Sunday December 20th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Discussion points

(12/27/03) My beloved Students: May this dear Christmas season be to you a Christ risen, a morn, the break of day. There is nothing jubilant attached to the birth of a mortal — that suffers and pays the penalty of his parent’s misconception of man and of God’s creation. But there is a joy unutterable in knowing that Christ had no birth, no death, and that we may find in Christ, in the true sense of being, life apart from birth, sorrow, sin and death. 0 may your eyes not be holden, but may you discern spiritually what is our Redeemer.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 128

Discussion points

23 —WATCH lest in reading Mrs. Eddy’s history, that tells how at times she directed her students to handle the weather, you believe that this was perhaps a personal obsession of our Leader, who desired comfort of body and peace of mind just for herself. She was instructing her students to broaden their demonstration of Christian Science, and their conception of the infinite power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, in preparation for overcoming the last enemy, death. The error both in the weather and in death is universal false belief. Learning how to handle one will lead to the ability to handle the other.

Students must rise above the belief of having personal problems upon which they expend their whole effort, time and attention. Personal problems should be regarded as the bugle call to an impersonal effort to help all humanity. God could not have shown our Leader a better way to instruct her students in the great art of endeavoring impersonally to bless all mankind, than to teach and encourage them to work on the weather, in establishing the great fact that, “In atmosphere of Love divine we live and move and breathe.” For a student to work on the weather precludes the possibility of working with God’s power in a selfish or limited way. It also broadens his concept of the vast scope of the Mind and law that it is his privilege to reflect, and yet gives him a field to work in, in which he may expect a result to prove the correctness of his effort

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 3 : 19

“The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”

“The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.” Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy,
page 295: 6-8

Our teacher here often gave us this powerful statement of Truth as a treatment to apply not only to oneself, but also to another who might appear to be under the influence of error. To unshakably know that you or anyone in your family — spouse, child, or sibling, — or anyone in a position of government or authority — elected official, judge, or even voter, — or anyone in the realm of your thinking, has the Mind of Christ, and is obedient to the Mind that made them. This is a law of God, and carries with it all the power and enforcement of God.

— Joanne from FL.

One Sat on the Throne

Golden Text — “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” — Christ Jesus (John 14 : 6)

A dispute once arose among some of the numbers as to which of them could be accounted the greatest, and Twelve stood boldly forth.

“Are there not twelve hours in the day?” said he; “were there not twelve tribes of Israel? And the wall of the heavenly city hath twelve foundations; the twelve gates were of twelve pearls, and the tree of life bare twelve manner of fruits.” But the numbers were not satisfied.

“Nay,” said they, “if there are twelve hours of day, are there not also twelve hours of night? Of Jacob’s sons ten consented to sell their brother; of the twelve apostles, one was Judas Iscariot. Nay, Twelve, thou shalt not reign over us.” Then said Thousands confidently: “Am not I he whom all men long for? am not I the millennium? What number is so often mentioned in the Bible as I?”

But the numbers shook their heads. “A thousand ages in His sight are like an evening gone, and what then?” and they turned towards their gentle sister Seven to hear what she would say.

“Yes,” answered Seven, with glad face, “I am the perfect number, Seven, which St. John saw in heaven as candlesticks, stars, spirits, angels, meaning ‘satisfied.’ I am God’s Sabbath, the seventh day, telling of a ‘very good’ finished creation. But look! there cometh one yet holier than I.”

At this approached the number Three, with wrapt gaze and hushed voice he said: “I am the mysterious Three, the Holy, holy, holy; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Life, Truth, love.”

And then a great hush fell on all, for they knew that One stood amongst them. And falling at His feet in adoring awe, they were conscious but of one Lord and Father, one presence, one power, one Mind, one Spirit, one infinite All.

— “The Spiritual Significance of Numbers”, Florence Whiskin. page, 26

Book — From Revelation Interpreted, by Rev. G. A. Kratzer

Book — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

Accentuate the postive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mister In-between.

— Lillian from NJ

Article — “Taking Offense” in Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy

Book — Unity of Good by Mary Baker Eddy

Now worry does not demonstrate. All the mental energy one spends on worry would be better used in faith. Just pray when you do not know what to think, or sing a hymn to yourself until worry goes. Nothing happens out of order, everything happens in the order of development for you. You pray to learn; then why be regretful when the page turns over and a hard lesson comes next? Let resentment go, and just roll up your sleeves, so to speak, and get to work and declare that you are going to squeeze all the benefit out of that experience that you can. Just learn to be glad of these chances to impersonalize error.

…Remember there will be nothing come to you that you cannot overcome. The victory is yours by inheritance; claim it and use it as yours. Work every day to know that the belief of impossibility has no power over you. Know that it cannot possibly affect you in any way, and can never for an instant hinder your demonstration, whether you are working for health, peace, joy, or any mental quality, thing or experience.

…Be watchful and demonstrate that Truth and Love can and do triumph over every obstacle that confronts us and vanquish every temptation that assails us.

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 77-78

Revelation 20-‘The second death’ (from a student’s notes).

Verses 1 and 2. Science and Health is the angel sent down from heaven. M.A.M. is the bottomless pit, and Science and Health gives us the key to it. It unlocks the mystery of ages, and its declarations of Truth are the chain which binds that old serpent, the devil, for a thousand years-that is, it reduces sin, sickness, and death to a ‘unit of nothingness’.

Verse 3. Unity of Good is the seal that was put upon the devil and Satan, for its teachings make it impossible for him to longer deceive the nations.

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 137

Psalm 139 — from King James Bible

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

— Psaalm 37: 23 from the King James Bible

Chapter Sixty-two — Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter

Book — Essays and Other Footprints, (the Red Book) Compiled by Richard F. Oakes

Audio link — “The Sermon on the Mount” from the King James Bible

Final Readings

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