Sunday, January 12th, 2020 Roundtable | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, January 12th, 2020 Roundtable

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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, 220: 14-23

Discussion points

437 — WATCH that you realize that animal magnetism, or mortal mind, has not a thing to give you. Hence in reality Science does not demand of you to sacrifice anything, except a wrong way of looking at things.

A pair of binoculars has nothing to offer you except something to look through; and all you see is distorted, if they are out of focus. Mortal mind offers us distorted reality. Then if any part of that distortion appears to be beautiful or desirable, how much more so will the view seem, as we give up mortal mind for divine Mind, and perceive reality as it is.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” — I Samuel 15: 22

Forum post — “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice” by Joanne from FL

Think about others how you would want them to think about you.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

— Psalm 27 : 24 from King James Bible

Click here to listen to song, — “When I Found God” by Peter

Forum post — Saul Rejected by the Lord by Parthens

Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

— Citation 2 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 183

Obey: To comply with commands or instructions of a superior, or with the requirements of law.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Strength: Firmness; solidity; toughness; power of resisting attacks; power of vigor; confidence.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Reservation: Keeping back; withheld; not expressed, given up, or brought forth.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Final Readings

When I wrote “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” I little understood all that I indited; but when I practised its precepts, healing the sick and reforming the sinner, then I learned the truth of what I had written. It is of comparatively little importance what a man thinks or believes he knows; the good that a man does is the one thing needful and the sole proof of rightness.

— from “[The Independent, November, 1906] Harvest” Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 271

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