Sunday, February 16th, 2020 Roundtable

Supplant Discord with Harmony

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Soul

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Morning Prayers

Each day I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of Christian religion — Christ’s Christianity. I also have faith that my prayer availeth, and that He who is overturning will overturn until He whose right it is shall reign. Each day I pray: “God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love.”

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 220

Discussion points

174 — WATCH lest you differentiate between the claims of error because of the human manifestation, calling one more dangerous and difficult to heal or to reduce to nothing, than another. All error has exactly the same fundamental belief back of it, whether its manifestation seems small or great.

A belief in a cold may not arouse as much fear in a student as some claim that is regarded as more serious, but metaphysics holds all false beliefs to be unreal, and asserts in theory that one erroneous belief is as readily destroyed by truth as another, even if some seem to be more tenacious than others. An insane man who believes that he is Napoleon, is as easy to heal as one who claims to be a mouse.

David’s grain of truth must have included a complete recognition of the allness of God’s power which was back of him as it were, and the realization of the nothingness of anything that claimed to oppose him. When you recognize the ALONENESS of the power of God, that must necessarily carry with it the recognition of the illusion of anything claiming to have power, that can be used against that ALONE power. One needs all of this realization to meet any error, and this is all one needs.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
— Mark 12 : 30

God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

— Citation 1 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 587

Use the definition of God every day,

— Plainfield Roundtable

Soul: Joy, grace, ageless, spiritual sense,

— Plainfield Roundtable

Forum post — Crieth out for the living God. by Lynda from PA

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

— Psalm 84 : 2, 7 from the Responsive Reading in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

— Isaiah 55 from citation 1 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Article — The Covenant by Nathaniel Dickey (Introduction by Mary Beth Singleterry)

Forum post — Jacob the Supplanter by Parthens

The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.

Jacob was alone, wrestling with error, — struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains, — when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood, gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science. Then said the spiritual evangel: “Let me go, for the day breaketh;” that is, the light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee. But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed.

— Citation 5 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 308 : 14-28

The result of Jacob’s struggle thus appeared. He had conquered material error with the under-standing of Spirit and of spiritual power. This changed the man. He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, — a prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight.

— Citation 6 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 309 : 7-12

Final Readings

Beloved, that which purifies the affections also strengthens them, removes fear, subdues sin, and endues with divine power; that which refines character at the same time humbles, exalts, and commands a man, and obedience gives him courage, devotion, and attainment. For this hour, for this period, for spiritual sacrament, sacrifice, and ascension, we unite in giving thanks. For the body of Christ, for the life that we commemorate and would emulate, for the bread of heaven whereof if a man eat “he shall live forever,” for the cup red with loving restitution, redemption, and inspiration, we give thanks. The signet of the great heart, given to me in a little symbol, seals the covenant of everlasting love. May apostate praise return to its first love, above the symbol seize the spirit, speak the “new tongue” — and may thought soar and Soul be.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 131

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