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Dear Readers,

 

Please join me today in wishing a very Happy Birthday to the following forum members:

 

Gaetan Charland

spirit606

Bill Martin

Holly Carmichael

 

All the very best to each of you!

 

Here is a "Thought Gem" for our mutual edification:

 

If you love people, they will draw near you--you will have no difficulty in winning them.
(1452)

 

 

 

 

Meredith

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Jesus' 2015th!

 

 

~ THE BIRTH OF JESUS ~

 

...All that night Mary was restless so that neither of them slept much. By the break of day the pangs of childbirth were well in evidence, and at noon, August 21, 7 B.C., with the help and kind ministrations of women fellow travelers, Mary was delivered of a male child. Jesus of Nazareth was born into the world, was wrapped in the clothes which Mary had brought along for such a possible contingency, and laid in a near-by manger.... p1351

 

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...After the wine and the water had been mixed, they brought the cup to Jesus, who, when he had received it from the hand of Thaddeus, held it while he offered thanks. And when he had finished offering thanks, he said: "Take this cup and divide it among yourselves and, when you partake of it, realize that I shall not again drink with you the fruit of the vine since this is our last supper. When we sit down again in this manner, it will be in the kingdom to come." p.1938

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Happy Birthday PHIL!

 

Wishing you the very best today and every day in the God-finding adventure you and I have embarked upon. Here is a thought-gem for our mutual edification:

 

Worship is intended to anticipate the better life ahead and then to reflect these new spiritual significances back onto the life which is now.
(1616)

 

God bless and keep you,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Bill Urantia!

 

Here's a "Thought Gem" for September 15:

 

When you have become wholly dedicated to the doing of the will of the Father in heaven, the answer to all your petitions will be forthcoming because your prayers will be in full accordance with the Father's will, and the Father's will is ever manifest throughout his vast universe.
(1639)

 

May all of our prayers be in full accordance to the Father's will!

 

Have a great day!

Meredith

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Happy Birthday jessemilio!

 

Wishing you every blessing on this day in celebration of your first day on Urantia!

 

Here is a thought gem for today:

 

Prayers of thanksgiving are appropriate for groups of worshipers, but the prayer of the soul is a personal matter.
(1640)

 

God bless and keep you,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Oscar Morales!

 

Wishing you every blessing on this day in celebration of your first day on Urantia, and wishing you blessings tomorrow and every day.

 

Here's a thought gem for today:

 

Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideals.
(1641)

 

All the best, Oscar!

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Jose Alberto Wonsover!

 

Wishing you every good blessing on this new day on Urantia. For your birthday here is a thought gem from our favorite book:

 

Give every developing child a chance to grow his own religious experience; do not force a ready-made adult experience upon him.
(1094)

 

All the best to you Jose,

 

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Jose! Here's hoping for many more blessed years of service. Thank you for all you do, especially for sharing your precious talent.

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Happy Birthday Nathan Jansen!

 

Here is a thought gem for our mutual edification on this new day on Urantia:

 

Prayer has been an indispensable factor in the progress and preservation of religious civilization, and it still has mighty contributions to make to the further enhancement and spiritualization of society if those who pray will only do so in the light of scientific facts, philosophic wisdom, intellectual sincerity, and spiritual faith. Pray as Jesus taught his disciples--honestly, unselfishly, with fairness, and without doubting.
(999)

 

All the very best to you on your birthday,

 

Meredith

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Happy Birthday rhermen!

 

Wishing you every happiness this day in celebration of your first day on Urantia! Here are a few words about happiness:

 

Effort does not always produce joy, but there is no happiness without intelligent effort.
(556)

 

Have a wonderful birthday.

 

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Edgar Paternina!

 

Wishing you the best this day! Here's a tidbit from the UB, the truth, meanings and values of which is the gift that keeps on giving and giving:

 

. . . the noblest of all memories are the treasured recollections of the great moments of a superb friendship.
(1779)

 

Cheers,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday emily!

 

I wish you the very best this day in celebration of your first day on Urantia. Here is a thought gem for today:

 

Success may generate courage and promote confidence, but wisdom comes only from the experiences of adjustment to the results of one's failures.
(1779)

 

With friendship,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Jorge Castillo!

 

I hope you and your family are well. Here is a thought gem for November 17, as found on the "Thought Gems" desk calendar:

 

Riches have nothing directly to do with entrance into the kingdom of heaven, but
the love of wealth does
.
(1803)

 

Wishing you the riches of heaven,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Daniel Foster!

 

I hope this day is the best ever for you. This is the first day of the rest of your life. May this day bring you joy, peace, understanding and all the benefits of living the teachings of Jesus. Here's the quote from "Thought Gems" for today's date:

 

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.
1949)

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy birthday Midsoniter woman!

 

I hope this day is the best day ever for you in celebration of your first day on Urantia! Here is a thought gem for this day:

 

 

Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful.
(2047)

 

Cheers,

Meredith

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Happy birthday wishes go out to Celina Maura Nantes and Rajan C Mathew.

 

The thought gem for today's date reminds us to:

 

Pray for tranquillity of spirit and cultivate patience.
(2048)

 

All the best to both of you, dear readers, in celebration of your first day on Urantia!

 

Meredith

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Happy birthday Midsoniter woman!

 

I hope this day is the best day ever for you in celebration of your first day on Urantia! Here is a thought gem for this day:

 

 

Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful.
(2047)

 

Cheers,

Meredith

 

 

Thankyou for the birthday wishes, Meredith. I'm so happy to have found this internet study group.

 

Jessica

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Today, happy birthday wishes go out to Bill! I hope you are reading along with us, Bill. This quote is for you and for all of us:

 

The consciousness of the spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a spirit-led mortal, "for the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance." Such spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit. (381)

 

Jessica, I am happy you found this internet s.g. too!

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Susana Huttner Palaia!

 

Have a great day! Here is a "Thought Gem" for today's date:

 

Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
(2090)

 

All the best to you,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday humanBeing!

 

I hope you have the best day ever in celebration of your first day on Urantia! Here is a thought gem for this day:

 

You may
preach
a religion
about
Jesus, but, perfoce, you must
live
the religion of Jesus.
(2091)

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Federico Folchi!

 

May this day bring you one day closer to God! As the thought gem for today tell us:

 

The progressive comprehension of reality is the equivalent of approaching God.
(2094)

 

Wishing you the very best on this special day.

 

Meredith

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Happy Birthday DickB!

 

All the best to you this day in celebration of your first day on Urantia. Here is a thought gem to ponder:

 

Secularism can never bring peace to mankind. Nothing can take the place of God in human society.
(2081)

 

Merry Christmas,

Meredith

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Happy Birthday Gary Powless!

 

And Happy New Year too! Here is a lovely thought gem for you and for all:

 

The affectionate dedication of the human will to the doing of the Father's 's will is man's choicest gift to God. . . .
(22)

 

All the best,

Meredith

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