Sunday, April 19th, 2020 Roundtable

When Men Are Cast Down, There is Lifting Up

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Doctrine of Atonement

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Morning Prayers

Oh, may the light that is never dim so encompass you, that no night is there. May His angels hold thee in their power, and Songs of Science be heard in the intuitions of thought, till your life is in tune with the rhythm of God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 224

Discussion points

7 — WATCH lest you accept the suggestion that you can grow spiritually in any other way than by self-immolation, self-effacement, humility and meekness. A true Christian Scientist humbly seeks at all times to reflect the Mind of God; and any desire for public recognition, or to be put on a human pedestal, does not come through spiritual sense, but from animal magnetism. In Luke 20:46 we read, “Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee, saith the Lord.”” — II Chronicles 34 : 27

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

— Luke 18 : 9-14 from citation 9 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

— Luke 18: 18-19 from citation 1 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

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We need, and the world needs, a quiet steadiness. Do not rush; all that needs to be overcome comes to us without any rushing on our part. We must stand calmly and fearlessly, knowing there is nothing but the eternal fact of infinite, perfect Mind which expresses infinite, perfect ideas. A Christian Scientist’s progress is a continuous triumph; a continual ascent through all eternity, growing in knowledge of God, Good. …

Continue reading article — Standing With God by Bicknell Young

When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:

Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.

When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.

If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;

What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

— I Kings 8: 33-38 from the King James Bible

The Constitution of the United States does not provide that materia medica shall make laws to regulate man’s religion; rather does it imply that religion shall permeate our laws. Mankind will be God-governed in proportion as God’s government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience held sacred. Meanwhile, they who name the name of Christian Science will assist in the holding of crime in check, will aid the ejection of error, will maintain law and order, and will cheerfully await the end — justice and judgment.

— Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 222

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

— Hebrews 12: 6 from the King James Bible

I once owned two hunting dogs. One was obedient and easily trained. The other was so high-spirited that it took many patient hours to break him to the trail. Yet the latter became the finest bird dog I ever owned. The former was perfectly obedient, but lacked initiative; he was never able to find a bird. The high spirits of the latter became valuable, after they were trained to be expressed in the right way; whereas the meek submission of the former made him of little value.

— Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter, chapter 3

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Forum post — “A Beautiful Tale” from “Keep your shield shining” a Sunday Sermon given by Doris W. Evans

Inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., are his words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

— Psalm 40: 8 from the King James Bible

Final Readings

Speeding the Victory

In the Bible the children of Israel were at the borders of the promised land in less than a year’s time after they left Egypt, but it was forty years before they entered it. The time wasted was not God’s fault, but their own desire to take plenty of time to progress. Very little is known of the thirty-eight years which were in between. They are, however, referred to as the Wandering. It’s well to ask ourselves, “How much am I reducing the wilderness time for myself through obedience to God?”

As long as we don’t mentally challenge error’s aggressiveness with spiritual weapons, we will remain victims of evil.

We need to be awake to the apathy that would postpone mentally handling the errors which the aggressive forces of evil claim to produce. Unless we are alert, we are liable to be deceived by the mesmeric suggestion that we don’t want to tackle evil, so that we can reduce it to its native nothingness. A hypnotic sense of physical and mental well-being doesn’t want to be disturbed by having to exert itself, and challenge the boastful claims of materialism. Our church Manual states: “It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind.” The words “not be made to” are especially important.

In these strenuous times, the full weight of spiritual thinking must be called upon to meet evil at its source, to meet it as the wicked perversion of everything that is good. To be safe, we must listen, and know definitely and forcefully, each day that God, good, is everywhere, and that He governs and controls our thinking, and that no other control can exist or operate. Every true thought that man has, comes from God, and anything unlike God, whether it is a fallen sparrow or a war, can be proved to be unreal and powerless, since they have no place in His universe.

The thing called aggressive mental suggestion is a lie, nothing claiming to be something. It is nothing, no thing. It has no father, no mother, no source or origin. It has no law to operate under, nor any substance to manipulate. As a logical conclusion we can know that evil, having no source or cause, can have no effect, no result; no planned action; no substance for expression, no evidence, no reality.

We can’t afford to be stragglers, for that would only lengthen the struggle. With the power of spiritual knowing, Truth can quickly triumph over the misconceptions of nations, even though they have been held captive by others, or have hundreds of years of tyranny to be freed from. God’s laws of perfection, peace, and freedom apply to everyone everywhere, just as surely as they apply to us individually.

Our duty to God is to acknowledge Him as the only presence and power. From this obedience comes our ability to do our duty to humanity, and to hasten the dawn of universal and enduring peace. “For the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.” (Mark)

— by Ian George Watt

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