Sunday November 8th, 2020 Roundtable

“We Have It Only As We Live It” (MBE)

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Adam and Fallen Man

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Morning Prayers

Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 248

One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 340

Discussion points

198 — WATCH lest you adopt as your goal the effort to steer harmonious mortality into a divine and permanent anchorage. Such a thing can never be done, since mortality at best is but a fading dream. The only remedy and permanent anchorage is to get out of matter and mortality, by destroying the belief that man was ever in it. Once Mrs. Eddy said, “When you seem to be surrounded by materiality, rise above it, for you were never in it; and this will take you out of the belief.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” — Ephesians 5 : 14

We learn from Mrs. Eddy’s history, that the claim of animal magnetism first appeared to her as a blinding flash, as a power wielded by the enemy that, no matter how modest or set-apart one might be, always stood ready to swallow the offspring of the woman, the spiritual development of her thought. Then, as her faith in God and the allness of His power became more and more real to her, she lost enough of her fear of this blinding flash to face it and dissect it, to learn of what it was composed. Hearing a mighty roar of evil, she began to trace it back to its origin, and instead of finding a mighty lion, she discovered a diminutive mouse squeaking through a megaphone. Thus she commenced to learn something of the illusion, called animal magnetism. In her later experiences, she never lost sight of the claim that is never recognized by the easy-going, placid human thought. When she analyzed the claim, however, by picking it to pieces, she discovered it to be an illusion, nothing claiming to be something, a bluff that is all front and no back. On the other hand, if it is unrecognized, it is the one great deterrent to man’s spiritual growth. First, the student must deal with malpractice, and overcome any fear of it through analyzing it. Then it can be dealt with scientifically.

— from Mary Baker Eddy’s Spiritual Footsteps, by Gilbert Carpenter, page 308

WATCH- Just go alone and close your eyes, and in the depths of your own consciousness say over and over again, I am, I am, I am, I am. Your whole being will be filled with the sense of the power to over- come, the power to accomplish, the power to do all things.

I am because Thou art (Mind is)-I am.
I am what Thou art (Mind is)-I am.
I am where Thou art (Mind is)-I am.
I am one with Thee (Mind), oh! Thou infinite I AM. I am good.
I am well.
I am abundantly satisfied.
I am holy.
I am free.
I am because Thou art (Mind is)-I am.

I am, spoken upward towards the good, the true, is sure to out-picture in visible good, in success, in happiness, in abundance.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 51

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“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING” (I Thess. 5:17) Once a story appeared in the Christian Science Monitor that illustrates this point. A group of ministers were discussing the text, “pray without ceasing.” The maid in the home overheard the talk and said to her employer, that to her, that text was one of the easiest and best in the Bible. The old minister said, “Well, well. What can you say about it, Mary? Can you pray all the time, when you have so many things to do?” “Yes,” said the girl, “when I begin to work, I pray that I may have strength equal to my day; when I kindle the fire, I pray that God’s work may revive my heart; as I begin to sweep out the house, I pray that my heart may be cleaned from all its impurities; when I am preparing and partaking of the breakfast, I desire to be fed with the sincere milk of the Word.” “Go on,” said the minister, “Pray without ceasing.”

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

Maintain: To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; not to lose or surrender; to uphold; to defend; to vindicate; to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintain one’s right or cause.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Final Readings

Poem — Sunday Services on July Fourth Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 176-177

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