Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 Roundtable | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 Roundtable

God Recovers All That is Lost

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Mind

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Morning Prayers

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

Discussion points

13 — WATCH lest you believe that the action of truth is improving your human mind to the point where it will eventually become true wisdom. The real Mind which contains all wisdom is divine. Mind cannot be improved; it must be reflected by man. The only improvement one can make is to enlarge his ability to reflect divine Mind.

Christian Science does not come to do man’s thinking for him; neither does it have as its goal the improvement of human thinking. Its mission is to teach what right thinking is, and how one may reflect this right thinking from God, the one Mind, the source of all right ideas.

Mrs. Eddy once wrote, “Remember that the so-called human mind is expected to increase in wisdom until it disappears, and divine Mind is seen to be the only Mind.” Then at another time, “The human mind does not increase in wisdom; wisdom decreases the human mind.” The great danger in an improvement of the human mind is lest mortal man come to have more faith in it, instead of less.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




Golden Text — “He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know.” — Psalm 94 : 10




Get yourself out of the way and let God use you.

— Plainfield Roundtable




God expresses Himself through you.

— Plainfield Roundtable




We demonstrate by listening to God and being obedient to Him.

— Plainfield Roundtable




Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

— Philippians 3:8 from the King James Bible




Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of organization and decomposition, — otherwise the very worms could unfashion man.

— Citation 4 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 488 : 23-27




First thing in the morning, “before your feet hit the floor”:

God is Mind. God is my mind. God is the only pure Mind. God is Life. God is my life. God is the only Life.

— Plainfield Roundtable




The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 128




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.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy




Keep asking God for the answer and trust the answer will come. When the right time comes the ideas you need will flow to you.

— Plainfield Roundtable




Treatment for coronavirus

Life is the primary fact and death the primary error or lie about the fact. The very nature of life is opposed to death. There never can be any death in Life, neither is there any kind of life that ever produces or experiences death. The claim that living creatures can get into the body and procure death must be met, not as germs and microbes, but as mere belief or mental suggestion, thus you handle it when you know that Life is infinite, continuous, immutable, immortal, complete and harmonious. It never produces anything unlike itself. There is no death in Life, no death from Life, no death to Life, NO death anywhere — for Life is God, and God is All! Therefore, Life is All.

— from the 1916 Association Address, by Bicknell Young




Keep asking God for the answer and trust the answer will come. When the right time comes ideas you need will flow to you.

— Plainfield Roundtable




Germs

The germ of goodness is the only germ, and this germ, in its infinity of variety, expresses God in all its ways. Malicious suggestion may call this germ a typhoid germ, a tubercular germ, a pneumonic germ, or any other kind. Just as it divides its sense of the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms into either harmless or dangerous species, so it classifies its sense of the germ kingdom into good germs and bad germs. Did Daniel have two kinds of lions? Did Jesus have two kinds of water, one rough and the other smooth, one to be walked upon and the other to be drowned in? There is one germ and one only. That is the germ of God, the germ of good, the germ that always works “together for good to them that love” good. Do you love this germ “with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength”? Or are you anxious to destroy it? Is this the germ that is always in heaven? It is. Because it is, it blesses you.

No hypnotic suggestion can deceive you into belief in any other germ. The one Mind, as the only Mind, is the law of total annihilation to any claim of a suppositious mind to hypnotically suggest a belief in a germ apart from the germ of God. There is no such mind.

— by Herbert W. Eustace




Forum post — “a buckler to them…” by Joanne from FL




Forum post — David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. by Jeremy from NJ


And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

— I Samuel 30: 6 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson


“[1 Samuel] 30:1-6 – When we go abroad in the way of our duty, we may comfortably hope that God will take care of our families in our absence, but not otherwise. If, when we come off a journey, we find our abode in peace, and not laid waste, as David here found his, let the Lord be praised for it. David’s men murmured against him. Great faith must expect such severe trials. But, observe, that David was brought thus low, only just before he was raised to the throne. When things are at the worst with the church and people of God, then they begin to mend. David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. His men fretted at their loss, the soul of the people was bitter; their own discontent and impatience added to the affliction and misery. But David bore it better, though he had more reason than any of them to lament it. They gave liberty to their passions, but he set his graces to work; and while they dispirited each other, he, by encouraging himself in God, kept his spirit calm. Those who have taken the Lord for their God, may take encouragement from him in the worst times.”

— from From Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary




Mental Protection of Home

There is but one household: that is God’s household. There is no avenue or channel by which error can possi­bly enter this household to create a sense of discord, fear, derision, anger, doubt, subtlety, lack, or straitened cir­cumstances. Nothing can enter this household or con­sciousness to annoy or destroy; for all here is Life, and God, Good, fills it.

— from Teaching and Addresses by Edward kimball




Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 232




Let us follow it up and consider this one thing in Christian Science — that the creator of man created with him and for him the law of his own continuation and sufficiency, the law of his dominion, the law of his control of circumstances and conditions, the law of his felicity and the law concerning all that means his life and all that means his environment; did all fundamentally in order that man might be perfect, unhampered, unobstructed, and unhindered; and made all so available that man is enabled to be a law unto himself. There is not one here that may not be a law unto his life, and if I had not learned this years ago, I would have died time and again.

— from Teaching and Addresses by Edward kimball




29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

— Luke 12: 29 from citation 4 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,
Till the morning’s beam;
White as wool, ere they depart,
Shepherd, wash them clean.

— Hymn 304 from the Christian Science HymnalThe words to this hymn were written by Mary Baker Eddy




Animal magnetism, I acknowledge your claims, but I denounce your power. When error speaks, nothing is said. Stop justifying yourself in error.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 199




“God don’t make no junk.”

— from Mrs. Spears


“God uses greatly those who have been wounded very deeply.”

— from Mrs. Spears


Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)


“In essence that one Scripture says, ‘Ronaldo, it doesn’t matter who your parents are. It doesn’t matter how you were concienced It doesn’t matter how you were born.’ God says, ‘I’m your parent, your father, and I planted you in that particular situation for a divine assignment.’

“The promises of God – it was my oxygen, it was my air, it was my hope, it was my light, it was my truth. It was my father, it was my mother. … It’s all I had to build me up.”


“It changed everything,” he said. “It gave me a belief in something greater than my current situation.”

— from The Power of Belief, by Ron Archer




Why is it that some business men never fail, or if they fail, they always come out on top? Because they become a law to the belief of their own success. Because they put into the scale of being that which is efficacious.

— from Teaching and Addresses by Edward kimball




Final Readings

When one takes on divine Mind, he can do the impossible — that is, the impossible from the human mind standpoint. Thus one can test himself to determine whether he is functioning with the human mind or divine Mind. If he is, using the human mind, he cannot do these things; if he is reflecting divine Mind, he can; and, thereby, he knows that he is taking on divine Mind. But he must keep in mind that he is not taking on divine Mind to make demonstrations — he is making demonstrations to prove that he is taking on the divine Mind. That is the great work that confronts a student, to establish the permanent recognition that he is functioning under the one Mind, the only Mind, that is the Mind of God; and that no matter what he is doing, he must know that God is supreme in him. He must keep that thought alive and active.

If it begins to sag and a material line of thinking comes in, he must resurrect his thought and get it back on the right platform, because that and that alone entitles him to be called a son of God. No matter what one is doing, it becomes a source of good to him if he watches his thought to be sure that he is carrying the recognition of divine Mind as supreme in him.

At first a student must go into the closet mentally and shut the door — have all conditions favorable — in order to demonstrate divine Mind. Then comes the need of trying it out under all sorts of conditions, both favorable and unfavorable, agreeable to the senses and disagreeable, in order to determine whether he can maintain his consciousness of divine Mind under all circumstances. He must prove that, when he seems to lose it, he can get it back under affliction as well as human harmony. Thus “all things work together for good to them that love God,” (Romans 8:28). Those who love God are those who are strivIng to establish God as supreme in them; so all things that they do, that offer the opportunity to train them in maintaining the consciousness of God as supreme, bring, and become, a blessing.

— from Mary Baker Eddy Her Spiritual Precepts, Compiled by Gilbert Carpenter







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