Sunday, January 19th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Divine presence, breathe Thou Thy blessing on every heart in this house. Speak out, O soul! This is the new-born of Spirit, this is His redeemed; this, His beloved. May the kingdom of God within you,—with you alway,—reascending, bear you outward, upward, heavenward.

— from “Dedicatory Sermon” Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10

Discussion points

66 — WATCH lest you become discouraged in your general mental work for humanity, because the results of your work do not appear at once. You should know that, in spite of the fact that at present you may see no results, every bit of scientific work you do is effectual, because it is the very power of God expressed; therefore it knows no limits.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Every right thought has a healing effect.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Our work is to see what God made.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Every pure thought falling silently and gently into human con- sciousness does its part in cleansing the whole world, just as every falling snowflake does its silent share in transforming the noisome- ness of the grimy earth into a soft white blanket of purity. We must remember that the smallest truth is mightier than the greatest lie the world has ever known.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 233

Golden Text — “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord”Psalm 27 : 14

Take courage from every experience and power will be yours. Go on, dear one, and prove that you are the child of Him who cares for His own. Be faithful to Principle in all that you say and do, and success will be yours. Be happy at all times and in all places; for remember it is your right and a duty you owe to yourself and to God to retain this right no matter how loudly the senses scream. Depression belongs not to the child of God, neither is it real, nor can it affect one when his motives are right.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 91

Do you believe in change of heart?

We do believe, and understand — which is more — that there must be a change from human affections, desires, and aims, to the divine standard, “Be ye therefore perfect;” also, that there must be a change from the belief that the heart is matter and sustains life, to the understanding that God is our Life, that we exist in Mind, live thereby, and have being. This change of heart would deliver man from heart-disease, and advance Christianity a hundredfold. The human affections need to be changed from self to benevolence and love for God and man; changed to having but one God and loving Him supremely, and helping our brother man. This change of heart is essential to Christianity, and will have its effect physically as well as spiritually, healing disease. Burnt offerings and drugs, God does not require.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 50

Heart. Mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows.

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

Be of good courage — Keep up thy spirits in the midst of thy greatest dangers and difficulties: let thy heart be fixed, trusting in God, and thy mind stayed on him, and then none of these things will move thee; wait, I say, on the Lord — Whatever thou doest, grow not remiss or careless in thy attendance upon God, but keep close to him and thy duty.

— from the Benson Commentary

Forum post — Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,… by Karen from CA.

Wait: To serve; to rest in expectation and patience.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Too soon we cannot turn from disease in the body to find disease in the mortal mind, and its cure, in working for God. Thought must be made better, and human life more fruitful, for the divine energy to move it onward and upward.

— from “Fidelity” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 343

If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

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

— Luke 12: 28-29 from the Responsive Reading in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Forum post — Doubtful mind by Sharon from NJ

Doubtful means: Dubious; not settled in opinion; undetermined; wavering; hesitating; not obvious, clear or certain; questionable; not decided; not confident; not without fear.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Do not fear your sense of fear. It is nothing. We are as safe as omnipotent God. God’s idea absolutely cannot fear; he knows there is just one Mind. Is he going to use that Mind to fear with? Is he living in God and still afraid? Is there anything outside of or beyond God? Is there anything inside of God to fear? God made all and proclaimed it good.

Fear is godless, mindless, powerless, not included in consciousness. Fear cannot act on mortal mind, body, understanding, does not manifest self either as subjective or objective; not mine or anybody’s, and if I seem to fear, it is not my fear or anxiety and doesn’t make any difference. God isn’t afraid. My treatment isn’t afraid. A Christian Science treatment dissipates all the supposititious presence, power, law of fear. Fear is a fake belief within a fake belief, without cause, effect or continuity.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 70

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

— 1 John 4: 18 the King James Bible

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 4: 6-7 from the King James Bible

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

— Ecclesiastes 3 : 11, 14 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

There is not an ugly thing in heaven; not one idea could ever show forth anything less than infinite Soul, which means infinite beauty and joy. We will never come into an experience where we cannot see and appreciate beauty; where we will appreciate by thinking a spiritual sense, and not have any evidence of that fact. The fact is that the evidence is to accumulate and be more desirable and abiding than it is at present, because the kingdom of heaven is the kingdom of beauty.

— from 1937 College, by Bicknell Young, page 64-65

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

— Ephesians 2 : 10 from citation 10 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

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.

— Citation 6 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 128 : 14-19

Forum post — Moral Courage by Parthens

Moral: Virtuous action.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Article — Character by Mary Baker Eddy

Final Readings

A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 354

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