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Thank you so much! very helpful article.
Beautiful! Thank you.
Thank you, Linda, very true. It took me a long time to finally learn that the only spiritual growth comes from humbly accepting instruction and correction. Thank God for this church and its teaching.
Bicknell Young, in his article “Oneness,” says it most clearly: “The divine Mind can recognize no evil to be punished or destroyed. The sunshine knows no fog. In like manner, God, good, knows no evil. The divine Mind destroys the belief in evil, by being utterly unconscious of it, not by knowing it, and then making it a reality. As a belief in evil is to be destroyed, the Mind that is the treatment, destroys the belief, by maintaining man and the universe in an eternal law of harmony …This revelation of God and man as one, is indeed sufficient for all things.”
Many thanks to our practitioner, who in last week’s Roundtable, directed us to revisit this wonderful article.
Absolutely beautiful! Thank you!
Thank you, Kerry — that’s beautiful!
Charles Spurgeon’s sermon, which Susan posted for us to read in preparation for this Saturday’s Bible Study, is a beautiful exposition of this story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.
Thank you, Florence, such a helpful post. It made me think of “…and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” How can I expect God to be patient with me, if I am impatient with others.
“And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.” (Acts 28:3, 5)
“He shook off the beast into the fire…” Paul didn’t ruminate, and ask himself “Why is this happening to me? What have I done wrong?” He just shook it off, and went on with right thinking and “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence.” What a good lesson this gives for us all, to not ruminate when some untoward thought or incident tries to fasten itself upon our thinking, claiming to be real and have power. Just confidently and persistently declare God’s Allness, and shake the “beast” off.
Thank you, Lynda. This morning I said to myself: “Today I choose good.”
In thinking more about this choice, the word “election” came to mind. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “election” as “Divine choice; voluntary preference; free will; liberty to act or not; discernment; discrimination; distinction.” This lesson on Reality is all about electing to choose good as our thinking. This is what we have been elected or chosen by God to do. This is the only true election going on,
Such a beautiful story and example. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Parthens.
And here is the link: https://articles.plainfieldcs.com/mary-baker-eddy/character/
Beautiful…and true. Thank you, Chardy and Pathens
great spiritual analysis,…and a very important lesson to learn! Thank you, Florence
Beautiful! Simple! and TRUE! Thank you for posting this.
from Carpenter’s Spiritual Precepts:
“In a magazine called Oral Hygiene for April, 1943, there is an incident told by a dentist, Dr. Philip Southward, of Wilmington, Delaware, where one of his patients went into a state of anesthesia upon being given somniform. She experi¬enced no pain when a tooth was extracted, she being in an unconscious state. When the patient had gone, the dentist discovered that the somniform ampule was intact. Since she had taken no gas, his deduction was that she must have hypnotized herself. Here is an instance of a drug that was applied mentally.”
Beautiful, and so true. Thank you.
The Voice of Truth is being broadcast throughout the thought of mankind — as our church services, our magazine, website, recordings, Roundtables, Bible Studies, testimonies, Lessons, Forum, etc. This is the almighty VOICE of TRUTH and does still the wave of fear. As our practitioner said this Wednesday, more love is the answer. “In atmosphere of Love divine we live and move and breathe…” (Hymn 144)
Thank you for these posts!
From Gilbert Carpenter’s Spiritual Precepts Vol. 2:
“With his whip of small cords, Jesus whipped those who represented the human mind out of the temple. There was a symbolism in the fact that the cords were small. Had they been large, it would have indicated that the large affairs of the temple were not being conducted through demonstration. Church members are usually betrayed by the human mind, because they strive to demonstrate the important matters, and neglect the small ones, leaving them for the human mind to do. The little foxes spoil the vines; doing the minutiae with the human mind hinders growth. Little things seem to them too trivial to bother to demonstrate them. So, the human mind should be excommunicated from the Church of Christ, Scientist, just as fast as possible, just as rapidly as students can be trained to see the error of the human mind, because it is God’s enemy, being the belief of His absence.”
Fascinating article! thank you, Jeremy.
thank you for your article on the home page carousel!
Wonderful, Florence! Thank you.
And also, “Matter…in which paganism and LUST are so sanctioned by society that mankind has caught their moral contagion.”
Webster defines “lust” as carnal (fleshly) appetite or desire; depraved affections and desires.
Am I “lusting” for food, fashion, physique, or a glamorous enhancement of my body or home? These are all “sanctioned by society” and so easy to get caught up in, unless I constantly strive to “see that you are an embodiment of right ideas, spiritual, made perfect in the image and likeness of God!” Such a helpful Lesson-Sermon to remind me what’s really important.
Thank you, Florence, and such a timely Lesson to work with for our dear neighbors in the Bahamas.
Thank you for all your inspiring and helpful posts!
This citation gave me much to think about also. In Roman Catholicism, one is taught to turn to a “human” Savior, thus always asking God for forgiveness and pardon, but never taught to really reform one’s thinking. It wasn’t until I came to Christian Science and Plainfield Church, that I learned to reform — change my thinking — and thereby change my life for the better. Such a wonderful blessing!
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines “break” (broken) – to subdue the passions; to train to obedience; to make tractable, as to break a horse.
I love Hymn 69; it often helps me to subdue unruly errors:
“Give me, O Lord, an understanding heart,
That I may learn to know myself in Thee,
To spurn the wrong and choose the better part
And thus from sinful bondage be set free.
Give me, O Lord, a meek and contrite heart,
That I may learn to quell all selfish pride,
Bowing before Thee, see Thee as Thou art
And ’neath Thy sheltering presence safely hide.
Give me, O Lord, a gentle, loving heart,
That I may learn to be more tender, kind,
And with Thy healing touch, each wound and smart
With Christly bands of Love and Truth to bind.”
Dummelow’s Bible Commentary says, regarding “hate”: “This does not imply the FEELING of hatred, but a readiness to ACT as if one hated. The nearest and dearest must be forsaken, and opposed, and offended, if need be, to follow Christ.”
Thank you, dear practitioners, for these two posts. And isn’t it interesting that we can’t claim to be “disciples” without discipline — the discipline of divine Truth and Love that is practiced here in this true sense of Church!
That is beautiful! Thank you, Florence.
This Sunday’s Roundtable (6/2/19) provided an excellent clarification on “fruit of the Spirit,” — which was a very needful one — and that is, the fruit comes from the Spirit, and unless you have the Spirit of God within, you can’t bear the “fruit” humanly. I missed that point completely, – the need of bringing it all back to Spirit, God, the only source of that “fruit.” Very grateful for this, and for these Roundtables
Beautiful! thank you.
Wonderful! Thank you all!
Beautiful, Jeremy! Thank you
Long ago Mrs. Evans taught me to say this before I lay down to sleep (and I still do it):
“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of Truth.” (Ps.31:5)
Heartrending videos…. Thank you posting them.
Dummelow states: ” This (Ps.114) has been called ‘one of the finest lyrics in literature.’ Probably it is a post-exilic psalm wherein, under the figure of the old exodus from Egypt, the Psalmist chants the return from Babylon. In all ages of the Church it has been used to celebrate the release from the bondage of sin. Hence it is a hymn for Easter night. (Ps.114:3) “the presence of God.” The allusion is to the dividing of the Red Sea and of Jordan, the opening and closing events of the deliverance from Egypt. ‘Skipped,’ i.e. trembled. ‘What ailed?’ The answer is, the presence of God.”
Hope this helps.
Thank you, Mary. Two nights ago I woke in pain and nausea and was unable to fall back to sleep. I turned to these 3 pages (as we have been taught) and after studying them for about 45 minutes, I felt better and was able to fall back to sleep. Such priceless instruction! It DOES work. Thank for you posting it.
Absolutely! With bountiful giving from God, comes dutiful gratitude and obedience to His Law. Did not mean to imply anything less. Thanks, Florence.
I often wondered why Jesus sent the devils into the swine. Perhaps the most helpful explanation to me is this from a loved practitioner:
When those possessed by the devils – and healed – went back to their homes, the townspeople could have thought “well, this healing is not permanent, and they could relapse back to their former state of mind.” Isn’t this what psychiatry and medicine would think. But Jesus, in his infinite wisdom, provided definite physical proof that the healing was permanent by sending the “devils” into the swine. Now all could see that these “devils” – insanity, mental instability, psychotic behavior, etc. – were forever gone from them. What a magnificent example of the power of Christian Science healing!