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Friday, April 11, 2014

Quarterly Business Meeting

Members are reminded that they will meet on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7 p.m. to conduct our quarterly business meeting. Three new AC members and a president will be elected.

Friday, February 07, 2014

No Fallen Women!

I was hurrying to get to my appointed post as a church usher, when I found myself face first on the church steps. I was aware of a crunching sound in my head and neck, then nothing. When I came around, I heard a church member stating loudly and clearly "there are no accidents in God's kingdom!" I could hear the Scientific Statement of Being being spoken aloud, which I joined in audibly as soon as I caught my breath, and that someone else had removed my purse and other objects I'd been carrying. Although the pain was intense, I felt it important to get to my feet right then, so with help, I did.

Proceeding into the church with help, I mentally refuted that I'd ever fallen. Nothing had happened to me, God's child, and I could claim my freedom from this imposition right there and then. Heading for the restroom, I cleaned off my face, where a very visible and large bump was swelling on my forehead. I pulled my hair over the bump so it wasn't visible and proceeded to church.

The Bible Lesson that week was filled with wonderfully healing messages and boy, were they effective! By the time church was over, the swelling was gone, and I went out to lunch with my family and then did some shopping. Every effort of mortal mind to try to claim that my body hurt and was painful, I flipped into the spiritually positive.I couldn't be hurt, because I never had fallen. Since nothing had happened, there could be no aftereffects. After all, God always had been in control, and that control wasn't going to slip or fall away.

I continued with these healing messages and was able to do everything I always did throughout the week. My face developed a black eye, which I thought was pretty funny, and even though it was quite colorful, it didn't bother me. Makeup covered it to the point most people didn't notice it. I figured it was mortal mind's last gasp, and if that was the best it could do, I wasn't impressed. It disappeared completely.

I am very grateful for the immediate, and effective, metaphysical support of those church members who rushed to my aid, to my husband for his quick and emphatic refutation of the material picture, and to God for her healing and loving presence which never leaves us for one millisecond.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Thinking for the Ages"


“Thinking for the Ages”
This article, which  appeared  in the Christian Science Sentinel in Oct. 21, was written by Aimee Hermanson.   It was very helpful to me in understanding  what Jesus meant when he told his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, “Ye are the salt of the earth:  but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and be trodden under foot of men”.
“It‘s important to make sure that there is nothing routine or stale about our prayers, “ the writer points out.  We must never let our prayers be formulas or routine repetitions, without inspiration and listening for what God is telling us when we pray. She also points out that, “…salt without flavor ceases to be salt. It becomes rock: cold, hard, ineffective.”
Jesus denounced the Pharisees because of their blind dedication to the letter of the law, even to the exclusion of demonstrating compassion. “ They were the guardians of the stale, hardened status quo.  The consequence of such thinking, Jesus warned, is that  it is cast out and trodden down into muddied world thinking.”
Even though salt seems to be a very small item in face of the world to be healed, think of its effect on your meal. What Jesus seems to be telling us is that each individual’s work has great value and purpose in changing the world.  And if you were missing, it would be greatly noticed!
  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The serpent can't win!

Recently, I had to get a replacement title for a car. Went to the department of motor vehicles, and was told there was a lien on the title, so they couldn't give me a new one. Knowing that there never had been, and was not now, a lien on the car, I called the dealership where I bought it, hoping they could tell me what was going on.

After waiting over an hour, I still hadn't heard back from my message left with the Toyota dealer (Priority), so I asked the clerk at DMV if she could tell me who held the alleged lien. It was Toyota Financing. After a frustrating, and long, game of automated phone "help," I decided I needed to tackle this situation with prayer. I reviewed, mentally, all the situations in the Bible where God came through no matter how dire or longstanding the problem. Remember the woman the infirmity of 38 years? The thought came to me to call the fraud division of Toyota Financing.

 At the fraud division number, a kind woman answered the line, not an automated service, and from that point on, progress was made in getting the title cleared up, and ultimately, a replacement title in my hands.

The dealer never did call me back, and I realized I only needed clearer thinking and the assertion of God's supremacy and control to fix this irksome situation.  I am so glad I was able to listen to God, and not the automated phone service that ran around in circles.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Readings for Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Power of a Praying Church
Hymns: 76, 75, 36
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bible
1. I Thes 1:2
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
2. Is 54:17
¶No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
3. II Cor 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
4. Mat 16:13, 16-19
¶When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
5. Mat 18:19-20 I say
I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
6. Mat 21:12, 13 (to ;), 14
¶And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer;
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
7. Acts 1:1, 7 he (to 1st ,), 8 ye, 12-14
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
he said unto them,
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
8. Acts 2:1, 4 (to 1st ,), 46-47
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
9. Acts 12:1-3 (to 1st .), 5-12, 13 Peter (to 1st ,), 16-17 and when, 24
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
Peter knocked at the door of the gate,
and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
¶But the word of God grew and multiplied.
10. Rom 1:9 I make, 12 that I
I make mention of you always in my prayers;
that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
11. Rom 12:4-5, 10, 12
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
12. Phil 1:2-4, 7 it is (to ;), 9, 11
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart;
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
13. James 5:15 the prayer, 16 pray (to 1st .)
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
14. II Cor 1:3-4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.


Science & Health
1. 412:13
The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.
2. 35:19-25 Our church
Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick.
3. 1:1
The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love. Regardless of what another may say or think on this subject, I speak from experience. Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.
4. 583:12-19
Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.
5. 136:1-2
Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.
6. 494:11
It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.
7. 4:3
What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
8. 40:25-2 (to ;)
Our heavenly Father, divine Love, demands that all men should follow the example of our Master and his apostles and not merely worship his personality. It is sad that the phrase divine service has come so generally to mean public worship instead of daily deeds.
The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us;
9. 41:6, 14-4
Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.
The proofs of Truth, Life, and Love, which Jesus gave by casting out error and healing the sick, completed his earthly mission; but in the Christian Church this demonstration of healing was early lost, about three centuries after the crucifixion. No ancient school of philosophy, materia medica, or scholastic theology ever taught or demonstrated the divine healing of absolute Science.
Jesus foresaw the reception Christian Science would have before it was understood, but this foreknowledge hindered him not. He fulfilled his God-mission, and then sat down at the right hand of the Father. Persecuted from city to city, his apostles still went about doing good deeds, for which they were maligned and stoned. The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.
Jesus' life proved, divinely and scientifically, that God is Love, whereas priest and rabbi affirmed God to be a mighty potentate, who loves and hates. The Jewish theology gave no hint of the unchanging love of God.
10. 454:17-18
Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching.
11. 366:16-19
Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power.
12. 28:9-11, 24
While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one's consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession.
To suppose that persecution for righteousness' sake belongs to the past, and that Christianity to-day is at peace with the world because it is honored by sects and societies, is to mistake the very nature of religion. Error repeats itself. The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, "of whom the world was not worthy," await, in some form, every pioneer of truth.
13. 29:1
Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.
14. 496:5
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
15. 469:30-5
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
16. 12:1-2, 31-1
"The prayer of faith shall save the sick," says the Scripture.
In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble."
17. 15:16
In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must "pray without ceasing." Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.
18. 16:2-5
The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration. Such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death.
19. 17:10-11 God
God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Readings for May 29, 2013


Admissible Evidence
Hymns: 204,229,34
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bible
1. Ps 19:7 the testimony
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
2. Is 11:1-4 there (to judge)
there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge
3. Ex 3:1 (to :), 14 (to 1st ,), 15 Thus (to :), 16-17 (to Egypt)
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:
And God said unto Moses,
Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you:
Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt
4. Ex 4:1-8
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. ¶And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
5. John 1:6-9, 12-15 as (to 1st ,)
¶There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ¶John bare witness of him,
6. Mat 9:35
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
7. Mat 12:10-14
¶And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. ¶Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.  
8. Mat 9:18 there, 23-26
there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
9. John 4:48 (to Jesus)
Then said Jesus
10. John 5:31-33, 36-37 (to 1st .)
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. ¶There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
¶But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.
11. John 8:12 I am, 13-18
I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
12. I John 5:6 it is
it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.


Science & Health
1. 430:17-18
Suppose a mental case to be on trial, as cases are tried in court.
2. 284:16, 21-23, 28-32
Can the material senses, which receive no direct evidence of Spirit, give correct testimony as to spiritual life, truth, and love?
The physical senses can obtain no proof of God. They can neither see Spirit through the eye nor hear it through the ear, nor can they feel, taste, or smell Spirit.
According to Christian Science, the only real senses of man are spiritual, emanating from divine Mind. Thought passes from God to man, but neither sensation nor report goes from material body to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man.
3. 298:8
What is termed material sense can report only a mortal temporary sense of things, whereas spiritual sense can bear witness only to Truth. To material sense, the unreal is the real until this sense is corrected by Christian Science.
4. 70:2-5
The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth.
5. 332:9-15 Christ
Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, — yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death.
6. 333:19-27
Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, — the reflection of God, — has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God.
7. 321:6-24
The Hebrew Lawgiver, slow of speech, despaired of making the people understand what should be revealed to him. When, led by wisdom to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses' fear departed. In this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a belief only. The serpent, evil, under wisdom's bidding, was destroyed through understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief.
It was scientifically demonstrated that leprosy was a creation of mortal mind and not a condition of matter, when Moses first put his hand into his bosom and drew it forth white as snow with the dread disease, and presently restored his hand to its natural condition by the same simple process.
8. 215:22-23
With its divine proof, Science reverses the evidence of material sense.
9. 135:21-25
It has been said, and truly, that Christianity must be Science, and Science must be Christianity, else one or the other is false and useless; but neither is unimportant or untrue, and they are alike in demonstration.
10. 136:1-2
Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.
11. 107:1
In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.
12. 108:1-4, 12-15 (to ,)
Whence came to me this heavenly conviction, — a conviction antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses? According to St. Paul, it was "the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power."
My conclusions were reached by allowing the evidence of this revelation to multiply with mathematical certainty and the lesser demonstration to prove the greater,
13. 109:4
Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.
14. 120:7-24
Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the fundamental facts of being. Then the question inevitably arises: Is a man sick if the material senses indicate that he is in good health? No! for matter can make no conditions for man. And is he well if the senses say he is sick? Yes, he is well in Science in which health is normal and disease is abnormal.
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.
15. 392:25
Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.
16. 288:3
The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love.
17. 493:6
All the evidence of physical sense and all the knowledge obtained from physical sense must yield to Science, to the immortal truth of all things.





Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Readings for April 24, 2013


"The earth is the Lord's"
Hymns: 117, 45, 462
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bible
1. Ps 24:1
The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2. Gen 1:1, 11-12
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
3. Ezek 20:28, 30 (to 1st ?), 33 (to 4th ,), 33 will I rule
For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers?
¶As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm,
will I rule over you:
4. Ezek 36:28-30 ye, 34-36
ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it.
5. II Kings 2:19-22
¶And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.
6. Song 2:11-13 lo (to 1st .)
lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
7. Is 55:10-13 the
the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
8. Mat 4:23
¶And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
9. Mat 5:1-2, 17
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
¶Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
10. Mat 6:26 (to .), 28-29 Consider
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
11. Mark 4:2 (to 1st ,), 26-28
And he taught them many things by parables,
¶And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
12. Luke 6:1-5
And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungered, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
13. Ps 98:3 all the, 4 (to :), 7-9
all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth:
Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
14. Ps 104:24, 30-31 (to :)
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever:
15. II Pet 3:13 we
we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.


Science & Health
1. 91:2
Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?
2. 502:28-3
The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected.
3. 171:12
Mind's control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science. Jesus illustrated the divine Principle and the power of immortal Mind by healing sickness and sin and destroying the foundations of death.
4. 317:1
Jesus uttered things which had been "secret from the foundation of the world," — since material knowledge usurped the throne of the creative divine Principle, insisted on the might of matter, the force of falsity, the insignificance of spirit, and proclaimed an anthropomorphic God.
5. 545:11-13
The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind.
6. 83:13
The scientific manifestation of power is from the divine nature and is not supernatural, since Science is an explication of nature. The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, — this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.
7. 507:15-29
The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.
8. 585:5 (to .), 5 a type (to ,), 7
earth.
a type of eternity and immortality,
To material sense, earth is matter; to spiritual sense, it is a compound idea.
9. 509:23-24
Mind made the "plant of the field before it was in the earth."
10. 508:5, 14-16
The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.
The seed within itself is the pure thought emanating from divine Mind.
11. 70:12-13
The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal.
12. 538:11-13
The sun, giving light and heat to the earth, is a figure of divine Life and Love, enlightening and sustaining the universe.
13. 122:1-7
The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, — assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, — the actual reign of harmony on earth.
14. 273:29-3
Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science. Truth and Love antidote this mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain existence.
15. 96:5-11 (to 1st .), 12-20
Before error is wholly destroyed, there will be interruptions of the general material routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms), will continue unto the end, — until the final spiritualization of all things.
This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.
16. 125:21-30
The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agriculturist will find that these changes cannot affect his crops. "As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed." The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed.
17. 240:1-11
Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love, but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light.
In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord.
18. 516:9-13
God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.
19. 247:21-27
Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.
20. 471:18-20
God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation.
21. 208:20
Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.
22. 264:28
When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.