from? (Grin)

That is now. But for the first 50 years of my life, although I always believed in God, my Father in Heaven, and prayed often to Him, He was Not A Person, to me. No. He was "pure energy". He was "original thought". He was "All There Is". He was "Pure Light". He was "White Light". Hey, He was God, you know, that abstract being concept. Certainly not a person like all of us imperfect beings.

I'm so glad I reached 50! My Father introduced me to some very wonderful, knowledgeable, and insightful children of His in my 50th year. They shared their concepts that they understood from Jesus, which were: We have a personal Father in Heaven who loves us unconditionally. Our Eternal Parent is the perfect Father, Personified. We can talk to him personally. We don't have to have another human being intercede on our behalf.. He hears our every mental prayer and verbal prayer. He hears our unspoken fears. He feels our joy. He feels our sorrow. He cheers us on, inspires us, comforts us, nurtures us. Man! He is Really Real! Whew. How that transformed me and my life! I am Never Alone! He is not an abstract energy "out there". That's what I came to know. He's a Person. That concept was So Embraceable for me. It felt So Right. My Father wants me to know that He IS my Eternal Parent, always available, and ALWAYS giving me what I truly need, even if it isn't what I think I Want! And the other thing I came to believe He wanted me to know is that we are all brothers and sisters of the same Eternal Parent. Not one of us is more important to Him than any other. We are to love one another with the same unconditional love with which He loves us. That's My Dad. That's Our Dad.

Who is your Father? Your Dad? Today, when so many are especially focused on their spiritual beliefs with the celebration of Easter, I hope you will take time to ask yourself that question and find your Very Personal answer... your Own Personal Resurrection.
All faiths, all doctrines genuinely seek to help you know your Father in Heaven. Your Father knows where you are this morning, and He is with you. He Loves You!

Do you know where Your Father is?

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The Prayer
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Beloved Eternal Parent of All,
I pray that you find a way to reach each and every child at a conscious level and reassure them of Your Love for them in whatever way they can personally know you, just as you found a special way to reach me.


You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
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The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Jill Megow
Minister of Church Within

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