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Dear ankhmosed,

 

Wishing you a very happy birthday today! Here is a thought gem to ponder. I might have posted this same thought gem for you last year.

 

P. 1142 - §1
When reason once recognizes right and wrong, it exhibits wisdom; when wisdom chooses between right and wrong, truth and error, it demonstrates spirit leading.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Istvan Hargitai,

 

Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a wonderful time at the leadership symposium in Chicago this week. Here is a thought gem for you on your birthday.

 

P. 1282 - §1
Man consciously grows from the material toward the spiritual by the strength, power, and persistency of his own decisions. . . .

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Lou Nicksic,

 

Happy birthday to you! Here is a quote for today. It's probably the one I gave you last year on your birthday. Even so, we never tire of being uplifted by the precious truths of the Urantia Book read many times over.

 

P. 1289
The Father's love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man's personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy birthday Sheila Schneider!

 

Happy birthday xelalaw!

 

Wishing you the very best this day in celebration of your first breath on Urantia! "The true teacher maintains his intellectual integrity by ever remaining a learner." Here's the context:

 

P. 1433 - §2
Day by day Jesus interpreted the lectures to Ganid; one day during the second week the young man exclaimed: "Teacher Joshua, you know more than these professors; you should stand up and tell them the great things you have told me; they are befogged by much thinking. I shall speak to my father and have him arrange it." Jesus smiled, saying: "You are an admiring pupil, but these teachers are not minded that you and I should instruct them. The pride of unspiritualized learning is a treacherous thing in human experience. The true teacher maintains his intellectual integrity by ever remaining a learner."

 

In friendship,

Meredith

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Happy birthday brotherJim!

 

Jesus says to the young man who was afraid and to all of us:

 

P. 1437 - §3
"You may be surrounded with small enemies and be retarded by many obstacles, but the big things and the real things of this world and the universe are on your side. The sun rises every morning to salute you just as it does the most powerful and prosperous man on earth."

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear amylewis,

 

Happy Birthday!

 

Jesus gives us so much help and I especially love his lesson to his apostles on self-mastery, as found in Paper 143. In part he informs us of the following. He said:

 

P. 1609 - §5
By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first
transformed
by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not--it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you. If, then, the spirit dwells within you, you are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons of the spirit. The new law of the spirit endows you with the liberty of self-mastery in place of the old law of the fear of self-bondage and the slavery of self-denial.

 

Have a great day,

Meredith

Edited by Meredith Van Woert

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Dear Jean Ascher,

 

Happy Birthday! Here is a gift for you and for all of us.

 

P. 317 - §1
And the
manifestation
of greatness on a world like Urantia is the exhibition of self-control. The great man is not he who "takes a city" or "overthrows a nation," but rather "he who subdues his own tongue."

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Greetings to all friends on the UAI forum, and I express the wish that our friendship will continue.

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Greetings to all friends on the UAI forum, and I express the wish that our friendship will continue.

 

Happy birthday HSTa!

 

Wishing you the very best this day and always,

 

Meredith

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Today, happy birthday wishes go out to Gaetan G. Charland, spirit606, Bill Martin, and Holly Carmichael.

 

And here is a thought gem for all of us on this day - another day to worship the one and only God of all creation:

 

P. 1452 - §2
Recompense injury with kindness.

 

All the very best to each of you!

Meredith

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Today, happy birthday wishes go out to Gaetan G. Charland, spirit606, Bill Martin, and Holly Carmichael.

 

And here is a thought gem for all of us on this day - another day to worship the one and only God of all creation:

 

P. 1452 - §2
Recompense injury with kindness.

 

All the very best to each of you!

Meredith

 

 

Happy (2nd!) Birthday Bill. Always the prodigy :)

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Dear Todd,

 

Happy birthday to you! On my calendar today is this thought gem for August 17.

 

P. 1452 - §3
Always remember that God does not reward man for what he does but for what he is; therefore should you extend help to your fellows without the thought of rewards.

 

Wishing you the very best!

 

Meredith

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Dear Todd,

 

Happy birthday to you! On my calendar today is this thought gem for August 17.

 

P. 1452 - §3
Always remember that God does not reward man for what he does but for what he is; therefore should you extend help to your fellows without the thought of rewards.

 

Wishing you the very best!

 

Meredith

 

Thank you!

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Thank you!

 

 

Happy birthday to you Todd (though a little late).

 

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For the summer ”Christmas Eve” celebration, I checked the following dates and numbers:

 

21 aug. 2011, at 12:00 UT

JD2 = 2455795.000000

 

21 aug. 7 BC, at 12:00 UT

JD1 = 1719099.000000

 

JD2 - JD1 = 2455795 - 1719099 = 736696 days

 

In Julian years we get:

 

736696 / 365.25 = 2016.96 years (close to 2017 years since birth)

Edited by HSTa

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Dear Doubting Thomas,

 

Happy birthday to you!

 

P.1572 - §2
"
You are the salt of the earth, salt with a saving savor. But if this salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men
."

 

In Jesus' time salt was precious. It was even used for money. The modern word "salary" is derived from salt. Salt not only flavors food, but it is also a preservative. It makes other things more tasty, and thus it serves by being spent.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear annmartinson,

,

Happy birthday to you this day!

 

 

P.1573 - §9
1. "
Happy are the poor in spirit--the humble."
To a child, happiness is the satisfaction of immediate pleasure craving. The adult is willing to sow seeds of self-denial in order to reap subsequent harvests of augmented happiness. In Jesus' times and since, happiness has all too often been associated with the idea of the possession of wealth. In the story of the Pharisee and the publican praying in the temple, the one felt rich in spirit--egotistical; the other felt "poor in spirit"-- humble. One was self-sufficient; the other was teachable and truth-seeking. The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness
now
.

 

All the very best,

Meredith

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Dear annmartinson

,

Happy birthday!

 

 

P.1573 - §9
1. "
Happy are the poor in spirit--the humble."
To a child, happiness is the satisfaction of immediate pleasure craving. The adult is willing to sow seeds of self-denial in order to reap subsequent harvests of augmented happiness. In Jesus' times and since, happiness has all too often been associated with the idea of the possession of wealth. In the story of the Pharisee and the publican praying in the temple, the one felt rich in spirit--egotistical; the other felt "poor in spirit"-- humble. One was self-sufficient; the other was teachable and truth-seeking. The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness
now
.

 

All the very best,

Meredith

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Happy birthday PHIL!

 

Here's a gift for you and for all to the end that the strain of living be balanced, relieved and relaxed:

 

P.1616 - §5
Work should alternate with play; religion should be balanced by humor. Profound philosophy should be relieved by rhythmic poetry. The strain of living--the time tension of personality--should be relaxed by the restfulness of worship.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear Bill Urantia,

 

Happy birthday to you!

 

P.1639 - §2
6. 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 6vast universe.

 

All the very best on your special day,

Meredith

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Dear Bill Urantia,

 

Happy birthday to you!

 

P.1639 - §2
6. 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 6vast universe.

 

All the very best on your special day,

Meredith

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Dear jessemilio,

 

Happy birthday!

 

P.1640 - §1
Many resort to prayer only when in trouble. Such a practice is thoughtless and misleading. True, you do well to pray when harassed, but you should also be mindful to speak as a son to your Father even when all goes well with your soul. Let your real petitions always be in secret. Do not let men hear your personal prayers. Prayers of thanksgiving are appropriate for groups of worshipers, but the prayer of the soul is a personal matter. There is but one form of prayer which is appropriate for all God's children, and that is: "Nevertheless, your will be done."

 

Wishing you the very best on your special day,

Meredith

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Dear Oscar Morales,

 

Happy birthday to you!

 

P.1719 - §1
The animal nature and the lower forms of will creatures do not progress favorably in environmental ease. Problematic situations, coupled with exertion stimuli, conspire to produce those activities of mind, soul, and spirit which contribute mightily to the achievement of worthy goals of mortal progression and to the attainment of higher levels of spirit destiny.

 

And many thanks to you for all that you do for the revelation.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Dear David M N,

 

Happy birthday to you in celebration of the day you took your first breath on Urantia! Here's a great quote for our mutual edification. It's from Jesus' teaching at Tyre.

 

P.1739 - §4
Make not the mistake of estimating the soul's worth by the imperfections of the mind or by the appetites of the body. Judge not the soul nor evaluate its destiny by the standard of a single unfortunate human episode. Your spiritual destiny is conditioned only by your spiritual longings and purposes.

 

All the best,

Meredith

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Happy birthday Freethinker67!

 

(1737.5) 156:5.1 On this Wednesday afternoon, in the course of his address [at Tyre], Jesus first told his followers the story of the white lily which rears its pure and snowy head high into the sunshine while its roots are grounded in the slime and muck of the darkened soil beneath. “Likewise,” said he, “mortal man, while he has his roots of origin and being in the animal soil of human nature, can by faith raise his spiritual nature up into the sunlight of heavenly truth and actually bear the noble fruits of the spirit.”

 

Wishing you much spiritual sunlight this day and forever,

Meredith

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