Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless.

The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 228, 412

God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will establish the brotherhood of man, end wars, and demonstrate “on earth peace, good will toward men.”

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279

Discussion points

172 — WATCH lest you stagnate with the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. The concept of God held by these patriarchs was far in advance of any other conception set forth in that age; but the phraseology of this three-fold name would indicate that the understanding of God did not improve or broaden during several generations. An improving conception of God is the hope of the race; there should never be a stopping point for mortals, since Mrs. Eddy tells us that to understand God is the work of eternity.

Christian Science sets forth the correct concept of God, and as the student studies this and seeks to understand it, he should feel that each day brings him nearer to this goal. But he should never believe that he has attained it, and can stop all efforts to progress toward it.

Spiritual growth demands a concept of demonstration that is constantly broadening and improving, onward, outward and upward. Our Wednesday evening meetings symbolize this going onward, the church business meetings the broadening outward, and the Sunday services reaching upward. One’s spiritual growth depends upon his improving idea of God and his broadening concept of demonstration. Science and Health refers to improved beliefs. It is fitting that one’s first concept and use of demonstration should appertain to the personal benefits he expects to receive from its use.

What a sad plight would be the stagnation of a student who spent all his days applying the power of Truth to improve material belief, without reaching the point where he seeks to rise above material sense, through the realization of its nothingness! He would surely deserve the classification of being an idolater. The only way students can avoid that name is to seek to rise higher in their use of demonstration and understanding of God each day.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 62 : 11

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.”

Forum posts — God — January 2nd, 2022

“How Mrs. Eddy used ‘Christmas Morn’ to Heal a Patient” from The Healer by David Keyston, pages 145 to 146

“Suppression Is Not Cure”, from The Christian Science Journal, July 1, 1916 by William D. McCrackan

“Clearer Skies”, from The Christian Science Sentinel, March 20, 1926, by Marguerite Caldwell Swantees

“Obedience”, from The Christian Science Sentinel, June 17, 1922 Clifford A. Woodard

“The Power of God”, from The Christian Science Journal, May 1924 by Duncan Sinclair

“An Open Letter”, from The Christian Science Journal, October 1891 by by E.E.E.

“Getting in Tune”, from The Christian Science Journal, October 1902 by Mary Chidester Barber

Final Readings

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