Sunday, July 26th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.

Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165

Discussion points

475 — WATCH lest you try to do Truth’s work. Mrs. Eddy once stated, “You stand still and voice the truth. Truth does the work.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.” — Psalm 119 : 151

Our daily watch for the week says “Watch, lest you try to do Truth’s work.” Mrs. Eddy stated “You stand still and voice the truth. Truth does the work”. On page 180 in Science and Health it says this week, ”When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.”

Living–dwelling, residing, having life or vital functions in operation, running, flowing; as a living spring or fountain producing action, animation, and vigor, quickening.(Webster’s 1828 dictionary).

Try–strive to obtain, exert strength, to strain, effort.(Webster’s )

How reassuring that the operation of Truth is not dependent on any exertion or strain on my part. Like my practitioner sometimes needs to remind me “Who do you think you are?” We have only to accept the Truth, claim it because we are the expression, reflection and know that it is a living Truth, vital, flowing with life as a living spring, activating, quickening and giving strength and vigor and doesn’t need our help. That’s why we can stand still in our knowing of the Truth assured that the Truth is operating even when to the senses we may not see it right away. Our textbook and the Bible assures us that we will “…behold wondrous things out of thy law” (Psalm 119:18)

I am so grateful for all those who put these Lesson Sermons together. They are so powerful and instructional. (Karen from CA.)

The word “truth” is related to the same word from which “trust” and “troth” (as is “betroth”) are derived; in modern English that word is “tree”. Thus, the ancient wordsmiths likened truth to the sturdiness, endurance, and faithfulness of a trusty oak. (Parthens)

Must be why Truth is Always The Victor!SH p 380. While all other methods falter Truth marches on. A good reminder why we should cling to the Truth we’ve been given to take us to where the false claims are clearly nothing and powerless!!

Thank God Christian Science teaches correctly what Truth IS! (Florence from GA.)

— Forum post from this week’s lesson.

The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the temporal débris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

— Citation 14 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 288 : 31-7

Acquaintance with the original texts, and willingness to give up human beliefs (established by hierarchies, and instigated sometimes by the worst passions of men), open the way for Christian Science to be understood, and make the Bible the chart of life, where the buoys and healing currents of Truth are pointed out.

— Citation 4 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 24 : 4-10

We had a short discussion regarding buoys yesterday and I wanted to add some insight. I have sailed over 35,000 miles and am an experienced navigator. Buoys are our life-line and steer us safely into and out of ports—either day or night. At night most are lighted with different colors for port and starboard and with individual blinking patterns. They give us notice of shoals and reefs. While studying navigation the very first knowledge to gain is everything about the buoys and all that they mean. The most important item to notice while looking at a chart of the sea are the buoys. Buoys have truly saved boats and lives and are the mainstay of anyone out at sea.

— Bulliten Board post by Dale A. from GA.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

— Psalm1: 1-6 from the King James Bible

The Oak On The Mountain’s Summit

Oh, mountain monarch, at whose feet I stand,—
Clouds to adorn thy brow, skies clasp thy hand,—
Nature divine, in harmony profound,
With peaceful presence hath begirt thee round.

And thou, majestic oak, from yon high place
Guard’st thou the earth, asleep in night’s embrace,—
And from thy lofty summit, pouring down
Thy sheltering shade, her noonday glories crown?

Whate’er thy mission, mountain sentinel,
To my lone heart thou art a power and spell;
A lesson grave, of life, that teacheth me
To love the Hebrew figure of a tree.

Faithful and patient be my life as thine;
As strong to wrestle with the storms of time;
As deeply rooted in a soil of love;
As grandly rising to the heavens above.

— from “Poems” in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 392

A Parable — From the September 1902 issue of, The Christian Science Journal by A. E. B.

Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 261

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

— Matthew 6: 33 from the King James Bible

The Power of Prayer

At Pleasant View, I learned for the first time what it meant to live in a demonstrated atmosphere maintained by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy.

After I had been at Pleasant View for about ten days, the thought struck me, what shall I do if I become ill? I opened my thought to God for guidance on this point. First I visualized a small brook running down a mountain, gathering impurities on its way. The stream remains sweet and pure until it becomes dammed, and then impurities collect. The dam must be broken, so this unhealthy condition may be eliminated and the purity restored.

The lesson was clear to me. As man gains a knowledge of Truth, he becomes a channel through which the unbroken power of infinite good flows out.

When, however, man turns his thought in to himself, he experiences a belief of interruption of this divine power, and problems result.

Remembering the above revelation, I resolved to test it out. The first time I fell ill at Pleasant View, I sat down by the window and let my thought go out in prayer to all the sufferers in the world in hospitals; in sick rooms; those condemned as incurable; those who didn’t know of the presence of God to heal them; that even though they didn’t know it, they do have a heavenly Father who is the great Physician, who “healeth all thy diseases.” I let my thought go out to all who needed God, realizing that God is All-Presence, All-Power, and Love.

When I returned from this mental journey, I found myself well. Through this prayer, I restored my thought to being a channel for good, and eliminated the ill-effects which were evidence of an in-turned thought.

During the year I was at Pleasant View, this divine method, which I believe was God-inspired, never failed me.

— by Gilbert Carpenter

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

— John 7: 24 from the King James Bible

Footsteps of Truth — Chapter 8, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 201

Forum post — Walk at liberty by Lynda from NJ

Forum post — God’s Nearness by Chardelle from NJ

Hymn 418, The Christian Science Hymnal

Immediately after that, a gentleman right behind stood up and said this: “I’ve been praying a lot about time. Before I retired, it seemed like I never had enough time. Now that I don’t work, it seems like time just drags on. So I’ve been reading everything Mrs. Eddy wrote on time. And last night it suddenly occurred to me that time is the measurement of two supposedly material objects rotating around in space — the earth and the sun. In Christian Science we learn that matter is not real. So then, how can time be real either?”

He went on to share how this idea had helped him. But frankly that was all I needed to hear. His testimony knocked time right off its pedestal! Suddenly, and quite hilariously, I saw time as two random rocks revolving in space like some cheesy 60s TV show, where everything was made of papier mache and chicken wire. I thought, how could two rocks possibly control God’s ideas, or cause them any kind of difficulty or suffering!?

Read the whole article: — from “Time” by Cara Porter, from the July 2020 Love is the Liberator

Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 453

Article — Taking Offense by Mary Baker Eddy

Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 570

Final Readings

But shall we serve the old masters because Truth has enemies, and disturbs the tranquillity of errora? Wisdom has given us more foresight than this; to the advanced thinkers perceiving the scope and tendency of Truth we may look for support; while others will say to the science of being, as did one of old, to please the Rabbis, “ Go thy way for this time.”

The highest stand-point of being, is its science, but opinions, doctrines and beliefs afford no demonstrable Principle to reach it, and enable man to work out his own salvation; it is Truth, the Principle of man that does this. But is there not a smoother and broader path to harmony or heaven; and cannot Christianity be coupled with worldly peace and prosperity? The very nature of it is peace and blessedness, but its joys and triumphs are not earthly, they are passing away from matter to Spirit. By this we do not mean death, nor a sudden ecstasy; but the gradual fading out of material things, of earthly desires, possessions and pleasures, and the coming in of purity, Truth and immortality. The demands of personal sense will grow less, the appetite become simple, pride, malice and all sin yield to meekness, mercy and Love, until finally the belief of Life in matter yields to the consciousness that Life is Spirit, and Spirit, God. All good thoughts and deeds are science that proceeds not from a doctrinal basis, but is soul subduing sin, personal belief, personal pleasure, or pain; and revealing all harmony, righteousness and blessedness in our God-being.

— from Science and Health, First Edition, 1875, by Mary Baker Eddy

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