Sunday, August 21st, 2022 Roundtable

Having That Mind Which Was Also In Christ Jesus

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Mind

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Morning Prayers

“All we have to do is one thing; keep the First Commandment, ‘thou shalt have none other gods before (beside) me’ – infinite Mind and that is infinite Love. There is no evil mind; that sweeps away error; there is infinite Mind – good. Infinity is all. There is no other intelligence, life or love. Now work out your problem from this standpoint. If we do not keep the First we cannot keep the Second – ‘to love one another.’ If ye love not man (your brother) whom you have seen how can you love God whom you have not seen? You only love God as far as you love man.”

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 19-20

Discussion Points

224 — WATCH lest you accept the demonstrations of divine Mind year after year, without making the effort to take on divine Mind as your mind by reflection, by repudiating entirely the human mind so-called.

The question is, whether one can expect to continue to have such proofs in his life — evidences of the power of divine Mind to help in time of need — if he fails to fulfill the demands of progress, namely, to labor to exchange minds as fast as possible. Demonstration in Christian Science has for its purpose exhibiting the value of divine Mind, in contrast to the weakness and worthlessness of the human mind. While the improved state of the latter, which Christian Science brings out, may seem useful and necessary for a time in man’s journey upward, the human mind finally betrays one and falls by its own weakness, unless it is put off. The demonstration of Mind, which takes away human discord, is not intended to leave a patient in a state of negative harmony, where he fancies that he can continue to call on God whenever he suffers in any way, and thus maintain this negative sense of harmony in the flesh.

The rewards given to a dog when he is being trained, are merely designed to encourage him to right effort. When he has received his full training, he is required to obey without further reference to rewards. The first effects of demonstration in Science bring man the human reward of surcease from discord, the purpose of which is to encourage him to continue in well doing. Nor do such rewards cease as one succeeds in putting off the old and taking on the new; but the advancing student is expected to forge ahead without reference to such rewards, and to do his work for the world, whether he is rewarded with harmony in the flesh or not.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Exodus 20 : 3

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

In place of the false statement: “My name is Legion: for we are many,” came the scientific statement: “Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.” Not a legion of minds, but one Mind,—intelligence indivisible. Not a legion of diseases, but one disease,—the fiction, the illusion, the lie that man, God’s own image and likeness, could be less than perfect; the lie about health, man’s natural state. Not a legion of remedies and systems of treatment, but one curative agent, the truth about “perfect God and perfect man” (Science and Health, p. 259); the truth which, applied to any phase of error, casts out, annuls, repudiates the lie.

“My Name is Legion For We Are Many” from Christian Science Journal, June 1910 by J.M. Tutt, M.D.

Forum posts — Mind — August 21st, 2022

Article: “The New Birth” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy

First thing in the morning, “before your feet hit the floor”:

God is Mind. God is my mind. God is the only pure Mind.

God is Life. God is my life. God is the only Life.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Chapter 7: “Pond and Purpose”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

Final Readings

Those who are cultivating their acquaintance with the flowers these sunny days, will not doubt the statement that Paradise was a garden, nor question that the roses and lilies are its most fitting symbols. These sweet friends win us through such simple ways, and yet how irresistible is their appeal! Who has ever buried his face in their beauty, or quaffed deeply of their proffered fragrance without wishing he were as pure and sweet as they!

“… How prodigal they are in their generosity! How indifferent to our unworthiness in the bestowal of their delights! They seem to have learned, as may we, that of the best things there is inexhaustible store; that they are brought us from gardens which never fail, in the Paradise of God. The flowers exact no pledge and impose no creed, but with delicate persuasiveness they appeal to the purer sentiments, the more refined tastes, the more spiritual aspirations. They tell us of the one Divine source of all sweetness and beauty, they tell of the infinite Artist who, in their beauteous unfoldment, is ever addressing our nobler sense, and thus they are indeed the true friends and benefactors of all who love their appearing and yield to their ministry. To listen to their teaching is to grow into their likeness.”

The aroma of a smile is very delicate, yet how wonderfully pervasive and helpful, and we must know that tired eyes are waiting for this mark of gentle kindliness in every byway of our pilgrimage. Surely he who, in the consciousness of good, the aspiration to be wholly conformed to the Christ-ideal, shall bring to every man and to every circumstance the gentleness of love’s sweet blossoming, — he shall win the inheritance promised of old, “Thou shalt be as a watered garden.”

“A Garden Gleaning” from Christian Science Sentinel, July 8, 1905 by John B. Willis

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