Sunday November 29th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

God’s law is in three words, “I am All;” and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law. … It is Truth’s knowledge of its own infinitude which forbids the genuine existence of even a claim to error. This knowledge is light wherein there is no darkness, — not light holding darkness within itself. The consciousness of light is like the eternal law of God, revealing Him and nothing else.

— from No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy, page 30

Discussion points

218 — WATCH lest, when animal magnetism suggests that it is becoming more powerful and aggressive, you neglect to build up your consciousness of God’s infinite power to correspond with this seeming increase in the lie. One must continuously carry the recognition of Truth as able and adequate to overthrow error of any sort or magnitude. In Nehemiah 1:5 why does he call God ‘terrible’? Perhaps that was his effort to build up his recognition of God’s almightiness and power to overthrow the lie, no matter how big it claimed to be. As the claims of animal magnetism enlarged to their own destruction, he wanted to be sure that his sense of God’s power was proportionately increasing.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

— Nehemiah 1:3-5 from the King James Bible

Golden Text — “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” — Revelation 22 : 14, 15

Rouse ye, rouse ye, face the foe,
Rise to conquer death and sin;
On with Christ to victory go,
O side with God, and win!

Rouse ye, rouse ye, face the foe,
Rise to conquer death and sin;
On with Christ to victory go,
O side with God, and win!

Click here to play the Hymn: — Hymn 296 by Maria Louise Baum

Cause and Effect – Adapted from Psalm 91
Because he hath set his love upon me,
therefore will I deliver him:
Because he hath set his love upon me,
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Because he hath set his love upon me,
he shall call upon me, and I will answer him,
Because he hath set his love upon me,
I will be with him in trouble.
Because he hath set his love upon me,
I will deliver him, and
Because he hath set his love upon me,
[I will] honour him.
Because he hath set his love upon me,
With long life will I satisfy him, and
Because he hath set his love upon me,
I will shew him my salvation.

— by Parthens

SALVATION. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 593

Article — T’aint So, Honey by Herbert W. Eustace

Salvation: The act of saving; preservation from destruction, danger or great calamity. Deliverance from enemies.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Abomination: Extreme hatred; detestation. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 15:8. Hence, defilement, pollution, in a physical sense, or evil doctrines and practices, which are moral defilements, idols and idolatry, are called abominations.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Forum post — Jesus Rebuke Kerry from CA

Rebuke: To chasten; to afflict for correction; check; to silence; to heal; to calm.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Jesus, healed the young man then and there, and he neither prayed nor fasted as men interpret those words today. Is it not reasonable to suppose, therefore, that the fasting (denial) meant the denial of the reality of any such thing as fits (Mark 9: 7, 9, 25-9), or lunacy, and that the prayer meant the affirmation of the all-presence and the all-power of God wherein there is no possibility of either fits or lunacy? These are the essential features in the Christian Science prayer of today…

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 209

When his disciples asked him why they could not heal that case, Jesus, the master Metaphysician, answered, “Because of your unbelief” (lack of faith); and then continued: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove.” Also he added: “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (refraining from admitting the claims of the senses). … Be patient, O Christian Scientist! It is well that thou canst unloose the sandals of thy Master’s feet.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 222

It seems that Christ not only suggests, that faith was greatly wanting in his disciples; for which reason they could not cast out the devil, and heal the lunatic; but they had been wanting in prayer to God, to assist them in the exercise of their miraculous gifts; and that whilst Christ, and the other three disciples were on the mount, they had been feasting and indulging themselves with the people, and so were in a very undue disposition of mind, for such extraordinary service, for which our Lord tacitly rebukes them.

— from Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Forum post — “What God cannot do, man need not attempt.” Susan from MA.

Forum post — “Is There Any Power Apart From God? Seriously?” by Florence Roberts

Obeying the divine Principle which you profess to understand and love, demonstrates Truth. Never absent from your post, never off guard, never ill-humored, never unready to work for God, — is obedience; being “faithful over a few things.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 116

Forum post — “Who shall disannul God’s purpose?” Karen from CA.

Article — “Astrology? – a false trust” by Mary Beth Singleterry

Final Readings

In an age of sin and sensuality hastening to greater development of power, ’tis fearful to consider the influence of belief without more honesty and understanding to steer clear of the fearful shoals on this dangerous and unexplored coast. The peril of Salem witchcraft even is not past, until that error be met by the understanding and destroyed; not the gallows, but explanation, destroys error. Science must be allowed to explain this phenomenon of belief, in contradistinction to that of Truth and Intelligence controlling man. An evil and artful mind is all the satan there is; and this is the fallen angel, or abused capacity; such a mind learning its control over other minds, will take the reins into its teeth, and Truth alone must take them out and guide it; as of old this mind works its spell in some manner on all it would harm, because the barriers against evil influences from such a source are not understood by the world in general, and the door is not readily closed against them. To this end metaphysics are important; study mind more and matter less, for we must find refuge in Soul, to escape the error of the latter days; and mediumship and mesmerism more than all else contribute to a terrible future development of discord. We should strongly insist on the majesty of Truth, and its control over error; and begin to-day denying right or reality to aught but God, and the true idea; saying, “depart from me all ye that work iniquity;” and thus break up the reign of error, and let the world of harmony and Truth re-appear. If spiritreturns were possible, they would grow beautifully less at every advanced “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:21

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

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